It’s Not The Worst Plan In The World

The Seattle Times:

If President Obama wants to avoid an economic calamity next year, he could always show up at a news conference bearing two shiny platinum coins, each worth … $1 trillion.

That sounds wacky, but some economists and legal scholars have suggested that the “platinum coin option” is one way to defuse . . . → Read More: It’s Not The Worst Plan In The World

It’s A Wonderful Theory

Scott Sumner:

It makes no difference who gets the extra money from the Fed, because the recipient is no wealthier than before (money is swapped for bonds) and hence they have no incentive to spend any more.  Rather the impact occurs in the AGGREGATE.  Total holdings of the base now exceed total base demand . . . → Read More: It’s A Wonderful Theory

Good News?

Bernanke is apparently not seeking another term as the Fed chairman:

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will most likely step down from his position in January 2014, even if President Barack Obama stays for a second term, according to friends of the chairman.

This probably sounds like good news, especially since there are . . . → Read More: Good News?

Why Print Money?

Andrew Coyne:

They are probably right. It is telling that neither Obama nor his Republican opponent has offered much of a plan to spur the economy, at least in the short term. So far as anyone has any short-term impact on the economy, it is the Federal Reserve, and even it is limited in . . . → Read More: Why Print Money?

Gold Will Break Previous High in Near Term: Brien Lundin

Brien Lundin expects money printing by the Federal Reserve to raise gold above its $1,920/oz high, and as editor and publisher of Gold Newsletter, he considers it his job to show people how to profit. In this exclusive Gold Report interview, Lundin explains why he believes it is time to be aggressive in . . . → Read More: Gold Will Break Previous High in Near Term: Brien Lundin

Let’s Hope They Fire the Rest

Here’s something that I would normally call irony if it weren’t so evil:

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFC) has fired a Des Moines worker over a 1963 incident at a Laundromat involving a fake dime in the wake of new employment guidelines. Richard Eggers, 68, was fired in July from his job as a . . . → Read More: Let’s Hope They Fire the Rest

After Jackson Hole, Clear Road Ahead?

In terms of forward guidance I think the Fed Chairman’s speech provided little direction, but Friday’s precious metal price action into the close and the various sell side notes that I have seen suggest that this, at least initially, is too bearish a conclusion. The following excerpt from the speech, in particular, was . . . → Read More: After Jackson Hole, Clear Road Ahead?

QE Prediction

It looks like at least one of my predictions might come true:

Eric Rosengren, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, is issuing an unusual public plea to his colleagues in Washington, urging the nation’s central bankers to ignore election-year pressures and do more to jump-start the muddling economy. Less than a . . . → Read More: QE Prediction

Equities the Way to Benefit from Gold's Strength: Henk Krasenberg

Henk J. Krasenberg, analyst and founder of the European Gold Centre and author and publisher of the GOLDVIEW newsletter, sees no lack of potential among small-cap equities, especially for investors willing to look beyond the U.S. borders. He offers names in Europe and Africa—what he calls “the poorest and richest continent”—and reminds us . . . → Read More: Equities the Way to Benefit from Gold’s Strength: Henk Krasenberg

The Emperor is Naked: David Stockman

A “paralyzed” Federal Reserve Bank, in its “final days,” held hostage by Wall Street “robots” trading in markets that are “artificially medicated” are just a few of the bleak observations shared by David Stockman, former Republican U.S. Congressman and director of the Office of Management and Budget. He is also a founding partner . . . → Read More: The Emperor is Naked: David Stockman