Alasdair Macleod talks to James Turk

Alasdair Macleod and James Turk, Director of the GoldMoney Foundation, talk about about the importance of savings and how currency debasement destroys savings and the middle class, killing growth.

They talk about the sovereign, the gold standard and price stability. How long term growth is compatible with a stable money supply and even with prolonged deflation.

They explain how central bank interest rate manipulation through credit creation creates the business cycle and misdirect investment. Alasdair explains how in British history, absent the central bank, continuous growth and sound money helped create the most prosperous nation in the world. James explains the importance of the Rule of Law for stability and prosperity.

This interview was recorded on August 5 2011 in London.

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Alasdair started his career as a stockbroker in 1970 on the London Stock Exchange. In those days, trainees learned everything: from making the tea, to corporate finance, to evaluating and dealing in equities and bonds. They learned rapidly through experience about things as diverse as mining shares and general economics. It was excellent training, and within nine years Alasdair had risen to become senior partner of his firm. Subsequently, Alasdair held positions at director level in investment management, and worked as a mutual fund manager. He also worked at a bank in Guernsey as an executive director. For most of his 40 years in the finance industry, Alasdair has been de-mystifying macro-economic events for his investing clients. The accumulation of this experience has convinced him that unsound monetary policies are the most destructive weapon governments use against the common man. Accordingly, his mission is to educate and inform the public in layman’s terms what governments do with money and how to protect themselves from the consequences.

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