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Silver Antidote to Bubble Craziness

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Posted by Gary Christensen - The Deviant Investor Deviant Investor

on Monday, 15 January 2018 06:49

CHARACTERISTICS OF BUBBLE CRAZINESS:

 

  • U.S. stocks, according to many measures, are the most over-valued in history. We live in a Bubble Zone!
  • Bitcoin and other cryptos are definitely in a bubble, but they could rise even higher.
  • Bonds yield little, and in many European countries, less than zero. Central banks have created this distortion to the detriment of savers, insurance companies and pension funds.
  • Real estate: Some locations, such as New Zealand, Canada and Australia are up a factor of 8 to 20 since 1980. Houses have become unaffordable for many, even with historically low interest rates.
  • Silver and gold: No bubble since 1980. Prices have been repressed since 2011 and are attractive now.

 

INVESTING IN BUBBLE CRAZINESS:

 

  • Institutions buy stocks because bonds yield so little. This works until the inevitable crash. Think tech stocks in 2000 or 2018(?).
  • Institutions and central banks buy bonds trusting the “greater fool” theory. Argentina sold 100 year bonds. What happens when the world runs out of “greater fools?”
  • People buy Bitcoin because it is going up, and it might double again from here. Are you comfortable investing savings with that plan?
  • Others deposit their digital currency units into a “high yield” checking account that yields 0.01% interest. Or they “invest” in a CD that guarantees a yield of 1% per year in a currency that will be devalued by far more. Others buy a motor coach that depreciates $100,000 when they drive it from the dealer lot. Or they purchase a house that costs $10,000 to $50,000 per year in taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities before principal and interest.
  • Demand value! Not doing any of the above! Avoid fads, bubbles, central bank distortions and obvious financial insanity.

 

WHAT’S LEFT? GLAD YOU ASKED!

 

  • What has been money for thousands of years?
  • What is more permanent than ephemeral digital currency units that are continually devalued?
  • Asia has aggressively accumulated it for decades.
  • What has been secretly sold from western vaults and shipped to Asia?
  • What is used in thousands of industrial and medical applications?
  • What has been suppressed by governments and central banks because they promote their own digital and paper currencies which have zero intrinsic value?

 

THE WINNERS ARE SILVER AND GOLD!

 

  • But “they” claim gold and silver are volatile and dangerous. Gold and silver might go up or down (for a few years) when measured in digital currency units created from “thin air” by corrupt central banks. Gold in 1971 was $42 and is about $1,300 today. Silver prices have increased similarly as central banks devalued the dollar.
  • For other examples of volatile and dangerous prices, consider the price chart for Global Crossing stock or Enron stock. Or the NASDAQ 100 from 2000 to 2002 (down 84%). Or the S&P 500 Index from 2007 to 2009.
  • But “they” claim gold and silver are relics of a bygone era, and digital is the wave of the future. So why are Russia and China accumulating gold bullion?What happened to Iraqi gold, Libyan gold, and Ukrainian gold, and who wanted it?
  • Do dictators escape while carrying paper currency units or gold bullion?
  • Would you prefer 100 ounces of gold or 130,000 paper dollars in a ten year time capsule?
  • Central banks create trillions of U.S. dollars, euros, pounds, yen and Swiss Francs each year. The Swiss central bank “creates” currency units and buys U.S. stocks. The media thinks “creating from nothing” is normal and healthy, yet informs us that investing in gold, to protect from devaluing currencies, is silly and dangerous!

 

GOLD AND SILVER IN THE BIG PICTURE:

U.S. dollars are created as debt. Central banks and governments want more currency units so debt, deficits and expenses exponentially increase.

Graph the price of silver (times a trillion) divided by the national debt. The ratio is low because debt has increased rapidly and silver is inexpensive.

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Graph the price of silver (times a trillion) divided by U.S. government annual expenses. The ratio is low and silver is inexpensive compared to total U.S. government expenses.



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Greyerz – This Is The Real Reason Why 2018 Will Be An Absolutely Terrifying Year

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Posted by KingWorldNews

on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 06:14

2018 will be a year of major volatility in many markets. Stocks are now in a melt-up phase, and before the major bear markets start in virtually all countries around the world, we are likely to see the final exhaustion moves which could be substantial. T

he year will also be marked by inflation increasing a lot faster than expected. This will include higher interest rates, much higher commodity prices, such as food, oil and a falling dollar. And many base metals will strengthen. Precious metals finished the 2-3 year correction (depending on the base Currency) in 2015 and are now resuming the move to new highs and eventually a lot higher.

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....continue reading HERE

...also from King World:

ALERT: This Is What Will Trigger The Big Surge In Gold And The Mining Shares



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The Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Mechanism of the Super-Wealthy: Money-Laundering 2.0

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Posted by Charles Hugh Smith - OfTwoMinds

on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 07:12

We all know the rich are getting richer, and the super-rich are getting super-richer. This reality is illustrated in the chart of income gains, the vast majority of which have flowed to the top .01%--not the top 1%, or the top .1% -- to the very tippy top of the wealth-power pyramid:
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Though all sorts of reasons have been offered to explain this trend--I've described the mechanisms of financialization here for years--two that don't attract much mainstream media attention are money laundering and control fraud, i.e. changing the rules of what's legal so what was illegal yesterday is legal today--presto-magico, illegally skimmed wealth is now "legal."
Correspondent JD recently submitted an excellent summary of the progression from Money Laundering 1.0 to Money Laundering 2.0:
Money laundering 1.0 is making dirty money legal, control fraud is manipulating the 'legal' options, and money laundering 2.0 is making sure that 'legal' fortunes are not taxed and cannot be clawed back."
Conventional money laundering works by shifting ill-gotten gains into legitimate banks and/or assets. Ill-gotten gains can be laundered quite easily by buying homes or businesses (in the U.S., Europe, etc.) with cash. The home or enterprises can then be sold and the net is now legit.
Another kind of money laundering opens shell accounts in U.S. states with no income tax or offshore tax havens and then transfers intellectual property or other income-producing assets into the shell accounts.


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Ever Been Part of a Melt-Up?

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Posted by Gary Tanashian - NFTRH

on Friday, 05 January 2018 06:19

This morning I noted that I did not appreciate seeing Jeremy Grantham’s note dismissed even in the slightest way and without rancor by a Biiwii author. His intro was “Here we go with the “melt-up” meme again.”, which I felt was not appropriate for our purposes, coming as it did from a writer who was cautionary all through 2017.

3amigos4Look, I was pretty sure I was going to be wrong about a Q4 market top long before Q4 ended. I was led to believe that through subsequent information and analysis, most notably delivered by the 3 Amigos, who will ride bullish until their respective journeys end. At the time of the Q4 cycle forecast however, we noted that a roll over into a significant correction (at least) could actually be healthy for the market’s overall long-term bull. We also noted how a building mania would either precede the bull’s end or make the next correction much worse than had we had a top of some kind in Q4 2017.

Now, I was thinking today how most people under 40 do not even know the details of what caused the great bubble of 1999 to burst in 2000. Back in 2000 they were basically kids or very young adults not yet interested in what we older folks were interested in. I was interested in, for example, why my IRA got cut in half when my financial adviser had declared that the nice folks at MFS and Putnam would never lose money like I would. In 2001 I set about really understanding these financial markets and in 2002 I ripped our funds away from said financial adviser and never looked back.

The crash of 2008? Why, anyone now under 30 was just a kid then as well. Were they out chasing skirts or paying attention to things like credit bubbles and leveraged debt products? I vote skirts for a majority. Today we have an old fogy (Grantham) with lots of experience giving us his viewpoints and I for one found them very interesting, and in line with what I am thinking.



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The Next Financial Crisis Will Be Worse Than the Last One

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Posted by Nomi Prins - TruthDig.com

on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 06:17

Wallstreet - A New Era-2-850x617If you look at the stock and asset markets, as Donald Trump tends to do (and as Barack Obama did, too), you’d think all is fine with the world. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose about 24 percent this year. The Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index rose 6.20 percent. The price of one Bitcoin rose about 1,646 percent.

On the flip side of that euphoria however......

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