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Here’s Who Killed the American Middle Class – and Why

The proof is in the pudding.
I thought this article is quite interesting in explaining the declining of democracy in U.S.A; and the condition of the middle class who have been reduced to poverty by the very politicians who they elected for their well being.
So who were the Republican and Democratic politicians behind the wholesale transformation of America, and where are they now?
Well…..
Here’s Who Killed the American Middle Class – and Why
By SHAH GILANI, Capital Wave Strategist, Money Morning • @WallStreet_II • May 23, 2017
There’s a widening wealth gap in America. It took a generation, but the middle class in this country has been hollowed out. Most people agree on that. But they don’t really know how it happened or who’s really to blame – it’s been obscured with false narratives, covered with “fake news.”
The thing is, the truth is in front of us. We’re living it in real time. It’s just never discussed openly – for a reason.
The people who are behind this catastrophic American collapse have fooled folks into thinking this is all normal.
Well, it’s anything but that…
Who to Blame for the Disappearing Middle Class
Republicans aren’t to blame: Their old-school platform of a smaller federal government, fiscal conservatism, more power to the states, and belief that a lightly regulated path to working hard and standing on your own two feet is what made America the global bastion of entrepreneurship and helped create a middle class that is laudable and fair.
Democrats aren’t to blame: Their old-school platform of a larger, more interventionist federal government, spending on social programs, supporting and safeguarding workers, all kinds of civil rights, protections for the environment, and their belief that government should stand behind those not able to stand on their own two feet, or who have been trampled by runaway businesses, helped create a middle class that is equally laudable and fair.
The two parties, with their visions and flaws balanced by democracy, made America great… once.
What happened is greedy, neo-con, profiteering Republican crony capitalists hijacked their party, while greedy, limousine liberal, profiteering Democrat crony capitalists hijacked their party. Together, as a new class of elites joined the Masters of the Universe, they began manipulating state apparatuses and banking for fun and profit…
A lot of profit.
The crony capitalists’ principal enrichment tools are “financialization” and, as we’ll see a little later this week, its manservant, “globalization.”
Financialization is the retooling of the economy’s production and distribution assets, consisting of made-in-America goods and services, into credit-driven banking and financial services products.
At its core, financialization is the transfer of low-risk, low-profit debt into high-risk, high-profit products.
The net result of the mass commodification of debt-based financial instruments and leveraged debt (grossly under-collateralized by low-risk debt) is rampant speculation.
This heavy betting, however, isn’t undertaken just for the sake of pyramiding risks for speculative gains. These so-called “products” are now integral and necessary investment tools because traditional, safe investments don’t yield adequate returns in the world of financialization.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), in 1980, financial services contributed 4.9% to the country’s GDP. At its peak in 2006, that contribution had almost doubled to 8.3%.
More to the point, in terms of profitability, James Kwak, law professor at the University of Connecticut, calculated in 1980 the financial industry’s profits as a share of total U.S. business profits was 7.5%. That share of all business profits in corporate America jumped to more than 41% by the mid-2000s.
U.S. GDP in 2016 was $18.56 trillion, according to the BEA. In full view of financial services’ share of GDP (which is rising again) and its share of corporate profits (also on the march to new highs), it’s impossible not to see the financialization of the U.S. economy.
Worse, it’s actually become the beating black heart of the economy. It’s happening that way by design…
How the Financialization Scam Became Settled Public Policy
The road to financialization began with the overturning of longstanding public and economic protections, starting with the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980, a Trojan horse that let banks establish holding companies and gave the Fed more power over more banks.
That major deregulatory action was followed quickly by the Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act of 1982, which leveled the playing field for banks and their holding companies experiencing competitive disintermediation and decreasing profitability.
Ultimately, a series of subsequent rules- and regulations-trimming by banks’ congressional cronies culminated in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, whose main function was the total repeal of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act that had for decades separated insured, deposit-taking commercial banks from swashbuckling investment banks.
That’s how elitist Democrats and Republicans paved a super highway for the financialization of the American economy and their enrichment from the country’s transformation.
So who were the Republican and Democratic politicians behind the wholesale transformation of America, and where are they now?
You’d be shocked at how many of them you know as senators, House members, cabinet secretaries, principal regulators… Supposed stalwart guardians of American prosperity who’ve become filthy rich at the expense of the middle class, on whose backs and from whose labor and savings they’ve enriched themselves (and their reelection war chests). I’ve written thousands of pages in Insights and Indictments naming names and calling these sellouts what they really are: crony capitalist pigs.
The proof is in the pudding.
Actually, make that pooling.
Without financialization, we never would have had the subprime mortgage crisis and the market and financial system crashes.
I’ll show you how.
Home mortgages used to originate “locally,” with banks, thrifts, and credit unions that knew their communities, as well as the value of properties and creditworthiness of borrowers in those communities. Mortgage loans mostly stayed on the books of lending institutions until maturity or until properties were sold.
That was great for stability and fairness, and making sure things remain sustainable… but the trouble was, no one got filthy stinkin’ rich on it…
Financialization, with its cheap come-on capital, its dodgy pooling techniques, its structuring, its tranches, derivatives and synthetic derivatives of derivatives, turned a utility service into a speculative pyramid of leveraged loans that looked and acted more like a Ponzi scheme than the sophisticated, high-yielding, safe (a lot of them packaged with government approval and guarantees) financial instruments they were made out to be by rating agency co-conspirators.
We all know how that ended.
Thing is, it didn’t actually end there. How could it have? As horrific as the financial crisis was, as much wealth was vaporized, there was still lots more blood to drain from the middle and working classes – and their children.
A Bad Idea Gets Much, Much Worse
That bloodletting comes in the pooling of student loan debt. If anything, it’s even more sickening than the financialization of mortgage debt.
As if leveraging the living daylights out of the American dream of home ownership wasn’t enough, the financial vampires of the political class saw an opportunity in that other great American dream: higher education – the burning desire of people to better their lot and improve their wages and prospects at colleges and universities.
What happened to professors’, administrators’, state schools’, and private schools’ goals of helping Americans get a higher education for the fair wages they earned and the balanced budgets they hoped to achieve?
As horrific as the financial crisis was, as much wealth was vaporized, there was still lots more blood to drain from the middle and working classes – and their children.
They got greedy. They’re all in the big for-profit game now, thanks to financialization.
Hopeful students are suckered into cheap loans which are, of course, pooled, leveraged, sliced, diced, and sold to investors. The cash those investors fork over can be used to make more loans, to pyramid (or Ponzi, if you choose) students’ hopes and dreams that a higher education means a higher standard of living.
And if those loans are in arrears, in default, and don’t get paid back – hey – investors don’t have to worry.
The government, which is to say crony capitalist congressmen and women, have fixed that potentially profit-leaking hole.
You see, making student debtors “low risk” by having the state guarantee payment of interest and principal to investors – while extracting more payment from grossly indebted students (plenty of whom never graduate), no matter the cost or the poverty level of those beleaguered, unemployed, underemployed, and generally struggling indebted borrowers – means that more loans can be pushed like dope to the uninitiated who have no idea about the trap they’re being lured into.
And as for the neo-liberal educators and liberal arts universities who want more kids – customers – to get a better education, they’re making hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries and tens of millions of profits every year.
That’s financialization at work.
It’s not at work alone. Later this week in my Insights & Indictments service, I’m going to show you how globalization is taking these crony capitalist schemes big time, as in, worldwide, trapping billions in a state of permanent poverty. Click here to get my update as soon as it’s released, and you’ll get all of my Insights & Indictments research, too – free.
Together, we’ll play the crony capitalists’ game while working to destroy it.
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Let’s get started! Free Online Business Course @Stanford is on NOW!

Let’s get started!

Howdy! We’re super excited for the first lecture of How to Start a Startup (and to have 50,000 of you following along), and I hope you are too. Sam will be starting things off tomorrow, and Dustin Moskovitz (cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures) will cover Why to Start a Startup.

Dustin and Sam will each answer a couple of questions in Q&A this week. You can submit questions on this form (by this evening for Dustin, by Wednesday for Sam). Top questions will selected to be voted on by members of the Facebook group (tonight for Dustin, on Wednesday for Sam).

400 universities around the world, as well as many non-university organizations, are organizing viewing sessions to bring people together, watch the lecture videos, discuss the content, bounce ideas off each other, and peer evaluate assignments. Contact info for university Leaders and other organizers, as well as viewing session details, are on this spreadsheet. If you’re organizing a viewing session that isn’t on that sheet, please add it!

You don’t have to go to a viewing session to watch the 50-minute videos – all will be posted on startupclass.samaltman.com by 4 PM Pacific Time (no live stream) every day.

There are two recommended readings before watching the lecture tomorrow: Advice for Ambitious 19 year olds by Sam Altman, and Good and Bad Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur by Dustin Moskovitz.

You’ll get an email tomorrow as soon as the first video is online. That will include a link to the discussion forum we’ll be using specifically to discuss the contents of the lectures.

Have a great Monday!

Sam and Pulak

3D Printing and ViWiDA CFO Media Hype-Amazon shopping starts here!

Have you heard about this story of doing your Amazon shopping here?
Go ahead and do your 3D printing shopping first, and then come back; you won’t be disappointed. Trust me! Just make sure you are utilizing this Amazon link or scroll below and start shopping.. Go on!

You heard all the hype about the 3D printing by now, right? If not; ooh well my dear fellow citizen, you better get ready for this one!
If you heard about 3D printing, and you’re in markets, that is buying/selling stocks; you may want to consider investing, or looking into investing in companies such as
Proto Labs and the likes.. FineLine Prototyping, a 3D printing company based in Raleigh, has been acquired by publicly traded Proto Labs for $38 million.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/25/3810901/raleigh-3d-printing-company-fineline.html#storylink=cpy

That is today’s news. And BTW— please take note because….
I want you to be aware that I’m not a broker, nor do I trade stocks on Wall Streets; which means, I’m not an expert in advising you where to put your money in stocks. But, get this one….
FineLine had revenues of about $9.7 million last year.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/25/3810901/raleigh-3d-printing-company-fineline.html#storylink=cpy

And now they are $30million richer! Proto Labs bought them out, they paid a hefty chunk; didn’t they? The story is getting juicy right.? Yes, I thought so. You can read more of it at the end
Well… go ahead and shop, then come back…!

Listen… MALARKEY IS NOT @Viwidausa.org ..get it?!

When you come back from shopping, you’ll be able to hear and see me with your own eyes. Me shopping for 3D printings. Right here!
Yes, you’ll get to see yours truly shopping for all her needs right here, and will be encouraging you to do your entire Amazon shopping right here too; because, most of the proceeds goes to help ViWiDA, a non profit organization, which empowers Women and Youth.____by dsWalton

Your first Pitch to a Grantmaker

It’s never easy to ask for money for your non profit project, but sooner of later one will have to do so. Just remember to write down what you going to say to your Grantmaker; make sure to make it short, sincere and start with your mission statement to stay on the path of what you are seeking.  Read more from the Nonprofit times original link here: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/management-tips/perfecting-your-first-pitch-to-a-grantmaker/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=W140310

Perfecting your first pitch to a grantmaker

by The NonProfit Times – March 10, 2014

Your introduction to a grantmaker can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it’s an important entry-point in the grantmaking process. “First impressions go a long way, so make you opening pitch count!” said Holly Thompson, contributing editor to the Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Most people don’t relish the idea of having a “cold conversation” with a complete stranger. A good way of lessening the anxiety is to have a rehearsed and ready introduction, or “elevator pitch,” in your back pocket for when you meet a potential funder.

When crafting and delivering your pitch, Thompson suggests the following :

  • Write it down: Don’t shoot from the hip. Write yourself a short script so you have something to practice from and revise as you go along.
  • Make it clear, short and sincere: Don’t use jargon or acronyms and don’t be wordy — choose simple language that conveys your main points quickly. Limit your pitch to 30 seconds (at most), and be sure that it sounds like something you would normally say.
  • Say who you are and what you’re looking for: Begin with the basics: “My name is [name], I’m a [title, role] at [organization, group].” Next, state briefly what your organization does and for whom. Use your mission statement as a starting point, but be sure you use everyday language. End you pitch by stating what you are seeking, e.g., information, advice, resources, introductions.
  • Listen: Often the easiest thing to do when you’re nervous is to keep talking. Be sure to show you’re here to listen, as well. Remember that your pitch is an opening to a two-way conversation (not a monologue).
  • Practice, practice, practice: Say your pitch out loud to a colleague, friend or family member and get their feedback. Was it clear? Interesting? Too slow or too fast?

“The best way to hone your pitch is to deliver it in real time,” noted Thompson, “so have your pitch ready when you’re at a conference or community event, or when you have an opening for an introductory call.” In time, says Thompson, your pitch will come naturally, and the more comfortable you feel, the more fun and exciting it will be to network with grantmakers.

5 Ways to Attract Targeted Facebook Fans for Your Business

It is not easy to get fans for your Facebook page or Website without spending some money. Whatever the social media you use you’ll find that the easier way to get fans is to pay for it; because, it all amounts to getting traffic to your sites and have people like your business and hope that traffic will somehow make a purchase, that is, if you’re selling anything. Even if you’re not selling, just to get enough amount of visitors to your site eventually you’ll need to pay for it. Meanwhile, you can still use these 5 ways to attract targeted fans from internet.
6 minute read, by KRISTI HINES
With over 1 billion active users, Facebook is the top social network where every business can find an audience. However, unlike Twitter, building your audience on Facebook can be a little more tricky.

In this post, we’re going to look at five ways to attract targeted fans to your Facebook page.

1. Add a Like Button or Like Box to your website.

When you implement the LIKE BUTTON or LIKE BOX on your website, you make it easy for people to like your page without ever leaving your website. This can help keep your visitors focused on your website and give them a reason to come back later.

Alternatively, you can use the the expanded Like Box to show your latest Facebook updates along with the Like Button for your page.

Either way, getting your website visitors as fans of your page is a definite plus when it comes to making sure your customers remember you before and after a sale.

2. Add your page to your personal profile.

Make it easy for family, friends, and people from search to become a fan of your business’s Facebook page through your personal profile by adding a link to your page in your Work & Education section. Simply go to edit your About section, and add your business as your employer. Make sure that your business page shows up in the dropdown to select.

Then enter your title and make it your current place of work. Once you’re finished, you should be able to go to your profile, hover over your business name, and see a popup for your business’s Facebook page.

001When you do this, you can also promote your Facebook page by commenting on sites using the Facebook comment system. Your page link will be displayed next to your personal profile link above all of your comments.

3. Invite your e-mail contacts and friends.

Facebook page owners have a few options under the Build Audience menu on their page. First off, they have more options than any other social network to find people to suggest your page to in your e-mail contacts.

You can also suggest your page to all of your Facebook friends. This will show them a notification that you have asked them to like their page.

003While suggesting to friends can be a little time consuming as there is no select all option, it can be worthwhile if you have dedicated friends who like your business.

4. Participate on relevant Facebook pages.

Did you know you can use Facebook as your business page, like other pages, and comment on them? This is a great way to get exposure in front of your target audience. Just find similar business pages (preferably not competitors as they could delete your comments), like them, and participate in the comments.

002For example, women’s clothing stores could participate on the Facebook pages for fashion magazines. Tennis shops could participate on ATP player’s fan pages. The possibilities are endless. And if you leave valuable comments, people will start to come back to your page to learn more about your business.

5. Invest in Facebook Advertising.

Facebook has lots of great options when it comes to advertising your page. You can start with page promotion using the Get More Likes campaign on your page itself.

You can also use Sponsored Stories in the main Facebook Ads section to promote posts on your page or your page itself to friends of the fans of your page.

If you do use the main Facebook Advertising, be sure to target your advertising to people who match the demographics and interests of your ideal customers. Your goal isn’t to gain massive exposure and lots of likes – it’s to gain targeted exposure for targeted fans!

Measure the Results

As you are building your targeted fan base on Facebook, you will want to see how the growth benefits your business’s bottom line. Connect your Facebook page along with your Google Analytics and e-commerce platform with a FREE SUMALL ACCOUNT today.

Then you can find out if the increase in fans leads to an increase in traffic and sales!

KRISTI HINES

Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. You can follow her on Twitter and Google+.

 

Native Advertising Is Growing In Popularity

 

For many business owners, online advertising has traditionally meant banner ads and Pay Per Click campaigns with the likes of Google and Yahoo. While the online space was in its infancy for marketers, this approach was successful.

However, in recent years, consumers have become more discerning about how they’re marketed to, and this has resulted in banner ads and PPC campaigns taking a revenue hit. According to a recent article at Smart Insights, global clickthrough rates continue to show unimpressive interaction, with “banner blindness” a key factor in consumers ignoring straight-up advertising.

Instead, social ads and content marketing have started to drive bigger engagement, with consumers increasingly acting upon ads within the likes of Twitter and Facebook, as well as sponsored blog posts from bloggers promoting a certain brand or product.

Yet even these methods of advertising are beginning to be less effective, with reports showing consumers tiring of constant blatant promotion by bloggers, and confusion around disclosure of a paid/sponsored promotion via these channels.

With consumers looking for a better brand experience that doesn’t necessitate a barrage of ads, one area that’s set to break out in 2014 is that of native advertising.

What Is Native Advertising?

The problem with advertising is it can often seem out of place to the recipient. Mass advertising in particular—print ads or TV ads—is sent out based on attachment to a popular TV show or the reach of a newspaper or magazine. This leads to less relevance for the audience.

Online ads allowed marketers to become more focused, and begin to isolate target audiences based on age, demographic, browsing habits and more. However, this could still lead to irrelevant ads, with ads showing up based on a Web user’s browsing history, versus the ad matching the content being viewed.

This is where native advertising comes into play.

By matching advertorial to content, the hope is the increased relevance to the viewer results in the desired action for that ad. For example, let’s say you’re a fan of Ford vehicles. You visit a site like Jalopnik and, while reading about the new Ford F-150, you see an accompanying ad for tonneau covers, or tire pressure monitoring hardware.

By providing complementary ads to an audience on a relevant site, and providing context for the purchase, the chances of the ad being more successful are higher than an ad for toothpaste, for example.

Mobile native responses
It’s this contextual relevance that’s making native advertising so attractive to marketers, advertisers and business owners of all sizes. So how can your business benefit?

Native Ads As Content Marketing

As consumer behaviour shifts from making a purchase after seeing a brand ad to researching and validating through reading blogs and trusted online media sources, businesses need to think about how they can be a part of that shift.

A particularly effective approach is to partner with bloggers in your industry or niche, and provide relevant advertising opportunities for them where they can also benefit. There are multiple benefits to this method:

  • Both the blogger and his or her audience are relevant to your products or services, offering a warmer lead opportunity.
  • The blogger is respected by their audience and, as such, offers a higher potential for actions taken (downloads, demos, inquiries, etc.).
  • By partnering with a blogger, your business can bypass ineffective ad partners and provide fresh, relevant content direct to the source (blogger and audience).

To help you identify which bloggers are the most relevant to your brand, as opposed to those with a larger audience but less relevance, you can use tools like InkyBee and InNetwork to help you filter out the best matches.

These companies also offer excellent support in ensuring the bloggers who are the best fit for you are the ones identified by their technology.

Once you identify the bloggers, take the time to review their blogs and how they traditionally partner with third-parties like your brand. Some may display relevant ads next to an editorial, while some may offer sponsored content.

See which works best for the blogger you’re looking to connect with and then reach out with your proposal, identifying your budget and goals to ensure the blogger is the right fit from a financial standpoint.

Native Ads And Mobile

As desktop browsing continues to make way for mobile browsing as the preferred source of content consumption, so marketers and businesses need to adapt their tactics to meet this diversifying audience.

Indeed, ComScore predicts that mobile browsing will overtake desktop browsing in the next year.

Mobile versus desktop 2014
This opens up a host of different opportunities for businesses to connect with their customers on their chosen mobile platform.

  • Facebook reports that mobile ads have contributed more than $1.5 billion in revenue, with much of that coming from targeted, native ads in a Facebook user’s stream.
  • Social networks Instagram and Tumblr are enjoying profitable brand partnerships through in-line native ads that are part of the user experience.

For businesses already using social media as part of their marketing outreach, the mobile-readiness of these networks make it easy to create in-line ads that will go directly to a targeted customer base (Facebook Ads offer the option to be placed in both desktop and mobile feeds).

Additionally, there are dedicated solutions to help you create a mobile native ad. One such company is Namo Media, which provides a seamless way for you to include in-line ads on mobile apps. Nano Media’s templates adapt to your brand’s design, keeping ads unobtrusive and a natural part of your customer’s experience.

If your business doesn’t have the scale to build apps, solutions like Conduit Mobile enable you to create inexpensive apps with multiple features and promotional solutions.

Whether you’re looking to partner with bloggers and media for native ads through content marketing, or offering a dedicated mobile experience either through existing social networks or a dedicated app, it’s clear that native advertising is growing in popularity and effectiveness for marketers and businesses of all sizes.

With budgets increasingly being allocated to native advertising, now might be a good time to start considering how you can use it for your business, before your competitors leave you behind.

http://www.smallbusinessnewz.com/how-you-can-use-native-advertising-to-complement-content-marketing-2014-02#more

 

 

The Stock Market In Japan Is Collapsing. Is U.S.A next in line?

With this one I have to include the comments from readers at
The Trading Report so you can get an idea about our economy worldwide; as well as enjoy fresh ideas and insight about the  the realities of the collapsing market globally as some are predicting to happen this year. This is what some people say about the whole situation:-  “Japanese economy was sideswiped in the early 90’s by artificially low interest rates and excessive money supply which led to bubbling asset prices;  when alot you who think the economy is going to be all roses’s the one with the gold and silver will flourish;  Maybe you are not aware of the nature of debt, but at some point it must either be paid back, defaulted on, or inflated away: since paying it back is not an option, we will be stuck with #2 or # 3, neither of which will end well.”  Enjoy the article……and let us hear from you too, you can comment in the end

The Stock Market In Japan Is Collapsing

By Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog | Original Link) February 5, 2014
Tokyo Night
Did you see what just happened in Japan? The stock market of the 3rd largest economy on the planet is imploding. On Tuesday, the Nikkei fell by more than 610 points. If that sounds like a lot, that is because it is. The largest one day stock market decline in U.S. history is only777 points. So far, the Dow is only down about 1000 points during this “correction”, but the Nikkei is down more than 2,300 points. The Nikkei has dropped more than 14 percent since the peak of the market, and many analysts believe that this is only just the beginning. Those that have been waiting for a full-blown stock market collapse may be about to get their wish. Japan is absolutely drowning in debt, their central bank is printing money like crazy and the Japanese population is aging rapidly. As far as economic fundamentals go, there is very little good news as far as Japan is concerned. So will an Asian financial collapse precede the next great financial crisis in the United States? That is what some have been predicting, and it starting to look increasingly likely.

What happened to the Nikkei early on Tuesday was absolutely breathtaking. The following is how Bloomberg described the carnage…

At the end of January 2013, Japanese stocks trailed only Portugal for the biggest rally among developed markets. Now the Nikkei 225 Stock Average is leading declines, slumping 8.5 percent last month and today capping a 14 percent drop from its Dec. 30 peak.

Losses snowballed in Tokyo during a global retreat that has erased $2.9 trillion from equity values worldwide this year amid signs of slower growth in China and stimulus cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

As Bloomberg noted, much of the blame for the financial problems that we are seeing all over the planet right now is being placed on the Federal Reserve.

The Fed created this bubble by pumping trillions of fresh dollars into the global financial system, and now they are bursting this bubble by starting to cut off the flow of easy money.

This is something that I warned would happen when the Fed decided to taper, and now RBS is warning of a “market bloodbath” unless the Federal Reserve immediately stops tapering.

Most Americans simply do not realize that our financial markets no longer resemble a free market system. Instead, they are highly manipulated and distorted by the central banks, and the trillions of dollars of “hot money” that the Fed has poured into the global financial system has infected virtually every financial market on Earth…

On Wall Street they call it “hot money”—that seemingly endless flow of cash that goes to the most profitable country du jour—but in the real economy it’s gone cold.

That hot money has come mostly in the form of a low-yielding U.S. dollar, which investors have borrowed en masse to fund investments in other higher-yielding currencies across the globe. The so-called carry trade has helped fuel an investment bonanza across the world that has boosted risk assetsthanks primarily to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s easy-money policy.

But with the Fed tiptoeing away from what initially was an $85 billion-a-month infusion of liquidity, investors are beginning to prepare themselves for a world of rising rates in which the endless cash flow to emerging market economies begins to ebb, then cease.

We never fixed any of the fundamental problems that caused the last financial crisis. Instead, the Fed seemed to think that the solution to any problem was just to create more money.

It was an incredibly stupid approach, and now our fundamental problems are worse than ever as Marc Faber recently noted…

“Total credit as a percent of the global economy is now 30 percent higher than it was at the start of the economic crisis in 2007, we have had rapidly escalating household debt especially in emerging economies and resource economies like Canada and Australia and we have come to a point where household debt has become burdensome on the system—that is, where an economic slowdown follows.”

So what comes next?

Well, unless the Fed or other central banks intervene, we are probably going to have even more carnage.

At least that is what Dennis Gartman, the editor and publisher of “The Gartman Letter”, told CNBC on Tuesday…

“I just think you’re going to have a very severe, very substantive and really quite ugly correction that will probably make a lot of people wail and gnash their teeth before it’s done.”

Other analysts share his pessimism. According to Doug Short, the vice president of research at Advisor Perspectives, the U.S. stock market “still looks 67% overvalued“.

Most sobering of all is what Richard Russell is saying. In his 60 years of writing about financial issues, he has never been “so filled with foreboding regarding what lies ahead”…

I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t worried about the way things are going. Frankly, I’m truly scared for myself, my family and the nation. I have the sinking feeling that the stock market is on the edge of a crash. If that happens, investor sentiment will turn quickly bearish. And the bear market will start feeding on itself. Ironically, the recent action occurred in the face of almost insane bullishness on the part of the crowd and on the part of investors.

Obviously smart heads and institutional money managers know that the US is semi dead in the water. And all the talk about an improving economy is just wishes and hopes. Bernanke’s dream of a flourishing new economy, improving without the need of the Fed’s help, is an idle dream.

I’ve been writing about the stock market for over 60 years and I can’t remember a time when I was so filled with foreboding regarding what lies ahead. The primary trend of the market, like the tide of the ocean, is irresistible, and waits for no man. What scares me the most in this current situation is that I see no clear island of safety.

You can read the rest of his very disturbing remarks right here.

U.S. stocks may not totally crash this week, this month or even this year, but without a doubt a day of reckoning is coming. As a society, our total consumer, business and government debt is now equivalent to approximately 345 percent of GDP.

The only way that the game can continue is to keep pumping up the debt bubble even more.

Once the debt bubble stops expanding, it will start collapsing very rapidly.

Those that foolishly still have lots of money in the stock market better hope that the Federal Reserve decides to intervene in a major way very soon.

Because if they don’t, there is a very good chance that we could indeed have a “market bloodbath” on our hands.

Join the discussion…at the trading report
http://www.thetradingreport.com/2014/02/05/the-stock-market-in-japan-is-collapsing/
george • 20 hours ago
Maybe we could get the taxpayers to give us a 100 million to go on a one week trip and not worry about increasing the debt, or for that matter anything else and we could all take “selfies” of ourselves.
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JohnDille • 20 hours ago
YADA YADA YADA!!! I guess Michael Snyder has never heard of Abenomics, the Japanese version of infinite Quantitative Easing! Right wingers wishing to bash Japan’s effort to get its stagnant economy moving apparently are not aware that it has been stagnant for more than 20 years… so it is about time they try SOMETHING!!! That is especially true because Japan can no longer afford stagnation… it can risk serious economic problems by following Abenomics… or they can risk even more serious economic problems by doing nothing!!! In other words, Japan is in the same situation the United States was a few years ago… when they decided to step in and do the bail out thing and the quantitative Easing thing… as risky as those strategies were… OR THEY COULD HAVE DONE LIKE RIGHT WINGERS WANTED THEM TO DO… and let the whole US economic system collapse!!! Japanese economy was sideswiped in the early 90’s by artificially low interest rates and excessive money supply which led to bubbling asset prices They seem to forget that out there in the REAL world, the solution to the debt problem is inherently simple, though controversial… SINCE ALL THAT DEBT IS JUST PAPER, IF PUSH REALLY COMES TO SHOVE, JUST PUT A MATCH TO THE MOST EXPENSIVE FORMS OF ALL THAT PAPER!!! Let the rich right wingers scream in protest… WE STOLE ALL OF THAT MONEY FAIR AND SQUARE… but driving down interest rates almost to zero is saving the US government and the people of the United States TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR IN INTEREST COSTS… SAVINGS THAT WILL BE COMPOUNDED FOR YEARS TO COME IF WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THAT STRATEGY!!! In the mean time, let the right wingers howl… THE WIND BLOWS LOUDEST THROUGH AN EMPTY BARN… as my old man used to say!!!
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Paul Dragotto JohnDille • 19 hours ago
why are you blaming the right. it’s the whole damn system. if you have any money in a 401K , or any retirement , get it into gold and silver. when alot you who think the economy is going to be all roses’s the one with the gold and silver will flourish. i’m not a republican nor a deomocrap, i’m an patriot. i stand by the constituiton and the i buy guns and gold.i see inflation every week go up in food price’s and dry goods. when the storm troopers come to take you to a FEMA camp . i’ll be safe with my food,guns, and metals. good luck chuck.
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Joe Cabot JohnDille • 17 hours ago −
Uh, sleepy, maybe you were dozing off, but the stimulus in the USA began during the Bush administration. Called TARP, too big to fail, and corporate bailouts, the lefties were in full howl over the excesses and evil of it all. Now that Barry is in office it suddenly becomes sound economic policy. By the way, the Japanese economy was sideswiped in the early 90’s by artificially low interest rates and excessive money supply which led to bubbling asset prices, which is exactly where we are at today. Maybe you are not aware of the nature of debt, but at some point it must either be paid back, defaulted on, or inflated away: since paying it back is not an option, we will be stuck with #2 or # 3, neither of which will end well. That lesson was taught during the first week of basic economics – you must have been in the barn with your dad that week.
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Powerful Secret Society in the United States – Illuminati was behind every consequential wealth event of the past year

Powerful Secret Society re-emerged in the United States. This secret society is well known as Illuminati and was behind every consequential wealth event of the past year. If you think this is some kind of propaganda, conspiracy theory or myth you better wake up and smell the money because the rich will be richer and the poor will get poorer…listen to this. Hi! my name is Dinnah Walton a CFO for  VIWIDAusa, a non profit organization enriching the women and youths across the globe and 

According to Robert Williams, a Publisher at Wall Street Daily the government is increasingly becoming a secret society in and of itself. Wall Street Daily exposes the dirty truths behind Wall Street’s misinformation machine. And Capitol Hill’s increasing role in the con. http://www.wallstreetdaily.com/

The dark years of Illuminati are over. Once on the brink of extinction, the secret society has powerfully re-emerged in the United States. In fact, it now wields more power than ever.
As founder of a major publication, Wall Street Daily, I can say the following with absolute conviction….
Illuminati was behind every consequential wealth event of the past year. Its biggest coup was the emergence of bitcoin. (Crypto-currencies have always been the classic signature of Illuminati.)
Please be warned…Illuminati’s next bombshell will be even bigger. It’s scheduled to hit America in January.
While the public desperately waits for the dust to settle…Illuminati members will get even richer.
To access the full Illuminati Report, including details of its next bombshell, click the link below.
Yes, I’d like to access the Illuminati Report.

Regarding Top Secret Government Information…    By ROBERT WILLIAMS, Publisher, Wall Street Daily

Warning: What you’re about to read is likely to shock you, and represents only a brief glimpse behind the government’s increasingly thick veil of secrecy.

The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
J.F.K.

Although Wall Street Daily is doing everything in its power to keep its readers informed, the government continues to behave like a secret society in and of itself.
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Let’s face it, capitalism isn’t always fair!
The American Dream is now beyond the reach of most people.
The middle class continues to shrink, as 5% of the public owns 90% of the money.
And while I’m absolutely in favor of “free markets,” they only seem to be benefitting two infinitely small regions of the country – Capitol Hill and Wall Street.

The borders of Washington D.C. encompass only 63.8 square miles.

The borough of Manhattan in New York City only covers 33.8 square miles.

Together, they encompass a miniscule 0.0026% of the United States.

Yet the tandem enjoys every bit of power. (And every conceivable advantage, I might add.) It’s a harsh reality not likely to change anytime soon.

Did you know that President Obama’s largest campaign donor when he got elected in 2008 was Goldman Sachs? And that, collectively, Wall Street contributed $9.9 million to his campaign? If you already knew that, I applaud you. But there’s still plenty you don’t know.
Look, I’m not naïve. I realize that big government, big secrecy and big corruption always walk hand-in-hand through one presidential administration after the other. But over the last few years, the relationship between Wall Street and Capitol Hill has gotten, well… far too cozy, which leads me to the troubling news I must report today.

You see, the government is withholding information from the public. And that’s scary.
If the American people can’t find out exactly what their elected officials are up to, then their elected officials are likely up to no good, right?  Yet it’s virtually impossible to find the truth in Washington these days.

Roughly 854,000 people presently hold top-secret security clearances.

More ominous still, 33 building complexes have been constructed in (and around) the Capital Beltway over the last 11 years for top-secret use.

Secrecy is spreading like an infection on democracy, and it has the power to impact your wallet if you’re not careful.

According to the U.S. Information Security Oversight Office, the number of new secrets rose 75% from 1996 to 2009.

Over the same period, the number of documents referring to those secrets skyrocketed by a factor of nearly 10 – from 5.6 million to 54.7.

The United States presently has over 2.3 million national secrets, designated as such by the government over the last 10 years. I’m sure you have a pretty tough mindset.

As long as you feel like policymakers have your best interests in mind, you’ll accept a finicky economy.

In fact, I suspect that you’re “okay” with a decline in your standard of living, as long as you believe the country is getting back on track, right?

Heck, you might even accept that income inequality exists, as long as you feel like you’re still getting a fair share of the pie.

BUT…

When you add the perception that the economic game is rigged…

That those with great wealth and power will always block your way, no matter how hard you try to get ahead…

THEN you get angry. Very angry. (I don’t blame you a bit.)

Today, one in every eight Americans is enrolled in the food stamps program.

Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs now pays its employees an average of nearly $600,000 a year.

The starting salary for a big-time congressional or White House staffer is about $500,000.

My team consistently breaks stories that you can’t read about anywhere else.
And we hate secrets!
We warned of the financial crisis months before it happened. (It wasn’t a secret to us.)
We shouted from the rooftops that 3-D printing was about to change the world an entire calendar year before the story hit the wires. (Wall Street really tried to protect this secret.)
We pleaded with our readers to ignore the Facebook IPO. (The media kept this one a secret.)
Robert Williams
Publisher, Wall Street Daily

12 Reasons Why Gold Price Will Rebound and Make New Highs in 2014

12 Reasons Why Gold Price Will Rebound and Make New Highs in 2014 Commodities / Gold and Silver 2014Oct 25, 2013 – 09:24 AM GMT

By: Jason_Hamlin

Investor sentiment towards precious metals is at the lowest level in over a decade. Many analysts believe the bull market is over and are calling for sub-$1,000 gold in 2014. Even diehard gold bugs are losing faith, as the correction has been longer and more severe than most had anticipated.  So, is it time to throw in the towel? Is the bull market in precious metals really over?  In order to answer this question, I thought it would be constructive to re-visit the fundamental drivers of the gold price and determine if anything changed over the past two years to weaken the bullish case. My conclusion is that nearly all of the fundamental factors that have been driving the gold price higher in the past decade have only strengthened in the past two years. Now that the correction has most likely run its course, I expect gold to rebound into the close of the year and bounce sharply higher in 2014. Here are the 12 reasons why…

#1 – Rapidly Growing Debt

Just one day after President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default, the US debt surged a record $328 billion, the first day the government was able to borrow money. The U.S. national debt has increased by more than a trillion dollars in the past 12 months. This pushed the total debt above $17 trillion for the first time in history. As the debt increases and GDP growth slows, the debt-to-GDP ratio will continue to rise at an accelerating pace. This is simple math and it dictates an ongoing slide in the purchasing power of the dollar and rise in the purchasing power of real assets and particularly monetary metals such as gold and silver.

The following charts show the steepening rise in total public debt and the debt-to-GDP ratio of the United States. Many economists view a debt-to-GDP ratio of 100% as the point of no return. It is a slippery slope that is certain to push higher at an accelerated rate in the coming years.

                       

Note that alternate calculations of the total debt including unfunded liabilities and off-balance sheet items, puts the number somewhere closer to $100 trillion or more than 5 times the official figure. This equates to a debt-to-GDP ratio of over 500%, not the 100% charted below.

 

Takeaway: The total level of debt and the debt-to-GDP ratio have both increased substantially in the past two years. This is bullish for gold, as precious metals have a positive correlation to total debt levels.

#2 – Inept Government and Partisan Bickering

The fight over the budget and debt ceiling shut down the government for 16 days and ended up costing billions more than if the government would have remained open. Standard & Poors estimates that the 16-day government shutdown took $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, and reduced projected fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 percent to 2.4 percent. Not only that, but it tarnished the image of U.S. financial strength and has many people worldwide questioning how the United States will continue to pay its bills. These shenanigans also led Fitch to put the U.S. on “rating watch negative” and the Chinese ratings firm, Dagong, formally downgraded its rating of the US from A to A-.

Both sides of the political aisle continue to engage in deficit spending and neither side seems serious about addressing the debt and deficit. Sadly, my guess is that they will never voluntarily reduce spending and will have to be forced to do so via default or other events. The more they shine a light on the fiscal weakness of the U.S., the faster other nations dump U.S. debt and the sooner we will see the inevitable ratings downgrade and debt default (official or via hyperinflation).

Takeaway: The Western political system is broken and the idiots running the U.S. government severely damaged government credibility and brought the country dangerously close to a technical default. They haven’t made any serious effort to balance the budget and their “solution” only kicks the can down the road for a few more months. Look for more of the same in the near future, which will further erode the creditworthiness of the U.S. government and faith in the U.S. dollar. This increases the bullish outlook for gold.

#3 – QE to Infinity Confirmed, as FED Balance Sheet Explodes

At Gold Stock Bull, we have long been calling QE3, “QE to Infinity” and doubting that any major tapering would occur. With weak economic growth and low official inflation, the FED’s dual mandates would dictate more stimulus, not less. Just weeks ago there was a consensus for tapering in September. Now, analysts are talking about March of 2014 at the earliest. My expectation is that they will change the QE program, maybe give it a different name, but the end result will always be a net increase in stimulus efforts.

The FED’s balance sheet has already increased from $869 billion in August of 2007 to $3.8 trillion today! The nomination of Janet Yellen as FED chief adds gasoline to the fire, as she is expected to be at least as accommodative as her predecessor and potentially much looser with the printing press. Helicopter Yellen?

Takeaway: The economy is addicted to QE and reliant on central bank stimulus to stay afloat. The world now understands that the FED cannot end the bond-buying program and has no intention of doing so anytime soon. If anything, we are likely to see increased quantitative easing in the future, just as a drug addict must up their dosage in order to have the same impact. This monetization of debt increases the bullish outlook on gold, as the gold price has historically trended higher along with the FED balance sheet.

 

#4 – Dollar Losing Status as World Reserve Currency

The exorbitant privilege of being able to print the world reserve currency is coming to end. “It is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world,” said a statement on Monday by Xinhua, the state news agency of China — which holds some $1.3 trillion in Treasury bonds.

“The United States will inevitably lose its reserve currency monopoly,” wrote economists Hélène Rey of the London Business School, Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas of the University of California, Berkeley, and Emmanuel Farhi of Harvard University. “It can only be a matter of time before the world becomes multipolar.” The IMF echoed this sentiment, stating how “reserves concentration in the government debt of one country introduces idiosyncratic risks to the international monetary system.”

Several nations now have bi-lateral trade agreements that bypass the dollar. China has made arrangements to swap Yuan’s for for local currencies with Japan, Russia, Australia, Iceland, South Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, India and South Africa. The BRICS nations are emerging as a powerful economic force and they are intent on conducting affairs without use of the U.S. dollar. The growing rift with Saudi Arabia also threatens the petrodollar.

Oil-rich countries that have attempted to sell their oil in currencies other than dollars include Iraq and Libya, both bombed into submission. Iran is now trading oil for gold, bypassing the U.S. petrodollar. This is likely the real reason they are now in the crosshairs of the U.S. military. Syria is seen as a stepping stone to attacking Iran, but widespread opposition from ally countries and citizens alike stopped the recent war momentum.

As the influence of the petrol-dollar continue to wane, so too will the power of the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency. Without the ability to deficit spend and export our inflation, it will come home to roost and the dollar will suffer or even collapse as have other debt-ridden fiat currencies throughout history.

 

Takeaway: The dollar historically has an inverse relationship to gold. As the dollar continues to lose its role as world reserve currency and its purchasing power declines, the gold price will move higher. Mike Maloney and other analysts have calculated that the gold price needs to climb past $15,000 per ounce to account for all of the paper dollars that exist today. As more and more money is printed and debt is monetized, this target price only increases.

#5 – Global Race to Debase

It is not only the U.S. central bank that is printing money with wreckless abandon. Around the globe, central banks are trying to remain competitive in foreign trade by debasing their currency in line with the dollar. No countries are willing to admit it, but the currency war is on. As the competition heats up, they will no doubt overstep in their push to print money. This will translate into higher gold prices worldwide, measured across multiple currencies.

Takeaway: The race to debase has only intensified in the past few years, as evidenced by new stimulus programs in Europe and Abenomics in Japan. Put simply, the more fiat money that is created in this currency war, the higher the price of gold and other commodities will climb.

#6 – Inflation Will Pick Up as Velocity of Money Accelerates

Up until this point, a large portion of the new money printed since the financial crisis has been parked with the banks or as excess reserves with the FED. Banks are reluctant to lend and corporations are also hoarding cash. Individuals are consuming less, tightening their budgets amidst high unemployment and stagnant wages and paying down debt. This means that money has not been circulating throughout the economy at a very fast pace. The stimulus has disproportionately benefited banks and the wealthiest people in society, doing little for the middle class that continues to get squeezed.

To get money flowing, future stimulus efforts must be focused on tax breaks or refunds for the working class, who are more likely to spend that money into the economy than the rich that aren’t living near the margin. With unemployment higher than desired and official inflation lower than desired, I think we will see Yellen and the FED focus more on consumer stimulus now that the banks finances have been shored up. This will lead to a sharp increase in the velocity of money and when multiplied by all of the money created in the last few years, it could lead to high inflation or even hyperinflation if the FED fails to soak up the excess liquidity in time.

 

Takeaway: An increase in the inflation rate, driven by an increase in the velocity of money, will be very bullish for gold.

#7 – Diversification of Price Discovery and Decreased Power to Manipulate Commodity Markets

With the rising power and influence of the East, we are seeing the centers of global finance reposition. These include the Shanghai Exchange and Pan Asian Exchange, where an increasing amount of physical gold and silver are being traded. If you believe the COMEX and London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) are helping to manipulate the prices of precious metals, it will be welcomed news to see new exchanges emerge that can provide alternative price discovery.

Takeaway: The diversification of price discovery in the gold market will lessen the ability of Western powers to manipulate prices. As this trend plays out, the artificial downward pressure on prices should be removed and allow precious metals to more accurately reflect the fundamental conditions around them. If GATA and others are correct about the degree of manipulation, any diminishing of this manipulative ability will be very bullish for gold.

#8 – Increasing Physical Demand Worldwide, Including Central Bank Demand

Consumer demand for gold was up 53% in Q2 according to the WGC. Total bar and coin demand set a new quarterly record, exceeding 500 tonnes for the first time and U.S. silver eagles sales are on pace for a record year. Central banks continue buying at a frenzied pace, adding 534.6 metric tons to reserves in 2012, the most in almost a half century. And these are just the reported purchases. China, Russia and other nations are thought to be buying discretely via third parties.

Furthermore, there is a growing movement of gold repartriation around the globe. First Venezuela, now Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Finland, Ecuador and others are demanding their gold back from the FED and Western financial institutions.

Takeaway: Increasing demand, particularly by those taking physical delivery, will also serve to lessen the impact of manipulation in the markets. Investors are increasingly losing faith in paper gold and as the real metal is removed from the market, the lower supply will put upward pressure on prices and force exchanges to settle in cash.

#9 – Stagnant or Declining Supply

Total gold supply contracted 6% during the latest quarter to 1,025.5 tonnes, driven by a sharp drop in recycling activity. There have been huge outflows from COMEX and Shanghai stocks. With prices at or near the cost of production, several mining operations have been suspended or shuttered, which will further restrict supply. Mints in the U.S. and Canada have resorted to rationing supplies of their popular bullion coins, a further signs of tightening supplies.

Takeaway: Economics 101 dictates that increasing demand and declining supply leads to higher prices.

#10 – Tiny Size of Gold Market versus Stock or Bond Market Will Provide Leverage

It has been estimated that all of the gold ever refined would form a single cube 20 m (66 ft) on a side. This cube would contain around 5.5 billion ounces of gold and be worth roughly $7 trillion. By comparison, the world stock market is estimated at $50 trillion and the bond market at around $100 trillion. So, it would only take a small percentage of money moving from these larger markets into the gold market to overwhelm available supply and send prices substantially higher.

Takeaway: Participation in the gold market is at very low levels, estimated at around 1% to 2%. Even a small rise to 4% or 5% participation, would cause demand to spike and send prices significantly higher. Sentiment is extremely bearish at the current time and can only become more bullish from here.

#11 – Gold Most Oversold Since 1985

According to at least one technical indicator courtesy of “The short side of long”, gold bullion is the most oversold it has been since 1985. The indicator is the simple yearly rolling performance, also known as the 52 week rate of change. This is the performance of an asset over the last 12 months and gold is having one of the worst performances ever.

 

Gold stocks are also severely oversold, both in absolute terms and relative to the underlying metals. The gold miners index (GDX) has fallen more than 50% in the past year. Looking at gold stocks relative to gold, we can see they are the most oversold they have been since the start of this 12-year bull market.

 

Takeaway: Extreme conditions, whether oversold or overbought, do not tend to last very long. The market runs through cycles and seeks a return to equilibrium after hitting extremes. A move away from the current severe oversold levels would push precious metals much higher while generating significant leveraged gains for mining stocks. Ripe pickings abound.

#12 – Prices Have Dropped to the All-In Cost of Production, Which Typically Provides Support

It is not often that a commodity will drop to a price below the cost of production. Can you think of many things that you can buy for less than it costs to produce it? At current price levels, many miners are being forced to suspend operations as their all-in sustaining cost to produce an ounce of gold makes the operation unprofitable. Even some of the best miners are just barely squeezing out quarterly earnings, propelled by increasing production and cost controls. Supply levels have already been impacted, but any further drop in the price of gold and silver will lead to additional mines shuttering operations. As these mines stop producing and supplies drop, prices will rise to reflect this change.

Takeaway: As costs rise, so do prices. Either precious metals will climb to levels where miners are profitable or they will stop mining and destroy supply levels. The price can certainly drop below the cost of production for a short time period, but it is not likely to last. This all-in sustaining cost usually proves to be a solid floor during corrections, so the downside is limited at this juncture.

Conclusion

All of the fundamental reasons to own gold and silver have only strengthened in the past two years. Against this backdrop, the sharp correction in prices over the past two years makes little sense. Whether or not the price is being surreptitiously suppressed is not the important point. The bottom line is that prices are not reflective of the fundamental economic conditions in the world today and no matter why this is occurring, it is not likely to last long. So, I would suggest that investors welcome the manipulation and take advantage of the fire sale prices while they last.

As the gold price climbs back towards its inflation-adjusted high of $2,400, Shadowstats target of $8,000 or Mike Maloney target of $15,000, we will look back at this current correction as nothing more than a bump in the road and excellent buying opportunity.

However, not all mining stocks are created equally. I have focused my research on best-in-breed companies with low all-in cash costs, rapidly increasing production, politically-stable jurisdictions and management with a proven track record. I also like the royalty and streaming companies that have been able to weather this storm fairly well. Their business model provides for limited downside risk and huge upside potential as their partner mines come online.

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By Jason Hamlin

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Take advantage of the next market collapse- become rich by doing what the powerful billionaires are doing.

Another Big Crash is coming..The Next Market Collapse is on its way – Below are some secrets for you to become Rich in Stocks! Don’t say you weren’t warned – This is it!

 Powerful people – billionaires and CEOs of companies listed on the NYSE got together recently to determine when the next crisis is going to begin, where they should park their assets to protect their investments and companies and how to make a fortune before everything comes crashing down.

If you never thought of investing in stock market then you might want to learn something about it; But, if you are an investor then you better hold on and do what the powerful billionaires are doing before the market collapse again. The crash is coming and is due sooner than you think! 

 Take advantage of the next market collapse and become rich by doing what the powerful billionaires are doing.  This is what you can do to make a fortune now before everything comes crashing down:-

  • 1. Get your money out of the banking system, especially out of the U.S. dollar..think of other currencies; recently the currencies of some emerging economies have been in the global news and not for once. Usually it is the currencies of developed economies that make the rounds. Our already fragile banking system will likely get crushed, the damage could be much worse than what we saw in 2008. Between 2006 and 2008 the value of your dollar savings fell more than 20%. With the upcoming crash, the U.S. dollar will likely get hammered, as investors continue to lose faith in the dollar as a safe haven currency.
    So to protect yourself and your family you must get some money out of the U.S. banking system. You must get some of your savings out of the U.S. dollar. And you must do both of these things NOW, before it’s too late.
  • 2. Invest in “Rich Bullion”. “Rich” bullion has a tendency to absolutely skyrocket in value, many times higher than ordinary bullion, in times of financial distress.  Despite the recent drop in prices, gold has been one of the best investments in the world over the past decade. It’s up nearly 300% since 2003.
  • 3. Invest in Hedge funds such as those “Perfect Hedge”, which Dr. Steve Sjuggerud talk about often, there’s an unbelievable opportunity to make 5 to 10 times your money… All thanks to the weakening dollar and the out-of-control spending going on in Washington.  Sjuggerud offerrs subscription to their reports of upcoming market collapse at this website https://order.stansberryresearch.com/1307TRWNYSE1/ETRWPA24/index.htm?pageNumber=2

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 Best ETFs to Own Until You Die

There are some products we simply can’t live without

By Lawrence Meyers, InvestorPlace Contributor | Oct 23, 2013, 6:00 am EDT

Every now and then, it’s good to do a reality check and take a hard look at your portfolio. Is there something missing from the long-term portion of it that you need to fill in?

If you do find yourself lacking some surefire, forever holdings, consider simply picking the best ETFs in the best long-term sectors.

See, there are some sectors that I want to hold forever because I consider them to be intrinsic to our lives as human being on planet Earth. It may sound exaggerated, but there really are some products that it’s nearly impossible to imagine life without. If they were to vanish, people would be at a loss.

The companies that cater to such products are thus great buy-and-hold investments. But rather than choosing individual stocks in a sector, it’s smart to take a more conservative approach and buy the best ETFs. They provide diversification in the event one chosen company blows up.

Take a look at the three best ETFs to own until you die:

Energy SPDR

Energy holdings of some kind are a must, as energy is a massive, massive industry with a foothold in every developed nation … and in many emerging ones as well. Heck, the world has wars over oil, the technology used to extract and refine it continues to evolve, and it remains absolutely essential to everyday life.

That’s why a good buy-and-hold stock would be an energy stock like BP (BP). Of course, you sure didn’t want to be a BP shareholder during the Deepwater Horizon debacle … which is why an energy ETF is an even smarter way to play the space.

The best energy ETF is the Energy SPDR (XLE). It holds all the important names, with top holding ExxonMobil (XOM) taking up 15% of the fund, followed by Chevron (CVX) and Schlumberger (SLB), which just posted killer earnings.

Plus, this energy ETF pays a solid dividend just under 2%, is highly liquid and can be yours for a mere 0.18% in expenses. That makes the XLE a critical component of any long-term portfolio.

Consumer Staples SPDR

Next up, we have an ETF that encompasses some of the most famous names in the world. And those names — and the stocks associated with them — are famous because their founders figured out decades ago that certain products must always be purchased by human beings, particularly in developed nations.

That’s why those products are called “staples.”

The best ETF for must-have consumer products is pretty obvious as well: The Consumer Staples SPDR (XLP). The XLP includes a wide range of companies, which provide everything you could possibly need.

There are basic healthcare and hygiene products from Procter & Gamble (PG), beverages that are cheap from Coca-Cola (KO), tobacco from Philip Morris International (PM) and the catch-all store that is Walmart (WMT).

Investors even get a 2.5% yield out of it, all for that reasonable expense ratio of 0.18%.

Financial SPDR

Lastly, we have the Financial SPDR (XLF), which may surprise some people since many think that we are going to suffer at least one more financial crisis in the future.

I disagree — I guarantee we’ll have even more than one.

But still, financial services are completely wrapped around everything we do. That’s because consumption is what we do best … and you can’t consume unless you purchase, and you can’t purchase unless you have at least one financial service company involved.

And those services I’m referring to go way beyond banking, by the way. There’s so much infrastructure associated with financial services, it would make your head spin.

The good news is that all aspects of the financial world are wrapped up nicely in the XLF, with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) stealing the title of the fund’s largest holding. And again, this SPDR comes with rock-bottom expense ratio of 0.18%.

The XLF may have some volatility here and there, but over the long term it remains one of the best ETFs you can buy, and an obvious core holding for any portfolio.

As of this writing, Lawrence Meyers owned shares of XLE, XLF and XLP.