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

Articles by Robert Shapiro

There are numerous valid arguments for phasing out the Social Security System.

These include the obvious, such as, since Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system, meaning that it depends on revenue from current workers to pay for...
Crude oil prices have fallen from $100+ two years ago to around $37 today, after going under $30 briefly last month. Not surprisingly, there are differing views on the direction of prices going forward.

Let’s look at where we are now...
If and when the US Dollar returns to being a Hard Currency – i.e. one backed by or actually containing Gold or Silver – there will be numerous changes which will occur.

One will be the elimination of constant and continuous growth of...
Economies the world over depend on cheap, dependable energy. If you made a list of countries according to their per capita use of energy, you would find that your list correlates very well with per capita GDP. GDP also is an indication of...
What effect, if any, do technological improvements have on the general price level? I believe that technology causes prices to go down. Here’s why.

Back in College Economics 101, a professor explained how prices are set by companies. He...
Silver Dollars are US money – Congress says so. In previous articles, we’ve discussed how to incorporate them into everyday commerce, allowing you to buy (POS) and sell (Invoicing) things, pay salaries (Payroll), and handle most ordinary...
So far in this series, we’ve seen how to put Liberty Eagle Silver Dollars in the hands of both businesses and individuals utilizing an Exchange mechanism. We’ve used variations on procedures already available and in use...
Using Liberty Eagle Silver Dollars in everyday commerce carries several advantages. In Part 1, I detailed an Exchange mechanism, as well as a way to store the Silver Dollars for later use. In Part 2 of this series, we began to see the...
Liberty Eagle Silver Dollars are Dollars. They are US Legal Tender Money – Congress says so. But, Americans don’t use them as money because, until now, there has been no mechanism to facilitate it.

I previously wrote detailing a simple...
Stock prices change minute to minute based on investor perceptions and emotion. Investors compare the current price with current – and expected – earnings.

Over the longer term, it is earnings which will determine the trend of a stock’s...

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