Stock markets have been getting hammered, ostensibly because of the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Peter Schiff has been saying this isn’t really about the virus. It was the pin that pricked the bubble. If it wasn’t coronavirus, it would have been something else.
Regardless, the Fed hit the panic button last week and slashed interest rates by half a percent. Peter has described this as throwing gasoline on a fire. In other words, the central bank is exacerbating the problem.
Government officials and central bankers are in full-blown panic mode.
Stocks crashed again Monday. The Dow Jones was down over 2,000 points, a 7.8% drop. It was the 11th biggest percentage drop in history. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were also down over 7%.
This time oil was the apparent catalyst for the selloff as Saudi Arabia and Russia launched a full-blown price war. But as always, the apparent cause and the underlying cause are two different things.
Last week was a rollercoaster ride on Wall Street. In the midst of market madness, Peter Schiff appeared on RT Boom Bust to talk about a range of subjects from the Fed’s move to cut rates, to coronavirus, to the impact of Super Tuesday and presidential politics on the markets, to government ineptitude.
He started out the interview reiterating a point he’s made over and over again over the last few months. This market is all about the Fed and it’s always been all about the Fed.
We all know politicians waste money, right? You’ve seen the stories about $640 toilet seats and bridges to nowhere. That kind of stuff enrages me. But it was kind of fun watching a politician waste his own money.
I’m talking about Michael Bloomberg, of course.
It’s been a roller-coaster ride on Wall Steet. Stocks whipsawed up and down — mostly down. Gold dipped and then rebounded. And the Fed cut rates in a move that looked an awful lot like a replay of 2008. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey gives an overview of the topsy-turvy week, and tries to make sense out of what’s going on and where it might lead us.
As the stock market reeled, the Federal Reserve cut rates by 50 basis points this week. It was the first time the Fed has cut rates between meetings since December 2008, when it made a similar move in response to the financial crisis. But that wasn’t enough for President Trump. Immediately after the announcement, the president took to Twitter calling for more cuts.
With the madness in the markets over the last couple of weeks that led the Federal Reserve to implement a 50-basis point interest rate cut, Peter Schiff is starting to get some love in the mainstream media.
Peter was a regular on MSNBC, Fox News and other mainstream outlets in the months leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. He was typically the lone contrarian, insisting that the economy wasn’t great. Of course, in 2008, he was proved correct.
Silver prices are expected to rise in 2020 with macroeconomic and geopolitical conditions remaining broadly supportive for precious metals, this according to a report highlighted in the latest issue of the Silver Institute’s Silver News.
Stop and pause for a moment and think about what just happened. The Federal Reserve says the US economy is strong, but it just initiated emergency monetary policy last seen during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Something doesn’t add up.
The Fed cut rates 50 basis points on Tuesday. It was the first interest rate move between regularly schedule FMOC meetings since the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed funds rate now stands between 1.0 and 1.25%.