The term Quantitative Easing is familiar to everyone. It is now referred to as QE followed by a number. What is it? It is printing money! It’s a little like the euphemism, “Used Dog Food.” It doesn’t sound bad until you give it some thought.
Did gold jump 100 dollars, or did the Bernanke dollar lose value? We have a President that thinks that the banks, Wall Street, and the rich people of this world are responsible for the current mess we are in. And by God we will make them pay Rah! Rah! A President chooses to tax the rich as a way out of this mess? I don’t follow it.
No cost of living increase this year, just like last year, for Social Security recipients. That could make for an interesting election next month. The checks don’t go as far as they use to, especially when the government removed food and energy from the cost of living index. The only things still left in the index are Denture-Grip, Preparation-H and Desenex Foot Powder and that pretty much covers everyone from head to toe (from a government perspective).
This quantitative easing by the government is keeping interest rates artificially low. Even the retirement funds which depend on interest rates for their income are being hurt by these unrealistic low returns on bonds. (Double click on image below for a larger view)
Gold and silver use to be a very poor investment (they still are). They pay no interest but they tend to keep up with inflation. Cash is getting no interest in the banks (if you count in inflation). Of course that light bulb goes off in your head saying "borrow cash and by gold." Do you run with the herd? Caution could be the word that wins the day. A buying frenzy here, could result in government intervention.
Gold and silver are increasing in price. Is this the last bubble in town? Or maybe it’s just a reflection of the true value of the dollar. Quantitative Easing is the name of the game and everyone with paper dollars gets to play (shh ---it’s only a tax on our savings).
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