Tag - inflation

4 Ways the Federal Reserve Could Bring About Hyperinflation

No one wants to think that hyperinflation can happen in the United States, but it can. We’re all familiar with hyperinflationary crises in Weimar Germany, Zimbabwe, and numerous other countries around the globe. We may even be tempted to point and laugh at those simpletons who thought they could...

Why Does the Smart Money Trust Gold?

The booms and busts of the business cycle are an unfortunate aspect of modern life that many investors have come to expect, and fear. Investing during the boom phase of the business cycle can be wonderful, as investors’ retirement account balances balloon to massive levels. But the bust phase...

Retirement Income vs. Inflation: 4 Popular Choices Compared

When assessing the performance of retirement assets, or indeed of any investment, most people look at the total return of an investment when assessing how much asset growth they’ll see. But looking just at nominal numbers doesn’t tell the whole story. You have to know how much your assets...

Negative Rates: Coming Soon to a Bank Near You

Last week saw an unprecedented market freakout, as markets began pricing in the likelihood of negative interest rates in the future. Futures markets anticipated negative rates as soon as November, which sent bond yields plummeting. While Fed Chairman Jay Powell has long stated that the Fed won’t take interest...

When the Financial Mainstream Calls for $3,000 Gold, You’d Better Pay Attention

Most people realize that mainstream financial institutions don’t like gold. In many cases it’s because they can’t make money selling investors on gold, whereas they can make commissions every time an investor buys or sells stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares, etc. In other cases it’s because they just don’t...