Category Archive: Gold Standard

Main Author Keith Weiner
Keith Weiner is president of the Gold Standard Institute USA in Phoenix, Arizona, and CEO of the precious metals fund manager Monetary Metals. He created DiamondWare, a technology company that he sold to Nortel Networks in 2008. He has his PhD from the New Austrian School of Economics. He lives with his wife near Phoenix, Arizona. In March 2015 he moved his Gold Standard column from Forbes to SNBCHF.com.

They’re Coming to Take Away Your Cash

They're coming to take away your cash. Not for the sake of control or steal your money, but to protect the banks.

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How Could the Fed Protect Us from Economic Waves?

Mainstream economists tell us that the Federal Reserve protects us from economic waves, indeed from the business cycle itself. In their view, people naturally tend to go overboard and cause wild swings in both directions. Thus, we need an economic central planner to alternatively stimulate us and then take away the punch bowl. The very idea of centrally planning money and credit boggles the mind.

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Who Is Worth More: Some Hedge Funds or All our Kindergartens?

"The top 25 hedge fund managers made more than all the kindergarten teachers in the country," declared President Obama in a discussion of poverty at Georgetown University. Calling them “society’s lottery winners,” he proposed to hike their taxes. Predictably, battle lines have been formed between two polarized sides. One side is unhappy with the pay disparity. The other is quick to defend the status quo. Rather than arguing about whether hedge fund...

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Falling Yields, Rising Asset Prices -Rising Yields,Falling Prices

Our paper currency causes falling productivity, though not in terms of bushels per acre. What falls is productivity per dollar or euro of savings. This is the real meaning of the falling interest rate. When the rate was 10 percent, $1,000 of principal produced $100 of return. When it falls to two percent, then the same capital generates a return of only $20. Now with the Swiss 10-year bond, CHF 1,000 earns only CHF 1.3. Keith Weiner argues that one...

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Yield Purchasing Power: Think Different About Purchasing Power

The dollar is always losing value. To measure the decline, people turn to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), or various alternative measures such as Shadow Stats or Billion Prices Project. They measure a basket of goods, and we can see how it changes every year. However, companies are constantly cutting costs. If we see nominal—i.e. dollar—prices rising, it’s despite this relentless increase in efficiency. At the same time, the interest rate is...

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Prohibition: Gold Is Like Marijuana



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Arizona Governor Ducey Vetoes Gold

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have made Arizona the third state behind Utah and Oklahoma to recognize gold and silver as legal tender. This isn’t yet another in a long series of articles lamenting the Federal Reserve, power, politicians, corruption, and the hopelessness of fighting the status quo.

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Did Ben Bernanke Call for Euthanasia of the Rentier or of the Pensioner?

Keynes called for “the euthanasia of the rentier” by government suppression of the interest rate (chapter 24 of General Theory). Bernanke did the same with pensioners, he threw them under a bus with low interest rates; still he “was concerned about those seniors as well.”

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Money as Debt and the Federal Reserve System



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Goethe Predicted Dollar Slavery

In 1809 Goethe wrote "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." According to Keith Weiner, this is today's status of American workers, stuck with debt and the losing value of the dollar.

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A Gold Man In Monetarist Territory

Keith Weiner suggests that one should abstract from economic variables like CPI, U6 unemployment measure, M0 or GDP. We know that the Fed manipulates key variables of the economy; hence we live in a world of central planners, a socialist world, not much better than the period of Mao or Stalin. The gold standard is free of central bank manipulation.

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What Happens When Credit Is Mispriced?

Keith Weiner explains what happens when credit is mispriced. The rich are privileged because they can profit on the volatility and the bubbles the cheap credit createes.

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The Gold Standard For Democrats

Keith Weiner describes how the Fed pushes down the interest rate and due to that, it drives up prices of food and rents. This implies that businesses are clearly priviliged against workers. The gold standard does the opposite, if prefers savings and workers. Hence Democrats should be fan of the gold standard.

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Three Unexpected Reasons Why We Use the Paper Dollar

Keith Weiner argues that there are 3 reasons why we use the dollar. One, people don't care about what money really is. Two, people are indoctrinated in the ideology of central planning. Three, many people like to get something for free and they want continue getting it for free. Endless borrowing is simply not possible in the gold standard, but only with paper money like the dollar.

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Can The Fed Raise Interest Rates?

Keith Weiner argues that the question should be, not when the Fed will raise interest rates, but if. Before our central planners can raise rates, they must deal with a problem of their own making.

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Your Personal Debt Is Not Entirely Your Fault

When the cost of borrowing is too low, it becomes an irresistible siren song luring people into debt, borrowing becomes too cheap and spending too easy. No wonder that you don’t put 10% of your paycheck into the bank every month for future uncertainties. The Fed, with its zero interest policy, deserves much of the blame for your financial troubles.

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Why Can’t The Fed Spot Bubbles?

The topic of whether the Federal Reserve can see bubbles in advance, and what they can do about them, is hotly debated. The price of an earning asset depends directly on the interest rate. This is because of time preference. It is better to have your cash today than tomorrow. The Fed’s problem is that the calculation depends on a rate of interest that it heavily influences. Its analysis is therefore circular and self-fulfilling. It’s like taking a...

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Inflation=Counterfeiting

Keith Weiner explains why Inflation is, at root, a monetary fraud, it is finally caused by an increase in the money supply. The Fed deceives us into accepting this bad paper as currency by making its new dollars look like real currency. This is the very essence of counterfeiting.

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Why Did Both Silver and Gold Become Money?

Keith Weiner explains why gold and silver, two shiny metals, have become money. They fill different human needs, and evolved through different paths. Money solves a problem called the coincidence of wants. Moreover he looks on the choice between gold and silver.

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America Needs The Gold Standard More Than Ever

The United States needs the gold standard more than ever. The gold standard is neither barbaric nor impractical, and it is more urgently needed every day. This is because the standard of paper money is failing. It has set in motion an accelerating series of crises, each worse than the previous. The nation cannot continue to borrow to infinity, nor can the U.S. endure zero interest much longer.

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