Evidence suggests that the “Zero Hour Debt” line has been reached. Get out of the U.S. dollar [U.S. treasuries] and buy physical gold [or equities] before it’s too late. It is the only way to protect yourself against a massive U.S. dollar devaluation to come in the next few months. [Let me explain why that is the case.] Words: 719; Charts: 5
So writes Katchum in a recent post* on his blog (http://katchum.blogspot.ca)entitled Zero Hour Debt Has Arrived.
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Zero Hour Debt
…The ratio between nominal GDP Growth and Total National Debt Growth has touched the zero line (Chart 1), which means that additional debt growth is not stimulating the economy anymore. We really are reaching the end game here and will see a parabolic increase in debt.
Furthermore, GDP is not what it was a few years ago:
…While exports declined 5.7% in the fourth quarter of 2012….the unhealthy part of GDP, namely consumption, has increased 2.2% so the U.S. is walking an economic path of consumption instead of production.
Moreover, defense spending has dramatically declined 22.2% and a part of that is due to the debt ceiling, which was reached mid December 2012. As a matter of fact, we already see the effects of the decrease in defense spending at the Pentagon, where 6% of the workforce has been slashed and more budget cuts are to come after March 2013, possibly with the implementation of furloughs.
The GDP numbers of today are very significant, as it introduces the start of a period of hyperinflation. [Indeed,] James Turk…[is of the opinion that there is] a 100% probability of hyperinflation in the U.S….[saying recently on King World News:] “The politicians have finally done it, Eric. The House passed a debt ceiling bill that throws away the last semblance of any discipline on federal spending. It is now all but certain now that the dollar is headed for hyperinflation, assuming the Senate and then the President go along with the measure passed by the House a few days ago, and the indications are that they will.”
The gold market reacted as predicted on the GDP numbers with an immediate rise of 1% when the news was released (Chart 2).
Basically, there will not be any limit to the debt ceiling any more and…the debt will never be repaid. As the debt goes higher and higher, without a significant rise in GDP, the Federal Reserve will need to monetize the debt, which in turn creates a huge amount of inflation.
Fed Balance Sheet
Just a week ago, the Federal Reserve balance sheet…reached $3 trillion (Chart 3)…[and] is expected to rise 30% in the next year, which means a U.S. dollar devaluation of 30% against real assets.
With this devaluation in the U.S. dollar it is increasingly obvious that U.S. treasuries are an asset to avoid at all costs. Yesterday, the 10 year treasury yield had reached a 9 month high of 2% and is climbing as we speak (Chart 4).
Gold on the other hand is going into bullish territory. I pointed out in a recent post that the price of bitcoin has reached all time highs and I predict that the gold price will reach $1800/ounce in the short term based on the correlation between the bitcoin price and the gold price.
Another sign of rising inflation is the increasingly positive prospects in the copper market…The contango report for copper shows an immediate short term rise in copper price and this will spur a boost in stock prices as we know that the copper price always correlates to stocks.
…The evidence suggests that the “Zero Hour Debt” line has been reached. Get out of the U.S. dollar [U.S. treasuries] and buy physical gold [or equities] before it’s too late. It is the only way to protect yourself against a massive U.S. dollar devaluation to come in the next few months.
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* http://katchum.blogspot.ca/2013/01/zero-hour-debt-has-arrived.html (Written by Albert Sung; Subscribe to Katchum’s macro-economic blog)
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