Here’s some level-headed thinking from Jim Rickards, who was proven to be correct on his call that the Fed would not taper. While the Fed would certainly like to taper, they’ve always stated that they would do so on the condition that the economic data continues to be strong. But the economic reporting has been terrible, so the Fed didn’t taper and won’t until those reports show viable strength. Jim also discusses what differences, if any, the upcoming Fed-chair change may make (none), gold’s future price expectations (higher) and his new book, The Death of Money (due out in April, 2014).
Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates narrates this video, which gives a simplified explanation of how an economy really functions when controlled by a central bank, such as the US Fed. He shows how there are short and long-term cycles which govern credit, debt, inflation and productivity. Dalio ends the video with some simple rules to help maintain a healthy economic system:
- Ensure debts don’t rise faster than income
- Ensure income doesn’t rise faster than productivity
- Try to keep increasing productivity as much as possible
Pierre Poilievre, Canadian MP, makes a plea for his nation not to follow in the footsteps of countries like the United States, where people have been encouraged to go into debt which will be impossible to repay, or like Europe, which is now ensnared in welfare programs that are impossible to stop without complete social upheaval.
- Official US Debt is now larger than its economy. Through current or future taxation, the US citizen is on the hook for this debt.
- The US is on the cusp of funding 100% of the Chinese Military – just with interest payments alone!
- The direction the US is going reflects the socialist policies already in place in Europe, where Greek citizens are taking to the streets to demand their government not halt the flow of welfare checks they have become so dependent upon.
- It’s good that Europe has bail-out fund, but S&P has recently downgraded that fund, indicating that it, too, will soon need a bail-out.
- Do the statistics and reports generated by the government help anyone determine the real state of the economy? GDP, CPI and Unemployment reports “mean something, but they don’t mean what they say it means.”
- A economic system based on fiat/paper money has never lasted in the past. Ever since 1971, when Nixon closed the gold window, the resources of the country have been used unwisely, investing in programs that destroy the country’s wealth. In order for real economic growth, this practice must be changed so that resources are invested in initiatives that build wealth.
- The outcome of the presidential election will not alter the current course. Instead, the election is basically a contest to determine which group of ‘zombies‘ will get government sponsorship. A Romney win will ensure the military industrial complex stays in business, while an Obama victory will further the social/welfare state.
- The government employing stimulus as a policy to help the economy is ridiculous. Again, it doesn’t help the overall economy generate wealth, it only serves those favored cronies with close ties to those in political office.
The US is coming up fast on the so-called Fiscal Cliff, but neither of the two political parties’ candidates are openly discussing the potential economic calamity or any remedies to overcome any resultant disaster. On this CNBC interview, Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, Alan Simpson & Erskine Bowles of the Deficit Commission discuss the reasons why so many major corporations are holding their cash at this uncertain juncture.
Here’s a chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve showing Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on persons not in the work force. Record numbers!!! One of the reasons the statistics on unemployment have shown decreases lately is that there are fewer persons counted among the total. When one compares the total population to the number of employed, one can see that there’s a real problem here.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts served as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan. He should know a thing or two about U.S. economic policy. In this brief and simple article, he explains how government statistics on inflation, housing, employment and GDP have consistently under-reported actual data.
“In place of recovery, we have hype from politicians, Wall Street, and the presstitute media.”