Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. US Housing Market House Prices Bull Market Trend Current State - Nadeem_Walayat
2.Gold and Silver End of Week Technical, CoT and Fundamental Status - Gary_Tanashian
3.Stock Market Dow Trend Forecast - April Update - Nadeem_Walayat
4.When Will the Stock Market’s Rally Stop? - Troy_Bombardia
5.Russia and China Intend to Drain the West of Its Gold - MoneyMetals
6.BAIDU (BIDU) - Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Stocks Investing To Profit from AI Mega-trend - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Stop Feeding the Chinese Empire - ‘Belt and Road’ Trojan Horse - Richard_Mills
8.Stock Market US China Trade War Panic! Trend Forecast May 2019 Update - Nadeem_Walayat
9.US China Trade Impasse Threatens US Lithium, Rare Earth Imports - Richard_Mills
10.How to Invest in AI Stocks to Profit from the Machine Intelligence Mega-trend - Nadeem_Walayat
Last 7 days
Eye Opening Currency Charts – Why Precious Metals Are Falling - 23rd May 19
Netflix Has 175 Days Left to Pull Off a Miracle… or It’s All Over - 23rd May 19
Capitalism Works, Ravenous Capitalism Doesn’t - 23rd May 19
The Euro Is Bidding Its Time: A Reversal at Hand? - 23rd May 19
Gold Demand Rose 7% in Q1 2019. A Launching Pad Higher for Gold? - 23rd May 19
Global Economic Tensions Translate Into Oil Price Volatility - 22nd May 19
The Coming Pension Crisis Is So Big That It’s a Problem for Everyone - 22nd May 19
Crude Oil, Hot Stocks, and Currencies – Markets III - 22nd May 19
The No.1 Energy Stock for 2019 - 22nd May 19
Brexit Party and Lib-Dems Pull Further Away from Labour and Tories in Latest Opinion Polls - 22nd May 19
The Deep State vs Donald Trump - US vs Them Part 2 - 21st May 19
Deep State & Financial Powers Worry about Alternative Currencies - 21st May 19
Gold’s Exciting Boredom - 21st May 19
Trade War Fears Again, Will Stocks Resume the Downtrend? - 21st May 19
Buffett Mistake Costs Him $4.3 Billion This Year—Here’s What Every Investor Can Learn from It - 21st May 19
Dow Stock Market Trend Forecast 2019 May Update - Video - 20th May 19
A Brief History of Financial Entropy - 20th May 19
Gold, MMT, Fiat Money Inflation In France - 20th May 19
WAR - Us versus Them Narrative - 20th May 19
US - Iran War Safe-haven Reasons to Own Gold - 20th May 19
How long does Google have to reference a website? - 20th May 19
Tory Leadership Contest - Will Michael Gove Stab Boris Johnson in the Back Again? - 19th May 19
Stock Market Counter-trend Rally - 19th May 19
Will Stock Market “Sell in May, Go Away” Lead to a Correction… or a Crash? - 19th May 19
US vs. Global Stocks Sector Rotation – What Next? Part 1 - 19th May 19
BrExit Party EarthQuake Could Win it 150 MP's at Next UK General Election! - 18th May 19
Dow Stock Market Trend Forecast 2019 May Update - 18th May 19
US Economy to Die a Traditional Death… Inflation Is Going to Move Higher - 18th May 19
Trump’s Trade War Is Good for These 3 Dividend Stocks - 18th May 19
GDX Gold Mining Stocks Fundamentals Update - 17th May 19
Stock Markets Rally Hard – Is The Volatility Move Over? - 17th May 19
The Use of Technical Analysis for Forex Traders - 17th May 19
Brexit Party Set to Storm EU Parliament Elections - Seats Forecast - 17th May 19
Is the Trade War a Catalyst for Gold? - 17th May 19
This Is a Recession Indicator No One Is Talking About—and It’s Flashing Red - 17th May 19
War! Good or Bad for Stocks? - 17th May 19
How Many Seats Will Brexit Party Win - EU Parliament Elections Forecast 2019 - 16th May 19
It’s Not Technology but the Fed That Is Taking Away Jobs - 16th May 19
Learn to Protect your Forex Trading Capital - 16th May 19
Gold Ratio Charts Offer The Keys to the Bull Market - 16th May 19
Is Someone Secretly Smashing the Stock Market at Night? - 16th May 19

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

U.S. House Prices Analysis and Trend Forecast 2019 to 2021

U.S. Dollar Real Value Crash to 18cents

Currencies / US Dollar Oct 15, 2009 - 01:58 PM GMT

By: Jeff_Clark


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy Jeff Clark, Senior Editor, Casey’s Gold & Resource Report -“A dollar is worth only 70¢ now,” my Dad jabbered as we worked in the backyard. “And they say it’ll only be worth 50¢ in a few years.”

It was the mid-‘70s. I was helping my Dad build a dirt road to our barn and he wasn’t happy. Not about the hard work or humidity, but from what was happening to the dollar. Inflation was starting to kick into high gear, grabbing headlines that even a girl-chasing teenager could understand.

I remember being appalled by the thought of going to the store and having the clerk demand $1.30 for an item marked $1. Knowing what I know now, my thinking wasn’t that far off.

We lived in a small Pennsylvania town just a Sunday drive from where redneck jokes started. The local paper once ran a story of a blue-collar worker in the next county over who had stuffed a tidy wad of dollars into the back of his gun cabinet early in his working life. The money was discovered by the family after his death. While saving money is good, the duck-hunter equivalent of Family Mattress Bank & Trust won’t keep your money from depreciating; the stash of $10s and $20s had lost over half their purchasing power since he’d hidden them some 30 years earlier.

About the same time the gun locker was being lined with legal tender, both of my grandfathers – unbeknownst to me at the time – bought some gold and silver coins for me and likewise stored them away. I inherited one set a few years ago and got the others just last month. And the purchasing power of the coins is still the same as it was 30 years ago.

You can probably recall similar experiences about the dollar and what it was “worth” from your childhood. Even if you can’t, you intuitively know my conclusion is correct: the dollar ain’t worth what it used to be. And gold really does protect the purchasing power of saved wealth.

Happy Anniversary, Fiat Dollar

In August, the U.S. dollar celebrated its 38th anniversary as a fiat currency.

When Roosevelt issued his infamous 1933 presidential diktat, forcing delivery (confiscation) of gold owned by private citizens to the government in exchange for compensation, gold was $20.67/oz. In January 1934, the price was raised to $35/oz and the U.S. government pocketed the difference – and essentially devalued the dollar by 69%.

Yet the dollar remained convertible, and foreign central banks could redeem their dollar reserves for gold. This presented no problem when the U.S. was running trade surpluses and foreigners didn't have many dollars to exchange for gold. But in 1965, France’s President Charles de Gaulle started aggressively exchanging his country’s dollars for gold and loudly encouraged other countries to do likewise. That year U.S. gold holdings fell to a 26-year low.

Several schemes were tried to stop the drain on the U.S.’s hoard, including lifting the price to $42/oz early in 1971, but nothing worked. The run on the dollar did not abate. With the U.S. unable to eliminate its trade deficit, Nixon was faced with the stark reality of another dollar devaluation. He opted instead to close the gold window on August 15, 1971, ending dollar-for-gold convertibility. The dollar was suddenly off the gold standard, and half of U.S. gold holdings had disappeared. The greenback began to “float,” meaning it wasn’t tied to any standard and could be printed at will.

So how’s it done since then?

Fiat = Faulty

The following chart tracks what has happened to the purchasing power of the dollar and gold since the gold standard ended in 1971. After adjusting for inflation, you can plainly see the erosion of a dollar bill, now able to purchase only 18¢ of what it did in 1971, vs. an ounce of gold, which has not only stood up but increased in purchasing power.

Today, the amount of bubble gum you get for $1 could have been purchased for 18¢ in 1971.

In sharp contrast, you can buy about 3½ times more bubble gum today with the same gold coin you had in 1971.

There are two overriding conclusions from this chart:

  • The dollar has consistently lost value since coming off the gold standard.
  • While gold’s price has fluctuated, its purchasing power has endured. This fact will not change and is the reason you should own physical gold. It’s what I call the 4 P’s: your Personal Purchasing Power Protection.

The Dollar Is Going Lower

At Casey’s Gold & Resource Report, we firmly believe the dollar must go lower. But if you’re new to the topic, or unclear of our reasons, I’ll bet I can convince you in the next 60 seconds...

1. Money printing
The U.S. monetary base (coins, paper money, and central bank reserves) at the end of August 2008 was about $800 billion (minus dollars held abroad). In response to the economic crisis, the U.S. government has printed so much money that the monetary base has swelled to $1.7 trillion. This is the largest expansion in history and a staggering devaluation of the dollar. It means that for every dollar in America one year ago, the U.S. government has created 2.1 more of them.

Here’s the most recent picture of the monetary base:

You can see the unprecedented money printing that began last fall. The ramifications of this continual carpet-bombing of liquidity are clear: when banks begin to lend again, or because of reason #2 below, the dollar bill in your wallet will lose significantly more value.
You can believe in deflation as much as you want today, as long as you believe in inflation as much as you can tomorrow.

2. Debt
Taking on debt is like getting a tattoo: it doesn't go away, and it’s pretty painful to get rid of.

In the U.S., our current debt picture looks like this:

  • National debt                           $11.6 trillion (but ’09 GDP is only $8.3 trillion)
  • Government spending YTD     $2.4 trillion (but tax revenue is only $1.2 trillion)
  • Government bailouts               $11.8 trillion (equals $38,815 per U.S. citizen)

But the granddaddy of them all are the unfunded liabilities (meaning, they are not covered by an asset of equal or greater value).

  • Medicare/Medicaid liability      $39.6 trillion
  • Social Security liability            $10.6 trillion
  • Prescription drug liability         $8.5 trillion
  • Total unfunded liabilities     $58.7 trillion

So where is the money to pay for all this going to come from? The government has only three choices to meet these liabilities:

  1. Raise taxes
  2. Cut spending
  3. Allow inflation to rise from money printing, diluting the debt burden

You can debate the likelihood of the first two, but everyone at Casey Research is personally betting #3 will come to pass.
Meanwhile, what is the liability of gold? ZERO. When you hold a gold coin in your hand, no one else’s problems, deficiencies, liabilities, or ability to pay come into play.
Although there are many uncertainties in the world, the future purchasing power of gold is not one of them. Buy gold until the monetary chart and debt figures above honestly don’t worry you. Let gold serve its purpose for you by protecting the purchasing power of the dollars in your possession.

Gold can indeed give you solid returns, especially in times of crisis like these, when people start flocking to it as an uncertainty hedge. But select gold (and silver) stocks can gain even more with gold’s run-up – so far we’ve seen up to 6:1 leverage from large-cap gold producers. One company in particular has provided steady gains even as the Dow and S&P tanked last year; that’s why we call it “48 Karat Gold.” Click here to learn more.

© 2009 Copyright Casey Research - All Rights Reserved
Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.

© 2005-2019 - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


robert wilkinson
15 Oct 09, 21:56

The inflation argument is faultless, however, it does matter if inflation is coming next year or in the next ten

17 Oct 09, 11:01
dollar index


you're data shows now information about the future trend of the dollar. the extreme bearishness over the dollar as at highs normal with a turn in trend. thereofore do not expect the dollar to plummet but in fact the reverse.

the dollar index should hold at 75 whilst weakening against the euro simultaneously strengthening with the yen until euro160 is reach and yen 98. then a sharp dollar index rally will occur and trap dollar bears

Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

6 Critical Money Making Rules