Santelli Stunned As Janet Yellen Admits "Cash Is Not A Store Of Value"

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Intended warning or unintended slip? After Alan Greenspan's confessional admission that

"Gold is a currency. It is still, by all evidence, a premier currency. No fiat currency, including the dollar, can match it,"

we found it remarkable that during the Q&A after her speech today that Janet Yellen, when asked about negative rates, admitted that

"cash in not a very convenient store of value,"

seemingly hinting at Bernanke's helicopter and that there will be no deflation in The US ever...  

Rick Santelli then sums it all up perfectly...  

"deflation is clearly the boogeyman... and the only thing that will save the middle class."

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Yellen: "cash is not a convenient store of value"

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So if cash is not a very convenient store of value... what is? Biotechs? As Rick Santelli explains... this is the scariest thing she has ever said...

Santelli: "deflation is the boogeyman... and the only thing that can save the middle class is lower prices"

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Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:32 | 5935362 I am more equal...
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You've been warned

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:53 | 5935417 lordylord
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Did Yellen have to tell anyone this?  Anyone who buys anything knows that the $50 is the new $20 and that's just the last 10 years.

Anyone who keeps large amounts of cash sitting around is a fool.  Savings (in dollars) aren't your savings anymore.  It's the government's to slowly take.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:00 | 5935466 Squid-puppets a...
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when TPTB talk about a cashless society, maybe they mean that everyone owns stocks, gets paid wages in stocks, and uses stawx to buy groceries

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:44 | 5935616 nope-1004
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I heard it dfferent.  What I think she was trying to say was that traditionally cash isn't a good store of value when rates are higher, as they have always been.  Inflation erodes the value of cash holdings because cash in the mattress doesn't earn a return if not loaned out.  But with Europe going to negative interest rates, the logical thing to do would be for people to hoard cash, because deflation equates to purchasing power going up.  Instead of earning a rate for parking cash in the bank (positive interest rates), people are being charged a larger fee to keep cash in the bank (negative interest rates).  And she said she's surprised more people aren't hoarding cash.

Which means she's surprised how economically dumb people are about the price of money and possibly considering doing the same in the US.

Did I hear it wrong?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:46 | 5935634 JohnG
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Same thing I heard.  Surprised at the lack of demand for cash when NIRP imposed.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:55 | 5935663 Kaiser Sousa
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you guys r talking about hoarding worthless debt based currency...

doesnt mattter if its in the bank or under the mattress...

receiving negative real rate of return on it or being counterfeited to ZERO...


doesnt matter what the fuck she meant....

just sayin.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:18 | 5935734 JohnG
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As long as the liquor store trades it for booze it's worht that.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:37 | 5935786 Bilderberg Member
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Gold should be up $200/ounce on that sentence alone.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:47 | 5935897 Keyser
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Other news today, in a recent poll, Taylor Swift was voted a more influential world leader than Barack Obama... The people don't care, they really don't give a rat's pattootie... Future society is doomed, but they will have BRAWNDO!!!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:58 | 5936010 LianaKaulitz
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boo hoo. gold gold gold. fiat this fiat that.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:59 | 5936382 7.62x54r
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Have you been living in a cave for the past 50 years?

Minimum wage in 1963 was five silver quarters. About 17 dollars in today's value. And those 5 quarters would buy you goods that would cost $17 dollars today. It was actually possible for a soda-jerk to raise a family back then, if he scrimped and saved.

One hour of minimum wage today will get you goods worth $0.27 in 1963.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:00 | 5936547 GetZeeGold
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So I took my calculator out about 15 years ago trying to figure out what an ounce of gold was worth.


I pressed the enter key and went......damn that can't be right.


Yes.....I went and bought some gold.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 08:16 | 5936629 DanDaley
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You felt the Ecstasy of Gold....


Sat, 03/28/2015 - 08:30 | 5936646 Took Red Pill
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I think Yellen is telling us we should be taking our money out of the bank and stash the cash!

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 08:35 | 5936649 GetZeeGold
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I would convert it before you stash it.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 13:10 | 5937153 krispkritter
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No idea where this came from but:

Only after the last can has been kicked,

Only after the last fiat has crumbled,

Only after the last banker has been hanged,

Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten...

Only then will you find Jon Corzine in a hot tub with a Swedish supermodel...

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:34 | 5936707 Chauncey Gardener
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She's not that smart.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:15 | 5936688 white rose
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And Now For The Electric Version

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:43 | 5936936 sschu
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Add up the total taxes paid in 1963 by that minimum wage worker and today.  Disposable income is far less now.



Sales Tax

Gas Tax

Other business taxes passed on

Yours is an excellent point.


Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:27 | 5936784 tarsubil
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Why would you make a youtube video? The fact that you lump bitcoin and gold together shows that you have a lot to learn there little buddy. Tell Congress to take the power back from the banks? Are you serious? Why don't you just go outside and have fun on a swing or something while the adults talk about adult stuff. Holy moly.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:02 | 5936020 cynicalskeptic
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Idiocracy was a documentary that grossly underestimated how long the decline would take.


Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:09 | 5936127 Karlus
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BRAWNDO, its got what plants crave. Electrolytes!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:59 | 5936234 Thirst Mutilator
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It's the Thirst Mutilator... Oh Wait!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:46 | 5936296 ersatz007
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Brought to you by Carl's Jr. I get paid for saying that.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:37 | 5936801 Proofreder
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How much?


in so many ways

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 01:50 | 5936435 pgroup
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She couldn't be a worse president, she's decent looking, and she's got a lot of class.

Swift 2016.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:57 | 5936619 Thirst Mutilator
Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:03 | 5936652 GetZeeGold
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The one thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach...was all the damn rituals.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 05:06 | 5936526 Bahrainiac
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That's just because Taylor Swift has a solid foreign and domestic policy agenda.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:01 | 5936580 Griffin
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I think that Taylor Swift would be a excellent choice for president, very much unlike Clinton, Bush or that Canadian who the republicans are joking around with.

The problem is that even if you guys were lucky enough to get someone who is smart, talented, well spoken, and very beautiful,  Then she would be the person in charge of a rotten system controlling a nation that is already sipping on Brawndo.

Maybe we need to change the system so it will look attractive to people who are interested in being involved in politics for the right reasons.









Sun, 03/29/2015 - 14:40 | 5939581 thecrud
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10 20 years of 90 percent unemployment is what it will take to pull out of that nose dive.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:12 | 5936029 Kaiser Sousa
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yeah as long as a dollar doesnt buy u and ounce of Silver or Gold its worth that....

keep your fucking booze...

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:07 | 5936755 OpTwoMistic
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1970 a fifth of Jim Beam was 5.00 at the NCO store. Now I pay 35.00.

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 14:54 | 5939635 thecrud
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A carton of smokes at the PX for me was 2.05.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:52 | 5935837 silver_stacker
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I agree with you Kaiser...keep on stackin...

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:49 | 5935986 crazytechnician
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BS. Paper is made from wood. Wood contains calories. Ink contains calories. Why do you think the folks from the Weimar were burning this paper ? Obviously it had some value. They could wipe their ass with it and then burn it to keep a little bit warm. Anybody who thinks paper currency is worthless is a joker.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:05 | 5936024 cynicalskeptic
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Currency isn't very good toilet paper - clogs the plumbing

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:48 | 5936209 palmereldritch
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Not to worry.

Janet exclusively uses a FEMA Express card.

Don't leave FOMC without it!

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 03:57 | 5936499 Wait What
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personally, Wait What prefers bottle caps. they are in short supply, he hears.

"so many bottle caps, mr. scrooge, you're the richest duck in tralala"

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:06 | 5936502 crazytechnician
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Surely the preferred method would be to burn it after wiping ? Why clog your bog ?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:33 | 5936061 Squid-puppets a...
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indeed. people shouldnt discount that even toilet paper has a utility ;)

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 01:04 | 5936392 7.62x54r
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The central bank in Zimbabwe threw in the towel when they realized they needed to sell blank currency paper back to the company in Germany they bought it from, in order to meet employee wages.

Actually putting a one and a bunch of zeros on it seriously lowered the paper's value.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:47 | 5936505 crazytechnician
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That is incorrect. The more ink that is on the paper the higher it's calorific energy content. That would mean the paper burns either at a higher temperature or it will burn for longer , thus releasing more heat energy. This is known as basic physics buddy.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 18:37 | 5937888 7.62x54r
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You are assuming they use soy based ink, I think.

I suspect that, near the end, they were running newsprint through an ink-jet.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:43 | 5936810 Proofreder
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Paper Currency IS

worth  less

than almost anything else.  Is this clear enough for you ?

Worth Less - got it?

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 02:38 | 5936463 dojufitz
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If it was worthless (as you say) it would be rejected at the local Supermarket......

It isn't so you are wrong and all the hard metal men as well....

(btw I have Gold and Silver)

I just can't take the dumbness of ZH comments about 'The ONLY MONEY IS GOLD AND SILVER!"

Fiat is a fixed price by the Govt...ala Bretton Woods agreement......


When the Govt 'rigs' or 'fixes' doesn't last.....neither does Gold & Silver if fixed.....

Learn history and you won't sound so dumb.



Sat, 03/28/2015 - 05:02 | 5936525 Squid-puppets a...
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true nuff, gold & silver arent the only money. but they have a combination of properties that makes them - in greenspans words = the premier currency

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 02:38 | 5936464 dojufitz
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If it was worthless (as you say) it would be rejected at the local Supermarket......

It isn't so you are wrong and all the hard metal men as well....

(btw I have Gold and Silver)

I just can't take the dumbness of ZH comments about 'The ONLY MONEY IS GOLD AND SILVER!"

Fiat is a fixed price by the Govt...ala Bretton Woods agreement......


When the Govt 'rigs' or 'fixes' doesn't last.....neither does Gold & Silver if fixed.....

Learn history and you won't sound so dumb.



Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:00 | 5936017 Trogdor
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I think it's a good idea to have a stash of cash for when the system pukes (and there will still be sheep who will only take cash - even if it's toilet paper at that point) - but hoarding it isn't a good idea....

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 02:11 | 5936445 weburke
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I am a recent fan of cash. and diamonds. with a disruption, how do I make my investments into cash?

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