The Chicago Tribune has a new article about how the gold standard is gaining mainstream support as more people realize the flaws of the current monetary system.
George Gilder thinks gold-standard ideas are on the way back whatever the politicians do. Founder and chairman of the Gilder Technology Group and a bestselling author who helped popularize supply-side economics in the Reagan era, he says the trillions of dollars that fly around global currency markets every day are a “bizarre abuse of capitalism,” sucking vitality out of the real economy.
According to FutureMoneyTrends, China is preparing for a new global monetary arrangement by not only buying above-ground gold but also by acquiring gold mines.
If true, this is an interesting and seemingly very effective strategy given that gold reserves throughout the world are getting depleted due to demand and given the difficulty of extracting gold from the earth’s crust.
Here is an excellent interview of economist Jim Rickards, author of “Currency Wars,” with Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough. In this interview, Rickards debunks numerous arguments made against a gold standard and gold by the general public and media pundits.
He points out numerous advantages that tangible wealth has over intangible wealth, and asserts that the current system is a “shadow gold standard,” given the increased interest in gold by central banks around the world, particularly in the east.
We believe a gold standard will strengthen the confidence in and prestige of the American dollar. Over the last few years there has been enormous money printing to counter deflationary trends, and this in turn has brought uncertainty to global markets. America had a gold-backed dollar before and can thus return back to it.
While the trend in technology is toward digitization, there must ultimately be something tangible backing digital money. Tangible things are more finite, real, scarce, and potentially secure (a massive hacking attack can erase digits within a computer). Thus, there is no reason why money — even digital money — cannot have gold backing.
Importantly, a gold standard would force more fiscal discipline in government, as limits would be placed on how much money can be created to pay for expenses, thus stabilizing inflation. Interest rates would likely move up under a gold standard, since money would no longer have to be printed continuously to cheapen the cost of it for outstanding obligations and to stimulate growth, which would encourage savings and thus bring longer-term economic benefits. An added benefit would be that investors would not be chasing as much risk to gain a modest yield, which in turn would stabilize global markets.
These are just a few reasons why a return to a gold standard would be beneficial, and it is the intent of this blog to cover the pros and cons in more detail.