The Israel Deception

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017

War on cash in Greece, Australia, India, China, and Venezuela opening door for need to have gold and Bitcoin

2016 was the year where economic 'experts' dropped hints in newspaper op-ed's and university white papers on how governments needed to eliminate cash to sustain the debt bubbles central banks had created through their absurd monetary policies following the 2008 financial crisis.  And while many individuals pushed off the idea of banning physical cash as hyperbole and 'ivory tower' nonsense, by the end of the year at least three countries had begun testing this option, with two more implementing capital controls to achieve the same thing here in early 2017.

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In late November, India's Prime Minister Modi issued a sudden mandate where the largest two denominations of currency were being completely absolved, and that the people had until December 15 to turn in their bank notes for new script.  This led to an economic revolt where most people tried to exchange their money for gold or gold jewelry, shooting up the price in some cases to around $3600 per ounce.

This move in India was soon followed by the country of Venezuela, where President Maduro called for the elimination of the $100 Bolivar note to try to keep the Venezuelan people from using their near worthless money to buy food and other goods from neighboring Columbia.

Yet the questions one has to ask are, were these moves independent of one another, or were these nations being used as test cases to see how the public would react to restrictions on owning and using cash?

If we put these inquiries on the back shelf for the moment to look at two other nations instituting restrictions on cash through differing forms of capital controls, the most important focus should be on the reactions of the people to their governments restricting their ability to do as they please with their money, and in what assets they are moving into to escape those restrictions.

That answer of course is the movement of wealth into both gold and Bitcoin.

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In the case of India, people looked towards their long-standing tradition of physical gold, and helped created shortages as they lost nearly all confidence in their fiat money itself.  But over in China, where the government instituted capital controls restricting the offshoring of money in an attempt to counteract growing liquidity problems in their banking system, investors and individuals looked to Bitcoin as the quickest and most liquid way of transferring their Yuan into some other currency or asset outside their borders.

Heading into the second week of the new year, two additional countries are preparing to join in the war on cash and put their own peoples to the test on whether they will accept the elimination of cash, or if they will rebel en masse to this loss of economic freedom.  And for both Greeks and Australians, the coming days will see what their reactions will be and if they too will seek solace in alternative forms of money, or if they will simply accept the inevitable and quietly cede their personal sovereignty to function under a digital system run at the political whims of their governments.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tonight we're gonna party like its 19,999

In several massive attempts on Jan. 6 to breach the uncharted 20,000 level on the Dow, inter-day trading came up the tiniest fraction short as the equity market touched 19,999.63, then sold off after eight solid attempts to breach the psychological barrier.


Many analysts had expected the Dow to have breached 20,000 before the start of 2017, but the 'Santa Claus Rally' never emerged and the market closed out the year at 19,762.

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With the combination of geo-political and economic events causing currencies, bonds, and even bank solvency to be in question here in the first week of the new year, it is difficult to predict exactly when the Dow may reach and break through the 20K barrier of resistance.  But whether we see that level broken early Monday morning, or on some random day in the coming week, the reality is that nearly all stocks are vastly overvalued, meaning when the correction comes it will be much greater in scope than the nearly 20% decline that took place this same time last year.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Gold price starts off 2017 the same way it did in January of last year following Fed rate hike

When the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in a decade back in December of 2015, the price of gold fell for the remainder of the the month only to reverse and climb by nearly 20% in early 2016.


Fast forward to December of 2016 where the central bank once again mirrored their 2015 actions by raising interest rates by a quarter point, and as before the gold price stagnated for the last few weeks leading up to the end of the year.

After the first five days of 2017 we appear once again to be seeing a similar move in the precious metals that took place exactly one year ago.  And although it is far too early to predict whether the outcome in the gold markets will mirror that which took place in January and February of 2016, the signs are pretty good that support levels have been established and that we will see a higher move in the gold price thanks to the Fed, and uncertainty in the global financial markets.


India's new scheme of free money to all could be the carrot to coerce people to get into their banking system

Over the past month, India's Prime Minister has used the stick on his people in an attempt to force them to give up their cash and move all commerce into a systematic financial process that could be monitored and taxed by government authorities.  This of course led to a massive backlash as a society that for centuries has run primarily on cash, and where only 36% of the population even has a bank account, rushed instead to exchange their currency for gold rather than deposit their cash into the banks.

Now however, Prime Minister Modi appears to be switching his stick for the carrot and is using a different means to try to entice India's 1.4 billion people into the banking system by proposing a scheme of free money, or a Universal Basic Income, to get a large portion of the population reliant upon the government and more amenable to buying into their financial system.

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The Indian government is likely to introduce Universal Basic Income, a practice of paying every person a fixed sum of money as a means to stimulate the economy and improve the quality of life of its citizens, according to the concept’s leading proponent. 
The Indian government is preparing a report documenting that a Universal Basic Income (UBI) is "feasible" and "basically the way forward," according to professor Guy Standing, a leading advocate for UBI, and the leader of the Basic Income Earth Network movement (BIEN). - Sputnik News
UBI schemes come with many pro's and con's, but most significantly the outcome of such programs depends upon the disposition of a people and culture.  For example, in Finland where they have just enacted a universal basic income system, the majority of recipients have surveyed that they still intend to work at the same time they receive the extra money, and this speaks highly to the diligence of the culture where a UBI scheme may work in the short run.  Yet on the other side, having a nation like France or even the United States where large portions of the population have lived off of welfare for generations, a promise of free money will not change the landscape of increasing the incentive to both work and receive extra income, but instead simply replace one form of welfare with another.

The ultimate goal of the Universal Basic Income system is to try to get everyone reliant upon the government, and their money stored in the banks where at a later time the ultimate agenda of a cashless society can be instituted.  But to do this it may take a financial crisis of epic proportion to achieve this, and that may be coming much sooner than people could imagine.

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.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Silver price could recover faster than gold in 2017 as metal producers prepare to enter class action lawsuit against the banks

In the wake of the Deutsche Bank revelations that the bullion banks had been colluding to rig the gold and silver markets for at least the past decade, a group of metal producers, particularly those in the silver industry, are preparing to join a massive class action lawsuit against these banks for earnings and profits lost due to the manipulation of the metal's price.

Keith Neumeyer, who is the CEO of the world's largest silver producer, spoke in an interview on Jan. 3 where he stated that he is currently talking with the heads of several mining companies that may ban together at some point in the future to jump in on an ongoing class action lawsuit that is expected to incur damages well into the tens of billions of dollars. 
Now that the cat is out of the bag and Deutsche Bank has agreed to turn over documents implicating other banks in related schemes, major mining companies are preparing lawsuits of their own. Straight-shooting First Majestic Silver CEO Keith Neumeyer, who in 2015 was the first mining company head to issue a public statement on the manipulation of precious metals prices by a small concentration of players, has said that the company’s legal team is closely monitoring the situation
Citing loss of revenue, jobs and shareholder value Neumeyer said in an interview with SGT Report that his company will likely be preparing legal action against the bullion banks involved in the rigging of prices. - SHTF Plan
In addition to this, and on a separate note of interest, many precious metal analysts have been citing the greater potential for silver to rise in value much faster than gold in the future, especially as governments begin to crack down on gold ownership in the wake of collapsing currencies and monetary policies.  And with the expectation of silver being the catalyst for new technologies expected to arrive over the next five to ten years, once silver completely breaks away from its manipulation, the rebound back to a historic 15:1 or 10:1 ratio to gold will make it potentially one of the best investments of all time.

Monday, January 2, 2017

China progressing into 2017 to dominate the Bitcoin and gold markets

On Jan. 2, Bitcoin crossed over $1000 as the Chinese continue to rush into the crypto-currency as a means of bypassing capital controls on currency leaving the country.  And in an interesting and growing trend emerging from the second largest economy in the world, a new web bot forecast has the Chinese government actually capitulating to the power of Bitcoin and promoting its use within their borders, and along the newly emerging Silk Road.

Cliff High (Web bots): The new prediction sets we have are showing us swapping over to RMB as China takes over the emotional control if you will of the Bitcoin world, and alot of their rushing into that is fear of the currencies. 
Greg Hunter (USA Watchdog): They are fearful of the U.S. dollar? 
CH: Nope, the Chinese people... the China Pop (population)... and the China Pop is going to get really freaked out about the value of their own currency, and there is going to be more of a tendency and a rush into Bitcoin. 
Now at some point this year, China's official authorities are going to just give into that, and there's going to be a change to their official approach to this whole thing. 
GH: And they're going to say go ahead and use Bitcoin. 
CH: Boy if you read out report you are going to be staggerd... it's going to be more than that.  China is going to rush out, because of the way they do things... the Chinese authorities know their existence, their very lives depend on the health, wealth, and happiness of the people below them, and so someone is going to come up with an idea to extend digital currency... Bitcoin, and we have the language there, even to people who trade goats now. 
And the idea is, China, along with their Silk Road train from Beijing to Berlin, is going to extend out fiber optics and bring in over a billion people into the internet in the shortest possible time.  And at the same time they're going to spread out the Bitcoin ethos through there. - USA Watchdog
In addition to Bitcoin expansion within their borders and all along the Silk Road, China is progressing rapidly towards becoming the world's largest gold market, that will now include jewelry in their platform.

Status as one of the world’s biggest bullion importers, participation in the gold fix at the London exchange and a plan to establish a jewelry gold investment center in Shanghai has turned China into one of the leading players in the global gold market in 2016. - Sputnik News
As currencies and bonds around the world teeter on the precipice of another crash or outright collapse, the future of finance is rushing away from these fiat forms of currency and returning to an era of sound money.  And with supplies of gold and silver being quickly gobbled up by consumers all throughout the Far East, the trends are signalling very strongly that right now is beyond the time in which individuals can get their metals and Bitcoin to be prepared for the coming paradigm shift.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

India's next step in war on cash is confiscation of physical assets like gold, silver, and real estate

In December India's Prime Minister implemented a new program to both eliminate high currency denominations, and to go after consumers who use cash outside their banking system.  This of course led to financial turmoil in a nation that conducts 98% of of its transactions in cash, and where less than 36% of the population has a bank account.

In response to the banning of certain denominations of currency, many Indians rushed into exchanging their cash for physical assets such as gold, jewelry, and even silver, and according to India's Finance Minister on Dec. 30, this is the next thing the government will go after now that physical Rupees have been limited in their economy.

As the government takes stock of the black money post demonetisation, its mulling the next step now. The focus is set to be on tracking down 'black wealth' or the illegal money pumped in real estate, gold and silver. 
Minister of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar while speaking to India Today disclosed that noose will tighten around tax evasion routes in physical assets. 
"We are doing crackdown on banks as we are getting information. Black money has a face, people can pump it in real estate, buy gold or silver. We will be stopping it," Gangwar said. 
Already, the government has amended the benami property act to detect the money laundering the real estate. Benami Transaction (Prohitibion) Amendment Act 2016 that came into effect on November 1. It aims at checking illegal money parked by tax evaders in property that is registered under multiple owners. 
"When PM was campaigning for Lok Sabha he had black money on the agenda, that's what he has delivered now and we will take it further," the minister added. 
Currently PAN card is required for selling gold, silver and jewellery over Rs 2 lakh. Since demonetisation, I-T sleuths have been keeping a hawk eye vigil at jewellers and bullion traders to track fake 'gold sale' for routing denotified currency. - India Today
The Indian government labels 'black wealth' as any asset or transaction that is done outside the banking system, and outside the government's ability to track and tax the exchange.

India won't be the only country in the coming days to usher in severe capital controls that restrict the ownership of cash and gold, or allow individuals to transact outside the nation's financial system, as just last week the EU began construction of new restrictions regarding the purchase of assets like gold from outside the Eurozone.

As the world rushes headlong into new currency, debt, and insolvency crises, governments will continue to crack down on the people's ability to choose whether they want to function in their collapsing systems.  And with so many options available now such as Bitcoin, Paypal, Goldmoney, Karatbars, etc... to both store your wealth and transact outside of banks, the coming year may see an even greater acceleration of capital controls by government's as they strive to protect their own dying platforms at the expense of the people and their money.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Gold, Bitcoin, and the state of the dollar heading into 2017

As an observer of economic and geo-political events, we at The Daily Economist prefer to look at things more pragmatically rather than to make wild speculations in forecasts or predictions for a coming year.  But with certain realities beginning to unfold all across the financial spectrum in the last days of 2016, the groundwork appears to be in place for commentary and analysis on a few trends that could be taking shape.

Each of these trends are tied specifically to differing forms of currency or money, and their potential growth in economies both regional, and worldwide as the global financial system heralds immense change and the likelihood of new crises.

The advent of Donald Trump winning the U.S. Presidential election 50 days ago saw stocks, bonds, and the dollar react in ways not seen in the past three years.  And likewise the rest of the world reacted in nearly opposite fashion, with China and India bearing the brunt of America's artificially exploding markets.

And with this in mind it is a high probability that policies coming out of Eurasia and the Far East will dictate much of the monetary changes that the world will experience in 2017.

Gold:

Following the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency, gold and silver were summarily crushed around 16.5% in the Comex and in London, and began the separation in price between the Western paper markets, and the physical one run out of Shanghai.  And those spreads in price will only become greater than the average $25 - $50 divergence that is currently taking place due to high demand and lower supply of the physical metal.

And it is likely that sometime in 2017 China will seize sole control over price determination for gold and silver as more and more producers sell their metals directly to China and abstain from the manipulated futures markets run by London and New York.

Bitcoin:

Thanks to the extreme rise in the dollar to over 103 on the index, China has experienced severe pressure to its own currency and economy as it fights desperately to rein in capital flight of the Yuan from the Mainland.  And it has been through Bitcoin that many Chinese investors are using to funnel wealth out of China over the past three weeks, causing the price to surge to nearly $1000 from its support level of $640 late last month.

This rise in value will only increase in 2017 as investors in not only China but also in other countries join in and expand their use of the crypto-currency as a conduit to launder money from their local currency into others to then buy tangible assets that protect their store of wealth.

The fate of the dollar as the global reserve currency:


2016 was a banner year for nations and industries to move away from the dollar and conduct commerce using direct bi-lateral currencies.  And these trade agreements were only drops in the bucket to the advent of China expanding the use of the IMF's M SDR currency in international finance.

But China is setting its sights on bigger game, and began this last week when the Deputy General Manager of the Shanghai International Gold Exchange announced a program through which the Yuan currency will be expanded globally through its physical gold markets.  And all that remains is for China to call for the end of the uni-polar reserve currency that is the dollar, and open the door for nations to bypass it at will in a new gold backed trading mechanism underwritten by the Yuan.
The Chinese Yuan is linked to the US Dollar. With the US Dollar at these levels China has rapidly entered a financial crisis. 
In the last month, China has: 
1)   Burned through over $70 billion defending the Yuan.
2)   Had to halt trading in its multi-TRILLION dollar bond market.
3)   Had to issue emergency lending to financial firms to keep them afloat. 
ALL of these are linked to the US Dollar’s rise. And it’s lead the world to a very nasty situation. 
China has a couple different options, NONE of them are pretty for the financial system. 
Alternatively China could go for the “nuclear” option and demand that the US be removed as reserve currency of the world. 
This is not some crazed notion. China is the second largest economy in the world. And the Yuan is now part of the IMF’s SDR currency basket along with the Yen, British Pound and the Euro. 
I’m not saying the US Dollar would necessarily LOSE reserve currency status, but if China were to publicly call for this, the consequences would be severe.
As in, CRISIS severe. - Phoenix Capital Marketing via Zerohedge
The stage is set for a global change in the long-standing Bretton Woods uni-polar reserve currency system, and 2017 is shaping up to be the year for the end of dollar hegemony.  And the primary winners in this will be gold, silver, bitcoin, and the Yuan, with anyone holding paper investments denominated in dollars potentially losing a great deal of their wealth.

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