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.
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.
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
Perhaps the central planners will even start mailing us all checks – early tax rebates or the like – so we go out and spend. Buiter’s call for shoving money down everyone’s throat is representative of the philosophy that pervades the Federal Reserve and Washington DC: There can never be too much stimulus or money creation. If stimulus is failing, it is simply because it is inadequate. It is time to double down. Couple Buiter’s request for “helicopter money” with his recent modest proposal to abolish cash – an idea gaining real traction with policy makers and the major banks – and you have everything you need to know about why it is important to hold physical gold and silver.
We started with the statement ‘simply print more Fiat currency, and you inflate away the debt’… and the first part ‘simply print more Fiat currency’ fails the Trinity of Truth test. Under our current system it’s impossible to ‘simply print more Fiat currency’. How about the rest? Can we ‘inflate away the debt’? Well, if each new Dollar created is of necessity accompanied by a newly created Dollars’ worth of debt, this does not seem likely, does it? Any effort to ‘print away’ existing debt will result in ever larger debt. This is the road to bankruptcy.
The abolition of cash currency and the associated implementation of negative interest rates represents a “consistent continuation of misguided monetary policy”. It would pave the way for economic totalitarianism of an Orwellian character. Alternatives like gold and crypto-currencies could of course benefit from this, as long as they manage to escape “regulation” or a ban in the framework of financial repression.
So with all due respect to those of you who see gold as just another imminent general commodity liquidation away from $850 or lower, I think that is not exactly the way it is going to play out. We may see more sell-off coming as current conditions develop; yes, I may still be a little early; but gold still represents the ultimate store of value for liquid capital.
Despite another so-called “smash down” of gold and silver, having an awareness of the direction of the trend, as we have been advocating for the past few years, one cannot be surprised by the drop as much as one can be verily surprised by the extent to which the central bankers have had such a relentless stranglehold on gold and silver, and it appears that they have not yet finished playing their manipulated hand.
This village was a long, long way away and this story happened before the world developed High Frequency Trading, Derivatives, Quantitative Easing, PhD economists, central banking, paper money, and career politicians to manage the affairs of our nation, so this story may not be relevant to our modern and sophisticated world.
There is no shortage of negative commentary on gold and silver. A quick google search will produce headlines which make that point. Not all objections and criticisms of gold are intellectually honest – they slant the narrative to support their bias in favor of the status quo, stocks, bonds, and central bank issued currencies, such as Federal Reserve Notes. The dishonesty is understandable since gold is often viewed as an anti-dollar and gold prices sometimes function as a check on the excessive debt creation.