The US supplied the Allies in WWII and got paid in gold. After the war, countries linked their currencies to the US dollar, which was linked to gold. The Gold Standard ended completely in 1971, but the US dollar’s reserve status remained. Today more than 61% of all foreign bank reserves are denominated in US […]
For most of us, 2020 has been a year that we never could have imagined at the end of 2019. The idea that governments would choose what businesses could be open which ones could close would have seemed impossible in this country. Who could have imagined that 2020 would see the stock market reach record […]
Gold broke out of a huge 27 year base in 2007 at just over $800 per ounce. Gold initially traded up to $1,000 per ounce and backed off to $700 per ounce shortly after the breakout. Gold then moved from $700 to $1,900 per ounce in three years. Gold has rallied $600 per ounce in […]
The last six months have been a real roller coaster ride for major markets. The economy is reeling and there is no real solution in sight. The economy and the markets are being held up by monetary expansion and global stimulus. It’s scary to think about what will happen when the stimulus and free money […]
Many economists are still predicting a V-Shaped post Coronavirus shutdown. The rebounding stock market would seem to support the V-Shaped theory. However, others predict a real turnaround could take a decade. The drastic recovery in the stock market is not based on strong market fundamentals. The unemployment rate at nearly 20% is drastically higher even […]
The Gold Standard and What Happened in 1933 The Gold Standard was in effect in the United States up until 1933. Up to this point, countries agreed to convert paper money into a fixed amount of gold. Since the global gold supply grows only slowly, having such a gold standard would theoretically hold government overspending […]
Hyperinflation during the Weimar Republic 100 years ago Paper or fiat currency is nothing new in world history. China has a long history of printing intrinsically worthless currency dating back to the seventh century. In the 1400s the kingdom of Spain began printing paper to be used as money during military sieges.
More than decade ago IndyMac, a California big bank that was one of the country’s largest mortgage lenders, failed. Some deposits were protected by the government (FDIC), but bank customers panicked and formed long lines outside the bank’s locations trying to get their cash out of the bank.
Gold owners reap rewards; Argentina’s currency and stock market plunge. Last week a primary election triggered panic in Argentina and caused investors to dump Argentina’s fiat money, the Argentine Peso, along with their stock market at the same time. Anyone who lives in Argentina and owned gold and other precious metals was insulated from that […]
Since the US officially abandoned the gold standard in 1971, we all understand that we have experienced several dollar crises, periods of rampant inflation (and soaring gold prices). What we don’t all understand is that many of these crises were not accidental but coordinated economic policy events. When we look at our current economic policy […]