Acceleration and Money Velocity
By Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
The wall of fiat money created over the last
five years is staggering, offset only by the stasis that pervades its exchange.
Money velocity is the key variable that will signal the character of confidence
and the next wave of inflation.
Money Mechanism for Money Velocity
One common denominator for all documented hyperinflations, including those of
so-called reserve currencies, has been an increase in the velocity of money.
Velocity of money is the speed with which money changes hands in the economy; or
more specifically for modern times, the financial system.
Government spending, in the form of basic services, will provide the fuel to bid
Organic growth is abysmal, especially when one considers the gross national
product, or the production that occurs within geographic borders. The difference
is magnified by the great explosion of fiat in the worldwide race to debase
currencies, where foreign exchange
distorts the true productive capacity of the underlying economy.
Job growth, of course, remains abysmal. Wages are stagnant and the labor
participation rate continues at multi-decade lows.
The currency being created by the latest experimental bond buying program
continues to pile up as excess reserves in the Fed's account.
The banks are not lending money into the economy at nearly the same rate that it
is being created by the Fed.
The Un-Rideable Storm
To the extent possible, we've avoided dropping ocean analogies into these
letters. However, the lessons learned from studying the ocean and directly
experiencing its energy can be appropriate on occasion.
The train of ocean energy that every surfer dreams about is called a ground
swell. A large storm forms thousands of miles away, with hundreds of miles of
sustained high wind for days. It is the
equivalent of dropping a large bolder into a calm lake. As the energy radiates
outward, the waves organize into groups of traveling trains. The groups are
often separated by long periods or lulls that induce a false sense of
When the energy is expended where local conditions are calm, we experience an
organized form of chaos, accessible for those who choose to take part in the
But when the local conditions are unstable, or if the swell comes in with a
storm, the last place anyone should be is in the zone of exploding wave energy.
This is because the local wind causes the organized train to accelerate
There are two lessons applicable to the current state of monetary dynamics.
The first is that the storms have formed all over the world. Staggering amounts
of money have been dropped like a thousand boulders into the ocean of existing
The second is that like all storm energy, information (like current position and
size) are readily available. The unknown variable is the timing of its arrival
and its velocity.
As Money Velocity Accelerates
Acceleration is added when the local conditions are stormy; creating the
veritable "Victory at Sea" that threatens everyone in its vicinity.
No one entity or body has the ability to understand a non-linear system like the
U.S. or world economy. Some argue that if it is able to go on everyday like it
has, that is a sign of its robustness or sustainability.
Again, there is no way that the planners have a total grasp of what they are
doing. Complex systems can be tweaked, but the effects are impossible to predict
- except that they unravel in a geometric sense. There is no way to alter the
weather, much less a storm of this
The Final Countdown
We've created a thousand 100 year storms that threaten the entire global
economic system. The movement of this money into the depressed conditions that
(unknowingly) await its arrival will leave no one untouched.
The time for life boats is now - while the storm can be contemplated, the energy
observed, and the acceleration is calm.
The world will continue its printing experiment and we may look like the
cleanest shirt for a while - as long as confidence and brainwashing can hold.
The storm has been created. The time needed for it to arrive is what we should
be most concerned about. Acceleration will happen when it comes closer to shore.
Silver and gold, of course, will float along with the rising tide.
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