I have for a long time now read people who read Richard Russell.
Still, the more I read him the more I wish I had been doing so all along.
"If I told you I was going to give you a large steel box for your kids,
and that box was not to be opened for fifty years,
would you rather I put three million in cash in that box,
or three million in diamonds or gold?"
Helluva question ain't it?
The Canadian Dollar has again achieved achieved parity with the US Dollar.
Closing at $1 Tuesday 4/6/2010.
The Guidotti-Greenspan Rule
Named for Pablo Guidotti, former deputy minister of finance for Argentina (that bastion of resposibility in national financing), and Alan Greenspan, increasingly discredited former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of the United States (that other bastion of responsibility in national financing)
States that a countries financial reserves should equal short-term external debt (one-year or less maturity), implying a ratio of reserves-to-short term debt of 1.
The rationale here, is that countries should have enough reserves to resist a massive withdrawal of short term foreign capital.
The U.S. holds gold, oil, and foreign currencies in reserve.
The U.S. has 8,133.5 metric tonnes of gold (supposedly, ain't nobody counted it in generations).
It is the world's largest holder (supposedly, ..... ).
That's 16,267,000 pounds (at the risk of redundancy ....... ).
At about $1,100 per oz. or $17,600 per pound, it's worth just under $300 billion (you know ..... ).
The U.S. strategic petroleum reserve shows a current total position of 725 million barrels of oil.
At about $80 per barrel, that's roughly $58 billion.
And according to the IMF, the U.S. has $136 billion in foreign currency reserves.
So altogether... that's around $500 billion of reserves.
Now, consider this .............
Within the next 12 months, the U.S. Treasury will have to refinance $2 trillion in short-term debt.
That's not counting any additional deficit spending, maybe another $1.5 trillion ..... ish.
Add it up and you get $3.5 trillion ..... or so, a trillion here a trillion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.
That would be about 30% of our entire GDP.
Where do you think that money is gonna come from?
They're gonna print it.
Or snatch your IRA.
If not both.
The above was taken almost in it's entirety (with the exception of the bitter and/or sarcastic comments usually written with type just about this big) from a Porter Stansbury article that was all over the place most of this past fall.
From today's Wall Street Journal
China Talks Tough to U.S.
Premier Blames American 'Trade Protectionism' for Tensions Over Currency
BEIJING—Premier Wen Jiabao aimed sharp words at Washington on Sunday, ceding little ground on China's currency policy and suggesting that U.S. efforts to boost its exports by weakening the dollar amounted to "a kind of trade protectionism."
If anyone would know it when they see it ............