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POSTED ON November 5, 2021  - POSTED IN Exploring Finance

The September trade deficit smashed the record set just last June.

September 2021 charted a total trade deficit of -$80.9 billion. That was up a massive 11.2% over the August trade deficit of -$72.8 billion and crushed the previous June record of -$73.2 billion by over 10.5%.

POSTED ON November 5, 2021  - POSTED IN Friday Gold Wrap

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.

POSTED ON October 29, 2021  - POSTED IN Exploring Finance

The Federal Reserve has slightly slowed its asset purchases over the last few months. Was this a trial mini-taper?

If so, the results are not good news for the central bankers over at the Fed.

The Fed balance sheet stands at $8.56 trillion. That’s up by $108 billion from the prior month-end, but down over the past week by $8.7 billion. The chart below shows how the Fed Balance sheet has grown by instrument over the last 18 months.

POSTED ON October 12, 2021  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

Consumer borrowing has slowed somewhat from the record level we saw in June, but Americans continue to pile on the debt.

Consumer debt grew by $14.4 billion in August to $4.35 trillion, according to the latest data from the Federal Reserve. That represents a 4% increase.

This follows on the heels of a 4.8% increase in July after a record 10.6% increase in June.

POSTED ON August 18, 2021  - POSTED IN Videos

The Federal Reserve has pumped trillions of dollars into the economy through its quantitative easing programs. This has generated a surge of inflation. But there are other less obvious impacts from the Fed’s extraordinary monetary policy. It conceals risk. Everybody sees a “booming” economy and assumes everything is fine. But underneath, the entire thing is rotting from the inside.

POSTED ON August 13, 2021  - POSTED IN Friday Gold Wrap

Gold and silver tanked after last Friday’s job report. But both metals have rallied a bit since the July CPI numbers came in right at expectations. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey looks a little deeper at jobs and CPI. Then he goes off-script and addresses some listener comments.

POSTED ON August 6, 2021  - POSTED IN Friday Gold Wrap

Gold was solidly above $1,800 an ounce this week until Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida mentioned the economy reaching the Fed’s goals earlier than expected and raised the specter of monetary policy tightening. But is the economy really improving as much as everybody seems to think? In this week’s Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey digs into some of the economic numbers and determines they’re faking it.

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