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23 Nov

A Lesson from the Pilgrims

We hope that you can count good health and prosperity as among your greatest blessings in this inflationary year.  Will are grateful for you and all of our friends and clients in 2022.   Among our Thanksgiving traditions, right along with turkey, family, and even football, is a story we like to tell each year, […]

23 Nov

Move to Gold Ahead of Global De-Dollarization

There is more movement afoot in the US dollar’s global status.   But first, the backstory: The US emerged from World War II as a mightier powerhouse than ever.  Other leading industrial economies lay in ruins, but not the US.  The US dollar was said to be as good as gold.  Because foreign governments, many […]

22 Nov

Here Comes the Silver Shortage

With the US Mint and other suppliers woefully behind on minting silver coins, coupled with high premiums on popular silver investment products, no one could possibly feel blindsided to hear research reports reveal a developing silver shortage. Net jewelry and physical investment silver demand will finish 2022 50 million ounces higher than last year, according […]

11 Nov

Double-Digit Price Hikes Slam Phoenix Again

Consumer prices climbed 7.7 percent during the 12 months through October, according to the Labor Department. While administration officials celebrate the October report because it was down from the 8.2 percent rate reported a month earlier, residents of the Phoenix metropolitan area- where Republic Monetary Exchange is located- had no reason for celebration.  That is […]

11 Nov

Ready for Hyperinflation?

Inflation is bad enough.  But hyperinflation is something else again.  It is the ruin of entire nations and cultures.  Now at least one credible observer says hyperinflation is on its way. Time to get ready! Paul Singer is the founder and president of Elliot Management which the Financial Times calls a “prominent” asset manager.  That’s […]

10 Nov

More Bidenflation

Is there any doubt that the surge in Washington spending is instrumental in the surge in consumer prices? If there are any doubters, the folks at the Committee to Unleash Prosperity have provided a graphic to make it more clear. It charts cumulative new spending beginning in December 2020, after Biden’s election. It begins with […]

04 Nov

Will Powell Save the Dollar?

Don’t bet on it! It doesn’t take long to ruin a currency.  A little run of double-digit inflation soon has people looking for a better store of wealth. Like gold and silver. Look no further than at the other central banks of the world.  They know the money-printing game as well as Federal Reserve officials […]

04 Nov

The Fed Sows Confusion, Chaos

Mixed Messages Mess with Markets! It seems strange that the mighty capitalist markets should be constantly waiting for the next pronouncement of a small, grey band of mostly unknown bureaucrats, most of whom – if not all – showing little evidence of having created any wealth in their own lives, sitting around conference tables in […]

03 Nov

Biden, Biden, Biden!

When the truth takes a backseat! It is one thing, and a very sad one indeed, to see anyone addled and losing their ability to think clearly.  But it is more than sad when the affected person’s inability is felt in the realm of policy and in our civic life. It is a danger.   […]

31 Oct

Halloween Prices are Scary

In covering inflation it is almost expected that we report on the cost of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.   And we probably will in a month or so. But we just happened to notice the rising cost of Halloween candy.  This year it is up by an unlucky 13 percent.   Consumer prices in the […]

30 Oct

Inflation on Display

The US 12-month inflation rate as measured by the Consumer Price Index has been over 8 percent for 7 months in a row, since last March.  It has been raging along over 5 percent for 14 months in a row. The pain is not evenly distributed across the county.  As you can see in the […]

30 Oct

Why Are Americans So Down on the Economy?

The New York Times Has to Ask! A recent New York Times “think piece” (that’s what they call them!) asks why Americans are so down on the economy.   Seriously? One easily wearies of the Times tendentious and partisan analysis.  The piece is sprinkled with nonsense like this tweet from someone described as the founder […]

24 Oct

Revisiting the Gold and Silver Shortage

(And a bill to restore the gold standard!) We have written several times of late about the recent shortages of gold and silver and the way prices in the “paper gold” or gold-substitute markets have decoupled from the prices of real, physical gold and silver coins and bars. In essence, the question is how can […]

23 Oct

Real Money For Free People!

We want to give you a signed copy! The following is an excerpt from Jim Clark’s important book REAL MONEY FOR FREE PEOPLE: The American Gold Story. Both Fed money-printing and federal debt are evidence of severe character deficiencies among the American governing classes. Fed money printing is a slap in the face of normal, […]

23 Oct

Why We’re in the Mess We’re In

This Explains a Lot! The Fed doesn’t understand inflation. Janet Yellen has even apologized for the Fed’s cluelessness.  The Fed has missed all the biggest financial calamities of our time, like the dot com bubble, the mortgage meltdown, and the return of inflation to levels last seen 40 years ago. How can this be explained? Clearly, […]

17 Oct

Serious Inflation

It was only a year ago that the Federal Reserve was insisting that inflation was a transitory malady.  Yet it is still with us.  Big time! The government likes to refer to so-called “core inflation” which excludes food and energy prices.  (Like who would need either food or energy?)  The core inflation rate for the […]

17 Oct

How Inflation Really Works to Make You Poorer

More About the Government’s Shell Game! The inflation numbers for September are in and they are running red hot!  They also provide a perfect opportunity to shine a light on the government’s inflation and cost of living shell game. Consumer prices (CPI) are up 8.2 percent from a year earlier.  Wholesale prices (PPI) are up […]

16 Oct
Ben Bernanke Predicts

Nobel Prize for Inflation?!

Helicopter Ben Bernanke recognized for… for what exactly?  Spreading around free money!  The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded its 2022 Nobel Prize in Economics to former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. We don’t mean to be churlish with our headline calling it an award for inflation.  We just mean to be plain-spoken.  Inflation […]

10 Oct

Silver’s Monetary Role

The extreme divergence in the world markets between “paper” precious metals and real physical gold and silver continues. “Paper” precious metals are nothing more than the purported paper title to gold and silver that promise to deliver at some future date. The high premiums on physical silver suggest that in our present economic circumstance of […]

10 Oct

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Gold in times of chaos and conflict! When things get bad enough, especially on the economic front, many governments follow the advice the dying king gives his son in Shakespeare’s Henry IV:   “Be it thy course, to busy giddy mindsWith foreign quarrels.” Now, with red-hot inflation, the national debt spiraling up over $31 trillion, […]

09 Oct

Looking for a Place to Hide?

May We Suggest… A Drudge Report headline the other day read, “Wary Investors Struggling to Find Places to Hide…” That’s because stocks have been taking a pounding. It linked to a Wall Street Journal piece titled, “Wary Investors Struggle to Evade Market Tumult”:   “The S&P 500 has fallen 25% this year, with all three […]

03 Oct

Market Condition Alert! Gold and Silver Shortages!

Because of extreme demand for precious metals in these uncertain times, the prices for real gold and silver have decoupled from the price of gold substitutes and paper benchmark prices.  The world gold prices and index prices you read about in the newspaper are not the real price for physical gold you can take home […]

02 Oct

The Lost Decade

“I don’t rule out something bad happening!” says legendary investor! The Dow won’t be much higher in 10 years than it is today.   That’s the opinion of billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller.  Stock, bond, and real estate bubbles are all popping, all having been inflated by the artificial creation of money and credit.  “All those […]

02 Oct

Are We in Trouble?

Sure. That’s why you’re going to need gold and silver! The Federal Reserve’s decision to begin raising interest rates and unwinding a lot of the assets it bought with made-up digital money over the last 14 years is beginning to take a toll.  Stocks down.  Bonds down.  Real estate down.  Cryptos down. The Fed’s new […]

26 Sep

They’re Going to Need All Those IRS Agents

Reason #439 to own gold and silver! Today we post without (much) commentary, excerpts of recent remarks by Treasury secretary Janel Yellen about the Internal Revenue Service.  Much of what Yellen said at the 9/15/22 event at the IRS facility in New Carrolton, MD, is simply wrong, but we feel you should see them for […]

26 Sep

Biden Accelerating Central Bank Digital Currency

Biden is putting the pedal to the metal for a Central Bank digital currency. Time to fortify your gold and silver position! Suppose the government wants to ration gasoline or anything else.  Suppose it wanted to stop anyone who disagrees with it from traveling.  Suppose it wants to devalue the currency or impose a new […]

26 Sep

Common Sense About Fed Interest Rate Policy

It’s too little, too late to stop inflation! “The Great Central Bank Pivot is now underway around the globe, but it’s not the one Wall Street has been praying for. Instead of another round of easing juice to brake the obvious fall in economic activity, central banks en masse are racing to goose interest rates […]

18 Sep

Views About Stocks and Gold

Worth Considering! Here is a sampling of market views from people we follow from time to time, some about gold, the dollar, the stock market, and the economy.   These are all important topics, and we encourage you to visit with a Republic Monetary Exchange gold and silver specialist to create a sensible plan to […]

18 Sep

The CPI Numbers Should be Even Worse

A few words about energy prices and gold! Consumer Price increases reported through August were higher than most people on Wall Street seem to have anticipated.  So, with the latest CPI report, the stock market broke and broke hard.  The Dow Jones Industrials fell 1,276.37 points, or almost 4 percent on Tuesday (9/13).   But […]

17 Sep

Biden’s Banana Republic

Take advantage of Bidenomics to protect yourself! It’s a distinction no one would hope for, no one would want.  But it goes to the Phoenix area, nonetheless. Phoenix once again has the highest Consumer Price Inflation in America.  Prices are screaming along, up 13 percent over the past 12 months.  That’s almost five percent over […]

12 Sep

USA Slips Again in Annual Freedom Ranking

The Fraser Institute in Canada is one of the world’s leading think tanks.  Each year the Institute publishes an Economic Freedom of the World Report.  The review compares the state of human freedom in the nations of the world, ranking countries for the policies that support freedom, including sound money, legal systems and property rights, […]

10 Sep

How Are Americans Doing in the Bidenflation Regime?

So how are your fellow Americans faring under the Bidenflation regime?   Just like you think they are.  Not well! Well over half say that they are suffering moderate to severe financial hardships, according to a new Gallup poll.   In November, when the authorities were still insisting that inflation was transitory, 45 percent of […]

10 Sep

But Who Will Pay for It All?

Stand down, Powell!  We’re going to need that printing press! After the humiliating matter of insisting that inflation was transitory when it was anything but, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell insists now that the Fed is going to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to get inflation under control.   Never […]

04 Sep

Do it Now!

You’ve Always Meant To… and Now is the Time to Buy. Things are happening fast.  The Constitution is ignored, the President is brandishing F-15s, and the monetary system is in trouble.  And forty percent of the people think we’re headed for civil war! But wait, as they say in infomercials…  There’s more! California thinks it […]

03 Sep

The Most Important Global Monetary Megatrend!

The De-Dollarizing World! Wall Street and bubble-vision endlessly fret and debate over the Federal Reserve’s next move.  “Will the Fed raise rates 50 basis points in September?  Or will it go for 75?”  But while they obsess, something much bigger is going on.  Something that is mostly overlooked. We have called it the world’s most […]

02 Sep

Explain the Silver Shortage

Congressman Demands Answers from US Mint and Treasury Secretary! The market for physical silver investors has been challenging for at least a couple of years now, with widespread shortages and the failure of the US mint to meet market demand as the law requires. Fortunately for our clients, Republic Monetary Exchange has been able to […]

27 Aug

The End of Abundance

“What we are currently living through is a kind of major tipping point or a great upheaval … we are living the end of what could have seemed an era of abundance … the end of the abundance of products of technologies that seemed always available … the end of the abundance of land and […]

26 Aug

The Economy in Pictures

You’ll want to own gold after this… Let’s start with a chart of inflation rates around the world. At 8.5 percent, the US inflation rate is above other countries in the developed world like Germany (7.5 percent) and Canada (7.6 percent), but slightly below the Eurozone (8.9 percent.  Here is the overall US inflation rate […]

25 Aug

Why the Inflation Reduction Act Will Not Reduce Inflation

Stop the Presses! The “Inflation Reduction Act” won’t Reduce Inflation! In a story that should surprise precisely no one, Yahoo/Finance reports that President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act “will have no measurable impact on inflation.” The story cites Oxford Economics economists who write, “Our preliminary analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a climate, tax, and […]

21 Aug

China and India Keep Buying Gold!

The subterranean flow of gold from the West to the East keeps on keeping on! Swiss exports of gold to China surged in July, according to the latest reporting from Reuters. More than 80 metric tons of gold worth $4.6 billion made its way from Switzerland to China in June.  That is up from 32.5 […]

18 Aug

Wall Street Bloodbath!

What They Are Saying! We hope you haven’t wearied of us writing from time to time about Michael Burry.  For those who don’t remember, Burry is the somewhat quirky investment advisor made famous in the movie about the bursting of the mortgage bubble, The Big Short, in which he was played by Christian Bale. Burry […]

17 Aug

The Unbacked Dollar Anniversary

The Day They Closed the Gold Window! This week we mark a day that lives in monetary infamy, a day fifty-one years ago that determined America’s economic trajectory to this very day. It is important enough for Americans to understand what happened then and how the gold dollar became the unbacked paper dollar, a dollar […]

12 Aug

Release the IRS Kraken!

Sure, and drive everyone to gold and silver! The Kraken, that giant sea monster of Norwegian myth, reappeared in popular culture with Pirates of the Caribbean and the Clash of the Titans movies. Releasing the Kraken means to let loose destructive forces of immeasurable powers. Now it looks like the Biden administration is prepared to […]

12 Aug

Biden Announces Zero Inflation

He would know, wouldn’t he? The President took to the podium on Wednesday (8/11) to announce a number: “Zero.” Inflation was zero in July, he said. You could count us among the surprised.  After all, we’ve been to the grocery store.  But who are you going to believe, the President or your lying eyes? Then […]

11 Aug

Victory Over Inflation?

Right!  Wall Street Will Pretend Anything! US inflation keeps running hot, with the headline Consumer Price Index for the 12 months ending in July up 8.5 percent.   Lower energy prices contributed to the index easing off from the 40-year high of 9.1 percent reported in June. Lower energy prices factored into the modestly lower […]

07 Aug

Is the Bloodbath Over in the Stock Market?

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates four times this year.  Fed officials are displaying a rare unanimity that more rate hikes are coming.  Higher mortgage rates have residential real estate reeling.  Inflation is at the highest level in 40 years.  The official GDP numbers say the economy has entered a recession. War drums are beating […]

06 Aug

Inflation Isn’t For Everybody

Inflation is a problem for everyone. Over nine percent nationally.  Double digits in Phoenix.  Incomes aren’t keeping up with rising prices.  Plus rents are going up about one percent a month. So, it’s a problem for everyone, right? Well, not so fast! It’s not a problem for me, says one senior official at the Federal […]

05 Aug

The Inflation Reduction Act

“Inflation Reduction”. Haha. Since inflation is a deliberate policy of the monetary authorities when someone promises to do something about inflation we always look to see if they are talking about throwing the off-switch. Are they talking about ending the artificial creation of money and credit by any of its thousands of names:  liquidity operations, […]

31 Jul

They Aren’t Buying What Washington is Peddling

The Gold and Silver Market Can See Right Through It! We think it is worth going back thru what Washington has been peddling over the last week. It starts with the Federal Reserve’s announcement on Wednesday (7/27) that it was raising its policy interest rate, the Fed funds rate by 75 basis points, or ¾ […]

30 Jul

Yes, This is a Recession

Time to Get Up-To-Date on Gold and Silver! Okay, we all know America’s economy isn’t what it was, thanks to the shutdowns,  trillions of dollars in “stimmies,” and Bidenflation.   But now it’s official:  We are definitely in a recession. Well, check that.  We are definitely in a recession.  But it’s not really official until […]

29 Jul
Interest Rates are Going Up in 2017

The Rate Hike

More Halfway Measures from Powell’s Fed; Nothing Gets Fixed! The Fed says it is moving expeditiously to bring inflation down.   You wouldn’t know it based on its latest move.  In fact, both gold and silver were so little impressed with the latest from the Fed that both jumped higher. The Federal Reserve raised interest […]

24 Jul

Banks vs. The People

Backed by Tanks, the Banks in China are Prohibiting Withdrawals! It started in April when a few banks in China’s Henan province prohibited cash withdrawals.   Now things have spread and escalated.  Hundred of thousands of people have been unable to withdraw their money.  In Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan, the government has deployed […]

20 Jul

The Strong Dollar?

You’ve Heard “The Dollar is Strong”. Ha-ha-ha! We hear it all the time.  Sometimes all day long in the financial news media.  About the strong dollar.  Here are some examples: “What the strong dollar means for Americans”  — The Hill “The Dollar Is Extremely Strong, Pushing Down the World”  — NYTimes ‘What does a strong […]

18 Jul

The Bottom is In on Gold and Silver!

Precious Metals at Cost of Production? The Time to Buy is Now! The correction in gold and silver that accompanied the panicked selling of stocks, bonds, and crypto-currencies this year is over, says Jim Clark, CEO of Republic Monetary Exchange. “Both metals have found a bottom in this range,” according to Clark.  “Gold at $1700 […]

17 Jul

US Inflation: It’s a Disgrace

In the Phoenix-Scottsdale-Mesa metropolitan area prices have climbed 12.3 percent!  More news on the inflation front.  And it is bad!   Consumer prices rose 9.1 percent nationally over the last 12 months.   Those are the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers for the 12 months through June 30.  The national rate […]

17 Jul

Dollar Falls With Blinding Speed

Consumer prices climb sky high!  Producer prices rising even faster! We can’t help but laugh.  Maybe we shouldn’t laugh, but we do.  Every time the financial press and the mainstream media tell us how “strong” the dollar is these days! For real people in the real world, this is the weakest the dollar has ever […]

08 Jul

More Loss and Pain Ahead for Stock Investors!

Regular readers know that we enjoy citing the market observations of Michael Burry.   You probably remember Burry if you saw the 2015 movie The Big Short.  If you haven’t seen it, it is probably worth streaming just for an alternative look at how things work on Wall Street.  Burry, a real-life rock-drumming, hedge fund […]

08 Jul

Warning to the Fed Raising Rates

Unless they want to blow the federal budget to smithereens! We wish the Federal Reserve hadn’t created all this inflation in the first place.  It’s decapitalizing America and making the people poorer.  So, we wish they hadn’t done it in the first place. As long as we’re on the subject, we wish that Washington hadn’t […]

07 Jul

Fed Still Concerned About Entrenched Inflation

50 or 75 basis point rate hike later this month? Just released minutes from the Federal Reserve Board’s June meeting which saw the Fed’s key policy rate hiked by 75 basis points (3/4 of a percent) show the Fed remains concerned about entrenched inflation. To no one’s surprise, the minutes foresee another Fed rate hike […]

01 Jul

First Half of 2022 Grim for Stocks, Bonds, and Crypto

Gold Holds Its Own; Silver Demand “Insatiable”! Between inflation in double-digit neighborhoods and a dark-robed creature named Recession knocking on the door, 2022 has been a tough year for stocks, bonds, and crypto-currencies.  It doesn’t help that the year is only half over. A few first-half numbers: The S&P 500 tumbled 20.6 percent, the worst […]

01 Jul

Now Introducing… Skimpflation!

Everybody knows about Shrinkflation… but have you heard about Skimpflation? By now, pretty much everybody knows about inflation.  It’s hard to miss at the gas pump or at the grocery store.  Prices are up everywhere on just about everything. The government says the official inflation rate is 8.6 percent.  By that they mean that at […]

30 Jun

Goldman Sachs Raises Its Gold Price Target

The investment banking giant is predicting $2,500 this year! Goldman Sachs, the multinational investment banking firm, has raised its 2022 year-end gold price forecast to $2,500. The company explained that increasing prospects of a recession could power the move.  It noted that inflation is likely to remain an important factor in the gold price for […]

24 Jun

Americans See the Light On Inflation

Ronald Reagan had a great line (actually he had a lot of good lines).  He once said, “When I feel the pain, I see the light.” The American people have been feeling plenty of pain from Biden inflation – pain at the gas pump, pain at the grocery check-out line, pain that their pay isn’t […]

24 Jun

Seeing is Believing

You know inflation is higher now than it has been in the lifetimes of most Americans.  Gas prices have gone stratospheric, food prices are soaring, consumer confidence is in the tank, interest rates have home buyers and sellers angry, and a recession is knocking on the door.   But there is nothing like seeing it […]

22 Jun

Ron Paul Says…

Fed too late, too little! It was just weeks ago that Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said that raising interest rates 75 basis points at its June meeting was something that wasn’t under consideration. BANG!  The Fed raised interest rates 75 basis points at its June meeting after all.  And it will likely do so […]

20 Jun

One Chart to Explain it All

(With apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien and his famous line from The Lord of the Rings, “One ring to rule them all.”) We have published this chart before, but it tells the story of gold’s rise overlaid against the dollar’s loss of purchasing power so completely that we present it again with no commentary.  Okay, one […]

19 Jun

Bidenomics Up Close

No Wonder People Are Buying Gold and Silver! “Their need for mental health in America has skyrocketed,” says President Biden. The people should always have mental health.  Of course, what Biden actually means is that the need for mental health care in America has skyrocketed.   Actually, what the people need most is a break […]

19 Jun

The Federal Reserve Clown Show

The dollar, like all unbacked paper and digital money, is a confidence game.  That’s why we are watching the Federal Reserve with horror.  Behind the curve doesn’t begin to describe it. It’s a clown show! It’s almost as if they are trying to destroy confidence in the dollar.  But whether they are doing it on […]

10 Jun

Political Policy Confusion

The US economy “is in a better place than it has been historically.” So says President Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre from the White House briefing room.  And we thought Powell and Yellen were confused. It is said that a diplomat is a person paid to lie for their country.  But they can’t hold a […]

09 Jun

How is Janet Yellen Getting Away With It?

Why is Janet Yellen Treasury Secretary? They get away with it for a while.  Then when the consequences hit, they duck, bob, and weave desperately to try to avoid blame for their policies. “Deficits don’t matter,” said Vice President Dick Cheney.   That was in November 2002.  The national debt was $6.325 trillion. Today the […]

09 Jun

Biden Respects the Fed

We respect gold and silver! We have the worst inflation in decades.  It is pounding the stock market.  It is whipping the bond market.  Mortgage rates are climbing fast to the dismay of both home buyers and sellers.  It is draining household budgets with every stop at the gas station. And President Biden says the […]

03 Jun

American Gold Coin Sales Through the Roof

Investors are turning to Gold Eagles in the Bidenflation era! Thanks to sky-high inflation, the US getting deeper into a European war, gas prices at all-time highs, and possible food shortages in development, Americans in big numbers turned to US American Eagle gold coins for safety. In May, the US mint sold 147,000 ounces of […]

03 Jun

How to Brace for a (Financial) Hurricane

“It’s a hurricane. That hurricane is right there, down the road, and coming our way.” So says Jamie Dimon.  He’s the head of JP Morgan Chase, banking’s most influential figure. “You better brace yourself,” warns Dimon.   Now that you’ve heard from the C-suites, let’s go down to the field to see what they are […]

02 Jun

Economic Pessimism Growing

Remember, the authorities can’t print more gold! Gallup, the polling organization, tells us that consumer confidence has fallen off a cliff.  It lower today than during the worst of the pandemic shutdown. In fact, consumer confidence has not been this low since the Great Recession with the mortgage meltdown and the housing bubble bust.   […]

29 May

A Simple Story: Gold and the Money Supply

Gold’s price trajectory is more reflective of the growing money supply than it is of the Consumer Price Index. Although the CPI is widely reported by the popular news media, it is a lagging indicator.  It purports to reflect price increases after they have occurred. The money supply is generally considered a leading indicator.   […]

28 May
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More Losses Are Heading Wall Street’s Way

Grantham likes gold!  Superbubble expert sees more stock trouble ahead!  If you think you’ve seen some blood spilled on Wall Street so far, wait until those losses double.   That’s the warning from legendary investor Jeremy Grantham. Grantham is co-founder and chief investment strategist of Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo (GMO), a Boston-based asset management […]

27 May

From Gas to Hamburgers

Let’s take a look at the real-world experience people are having with inflation. CBS News has found a handful of California gas stations charging $7.25 a gallon, more that the federal minimum hourly wage.   The Wall Street Journal reports that US households are now paying an annual rate of $4,800 for gasoline compared to […]

20 May

How Are They Going to Fix it All?

Here is a short list of some of the things going wrong.  It is not exhaustive.  It is just some of the things no one can miss: Gas prices through the roof Double-digit inflation Mortgage rates running up and housing ready to topple Consumer confidence in the tank, an important recession indicator Americans losing trillions […]

20 May

Gas Price Déjà vu!

Another real-life indicator of our inflation calamity! Gasoline prices are now over $4 everywhere in the country.  But California gets the award for being the first state to cross over $6 a gallon.  Why are gas prices so high?  In a nutshell, it is because your US dollars don’t buy as much as they did.  […]

19 May

Wall Street, Bloody Wall Street!

How bad has it been? Pretty bad! Fed Chairman Jerome Powell says that restoring price stability is “nonnegotiable.” If price stability is so important, why did the Fed blow up the stock and bond markets in the first place?  Did they really not realize that the creation of $8 trillion dollars over the last 14 […]

15 May

The Economics Credibility Gap

How They Made a Mess of the American Economy, the Dollar, and Your Prosperity – and Gave You a Buying Opportunity at the Same Time! The Federal Reserve has made a mess of everything. The American economic establishment has made a mess of everything, too. But I repeat myself.  The American economic establishment is the […]

15 May

More Bad Consumer Price News!

Things are Even Worse in the Phoenix Area! Two headlines on the same financial news site at the same time:   … inflation decelerates slightly. … Inflation comes in hotter than expected. Maybe that’s why President Biden is so confused.  He doesn’t know how to sort things out. As it happened the latest Consumer Price […]

14 May

It’s Not His Fault

Bidenflation that is… With the news that consumer prices were up 8.3 percent for the 12 months ending in April (and food prices up 9.4 percent), President Biden issued a statement claiming that bringing inflation down is his “top economic priority. But he certainly did not claim any ownership of the inflation calamity.  Nor did […]

06 May

Money Supply Explodes!

Just like it did during the Stagflation Decade! Plus Joe Biden, the fiscal conservative? Just in time for the 2022 election, President Biden is suddenly trying to re-package himself as a fiscal conservative. That’s quite a stretch! Meanwhile, Charlie Bilello, CEO of Compound Capital notes that the US money supply has increased by over 50 […]

06 May

Revisiting the Dollar

It’s an ever-changing yardstick!  Unlike gold! President Biden said something characteristically confused the other day when news came that the US economy is shrinking, down 1.4 percent in the January-February-March quarter.   A contracting economy is not good news.  It’s even worse when you realize that consensus economists were expecting quarterly growth of 1.1. percent.  […]

05 May

The Fed’s Big Day!

No Resolve to End Inflation!   The Fed labored mightily, and brought forth… A mouse! We’ve adapted the line from one of Aesop’s fables that describe any great effort that delivers very little. So the Federal Reserve has promised and teased and vowed and threatened for months now that it would get a handle on […]

29 Apr

Stagflation is Here

Just did a quick word search to see how many times we have warned you over the past year about the stagflation headed our way. The answer is many, many times. Now the numbers are in and it’s official.  Stagflation is here.   Let us re-print some of our warnings about stagflation.  We’ll get to […]

28 Apr

Fed Interest Rate Moves Rule the Markets

Time to be wary!  Move to the sidelines with gold! Has there ever been so much blather about a Fed interest rates policy change – especially one so long in coming? In hopes of minimizing the impact of the rate hike when it actually hits, the Fed has been telegraphing its forthcoming decision for months.  […]

24 Apr

Time Proves the US Dollar is a Poor Substitute for Gold

The US dollar’s role as a substitute for gold in international affairs, formalized with the Bretton Woods Agreement at the end of World War II, continues to break down. It was destined to fail because in substituting dollars for gold, participants were asked to trust in the financial integrity of the government.  It was only […]

23 Apr

German Inflation Redux

This is one of the most shocking charts we have seen this year.  It shows that Eurozone Producer Prices, or wholesale prices, have climbed 31.4 percent for the 12 months through February.   Revolutions have been made of less! US News reports that “energy prices were up 83.8% from March 2021… The main driver of […]

22 Apr

Who Is On Your Side During the Inflation Crisis?

Not the mainstream media, that’s for sure! Inflation has been called “the cruelest tax.”  Ruining the currency with inflation is certainly one of the most devious and disgusting things that governments do.  After all, there are procedures for raising taxes, procedures that involve legislation, public debate, and votes. But inflation is a tax without legislation, […]

18 Apr

The Economy is About to Break!

Wholesale Prices are up 11.2 Percent! Inflation, foreign war, rising interest rates, food shortages, sanctions, triple-digit oil prices, Fed policy, frantic White House… Gold gets the picture! Only one day after reporting consumer prices have risen 8.5 percent over the last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Producer Price Index (wholesale prices) […]

16 Apr

White House Shares Inflation Forecast

WHAT THE HEADLINES SAY NOW: April 12, 2022 Inflation Rate Surges To 8.5 Percent!  WHAT THEY WERE SAYING THEN: WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, Press Secretary Jen Psaki, July 19, 2021 MS. PSAKI: We take inflation very seriously. It is under the purview of the Federal Reserve. As you know, they have regular quarterly meetings where they […]

16 Apr

Up, Up, and Away

Inflation is up, and your dollars’ purchasing power is going away! Consumer prices have climbed 8.5 percent over the last 12 months. Stated differently, if you had tucked away $1,000 a year ago – congratulations!  Your purchasing power has shrunk to $850. In some parts of the country, the inflation rate is now at 10 […]

10 Apr

When You Add It All Up…

…It looks like a great time to buy gold and silver! The Federal Reserve has its sights on the stock market and is about to pull the trigger and bring the bull to its knees.  At the same time, the European war has food prices rip-roaring higher.  Because people would rather pay high prices than […]

07 Apr

Inflation Déjà Vu

Just like before… only worse! Ever felt like you’ve been here before?   We’re having serious inflation déjà vu.   Today’s double-digit inflation is like the 1970s all over again.  We’re getting used to seeing higher prices every time we go to the store. We’re getting used to the US dollar buying less. And we’re […]

07 Apr

US Mint Sees Record Gold Demand

…and Continues to Experience Silver Shortages! Thanks to double-digit inflation, the policy confusion of the monetary authorities, and political chaos, not to mention a war in Europe, the US mint reports record-setting demand for its gold coins in March. American Eagle gold coins sales for March soared 73.7 percent over February, from 89,000 ounces to […]

03 Apr

A Dark Day for Real Money

This Tuesday will be 89 Years Since the Government Criminalized Gold Ownership  I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do declare that said national emergency still continues to exist and pursuant to said section do hereby prohibit the hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United […]

03 Apr

Commodities Do Not Cause Inflation!

Money Printing Causes Inflation… The Mises Institute, Daniel Lacalle Says:  The Ukraine war has created another excuse to blame inflation on oil and natural gas. However, it seems that all those who blame inflationary pressures on commodities continue to ignore the massive price increases in housing, healthcare, and education, as well as in goods and […]

02 Apr

The Consumer’s Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm: Incomes are Lower, Prices are Soaring, and Supply Chains are Fragile 1. Accelerating Inflation Takes Its Toll as American Incomes Continue to Fall The Wall Street Journal Says:  Personal income increased by 0.5% in February over the prior month, a pickup after it was nearly flat in January, but inflation rose more […]

25 Mar

Inflation Hotspot!

Republic Monetary Exchange is a full-service precious metals brokerage firm with friends and clients just about everywhere.  Because our offices are in Phoenix, Arizona, you won’t be surprised to learn that we have so many clients in Arizona. Arizona is a beautiful state.  People like living here and are coming from far and wide. But […]

24 Mar

How to Fight Inflation (According to the “Experts”)

If they said to buy gold, we would take them seriously! War!  Food crisis!   Debt crisis!  And double-digit inflation! We’re pretty sure that the same people that brought all this trouble on shouldn’t be giving advice about dealing with it.  But they do anyway.  So, the experts are once again giving out free advice […]

23 Mar

Inflation Shows Up Everywhere

Snackers and munchers across the land are deeply disappointed to discover that double-digit inflation has now shown up even in the number of chips in their Dorito bags! The nacho cheese-flavored Doritos snack bags have been downsized by five chips, shrinking from 9.75 to 9.25 ounces. It’s just another case of “shrinkflation.”  Manufacturers hide rising […]

18 Mar

Hunger Set to Stalk the World

Food Prices Racing Higher! Gold and Silver More Critical Than Ever! Consumer prices are up 7.9 percent over the last 12 months, while wholesale prices are 10 percent higher over the same period as reflected in the following chart: Many believe that these numbers substantially understate the real price shock Americans are encountering every day. […]

17 Mar

Russians Rushing to Buy Gold

Demand for gold by the Russian people is so overwhelming that the country’s central bank has backed away from buying so that the people’s demand can be met. Here’s the lead from a March 15 Reuters account: The Russian central bank said it will suspend the buying of gold from banks from Tuesday to meet […]

11 Mar

‘Substantial’ Inflation Increase Coming; U.S. Recession Risk as High as 35%

All Signs Point to Stagflation with Higher Gold and Silver Prices White House expects inflation will ‘substantially’ increase in coming months Washington Examiner (3/11/22)  –  The White House is expecting “substantially” higher inflation figures in the coming months, even after the February Consumer Price Index posted the highest year-over-year rate since 1982. Yearly inflation rose […]

10 Mar

Lessons from the War in Ukraine

It’s Not Really Gold Unless… Financial events in the fallout of the Ukraine war are delivering a powerful message to investors.  It is a lesson we have written about before and one that deserves to be repeated again and again.  It can save investors looking for the safety and protection of gold a lot of […]

09 Mar

Reminds Us of the ’70s!

When stagflation made gold skyrocket! I recently heard somewhere that “there may not be a lot of advantages to getting older, but it is a plus for investing”.   Live long enough and you will have seen the same old flimflams over and over.  Like stagflation.  The last stagflation decade was the 1970s.  The Fed […]

06 Mar

Inflation? What Inflation?

When the people in charge are this confused, you need to own gold! Today’s subject matter comes from the people at Committee to Unleash Prosperity.   “We’re still scratching our heads,” they confess, “trying to figure out what the White House strategy is for bringing down inflation which is now running between 7 and 10 […]

06 Mar

Stocks Coming Unglued

Protect Profits with Gold! Are you paying attention to stock market values decaying right in front of our eyes? For those of you who have had a good ride in the stock market during the period that it was levitated by the Federal Reserve’s pumphouse of liquidity, we want to recommend that you prepare for […]

04 Mar

One Thing We Do Know

People in Ukraine with gold will be better off than people with Hryvnia! It is said that the first victim of war is the truth.   The war in Ukraine is no exception. People in Washington – never the brightest bulbs – have been caught cheering stories that didn’t actually happen… Supposed footage from the […]

27 Feb

Ukraine, the Dollar, and Gold

But don’t just take it from us… This blog and commentary are devoted to providing you with information that will help you profit and protect yourself from a decaying monetary and financial environment. Obviously, we represent your first line of defense: gold and silver.  That, as they say, is our wheelhouse.  It is our expertise.  […]

24 Feb

Are We Next?

Gold and Silver: For When the Government Decides that What’s Yours is Actually Theirs. The Canadian Truckers’ protest showed, in the words of columnist Eric Margolis, “that less than 100 ZZ Top look-alike truckers could hold Canada to ransom.” That is a funny line.  But it also showed something far more diabolical.  It showed Big […]

23 Feb

Commodity Prices Ripping Higher!

Take a good look at this chart. It is the Commodity Research Bureau’s index of global commodity complex prices.  Rather than equity (stocks) or bonds, it represents real things, tangible goods that make the things we consume.  It consists of 19 global commodity prices.  Energy contracts are 39 percent of the index, while agriculture commodity prices are 41 […]

20 Feb

Best Practices for Gold and Silver Buyers

As if inflation isn’t enough, now war drums are pounding, too. No wonder more people are thinking about protecting themselves with gold and silver.  No wonder gold and silver are moving up.  After the tremendous run that took gold over $2,000 in August 2020, gold has been mostly consolidating its gains, trading in a narrowing […]

20 Feb

Gold Steals the Headlines

Here are some top-of-the-page news alerts on the popular Drudge Report this past week, (including the photo of the smiling but clueless Treasury secretary Janet Yellen: YELLEN: DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY! Janet Yellen is “concerned” about inflation, but she assures us that the Federal Reserve will act in an “appropriate way” to contain inflation.  We […]

20 Feb

Prices Screaming Higher

Buy gold now because the Fed is about to get even worse! US wholesale prices are racing higher at a breathtaking rate. For the month of January, the Producer Price Index was up a full one percent.  For the 12-month period ending in January, the PPI was up 9.7 percent. From the Wall Street Journal: […]

11 Feb

The Government’s Inflation Rate vs. the Real Inflation Rate

THERE’S THE GOVERNMENT’S INFLATION RATE… … and there’s the Real Inflation Rate! Try 15 Percent! The US government’s official inflation numbers are bad enough.  But what if they also badly understate the real rate of increasing prices? If the books are cooked, it will have a lot of unhappy consequences.  Among them are programmed benefit […]

11 Feb

Inflation Keeps on Climbing

It’s not a surprise to Republic Monetary Exchange friends and clients! The inflation rate keeps powering higher and higher.   Consumer prices have climbed 7.5 percent over the last 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That is the most in 40 years. Inflation ran even hotter than that in the mountain states, […]

10 Feb
American debt

Inflating the Debt Away

If you’re like the rest of us, you’re probably hearing more and more complaints about rising prices. Well, get used to it.   Washington could have done the right thing, but it never does.  Politicians are too busy buying votes with giveaways and thanking lobbyists for contributions with crony legislation.   It’s been going on […]

04 Feb

The Full-Tilt Crypto Boogie, Part II

Own gold (because the Fed never stops scheming!) It has been a while since we updated you on the Federal Reserve’s leading-edge plan to control the people, and increase their dependency on Washington. But we learn that the Fed is still moving ahead on what we had dubbed “The Full-Tilt Crypto-Boogie”. There is no better […]

03 Feb

Things Happen Fast in the Financial World

We’re writing this post on Thursday (2/3/22), the day Facebook, or more properly its parent company Meta Platforms, lost more than $230 billion in market value. In one day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 518 points, while the Nasdaq market was down 538 points, or 3.7 percent.  This isn’t the first time we’ve seen […]

02 Feb

Just Look at the National Debt!

Wow! $30 Trillion! That’s a Surefire Calamity! The US national debt just set a new world indoor record.  The official, on-the-books national debt reached $30 trillion on January 30.   The national debt has grown by almost $7 trillion in the last two years.  Oh, brave new world!  That’s more than $90,000 per American or […]