Skip to comments.Investors Should Fear The Moment When A Loaf Of Bread Costs $3 Billion
Posted on 10/18/2012 5:56:02 AM PDT by blam
Investors Should Fear The Moment When A Loaf Of Bread Costs $3 Billion
David Zeiler, Associate Editor , Money Morning
October 17, 2012, 11:54 PM
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Too few understand just how disruptive hyperinflation in America would be.
Truth is, it would be a nightmare.
In an episode of hyperinflation, money loses value so rapidly that people spend it as quickly as possible, which only feeds the cycle of pushing prices higher and higher at a faster and faster rate.
Imagine prices at the food store and gas pump not just going up a few cents at a time, but doubling in a matter of months, weeks, or even days.
And now some economists and market experts think many of the ingredients for hyperinflation are brewing in America.
That's because years of profligate U.S. government borrowing and spending have created trillions of dollars that lurk in the reserves of foreign countries and major financial institutions. The situation escalated after the 2008 financial crisis, with the U.S. Federal Reserve's policies of "quantitative easing" creating even more money.
"The U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have committed the system to its ultimate insolvency, through the easy politics of a bottomless pocketbook, the servicing of big-moneyed special interests, gross mismanagement, and a deliberate and ongoing effort to debase the U.S. currency," said John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics in his annual report on hyperinflation.
Historically, governments that have suffered bouts of hyperinflation - most notoriously Weimar Germany from 1922-1923 - have set the table by printing too much money during a time of economic contraction.
The trouble is, once it starts
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A loaf of bread might cost at least 2 pre-1964 silver quarters, and a tank of gas might cost 3-4 silver dollars
Glad I have a stash of junk silver, I won’t need a wheelbarrow to carry my money
... brought to you by that shining academic Ben Bernake!
So, my house gets paid off immediately. Perfect.
All right, don’t laugh.. I recall a day when the 4 corners of Gas stations in my neighborhood had a GAS WAR.. The lowest price was 8 cents a gal.. However, I must add that the going rate was .25, you had to have a coupon.. But but but you also got a tea towel.. HA!
It’s not just that a loaf of bread costs $3 billion... I’d buy a baguette instead. It’s that EVERYBODY in society has $Trillions of dollars to spend, and very little to spend it on.
The driver here is if we experience hyperinflation, the national debt, reckoned in inflated dollars could be paid off with a few ounces of gold. The bondholders, the Chinese, most European govt’s. and many American states and individuals would all be screwed.
At two billion a loaf, a trillion dollars in debt could be dispensed with 500 loaves of bread. Which might come in handy.
Only if your boss gives you raises to match inflation, or you have hard assets to sell for hyper-inflated dollars. If your salary is stuck at $1000/week, you’re screwed.
This is exactly the problem many are ignoring.
We need to re-Americanize industry now.
Not soon. Now.
Let ‘em eat cake! < /sarc >
I remember a gas war in my town and the low was $0.19 and the highest was $0.23...and, you got S&H Green Stamps to boot.
When I started driving gas was .25! Those were the days!
Not really. Other things rise with inflation such as gold and silver. I suspect if we have hyperinflation we ain’t going to be going to jobs.
Problem is, if the financial SHTF, then production and transportation shuts down.
So, grasshopper, how many silver dollars does it take to buy a loaf of bread when the shelves are empty?
another beauty of junk silver - portability to go where folks still have supplies to survive on and barter - or where there is water and garden space
So scout, how many wandering hungry people are you going to shoot before you run out of bullets?
Rudyard Kipling, nearly a century ago:
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."
Learn how to make your own bread..It is very easy..I think it taste much better than store bought bread...
These arguments are pushed by folks peddling precious metals, in my view there are far better things to buy/do now than wasting money on the precious metal bubble. I think more folks are realizing this and the peddlers are reacting by making ever more dire predictions to protect their bottom line..
I find the .223 to be quite miserly.
Don’t take what I said wrong.
All I’m saying is if nothing is available, the price is infinite.
With that said, I will say this. BEFORE nothing is available, the prices will skyrocket. But the value of PM’s, etc. will skyrocket much, much faster for exactly the same reason you describe. People will see it as a safe haven.
Now I try to save supplies and recently put up 20 lbs of oatmeal and 12 lbs of egg noodles, stuff like that.
If SHTF and somebody knocks on my door (instead of just shooting me), and asks for soup, I won’t ask them if they have silver.
I’ll ask them if they can use a spade or know how to chop wood or can haul water...
I have more stock/supplies than I'll need just so that I can share with someone who will cook for me for a share of the food.
I even have all the tools and other supplies to keep them real busy growing more food.
I have a big stock of food too,but it will be shared with family members..and none of them cook..not bread anyway..I will share as much as I can with others but people need to wake up..We bought most of our stuff before the latest food increase..Ordered more the other day..
I asked on another thread about the feasibility of basically re-grinding pasta back into flour, mixing in yeast, and baking bread.
Does that sound possible?
The reason is seems to me pasta has many advantages, stores easily, little prep needed, cooks quick, pretty dense nutrition-wise.
I’d much rather store 300 lbs of pre-made pasta than 300 lbs of whole grains along with all the bugs and mites and grinding that go along with it...
And what will the ingredients for homemade bread cost?
Are eggs an ingredient for all pasta?
The reason I ask is that eggs have a high sulfur content, and because of that, degrade quickly if exposed to air.
I have about ten lbs of powdered eggs in storage (canned) but they all have O2 absorbers, so I’m not worried about the shelf life, which is probably longer than MY SHELF LIFE...
We buy "Honeyville"!!! you can go to their web site and it will tell you most of what you want to know..
Home-made pasta I think you can use egg whites as a binder.
Store bought, I think it’s carageenan or some type of gum extract. Sumthin like that!
i didn’t know that thanks..
I don't know. Doesn't noodles have eggs and oils in them?
I don't know. Doesn't noodles have eggs and oils in them?
I should have read further before making the last post about eggs in the noodles, etc.