Aug 242015
What is a currency war? Currency wars are also referred to as “competitive devaluations.” They occur when a number of nations seek to deliberately depreciate the value of their domestic currencies. The goal is to stimulate their respective economies. You see, a weaker currency will make a nation’s exports more competitive in global markets and simultaneously makes imports more expensive. Higher export volumes increase economic growth, while more expensive imports encourage consumers to shift to local alternatives instead of imported products. While currency devaluation is a common occurrence in the foreign exchange market, the hallmark of a currency war is that a number of nations engage in devaluation attempts simultaneously. Presently, more than 20 countries have reduced interest rates or implemented measures to ease monetary policy from January to April 2015. And in August, China – the world’s second-largest economy – jumped on board in a major way, placing a strain on the world reserve currency, the U.S. dollar… Currency Wars: China Has U.S. Dollar on Puppet Strings Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and best-selling author of “Crash Proof,” issued a warning about currency wars and an impending U.S. dollar collapse. He spoke to Newsmax TV on Aug. 11: “We’re on the verge of a much worse financial crisis than the one we went through in 2008, and it’s going to take the form of a currency crisis. You’re talking about currency wars. America is going to win the currency war, which is a race to the bottom, and you don’t want to win a currency war because a currency war is different from most wars in that the object is to kill yourself and unfortunately, we’re going to succeed.” You see, no other country has had this much impact on the U.S. monetary policy in quite some time – or arguably, ever. The U.S. Federal Reserve must now reconsider the dollar’s role in foreign exchange markets as it decides whether to raise interest rates this year. “It is very possible that we could see a 10% to 15% drop in the exchange rate against the U.S. dollar in the next week or two,” Duncan Innes-Ker, of the Economist Intelligence Unit, told The Guardian on Aug. 13. In an Aug. 13 report, Morgan Stanley analysts Hans Redeker, Ian Stannard, and Sheena Shah said China has exported “deflationary pressure” for global central banks to depress their countries’ own exchange (more…)
Jun 172015
Published on May 29, 2015 Governments, at least modern western governments, have always hated cash transactions. Cash is private, and cash is hard to tax. So politicians trump up phony reasons like drug trafficking and money laundering to win support for bad laws like the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, which makes even small cash transactions potentially reportable to the Feds. Today cash is under attack like never before. Ultra low interest rates are the norm for commercial bank accounts. In Europe, as the ECB ventures into negative nominal interest rates, certain banks threaten to charge customers for depositing cash. Meanwhile, certain European bonds now pay negative yields, effectively turning them into insurance products rather than financial assets. And some economists now call for the outright abolition of cash, which shows just how far some will go in their crazed belief that economic prosperity can be commanded by forcing us to spend rather than save. The War on Cash is real, and it will intensify. Here to explain is Dr. Joe Salerno, who spoke on the subject at our recent Mises Circle event in Stamford, Connecticut. Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Mar 092015
This was originally posted on by Jeff Thomas Those who trade liberty for security deserve neither and will lose both.John Adams In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all—security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished foremost was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again. Edward Gibbon, English historian and member of Parliament, commenting on Ancient Athens in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. Libertarians (myself included) now grind their teeth on a daily basis, as they watch the parade of irresponsible economic measures concocted by First World political and banking leaders. Each measure seems more outrageous than the last, both in its inability to correct the situation and its outright thievery from the purse of the populace. The EU recently announced that they will introduce a level of quantitative easing (QE) that promises to be the economic equivalent of an overdose to a heroin addict. In addition, the EU, the US, Canada, and other First World countries have created bail-in legislation that will allow their bankers to literally steal the funds of their depositors. Further, political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic have announced that pensioners’ funds are “in danger,” and their solution is to make it mandatory for the funds to contain a percentage of investment in government bonds—an investment that promises to go off the proverbial cliff in the coming years. So, what’s the plan? Are the leaders of the world’s most “advanced” nations planning collective economic and political suicide? Or are they simply so stupid/arrogant/out of touch with reality—pick your explanation—that they just don’t understand thateconomic collapse is now baked in the cake and it is now only a question of time? Or do they have an alternate plan? I must confess that I’m cynical enough to regard many of the leaders in question as being stupid, arrogant, and out of touch with reality. However, I do also believe that some of them are clever enough and devious enough to have a plan in place as to how they might continue to not only hold their power, but expand upon it. (That desire is, of course, a virtually universal truth, as regards (more…)
Dec 312014
On Sept. 11, Pastor Lindsey Williams, former minister to the global oil companies during the building of the Alaskan pipeline, announced the most significant event to affect the U.S. dollar since its inception as a currency. For the first time since the 1970’s, when Henry Kissenger forged a trade agreement with the Royal house of Saud to sell oil using only U.S. dollars, China announced its intention to bypass the dollar for global oil customers and began selling the commodity using their own currency. Lindsey Williams: “The most significant day in the history of the American dollar, since its inception, happened on Thursday, Sept. 6. On that day, something took place that is going to affect your life, your family, your dinner table more than you can possibly imagine.” “On Thursday, Sept. 6… just a few days ago, China made the official announcement. China said on that day, our banking system is ready, all of our communication systems are ready, all of the transfer systems are ready, and as of that day, Thursday, Sept. 6, any nation in the world that wishes from this point on, to buy, sell, or trade crude oil, can do using the Chinese currency, not the American dollar. – Interview with Natty Bumpo on the Just Measures Radio network, Sept. 11 This announcement by China is one of the most significant sea changes in the global economic and monetary systems, but was barely reported on due to its announcement taking place during the Democratic convention last week. The ramifications of this new action are vast, and could very well be the catalyst that brings down the dollar as the global reserve currency, and change the entire landscape of how the world purchases energy. Ironically, since Sept. 6, the U.S. dollar has fallen from 81.467 on the index to today’s price of 79.73. While analysts will focus on actions taking place in the Eurozone, and expected easing signals from the Federal Reserve on Thursday regarding the fall of the dollar, it is not coincidence that the dollar began to lose strength on the very day of China’s announcement. Since China is not a natural oil producing nation, the question most people will ask is how will the Asian economic power get enough oil to affect dollar hegemony? That question was also answered by Lindsey Williams when he pointed out a new trade agreement that was signed (more…)
Dec 302014
Our growing national debt is like being a passenger on the Titanic, and trying to change directions to do spending reform is almost impossible. We are going to crash. The citizen taxpayers of today and tomorrow are stuck with the bill and with ever increasing crushing debt obligations. We seem able only to watch helplessly as political leadership in Washington DC continues expanding government obligations — borrowing what they can and simply printing what they cannot. Each day more Americans understand the money bubble will burst, its coming. Our government is increasingly insolvent. The “global reserve dollar” is becoming less used for trade and “the Petrodollar” to be preferred less, and it may not survive at all. The Federal Reserve problem is delusional, they live in the world of dishonest money. FED officials are free to print as many dollars as they wish, the more they print the less purchasing power the dollar has. End the end, the purchasing power you had yesterday is not here today, that loss comes directly from your savings. Real money in the form of “metal-in-hand”, that is, physical precious metals, gold and sliver is a solution. Gold and sliver coins, bars, and rounds represent value that cannot be inflated away. In the long run, no other asset offers the same track record — particularly during turbulent times. Families who save using private, portable, and enduring gold and sliver have been passing wealth from one generation to the next for literally thousands of years. History shows, investments in precious metals do more than simply hold value; they produced real profits. We are likely living in the next of these periods now. Inflation is a worldwide phenomenon forcing entire populations to look for alternatives to the paper in their wallets. “What’s in your wallet”. As more and more people turn to real money, gold and silver, personal purchasing power will rise – it will be amazing — as people bid more aggressively for available stocks. Now is a particularly opportune time for wise people to invest in themselves and buy physical gold and silver coins and bars — both for protection and profit. In every instance of fiat currency collapse, throughout history, gold and silver immediately became “the money”. Why, for the time being, you can exchange your paper currency for real money, gold and silver, by making a simple and direct purchase. A person with (more…)
Dec 182014
Submitted by John Rubino via Dollar Collapse blog, To say that gold is in a bear market is to misunderstand both gold and markets. Gold isn’t an investment that goes up and down. It is money in the most basic store-of-value sense. Most of the time it just sits there, and when its price changes in local currency terms that says more about the local currency than about gold. But when currencies collapse, gold shines. Consider the above from the point of view of a typical Russian. The ruble is tanking (no need to understand why — all fiat currencies go this way eventually and the proximate cause is almost irrelevant). Russians who trusted their government and kept their savings in, say, a bank account, are losing their shirts. But those who own boring, doesn’t-pay-interest, in-a-bear-market gold have seen their capital appreciate in local currency terms by about 60 percent in just the past month. They’re not “making money,” but they are preserving wealth. This is how it has gone always and everywhere when governments have destroyed their currencies. In the Roman Empire, revolutionary France, revolutionary America, most of Latin America in the 20th century, and now big parts of the developing world, local currencies evaporate but gold just sits there, buying the same amount of stuff as ever, impervious to the games governments play. It won’t be long before this chart is replicated in a whole lot of other places. But by then it will be too late to prepare. The gold will be gone and those who trusted their governments will have to make do with promises. Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Apr 242011
I posted “Money As Debt” on this blog 2 days ago.  All of the Part I videos are in 10 minute segments.  They are contiguous so come back and view them all. The video below is an independent production introducing the 5 part “Money As Debt” Series. You may click on this link to continue to”Money As Debt” post. httpv:// Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)