When Government Acts, “Unintended Consequences” Follow

In 1850, French economist Frédéric Bastiat published an essay that is misunderstood, or more often, unread, titled, “That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen.” Bastiat brilliantly introduced the idea of opportunity cost and, through the parable of the broken window, illustrated the destructive effects of unintended consequences. Unfortunately, because of misplaced belief … Read more »

How Sound Money Principles Can Bolster Your Personal Finances

Sound money principles can serve to help grow the economy and restrain government. The political class, however, doesn’t particularly want to restrain itself. Washington, D.C. is addicted to the easy money policies that have enabled $20 trillion in national debt accumulation and tens of trillions more in unfunded liabilities. Even with a new and unconventional … Read more »

Pension Funds Need Gold before It’s Too Late

By Jp Cortez Tens of millions of Americans and their employers pour money into pension plans each month, counting those funds to grow and to be there when needed at retirement. But a time bomb awaits. The bulk of U.S. pension funds are dangerously underfunded, and the assets are often invested in securities that have … Read more »

How Trump Can Bring Outside-the-Box Thinking to Bear on the Fed

President-elect Donald Trump will soon have the opportunity to put his stamp on the Federal Reserve. And that is making the elite body of central bankers nervous. On the campaign trail, Trump harangued Fed chair Janet Yellen for pumping up financial markets with cheap money – accusing the Obama appointee of being politically motivated. Trump … Read more »

A 6 Step Plan for Trump to Make Our Money Great Again

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in January. Americans will then find out then if “Make America Great Again” is more than a campaign slogan. It isn’t going to be easy. On day one, he will inherit a $20 trillion federal deficit and a moribund economy increasingly … Read more »

Diwali, Lord Rama, and the Return of Gold from Exile

October 30, 2016 marks an important holiday in the Indian culture. Diwali begins. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. It is a lavish celebration of the victory of light over darkness. Diwali celebrations entail gleaming candles, luxurious works of art, opulent feasts, and the observance of good over evil. … Read more »

It’s Time for a Renaissance of the Gold Clause Contract

Assuming you had the money, would you loan $10,000 to be paid back over 30 years plus 3% interest? What if inflation skyrocketed?  That would benefit the borrower and deeply harm you as the lender.  Even if you were repaid, the declining value of those repayments wouldn’t come close to making up for your loss … Read more »

Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fiat

Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fiat By Guy Christopher, Originally Published on Money Metals Exchange Do young Americans today know anything about economics? No, they don’t, according to a study during the 2016 presidential primary season, which says lots of other Americans don’t either. The survey found 58% of millennials favor government-run socialism (statistically 6 out … Read more »

$135,000 Gold-Backed Scholarship Fund Launched to Help Students Cope with Federal Reserve Induced Tuition Inflation

A major national precious metals dealer announced today the creation of the first gold-backed scholarship fund to support outstanding students who understand that gold is money and can articulate the failures of the inflation-creating Federal Reserve System. Money Metals Exchange, a national precious metals dealer recently ranked “Best in the USA,” teamed up with the … Read more »

Restoring Gold and Silver as Legal Tender before the Monetary Crisis Arrives

Originally published at Tenth Amendment Center The Constitution of the United States of America is not merely a set of suggestions. So when the Constitution says, in Article I Section 10, “No state shall make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts”, it means exactly that. Recognizing that the … Read more »