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  • What is the value of Gold when not used as a medium of exchange?

    Hypothetical question : If the US Treasury/ Federal Reserve were to make an announcement saying that the US will never be returning to the gold standard (and fiat currency were permanent), and the Fed would no longer hold gold in its vaults, what would be the impact? What would be the attractiveness...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by JH2011 on Mon, Aug 8 2011
  • Exactly What is Going to Happen on July 15th?

    Not long ago, I found this blog post on Here it is: Just got a notice in the mail from my Forex broker. Apparently it is illegal to trade currencies against precious metals now. What a good way to show how safe the dollar is. From We wanted to make you aware of some upcoming...
    Posted to Current Events (Forum) by kingofkings92 on Sun, Jul 3 2011
  • Dont p&%$ down my back and tell me its raining...

    In Professor Carroll Quigley's work The Evolution of Civilizations Quigley outlined what he called the 7 stages of historical change within a civilization being mixture, gestation, expansion, conflict, universal empire, decay and invasion. Near the books conclusion Quigley states that: “At...
    Posted to Current Events (Forum) by thevanguardmind on Tue, May 3 2011
  • LME Copper

    Has anyone been following the news on this story? If so, what are your thoughts on it. The story in the Wall Street Journal reports that one trader--although it's not known if it's an individual or an entity--has control of something between 80% to 90% of the physical copper that is listed on...
    Posted to Current Events (Forum) by ricarpe on Wed, Dec 22 2010
  • If a country defaults its debt, what is the effect on gold?

    If a country monetizes the debt, I seem to understand that gold (and commodities in general) will rise in value (in that country or worldwide?). But what happens to the value of gold and commodities if the country defaults, and what is the economics rationale for that? Thank you
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Maurizio Colucci on Thu, Dec 9 2010
  • Re: (Hyper)inflation vs deflation scenario

    Thanks for your explanation. I have another point. Where does newly created money (inflation) end up? The most obvious is real estate, by giving out mortgages. Another obvious one is the (government) bond market, with government bidding up prices through spending. But what about corporate or business...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Olav on Sun, Dec 5 2010
  • Re: on futures markets

    [quote user="fakename"] I was wondering, do future's markets cause goods to be sold for a high price? I mean, the point of such markets is to store up goods for times of dearth so I would think that prices would be lower...but then time-preferences wouldn't be fulfilled. [/quote] Futures...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Think Blue on Fri, Feb 5 2010
  • What ever happened to Hayek's Commodity Reserve Currency?

    I love Ron Paul, if only because he's bringing the debate over the Gold Standard kicking and screaming back into American Politics. I hope he gains some political steam, because I bet Obama could give a great, "Cross of Gold" speech that would be fun to watch! However, I was re-reading...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Scott Grizzard on Sat, Jun 20 2009
  • The Purchaing power of money

    Well to being first of all, simply, thoroughly, and to give a better understanding of the main pillar of American Money, what is it, what is its background, and why do we see it as a window to never ending happiness. Our journey takes us back to the land of Israel, Egypt, and Greece...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Jimmy on Sun, Jan 25 2009
  • Is gold one giant bubble?

    Hi, this is my first post here. I was listening to Peter Schiff in 2006 predicting the collapse of the US housing market with outstanding accuracy. Similarly, he described the bursting of the dot-com bubble. In both cases assets were bid up by speculators with no regard for their underlying value as...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Morbo on Mon, Dec 1 2008
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