Modern currencies float in value against each other hour by hour. In each currency, price charts look a little different—even for the same goods at the same time at a fixed delivery port. The variety of these intangible “monies” and the market effort that goes into balancing them against each other and against the flows between their trade zones belies the claim that these embody the ideal form of money. Foreign exchange market trades, weighing 4.4 billion ounces of gold, must clear every day to align these currencies, fifty five times any one day’s trading in actual gold money.
In 1964 Sean Connery starred in the movie “Goldfinger” in which the villain, a wealthy Brit named Goldfinger, attempted to revalue his personal gold hoard higher by a factor of 10. His plan was to detonate an atomic bomb inside Fort Knox making the US gold radioactive for hundreds of years. With the Fort Knox gold hoard, the largest in the world at that time, effectively unavailable the global price of gold would increase at least ten times from the 1964 price of approximately $35.00 per ounce. Bond, James Bond, thwarted the dastardly plot and saved the US gold, the US dollar, and the US government. The current 2015 gold […]
The powers-that-be want confidence in the unbacked paper dollar, not in gold. It should be no surprise that gold went down after its huge rally into 2011 while the dollar, S&P and bonds have gone up since 2011. But all unreal valuations must eventually end. Anyone not in the top 0.1% does not know the timing, but we can be assured that warfare, welfare, debt, spending, and gold prices will rise while stocks and bonds correct.
If you’re holding paper currency, you have to have some kind of trust that the country that issued it is not just going to print its way out of its problems. That’s a real concern right now. Gold, on the other hand, has real intrinsic value, unlike a paper currency which can be debased by its government.
Gold’s rate of change has been more dramatic than U.S. debt, as suggested by the second chart. As the price of gold is in the process to make a lower low currently, it’s rate of change is close to coincide with the one of U.S. debt. The chart suggests that the gold price correction after 2011 was to be expected, given that the yellow metal had risen too much, too fast. Our opinion is that the correction in precious metals is not over, but that the downside is limited.
We are currently in a transition period to a multi-polar currency system. The period of dollar dominance appears to be slowly but surely coming to an end. In the wake of Russia and China significantly strengthening their strategic alliance in recent months, it appears as though Western sanctions have heralded a new round in the struggle over the global monetary architecture.
The answer to “What difference does it make?” is that western economies plus Japan are currently in debt overdose mode which requires exponentially more debt for survival … so the agony of withdrawal occurs now … or later, when it will be even worse. The purchasing power of our debt based fiat currency will be exponentially eroded until the catastrophic “debt withdrawal” occurs. You can: Protect your purchasing power with silver and gold, or Trust that purchasing power will not decrease, in spite of 100 years of history. Paper dies, gold thrives! Paper dies, silver thrives!
Ben Carson, who currently shares the lead with Donald Trump in the polls, recently questioned the Fed’s role as the great facilitator of metastasizing national debt: “The only reason that we can sustain that kind of debt is because of our artificial ability to print money, to create what we think is wealth, but it is not wealth, because it’s based upon our faith and credit. You know, we decoupled it from the domestic gold standard in 1933, and from the international gold standard in 1971, and since that time, it’s not based on anything. Why would we be continuing to do that?”
Our debt based monetary system requires ever increasing debt, inflation, and expansion. Think about the implications of $400,000 helmets and $85 Billion per month in QE. The continued devaluation of all fiat currencies is a given, based on debt, government spending and central bank policies. Hence silver and gold prices will rise substantially in upcoming years, partially because people want and need it, and mostly because fiat paper currencies are devaluing every day.
Gold has been money and a store of value for at least 3,000 years. That status SHOULD return after the “paper” era has collapsed. Unbacked paper money, according to history, always collapses due to excessive printing by central bankers and politicians. Imagine that! Global debt is over $200 Trillion and rapidly climbing. Governments must borrow more currency into existence to pay off maturing debt, but total debt inevitably increases. Charles Ponzi used a similar scheme for his wealth transfer process.
Expect continued US dollar weakness for several years. Expect stock and bond markets to “regress to the mean” – substantially lower. Expect gold and silver prices to benefit from dollar weakness and US geopolitical difficulties. $5,000 gold will not happen this year but it is quite possible by the election in 2020. Much higher prices are likely if central banks and governments choose to push the US into a hyperinflationary collapse. And finally, buy gold and silver while supplies at these repressed prices (thank you TBTF banks) are still available.
Bottom line: You should soon expect to start paying interest for the “privilege” of lending your savings to a bank! Gold and silver may be down, but after thousands of years of history as a reliable store of value, but they are anything but out
Greece offers us an interesting example. It will allow us to observe the spread of the tentacles of Europe-style statism as well as the measures the population will undoubtedly take to resist it. Since the Greeks are unlikely to meekly submit to statist oppression, this promises to be quite exciting. Who knows, we may eventually even get the opportunity to see what happens if a total cash ban is introduced. Given that Greece is brimming with British gold sovereigns, we can already guess how such a decree would be undermined by enterprising Greeks.