3/30/2012 4:12 PM ET
People are beginning to realize that the inflation joke is on them, with rising prices everywhere and deflation nowhere in sight. Plus: Words of wisdom on gold.
I have owned gold and gold-related investments aggressively since 2001 for one main reason: the mismanagement at the U.S. Federal Reserve, with its unplanned and unarticulated determination to debase our currency and promote inflation.
Though we have had long periods of apparent stability, since 1971 stability has really been the case only when Paul Volcker was Fed chairman and immediately after his tenure.
The money-printing at the root of our problems essentially intensified exponentially under Alan Greenspan, and now Ben Bernanke, fueled particularly over the past four or five years by worldwide fears of deflation. The irony, of course, is that the fear of deflation guarantees inflation as central banks are willing to use the printing press with reckless abandon.