E A Whole Lot Of Gold Hoarding Going On

Martin Armstrong is a libertarian but very thought provoking. He recently came out with an article which found its way to TalkMarkets.com, as most of his articles do, that explained the power of fiat money.

He gave strong evidence as to the rise of many economies that only had fiat money and not a gold standard. He is likely right about this ability of fiat money to establish confidence in the users of that money if the governments that issue fiat money are trustworthy.

And certainly I am not for a gold standard, which always seems to leach gold off the standard. I am drawn to this awesome study of how the gold standard worked over time.


As it turns out, the gold standard collapsed in 1933, because of the Great Depression, although it had been modified previously, so it was not the classic gold standard that was originally designed. Money was too tight even prior to the Great Depression, back in William Jennings Bryan's time.

The author of the above study, Mark Harrison, says that in the end, the gold standard became a derivatives market rather than for balancing trade between the nations. The Roaring Twenties gave us easy money even under a "gold standard". Then it collapsed.

Hoarding of gold by individuals was the mechanism for collapse of the system.

So, we are off the gold standard, and fiat money is based upon the "integrity" of the nation that issues it, according to Armstrong. But the integrity of the nation is based upon how successful the sales of its bonds are. If there is strong demand for bonds, the government looks to be solvent and trustworthy. Start defaulting on bonds and that government becomes untrustworthy.

So, where are we as a nation in this process? Well, we know that there is massive and insatiable demand for bonds. While this would have been considered a good thing under the Armstrong system, we need to ask is it really? Or is there just a whole lot of hoarding going on?

Remember making the gold standard into a derivatives vehicle destroyed the standard, according to Mr Harrison. But now, we have made the fiat standard into a derivatives vehicle as well. The measurement of trust in bonds, bond demand, is being applied to bonds as collateral in the derivatives markets. Bonds are the new gold, and are worth at least as much as gold  in those markets.

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Disclosure: I am not an investment counselor nor am I an attorney so my views are not to be considered investment advice.

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