Peter Schiff lays an iPod-sized bar valued at about $40,000 on the sun room floor of his Connecticut mansion, and calculates it would cost about $250,000 for each floor tile to pave the room with gold.
We swoop down through the clouds to the Coliseum grounds. We see senators, centurions, aqueducts, Caesar, bloody-handed Brutus, Roman baths. So far, we might be watching a cheesy educational video about ancient Rome or a really bad movie preview.
Gold will rebound to $1,600 an ounce by the end of this year as governments maintain efforts to boost economic growth for the next few years, according to Adrian Day, president of Adrian Day Asset Management.
When the U.S. Justice Department charged Standard & Poor’s with fraud this month and demanded $5 billion in restitution, it culminated the Obama administration’s four-year pursuit of financial chicanery masquerading as sacrosanct credit ratings.
Eating in the employee cafeteria was considered outré for Federal Reserve governors when Janet Yellen joined the board in 1994 -- so much so that a writer for the Minneapolis Fed’s quarterly magazine, The Region, called her on it in an interview.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will let some borrowers who kept up payments as their homes lost value erase their debts by giving up the properties, helping Americans escape underwater loans while adding to losses at the mortgage giants bailed out with $190 billion of taxpayer money.