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What I learned at WEC 2017

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Posted by Andrew Ruhland

on Friday, 17 November 2017 18:00

learningFor the third consecutive year now, I’ve made the trans-continental trek to Martin Armstrong’s World Economic Conference, and each gathering provides new learning on deeper levels. This year’s conference exceeded my expectations for unexpected reasons.

The session content was (in my opinion) deeper and richer and more relevant than the previous two conferences that I had attended…by a longshot. Marty’s instructional sessions were the best I’ve personally witnessed; he was the most focused and calm I’ve seen him, with a real clarity of vision and perspective. I couldn’t do justice to the content even it were mine to share, so I won’t attempt to cover it here, with one exception below. When it becomes available, I recommend buying the video of WEC 2017.

This year’s WEC in Orlando was several levels better in terms of organization, structure and flow. Marty was the keynote speaker that everyone came to see and hear, of course, but there was an expansion of role players who really added depth and texture to both days’ sessions. Mike Campbell tied it all together and kept everything flowing very elegantly by interviewing Marty and moderating a panel discussion. Overall, the sessions were tight and rich.

Over the last couple years, Marty Sr. has gradually added key team players to their organization. Princeton Economics’ CEO Ashley Warren shared more of their corporate vision; Erwin Pletsch shared his insights on interpreting and trading with the Socrates model, and a fine middle-aged fellow (whose name escapes me at this moment) told the story of how he connected with the Armstrong team. He has spearheaded the modernization of the computer source code that Marty risked his life to preserve. Marty Jr. has come into the corporate family…and he seems to complete the executive team.

At every conference there are usually a few bombastic idiots, and the larger the group, usually the higher the number. At this year’s event, I only noticed one such huckster who prognosticated at full volume in the foyer…straight out of a Barnum & Bailey circus movie. He was the exception that proved the rule. Some of the most intelligent and genuine people I’ve ever met are those I’ve met for the first time (or 10th time) at Marty’s conferences. He attracts my favorite kind of people, i.e. kind people. Thanks M and D.

One small piece of Marty’s conference material I feel comfortable sharing is how he emphasized the need to survive our own trading and investment decisions over the next decade. Even with an accurate sense of the big picture, and an uncannily accurate system like Socrates, it’s quite easy to make destructive investment decisions. Time, training & temperament; but the greatest of these is temperament.

The 2016 WEC confirmed for me that we are on the right track in respect of our quest to launch a pooled fund using the Socrates system as the primary information source. In the last year we’ve connected with and engaged experienced young trading specialists who have immersed themselves in the Socrates program, and created a beta-test account which has produced very favorable results. Most importantly, we’ve formed a cohesive team of grounded people – people who genuinely like and care about each other’s well -being, in addition to having complementary skills. We connected with the right people in Orlando, and have followed through on submitting our request. Now we wait.

And while we wait, we continue offering ideas and services that actually help people, like this 30 minute webinar called “The Super RRSP for Private Corporation Shareholders.” Click here for free access…



Andrew H. Ruhland, CFP, CIM


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Last Time This Happened, Part 2: Consumers Are Both Confident And Broke

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Posted by John Rubino - Dollarcollapse.cm

on Friday, 17 November 2017 07:03

Elliott Wave International recently put together a chart (click here or on the chart to watch the accompanying video) that illustrates a recurring theme of financial bubbles: When good times have gone on for a sufficiently long time, people forget that it can be any other way and start behaving as if they’re bulletproof. They stop saving, for instance, because they’ll always have their job and their stocks will always go up.

Then comes the inevitable bust.

On the following chart, this delusion and its aftermath are represented by the gap between consumer confidence (our sense of how good the next year is likely to be) and the saving rate (the portion of each paycheck we keep for a rainy day). The bigger the gap the less realistic we are and the more likely to pay dearly for our hubris.


Where are we today? Worse than in 2006 and nearly as bad as 1999. Both of those years were followed by several really bad ones.



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Interest Rates will Double

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Monday, 13 November 2017 08:41


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Thank you for an excellent conference. I have been attending since 2011. Each time you deliver a different conference and they are always better than the last. I could not help to notice on Zero Hedge they ran a piece about a Harvard University’s visiting scholar at the Bank of England who claims:

“We trace the use of the dominant risk-free asset over time, starting with sovereign rates in the Italian city states in the 14th and 15th centuries, later switching to long-term rates in Spain, followed by the Province of Holland, since 1703 the UK, subsequently Germany, and finally the US.”

Besides claiming to calculate the 700-year average real rate at 4.78% suggesting that rates will rise sharply when your models are 5,000 years, the two ridiculous statements are a 700-year average as if this really means something in the near-term when rates have been below that for nearly 10 years, and second the statement that he traces “the dominant risk-free asset over time.” You have demonstrated that moving averages are not valid in forecasting and that government routinely defaults.

You forecast at the conference that rates would rise very rapidly as we move into the Monetary Crisis Cycle. When I returned home to Greece, the latest news here is that so many people do not even have the money left to pay taxes. Is this part of the first stone in the water that sets off the waves of the Monetary Crisis Cycle?

ANSWER: It is very nice to trace 700 years and come up with the average of 4.78% by switching to the dominant economy as the financial capital of the world moved. However, starting the study in the 14th century skips the crazy part. There was the Great Financial Crisis of 1092 in Byzantium. This was really a watermark event that set in motion the decline thereafter. This study of moving from Spain to Holland, UK, Germany, and then the USA, is interesting, but regionally biased.

The fall of Byzantium resulting in the financial capital of the world moving to India – not Spain. That is why Columbus set sail trying to get to India, which was the financial capital of the world after Byzantium.

We hit a 5,000 year low. The Reversals we provided at the conference show we are looking at a near doubling in rates when we cross that number.

....also from Martin:

European Banking Crisis


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Laser Weapons Set to Boost Military Might at the Speed of Light

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Posted by Jon Markman - Pivotal Point

on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:08

Imagine if fighter jets could shoot down enemy targets with high-powered lasers.

That is now closer to reality. Recently, the Air Force Research Laboratory awarded a $26 million contract to Lockheed Martin (LMT) for a laser system small enough to mount on future fighter jets.

It’s cool tech … and a potential goldmine for investors in stocks tied to lasers.

Lockheed, and other defense contractors, have been working on powerful lasers for a long time. In June, the U.S. Army test-fired a laser weapon from an Apache helicopter.

In other recent military tests, Lockheed used a laser to melt a pickup truck enginefrom a mile way. And a laser successfully shot down four drones at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The technology works, and it is instantaneous.

The Laser Advancement for Next-generation Compact Environments project will build on that technology. LANCE pushes the boundaries of what engineers thought was possible.

It’s one thing to mount a laser on a ground vehicle, a ship or even a helicopter, which can hover for stability. But it’s a real challenge to attach a 60-KW-class laser to a $160 million tactical jet carrying 18,500 pounds of jet fuel.

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 12.10.49 PMThe laser weapon generates a beam of light so intense that Lockheed compares it to a stream of unlimited bullets moving at the speed of light.

This stream is almost invisible to the human eye. But don’t underestimate it. It can destroy small rockets, missiles, drones and other targets that are more than a mile away.

The system uses fiber-optic lasers and sophisticated beam control. As power levels increase, Lockheed claims the lasers will eventually knock out bigger targets at longer ranges.

That is the opportunity for investors.

A New Era of Invention

Most portfolios should have some exposure to defense contractors. These companies are very often at the cutting edge of technologies. Having a client with ultra-deep pockets helps. It defrays costs. And it’s good for shareholders, too.



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Private Corporation Super RRSP Idea

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Posted by Andrew Ruhland

on Friday, 03 November 2017 12:26

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