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Guest Post: How The Printing Press Is Leading To The Demise Of The U.S.A.

Having the reserve currency comes with a great deal of responsibility. Over the course of the last 15 years the United States has abused this power with reckless spending, wars abroad and a printing press that just won’t quit. As I mentioned many times during the financial crisis last fall, the dollar as a reserve currency likely saved our skin. Being the reserve currency made the dollar the obvious safehaven currency. The world was too dependent on the well-being of the dollar for it to implode. If it hadn’t been the reserve currency we probably would have faced a much more harmful crisis. But now the world is tired of seeing us abuse this privilege just as they grew tired of Britain’s abuse of the reserve currency.

More European Turmoil: Romanian Government Set To Topple Tuesday As Country Faces Financial Crisis

Latvia, Sweden, the Netherlands, and now EU-member country Romania: the European periphery is ablaze, even as the Euro is at 52 week highs. It would be joke if it really wasn't so sad. Clariden Leu reports that "Romania's parliament looks set to topple the minority government on Tuesday in a no-confidence vote ahead of a November presidential election and raises fresh concerns over the country's IMF aid." For a country, whose financial future is closely tield with IMF goodwill, this could well be a catalyst event: "Economists warn about the impact of political standoff on fiscal reforms and budget cuts needed to ensure the International Monetary Fund continues to disburse aid from its 20 billion euro anti-crisis package."

smartknowledgeu's picture

I do not profess that the main structural arguments of the following essay are mine. Rather they belong to a rather famous former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve named Alan Greenspan as noted in his rather seminal 1966 essay titled “Gold and Economic Freedom”. However, I have taken the specific arguments of that very prescient essay and modified and reinterpreted them to fit into the contemporary situation of our current global and financial crisis (that it its core, is a monetary crisis).

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The Bullish Bear?

Back in early March, Steve Leuthold told investors to "buy stocks now or you'll regret it". He was absolutely right then and I think he's right now. Forget retesting the March lows, the stock market is heading higher. He is now calling for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to jump to 1,350 next year as the economy recovers from the worst contraction since the Great Depression.

Leo Kolivakis's picture

Let me just say that the IMF's Global Financial Stability Report is an excellent document that every serious money manager needs to read carefully. It provides an outstanding overview of global financial system. I went through it today and concluded that global financial risks have subsided but banks are by no means out of the woods. The semiannual report struck me as one of cautious optimism.

Is The Fed Hiding Gold Swap Arrangements With Foreign Central Banks?

"The Federal Reserve System has disclosed to GATA that it has gold swap arrangements with foreign banks that it does not want the public to know about. The disclosure contradicts denials provided by the Fed to GATA in 2001 and suggests that the Fed is indeed very much involved in the surreptitious international central bank manipulation of the gold price particularly and the currency markets generally." - GATA

Leo Kolivakis's picture

Fired Up? Ready to Go?

A year after Lehman collapsed, what have they learned on Wall Street? Absolutely nothing. That's pretty much what I see on Wall Street and at the large "sophisticated" Canadian public pension funds. Behind the rhetoric, it's business as usual. Who needs risk management when the markets are on fire and you're looking to shoot the lights out?

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For the third time, gold soared past the $1,000 level, causing the market to eye the precious metal's record of $1,033.90 reached in March 2008. While Citigroup is predicting a $2,000 scenario by next year due to continuing dollar weakness, a number of bullish factors, both near and long term, have converged to boost gold.

Vitaliy Katsenelson's picture

China projects to the world a similar image as Japan did in the 1980s. Yet we know how that (Japanese) story played out: a bust of a major banking/real estate bubble, a contracting economy for almost two decades, accompanied by deflation, ballooning debt, etc.

Fed Proposed To Become Next AIG

A new proposal by MIT professors seeks to involve the Fed directly in the wholesale selling of CDS. According to recent TIC data, perhaps the Fed is doing this already.