Crude Oil, US National Debt And Silver

December 23, 2014

Examine the following chart of monthly crude oil prices.  In the past 26-years crude oil prices have crashed 65%, 59%, 54%, and 76%.  The current crash is about 51% so far. Examine the following chart of monthly silver prices.  You can see similar crashes of 64%, 46%, 51%, and 68% since 1986.  Prices rallied after these crashes and went considerably higher.  Sometimes it took years, but like the national debt, silver prices have substantially increased since 1913.

crude oil monthly prices

silver monthly prices

Examine the US national debt, which is currently over $18 Trillion = $18,000,000,000,000.  Unfunded liabilities, which might be ten times larger, are not even considered in the following graphs.  Adjust the national debt for population increases so we see only the per capita national debt.  As expected, it is climbing exponentially higher, and accelerating since 9-11.

Following the increase in national debt is an increase in the currency in circulation and the prices for most commodities and consumer goods.  Examine the graphs for population adjusted national debt, crude oil, silver, and the S&P 500 Index, all of which show annual averages of weekly prices.  Note that all prices have been indexed to 1971 = 1.0 for comparison purposes.

national debt and crude oil population adjusted

Note that the recent crash in crude oil prices is not yet reflected in the annual average of weekly prices.

national debt and silver

national debt and s&p500


Crude oil and silver prices have crashed before, and they will again.  But the one constant in our financial universe that seems inevitable, for the foreseeable future, is increasing debt.  Crude oil and silver prices will follow increasing debt.

Expect the S&P to correct downwards (eventually), expect silver and crude to resume their upward trajectory (eventually, probably soon), and, like the inevitability of death and taxes, expect debt to inevitably accelerate higher.

WHEN the corrections will occur seems more and more under the control of the High Frequency Traders, the politicians, and the banking cartel.  Sadly our global economic problems, which have been exacerbated by the crude oil crash, will not cured with more debt, which seems to be the preferred “solution.”

Gold and silver are real money, and they are insurance against the craziness and volatility of debt based fiat currency that is increasingly vulnerable to currency crashes like we have seen in Argentina, Venezuela, Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere.

A currency crash can also occur in Japan, Europe, and the United States.  Those dollars, euros, and yen have counter-party risk while gold and silver do not.


The Deviant Investor


GE ChristensonGary Christenson is the owner and writer for the popular and contrarian investment site Deviant Investor and the author of the book, “Gold Value and Gold Prices 1971 – 2021.” He is a retired accountant and business manager with 30 years of experience studying markets, investing, and trading. He writes about investing, gold, silver, the economy and central banking.

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