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Friday, September 30, 2016

If the rich aren't willing to store their gold in banks, then why should you trust them either?

Following the 2008 financial crisis the United States began a form a capital controls to try to keep individuals, businesses, and trusts from moving their wealth offshore.  And one of their primary controls is through a law known as FATCA, which gave the IRS a modicum of authority backed by SWIFT to find out all personal accounts and information held in foreign banks by American citizens.

But as we saw in the Panama Papers scandal earlier this year, what is meant as restrictions for 'little people' is barely a bump in the road for the elite and super wealthy who have access to alternatives that the 99% do not.  And one of these alternatives is the ability to offshore their wealth into special private vaults that are outside the touch of the U.S. government, and which may hold thousands of tons of gold outside the banking system.

For decades, Switzerland had a reputation for bank secrecy that made it the most sought after tax haven for billionaires from around the globe.  But, after more than 80 years of secrecy, a series of bilateral agreements with countries around the world, including America’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), have forced the private-banking industry in Switzerland to embrace an entirely new era of transparency that requires a full exchange of tax-relevant information with more than a hundred countries. 
Which, as Bloomberg points out, has been a huge boon for Swiss operators of private vaults which are not subject to the same transparency and reporting requirements as banks.  In fact, these super-secret, privately operated storage facilities buried around the Swiss Alps can basically store anything from anybody because they're not even required to report suspicious activity to Switzerland's Money Laundering Reporting Office.  
“There is growth in gold,” Wipfli says. “Since 2008 there has been a real interest in alternatives to bank deposits.” The company explicitly taps into that demand. Swiss Data Safe “is independent from the banking system and any other organization or interest group,” according to a PowerPoint presentation Wipfli shows clients. The company and its anonymous rival aren’t regulated by the Swiss financial-services regulator Finma. 
Nor do such companies have to report suspicious activity to Switzerland’s Money Laundering Reporting Office.In the past, submissions to the agency have led the Swiss attorney general to open investigations into corruption at FIFA, the global soccer body, and banking ties to Brazil’s Petrobras bribery scandal. 
Moreover, American citizens aren’t required under FATCA to declare gold stored outside of financial institutions either.  So perhaps it's no surprise that, according to the Swiss defense department, of the roughly 1,000 former military bunkers still in existence across Switzerland, several hundred of them have been sold to private individuals who are now operating them as private storage sites for the gold stash of the world's wealthiest of billionaires. - Zerohedge
The elites know that they cannot trust holding their wealth in a bank, and often go to extraordinary lengths to ensure it remains outside the hands of governments, regulators, and law enforcement.  So if the rich do not trust the banks to hold their money and assets, then why should you?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

China may look to use both barter and gold yuan to stabilize trade in a post-dollar world

The path towards ending dollar hegemony is already well under way, with China set to both enter into the SDR, and expand its use in global trade settlement.  But for countries that are cash strapped and wanting to transition away from the reserve currency, short and mid-term alternatives may be necessary to aid in the transition of a post-dollar world.

And China is currently in the process of implementing them.

Earlier this year the creators of the Silk Road initiative came to an agreement with the Thai government to build and expand their rail infrastructure using barter rather than dollars, and this, along with the implementation of a gold yuan currency, could be the blueprint for keeping the global economy going during the transition.

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In his March interview with CCTV the geostrategic analyst highlighted that China is "facilitating trade and development for Third World nations in ways major Western funders could not." Beijing is interested in boosting logistic networks in Eurasia and therefore it founded the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to fund the projects. 
Furthermore, "China may also offer barter trades in lieu of cash transactions for rail infrastructure projects, as was the case with Thailand. It seems to work. For cash-strapped economies, barter may emerge as an essential instrument of regional economic stability and a 'gold yuan' may help facilitate such a paradigm shift," Maavak elaborated speaking to Sputnik. - Sputnik News

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Following Trump's winning most polls after the first debate, sentiment continues to be long towards buying gold

Following last night's first debate, the internet is wild with discussion and propaganda over who won, and who lost in New York last night.  But with the majority of online polls showing Trump winning by a relatively large margin, sentiment for gold continues to remain very high due to his increased odds of a victory.
Ahead of the first US presidential debate on Monday, Citigroup issued a warning alert of investors rushing into gold as the Republican nominee Donald Trump’s chances of becoming president have surpassed the 40pc mark. 
Previously seen as an unlikely winning bet by the majority of market participants throughout most of his campaign timespan, Trump is now expected to capitalize on his economic reform agenda, attracting voters yearning for change. As the chances of economic shift rise with Trump’s ascend, you can never be too safe, investors reckoned, rendered gold poised for gains in value closer to the yearend. 
Trump’s victory in November would mean a sooner interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, with subsequent hikes to follow shortly as the Trump administration would be primarily focused on achieving economic normality. Amid the expected rate hikes, the stock market is likely to retreat, along with the value of many assets across multiple sectors of the economy. Bond yields would rise, whilst the fixed-income value would slip, a notion amongst investors spreads. Buying gold seems, therefore, a viable solution to offset the upcoming risks. “Polls have started to tighten ahead of the US presidential election, and Citi has raised the probability of a Trump victory,” Citi said in a note. 
“We expect a Trump win would bring out higher volatility in gold and forex, which in turn should lead to higher volumes in other precious metals.” - Sputnik News
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Russia and China accumulates even more gold in August as world prepares for the end of dollar hegemony

This coming week could see one of the most anticipated financial events since central banks began their unprecedented policies of money expansion, stimulus, and quantitative easing six years ago.  In fact, dependent upon what China chooses to announce before Sept. 30, it could also be the most important financial paradigm shift since the U.S. took the reserve currency off the gold standard in 1971, or even as big as the implementation of the original Bretton Woods monetary agreement itself.

That is because China is preparing to both enter into the elite playing field as a fully recognized global currency through their inclusion in the IMF's SDR basket, and to also report their gold reserve holdings which dependent upon how much they choose to reveal, could create a seismic event that facilitates the beginning of the end of dollar hegemony.

And with both Russia and China continuing to accumulate large amounts of gold as recently as August, expectations are that China will report a number much greater than most analysts are conceiving.

This fact is not lost on the budding partnership of Russia and China, who continue to accumulate gold at a feverish pace. Russia continued to add to their reserves in the month of August, in which they added an additional 21.77 tonnes of the yellow metal, bringing their total gold reserves to 49.1 million ounces! 
In addition to this, China has also continued to move a portion of their massive fiat reserves into the more tangible form of money, gold bullion. They are continuing to accumulate gold, knowing that they are the most likely successor to the US dollar, and have the highest probability of being crowned with the "reserve currency" status. 
When that day will come is anyone's best guess, but what is no secret is the fact that China is set to rock the precious metals markets in the immediate future. By the end of this month , they are expected to announce an updated estimate of their gold holdings, something that many in the financial world believe is long overdue.
The reasoning for them finally tipping their hand and showing their cards is due to the fact that they are strongly being entertained to become a key member of the highly elite global banking currency, the SDR, and this is one of the stipulations in regards to their acceptance. 
The SDR is what some have called the "king" of fiat money and is a powerful currency in global settlements. This is perhaps just one more step for China in their path towards becoming the official reserve currency of the world. - Sprott Money

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Perfect storm for gold is now in place as asset bubbles created by central banks are on the cusp of imploding

Central banks around the world no longer are tied to their original mandates of stemming inflation, and formulating monetary policies that aid in keeping unemployment at low levels.  Instead, their 'new' mission has been to prop up assets at all costs, even if this means buying them hand over fist in every market available.

Leading up to the 2008 Credit Crisis, central banks had used low interest rates to create artificial bubbles in housing, equities, and securities.  And when they burst in October of that year, their reactions were to simply double and triple down on these failed policies, and add in tens of trillions of dollars in money printing to ensure these types of assets not only rose to new highs, but would be protected from ever crashing again.

Ahhh... the folly of men.

Unfortunately for economies, the natural laws that govern the Invisible Hand of markets will always have the final say, just as nature is always more powerful than any technology humanity can create to try to stop its exponential power.  (See New Orleans and Katrina)  And despite the Fed, ECB, and Bank of Japan using every tool they could dream up, including outright buying of stocks, mortgage backed securities, sovereign bonds, and corporate bonds, they have been unable to stop the specter of deflation and stand on the threshold of seeing the mother of all bubble implosions about to take place.

Gold will likely soar to a record within five years as asset bubbles burst in everything from bonds to credit and equities, forcing investors to find a haven, according to Old Mutual Global Investors’ Diego Parrilla. 
The metal is at the start of a multi-year bull run with a “few thousand dollars of upside” in a world of “monetary policy without limits” where central banks print lots of money and low or negative interest rates prevail, said Parrilla, who joined the firm as managing director of commodities last month. He’s worked at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 
“As some of the excesses in other asset classes get unwound, gold will perform very strongly,” said 43-year-old Parrilla, who has almost 20 years experience in precious-metals markets. The “perfect storm scenario will mean that gold will perform best when other classes are doing worst.” - Bloomberg
We saw this month that neither the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, nor the Bank of Japan could come up with any new monetary policies that could sate the market's thirst for more, nor their demand for higher and greater yields.  Which means that unless these 'Masters of the Universe' are willing to initiate ultimate protocols, such as taking the banning of cash from the blackboard to the boardroom, the inevitable result will be a bursting of all these asset bubbles and an explosion for gold that will make its $1940 high in 2011 look like pocket change.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gold price and gold miner ETF both spike following Fed's confused position on economy following another failed FOMC meeting

Immediately following the Fed's announcement that once again they would not be raising rates in September, gold shot up over $20 as continuing confusion from the U.S. central bank is driving investors into the best safe haven.

But gold bullion was not the only precious metal asset to benefit from the Fed's remaining at the status quo as the primary market index for gold miners, the GDX, also rose 7% on Wednesday signalling that expectations of much higher prices to come will encapsulate stocks tied to the precious metal.

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), which tracks the spot price of gold, jumped 1.5% through the close. The ETF recaptured its 50-day moving average for the first time since Sept. 8. It had come under pressure from uncertainty surrounding the Fed's next move on interest rates. 
Higher rates tend to weigh on gold, a nonyielding haven asset, while lifting the dollar in which it is globally priced. 
VanEck Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) vaulted 7.1% on the stock market today. Mining companies are widely regarded as a leveraged play on the price of gold. 
Silver and silver-backed mining ETFs also flew higher in big volume, with iShares Silver Trust (SLV) breaking through resistance at its 50-day moving average and closing at the top of the day's range. - Investors Business Daily
With the Fed nearly assured of propping up equities into the foreseeable future, investing in well positioned mining stocks has become a great addition to buying physical gold as many have risen by more than 100-500% since the beginning of the year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gold climbs on Bank of Japan's failed policy shift while markets wait for Fed rate announcement

Last night, the Bank of Japan failed to impress when they announced that there would be no change to their current interest rate level of -.10.  And as expected gold rose more than $10 per ounce with today's Federal Reserve announcement still to come at 2:00pm EST.

In reality there is little that most central banks can do except change course and raise interest rates since several have already gone negative, and ongoing stimulus programs are yielding little towards spurring economic growth.  But what has been the beneficiary of these central bank policies has been gold, with the monetary metal bouncing off its 100 day moving average on the BOJ's announcement alone.

Gold and silver are surging this morinng after BoJ's disappointment as a stronger yen weighs on the USD index. Heavy volume has lifted Gold off key technical support and silver through a major technical resistance... 
Gold bounces off its 100-day moving-average...
 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

India's newest attack on gold involves raising taxes on precious metals

Two years ago, the Indian government implemented a tariff on gold importation in an attempt to slow down the massive buying of the precious metal by their people and institutions.  And the blowback from this was a large increase in smuggling since the buying of gold is a deep cultural practice for the Indian people going back thousands of years.

Then the government decided to create a scheme in which individuals and even religious orders should 'lend' their gold to the banking system in exchange for a modicum return of interest.  But the result of this has been negligible as nary a ton of gold has been offered to the banks in exchange for yield.

Now on Sept. 16, the Indian government is proposing a new tax increase on gold and other precious metals in what they call a way to keep from having raise the tax rate on other discretionary and necessary consumer goods.

The Indian government plans a proposal that includes a major increase in the tax on gold and other precious metals so as to give the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council leeway to keep the proposed nationwide tax below 20%, reports The Hindu as quoted by Gem Konnect. 
The proposal is based on the recommendations of last year’s panel headed by Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. The panel had suggested taxing gold and other precious metals at rates ranging between 2%-6%. 
Precious metals are currently taxed at between 1%-1.6%. Meanwhile, about 70% of goods and services get taxed at an average rate of 27% by state governments. To protect their revenues, states have sought that the proposed standard GST rate be fixed at 20%. - Israeli Diamond Industry

Monday, September 19, 2016

As the Fed prepares for interest rate decision this week, recent history shows gold to climb no matter which way they go

In the past one could accurately predict what would happen to the price of gold when the Federal Reserve chose to move interest rates either higher or lower.  But with the markets now fully manipulated from the central bank's use of QE and stimulus, and both stocks and bonds in over-priced bubbles, rationality and fundamentals no longer are relevant.

In recent history, gold has more often than not risen no matter what the Fed has done because the markets are ruled in large part now by uncertainty.  When the central bank began its five year move of lowering interest rates back in 2010, and printing money to buy bonds, stocks, and any and all assets they could get their hands on, the markets had supreme trust in the Fed, and it was reflected in the drop in gold from an all-time high of $1940 to its pre-December 2015 low of $1045.

But as we have seen for the last 10 months, every time the Fed issues a formal statement to either raise rates (December 2015), or make no changes (All of 2016 to date), gold has responded in kind to the upside.

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So when interest rates were raised in December of 2015, the gold price went up.  And subsequently after every single FOMC meeting this year, the price also went up when they did nothing.

Interest rates are still near zero, with the Fed desperately afraid to both raise them up prior to the election, or lower them down into negative territory like in Europe and Japan.  And it is in part to this schizophrenia and loss of confidence in the central bank that will very likely keep gold prices going up for the foreseeable future.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Where are the best places in the world to store your physical gold, silver, and other precious metals

There are an infinite amount of analysts who have their own varying opinions on buying precious metals, and more importantly, how and where to store them.

Some through ignorance or agenda will swear by having their customers purchase gold through etf's or other paper securities, while others believe in the old axiom about property that says, if you don't hold it, you don't own it.

But with the world no longer being a place where it takes months versus hours to get from one location to another, and communications and access are just a Smartphone touchscreen away, the options available for you to buy gold in one place, and have it stored in another, is no longer a cumbersome process, and in many cases is the most prudent of measures.

Personally I believe in a five-fold diversification when it comes to precious metals and wealth protection.

1.  Have some cash on hand, outside the banking system

2.  Have some physical gold on hand

3.  Have some physical silver on hand as part of an investment plan

4.  Have the majority of your wealth outside of banks, and outside your local jurisdiction (offshore)

5.  Look into mining stocks for the speculative portion of your portfolio, and don't be married to them forever

Today nearly all markets are manipulated to a lessor or greater degree, including equities, bonds, interest rates, real estate, currencies, etal... and the days of buy and hold ended following the Crash of 2007-08.  And what is left are hard physical assets that are meant to be used as wealth protection and protection of your purchasing power from the profits and earnings you acquire through investments or salaries.

Yet when it comes to storing your wealth this can be one of the hardest choices to make, verify, and trust.  And in a new White Paper published by Sprott Money Lmt. last week, the long time metals institution laid out the best and most secure areas to store precious metals in your offshore portfolio.

Holding that gold outside the banking system, and for some, outside one’s own country, are increasingly popular options. Canada, Switzerland, and four other countries have particularly attractive characteristics. 
Those are the conclusions of a new whitepaper produced by Sprott Money Ltd.
Canada and Switzerland are obvious choices. The True North has fabulous natural resources, one of the world’s most stable banking systems and hasn’t been attacked in more than 200 years (the last two times the Americans tried to invade - during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 - things did not work out so well for them). 
Switzerland, which ranked first on the Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index in 2015, has fabulous attractions as an offshore investment locale. These include a long history of offering investors a safe, discreet place to store assets. That applies doubly for gold, which has a better reputation in Switzerland than in almost any other country. 
The Sprott report also identifies Singapore, Germany, and the Cayman Islands as current good offshore storage jurisdictions. 
The paper also acknowledges that many other international jurisdictions such as Dubai, Australia, and Hong Kong are regarded as good locales, but acknowledges that changing geopolitical risks requires constant monitoring of domestic and international investment environments. - Zerohedge
Ironically, the U.S. made the list as well, but with a caveat... and that is, no financial institution or storage location is considered rock solid safe, and the best place to store your gold and other precious metals is with the individual owners themselves.

As with all investments, taking the time to research where to store your physical metals is just as important as taking the time to research a broker or investment house.  Because in the end, the responsibility for our wealth lies with us, and not with those who we might commission to hold it.

Friday, September 16, 2016

As China prepares to announce their gold reserve amount by end of the month, debate over gold backed Yuan increases sharply

As part of their requirements to enter into the SDR basket of currencies in October, China will soon be revealing the quantity of their gold reserves sometime between now and Sept. 30.  And with them also recently being appointed the managers of the M SDR internationalization program, debate over China implementing a gold backed currency is once again increasing at an accelerating rate.

At the heart of the discussion is how China is using their growing geo-political power to integrate 3rd world nations, especially those in Africa, in moving forward despite not having the economic finances to expand their infrastructure base.  And to date this has been shown to be moderately successful in a myriad of different ways, and could be the catalyst for catapulting a gold backed Yuan using their growing alliances and Silk Road strategies to envelop a large portion of the world under a financial umbrella that would be impervious to U.S. and Western subjugation.

In his March interview with CCTV the geostrategic analyst highlighted that China is "facilitating trade and development for Third World nations in ways major Western funders could not." Beijing is interested in boosting logistic networks in Eurasia and therefore it founded the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to fund the projects. 
Furthermore, "China may also offer barter trades in lieu of cash transactions for rail infrastructure projects, as was the case with Thailand. It seems to work. For cash-strapped economies, barter may emerge as an essential instrument of regional economic stability and a 'gold yuan' may help facilitate such a paradigm shift," Maavak elaborated speaking to Sputnik. In the context of the ongoing Eurasian integration, the RIC (Russia, India and China) nations may "weaponize" their gold holdings to ring-fence the Greater Eurasian geo-economy, according to the analyst. - Sputnik News
Whether it is through a gold backed SDR, or a gold backed Yuan, the world is rushing towards a return of some form of a gold standard.  And unfortunately for the West, which has been spending their currencies bailing out their banks and propping up their stock markets, China has been the one cultivating economic partnerships that when the time comes, could catapult them into becoming the masters of the next global financial system.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Got gold? Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo scandals show why it is no longer safe to store your wealth in a bank

Within the past seven days two major banks revealed why it is no longer safe to hold your wealth in financial institutions.  First with the Wells Fargo fraud scandal, where employees opened over a million fake accounts under real people's names to commit identity theft, and then with Goldman Sachs, who was discovered to have re-hypothicated customer deposits to use in making risky and speculative bets in the stock markets, the bottom line is that there are few protections available for depositors to protect their money in a bank today.

All this shows that not only have the regulators and the government accomplished nothing in 'fixing' the problems that allowed banks to commit fraud and crimes at will, but now they have given many of them some legal justification to do so... as in the case of Goldman Sachs where the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act turned your deposit into an unfunded liability that allows banks to do with your money as they see fit.

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As Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) has built its U.S. consumer bank, it has established a team to put its deposits to work on Wall Street, a telling development about Goldman‘s ambitions for the retail bank. 
Led by 40-year-old Goldman partner and credit trading veteran Gerald Ouderkirk, the team’s job is to use consumer deposits and other types of funding for trades, investments and big loans to earn profits, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
It is no longer a matter of being prepared to deal with taking your wealth out of a bank only when a potential financial crisis appears on the horizon, as the possibility of you losing your money during even normal times is now just as great.  And in the end it is our responsibility, and not our brokers, bankers, or our government's, to protect our wealth and to know the playing field as it exists following the changes that took place after 2008.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gold authorities looking to ways to get airlines to ban transporting gold in carry on luggage

With governments using both high taxation and import restrictions to try to dissuade people from moving out of their fiat currencies and into physical precious metals at the same that these same governments are embarking on devaluing their currencies through zero or negative interest rates, the natural reaction has been a rise in smuggling to try to bring metals like gold and silver into restricted markets.

And similar to how some ivory tower economists now want to ban physical cash using spurious reasons like money laundering and its use in illegal activities, a group of gold authorities now want airlines to ban the transportation of gold by gold holders in their carry-on luggage.
Leaders of the global gold industry have called on airlines and aviation authorities to ban the transport of the precious metal as hand luggage to reduce the risk of smuggling, which is said to be costing billions of dollars a year in lost government revenue. 
They want gold to be shipped only as hold cargo, which would allow for "proof of responsible sourcing" and lift what is regarded as a threat to miners’ employment and mining companies’ profits. 
Delegates at the Africa Dubai Precious Metals Forum, held in Accra, Ghana, agreed on a "call to action" to airlines, air transport companies and the global air authorities to "ban the hand-held personal carriage of gold in favour of adopting a cargo-only policy". 
The cabin transportation of gold is generally legal around the world, subject to airline weight restrictions and customs regulations. Gold bars and finished jewellery are often flown between manufacturing and retail centres, including Dubai. - Thenational.ae

Monday, September 12, 2016

Why invest in gold? Because contrary to popular belief, the government can end the insolvent Social Security at any time

Prior to FDR's creation of Social Security in 1935, people relied upon their families to take care of them in their retirement years.  And in fact, there were no expectations of a 'benevolent government' using the General Welfare clause of the Constitution to do for them what was their responsibility since the beginning of time.

But with the advent of Social Security, the government opened the door to a whole myriad of programs to virtually take care of people from cradle to grave, and has used the power of taxation to force everyone to pay into it whether they wanted to, or even needed to at all.

It is now 80 years later following this momentous act passed during the height of the Great Depression, and because of a combination of Demographics and Congressional greed, the program is insolvent and by some analyst's measures, could be completely bankrupt as early as 2017.  And the real question that has to be asked is, is the government responsible for providing these retirement benefits no matter what, or can they simply dissolve the program at will if they decide they can no longer afford to pay for it?

The answer unfortunately may scare some people, because the question itself was resolved back in the 1950's by the Supreme Court.

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Most people see Social Security as a contract between themselves and the government. You pay money into the system, and the system pays it back at a later date—guaranteed by law. 
But nothing could be further from the truth… 
You have no choice when it comes to paying your Social Security tax. It comes out of your paycheck automatically. 
But did you know the government isn’t under the same rigid contract? 
In fact, by ruling of the United States Supreme Court, the federal government is under no obligation to pay you a Social Security check. 
This is the clear precedent set in the case of Flemming v. Nestor
Ephram Nestor was an immigrant from Bulgaria. He moved here in 1918 and paid Social Security taxes from the very beginning of the program in 1936. 
In 1955, when he retired, Nestor began receiving Social Security checks for $55.60 per month. 
But, just one year later, Nestor was deported. Turns out, he’d been an active member of the Communist Party in the 1930s, giving the U.S. government grounds to kick him out. 
When he was deported, his Social Security checks stopped. Nestor sued the U.S. government, arguing that, since he had paid money into the program, he had a right to those benefits. 
The Supreme Court ruled against Nestor, saying the government had the right to terminate Social Security at any time. 
The people who sign the Social Security checks sum it up this way: 
[Nestor] appealed the termination, arguing, among other claims, that promised Social Security benefits were a contract. In its ruling, the Court rejected this argument and established the principle that entitlement to Social Security benefits is not a contractual right. 
Takeaway: You have no contractual right to Social Security. 
That historical precedent means it has the power to cut Social Security anytime it wants. - Casey Research
So while politicians deceive everyone into thinking Social Security is guaranteed to them for the tens of thousands of dollars they have paid in taxes to be eligible for a retirement payout, the truth of the matter is Congress's only obligation is their right to tax you as they see fit, and even to keep on taxing you whether they pay out social security benefits or not.

And it is why nothing has ever changed in life... and it is you and I who are responsible for our own retirement savings programs.

Got gold?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Wall Street fund manager who hated gold suddenly telling clients to buy the metal due to inflation expectations

With both the Fed and the government continuously putting out false data reports to support the political establishment, it is sometimes difficult to find out the true state of the economy and the myriad of indicators that drive the markets.  For example, last Friday the August jobs reports came in much lower than expected, and manufacturing declined to its lowest levels in six months, but an analyst from Goldman Sachs went on CNBC and stated their bank had raised the odds of a rate hike from 40% to 55%.

So quite often the best way to gauge the true condition of markets and the economy is to watch what the rich are doing, especially if they engage in a trend that is counter to what they have done previously for months or years at a time.  ie... when several hedge funds and billionaire investors went long into gold starting back in February as a counter to negative interest rates in the bond markets.

And on Sept. 9, a former Chief Investment Strategist for Merrill Lynch, and long-time hater of gold as an investment did a 180 and is now advocating his clients to purchase gold primarily out of expectations that higher inflation is right around the corner.

Rising inflation expectations have attracted an unlikely investor to gold. 
Richard Bernstein, who has spent more than 35 years on Wall Street, is buying gold for his clients' portfolios for the first time. 
"My firm and I are not gold bugs," said Bernstein, a former chief investment strategist for Merrill Lynch who started his eponymous firm in 2009, at the Morningstar ETF conference on Thursday. "Most of the people who tell you stories about gold are people trying to sell you gold funds and gold ETFs, and those stories are not based on reality at all." 
But when Bernstein quizzed conference attendees on the right time to buy real assets, like metals, he revealed the reasoning behind a gold buy for a guy who thinks it's 'wampum.' 
The answer: "You buy real assets when inflation expectations are starting to go up," he said. 
"For a long time, gold was really not a diversifier," Bernstein said. When gold prices hit new highs earlier this decade, gold had a positive correlation to stocks, meaning when stocks rose, so did gold prices. 
Gold has become slightly negatively correlated to the stock market, Bernstein said, and so gold adds extra ballast in a portfolio to hedge against volatility. "It's a change in the way we look at the world," Bernstein said. - CNBC

Friday, September 9, 2016

Anti-Wall Street group seeks to create a new transparent gold exchange using blockchain technologies

In his now famous book, Flash Boys, author Michael Lewis took real Wall Street individuals and fictionalized them to paint a picture of just how manipulated the paper trading markets really are,

Now those who were represented in Lewis's book are seeking to go head to head against the fraudulent banks and exchanges by creating a new gold exchange that would run with full transparency, and use blockchain technology to accomplish this.

IEX Group, which rose to prominence with its bid to shake up stock trading in the United States, now aims to do the same in the more than $5 trillion-a-year gold market with a new exchange being created by its spinoff TradeWind Markets, a board member of the new venture said on Tuesday. 
The protagonists of Michael Lewis's book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," are planning a gold exchange that would use elements of blockchain technology to improve transparency and the clearing and settling of trades, said Matt Harris, a managing director at Bain Capital Ventures. Bain has an investment in IEX. 
Blockchain is a tamper-proof shared ledger that can automatically process and settle transactions using computer algorithms. 
TradeWind Markets began as an internal project of IEX and was spun off as a separate firm earlier this year. In June, the startup raised $9 million, according to a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A person familiar with the operation who asked not to be identified because the plans are not public, said the funding came from IEX and Sprott Inc, a Canada-based investment firm that manages physical bullion funds. A lack of transparency is one of the problems that makes the gold market ripe for change, said Harris, who is on TradeWind's board. - Reuters
The introduction of the Shanghai Gold Exchange in Chain last year changed the game for physical gold trading, and created a crack in the long-standing Western control over the gold price.  And with the advent of a new and trusted gold exchange being built that would be outside the controls of the banks that run them now, and functioning on blockchain technology, it could cause miners, refiners, and producers to move away from contracts and delivery with London and the Comex and instead sell metals directly on this new exchange, allowing prices to rise and fall according to the free market, not price manipulations.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Be very careful in how you setup your gold IRA because the IRS is watching you

As the price of gold begins its newest leg of a long running Bull Market, an interesting investment plan has emerged which allows individuals to cash out their equity based 401K's and transfer the cash tax free (for the moment) into a gold IRA that is not only backed by physical metal, but can be located within reach.

Many companies that are offering these plans also state that you can setup the account in such a way that you can actually hold the metals in your possession as long as they are separate from any other income or wealth you control.

But this addendum to the gold IRA is not completely accurate, and the IRS is now on watch for anyone who does not follow the process to the letter, and attempts to keep their gold or silver 'at home' and not in a regulated storage location.
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The Internal Revenue Service isn’t too keen on the recent advertisements suggesting retirement savers store their tax-free individual retirement account funds in gold at their house or in safety-deposit boxes, the Wall Street Journal writes. 
Storing Gold at Home: Legal, But with Caveats 
The statement from the IRS comes in response to a number of ads online and on the radio, such as one from Hartford Gold Group, suggesting investors can avoid stock market turbulence by investing IRA accounts in gold coins and bullion they can store where they like, including their home, according to the Journal. 
But the law on such practices is cloudy, the publication writes. 
For example, IRA assets can’t be stored in collectibles such as antiques, gems, artworks or wine, according to the Journal. On the other hand, it’s legal to keep IRA investments in coins and bullion-quality bars in metals such as gold, silver and platinum, the publication writes. 
But few IRA investment providers offer the option — Vanguard and Charles Schwab don’t allows their clients to invest IRAs in physical metals, according to the Journal. 
The IRS may be taking issue with just how difficult and expensive investing in physical gold could end up for the investor. Fidelity, which allows IRA investing in some coins and bullion, charges up to 2.9% to buy and 2% to sell the assets, and a further 0.125% quarterly storage fee, the publication writes. 
And keeping the gold at home is not an option: out of tax compliance considerations, Fidelity requires physical metals to be stored at a qualified facility and doesn’t let IRA investors take the gold out or even view it without notification from the IRA custodian, the Journal writes. 
Proponents of store-at-home gold say that IRA owners can legally keep their gold in a safe-deposit box or at home if they are the owners and managers of a limited-liability company that uses the funds from the IRA to obtain the gold, according to the publication. 
Some attorney says this structure would allow investors to store coins owned by the LLC at home — but for bullion, they would still have to store it in an LLC-owned safety-deposit box, the Journal writes. 
Home storage can get pricy, too: one professional whose company provides paperwork for at-home storage of IRA gold charges $400 to $1,200 to set up such an LLC, according to the publication. 
And because the issue of LLC ownership by IRA has no legal precedent, companies advertising home storage of IRA gold are careful to note that they don’t provide legal advice, the Journal writes. - Wall Street Journal

Negative interest rate blowback: businesses in Switzerland having to take out insurance on their money already stored in banks

When central banks implement monetary policies never tried before, there are always ramifications that take place that no one could have forecast.  For example, in both Germany and Japan there has been an incredible run on safes because individuals are flocking en masse to get money out of the banking system and store it within their domiciles to avoid negative interest rate (NIRP) fees or bail-ins.

But in Switzerland the consequences of NIRP have sparked a different reaction as businesses holding large amounts of deposits in their banks are taking out insurance on their money that they currently keep in a bank.

Why?  To mitigate the losses the banks will take from them due to negative rate fees.

Only unlike Japan and Germany, the Swiss are much more subtle about their cash hoarding than telling the neighborhood they have a stash of cash in their home by publicly buying a safe; instead, as Bloomberg reportsmore and more companies are taking out insurance policies to protect their cash hoards from theft or damage
"Because of the low interest rate level, we note increasing demand for insurance solutions for the storage of cash," said Philipp Surholt at Zurich Insurance Group AG, among underwriters reporting a surge in such requests. "We’re seeing demand for coverage for sums ranging from 100 million to 500 million francs.
Where the Swiss also differ from many other nations is that numerous local banks have already passed on negative rates to their wealthiest customers. The SNB imposed NIRP in early 2015, charging banks for excess deposits. Many lenders including UBS Group AG and Credit Suisse Group AG have passed on at least some of the burden, they don’t disclose how much, to cash-rich clients like asset managers and big companies. 
Meanwhile, a fascinating arbitrage has emerged between NIRP and insurance costs: Helvetia Holding said it charges about 1,000 francs ($1,020) a year to insure 1 million francs, a fraction of the 7,500 francs a company would pay to park the same amount in a bank for a year, assuming the lender passes on the full charge. While that amount doesn’t include the cost of logistics such as transport or security features like reinforced walls, guards and alarm systems, those may not be an issue for the wealthiest clients who already own their own safes and have their own means of transportation of the physical cash. - Zerohedge
Perhaps instead of paying out extra money each year to insure your money from confiscation, loss of purchasing power, and other consequences of NIRP, businesses and individuals should instead store their excess reserves in physical gold, which is much more easily stored in a safe, and is a silent rebellion to the policies of central banks who no longer have any idea what they are doing.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Despite declines in gold price in August, demand for the metal hit a four year high

Now that the summer market doldrums are over following the turning of the calendar on Labor Day, gold is acting as it normally does heading into its biggest price months of the year.

In fact, so far on the first trading day in September, gold is up over $14 and should go much higher very soon since economic data from manufacturing just about assured there will be no Fed rate hike when the FOMC meets later this month.

Live New York Gold Chart [Kitco Inc.]

Yet despite the fact that gold lost some of its gains during August, an interesting statistic emerged on Sept. 6 which puts alot into perspective for the rest of the year.  And that is that demand for gold by individuals hit a four year high last month, meaning that new support is now in the market to take gold much, much higher.
Private investor appetite for gold hit a four-year high last month, swelling net purchases on the BullionVault trading platform by almost half a tonne. 
The financial jitters triggered by the Brexit vote and record low interest rates have spurred demand for the safe-haven commodity over recent months, driving total holdings at BullionVault to 35.7 tonnes. 
Although the number of private buyers slipped 6pc in August, those willing to reduce the holdings they have built up over summer dropped 49pc to boost the net demand. 
As a result BullionVault's Gold Investor Index up to a new 3-year high of 56.0, reaching its highest level since April 2013 from July's 53.4 reading.
Adrian Ash, head of research at BullionVault, said: “Private investors continue to grow their gold holdings against a trend of both rising prices and rising financial risks. 
“Last time net gold investing demand was this strong, prices were retreating hard from the late 2012 rally. August 2016 in contrast marked the fourth time running that average monthly gold prices rose against the dollar, a pattern not seen since the metal peaked with the global financial crisis in summer 2011." - Telegraph

Barack Obama went to Washington and all the American people got was $20 trillion in debt

When Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, the National Debt sat at $10.62 trillion dollars, where much of it is directly attributed to his predecessor George W. Bush, who practically doubled the debt from 2001-08 through multiple wars engaged upon in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But as we come to the end of Obama's eight years in office we are now entering a new era of debt creation, and one where little at all was done to try to stem both the flow of borrowing, and the winding down of Washington's eternal wars.  And as the National Debt crosses over $19.5 trillion on Sept. 1 of this year, it is estimated that the nation will breach the $20 trillion mark by the time the President ends his White House tenure in January of next year.

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Earlier this week, the US national debt hit $19.5 trillion, for the first time ever. Since January 2016, it has increased by $500 billion, according to the US Treasury. 
US Federal Debt to Rocket to $28.2 Trillion Over Next Decade In 2009 when Barack Obama became president the debt was $10.63 billion. Currently, the debt ceiling has been suspended until mid-March which means the debt will rise further. "The total national debt when Obama leaves office in January is expected to approach $20 trillion by then," an article on Washington Examiner read. - Sputnik News
Unfortunately for the U.S. as well, the economy has declined overall at the same time debt has skyrocketed over the past eight years.  In fact, Barack Obama will become the first President in history never to have a single year in office see an annual GDP growth rate over 3%.
Barack Obama remains solidly on track to be the only president in all of U.S. history to never have a single year when the economy grew by at least 3 percent.  Every other president in American history, even the really bad ones, had at least one year when U.S. GDP grew by at least 3 percent.  But this has not happened under Obama even though he has had two terms in the White House. 
The following are the yearly GDP growth numbers under Obama.  They come directly from the official website of the World Bank… 
2009: -2.8 percent2010: 2.5 percent2011: 1.6 percent2012: 2.2 percent2013: 1.5 percent2014: 2.4 percent2015: 2.4 percent 
Does that look like a “recovery” to you? - Economic Collapse Blog
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The 1990's became known historically for Japan as the Lost Decade, and they have never recovered their economic might that turned them into the second largest economy in the world during the 1980's.  And unless something major changes for the next Presidential administration here in the U.S., this current ten year period for America will become its own lost decade, and signal the end of what was once the greatest economy the world had ever seen.

Monday, September 5, 2016

As central banks funnel fiat wealth to the 1%, gold is becoming the opposite trade to funnel wealth to the 99%

Last week, the world's 'Bond King' Bill Gross continued his message where he proclaimed that stocks and bonds were invariably crap, and that the only true wealth protection right now is in gold and silver.  And at the heart of this clarion call is the fact that he believes the central banks are now in an unavoidable abyss where they not only have to continue to print massive amounts of new money, but also buy up every possible paper asset simply to keep the system going.

But in doing this, the central banks have also had to reverse a trend they were following last year when a large portion of them were out buying physical gold on the open market.  And since the majority of them are now net sellers of the metal at the same time they are net buyers of paper assets, it is creating a unique dichotomy where instead of simply using their policies to funnel wealth to the 1%, they are also opening the opportunity to funnel wealth down to the other 99%.

Not only is gold an auspicious color, culturally, on the mainland, but the People’s Bank of China has long been a major hoarder of its bullion form. Less so, though, as central bankers from Beijing to Brasilia cut gold purchases - by 40% in the second quarter alone. 
While monetary authorities still hold almost 33,000 metric tons of the precious metal, that marks the third consecutive quarterly drop and the longest streak in five years.
And yet, the gold price is rising - up 24% so far this year - even as the biggest buyers back away. What gives? For central banks, waning demand seems partly technical in nature. Weak global exports mean China and other major nations have recorded fewer cash inflows of the kind that normally drive gold purchases. The bigger question, though, is whether G20 leaders are internalizing the three reasons why negativity about the global outlook is driving gold. 
One, of course, is genuine concern about a global financial system still working through the trauma of 2008. Bond guru Bill Gross is making the rounds to explain the second: how central banks, including the Federal Reserve, “all have mastered the art of market manipulation” at the same time the Ph.D. economists on which they rely for advice “have lost their way.” In other words, lingering fear from 2008 and too much money chasing too few investments are combining to pump up safe-haven assets, and excessively so. - Barrons
Central banks are now selling physical assets to protect the new fiat money they are printing which is then being used to buy overvalued paper assets that invariably profit the 1%.  But in doing this they have kept the price of gold down where it can be affordably purchased by the 99%, and where the masses outside the ponzi paper scheme can have a choice and option to both protect and grow their wealth as the bank's failing policies come to a climax.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

As the world rushes to hoard cash, and gold supplies dwindle, what might a frenzy on gold buying look like?

Two interesting events are taking place right now in different parts of the world that threaten to create a frenzy not unlike the bank runs we saw in the 1930's and again following the bursting of the Housing Bubble in 2007.

Trust in banks have seriously eroded in places like Japan and Germany to the point where average people are making a run on home safes, and moving their cash out of financial institutions.  The root cause of course is the advent of negative interest rates and the growing fear that insolvent institutions will soon be forced to conduct bail-ins to stave off bankruptcy.

But it is not just a run on cash that is occurring in different pockets of the market.  Last week demands for delivery of physical gold were met with severe resistance, and this is a signal that most paper gold ETF's are not actually backstopped with physical gold, and which could soon bring about a run that would skyrocket the price to well over $5000 according to well respected metals analyst David Morgan.


Economist David Morgan of The Morgan Report is one of the world’s best known silver investors. In the following interview with Future Money Trends Morgan discusses his personal experiences during the last major run-up in gold, when it hit a price of $850 in early 1980. As Morgan describes it, there was significant panic buying during that time period, and should central banks and governments continue on their current course, we’ll see a similar endgame play out this time around: 
"What’s good for gold is the end of empire… And we’ve got governments that are failing… When these bond markets blow up further, that’s when you’re going to see a run to gold than we’ve already seen… 
Wait until the physical market freezes up, which could happen. I am not saying it would happen, but it could. With the worldwide demand and a failing currency across the world, where do you think people are going to go? They’re going to go to precious metals which have been trusted for thousands of years. 
If that were to occur, and I think it could happen… could you imagine the amount of money sitting on the sidelines in a panic mode that would go into the mining shares? It’s incredible. 
I saw it once… I saw what happened with gold and silver when it was a panic buy… My commodities broker was a woman. She worked for Dean Witter… She was very savvy… She would leave her office at lunchtime and go and buy gold at the local coin dealer… then after she closed her office she would stand outside her front door and sell gold coins to people who were lined up… believe it or not. 
That’s the kind of frenzy you get at the top of the gold market." - SHTFPlan

Friday, September 2, 2016

Duetsche Bank's failure to deliver physical gold from ETF request could become catalyst for price skyrocketing very soon

On Aug. 31, a German gold ETF known as Xetra Gold, and who's fund was underwritten by Deutsche Bank, sparked the first fail to deliver of promised physical gold since ABN Amro did so back in 2013.

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If you don't hold it, you don't own it
As Oliver Baron reports, those who ask for gold delivery at this moment, "could encounter difficulties." The reason is that according to Baron, a reader of GodmodeTrader "sought physical delivery of his holdings of Xetra-Gold. For this he approached, as instructed by the German Borse document, his principal bank, Deutsche Bank." 
At that point then he encountered a big surprise: the Deutsche Bank account executive informed the investor that "the service", is no longer offered, namely exercising physical delivery at Xetra-Gold, for "reasons of business policy" and therefore the order form provided by Clearstream Banking AG for exercising Xetra-gold is no longer available. 
Baron writes that since Deutsche Bank is no longer serving the physical exercising of delivery request of Xetra-Gold is remarkable, as Deutsche Bank is the "designated sponsor" as well as fiscal, principal and redemption agent of Xetra-Gold according to its prospectus, and as the explainer of how to exercise physical delivery also reveals. Even if one is a customer of another bank, Xetra-Gold should - at least on paper- guarantee delivery by way of Deutsche Bank, as the Deutsche Borse Commodities GmbH explains in its "process description for exercising units" - Zerohedge
But the question now that needs to be asked is, with so many investors buying into global gold ETF's at the same time others are buying physical metals, are these paper traded gold funds also vastly underfunded and subject to their own failures to deliver?  This assertion was brought up on Sept. 1 by Jim Rickards, author of The New Case for Gold and metals forecaster who believes that the gold price will one day soon climb to over $10,000 per ounce.
Last June, I visited Zurich and was able to meet with some of the most knowledgeable experts and insiders in the physical gold industry. In March, I visited Lugano where I met with the top executive of the world’s largest gold refinery. As a result of these visits to Switzerland, and other points of contact, I have been able to gather extensive information on the major buyers and sellers of gold bullion in the world and the exact flows of physical gold. 
This information about gold flows is critical to understanding what will happen next to the price of gold. The reason is that the price of gold is largely determined in “paper gold” markets, such as Comex gold futures and gold ETFs. These paper gold contracts represent 100 times (or more) the amount of physical gold available to settle those contracts. 
As long as paper gold contracts are rolled over or settled for paper money, then the system works fine. But, as soon as paper gold contract holders demand physical gold in settlement, they will be shocked to discover there’s not nearly enough physical gold to go around. 
At that point, there will be panicked buying of gold. The price of gold will skyrocket by thousands of dollars per ounce. Gold mining stocks will increase in value by ten times or more. Paper gold sellers will move to shut down the futures exchange and terminate paper gold contacts because they cannot possibly honor their promises to deliver gold. - Daily Reckoning
So, is the failure to deliver promised gold by Europe's largest bank, and one of the world's top financial institutions an anomaly, or the beginning of the end for the manipulated and fraudulent paper gold market that tells customers they are buying physical gold, but in the end only have paper promises that are only as good as the value of its ink and parchment?

As with all things in life, if you don't hold it, you don't own it.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

China's gold market may be making move on Comex as prices in Asian market go higher than London spot

The one big fear that both London and the U.S. Comex have in their long-standing control over the world's gold price may soon be coming to pass as prices at the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) are climbing higher than the London fix, opening the markets up to a potential arbitrage that could wipe out the West's supply of the precious metal.

On Sept. 1, the day that China began selling M SDR bonds on the open market, the price of gold at the SGE opened $9 above the London fix price, making it more profitable for both miners and sellers to participate in the Chinese market over both London and New York.

Shanghai morning fix (10:15 pm est last night) 
$1319.72   (price in NY on access at the exact same time:  $1310.94) 
Shanghai afternoon fix:  2: 15 am est (second fix/early this morning) 
$1315.99    (New York price at the same time: $1313.30) 
The two London fixes:
Aug 31 2016 am:$1314.45  (2 am est)
pm:$1309.25 (10 am est) 
Take a look at the Shanghai fix.  Their early morning fix (our late at night time zone) saw the fix at $1319.72.  The exact NY price at the time was 1310.94 for a difference of almost 9 dollars. 
The second fix has:  Shanghai at 1315.99 with NY at 1313.30 an the exact same time/the London fix came in at 1314.45 with timing 15 minutes later 
It seems that Shanghai pricing is higher than the other  two , (NY and London). The spread has been occurring on a regular basis and thus I expect to see arbitrage happening as investors buy the lower priced NY gold and sell to China at the higher price. This should drain the comex. - Silver Doctors