Posted Oct 17, 2020 by Martin Armstrong
QUESTION: Do you see the Fed moving to digital currency and perpetual bonds simultaneously with other nations? I think it would be harder to pull off here, but then again, they may have no choice. I guess they have a lot of reasons to get rid of Trump, but there’s more on the side of rejecting it, at least for now.
Interesting that a few analysts, websites, newsletters… have been calling for a Fed move to digital, as soon as November 5th or January 2021. Seems optimistic. However, I haven’t heard anyone mention bond default through the transition to perpetual.
ANSWER: No. First of all, the US debt market is the only game in town. Europe has destroyed its bond market as has Japan. That is why they are trying to get rid of Trump to further their globalist agenda. However, the conservative Democrats will also reject it as well. Our political report will be up for sale on Monday which is not just 2020, but the next 12 years, The arrays are shocking when we run them on politics. There is an increasing risk that the Democratic Party will split just as the Republicans did in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt started his Progressive Party. The Democrats face the same crisis – conservative (middle of the road) v extreme socialist left.
There are a host of problems. They cannot move to digital so easily because over 60% of paper dollars are outside USA used globally as the alternative. Today, the Treasury and Board of Governors staffs estimate that about 60% of all U.S. banknotes in circulation, or around $500 billion and growing, is held outside the United States. U.S. banknotes are the #1 hedge against the currencies in Europe and Asia because the USA has never canceled its currency so a $100 bill from 1934 is still valid which is not the case for any nation in Europe. The US printed $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 notes in 1934 which are still legal tender.
It is not so easy for the USA to move digital and at best, it would have to be a two-tier system without canceling the paper money.