The Federal Reserve, Gold, Oil and the Dollar's Demise
NEW YORK ( TheGoldAndOilGuy.com) -- "We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it." (Congressman Louis T. McFadden, R-PA, in 1932.)
The above quote from Rep. McFadden is a quite prescient statement as it relates to arguably the most evil enterprise in American history.
The Federal Reserve, through its various monetary mechanisms, has a major impact on the value of the U.S. dollar and over time has destroyed the purchasing power of the fiat base currency used in the United States.
Interestingly enough, the following quote comes directly from the Federal Reserve's website regarding one of its primary mandates: "In setting monetary policy, the Committee seeks to mitigate deviations of inflation from its longer-run goal and deviations of employment from the Committee's assessment of its maximum level."The chart below illustrates the horrific job the Federal Reserve has done of protecting the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar since its creation.
In light of the longer-term malaise seen above, the Dollar Index futures have recently rallied sharply higher as Europe continues to flail in a slow and agonizing decline that will ultimately lead to a complete fiscal disaster. Sovereign debt concerns continue to mount regardless of what the European technocrats spew publicly and the U.S. dollar has been the primary beneficiary of these seemingly growing concerns. This brings me to the purpose of this article. Most of the articles I write are focused on option-based trades, but I decided it was time to put forth a more comprehensive scenario that could unfold over the next few years as a result of excessive monetary stimulus through various quantitative easing mechanisms developed by the Federal Reserve Bank. "A mild change" to say the least ... As discussed above, the U.S. Dollar Index futures have moved higher throughout most of 2012. Any significant increase in the U.S. dollar is a growing concern among central bankers as it correlates toward deflation. Deflation is the Fed's biggest enemy, besides themselves of course.
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