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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The mayor of Philadelphia proves why liberals should never be in charge of finance, economics, or anything to do with money

For years liberal politicians have used the offer of free stuff to try to entice the voting public into believing that money simply grows on trees and that the laws of economics don't matter if the right party is in office.  Case in point, the fact that Bernie Sanders ran for the Presidency on a platform of free education, free healthcare, and a myriad of other free welfare programs that would have doubled the national debt from $19.5 trillion to right around $40 trillion.

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Presidential contender Bernie Sanders' broadly progressive tax and spending proposals would add a whopping $21 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, according to a joint analysis released Monday. 
Sanders' proposals would cost $33.3 trillion in new spending, mostly from his health-care proposals — more than double the $15.3 trillion in new taxes, mostly on wealthier American households, that he proposes if he's elected president, according to the analysis by the Tax Policy Center. - CNBC
Of course, socialists, liberals, and Marxists like Sanders fail to ever look at the long history of nations who implemented their own versions of this, and the graveyard of failed economies that resulted from it.

Their solution?  More of the same, only on a much greater scale.

But liberal economics isn't relegated to just 'taxing the rich'.  And whether it involves trying to bankrupt individuals and economies through moronic schemes such as carbon credits, they have never learned that when governments get involved in an economy, there are consequences that emerge that they never plan for.

Such as in the city of Philadelphia, where the Mayor's push to 'fight obesity' through a beverage tax has now resulted in a massive decrease in tax revenues, and the onset of layoffs in industries that sell soda and other drinks with a modicum of sugar.

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According to Philly.com reports, two months into the city’s sweetened-beverage tax, supermarkets and distributors are reporting a 30% to 50% drop in beverage sales and - adding insult to injury - are now planning for layoffs. 
One of the city's largest distributors told the Philadelphia website it would cut 20% of its workforce in March, and an owner of six ShopRite stores in Philadelphia says he expects to shed 300 workers this spring. “People are seeing sales decline larger than anything they’ve seen up to this point in the city,” said Alex Baloga, vice president of external relations at the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. 
Since all of this is taking place as previewed in a recent post: "The 'Soda Police' Just Learned A Valuable Lesson About Taxes", we doubt it would come as a surprise to anyone, although we are confident that Philadelphia city workers will be amazed by these unexpected developments. 
Sure enough, in response instead of admitting the tax was a bad decision, the city lashed out by launching the latest "fake news" campaign, when it questioned the legitimacy of the early figures and predicted that customers responding to the initial sticker shock by shopping outside the city would return. “We have no way of knowing if their sales figures and predicted job losses are anything more than fear-mongering to prevent this from happening in other cities,” said city spokesman Mike Dunn.
Mayor Kenney harshly rebuked reports of coming layoffs late Tuesday night. 
"I didn't think it was possible for the soda industry to be any greedier," Kenney said in an emailed statement. “…They are so committed to stopping this tax from spreading to other cities, that they are not only passing the tax they should be paying onto their customer, they are actually willing to threaten working men and women's jobs rather than marginally reduce their seven figure bonuses." 
Bob Brockway, chief operating officer of Canada Dry Delaware Valley, which distributes about 20 percent of the city’s soft drinks, said sales were down 45 percent in Philadelphia. The company will lay off 20 percent of its workforce the first week in March. The distributor is a subsidiary of Honickman Affiliates, owned by Harold Honickman, who helped lead the opposition to the tax last summer. The 35 jobs on the line include managers, sales people, and drivers, Brockway said. Sales are up about 20 percent in the suburbs, but that hasn’t helped the business break even, he said. - Zerohedge
The bottom line.  Taxing a product or service to push a political or social agenda simply means people will either quit using it, create a black market for it, or go someplace where there isn't a tax on it.  And all one has to do is look at when states began to tax cigarettes and realize that online sales, and sales of smokes from Indian reservations, would easily defeat the best intentions of liberal economics.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Former central bank Chairman gives a mea culpa to Ron Paul and admits the Congressman was right about the Gold Standard

Ever since Alan Greenspan left his office as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, he has embarked on a near decade's long 'roadshow' to try to rebuild his reputation as a fiscal conservative.  And one of the biggest things he has been pushing for has been the belief that gold is money, and that a return to some form of a gold standard would solve many of the world's current financial problems.

This of course is the ironic dichotomy with Greenspan, since he was originally a staunch advocate of the Gold Standard up until he took over the reins of the world's largest central bank.  And it was through his Keynesian style monetary policies of low interest rates and bubble creation that not only led to the financial collapse of 2008, but paved the road for the next two Fed Chairmen to expand upon his policies to absurd degrees.

But now that the former Fed Chair is out of the establishment, he has become once again a crusader for gold as money.  And over the weekend he even admitted that former Congressman Ron Paul was correct all those years when they stood toe to toe during House testimonies, and when Paul pushed Greenspan mercilessly for why we weren't heading back towards a gold standard today.

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Finally, buried at the very end of the interview was perhaps the most interesting statement by Greenspan : the former Fed Chair's implicit admission that Ron Paul was right all along: 
Q. Against a background of ultra-low and negative interest rates, many reserve managers have been large buyers of gold. In your view, what role does gold play as a reserve asset? 
When I was Chair of the Federal Reserve I used to testify before US Congressman Ron Paul, who was a very strong advocate of gold. We had some interesting discussions. I told him that US monetary policy tried to follow signals that a gold standard would have created. That is sound monetary policy even with a fiat currency. In that regard, I told him that even if we had gone back to the gold standard, policy would not have changed all that much. - Zerohedge
For those who may not know, back in the 1960's Alan Greenspan became the architect of electronic banking, as he was also an excellent computer programmer as well as an extraordinary economist.  And in a blueprint discovered by analyst Bix Weir on the website of the St. Louis Fed called the Road to Roota, Greenspan's plans entailed using electronic banking and fiat currency to expand and then implode the monetary system in order to bring it back to a state where a return to the gold standard would be both necessary and viable.

Since China has already stated publicly their end goal is to return money and trade to a gold standard in the near future, what remains is the question of whether the U.S. is both willing and prepared for such a sea change.

And ironically for the first time in decades, the U.S. has a President who is himself a believer in gold.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bitcoin use surging in countries who have bad monetary systems, or large outdoor market environments

The tale of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies has become two-fold.  First, it is a potent medium of exchange for high net worth individuals who want to transfer wealth from one currency to another. And secondly, it has functioned as originally intended in places like Venezuela and Morocco, where governments have either destroyed their own sovereign currencies through bad monetary policies, or where large outdoor markets facilitate the use of cash in the majority of their transactions.
On February 2, Venezuela's leading bitcoin exchange, SurBitcoin, was forced to suspend operations when its bank account was revoked. According to Rodrigo Souza, who runs SurBitcoin's trading platform, the bank closed the account in anticipation of a nationwide crackdown on bitcoin use in Venezuela after the police raided a warehouse with 11,000 mining computers. SurBitcoin is in talks with other banks, and hopefully it will be operating again soon. 
As he predicted, SurBitcoin's closure has led to a surge in peer-to-peer trading. LocalBitcoins, a site where users connect to buy and sell bitcoins, makes its trade volume public through an API. (See the chart below.) Last week, 464 bitcoins were exchanged in Venezuela on LocalBitcoins, the equivalent of nearly $470,000 dollars based on today's price. That's close to a 50 percent increase in volume since SurBitcoin stopped operating. (LocalBitcoins' previous trading volume peak was 377 bitcoins the week of October 15, 2016, but, at the time, bitcoin was worth almost 40 percent less than it is today.) - Reason
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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies use are spreading rapidly in the Kingdom of Morocco on the blind side of the global Satoshi community. Professional crypto trader and developer, Aziz Elmi estimates that more than $200,000 of Bitcoin trading is done daily under the radar in his native Morocco. 
Elmi is a leading member of the crypto community in his country with a huge following and the main developer of AtlasCoin, one of Africa's only two cryptocurrencies. He is positive Morocco has a lot to offer to the digital currency world.
Morocco's unwillingness to open up enough to the rest of the world may account for the silent revolution that is going on there. Some pundits think Morocco might be ahead of some of the countries in Africa. Morocco is perceived as leaders in Bitcoin adoption, like Kenya, Ghana and even Nigeria. 
There is the general confidence in the Moroccan cryptocurrency community that there is great potential in their IT arena, especially in cryptocurrency coding and trading. This combined with the huge investments they are making will advance the Kingdom to be at the forefront of adoption in Africa, if the government will regulate the sector fairly. 
“More people and merchants are gradually integrating Bitcoin and other altcoins in their daily lives by accepting payments via Bitcoin. We believe the government should, therefore, intervene accordingly so as to regulate the circulation of Bitcoin reasonably," Elmi proposed. - Coin Telegraph
Bitcoin was created as a way for individuals to function in the global financial system without having to deal with devaluing sovereign currencies, or centralized control over money by governments and central banks.  And in the end crypto-currencies like Bitcoin and others will flourish more in most non-G20 economies, and most likely could have aided individuals in places like Cyprus and Greece when their own banking systems and economies collapsed over the past seven years.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

South Korea is the newest country seeking to eliminate cash and wants to do so by 2020

First it was Sweden, who's people are so intoxicated by technology that it was not very difficult to get them to give up their cash to run on an entirely electronic financial system.  Then in November India decided to jump on the Cashless Society bandwagon, only unlike their counterparts living in the Northern part of Europe, their citizens are the exact opposite and do not trust their government or banking system to take away physical cash from the economy.

Thus when it comes to creating a world without physical money it is on par with how half the world is content to be as sheep and follow the globalists desire to control every aspect of their spending, saving, and investing, while the other half is infused with the frequency of Populism, and realize that without the ability to control your own money in a physical form, then nearly all freedoms are permanently lost to the whims of elected and un-elected officials.


As we are now well into the first quarter of 2017, and living in the aftermath of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, the battle is on for the establishment to hold onto the status quo, while at the same time fighting a populist movement that seeks to tear down their power base built upon a foundation of debt, credit, and privately owned central banks.  And at the fore are two more major economies push strongly towards a cashless monetary system.

And those two entities are the European Union, and South Korea.
“Hand over your money.” That’s what the Financial Times newspaper called it. But it might as well be rephrased as “Stick ’em up!”

It appears that the Central Bank of Korea, South Korea’s central bank, plans to withdraw all coins by 2020, followed by removing all bank notes soon afterwards. No feedback has been requested from the public.

South Korea is determined to become a cashless society, exclusively using T-Money and other electronic payment cards. This goal may make sense to South Korea’s banks and government, but it is not without obstacles or resistance. - Numismaster
The ball is already rolling down the path towards a completely cashless society, where physical money is eliminated and your freedom to choose to spend, save, and invest as you see fit is at stake.  Which means that the clock is now ticking for anyone who is awake to transition their wealth out of this parasitic system before it is too late, and find alternatives in hard assets that act as money (gold, silver), or in a financial construct such as Bitcoin and Goldmoney, that allow you to keep your wealth in a structure that is outside the control of banks and government.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Empire strikes back: Neo-cons try try to undermine President Trump by pushing for Carbon Tax

While both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the office of the President were major blows for the Establishment, and the oligarchy that has held power over the West for almost 70 years, these power mongers did not go away despite the rising tide of populism that has changed the political field since 2016.

And in what a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Housing told Greg Hunter in an interview with USA Watchdog earlier this morning, the Empire is not only not down and out, but they are striking back from multiple angles to bog down Trump's plans to Make America Great Again.

So with this in mind it should come as no surprise when just last week, three old washed up neo-cons went to Washington to try to lobby one of President Trump's advisers on pushing through a Carbon Tax scheme, in an attempt to undermine the new Executive's agenda to Make America Great Again.

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A group of former Republican officials (including James A. Baker, Henry Paulson, George P. Shultz, Marty Feldstein and Greg Mankiw) are proposing a carbon tax starting the tax at $40 per ton, that would gradually increase. 
The proceeds of the tax would be distributed to every American.
The average family of four would receive $2,000 annually in dividends. As the tax rises, so would their dividends. Since everyone would receive the same amount of revenue from the tax regardless of their income level, the dividend would make a bigger difference for poorer families than for wealthier ones. 
It’s a win-win: Less carbon in the atmosphere and more equal distribution of income.
That it’s being proposed by Republicans doesn’t make the idea any less worthy. 
I’m aware that some on the left would rather use revenues from such a tax to invest in clean energy and other social causes rather than return the revenues directly to the public. That detail can be worked out. 
The idea is getting a hearing in the White House. And in these dreadful times, that’s good news indeed. - Bill Moyers
For those who don't know, carbon taxes are the end game goal of the elites to change the monetary system from a metals based foundation to one underwritten by energy.  It is the dream of a group of academics from back in the 1930's who called themselves the Technocratic Society, of which this idea was later co-opted by former professor and National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who saw the petro-dollar as the second step towards tying money to energy as the means of controlling the global population.

It is ironic that a group of former Republicans are behind this new scheme to tax the human race for simply living, working, and breathing, while trying to sell it through offering these same people the carrot of free money.  But in the end what Americans should really be focusing on is the fact that there are no such things as Republicans and Democrats in our government, but only the delineation between those who are part of the oligarchy, and those who are not.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Bill being introduced in Utah would open state up for using gold and silver as money while creating a state depository

On Jan. 27, legislators in the state of Utah introduced a bill that would not only recognize gold and silver as money, but would open the door for its use in both public and private commerce.

House Bill 224 (HB224) would encourage the use of gold and silver as legal tender, and set the stage for expansion of gold repositories in the state and authorize further study on several sound money policies.

A bill introduced in the Utah legislature would build on the state’s Legal Tender Act, creating a foundation for further action to encourage the use of gold and silver as money, and take another step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. 
Rep. Ken Ivory (R-West Jordan) introduced House Bill 224 (HB224) on Jan. 27. The legislation would add several provisions to state law designed to encourage the use of gold and silver as legal tender. Passage would set the stage for expansion of gold repositories in the state and authorize further study on several sound money policies. 
Specifically, HB224 would authorize the investment of public funds in specie legal tender held in a commercial specie repository. Under existing code, “specie legal tender” means gold or silver coin and bullion. “Commercial specie repository” means an institution that holds or receives deposits of specie legal tender that is located within the state. Practically speaking, passage would give the state the option to hold funds in gold and silver instead of Federal Reserve notes. - Tenth Amendment Center

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Make Money Great Again: Petition to have government cease taxation on purchases of gold and silver

Alasdair Macleod is a long time precious metal analyst, and relative of a former Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent of U.S. Treasury Secretary) in Britain.  And just a few days ago he created a petition for Donald Trump, the newly election U.S. President, to sign an executive order eliminating taxes on the purchase of physical gold and silver.

Calling the movement Make Money Great Again (MMGA), Macleod believes this is the first step in changing the environment for gold and silver to return to being real money from its current status simply as a commodity, and open the door for it to become a part of the monetary system once more as originally deigned in the Constitution.

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THE PETITION: MAKE MONEY GREAT AGAIN 
We The People request the new administration Make Money Great Again; that gold and silver may freely be used as money alongside United States dollars. 
The Constitution explicitly recognizes gold and silver as money. We therefore petition that:
  1. All tax discrimination against gold and silver must cease, including the removal of all capital gains tax on holdings of, and transactions in gold and silver, and;
  1. That all impediments to using gold and silver as constitutionally-recognized money be removed.
We Petition the Administration to sign this Executive Order to Make Money Great Again. - MMGA
Making money great again by eliminating taxes on gold and silver is already occurring at many state levels, including a recent bill being brought to the House floor in the coming days in the state of Virginia.  And as this movement continues to grow at the local level, it will put more pressure on the Federal government to re-institute gold and silver as part of our overall monetary system.

Monday, January 23, 2017

State of Virginia about to vote on bill calling gold and silver sound money, and remove taxes from its purchase

On Jan. 20, a House subcommittee in the state of Virginia passed a key component that will soon allow a bill to go to the floor for a vote on whether to consider gold and silver as money, and remove all taxation mechanisms on its purchase by individuals.

House Bill 1668 (HB1668) would facilitate the exemption of taxes on purchases of gold, silver, and platinum bullion if the price exceeds $1000.

A Virginia bill that would remove sales taxes from some purchases of gold and silver passed an important House subcommittee Wednesday. The legislation would take an important first step toward encouraging its regular use as currency and breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. 
A bipartisan coalition of delegates sponsor House Bill 1668 (HB1668). The legislation would exempt gold, silver, or platinum bullion or legal tender coins whose sales price exceeds $1,000 from from state sales tax. Each piece of gold, silver, or platinum or legal tender coin need not exceed $1,000, provided that the sales price of one entire transaction of such pieces exceeds $1,000. ” 
Under the proposed law, the exemption would remain in place until June 30, 2022. 
A House Committee on Finance subcommittee approved the measure 10-0. - Tenth Amendment Center
By removing taxes on gold and silver purchases, the state of Virginia is opening the door for businesses, individuals, and even government agencies to accept and use gold at a future date as money.

Virginia also joins in the growing number of states (Oklahoma, Utah, and Texas) who are either creating state run gold depositories, or passing legislation that returns gold and silver to their rightful place as a monetary unit.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bitcoin price could surpass gold in dollars by the end of the week

As the price of Bitcoin crushed through the $1100 resistance level with great gusto last evening, it appears to only be a matter of time before the crypto-currency reaches and surpasses its all-time high of $1165.

But perhaps what is even more astonishing is that Bitcoin is now only $20 from equaling the dollar price for gold, which currently stands at the same all-time high price that Bitcoin achieved back in 2013.
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Bitcoin prices are up $100 on the day, having already shot past the $1,100 mark. 
Markets have risen nearly 10% over the course of the day’s trading, according to data from the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI), which hit a high of $1,141 at time of writing before falling back. 
With the move, global exchange averages have inched closer to the BPI's all-time high of $1,165.89, set on 30th November, 2013, leaving them roughly $25 below that level. 
The digital currency's price appreciated sharply after crossing the $1,100 line, quickly spiking to a high of $1,129.28, before meeting some resistance. - Coindesk
This anomaly in price between gold and Bitcoin is centered around a two-fold dichotomy, where manipulation of one is much easier for the banks to accomplish since they can do so simply by dumping thousands of bogus paper contracts.  And at the other end of the spectrum is the ongoing global currency crisis that is occurring from Venezuela to China, making it much easier for individuals and investors to move their money around using Bitcoin rather than through purchasing gold or silver and trying to utilize them as a medium of exchange.

While there may some short-term resistance for Bitcoin to reach and surpass its all-time high price of $1165, the chances are very good we could see this happen before the market close on Friday in Asia.  But either way, with Bitcoin, gold, or silver, all three have quickly become the money of choice for people seeking to protect themselves from the cash bans, capital controls, and overall destruction of the sovereign money they primarily use.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Trump's new Budget Office candidate a huge proponent of gold, silver, and Bitcoin as being money

Less than a month ago we wrote about one of President-Elect Donald Trump's final candidates for the office of Treasury Secretary being a strong proponent for a gold and silver monetary standard.  And although John Allison did not make the final cut in his administration, a new sound money nominee is being set to run the Office of Management and Budget.

Trump's newest OMB selection is a Congressman from South Carolina who not only has spoken out on the virtues of gold and silver as money in the past, but he currently owns both as well as mining stocks and bitcoin.

The man in line to bring together President-elect Donald Trump's federal budget is a big believer in gold, according to financial disclosures. 
Mick Mulvaney, Trump's pick to lead the Office of Budget and Management, owns significant amounts of precious metals and gold-mining stocks based on financial disclosures compiled by Bloomberg. 
According to the filings, Mulvaney held $50,000 to $100,000 in precious metals at the end of 2015. In addition, the South Carolina congressman holds stock in numerous gold and silver mining corporations totaling $252,000 to $855,000, according to the filing. 
The heavy investments into gold is not surprising given past criticism by Mulvaney of the Federal Reserve. In a speech obtained by Mother Jones, Mulvaney told the John Birch Society, a group that believes the only legal forms of currency are gold and silver coins, that the Fed had "effectively devalued the dollar" and "choke[d] off economic growth." - Business Insider

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Europe now joins the war on gold as they propose confiscation from anyone entering the EU who 'might' be a terrorist

First it was India, who began the war on cash and gold by using the spurious reasons of trying to halt black market transactions.  Then they were followed next by China, who has put in place laws to limit the taking out of gold from the mainland to protect against capital flight.

Now the European Union is getting into the mix as they are proposing new laws which would allow for the confiscation of both cash and gold from anyone entering into the EU whom they deem to be a 'terrorist'.

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The European Commission is proposing a tightening of controls over cash and precious metals transfers from outside the EU under the guise of shutting down one route for funding of militant attacks on the continent, following the Berlin Christmas attack. 
China has already begun de facto gold import restrictions, and as Jayant Bhandari detailed previously, India is experiencing a continuation of new social engineering notifications, each sabotaging wealth-creation, confiscating people’s wealth, and tyrannizing those who refuse to be a part of the herd, in the process destroying the very backbone of the economy and civilization. There are clear signs that in a very convoluted way, possession of gold for investment purposes will be made illegal. Expect capital controls to follow. 
These new proposals are part of an EU "action plan against terrorist financing" unveiled after the bombings and shootings in Paris in November 2015.
Under the new proposals, customs officials in European Union states can step up checks on cash and prepaid payment cards sent by post or in freight shipments. 
Authorities will also be able to seize cash or precious metals carried by suspect individuals entering the EU. 
People carrying more than 10,000 euros (8,413.56 pounds) in cash already have to declare this at customs when entering the EU. The new rules would allow authorities to seize money below that threshold "where there are suspicions of criminal activity," the EU executive commission said in a note. 
The plan complements Commission proposals after the Paris attacks to tighten controls on virtual currencies such as bitcoin, and prepaid cards, which French authorities said were used to fund the bombings. 
EU states backed these proposals on Tuesday. Under the deal, which still needs European Parliament approval, holders of prepaid cards would have to show some form of identity when they make payments of 150 euros or more. 
But it gets better... 
The Commission is also proposing common rules for the 28 EU countries on freezing "terrorists' financial resources" and on confiscating assets even from those thought to be connected to criminals. - Zerohedge
The real reasons behind the sudden shift from the EU to restrict money coming into the Eurozone with either cash or gold is because they want to ween people off of using physical money, and/or protecting themselves by keeping their wealth outside the banking system.  Because all one has to do is look at recent history where European banks are not only taking part in helping to launder money for the drug cartels and terrorists, but the government's themselves know about these activities and do nothing to stop it.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Venezuela's Maduro halts cash ban as desperate people left with no choice but to give up their children

On Dec. 18, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro halted his policy from earlier in the week of banning the 100 bolivar currency as the economic situation in the country became even more desperate.  And in addition to the growing starvation, riots, and looting that has emerged from the nation's mass inflation, some Venezuelans are having to give away their children as they can no longer afford to feed them amid the economic chaos.


Struggling to feed herself and her seven children, Venezuelan mother Zulay Pulgar asked a neighbor in October to take over care of her six-year-old daughter, a victim of a pummeling economic crisis. 
The family lives on Pulgar's father's pension, worth $6 a month at the black market rate, in a country where prices for many basic goods are surpassing those in the United States.
"It's better that she has another family than go into prostitution, drugs or die of hunger," the 43-year-old unemployed mother said, sitting outside her dilapidated home with her five-year-old son, father and unemployed husband. 
With average wages less than the equivalent of $50 a month at black market rates, three local councils and four national welfare groups all confirmed an increase in parents handing children over to the state, charities or friends and family. 
The government does not release data on the number of parents giving away their children and welfare groups struggle to compile statistics given the ad hoc manner in which parents give away children and local councils collate figures. 
Still, the trend highlights Venezuela's fraying social fabric and the heavy toll that a deep recession and soaring inflation are taking on the country with the world's largest oil reserves. - Reuters


Sadly, the people's trust in their socialist government, along with in their fiat currency, is partially to blame why few Venezuelan's were prepared for the quick, and in some cases deadly, effects that escalating high inflation has caused for their nation and economy.  And because of the growing loss of confidence in the Bolivar, as well as in access to hard currencies such as the dollar, stories have broken out of those who owned a little gold and silver being able to not only survive this ongoing economic collapse, but actually thrive in it.
Tom Cloud: We got an incredible email this morning from one of our clients who's brother in law is a missionary down in Venezuela.  And he was telling us that in Venezuela, once ounce of silver will buy you food for three or four months... one ounce of silver.  And an ounce of gold will buy you a house. - The Daily Economist
While many Americans believe that what is taking place right now in Venezuela, India, and in Greece over the past six years could ever come to America, then all one needs to do is look back 80 years ago in our history to see what the Great Depression did for a large portion of our citizens following a financial crash that involved stock markets, debt, derivatives, the collapse of a housing bubble, and the overall banking system.
From one perspective, the story emerging from the Great Depression can be described as one of family "disorganization" and deprivation. Marriage rates declined, although they started to rise in 1934, and the trend toward decreasing birthrates, already underway, accelerated during the 1930s. Although divorce rates also declined, this seems to have been largely the consequence of the inability to pay lawyers' fees; desertion rates increased during the decade. In some cases, two or more families crowded together in apartments or homes designed as single-family residences. Some 250,000 youths were on the road, travelling by freight train or hitchhiking in order to find work or more favorable circumstances. From 1929 to 1931, the number of children entering custodial institutions increased by 50 percent. In many economically deprived families, children suffered from malnutrition and inadequate clothing. - IC.Galegroup

Monday, December 12, 2016

Venezuela follows India in eliminating large currency notes and sets in motion hyperinflation

When you are an economy that not only relies upon exports and foreign investment, messing with your currency is a recipe for disaster.  And besides the internal turmoil that has arisen for the 1.3 billion people in India who rely upon cash over digital banking for 98% of their commerce, Prime Minister Modi's currency elimination scheme is now causing foreign businesses, such as China's Foxconn, to suspend factory output and fire worker's due to decreased sales inside the country.

Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer and poster boy of the government’s Make in India project, has asked nearly a fourth of its 8,000 factory workers to go on paid leave for two weeks after last month’s demonetisation of high value notes sparked a severe cash crunch that saw sales slump almost 50%, forcing the company to slash production by half.

The government’s move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from November 9 has had a domino effect on the mobile phone industry where a large majority of mobile phones are bought for less than Rs 5,000 and most of the transactions happen through cash. Consumer purchase power has been reduced dramatically - mobile phone monthly sales halved to Rs 175-200 crore post demonetisation - and sales revival is not looking up, as was perceived earlier, industry insiders said.  - Economic Times/India Times
So with the results and outcomes that sudden demonitization creates out there for the rest of the world to see, only someone like Venezuela's corrupt leader Nicholas Maduro would have the audacity to... well, DO THE SAME THING!  And sure enough, over the weekend Maduro went full retard and immediately made their $100 bolivar denomination no longer legal tender.

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Having observed the economic chaos to emerge as a result of India's shocking Nov. 8 demonetization announcement, and perhaps confident it can do better, today president Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Latin America's most distressed economy, mired in an economic crisis and facing hyperinflation, likewise shocked the nation when he announced on state TV that just like India, Venezuela would pull its highest denominated, 100-bolivar bill (which is worth about two U.S. cents on the black market), from circulation over the next 72 hours, ahead of the introduction of new, higher-value notes, as large as 20,000. 
"I have decided to take out of circulation bills of 100 bolivars in the next 72 hours," Maduro said. "We must keep beating the mafias." 
To this we would add "and cue economic chaos", but since this is Venezuela, that's a given. 
The surprise move, announced by Maduro during an hours-long speech, is likely to worsen a cash crunch in Venezuela, and lead the largely-cash based economy to a state of paralysis. Maduro said the 100-bolivar bill will be taken out of circulation on Wednesday and Venezuelans will have 10 days after that to exchange those notes at the central bank. 
Critics immediately slammed the move, which Maduro said was needed to combat contraband of the bills at the volatile Colombia-Venezuela border, as economically nonsensical, adding there would be no way to swap all the 100-bolivar bills in circulation in the time the president has allotted. Indeed, if India is any example, Venezuela - whose economy is far worse than that of India, the world's fastest growing emerging market - may have just signed its own economic death warrant. 
According to central bank data, in November there were more than six billion 100-bolivar bills in circulation, 48 percent of all bills and coins. In other words, Venezuela just eliminated half the paper cash in circulation. - Zerohedge
For those who live elsewhere in the world, just remember that following the 2008 financial crisis the U.S. and Europe both passed laws which make any cash you hold in a bank the property of that bank, and considered an unfunded liability to the institution.  And with central banks, Harvard economists, and even a former Asst. Secretary of the Treasury all calling for an end to cash here in America, what we are seeing now in India and Venezuela are test cases for what is currently in motion in the West to bring about a complete monetary control over the population before or after the next banking and financial crisis hits.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

India takes war on cash to next level as they begin direct raids and confiscation of gold, jewelry, and cash from the people

Make no mistake, the government of India has declared war on its people, and only time will tell if their actions lead to a full scale revolution.

Back in November Prime Minister Modi declared the top two denominations of currency to no longer be valid as legal tender, and the populace had until Dec. 15 to turn in their monetary notes to their local bank.  However, this was met with a combination of trepidation and anger as the Indian economy runs primary on cash for transactions, with an estimated 98% of all commerce occurring using physical currency.

In response Modi suddenly cut short the time frame in which the people could trade in their now outdated bills and as a result, the people have rushed to jewelers to trade their stash of currency for gold and gold products.

And now we are finding out that the initial war on cash has suddenly shifted to a total war on wealth, or at the very least, a war on gold as news of armed raids on people, their homes, and their gold by the government is coming out from on the ground reports.

Global financial repression picks up steam, led by India. After declaring large denomination notes illegal, India now targets gold. 
It’s not just gold bars or bullion. The government has raided houses, no questions asked, confiscating jewelry. 
For background to this article, please see my November 27 article Cash Chaos in India, 86% of Money in Circulation Withdrawn; Cash Still King in Japan. 
Large denomination means 500-rupee ($7.30) and 1,000-rupee notes ($14.60), which account for more than 85 percent of the money supply. They are no longer legal tender, effective immediately. 
As one might imagine, chaos ensued. And it continues. - Mish Talk

Thursday, November 3, 2016

SDR's for trade between nations, gold for the rest of us when currencies collapse

It is inevitable that the monetary system the world has used over the past 43 years will not only come to an end, but all signs are warning that this end is very near.  Going back to 1988, one of the Establishment's primary propaganda publications issued a forecast of a new global currency replacing the dollar by 2018, and here in 2016 we have already seen the beginnings of that currency through the IMF's announcement to circulate the M SDR (Special Drawing Rights) under Chinese authority.

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This means of course that during the transition, all fiat currencies like the Dollar, Pound, Euro, and Yen will experience extreme devaluations, or in some cases like perhaps the Euro, outright elimination.

But how long until this actually takes place?

A month ago one of the chief architects of the Euro creation back in 1999 published an op-ed on how the currency was flawed, and that its days numbered thanks to the deteriorating confidence and value imposed upon it by the European Central Bank.  And as we know in Japan over the past 20 years, the UK in recent months, and through the dumping of dollars by foreigners against the current global reserve, the clock is ticking on whether nations can get together in time to agree upon a way for a global reset, or if greed will bring their inevitable downfall through some global financial crisis.

Right now the first or perhaps even primary model for the next global reserve currency already exists, and is being propagated in the markets and in trade.  But this currency, known as the SDR, will only be available for nations to trade with one another at a central bank or Ministry level, and this leaves the 99.99% of us dealing with the aftermath of our own money's devaluation.

Thus while the world banks and governments prepare for the SDR to save their financial systems, what remains for you and I are the physical forms of money that have been a part of economics from the beginning of civilization.

We’ll soon experience profound problems with the U.S. dollar. I expect to see inflation in some areas, deflation in others. On the world stage, we could see anything up to and including a full-fledged currency crisis. 
Collapse is a calamitous process that destroys wealth like a tsunami hitting a seacoast. 
We’ll see several stages of the collapse play out in any event, because central banks are out of room to steer monetary policy outside of a very narrow channel. 
The Fed didn’t raise interest rates in 2010-11, when it should have bitten down on the proverbial bullet. Now, as the world economy teeters on the edge of major breakdown, the Fed can’t cut rates to boost the economy. Even if the Fed’s traditional rate-cutting medicine worked — and it doesn’t always work — that bottle of economic snake oil is nearly empty. 
Aside from the Fed, other central banks around the world are in even worse shape. Many of them participated in the failed negative interest rate experiment. We can’t look to them for any help at all. 
Sauve qui peut! 
This will put increased importance on special drawing rights (SDRs), or world money, and gold as possible tools with which to truncate the next collapse. I expect that many nations will use SDRs as a method to protect themselves — certainly the U.S.
But if you’re not a country plugged into the central bank, what’s left for us mere mortals? Your best option is to use gold. - Daily Reckoning

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Kentucky Senator proposes bill for early 2017 which would remove sales tax from purchase of gold and silver

A state Senator from Kentucky has filed a new bill that would seek to remove sales tax on the purchase of gold and silver within the state.

Scheduled for early 2017, bill BR156 is being used as an initial stage for gold and silver to become currency again within the state of Kentucky, and to promote its purchase and use by its citizens.

A Kentucky bill prefiled for the 2017 session would remove sales taxes from the purchase of gold and silver, encouraging its use and taking the first step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. 
Sen. John Schickel (R-Union) prefiled BR156 on Oct. 11. The legislation would exempt bullion or currency purchases from state sales tax. This would include gold, silver, platinum, or palladium bars, ingots or commemorative medallions for which the value depends on its metal content, not its form. It would also exempt coins or currency made of gold silver or other metals paper currency used as legal tender. 
Under the proposed legislation, the exemption would remain in place for five years. 
Imagine if you asked a grocery clerk to break a $5 bill and he charged you a 35 cent tax. Silly, right? After all, you were only exchanging one form of money for another. But that’s essentially what Kentucky’s sales tax on gold and silver does. By removing the sales tax on the exchange of gold and silver, Kentucky would treat specie as money instead of a commodity. This represents a small step toward reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender and breaking down the Fed’s monopoly on money. - Activist Post

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.

Got gold?

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, 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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

State of Arizona convenes exploratory committee to look at creating a gold standard through issuance of gold bonds

Over the past few years, a number of states such as Texas and Utah have created their own public/private gold depositories with the purpose of allowing their citizens to transfer their U.S. dollars into physical gold that can be used and spent in everyday commerce.  And earlier this month, an exploratory committee in the Arizona legislature convened a meeting to discuss how they too could facilitate a future gold standard through the issuance and sales of gold backed bonds.

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The Arizona House of Representatives has convened an Ad Hoc Committee on Gold Bonds. The purpose is to explore if and how the state could sell a gold bond. 
This is an exciting development, as the issuance of a gold bond would be a major step towards a working gold standard. 
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 
HOUSE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON GOLD BONDS 
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016    Time: 1:00 P.M.    Place: HHR 3 
AGENDA
1.
Call to Order
2.
Introduction of Committee Members
3.
Review of Committee Charge
4.
Presentation:
·   Dr. Keith Weiner - How Gold Bonds Can Benefit the State of Arizona
5.
Committee Discussion
6.
Public Testimony
7.
Future Meeting Date
8.
Adjourn