Hyperinflation & US Dollar Collapse
With so many questions surrounding the U.S. dollar and rising inflation, today King World News interviewed internationally followed John Williams of Shadowstats to get his take on the U.S. dollar, Fed and hyperinflation. When asked about the tremendous inflation globally Williams stated, "The dollar has already been a factor for the major inflation that we are seeing now, and the weakness that we have seen in the dollar up to now has primarily been as a result of the Fed's efforts to debase the dollar. A weaker dollar has spiked oil prices and we are seeing the highest inflation - as the government reports it - in the last 3 years, and it's going to get a lot worse."
When asked if the US dollar will collapse Williams replied, "If we end up in the hyperinflation that I think we're going to see, then, no, the dollar won't survive. They'll probably come up with another currency at some point as they reorganize the global currency system. For this to work I expect it to have some backing of gold in order to sell this concept to the public, but the dollar in its current form would not survive a hyperinflation."
When asked about the timing of hyperinflation in the United States Williams stated, "That's the type of thing that could happen at any time, all of the fundamentals are in place. I do think we're going to have a dollar crisis. I can't give you the precise timing on it, but circumstances are negative for the dollar in terms of relative political stability. When you look at our government here we can't control the fiscal conditions. Our trade deficit is continuing to deteriorate, that's a negative for the dollar, inflation is rising on a relative basis, that's a negative for the dollar.
The Fed although it is officially ending QE2, most likely is going to come back with a QE3 and that will debase the dollar and if we are going to debase the dollar the rest of the world generally is not going to want to hold it."
When asked how quickly could we see a dollar collapse Williams responded, "It could happen very quickly, but they (the Fed) will try to forestall it as much as they can. When you do get a real panic it may not be containable. In terms of the hyperinflation I don't think it will be held off beyond 2014. What we're now seeing in the pickup in inflation here eventually will be seen as the beginnings of it.
When asked what hyperinflation would be like in the U.S. Williams had this to say, "This is not going to be a happy circumstance in any event. You look at what happened in Zimbabwe, the terrible hyperinflation there, which is probably the worst ever seen in any country, it took place over a couple of years. The economy still continued to function to some degree, people still went to work, and the reason they were able to do that is they had a backup black market in US dollars. We don't have anything like that here.
Efforts to introduce gold as a second currency would effectively provide that, but there's nothing in place at the moment that would be a backup. So you have the likelihood of disruption to normal commerce. If the distribution chain to grocery stores gets interrupted, and the shelves are bare of food, that's the kind of thing that can trigger rioting in the streets."
When asked what people should do to protect themselves Williams said, "First you need to look to preserve your wealth and assets, and the primary hedge is physical gold, but silver is in that category as well. I'd look to get some assets outside the US dollar, outside the US if you can. Stronger alternative currencies are the Swiss Franc, Australian dollar and the Canadian dollar.
For people living inside of the U.S. if you are going to have a disrupted system, this is a manmade disaster, not a natural disaster, but it's the type of thing you should prepare for as you would a natural disaster. Have several months of canned goods, other staples that you need to survive. And assuming that we see this evolve into some type of barter system, build up a stock of goods that you think are barter-able."
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