Dollar Sell-off and Hyperinflation by 2014 – John Williams

Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com              

Economist John Williams says the latest round of “open-ended” QE has set the table for a global “dollar sell-off” and “hyperinflation” no later than 2014.  Williams says, “There’s no way the consumer can fuel the economic recovery, and there is no way we’re going to see one in the near future.”  Williams predicts, “The Treasury is going to have funding problems, and that means the deficit gets a lot worse.” 

Now, there is talk the Fed might increase the money printing.  Williams charges, “The Fed’s primary concern is to keep the banking system afloat, and they’re not doing so well with that.”  Williams contends there is 12 trillion in liquid dollar assets held outside the U.S.  Williams says it is only a matter of time before all the Fed money printing will “trigger a sell-off . . . and that will provide the early start of the hyperinflation.”  You think the U.S. is better off today than it was in the last meltdown?  Not according to Williams, he thinks, “. . . things have gotten a lot worse.”  Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with John Williams of Shadowstats.com.

Comments
  1. Brent

    This John Williams guy genuinely scares me.

    • Greg

      Yes Brent, but he is genuine, that’s for sure. Thank you for the comment.
      Greg

      • Onoiro

        Dear Greg Hunter,

        Are you familiar at all with the blog FOFOA?

        • Greg

          Onoiro,
          Yes.
          Greg

  2. Art Barnes

    Bottom bouncing and going lower, you bet. Greg, Dow Chemical announced today 20 plant closures and 2400 layoffs world wide and many in Ohio. DuPont announced yesterday layoffs of 1500. These companies are very large as you know, and I believe are only the tip of the iceberg, more will be announcing. Tax relief as Romney’s first day work won’t get them more orders for their products as this is a global recession. Did I mention 5 billion added to the debt each day now. This can’t turn out good and I got news for all as to hyperinflation by 2014, just try going to the movies for two with a twenty dollar bill or buying some decent beef for Sunday dinner! Thanks for all of your hard work.

    • Greg

      Art,
      I love that term too and use it often!! Thanks for weighing in.
      Greg

  3. Mitch Bupp

    I wouldn’t characterize the economy as bottom bouncing but being supported by government or “bobbing the bubble” as I would term it. I think this is evidenced by the fact that every time the top feeding stops the economy deflates.

    Those holding dollar now are probably toast and it is too late. I expect them to lose 50 percent……

    there is nothing that can be done because of the math….. just like the debt ….

    Thank You John and Greg,

    • Greg

      Thank you Mitch for supporting this site.
      Greg

  4. andrew jackson

    mr. williams has been calling for hyperinflation for the past 4 years. he said it would arrive a few years ago. didnt happen. broken record. mr. williams doesnt seem to have an understanding of what is going on. no velocity in money means no hyperinflation. the shadow banking sector continues to DEFLATE, u.s. growth will continue to be anemic and the consumer continues to deleverage, banks are keeping their treasuries parked at the fed, and qe is there to keep the shadow sector from imploding. there is absolutely no chance of hyperinflation. none. incessant talk of it is becoming irksome.

    • Greg

      Andrew Jackson,
      You are not correct. His first call was for hyperinflation by 2020 he has steadily moved that time frame up and now he says 2014 at the outside. he has never said it would happen when he has mad the call. I read his news letter regularly and have done so since 2009. You can get the velocity of money moving really quickly in a dollar sell-off and that is what Williams has and is predicting. Thank you for weighing in and adding your voice here.
      Greg

    • David Johns

      Agree 100% with Andrew Jackson. Williams is only good at one thing. Selling newsletter subscriptions.

      • Greg

        David Jones,
        Please your weallth into the U.S. dollar and let us all know how that works out for you both in a year.
        Greg

  5. Tony

    If people keep calling for this next year or in two years or in three years…………..eventually someone will call it right and everyone will forget who called it wrong.

    • Art Barnes

      Very good point!

  6. George Too

    Greg,
    thanks for putting John Williams on

    • Greg

      Thank you for your friendship and support!
      Greg

  7. tsuki

    I am an audio learner. I read for reinforcement. I love your interviews. They are concise, organized and easy to understand.

    Keep telling the public to prepare. It is not going to be pretty.

    • Greg

      Thank you Tsuki.
      Greg

  8. Bill

    Greg, thanks for the interview with John Williams, I really respect his views and outlook. I think his projections on the dollar sell-off sometime between now and 2015 are interesting, I would have asked him also if he is factoring in that many countries and beginning to trade with each other not using the USD now – more and more are all the time – and if this is factored into his projections?

    • Greg

      Bill,
      I am sure he is. Thank you for the support and question.
      Greg

  9. dean

    It seems everyone I know is struggling . Did you notice that when Romney said there were 23 million people unemployed Obama did not disagree and even nodded in agreement. This happened at least 4 or 5 times when I was watching the debates. The real number is likely between 43 and 83 million if you counted people who gave up looking for a job and those who have a part time job and want and need a full time job just to pay their bills.
    People are sinking financially . They can’t make ends meet. Many are not able to feed themselves . Hence 46 million people on food stamps. That means one in seven people you walk by is on food stamps. So wake the heck up this threatens all of us . We are all in this and all a part of this together. Thus we are of course responsible to right the ship.
    It does not matter how you describe it ; sinking slowly into the frigid waters in calm seas while the band plays and the lights flicker before breaking in half ( Titanic style ) or it blows sky high ( Krakatoa east of Java )
    This CORRUPT SYSTEM is FAILING !!! Perhaps 50 million of us should peacefully march on D.C. and demand the resignations of all those in Congress, the President and the Supreme Court and have a new Constitutional Convention to reaffirm the first one and it’s principles . Then hold honest elections open to more than just two political parties.
    We have so much room for improvement in this world it is time we all demanded improvement and worked together in peace to achieve it . We can reach for the STARS and get there!
    Thank you to Greg for all your work to honestly keep us informed.

    Sincerely Dean

    • Greg

      Dean,
      I caught that too. Thank you for pointing that out.
      Greg

  10. ONTIME

    Many of us would like to see this Fed treasury become transparent and put a end to this power to print money without oversight or not know who is behind it and why this unregulated power exist…..We need major changes in spending, allocation and how our elected officials hold office as well as a national sales tax. Progressivism is no different than communism, it runs it’s course and destroys the victims, means and control, this thinking is a plague on mankind

  11. David Johns

    Williams is a joke. He says the same thing every year. “Hyperinflation by 2009.” Hyperinflation by 2010.” Hyperinflation by 2011.” Hyperinflation by 2012.” Hyperinflation by 2013.” Now it’s “Hyperinflation by 2014.” Williams knows how to sell newsletter subscriptions. By constantly preaching “doom & gloom.” Six years from now, Williams will be saying “Hyperinflation by 2020.” Give it a rest John.

    • Greg

      David,
      You simply do NOT have your facts correct. Williams has NEVER said any of the quotes you have listed above. Everything is documented in the Shadowstats.com newsletter. He has only lowered his starting time in the last 5 years and it is now 2014. Please do not embarrass yourself this way. This kind of inaccuracy makes you look childish and foolish. Please keep in mind this is a global audience.
      Greg

  12. Buddy

    There’s deflation in the economy. As for the US dollar, it’s value will depend upon how many are made. You know, supply and demand . . . . .

    Actually, I don’t see hyperinflation in the foreseeable near future, but who knows?

  13. wheedle

    I’ve been following Mr Williams work for quite some time. He has updated his hyperinflation report several times, but I believe the premise is solid. The “official” national debt has risen an additional $ 6 Trillion in just four years. This type of exponential growth in debt will be detrimental sooner than later imho. Thanks for the interview Mr Hunter.

  14. Todd

    Greg, my speling and grammer is fine! So there.

    I’m amazed at how long the powerz have been able to stave off this great debacle …truly amazed. But I also think that putting it off further and further is going to worsen the inevitable, and that this exacerbation is also quite intentional.

    I feel very sorry for those among us, probably the majority, who are simply putting blinders on and failing to prepare this way and that; they will suffer dearly, and not only those on the federal dole or who are impoverished, but also many who today are currently well-off! “Normalcy — that is the illusion.” Voltaire

  15. John

    Greg,
    Thanks for running your interviews with John Williams. He knows what he’s talking about and he’s not alone with his dire predictions. Hyperinflation seems to be baked in the cake. My own research into monetary inflation always shows the same, that the resulting price inflation does not seem a problem until it’s much too late to do anything about it. Like a wildfire, it’s unpredictable and indiscriminate in meting its destruction. Hyperinflation has serious political implications in our current age, such as: lost freedoms, collectivism, dictatorships, and a one-world government. John

  16. Vess

    He is wrong. There will be no US dollar hyperinflation in 2014 and probably ever. Never in history has the reserved currency of the world suffered HYPERinflation. The whole financial system will fall apart much before that happens.

    The dollar will be destroyed, yes. But not by hyperinflation. These things don’t happen overnight. It will be destroyed by many years of high inflation.

    • mike

      At what time has there been a “world” reserve currency, besides the last seventy years, or so. This world economy and monetary system is relatively new. Just because the US is presently the largest economy in the world, is no reason to believe it cannot succumb to the same forces that has collapsed so many currencies before. The overprinting of a nation’s currency always leads to hyper-inflation.

  17. Gregg

    Mike Shedlock has pointed out at his blog that hyperinflation is not a threat to the United States since America has the largest gold reserves in the world. Hyperinflation could be forestalled by the simple act of pegging the dollar to the price of gold. In a scenario like that and based on the money currently created it would jump north (I think) of 6k an oz. A lot of economics is just storytelling about the future and his story is just as plausible as Mr. William’s.

    • Greg

      Gregg,
      I think we might get that inflation first, but we will see. One thing is for sure gold and silver will be very good to hold. Thank you for the comment.
      Greg

  18. Jerry

    Greg,

    Mr. Hunter,
    Great interview ! I love the fact that you have people responding here that Mr. Williams has said things before that did not happen. (even though he didn’t) So they think they never will. If you reference a dictionary that is the definition of ignorance. from the Wikipedia:
    “The word ignorant is an adjective describing a person in the state of being unaware and is often used as an insult to describe individuals who deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignorance

    • Greg

      Jerry,
      Thank you for your comment and support. I believe Williams will be (sadly) proven correct. This is a math problem and the math says things will be very bad for the unprepared. The only question is timing and in this case the fireworks start anytime between now and the end of 2014.
      Greg

  19. JoeJustJoe

    When U.S. stocks begin the inevitable correction to take care of the misallocation of funds caused by Tres sec. Hank “uncle Fester” Paulson and the Wall St infiltraded Federal Reserve it will bring down ALL asset classes “except” the U.S. dollar. Prior to the 2008-2009 meltdown goldbugs (like Peter Schiff) were making the same arguments being made here now. It doesn’t take much of a keen eye to see that the “real” market is once again saying that gold (and gold assets) will not be a safe haven. We are more than likely going to see a steep correction in the equity markets prior to the election in an attempt by the “powers that be” to eliminate Obama from office. When (not if) you see gold and gold assets falling in lockstep and the U.S dollar and treasuries rallying…please do not ignore it. Actually, go ahead and ignore it if you want…I simply take advantage of people who do not understand how the “real” market works. In the end there will be another wave of bank failures and the 2 U.S. zombie banks to watch are Bank of America and Citigroup. That wave of failures won’t happen until 2013 I don’t believe as the markets will again rise to new 52 week highs once Obama is gone…taking gold and gold assets along with it. You fokes will most certainly be singing the same tune as you are now once again since some sheeple NEVER learn no matter how many times they get their assets kicked.

    • Greg

      Joe, I wonder how you can say we “NEVER learn.” What on earth are you talking about? It seems to me long term holders of gold and silver have “Learned” quite well. Gold and silver are up around 500% since 2001. It is a fact, anyone who invested has done quite well. You cannot say that about the buy and hold Muppets in the stock market. What a terrible place to store wealth or even try to make money holding stocks. Sure, if you are a trader and know what you are doing you can make money picking peoples pockets. But isn’t that a lot of work? It also takes skill, and many do not have the time or skill to trade. This is the difference between a trader and an investor. Your horizon is short term or a trading mentality. That’s just fine. I am sure you can make money doing it. On the other hand, there are risks like flash traders and you can wind up like the MF Global folks in today’s hypothecated and rehypothecated world. Owning hard assets (in your direct control) will continue to be profitable for the long term investor. With $85 billion a month printed by the Fed in “open-ended” QE, I don’t see how you will lose with physical gold and silver relative to the U.S. Dollar. It is quite obvious the Fed wants to cut the value of the buck. If they wanted it to rise in value, the Fed would raise interest rates and stop the ongoing bank bailouts. That is not happening until at least 2015, according to the Fed. Thank you for your comment.

      Greg

  20. John Mangun

    Mr. Hunter,
    Have patience with those castigating John Williams. Williams is a data guy and as a result, those who do not understand numbers cannot be expected to understand the conclusions there from i.e. hyperinflation. Further it is not an either/or situation; high inflation and very low economic activity (which is a precursor for deflation) can coexist quite nicely. It is called ‘stagflation’. Obviously too many of these people did not survive as mature working adults through the Jimmy Carter era with no growth and (for example) 30% construction loans that killed the property development industry.

    Also, anyone who reads Williams must of course read Jim Sinclair as I assume you do since he mentions you often.

    Keep up the good work but realize you are actually preaching to the choir as the strict deflationists will not listen and will soon go the way of the dodo bird.

    Best regards.

    • Greg

      Thank you John for the comment and support.
      Greg

  21. John Majors

    Wow, I really enjoyed listening to Mr. Williams, didn’t enjoy the message, but who does.
    Thanks for having him on.

    • Greg

      John Majors,
      I agree I don’t enjoy the message but this is the only way folks can know what’s going on and try to protect themselves.
      Greg

  22. Ken

    The thing that really has me perplexed is that they American people know something is wrong but they are buying the political argument that this is a problem that can be solved by taxing the “rich”.

    This is a systemic problem that has been growing for many decades and will only be fixed with sound monetary policy by living well within our means as a nation. An individual can’t fix a massive debt problem by spending more money or acquiring more lines of credit.

    The drunken bender is not over yet. It will end when the drunk hits bottom and the booze is all gone. That is when the misery starts. For those of us who know what is happening, this is the time to secure ourselves and prep for the inevitable. Use this spring to start a garden, put away extra food and supplies and some extra items to barter with.

    Hurricane Sandy should have been a wake-up call. That was our Omen. The big storm is ahead.

    Thanks for the great article.

    • Greg

      Thank you Ken, I agree the big (financial) storm is ahead.
      Greg

  23. Steve

    Greg, thanks great website, really appreciate your work. John Williams is right on here, as a wheel starts coming of the axle, it wobbles faster and faster and that is what happening here. Money printing only accelerates.

    • Greg

      Steve,
      Thank you for your comment and kind words.
      Greg

  24. Bud

    You do provide a service because you have different viewpoints from the establishment people. –Probably more pertinent viewpoints.

    Thanks for the information. As to Williams’ comments, one could argue with them, but only regarding timing. Inflation always rides on the fiat money train. And as is said, the road to hell is praved with good intensions (typically paved by those who are operating above their level of comprehension).

  25. kahu tweedie

    hi greg, i know that physical gold and silver is the only place to be at the moment and into the near as the global economy collapses under the sheer illusion of the fiat currency and digital computer generated scam called the global banking system.but i don’t think many people understand the fundamentals behind silver compared to gold.gold is hoarded silver is used in over 10000 different applications.it is the best electrical conductor and the best thermal conductor and one of if not the best germ killer known to man!!! there is no substitute.for the last fifty years 90% of the above ground supplies have been used up.we have gone literally from having 10 times more silver then gold in physical form 50 years ago to having approx 8 times more gold then silver available for investors to buy according to mike maloney;one of the best economic forecasters i have ever known.he owns goldsilver.com specialising in precious metals and as he says himself,he is a cycles guy who follows the cycles and not just a precious metals specialist.it is cycle we are in at the moment that is why he is where and what he is doing.currently we are in a gold to silver ratio of about 54-1!!!!!!!!this is MANIPULATION there is no way this will go on for much longer.some economic forecasters expect the price of silver to go at least into the single digit ratio if not beyond the price of gold!!!! silver is the second most used and needed commodity next to oil folks!because the silver price has been suppressed;the retrieval of the silver out of old electrical equipment is not economically viable,therefore it goes into landfill never to be seen again.silver will be the greatest investment in al of human history

  26. Mike Mers

    I think gold will keep coming down, like $600, then there will be a banking crisis and it will super-spike to 4000-5000
    these are the crazy times were living in

    • Greg

      Mike,
      I just do not see that happening. The money supply would have to contract by 60% or 70%. Money (debt) is exploding. I do think it’s going past $5,000 an ounce but I do not know when. Thank you for jumping in here!!!

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