After the August CPI data came out, Paul Krugman declared that the inflation war was over. The Biden administration and the Fed won the fight. In his podcast, Peter Schiff said he actually agrees with Krugman, at least in part. The inflation war is over. But who really won?
The economy is in a slow burn. You can’t even see the flames. But you can smell whiffs of smoke every now and then if you’re paying attention. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey calls attention to that smoke with a breakdown of August’s CPI and some other data that came out this week. He also busts a myth about silver.
Most people think everything is fine. The Fed is getting inflation under control and soon they’ll be able to cut interest rates, keeping the economy from falling into a deep recession. In his podcast, Peter Schiff poured cold water on this narrative. He explains why the Fed won’t be able to repeat the magic it pulled off after the financial crisis and COVID.
We’re fed up — fed up with the Federal Reserve. After all, it is the engine that drives the biggest government in history. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey explains what the Fed is, how it came to be, and how it enables reckless government borrowing and spending. He also talks about one reason why the recent drop in the CPI is likely transitory.
Falling energy prices were a significant factor in the big decline in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) earlier this year.
Bad news: energy prices are now heading up. That means the CPI relief was almost certainly transitory.
In another blow to dollar dominance, India and the United Arab Emirates settled an oil trade without converting local currencies to dollars for the first time on Monday, as India’s top refiner made a payment for oil in rupees.
Indian Oil Corp. bought a million barrels of oil from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in a dollar-free transaction.
In a surprise move earlier this month, OPEC announced further oil production cuts of about 1.16 million barrels per day. Analysts projected the cuts could raise the price of oil by $10 per barrel. Peter Schiff recently appeared on NewsMax’s Wake Up America and explained why these production cuts will further complicate the Federal Reserve’s efforts to fight price inflation, and more broadly, how global moves like this and others undermine the dollar.
In a recent interview, Saudi Arabia Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said the country is open to discussing trade in currencies other than the US dollar. This could mark the beginning of the end of petrodollar exclusivity. That would be a huge blow to dollar dominance.
These people never learn. Or they just don’t care.
The Biden administration is reportedly still considering sending out gas rebate cards to help Americans cope with rising gasoline prices. But this kind of government handout is one of the primary reasons we’re suffering through this inflation firestorm to begin with.
There is a meme floating around social media that seems to prove greedy corporations – specifically oil companies – are the root cause of inflation.
How does this meme stack up to reality?
Short answer — it doesn’t.