Precious Metals

Silver and Sanity

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Miles Franklin
sponsored this article by Gary Christenson. The opinions
are his.

Silver is real
money, not a debt-based fiat currency that will eventually fail.
Silver bullion
production requires capital and effort to mine and refine. We use it for solar
panels, iPhones, cruise missiles and thousands of other items. Silver is monetary

Prices for silver
rise as currency units are devalued. Silver sold for $1.29 in the 1960s. Today’s
price is around $18.00 because dollars buy less. The continual devaluation
benefits the political and financial elite who own most paper assets – stocks
and bonds. The bottom 90% pay higher prices for necessities plus interest on
their debts. Savings in silver coins will offset devaluation and loss of
purchasing power.

Why do dollars
buy less? The banking cartel borrows and “prints” too many of them into
existence. More debt means more dollars in circulation.

How much debt have our bankers created? The St. Louis Fed tracks total credit market debt. Current US debt is about $74 trillion, over half a million fiat dollars per US worker. Insanity! The debt will be extinguished via default or hyperinflation.

Total debt
increases rapidly. But one might think the debt increases because population
rises every year. To prove otherwise, divide total credit market debt by US
population and see the rapid rise in population adjusted debt.

Population adjusted credit market debt increases, and dollars buy less every year. See the Chapwood Index.

Do you

  • A cup of restaurant coffee cost ten cents in the
    1960s. Today a coffee costs two bucks.
  • A pack of Marlboros cost twenty-five cents in
    the 1960s. Today that pack of cigs will cost $6 – $12 depending on taxes.
  • A new truck in the 1960s cost $2,000. Today a
    new truck costs $50,000 to $80,000. It may be a better truck per government
    statisticians, but you still pay $50,000 to $80,000 in devalued debt-based


Take the above population adjusted total credit market debt and price it in silver ounces. Use the average of daily closing prices for each year to create an annual price. Debt increases faster than the price of silver, which is no surprise. The world runs on credit and debt, and currencies are debts (Federal Reserve Notes are debts of the Fed to you, the holder). The banking cartel creates billions in new debt every day. Silver prices, except in the 1970s, have not kept pace with debt creation. That will change.

Take the same data and plot it as silver price (annual average times 10,000) divided by population adjusted debt.


  • Debt, adjusted for population, increases faster
    than silver prices. Fake money (debt-based currency) has prevailed since 1980
    versus real money—silver.
  • Silver prices will “catch up” someday, perhaps
    soon, when fake money is recognized for what it isn’t. Investors and
    savers will scramble to buy a tiny supply of real silver and bid prices far
  • Silver prices have increased since last May.
    Silver’s low price in May was under $14.50. Closing price on Feb. 21 was
  • Palladium prices spiked higher, defying
    expectations. Perhaps the parabolic palladium price increases foreshadow silver
    prices in the next one—five years.


  1. Population will slowly increase. Use the past
    ten years as a guide.
  2. Debt will increase, unless you think bankers
    will change their behavior, governments will balance budgets, congress will
    become fiscally responsible, and Pentagon spending will diminish as peace
    descends upon the world.
  3. The silver to population adjusted debt ratio will
    rise to the upper trend channel. However, the ratio could move far above the
    trend channel.
  4. We need not assume a total financial reset or
    hyperinflation. Silver prices must rise in a debt-based fiat currency world.
  5. Assume the ratio will rise from 0.77 to 3.0 by

Using these mild
and reasonable assumptions, the average price of silver (annual average of
daily closes) could rise to $85 by 2025. Since price spikes can be three times
larger than the annual average price (as in January 1980) the spike price of
silver could be $250 without assuming global war, hyperinflation, global
pandemic, central banks fighting recession with QE4ever, electing a tax and
spend socialist in 2020, Universal Basic Income, MMT, negative interest rates
for most of a decade, and other insane fiscal and monetary policies.

SILVER PRICED AT $80 – $250 PER OUNCE: Total Insanity?

Probably not! In our crazy world, insane prices are likely. Consider:

a. Tesla stock closed at $917 on February 19, 2020. That price made Tesla market capitalization larger than the sum of Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler plus annual global silver production.

b. The Fed added over $400 billion to its balance sheet in six months, created from “thin air”. Total annual production of silver is less than $20 billion.

c. The Fed is monetizing US government debt, as did Weimar Germany, Zimbabwe, Argentina and banana republics. When will central bankers learn?

d. If health departments don’t test for Covid-19 (coronavirus) they can legitimately report no confirmed cases. (Hmmm, no worries, nothing to see, move on.)

e. China has closed many businesses because of Covid-19. Chinese debts and cash flow requirements are huge. But they have assured us that economic and pandemic consequences will be minimal. Really?

f. Per a politician: “… the world is gonna end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.” The world survived ice ages, two world wars, black death, communism, pandemics, Y2K, hydrogen bombs, the great depression, $250 trillion in global debt, and eight years under several presidents. The world will survive an increase in carbon dioxide. Plants need carbon dioxide, and humanity needs plants. Yes, serious problems exist with insects, oceans, pollution and soil, but the world will not end in twelve years.

g. Tesla stock was $179 on June 3, 2019 and $917 on February 19, 2020. Amazing! Amazon stock was $300 in January 2015 and $2,170 in February 2020. The NASDAQ 100 Index was 4,800 in March 2000 but fell to 830 by September 2002. What goes too high can crash.


  • Tesla stock at $917 is crazier than silver at
    $100 in 2025. Buy silver and avoid over-valued tech stocks.
  • In 1919 gold sold for 10 German marks. In 1923
    gold sold for one trillion German marks. Hyperinflation and QE4ever are bad
  • The Swiss Central Bank created billions of
    francs from nothing, sold them for dollars and bought Apple and other tech
    stocks. Counterfeiting is legal for central banks, but not individuals.
  • Since 1945, the Argentine peso has been devalued
    against the (falling) US dollar by 10 trillion to one. Insane or just bad
  • Global debt exceeds $250 trillion. Can the
    global economy support interest payments of 5% on $250 trillion? What about
    only 1% interest? Are near zero interest rates necessary to avoid
    Global central banks will be forced to print how many trillions
    of debt-based currency units to keep interest rates near zero? Keynesian
    craziness? Gold and silver prices will rise.

Read: “On
Leaving The Golden State

Read: “US
Woefully Unprepared for Coronavirus

Read: “With
Half of China Locked Down, Car Sales Plunge 92%.”

Watch: “Urgent
Silver Information
. Important!

From Alasdair Macleod: “Will COVID-19 Lead to a Gold Standard?”

“Even before the coronavirus sprang upon an unprepared China the credit cycle was tipping the world into recession. The coronavirus makes an existing situation immeasurably worse, shutting down China and disrupting supply chains to the point where large swathes of global production simply cease.”

From Sven
: “The Big Dodge

[The Fed] caused another bubble and now they are in denial mode again. Why? Because
they can never admit that the Fed is behind the financial asset bubbles that
benefit the few and hurts the most when the bubbles pop.”

top 10% keep reaping all the wealth benefits associated with artificially
propped up asset prices while the bottom 90% gets settled [saddled] with all
the debt that will hang like a chain around everybody’s neck when the bubble


  • Global central banks are part of the problem,
    not part of the solution
    . Fed policies help the financial and political
    elite, but few others. Don’t expect easy or quick change. The banking cartel
    “owns” the politicians.
  • Balance and sanity should return to government
    and financial markets—eventually. Expect traumatic “potholes” on the return
  • Dollars are debts issued by the Fed, a
    compromised private corporation. Silver and gold are real money. However, only
    a tiny percentage of people trust gold and silver more than fiat dollars.
  • The Fed created over $400 billion from
    nothing in six months.
    Annual production of gold (at current prices) is
    less than $200 billion. Annual production of silver is less than $20 billion.
    Expect real money prices to rise as central banks devalue their currencies to
    fight their self-created monetary disasters.
  • Gold sells at all-time highs in over 70 global
    currencies. It closed at a seven-year high in US dollars. A new all-time US
    dollar high is coming.
  • Tech stocks are priced too high. Silver is
    priced too low. Both will reset to prices that are more sensible given global
    political and financial conditions.

Miles Franklin
can’t prevent a pandemic, will not trade Tesla stock, does not create
debt-based currency units from nothing and is not represented at Fed meetings.

They will recycle
fiat dollars into real money, silver and gold bullion and coins.

Call Miles
Franklin at 1 -800-822-8080.

Gary Christenson

The Deviant Investor


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