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Thursday
Sep262013

Wall Street Was Shocked by the Fed’s Decision – The VRA Predicted It

Last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve…that criminal cabal of international bankers and global purveyor of monetary/financial/personal wealth destruction…shocked the so-called experts of Wall Street by continuing their shell game of Quantitative Easing (QE). The FED is moving forward with their unprecedented level of fiat money printing, rather than announcing a “tapering” of their $85 billion/month government debt purchase program. 9 out of 10 economists and stock market experts had predicted that the FED would reduce these purchases by $10-20 billion a month, which would have seen the FED buying ONLY  $70 billion/month in various sovereign debt vehicles. As usual, this overwhelming majority of guru’s was wrong. Dead wrong.

Instead, and as I have predicted and written for more than a year, QE is here to stay…PERIOD. And if we ever see an actual reduction in the FED’s QE, that reduction will be incredibly short-lived…and once renewed, will only ramp-up on steroids…bringing an eventual collapse in the US dollar and a brutal period of stagflation/hyperinflation with it. 

Will the US survive? Will the world survive? And most importantly, will WE survive as individuals when the next wave of dominos begin to fall??

The quick answer is “of course” we will survive…but the brutal reality is that “survival” will come in the form of widely different realities…and whether a country, a company, a state, a municipality or an individual, the world has never seen the kind of storm that’s headed our way. After more than 28 years of following economics and markets I wish for a much different outcome. Unfortunately, this is how I see things playing out. It’s also how every top economic/market expert that I know and trust sees things as well.

To date, the FED has purchased more than $2 trillion of OUR OWN debt (the biggest two-card monte game going), in the hopes of buying enough of our own debt to keep interest rates below what they would have otherwise been in an un-manipulated, free market economy. You know…the same free market economy that was responsible for the US becoming the world’s largest and most powerful economy known to man.

Here’s a most important reality that you will never hear discussed in the MSM; there is no longer any distinction between the US government and the FED. Historically, Central Banks maintained at least some degree of independence from their government, and acted based on their own views about the economy, money supply and interest rates. This is no longer the case. Instead, Obama and Bernanke act hand in hand on everything financial, and they will do anything and everything to pump up the markets and enrich their fellow elites and banking buddies…including printing trillions upon trillions in fiat currency, and issue trillions upon trillions in government debt…in complete disregard of the long term consequences.

Unintended Consequences and Black Swans

Make no mistake about it, the unintended consequences of taking our already bankrupt governments further and further into debt will soon devolve into global financial devastation. Led by Bernanke, the US is pushing the rest of the world into an all-out currency war…caused by today’s obscene level of money printing…and in the near future, governments around the world will battle each other for the funding required to keep their Ponzi schemes intact. There WILL be a black swan event, and much like the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy of September 2008, this future blow-up will also catch the lemmings completely off guard.

What will be the next major Black Swan event? My money continues to be on a financial panic created within the derivatives markets. The size of this STILL 98% unregulated market is gargantuan, with conservative estimates in the $1 quadrillion plus range, along with $10-15 trillion in actual cash at risk globally. In 2003 Warren Buffet came up with the quote that best sums it up; “derivatives are weapons of mass financial destruction”, and all it will take is the overnight collapse of a large financial institution somewhere on the planet…maybe Japan or China…that originated from a large and un-hedged derivatives position in government debt or the currencies markets. Something big enough and politically untenable that the local central bank cannot bail it out or paper it over…at least not without the help of the rest of the worlds central banks.   

Or, maybe the next Black Swan will come in the form of a “mistake”. A mistake in someone’s military (honest or false flag)…one that could easily erupt into WWIII, especially with the existing tensions in the Middle East today. Or an economic mistake, like launching an untested and unproven health care system onto the world’s largest economy. At time of passing, Obamacare was to cost around $900 billion, yet according to the CBO, the costs will have already grown to more than $2 trillion by just the end of 2014. Health care costs make up a full 1/3 of US expenditures, and if the concerns expressed by many turn out to be correct, not only will health care costs skyrocket by an even greater degree than they already are, but the losses in employment nationally could quickly push us “officially” back into negative GDP. 

The mistake that I fear most is of the intellectual variety. There is not a single leading figure in this country today that voices their concerns about the extraordinary actions of our central bank…at least not with Ron Paul out of office. Our leaders have supported and allowed Bernanke’s FED and Central Banks globally to act without ANY level of oversight whatsoever…common sense dictates where this lack of restraint will wind up. The history books will not be kind to the leaders, elected and otherwise, of our time.

The reality is this; with the known economic and geopolitical risks that already surround us, the next surprise could come from any number of places, and it will most likely come from one that is of the unknown variety. This is, after all, the very definition of a black swan event.

The smartest moves that we can make today to avoid these risks are the ones that I write about on a regular basis. Resist the urge to plow money back into the stock market. Instead of trusting that the banks of today will remain open with all of your money tomorrow, diversify into real money…gold and silver. The 12 year bull market in precious metals has been incredible, but in a world of funny money backed by nothing, which will bring skyrocketing interest rates as currency wars pick up speed globally, we will soon see that we are only in the early innings of where gold and silver prices will eventually be priced at.

Start your own business, and control your destiny…financial and emotional. And most importantly, continue to search for the truth about the realities we have learned from history books. Bankrupt governments do not survive…regardless of the amount of money they can print into existence, or the amount of tax increases they can force on their citizenry. Instead, they print, print print…until the party is over and the punch bowl is empty…until no one else will even accept their paper money.

Watch Their Actions...NOT Their Words

Regardless of the promises and assurances we hear from the Bernanke’s and pseudo intellectuals of our day, deep down they know that the one thing they can never do is “come clean”…they cannot tell people the truth. This is why we watch their actions rather than their words. This is why the talk of reducing QE is just that…talk. Trust me when I tell you that there is one reason and one reason only that the FED decided against “tapering” QE. Bernanke and Obama’s minions know that QE is here to stay because the credit card bills wont stop coming, and there’s no other way to keep the shell game from imploding. That’s why there will soon come a day when the stock markets of the world drop by 10% plus on the same day that the FED announces an increase in QE. This, my friends, is when you will absolutely know that the medicine has ceased to work…and that the patient is near death.

Today, “don’t fight the tape and don’t fight the FED” continues to win the day…but when the next phase of economic turmoil kicks in, those that trust the old paradigm will be incredibly unprepared for the future we are being left with. The only question in my mind is timing…and that’s the only question.

Until next time,

Kip      

Friday
Sep202013

The Truth About The Obama Economy - It's Not the Legacy He Hoped For

With the out of control PR that we see in politics it's sometimes hard to separate the truth from the noise, and this is certainly the case when it comes to the truth about the economy. Determining whether or not we have seen an economic recovery (and how strong) under the Obama Presidency often depends on which side you see on TV, so instead, let's break down the cold hard facts...based in real numbers...and find out how our 44th President has done, economically speaking.

The following research comes from market strategist Michael Snyder, writing at Economic Collapse Blog. 

 Compared to when he first took office, a smaller percentage of the working age population is employed, the quality of our jobs has declined substantially and the middle class has been absolutely shredded.  If we are really in the middle of an "economic recovery", why is the homeownership rate the lowest that it has been in 18 years?  Why has the number of Americans on food stamps increased by nearly 50 percent while Obama has been in the White House?  Why has the national debt gotten more than 6 trillion dollars larger during the Obama era?  

The following are 33 shocking facts which show how badly the U.S. economy has performed since Obama became president.  

#1 When Barack Obama entered the White House, 60.6 percent of working age Americans had a job.  Today, only 58.7 percent of working age Americans have a job.

#2 Since Obama has been president, seven out of every eight jobs that have been "created" in the U.S. economy have been part-time jobs.

#3 The number of full-time workers in the United States is still nearly 6 million below the old record that was set back in 2007.

#4 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53 percent of all American workers now make less than $30,000 a year.

#5 40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

#6 When the Obama era began, the average duration of unemployment in this country was 19.8 weeks.  Today, it is 36.6 weeks.

#7 During the first four years of Obama, the number of Americans "not in the labor force" soared by an astounding 8,332,000.  That far exceeds any previous four year total.

#8 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

#9 When Obama was elected, the homeownership rate in the United States was 67.5 percent.  Today, it is 65.0 percent.  That is the lowest that it has been in 18 years.

#10 When Obama entered the White House, the mortgage delinquency rate was 7.85 percent.  Today, it is 9.72 percent.

#11 In 2008, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 268 billion dollars.  Last year, it was 315 billion dollars.

#12 When Obama first became president, 12.5 million Americans had manufacturing jobs.  Today, only 11.9 million Americans have manufacturing jobs.

#13 Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years.  Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

#14 The poverty rate has shot up to 16.1 percent.  That is actually higher than when the War on Poverty began in 1965.

#15 During Obama's first term, the number of Americans on food stamps increased by an average of about 11,000 per day.

#16 When Barack Obama entered the White House, there were about 32 million Americans on food stamps.  Today, there are more than 47 million Americans on food stamps.

#17 At this point, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.  This is the first time that has ever happened in our history.  That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

#18 When Barack Obama took office, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $1.85.  Today, it is $3.53.

#19 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#20 Health insurance costs have risen by 29 percent since Barack Obama became president, and Obamacare is going to make things far worse.

#21 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.

#22 According to economist Tim Kane, the following is how the number of startup jobs per 1000 Americans breaks down by presidential administration...

Bush Sr.: 11.3

Clinton: 11.2

Bush Jr.: 10.8

Obama: 7.8

#23 In 2008, that total amount of student loan debt in this country was 440 billion dollars.  At this point, it has shot up to about a trillion dollars.

#24 According to one recent survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

#25 During Obama's first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability insurance rose by more than 18 percent.

#26 The total amount of money that the federal government gives directly to the American people has grown by 32 percent since Barack Obama became president.

#27 According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.

#28 As I wrote about the other day, American households are now receiving more money directly from the federal government than they are paying to the government in taxes.

#29 Under Barack Obama, the velocity of money (a very important indicator of economic health) has plunged to a post-World War II low.

#30 At the end of 2008, the Federal Reserve held $475.9 billion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds.  Today, Fed holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds have skyrocketed past the 2 trillion dollar mark.

#31 When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent.  Today, it is up to 101 percent.

#32 During Obama's first term, the federal government accumulated more new debt than it did under the first 42 U.S presidents combined.

#33 When you break it down, the amount of new debt accumulated by the U.S. government during Obama's first term comes to approximately $50,521 for every single household in the United States.  Are you able to pay your share?

 

Thursday
Jun062013

Twilight Zone Ponzi Scheme, Falcon News, Economic, Market and Precious Metals Update

Lots to cover in our ongoing, real-life Twilight Zone. The reality is that we now live in a Globalized, Central Bank Ponzi Scheme, Fiat Currency Counterfeiting, Tulip Bulb Mania, Cartel Controlled World…and the end-game is going to be ugly…on steroids. The question, as always, is one of timing. 

First, a positive note. It was incredible connecting with everyone in Las Vegas for this months m2 Wealth Conference. This was Wealth Masters 16th m2, and based on the feedback and surveys, it may very well have been the best m2 ever. A huge THANK YOU to all the WMI Members that joined us!

Our good friend Wayne Allyn Root received another standing ovation for his keynote address and his new best selling book is nothing short of sensational. If you have not picked up “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide; How to Survive, Thrive and Prosper During Obamageddon”, I highly recommend that you do so today. It’s chock full of powerful and specific ideas and applications from Wayne, who I personally know to be the truest conservative living today. Wayne was kind enough to ask me to write a chapter with my predictions and solutions (which you can find on chapter 37), and it was an honor to participate…especially with the likes of Dr Marc Faber and Mark Skousen contributing chapters as well. 

For those that may be turned off by the title of Wayne’s book, allow me to set the record straight. Wayne would have written this (nearly) exact book, even if a Republican had won the Presidency. Be it Romney, McCain or whatever puppet “they” would have placed in the highest office in the land, Wayne knows, just as everyone with a pulse and half a mind knows, that the U.S. no longer has an independent and true, two party system.

Sure, Republicans will “act” different from Dems…and they will parrot the conservative party line to a naïve public…but at the end of the day we have a government controlled by the most powerful of special interests, and whether Republican or Democrat, it is the Global Cartels of the world that rule (just about) everything. Be it the Financial Cartel (currently the most sinister and powerful), the Military Cartel (always the most aggressive and deadly), the Energy Cartel (the source of massive, multi-decade, U.S. destroying wealth transfers), the Media Cartel (controlling/brainwashing the public) or the Drug Cartel (both legal and illegal), these cartels work hand-in-hand, functioning as a shadow government, to manipulate and control the masses. With this knowledge, we can view the events of the day entirely differently from the mainstream lemmings…allowing us to make informed and correct decisions, based in the truth and outside of this real-life matrix. Understanding what I’ve just written is the key to making great decisions for the rest of your life. It’s not always easy being a member of the “informed minority”, and in fact, can be more than just a little uncomfortable when putting your plans into place. However, once you begin to examine life by asking questions like; “Qui Bono?” (who benefits) and you begin to “Follow the Money” when looking for the truth, your search will become much simpler. And importantly, being a member of communities like the one we have in WMI, and the VRA, will make the journey even more enlightening and empowering…not to mention, a lot less lonely!

Economic/Market/Precious Metals Update

As I start this section of the update, I want to emphasize a point that was a focus of the m2. Regardless of the severity of the next major economic crash…and make no mistake, when the fiat currency and sovereign debt bubbles burst, the end result will be nothing short of epic…those that are prepared (both mentally and financially), will not only survive the chaos, but will become the new wealthy.

This is not an overstatement, in my view, and frankly undersells the record wealth transfer that is taking place from the uninformed to the informed.

For those that doubt this advice, let’s go back in time and take a look at the massive and unprecedented wealth destruction that has already taken place for those that have trusted in and used the fiat currency that is the US dollar (although this example can be applied with near identical results in your fiat currency as well).

1913 was an incredibly important and almost certainly the worst year for the future of the US. The Law of Unintended Consequences states, “There will be unintended results for every human action”. It doesn't take much effort to see this law's effects.

Prohibition is a great example to start with.  A law designed to improve the morality of the country instead made us a country of lawbreakers. How about welfare and its unintended consequences. Giving welfare checks to unwed mothers has produced more children to more unwed mothers, only making the problem worse. The same can be said for the unbridled expansion of both the food stamp and disability programs, with the unintended consequences here being the destructive loss of individual self worth and a massive addition to government handouts through already bankrupt entitlement programs…talk about a demoralizing combination for all.

1913 was the year that shows exactly what happens when the populace becomes complacent, doesn't pay attention, and is manipulated by the MSM (mainstream media) and lied to by those in power.  So, exactly what happened in 1913 that was so terrible?

Two major events:

1) The US Constitution was amended to permit the federal government to levy the population through an income tax, which directly led to the creation of our favorite government agency, the IRS.

2) The Federal Reserve Bank became reality, allowing Central Banks to control/manipulate our monetary system.

 With the news this week that the IRS has been targeting conservative groups for at least the last 3 years, I could spend much of this update detailing why our corrupt and progressive tax system is leading us down an almost identical path that led to the destruction of the Roman Empire. Instead, lets focus on the criminal cabal of international bankers that is our Central Banking System, the Federal Reserve.

The FED, since inception, has had one primary mandate (the dual mandate of “ensuring full employment” is only a recent addition, and of course they have failed miserably here as well). That mandate is to protect the value of the US dollar…THE currency of our country. So, what kind of job have they done since 1913? Answer: Since the US dollar has lost 97% of its value over these last 100 years; it’s safe to say that the FED has been across the board horrendous in achieving their one stated purpose for existing!

Let’s put pencil to paper and make the point crystal clear. In 1913, if you had placed $1 million in a bank account (non-interest bearing), or in a safe deposit box, or in your mattress, the present day purchasing power of your $1 million would be just $40,000…representing a loss of 97% of your money! 

However, if you had instead placed that $1 million into gold back in 1913, today you would have more than $74 million (with gold at $1400/oz). How amazing a difference is this! $40,000 vs $74 million. This is likely the most powerful example ever of both the FED’s destruction of our currency and its purchasing power, along with the importance of owning gold as an incredible store of value and insurance against the FED’s inept ability to succeed at its one job.

Here’s a chart of historical gold prices going back to 1833 so you can do the math yourself.

http://www.nma.org/pdf/gold/his_gold_prices.pdf

I will have more on the opportunity that this pullback in gold and silver is presenting us later, but keep the following in mind as well. If you had invested $10,000 into gold just over a decade ago at around $300/oz, you would have more than $46,000 today, giving you a gain of more than 360%. That same $10,000 invested in the stock market would be worth roughly $11,000, a gain of $1000 or roughly 10%. You be the judge as to which investment you would rather own.

“Don’t Fight the Tape - Don’t Fight the FED”

Since the inception of the VRA over a decade ago, I’ve written these words and explained this market truism more times than I can remember. Don’t fight the tape and don’t fight the FED is one of the first stock market/investing lessons I remember learning, and those that choose not to follow it can expect to pay the price. In fact, I have been guilty of this as well during the early phase of the stock market recovery. For those that may not fully understand its meaning, allow me to explain. First, “Don’t Fight the Tape” means that it is risky to bet against the primary trend of the stock market. A simple glance at the charts since the Spring of 2009 will tell you the direction of the tape since then…UP.

 

Second, “Don’t Fight the FED” means that its risky to bet against the actions of the Federal Reserve. And we know what the FED has been doing over the last 5 years…printing money like its Weimer, Germany circa the 1920’s.

 

Leaving emotion out of the conversation, along with our common sense thoughts on which direction the stock marketshould be going, based on the underlying economic global realities, the long-time investment advice of “don’t fight the tape/fed” is telling us that the stock markets of the world will continue moving higher, “until and unless” something changes. It’s always the timing of the next move…the change of direction…that’s the key.     

So, regardless of which way we might believe the stock market should go, when you have every Central Bank on the planet acting in unison, it sends us one clear an unmistakable message; Regardless of the costs…regardless of the unintended consequences…Central Banks, working hand in hand with governments around the world, will continue to print, print, print their fiat currencies in what has become the most epic of currency battles on record. You see, they view our depressionary, global economic realities as “war”, and will do whatever they feel necessary to win this war…even if it means risking our future and the bursting of the currency and debt markets…an almost certain reality that they have decided to face sometime down the line

There is an alternative theory to this madness, and I’ll share it with you now. Many geopolitical experts that I know and trust are certain that the actions of our global leaders are by design, and that the end-game is based on a desire for total control through one-world government…in other worlds, totalitarianism. They argue that by bringing down the economy through a coordinated and systemic financial collapse, there will be pleading cries from the masses of the world for HELP…at any and all costs. Those that doubt this as a possibility underestimate the mindset of megalomaniacs, especially those in a position of great power. Basic psychology teaches us that when people are desperate they will agree to pretty much anything tomorrow if it means the pain they are in will be lessened today. Remember the character Wimpy from the cartoon series Popeye? Wimpy’s quote “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today” explains this concept perfectly. And guess when Wimpy first said his now famous phrase…1932…or just as the effects of the Great Depression began to kick in.

Which future will we face? Only time will tell, but this much we know for certain; the masses of the world…as always…will be ill-prepared to deal with it.

Mr. Market Always has a Game Plan

In the not too distant future, one that I have predicted will come by the end of 2014 (in my book, CrashProof Prosperity), the planet will come face to face with the collapse of all collapses…but here’s the key; Mr. Market is very, very smart. Mr. Market can best be identified as ensuring that the majority of investors get it wrong. Because that’s how it works…the majority is always wrong, especially right at a market top or a market bottom. Mr. Market loves to wait until every last sucker has bought into the insanity of the bubble. Be it Tulips in the 1600’s…stocks in 1929…the Dot Coms in 2000…or US Real Estate in 2007, the majority is on the wrong side.

Mr. Market has now decided to catch as many people on the wrong side as possible in what has become the two largest bubbles in the history of mankind; these bubbles are fiat currency and sovereign debt.  

The single best tool in discovering “when” the next bubbles will burst is technical analysis, and I rely on T/A a great deal when looking for the “turn”. Right now T/A is sending a clear message about the overall market, and it will be a surprise to no one to learn that in the current environment of Central Bank money printing that equities continue to head higher. Every Central Bank on the planet is printing unprecedented amounts of fiat currency. More than $10 trillion in just the US…more than $2 trillion in China…more than $3 trillion in Japan, and more than $5 trillion in Europe. That’s a total of $20 trillion printed since just 2007, yet global economies continue to struggle. Does this make sense to you?? Of course not…because it makes sense to no one that understands economics, particularly how the free market system is supposed to work. 

Japan is truly in never-never land. I’ve written and warned about the demographic nightmare of Japan for years, where a dramatically aging population will soon cause a tidal wave of bankruptcies, with entitlement programs imploding in their own footprints. The birth rate in Japan is now the lowest on record…they now believe that bringing children into their bleak world makes little to no sense…and combined with a debt to GDP ratio of more than 250%, Japan’s leaders have reached the desperation phase. Hence the actions of Japan’s Central Bank, where they have announced a massive stimulus program that even includes buying Japanese equities! Since January, Japanese stocks have surged more than 38%, so on the surface it may appear that the strategy is working…but it only appears that way…because in the end this type of blatant economic manipulation only works for so long. This is NOT a free market system at work! 

But in the short term, “Don’t Fight the Tape and Don’t Fight the Fed” applies in Japan as well. The Black Swan event that I’ve been warning about could easily start in Japan, so I will be watching their moves closely. However, in an era of print, print, print in order to rescue global economies, we should expect stock prices to continue to climb…until this Ponzi Scheme ceases to work and currencies collapse, sending bond yields screaming higher…with an end result of hyperinflation and never before witnessed economic decline. A Great Depression that makes the 1930’s look like a walk in the park.    

In the short term, we should also pay attention to another piece of sage market advice. “Sell in May and Go Away”, encompasses the fact that historically more than 90% of all stock market gains occur between September to May. There is an important distinction to keep in mind, and that is when the year starts with gains in January and February (as we saw to start this year), Sell in May and Go Away does not actually hold true. Either way, here’s what we should me mindful of…technical analysis, or “The Tape”. As long as the trend remains higher, don’t be surprised to see the smart money continue to push the market higher, and that for the declines to be small in nature. The insanity of Central Bank manipulation WILL end, and technical analysis will give us the advance warning that we need to go aggressively short the equity markets.

Finally (for now at least), the following article is from my friend and former beltway insider Paul Craig Roberts. It sheds new light on the drop in gold and silver prices, and I’ve seen his very informed opinion stated nowhere else. Gold and silver remain the only true currencies on the planet, and should be purchased on a monthly basis…or as often as possible.

Until next time,

Kip

 

Gangster State America  By Paul Craig Roberts May 14, 2013 "Information Clearing House" -  There are many signs of gangster state America. One is the collusion between federal authorities and banksters in a criminal conspiracy to rig the markets for gold and silver.

My explanation that the sudden appearance of an unprecedented 400 ton short sale of gold on the COMEX in April was a manipulation designed to protect the dollar from the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policy has found acceptance among gold investors and hedge fund managers. 

The sale was a naked short. The seller had no gold to sell. COMEX reported having gold only equal to about half of the short sale in its vaults, and not all of that was available for delivery. No one but the Federal Reserve could have placed such an order, and the order came from one of the Fed’s bullion banks, one of the entities “too big to fail.”

Bill Kaye of the Greater Asian Hedge Fund in Hong Kong and Dave Kranzler of Golden Returns Capital have filled in the details of how the manipulation worked. Being sophisticated investors of many years of experience, both Kaye and Kranzler understand that the financial press runs with the authorized story planted to serve the agenda that has been put into play. 

Institutional investors who have bullion in their portfolio do not want the expense associated with storing it securely. Instead, they buy into Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) and hold their bullion in the form of a paper claim. The largest, the SPDR Gold Trust or GLD, trades on the New York Stock Exchange. The trustee and custodian is a bankster, and only other banksters are able to turn investments into delivery of physical bullion. Only shares in the amount of 100,000 can be redeemed in gold.

The price of bullion is not set in the physical market where individuals take delivery of bullion purchases. It is set in the paper futures market where short selling can drive down the price even if the demand for physical possession is rising. The paper gold market is also the market in which people speculate and leverage their positions, place stop-loss orders, and are subject to margin calls. 

When the enormous naked shorts hit the COMEX, stop-loss orders were triggered adding to the sales, and margin calls forced more sales. Investors who were not in on the manipulation lost a lot of money.

The sales of GLD shares are accumulated by the banksters in 100,000 lots and presented to GLD for redemption in gold acquired at the driven down price. 

The short sale is leveraged by the stop-loss triggers and margin calls, and results in a profit for the banksters who placed the short sell order. The banksters then profit again as they sell the released gold into the physical market, especially in Asia, where demand has been stimulated by the sharp drop in bullion price and by the loss of confidence in fiat currency. Asian prices are usually at a higher premium above the spot prices in New York-London. 

Some readers have said “don’t bet against the Federal Reserve; the manipulation can go on forever.” But can it? As the ETFs such as GLD are drained of gold, their ability to cover any of their obligations to investors diminishes. In my opinion, these ETFs are like a fractional reserve banking system. The claims on gold exceed the amount of gold in the trusts. When the ETFs are looted of their gold by the banksters, the gold price will explode, as the claims on gold will greatly exceed the supply. 

Kranzler reports that the current June futures contracts are 12.5 times the amount of deliverable gold. If more than 8 percent of these trades were to demand delivery, COMEX would default. That such a situation is possible indicates the total failure of federal financial regulation. 

What the Federal Reserve has done in order to maintain its short-run policy of protecting the “banks too big too fail” is to make the inevitable reckoning more costly for the US economy. 

Another irony is the benefactors of the banksters sale of the gold leeched from the gold ETFs. Asia is the beneficiary, especially India and China. The “get out of gold line” of the US financial press enables China to unload its excess supply of dollars, accumulated from the offshored US economy, into the gold market at a suppressed price of gold.

Kranzler points out that not only does the Fed’s manipulation permit Asia to offload US dollars for gold at low prices, but the obvious lack of confidence in the dollar that the manipulation demonstrates has caused wealthy European families to demand delivery of their gold holdings at bullion banks (the bullion banks are essentially the “banks too big to fail”). Kranzler notes that since January 1, more than 400 tons of gold have been drained from COMEX and gold ETF holdings in order to satisfy world demand for physical possession of bullion. 

Again we see that institutions of the US government are acting 100% against the interests of US citizens. Just who does the US government represent?

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. 

Monday
Nov052012

Hurricane Sandy…Presidential Election…It's Still The Economy...Stupid

We were told well in advance that Hurricane Sandy would be a once in a lifetime storm, and in a major rarity, forecasters actually underestimated a storm.

Katrina, Part Two

It’s hard to find the words for what we are witnessing, but for me, it sure brings back memories from August 2005. Few were prepared for what we are seeing play out this week, and with electricity still out for more than 3.5 million homes and businesses in just New York and New Jersey, and with two-thirds of all gas stations completely out of gas, trust me on this…this situation is about to go from “incredibly bad” to “unthinkably bad”. 

And by the way…we have a Presidential election in just four days (with at least 300 polling places that have no power).

A few observations: 

While it remains to be seen who will win this election, I cannot help but think back to the environment in 2008…and to the VRA update I wrote immediately following Obama’s election:

“It’s the Economy…Stupid!

This now famous line was attributed to George H Bush's mishandling of his re-election bid, when Bill Clinton's victory turned Bush into a one term President. The economy was in the dumps in the year leading up to the election and Bush seemed oblivious to the recession that the country was entering.

Just a year ago anyone paying attention would have told you that the big election issue in 2008 would be the war in Iraq. Then, Bear Stearns went under in the Spring, and 90% of all mortgage co's followed. Once Lehman filed for bankruptcy in September, and the stock market dropped 40%, "Its the economy...stupid" became the central theme of this election as well. 

It's obvious, from Barack Obama's landslide victory, that Obama and the Democratic Party are the big winners of the recession of 2008.

YES WE CAN!

Our new President-elect delivered one of the most passionate and compelling acceptance speeches in history early Wednesday morning, and the whole world celebrated with him. I cannot remember seeing a sight quite like the global party that his victory brought on, but it’s clear that the theme of his speech, "Yes we can", resonated with hundreds of millions everywhere. Whether or not his Presidency lives up to the hype (and I truly hope that it does), this is a moment in time that we will not soon forget...but at this point all the government can do is make things worse. Seriously, when is the last time you can remember

the government taking action and making great decisions? Maybe Obama will be different...but we're talking months before anything he can act on would begin having an affect.

If this sounds really depressing, just remember that it doesn't have to. The opportunities to prosper, even now, are as great if not greater than they have ever been (especially if you are an entrepreneur). This is why a recession serves such a major purpose. It gives us an opportunity to buy "real assets" at bargain basement prices so that when the economy begins to prosper once again, everything that we bought low...we can eventually sell high."

As I look back on that 2008 VRA update, I believe that “It’s the Economy…Stupid” will remain the theme that rules the day for the 2012 Presidential election. And, even in light of the many polls that show Obama with nearly insurmountable leads in the most important swing states, I will side with our good friend Wayne Allyn Root in predicting a Mitt Romney victory. Wayne is even forecasting that Romney will win in a landslide, and history has proven time and again that it pays to be on Wayne’s side. In addition, Karl Rove…the expert’s expert at politics…makes a very compelling and fact based case for a Romney win (the polls siding with Obama are statistically skewed to match the 2008 heavily Democratic turnout, which will simply not be the case in 2012). In addition, Rick Santelli, who I recently spoke with at the New Orleans Investment Conference, is calling for a Romney win. Rick makes a living (on CNBC) at correctly predicting the markets and economy, and his view is that Romney wins by a comfortable margin…with independent voters picking Romney by a wide margin.

Here’s my bottom line. Just as in 2008, this election is about the economy and which candidate can best revive it. Romney has consistently proven himself as a businessman, and love him or hate him on a personal level, the US economy remains in shambles and requires someone with Romney’s pedigree to turn things around. Regardless of who wins this election, things are going to get worse before they get better, and four more years with Obama could be a fatal economic blow. Case in point as to why Obama is the wrong person to lead us out of this mess; on a recent appearance with Jay Leno, Obama admitted that his math skills never made it past about the 7th grade level. Whether a joke or not, all evidence points to the fact that this is simply not the leader that our country requires…not now…not with the real unemployment rate at somewhere between 15-20%...not with a global depression lurking as a very real possibility…not with the global, sovereign debt implosion that’s already underway.

 A Bad Apple

Finally, Apple (AAPL) is telling us that something is not well…with them or with the overall stock market. As I’ve been writing, Apple is breaking down, losing another $20/share today (for a 3% drop), and down more than 17% in just over a month. As THE market leader, this is an incredibly bearish sign, and as of today’s close the stock is now below the all important 200 day moving average. One by one the markets leaders are turning lower, and importantly, are doing so on rapidly increasing trading volumes.

Our sincere thoughts and best wishes go out to everyone being impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This too shall pass….even though it may not feel like it right now. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us here at the VRA and at WMI if we can be of assistance.

Kip   

 

 

Monday
Jan162012

First they ignore you...then they ridicule you...then they fight you...then you win 

 

First they ignore you...then they ridicule you...then they fight you...then you win

Mohatma Gandhi

 This classic Gandhi quote from more than 70 years ago likely resonates with many of your reading this. We are taught from kindergarten on that we should raise our hand before speaking, that we should act with the rest of the group, and that the majority view is the correct, and therefore the safe view. Many times, individual thinking is frowned upon, and as a result, many (if not most) have become accustomed to the mindset that it's just safer to go along to get along.

 Likewise, regardless of your professional occupation, you have probably found that this exact thought process has been ever so subtly forced on you. Throughout life, and regardless of the topic...be it religion, politics, business, relationships, or investing...those that think outside the box, and then have the temerity to share their views with others, can many times be viewed as eccentric and a little kooky, if not radical and slightly dangerous. This is exactly how Gandhi was viewed throughout much of his adult life, as he taught his fellow countrymen and women in India the principles of resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience...AND in complete nonviolence...a philosophy that he lived, day-in day-out, for all to see and learn from. Gandhi made independence for India a reality with this philosophy, which also inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

 First they ignore you...then they ridicule you...then they fight you...then you win 

 But it's a little crazy to compare the accomplishments of one of the most principled visionaries and true leaders of all time to the topic of investing and wealth creation, right? OR...is this the exact approach that we should all work on in order to achieve our most sought after goals and dreams? Independent thinking, in my opinion, is the key to everything important in your life. Too often, we fall into the very dangerous trap of seeking the acceptance of others over thoughtful independent thinking, and then following through with actions that are in our own best interests.

 When you break free from "group think" and begin thinking outside the box, you will develop a level of inner confidence that allows you to reach heights never before achieved. And yes, with big ideas and an independent thought process you will likely find that your ideas are at first ignored and ridiculed. Then, when you begin to make people really uncomfortable, they may even fight you. This is when you will know that you have won.

 No, this is not my typical VRA update, but its a topic I have spent a lifetime thinking about. This mindset that allowed me to create the VRA in 2003 and empowered Karl Bessey and I to start Wealth Masters International in 2005.  It also gave us permission to become equal opportunity offenders...which then enabled us to create the unique, never-before-seen kind of company that WMI is today...beholden to no one. I believe that it's also why we picked up the moniker of The Worlds Premier Wealth Creation Community. We realized long ago that the majority is just about always wrong...and that it's been big thinking contrarians throughout history that have created the vast majority of wealth, and even more importantly, massive personal success through the concept of helping others to achieve what they want out of life.

 In my daily work with Wealth Masters, the VRA and CrashProof Prosperity, I meet and speak with literally hundreds of people each month that I know would benefit greatly from the adoption of this powerful approach to living life...and to living it on your terms. And it absolutely applies to creating massive amounts of wealth. Lemmings don't tend to do too well when they go over that cliff together.   

 This exact mindset is increasingly prevalent in our welfare minded, entitlement deserving state of mind.

 Today, more recipients collect money from the government than pay taxes. 

  • The US is now past 100% debt to GDP for the first time in our nations history. Throughout Europe, this number is consistently 130% plus, and in Japan, it's a staggering 230%. 
  • A record 48 million in the US are on food stamps, and nearly 1 in 4 receive money from the government each month. 
  • When Ronald Reagan took office in 1980, total government debt was $1 trillion...today it stands at more than $15 trillion, and is projected to rise to more than $23 trillion by 2015...less than 3 years from now!
  • Combined, including unfunded liabilities (entitlement programs), the US now has more than $117 trillion in total debt. 
  •  Finally, the US debt is now 5000 times greater than it was in 1913. Why is this year significant? 1913 is the year the Federal Reserve was created...the year that currency inflation became our largest financial threat. The global destruction of the middle class is the end result.  

 First they ignore you...then they ridicule you...then they fight you...then you win

 The facts presented here are just that...facts. By accessing the most valuable commodity on the planet...true knowledge...you are empowered to act in your best interests, and obtain your share of the ongoing $50 trillion wealth transfer. Have you ever wondered why it takes two incomes in your family to enjoy the same standard of living that just one income made possible just 20-30 years ago? Currency inflation...thanks to the Central Banks of the world, have robbed us of our savings, and made most everything we are forced to purchase on a daily basis much more expensive. 

 With the record debts laid out above, do you believe this situation will become better or worse going forward?

 Some 70 years ago, Gandhi made a difference in the lives of hundreds of millions by resisting tyranny through peaceful civil disobedience. Courage isn't easy...but what would you rather be remembered for? Going along to get along or taking a stand for speaking the truth and doing the right thing?

 After all....it's YOUR life. Why live it to make someone else happy?

 First they ignore you...then they ridicule you...then they fight you...then you win

 This $50 trillion wealth transfer is picking up speed...continue to find the courage to make the right decisions.

 Kip        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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