The Dow Jones cracked 30,000 this week and stocks continue to surge generally upward as investors are embracing risk-on sentiment based on high hopes a vaccine may put an end to the coronavirus pandemic. But there’s more to it than that. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey takes a deeper look at what’s really driving this market mania, and he also takes down the myth that printing more money means more wealth.
We’ve written extensively about the government intentionally devaluing our money. As one economist put it, the intentionally inflationary policies of central banks and governments are “daylight robbery.” But what’s the solution to this problem?
Economist Thorsten Polleit argues we need a free market in money. But is this possible? Wouldn’t this create monetary chaos?
When governments started locking down the economy in response to coronavirus, the Federal Reserve sprung into action. First, it slashed interest rates to zero. Then it quickly launched what we’ve dubbed QE infinity. In effect, that meant printing trillions of dollars out of thin air and pumping them into the economy.
Meanwhile, the US government did its part, passing a massive stimulus bill – pumping trillions of dollars of borrowed money into the economy. Of course, the Fed monetized a big chunk of that debt via QE infinity. So, in effect, the federal government joined forces with the central bank to pump trillions of dollars out of thin air into the economy.
This summer, Peter Schiff and Jim Rickards discussed the possibility of $15,000 gold. In a recent interview. economist Rafi Farber took this line of thinking to the next level, arguing the dollar price of gold could eventually hit infinity – meaning simply that the value of the dollar will go to zero.
Gold has helped Indians weather the economic storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The government response to COVID-19 has ravaged the Indian economy. As a result, many banks are reluctant to extend credit due to fear of defaults. In this tight lending environment, many Indians are using their stashes of gold to secure loans.
You’ve almost certainly heard about the “fight for $15” movement to increase the minimum wage. Well, some activists have upped the ante. How does “Fight for $20” strike you?
Here’s the problem, these people are trying to solve a legitimate problem with a really bad solution.
When gold moved above its all-time record price last month, we pointed out that it’s easier to understand gold’s record-breaking move up if you look at it from the other side of the equation. The dollar is now at its all-time low compared to gold.
In simple terms, the dollar is losing value and dollar debasement is driving up the price of gold.
The mainstream generally treats the gold standard as a bygone relic of a primitive past — something Grandpa might remember fondly along with 5 cent eggs and walking to school uphill both ways. But in this modern era of wild monetary policy and unprecedented money printing, even some in the mainstream are starting to think Grandpa may have been a little wiser than we thought.
A recent article in The Economic Times extolled the virtues of the gold standard and advises “make a strategic allocation to gold.”
The Dow Jones is back of 25,000 and despite increasing tensions with China, people seem pretty optimistic about the economic future as states begin to open back up. SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap host Mike Maharrey says people should know better. He makes his case by digging into some of the long-term ramifications of the economic shutdown and the government/central bank response to it. He also recaps the last month in the gold and silver markets.