Dr. Ron Paul turned 80 years old last week, and the Mises Institute threw a birthday party for him. Tom Woods and Judge Napolitano introduced Dr. Paul with stirring speeches, reminding us of how pivotal Ron Paul has been to the libertarian and free-market movements.
Dr. Paul delivered a resounding inspirational talk directed at those who strive to spread the message of free markets and a free society. While he reminded us of the terrible effects of an overreaching federal government and central bank, his message is primarily one of hope.
Argue the case for liberty. Then you are going to argue the case for the greatest prosperity for the greatest number of people, the largest middle class. Then we have a society where if the goal is to seek excellence in virtue, you can do it. It’s all your responsibility… If you accept the notion that the government should protect us in a moral way and tell us what our habits should be, or we need the government to redistribute wealth, it can’t be done without the taking away of liberty.”
Lew Rockwell originally published this address on his podcast, and SchiffGold has compiled it into a YouTube video for you to enjoy.
Jim Grant appeared on CNBC this morning with an explanation of the underlying reason why United States stocks just plummeted. His core message is that capitalism requires both success and failure. When central bank monetary policy corrupts pricing as thoroughly as it currently has, it ruins the market’s ability to withstand healthy business failures. Grant doesn’t talk about it in this interview, but just a month ago he reminded us of the best assets to hold as protection from this distorted financial world – precious metals.
The prices themselves are the cosmetic evidence of underlying difficulty. So if you misprice something, it’s not just the price that’s wrong, it’s the thing itself that has been financed by the price. So you have perhaps too many oil derricks, too many semi-conductor fabs. We have too much of something, which is financed by an excess of credit or debt. That, to me, is the essential backstory to this morning’s difficulties. It’s the mispricing of asset values, led by central banks who think that by inflating or lifting up stocks, bonds, real estate, they will thereby engender prosperity…”
Marc Faber explained his gold investment philosophy to CNBC. Like Peter Schiff, Faber is a contrarian who doesn’t buy into the consensus view that the United States dollar is going to remain a strong currency. While the price of gold in Chinese yuan has risen steeply recently, Faber still believes it is a great time to buy gold in US dollars as well.
Earlier this year, we wrote about the latest developments in the international “war on cash.” Some central bankers have gone so far as to suggest that cash be eliminated entirely. In his latest podcast, Tom Woods and Charles Hugh Smith talk about why central authorities want to abolish cash and the role cash plays in a free society.
Near the end, Smith recommends investing in local businesses or real estate as a better way of protecting your savings than keeping large sums of money in the banking system. We’re pretty sure he would agree that buying physical gold and silver is also a good way to save your wealth and maintain its purchasing power over the long term.
Investment adviser Doug Casey recently appeared on Reason TV to discuss the current state of the US economy. He did not paint a rosy picture, saying that things are “building up to a catastrophe of historic proportions.” Doug made some stark comparisons between the current situations in American and conditions leading up to crises in Greece and Argentina, and even the Great Depression. As a way of warning, he criticized Greeks who failed to see the warning signs and act before it was too late.
But all is not gloom and doom. Doug sees opportunity in the pending economic crash, and he points to gold as a “great value.”
This article was written by Laurynas Vegys and originally published by Casey Research. Any views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Peter Schiff or SchiffGold.
Silver is down 7.1% this year. Will this weakness persist? To find out, let’s look at the key factors in the silver market this year.
- Like gold, silver fell as the US dollar rose on the back of expectations that the Fed will hike rates.
- World demand for physical silver fell 4% in 2014, largely due to a record 19.5% drop in investment demand.
- Silver exchange-traded funds (ETFs) did not see big liquidations in 2014. ETF holdings grew by 1.4 million ounces and recorded their highest year-end level at 636 million ounces.
The first two factors helped push silver 19.9% lower last year. That’s more than gold or any other precious metal fell. Despite this, silver production rose 5% in 2014. That added to the pressure on prices.
Michael Lombardi of Profit Confidential calmly explains the difference between the paper price of gold and the physical price of gold. Paper gold contracts traded on the COMEX and other speculative markets can significantly influence the nominal price of gold from day to day, as we saw with the sharp downturn in the dollar price of the metal this summer. Conversely, physical buyers are simultaneously paying some of the highest premiums ever for gold, because the supply of the metal is so limited. In fact, gold production has gone down in 2015, while demand in both the US and Asia has been growing.
Lombardi reminds us that in the end, gold is a physical commodity, and basic supply-demand dynamics will be the ultimate arbiter of its value. This point can’t be emphasized enough, but mainstream investors tend to ignore it and get distracted by the dollar price of gold. This dollar-centric mindset ultimately prevents investors from seeing the reasons to own physical gold for the long-term, which is the most prudent reason to buy.
Jim Grant joined Kitco News to share his thoughts on the gold market. Author of The Forgotten Depression and publisher of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, Grant is one of the most reserved and staunch gold bulls in the financial media. Grant admits he is extremely frustrated with the gold market given the underlying fundamentals of the global economy. But with his typically patient demeanor, he maintains that now is a great opportunity to buy. Grant prefers to invest in non-numismatic, physical gold bullion, like Krugerrands. He also buys gold mining stocks.
We are in one of the most radical periods of monetary experimenting in the annals of money. It could be this all works out. That is a possibility. I rate that as a very low probability. For that reason, you want to have exposure to the reciprocal asset of the paper assets that are now most popular. Gold to me is now the conjunction of price, value, and sentiment. I am very bullish indeed.”
Jim Rickards appeared on Bloomberg to explain why gold hasn’t actually lost any real value. It’s just the strength of the dollar that has pushed down nearly all commodities and currencies. Rickards argues that now is a very good time to buy the yellow metal, especially if you’re looking for the safest way to preserve your wealth from fluctuations in fiat currencies.
Ken Hoffman, Global Head of Metals & Mining Research with Bloomberg Intelligence, spoke with Kitco News about the possibility of China putting its yuan currency on a gold standard. Hoffman emphasized it is not difficult to imagine, because China has been laying the groundwork for years – buying up gold, starting a gold bank, building extra vaults, and soon launching a yuan gold fix. He believes the timing of it largely hinges on whether or not the International Monetary Fund decides to accept the yuan into its basket of reserve currencies this year.
A gold standard, plain and simple, is not a big constraint on a currency. It actually is something that worked for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It’s not this horrible thing… [A Chinese gold standard] would be a game changer. It would make gold very interesting. It would make it a currency again in terms of the way the rest of the world looks at gold.”