Income inequality has been a hot topic since the bailouts of the big banks following the 2008 financial crisis. A recent article from National Public Radio’s Planet Money shines a light on the history of the trend, which has only gotten worse in the past few years.
Beginning in the Great Depression, and continuing until about 1970, the average income of the bottom 90% of United States wage earners exploded. It grew more than 200%, while the top 1% saw just a tiny fraction of that income growth.
Beginning the 1980s, that trend reversed dramatically. Since then, the bottom 90% of Americans have had relatively stagnant income growth, while the top 1% has grown its income nearly 250%. What is NPR’s explanation for this?
In his latest video blog, Peter Schiff briefly reviews last week’s negative economic data. He then looks at a recent public interview with Alan Greenspan, who believes that the US economy is not nearly as strong as everyone would like to believe. While Greenspan blames this on Congress, he simultaneously credits the Federal Reserve for inflating the current stock market bubble. All this from an economist who once criticized the Fed for market manipulation. How the times have changed.
I think Alan Greenspan knows it’s going to end badly. That’s why he’s advocating that people buy gold. But in this particular interview, he’s trying to absolve the Fed, because he’s trying to absolve himself.”
After her testimony to Congress this week, the mainstream media reported that Janet Yellen has put the Federal Reserve on the path to raising interest rates. However, Peter Schiff digs into Yellen’s official testimony from this week, showing beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Fed hasn’t even begun to think about a rate hike. It’s all right there in Yellen’s official prepared remarks. Peter also addresses the ridiculous popular notion that inflation is necessary for economic growth.
The US Justice Department has begun to investigate whether 10 of the world’s largest banks have manipulated gold and silver prices. The Justice Department is just the latest in a series of financial regulators to investigate possibilities of precious metals manipulation, including the UK Financial Conduct Authority, Germany’s BaFin, and Switzerland’s competition commission WEKO. On top of that, there are a number of pending civil lawsuits in New York against some of these same banks for gold price rigging.
What should physical gold and silver investors take away from this news?
Gold surged more than 10% in January, but lost a lot of ground on news of continued strong jobs growth. Peter argues that Obamacare is skewing the employment data. To avoid the additional costs of full-time employees, businesses are cutting workers to part-time hours while hiring additional staff. But “job sharing” is a double-edged sword that will mean even bigger lay-offs when the market retrenches.
USAWatchdog’s Greg Hunter spoke with Peter Schiff this week. They discussed the intricate problems of Europe and Greece, the phony economic recovery in the United States, and how investors can protect themselves when wars break out. Peter also responded to the ongoing negative sentiment of gold bears who continue to predict a lower gold price despite evidence to the contrary.
Peter Schiff is flabbergasted that the financial media is reporting China’s large trade surplus as a negative for its economy, while America’s huge trade deficit is portrayed as a positive. Both China’s surplus and America’s deficit are blamed on the same thing – a strong currency. After debunking this misinformation, Peter moves on to tear apart the concept that America is running out of college educated workers. Just because college graduates have a lower unemployment rate, doesn’t mean high schoolers should hurry to go into debt for a PhD in Philosophy.
Peter Schiff digs into the new jobs numbers and the latest trade deficit report, asking the tough questions the mainstream media avoids. When viewed together, the latest data reveal that the United States’ economy is consumer-based with failing production. Peter believes the uptick in unemployment may be the beginning of a new negative trend.
Peter Schiff reviews the most recent United States economic data and the reaction of the foreign exchange markets in his latest podcast. We’re seeing some of the worst economic numbers since the Great Recession, so will the Federal Reserve really raise rates this year? Peter also discusses the propaganda surrounding Standard & Poor’s settlement with the US government, as well as the latest news out of Greece.
In his latest commentary from Euro Pacific Capital, Peter Schiff delves into the repercussions of the political and economic drama playing out in Greece. Peter explains why the newly elected Greek government feels it holds a position of power as a debtor nation in today’s upside down economic climate. Peter also draws similarities between the smug bravado of the new Greek finance minister and President Obama’s latest budget and monetary policy. What will happen when it becomes clear to the world that the United States cannot repay its debts?