With continued uncertainty in global markets, today the man who has become legendary for his predictions on QE, historic moves in currencies, and major global events, spoke with King World News about the road to financial Armageddon.
Gold Has Skyrocketed In Foreign Currencies
Egon von Greyerz: “As the gold market takes a break in its journey to much higher levels, it is good to step back a bit and understand why gold has appreciated so dramatically in the last 100 years and why this will continue for many years to come…
Continue reading the Egon von Greyerz interview below…
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Egon von Greyerz continues: “Most people have no idea what money is. They believe if they have 100 dollars or euros, that this represents real value as well as durability. Few people realize that their currency they call money has nothing to do with money at all. All paper currencies are ephemeral and return to their intrinsic value of zero. This is because reckless governments cling to power by printing or borrowing endless amounts of fiat money in the hope that they will placate the people and buy votes. Fiat money as the name indicates, can never be real money. It is issued by edict and is not backed by anything but debt and liabilities.
Power corrupts and money corrupts. It is a lethal combination that not only destroys people but also nations. And sadly, we have now reached a point in history when the unlimited amounts of fiat money that have been created will also destroy continents. To understand what money is and isn’t, we can just look at the example below.
Most people in the country believed that the Zimbabwe dollar was money and that it represented reward for labour and or production. But as the irresponsible regime started to run out of tricks to cover up their total mismanagement of the economy, they had to print endless amounts of money until even the 100 trillion dollar note was totally worthless. Inflation in Zimbabwe rose exponentially. In 2008 annual inflation was estimated at 90 to the power of 21 % (90 with 21 zeros). During the same period the US dollar rose by 10 to the power of 30 % (10 with 30 zeros) against the Zimbabwe dollar.
What happened in Zimbabwe is an excellent example of how a prosperous country can be destroyed by total mismanagement. The country had a very successful agricultural sector, mainly owned by Brits from the South Rhodesia era. It also has considerable mineral resources. But the value of this was gradually destroyed when the country became independent. And during that tragic decline of Zimbabwe, private land was expropriated and enterprise was nationalized.
So Zimbabwe is an excellent example of how to destroy a currency by killing private enterprise and replacing it with government interference and control. There are many examples of this in history. The partition of Germany after the second world war is the best proof how a country which was split into two — West Germany, a prospering free market economy, and East Germany, a centrally steered and poor communist economy.
The decline of the US dollar has been a lot faster than most people realize. In 1971 the $100 bill note (above) would have bought the 100 gram (ca. 3oz) bar pictured. Today it buys just a small corner or 3% of the gold bar.
But the US dollar is not the only currency in the race to the bottom. All major currencies compete successfully in this race, including the euro, yen, pound, and all other currencies.
The graph below shows gold as real money and stable purchasing power (straight line at 100). Gold does not appreciate. It performs the function that money should do. It represents stable value just as it has for thousands of years. One ounce of gold bought a good suit for a man 2,000 years ago — also 100 years ago — and still does today. This is exactly how money should perform. It should maintain its value over time. But if we then look at the graph below, we see how all currencies have lost 97-99% against gold in the last 100 years.
As the graph shows, the dollar, euro, yen and pound have only 1-3% to go to reach zero. It is virtually guaranteed that this final fall will take place and it is only a question of how long it will take. With the exponential growth in debt since 2006, we could very well see the final destruction of the currencies in the next 5-7 years. And if the debt doesn’t cause the collapse, the $1.5 quadrillion of derivatives will as counterparties fail.
Zimbabwe is an excellent example how what was meant to be money and a store of value turned into a worthless promise that could not be used for any transaction or exchange. In the final stages the people either demanded dollars or gold.
It is so fascinating that the destruction of currencies has been the norm throughout history as no paper or fiat currency has ever survived. Therefore, there seems to be little hope of permanently introducing a sound money system. Yes, there have been periods of sound money but they are seldom long lasting. Power seems to have such a corrupting effect on everyone who enters politics and the urge to print and spend money that doesn’t exist seems completely irresistible.
The simple solution would be to first get rid of all central banks because central banks are the main reason why money never remains money but always returns to just the value of the paper it is printed on. Central banks perform two principal functions: They artificially manipulate interest rates and they print money. By manipulating interest rates, they destroy the natural laws of supply and demand. If there is high demand for money, interest rates will, in a free market, go up to dampen the demand for money. Also, higher rates properly compensate depositors for the increased risks they take.
The Seeds Of Financial Armageddon
What is happening today is the complete opposite of a free market. Global debt has grown over ten times in 25 years and interest rates are zero or negative. This is financial repression or manipulation of a degree never seen in world history. It totally destroys free market forces and is therefore the seeds of a coming financial Armageddon. Whenever natural laws of supply and demand are interfered with, it always has severe consequences.
One thing is certain. The current financial system will not survive because it is based on principles which are not sustainable. In such a system, there is no sound money. What is also certain is that gold, the only real money, will continue to reflect the mismanagement of the world economy as the currencies finish the move to zero in the next few years.”
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