Entries by Keith Weiner

What’s The Real Purpose of Money?

There is an old rhyme once used in economics books. “Money is a matter of functions four: a medium, a measure, a standard and a store.” Three of these functions are clear. A medium of exchange is what people use to pay for goods. A measure means that money is a way of measuring economic […]

Monetary Metals Gold Brief 2021

This is our annual analysis of the gold and silver markets. We look at the market players, dynamics, fallacies, drivers, and finally give our predictions for the prices of the metals over the coming year. Introduction Predicting the likely path of the prices of the metals in the near term is easy. Just look at […]

Monetary Metals Gold Outlook 2021

This is our annual analysis of the gold and silver markets. We look at the market players, dynamics, fallacies, drivers, and finally give our predictions for the prices of the metals over the coming year. Introduction Predicting the likely path of the prices of the metals in the near term is easy. Just look at […]

Reddit Residue on Silver, 3 February

The price of silver is going up and down like a yo-yo. On Sunday and into the first part of Monday, the price skyrocketed on news that Reddit was touting the metal. But as the data clearly showed, the price was not driven up by retail buying of physical metal. To be sure, there was […]

Ruh Roh Silver, 2 February

Sometimes you can count on the manipulation conspiracy theorists to get it exactly wrong. Not just a little bit wrong, nor halfway wrong. Not even mostly wrong. Totally wrong, backwards. Michael Crichton, in talking about the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect said this:   “You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. […]

What Will Reddit Do With Silver? 29 Jan

The hot story this week is the incredible run up in the stock price of GameStop. A week ago, this was a $40 stock, with the company losing well over $4 a share. That’s not surprising for a retail store operator in the world of lockdowns. What is surprising is what happened this week. The […]

Reflections Over 2020

Wow, it has been a heckuva year! One thought leads to another on this sunny-but-cool January 1. Having watched a few seasons of Forged in Fire, I’ve gained an appreciation of how difficult it is to pound and grind a lump of steel into a blade, even with power tools. There are many ways for […]

An Economist Rebukes The Economist

There are but two ways that man can deal with man: reason and force. Reason includes invention, design, entrepreneurship, finance, borrowing and lending, construction, production, manufacturing, mining, farming, trade, marketing, distribution, sales, and contract. Force is when someone picks up a gun. The gun is used to override the reason of the victim with the […]

Wrong Measurement, Wrong Macro Call

We have written much on the topic of economic measurement. Does the dollar measure gold, is it appropriate to say that “gold went up”? Or does gold measure the dollar? Does a line of gummy bears laid out on the kitchen table measure the ruler? Does one stretch some rubber bands one day, and say […]

Open Letter to Gregory Mankiw, 7 December

Dear Professor Mankiw: I am writing in response to your article in the New York Times, “The Puzzle of Low Interest Rates”. I commend you for recognizing two important truths, which are missed by many other observers. One, that there has been a breathtaking drop in the interest rate over 40 years. Too many dismiss […]