In his review of the latest economic data, Peter Schiff rips more holes in the economic “recovery” narrative. The labor-force participation rate just hit its lowest level since 1977. Meanwhile, under Obama’s presidency, 1.4 million manufacturing jobs have been lost, while 1.4 million bartending, waitress, and waitering jobs have been created.
Texas Wants Gold Back from Feds
CBS News – Texas wants its physical gold back. In mid-June, Gov. Greg Abbot signed a law creating a state gold bullion and precious metal depository. The Star-Telegram reported that the primary goal of the depository is to “bring home more than $1 billion in gold bars that are owned by the University of Texas Investment Management Co. and are now housed at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in New York.” Under the new law, Texas gold will be beyond the purview or control of any “governmental or quasi-governmental authority” not directly administered by the state. Read Full Article >>
Bank of China to Help Set London Gold Price
The Telegraph – The Bank of China will become the first Asian firm in history to join a group of western institutions setting the price of gold in the London market with its entry to the London Bullion Market Association gold price auction. China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of bullion. Bank officials said its inclusion will allow the gold price to better reflect supply and demand in the People’s Republic. Read Full Article>>
Greece missed its International Monetary Fund (IMF) payment earlier this week – the first advanced economy in the world to do so. All of Europe is watching to see if Greece stays in the eurozone and what the ramifications could be for the relatively young euro currency. And while they wait, they’re buying gold.
European mints and gold sellers have reported a huge leap in gold sales since this weekend, when Greece announced bank closures. The Wall Street Journal reports that the British Royal Mint is experiencing twice the demand for gold sovereigns from Greek customers.
Meanwhile, the last time the European retailer CoinInvest.com saw sales like this was during the Cypriot banking crisis in 2013.
This article was submitted by Addison Quale, SchiffGold Precious Metals Specialist. Any views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Peter Schiff or SchiffGold.
The federal government can’t seem to help itself. After overseeing the inflating and bursting of the dot-com bubble in the 1990s and the subprime mortgage bubble in the 2000s, the United States government is at it again – this time in the area of student loans.
Student loan debt now stands at a record $1.2 trillion, which represents the second largest category of consumer debt after home mortgages. It has grown by leaps and bounds since the financial crisis of 2008 and now surpasses even car loans and credit card debt.
The Silver Institute has released its June newsletter. The publication features interesting and educational articles about the latest technology in the silver industry, as well as new silver investment products on the market. This edition notes that industrial demand for silver continues to grow in Asia and developing countries:
Industrial applications accounted for 56 percent of all silver demand in 2014. On a regional basis, a modest increase in industrial demand in developing countries, led by 4 percent growth in China and Taiwan, was offset by weaker demand in advanced countries in 2014. This marks the fifth consecutive year of Chinese industrial demand growth. Last year’s industrial demand total for Taiwan was 23 percent above their 2009 figure.”
Peter Schiff appeared on Fox Business yesterday, warning that whether they know it or not, many Americans own Puerto Rican bonds in their retirement portfolios. If Puerto Rico were to default on its debt, the fallout would have a much bigger effect on average Americans than Greece leaving the eurozone. More importantly, Peter believes Puerto Rico provides a peek into the future of the United States:
The reality is Puerto Rico is in better fiscal shape than the United States. They have a lower debt-to-GDP than we do. The only difference is, investors aren’t worried yet because the Fed is monetizing all of our debt. If we had a QE program for Puerto Rico, they wouldn’t have a problem either…”
Bank of International Settlements issued a blunt report on Sunday, warning that over-reliance on monetary policy has left central banks with little capacity to deal with the next global crisis.
As the Telegraph reports, BIS asserts that central banks have “backed themselves into a corner” by repeatedly cutting interest rates in order to stimulate flagging economies.
These low interest rates have in turn fueled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have responded to with even lower rates.”
Last night, Peter Schiff told CNBC how he expects the Greek financial crisis to affect United States markets. Peter thinks that the Federal Reserve will come in with another round of quantitative easing to prevent the dollar from rising too much against a struggling euro. Instead, he believes the Puerto Rican debt crisis presents a bigger problem to the US, because it could add significant risk to the municipal bond market and perhaps even breed a greater distrust of Treasuries.
In this final part of their video series, Peter Schiff and Mike Maloney discuss why gold is the ultimate hedge against the government’s irresponsible monetary policies. Neither Mike nor Peter like to predict a final price for gold. However, they agree that given the history of paper money systems, gold will be heading much higher when priced in US dollars. How much higher? Find out in their full, 5-year gold forecast.
View part one: Peter Schiff & Mike Maloney’s First Face-to-Face Discussion
Part two: Is Gold Heading to $13000?
Part three: Saving Your Retirement Nest Egg from the Next Market Crash
Part four: The Inflation/Deflation Debate
This post was submitted by Addison Quale, SchiffGold Precious Metals Specialist. Any views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Peter Schiff or SchiffGold.
You know, it’s funny. When someone is known to have a valuable treasure, everyone around them surely covets it. In fact, if it’s really really valuable, many would try to get their hands on it, perhaps by offering to trade for it, or even by trying to steal it outright. But as long as the owner knows the true value of their treasure, they’re not likely to let it go easily.
But therein lies the key to getting at that treasure. What if you were able to convince the owner that their treasure really wasn’t that valuable? What if you could trick them into thinking it was worthless, run of the mill, and just a beat up old piece of junk? What if you slowly deceived them into thinking their treasure was just a “barbarous relic”?
Perhaps you already know where I am going with this and have seen Mark Dice’s recent video of trying (and failing) to give away a 10-ounce silver bar on the streets of Encinitas, CA. Americans have been tricked into believing precious metals are not valuable.