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Gold and Paper 1951 – 2016

Gold and Paper 1951 – 2016

      From Raymond Chandler in “The Long Goodbye:” “There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.” (Think deficit spending, central banking, QE, and “printing money.”) Images that come to mind are:   Future Possibilities for dollars/euros/pounds/yen: More debt, “money printing,” central bank desperation, currency devaluations, QE, and more of the same failed policies – will produce higher gold prices. Inflationary blow-off and gold prices go astronomical in devalued currencies, as they have in many other countries in the past century. Deflationary depression, tens or hundreds of $Trillions of debt defaults that make the 1930s look like a “walk in the park” by comparison […]

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A Short History of Paper Money

A Short History of Paper Money

It fails! $ $ $ Suppose you had a printing press in your basement along with a supply of perfect paper. You could slip down to your basement and print a batch of perfect $100 notes or 500 euro notes, but only in an emergency. I predict that you would find many emergencies. Suppose the government or central bank had access to that printing press (they do) and suppose they printed (and borrowed) ONLY in circumstances of economic need, political promises, war, necessary deficits, Presidential junkets, Wall Street bailouts, economic stimulus, vote buying, “emergencies,” and “special circumstances.” Sound familiar? What could go wrong? And that is the problem with central […]

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Governments Continue To Debase The Value Of Paper Currencies

Governments Continue To Debase The Value Of Paper Currencies

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.

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Silly Debt, Paper Dies, Gold Thrives

Silly Debt, Paper Dies, Gold Thrives

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!

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The Circle of Gold

The Circle of Gold

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.

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The 7 Biggest Lies about Gold

The 7 Biggest Lies about Gold

It’s hard to say which lie about gold is the biggest whopper. Many widely held beliefs about gold are lies – propaganda hammered home to have us believe the only true measure of wealth is government-issued debt.

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Ground Zero in the War on Cash: Greece

Ground Zero in the War on Cash: Greece

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.

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Global Players at the Financial Poker Table

Global Players at the Financial Poker Table

The Fed and Treasury can “print” trillions of currency units and commercial banks can borrow into existence trillions more, but ultimately gold and silver must be revalued much higher to compensate for the extraordinary printing and devaluation of fiat currencies.

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Negative Interest Rates And Cashless Society Are Theft

Negative Interest Rates And Cashless Society Are Theft

According to Thomas Bachheimer, the European states are moving towards a cashless society. If this is the way the ECB wants to go, they could use Greece as a test case for negative interest rates, which, by the way, are nothing but theft.

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Boehner Vows to Ram through More Deficit Spending

| September 29, 2015 | Category: Economy
Boehner Vows to Ram through More Deficit Spending

Assuming the debt ceiling is eventually raised, the move will make the coming debt reckoning that much bigger. Officially, the national debt now comes in at $18.1 trillion – about equal to the nation’s total economic output for a year. Adding in all projected unfunded liabilities brings the total to about $210 trillion, as calculated by economist Lawrence Kotlikoff.

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Citibank Calls for Helicopter Money Drops across Globe

| September 21, 2015 | Category: Money & Currency
Citibank Calls for Helicopter Money Drops across Globe

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.

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The Golden Fleece

| September 8, 2015 | Category: Investing
The Golden Fleece

Buy gold, buy silver, and have faith that our central bankers and politicians will continue to “print” currencies, monetize debt, extend and pretend, and devalue their currencies, thereby forcing the prices for gold and silver multiples higher. Precious metals will retain their purchasing power while paper assets denominated in mini-dollars, mini-euros, and mini-pounds decline and occasionally crash.

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Did China Kick-Start A New Bull Market In Gold?

| August 19, 2015 | Category: Money & Currency
Did China Kick-Start A New Bull Market In Gold?

China ‘de-pegged’ in a way its currency from the dollar. Make no mistake, this is a HUGE event. The second biggest economy in the world, which is on its way to become THE biggest economy worldwide, did say ‘goodbye’ to the dollar reserve currency. Because of that, it is now more than ever relying on its ‘real’ monetary reserve, i.e. GOLD.

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Gold & Silver Money Has Devolved Into Debt and Plastic

Gold & Silver Money Has Devolved Into Debt and Plastic

Years ago gold and silver were money. Physical coins were replaced with gold and silver certificates. Those certificates were replaced with “Notes” or debt of the U.S. government issued by the central bank. Those notes have largely been replaced by more ephemeral digital debts in the form of credit card debt, debit accounts, checking accounts, short term debts (T-bills), longer term debt and derivatives of those debts. The intrinsic value of those notes and debt instruments is minimal – they are accepted because they are accepted, UNTIL THEY AREN’T. When that day arrives, we will wish we still used gold and silver as money.

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