ReasonTV asked Californians what they thought the “right” minimum wage is. Unsurprisingly, most of the people in the “trendy, hipster enclave” of Silver Lake in Los Angeles just assumed a higher minimum wage is simply a no-brainer, win-win for society and workers. They didn’t hesitate to insist a $15-20 minimum wage was a necessity for the common decency of low-wage workers, even when presented with the prospect of major job losses if the minimum wage were raised. The video reminds us of when Peter Schiff asked Walmart shoppers if they would be willing to pay 15% more for their groceries if Walmart employees got a 15% raise.
This article was written by Nelson Gilliat, a millennial supporter of sound money and Austrian economics. Any views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Peter Schiff or SchiffGold.
During March 16th’s FOMC meeting, the Fed announced that it would leave interest rates unchanged and scaled back its December projections for higher rates in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Fed’s backtracking comes just three months after raising interest rates 25 basis points, its first hike since June 2006.
While the Fed’s backtracking on higher interest rate projections was the big news of the meeting, another emerging trend also deserves attention – – the Fed’s backtracking from being US data dependent and toward being global data dependent.
Global factors are playing an increasingly larger role in the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates.
According to last week’s FOMC statement, “economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace despite the global economic and financial developments of recent months” and warned that “global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks.”
This article was written by Justin Spittler and originally published by Casey Research. Any views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Peter Schiff or SchiffGold.
Have you heard of “negative interest rates?”
It’s become a phenomenon with economists and the media. There’s a good chance you’ve read an article about it. But I’m writing to tell you something about negative interest rates you haven’t heard. You certainly won’t hear about it in the mainstream press.
What’s coming at you is a historic event. It’s something our grandchildren will hear stories about…much like the Great Depression or the Cold War.
What’s coming could send the price of gold much higher in the coming years. If you know what’s coming, it could mean the difference between having lots of free cash in retirement or barely getting by. To understand the gravity of this moment, let’s cover one of the most bizarre ideas in the world…
In a recent interview published at the Daily Bell, Anthony Wile engaged in a wide-ranging discussion with economist and investment expert Marc Faber.
Wile and Faber hit on a wide range of subjects from oil markets, to agricultural lands, to the future price of gold.
Faber said we shouldn’t follow the media lead and blame China for all of the current problems, echoing what Peter Schiff has said. Ultimately it all comes down to central bank and government actions – policies Faber views as unsustainable.
But what exactly does the future hold? Faber said there is no way to precisely tell, but it isn’t good:
It’s difficult to make predictions but it’s impossible to make any accurate prediction when you have interventions. We have a lot of interventions, and in the whole history of mankind, which is documented say starting 5,000 years ago up to today, interest rates have never, ever been this low. Never. And this is an experiment the professors and academics who never worked a day in their lives in a real job have undertaken. Nobody knows the precise outcome. I can only say the outcome will be negative.”
On Wednesday, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund appeared on CNBC and made exactly the same prediction Peter Schiff has been making for months – the Federal Reserve’s next moves will be taking rates back to zero and launching another round of quantitative easing.
It’s important to remember that Ray Dalio doesn’t share Peter’s economic point of view. He is a classic Keynesian who believes the Fed has done an excellent job. He even claimed that “QE saved the economy.” He and Peter probably agree on very little. But Dalio’s remarks bear consideration because he represents the conventional wisdom of today. He believes in central bank intervention and he recognizes that the current state of the US economy demands more of it. To use Peter’s analogy, Dalio wants the drug addict to get more of his favorite drug, and he believes the Fed will deliver.
In his most recent Liberty Report, Ron Paul declared that the economic calamity anticipated by many free market advocates is now at hand.
Paul focused in on the obsession people like Paul Krugman have with deflation, pointing out that it isn’t the problem; it is merely the symptom of an economy trying to correct itself. Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve and government central planners seem intent on continuing the very policies that created the underlying problems in the first place:
Concentrating only on deflation and ignoring the unlawful, dangerous powers of the Fed to inflate and regulate will always result in a steady weakening of the economy – the economy which today is facing total collapse. Deflationary pressures do exist. Some debt and malinvestements are being liquidated. But the correction is constantly impeded by the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy and congressional spending.”
Jim Grant agrees with Peter Schiff that the Federal Reserve cannot continue to raise interest rates in 2016. On CNBC today, Grant explained his reasoning for why the Fed will regret raising rates in December and reverse its course of action:
It seems to me that the Fed is more likely to go to zero than to go to one-half of one percent from here. [I think that as the Fed] read the data, it felt it had to move. It had been saying for so long it would, [therefore] it had to, [and] it did. That doesn’t mean it was right to do so in the Fed’s own scheme of things. I think the Fed will regret the move it did in December. I think it will backtrack.”
Hindsight is supposed to be 20-20, but for some people it seems like it’s blind.
We’re approaching a decade since the housing bubble burst, plunging the US economy into the worst crisis since the great depression. Still, defenders of big government and central planning continue efforts to sell the myth that the meltdown was caused by “deregulation” and insufficient government oversight of greedy Wall Street types. This includes a lot of people who should know better, including New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
In a recent column, Krugman once again dragged out the deregulation myth, claiming “the bubble whose existence they denied really was inflated largely via opaque financial schemes that in many cases amounted to outright fraud — and it is an outrage that basically nobody ended up being punished for those sins aside from innocent bystanders, namely the millions of workers who lost their jobs and the millions of families that lost their homes.”
This article was written by Stefan Gleason and originally published at the Tenth Amendment Center. Find it here.
Is America on the cusp of a revolution that will usher in a new monetary order? The lessons of history tell us that no fiat currency retains its value for long or lasts forever. And as Shakespeare noted, “what’s past is prologue.”
Major episodes in monetary history often stem from political revolutions. Just as there are boom-bust economic cycles, there are cycles of optimism pessimism that drive cultural, geopolitical, and war cycles. American history reflects the ebbs and flows in social sentiment.
The Founders wrote gold and silver into the Constitution as legal tender. They did so not because the American Revolution was financed with sound money – quite the opposite. The Founders were keenly aware of the dangers of unbacked paper money because the Continental Congress printed huge volumes of it to pay for the Revolutionary war.
Dr. Ron Paul interviewed Chris Rossini, regular contributor to LewRockwell.com and author of Set Money Free: What Every American Needs To Know About The Federal Reserve. Together, they debunked some common American myths, including the real source of inflation, US foreign policy against radical Islam, and the importance of real savings and capital in an economic system.
Going back and forth with Paul Krugman, I argue the case that his definition of inflation is different than mine. He says inflation is when the CPI goes up, which is a government statistic which they can alter at will… Austrian economics teaches that inflation really is the increase in the supply of money and credit, especially when it is artificial and comes from the Federal Reserve.”