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Pareto Thinking and Safety

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. The Pareto Principle states that results often follow an 80—20 distribution. It is not a mathematical fact, but an observation. Examples: 20% of people do 80% of the productive work. 20% of politicians create 80%...

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We Should Know Better!

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Most sane individuals believe these basic truths. We cannot borrow our way out of debt. We cannot spend our way into prosperity. We cannot tax ourselves into wealth. We trust sane individuals also understand the...

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What If Silver Isn’t Manipulated After All…

There’s a headline to get the silver bugs riled up! But take a deep breath. As far as I can see there is still every reason to thoroughly believe the market has been manipulated. And that there is a large short position that will eventually have to be resolved with a...

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The Patron Saint of Central Banking

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Charles Ponzi was a charming con-artist who operated a century ago in the United States and Canada. He should be the patron saint of central banking, commercial banking, “borrow and spend” politicians and...

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Are The Bubbles Teetering?

In a rather wild sequence of events this past Friday, a flurry of news indicated that we might be getting a bit closer towards the collapse of the stock, bond, and real estate bubbles. Consider some of the following CNBC screenshots from Friday, beginning with the...

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Truth and Confidence In Currencies

This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. In 1967 the Jefferson Airplane sang: “When the truth is found to be lies, And all the joy within you dies...” Restate this for global currencies and it becomes: When the truth is found to be lies,...

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Markets Peak and Collapse

This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. Markets rise into unsustainable tops and correct. It is comforting to believe every correction is a pause in a larger rally. However, stocks, bonds and commodities rise and sometime collapse. The...

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Fed Launches Stealth QE “New Normal”

In recent years the Federal Reserve has hardly been known for its track record and credibility. Yet a few weeks ago chairman Jerome Powell slipped in a real whopper that was downright stunning, even for the Fed. It turns out that apparently when the Fed has been...

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Puerto Rico

I can’t believe Miles Franklin is just giving this article to you for free. But I guess that's how they treat their friends, email subscribers and precious metals customers. If you’re not on their email list or buying gold and silver from Miles Franklin yet, get on it...

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Ayn Rand Would Laugh

“We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” Ayn Rand. This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. The western world has ignored economic realities for decades. It’s not a Republican or Democratic problem....

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Hyperinflation Speculation

This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. This is speculation on a complex subject Hyperinflation myths: a) Hyperinflation occurs in banana-republics and not modern western countries. b )Hyperinflation cannot occur in the United States because...

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What To Expect From The Fed This Wednesday

Much of the attention in the financial markets this week will be focused on the Federal Reserve's upcoming meeting on Wednesday. Where it’s widely assumed that the Fed will raise its short-term interest rate target by 25 basis points. So why is this particular meeting...

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A Stairway To Heaven

This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson, with appreciation for Led Zeppelin who wrote and performed “Stairway to Heaven.” “There’s a lady who’s sure All that glitters is gold And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.” Led Zeppelin released the...

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Is The Housing Market Flashing A Warning?

On Monday the Commerce Department released data indicating a second straight month of weak home sales. Economists have cited "weather and the volatile nature of the new-home sales data” as the primary factors. Although given the recent rise in interest rates, as well...

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