posted on 27 April 2016
-- this post authored by David Smith
As we move through 2016, the Horsemen of the geopolitical, economic, and social apocalypse are on the march. China burns through its currency reserves as billions in yuan flee the mainland for safe harbor. Japan prints mountains of yen debt in an effort to create inflation - and thereby the conscious devaluation of its citizens' purchasing power.
Saudi Arabia's gamble of cutting oil prices to the bone in an effort to break the back of the shale oil industry is becoming so costly that it may have to sell a portion of mighty Aramco to outside investors, while keeping secret the amount of its U.S. debt.
The U.S. government holds an incomprehensible $19 trillion dollar debt, in a presidential election year where the programs offered by front-runners of both parties would increase that amount... by trillions more!
And to top it off, many nations - the U.S. included - are moving to implement a policy of negative interest rates (NIRP), where the bank charges you the customer for the privilege of holding a cash balance! Think about how corrosive NIRP would be. And while that's going on, the government is actively working to promote inflation - in order to pay its social security and government pension obligations - while your purchasing power continues to decline.
The result of this policy is financial repression. A double sucker punch to your economic gut.
In Europe, NIRP is causing large corporations to hoard cash and buy gold rather than keep a large bank balance. In Japan, home safes, in which to store cash, are being purchased in record amounts, and demand for 100,000 yen (c. $1000) notes is going through the roof.
Since 2010, central banks have become net buyers of gold
As the world's governments come face to face with the prospect of currency collapse, something's going to give. Confidence in (acceptance of) fiat money is literally all that holds things together.
Let a run out of a country's paper money get underway - into anything of tangible value - and it's GAME OVER. Even the ability of banks to suspend redemptions from your money market funds - instituted by federal decree last year - will prove to be nothing more than a metaphorical finger in the dike.
What is to be done? How can the central banks of countries around the globe, as they slip into a synchronized recession (or worse), dig themselves out of the approaching monetary-debt abyss without going through a systemic collapse first?
There is an answer... it's written about occasionally, but scoffed at by virtually every "intellectual" and "economist" who has cared to give its backers the time of day.
That "answer" is born and nurtured through centuries of history in the crucible of economic need: There will be a revaluation in the price of the most powerful, effective, and durable store of value humankind has ever utilized - gold.
Talking heads and politicians like to say, "but there wouldn't be enough gold for that!" Oh, yes there is... but only at the right price!
Gold revaluation (not monetization - where gold is redeemable in exchange for paper script as a monetary medium), would be instituted by central banks - perhaps first by the U.S. Federal Reserve, with others in tow...
Revaluing All Currencies against Gold Is as Simple as Eighth Grade Math
So far, the world's major currencies have been taking turns devaluing against each other, to improve their country's trade position in the global economy. It's mathematically impossible to devalue all currencies at the same time, so as the "currency wars" intensify, the inevitable result is a spiraling race to the bottom.
Jim Rickards, in his recently-published seminal work, The New Case for Gold, shines a light on the way out for these dysfunctional entities, saying:
In order to derive a per ounce dollar figure at which gold needs to be priced, in order to restore public confidence, and jumpstart inflation - central bank goals - Rickards suggests the following formula:
Other thinkers, including Antal Fekete and Hugo Salinas Price, have toyed with a gold figure of between $10,000 and $50,000. Price, who has been a tireless advocate for using the silver Libertad in Mexico as a circulating parallel currency, selects $20,000 as a realistic figure.
Exchanging a "Paper Promise" for Real Money
The idea of backing a large portion of the floating debt that David Morgan of The Morgan Report has long referred to as "paper promises", looks like it may be moving from a once far-fetched idea towards a place on center stage.
You may think that if a gold revaluation happens, you will be able to quickly go to the local coin shop and pick up a handful as soon as the possibility of a gold price rocket launch becomes obvious. But think again. Most likely announced on a Sunday evening, by Monday morning the precious metals supply would be gone. And mining stock share prices would go through the roof. Rickards notes:
In summary, continue to buy and hold physical gold (and silver) as insurance first and for possible profit generation second. But now you have a third compelling reason - if gold revaluation does come to pass, those who have it will also have a personal financial game-changer of the first order!
About the Author:
David Smith is Senior Analyst for TheMorganReport.com and is a regular contributor to MoneyMetals.com. For the last 15 years, he has investigated precious metals mines and exploration sites in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, China, Canada, and the U.S. and shared his findings and investment wisdom with readers, radio listeners, and audiences at North American investment conferences.
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