Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is making the media circuit and pontificating about the evolving economic crisis. As Peter recalled on his podcast, it wasn’t long ago that Yellen was saying she didn’t think we would ever see another financial crisis “in our lifetime?”
Yet, here it is, just a few years later, and we already have another financial crisis.”
As the coronavirus lockdown drags on and governments at every level enact more and more draconian measures, nobody seems to have an answer for what I believe is a most crucial question.
What’s the exit strategy?
As the coronavirus economic lockdown drags on, there seems to be a lot of delusional thinking out there. Many people seem to believe that at some point, President Trump will snap his fingers and the economy will roar back to life. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey looks at the numbers and makes the case that this is actually the early stages of an unprecedented economic meltdown. Everything is not going to be fine. He also takes on the myth of the non-essential worker.
We just wrapped up the worst first quarter in the history of the US stock market. Think about that in context. Even during the dark days of the Great Depression, there has never been a worse start to a year for the US stock market than 2020.
Nevertheless, there are still a lot of people out there who think this is going to be a short bear market. As Peter Schiff put it in his podcast, that’s because they’re still fixated on the pin.
The Federal Reserve is injecting trillions of dollars of monetary stimulus into the financial system to ‘help’ the economy through the coronavirus pandemic. This is the same kind of ‘help’ the central bank offered in 2008. But as Peter Schiff explains in his latest podcast, this kind of ‘help’ is actually hurting. In fact, the ‘help’ we got in 2008 set us up for the crisis we’re entering today.
The evil Empire has the ultimate weapon – the printing press. This diabolical machine is capable of bringing death to the dollar and destroying the entire economy. Watch the drama unfold as Peter Schiff and his rag-tag band of Austrian School economists fights the evil empire and tries to save the Republic from the Keynesian menace.
The Federal Reserve launched QE infinity this week. The Fed has committed to buy an “unlimited” amount of US Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. But that’s not all. The central bank also announced it will buy some corporate bonds for the first time ever.
It appears we’ve pretty much reached complete panic mode.
The longest bull market in history came to an abrupt end on Wednesday. Wall Street followed up with another massive sell-off on Thursday. The S&P 500 had its worst day since Black Monday in 1987. Even gold was down. Meanwhile, the Fed tried to stem the tide, announcing a new round of quantitative easing. But the tide wasn’t stemmed. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey gives an overview of the week’s events and talks about the elephant in the room.
Stock markets have been getting hammered, ostensibly because of the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Peter Schiff has been saying this isn’t really about the virus. It was the pin that pricked the bubble. If it wasn’t coronavirus, it would have been something else.
Regardless, the Fed hit the panic button last week and slashed interest rates by half a percent. Peter has described this as throwing gasoline on a fire. In other words, the central bank is exacerbating the problem.