Saturday, February 16, 2013

U.S. Will Win Currency War, Rest of Us will Suffer

In a currency war that is escalating, over time there is no doubt the U.S. will eventually come out the winner, in the sense that it will lose more of its value than competing currencies, which will devastate the economy.

Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, said this:

"There is a currency war going on," Schiff said at the Inside ETFs conference. "The irony of a currency war which makes it different from other wars is the object is to kill itself. Unfortunately, I think the U.S. is going to win the currency war."

"We're broke. We owe trillions. Look at our budget deficit, look at the debt to GDP (ratio), the unfunded liabilities," Schiff added. "If we were in the euro zone they would kick us out."

Since the Federal Reserve is artificially propping up the U.S. economy, it's only a matter of time before the negative consequences kick in, led by the ongoing debasement of the U.S. dollar.

Schiff also rightly notes the consumer price index isn't made to measure inflation, but rather to hide it through manipulation. He calls the CPI a "total fraud." Schiff says other similar indexes are just as fraudulent as the CPI.

Recommendations from Schiff are to continue to hedge inflation and global uncertainty and unrest with precious metals, especially gold.

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