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Monday, January 9, 2017

To supplement the insolvent trust, Social Security increases the amount of income taxed beginning in 2017

When Social Security was first introduced in 1935, it was sold to the American public as form of retirement insurance that was based similarly to that of private insurance policies.  Ie... you put in a certain amount each pay period and at age 62 or higher, you can begin to collect the proceeds of your 'policy'.

But the reality is that Social Security is little more than a ponzi scheme, and a way for the government to siphon out wealth from its citizens.  In fact, a Supreme Court ruling in the 1960's specifically labeled the program a benefit rather than insurance, and the government has no legal mandate to pay these benefits to individuals who contributed to the program.

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Many people believe that Social Security is an “earned right.” That is, they think that because they have paid Social Security taxes, they are entitled to receive Social Security benefits. The government encourages that belief by referring to Social Security taxes as “contributions,” as in the Federal Insurance Contribution Act. However, in the 1960 case of Fleming v. Nestor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workers have no legally binding contractual rights to their Social Security benefits, and that those benefits can be cut or even eliminated at any time. - Cato Institute
Over time the government has used Social Security as a political carrot, where in the attempt to get re-elected, politicians in 1956 expanded the program to include the disabled and began using monies set aside in the Trust Fund for retirees to pay for it.

Today Social Security is completely bankrupt and insolvent, and if anyone needs proof of this all they have to do is go back to the words of the Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew who inferred that if Congress didn't pass a new budget and halt a potential government shutdown, then the ability to pay Social Security recipients would be at risk (despite the fact they were still collecting FICA taxes).

Now in 2017, and in a desperate attempt to keep their ponzi scheme going a few more years, Congress is increasing the income level that is taxed by FICA from $118,500 to $127,200.  However, this increase will do little to help the program since the total amount of revenues received from this increase will be minimal.  But what it does is provide the public the illusion that the government is going after the 'rich' to make them pay more, or at least their 'fair share'.

FICA

Prior to the advent of Social Security, people were expected to provide for their own retirements and did so through frugality, sound investment, and reliance upon a currency that would not be devalued much over their lifetimes.  But since none of these things are a part of the American culture today, hundreds of millions of people who barely have $1000 in savings to their name will find it impossible to survive when Social Security finally fails, and all that money they put into the scheme will be for not.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How much gold and silver should an individual or family have to protect their wealth?

For those who invest, save, or stack gold and silver, the question always arises on what kind, and how much should individuals or families have to protect themselves from a financial disaster, or to protect their wealth.  The answer of course is arbitrary since no two people live under the same circumstances, but there are some general rules to help in diversifying yourself from the cycles of economic chaos.

If there is anything the last 100 years have taught us is that either by greed, corruption, natural cycles or simple chance, economies and currencies will have periods of extreme decline.  And sadly for most people, no matter how many times the financial system fails, few prepare themselves for that one time the turmoil will come to effect them, or even their entire community.

In just the past 20 years we have seen two economies go into hyperinflation, and several others experience currency crises and deep depressions.  And while the United States and most of Europe has not fully collapsed into any of these scenarios, history shows that at some point all empires fall, and all monetary systems fail.

But will it be in our lifetimes?

If the financial crisis of 2008 proved anything it is that systems can seize up and collapse in a matter of days.  Yet unlike the phantom specters of events such as Y2K or even the more recent Brexit vote, people often don't have months or years to prepare for change and must learn to make monetary preparation a lifestyle choice.

So the question still remains... how much gold and silver should individuals or families accumulate to be solvent in nearly any crisis or financial cycle change that could take place?  We know in Venezuela right now that on the streets an ounce of silver will buy enough food for a family to last 3-4 months, and a gold ounce coin will buy a house.  But more than this, when the inevitable global financial collapse comes what will you need to be able to both survive, and set the foundations to thrive in what new system emerges.

The first thing one must do is change their mindset.  When determining the amount of precious metals to own the solution is not determined in price or value, but in the number of ounces.  This is important because their values change daily, and are different in relation to the hundreds of different currencies operational around the world.

Second you must do a real evaluation of your wealth, incomes, debts, and needs.  And from there it becomes much easier to figure out what goals to set in accumulating a stack.

Thirdly you must recognize what each form of precious metals does for your portfolio and how to allocate it.  The best rule of thumb is to see the metals and metal stocks in this light.

1.  Gold - Wealth protection
2.  Silver - Barter and also Investment
3.  Mining Stocks - Speculation

Each of these are also in the correct order of risk, with gold being the least risky and mining stocks being the most volatile.

Here is a good example of how much of each metal you would need if there were no longer cash or income from employment, and the economy had moved into an inflationary spiral.

Chart courtesy of Jeff Clark

But as with all financial crises, there are no cut and dry parameters or limits to be fully covered.  As I noted today in Venezuela, only three ounces of silver would cover your food needs for one year.

In times past brokers who actually believed in precious metal ownership suggested having 5-10% of your wealth held in both gold and silver, while another 5% might be dedicated towards speculation (mining stocks).  But this adheres to the premise of value vs. ounces, and since your would be holding the metals physically in hand, ounces are the most important determinant.

As I am not a Certified Financial Planner, I can only give suggestions and thoughts based on my experiences and prognostication of future events.  And with this in mind for myself as a single unmarried individual, my minimum stacks would be like this.

10 ounces (or equal grams) of gold bullion
500 ounces of silver
$500 - $5000 in speculative mining stocks

In the end this article is not meant to determine exactly for you how much gold and silver you would need to protect your wealth and hedge against financial crises or uncertainties.  But it is a beginning from where you can assess your own situations and set some short, medium, and long-term goals because the time for buying any type of insurance is always before the disaster strikes, not while it is happening when that insurance will be far beyond your ability to afford it.



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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 reports, more 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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Russian bank monetizes on Pokemon Go fad as it prepares to offer accident insurance

The Pokemon Go phenomenon is one where average people are turning into the equivalent of Black Friday zombies, and quickly losing sight of their surroundings in the attempt to capture virtual creatures on their smartphones.

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In the week or so that the game has been active, there are numerous reports of players being hit by cars on roads and freeways, being arrested for trespassing on the private and business property, and some even finding themselves molested by thieves and muggers as these incidents are just a few of the consequences that playing the game has created to put individuals in harm's way.
And while the game has become a global experience to millions of people, Russia is mulling over placing a ban on the Pokemon Go app due to its ability to co-opt one's Google account and personal information.  But until that occurs one bank there is seeing an opportunity to monetize on the Pokemon craze, and is offering insurance for people who might find themselves injured or worse while chasing a virtual Pokemon up and down the street.
Pokémon Go players in Russia are being offered free insurance in the event of injury while using the popular app. The country's biggest bank Sberbank is giving clients 50,000 rubles (about $800) worth of cover, Kommersant daily reports. 
“Given the fact that some countries have reported injuries of players who were catching Pokémon, we have developed a special product that will be free for players,” said the CEO of Sberbank Life Insurance Maksim Chernin. 
Compensation will depend on the severity of the client’s injury. Insurance cards will be given out for free, according to the media. Pokémon Go users will just have to visit a landing page and fill in the nickname, real name, birthday, location and e-mail. 
“It is also important for us that the project will improve financial literacy, as the younger generation will be able to learn about insurance instruments while playing the game,”Chernin added. - Russia Today

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Even insurance companies are buying gold to protect their capital as bonds become negative

Insurance companies use the monies they acquire from policy holders to grow their capital to support needed claims, as well as expand their business.  For publicly traded insurance companies this is vitally necessary to help them comply with their fiduciary responsibility to shareholders, as well as to earn enough profits to give out dividends or be able to lower premiums for their customers.

A major investment tool that insurance companies have used for years to grow their capital has been the bond markets.  But with these markets residing in an environment of both zero and negative interest rates over the past decade, many are faced with having to find a new form of asset or security to ensure their capital is protected, and that some modicum of growth is created.

So in light of this, some insurers and re-insurers are turning to gold to supplement their investing.

How do you know when the world’s economic, financial and monetary systems are in trouble? 
Answer: When re-insurance companies, whose sole purpose is to insure other insurance companies, start to panic into gold and begin hoarding cash it’s probably a reliable signal that things aren’t going as well as our central bankers’ best laid plans imply. 
That’s exactly what’s happening right now: 
A real paradigm shift is taking place in the markets…  Even one of the world’s second largest re-insurers is now buying physical gold… They’re even adding physical cash… This is the insurance industry’s insurance company… They are the risk experts and they now are buying physical gold bullion and storing physical cash… The importance of this move is possibly the most significant flow of capital that you will see in your lifetime… - SHTF Plan
Insurance is a $1.2 trillion industry, and that does not include re-insurers or other complimentary businesses that function within this environment.  And if a critical mass of them decide to turn to gold to hedge against the loss of interest they formerly got from purchasing bonds, the gold markets would dry up in a flash, and the price would skyrocket far beyond all-time highs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Naked shorting on gold at the Comex now the highest in history

For those who believe in the power of physical gold, either as a trader, investor, or as insurance for a devaluing currency, they must always remember that the battle over price will be a waged more as a long duration war rather than as a single battle for control.  And since the gold price reached its all-time high of $1940 back in 2011, this war to suppress the gold price continues well into its 5th year.

Since the beginning of 2016, gold has not only been the best performing asset in the markets, but it has experienced a paradigm shift where investors and money managers who discredited gold six months ago are now fully into its camp and are fighting to accumulate the metal in an environment of every shrinking supplies.

This of course should have created the catalyst for a huge boom in the gold price if the markets were equitable and fair.  But since gold is far more than just a valuable asset, and is also the barometer for each nation's currency, protection of the dollar as what is at the heart of this war to suppress the gold price, and it appears now that the powers that be are pulling out all the stops.

On Friday June 17, the Commitment of Traders Report (COT) came out and showed that the bullion banks are now shorting the Comex (Commodities Exchange - where the gold price is set) with a record number of naked short contracts meant to keep the price of gold from reaching, breaking through, and closing over $1300 per ounce.

COT Report
Graph courtesy of Streetwise Repots
With Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, the ridiculous has just metastasized into the sublime as the Commercial Cretins have just gone “over the top” and added another 5.4M “ounces” to their synthetic gold short position. 
At 298,077 contracts declared short, they are now carrying the largest short position in Crimex history. 
The scary part is that these figures don’t include the big rise in open interest yesterday and you just KNOW that it ballooned out due to more Cartel shorting. - Silver Doctors
Geo-political events, along with economic and financial ones, will cause the price of gold to be extremely volatile over the rest of 2016, and well into 2017.  But know that not only is the Bull Market confirmed by most analysts and technical charts, the end game for gold will soon be a breakthrough from its previous all-time highs, and a boon to all those with the patience and stomach to stay the course in their trust in the power of gold.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

As the Fed jawbones recovery and normalizing interest rates, debt defaults at highest levels since December

Nearly all alternative media economists have gone public to state that it is both unlikely, and irrational for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates now, and in the near future.  And this despite the central bank’s recent jawboning on mainstream television of a potential rate hike as early as next month.
But the problem is that the Fed and other central banks have waited too long, and gone too far in their zero interest rate policies, and quantitative easing programs.  And with the odds of a rate hike shooting up since the middle of May, debt default levels, especially for credit default swaps on the 10 year Treasury, are at their highest levels since the Fed raised rates a quarter point back in December.
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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Germany's biggest financial institution Deutsche Bank tells investors to buy gold

Was it prudence or capitulation that led Germany's largest, and invariably most insolvent financial institution Deutsche Bank to tell their investors on Feb. 26 to buy gold?  But either way this recommendation could not have come at a better time.  This is because two days ago gold hit what it known as a 'Golden Cross' on technical charts, meaning the trend for prices is upwards and headed towards a strong bull market.

And perhaps most importantly, Deutsche Bank stands on the precipice of not only becoming bankrupt themselves, but they have the potential to take down many major banks in Europe and the United States due to their $70 trillion in derivative exposure.


Buy gold as “insurance is warranted” Deutsche Bank have advised in a note issued today.  
The embattled German bank has said that rising economic risks and market turmoil mean investors should buy gold for insurance.
Since the beginning of the year gold is by far the market's best performing asset, and in a recent look at historic trends is the best start for a year since 1980 when it completed a massive bull run from $35 per ounce to $850 an ounce over the course of a decade.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Got Karatbars? Don't fret the lower prices as this remains a historic time to buy gold

For gold bugs, investors, and those feeling the pinch of price inflation in the general economy, there has rarely been a better time in history to buy and store up a modicum of the precious metal.  And contrary to the ways both London and the Comex have destroyed the paper spot price through massive manipulation as a means to protect the dollar, according to long-standing analysts within the industry, consumers may never see prices this low again in our lifetimes.

When the Federal Reserve began its unprecedented programs of zero interest rates and Quantitative Easing, it set in motion an extraordinary expansion of the U.S. monetary system.  And to protect the global reserve currency in this new paradigm of money printing that would have killed the dollar through a domestic and international loss of confidence, the banking cartels needed to manipulate the one form of money that acts as a check and balance for the people's confidence in a fiat backed system.

They had to manipulate the price of gold and silver.
The Fed’s policy of monetizing one trillion dollars of bonds annually put pressure on the US dollar, the value of which declined in terms of gold. When gold hit $1,900 per ounce in 2011, the Federal Reserve realized that $2,000 per ounce could have a psychological impact that would spread into the dollar’s exchange rate with other currencies, resulting in a run on the dollar as both foreign and domestic holders sold dollars to avoid the fall in value. Once this realization hit, the manipulation of the gold price moved beyond central bank leasing of gold to bullion dealers in order to create an artificial market supply to absorb demand that otherwise would have pushed gold prices higher. The manipulation consists of the Fed using bullion banks as its agents to sell naked gold shorts in the New York Comex futures market. Short selling drives down the gold price, triggers stop-loss orders and margin calls, and scares participants out of the gold trusts. The bullion banks purchase the deserted shares and present them to the trusts for redemption in bullion. The bullion can then be sold in the London physical gold market, where the sales both ratify the lower price that short-selling achieved on the Comex floor and provide a supply of bullion to meet Asian demands for physical gold as opposed to paper claims on gold. - Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

As you can see on this dollar chart, in 2011 when gold reached it's all-time high of $1980 per ounce, the dollar sat just above 72 on the index, and was threatening to fall below 70, creating a currency crisis that could have completely ended global confidence in the dollar.  It was here that the Federal Reserve ushered in several rounds of Quantitative Easing to inflate asset prices, and without a concerted program to manipulate the price of gold, metal prices would have skyrocketed well above their all-time highs since like in Weimar Germany in the 1920's, an increase in the monetary system would have led to a rapid loss of confidence in the currency, and a form of hyperinflation that would have made gold instantaneously the most powerful form of money on the planet.
There’s a story of a boy who worked as a bellhop in a German hotel prior to the hyperinflation of the 1920s. One day the boy received a one-ounce gold coin as a tip from a rich hotel patron. The boy saved that gold coin. Later, during Germany’s hyperinflationary depression, the boy bought that entire hotel for the one-ounce gold “tip”.
So for all intents and purposes, gold serves as insurance against a dying currency, and not as an investment as many pundits on Wall Street try to sell it as.  And like Bitcoin's purpose, gold functions as a true form of money to act as a balance against the currencies we have around the world today that simply act as a form of legal tender.  (And it is important to study and learn the differences between money and legal tender)


As of today, the dollar is resting upon the precipice of going over 100 on the index, and for most analysts, signifies the strength of the currency.  But the reality is, the dollar's so-called 'strength' is not from an actual desire of individuals or country's to hold the currency, and in its purchasing power for goods and services, but from a different economic principal known as the Velocity of Money.  The velocity of money is defined as the rate at which money is exchanged from one transaction to another, and how much a unit of currency is used in a given period of time. Velocity of money is usually measured as a ratio of GNP to a country's total supply of money.

And as of right now, that ratio is well over 100%, meaning there is more debt (As our dollar is a debt instrument, not a form of money with value), than total annual production for a given year.

And this more than anything has been what has kept prices from hyper-inflating while the money supply already has.  By keeping this printed money out of the general economy, and flowing from transaction to transaction (Velocity of money), the central bank has been able to keep printing new currency year after year, while for the time being limiting its consequences (Price inflation - Price hyper-inflation) from destroying confidence in the currency completely.

The question then remains... how long can the Federal Reserve actually keep this velocity down while still growing an economy that now needs more and more credit (Debt) just to survive?  (See Japan and where massive money printing has not stopped for 10-20 years just to keep markets propped up)

This is why gold is insurance, and not an investment, and why it is the most vital thing to own when a nation or banking system reaches that critical mass of probable collapse.  In less than 100 years in the U.S. alone we have seen two major currency events, once in 1933 and again in 2008, and worldwide hyperinflation has occurred 29 times in the past 100 years.


No one can predict when a hyperinflationary event will come, but when it does it occurs swiftly and faster than anyone can prepare against once it begins.  This is why nations like China, Russia, India, and many others are buying gold as quickly as possible, and stockpiling it for what they inevitably know is coming due to the dollar's devaluation and expansion.  And because the West has programmed their populations into believing gold is nothing more than a commodity, a collectible, or an investment, and not real money, there has been little outcry when the central banks have forced down the spot prices they control through the use of naked shorts and derivative paper contracts.

Yet this manipulation has provided those who have eyes to see and ears to hear a chance of a lifetime, and the opportunity to prepare themselves for the end of the dollar, and what is already manifesting as a return to a gold standard of money.  And while many can't afford to begin buying this insurance and wealth protection even at $1140 per ounce, they can do so by buying it in gram sizes with a company that is recognized around the world for their concept of affordable gold.

And you can do this with a company called Karatbars.




Buying gold through Karatbars is one of the easiest things on the net.  In fact, the business model of Karatbars is to sell gold in affordable quantities, such as 1, 2.5, and 5 gram increments, and allow customers to get into the metal without having to shell out $1200+ for a single ounce coin.

And as added perks to signing up with Karatbars, as a customer or affiliate, Karatbars is working on a new e-wallet system that functions just like an offshore bank account, and is outside the authority of the banking system.  From there, you can take your fiat currency in any denomination... dollars, euros, yen, etc... and purchase physical gold which can either be delivered directly to you, or stored for free at one of Karatbar's vaults.

Additionally, any gold that you buy can easily be sold back to Karatbars, or any metals dealer, and if with Karatbars it is then exchanged for currency that is uploaded to you through a pre-loaded debit Mastercard which is connected directly to your e-wallet.  And as we know, MasterCard is recognized in nearly every country around the world, and usable in any currency that accepts it.

But perhaps the best feature with Karatbars is their affiliate program, where you can earn money off commissions from getting others to sign up and become a customer or affiliate.  Not only do you receive commissions from their purchasing of physical gold, but you also earn commissions from anyone who buys a commission package, with that money going directly into your debit MasterCard when you have enough units to cycle.

Imagine the ability to earn the money in which to buy your gold savings simply by purchasing a commission affiliate package one time, and then getting others to sign up and do the same thing.

How many businesses or entrepreneurs can build an infinite business with spending less than $400 of their own money?  And there is never a mandatory requirement to buy beyond what you desire, on your own schedule.  And there is nothing to lose, because you're using money (paper dollars) to buy gold (physical money) and in the end you don't lose a thing.


The global financial system, along with dozens of respected economists, are telling us that now is the time for the end of our current form of money, and the beginning of the transition into a new monetary system that is expected to be backed by gold.  And with banks, governments, and even Harvard professors mandating that central banks have no choice but to eliminate cash from usage by the people to stave off collapse, will you wait until it is too late to make a decision on how you will protect your wealth, and be able to function within the coming new monetary system?

To learn more about Karatbars, you can contact the individual who sent you this article, and click on their referral link to open a free account and begin buying, or building your own gold savings or business with the company of the future.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

You'd have to be on drugs to sign up for Obamacare

The 'community organizing' machine, otherwise known as the 21st century brownshirts, is trying hard to make Americans overlook the travesty that is Obamacare.  So to appeal to hippies and millennials, Obama's new marketing tool in the state of Oregon is focusing on how psychedelic health care can be, and using a parody of the LSD generation as the persuader.






I guess it is no wonder that the study showing American adults having an IQ below an AVERAGE human might actually be true if this is how the government believes you can be manipulated into purchasing their corrupt insurance scheme.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Big Brother can use Obamacare as a data stream for the NSA and Law Enforcement

You want to know why the Democrats and President Obama are vehemently fighting against a shutdown or overhaul of Obamacare?  Just ask Big Brother, who it appears now will be one of the primary recipients of new and inclusive information that will feed your activities into NSA and law enforcement databases, and remove another layer of privacy from the lives of every American.


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