Visualizing The Shrinking Dollar

Tyler Durden's picture

The almighty dollar is looking less mighty these days. By almost every measure, the purchasing power of the US dollar is in precipitous decline.




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Cursive's picture

Thank you, BernanQE, I can now buy less than 1/4th a loaf of bread as my parents used to buy.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Actually, even less.  Your parents bought bread.  You are buying bread flavored loaf -- now with real bread flavoring.

ACP's picture

Would that be Soylent White?

I like the sourdough Soylent myself.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

It's magic!


Actually all I really care about (and can influence) is my own (and family's) financial circumstances.  

The Yen (and perhaps soon Korea's Won) are in freefall, which for now gives us a good deal on bearings from those countries.

In a way it is sad that I now feel that way.  Thanks .gov and Fed.  Thanks a lot.

ACP's picture

Pretty much puts everyone else in the "bearing" straights?



DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Now that's just cold...

One more for FEMA Camp.  Next!

Jam Akin's picture

I see that "Mad Arrow" is on board tonight.  Purse your lips, pucker up and kiss my ass Mad Arrow.

markmotive's picture

Dude with the Yen breaching 100 I think it's the Japanese consumer who deserves the most sympathy right now.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

How much does a loaf cost made of saw dust, coming to a store near you soon!!

jbvtme's picture

"wheat is the anti-christ"

spine001's picture

The worst part is that eventhouvh economists recognize that what they do is not a science and that most of the time they are wrong. Their true honest intellectuals are honestly convinced that they are right and that the problem  is not enough fiscal deficit spending. Oh and they call me a brilliant mind with "novel ideas" when I challenge them in their own turf. But they d9nt have time to give them a try ansd see the falacy in their models and understanding. It seems that the only way to challenge them would be to do a PhD in finance and prove them wrong. I dont know that there iss enough  time. At the same time I dont know that there isnt...

Until next time,


General Decline's picture

"Their true honest intellectuals are honestly convinced that they are right and that the problem is not enough fiscal deficit spending."

I disagree. They are intentionally trying to take the system down do as to usher a new system in. Prepare accordingly.

- also an engineer, if that makes a difference.

Skateboarder's picture

Engineer #3 (me) agrees with engineer #2's disagreement about engineer #1's post. We are seeing an orchestrated collapse. A poorly ocrchestrated one, but orchestrated nonetheless. You're either in their club or you aint. If you in, you better have some damn good doublespeak and be able to doublethink like a champ.

ejmoosa's picture

And Bryers's Frozen Dairy Dessert?  That would be Soylent Cream,

freewolf7's picture

LTER, thanks that was great.

Jena's picture

Something else very satisfying to make yourself.  It's easy to do especially with a bread machine and it's not very expensive.  The smell of freshly baked bread is fantastic.  I have a loaf of honey oatmeal whole wheat just finishing up and the aroma has filled the house.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Thanks, Martha.   Got any stock tips?

Jena's picture

Sure.  Buy low, sell high.

AlaricBalth's picture

That is so 80's.
The new paradigm is buy high, sell higher.
Thanks to the Fed, the greater fool theory now reigns supreme.

Jena's picture

I guess that's why we're on the sidelines, other than PMs.  We got out with a profit but we're happy to leave it to those more clever -- or foolish, as you say AB.

I'd rather bet on my my husband's business than risk it in the market where nothing appears sustainable. 

On the upside there, bronze is cheaper than it's been in years, a side effect of cheap copper. 

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LetThemEatRand's picture

Buy high!  That has so many double meanings.

longwind's picture

I only buy high. I sell depressed.

capitallosses's picture

I thought these days it was simply BTFD.

odatruf's picture

The "market" can only go up, ergo it is lower now than it will be soon, ergo in a dip relative to the future, ergo buy now.


Montgomery Burns's picture

Bread is a big part of why there are so many fat people in the US. Maybe yours is slightly more healthy than most but im sure it still has a relatively large amount of fat and some type of sweetener in it.

vulcanraven's picture






*contains less than 1% juice


SmittyinLA's picture

"real bread flavoring" good to know there's still some room for further food debasement.


We still have room for "bread flavoring" then "simulated bread flavoring", and  "loaf" has unlimited potential for food debasement.

chubbar's picture

OT, but a nice recap of Benghazi.

"America has a rare second chance to stem the tide of tyrannical oppression which is sweeping this country. Every American needs to become a citizen journalist through the upcoming summer. Each American needs to become responsible for spreading the truth about the criminals who have hijacked our government. I am not seeking a revolution against the United States government, I am seeking to drive the criminals from power who have hijacked our government. These criminals are destroying this country through abuse of power, malfeasance of office, treason against the Constitution of the United States, fraud, theft and ultimately murder. They need to be brought to justice at all costs. Obama and Clinton need to be tried for first degree murder for the planned death of Chris Stevens.

Testimony of government whistle-blowers has established the fact that there was plenty of opportunity for the Obama administration to save the life of Ambassador Stevens and his security detail. However, the Communist News Network (CNN) as well as ABC, NBC and CBS refuse to provide any meaningful coverage of the C-Span televised congressional hearings. However, the truth is out there on Youtube and all through the internet. I don’t care if the MSM refuses to cover the first degree murder of Chris Stevens carried out at the behest of key members of the Obama administration. We, the general public can take this information and disseminate it to a dozen colleagues, friends and family members because the present congress will not act.

The Memory of Chris Stevens Cries Out for Justice

Chris Stevens and his security team need not have died in vain. The circumstances surrounding his death give freedom-loving Americans the chance to expose elements of the NWO to the unaware public. Over the next week to 10 days, we are going to see a multitude of evidence which shows the following facts:

  • · We now know that Hillary Clinton suddenly resigned as the Secretary of State but not before it was established that three times Stevens requested an increase in his security detail and three times, Clinton refused to honor the request, thus leaving Stevens exposed. With all the money that this administration wastes and with the billions of dollars of fraud connected to the bailouts as perpetrated by this administration, are we really supposed to believe that Clinton could not assign a dozen more marines to protect the ambassador? It is clear that Clinton, on behalf of the Obama Administration want ed Stevens dead because he was the link between the administration and gun running to al Qaeda. Can you imagine the fall out when al Qaeda takes down an American airliner with one of the 20,000 stinger missiles that we let “fall” into al Qaeda’s hand in Libya.
  • · We know that in defiance of Obama’s orders, Admiral Gayoutte and General Hamm attempted to launch a rescue mission to the save the life of Chris Stevens. They were promptly arrested, relieved of their command and being held in undisclosed locations and the Ambassador’s last hope to stay alive was squashed. These two men are heroes.
  • · We now know that David Patreaus did not resign from his role as CIA Director because of an extra-marital affair. He resigned because as CIA Director because Congress could have compelled his testimony. As a private citizen, he could invoke the Fifth Amendment and claim the right to avoid self-incrimination. This is critical to understand because it is now clear that Stevens was providing guns, for the CIA, to al Qaeda to aid in the proxy invasion of Libya and now in Syria. Stevens had to be silenced as this administration could not be seen as complicit with the alleged planners of 9/11. As CIA Director, Patreaus was caught in the middle. It is also appears likely that Patreaus was not on board with the Obama’s assassination of Stevens and could not be counted on to take a bullet for the administration. Congress should have interviewed him six months ago. I pray for Patraeus’ safety. Given Hillary’s penchant for being followed by a trail of dead bodies (see Part one), his life is in grave danger.
  • · We now know that Clinton resigned as Secretary of State because like Patreaus, her testimony cannot be compelled, in opposition to her Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.
  • · We now know that that there was a well-armed rendition (torture) camp less than a mile from the compound where Stevens and his security team were murdered at the behest of Obama.They could have rescued the Ambassador.
  • · We now know from the Hicks testimony, that there were weaponized drones flying overhead which could have stopped the attack on the compound. This means that there were three separate ways that Stevens could have been saved and Obama’s Murder Inc. blocked all three potential rescue attempts
  • · We now know, and the media cover-up is out in the open, that the media are nothing but lap dogs for Murder Inc. (the Obama administration). While the Hicks testimony, more damning that Watergate, was playing live on C-Span, the Communist News Network, under former CIA operative, Anderson Cooper, was silent on the issue. Also, the globalist controlled media of ABC, NBC and CBS were mum as well. If there is a silver lining to this tragedy it shows why none of us should ever watch the corporate controlled presstitutes except to see what the enemy is up to"
RockyRacoon's picture

How come they wanted Stevens dead?  That's the part I must have missed.

Just trying to get all the puzzle pieces sorted by pattern.

"...planned death of Chris Stevens."

nmewn's picture

The only thing that makes sense is if they were in fact running guns to AQ affiliates in Syria. He was a lose end.

I don't subscribe to this theory of "a hit" as there are plenty of people that would know what he knew as well, up & down the food chain/command structure. I think everyone knows my lack of respect for O'Barry & Hitlary, I'd love to nail em to the wall on something like that...but I don't think so.

More than likely its just what it is as we know so far...bloated, bureaucratic, incompetence. Other nations had already moved out their staff or increased security, throughout Libya, which is what is coming out now...they were asking for more security and were they farmed out "guards" to the locals.

Then when TSHTF they froze. The big question is where was "our" Commander in Chief that night, apparently sleeping, while Americans were being slaughtered.

The Grip's picture

Yep. Hanlon's Razor. "Explains" a lot more than I formerly sheepishly believed. Even in my backyard. 

mt paul's picture

wood kiln baked

sourdough french ...


let them eat

real  bread..

The Swedish Chef's picture

Yeah, and you make five times as much as your dad made a month... Kind of adds upp, does it not?

Taint Boil's picture



What … You got bread in your house? It really throws salt on the wounds when the rich people come here to brag and rub it in.

CheapBastard's picture

Bread and dark chocolate are  up over up over 100% from it's $700/oz level.....silver used to be about $10/oz....even a can of sardines is up over 100%....Anyone who does not see this is blind.


Other things that were already overpriced (like housesand clothes) are plunging but have levelled off a little for awhile at last before they continue their correction downward.



onthesquare's picture

I take in less than 1500 calories per day.  Feel great

Food is so over-rated

pods's picture

Yikes, I would die at that level.  I am at 3500-4k per day.  Real food though.


IPA's picture

Amen to real food. the surprising thing about produce; it is generally cheap in comparison to say, a box of cheese it's. Just takes a bit more work to prep it and get it to the tabIe.  

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

1500 calories.....sounds like a normal breakfast to me.

W T F II's picture

Yeah, all true, but it's goin' to the MOON is the next few months...CRASHVILLE is here

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

That's why holding a fair amount of genuine FIAT dollars is not a bad idea.  Three months expenses if possible.  Good diversification that many people never think of.

Bill Blackstone's picture

+1.  Cash may not rule everything around me, but it does rule some.

sessinpo's picture

Out of curiosity, can you tell me one person it doesn't rule?

lasvegaspersona's picture

Truth is that fiat works fine as a medium of exchange. Who holds cash over the long haul? So what if the few $$$ in your safe loose 2% a year?

The problems start when we hold fiat (and derivatives) as a store of value. That forces us to earn a return..or try keep up with inflation.

The big lie is that the dollar is as good as gold. It is not.