Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Money Printing Analogy Courtesy of Art Cashin

Why Bernanke's Funny Money tricks won't work:

Every year as it begins to get cold in the northeast, oak trees drop acorns. The annual bounty helps countless squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and other rodents endure the bitter winter months.

Let's say oak trees dropped 1.3 trillion acorns last winter and that an industrious squirrel hunted and gathered far more nuts than he needed. He sought to loan some to others, but the neighboring chipmunks and deer already had plenty. The Nuts, Acorns, and Seeds Administration, surveying the landscape, found the level of acorns unchanged at 1.3 trillion. Worried about another tough winter, it recommends that trees drop another 2 trillion acorns.

Thank you Art Cashin.

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP, AIF