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February 21 (King World News) – James Turk:  As you know Eric, I like to look at past events and relate them to the present to explain how markets are trading. Sometimes history repeats, but when it doesn’t, we need to take notice. Like now.

The Fed is fighting a different inflation battle than the one Paul Volcker fought when he was Fed chairman. It’s on a different path – and it’s a lot more dangerous. 

The value of currencies like the dollar, euro and all the rest depends on their supply and demand. In this regard currencies are like every other useful good or service. 

Volcker fought inflation by increasing the demand for the dollar. This time the Fed is decreasing the supply of dollars…

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Volcker kept raising interest rates until real rates adjusted for inflation reached a sky-high 6%. That is 5 or 6 times normal real interest rates, but he needed to do that to save the dollar. Demand for the dollar had been falling, and its future looked uncertain. 

So he used high real interest rates to entice people to hold dollars, increasing its demand. Throughout his eight year reign at the Fed, the quantity of dollars kept growing, but at an ever declining growth rate that lowered inflation rates. And demand for the dollar remained strong because real interest rates – though dropping from their peak to normal levels – remained positive.

When Alan Greenspan became chairman in 1987, he followed the same policy, continuing this period of disinflation. Prices of goods and services were still rising, but at a much slower rate. 

This disinflation continued until September 1992 when European Exchange Rate Mechanism fell apart, and George Soros’s short position on the British pound broke the Bank of England. Central banks and the Fed began pumping currency into the economy and continued doing that until recently, as we can see on the following chart.

M2, which is a measure of the quantity of dollars, has been dropping since the record peak last year. The trade weighted dollar average of late has also been turning lower. Similarly, the US dollar Index (not shown on the chart) has dropped 9% since its September peak. Yet inflation is still rising as seen by the Consumer Price Index on the chart.

So even though the ‘supply’ of dollars is declining, the purchasing power of the dollar is declining relative to other currencies and goods and services. There is only one possible conclusion. 

The demand for the dollar is falling. It’s a reasonable conclusion to reach because real interest rates remain negative notwithstanding the recent increases engineered by the Fed. Here’s the kicker, Eric.

The Fed can’t raise real interest rates like Volcker did because there is just too much debt at every level…

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For example, in the first 4 months of the current fiscal year, the US government’s interest expense payout is 25% higher than last year, and the full impact of recent rate increases has not yet been felt. With the debt ceiling problem hanging overhead like Damocles sword, the Fed is stuck. 

Although real rates are negative, the Fed is not going to worsen the US government’s interest expense burden. So it is hoping to contain inflation by focusing on the supply of dollars rather than demand, but we know from monetary history that demand for a fiat currency can evaporate in a heartbeat.

All of this analysis leads me to keep asking myself the big question. Has a flight from the dollar begun?

Yes, it has, and like all similar episodes throughout monetary history, the flight starts small. That conclusion leads to an unanswerable question because we can’t predict the future. 

Will this flight out of the dollar accelerate? Only time will tell. 

There is one last comparison to the 1970s. Back then people could escape the dollar and go into hard currencies like the Deutschmark and Swiss franc. Today there are no hard currencies. So the only safe escape is physical gold and physical silver, and if you are so inclined to make an investment, the shares of the companies that mine them.

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