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.
On Wednesday, Congress finally agreed on a government stimulus/bailout plan to battle the economic impacts of coronavirus to the tune of over $2 trillion. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has committed to monetize the debt with QE to infinity. Practically speaking, we’re talking about trillions of dollars being injected into the US economy – all of those dollars created out of thin air.
So, what does all of the money creation and government spending mean for gold?
The Federal Reserve has launched QE infinity. As Peter Schiff put it, the Fed has gone all-in on quantitative easing.
So, what does this mean? What are the ramifications of all this debt monetization and money printing? In his podcast, Peter said this is where the problems really start.
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.
Many people have likened the battle against coronavirus to a war and invoked imagery of the US fighting World War II. President Trump has even deemed himself a “wartime president.”
The president told reporters at a White House briefing that fighting the virus would require a sacrificial national effort just like it took to defeat the Axis in the Second World War.
It’s been a wild ride on Wall Street this week — all downhill. Stocks entered correction territory Thursday and are on track for the worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. As Peter has put it, this stock market is a bubble looking for a pin. Is the coronavirus the pin? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about this chaotic week in the stock market, the bond market and the gold market.
Last week, we told you about the rising level of subprime auto loan delinquencies. Well, there is a similar thing happening in the subprime credit card market.
Is this the proverbial canary in a coal mine?
Gold broke out this week. The yellow metal pushed through the $1,600 level and continued to climb. Conventional wisdom tells us this is all about safe-haven buying due to fear that the coronavirus will stunt global economic growth. That is certainly a factor. But could there be more to it than that? On this week’s Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about what he thinks is at the root of this gold breakout. He also gets into the subject of inflation. There’s more out there than the standard government numbers tell us.
The powers that be insist that inflation is low. In fact, the central bankers at the Federal Reserve tell us that low inflation is one of the reasons they can keep interest rates artificially low. But everyday people who go to the store each week smell a rat. We know our dollar doesn’t stretch as far as it used to. If inflation is so low, why do prices seem to keep going up?
The only logical explanation is maybe inflation isn’t as low as the pundits keep telling us.
Peter Schiff has been saying the Federal Reserve is going to let the inflation monster loose and this is going to be good for gold. Some people in the mainstream are starting to pick up on this theme.
During a recent interview with the Financial Times, Bridgewater Associates co-chief investment officer Greg Jensen said gold could surge over $2,000 as central banks embrace higher levels of inflation.