muses of the moment

April 22, 2015

Regarding inflation vs. deflation

There is an ongoing debate about what the US is going thru and what it will go thru: inflation or deflation?

Martin Armstrong says we are in a deflationary monetary cycle. And in the big picture, he is right.


Groovygirl has always said, it depends where you are. And gg has always said, it doesn’t matter how cheap a product/service is, if you don’t have any money to buy it. It is always about can your wages buy the necessaries or not? It really doesn’t matter the actual price, it’s the relation. Can you pay cash to buy a car or must you borrow? Can you borrow? Can you afford the monthly payment? A house? College? Health care? What percentage of your monthly income is spent on debt? 10%, 25%, 50%? If your wages go down, it could turn into 75% overnight?

I remember my grandfather talking about the Depression. He said he was much better off than many people because he had a steady job. He didn’t get a raise for 10 years, but he could save money and buy a car, because prices were low or relatively lower than before 1929/1930. He didn’t have to go in debt to survive. He could pay for food and rental housing and some extras like a car. And he wasn’t ever unemployed during that time.

People were in trouble during the Depression, because they couldn’t get a job, couldn’t earn enough (Farmers) to buy food and shelter, or couldn’t keep a steady income over that 10-year period and fell into debt to buy necessities. So, prices were expensive to them and many were starving and homeless.

It’s the relation of wages (employment) to prices. That’s why people are protesting for a higher minimum wage.

(That’s why people are leaving California with its high state income taxes and high property taxes for the Midwest. That’s why seniors are flocking to states, like Florida, that have no state taxes. People that can move are moving. They can do math and they can save 10-30% simply by moving to a different state and might get a better or steady job.)

But in Germany in the 1930’s, it was all about inflation. But inflation in prices didn’t keep up with wages (because of the country’s debt and their short-term solution of currency manipulation). It was still about the disconnect between wages and prices, but this time is was an inflationary macro environment.

So, structure investments, jobs, and assets to bring in income/gains that will keep up with prices in your home currency. And don’t forget about taxes. Income taxes and other taxes were not as extensive in the 1930’s as they are now. They must be considered in the “price” of living and assume they will go up.

November 4, 2014

Warren Pollock on

Warren Pollock has a new interview out!! Great info. Click here for Warren Pollock’s video interview on

gg favorite’s line: the less flexible you are, the more reliant you are on government, the harder it will be. No matter what level of crisis you are preparing for, that truth remains…truth.

July 30, 2014

Blog Post from Martin Armstrong dated July 24, 2014

Click here for a post from Martin Armstrong dated July 24, 2014 entitled World Central Bank Secret Agreements.

From the link above:

That strategy depends on the rest of the world remaining strong. But if we see a turn down 2016-2020, it is hard to imagine Europe surviving the coming political storm.

groovygirl thought this was very important. This seems the only option to “control” the European debt implosion as everyone else is in a debt collapse, too. It’ s hard for a group of drowning men to save each other. May be impossible, but it gives us an idea of what the “first world”, US allies will try to do. Of course, there is that nasty unknown of shadow dark pool trading…..

March 27, 2014

Repeat after groovygirl…

Filed under: Fiat Currency, Inflation — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 6:45 am

“There is no inflation. There is no inflation.”

Click here for a very telling chart from The Burning Platform. But if you have been paying¬†bills for the last 14 years, you already knew this ūüôā

The really bad news for the rest of the world is that their currencies are tied¬†to the USdollar, and the dollar has deflated against those global currencies. The rest of the world’s inflation is much worse than ours. Might be a reason for all those “revolutions” and “riots” and negative sentiment¬†toward the US.

March 14, 2014

Catherine Austin Fitts

New interview with Catherine Austin Fitts with Sound Money via zerohedge. Click here. Good one!! Worth a listen. About 24 min. Catherine has a very good understanding about how governments work and how they centralize economics and money and that impact on you and me.

March 11, 2014

High Frequency Trading

Tyler Durden¬†via zerohedge¬†had an excellent article this morning about the amazing winning percentages of HFT platforms. Apparently the big market for “winning” is currencies. Making fiat money on fiat money with the fastest computer. Fake money and fake traders. Welcome to the virtual world.

Click here.

But the most interesting thing about this post is not that computers control HFT trading, that the fastest and closest computers always win, that these HFT fat fingers can take down a market in milliseconds, or that currency markets are the main trading market they use to do it.

The scary thing about this chart is that there is a losing side to the winning computer’s HFT¬†bet. Those extraordinary profits were taken from someone’s capital, debt, or savings. And who is that losing side? This is a another¬†angle of the biggest wealth transfer in history.

Side musing: gg¬†thought this little item about Ukraine’s gold air-lifted to NYFed for “safe-keeping” was interesting. Click here.¬†Maybe it is collateral for that billion dollar loan?

February 1, 2014

New International Currency

Jesse had an update on the new international currency discussion. Click here. A new currency will happen and the pressure is building quick. But what it will look like and how will it change global capital/debt markets?

Groovygirl¬†is off the opinion, like Jesse,¬†that a new international currency will emerge,¬†and national currencies will stay the “same”. But gg¬†is also of the opinion that¬†this new system will not last very long because it will keep as much power/influence¬†with the US. And that strain between the US and emerging markets and outlying markets¬†will continue. This will be a short-term solution (2, 5, 10 years?). Groovygirl¬†is also of the opinion that this new currency will not last, because it will not address¬†the true problem: collapsing global debt.

January 30, 2014

Latest Blog Post From Martin Armstrong dated January 25, 2014

Filed under: Fiat Currency, The Banking Crisis — Tags: — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 9:36 am

Click here for Martin Armstrong’s latest blog post entitled Electric Money Will Eliminate Bank Runs dated January 25, 2014.

A good post from Martin. He talks about Europe mainly in this article, as the panic is gaining strength there. But groovygirl¬†doesn’t think the US can make a smooth¬†transition¬†to electric¬†money until¬†this hacking situation is under control. Europe has the chip system, not swipe cards, so they are not as vulnerable¬†to hacking (for now). Although gg¬†agrees with Martin’s thought process that electric money will cut¬†bank runs (the main point controlling¬†cash movement) she thinks the problem of electronic¬†theft (especially in the US from recent events) must be¬†aggressively¬†addressed. Confidence is key to a move to electric currency. Millions of people have been affected¬†in recent months. They may or may not have lost actual¬†money, but many went to use their cards (at¬†Holiday time)¬†and couldn’t because their bank had closed and reissued cards¬†without telling them. That’s a major loss of confidence point in the system.

January 2, 2014

Excellent Interview on Gold for 2014

This interview from a Switzerland perspective on gold/precious metals with Egon von Greyerz. Click here. About 25 minutes.

One¬†important thing he states is that what he thought would happen (collapse of the dollar and its impact on global fiat money system/precious metal investments)¬†is taking longer than he thought.¬†He didn’t think that people would take the¬†huge amount of printed money from all central banks, not just the US, as actual¬†money. gg¬†agrees, she certainly wouldn’t. But not everyone invests as gg would. Short-term profits rule at the moment, no question about it.

And the very important thing he says : “People should prepare themselves to the best of their ability and then just continue to enjoy life.” Excellent advice. Very good interview.

  • European, and particularly Switzerland, perspective.
  • This person advises very wealthy people, probably mostly Europeans, so he mentions things like art, diamonds, etc. So, not everything will apply to the Main Street investor.
  • This person has been in the business/economics for a very long time. When he talks about the fall of the dollar (especially vs the Swiss Franc), it is¬†on a 50-year time line.

December 21, 2013

Catherine Austin Fitts

An excellent video interview with Catherine Austin Fitts over at usawatchdog. This interview is from July 2013, but very important for 2014 and moving forward.

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