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Category: Fiat Currency

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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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Currencies

Friday, August 29, 2014

A History of Unlimited Money: Learn From It or Repeat Its Mistakes / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Doug_Wakefield

Thursday, August 28, 2014. Is there anything special about this day? For some it may be an anniversary, marriage or work. For others it may be a birthday. However, chances are it is just another day of the week, following the same routine as last week for hundreds of millions of lives that depend on an economic and financial system they hope will stay predictable.

For Americans today, the answer that has been presented to us repeatedly for years, and sadly seems to have been accepted as necessary to restore our capitalist system, is that the Federal Reserve will merely print up trillions more in debt in order to bring things back to "normal". History is replete with lessons for the Federal Reserve, Keynesian economists, and millions desperate to believe that maybe this time, with trillions more in debt, the temporary riches of the financial markets will become permanent and predictable. Frankly, the only thing predictable about this story is that history keeps repeating itself, and we do not show any desire to learn from our past.

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Currencies

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A World Without Fractional Reserve Banks and Central Planning / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: John_Rubino

In a very real sense, it is fractional reserve banking and not money itself that is the root of so many of today’s evils. Whenever fractional reserves are permitted, the banking system – including the one that exists today throughout the world – comes to resemble a classic Ponzi scheme which can only function as long as most people don’t try to get at their money.

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Currencies

Monday, August 18, 2014

Intervention and The Misery of Fiat Currency / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

“This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end - which you can never afford to lose - with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
-U.S. Naval pilot and prisoner of war, James Stockton

Black swans have taken flight. World war is imminent as one new geopolitical flash point develops each week. Slowly, the underlying struggles are fomented by the greatest monetary intervention the world has ever seen.

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Currencies

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monetary Versus Political Stability - When Day Turns into Night / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Wherever plunder is less burdensome than labor, it prevails; and neither religion nor morality can, in this case, prevent it from prevailing. - From Bastiat's "The Law"

Representing all things big, institutional investors believe there is no inflation.

The market "behaves" as if there is none. This undercuts value at risk.
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Currencies

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Cleanest Dirty Shirt / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

All modern currencies are fiat. The numeraire of the moment floats in a cesspool of policy designed for management and intervention.

Money and value become hollowed out concepts.

The eventual return to a sound relationship between human productivity and the value of money will be unloved, to say the least.
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Currencies

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Government's Disastrous Reign over U.S. Money / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: EWI

 

Very few people know that the United States did not create a monetary unit pegged to "buy" some amount of metal, as if the dollar were some kind of money independent of metal.

In 1792, Congress passed the U.S. Coinage Act, which defined a dollar as a coin containing 371.25 grains of silver and 44.75 grains of alloy. Congress did not say a dollar was worth that amount of metal; it was that amount of metal. A dollar, then, was a unit of weight, like a gram, ounce or pound. Since the alloy portion of the coin was nearly worthless, a dollar was essentially defined as 371.25 grains -- equal to 24.057 grams, or 0.7734 Troy oz. -- of pure silver. (15.43 grains = 1 gram, and 480 grains = 1 Troy ounce.)

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Stock-Markets

Friday, May 23, 2014

Money and Growth / Stock-Markets / Fiat Currency

By: Alasdair_Macleod

The most common of all misconceptions today is that a weakening currency is fundamental to a healthy economy, or put another way, a strong currency is economically destructive. For decades this has been the fundamental belief of mainstream economists and the mainspring behind government policy. Even Switzerland, widely regarded as the leading exponent of non-interventionism, intervenes to keep the franc from rising against the euro.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fractional-Reserve Banking: From Goldsmiths To Hedge Funds To…Chaos / Stock-Markets / Fiat Currency

By: John_Rubino

Banking didn’t start out as a reckless, parasitical plaything of a moneyed and politically-connected aristocracy. In the beginning, in fact, bankers weren’t even bankers. They were jewelers and goldsmiths who had to maintain their inventory with vaults, guards etc., and offered storage services to others with valuables to protect. So the original banks were, in effect, very safe warehouses.

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Currencies

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ink + Paper Doesn't Equal Value: Prechter on Fiat Money / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: EWI

My dad will turn 84 this year. When he was born, you could walk into a Federal Reserve Bank or the Treasury and redeem your paper money for gold. It actually said you could on every piece of U.S. paper currency:

"Redeemable in gold on demand at the United States Treasury, or in Gold or lawful money at any Federal Reserve Bank."

You can't do that today, which helps explain why my dad is so grumpy.

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Currencies

Friday, April 04, 2014

Ukraine Preface, the Emerging Dynamics Of Petro-Yuan Standard / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Jim_Willie_CB

The shocks will be many as the USDollar struggles and falls off the global financial stage in full view. The desperate maneuvers like in Syria and Ukraine should be seen as last ditch efforts to save a dying system. For two decades the USDollar has been defended by military means. Worse, for 50 years the USGovt has been a hidden nazi enclave of wicked fascists who have hidden behind their overt disdain for communism, with Kissinger the flag bearer, with Brzezinski the ideologue, with Papa Bush the executor, with narcotics and genetics and gold thefts their principal agenda. The official US support of fascist regimes includes a list of nations as long as your arm. Since 2008 when the Lehman kill was executed in order to rescue Goldman Sachs, when Fannie Mae was hidden under the USGovt roof to prevent its $trillion fraud from being exposed, and when AIG was tucked in the USFed basement closet for ample monetized rescues to patch the derivative black holes, the Anglo-American banking system has indeed been going through trials and tribulations, leading to its death throes. The climax of the banking system death process is upon us finally, the fibrillations of sudden illiquidity against the backdrop of relentless unforgiving insolvency so evident to those with eyes that function.

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Currencies

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Clock Is Ticking on This Massive Currency Shift / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Last week I was asked by a Wall Street Insights & Indictments reader about a new challenge to the U.S. role in the global economy that few are considering.

It's a dominant role we've held since the latter part of World War II, and for 70 years it's gone largely unchallenged.

Until now.

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Currencies

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Euro Is Not Overvalued Nor Is Any Other Currency / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: MISES

Frank Hollenbeck writes: A common argument for dumping the Euro is that it is overvalued, and that the ECB (European Central Bank) is unwilling to correct this so-called “problem.” This overvaluation is regularly cited as being over 10 percent against the dollar. The Swiss central bank surrendered control of its money supply by fixing its currency at 1.2 against the Euro essentially on the notion that its currency was “overvalued.” Advocates of a Euro breakup consider that a country with its own currency can then follow an independent monetary policy ensuring a competitive exchange rate. Never mind that neither the USA nor Great Britain have improved by following aggressive monetary policies that have depreciated their currencies. Such policies have also forced other countries, such as Brazil, to retaliate. As Mises foresaw,

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Currencies

Friday, February 28, 2014

Legal Tender, Gold, Silver and Alternative Currency / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

History does not repeat; it rhymes.

Current stability comes from confidence and force. We've all heard that cliché over and over. But to rhyme is to the use any words you choose. We can rhyme in paper or digits, but it is all backed by nothing.

There is a not-so-subtle difference between currency and legal tender. Legal tender implies both force and control. And it's worthwhile to explore how far history can be re-expressed through technology.

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