Monday, March 23, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
Sometimes words are not enough to describe a really bad situation. Hopefully the chart to the left will help all of you get an idea of what is happening to the dollar. This chart originally comes from the Federal Reserve itself. The chart shows the U.S. monetary base from 1960 until today. From 1960 until about 1980, the amount of currency in circulation was increasing, but it was fairly stable. From 1980 to the middle of this decade, the amount of currency in circulation just exploded, but the key to this chart is the end.
If you look at what is happening today, the amount of dollars in circulation is absolutely shooting through the roof. Now, a lot of this cash which the U.S. government and the Fed have injected into the economy has not gotten into the hands of the person on the street yet, so we are still experiencing the beginnings of a deflationary depression. But eventually all of the money they have injected will get out there into the general economy.
When that happens, there will be a whole lot more dollars in circulation than before but about the same number of goods and services. Do you know what happens when that situation exists?
The reality is that because of what the U.S. government and the Fed are doing to the dollar, we are going to be facing rip-roaring inflation of a kind that Americans have never known.
And it will effect everyone.
For example, maybe you make good money now, but how far will your paycheck stretch when a loaf of bread costs ten dollars?
Perhaps you have spent decades sticking money in a bank account. Well, inflation acts like a massive tax. When you wake up and your bank account only buys half of what it could buy the year before, how will you feel?
There is no other way for this current economic situation to play out.
The U.S. government and the Fed decided to spend their way out of the current economic crisis by cranking up the debt spiral one more time and by devaluing the dollar.
So we will see massive inflation - it is just a matter of how soon it will hit and how bad it will be.
What should you do?
Buy what you are going to need (food and supplies) right now while your dollars still have some value. Your dollars are never going to be more valuable than they are right now.
If you are trusting in a big bank account to be your security blanket in the future then you are going to be very disappointed as the dollar crumbles and your riches quickly fade.