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Currencies

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Swiss Franc’s Euro-Peg Post Mortem / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Frank_Shostak

On January 15, 2015 the Swiss National Bank (SNB) announced an end to its three-year-old cap of 1.20 franc per euro. (The SNB introduced the cap in September 2011.) The SNB has also reduced its policy interest rate to minus 0.75 percent from minus 0.25 percent. The Swiss franc appreciated as much as 41 percent to 0.8517 per euro following the announcement, the strongest level on record — it settled during the day at around 0.98 per euro

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Currencies

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The End of Currency 'Safe-Havens' / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Julian_DW_Phillips

Swiss - Negative rates

In the past [even the recent past] investors have often 'parked' their funds in a 'safe-haven' currency, when fears about the dollar or other currencies rose. The leading candidates have always been the Swiss Franc and the Yen, with gold, in the last three years usually being excluded, because of its declining trend against the dollar and the limited amount of stock relative to the availability of these currencies. While gold's trend seems to have changed to the upside now, the developed world is still 'out of gold'.

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Currencies

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Safe Haven 101 For Investors Concerned About the Future / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Ron_Holland

Dictionaries broadly define a safe haven as a place of refuge or sanctuary. I'm using the term to describe a hoped for place of security if a future catastrophe should take place. Possibilities include a major natural disaster, the coming end of the forced petrodollar scam, an unexpected major new war or civil disruption as the United States makes the always difficult transformation from leading world empire to a has-been nation heading downward on the stage of world history.

This has happened to all great empires that have gone this way before the Washington Empire and will eventually happen to all future global empires. It is the nature of all aggressive empires to overreach politically and militarily as well as in the economic sphere.

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Currencies

Saturday, January 24, 2015

U.S. Dollar Denial Ain't Just a River / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Safe to say, with oil cut in half, precious metals prices contained below $20, and both housing and equities booming on little to no real economic growth, we are at peak ignorance in terms of monetary understanding.

This cannot end well.

And yet for many who see the injustice, the inequality, or have dared witness the raping of justice on the way to this perception, the blame is too often misplaced.  The sad reality is that those who are left to think about it come to the conclusion that the problem is capitalism - that more of the same should be implemented.

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Currencies

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Swiss will not have more EU QE / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: BATR

In the ridiculous charade that passes for the foreign exchange currency markets, the ease upon which a 39% spike in the Swiss Franc to the EU has most financial journalist puzzled. A flagship of establishment journalism like the Washington Post provides a quaint explanation in Why Switzerland’s currency is going historically crazy. The Swiss intend to keep their exchange rate at 1.2 Swiss francs per euro caused unsustainable negative competiveness in Swiss exports to EU customers. How many times have you heard that same old song? Corporatist media consistently spins a yarn that suppressing one’s own currency is good for business.

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Currencies

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Switzerland Wins As Its Central Bank Surrenders / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Peter_Schiff

If anyone had any doubt how severely the global economy has been distorted by the actions of central bankers, the "surprise" announcement last week by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to no longer peg the Swiss franc to the euro should provide a moment of crystal clarity. The decision sent the franc up almost 30% in intraday trading, a scale of movement that is unprecedented for a major currency in the modern era. Although very few in the media or on Wall Street fully understand the ramifications, the situation that forced the Swiss to abandon the peg will soon be faced by bankers of much larger countries in the coming years, the implications of which can have more profound implications for global financial markets.

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Currencies

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Swiss Release the Kraken! / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: John_Mauldin

“Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee….

“There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.”

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Currencies

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Switzerland Frees the Swiss Franc / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Frank_Hollenbeck

You can fix your currency or you run independent monetary policy. But you cannot do both at the same time. In spectacular fashion, the Swiss government finally capitulated and decided control over the money supply was more important than a fixed rate against the euro. The Swiss franc rocketed up 30 percent in value minutes after the central bank’s decision to let the currency float.

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Currencies

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The Great Fallacy at the Heart of Modern Monetary Theory / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Jesse

As with all theories that miss the mark, Modern Monetary Theory presents some insights into the matter of course, but seems to hinge on one or two key assumptions that are more matters of assertion than historical or even practical experience. It is founded not so much an economic theory, but on a belief without a firm foundation.

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Commodities

Monday, December 29, 2014

Counting Your Chickens in Dollars  / Commodities / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

With silver, you have a rare physical commodity that you can literally take into your possession.

It’s known that quantity, in investment form, is far less than what is perceived by the mainstream. And as a direct consequence, orders of magnitude less than the price indicates.

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Currencies

Monday, December 08, 2014

What a Reserve Currency Should Look Like / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: MISES

Patrick Barron writes: Much has been written lately, including by me, about the coming rejection of the dollar as the primary reserve currency of the world’s most important central banks.

My prediction is based upon two things: one, that the Federal Reserve is controlled by inflationist politicians whose main goal is to monetize the federal government’s vast annual budget deficits; and, two, that the rest of the world is getting fed up with holding ever more fiat dollars of decreasing purchasing power. In the first instance, as long as the Fed can get away with printing dollars that ultimately are used to purchase federal government debt, there is no reason for it to cease federal debt monetization, or for the federal government itself to balance its budget.

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Currencies

Friday, November 21, 2014

Paper Money Yielding Madness / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

The mainstream investor (with any time and "money" left), wielding an internet connection, and hell bent for yield is about to feel the temperature drop despite a thousand reminders that the cold winter is coming. (Or perhaps not - if you are in South Florida.)

Zero interest policy scorches the planner and the saver, rotting the seed corn while providing fuel for speculation, breeding the trading culture pestilence we see today. Yet again, another tiresome cycle appears. More bubbles to end all bubbles.

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Politics

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Cultural and Political Consequences of Fiat Money / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: MISES

Jörg Guido Hülsmann writes: It may seem unusual that an economist would talk about culture. Usually, we talk about prices and production, quantities produced, employment, the structure of production, scarce resources, and entrepreneurship.

But there are certain things that economists can say about the culture, and more precisely, that economists can say about the transformation of the culture. So what is culture? Well, to put it simply, it is the way we do things. This can include the way we eat — whether or not we dine with family members on a regular basis, for example — how we sleep, and how we use automobiles or other modes of transportation. And of course, the way we produce, consume, or accumulate capital are important aspects of the culture as well.

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Currencies

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fiat Wealth Illusion - We Don't Need Your Stinking Principles / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

“Nobody can predict how long governments can get away with fake growth, fake money, fake financial stability, fake jobs, fake inflation numbers and fake income growth. Our feeling is that confidence, especially when it is unjustified, is quite a thin veneer. When confidence is lost, that loss can be severe, sudden and simultaneous across a number of markets and sectors.” - Paul Singer

I noticed the following financial cartoon was making its rounds over the weekend.  Particularly this section. In case you can't see the image, the quote that stood out was this one:

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Economics

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why Money Doesn’t Measure Value / Economics / Fiat Currency

By: Robert_Murphy

Anyone who knows him personally would attest that David Gordon is a troublemaker. He lived up to this label with a recent review of the new book by Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames. Gordon took them to task for referring to money as a measure of value, analogous to a ruler or clock; Gordon cited the authority of Ludwig von Mises while rejecting such a view. In a previous post here at Mises Canada, I then defended Gordon from the reply of John Tamny. Yet now I see that economist Marc Miles has jumped in the fray, also thinking that Gordon is ignorant of basic economics.

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Economics

Sunday, October 19, 2014

'Confidence' Is a Corollary of a Fiat Culture / Economics / Fiat Currency

By: Jesse

Economists are fretting about the current notion that the US is caught in a secular stagnation. They are concerned because they believe that this is what is driving stock prices lower. And lower stock market prices are upsetting to their masters.

They are concerned that people are believing in stagnation as a sort of urban myth, and that makes it real. Seriously. Belief is not an effect, but a primary cause in their minds.

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Currencies

Monday, October 06, 2014

Cerulean Dollars - Go Deep or Go Home / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

“We have deep depth.”-Yoga Berra

The dollar institution is much larger than the Fed, the Treasury or the entire basket of FOREX that derives relative values of backless currencies.

Market action makes market commentary. Few question price discovery -- instead they spend precious time trying to make the fundamentals fit the price. A backwards endeavour. We need to go deeper.

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Currencies

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Post-Petrodollar Play for Triple-Digit Gains / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Money_Morning

Peter Krauth writes: It's now clear as day that both Russia and China are making concerted efforts to move off the petrodollar system.

I've previously written about this petrodollar phenomenon as a developing trend.....

Well now it's no longer developing, it's in active mode.

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Currencies

Monday, September 22, 2014

One Giant Cluster Ponzi / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
-H. L. Mencken

Recently, The U.S. Treasury ramped up war games via financial sanctions aimed at Russia. The EU is part and parcel to the operation. These interventions are a continuation of the age old warfare referred to as the “currency wars”.  Jim Rickards’ recent book on the topic chronicles the use of this tactic. 

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why Money Is Worse Than Debt / Interest-Rates / Fiat Currency

By: GoldSilverWorlds

Francis Schutte writes: Everybody has to spend energy, has to work for his living. This is true for Government as well as for the billionaires and for the ordinary employee. Nothing – except for sunshine and air – comes for free. Note that today, sometimes people even pay for sunshine (vacation) and air (airports in Venezuela).

Not hard to understand that today’s fairy tale of “Free Fiat Money” will have a bad ending…or is it? Few people seem to realize the dramatic situation we are in, and that the denial is fed by the propaganda sold by politicians through the mainstream media. The 4th generation (see Galbraith’s Age of Uncertainty) doesn’t seem to be mentally able to grasp the seriousness of the situation the world is in.

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