They are both wrong. A lot of people scrapping for gold at $1600/oz are going to sell this stuff in frustrated desperation for $1000, maybe less, because they prefer to have dollars again.
Today is not hyperinflation, nor is it next week. The economy has come to a full stop. This is a deflationary apocalypse.
Does anyone seriously believe in a wage-price spiral at this juncture? The Fed is shoveling cash into a black hole, desperate to stave off cascading debt defaults and complete chaos. They will shovel a lot more, so that we may survive this crisis. They simply have no choice.
Daniel Sullivan says it's a "bank holiday", and he may be onto something. Enough of this was in motion or telegraphed ahead of time, such that the Wuhan coronavirus provided the trigger for the crisis. There was even a great topping wave count on the S&P 500.
The Fed is desperately trying to keep our economy and society from imploding. They and Congress will create a huge mass of "money" as quickly as possible, buy anything, prop up whatever, because we still have the world reserve currency, and so we can do this. It's a feature. And the rest of the world is counting on us to do it.
Let's review where we are again on the long-term chart, with annotations added to indicate whether we are at risk of hyperinflation.
As we are screeching south towards a low of maybe 520 on the S&P 500, this indicates that we are not at risk of hyperinflation. Money is scared and scarce! The flows are all broken. We are in a crisis, it will be vicious, and maybe also brief (over as soon as August?).
They will stuff all the channels, they will feed all the geese, they will buy all the paper at par, and it won't be fair, and you won't like it. But it may just work, for now, and that is all that matters.
The hyperinflation comes later.
The hyperinflation comes on the heels of one of two reactions to surviving this crisis. Either we gain a new confidence in our ability to print money at will and to buy all the things, so we keep doing it as formal policy (MMT), thinking we can "manage" it; or we find ourselves tragically stuck here, unable to recover to a new normal. The built-in $1T Federal deficit will become $2T annually, eventually $3T, and we no longer believe in the worth of this debt or of our money.
Hyperinflation arrives when we have to print money to pay the interest on all of this debt.
The rest of the world will suffer comparably, as we apparently bounce back from this, while they are still hurting, because we create the money. Hyperinflation arrives when the envy and resentment for this privilege drives them to end the system.
Hyperinflation arrives when the tens of millions of New Americans either feel no obligation to pay for these ancient obligations, or they are just not productive enough to support them.
Hyperinflation arrives when we have even dumber scams than crypto-currency and $900 $TSLA, that we cease to give any credence to any supposed values.
This could happen next year or a decade from now. The current crisis sets the stage for us to bounce back and evolve into that new normal, where we finally exhaust the US dollar as the world reserve currency.
Current wave count, I think we finished W4 today and are headed down in W5 of A, which should undercut the topping megaphone a bit, reaching 2015 or so at the end of March.
April is the relief rally. We will get positive news on the Wuhan coronavirus front, have a lot of free, fresh new money circulating in the system, and we might even get back into the office.