Inflation Is Winning, and Here’s Why the Fed Seems Content To Let It Happen
(Editor's Note: Inflation is theft. A little inflation is a little theft, and a lot of inflation is a lot of theft. There is nothing natural about inflation. The Federal Reserve is the only cause of inflation in the U.S.A., and a major cause of inflation throughout the world. Everyone involved with the Federal Reserve are thieves. The IRS is the collection agency for the Federal Reserve. They, too, are thieves. Not one in a hundred working there realizes it. But that hardly matters. We are talking about thousands upon thousands of thieves. No wonder we are in such a mess. - JSB)
The U.S. Treasury publishes its balance sheet annually. The most recent, for fiscal year 2020, is so egregiously out of whack it might be hard to wrap your head around:
Total Assets: $5.95 trillion Total Liabilities: $32.74 trillion Net Position
All figures above have been rounded to the nearest billions. The net position also factors in -$3.1 billion in “unmatched transactions and balances,” which is odd. (Looks like everybody has a little trouble balancing the checkbook…)
But the obvious focus? Liabilities outweigh assets more than five to one.
How will the U.S. government try to correct this imbalance? It’s almost certain they will use one of the only tools they have: inflation.
In fact, the latest official inflation numbers have come in, which continue the trend of rising price inflation (see chart):
Graph courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Unlike the Fed, which likes to focus your attention on what Wolf Richter calls its “lowest lowball inflation measure” that ignores important prices, the BLS chart includes food and energy.
That’s bad enough. If, however, we use the same measures the Federal Reserve employed in 1990 like John Williams of ShadowStats does, the picture gets a lot worse:
Don’t let the name “ShadowStats” fool you. These numbers are based on the Federal Reserve’s own historic metrics that were retired in favor of the current, less-alarming measures.
Inflation is bad, and it doesn’t seem likely to get better any time soon…
The U.S. could be “Inflation Nation” for quite a while
Almost every important consumer item is still rising in price. According to the American Institute of Economic Research (AIER), this trend won’t be temporary:
If the Fed being unable to stop the already rising inflation wasn’t bad enough, the same report went on to explain why that outcome appears inevitable:
“The sequence of falling dominoes is too far along to stop,” wrote Antony Davies, the report’s author. It’s hard to disagree once you wrap your head around the economic “gluttony” that has taken place over the last 18 months or so.
Things have to “return to Earth” at some point. It’s a law of nature.
But in the end, the disparity between assets and liabilities combined with out-of-this-world costs just to service this debt could amount to a “last stand” for Powell’s Fed.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that to avoid the U.S. government going bankrupt, the Fed’s only recourse would be to inflate the money supply to pay off that debt with increasingly-worthless dollars.
And if that’s how this plays out, it might leave the U.S. debt-free. But it would also put most of the citizenry in the poor house.
If that’s the case, make sure you’re in the best position possible to make your own rules.
Don’t play Russian roulette with inflation
It isn’t likely the spending will stop any time soon, as evidenced by the recent infrastructure bill and resulting $3.5 trillion budget proposal. Even if a long-term economic disaster doesn’t happen, inflation isn’t likely to return to Earth any time soon, because it seems no one wants to pay the bills.
That means you need to brace yourself for a long and bumpy ride. As Dr. Denis Waitley said:
So this is your opportunity to take stock of your financial plans. Examine your retirement savings, and analyze your exposure to risk. Create a strategy that’s diversified and resilient enough to endure the worst-case scenario, just in case. Physical precious metals like gold and silver have long been the “gold standard” in safe haven assets.
Do this now, because once those dominoes start toppling, there are going to be an awful lot of desperate people scrambling for the exits. Make sure you and your family are in the best possible position to thrive even after the dollar becomes a fancy piece of worthless green paper.
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