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Keith Weiner Gets Interviewed

Our economic views and unique product are generating buzz. There have been a number of interviews recently (more will be posted soon). Lobo Tiggre interviewed Keith Weiner (video) about the unique Monetary Metals business model to pay interest on gold. Silver Bullion interviewed Keith Weiner (video) when he visited Singapore, about the belief that Basel III regulations are good for the price of gold. Claudio Grass interviewed Keith Weiner in Pro Aurum Newsroom (written) about macroeconomics.

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Keith Interviewed by Jay Taylor

I was interviewed on the Jay Taylor Show. Jay and I discussed interest rates and the prognosis for more malaise. Then Jay was keenly interested in our gold fixed income product, and how we pay interest on gold. Here is the audio from the show: https://jaytaylormedia.com/media/KeithWeiner20190521.mp3

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Debt and Profit in Russell 2000 Firms

This week, the Supply and Demand Report featured a graph of debt vs profitability in the Russell 2000. Here’s the graph again: This graph shows a theme that we, and practically no one else(!) have been discussing for years. It is the diminishing marginal utility of debt. In this case, more and more debt is required to add what looks like less and less profit (we don’t have the raw data, only the graphic). We do not view the coming end of this incredible false boom in biblical terms, nor in a...

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Interview, Ted Talk, Gold Bug Hope

I was on the Jay Taylor Show again, to talk about the the Swiss franc. No, the headline was not of my choosing. Adam Caroll gave a Ted Talk about how people behave differently when money isn’t real. And gets into a discussion of how kids will click to spend on their parents’ phones without any real appreciation for what it costs. It’s called “When money isn’t real“. Real being the paper dollar, and unreal being a credit card, or worse yet, waving your phone over a payment sensor. I just...

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Textbook Falling Interest Behavior

This is a textbook case. Well, it would be if there was a textbook that presented the dynamics of the rising and falling interest rate cycles. Costco is spending over a quarter billion dollars, to make a capital investment in chicken processing. This is not the typical entrepreneurial investment, which seeks to increase margins by serving an unserved or underserved demand. This is an investment made with conscious intention to drive prices down. Costco is making a huge investment (I assume...

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News from Switzerland and Turkey

Trouble in Swiss Employment This story from Switzerland will be ignored, lest it generate cognitive dissonance. The mainstream looks at a few carefully curated statistics. I encourage you to do a Google search on “marginal productivity of debt”. My articles are all over the first page of results. This is not because I am such a prominent economist. Nor is it because this is a term I coined (e.g. “yield purchasing power”). It is because marginal productivity of debt does not sell the...

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Who Would Invest in a Gold Bond?

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet famously dismissed gold. “Gold has two significant shortcomings, being neither of much use nor procreative.” I have recently written about how a government with gold mining tax revenues can use gold. The benefits of issuing gold bonds include reducing risk, and getting out of debt at a discount. Pretty useful, eh? As to his second point, one should never confuse suppressed with impossible. By President Roosevelt’s edict in 1933, the government made it...

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My letter to the NY Times re: Typical Keynesian Whitewash

Dear Sirs: Fareed Zakaria’s review of the Adam Tooze book Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World is a typical Keynesian whitewash of a deeply flawed monetary and regulatory system. Like Tooze, Zakaria sees the Federal Reserve Bank as the hero in “saving the financial system” that was going into free fall in 2008. But why was it going into free fall, and was the Fed’s massive, multi-trillion dollar bailout really the answer? To agree with Tooze and...

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My letter to the NY Times re: Typical Keynesian Whitewash

Dear Sirs: Fareed Zakaria’s review of the Adam Tooze book Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World is a typical Keynesian whitewash of a deeply flawed monetary and regulatory system. Like Tooze, Zakaria sees the Federal Reserve Bank as the hero in “saving the financial system” that was going into free fall in 2008. But why was it going into free fall, and was the Fed’s massive, multi-trillion dollar bailout really the answer? To agree with Tooze and...

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Join Us at the Rothbard U 2018 Opening Reception

Rothbard U is upon us again! Rothbard University is the first instructional program of its kind in Canada: a 3-day collection of lectures, courses, and engaged discourse about the Austrian school of economics, led by dynamic thinkers David Howden, Glenn Fox, Shawn Ritenour, and Predrag Rajsic. An opening reception will be at The Churchmouse Pub at 7pm on Wednesday in Toronto. All are invited! We’d love for you to come join us and meet the 2018 RU cohort!   See you Wednesday!

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