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16 May

More Gold Nuggets of News

Today some key insights and financial news, little noticed and mostly overlooked stories that affect our economy, paper money, and gold; bite-size news that we think our friends and clients should know.   China Cuts US Debt Holdings “China reduced its holdings of U.S. debt in March by about $20.5 billion, bringing its overall ownership […]

15 May

Trump Calls for Currency War with China!

We think this is one of the most important warnings we have posted.  Please read it carefully. We posted an item months ago about the way that tariff wars can deteriorate into currency wars.   A currency war is about to break out.   A currency war occurs when nations deliberately weaken the value of […]

10 May
US-China Trade War

Gold: Safety on the Sidelines of the Trade War

Things to keep in mind while Alien and Predator are locked in mortal trade combat, whipsawing the stock market, and trampling ordinary people underfoot: There is hardly a sector of the market or an area that won’t be affected.  American farmers are already being slammed.  To cite but one example, Farmers for Free Trade reports […]

07 May
eventually that will fail

Is Today’s Venezuela the Future of America?

Charlie Munger knows what’s going on, and he has some warnings about printing more money. “Both parties have learned they can print all the money they want.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.   In fact, we have said it.  Over and over again. But this time it’s not us.  This time it’s Charlie […]

05 May
whats-that-sound

What’s That Sound?

Have you noticed that practically nobody in Washington talks about the national debt anymore? Not so long ago there were committees of concern about the national debt, national debt commissions, people signing petitions, and coalitions in Congress to rein in the debt. But now, at $22 trillion dollars of debt and climbing, there is none […]

02 May
tech stocks down

Two Things that Investors Should Know

First Thing You Should Know: How do you think President Trump would like to have a full Monty recession underway around while he’s campaigning for reelection in 2020? Not much! He says the Fed is holding back the economy.  That’s why he’s calling for the Fed to lower interest rates a full-percentage point and to […]

01 May
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The Stock Market is Hanging by a Thread

Things haven’t been sound on the money front for a long time, and certainly not since the Fed was created and we left the gold standard. We developed quite a reputation for out timely warnings about the stock market last year (see here, here, and here.) What took place in stocks late in the year […]

28 Apr

MMT and Helicopter Money

You can’t believe how crazy things are in Washington. Thing haven’t been sound on the money front for a long time.  Certainly not since the Fed was created and we left the gold standard. But thing have gotten crazier than ever.  Now people in Washington and their academic minions are working on hyper-inflationary schemes you […]

15 Apr
the fed bubble

The Fed Bubble

Recessions, depression, and destroying 96 percent of the dollar’s purchasing power. Yes, the Fed’s track record is pretty bad. But the Federal Reserve is good at one thing:  Creating bubbles.  Like the dot com bubble and the housing bubble. And now the Fed’s massive money printing, pumping trillions to Wall Street, has created the biggest […]

12 Apr
helicopter money

Helicopter Money

Dropping Soon from a Sky Near You? We know what the Fed will do.   We just know don’t know exactly when and by what means. The Federal Reserve will inflate.  It will print money.  It will debauch the currency.   It will do what it has always done.  That is the source of its […]

07 Apr

Your Share of the National Debt

It’s the Titanic and the Iceberg- Full Speed Ahead. Icebergs aren’t the only things that are 90 percent underwater. So is the US national debt. The visible national debt is more than $22 trillion.  That’s the part that everybody knows about.  If you ask Google, it says $22 trillion.  If you walk by the US […]

31 Mar

How to Acquire More Gold with Ratio Trading

Put the Gold to Silver Ratio to Work If you will spend a minute or so on the following story problem, I will share with you a secret that professional traders, dealers, and investors use to grow their precious metals holdings. 1- Bill has 10 ounces of gold. 2- He agrees to trade it for […]

26 Mar
$10,000

$10,000 Gold?

When the US Defaults… Well. The conversation is certainly changing.   Not so long ago the suggestion that the US might default on its debt was considered slightly reprehensible in mainstream circles. But we noticed an article on Fox Business News the other day from the principal of a Dallas investment firm asking just how […]

24 Mar
The Doom Loop

The Doom Loop

Washington has us in the “Doom Loop” Call it what you like.  A vicious circle.  A downward spiral.  The point of no return.   I prefer to call it The Doom Loop. Here’s an example.  Suppose your business has to borrow a dollar to make 90 cents.  You’re headed for big trouble. Here’s a better […]

22 Mar
now is the time to buy gold bars

Mish Calls for Gold Before Dow’s 460 Point Drop

Now is the time to buy gold! One of our favorite market commentators, Michael “Mish” Shedlock from Global Economic Trend Analysis, cut right to the chase this week. “Buy gold,” said Mish.  That was on Wednesday, two days before the Dow’s stunning 460 point drop. Mish was watching anomalies in the interest rate market.  Wall […]

19 Mar
Jamie Dimon

Left Behind

The Decline of the American Middle Class We don’t often find ourselves citing the CEOs of America’s biggest banks.  Between the bankster bailouts and the way the Fed has stovepiped wealth to the canyons of Wall Street, it’s clear that their influence peddling and cronyism has helped them at the expense of the people.  Their […]

15 Mar
Whos buying billions worth of gold

Who’s Buying Billions of Dollars Worth of Gold?

The answer is the central banks of governments around the world.  They are on a gold-buying spree!   And they are using money they used to keep in US dollars.   We think they know something most people don’t know.  In fact, we’ve seen this pattern before.  Let me explain. The World Gold Council reports […]

14 Mar
debt black hole

It’s When…Not If

Why a Crisis in Inevitible Everyone knows – perhaps I should say “every thinking person” since there are some in Washington who don’t actually know and therefore should not be accused of thinking – that the US debt can’t keep growing forever. When the day arrives that it is evident to all that the US […]

06 Mar
dominoes falling

Counterparty Risk

One thing about gold, a defining characteristic that cannot be emphasized enough, is that it does not rely on some one else’s performance or promise. Gold can be physically held in your hands, under your own control. There can be zero separation between yourself and your wealth– no banks to rely on, no brazen boardroom […]

05 Mar
Bryce Harper Tax Benefits

Bryce Harper Escapes Taxifornia

An American Tale Today, with a socialist juggernaut loose on the land, here’s a story that I am afraid will soon become as all-American as baseball itself.   Even casual sport fans by now know that 26-year-old right fielder Bryce Harper just signed a record busting 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. We’ve liked […]

01 Mar
the debt ceiling

Return of the Debt Ceiling

We’re back in the debt ceiling zone again. In February 2018, Congress suspended the US national debt ceiling, the statutory limit on how much money the government is authorized to borrow, until March 1, 2019. It was the tenth time in the last decade the debt ceiling was suspended. At that time the debt ceiling […]

22 Feb
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The Fed and Rates

Fed Chairman Powell Reconsiders Interest Rates “In trying to explain the complexities of interest rates, inflation, money and banking, exchange rates and business cycles to my students, I leave them with this comforting thought: Don’t blame me for all this, blame the government. Without the interference of government, the entire topic would be duck soup.” […]

30 Jan
this times a thousand is a trillion

Fed to Borrow $1 Trillion to Finance Deficit

A Trillion Here, a Trillion There… A Bloomberg story begins with this headline:  U.S. Treasury Set to Borrow $1 Trillion for a Second Year to Finance the Deficit. A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. That phrase, adapted from a quote attributed to the late Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen sometime in the 1960s, […]