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Why Commodities are the New Safe Haven

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Why Commodities are the New Safe Haven

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Executive Summary

  • Prices have already risen dramatically with the money supply.
  • An increase in money velocity will ratchet up the trajectory in prices dramatically.
  • Are we likely to see more or less moneyprinting from the Fed?
  • Why commodities, beyond the precious metals, are becoming the next safe haven.

Part I - Commodities Seem Set to Rocket Higher

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Part II - Why Commodities are the New Safe Haven

Condition #3: Preference To Hold Money Persists

What does one do with Money of Zero Maturity (MZM)? Well, you can save it in a money market fund, keep it at your bank, or you can spend it. The rate at which it is being spent, relative to the economy, is measured in terms of its velocity. 

The faster people are spending the same money chasing a relatively fixed amount of goods and services, the higher the rate of inflation goes. The mental image you should have here is someone in Germany in the 1920's being paid with a wheelbarrow full of cash that they push as quickly as they can to the nearest store (literal veloicty of money, as it were).

Right now, the velocity of MZM is near its historic lows (only recently set in 2009), keeping inflationary pressures relatively low -- for the time being.

 

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