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China Lining Up Countries Against The Dollar?

Written by Chris Marcus for the Miles Franklin blog There was an interesting report in the Wall Street Journal last week indicating that China may be in the process of taking its effort to de-couple from the U.S. debt markets to the next level. In the past year the...

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Military + Medicare = Gold

Miles Franklin sponsored this article. Wars, defense expenditures and Medicare do not create gold, but they increase debt, devalue currency units and indirectly increase the prices for everything including gold. What is the history of military and Medicare...

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Bailouts Ahead!

Miles Franklin sponsored this article. It contains sarcasm. You may not need a bailout but other individuals, groups, pension plans, cities, states, industries and cartels will demand one. Bailouts are an enduring feature of American life. Politicians embrace them....

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Speculation on Gold Prices and M2 Currency

This article is sponsored by Miles Franklin. The St. Louis Federal Reserve publishes data on M2, a measure of currency in circulation. Data from the past 50 years shows that M2 has grown exponentially (straight line on a log-scale graph) at about 6.7% per year since...

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Cocaine and “Printing Money”

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. The addictive behaviors of drug addicts are similar to the actions of a modern “Keynesian” economy addicted to “money printing” by central banks and fractional reserve banking. From Psychology Today on Addiction:...

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Are Rising Interest Rates Bad For Gold?

Written by Chris Marcus for the Miles Franklin blog A legitimate concern to gold investors that’s often raised is whether rising interest rates are bad for gold prices. Because if we were in the midst of a typical Federal Reserve tightening cycle where the money...

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Fort Knox Gold – or Not

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Corruption in government is universal, now and throughout history. Like living with gravity, we realize it exists and carry on because we must. Fort Knox gold questions are like corruption and gravity. There are...

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Gold Bullion and Ancient Dollars

This article was written by Gary Christenson for Miles Franklin. Consumer price inflation is real. It sneaks into every facet of life. Bags of coffee shrink from 16 ounces to 12 ounces and then to 10 ounces. “Shrinkflation” is policy. That Snickers candy bar is...

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Could This Happen In The United States?

Argentina appears to be on the verge of a currency crisis yet again. And what's interesting is how if you consider the factors that have led to that outcome, it's amazing how all of them also exist in regards to the U.S. dollar. Recently The Wall Street Journal...

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The Snowflake Manifesto

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin.  This article includes sarcasm and discusses popular economic nonsense. Silver and gold are partial solutions since politicians will be no help. I am a “Snowflake” and proud. You may sneer at us but I doubt you...

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Undeclared Wars on Americans

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Wars benefit the political and financial elite. Most wars are on-going, whether they include formal Congressional declaration or military actions. The following wars will continue. War on drugs. War on poverty....

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What Is Wrong With These Pictures?

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Sometimes details obscure the bigger picture. The following graphs do not show most of the details and “noise.” These log-scale graphs show one bar every four years (plus April 2018) based on official debt on...

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It is “debt saturation” plain and simple!

I have tried to explain this concept many times before but never had a chart to do it with. Please note the start date of the chart is 1971, this is not by any coincidence as that was the year the U.S. dollar became fully fiat and backed by nothing but "faith". Before...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Stay with me here. I promise you will learn something valuable. In my other life, I’m big into health. Not your typical rah rah medical establishment health and the usual nonsense your doctor will blabber to you at your yearly physical. I am a partner in a business...

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