Steve Forbes Speaks Out on the Presidential Race, Fed Recklessness, and Gold

Mr. Forbes’s views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of ACC.

Mike Gleason, Director, Money Metals Exchange: It is my great privilege to welcome Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine, CEO of Forbes, Inc. to our Money Metals Exchange podcast. Steve is also author of many fabulous books,

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Central Planners Freaking Out about Discussion of Gold’s Role

By Clint Siegner, Money Metals Exchange

Sound money issues make for good politics these days. The leading Republican candidates have all suggested reforms to our monetary system. The topic is popping up in debates as well as interviews. Predictably, Fed worshippers and proponents of central planning everywhere are snickering and trotting out the usual responses.

Michael Hiltzik, with the Los Angeles Times,

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The Year Nothing Worked: Stocks, Bonds, Cash Go Nowhere

Flat as your returns.

It is no secret that we at ACC believe there are deep systemic problems in the economy. All the current cronyism, economic obfuscation, over spending, over taxation, government intrusion, and most importantly Keynesian central bank meddling does not bode well for the future. (Though we can and must correct our ways in an historic way.)

Will 2015 be looked upon as the year the “recovery” began to completely stall? Will 2016 be worse than a stall?

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A Free Market in Interest Rates

Gold is real power in the hands of people. This is the main reason central banks, Marx, Lenin, Keynes and many other “planners” throughout history have hated it. The “barbarous relic.” A tool of the petty bourgeoisie. Kind of like guns in the hands of the citizenry, gold has served as a check on the excesses of those in power. Gold flows have historically impacted rates of interest. Those who would prefer to set rates of interest themselves however, find gold very inconvenient.

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Ben Carson Upsets Washington Post for Questioning Fiat Money

The dotted line indicates where the dollar was detached from gold.
Source: Washingtonsblog.com

One the most important things about gold as a monetary foundation is that it forces financiers and economists to deal with reality. Gold is the North Star by which economies and currencies are judged. It’s been this way for millennia, and it likely will remain the case for many years to come. But we have detached our money from gold, and reality. In 1971 Richard Nixon severed the last ties the dollar had to gold.

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Peter Schiff on His Forecasts, Past and Present, and What to Do in a Bubble Economy

Peter Schiff and I diverge on some important points. For instance I don’t think he gives the Chinese economic system a hard enough time. I think he totally recognizes the crony nature of the place but I think it’s more fragile than he does.

And he’s been plenty wrong at times. (Who hasn’t been?)

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Texas Challenges Federal Reserve with its Gold-Backed Bitcoin Loving Bank

The a new front opens up for the Federal Reserve.

Also one definitely gets the sense that the recent decline in gold is looking more and more like an opportunity to put away some real wealth at relatively low cost. This is definitely on the mind of the Chinese, and perhaps the guys in 10 gallon hats.

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The world is defenseless against the next financial crisis, warns ‘central bank of central banks’

The reason we had the Crash in 2008 was because the Fed kept rates too low for too long. In response to the tech implosion and then the 9-11 attacks Allan Greenspan and the FOMC panicked and ended up inflating a worldwide housing boom which morphed into the disaster (to put it mildly) which is the Great Recession. There’s more to it than that but that’s basically what happened.

Consider now that Ben Bernanke (and Janet Yellen) have kept interest rates much lower for even longer than Greenspan did.

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Billionaire investor Icahn, We are in a bubble, could be “very very destructive.” (Video)

Yeah, the reckoning has been coming for a very long while. The Fed is out of control and lost. The stock market as it is is not sustainable. Many other markets are in the same boat.

Any market which reflects the wants and desires of the rich (aka those closest to newly “printed” money) is pretty much in a bubble. Art, wine, etc. Even residential real estate in places like London and New York are bubblicious.

It isn’t going to keep going.

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There’s a new cryptocurrency coming, and it’s backed by gold

A couple of years ago I spent an evening talking economics and entrepreneurship with the developer of the new gold backed cryptocurrency The Business Insider reports on below.

I’ll say this. Anthem is darn sharp and I love that he has named his currency the Hayek. He told me about this venture when we met and I am pleased to see that his dream has become reality.

A gold backed virtual currency is just smart.

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A desperate socialist Venezuela pawns its gold to Citibank

All the paper bugs out there can say whatever they want. Gold is a “barbaric relic.” It’s just a yellow rock. Yet, when the dung hits the fan, it’s the gold which gets sold. (Or in this case pawned.) As true for the degenerate gambler in Atlantic City as it is for the degenerate politicos in in Venezuela.

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Townhall: Libertarians Outnumber Both Liberals and Conservatives

Many of our readers are probably aware that Townhall Finance regularly features our work. John Ransom, the editor there does an excellent job and we encourage everyone to check out the site if you have not visited. It’s a very good mix of free market thinkers from different schools. Though it is generally not “libertarian.”

That is why I was particularly pleased to see this article in Townhall. A new and broad political disposition is clearly emerging.

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