Posts Tagged ‘cycle’

“Americans feel squeezed because the cost of rent, medical insurance, and tuition – as well as other basic living expenses – is rising much faster than their wages. This creates very real problems for ordinary people.

By every measure – including stagnating wages and rising costs – things have been going downhill for the American middle class since the early 1970s. August 15, 1971, to be exact. This is the date President Nixon killed the last remnants of the gold standard. Since then, the dollar has been a pure fiat currency.

The rejection of sound money is the primary reason why inflation has eaten up wage growth since the early 1970s – and the primary reason why the cost of living has exploded.

Measured in gold, wages in the U.S. have fallen over 84% since 1971…. Priced in gold, the minimum wage has fallen 87% since 1968. Note that the federal minimum hourly wage was $1.60 in 1968. It’s $7.25 today, or 353% higher in dollar terms. But that $7.25 buys 87% less than $1.60 did back in 1968. That’s the story you won’t hear from the mainstream press.

Inflation follows a clear a pattern of corruption:  In a fiat currency system, the government will invariably print an ever-increasing amount of currency. This makes prices and the cost of living rise faster than wages. The average person feels the pain, but doesn’t understand what’s happening. More people support politicians who promise freebies. In order to pay for the ‘freebies,’ the government prints more money. This creates even more inflation, and the cycle repeats.”

-Nick Giambruno

“You’ll never guess what’s leading consumer debt higher now, at this stage in the cycle… mortgages… specifically, a new type of Fannie and Freddie mortgage product. It’s called ‘The Conventional 97’. It only requires a 3% down payment.

What’s ‘conventional’ about this kind of loan? Nothing, of course. No private lender would ever make a loan like this where the lender is taking all of the risk.” -Porter Stansberry

Debt Trap

Posted: February 21, 2018 in Debt
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“You’re going to be a wage slave your whole life… You’ve got to borrow money to buy a house. You’ve got to borrow money to buy a car. You’ve got to borrow money to get a college degree. You’re trapped in this complete cycle.” -Porter Stansberry

“In a free market economy, money gets allocated to where it’s treated best.  But when you introduce the government, you get a business cycle.  You get a boom… which should be followed by a bust.  But that’s not what happens in our economy… Booms are followed by government intervention.  It’s done to prevent the busts from fully occurring.  But it just causes another—more extreme—boom and bust cycle.” -Tom Dyson

Created Wealth

Posted: March 19, 2014 in Money Matters
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“There is no mystery about the credit cycle.  Wealth created ‘on credit’ goes away when the credit is cut off.  Then you find out who’s made the most serious mistakes.” –Bill Bonner