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  • We’re All Hedge Funds Now
    By on March 26, 2015 | No Comments  Comments
    As negative interest rates spread from Switzerland, Japan and Germany to the rest of the developed world, people with money to invest face some life-defining choices. Retirees who need to generate 6% to avoid dipping into principal can’t get there with bank CDs. Pension funds that have promised an...
  • How Low Can The Euro Go? (Or Is That The Wrong Questi...
    By on March 15, 2015 | No Comments  Comments
    The euro is tanking again, as the ECB starts buying bonds for its long-promised “whatever it takes” QE program. Today’s exchange rate move is dramatic enough to generate headlines like this, from Forbes: Euro Nears Parity With U.S. Dollar And the decline is accelerating: What we’re seeing h...
  • Apple iWatch and Some Crazy Gold Numbers
    By on March 10, 2015 | No Comments  Comments
    As Apple starts selling its new smart watch there are some, well, crazy-sounding predictionscirculating about the amounts of gold the company might soon be buying. The math goes like this: Each gold version of the watch will contain around two ounces, and the company might sell 10 million of them a ...
  • Lowest Interest Rates EVER!
    By on March 2, 2015 | No Comments  Comments
    Business Insider’s Myles Udland just posted a chart, drawn from research by the Bank of England, showing interest rates for the past 3,000 years. And for all those who’ve been feeling like today’s “new normal” is actually profoundly abnormal, here’s your proof. It turns out that interest...
  • This Is What Gold Does In A Currency Crisis – E...
    By on January 25, 2015 | No Comments  Comments
    Today the European Central Bank acknowledged that the currency it manages is being sucked into a deflationary vortex. It responded in the usual way with, in effect, a massive devaluation. Eurozone citizens have also responded predictably, by converting their unbacked, make-believe, soon-to-be-worth-...
  • Scenes From a (Suddenly) Nude Beach
    By on January 3, 2015 | No Comments  Comments
    Warren Buffett’s classic observation that “You only see who’s swimming naked when the tide goes out” is being tossed around more frequently these days, as the world gets yet another deflation scare. Zero Hedge just published a great piece on this topic, which should be read in its entirety. ...
  • 2014 In Review: How Could Gold Bugs Have Been So Wron...
    By on December 30, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    Twelve short months ago, the immediate future looked like a lock. Overvalued equities had to fall, ridiculously-low interest rates had to rise, and beaten-down precious metals had to resume their bull market. The evidence was overwhelming. Debt in the developed world had risen to $157 trillion, or 3...
  • Does Surging Demand for Gold and Silver Coins Signal ...
    By on October 7, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    Reports of individuals snapping up near-record numbers of gold and silver coins are coming in from around the world: U.S. Mint American Eagle gold coin sales set to rise sharply in Sept (Reuters) – The U.S. Mint has sold nearly 50,000 ounces of American Eagle gold coins so far in September, almos...
  • Full Frontal Inflation
    By on September 17, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    By now it’s an article of faith within the sound money community that most major countries have borrowed so much that they’re left with only two options: default on their debt through mass-bankruptcy and a new Great Depression, or inflate it away through stepped-up currency creation. This is an ...
  • Real Interest Rates and Future Chaos
    By on September 15, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    The folks at Gresham’s Law just published a nifty interactive chart of real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) interest rates since the 1960s that explains a lot about today’s world. To make sense of this, let’s start with a a little background: Interest rates are the rental cost of money, but to f...
  • They’re Lying To Us, Part IV: Fake Pensions
    By on July 22, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    Most people learn by the age of 10 or so that making promises is easier than keeping them. That’s why really big promises like corporate pensions and national retirement/health care programs are so easy to screw up. Offering someone a cushy retirement or a lifetime of healthcare feels great and ge...
  • They’re Lying To Us, Part II: GDP
    By on July 2, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    Today the US took its next-to-last stab at calculating First Quarter GDP, and the downward revision was impressive even by recent standards. It now appears that the economy, well, here’s how Bloomberg puts it: U.S. Economy Shrank in First Quarter by Most in Five Years The U.S. economy contracted ...
  • Gold Bugs’ Hearts Are Beating Faster
    By on June 27, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    Last Thursday was the kind of day that precious metals investors have been waiting (and waiting and waiting) for. Gold and silver popped 3.5% and 4.8% respectively and the junior miners, which have been universally unloved lately, took off. Some more-or-less random examples: One day does not of cou...
  • The Bubble Is Back
    By on June 11, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    For all those analysts (including this one) who thought the debt binge of the previous decade marked end of the Age of Leverage, well, not so fast. It turns out that memories are short and government printing presses are powerful, and this combination has turned the “Great Deleveraging” into a m...
  • The Political Earthquake In Europe
    By on May 29, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    One of the last remaining impediments to total global domination by the banks and their politicians is the quaint tradition of popular elections. Every so often the powers that be are required to see if the 99% want them to remain in charge. Obviously since the global financial system is still intac...
  • Fractional-Reserve Banking: From Goldsmiths To Hedge ...
    By on May 23, 2014 | No Comments  Comments
    From Chapter 15 of The Money Bubble, by James Turk and John Rubino: Banking didn’t start out as a reckless, parasitical plaything of a moneyed and politically-connected aristocracy. In the beginning, in fact, bankers weren’t even bankers. They were jewelers and goldsmiths who had to maintain th...