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Exposing The Link Between Monetary Policy And Social Inequality

Our monetary policy direction has been prolonging the slowdown since 2008. The longer we wait, the worse the hit we will take. We are going from one bubble to another and are just postponing the inevitable. Under our current system, which has stripped the working class from their savings, they are exposed to greater risks than ever before.

Gold Wins in 3 out of 4 Scenarios - None Bode Well for the Economy

If you think of gold, the only way gold loses is if normal business and private sector cycles come back. If that is the case, gold goes back 100 dollars per ounce. The other outcomes, deflation, stagflation, hyperinflation are good for gold. So gold wins in three out of four scenarios, but none of the three are particularly appealing. Here is why.

A Gold Standard & Debt Jubilee for an Honest Money Monetary System

A gold standard handcuffs corrupt governments, forcing them to operate somewhere near a balanced budget, at all times. It handcuffs criminal central banks, restraining the speed with which they steal-by-inflation to a near-zero rate. Only alternative to Debt Slavery: Debt Jubilee – the complete renunciation of all debts. We absolutely require a gold standard but cannot till we don’t have a debt jubilee.

Gold Sparkles Most when Dark Clouds Loom over the Economy

After disappointing US economic growth data was released, gold jumped 1.2%. Weak data is good for gold because it decreases the chances of a rate hike soon. If US economy continues to struggle, the Fed could delay its next rate hike. If the dollar index breaks below 93, it could be a strong indication that a new downtrend in the dollar has started. And this could give a big boost to gold prices.

Latest Jobs Data Confirms This Is The Worst Expansion in 30 Years

To get a better sense of the jobs situation in context, though, we need to look beyond the headline data & delve more deeply into what the BLS is reporting. When we take discouraged workers & involuntary part timers into account, we’re still experiencing some of the highest unemployment numbers in 20 years. And this is taking changes in the overall labor force size into account.

Helicopter Money Tested And Failed Spectacularly, Surprising Only Economists

Imagine waking one morning to find extra cash in your account, a gift from your country’s central bank. That might sound outlandish. But the concept of so-called helicopter money is being seriously debated by economists. Helicopter money handed directly to consumers, the theory goes, would send us scurrying to the shops to spend our windfalls, boosting confidence in the economy.

End of an Era: The Rise and Fall of the Petrodollar System

Similar to the paradigm shift – the transition to the petrodollar system that followed with the collapse of the Bretton Woods system, there is another major shift underway today. We will know its consequences in full, the day oil-producing countries demand gold for their oil, instead of dollars. The Gulf states are seeking measures to reduce their dependence & exposure to the US dollar.

Giant Financial Bubbles created by Central Banks are Fracturing

Nearly everywhere on the planet the giant financial bubbles created by the central banks during the last two decades are fracturing. The latest examples are the crashing bank stocks in Italy & elsewhere in Europe & the sudden trading suspensions by three UK commercial property funds. It’s beginning to feel like August 2007 all over again. Of course, central banks have nothing to do with it at all!

Negative Yields On Global Government Debt Drives Gold Demand

It’s unprecedented that a third of all global government debt has negative yields. Which drives gold demand. Effectively what we’re seeing is people’s pensions being decimated because the policymakers have had very few if any alternatives left. It is in this environment that gold will help satisfy need. It’s more about protection of wealth rather than creation. That’s where gold plays.

Bear Stearns 2.0? UK's Largest Property Fund Halts Redemptions

While equity markets have rebounded exuberantly post-Brexit, suggesting all is well, British property-related assets have tumbled. Standard Life has been forced to stop retail investors selling out for at least 28 days after rapid cash outflows were sparked by fears over falling real estate values. The fund will need to sell real estate to raise cash before any money can be redeemed.

Future Prospects for Fiat Currency Money & it's Purchasing Power

The faith and credit-standing of issuers of paper money, and not the known and suspected inadequacies of commercial finance, is the last rotten pit-prop supporting the system. We can easily see how a new round of monetary expansion designed to save the global banking system from its nemesis will lead, not to a Lehman-style outcome, but to a collapse of paper currencies.

Will Gold Prices Crash With The Dow And Again Soar On Inflation?

Are we headed for a crash in the stock market? Yes, and a more severe one than in 2008. As the crash unfolds, gold will be sold even though holders may be confident about gold, as the goal will be to cover immediate losses. Inflation will then ramp up dramatically as governments increase money supply, eventually causing collapses in currencies. Currency collapse will again push up gold prices.

Gold Warns of Impending Monetary System Collapse

The U.S. monetary system is the most debased it has ever been. Furthermore, the monetary system is at an all-time high stress-point & also at the worst possible time relative to other key conditions. The Dow is near all-time highs & is about to crash. This is the first time that point 4 on the Gold / Monetary Base chart will basically coincide with a Dow top/crash. This warning should not be ignored.

Greenspan Warns Of Imminent Crisis, Urges A Return To Gold Standard

“If we went back on the gold standard & adhered to the structure of the gold standard as it exited prior to 1913, we’d be fine. Remember that the period 1870 – 1913 was one of the most aggressive periods economically that we’ve had in the U.S. & that was a golden period of the gold standard. I’m known as a gold bug & everyone laughs at me, but why do central banks own gold now?” – Alan Greenspan

Brexit - Will The UK Take a Historic Decision and Opt for Freedom?

It is a rare moment in history. The British have, ever since they voted to join the EU, found themselves being dragged into a regional economy of zero growth and a weak Euro, and heavily indebted states. We wish to address what a Brexit or Bremain scenario would mean for Britain. We are one day away from the EU referendum – will they vote to “Brexit” or to “Bremain”?

Gold is Worried More About a Broken Financial System, Than Just a Brexit

Speculative money is there for a good time — not a long time — so the gold price is at risk from a pullback as some of the Brexit fear unwinds. But if it continues to hold up in the event of a ‘remain’ vote, that will be very positive for gold’s longer term prospects. It will tell you that gold is worried more about a broken financial system. That’s what gold is really worried about.

National Debt: US Economy Priced in Gold - Cause For Alarm

National debt has increased exponentially for the past 50 years. The 35-year graph shows on average the national debt has increased rapidly, even when priced in gold. Debt is increasing far too rapidly & gold is underpriced. The current national debt is equal to about 100 times the total value, at current gold prices, of the gold “officially” stored in Fort Knox. This should be cause for alarm.

Pension Fund Deficits Stand at Record Levels - Can Gold Ameliorate the Situation?

The result is pension fund deficits today stand at record levels, even after a doubling of equity markets over the last five years. Goodness knows how bad it must be for pension funds in countries where negative interest rates have been imposed. This article lays out the problem & its scale, so far as it is known, & notes that a pension fund that has a holding in gold is a very rare animal.

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