Inflation

How To Get Paid While Owning Silver

How To Get Paid While Owning Silver

Precious metals have been active in recent weeks with inflation and interest rates frequently making headlines.  A popular method for trading silver is through iShares Silver Trust (SLV), an ETF which tracks physical silver.  One strategist feels that SLV will remain in the low $20 level through April of next year.  In order to create […]

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How to Beat Inflation No Matter What the Fed Does

Dear Reader, Each quarter, my favorite earnings conference call comes from Starwood Property Trust (STWD) and its CEO, Barry Sternlicht. As the leader of both the publicly traded REIT and the private equity firm he founded, Starwood Capital Group, Sternlicht is excellent about sharing his thoughts on a wide range of financial topics, and recently […]

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Is Inflation Going To Tank The Corporate Bond Market?

Inflation is what everyone in the market is talking about these days.  The financial markets are concerned that the Fed will have to hike rates much sooner than expected.  Higher rates will significantly impact fixed income products like Treasuries and corporate bonds.  Perhaps that’s why an institutional trader purchased 160,000 put spreads in iShares iBoxx […]

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How to Invest with Inflation at 30-Year Highs

Dear Reader, Last week, the CPI inflation was released, showing the highest year-over-year inflation in 30years. After living and investing in a low-inflation economy for a couple of decades, investorsnow need to pick some inflation-fighting stocks and funds. In the 1980s, the Federal Reserve killed inflation by quickly and massively increasing interestrates. High-teens interest rates […]

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Add a 7.36% Inflation-Proof Yield to Your Portfolio

Dear Reader, The official numbers finally show what we’ve all felt in our wallets for months if not years: Inflation is here. No wonder – 40% of U.S. dollars in circulation were printed in the last 12 months. Whether that inflation is here to stay or not, we as investors have to adapt. That’s why […]

When Does Inevitable Inflation Become Imminent Inflation?

When Does Inevitable Inflation Become Imminent Inflation?

Jared Dillian’s “The 10th Man” article, “Coming Apart” grabbed my attention: “ZeroHedge is fond of saying: ‘On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.’ Let me add Dillian’s corollary to that: On a long enough timeline, everyone gets to be right. Who has consistently been wrong? The Austrian gold bugs always predict […]

Here’s How Much You Personally Owe On U.S. Debt

Here’s How Much You Personally Owe On U.S. Debt

“Today Congress is constantly besieged by minority groups seeking benefits from the public treasury. Often these groups control enough votes in many Congressional districts to change the outcome of elections. And so, Congressmen find it difficult to persuade themselves not to give in to pressure groups. With no bad immediate consequence, it becomes expedient to […]

How The Epic Experiment Changing the Economy Pinches Your Budget

How The Epic Experiment Changing the Economy Pinches Your Budget

When I finished writing “Whistling Past The Graveyard”, I was furious. The Federal Reserve prints money at will. Theoretically, congress oversees the Fed – the Fed oversees the banking system, and they have our best interest at heart. While both feign good intentions, in practice they are lining their pockets at the expense of Main Street America. Fed Chairman […]

Whistling Past The Graveyard

Whistling Past The Graveyard

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s recent remarks really infuriated me. He is “Whistling Past The Graveyard”, again trying to deceive the public. Wolf Richter shares some of his recent remarks:   “Inflation has come in above expectations over the past few months.” “The expectation is that high inflation readings will start to abate.” “We don’t in any way […]

Does Inflation Really Help Debtors?

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 […]