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What Happens To Gold & Silver When Trump Attacks The Dollar?

Get prepared because we’re going to have the worst economic problems we’ve had in your lifetime or my lifetime. – Jim Rogers, Macro Outlook in the Trump Era – MacroVoices

Make no mistake, it’s going to get ugly at some point in 2017. Elijah Johnson at Silver Doctors invited me to discuss why I believe Trump’s policies, assuming he gets anything passed and implemented, will be phenomenal for gold. Another factor not being discounted or widely discussed is an acceleration in the rate of inflation over and above the ability of the Government’s CPI sausage grinder to mute actual price inflation in everyday consumables.

The Economy Is Tanking – Inflation/Obamacare Attacking The Middle Class

The economic reports continue to show an overall rate of deterioration in economic activity down to levels – in general – comparable with the 2008-2010 period.  Freight transportation activity is part of the “nerve center” of the economic system.   The latest data from Cass shows a rapid decline in both freight shipments and expenditures that began in mid-2014:

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As you can see, expenditures plunged 10.1% year over year.  North American freight shipments reflect all economic activity at all levels of the economic system across a broad spectrum of industries.

Retail sales reports going back to December 2014 are signalling economic stress at the household level:   “During normal economic times, annual real growth in Retail Sales at or below 2.0% signals an imminent recession. That signal basically has been in play from December 2014, based on industrial production, retail sales and other indicators), suggesting a deepening, broad economic downturn” (John Williams, Shadowstats.com)

This financial stress at the household level is beginning to show up in credit delinquencies and defaults.  Last Tuesday Synchrony Financial reported an unexpected spike in its credit card charge-off rates:  Rising Credit Card Defaults.   As I’ve detailed in prior posts, auto loan delinquencies and defaults are beginning to accelerate.  I’ve covered a couple of credit and credit-related companies in my Short Seller’s Journal , one of which is down 18% since I featured it on March 20th. This is a remarkable fact given that the S&P 500 is up 1.5% in the same time-frame.   When the stock market rolls over, this stock will drop at least 50%.

Although the latest retail sales report last week showed a small gain month over month, the unexpected gain was fueled almost entirely by the rise in gasoline prices.   The Government CPI report does not show much inflation, because the Government goes out of its way to not measure inflation.

The Government’s methodologies used to hide real inflation have been dissected ad nauseum by this blog and many others over the years.  Instead, I wanted to share a write-up a friend and colleague of mine sent me which elegantly describes the truth about inflation and Obamacare and the affect both are having on the average American household:

There’s a huge disconnect between the Government CPI report and true inflation. May wholesale gas prices were flat while the Commerce Dept reported that May gasoline sales for retail sales purposes went up 2.1%. Implies 2% usage higher which might tie in with how, with lower gas prices earlier this year there was the shift to the lower mileage bigger vehicles, or could be more driving.

However, April gas prices according to CPI were up 8.1% but wholesale prices were up more like 14% in April. So the CPI price increase is 57% of the futures price increase. Apply the “lower inflation” to revenues driven by inflation and that’s how GDP gets overstated.

There a lot of moving pieces in the data charade. CPI is reported later this week (June 16th) and it will be interesting to see whats reported for gas. I looked at this a few years ago and found stark inconsistencies between the price level used by the Government in its CPI index vs wholesale gas prices, which are futures based.

The other issue is in food. This is where the CPI index substitution comes into play that John Williams (Shadowstats.com) talks about. My own index includes “outside skirt steak” which is approaching $20 a pound, where I used to pay $5-7 a pound a few years back. So we actually bought/substituted rib eyes at 10 bucks a pound. From an inflation perspective, if that got into the counting, I reduced my inflation by 50% (we later bought hamburger meat at Sams for 2.79 a pound so in the month we cut out our personal CPI on meat by 85%-although we moved to lower quality products). Another issue was cereal–which I used to buy regularly at Walmart early this year at $2.50 a box and it’s now $3.30 a box (32% price inflation).

So, what’s the point?

The point is that there is getting to be some serious inflation in food and somehow its not showing up in the Govt data. In addition, with all the variability with sales and type of stores and how the GDP, Jobs or CPI surveys are created–less than scientific, the government can drive whatever reporting outcome it wants and it’s virtually impossible for anybody to follow.

Regardless of how gasoline pricing is showing up for various Govt reports, between the higher cost of gas and food, and lower earnings in general, people are getting more and more stretched especially as healthcare, education and housing costs go much higher.

This latest retail sales report did confirm home improvement is now declining (big ticket items and durable goods), which had been one of the few bright spots in retail. I am also guessing that there is a shift in overall spending to necessities. The huge increases in Healthcare premiums is pretty significant for a family along with co-pays and deductibles. Practically speaking the middle class is getting attacked. There are not enough ultra-high income earners who can carry the economy.

The S&P 500 made another failed run at an all-time high earlier this month.  If the Fed was not aggressively preventing any down-side momentum from gripping the stock market, there would like be a stock market crash.

The U.S. financial and economic system is inching toward an abyss that is much deeper and darker than the abyss into which it plunged in 2008.

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The Government Fraudulently Reported April Inflation Numbers

There’s no B.S. like the BLS – Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the Consumer Price Index for April this morning. This Ministry of “Truth” published an inflation report that asserts that consumer inflation rose .1% month over month for April.   But a further dissection of the numbers shows that the BLS has the price of gasoline falling 1.7% during April.

This is either a politically motivated act of fraud or complete incompetence on the part of the Government statisticians and data gatherers (the Census Bureau).

In fact, the price of gasoline rose over 12% during April – the fastest monthly rise in history:

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As you can see, the price of gasoline rose from $1.77 to $2.00 during the month of April. Either the people running the BLS are complete incompetent idiots or have been given strict orders from above – i.e. the White House – to produce politically friendly economic reports. Let’s call the BLS “The Ministry of Disinformation.”

The BLS’ distortion of the data it reports is far greater and fraudulent that ANYONE is willing to admit, investigate or report.

Here’s what they did to gold after that fraud-filled CPI report was released (click to enlarge):

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Any questions as to the political motivation behind the Government’s intentional release of fraudulent economic data?

Janet Yellen Says The Economy Is Fine And Price Increases Are Just Noise

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If the economy is hunky dory, then why is the money supply going parabolic?

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The adjusted monetary base is all currency either in circulation with the public or held in bank reserve accounts at the Fed.  This chart reflects all of the money the Fed has printed since QE started.  As we know, most of this money has ended up in the  Fed’s “Excess Reserve” accounts of the Too Big Too Fail banks.  This is more than just “noise,” to borrow Yellen’s term.  There is a very specific reason for this and my co-producer and I are working on a multi-part video series explaining what we are pretty certain is going on and why most of the money printed up by the Fed – and most of the money the Fed continues to print in a parabolic fashion (see the graph above) – remains on the big bank balance sheets.

Hint:  there is a massive derivatives melt-down brewing, the likes of which will probably trigger the collapse of the dollar.

Other than that minor occurrence,  the graph above raised some interesting questions that no one in the media or Congress seems capable of asking Fed Chairman Yellen.  So I will ask them.  Please feel free to email them to the Fed.

If the economy is recovering, why is the money supply still expanding at a parabolic rate?  If the recent numbers which show accelerating inflation are just “noise” – in your words, Janet – how come my monthly grocery and gasoline and housing expenditures are roughly 25% higher than they were this time last year?   Janet, when is the last time you spent money at the grocery store or at a restaurant?  When are you going to drain the excess reserves of the big banks, which are just sitting there collecting more interest than a 30-day T-Bill?

For everyone else reading this, why are you still holding money in bond mutual funds and money market funds?   You are watching a speeding freight train with no brakes come straight at your car stuck on the tracks and yet, you seem incapable of getting out of your car and running to safety?

Get your money out of bond and money market funds and buy every dip in gold, silver and mining stocks.  For some great junior mining stock ideas, see this:  Junior Mining Stock Research Reports.

FIrst Quarter GDP Declined 1%

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The first revision of Q1 GDP showed  that GDP declined 1%.  If you strip out inflation, the contraction would be even more severe.  The original Government Q1 estimate showed a .1% increase, before inflation is stripped out.   Forecasters were expecting the revision to show a .5% decline.  It came in at -1%.   You can read Forbes’ reporting of this here:   Recession Time.

Of course, in it’s infinite Einsteinian wisdom and superlative willingness to spin the facts, Bloomberg News is reporting that negative GDP number does not mean a recession.  I guess they have their own “special” dictionary of economic definitions.

You tell me, does this look like a recession has set in (source Forbes, edit in red is mine):

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Let me correct one mistake in the title of that graph.  It says “real” GDP.  But the number that’s being reported is “nominal” GDP, meaning it includes price inflation.  If you strip out the price deflator used the Government of 1.3%,  “real” GDP would -2.3%.

Bloomberg is also blaming the bad number on “the weather.”  Oh, the dog ate my homework.  But we know that’s not true because the retail sales and housing numbers continue to decline month to month this year through April.  Sorry Bloomberg/media, April had great weather for the most part.  Was it too sunny out to go shopping or look for a home?

The real economy is contracting even more quickly than the rigged Government numbers show.  Retail sales are plunging, with both shopping mall and online sales registering declines.  Real average weekly income is declining, inflation is heating up and more people leave the workforce everyday and take out student loans to enroll at OnlineUniversity.com.

It’s going to get very ugly in our system over the next several months.  If you own gold and silver in your possession, hold on tight and add.  If you don’t own any, may your Higher Power – whatever you call it – have mercy on your soul…