Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Interest Rates are determined by Supply and Demand

Interest rates are a very important aspect of money because interest rates represent a price. And like all prices, they are determined by supply and demand. The supply is all the savings, the demand is all the people that want to borrow money, whether its businesses, whether its college students, someone who wants to buy a car, the government... Everyone borrowing money is competing for this store of savings. Because for every dollar borrowed, someone had to save that dollar, someone had to not consume and put that dollar into savings so that someone else could spend it or invest it.
If you have a lot of savings then you are going to have low interest rates because the supply is going to be greater. And what does that mean? What economic signals is that sending to the market? What that says is that people prefer future consumption to current consumption. Because after all when you are saving money, you are just deferring consumption. Every dollar you save is going to be spent eventually, except you are not going to spend it today, you want to spend it tomorrow. And hopefully you will spend the dollar tomorrow plus all the interest that you earned over time.

Peter Schiff is a well-known commentator appearing regularly on CNBC, TechTicker and FoxNews. He is often referred to as "Doctor Doom" because of his bearish outlook on the economy and the U.S. Dollar in particular. Peter was one of the first from within the professional investment field to call the housing market a bubble. Peter has written a book called "Crash Proof" and a follow-on called "The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets". He is the President of EuroPacific Capital, which is a brokerage specializing in finding dividend-yielding, value-based foreign stocks.

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