All eyes have been on the stock market in recent weeks as it has reflected the fears about the coronavirus-induced economic shutdown and the hopes of massive stimulus. It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride. But in his podcast on March 27, Peter Schiff said there’s an even bigger problem looming on the horizon that people aren’t paying any attention to – the potential destruction of the dollar. He said Americans are in for a rude awakening.
On Monday, the Fed announced QE infinity and by mid-week, Congress had agreed on a $2 trillion stimulus package to battle the economic impacts of the coronavirus. That launched us into a bizarro world where a weekly record of over 3 million unemployment claims led to a huge stock market rally. As Mike Maharrey put it in this Week’s Friday Gold Wrap podcast, ladies and gentlemen, we’ve been stimulated. So, what exactly did the Fed do? What are the long-term ramifications? And can it work? Maharrey talks about all this and more in this week’s Gold Wrap.
March 23 was Peter Schiff’s birthday. It was also the day the Federal Reserve announced QE Infinity. So, Peter spent over three hours hosting a live videocast talking about the latest Fed moves, the potential impact on the economy and answering questions from viewers.
Peter said he was hoping to combat the rampant economic ignorance that is pretty much everywhere.
We now have QE to infinity and beyond.
On March 23, the Federal Reserve announced it will purchase an “unlimited” amount of US Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. The Washington Post called the move “unprecedented” and said that it goes “much further than what the central bank did in the 2008-2009 crisis.”
Let me be clear upfront. I don’t think coronavirus is “just the flu.” I think the pandemic represents a significant health threat and could potentially overwhelm the healthcare system if the spread isn’t slowed. I think social distancing is wise. But I also think the draconian measures taken by governments that have effectively shut down the economy in many places may prove more deadly in the long run than the virus itself.
As Kerry Baldwin said, the economy is life-sustaining.
It wasn’t long ago that all of the pundits were telling us that the economy was strong. As a result, a lot of people seem to think that once the coronavirus situation is resolved, the economy will quickly go back to normal. In his podcast Friday, Peter Schiff said that’s not going to happen. The coronavirus is actually going to reveal that the “great” economy was an illusion — a big, fat, ugly bubble that has now been popped.
It’s been another week of selloffs in the markets. It’s not just stocks. Everything is selling off. The only thing really gaining right now is the US dollar. Meanwhile, the government is promising bailouts for all. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey looks ahead at the possible ramifications of all this “stimulus” money. He also puts the recent drop in the price of gold into some historical perspective.
US stock markets enjoyed another Tuesday rebound with the announcement of even more monetary stimulus from the Fed and the hope of government fiscal stimulus and bailouts. In his podcast, Peter Schiff said this should make it crystal clear that the government and central bank are rigging the markets.
The Federal Reserve cut rates to zero and expanded quantitative easing on Sunday. How did the markets reward this latest monetary stimulus?
In his podcast, Peter said he thinks we’ve passed the point of no return.