December gave us another big jump in consumer prices. But despite a lot of talk about an inflation war, accommodative monetary policy remains in play. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey breaks down the CPI data, Jerome Powell’s Senate testimony, and Joe Biden’s plan to fix rising meat prices. That story has a fun plot twist.
The Federal Reserve released the minutes from the December FOMC meeting this week. They were even more hawkish than expected. That sparked a big taper tantrum in the markets. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey gives an overview of the minutes and then asks seven poignant questions they raise that aren’t being asked by the mainstream.
We’re on the cusp of a new year. We certainly had a wild ride in 2021 with continuing coronavirus drama, inflation that turned out to be not so transitory, and a record-breaking stock market bubble. So, what was the biggest story of 2021? Friday Gold Wrap host Mike Maharrey thinks it was a story that wasn’t told – the story of real interest rates. He wraps up the year by telling that story.
We got more bad inflation news this week as the Federal Reserve wrapped up its final FOMC meeting of the year. Supposedly, the central bank has launched its war on inflation. Has it though? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about inflation and the Fed meeting and explains why it looks more like the Fed is taking a pea shooter into a bazooka fight.
Pretty much everybody now expects the Federal Reserve to go to war against inflation, but the central bank has a problem not many people seem to be talking about – an economy buried under debt. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about consumer debt levels and their ramifications. He also discusses central bank gold-buying and breaks the November CPI data live.
After President Biden announced he was reappointing Jerome Powell for a second term as Federal Reserve Chairman, Powell went hawkish, saying it’s time to retire the word “transitory” when it comes to inflation and talking about speeding up the taper. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about the Powell transformation and questions whether a dove can really change his feathers.
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden announced Jerome Powell will serve a second term as chair of the Federal Reserve. In effect, Biden stuck with the status quo. But the markets reacted as if big changes are afoot. Gold sold off hard, falling back below $1,800 an ounce. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about Powell’s appointment and the market’s reaction to it.
The retail sales numbers for October came in even better than expected. The mainstream reported this as fantastic news — proof that the economy is booming. Meanwhile, Janet Yellen went on national TV and put a new spin on the transitory inflation narrative. In this week’s Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey explains why you shouldn’t fall for all this mainstream and government spin.
The October Consumer Price Index data came out this week. They expected it to come in hot. But not this hot. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey digs into the CPI numbers, along with another inflation index that looks even worse, and he wonders out loud how anybody can still buy into this “transitory” inflation narrative.
The Federal Reserve wrapped up its FOMC meeting on Wednesday and finally announced the much-anticipated QE taper. The Fed will cut its bond-buying program by about $15 billion a month. But so what? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey digs into the Fed announcement and raises some very important questions.