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Deflation Risk May Now Threaten Many Asset Classes

The immediate force starting in May 2010 with which our investments may have to reckon may be deflation (lower or stagnant prices) throughout our economy and in asset classes such as the stock market, oil, silver and potentially gold.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 10136.6 on Friday, May 28, 2010. Gold closed at $1,212.20 per troy ounce and silver closed at $18.43 per ounce on this date. (Editor's note: oil traded at $74.09 when this post was written).

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Inflation Hedge Strategies and Thoughts for 2010 and Beyond

It is widely known that government authorities across the globe are attempting to pump prime their nations' depression-racked economies by printing vast sums of paper money. Some nations, including the United States, are running trillion dollar deficits and will go deeper into debt in future years in order to finance an expansion that may not materialize as planned.

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Will the U.S. Suffer an Inflation or Deflation (or Both)?

At the apex of the 2008 financial and economic crisis in America, Reizner related the events of the day and prognosticated about America's economic and stock market future beyond the severe financial crisis that shook the country to its foundations.

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Why Our Economy Will Not Prosper Until We Have Hard Money and How You Can Profit From It

What is meant by the terms "real money" or "hard money"? I associate hard money with a gold-backed currency or a consistently well managed paper money standard, both of which can protect the financial system from the many dangers of a fiat, poorly managed paper standard. We know that the main danger of a paper standard is that if too much money is printed, it becomes worth less as the value of the money is inflated away through excess supply.

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The Credit/Debt Crisis: A Depression Era Stock Market and America's Financial Failure?

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average below 9000, we are witnessing an epic battle between the forces of a stock market crash and possible economic deflation, on the one hand, and the might of the Federal Reserve and government, on the other. We face frozen credit markets and a huge debt burden on our citizens and government that has built over decades as both citizens and the federal government have been living beyond their means.

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The Obama Factor: Why His "Change" May Make You Economically Worse Off

Americans are known for voting according to the health of their pocketbooks, and this year's election may be no exception. While Ronald Reagan's election in 1980 emerged out of the very noticeable dissatisfaction with the economic policies of the Carter years, Senator Obama may capitalize on similar sentiment among voters today in the race for the Presidency.

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Inflation and the Stock Market: Does Anyone Remember the Seventies?

We live in an era of particular asset appreciation. In spite of the much ballyhooed report of the real estate bubble bursting, I just saw recently on a financial news show that an 80 million dollar home/estate for sale had attracted more than one bidder, and that the bidders were, of course, in the financial field. Stock prices are hitting records. The price of oil is still high, and even the agricultural commodities are moving now. So where is all this commodity inflation now, what will it do to our stock market, and how does this relate to our past economic experience?

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