Entries by Keith Weiner

Summary of Keith Weiner’s Interview on Capital Account with Lauren Lyster – Debunking the Naked Short Position

Last Friday, I was interviewed on Capital Account with Lauren Lyster. We discussed one of the more popular conspiracy theories regarding gold price manipulation. The claim is that a banking cartel is surreptitiously suppressing the price of gold by selling contracts short “naked” (i.e. without having the metal to deliver) in the futures market. We […]

Distortions and Deflation

Distortions and Deflation There is an interesting article on Zero Hedge with commentary by Bill Gross. There are two take-home points that I’d like to look at: 1. Investment decisions are distorted by low interest rates 2. Is “deflation” a rising dollar or debt defaults? It seems that corporations actually consider the rate of interest […]

Congress Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal

We now see who are “millionaires and billionaires” in practice. They are individuals with income over $400,000 or married couples with income over $450,000. Their top tax bracket rises from 35% to 39.6%, an increase of 13%. The capital gains tax rate goes from 15% to 20%, an increase of 33%. The temporarily reduced payroll […]

Reflections Over 2012

The last workweek of the year is complete. Beers were had with friends yesterday, Friday evening. The final shopping trip to the mall was completed today, followed by a good meal with my wife. Now I find myself in a reflective mood, and this is a perfect time to reflect on what an incredible year […]

KeithGram: The ‘Crash JP Morgan’Campaign’

It is now the second anniversary of a campaign to “crash” JP Morgan by encouraging people to buy silver (see max Keiser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4IBUTHyROs). The idea is that JP Morgan has a large naked short position in silver. If people buy physical silver it will drive the price up and deprive JP Morgan of the metal […]

Open Letter to Hugo Salinas Price

Dear Mr. Price: I read your piece: “On the Use of Gold Coins as Money” (http://www.plata.com.mx/mplata/articulos/arti…iidarticulo=196). I think you ask the right question. This is the elephant in the room. Why do gold and silver not circulate? I love your analogy of the Swiss asserting that they will “allow” gold to have a monetary role, […]

Book Review: Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government

In Free Market Revolution, co-authors Yaron Brook and Don Watkins, colleagues at the Ayn Rand Institute, undertook a difficult task. Since Ayn Rand made the case for egoism as the morality of capitalism in Atlas Shrugged (and more pointedly in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal), numerous books have argued that free markets produce wealth, discussing various […]