What is money and why our current currency system will blow up.
All Real Assets are a hedge against Government yet only some assets are movable. Real Estate will rise during certain periods but cannot be transported if you need to leave. Art is the eye of the beholder and Diamonds involve opinions. GOLD and SILVER are the only assets which are the same all over the world and know for what they are. The handicap of Silver is that it is a lot more bulky than Gold: 1 oz. of Gold stores as much Money as 1 kg of Silver.
The price of some Real Assets has the bad habit to come down during recessions. Real Estate and Capital Goods (High Order Capital Goods) are good examples. Just because it cannot be moved, Real Estate is as a rule an easy tax-cow for Authorities.
When the price of everything is rising (like happened over the last decennia) it is in fact the value of the Fiat Currency coming down because too large quantities of it have been and are increasingly created. This is a direct consequence of the law of Supply and Demand: the more supply (of currency), the less it is worth. Prices are rising not because demand for good and services change but simply because the Value of the Currency drops.
Ever since 1971 currencies are manufactured out of thin air. Which ever standard (shells, land, cattle, camels, gold, silver) is used, each time Government ends up falsifying the system so it can pay for its mismanagement and spent more than what it earns in order to get re-elected.
Historic Gold failed as a currency because Government debased the currency: the content of Gold/silver of the coins was lowered. Next we had a Gold Standard where Governments printed more receipts (currency) than there was Gold at an official fixed price and finally in 1971 the Gold window was abandoned. Money could from now on be created out of thin air....
Most don't realize that since 1971 the monetary system has de-facto become a SELF DESTRUCTING entity and that it has become harder and harder to keep the patient alive. Because today's monetary system is thriving on fiat currency, not even a balanced budget can solve the resolve the problem we are in. Politicians and Bankers have been playing God and society will pay dire for this.
To understand why the system will collapse one must understand the implication of today's money which is created out of thin air and the relationship between Money, Debt and Interest.
You can create infinite quantities of money but only so much DEBT. As soon as the level of Debt gets too high Interest Rates always start to rise dramatically and the requested additional amount of fiat money which must be created to pay for this extra debt rises exponentially. This action always leads to Hyperinflation.
As money is created out of Debt, interest has to be paid on each created unit. Hence more and more money has to be created just to pay off the interest on previously created money.
When you write a check there must be sufficient funds in your bank account to cover the check, but when the Federal Reserve writes a check, it creates money out of thin air.
Modern Money is in fact the end result of a WORTHLESS and CROOKED FINANCIAL OPERATION. Currency is borrowed into existence. In order to create money the Treasury of a country creates a BOND (a promise to repay the funds over a certain period of time and pay interest) and exchanges it for Money (a bad counterfeit check) with the Central Bank (Federal Reserve). The Treasury now uses the funds for its deficit spending and to pay for War, Social programs, public works, government employees,...
The money is now deposited by businesses and Government employees into Bank accounts.
This is where Fractional Reserve banking comes into play. For each $ 100 dollars or Euro's which are deposited into your bank account, the bank is allowed to keep only a fraction of this money in your account (less than 10%) and to re-use the other 90% or more. These funds are loaned out (ex. Car loan) and end up in other bank accounts where the same principle of fractional reserve banking is applied. Each $10 so creates an additional $ 100. (The Central bank creates about 7% of the money supply. The balance or about 93% is created by the Commercial banks)
The currency system is imaginary, it doesn't exist but it becomes real when you have to give it value. You have to work so you can pay tax which is used to pay the interest which has to be paid on the Bond issued by the Government out of nothing. Hence as more and more interest has to be paid. Government must collect more and more tax just to try to balance the budget. Balancing the budget in the end becomes impossible as the income falls (less tax income) and the expenditures rise because of the depression....and Authorities have yet to issue more debt/bonds.
The Achilles heel of this imaginary system is the fact that INTEREST must be paid on the money created out of thin air and that this money doesn't exist. Because of this each month MORE money/debt MUST be created in order to keep this currency system alive. In the end exponential amounts of money/debt must be created just to keep the system alive and this in turn leads to Hyperinflation.
Once there is Hyperinflation people realize that Fiat Currency and Bonds have no value whatsoever and Bonds, bank deposits or the currency system blow up. Only REAL MONEY survives (Gold, Silver, real assets). As this point there is a contraction of the currency supply and we enter an era of DEFLATION. Unless DEBT is forgiven the Deflation cycle makes the Economic Depression even worse as the debt which has been accumulated during the Inflationary cycle must now be repaid with a smaller amount of available money. [This is why in Zimbabwe at the end of the Hyperinflation ALL DEBT was forgiven]
- At the same time that the imaginary currency system blows up, so will Governments, Treasuries, Bonds, bank deposits and Derivatives ($ 600 bn) and the nominal price of Real Assets will come down as there will be less money in circulation.
- This helps to understand why authorities artificially keep interest rates as low as possible (the higher the interest rate, the faster fresh money must be created and hence the faster we shall see hyperinflation)
- Even with budgets in equilibrium more and more debt/money must be created to keep the system alive.
Francis D. Schutte