The Israel Deception

Is the return of Israel in the 20th century truly a work of God, or is it a result of a cosmic chess move to deceive the elect by the adversary?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Astounding correlation between gold and yen may show reasons for manipulation as being tied to carry trade

It is now a given fact that the United States government, as well as the central banks, manipulate gold pricing going back at least as far as when President Richard Nixon removed the dollar from the gold window.  But what many may not realize is that the reasons for rigging the gold markets have changed periodically over the past 45 years.

In recent times, and in particular since the 1990's, Wall Street has used the Japanese Yen as a tool for creating vast profits through a mechanism known as the Yen carry trade.  This trade is done by using dollars to purchase the much weaker Japanese currency, then using that money to buy Treasury Bonds at a larger discount.

Japan of course has been most helpful in facilitating this trade by the fact that they have kept their interest rates down near zero for almost 25 years at the same time the dollar has remained strong minus the period following the 2008 financial crisis.  But missing from this well known financial mechanism is how gold fits into it, and how the price of the precious metal needs to be rigged to ensure the carry trade continues at full capacity.


As you can see in this chart going back to 2012 when the Fed began to implement Zirp and QE, the price of gold has run nearly perfect with the actions of the USD/JPY currency trade.  And this barometer is almost flawless to utilize for gold traders as when the Yen strengthens against the dollar, gold prices rise, and when it weakens, gold prices fall.


Not known to many traders, gold is positively correlated to yen. Let’s take a look at the first chart where we compare yen futures to gold futures on a monthly time frame. You can see how gold’s peaks and troughs correspond to that of the yen’s peaks and troughs. 
Why is gold correlated to yen? 
In reality, there is no proper explanation to this. Although the fact that gold and yen both share the status as a safe haven does in a way validates this correlation. But it is merely scratching the surface. Correlations in the markets come and go. A more recent example that traders can recollect was the short term correlation between oil prices and stocks in the first half of the year, which soon faded. This brings an important point to mention, which is that with any correlation you cannot take it for granted. Therefore traders need to constantly, and at regular intervals check on the correlation between gold and yen. For example, Gold and USDJPY have a -94% correlation on a weekly basis. However, this fluctuates and therefore traders should always keep an eye out on any significant changes. - Orbex
Yet contrary to the assessment of 'no proper explanation', the reality is that the correlation between gold pricing and the USD/JPY is intrinsically tied to the Yen carry trade.  And when we are taking about a financial mechanism that encompasses trillions of dollars in derivatives and other Wall Street financial instruments, protecting this trade at all costs is a perfect reason as to why the banks would purposely manipulate and rig the gold markets.
What is the carry trade? It’s the borrowing of a currency in a low interest rate country, converting it to a currency in a higher interest rate country and investing it in the highest rated bonds of that country. The big trading outfits do this with leverage of 100 or 300 to one. This causes important moves in the financial markets, made possible by the trillions of dollars of central bank money creation. - Forbes

Saturday, January 21, 2017

As Donald Trump speaks out against the dollar and globalism it could be setting the stage for a return of gold standard

Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump is a master when it comes to leverage, finance, and the use of credit to achieve great accomplishments.  But if ones listens to the media, they would not find a concise answer as to whether he actually understands the dollar or the economy.

This is because Trump stands at the middle of an ideological war where an establishment seeks to maintain its control over a debt based system.  And the foundation of that system is the establishment's ability to print unlimited amounts of fiat currency, manipulate markets and prices, and siphon the wealth of a nation into the hands of a select few.

(To validate this all one has to do is listen to Keynesian Nobel prize winning economists speaking today in Davos who are calling for the banning of cash and the implementation of an all digital cashless society)

Which brings the American people to the point where they must learn to read between the lines in discovering what President Trump's future direction for the dollar is headed.  And a couple of news stories out on Jan. 19 may provide that insight.

Trump and a New Gold-Backed Dollar
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Monday, Donald Trump uttered two words essentially never spoken by a president when describing the state of the U.S. dollar: "too strong." In describing how the U.S. is losing ground to China, Trump commented: "Our companies can't compete with them now because our currency is too strong. And it's killing us." It's incredibly rare for an American president to comment on the movement of the U.S. dollar, let alone advocate that it should fall. 
The movement of the dollar has a double-edged-sword effect on consumers. A stronger dollar, like we're experiencing now, gives U.S. consumers more buying power in overseas markets, and makes it less expensive for domestic businesses to import goods. 
On the other hand, a strong dollar makes U.S. exports less appealing to other countries where currencies have taken a beating, and can thus boost our national trade deficit and eventually slow growth. 
The dollar also happens to have an inverse relationship with gold. A stronger dollar often means weaker gold prices, whereas a weaker dollar leads to stronger gold prices. Trump's implying that the dollar is too strong might as well be a ringing endorsement for gold. - Fox Business
And from analysis from the well respected alt-economic Doug Casey...
The breakdown of the petrodollar is the perfect excuse for the globalists to usher in their SDR solution. 
So that’s the first option. It’s the global elites’ preferred outcome. It would be a very bad thing for personal and economic freedom. It means more fiat currency, more centralization, and less freedom for the individual. 
The second option is to simply return to gold as the premier international money. Here’s how it could happen… 
Trump might play along with the globalists’ schemes, but I doubt it. He’s the first president who’s openly and sincerely hostile toward globalism. He’s denounced it repeatedly. 
Trump recently said, “We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.” 
In my view, there’s only one way Trump could fight the global elites and their SDR plan: return the dollar to some sort of gold backing. 
Trump has said favorable things about gold in the past. So have some of his advisers.
It wouldn’t be easy. He’d face one hell of a struggle with the globalists. And winning would be far from certain. 
No matter what, the death of the petrodollar, just like the end of the dollar’s link to gold, will be very good for the dollar price of gold and gold mining stocks. 
When Nixon took the dollar off gold in 1971, gold skyrocketed over 2,300%. It shot from $35 per ounce to a high of $850 in 1980. Gold mining stocks did even better. 
Gold is still bouncing around its lows. Gold mining stocks are still very cheap. I expect returns to be at least as great as they were during that paradigm shift in the international monetary system. 
All this is why what happens after Trump’s inauguration could change everything… in sudden, unexpected ways. - International Man
Russia has replaced OPEC over the past year in becoming the global leader for oil and natural gas, and China is not only the world's largest producer of goods sold around the world, but they are also the world's largest banker.  And both of these economies have invested vast quantities of resources towards buying gold at levels that far exceed the U.S.'s supposed 8,500 tons.  Yet in pursuing this course of action they have also sent a clear message to Washington in the past few years through their dumping of dollars at a record pace, and are signifying that the days of the U.S. currency remaining the sole global reserve is nearing an end.

Every indication shows that the fiat currency experiment that began with Richard Nixon closing the gold window in 1971 has reached a point where confidence in the dollar is no longer a sure thing, and even the newly inaugurated President has his doubts on the dollar being the catalyst for domestic growth and prosperity.  And as Donald Trump begins a new chapter today as the leader of the free world, and the world's largest economy, no one really knows what tools he plans to use to implement his agenda of protectionism, direct bi-lateral trade, and destroying the West's current trek towards globalism.  But perhaps what we do know that may give us insight is his understanding and appreciation for the power of gold as real and tangible money.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Newly disclosed documents show CIA involved in gold manipulation and pushing IMF's SDR as a 'gold replacement'

Earlier this week, the CIA released millions of formerly classified documents that involved many of their plans and operations over the past 50 years.  And one interesting disclosure involves how the CIA was focused on controlling the gold markets through the London Fix, and how pushing the IMF's SDR could potentially be a replacement for the world's reliance on gold as money.

CIA Concerns of Gold Market Manipulation (link) -  Document: Intelligence Memorandum – The World Gold Market- Semi Annual Review January – June 1970. 
The 1970 CIA memorandum reviewed in the video below shows a CIA concerned about gold market manipulation by the Swiss whom they characterize as "in an excellent position to influence the London free market fixing." The memorandum points to "strong circumstantial evidence that Zurich bullion dealers, under the leadership of the Union Bank of Switzerland are again manipulating the gold markets
This manipulation in turn was interfering with an IMF agreement with South Africa to sell its gold to the IMF under certain conditions when it could not sell its newly mined out put on the free market:.  
“While the [IMF] agreement essentially provides a floor of $35 an ounce for South African gold, it guarantees a free market supply large enough to keep the free market price at or near the floor at least through 1970.” 
The CIA memorandum bemoans Swiss manipulation of the gold market: “There is  strong circumstantial evidence that Zurich bullion dealers, under the leadership of the Union Bank of Switzerland are again manipulating the gold markets” “London bullion dealers had hoped that the 1969 agreement between the IMF and South Africa would restore London as the focal point of the world gold market. It has not.” 
Ironically, as page 5 of the memorandum notes, much of the recent gold fix rigging exposed in recent year, was correctly anticipated by the CIA some 47 years ago:"Manipulation of the free market price is suggested by the extremely narrow price range that prevailed for eleven consecutive weeks -- from later January through mid-March. During this period, more than 85% of all morning and afternoon fixings fell within the $34.97 to $35.01 range, with nearly 40% of all quotations set at exactly $35.00.   
Moreover, Swiss bullion dealers are in an excellent position to influence the London free market fixing. At each of some 255 morning fixing a year, the manager of Rothschild's bullion and foreign exchange department suggests an opening price based on a previous half hour of intensive telephone conversations with people at the Bank of England and a host of others, mainly dealers in Switzerland. 
Representatives of the four other houses are in constant telephone contact with their trading rooms and these in turn are in direct communication with as many as a dozen key clients scattered across Europe. The result is that supply and demand conditions in Zurich are strongly reflected at the London fixings." - Zerohedge
And this is what they had to say about pushing the SDR:
CIA Talks up the IMF's  Strategic Drawing Rights (link) - Document: Intelligence Memorandum – Special Drawing Rights: Paper Gold In Action – September 1970 
The gold standard under Bretton Woods Agreement was showing cracks in 1970. The CIA memorandum notes: “the only available means of increasing reserves abroad was through continued deficits in the US balance of payments, But the US no longer had excess gold reserves and other countries had become reluctant to accept large additions to their dollar holdings.” 
The CIA memorandum reflects the tenuous position of the gold market and the inclusion of gold in the international monetary system just prior to the break up of the Bretton Woods Agreement in 1971. The CIA viewed the newly created SDR as a potential replacement for gold calling it:  “a new type of liquidity as permanent as gold it self – to insure increases in liquidity”... “The SDR is a form of money and credit”
“SDRs can not be extinguished by being exchanged by gold -they can only be traded among central banks. And unlike gold, there are no private uses for SDRs that compete with their use as an international currency.” 
CIA however concludes that “Nevertheless, SDRs are not soon likely to supplant the dollar in the international monetary system. Foreign central banks need working balances which are presently denominated largely in dollars.” 
The primary foundation of the American empire was its ability to control the global reserve currency through the issuance of the U.S. dollar.  And when physical gold started to show to the world how fragile that currency actually was, even the CIA became involved in the manipulation of the gold price, pushing disinformation on its utility, and ensuring that peoples in the West remained under the dominion of a devaluing currency that would sustain the empire into the 21st century.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Demand for gold surging as paper gold in the GLD ETF running at levels not seen since 2011

2011 was the year gold reached its all-time high against the dollar when it climbed from $1325 at the end of January to over $1900 by early September.  And during that year investments in the GLD ETF were also at record highs.

Subsequently traders saw the gold price fall over the course of the next four years, ending its bear market run in January of 2016.  But as we enter into a new Presidency in January of 2017, and conditions looking very similar to what occurred last year in the gold markets following the central bank's first rate hike in over a decade, something else is occurring that is sure to spark a run in the gold price and it is happening once again in the paper gold market.

On January 17, the GLD ETF had risen 13 of the last 15 trading days, creating a scenario for gold not seen since it rose to its all-time high back in 2011.

Gold chart for September 2011 when it reached its all-time high 
The popular gold-tracking GLD ETF has risen in 13 of the past 15 sessions through Tuesday, the first time it has done so since summer of 2011. 
Gold has suffered a precipitous drop since peaking in mid-2016, with Donald Trump's election and the Federal Reserve's rate hike serving as two notable bearish catalysts. 
Each of the events sent the dollar surging and yields rising — both of which are bad news for gold. After peaking at nearly $1,380 per troy ounce in July, gold found itself below $1,130 per troy ounce in the middle of December. 
Since then, gold has staged a subdued but nonetheless persistent rise. In the 15 sessions since Dec. 22, gold has risen more than 7 percent. 
The last time the GLD rose as consistently was in the 15 sessions ended July 26, 2011, which similarly saw the ETF rise a bit less than 7 percent. 
To be sure, 2011 is not a year that gold fans remember fondly. The metal topped out just a few months later, in September, at $1,923.7. A gut-wrenching decline was ahead, and the value of the metal has pretty much been declining ever since. - CNBC
Gold price to date for 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The threat of the U.S. banning cash is not over as it becomes a topic at the Davos Economic Forum

Just when Americans thought they might be out of the woods from their government seeking to ban cash, a Nobel-Laureate economist participating at this year's Davos World Economic Forum has proven that to be incorrect.  In fact, the topic of banning cash in the U.S. as well as elsewhere around the world is on the menu of this week's forum, and Joseph Stiglitz is the chef serving that main course.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already removed 86% of his country's currency from circulation in an attempt to curb tax evasion, tackle corruption and shut down the shadow economy.
Should the US follow suit? 
Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, thinks so. Phasing out currency and moving towards a digital economy would, over the long term, have “benefits that outweigh the cost,” the Columbia University professor said on day one of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos
Stiglitz was speaking in the session Ending Corruption alongside Mark Pieth from the Basel Institute of Governance and APCO Worldwide Founder and Executive Chairman Margery Kraus. Stiglitz and Pieth co-authored a report, Overcoming the Shadow Economy, in November last year. 
Quantifying the scale of the problem, Stiglitz said: “You can put it into the context of one of the big issues being discussed in Davos this year – the backlash against globalization, the darker side of globalization ... The lack of transparency in global financial markets, the secrecy havens that the Panama Papers exposed, just reinforced what we already knew ... There is a global framework for both corruption and tax evasion and tax avoidance. 
“The fact that you can hide ill-gotten gains so easily in these secrecy havens really provides incentives for people to engage in this activity as they can get the economic returns and then enjoy the benefits of those returns. If there were not these secrecy havens then the benefits from engaging in these kinds of illicit activity would be much diminished.” 
One of the countries that has not done enough to fight corruption is the US, Stiglitz went on to say, and one remedy could be to phase out cash and embrace digital currencies. - World Economic Forum
Stiglitz, like two other economists (Larry Summers and Ken Rogoff) who spent 2016 promoting the end of cash to protect the failures of the central banks, sees taking away the freedoms that physical money provides all individuals as the only alternative to allow the Fed to begin negative interest rates.  However, like with nearly all Keynesian economists running Western monetary systems today, they ignore the real culprits behind the use of cash in illegal activities, and refuse to call out the very banks they wish to protect from when they were tightly involved in money laundering, and helping fund terrorism and the drug war.

As we have seen in India, the European Union, and Venezuela these past few months, governments are not afraid to eliminate currencies or formulate policies meant to ban cash entirely from an economy.  And this leaves the only recourse for the common man to simply opt out of the system, and get their wealth into physical gold, silver, or bitcoin, and offshore as much of it as possible so that it is outside the hands of the financiers who want to take it from you.

2017 will see the acceleration of baby boomers dumping retirement assets out of market to pay tax liabilities

In 2013 we saw the first of the baby boomer generation reach the magical 70 1/2 age which began a new trend where these retirees will have to start liquidating their tax deferred assets to pay Uncle Sam his due.  And while that first year saw only around $9 billion sold off from 401Ks, IRAs, and other tax deferred accounts, the Law of Compounding will begin to work against the markets in 2017 as an estimated 100,000 will be taking more distributions from their retirements than they will be contributing to them.

Retirement

In aggregate, per the Wall Street JournalBoomers have saved $10 trillion in various tax-deferred saving accounts.  While that sounds like an impressive figure, with 75 million Boomers, it equates to an average of $133,000 per person which, needless to say, is insufficient to fund ~20 years of retirement.  
But while the Boomers, and by extension taxpayers, are facing a harsh future, Wall Street has made a killing in fees off of managing the ever growing balance of retirement accounts as Baby Boomers have come of age.  But that all looks set to change as America's aging population is forced by IRS regulations to take retirement withdrawals once they hit 70 1/2 years of age. 
As illustrated by the chart above, over the past 2 decades Americans have consistently contributed more than they've withdrawn from tax deferred accounts, excluding recessionary periods.  But that all changed in 2013 and 2014 as the first wave of Boomers hit the magical age of 70.5 with a total of $25 billion of net withdrawals in 2014 alone. 
Contributions to tax-deferred retirement plans outnumbered withdrawals through much of the 1990s and 2000s. That flow began to reverse as boomers entered their retirement years earlier this decade. 
Investors pulled a net $9 billion from workplace retirement-savings plans in 2013, according to the Labor Department. In 2014 the withdrawals jumped to net $24.9 billion. Full-year information for 2015 from the Labor Department isn’t yet available, but large mutual-fund companies that manage the bulk of U.S. retirement assets say outflows continue to rise. Fidelity Investments expects 100,000 customers to take their first required distributions in 2017, up from 91,000 in 2016. 
Still, distributions are expected to grow exponentially over the next two decades because of a 1986 change to federal law designed to prevent the loss of tax revenue. Congress said savers who turn 70 ½ have to start taking withdrawals from tax-deferred savings plans or face a penalty. Specifically, retirees who turn 70 ½ have until April of the following calendar year to pull roughly 3.65% from their IRA and 401(k) funds, subject to slight differences in the way the funds are treated by the Internal Revenue Service. - Zerohedge
Yet what makes this trend even more dire for Wall Street is the fact that the younger generations are not buying stocks, or putting the same amount of money as their parents and grandparents into retirement accounts.  And with millennials having so much debt and lower job prospects on the horizon for at least the next decade, there are few buyers to mop up the selling that will be taking place in the markets at the coming exponential rates.

It has reached that time when Paul must pay back Peter for the years baby boomers spent deferring their taxes to save for their retirements, and Uncle Sam will not care how it affects the overall markets in the short and long runs.  And like the fact that Social Security no longer has enough workers paying in to support the benefits being taken out by these same boomer recipients, the retirement programs of 40 and 50 years ago will have to redone for a different world, and where the younger generation will need to rely more upon themselves than in being able to use Wall Street as their retirement vehicle.

Got gold?

Monday, January 16, 2017

World Gold Council official sees Chinese investment in metal soaring from depositors who have ¥22 trillion to spend

One of the primary reasons that Bitcoin saw a roller coaster ride over the past month was in large part due to Chinese depositors and investors using the crypto-currency as a mechanism to divest some of their Yuan denominated holdings to exchange them for assets in other currencies.  But even as the Chinese government starts to crack down on Bitcoin exchanges, a representative for China at the World Gold Council believes that this money could eventually funnel its way into physical gold.

The Chinese Have A Jaw-Dropping $22 Trillion In Bank Deposits – What This Means For Gold & China Bears

Chinese depositors have an estimated ¥22 trillion in cash held inside banks, and are looking for avenues to both invest and exchange out of in light of capital controls meant to keep the currency from offshore capital flight.  And with the Shanghai Gold Exchange emerging last year as the world's largest physical gold market, acquisition of gold by the Chinese people is not a very difficult concept to fathom at all.

It’s inevitable that fairly soon – possibly even by the end of the year – the renminbi will be a floating currency. Moreover, either on its own or as part of a basket of currencies, a floating renminbi will be at least partially backed by gold. In other words, China is on an inexorable course to exert an economic stranglehold on the East. The world will then likely have two reserve currencies, one for the East and one for the West. - Stephen Leeb via King World News

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Well respected fund manager sees China raising gold price and using the metal to back Yuan for oil trading

John Hathaway of Tocqueville Gold Fund is a well respected analyst with over 45 years in the markets, and in precious metals.  On Jan. 13 he published his expectations for gold, currencies, and geo-politics in 2017, and is forecasting two interesting events to take place this year.


China looking to dominate world oil trade through a gold backed Yuan
Next is the incorporation of gold as a settlement currency to facilitate trade between oil-producing nations and the world’s largest hydrocarbon importer, China. Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are settling most, if not all, of their energy sales to China in yuan convertible into physical gold via the Shanghai Gold Exchange. That flow represents a significant and growing percentage of international oil commerce, which in turn represents a dominant share of all commodities. - King World News
China preparing to radically reprice gold higher
We believe that this development has negative implications for the petrodollar system that has underpinned the dollar’s dominance in global commerce since the 1970s. Physical settlement, as opposed to paper (cash-settled) gold contracts, ramps up the migration of physical metal to Asian owners. Gold has become a reserve asset that is preferred to US Treasuries. Comments below by Xu Luode, chairman of the Shanghai Gold Exchange, show that the Chinese have made no secret of their strategy to internationalize the renminbi through gold convertibility in order to displace the US dollar: 
"Foreign investors can directly use offshore yuan to trade gold on the SGE international board, which is promoting the internationalization of the renminbi…Shanghai Gold will change the current gold market “consumption in the East priced in the West” situation. When China will have a right to speak in the international gold market, pricing will get revealed… (Xu Luode, speech to LBMA, May 2014)"
Since November of last year, the Shanghai Gold Exchange has already begun to disconnect its price fixing from the London and New York markets, with some daily spreads reaching as high as $49 per ounce.  This will continue to occur, and most probably accelerate in light of the revelations provided by Deutsche Bank and Wikileaks on the fact that Western banks have been manipulating the price of gold for decades.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Got gold? War on Pensions is officially on as Treasury Department allows unprecedented cuts to benefits

2016 was known as the year for the War on Cash, where India, Venezuela, and even the European Union eliminated currency denominations in the hopes of forcing all their citizens into a cashless system run by the banks.

And despite the fact that here in the U.S. a scheme to ban and eliminate the $100 bill was pushed by two ivory tower economists using the guise of fighting the 'War on Terror', to date all dollar denominated currencies are still considered around the world to be legal tender.

Yet the problem in the U.S., and in many other parts of the world as well, is not money laundering, or citizens using physical cash for illegal means, but instead it is the massive amount of debt that sovereign governments, states, municipalities, and even central banks have that they can no longer afford to service, and which threatens to collapse the entire financial system at both the micro and macro levels.

Attempts to service this debt, and the refusal to allow failed assets and institutions to go bankrupt, has led central banks to destroy the very instruments that savers, retirees, and government pension funds relied upon to pay for promises made to workers in both the public and private sectors.  And as we saw cracks begin last year in the two largest pension funds in the U.S. (Calpers and Central States), 2017 appears here early on to be the year where a War on Pensions will be ratcheted up to maximum levels.

Image: Anatomy of a Failed Liberal State
On Dec. 16, the U.S. Treasury approved the proposal of Cleveland-based Ironworkers #17 Pension Fund to cut the benefits of its 2,000 members by an average of 20%. This is the first time the Treasury has allowed a private pension plan to cut benefits of its members. The Local’s members and retirees will vote on it Jan. 20. If approved, cuts could start Feb. 1. 
Five more pension plans are waiting for the Treasury Department’s decision to reduce pension benefits, Jonnelle Marte reports in the Jan. 5 Washington Post. The cuts proposed would affect tens of thousands of employees and retirees who earned pensions, such as bricklayers, furniture workers and autoworkers. - Larouchepub
The unprecedented move by the U.S. Treasury Department follows the drama Americans saw during the final months of 2016 where first responders from the City of Dallas raided their pension fund when it became known that it was underfunded by a good 40-70%, and where workers and retirees feared there would be no money left to pay out promised benefits.

Yet in addition to the Ironworkers Pension Fund out of Cleveland, OH, several other funds are planning severe cuts to their recipients in the coming weeks, which could begin a chain reaction of cuts around the country for those who paid into their retirements expecting them to be there during their golden years.

Central States Teamsters

Calpers

On top of this, there are already talks in Congress regarding the cutting of pay, jobs, and pension benefits for Federal employees now that the Republicans have seized control over all branches of government.
Federal employees can expect attempts to cut their pay, benefits and rights in the new Congress, as the unified Republican government looks to finally deliver on many failed efforts from previous years. 
The 115th Congress wasted no time pursuing legislation with high impacts on the federal workforce; the first bill approved by the House would require the Veterans Affairs Department to permanently note all reprimands and admonishments on employee records, and a resolution setting the rules for the House this session will allow lawmakers to eliminate federal employees’ jobs and reduce their pay through the appropriations process. 
One likely early target for congressional Republicans, according to multiple sources familiar with their plans, is federal workers’ defined benefit pensions. Lawmakers are expected to address the reform first through the budget reconciliation process, which would allow Congress to institute the cuts without any Democratic support. The budget resolution will likely instruct the House Oversight and Government Reform committee to identify a certain amount of savings, a request committee members can fulfill by proposing significant cuts to federal employees’ retirement benefits. - Govexec
For years states, municipalities, and corporations promised extraordinary benefits that could only work if economic conditions were at their optimum.  But the moment growth and interest rates began to decline, so too did the financial vehicles capable of sustaining large returns to pension funds that needed 5-8% annual increases.  And after eight years of zero interest rates and less than 3% growth, the bugle is sounding to pay the piper, and the ones who will lose are the ones who rely upon it the most.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

New study shows that U.S. behind India's War on Cash and using nation as petri dish to create cashless society

In a fantastic and well documented piece of research published by German economist Dr. Norbert Haering, the recent chaos going on in India regarding money and their monetary system is actually based on a policy out of Washington to use the world's seventh largest economy as an experiment to see how eliminating cash would effect a large population.

Last year we saw a Harvard P.H.D and a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury write op-eds, white papers, and give speeches on the evils of using physical cash in commerce.  Yet these Ivory Tower 'academics' failed to mention that nearly all funding for terrorism, drug cartels, and money laundering was done at the sovereign and banking levels, and that indictments, imprisonments, and regulation of the bankers themselves would cut these illegal activities short in a New York minute.

However, at the heart of the growing 'war on cash' is the need for governments to crack down on individual freedoms and the ability of people to spend or save their money as they see fit, especially as the global banking and financial systems crater on the precipice of total collapse with negative interest rates, asset deflation, and a 325% debt to gdp ratio.

So it appears that the United States decided to run some test cases to see how the public would react to restrictions on using cash in commerce, and chose the one economy where 98% of all transactions are cash based, and where only 36% of the people even have a bank account.

Image result for war on cash
In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. That is surprising, as Washington’s role has been disguised only very superficially. 
U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the strategic partnership with India a priority of his foreign policy. China needs to be reined in. In the context of this partnership, the US government’s development agency USAID has negotiated cooperation agreements with the Indian ministry of finance. One of these has the declared goal to push back the use of cash in favor of digital payments in India and globally. 
On November 8, Indian prime minster Narendra Modi announced that the two largest denominations of banknotes could not be used for payments any more with almost immediate effect. Owners could only recoup their value by putting them into a bank account before the short grace period expired at year end, which many people and businesses did not manage to do, due to long lines in front of banks. The amount of cash that banks were allowed to pay out to individual customers was severely restricted. 
Almost half of Indians have no bank account and many do not even have a bank nearby. The economy is largely cash based. Thus, a severe shortage of cash ensued. Those who suffered the most were the poorest and most vulnerable. They had additional difficulty earning their meager living in the informal sector or paying for essential goods and services like food, medicine or hospitals. Chaos and fraud reigned well into December. 
Four weeks earlier 
Not even four weeks before this assault on Indians, USAID had announced the establishment of “Catalyst: Inclusive Cashless Payment Partnership”, with the goal of effecting a quantum leap in cashless payment in India. The press statement of October 14 says that Catalyst “marks the next phase of partnership between USAID and Ministry of Finance to facilitate universal financial inclusion”. The statement does not show up in the list of press statements on the website of USAID (anymore?). Not even filtering statements with the word “India” would bring it up. To find it, you seem to have to know it exists, or stumble upon it in a web search. Indeed, this and other statements, which seemed rather boring before, have become a lot more interesting and revealing after November 8. 
Reading the statements with hindsight it becomes obvious, that Catalyst and the partnership of USAID and the Indian Ministry of Finance, from which Catalyst originated, are little more than fronts which were used to be able to prepare the assault on all Indians using cash without arousing undue suspicion. Even the name Catalyst sounds a lot more ominous, once you know what happened on November 9. 
Catalyst’s Director of Project Incubation is Alok Gupta, who used to be Chief Operating Officer of the World Resources Institute in Washington, which has USAID as one of its main sponsors. He was also an original member of the team that developed Aadhaar, the Big-Brother-like biometric identification system. 
According to a report of the Indian Economic Times, USAID has committed to finance Catalyst for three years. Amounts are kept secret. - Washington's Blog via Zerohedge
For those who don't know the history of USAID, it is a CIA front used in regime change activities and even assassinations throughout the 20th century.

What is going on in India is a calculated experiment to see how a population would react to the elimination of physical money, and the forced process of getting all currency and commerce into the banking system.  And as this experiment has originated from policies created by the U.S. government, it is not a stretch to believe that these same controls will be used on the American people one day in the future, and why Americans need to get their money out of banks and into physical assets both at home and offshore, before the inevitable day comes following the next planned crisis.