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Gold’s Record Price Is All About Currency Debasement

Gold’s Record Price Is All About Currency Debasement

Gold broke its all-time price record on Monday and held above that level throughout the day.

So, what is this telling us?

It’s easier to understand gold’s record-breaking move up if you look at it from the other side of the equation. The dollar is now at its all-time low compared to gold.

In simple terms, the dollar is losing value.

This is a direct result of US government borrowing and spending backed by Federal Reserve money printing.

TD Securities reiterated that dollar debasement is driving gold in a note.

The USD weakens amid massive fiscal and central bank stimulus, a bloating debt pile and a slow growth environment.”

Since the economy crashed thanks to the governments’ shutdowns in response to the coronavirus, the federal government has borrowed trillions of dollars for its stimulus program. The June budget deficit was bigger than all but five of the yearly deficits in history. Meanwhile, the Fed is monetizing a big chunk of that debt through its government bond purchase program. In effect, it is buying up US debt and paying for it with money printed out of thin air.

All of this money creation is inflation. The rising price of gold reflects the inflationary pressure.

As more dollars go into circulation, each individual dollar is worth less, all other things equal. That’s why the price of gold is going up in dollar terms. We have more dollars chasing roughly the same amount of gold. That means it takes more dollars to buy an ounce.

This isn’t mere speculation. Money supply growth hit a new all-time high for the third month in a row in June. The only time we’ve seen money supply growth anywhere near this level was during the inflationary years of the 1970s. In June, year-over-year growth in the money supply came in at 34.5%. That was up from 29.5% in May.

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