When “Fiats Fail,” Precious Metals Prevail
There are two theories of money.
The first is that it should have intrinsic value, something people can hold, knowing that it has value in and of itself. The second is that it is lawful; that usually a government or King, mandates that their creation can be used to pay for all goods and services.
For millennia, gold and silver have been money.
However, whereas gold has been money for over 5,000 years, silver has unquestionably been the monetary metal of all time: being used more often, in more places, with more transactions than gold has ever had.
The reason behind this is that historically, gold has been a long-term asset for wealth preservation. Silver, on the other hand, could be used to conduct day-to-day transactions: groceries, clothes, and even utility bills.
The Ratio Speaks For Itself
Throughout these thousands of years, the silver-to-gold ratio has been approximately 16:1, meaning it would take 16 ounces of silver to buy one ounce of gold.
This was only the case up until the last century.
The 16:1 ratio is a stark contrast to the high level of 125:1 that we saw in March 2020.
The last time we saw that figure was during the Great Depression, when the American people were not alone in experiencing a horrible economic shift, as its effects rippled throughout the globe.
Unfortunately, it is my belief that we will experience something similar again.
All Fiat Fails
People have discovered and adapted to gold and silver because they recognize that they are of value. Unbacked currency, on the other hand, has always failed. There are numerous examples throughout history.
The 1913 U.S. Dollar was equivalent to 100 pennies. Using the Federal Reserve’s website, those same 100 pennies represent 2.5 cents by today’s standards. It’s clear to see now that the U.S. dollar is on the road to demise.
Fiat money is flawed because it can be created into infinity. At some point as this is taking place the market will recognize what is taking place and investors will seek relief.
The dollar may have once been as good as gold, but the reality is that today, it is far from it.
With almost 30% of the U.S. money supply being printed over the last few months and a true inflation rate that far surpasses the Federal Reserve’s concocted one, there is certainly cause for concern.
What the Future Holds
As we sink deeper into inflation driven by excessive printing coupled with global supply shortages, we will soon encounter a shift in consciousness. This shift will foretell the collapse of the monetary system as we know it.
In its place, something new will arise. My premise is that there will be a melding of the distributed ledger blockchain and possibly precious metals, producing the ultimate currency.
At present, the banks are pushing for a new Bretton Woods and a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) that is not tied to the precious metals.
This week, I spoke in-depth about what the future holds for the global economy and discussed the primary differences between precious metals and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
To hear my thoughts, listen to this recent episode of the Decrypt Daily podcast below.