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POSTED ON May 26, 2024  - POSTED IN Original Analysis

In the fight against inflation, is it the Fed or the Treasury that calls the shots? The answer is, it’s both. The Fed raises interest rates to make loans less attractive and bring inflation down, but The Treasury has its own set of magic tricks to artificially “stimulate” or “tighten” the economy as well. One of them is a Treasury buyback program, something that was just reincarnated for the first time in about two decades. This is where the Treasury repurchases its own outstanding securities from the open market to increase liquidity, stoke, demand, and bring down yields. 

POSTED ON April 9, 2024  - POSTED IN Interviews

On Thursday, Peter appeared on OAN’s Real America with Dan Ball to discuss the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the costs of home ownership, and the debt crisis. Peter argues the Biden administration won’t be able to refill the reserve, given oil’s 22% price increase this year. With the CRB exploding, Jerome Powell’s claim that inflation is coming down seems unlikely to be true. 

POSTED ON January 28, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

Federal regulators are plotting a course that could see America’s sturdiest banks tied to a sinking lifeboat. This plan, designed to compel banks to use the Federal Reserve’s discount window, aims to normalize the act of reaching for this financial lifeline amidst turbulent seas. 

It’s as if the Fed is asking the healthiest swimmers to don faulty life jackets first, in a bid to make them seem less alarming to those already struggling to stay afloat. Our guest commentator explains why this strategy, while intended to fortify the banking sector against future storms, would endanger all US banks.

POSTED ON December 1, 2023  - POSTED IN Friday Gold Wrap

Imagine a bedroom. It looks clean and safe, but there is a monster under the bed that nobody notices. As host Mike Maharrey explains in this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, that’s basically the condition of the US banking system right now. It appears “sound,” but a closer look reveals a financial crisis is still bubbling under the surface. He also talks about the recent run-up in the price of gold.

POSTED ON November 30, 2023  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

Unrealized losses on securities held by US banks exploded by 22% in the third quarter.

Of course, unrealized losses don’t really matter — until they do.

This is yet more evidence that the financial crisis that kicked off last March continues to bubble under the surface.

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