Purchasing Power

The Real Message From Asset Inflation

The earliest signs are developing of hyperinflation, more correctly described as a collapse of the purchasing power of all the major government currencies. Extreme one-way bets aside, the overriding reason for valuation disparities is becoming more consistent with the downgrading of cash, rather than a revaluation of assets

The Essence Of Trump's Appeal To The Flyover Zone: "We Are Not Winning Anymore"

...Massive debts, no good jobs, faltering productivity, soaring entitlements, declining net investment and drastically shrinking household incomes add up to an unprecedented assault on America’s vaunted middle class. In fact, the middle class is shrinking markedly as an empirical matter and fading rapidly as an aspirational possibility. It is profoundly misguided Wall Street/Washington policy regime that has given rise to this massive economic failure. For more than three decades they have sown the wind. Trump is the whirlwind they are now reaping...

America Needs A Good, Old-Fashioned Economic Depression

A good, old-fashioned, pre-1929 depression (like the short-lived, eleven-month depression in 1920-1921, before the days of “modern” central banking and “enlightened” Keynesian intervention “cures”) is the only tonic that can clear out the malinvestment built up since the beginning of the fiat money era.

The Writing Is On The Wall (Again)

Yesterday, the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high. And the Dow just hit a new record close as well. If you haven’t sold yet, dear reader, this may be one of the best times ever to do so.

BofA Does The Full Math On What Minimum Wage Hikes Really Mean

There is an impact to employment when employers are forced to give workers more money... BofA estimates that a 10% rise in the minimum wage reduces employment by 2%; and adds that "the net benefit of raising the minimum is not clear based on the literature."

The Prospects For Money

"In my view, this new bout of turmoil in financial markets is the prelude to the final demise of government currency..."

Consumer Credit Jumps $19 Billion In May Thanks To New All Time Highs In Student And Auto Loans

The latest consumer credit report confirmed what we have now known for years: revolving credit remains stagnant at best, with just $2.3 billion in credit card debt added in May, a modest rebound from last month's $1.4 billion but certainly nowhere near pre-crisis monthly increase levels. Why not? Because US consumers once again found a way to "fungibly" convert non-revolving credit, namely auto and mostly student loans, into purchasing power.

Fearing Confiscation, Japanese Savers Rush To Buy Gold And Store It In Switzerland

In the face of a clear lack of trust in Japanese leadership, local investors are buying gold to store in Switzerland. The reason: they are increasingly worried about confiscation which is why they are storing it half way around the globe.  The number of buyers jumped 62% in the first six months from the second half of 2015, Atsuko Sato Whitehouse, head of Japanese markets at the London-based investment service, said this week.

The Gold Standard: Friend Of The Middle Class

If policy makers truly want to improve the condition of the middle class, which consists primarily of wage earners, a return to a monetary order of “hard money” is an economic and moral necessity.

"You Want To Own Gold" Marc Faber Warns "Brexit Is The Excuse For QE4"

“If Brexit is used as an excuse, the central banks will print more money, QE4 in the U.S. is on the way and the depreciation in the purchasing power of currencies will continue,” warned a vociferous Marc Faber said in a Bloomberg TV interview today from Hong Kong. "In that situation, you want to own some gold..."