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Do you believe your eyes? Or do you believe your ears? That’s the dilemma you face as you try to make sense of the latest Federal Reserve meeting and Jerome Powell's messaging. It’s also a question to ask yourself if you’re evaluating the performance of gold over the last year. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey exp…
 
With a debt ceiling debate now underway, a dumb idea has once again raised its ugly head - the trillion-dollar coin. This week on the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey uses this so-called "solution" to the debt ceiling problem as an opportunity to teach some economics. In this episode, he also touches on the GDP data that came out yester…
 
Pop some popcorn and get ready for the next political dog and pony show. The US government bumped up against its statutory borrowing limit this week. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about the looming debt ceiling fight and the deeper problems that will inevitably get ignored as everybody absorbs the politic…
 
The headline numbers from December's CPI report give the impression that price inflation is continuing to cool. Markets are giddy at the prospect. But in this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey argues that "cooling" price inflation is most likely transitory and the markets still don't really understand the Fed's position. H…
 
You have questions. Friday Gold Wrap host Mike Maharrey has answers. In this episode of the podcast, Mike answers questions submitted by listeners. He covers topics ranging from the American Silver Eagle shortage to the best states for sound money.Visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/3CpejXNTOPICS DISCUSSED-Is China manipulating the gold …
 
The Federal Reserve is trying to win a war against price inflation without tipping the economy into a recession. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey highlights two more reasons this is a game the Fed can't win. He also does a quick overview of the gold market in 2022 as we head toward the end of the year.You can visit the sh…
 
Are the people who are predicting a big economic crash right? Or are they just crying wolf? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey explains why it's hard to predict the exact timing of a crash even if you're certain it's on the horizon. He also talks about a couple of news items this week that caused the price of gold t…
 
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day gyrations of the market, pronouncements of certain government or central bank officials, and the most recent data dump. So, it's important to keep your eye on the ball. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey breaks down the latest inflation data and the Fed meeting with his e…
 
Mark Twain once said there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. The government excels in all three. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey digs into the recent jobs data. He reveals that the numbers just don't add up and explains why the labor market might not be as awesome as the mainstream keeps telling you. He also t…
 
Fed ChairJerome Powell came out this week and indicated the central bank is set to pivot away from its aggressive rate hikes. But he couched the announcement in hawkish terms. The markets bought the pivot and ignored the hawkishness. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey puts Powell's remarks in a broader context and s…
 
There are a lot of things they didn't teach you in school. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey tells you a Thanksgiving story you've probably never heard before - at least not from your school teacher. He also touches on the Fed minutes that came out this week that seem to confirm a soft pivot on rate hikes.You can visit the…
 
People in the financial media tend to talk about inflation as an academic exercise. As a result, it's easy to forget that rising prices cause real pain for real people. And Americans are feeling that pain today. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey highlights some ways inflation is impacting regular people. He also ex…
 
They say perception is reality. Based on the October CPI data, the perception is inflation has peaked. But what's the reality? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey digs into the CPI data along with the markets' reaction to it and wonders if the inflation victory dance is a little premature. He also talks about the big…
 
The Federal Reserve delivered a 75-basis point rate hike at its November meeting, as expected. But what's next? That's a little harder to decipher. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey digs into the mixed messaging that came out of the Fed meeting and concludes the central bank's monetary policy is "a wing and a praye…
 
The third quarter GDP data came out this week and it looks like the recession is over. (If there ever was one.) But in this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey digs into the data and says, "Not so fast!" He also talks about a mainstream economist who sounds a lot like Peter Schiff and a big problem brewing with diesel fuel.V…
 
Inflation is raging. The economy is teetering on the brink. Government spending is out of control. All of this has a root cause. Our money is broken. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about what broke our money and the only way to fix it. He also reveals the illusion of rising wages and breaks down Whoopi Gol…
 
The September Consumer Price Index (CPI) data came out on Thursday. Once again, it was "hotter than expected," despite the Federal Reserve hiking rates by over 3% since March. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey breaks down the CPI data in the context of the Fed's inflation fight and concludes "this is what losing lo…
 
Last week, the Bank of England threw in the towel on its inflation fight and launched a quantitative easing program. Why? Because something broke in the UK financial system. That led to a rally in stocks and precious metals this week as many in the US realized the Fed might be closer to a pivot than previously thought. In this episode of the Friday…
 
Americans have been laboring under the burden of inflation for well over a year. Mises Institute President Jeff Deist argues that inflation is an intentional policy and should be considered "state-sponsored terrorism."In this Metal Exchange interview, host Mike Maharrey talks with Jeff about this assertion.Mike and Jeff talk about Fed monetary poli…
 
With a hurricane barreling toward his home, Friday Gold Wrap podcast host Mike Maharrey called an audible and recorded this week's show ahead of time. And since the hurricane is in the news, as well as top-of-mind for his family, he uses it as a jumping-off point to talk about some economics including the concept of "price gouging" and the "broken …
 
The September Federal Reserve meeting wrapped up this week with another 75 basis point rate hike. And Fed Chairman Jerome Powell admitted that there is going to be some pain as the central bank continues to fight inflation. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey reacts to the meeting and the Fed's messaging. He said he …
 
We got the August CPI data this week and it came in hotter than expected. Stocks suffered a big selloff. Everybody is betting on the Fed to get even more aggressive in its inflation fight. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey breaks down the data and exposes a dirty little secret that the mainstream still hasn't come …
 
This week was the calm before the storm that will begin next week with the August CPI data and continue with the September FOMC meeting the following week. Friday Gold Wrap host Mike Maharrey takes advantage of the lull to cover some interesting topics including some more tough talk on inflation from Jerome Powell, the prospect of the Fed recording…
 
The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank published a rather surprising paper that swerves into the truth - the Fed can't win this inflation fight. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about the paper. He also discusses the possibility of a dollar decline and gives his first impression of the August jobs report.You c…
 
This week, President Biden announced a plan to forgive $10,000 to $20,000 in student loan debt. It sounds nice and some people will certainly benefit, but as SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap podcast host Mike Maharrey explains, we're all going to pay for this. In this episode, Mike also talks about Jerome Powell's upcoming Jackson Hole speech, the state…
 
Over the last several months, you may have noticed a new series of articles with a data-driven focus here at SchiffGold. In this Metal Exchange interview, host Mike Maharrey talks to the man behind those posts.Mike and Tony dig into the ins and outs of technical, data-driven analysis and how it can expand our understanding of the gold and silver ma…
 
It was a relatively slow news week in the financial realm. For once, the Fed didn't do anything particularly noteworthy. So, Friday Gold Wrap Host Mike Maharrey took advantage of the lull. Along with covering some economic data and media spin, he hit on a couple of subjects he hasn't been able to get to in recent weeks, including the fatal flaw in …
 
The Consumer Price Index data for July cooled even more than expected. The question is how will the Federal Reserve play this? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey breaks down the CPI data, talks about the Fed reaction, and speculates about the Fed's next move and its impact on the economy.You can visit the show notes…
 
Jobs are on everybody's mind as the July employment report comes out. Will the labor market show more cracks? Or will it give the pundits more room to spin the idea that we're not really in a recession? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey talks about the labor market and breaks the July jobs data news as it comes out. He als…
 
This week, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates another 75 basis points despite a second straight quarter of negative GDP growth. Meanwhile, Congress is debating a big government spending bill to "reduce inflation." In this week's Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey tries to unspin all of the spin and government propaganda to make som…
 
We've heard all kinds of excuses for inflation. It was COVID. It was Putin's price hikes. It's greedy corporations. This week, we learned it's the millennials' fault. As host Mike Maharrey explains in this week's Friday Gold Wrap, all of these notions miss the mark. And they let the real culprit get off scot-free. How? They've redefined inflation. …
 
It happened again. The CPI data for June came in hotter than expected. Prices rose at the fastest pace in this inflationary cycle. That pushes the Fed ever closer to having to make a very difficult choice. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey breaks down the most recent CPI data and talks about the "Sophie's choice" facing th…
 
The Federal Reserve is putting on quite the tough guy act. Everybody is convinced the central bank is going to keep up the inflation fight even if the economy gets shaky. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about the Fed's hawkish messaging and wonders out loud if the central bankers are writing checks they can…
 
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell continues to insist that the economy is strong enough to withstand tighter monetary policy to fight inflation. But the economy seems to be saying otherwise. So, how will this play out? In this week's Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey gazes into his crystal ball and speculates about what might happen…
 
problem. But as host Mike Maharrey explains in this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, all of their solutions are the equivalent of dumping buckets of water on a drowning man.You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/3A2xKp3Tune in to the Friday Gold Wrap each week for a recap of the week’s economic and political news as it relates to go…
 
The Federal Reserve just gave us the biggest interest rate hike since 1994. A month ago, we were told a 75 basis-point hike wasn't on the table. It almost seems like the central bankers are winging it. Or as Friday Gold Wrap podcast host Mike Maharrey puts it, it's like they're playing darts while wearing blindfolds. In this episode, Mike breaks do…
 
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for May came out this morning. The projection was for another hot headline number but some relief in core CPI. This would seem to indicate we've passed peak inflation. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharey explains why "good news" in the CPI data would be bad news for inflation. Then …
 
Why haven't gold and silver rallied as one would expect in such a high inflation environment? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey delves into some of the psychology driving the markets and explains why it could be blinding people to just how serious the economic situation has become. He also reports some news that indicates …
 
When the Federal Reserve tinkers with interest rates, it creates all kinds of economic distortions. This is very obvious in the housing market. Over the last couple of years, the Fed blew up a giant housing bubble. Now, the central bank has pricked that bubble. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey looks at the housing…
 
There is a lot of spin out there when it comes to economic news. You get spin from the corporate media, You get spin from government officials. And you get spin from central bankers. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey spins the spin, breaking down the media take on the retail sales numbers and Jerome Powell's spin during a …
 
When we got the March CPI data last month, the mainstream crooned that it looked like we were at peak inflation. This was wishful thinking. The April CPI data that came out this week, along with the producer price numbers, indicate that we're still climbing that inflation mountain. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey…
 
The Fed hiked rates 0.5% this week in an effort to stem the inflation tide. But the economy already looks shaky and the central bank has barely started this inflation fight. Friday Gold Wrap host Mike Maharrey breaks down the messaging that came out of the Fed meeting and concludes the central bank is getting closer and closer to a crossroads. What…
 
Jerome Powell and other policymakers at the Fed keep telling us they can raise interest rates and slay the inflation dragon because the economy is strong. But these central bankers have a long history of being wrong. And as host Mike Maharrey explains in this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, the recent GDP numbers undercut this latest Fed n…
 
The Fed faces a real conundrum. Bond yields continue to rise. The only thing that can stop it is a central bank pivot back to rate cuts and quantitative easing. But the Fed needs to raise rates and shrink its balance sheet to fight inflation. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about the bond market and Fed's c…
 
We got the CPI data for March this week. As expected, prices spiked significantly again last month. A lot of people in the mainstream are calling it "Putin's price hike." Friday Gold Wrap podcast host Mike Maharrey says it would be more appropriate to call it Powell's price hike. In this episode of the podcast, he digs into the CPI data and explain…
 
Earlier this week, Lael Brainard said the Federal Reserve will run off its balance sheet at a considerably more rapid pace than it did last time around. SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap host Mike Maharrey thinks Brainard and the rest of the Fed officials suffer from delusions of grandeur if they think they can really pull this off. In this episode, he e…
 
When you change the definition of words, it can create confusion. This is exactly why politicians have worked so hard to change the definition of inflation. As a result, a lot of people are very confused. In this Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharey explains how the meaning of inflation has changed and why it matters. He also talks about sig…
 
The Fed threw a pretty weak first punch at inflation with a quarter-point interest rate hike last week. But Fed Chair Jerome Powell followed up with some tough talk this week. The question is what will he do when the economy punches him in the face? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about Powell's attempt to …
 
The Fed launched its much-anticipated war on inflation this week. It wasn't much of a first strike. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey talks about the Fed meeting and what might come next. He also touches on the possibility of a "petroyuan."You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/3wj86dPTune in to the…
 
We got the February CPI data yesterday. There is some bad news in the report and then there is some really bad news. In this episode, SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap Host Mike Maharrey breaks it all down. He also talks about gold's rollercoaster ride this week in the context of inflation and the Russia-Ukraine situation.You can visit the show notes pag…
 
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