Economic Barometer Update

Update on Gold:

Dec 11, 2008 17:13 NY Time

819.70 – 820.50

804.00 – 835.90

1 year change
+8.10  +1.00% Increase

Gold is up 1% versus this day last year.


Update on Stock Market:

Dow Jones Industrial Average 12/11/07: 13,432.77

                                                12/11/08:  8,565.09     1 year change: -36% Decline


Update on U.S Government Commitment to stave off a Great Depression:

Commercial paper – the Fed has committed to 1.8 trillion dollars.  (Commercial paper are short term notes issued by companies which use the proceeds to pay their bills from payroll to inventory.)  ($271 billion exercised)

The Term Auction Facility- (Banks borrow from the Fed)  commitment $900 billion (415 billion has been issued)

Finance company debt purchases-  $600 billion (buy debt issued by government-chartered housing companies such as Fannie and Freddie)

Money market facilities- up to $540 billion.

The Citigroup bail out, $301 billion, ($291 billion issued)

Term security lending for collateral- $250 billion

Term asset-backed loan facilities on credit cards and business loans- $200 billion

Loans to AIG- $123 billion

Discount window borrowing- $92 billion

Commercial program number 2- $62 billion(lends to banks so they can buy commercial paper from mutual funds)

Discount window number 2- $50 billion

Bear Stearns bailout- $29 billion

Overnight loans- $10 billion

Secondary credit- $118 billion

FDIC commitment loan guarantees- $1.4 trillion

Guarantees on GE Capital- $139 billion

Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP passed by Congress- $700 billion

Stimulus package earlier in the year- $168 billion

Treasury exchange stabilization fund- $50 billion

Tax breaks for banks- $29 billion

"Hope for Homeowners" (the July bill)- $300 billion

Total:  $8 ½ trillion dollars

Total does not include next year’s stimulus program, which preliminary talks mentioned in the Journal or press conferences can range anywhere from $500 billion to $2,000 billion.

Below is a stock chart of the Great Depression. The chart begins in 1920 and ends in 1939.  The Dow peaked at 381.17 in 1929 and dropped to 41.22 in 1932, an 89% decline.  It wasn’t until 1954 that the market recovered to its previous high.  This is what Washington is afraid of- a destruction of wealth and the nation.


Hyper-inflation is on the horizon and hard assets will be the store of value.  In order to recover, the U.S. Dollar needs to decline in value.

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