Greece Credit Ranking Downgrade Shoots Silver Up

Last week Greece was bailed out and investors took over 50% losses on Greek bonds. This week their credit ranking is downgraded and silver skies!

So it just so happens i get tires right next door to a coin shop. I go in and shoot the shit with the owner while I wait on my tires. I’m there about 30 minutes. 5 people come in to buy silver, one person comes into sell silver, and one person comes in with some junk to check the silver content in some old household items(which with a milisecond glimpse the owner told them was plated and worth it’s good old utility value..) My point is that it is crazy how backwards the psychology of the market is on Main St. People go crazy and buy when prices go up and they get scared and sell when things get more affordable. Don’t do this!! 🙂

 

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What Drives the Global Economy?

Written By: Joshua Gayman

The Financial Times has been running a series this month entitled Capitalism In Crisis. When reading this story, it is apparent just how far we are from fixing this global economic crisis. As Richard Duncan points out in his latest post titled This is not a Crisis of Capitalism, “(it’s) not because of the insights contained in the articles, but because the entire premise of the series is completely wrong. This is not a crisis of Capitalism.”

Capitalism is an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit. More specifically, Capitalism is where the private sector drives production by accumulating capital and investing back into the system. With true Capitalism, the government’s role is very small.

The truth is that the United States has not been Capitalistic for decades. Our federal government spends 25% of the money in our economy and the central bank AKA “The Fed” creates the money out of thin air and manipulates it’s value. Thus, our economy is no longer driven by capital accumulation and investment like before. So if it’s not capital accumulation and investment that are driving the economy, what is it you ask? The answer is DEBT.

Credit creation and consumption(using stuff) have now become the dominant forces driving economic growth. Thus, we no longer live in a Capitalistic economy. 

Capitalism was a phenomenon of the 19th century, one that did not survive past the 1st World War. WWI destroyed the standard upon which Capitalism was built. This standard was the gold standard, and once it was gone, central banks and governments gained near-total control over economic production.

The ENORMOUS expansion of government debt that was used to fund WWI created a credit bubble that we know refer to as “the Roaring Twenties.” This bubble of the Roaring Twenties soon popped and became the Great Depression of the 1930s once the debt was too big to repay.

WW2 was no different, with again complete government control over the economy. In the coming decades after, government spending surged on social programs and military expansion. By the 1960s, the government was using Keynesian tools to control monetary policy and the rate of economic growth. In 1971, President Nixon removed the dollar from the gold standard, which meant that dollars were no longer backed by gold. This gave way to a HUGE explosion of a fiat currency supply(money backed by nothing but the faith the people have in their government’s currency). This expansion in the money supply transformed our world and gave way to the biggest economic boom in human history.

In 1964, the total of all credit in the United States hit $1 Trillion. By 2010, the credit supply had expanded 50 times to $50 Trillion(Source: Richard Duncan). This new found money, or credit, created enormous wealth, profits, jobs, and tax revenues, and ultimately brought on a new age of a global economy. As long as credit keeps expanding, prosperity increases. Credit has replaced Capital as the key driver of the economy.

The economic crisis of 2008 had nothing to do with Capitalism. The crisis of 2008 and that we are still facing today stems from issues with credit creation. Because for what caused the biggest boom(or bubble) in human history, is a debt that must be repaid(unlike Capital). The debt that was taken on which drove the expansion of the last 40 years cannot be repaid, hence the crisis. Even more disturbing, is that now a large percentage of the population is now not credit worthy. This makes further credit expansion nearly impossible. And under this credit-ran economy we now live under, when the credit doesn’t expand, the growth slows, until eventually, the music stops altogether.

This 40 year period of credit expansion birthed a new era in the global economy. The United States has been de-industrialized as a result of being able to buy products from low wage countries on credit. As Industry got smaller in the US, the Finance sector became the dominant sector of the US economy. But the music has slowed down dramatically in the Finance sector as well, now that Americans can’t bear any additional debt. Now that we are weak in industry and in way too much debt, it is a growing problem for the United States to be able to act as the driver of the global economy.

But it’s not just the US who’s economy is no longer capable of working successfully. It’s also the economies of all the countries, such as China, that have seen growth as a result of strong manufacturing and export. This is another global imbalance yet to correct.

Truth is, at least to a large extent, the government now manages our nation’s economy. The US’ demand is still the most important factor to economic growth to the global economy. The world NEEDS us to buy their stuff! But without credit, we can’t!

Now, the actions of other governments and government-related institutions(IE: the European Union) must be carefully monitored. Point in case, the news 2 months ago by the European Central Bank(Europe’s Fed) that they would lend Euros($630 billion worth) to European banks for up to 3 years at low interest rates, is the reason that global stock markets have been gaining over the past 6 weeks. The stock market is also at a high since the 2008 crisis, following news from the Federal Reserve that they would keep interest rates at near zero level through 2014.

Global markets have came back sharply not because of the success of the intervention from the Central Banks itself, but because investors are realizing that more government-directed interventions will come when necessary to prevent future crises.

It is flat out sad that the global economy depends on government intervention. This topic leads to a very controversial political subject regarding smaller or bigger government. Once side argues for bigger government to avert the crisis and the other wants small government with less regulation to get us out of the mess. The reality is, unless we can come together to find a true solution to our monetary problem, both sides will get slaughtered as the biggest bubble in human history pops and credit stops, wiping out the America middle class and taking the benefits with it that we have seen as a by-product of our global economic status.

Don’t get me wrong, market forces still have an important impact in the economy. My point is that now, more often than not, it is government or central bank’s action that has so much influence on market forces that it becomes a very grey area as to where the government influence stops and the market influence itself begins. Supply and Demand still play the key role in setting value. It’s just that today, governments have an enormous role in influencing both. It is imperative that we recognize this, and understand that this is not Capitalism. We must no longer worry about fixing the crisis with Capitalism but instead shift our attention to the crisis in the current economic system that exists in this global economy, a system of debt. The only question we should be asking is this, “Do we try to fix the current debt system, or do we need a better system? Do we need to abolish the current system and go back to the former phenomenon that was a true Capitalistic economy?” I woud say this, either way, one must understand what is going on in the global economy if he(or she) wants to join the rich, as opposed to be forced into the poor, as the middle class is wiped out.

 

Gold and Silver Rise Following President Obama’s State of the Union Speech?

No…I am pretty sure it was because of the Fed’s news to hold interest rates at all time lows through (at least) 2014.

 

Fed to Buy Back Bad Debt and Push Government for Looser Lending Restrictions

The Federal Reserve is looking to buy back bad debt and pushing for the government to write loosen lending standards on loans that they invest in and write down the balance on mortgages where the home is underwater.

 

 

The Federal Reserve Has been CHECKMATED! QE to Infinity

The dollar is on a rally the past few weeks, due to the crisis going on in Europe’s economy. But, can it last? Or will that same very crisis in Europe end up leading to a reverse and help the dollar fall faster once the psychology factor levels off?? -Joshua Gamen

 

Compliments of VisionVictory and CrushTheStreets.com and FutureMoneyTrends.com

 

Euro crisis effects gold

When the Euro currency takes a hit it props up the dollar which brings down dollar cost of gold. But the european debt crisis is simply a symptom of the cancer that the global financial system has, thus it will eventually help destroy the dollar and send gold through the roof!

 

Bailout: The name of the game

It is absolutely madness. Yesterday was a huge injection of dollars into the global financial system by central banks. It seems fiat currencies are swirling the drain now.. Look for precious metals to surge again and listen for new talk of a one world currency..It’s only a matter of time. However, as Robert says, “The people who understand that they must increase their financial education, save themselves and not rely on the rich, or the government, survive and thrive in times of crisis”

So increase your financial education which will lead to increase in cash flow. Rely on God and your faith, not the rich or the government, and thrive in these times of oppertunity! – Joshua Gamen

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In my book, Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money, I write that bailouts are the name of the game. This means that the ultra rich will never suffer like the middle class and poor do in financial crisis. The institutions that are deemed “too big to fail” will always be bailed out. This also means that sometimes big institutions prefer financial crisis because they know they will be bailed out, and they also know they can make a lot of money from those bailouts.

This week, a bombshell hit on the lending practices of the Federal Reserve to the largest banks in the world during the peak of the financial crisis. As Bloomberg reports in an article entitled, “Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks Undisclosed $13B,”

“The amount of money the central bank parceled out was surprising even to Gary H. Stern, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 1985 to 2009, who says he ’wasn’t aware of the magnitude.’ It dwarfed the Treasury Department’s better-known $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. Add up guarantees and lending limits, and the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion as of March 2009 to rescuing the financial system, more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year.”

Additionally,

“The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.”

Big gets bigger.

Everyone knew that the name of the game is bailouts for institutions that are too big to fail, and while news agencies have been talking about the gargantuan $7.7 billion in commitments by the Fed to save the economy, the details released this week through the Freedom of Information Act show what we’ve known all along – the rich will say anything to protect their ass-ets and build their balance sheets.

For instance, in November of 2008, Bank of America’s CEO, Kenneth Lewis said that his bank was “one of the strongest and most stable banks in the world.” On that same day, Bank of America owed $86 billion to the Federal Reserve in emergency loan money.

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, told his shareholders in 2010 that he only borrowed from the Fed to encourage others to borrow from the Fed. In reality, the bank borrowed twice its cash holdings from the Fed, and on one day in February 2009, borrowed a colossal $48 billion – one year after the creation of the Fed’s emergency lending program.

All in all, the big six banks comprised of JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley accounted for 63 percent of all daily average lending by the Fed to banks and financial institutions, receiving over $160 billion in TARP funds and borrowing around $460 billion from the Fed.

During that time, “Total assets held by the six biggest U.S. banks increased 39 percent to $9.5 trillion on Sept. 30, 2011, from $6.8 trillion on the same day in 2006, according to Fed data.”

Additionally, the Fed helped prop up both Bear Sterns and Wachovia with emergency loans as they were being gobbled up by JPMorgan and Wells Fargo respectively. The Fed transferred $50 billion in secret loans to Wachovia to prevent financial collapse until Wells Fargo could seal the deal, and they sent $30 billion in secret loans to Bear Sterns so that JPMorgan could wrap up that deal—all while providing $29 billion in financing to JPMorgan to fund the deal.

Essentially, the Fed protected the bigger banks and helped them grow even bigger by keeping brain-dead banks on financial life support long enough to graft them into the bodies of bigger financial institutions like a financial Frankenstein.

This was all done in secret, and without the knowledge of the American people and the Congress.

The safety net.

This type of behavior is reckless because it creates a false safety net. The big banks and the ultra rich know they will be bailed out and so they take even greater risks, putting the economy at even greater risk, and playing games with your money.

As Professor Oliver Williamson says, “The banks that were too big got even bigger, and the problems that we had to begin with are magnified in the process. The big banks have incentives to take risks they wouldn’t take if they didn’t have government support. It’s a serious burden on the rest of the economy.”

Of course, this should come as no surprise, as the Fed doesn’t exist to protect the middle class and the poor. Rather, it exists to protect banks and the ultra rich. Something they’ve shown they can do well, efficiently, and without government knowledge or intervention.

Learn the rules of the rich with a financial education

All this is to show what I’ve been saying for many years, you can’t rely on the government to save you, and your definitely can’t rely on the Fed. The government doesn’t even know what’s going on in our financial policy and the Fed hides those details in order to help their friends on Wall Street…after all, the people who run the Fed used to work there, and probably will again someday. You don’t bite the hand that feeds.

If you want to avoid getting wiped out by the next financial crisis, you must understand the rules of the rich and play by those rules. With a new presidential election heating up this year, I’m sure you’ll hear many calls for hope and change on both sides. Many people will believe that their candidate will make a difference and that this will be the time things will change.

The reality is that nothing has changed in decades. The rich take care of the rich and grow richer. The poor and the middle class grow poorer. And the people who understand that they must increase their financial education, save themselves and not rely on the rich, or the government, survive and thrive in times of crisis.

Take charge of your financial future so that you can live large when hard times come.

Written by: Robert Kiyosaki

Mad As Hell

Mad as Hell

Unemployment, Greed and Lack of Financial Education

In the movie, Network, Howard Beale, an aging news anchor, gives one of the most famous speeches in movie history, capped with the line, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Crazy-eyed and drenched in rain, he proceeds to encourage all of New York City to put their heads out the window and yell the same thing at the top of their lungs. Surprisingly, it happens and the whole city erupts in the yells of the residents’ pent up frustrations. Beale’s speech, set in 1975, is eerily relevant today as it deals with themes like inflation, unemployment, depression, and more.

I thought I’d share this speech with you:

I also thought I’d share some articles with you from the last couple weeks that will show you why, today in real life, many people are also as mad as hell:

  • Banks Extract Fees On Unemployment Benefits” – People who are broke and unemployed are now having to pay fees to the banks to get their unemployment money from the bank. It’s ironic that the actions of the banks lead to the financial crisis and now they’re punishing the very people they made poor.
  • BofA Retreats on Debit Fee, Citing Uproar” – Bank of America, greedy for more money, nearly put in place a plan to charge people $5 a month to access their own money via debit card before bowing to intense consumer pressure. The other greedy banks quickly abandoned their same plans.
  • The Net Worth of Congress Rose 23.6% Since 2008” – Rather than fix our economy, our politicians have instead, personally gotten richer. Further proof that financial crisis is good for the rich and bad for the poor and middle class, as explained in Conspiracy of the Rich.
  • Everyone on Wall Street Is Playing ‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’” – The rich and the powerful are using the system to get richer by playing by the new rules of money while everyone else loses money by playing by the old rules of money.
  • Why the Kids Are All Broke” – “A perfect storm of economic forces has caused the net worth of people under 35 to fall by 68 percent between 1984 and 2009 according to the Pew Research Center. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for the young and depraved given that the nation’s olds (people 65 or older) saw a net worth increase of 42 percent in the same period.”
  • The true picture of US unemployment” – While the government wants you to believe unemployment is around 9 percent, the true unemployment rate is around 16.5 percent. Many people have been out of work so long that they’ve simply quit looking.

As you can see, there’s plenty of reason to be mad as hell. The question is, what are you going to do about it?

In the movie, Network, people stick their heads out the window and yell. It’s a poignant yet pointless moment. It doesn’t change a thing.

In the streets today, many people are doing the equivalent of sticking their heads out the window and yelling. They’re sitting in parks and unsure what will happen next. Others are complaining on blogs. Seems everyone shares the sentiment that they “aren’t going to take it anymore,” but very few people are doing anything about it.

As I’ve written before, I don’t think yelling and protesting will fix our problems. They only make us feel better for a while, but at the end of the day, our situation is the same.

Instead, I believe that financial education is the only way to change our life and the lives of others.

After all, the reason why the rich and powerful can take advantage of us and game the system is because they have a financial education, and the average person knows nothing about money or how the rich use it to get richer off of them.

Instead of yelling, throw your energy into financial education and learn about money and investing. Instead of protesting, take action and beat the rich at their own game. Instead of complaining, be part of the solution.

As the few articles above show, there is plenty of legitimate reason to be angry. Most people have been dealt a bad hand. But life isn’t fair, and those that win in life are those who make their own cards. We’re all mad as hell. Let’s do something about it that will create a better future for us and our families, not just an interesting footnote in the history books.

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Written by: Robert Kiyosaki