Consumer price index data came in hotter than expected. Again. The producer price index data also came in well above projections. But Fed Chair Jerome Powell continues to stick to his “inflation is transitory” story. On this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharry digs into the inflation data and highlights Powell’s comments on Capitol Hill. He concludes the story is really all they’ve got.
The markets widely interpreted the June Federal Reserve meeting as hawkish. The central bankers pushed their projections for the first interest rate hike from 2024 back into 2023. But in reality, the Fed didn’t actually do anything. Interest rates will remain at zero and quantitative easing will continue unchanged into the foreseeable future.
The fact is the US government needs the Fed to continue its loose monetary policy to sustain its out-of-control borrowing and spending. Money is control and that’s why every government wants to control the money. Of course, this never works well for the average person. As Ron Paul put it, the road to big government authoritarianism is paved with fiat currency.
The Federal Reserve wrapped up its June meeting. While the central bank didn’t raise rates, the messaging coming out of the FOMC was widely viewed as hawkish. But was it really?
Peter Schiff doesn’t think so. In fact, he characterized the Fed’s messaging as extremely dovish. And the fact that it continues to ignore inflation doesn’t bode well for the future.
The CPI data came in higher than expected again in May. Looking at the trend, this should cast some serious doubt on the notion that inflation is “transitory.” Price data has come out hotter than expected every month this year. But the market reaction appears to be the exact opposite. The worse than expected CPI report seems to have reinforced the “inflation is transitory” narrative. As Peter Schiff explained in his podcast, everybody is buying into a lie the Fed is spoon-feeding us.
We got the May Consumer Price (CPI) Index data last week. Once again, it came in hotter than expected. Peter Schiff broke down the data on his podcast and concluded that this surge of inflation is anything by transitory.
Peter pointed out that the CPI is reverse-engineered to mask inflation.
It doesn’t really tell the whole story. But even half the story is pretty bad.”
Average Americans are worried about inflation, but the mainstream financial media doesn’t think they should be. Even though inflation is a hot topic, the conversation seems to primarily center around the notion that inflation is overblown. In his podcast, Peter explains why this mainstream media spin downplaying inflation is dead wrong.
Last week, Russia announced plans to completely eliminate dollars and dollar-denominated assets from its sovereign wealth fund. Is this another sign of erosion of dollar dominance?
The news from Russia dovetails with a warning by billionaire fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller that the dollar could cease to be the world’s reserve currency within the next 15 years.
With some positive economic data coming out this week, investors suddenly went bullish on the economy again and decided that the Fed is surely going to deal with inflation now. Will it though? In this Friday Gold Wrap Podcast episode, host Mike Maharrey speculates about the Fed’s next move. He also looks ahead and talks about the long-term future of the dollar. Can we assume it will always be the reserve currency?
For months, the markets have responded to inflationary pressures by piling into dollars and selling gold. They’ve taken this counterintuitive approach because they believe the Fed will tighten monetary policy to fight inflation sooner rather than later. But we’re starting to see a shift in sentiment. As Peter Schiff explains in a recent podcast, traders seem to be realizing that inflation might be here to stay, and that is bullish for gold and bearish for the dollar.
Gold pushed above $1,900 an ounce near the end of the trading day Tuesday (May 25) and closed just below that level. Silver also had a strong day, up about 22 cents, closing just below $28 an ounce. Meanwhile, the dollar index headed in the opposite direction, closing an 89.66. That’s the lowest level for the dollar index since early January. Peter Schiff talked about the rally in gold and how the inflation tax is destroying American’s purchasing power on a recent podcast.