Here is the March 16, 2006 press release by the Fed that they would be discontinuing M3:
M3 does not appear to convey any additional information about economic activity that is not already embodied in M2 and has not played a role in the monetary policy process for many years. Consequently, the Board judged that the costs of collecting the underlying data and publishing M3 outweigh the benefits.
What balderdash! They don't want people to see that the rate at which the "money" (digital tokens) supply increases is increasing, and that there is a compound curve going on in the last few years.
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Can you imagine what this is going to do to the US dollar price of gold? The thing is, there will be competitive devaluations amongst almost all government fiat tokens. It's just that the USD has the most potential on the down side.
Thanks to http://www.nowandfutures.com/ for the reconstruction effort.
Another source for reconstructed M3 is John Williams' Shadow Government Statistics:
"Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked, 'Account overdrawn.' - Ayn Rand, author of Fountain Head, Atlas Shrugged, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Philosophy: Who Needs It? and others
An example of what baseball great Yogi Berra says: "It's deja vue all over again.", what Ayn Rand is talking about, and probably what's coming is Mike Hewitt's Hyperinflation in China, 1937 - 1949
"Till 1927, China had a free banking system through the interaction of private banks operating in various regions of the country. Privately held banks operated like any other Chinese business and competed with one another to obtain customers. Most banks issued their own notes which were redeemable in silver, the traditional medium of exchange in China. The notes from each bank circulated freely with the notes from other banks.
These Chinese banks operated largely without state regulation. A free banking system has inherent checks against inflation - primarily because customers will flee from depreciating currencies - and instances of banks’ inflating their currencies were extremely rare."
"Everything predicted by the enemies of banks, in the beginning, is now coming to pass. We are to be ruined now by a deluge of bank paper, as we were formerly by the old Continental paper. It is cruel that such revolutions in private fortunes should be at the mercy of avaricious adventurers, who instead of employing their capital, if any they have, in manufactures commerce, and other useful pursuits, make it an instrument to burden all the interchanges of property with their swindling profits, profits which are the price of no useful industry of theirs. Prudent men must be on their guard in this game of Robin's alive, and take care that the spark does not extinguish in their hands. I am an enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but coin. But our whole country is so fascinated by this Jack o' lantern wealth, that they will not stop short of its total and fatal explosion." - Thomas Jefferson