from SRS Rocco:
The amount of leverage in the U.S. Dollar fiat currency system reached an all time high in 2013. Even though the growth in total U.S. currency more than doubled since the collapse of the Housing and Investment banking system in 2008, the majority of the increase was from just one bill in particular.
U.S. Department of Engraving and Printing issued more $100 Federal Reserve Notes in 2013, than in any year prior. Of course, part of the reason was due to the new $100 anti-counterfeit bill released in 2013, but the increased trend for the largest bill has been going on for decades.
This can plainly be seen in the graph below:
According to the U.S. Department of Engraving and Printing, the U.S. Treasury printed a staggering 4.4 billion of the $100 Federal Reserve Notes in 2013. This is up from a mere 323 million of $100 notes in 1993… just two decades ago.
The chart also points out the obvious, who needs $1 bills anymore…LOL?? In 1993, the U.S. Treasury printed 3.5 billion $1 Notes, but in 2013, this fell nearly in half to 1.8 billion. In order to understand the huge leverage now in the U.S. Fiat Currency System, we need to look at the following table:
In 1993, the U.S. Treasury printed a total of $104 billion worth of Federal Reserve Notes. Of this amount, the $100 bill accounted for 31% of the total at $32 billion. Then in 2003, the total amount of U.S. currency printed that year was up nearly $50 billion to $153 billion. However, the $100 bill accounted for 56% of the total.
Now, if we fast forward to 2013, not only has the overall Dollar amount in currency printed increased more than three times since 2003, the $100 bill represents a staggering 94% of the total. Basically, the U.S. Treasury has fallen in love with printing the largest denomination bill that it has in its repertoire. I would imagine, if we brought back the $500 bill, it could seriously cut down on printing costs.
As I mentioned before, part of this huge increase in $100 bill printing was to exchange the old $100 bill with the new anti-counterfeit Federal Reserve Benjamin Franklin Note. But, if we go back prior to the release of the new $100 bill, there were nearly 2 billion of the old $100 Federal Reserve Note printed in 2010.
Thus, a total of $191 billion in $100 bills were printed in 2010, representing 80% of the $240 billion in total U.S. currency issued that year. This is up from the 56% ratio of total new currency supply in 2003.
$100 Federal Reserve Note Printing vs. Gold
To get an idea of just how much monopoly money the U.S. Treasury printed via its $100 Federal Reserve Note, take a look at the following chart:
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