Tag: austrian economics

The Beauty of Deflation

| January 21, 2015 | Category: Investing
The Beauty of Deflation

We do not know what the future entails when our existing monetary and financial systems break down, but we are convinced that gold and silver will offer security (at least) in the transition period. If we look at the gold purchases by the East, it also reveals how emerging markets have set their minds on gold. This further supports our conviction that a form of gold standard might regain a prominent status and take over once again. However, the prevailing monetary experiment called “fiat currency” is likely to persist for some time to come.

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Japan Is Writing History As A Prime Boom And Bust Case

| December 30, 2014 | Category: Economy
Japan Is Writing History As A Prime Boom And Bust Case

Given the data points discussed in this article, it is fair to say that Japan is on track for a devastating bust at some point in the future. The unknown factor is timing. When the inevitable will take place is anyone’s guess. The fate of countries like Japan is really in the hands of central bankers. However, central planners are not able to manipulate markets infinitely. At a certain point, something has to give. That is when the markets will give up and disbelief will replace trust. Readers should remember that in such a bust scenario, people flee down the Golden Pyramid of asset classes to their safe haven, being gold.

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Microdocumentary: 4 Major Boom And Bust Cycles Explained

Microdocumentary: 4 Major Boom And Bust Cycles Explained

This microdocumentary video examines in detail 4 major booms in the last 100 years and explains how monetary policy and interest rate manipulation has led to the inevitable bust.

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Why The Bust Is Inevitable According To The Austrian Business Cycle Theory

Why The Bust Is Inevitable According To The Austrian Business Cycle Theory

The newest publication from Global Gold Switzerland “The Clean Slate” focuses on the theory and practice of economic cycles. In just 12 pages, the “Austrian Business Cycle Theory” is explained in a simple and accessible way. The key is that economies operate in cycles, they go through ‘booms’ and ‘busts’, ‘expansions’ and ‘recessions.’ Austrian School economists argue that central banks don’t help in smoothing the amplitude of the cycles, but are actually the root cause of the business cycle.

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Will Inflation Make A Comeback In 2014 When The Consensus Worries About Deflation

Will Inflation Make A Comeback In 2014 When The Consensus Worries About Deflation

The Incrementum Inflation Signal started showing rising inflationary momentum after a period of 19 month of disinflation. Is Inflation making a comeback just as the consensus worries about deflation risk? That was the subject of Incrementum’s first Advisory Board in which much respected names have a seat.

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Gold Standard – The way to Liberty

Gold Standard – The way to Liberty

A de-politicization of money and thus the return to all its facets as a store of value and means of exchange, would be beneficial for a broad minded- liberal society rather than a centrally – doctrinaire social order. The gold standard of a currency captures the otherwise nearly limitless power of politics and thereby gives people freedom.

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Ron Paul vs Paul Krugman: Who Is The True Prophet, Who Is The False?

| November 29, 2013 | Category: Economy
Ron Paul vs Paul Krugman: Who Is The True Prophet, Who Is The False?

Journalist Jeremy Hammond had the ingenious idea of contrasting the Austrian, free-market school of economics with the Keynesian, pro-government school on the recent financial crisis through a close examination of the words of two commentators: former Congressman Ron Paul, schooled in the Austrian perspective, versus the Nobel Prize–winning Keynesian and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. The book is a must read for everyone who is serious about economics and looking for the truth.

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Claudio Grass: Monetary Collapse Likely Because Of Too Much Debt

Claudio Grass: Monetary Collapse Likely Because Of Too Much Debt

In this interview with Claudio Grass, our friends at SGTReport talk through several fundamental points related to free markets (Austrian economics), the concept of money and the precious metals markets. Claudio Grass is the Managing Director of Global Gold, a bullion company specialized in storage of physical precious metals outside the banking system in safe jurisdictions like Switzerland. We have chosen four underexposed insights related to gold.

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Sorry, We The People Are No Machines

| May 12, 2013 | Articles: Insights
Sorry, We The People Are No Machines

Are we right to conclude that consumers (at least in the US, and very likely in Europe as well) do not have the ability AND willingness to take on more debt in order to spend more? Maybe there is some spending fatigue. As the French use to say: c’est trop.

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Interest Rates From An Austrian Viewpoint

Interest Rates From An Austrian Viewpoint

In this piece we will look at what interest actually is from the viewpoint of the Austrian School of Economics and how the setting (manipulation) of the interest rate by central banks negatively impacts the economy in the long run. In essence, interest is the ratio between the value assigned to specific goods today, to be exact, the goods themselves are irrelevant but rather the underlying want satisfaction, in comparison to the identical goods at a future point in time.

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An Introduction To The Sound Principles Of Austrian Economics

The Austrian view on economics – many know it from the surface, but a minority has studied the principles. This article explains the basics and applies it to today’s economy. It appears that the world could avoid a lot of suffering by applying the sound principles of Austrian economics.

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The Tragedy Of The Euro! What About Germany?

| November 10, 2012 | Articles: Insights
The Tragedy Of The Euro! What About Germany?

This article is written by Brecht Arnaert who is the editor of www.safecapital.eu, an in-depth newsletter for preservation of capital, with the support from Global Gold. 2012 has been a year of great turmoil for the euro. But our economy is not the only thing that is in crisis. Our economic theory is too, and even more so: for decades macro-economic policy has been conducted within a Keynesian framework, and while no Keynesian economist has predicted this crisis, or even is able to explain it’s causes, we are still listening to them today to get out of the mess they brought us into. I would say that this is a problem of […]

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Money Is Neutral – The Great Keynesian Fallacy

| November 7, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Money Is Neutral – The Great Keynesian Fallacy

This article is an excerpt from the Mountain Vision newsletter. We stronlgy encourage you to subscribe to the service. In this week´s edition of Mountain Vision, I will dig deeper into a subject I have only indirectly touched upon in some of my previous postings. Basically it is one of the greatest fallacies in both the Keynesian and Monetarist theoretical framework that will ultimately help decide your optimal portfolio allocation! Both Keynesians and Monetarists build their models on the assumption that money is neutral with regard to the economic outcome. In other words, the mainstream economists believe that monetary policy should be used to increase aggregate demand in the short run […]

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The purpose of market intervention

| August 27, 2012 | Articles: Insights
The purpose of market intervention

Interventions in markets by governments and central banks are routine and we take them for granted. No one questions them, but they can create dangerous distortions. Their reason for intervening is to take price determination away from markets and consumers. The authorities and big business do not like leaving prices to free markets because prices are subjective: in other words, prices are decided by the desires of the consumer and not the cost of production. This is the central plank in the Austrian School’s explanation of economic theory in free markets, and it therefore follows that what consumers actually want and at what price must in turn determine prices through […]

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