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Trump’s Trade Policy to Drive Price Inflation and Gold Buying

| January 30, 2017 | Category: Economy
Trump’s Trade Policy to Drive Price Inflation and Gold Buying

Donald Trump’s trade policy is likely to spark higher consumer price inflation, and that has ramifications for gold and silver prices. Regardless of where investors stand regarding the president’s plan to make Mexico “pay” for the border wall, if he is successful in getting Congress to impose a hefty tax on imports it will mean higher prices for things. A tax on goods from China could be even more inflationary. Saying that higher import taxes are inflationary may be a statement of the obvious, but it is worth making given Trump’s recent promotion of a tax on Mexican goods. He implies Mexican exporters will “pay” for the wall by absorbing […]

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Will Trump Usher In an Era of Sound Money?

| January 24, 2017 | Articles: Insights
Will Trump Usher In an Era of Sound Money?

Now that Donald Trump has been sworn in, Americans will start getting some glimpses of what his presidency actually means. Here are some educated guesses of what to expect when it comes to the dollar and sound money issues, based on what we know before the kick-off of Trump’s administration. The Federal Reserve Donald Trump became very critical of Janet Yellen and the Fed during the final months of the campaign. He accused the Fed of supporting the Obama administration and, by extension, Hillary Clinton by inflating a bubble in the stock markets and keeping interest rates artificially low. That was before the election. Shortly after the election, Trump signaled […]

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Awareness of Fed Credibility Problems Going Mainstream

| August 31, 2016 | Articles: Insights
Awareness of Fed Credibility Problems Going Mainstream

The nation’s pre-eminent central planners just held their annual gathering at an exclusive resort just outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming and discussed how to interfere even more deeply in markets. In a speech entitled “The Federal Reserve’s Monetary Policy Toolkit: Past, Present and Future,” Fed chair Janet Yellen outlined why zero interest rate policy (ZIRP), purchases of toxic mortgage securities, and monetization of Treasury debt just aren’t adequate. Officials must add negative interest rates (NIRP) and purchases of even more sketchy assets to their “toolkit.” Yellen has spent more than a year floating the idea of negative rates, so it is no surprise she is hustling the ludicrous policy once again. […]

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