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On Thursday Bitcoin gained parity with gold for the first time, only to surpass it shortly after. The cryptocurrency reached a high of $1281.21 by 1 p.m. EST on the BTCUSD exchange, according to MarketWatch. The mainstream media is likely to hype the story, inspiring many to sing the praises of Bitcoin as a better investment than gold or other precious metals.
But before you trade your gold coins or silver bullion for Bitcoin, remember that cryptocurrencies have little in common to precious metals when it comes to value and volatility. Goldmoney contributor, Stefan Weiler, explains the problems of comparing precious metals vs cryptocurrencies.
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Today, we celebrate the birthday of Irwin Schiff, one of our nation’s most influential activists for free markets and limited government. Irwin was a proud, freedom-loving American who died a political prisoner in a Texas federal prison. Neither the irony of his passing nor his convictions escaped the millions of people Irwin inspired to become activists. He helped them understand the destructive consequences of an over-reaching and over-regulatory government.
Peter Schiff recently appeared on CNBC’s “Future’s Now” letting millions of American voters know that if they’re frustrated with Trump, they should blame the Federal Reserve. “If the economy was in good shape, not only would he have not been elected, he wouldn’t have been the Republican nominee.”
The price of gold is moving in contradiction to its economic purpose, which is to serve as an investor safe haven against inflation. Shortly after the election, the dollar index spiked as gold prices began a quick decline; however, recently the trend has reversed. Gold is now up around 7% since the Fed’s December rate hike, according to Bloomberg.
In Peter Schiff’s latest podcast, Peter discussed the Consumer Price Index and retail sales reports released last week. Janet Yellen provided the data in a report to Congress. The chairwoman’s testimony brought on a new wave of optimism in the markets that interest rate hikes would be coming sooner than last year’s cycle of promise-then-disappoint.
Yellen spoke to congress this week, and her remarks about the new Commander in Chief could be foreshadowing an upcoming battle between the Fed’s goals and Trump’s plan to weaken the dollar. The President also made amends with China’s President Xi Jinping, but has new problems to deal with as other foreign governments shed their US Treasury holdings.
Dan Kurz is a CFA with over two decades experience working in Zurich, Switzerland as a thematic strategist for Credit Suisse CIO Office. Dan’s site, DK Analytics, offers deep and broad analysis at the macro and micro level.
Spearheaded by legislative efforts in Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma, a substantial number of states have undertaken efforts to reinstitute gold and silver as money (according to the hyperlink-based sources, 24 have made efforts). Numerous states are increasingly concerned about the nation’s Fed-based fiat monetary system, which debases the dollar, enables protracted, yawning deficit spending and trade deficits, and runs up huge, unpayable debts. With Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma blazing a trail back to constitutional money, states such as Louisiana, Arizona, South Carolina, and Kansas have been inspired to once again make gold and silver legal tender with which to conduct commerce in their jurisdictions.
Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before Congress today with a hawkish tone that sent gold prices downward and bond yields upwards prior and during her testimony. Gold spot prices were down around $11/oz. toward the end of Yellen’s testimony. The 10-year note rose to 2.5% from 2.43% while the 2-year note yield jumped to as high as 1.25 % from a low of 1.18% during her speech, according to CNBC.
Yellen’s comments strengthened the likelihood of interest rate increases for the foreseeable future, stating that “waiting too long” would be “unwise”. She qualified her comments with the warning that raising rates too rapidly could “risk disrupting financial markets and push the economy into recession.”