Inflation Outlook Update & Its Impact on Self Directed IRAs

The Fed just recently announced that it will continue investing/printing $40B per month until the jobs picture improves. Two points about this :

1. This is confirmation that the programs and policies of the Fed and the current administration have not worked.

2. The basic prescription is that we should all continue to be punished for not spending more and therefore, the government is going to make us all take on more debt per person, via government printing, until our attitudes improve.

We believe that this approach falls into the the old adage of the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. That’s what the Fed and the administration are doing. They are going to continue to engage in the same practices of printing money and deficit spending thinking that at some point its going to work, even though it has not worked to date. For those of you who would argue that there has been improvement, I will contend that the improvement is in spite of government intervention and the fact that the Fed is engaging in a new, more aggressive program because of their actual statement of a very poor jobs market it evidence and an admission that it is not working.

What this means for inflation

To date, the Fed continues to report that inflation is in check and well within reasonable boundaries. We contend that inflation is not in check and is not within reasonable boundaries. Our reasoning is that the Fed continues to incorrectly factor the cost of energy into their equation. Secondly, they are ignoring the fact that many people are now working for lesser salaries than they were in 2008. Thirdly, most families net worth has shrunk by 10-20% of the pre-2008 levels. Fourthly, most peoples incomes are not even growing at the rate of inflation, and lastly, most people cannot invest and make 1-2% of of savings per year.

This all boils down to the fact that inflation is higher than the Fed tells us and peoples incomes are shrinking or not growing. This all has the affect of making goods and services more expensive for the average consumer. Therefore, we do have real inflation.

The coming flood and potential for hyperinflation

The Government has created $16T of debt. The government wants to spend another $40B per month. The government wants to continue printing and forcing money into the economy because things are not improving. At some point this money will start working its way into the economy and there is a lot of it. Once that starts happening, people will start holding that money in the form of debt and spending. This will lead us to think that happy days are here again. That spending activity will translate into price inflation for goods and services as all of these excess Fed dollars start chasing fewer goods and services. Its simple math and economics to see that prices could and will likely result in hyper inflationary levels.

Self Directed IRA recommendation

We foresee continued inflationary pressure on prices in the near and long term. Most of this price inflation will likely take hold mid 2013 and into 2014. We are already seeing the spike in gold and silver in response to the latest fed actions.

We see the prices for real estate to continue to stabilize. As the excess Fed dollars and low interest rates start to finally take effect, we think you will see more price stability and maybe higher than expected price increases in real estate.

We continue to see sluggishness in the job market, despite the Fed printing. 25% of the work force is not working. They have aged. They have not developed new skills. These structural disconnects will make it difficult to get people back to work and the ones that do, will not necessarily be coming back into high paying jobs like the pre-2008 levels. This will continue to make these people more oriented towards being savers and renters as there has been a permanent mind shift in the American public as a result of this recession.

Our recommendations

1. Continue to invest and hold precious metals in your Self Directed IRA.

2. Real estate will continue to look attractive for rental income and price appreciation may take hold. Its not clear to what extent price appreciation could materialize. You should be looking for real estate investment opportunities with your Self Directed IRA.

3. Private lending will continue to be a good opportunity for Self Directed IRAs. Despite the flood of Fed dollars, price inflation will be problematic for people, and they will continue to be under financial pressure due to be held in lower paying jobs with higher inflation. They will struggle to get lending from institutions. However, these same people will be more conservative than pre-2008. There will be good lending opportunities if you look, and qualify the right candidates.

Overall inflation risk is high. Hard asset investing in Self Directed IRAs is still critical to your overall portfolio strategy.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and are not a solicitation or offering of an investment, investment advice, or tax advice. You should consult with your tax, legal or financial advisor to determine the suitability of any investments made with a self directed IRA account.

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