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Thursday, June 2, 2016

One of the world's oldest banks sees gold price reaching all-time highs within two years

With the uncertainty of Britain's future role in the European Union, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's dire warning of a coming financial calamity, one of the world's oldest banks is diversifying itself into gold, and predicts the price will climb 40% or more within the next two years.

Berenberg Bank was established back in 1590, and still remains relevant as it holds 40 billion in assets under management.

The smart money, large institutional money, who understands diversification and gold’s function as a store of value continues to diversify into gold. There is an awareness of gold’s benefit as a hedging instrument and safe haven asset but also an awareness that the outlook for prices at these still depressed levels is very positive. 
This is seen in the view of Berenberg, which is in the fifth century of its existence and one of the oldest owner managed banks in the world, who see gold returning to  2012 levels at $1,900/oz per ounce. 
The less informed money continues not to appreciate the risks that are again building in the system. Risk appetite remains high and there is a distinct lack of awareness regarding how risks, such as BREXIT, may impact financial markets and traditional assets such as stocks, bonds, property and indeed deposits. - Zerohedge
Berenberg's entry into the gold markets follows a string of hedge fund managers as well as central banks who have accumulating gold at near record levels ever since the end of 2015.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

IMF downgrades entire global economy following bank warnings of imminent defaults

It is both sad and funny how the mainstream propagandists can say that the economy and financial systems are absolutely fine one week, and then less than five days later warn of imminent disaster due to the potential of global credit defaults.  But this is exactly what has happened as the IMF downgraded the entire global economy on April 12, and both Bank of America and Deutsche Bank publicly announced serious dangers in the credit markets.
Moments ago the IMF did what it does better than anyone (with the exception of the Fed): it once again admitted its forecast of world growth had been too optimistic, and as a result in its just released quarterly World Economic Outlook report, it cut its forecast for 2016 global GDP growth from 3.4% to 3.2%, and from 3.6% to 3.5% for 2017. Indicatively, back in July 2014 the IMF was forecasting 4.0% GDP growth in 2016. It is now 20% lower. - Zerohedge


Yet in addition to the IMF's new forecast of an economic slowdown, and European bank warnings of credit defaults, the biggest danger may be coming from the Far East as a former IMF Chief Economist for the IMF announced that Japan is in its 'Endgame', and has reached the point of no return as it resides at a debt level of 250% of its annual GDP.

There is a reason why we have seen multiple central banks move into negative interest rates, call for direct payments to their citizens, and promote the idea of banning cash, because the reality is that the world is rushing headlong into the next financial crisis, and the clock is ticking for everyone to secure their wealth and get out of the system before they lose it all.

And we all know where the best safe haven is.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Asia’s three largest economies in talks for a massive free trade agreement

This week, Asia’s three largest economies (China, South Korea, and Japan) will be holding high level talks to forge a new free trade agreement that will help spearhead competition and strength in the Asean theater.  In fact, this is the 10th round of talks between the three member states, and it comes with the potential for these long-standing adversaries to bypass political issues in favor of economic cooperation.
As of the end of 2015, China, Japan, and South Korea were globally ranked as 2, 3, and 11 respectively for their GDP, and a trade agreement between the three could easily place their coalition on par with the combined economic power of the European Union.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

It didn’t take long for Japanese citizens to rush to get their money out of their banks thanks to NIRP

If the world ever wanted to see in real time what people do when their government puts a tax on their savings, then all they need to do is take a look at Japan now that their central bank has implemented a negative interest rate policy (NIRP).  Because just weeks after the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) head Kuroda announced the new policy out of thin air, runs to get cash out of banks have begun in earnest, with sales of personal safes exploding across the country and people stacking them with millions of 10,000 yen currency bills.
NIRP is a draconian tax on anyone with money in a bank account, or paper investment account, and is done in the attempt to force the spending of money whether the people want to do this or not.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This is the end: Bonds and Treasuries are already pricing in a Fed move into negative rates

Over the past week, respectable economists Nomi Prins and David Stockman did interviews where they unequivocally stated that THIS IS THE END, and that the Fed will very soon join Japan in instituting negative interest rates.  The result will be a boon to banks and corporations that have debt on their balance sheets, but will be a thief for anyone holding dollars in a bank or savings account.




Nomi Prins interview


David Stockman Interview

And perhaps we can also add a little music from The Doors.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Got Karatbars? Japan's introduction of NIRP will make gold the most valuable asset on the planet

It's on... it's on like Donkey Kong!  On Jan. 29 Japan crossed the Rubicon and it is now only a matter of time before the entire world follows suit in setting their bank lending rates to negative.

Perhaps you would ask why the hyperbole over the Bank of Japan's radical move, which just a few weeks ago was something Kuroda promised wouldn't take place.  It is because of this sudden shift out of nowhere by the 3rd largest economy in the world that will make all nations, including the top two economies (U.S. and China), think long and hard on instituting this themselves as the global currency war moves into its final phase.
The negative interest rate is, in effect, a tax on financial assets, and not the BoJ’s intention. This could lead to an opposite outcome to that of the initial intention, whereby the country encourages companies and households to engage in capital outflow. 
It is that last bullet point which is most important because it leads us to the most disturbing topic of all for Japan - the risk that NIRP backfires and leads to another "China", where the local citizens rush to park their assets offshore, resulting in a slow at first then rapidly accelerating capital outflow. 
This is how DB explains it: If the negative interest rate continues for longer or goes deeper, commercial banks may have to set negative interest rates on deposits, which would expand not only the tax on commercial banks, but also on depositors (households and companies). This could lead to a ‘silent bank run’ via a shift of deposits to cash (banknotes), which in turn damages the sound banking system by enlarging the leakage of funds from the credit creation mechanism in the banking system. - Zerohedge
Negative interest rates in a nutshell means that it pays companies and individuals to borrow and spend, but you lose money by saving and holding cash in the currency of a nation who has these rates in place.  For example, keeping you money in a savings or checking account, in a CD, government bond, or any interest bearing asset will cost you money instead of earning it.  And on the flip side negative interest rates encourages people to go more into debt to purchase goods and services in an attempt to artificially stimulate the economy.


Another vastly important financial relation to negative interest rates is what is known as capital flight, meaning people no longer want or trust their own currency and will seek to put their money into assets denominated in a different currency.  This is why the dollar is so artificially strong (99 on the dollar index) compared to all other currencies, because investors have been fleeing their own markets to put their money into something where they don't expect to earn them a return, but simply to not lose anymore of their wealth and value.


However, the real safe haven for currency destruction and unsound monetary policy is and always has been gold, and this has been validated over the past 12 months as big investors, hedge funds, and savvy savers have been buying it by the truckload at historically low prices (adjusted for inflation), which has been creating shortages all across the world.  And now that Japan has become the 'first one out the door' in the final and ultimate destruction of their currency, it will not be too long before the Japanese people (along with each subsequent nation who implements negative interest rates), discovers that their only real protection is to get rid of their cash and move it into physical gold.


So as the world's central banks begin to fully cross the Rubicon (point of no return), and place your bank accounts and savings at extreme risk, how can you protect yourself from your country's NIRP policies and the potential capital controls that will disallow you from getting your cash into something valuable (like gold) in the near future?

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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

World's top trends researcher Gerald Celente sees global financial system collapse right now

In a new interview with Shadow of Truth on Jan. 28, the world's top trends researcher Gerald Celente forecasts a global system collapse in the financial realm, and events such as Friday's negative interest rate move in Japan validate that banks are past the point of no return for saving the economy.

In fact, there are already rumors abound from analysts on the U.S. Federal Reserve that negative interest rates are on our own horizon, meaning any money or assets stored in banks will soon be subject to taxation/fees to force savers into spending before their dollars lose too much value.

It also means that the world is on the verge of systematic capital flight, with gold and silver being the most liquid, tangible, and valuable asset to own and hold.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

With new Chinese (Swift) system, yuan use in Japan has doubled in the last year

It is one thing when China’s new internationalization becomes a part of the emerging market economies, but it is something very different when it begins to make headway into long-standing dollar strongholds such as Europe and Japan.  And with China’s new found recognition as a global reserve currency in the IMF’s SDR basket, and the creation just a few months ago of an alternative SWIFT (CIPS) system, that is exactly what is now happening as Yuan use in trade with Japan has doubled in just the past year alone.
Japan has been entrenched with the dollar ever since the end of World War II, as has most of the world because of Bretton Woods, and the polar reserve currency system.  But as China took over the reins as the number one producer in the entire global economy, the desire to end use of the dollar as a middleman has led more and more nations to seek the ability to have direct bi-lateral trade with the Yuan currency, and 2015 has been the year of this breakthrough.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Chinese bank official acknowledges bubble has burst while IMF admits QE has failed

This week has now seen two global banking entities admit that the monetary policies created by most central banks have not only failed, but are the root causes for what will become the next great financial crisis.  On Friday, the IMF came out with a paper ceding that the Japanese central bank will very quickly run out of assets to purchase, meaning that their massive Quantitative Easing program will grind to a halt, and leaving Japan with no more arrows in their quiver to keep their asset bubbles afloat.

The Bank of Japan may need to reduce the pace of its bond purchases in a few years due to a shortage of sellers, said economists at the International Monetary Fund. 
There is likely to be a “minimum” level of demand for Japanese government bonds from banks, pension funds, and insurance companies due to collateral needs, asset allocation targets, and asset-liability management requirements, said IMF economists Serkan Arslanalp and Dennis Botman.



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Friday, May 8, 2015

Japan becomes first nation to register a national debt in the quadrillions

On May 8, Japan’s Ministry of Finance provided an update and breakdown of the country’s national debt through the end of March 2015.  And thanks to the accelerated rate in which the current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has printed yen through quantitative easing, that debt has now reached an all-time high and the first in the world to cross over a quadrillion.



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Monday, April 20, 2015

If it wasn’t for America’s vassal state Japan, only the Fed would be buying U.S. debt

When China and Russia stopped buying U.S. debt and began dumping it through the offshore exchange known as Euroclear, the Fed needed someone else to step in to mitigate a complete monetization of their money printing activity.  So Washington called upon their only remaining vassal state capable of sucking new Treasury sales and conned Japan into replacing their pension funds with T-Bills.



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Is Japan’s economy now to the point that they are preparing for war?

On Jan. 14, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a new military budget that is the largest since the end of World War II when the nation was de-armed by the U.S. according to the treaty ending the war, and provisions from their new Constitution.  And with military expenditures expected to be around $42 billion, or 5 trillion yen, observers must ask the question of whether Japan is seeing the writing on the wall and preparing for war since their economy has reached the point of no return.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Both Japan and the U.S. can thank Paul Krugman now for their road to collapse

Economist Paul Krugman is a well known follower of Keynesian economics, and the belief that governments should constantly stimulate the economy and free markets with debt based printed money.  His work in the field of study has won him a Nobel Prize, but since anyone from terrorists to community organizers regularly win this award simply for breathing, that in itself is no longer a worthy accomplishment or title to hold.

But unfortunately for Japan, and soon to be for the rest of the world, Krugman’s chaotic beliefs are no longer limited to the U.S. mainland as it has recently been discovered that he took his horrific doctrines on the road and are the primary catalyst behind Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to monetize the entire government budget, and collapse the Yen onto the ultimate path of hyper-inflation.


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Japanese vassal state to the U.S. part two: Operation Tokyo Twist

In a previous article we showed how the U.S. is using the declining Yen currency to prop up and protect both the dollar and the stock markets, and in this essay we will see another aspect of how America and Wall Street is siphoning the last remaining assets from the Japanese people to supplement the lost liquidity that occurred after the Federal Reserve ended QE3.

In a term coined by statistician and well known analyst Dr. Jim Willie, the U.S. is raiding Japanese pension funds through a joint mechanism he calls, Operation Tokyo Twist.  The crux of this scheme is for Prime Minister Abe to take the last remaining solid reserve in the Japanese financial system… which is their pension fund, and use the money to purchase U.S. Treasuries and replace the pensions with newly printed Yen from their central bank.

In essence, Japan will take over buying U.S. bonds for the Fed by liquidating the government account holding Japanese pensions and replacing them with devalued fiat currency printed out of thin air.


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Is the U.S. ordering Japan’s currency to collapse to protect the dollar?

It is very interesting to note that as the Federal Reserve began tapering down its latest program of Quantitative Easing (QE), the dollar strengthened to levels not seen in a few years with both Europe and Japan collapsing into a deflationary spiral.  But in the absolute need by the Fed to keep the dollar and stock markets propped up, is the U.S. using their vassal state of Japan as the sacrifice to fill the gap that formalized QE was performing?

In an essay written on Nov. 14 by former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, the esteemed economist makes the case that Japan has and remains the proxy for U.S. financial dominance, and that the recent moves by Prime Minister Abe to fully monetize the Japanese budget could be part of an ordered plan to devalue the Yen to ensure that the dollar remains dominant in a world of increasing deflation and oncoming recession.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2008 Redux? S&P; falls below 1900 with Dow losing nearly 1000 in last 30 days

While a decline of 1000 points in a market that recently resided at new all-time highs is not a complete cause for alarm, when coupled with massive declines in Europe, Japan, and a wave of global deflation fears, we suddenly find that the table is set for a repeat of the great stock market crash of 2008.
As trading forges towards a close on Oct. 13, the Dow has now lost more than 800 points since Sept. 23, and the S&P has now fallen below 1900 for the first time since early August.  In both Europe and Japan too, levels on their stock markets have been in steady decline, with the Nikkei unable to hold key technical support at 15000 despite Bank of Japan intervention just last night.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Margin Call: This is what the beginning of a fire sale looks like

When Asian markets opened on June 13, few had the expectation of anything more than a routine day of trading.  However, with a new report on China's slowing economy, and the Nikkei finally capitulating to the sellers, all hell broke loose and every exchange from Tokyo to London threw fundamentals to the wind and commenced an all out sell-off.




Charts courtesy of Zerohedge


A Fire Sale
Margin Call — MOVIECLIPS.com

To add insult to injury, the dollar is under immense pressure, with the Japanese Yen falling 172 bp to 94.15.  Prime Minister Abe's vision of battling deflation has become a nightmare of Keynesian proportions.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Asian countries buying gold hand over fist as central banks dump paper to drop price

Since last Friday, the gold spot price fell more than 9% as central banks dumped up to 500 tons of paper gold onto the markets.  These actions dropped gold from $1500+ to a low of $130 on April 15.

But even as the Western central banks work to manipulate paper gold prices, Asian countries such as China, Austrailia, and Japan are using this price drop to purchase tons of physical gold, at discounted prices.


Australia:
Gold sales from Perth Mint, which refines nearly all of the nation’s bullion, have surged after prices plunged, adding to signs that the metal’s slump to a two-year low is spurring increased demand.
“The volume of business that we’re putting through is way in excess of double what we did last week,” Treasurer Nigel Moffatt said, without giving precise figures. “There’s been people running through the gate.”
“There’s been significant sales made as people see this as great value,” Mr Moffatt said. “Gold owners are very reactive to significant market movements.”

China:
Beijing gold store two hours to sell 20,000 grams of gold bullion trading volume of nearly 200 million

Japan:
Japanese individual investors doubled gold purchases yesterday at Tokuriki Honten, the country’s second-largest retailer of the precious metal.

In the U.S., many gold and silver dealers such at Kitco have been experiencing buying so great, they have run out of stock, and hiked premiums by more than 50% on physical ounces.  And according to many analysts, this may be the last time to get physical gold and silver before it either runs out, or becomes to price restrictive to purchase.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

China and Japan continue to move dollars into physical gold

While less than 5% of all American own physical gold and silver as an investment, or wealth protection, Asian countries like China and Japan continue to buy the precious metal in large quantities, and look to raise the stakes by putting pension fund deposits to work buying even more.


It is time for the November update, and it's a doozy: at 90.8 tons, this was the second highest gross import number of 2012, double the 47 tons imported in October (which many saw, incorrectly, as an indication of China's waning interest in the yellow metal), and brings the Year to Date total to a massive 720 tons of gold through November. If last year is any indication, the December total will be roughly the same amount, and will bring the total 2012 import amount to over 800 tons, double the 392.6 tons imported in 2011. - Zerohedge

Japanese pension funds, the world’s second-largest pool of retirement assets after the U.S., will more than double their gold holdings in the next two years as the new government pushes for a higher inflation target, according to an adviser to the funds.

Assets held by Japanese pension funds in gold-backed exchange-traded products may expand to 100 billion yen ($1.1 billion) by 2015 from less than 45 billion yen at present, said Itsuo Toshima, who represented the Tokyo office of World Gold Council for 23 years through 2011. - Bloomberg

China has been seeking to fortify their reserves in preparation of a new global reserve currency, and one that may be tied to gold once again.  For Japan, who has been creating new trade partnerships with China and other Asian nations outside the reserve currency, the belief that coming inflation in the U.S. economy may lead to a tremendous winfall should gold escalate to high predictions for the metal.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sovereign debt can now be measured in the quadrillions

The small but industrious nation of Japan has just finished adding a few more zeros to their computer models as sovereign debt for the Asian powerhouse has just crossed a new Rubicon.

$1 quadrillion yen.

Yesterday the Japanese Finance Ministry made a whopper of an announcement: in the year ending March 2013, total Japanese debt will surpass one quadrillion yen, or ¥1,086,000,000,000,000. This is roughly in line with the Zero Hedge expectations that by this March total Japanese debt would surpass one quadrillion yen. In USD terms, at today's exchange rate, this is precisely $14 trillion. - Zerohedge

In simple terms, this is the inevitable state of a nation who prints, and relies upon a fiat currency.  Once started down the path of money printing to create growth and productivity, there is no turning back until its entire devaluation leads to a collapse.