Palisades Gold Radio: Inflation will Handcuff the Fed (w/ Peter Boockvar)


Palisades Gold Radio
Jun 18, 2021

Tom welcomes a new guest Peter Boockvar of the Bleakley Group, to the show. Peter explains how inflation is affected by technology and production efficiency. These improvements over the past twenty years have helped to keep inflation low. However, the service side of the economy has experienced considerable and consistent inflation.

Today, service inflation is accelerating, and the critical question is where are goods prices going from here. Peter believes that inflation will be longer-lasting and that it’s likely to surprise many.

Peter explains how the Fed uses the PCE inflation benchmark when it calculates inflation and why it’s inaccurate regarding housing and health care. He argues that basically anything the government subsidizes becomes more expensive.

He explains how persistent inflation could bring serious problems for the Federal Reserve. The dollar is experiencing issues due to the amount of money printing. They realize there is a limit to how much they can stimulate the economy, and Peter won’t be surprised if they slow down the stimulus and spending.

A gold standard creates a limit to how much currency can be created because it has to be backed by metal in a vault. Such a standard once helped to hold politicians accountable.

The Fed’s plans mean almost nothing, but most likely, they will take a less dovish approach from here.

He expects the bull case for gold and silver to remain intact as the risks of continued high inflation will persist. However, persistent inflation will catch many by surprise and may develop into a black swan event.

It’s getting harder and harder to make money in the markets. So there will be a lot more bumps in the road over the next couple of years. He discusses some strategies that Bleakley use to mitigate inflation risks.

Time Stamp References:
0:00 – Introduction
0:33 – Categorizing Inflation
4:46 – Commodity Valuations
6:00 – CPI Accuracy
7:26 – Free Vs. Subsidized
9:18 – Inflation & Rates
13:00 – Fed Kryptonite
16:32 – Gold Standard
17:55 – Debt Repayment
19:10 – Feds Future Plans
21:17 – Commodity Trade
22:34 – Fed & Housing Markets
24:52 – The Biggest Risk
26:56 – Bond & Negative Rates
32:18 – The End Game
35:46 – Strategies
38:17 – Wrap Up

Talking Points From This Episode
– Technology and production improvements and inflation.
– Inflation benchmarks and Federal Reserve plans.
– Why persistent inflation will be unexpected and bring further instability.
– The End Game for the Fed and strategies to protech and build wealth.


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