Does Inflation Really Help Debtors?

I recently interviewed Chuck Butler about winners and losers during inflationary times. I began with: “Historically inflation hurt creditors and helped debtors as they are paying back their obligations in much-depreciated dollars. I’ve had readers ask about borrowing money to invest. Chuck, that concerns me. Many of our readers are baby boomers or retired. …. Are you in the camp […]

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Inflate Or Die!

Pundit Bill Bonner’s article, “Money-Printing Means Inflation for the U.S. Economy”, concludes: “It’s inflate or die. And if anyone gets in the way of inflation… the ‘active shooters’ – in both the private sector and the public sector – start gunning for them. Last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen came under fire for saying she might have to raise interest […]

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Inflation, Deflation, Bailouts & Tax Increases! What Should We Expect?

What is happening is unprecedented! Two multi-trillion-dollar bailout packages in less than a year and a third in the works. The Charlotte Business Journal reports: “In the past few years, we have experienced three major tax and financial changes that we typically only expect once a decade. …. This year, we are expecting another major bill (if not multiple) to […]

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MMT – Modern Monetary Theory –or– Magic Money Tree?

The politicos are hawking Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) to finance their reckless spending. Investopedia explains: “Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is a heterodox macroeconomic framework that says monetarily sovereign countries (that) spend, tax, and borrow in a fiat currency they fully control, are not operationally constrained by revenues when it comes to federal government spending. …. The central idea of MMT […]

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All Money is a Matter of Belief

Anyone remember when our money was backed by gold? Top of the dollar bill said “Silver certificate”? Today our bills say, “Federal Reserve Note”; called fiat currency. Fiat currency is government IOU’s (political promises). The value of fiat money is based on supply, demand and faith in the issuing government. Adam Smith said, “All money is a matter of belief.” […]

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