Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dow 10,000 or Gold $10,000?

This fellow is apparently famous, and I can see why, because he nails it... here are two snippets:
Stocks have been a massive beneficiary of the biggest monetary expansion that the world has ever experienced. If we look at the Dow since the last major economic cycle started in the early 1980s, we find the most remarkable rise. In early 1980, the Dow was at 850 and today we are 19,000. That is a rise of over 18,000 Dow points in 36 years. This means that the Dow has gone up by 9% per year on average since 1981. A 9% annual increase leads the index doubling every 8 years. What a great investment. You buy stocks in 1980 for $10,000 and today in 2016 you have $220,000 without having to lift a finger. On top of that there has been a dividend yield of around 2% on average. But this growth in the stock market has not just happened on its own accord. Stocks don’t grow at 9% annually for 36 years without some rocket fuel. And the explanation is very simple. Debt has provided the fuel. Because US debt has also grown by 9% annually since 1981. So the recipe for becoming a successful and loved president is just to print and borrow money. There is an absolute correlation between the increase in US debt and the growth in the stock market.
The Dow/Gold ratio peaked in 1999 and is now in a downtrend. Once the current correction is finished the ratio will continue down towards the 1:1 level like in 1980 when the Dow was 850 and Gold was $850. The only question is at what level the Dow and gold will be when they reach the 1:1 ratio. Will it be Dow 10,000 and Gold $10,000? Or will we see hyperinflationary levels of 100,000 Dow and $100,000 gold? The absolute level is really irrelevant. Because at whatever level they meet will involve a catastrophic loss of real capital for a stock market investor.
Just so...  when he says credit, he means "ex nihilo credit" and for that matter he means that when he says "printing money."

The article mentions real estate crashing, which is crucial to a boom in small business.

His summary is buy gold, and if buying gold, his advice is good.  But if gold becomes important, the Hegemon will just steal it.  The only real protection is self-employment, own the emans of production, in the form of fruit too high and dispersed for the Hegemon to get around to....

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