Robert Shapiro

Robert (Bob)  Shapiro is self-taught in Austrian Economics and has consulted briefly for the governments of Mexico, Greece, Portugal and Spain. He has traded Gold & Silver and their stocks since 1970. Bob Shapiro’s blog is http://us-issues.com

Robert Shapiro Articles

There are numerous Economic truths. One of these is that, in a Free Market, interest rates are set by borrowers and lenders based on each group’s perceptions of the urgency of their need to take action.
Prices convey information within an Economy. Prices distill all the known, and unknown, factors affecting the availability of things we might choose to buy. Generally, if Price goes up, we will tend to purchase less of an item, while if...
Economic conditions tend to run in cycles. Pressures build, official efforts are made to contain any perceived bad effects, and at some point, the pressures overwhelm all opposition. The cave-in frequently, but not always, sets pressures...
When the only tool in your kit is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. When the only tool in your kit is a currency board, then…. Over the last month or so, I’ve read several pieces calling for Russia to set up a currency board today...
There is a lot of news chatter about the impending doom of the Russian Economy. The Ruble has fallen 45% against the Dollar during the last 6 months. Crude oil & gas, Russia’s main exports, have fallen in half from 6 months ago. Russia...
We saw yesterday that, although the Dollar has been strong versus the currencies of our trading partners, over the long haul – 60 years – Americans have been savaged by our government’s policies which have caused this fall in the Dollar’s...
The US Dollar has been “strong” on foreign exchange markets for the past six months, with the USD Index having risen from 79 to 88, a gain of almost 11½%. That’s an increase in the value of the Dollars in your pocket (or bank account)...
The FED's release on October 28th about Capacity Utilization showed a rise from 77.9% to 78.3%. So what? Well, in past years, a rise in Capacity Utilization has indicated that price pressures are building. The higher that C.U. goes, the...

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