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What are some catalysts for a dynamic upward shift in the direction of precious metals?

The rationale for owning physical gold is that the radical monetary policies put into place since 2008 to rescue the financial system will become problematic . . .more...

Will the Fed be inclined to support their pattern of stimulus?

Fed's Yellen: US housing market slowdown poses a fresh risk to growth; disappointing housing activity in a sector crucial to the broader recovery bears watching . . .more...

Will government continue the course of loose monetary policy?

More money and credit: Every time the Fed engages in loose monetary policy, it just sows the seeds for the next crisis, making the next crash even worse . . .more...

Will 2013 register the first annual decline in the price of gold in 13 years?

Economic data from the U.S. was mostly positive last week; Gold futures declined in New York on fears that the Fed might consider tapering down its asset purchases . . .more...

Will the Fed's numerous stimulus programs ever improve the sluggish economy?

Fed now works like a pawn shop, taking in unwanted assets and lending money in return. Insufficiently stimulative? A few trillion here and there are apparently not enough . . .more...

Will gold see weakness going into Fed and Syria announcements?

Gold, silver lower on speculation that the Federal Reserve will slow stimulus next week and amid talks on a plan for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons . . .more...

Is the Fed masking the true effect of monetary stimulation?

The inflation picture is actually much worse if we look at the old CPI; we've lost close to 50 percent of the purchasing power of our money in just the last five years . . .more...

Will the Fed put a finger in the proverbial inflationary dike?

Fed bond-buying policy and gold: Worries that an improving U.S. economy will spur the central bank to roll back its stimulus have limited investor demand for gold this year . . .more...

Will politics force central banks to extend monetary stimulus?

The Fed & other central banks will continue to use imperfect policy tools and risk greater collateral damage on a widening front; or stop and undermine the economy's momentum . . .more...

Why own hard assets when governments are busy manipulating financial ones?

Pimco's Bill Gross delivered an impassioned and thoroughly convincing case for owning hard assets in an age when central banks are busily manipulating financial assets . . .more...

Will annual trillion dollar Fed stimulus initiate significant appreciation for tangible wealth?

FOMC announced more quantitative easing at a rate of $85 billion a month for an extended period of time; will remain in place until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5% . . .more...

Why will prolonged monetary expansion fail to solve unemployment?

Cheap money can't overcome the hurdles of uncertainties about taxes and regulations, which entrepreneurs readily say are their main concerns . . .more...

Will the Federal Reserve increase the money supply until prices are sky high?

Whatever it takes -- for as long as it takes; Bernanke and the Fed committee are going to take the big chance and print, print, print -- until everything heads for the sky . . .more...

Is monetary easing, weaker currency and a devalued dollar inevitable?

Bernanke: Fed has room to deliver additional monetary stimulus to boost the U.S. economy; scope for further action to ease financial conditions and strengthen the recovery . . .more...

Will lingering unemployment spur monetary stimulus and dollar devaluation?

Consumer prices were flat in July for a second straight month; tame inflation reading leaves more stimulus from the U.S. central bank on the table . . .more...

Do investors risk monetary easing, inflation and Operation Twist?

Several Fed officials favor more QE, the Fed's most powerful tool, though some fret about potential side effects, such as rising commodity prices and a political backlash . . .more...

How well does the Fed protect the purchasing value of the dollar?

Fed is the collusion of big government and big business to profit at the expense of taxpayers; Fed gave banks a market-distorting advantage no U.S. business should receive . . .more...

Will the Federal Reserve be cagey about QE3?

The US Federal Reserve curbed expectations of more monetary stimulus Tuesday, providing an excuse for bullish positions to be pared after a good run for risk assets . . .more...

Is the Fed prepared to launch another round of monetary easing?

Fed Chairman Bernanke: Faster growth will be needed to boost employment; expectations that further quantitative easing measures may be necessary . . .more...

Does the Fed being at the ready with QE3 bring market uncertainty?

Bernanke's downbeat tone: Fundamentals that support spending continue to be weak: real household income and wealth were flat in 2011, and access to credit remained restricted . . .more...

Will the Fed's interest rate commitment through 2014 increase the value of metals?

One of the beneficiaries of the Fed's commitment to stay 'lower for longer' is gold; bullion soared $50, above $1,700/oz mark, immediately after central bank's announcement . . .more...

Does the Fed have a firm understanding of money expansion and its consequences?

Monetary theory vs. practice in harshest economic environment: Fed committee's policy has yet to show evidence of working and nobody seems to quite understand why . . .more...

Can the Fed reverse the cycle causing the rise in precious metals markets?

To break the cycle, Fed needs to rebuild a monetary system where dollar is a strong, stable store of value and capital allocated is based on interest rates and market forces . . .more...

Are central bank monetary policies bolstering gold bullion prices?

At least the central banks are having a positive effect, however temporary. Politicians, meanwhile, have left investors with serious doubts about their ability to handle the crisismore...

Are central bank monetary policies bolstering gold bullion prices?

At least the central banks are having a positive effect, however temporary. Politicians, meanwhile, have left investors with serious doubts about their ability to handle the crisismore...

Is gold out of the control of the Fed and Wall Street?

Gold is traded internationally across the face of the planet 24 hours a day, out of the hands of the Fed and Goldman Sachs, and trades everywhere and where it wants . . .more...

What will be the ultimate result of QE2?

Blame for the most recent round of price increases has been laid at the feet of the Federal Reserve's program of credit expansion for the past three years . . .more...

Will gold and silver help protect against the ''ocean of liquidity'' from the Federal Reserve?

As far as the Fed is concerned, there is no inflation. And as far as the Fed is concerned, they can continue their 'printing' operation with impunity . . .more...

Is the Federal Reserve helping or hurting the U.S. economy and recovery?

Just when we need government to back off, we hear about more government intervention in the economy in the form of more spending -- what they call 'investment' . . .more...

Is Bernanke claiming that the Fed creating money out of thin air to buy bonds is not printing money?

On CBS's 60 Minutes broadcast on Sunday night Bernanke said, ''We're not printing money. The amount of currency in circulation is not changing'' . . .more...

Is it now obvious that the U.S. government plans to inflate its way out of debt?

The federal government has doubled its indebtedness -- now standing at an astonishing $13.7 trillion as of November 7th -- in less than a decade . . .more...

Will the Fed's unconventional monetary policy lead to more inflation and higher gold prices?

Combined with $300 billion in reinvestment of the Fed's maturing mortgage bonds, total ''QE2'' purchases of Treasury securities by the Fed could run as high as $900 billion . . .more...

Does the Fed have open-ended power to inject unlimited monetary liquidity, debasing dollars further?

Many believe Fed will introduce more quantitative easing next week; still a question whether the central bank will announce a finite amount or if it will be left open-ended . . .more...

Will the Fed begin the next round of Quantitative Easing (''QE2'') soon?

Federal Reserve officials nearing an agreement on the need for additional monetary stimulus; decision could come as early as the next meeting of the FOMC on November 3 . . .more...

Will the money supply and risk grow with more quantitative easing?

Helicopters are hovering; Prospect of more QE -- central banks 'printing money' by purchasing government securities -- made the month just ended a September to remember . . .more...

How has palladium appreciated compared to gold and platinum?

''A spate of soft U.S. economic data has led to talk that the Federal Reserve may announce additional monetary easing, such as bond purchases, after its meeting on Tuesday.more...

How is it that a once-solid U.S. Dollar has lost nearly all of its value?

The Federal Reserve has presided over the near-complete destruction of the United States dollar -- since 1913 the dollar has lost over 95% of its purchasing power . . .more...

Is the Federal Reserve's dollar the heart of the financial crisis?

Fiat money is a tangled web of monetary deception -- and like a drug to a Congress hopelessly addicted to spending vastly more than the Treasury collects in revenues . . .more...

Is the U.S. path of deficit spending in place for the foreseeable future?

Goldman Sachs has 'too big to fail' status with the Fed, so it is conceivable that any Greece-related catastrophic losses at Goldman Sachs will be passed on to taxpayers . . .more...

Has the Federal Reserve eliminated the stabilizing forces of real money?

It was the introduction of unsound monetary policy and central economic planning pursued by the Federal Reserve that were the real causes of the Great Depression . . .more...

Will the Fed corrupt the value of the dollar?

We have unwisely and unconstitutionally delegated monetary authority to the Federal Reserve, which has in turn devalued our dollar by 95 percent and counting . . .more...

Will the Fed claim that asset bubbles are not caused by easy money?

Bernanke to American Economic Assoc: It was lapses in regulatory oversight rather than loose monetary policy and low interest rates that stoked the US housing bubble . . .more...

What happens when a doubled money supply makes its way into the economy?

U.S. money supply has doubled in the last year or so; once these dollars make their way into the economy, hyperinflation and economic chaos will be a real possibility . . .more...

Has the Fed printing press resulted in a mountain of cash that may inflate prices?

Fed data show that private cash holdings are about $10,120bn; market watchers expect the money to keep moving out of cash and prop up other assets with higher returns . . .more...

Will faith in the dollar wane due to mistrust of The Fed?

If Greenspan and Bernanke would acknowledge their sins, the rest of us would have a better chance of changing the system that made those transgressions possible . . .more...

What is the real reason behind Fed Secrecy?

An audit would expose the Fed as a massive fraud perpetrated on this country, enriching a privileged few bankers at the top of our economic food chain . . .more...

Is there any limit to the monetary tools the Fed will use to inflate the economy?

In the last year, the Fed’s balance sheet has more than doubled to in excess of $2,000bn; Fed has also embraced an unprecedented array of new monetary policy tools . . .more...

Can Bernanke and the Fed unwind “quantitative easing” without destroying the Dollar?

We’re facing a long and hard recession, and recovery when it comes will be slow, grinding and accompanied by continued high unemployment . . .more...

Will Bernanke and the Fed have the power and strategy to control U.S. inflation?

The Fed pumped $1 trillion into the banking system over the past year, the biggest monetary expansion in history; investor expectations for inflation have increased . . .more...

Will the Fed be able to control deficits, interest rates AND inflation?

Problems with Fed’s pump-priming: The bank lacks tools to unwind monetary stimulus program quickly; politically, it can’t easily tighten credit with 25-year-high unemployment . . .more...

Will the Fed's over-reaching lay the groundwork for a catastrophic round of inflation?

German Chancellor Merkel suggested the central banks have gone too far in fighting the financial crisis and may be laying the groundwork for another financial blowup . . .more...

Is there any limit to the Fed increasing the monetary base?

With downgraded economic outlook, Fed officials agreed the monetary base was likely to “grow significantly” as a result of large-scale additional asset purchases . . .more...

Is the Fed creating trillions of dollars out of thin air?

Fed is now monetising government debt; that raises fears that this newly printed money could eventually lead to inflation, or even hyperinflation . . .more...

Is there any limit to what the Fed will pump into the system?

Fed’s surprise announcement Wednesday jolted markets; bond yields took biggest one-day tumble since 1987, dollar plunged to a two-month low against the euro . . .more...

Is the Fed's commitment to monetary expansion for the longterm?

Bernanke Senate testimony: Downside economic risks remain the central bank's primary focus; globalization of economic crisis may delay eventual U.S. recovery . . .more...

Is the Fed's commitment to monetary expansion for the longterm?

Bernanke Senate testimony: Downside economic risks remain the central bank's primary focus; globalization of economic crisis may delay eventual U.S. recovery . . .more...

Will taxpayers be overburdened in order to save the Fed's bankrupt banking system?

New plan to create a huge "aggregator" bank to buy bad loans and securities likely would cost taxpayers at least another trillion dollars, and probably more . . .more...

Will the result of 2009 be hyperinflation?

With the Fed buying up everything and boosting the federal deficit, hyperinflation will be the result down the line . . .more...

How will the Fed work with the Treasury Department to impose inflation?

Treasury to use Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to revitalize the U.S. housing market by reducing mortgage rates for new home loans to as low as 4.5% . . .more...

Will America be facing hyperinflation?

Updated total bailout commitments add up to over $8 trillion now; this translates into a monetary base increase of 75 percent over the last two months . . .more...

Is the Fed running out of options to quickly fix the credit crisis and economy?

Fed President Thomas Hoenig: Central bank has ‘done about as much as it can do’ to revive the economy, which has worsened faster than expected . . .more...

Will banks be pressured to aggressively lend out Fed capital infusions?

As political pressure mounts, at least a few banks are promising to use capital infusions from the federal government's bailout program to swiftly make new loans…more...

Is an increase in government fiscal stimulus a given?

Bernanke on Monday threw his support behind a second round of fiscal stimulus by the government to limit the risk of a "protracted" slowdown in the economy . . .more...

What happened to America's free markets?

The Greenspan Fed manipulated rates down to 1% and held them there -- this process gave birth to the great housing bubble, the basis for all our troubles today . . .more...

Will the Fed have to create massive monetary liquidity to divert a financial crisis?

If we are to prevent a continuing asset and debt liquidation of near historic proportions, we will require policies that open up the balance sheet of the U.S. Treasury . . .more...

Is the Fed now stuck between a “rock” and a “hard place” on controlling inflation?

Bernanke is constrained -- A rate cut risks pushing inflation higher still; an increase would further tighten credit and starve the faltering economy . . .more...

Is there no limit to the Fed’s bailouts of “fragile” Wall Street firms?

The U.S. is pulling out all the stops -- there isn't anything else the Federal Reserve can do but to keep pumping liquidity into the system . . .more...

Who will ultimately pay the price for all the new government bailouts?

Most people don’t have a clue that the full faith and credit of the United States means simply, the ability of the federal government to tax its citizens . . .more...

Does the Fed now foresee greater inflation and financial market volatility ahead?

Fed Chairman Bernanke said today that Fed officials raised their projections for inflation this year and must be ‘particularly alert’ to signs of broader inflation . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the U.S. Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the U.S. Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

What do the world’s central banks need to do ASAP to bring inflation under control?

With their currencies tied to the U.S. dollar, many developing countries must start acting decisively by aggressively increasing interest rates . . .more...

Could the ECB force the Fed’s hand into joining the global inflation fight?

A rate hike by the European Central Bank may only make matters worse for the dollar in the short-term and lead to even higher oil prices . . .more...

What does the world’s richest investor see up ahead for the US economy?

Warren Buffett today on Bloomberg Television: “I think the ‘flation’ part will heat up and I think the ‘stag’ part will get worse . . .”more...

Why is the Federal Reserve’s manufacturing of fiat money the true cause of high oil prices?

When the Fed inflates the dollar as drastically as it has, this causes certain sectors to expand beyond what would naturally occur in the free market . . .more...

Will the Fed spin words to try to fool the markets into believing something has changed?

All the spin and stabilization cannot prevent the imminent consequences -- a substantially lower dollar, Gold at $1650 and trashing what is left of the financials . . .more...

Are oil prices higher due to the Fed's rampant dollar debasement and the consequence of inflation?

The dollar debasement that the Fed began in 2004 and exacerbated in the aftermath of last summer's credit crisis is wreaking the havoc history told us it would . . .more...

Is gold a better economic barometer than the actions of the world’s central banks?

The consequences of central banks' trying to guide their economies are routinely disruptive, if not destructive. Inflation is almost always the result . . .more...

Will Fed bailouts like Bear Stearns be costly to taxpayers?

The rescue of Bear Stearns faced further scrutiny in Congress -- lawmaker demanded more information on investment manager for $30bn of mortgage assets . . .more...

How did the Fed defend its empowerment to bail out Bear Sterns from collapse?

Bernanke defended saving the investment bank saying damage caused by default could have been severe with fallout for the real economy as well as the financial system . . .more...

What is government doing to our money and our wealth?

By keeping failing banks afloat, the Fed punishes those who have lived frugally and saved; The power to create money should never be granted to government . . .more...

Will the Federal Reserve assume the power to disturb the capital markets?

The Fed is taking almost $30 billion in assets off Bear Stearns's balance sheet to encourage JPMorgan Chase & Co. to buy the firm . . .more...

Will the Fed inject Treasurys to keep Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of bankruptcy?

The Fed said it would create new program to supplement its lending program to enable bond dealers to borrow up to $200 billion of much-sought Treasurys . . .more...

What do we do about the Fed showering the US with an ocean of currency?

"I want to be honest about this. I have always objected to the very existence of the Federal Reserve. The Fed was sneaked into the system during 1913...more...

Is the Fed's plan to lend support to banks suspect?

Banks are increasingly giving the Fed the garbage collateral nobody else wants to take – a perilous condition for America’s banking system . . .more...

Can the Fed seduce investors to think all is fine while derivatives unravel and deficits prevail?

Investors still are suffering from the illusion that the Fed's snake oil will cure what ails the economy and furnish the sustenance for a new bull market . . .more...

Will the Fed provide more stimulus at the expense of the Dollar?

Elevated borrowing costs mean Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will have to reduce rates further to revive the economy say Fed watchers . . .more...

Will the Fed sell out the Dollar to buy insurance against a deep recession?

The reduction represents the most abrupt easing by the Fed since the early 1980s . . .more...

Will a Fed rate cut be enough to stave off a stock market collapse?

There is more than a whiff of panic about slashing rates before a scheduled meeting . . .more...

Why should you have a big position in gold?

Measured in gold, markets have done horribly, economy in recession for a long time . . .more...

Will the Fed inflate the money supply in 2008?

Economists say easier money policy may accelerate inflation further in 2008 . . .more...

Can the present financial crisis be solved by central banks injecting money?

Banks unwilling to lend each other money is symptom of weak capital position . . .more...

Will the Fed ease money further even if it increases inflation?

Bernanke spurred speculation the central bank will cut rates by half a point . . .more...

Is the Fed flooding Dollar liquidity to spur the economic recession?

Dollar fell to twelve-year low against Swiss franc on fears of health of US economy . . .more...

Is the mainstream media clueless why gold is an appreciating investment class?

There's a lot of yada yada being shoveled -- Guesses, rumors, theories, baloney . . .more...

Could actions by the Fed trigger dramatic price movements in gold, silver and platinum?

Traders pared long positions ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting on rates . . .more...

Is the Fed forced to admit to the fragile nature of the financial markets?

Inflation risks could be heightened if the dollar were to continue to depreciate significantly . . .more...

Will the Fed hyper-inflate to solve today's economic problems?

We could easily experience something akin to hyper-inflation as the Fed funds go totally wild . . .more...

Will gold begin accelerating as the next financial bubble?

The cut makes gold cheaper to own -- the cut is anti-deflationary . . .more...

Does the Fed use selective language to disguise an inflationary crisis?

The former Fed chairman said current turmoil was "an accident waiting to happen" . . .more...

Is the Fed prepared to drop cash from a helicopter?

The Federal Reserve is providing liquidity to facilitate orderly functioning . . .more...

Would the government lie about inflation if it was 10%?

The Labor Dept's inflation figures are a dastardly lie and everybody knows it . . .more...

Will the real estate meltdown drag down the economy for a long time?

Fed officials have repeatedly cited housing as a threat to their . . .more...

Will the Fed devalue the dollar dramatically?

I believe the Bernanke Fed would create fiat currency en masse . . .more...

Does the Fed truly have inflation under control?

Just as the dollar is being devalued, gold is being revalued . . .more...

Will The Fed lose credibility to fight inflation now that Democrats have control of Congress?

Democrats will give Bernanke a tougher time than the Republicans on inflation targets . . .more...

Why is The Fed a fraud?

The Federal Reserve has been an unbelievable boon for bankers and a never-ending curse to . . .more...

Is the Fed struggling with inflation and recession much like stagflation in the 1970s?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is stepping up his push for an inflation target . . .more...

Will the Fed have to combat a declining housing market?

The faltering U.S. housing market will be more of a drag on growth than economists expected . . .more...

How can I be sure that the dollar is doomed?

I expect the purchasing power of the dollar to decline considerably faster than it did . . .more...

Is the recent Fed action bad for the Dollar?

The US dollar drifted lower on Wednesday as market attention turned to the fate of the greenback...more...

Will higher Fed rates reverse inflation?

Similar action in the 1970s did not prevent inflation, dollar weakness, or create any change . . .more...

What will the Fed do about interest rates?

Fed officials will boost their target rate by a quarter percentage point to 5 percent when . . .more...

What does the poor Jobs Report mean for the Dollar and Fed inflation?

It is unlikely there will be significant restrictive action by the Fed in either short term . . .more...

Why did Sinclair predict gold would break above its $645 high?

The dollar has real problems well beyond Professors Ben's questionable performance today . . .more...

What lies ahead for equities, real estate and gold?

I maintain that the recent non-confirmation by the Dow was a classic warning that something is . . .more...

Will Wall Street attempt to mask Stagflation?

You'd think the spinners would be more creative and come up with a new excuse . . .more...

Is the Fed less worried about inflation than an economic recession?

The likelihood that the Fed is nearing an end to its tightening was reinforced yesterday . . .more...

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