The gold price has been surging, with unprecedented central bank demand gobbling up supply. It has been a force to behold — especially as US monetary policy has been relatively tight since 2022, and 10-year Treasury yields have rocketed up, which generally puts firm downward pressure on gold against USD.
On Super Bowl Sunday, President Biden took to X (formerly Twitter) to skewer consumer brands for “shrinkflation,” a phenomenon where product vendors reduce package sizes without proportionally reducing price, in what essentially amounts to a per unit cost increase for consumers. The video explicitly calls out popular snack brands such as Breyers, Gatorade, and Tostitos— all food products that are likely on the top of consumers’ minds when thinking of inflation.
While broader macroeconomic trends are always what’s most significant for the gold price during any given election, some interesting trends emerge when you look at the numbers. And when an election is contentious, historic, or chaotic as 2024’s promises to be, the outcome is all the more significant for gold.
In the landscape of economic foresight, John Exter, a distinguished hard money advocate and former precious metals expert for The Fed, offers a model that resonates with the principles upheld here at SchiffGold. Developed in the 1970s, Exter’s Inverted Pyramid of Risk remains as relevant as ever, especially in assessing assets through the lens of counterparty risk. The pyramid serves as a guide to comprehend the risks facing America, particularly in anticipation of what may be the most severe credit crisis in the coming decade or two, centered around the USD crisis.
At the start of a new year, we’re excited to announce new co-hosts to the Friday Gold Wrap Podcast: JD and Joel Bauman. In this episode, JD and Joel discuss recent gold price action and key factors affecting gold in 2024 such as interest rates and global elections.
The US is on the brink of a debt disaster, spiraling into $33 trillion of debt. That is over 180% of GDP.
Skyrocketing government spending matched with insufficient tax revenues, leading to ever-deepening deficits.
The US Treasury is now low on credit and out of time.
Interest payments on this colossal debt have doubled since 2020, pushing the government into a corner. The Federal Reserve’s 2023 decisions to raise rates add to the turmoil, and the US Treasury is running out of debt buyers. A recent Treasury auction turned chaotic, revealing a global decline in appetite for US debt.
Our guest contributor asks the question of the hour: Are the chickens coming home to roost for the US Treasury?
Peter Schiff left a stark warning at the end of the year: “2024 could be a horrible year for the dollar.”
Here are 3 big reasons why Peter thinks inflation might rise even higher this year.
We’ve reached the end of another year. A new year is always a good time for reflection. And maybe even some resolutions. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about the trajectory of gold as we enter the new year, explains an economic truth, offers some thoughts on New Year’s resolutions, and makes a big announcement.