Every week, analysts and pundits pour over the latest weekly jobs report looking for signs of life. Every month, we dive into the monthly unemployment numbers hoping they signal economic recovery. But these unemployment numbers don’t tell the whole story.
The government economic shutdowns in response to the coronavirus pandemic have deeply wounded the economy in ways that won’t immediately show up in the numbers. In fact, they could leave scars on the economy that don’t fade for years.
There was a tremendous amount of volatility in the stock market this week with the NASDAQ entering correction territory and then rebounding. Is this just a blip on the radar? Or is the biggest bubble ever running out of steam? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about it. He also digs into what’s going on in the housing market and what it’s telling us about the broader economy.
After rising early in the week on the Fed’s promise of more inflation, gold and silver dipped a bit late in the week with some positive economic data bolstering hopes of a quick economic recovery. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey reiterates that what’s going on isn’t fundamentally about the coronavirus. He takes a deep dive into the Fed’s new inflation policy and makes the case that this was all in play long before the pandemic.
Last month, gold broke its all-time record price. As we have explained, to really understand what’s going on, you need to flip the equation. Dollars are at an all-time record low compared to gold. Simply put, the recent surge in gold prices is all about currency debasement.
We were on this path long before coronavirus reared its ugly head. After all, this gold bull market started back in 2015. But the government response to the pandemic put the process in hyperdrive. In March, the Federal Reserve embarked on a policy of money printing to infinity and beyond. And there is no end in sight. The Fed is apparently even willing to turn the other way the inevitable result of printing money – price inflation – begins to become apparent in the economy.
It was a volatile week in the gold and silver markets after last week’s correction with big swings up and down. Early this week, gold enjoyed a rally back above $,2000 after we learned Warren Buffett has gotten into gold. In this week’s Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about Buffett’s move into gold and what it means and why we shouldn’t worry about big corrections during this bull run. He also highlights some of the economic data that makes him less than optimistic about a quick recovery.
In yet another sign that the economy isn’t poised for a quick bounceback even if researchers produce an effective COVID-19 vaccine, many companies are considering permanently laying off furloughed workers and taking other steps to make cost-cutting measures permanent.
It was a tough week in the precious metals markets. On Tuesday, gold dropped well over 5% and silver plunged more than 13%. It was the worst single-day rout for gold in seven years. That led some to declare the gold bull dead. But SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap podcast host Mike Maharrey doesn’t see it that way. In this episode, he breaks down the reasons for the selloff and explains why there is no need to panic if you’re keeping your eyes on the fundamentals.
Gold and silver sold off when Russia announced that it had an effective vaccine for coronavirus. This plays into the myth that a cure for COVID-19 will cure the economy. But there is plenty of evidence suggesting the damage to the economy is deep and will likely have long-lasting impacts even when the pandemic is in the rearview mirror.
We’ve reported on a number of these signs. Permanent business closures are rising. Americans owe billions in back rent. There is an increasing number of mortgage delinquencies. There is a rising number of over-leveraged zombie companies. And a tsunami of defaults and bankruptcies are on the horizon.
In fact, bankruptcies are already on track for a 10-year high.
Gold and silver got pummeled on Tuesday. The price of gold dropped more than 5%, falling far below the $2,000 level. It was the worst single-day rout in seven years. Gold continued to fall in Asian trading Wednesday morning and briefly dropped below $1,900 before clawing back later in the session. Silver also had a precipitous fall, diving some 13%.
Peter Schiff talked about the sell-off during his podcast. He said we shouldn’t lose sight of the fundamentals and they’re still bullish for gold. The Fed isn’t about to stop printing money and inflation is going to win.
Most people remain blissfully ignorant of the economic wounds inflicted on the US economy by the government-imposed economic shutdowns in response to the coronavirus. But every once in a while, the curtain blows back and we catch a glimpse of the damage.
For example, a report released last week by global advisory firm Stout, Risius and Ross estimated that Americans currently owe more than $21.5 billion in past-due rent.