Monday, April 25, 2011
Dollar/Debt Crisis Worsens
Even key members of the Fed are openly worried about America’s sea of red ink. A few weeks ago, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said, “If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent, the question is when . . . I look at this as a tipping point.” Mr. Fisher said we are just at the beginning of correcting our budget problems and “it’s going to be very painful.” What do you bet “painful” will mean forced budget cuts and high inflation.
The warning signs over the past few weeks are monumental. The world’s largest bond fund, PIMCO, recently sold ALL of its U.S. Treasury bills. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has said many times, “I believe that our debt is the greatest threat to our national security.” And just this week, Standard and Poor’s threatened to cut the U.S credit rating if legislators can’t agree on meaningful ways to reduce the deficit. There is no wonder why investors are converting dollars to gold and silver around the planet. The University of Texas Investment Management Co. recently announced it bought almost $1 billion in gold bullion. According to a Bloomberg story this week, “The decision to turn the fund’s investment into gold bars was influenced by Kyle Bass, a Dallas hedge fund manager and member of the endowment’s board . . . ‘Central banks are printing more money than they ever have, so what’s the value of money in terms of purchases of goods and services,’ Bass said yesterday in a telephone interview. “I look at gold as just another currency that they can’t print any more of.” (Click here to read the complete Bloomberg story.)
In a recent report, economist John Williams of Shadowstats.com contends a declining U.S. currency is reflected in spiking gas prices. Williams’ said, “. . . the primary problem behind higher oil and gasoline prices is the Fed’s efforts at dollar debasement, but few in the media are willing to blame the Fed . . . Also hitting the dollar, though, are increasing instabilities in and ineffectiveness of political Washington, D.C., as viewed by the rest of the world.”
Williams says gold and silver are nowhere near their former inflation adjusted highs of 1980. Back then, gold hit $850 per ounce and silver $49.45 per ounce. To truly equal that price in today’s inflated money, gold would have to be “$8,331 per troy ounce” and silver would have to be priced at “$485 per troy ounce,” according to Williams’ recent calculations.
Rising precious metal prices are signaling impending doom for the U.S. dollar. Please keep in mind, $7 trillion is held outside the country by foreigners. A sudden sell-off could spell ruin in the form of high inflation (if not hyper-inflation) for most Americans. All the warning signs are flashing a coming currency crisis—the only question is when? I’m betting the crisis starts by the end of this year – 2011.