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?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Return of a gold backed currency could begin in Zimbabwe as government looks at finally stabilizing Zimdollar

The African nation of Zimbabwe has long been the poster child of fiat currency failures.  It first began when Mugabe hyper-inflated their 'dollar' in the late 1990's, and then was followed by the country simply going on a U.S. dollar standard that failed during the years leading up to, and following the 2008 financial crisis.

Then more recently Zimbabwe has tried to tether their currency to the RMB with limited results.

So after three failed attempts to stabilize their monetary system over a 20 year period it appears that President Mugabe is now considering a return to a gold standard, and could be the first country in over 45 years to back their money with precious metals.

Government is working on a plan to establish a gold reserve set to anchor the introduction of a local currency when the right time comes for the return to the Zimdollar, it has been learnt. 
This comes at a time when the country is grappling with cash shortages and economists believe the issuance of a gold backed local currency would help stimulate economic activity. 
Modelled around the $200 million Afreximbank facility, which is backing the current bond notes in circulation, economists believe the local currency will ease liquidity challenges and stimulate aggregate demand. 
Plans to create a gold reserve involve investing in the efficient operations of Government's gold mining firms, including Sabi, Elvington and Jena gold mines. - All Africa

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bitcoin has emerged as one of greatest investments of all time over seven year period if investors got in early

There is a reason why the equity markets are known as the 'risk trade', because no one truly knows if a particular stock or company will succeed or fail before these stocks become spoken of regularly in the mainstream.  In fact one of the key indicators of a stock's success is often whether it gets picked up by mutual fund managers as part of their clients investment or retirement portfolios.

Yet outside of bonds and real estate, virtually any investment can be labeled as a risk trade, especially in this era where fundamentals and technicals no longer play a significant role in their future price.

And unfortunately for the average Joe investor, they rarely receive the proper guidance or advice about potential life-changing investments from their broker unless that professional has a personal stake in a particularly risky investment scheme.  And because of this, the majority of individuals missed out on perhaps one of the best investments of all time when the price was sitting at approximately .09 back in 2010.

And what was that investment opportunity that has seen its price rise from just .09 to just under $1800 per?  The answer of course is Bitcoin.

On May 13, StockTwits, the world’s largest financial communications platform for the investing community, revealed one of its users’ growth chart comparing various currencies, bonds and assets. In it, a StockTwits user by the name of Charlie Bilello noted that a $10,000 investment in Bitcoin made in July 2010 would have earned investors a $200 mln return. 
To be exact, a Bitcoin investor who purchased $10,000 worth of Bitcoin in 2010 would have earned $201.56 mln. - Coin Telegraph
Assuming an individual had invested $10,000 back in 2010, they would have been able to purchase approximately 114,793 Bitcoins.  And with today's current price at around $1754, that would equate to an estimated value of $201,560,000, or 20,156x roi (return on investment).

Now compare this to what is considered to be the top all-time ROI of 1300x when John Grey invested $10,500 into the fledgling Ford Motor Company in 1903 and you can see this example pales in return to what someone who invested a similar amount in Bitcoin today would have earned.

In the end it is nice to dream about the what ifs when it comes to missing out on a diamond in the rough, but the fact of the matter is very few actually saw the potential of Bitcoin during the first few years of its existence.  But for those who did, and who did not sell a few years back when it had its first big jump to just over $1100 per bitcoin, it has become a lucrative and life changing investment with an even greater potential now of succeeding into the future.

Yet at $1745 per Bitcoin today, who has the stomach or the available cash to invest in it now that it is once again near its all-time high?  Thus it remains as it was back in 2010... a risk trade with great potential for massive gains, or massive losses.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Will the future of crypto-currencies be fiat like Bitcoin, or gold backed like the CME is creating?

Despite all the hoopla of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin being the potential future of money, the fact of the matter is they are no different than nearly all other currencies except that they will be limited in production, and outside the control of governments and central banks.  And it is this caveat of being a fiat based currency (backed by nothing) that could find gold backed digital money a more favorable choice for individuals to own.

Last week we wrote about a new gold-backed crypto-currency being created in the country of Dubai, which is pretty certain to be backed by real gold since they are required to follow the new standards laid out by the Sharia Finance Council back in December.  And on May 11 the Chicago Mercantile Exchange has now joined in the movement to put gold and silver on the Blockchain when they signed an agreement with the British Royal Mint to create their own gold backed currency that is expected to also be tied directly to physical gold.


Because of its scarcity, portability, divisibility and current valuation, many people are calling bitcoin the modern "digital gold." And like gold, bitcoin seems to be establishing itself as a popular store of value. 
But now CME Group, one of the world's largest providers of gold futures contracts, wants to bring real, physical gold to a blockchain-based asset, and it has landed a big partnership with the U.K.'s Royal Mint. 
By any standard, CME Group is a juggernaut in the world of high finance. Handling approximately $1 quadrillion worth of derivatives contracts annually, it is an influential player in the global gold market. And having roots in commodity trading since 1898, it is no stranger to the challenges of an evolving marketplace. Which is why the company has now set its sights on blockchain technology. 
According to a blog post by Sandra Ro, CME Group's head of digitization, the new asset will be a token known as RMG (Royal Mint Gold), and backed by physical gold in the Royal Mint vaults. Currently being tested for security and speed, RMG will allow instant transfers of gold to anyone anywhere in the world. And, Ro insists, it will bring a new era of accountability and gold-trading standards, saying, "There is no rehypothecation, there is no lending on that gold, and there will be enough physical gold to represent all the RMGs that are issued." With an initial launch planned for summer of this year, The Royal Mint plans to back the token with up to $1 billion in physical gold bullion. - Nasdaq

Palestine could create a sovereign crypto-currency to help break away from Israeli hegemony

As countries like Japan and Australia rush to embrace crypto-currencies like Bitcoin into their economic and monetary systems, one nation that has lived in poverty and in the shadows of a strong economic power is looking at creating their own sovereign crypto-currency as a means to break away from Israel's hegemony over them.

The Palestinian government, and in particular their Monetary Authority, on May 12 announced that they are looking at a Bitcoin type solution to function as their primary currency for the future.

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Palestinian officials are planning for the territory to have its own digital-only currency within five years, a move designed to safeguard against potential Israeli interference, the head of the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) told Reuters. 
Palestinians have no currency of their own and use the euro, U.S. dollar, Israeli shekel and Jordanian dinar in their daily lives. 
But with limited control over money supply and ultimately, inflation, authorities are mulling a bitcoin-style solution, Azzam Shawwa said. 
"That is something we would like to see," Shawwa said. "It will be called the Palestinian pound." 
Shawwa spoke to Reuters on the sidelines of the annual meeting in Cyprus of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The EBRD said during the meeting it would start investing in the West Bank and Gaza via donations 
The PMA says on its website that it aimed to become a "full-fledged and modern central bank" for an independent Palestine. 
But it is unclear how the planned e-pound would skirt the 1994 Paris Protocol agreement which gave the PMA the functions of a central bank but without the ability to issue currency. The protocol recommended the use of the shekel and gave Israel an effective veto over a Palestinian currency. 
There are practical reason why Palestinians might consider a digital currency. The authority has no money-printing facilities of its own so all cash and coins currently come in from elsewhere. 
"If we print currency, to get it into the country you would always need clearance from the Israelis and that could be an obstacle," Shawwa said. "So that is why we don't want to go into it." - Reuters

Gold and silver appear to have reached a bottom as record amount of short covering has taken place

The recent beatdown in the prices of both gold and silver has been relatively historic as up until Thursday, the metals had seen 14-17 straight days of declines.  And the reasons for this have been a combination of fewer buyers, negative sentiment, and massive short covering.

Bullion banks used this demise in sentiment as the means to smash down the price using tens of thousands of naked short contracts, and relied upon the predicted reactions of commercial buyers to close out their long positions when margins grew too high.  And once prices fell below not only the recent achievement of their 200 day moving average but also their 100 day MA, these banks began covering their shorts en masse leading to what appears to be a bottom for the metals at around $1215 for gold, and $16.25 for silver.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Economist Harry Dent honorably pays off bet between a Bull and Bear in the argument to predict direction of gold prices

In the gold sphere there are a ton of different analysts making predictions on where the price of gold is going in light of the Fed's half-decade long policies of quantitative easing, and near zero interest rates.  And of the more well known and popular analysts on either side of the fence, the one who stands out the most on the bearish side of gold is none other than Harry Dent.

Harry Dent is an economist who specializes in trends and demographics, and has a better than average track record of success in many areas of his analysis.  However he became the butt of many criticisms when a few years back he publicly predicted that the price of gold was going down to below $700 an ounce, and likely to reach around $250 before beginning a trend back up.

And the primary premises for his bearish outlook for gold?  That assets were going to hit a deflationary cycle and that gold is more of a commodity than it is money.

So with Dent's analysis out there for all to see in hear, it was not surprising that someone in the gold industry would take his forecasts as a challenge and seek to put Harry on the spot for his future price predictions.  And that someone was Jeff Clark from Goldsilver.com, and an associate of the site's founder Mike Maloney.

So what was the bet you might ask?  Well it was fairly straight forward... within two years time of the agreed upon bet, the price of gold itself would determine who won.  And if it crossed below $700 (or very close to that number) anytime intra-day or closing, then Harry Dent would be considered the winner.

If it did not, and of course we know that it never even dropped to three figures during that period, then Jeff Clark was determined the winner.

And the prize?  A single ounce of gold.

Two years ago I bet economist Harry Dent an ounce of gold that the price wouldn’t fall to his prediction of $750/ounce. 
He had made some noise in the gold community that year about how gold was going to crater. He advised selling your gold and buying dollars. He even stated that $750 wasn’t the stopping point, that the price would fall to as low as $250. 
I couldn’t pass it up. I wrote an open letter to him, citing why I thought he was wrong, and offered to bet him a one-ounce gold Eagle. I even raised the target to $800 and gave his prediction two full years to come to fruition. He accepted. 
My bet was a bold one at the time… if you remember early 2015, the gold price had been falling for two years, and showed little sign of stabilizing. Almost no one thought the bottom was in. Market participants had been decimated. Gold showed some life in January that year, but by the time we finalized our agreement in March the price had fallen another 12%. It dropped below $1,100 that summer, and by December hit $1,049. My wager was not looking so good. 
But gold never fell to $800—never even cracked three figures. I won. And yes, he paid up. (He kept his word and sent me a check for the proceeds, including a little extra for a purchase premium; you may not agree with his predictions, but this speaks highly of his character). - Gold Silver
In the end there is one thing to remember among all the forecasting that is and has taken place over the past several years, and that is that as we go through this current cycle of declining prices in the gold sphere, the price of gold has ended each year higher than the same time as the prior year going back to 2015.  And that trend is likely to continue as long as the economy needs to rely upon the central banks having to pump out more and more credit just to survive.

Chinese central bank intimates that the Silk Road will be the means to wean the world off dollar hegemony

On May 11 Zhou Xiaochuan, a governor for the central bank of China, penned an article in which he emphasized that one of the key roles and purposes during the Silk Road construction is to accommodate loans and financing between member nations along the route using of their own bi-lateral currencies.

Citing the fact that having to use the dollar as a medium of exchange between different currencies is a hindrance to efficiency and would play a factor in causing currency instability and fluctuations, the representative of the central bank noted that the creation of this global trade route should not, and will not be simply a one-way street in which decisions are made through a singular authority.

China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said using local currencies for Belt and Road investments and financing will help reduce exchange rate fluctuations and ensure financial stability in those nations. 
Countries along the Belt and Road routes should promote financial connectivity to optimize resource allocation and provide a long-term and reliable backing for regional constructions, Zhou wrote in an article published on Thursday in the central bank's biweekly magazine China Finance. 
"Investment and financing shouldn't be understood as one-way support. The initiative is to build a common community with risk and benefit sharing through extensive consultation and joint contribution," he wrote. 
The infrastructural projects should be market oriented and ensure sustainability, the governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC) noted. 
"China has explored a way of development financing." Zhou cited the China Development Bank as a good example in integrating resources, bridging the state with market and operating independently from government subsidy. - Sputnik News

Arizona officially removes taxation on gold and silver purchases and sales

On May 10 the Arizona state legislature completed its approval of Bill 2014 which removes the state taxation on the sale and purchase of physical gold and silver.

This move is also the first step by the state to once again recognize gold and silver as Constitutional money, and to begin the process towards one day allowing the precious metals to be used in commerce within its borders.

Arizona also joins Utah, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, and Virginia in either proposing or passing legislation to work towards the legalization of gold and silver as money.

Sound money advocates scored a major victory today when the Arizona state senate voted 16-13 to remove all income taxation of precious metals at the state level. The measure heads to Governor Doug Ducey, who is expected to sign it into law. 
Under House Bill 2014, introduced by Representative Mark Finchem (R-Tucson), Arizona taxpayers will simply back out all precious metals “gains” and “losses” reported on their federal tax returns from the calculation of their Arizona adjusted gross income (AGI). 
Dr. Ron Paul noted, “HB 2014 is a very important and timely piece of legislation. The Federal Reserve’s failure to reignite the economy with record-low interest rates since the last crash is a sign that we may soon see the dollar’s collapse. It is therefore imperative that the law protect people’s right to use alternatives to what may soon be virtually worthless Federal Reserve Notes.” - Goldseek

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

China owned metals exchange to apply to take over London Silver Fix

Yesterday we wrote about the fact that the London Metals Exchange (LME), a Hong Kong based subsidiary, was in the process of opening its own gold and silver futures market in London with the intention of providing both cash and physical settlement of precious metals.

Now on May 10 the news just dropped that the LME was applying to take over and run the London Silver Fix, and replace the group (Thompson-Reuters + CME Group) that had cancelled their contract with the LBMA just a few months ago.

The London Metal Exchange (LME) will submit a proposal to take over the London silver fix, a senior executive said on Wednesday, the first company to publicly express interest in replacing the current operators of the price benchmark. 
James Proudlock, managing director and head of market development for the exchange and its clearing business, said the exchange would take part in the process after a request for proposals (RFP) was recently issued to find a replacement for CME Group and Thomson Reuters. 
Those companies said in March they would step down from providing the silver price benchmark auction less than three years after successfully bidding to provide the process.
"There is a silver RFP for the silver benchmark. As a metal exchange, we will participate in the RFP," said Proudlock. - Reuters
China already controls the world's largest physical gold market out of the Shanghai Gold Exchange and this potential takeover of the West's futures market could see the Far Eastern economy achieve a dominating position in both the paper and physical global markets.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

At $1700 per coin and climbing, is Bitcoin this year's best performing currency, or best performing investment?

It took barely 48 hours for Bitcoin to jump from $1600 per coin to over $1700, but that is exactly what took place as of this morning on May 9.  But at the same time there was an interesting caveat that also took place that begs the question of whether Bitcoin should be considered the best performing currency to date in 2017, or instead the best performing security (investment).

If Bitcoin is supposed to be a currency that runs in competition to the dollar, yen, euro, etc..., then by all monetary logic it should be moving in opposition to each individual currency that it is priced in.  However when Bitcoin jumped to over $1700 earlier today, it did so when the dollar had strengthened by over 100 bps on the dollar index, meaning that it was moving in tandem, rather than in opposition to the dollar.

Those are the actions of a security rather than than a currency.

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Another interesting thing to ponder is who exactly is buying Bitcoin right now?  We know from public reports that investors/entrepreneurs like the Winklevoss Twins own between $10 - 25 million worth of Bitcoin as they bid to put the crypto-currency into a financialized ETF, and Billionaire Michael Novogratz has stated that he has put 10% of more of his wealth into both Bitcoin and Ether coin.

So perhaps the question that has to be asked is not if Bitcoin is a currency versus an investment, but what is the market itself saying Bitcoin is based on its price movement, and how it is relating to all the world's currencies it is denominated against.