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Dollars and debts

According to the Treasury Department, America’s national debt currently sits at a staggering $33.87 trillion.

Given the fact that interest rates are elevated, this level of debt raises concerns about the long-term fiscal sustainability of the U.S. High interest rates can significantly increase the cost of servicing the national debt, meaning more of the federal budget must be allocated to interest payments.

The U.S. spent $659 billion on net interest payments in the 2023 fiscal year, according to the Treasury Department. This amount has nearly doubled from what it was in 2020.

According to Kiyosaki, this could also lead to more money printing.

“They're going to keep printing more money to pay for the debt,” he said.

Over the decades, consumers have experienced firsthand how money printing can contribute to inflation. Although headline inflation has receded from its peak last summer, Kiyosaki does not believe this is the end of rising price levels.

“I hate to say this, but inflation is here to stay, incompetence is here to stay,” he said.

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Flying behind enemy lines

If you are looking for ways to hedge against inflation, you might want to pay attention to Kiyosaki’s story about the time he served in the Marine Corps as a helicopter gunship pilot during the Vietnam War.

“In 1972, I was flying this thing — helicopter gunship — in Vietnam. And I flew behind enemy lines after Nixon took the dollar off the gold standard to buy this here — and I paid $50 for it,” the businessman recalled while holding up a gold coin.

“And today it’s worth $2,000. Ever since then, I've been a gold nut.”

Gold has historically been considered a reliable store of value. The yellow metal can’t be printed at will by central banks like fiat money, and its safe-haven status means demand typically increases during times of uncertainty.

And it’s clear what Kiyosaki's advice is in the current environment.

“Unless we cut back on entitlements or the military, which we won't do, I would rather have this, gold, than this, they can print,” he remarked, showing a gold coin and then a $1 bill.

Moreover, while Kiyosaki anticipates further money printing, he does not think this approach will solve America’s debt problem.

“We're bankrupt. And why don't we say that? We just can't keep printing more money to pay it off. And that's really the problem. We just keep printing money to solve our problems, but we can't go on much longer,” he cautioned.

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Jing Pan Investment Reporter

Jing is an investment reporter for MoneyWise. He is an avid advocate of investing for passive income. Despite the ups and downs he’s been through with the markets, Jing believes that you can generate a steadily increasing income stream by investing in high quality companies.

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