Are You Living On Financial Edge?

             Are You Living on the Edge without a Financial Education?

Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2012|Written by: Robert Kiyosaki

When I was a young boy, the path to retirement was simpler. For the most part, if you saved your money regularly, paid your mortgage off, and lived modestly, you could retire well. This was partly because inflation was low since the dollar was pegged to gold and also because most employees could expect a company pension and health benefits until the day they died. It did not take much intelligence to have a secure, financial future.

Today, we live in a world that requires an extremely high, financial intelligence to retire well.

It is no longer enough to save money, as higher inflation and taxes wipe out your earnings. You can’t rely on a company pension because most companies don’t offer one. Instead, it is expected that you contribute to a 401(k) plan that may or may not provide you a secure retirement and that is simply a glorified, tax-deferred savings account that benefits the rich, not you.

These changes are because of two actions by the U.S. government that I’ve written extensively about, most notably in my book Conspiracy of the Rich. In 1971, Nixon took the dollar off the gold standard, making the dollar a currency instead of money. And in 1974, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act was passed, paving the way for 401(k) plans, forcing uneducated workers into the stock market, and creating the financial services industry.

It’s taken about three decades, but we’re seeing the devastating effects of those actions today as individuals and countries are living on the edge of financial disaster.

On an individual level, take for instance a young friend of mine’s father whose dad worked his whole life in an old-world industrial plant. Every time my friend talked with his dad, his dad would mention how long it was until his retirement, where he’d collect a pension and health benefits and enjoy golf a few times a week and sports on TV. There were no savings to speak of, some stock options decimated by the economic downturn, much debt, and no other plan. Unfortunately, only a few months before my friend’s dad hit the minimum retirement age, the plant went for sale, found no buyers, and closed. Now he, along with hundreds of others at that plant, cannot find a new job, have no savings, and are looking at a very insecure, financial future. For him, it may be too late.

On a national level, look at the Euro Zone. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The global economy faces a depression-era collapse in demand if Europe doesn’t quickly act to dramatically boost the size of its debt-crisis firewall, implement pro-growth policies and further integrate the euro zone, the head of the International Monetary Fund warned Monday.”

As IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde remarked over the weekend, the Euro Zone’s efforts to stymie debt problems “is about avoiding a 1930s moment, in which inaction, insularity, and rigid ideology combine to cause a collapse in global demand… A moment, ultimately, leading to a downward spiral that could engulf the entire world.” If Europe collapses, the world goes down with it — and the jury is still out on what will happen. But the world’s financial experts are sending out the warning cry.

As you read these stories above, they probably sound vaguely familiar, have little emotional impact on you, and you may have even skipped over them.

Why?

These stories echo stories that have been shared for many years now. The news is filled with stories of people living in countries on the edge of financial collapse, and then buffered by good news here and there to keep us all from falling into complete despair.

The reality is that we have become used to living on the edge, and we’re forgetting what it means to live comfortably inland. This is not all bad, if you have the right mindset.

Living on the Edge Requires a Financial Education

Living on the edge requires alertness and intelligence, you cannot give up or be lulled or else you will fall. Each step must be calculated and taken carefully, but confidently, to get to safety. The only other option is to do nothing and hope someone will save you —which is akin to suicide.

It’s for times like these that the Rich Dad Company was formed. This website, our books and DVDs, our coaching, and financial education all exist to help equip you for the perils of our modern economy so that you can be sure to have the knowledge and practical application required to survive and thrive while others fail and fall.

For many, there is no choice about living on the edge. The die has been cast for us by people much more powerful and influential than us. But we can control our actions on the edge. It’s my hope you’ll step forward confidently and smartly, equipped with as much financial knowledge and courage as you can gain and muster. It sure beats the alternative.

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What happened to our money, to our country?!

By: Joshua Gayman

The reason Occupy Wall Street is happening right now is because there is a huge movement of young people who want to reclaim this country from corporate interests. These protesters feel that our political system has been hijacked by Wall Street and their corporations. Not only that, but they feel that our elected officials now serve the interests of the wealthy upper 1%, instead of “the 99 percent.”

I’m gonna write..Dang it!!! I’m gonna write…

It’s not that I can’t do, but that I can reach more people online than I can on the street. Also, I can capture attention. Why protest when I can speak more clearly through my mac sitting in my bedroom. I don’t oppose the Wall Street crashers. They are frustrated. They feel that the system has hijacked the way of life their parents had and that they planed to continue, and they are right.

The solution is that we need to reclaim our own money. If America acts now, we still have the financial and political power globally to reclaim our position. China will fight us hard, but we really need not compete directly. We don’t have to buy Chinese. If we open back up the factories we can put millions back to work and produce value back into our society. My God, can you imagine what stuff we would have cooking right now if everyone was working hard to better society? We are geniuses. I don’t really know why, but for some reason us Americans kick ass. In all actuality, I don’t think we have anything that any people don’t have. It’s just the timing and in my honest to God opinion, it’s God’s plan for this time.

So how did we really get where we are now? The world has turned upside down in the past 3 years!!

Well..Life happens. The only thing constant in this world aside from God’s love is change. Because of this thing called time, everything constantly evolves.

So what happened?

1700’s – USA is founded. We say F U to Britain because we do not want to use their currency and pay their taxes anymore. We draft a constitution that we will never let another entity print our currency and we will never have an income tax. We kick their butt and start our own country on free market using gold to back our currency. As an interesting sidenote..The South made their own currency during the Civil War, but with no gold backing it inflated to zero value..

We go from Wild West to Industrial Revolution. Life is changing rapidly with new mechanics. Lots of production is created, in fact, it is exponentially created because of leverage and tools.

Let’s face it..The media is about as honest with us as a politician. So when you think about it, how do you really know what you learned in school was even truth? I know I hear you already, “Oh here we go, another conspiracy article..” NO – Listen to this: John D. Rockefeller founded the US Board of Education in 1903. What did  that guy want with the school system? And since he did buy it..Why didn’t he add education on money into the school system? Why do we still have a school system that is hundreds of years old and was created to manufacture military? Now here is my point, we have no idea if the things we read in our history books are true. History is not math, gramar, or science. History is one of the biggest tools used for manipulation and deception.

Moving on…

10 years later, John D Rockefeller, along with other ultra rich men such as JP Morgan, and Paul Warburg, founded a company and called it the Federal Reserve. This company would issue currency to countries. The trade off that they could offer to the Congress was that if they printed the money, they could give it to the government. Scandals in the Congress are nothing new, and the Federal Reserve Act passed.

Time for an income tax!!

The income tax was supposed to be to fund WWI, but we still pay it today, 100 years later…

20’s…HUGE recession, but it was removed from Rockefeller’s history curriculum in our education system that he hijacked.

GREAT DEPRESSION: Debt from WWI is too much to pay. we need more currency. The government confiscates gold and then raises the dollar-associated value to it by over 50%, hijacking over 50% of the real money in circulation and jeopardizing our whole system.

WWII – America wins. Bretton Woods Act is passed, making the United States’ currency known as the Dollar, the Reserve Currency of the World. Oil is now traded in dollars, making it so that other countries must exchange their currency for dollars and then purchase oil. This causes the value of the dollar to increase drastically and therefore makes it easier for the United States to get credit from foreign investors who are eager to invest in the luxurious American economy. After all, their debt is backed by the good faith of their tax payers.. Remember too, the Congress can now go the Federal Reserve whenever they want, increase their “debt ceiling,” and borrow more money.

America rocks like rock stars for 27 years, get involved in some turmoil overseas, increased the debt more. Then Nixon said let’s have a REALLY big money supply, since everyone in the world treats our dollar like gold! He totally cuts the link between the Dollar and gold. Expanding the money supply to infinity.

A few years later, the “Employee Retirement Income Security Act” is passed, making it so that the tax payers are responsibly for their own retirement, and the burden is lifted from corporations. Birth is given to the IRA and 401K. This makes it so that retirement money flows to Wall Street and they can operate the money as a ponzi scheme, with money from new investors paying out the old people as they retire. *Another sidenote:  Social Security(Which was enacted during the great depression), also operates as a ponzi scheme, with the money flowing into the system from young workers’ paychecks and out to the retired older folks. The money retirees paid into the system has been spent.

For nearly 40 years, we lived out of our minds!!! There were recessions and expansions, but the reality is that no matter what, we could always get more money because we had a credit card with no credit limit. The credit card company was the rest of the world buying our debt, and the Federal Reserve company selling it.

Our economy boomed and we just kept continuing to kick ass. We got fat, lazy, and greedy, but we stayed smart. We powered through at the front of the line with our advances in technology, especially with computers and the internet. We created several huge bubbles with the stock market, precious metals, dot com, and real estate, but we never thought about the larger bubble that was emerging around all of the other bubbles. The credit balance that we had…The biggest bubble of all, debt!

In all reality each bubble helped us. Because off of each bubble, we could sell more debt, increasing our limit. The last one we benefited from was real estate. When we all could buy a house or re-finance one and get a rediculous amount of money for, with nothing down but a signature. How bitchin is that!? You could make $30,000 a year, live in a $300,000 house, drive a $30,000 car and have mad toys. All you had to do was refinance your house when you needed more money to cover your bills.

Then it popped. It popped because people could not afford the minimum debt payments on their mortgage payments anymore. Even with interest only loans and low interest short term adjustable loans, the mimimum monthly debt was just too much. The world quickly realized that the actual real estate was never truly worth what we sold the debt for. Values plummeted, but so did families losing their homes.

The government tried to keep the bubble going(and still is) by lowering interest rates, again and again and again. The Federal Reserve is happy to do so because it preserves the system of debt. If we stop selling our debt, they cannot continue to gain power over us for our indebtedness. Also, with all of the other countries attached to our debt system, known as the dollar, it keeps it easier for them to have a leash on the entire planet.

With mortgage payments stopping, lending stopped. Now, even with super low interest rates, the people are simply not allowed to take on anymore debt, unless they still have some collateral left that they are willing to put up, and most don’t..

With a country that’s whole currency system operating on debt, not getting any more loans, the economy dried up.

2007 – The banks failed because nobody could afford their loans. They sold a product that was risky, and they lost. The collateral from the loans was not sufficient to cover the exposure they had. Congress decided that if the banks failed, lending would stop, people could run to the banks to withdraw their money, and the economy would die, so they took on more debt from the federal reserve, pinning the tax on the US taxpayers back still(but now getting exponentially larger) and marched on with the debt system, even tho it was by all means bankrupt. They gave it to the banks, “to lend to the people.”

The banks didn’t loan shit to the people. The rest of the world gets mad(particularly China), because we are now exponentially increasing our money supply, and thus devaluing our debt to them.

With no buyers left outside of our country to buy our debt, and no assets to pledge them, the company knows as the Federal Reserve decides that they will just buy our debt themselves. This keeps the cash flowing into the United States, and stays off a collapse for the short term. The money supply keeps exponentially increasing, as prices rise on exports to combat the artificial expansion of our money supply.This is what is known as “quantitative easing.”

Meanwhile, people keeping losing their houses, their jobs, their businesses. Everyone keeps waiting for life to go back to normal. But it doesn’t happen…

The stock market goes up and down, but it doesn’t have any effect on anyone. The people that have money seem to keep getting bigger. But everyone you know is broke and jobless. People hear what the banks did with the money that they were given that was supposed to be for lending. They hear about the bonuses to all of the CEO’s that took their house.

Student loans never stop, but everyone is starting to figure out that the debt created by going to school is huge and they aren’t making nearly enough to make it manageable, if they are making anything at all.

Let’s face it…The debt system is broken. We still have some HUGE values that we contribute to the world. I like all of our professional sports, Google, Aaple, Nike, I could name many many more. But, we don’t have anything left to pledge as collateral to keep receiving debt to live on. We already pledged it up….

Present Day:

We go to Wall Street. We protest about the greed and corruption. We don’t go the the corporation the Federal Reserve who created the system, instead we go to the investors on Wall Street who’s job is to keep money flowing into the market to satisfy the system and pay our people’s retirement’s through pensions. Without Wall Street, many retirees would lose their retirement. Retirees like teachers, firemen, and police officers.

We need to take back over our systems. It’s sad to say, our currency is falling to zero like a slowly bleeding cow. And there is nothing anyone can do to stop the bleeding. We try to stop it with band aids such as expanding the money. But expanding the money without expanding the demand for the debt can’t create real value. So the dollar will die.

Value is coming back. Value is king. If you have a trade, great. If you don’t, learn one. What do you love? How can you do that so as to benefit society? If we can get back to creating real value, they’ll keep buying our debt. But we should not let Congress give away our value to the Federal Reserve. We can sell our debt directly if we are going to sell it at all.

What will happen next?

I don’t know.

I suspect that to preserve the system of debt, the central banks will create a globally currency. The world will buy into it because they won’t have a choice. The debt bubble in Europe popped too. Asia is next. The Chinese have been devaluing their currency to try and combat the inflation of the Dollar. The global currency will be digital, as in all actuality the Dollar is now digital itself. I don’t know which part of the world will receive the biggest inflow of the global currency, but I suspect that it will be the gographic location which produces the most value. Competition is inevitable.

No matter what, we aren’t here for a long time, we’re here for a good time…

Peace and love,

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Gold Value from 1935 to 2011

Here is a graph of gold from 1935 to 2011 me discussing the trend it shows and why it is doing what it is doing.

SCREW THE ULTRA RICH, WORLD BANKS, AND FED

By Joshua Gamen

This post is about a History lesson not taught in schools. For almost a century many things about money have been concealed, it is part of my mission to help spread the truth to as many friends and fellow good people as possible. I dedicate this post to the following people:

First off, my father, Brent Gayman, who with his life showed me that it is critical that anyone who wants to be free, must mind their OWN business. You can not be free working for another man, period. He may not be the wealthiest man on Earth, but he has always stayed free. I have always admired how he could be there at all my  sports games, field trips, doctor visits, etc – because he always controlled his own schedule.

Secondly, the NBA great Travis Outlaw – for it was at his condo my senior year of high school, where I first picked up off his coffee table the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad”(written by Robert Kiyosaki), while kicking his butt at Knockout Kings on Playstation. This book opened my eyes to what they do not teach in schools.

Benjamin Ficker, who loaned me a stack of books written by Robert Kiyosaki, including the book “Retire Young, Retire Rich,” before I departed on a vacation to Maui, Hawaii with my friend Sean Stamm, where I read this book – and my mindset forever changed. I went home from that vacation and made over $8,300 that month – at age 21, solely credited to this new mindset.

And Aaron Niehuser, who wrote me an email today, asking me questions which led me to write this blog post, and see more clearly my vision for the future.

MY FORMAL EDUCATION

My formal education was short. After high school, I went on to play junior college football in Northern California, where I started at fullback. The following year, I transferred to Southern Oregon University, where I redshirted due to bad grades in the classroom from my freshman year in junior college. I lasted one football season and term at SOU, before flunking out of school.

In high school, I got by in the classroom solely so that I could play sports. My parents never rode me very hard about my grades, I was usually a B student, mixed in with some A’s, and some C’s. I really didn’t care much to learn about biology, literature, an obviously manipulated history curriculum, or much else that was taught. I knew I was not going to make my money as a teacher, but rather as a businessman of some kind, owning my own business.

After college, I began my real education: SALES. I enjoyed it from the beginning, and have never looked back. While learning how to sell, I spent many slow afternoons at the car lot reading books on sales, financial literacy, accounting, and economics. I now control my own schedule and my own destiny, owning 50% of a real estate business that operates in both Phoenix, Arizona and Portland, Oregon.(Thanks again to friend and business partner Benjamin Ficker.)

HISTORY LESSON

This lesson begins in the year 1903, when the US Education System was taken over by the General Education Board – founded by John D. Rockefeller. That year, the influence of education was taken over by the ultra-rich.(Sound like a good idea to you???!!!)

When I first learned of this, it finally clicked why formal education was never for me. Though passionate about playing football, I was never motivated enough to sit through 8 hour days of lecture about subjects which did not show me a personal benefit, followed by more wasted hours studying textbooks in subjects I would not apply. (I’m not saying I NEVER enjoyed a lecture here or there. And I must give some credit to math in school, and also to my Freshman Economics Teacher Shawn Abbott.) But primarily, what I know I have picked up on my own education venture.

FAST FORWARD 10 YEARS

A decade after the rich took over our education system, the Federal Reserve(FED) was born in 1913. Created by a group of ultra rich businessmen and bankers at Jeckyll Island off the coast of Georgia, by names including JP Morgan(JP Morgan Chase…), and to no surprise, John D. Rockefeller. The Federal Reserve was created in a deal struck between bankers and the US Treasury. It is not federal, not American, has no reserves, and is not a bank.

GREAT DEPRESSION

In the year 1929, the United States entered into what is known as the Great Depression. During this depression, many government agencies were born, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation(FDIC), the Federal Housing Administration(FHA), and Social Security. Through this time period, the government took MASSIVE control over our lives via taxes. Many of these agencies are responsible for the mess we are currently in(See: FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac). The problems those 3 agencies are responsible for will be DWARFED by the unfunded time bombs of Social Security and Medicare, which are estimated to be $50-$60 TRILLION DOLLAR bombs! The largest demographic in our population is the Baby Boomers(the people born from the World War II generation), and are currently RIGHT NOW beginning their entrance into retirement. Uh oh….

1933 – President FDR(Franklin Delano Roosevelt), asked all Americans to turn in their gold coins. The government paid the people of the United States $20.22 per ounce of gold. Then, FDR immediately raised the price of gold to $35 per ounce. The government cheated Americans out of about $15 for every ounce of gold turned in. What a cash heist! If anyone was caught holding gold coins, the punishment was a $10,000 fine and 10 years in jail. I believe the reasons behind this were: 1) To get the people used to paper money as the only currency of the world, and 2) Because the government was already broke. They had already allowed the FED to print so much paper currency, that they could not back that currency anymore with the amount of gold they had.

TAKING ADVANTAGE THROUGH WAR

In 1944,  the Bretton Woods agreement was made, with the illusion that it was to smooth out the economic conflict resulting of World War II. In effect, this made the US dollar the reserve currency of the world, requiring other nations to peg their currency to the dollar, which was pegged by gold. This international currency agreement created the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund(IMF). This replicated the Federal Reserve system globally. This act lasted through 1971.

1971

In 1971, President Nixon severed the link between the dollar and the gold standard, for good. Nixon realized that the link between gold and the dollar was draining our central banks of their gold reserves, so he cut the ties. With one stoke of his pen(with no permission from Congress), the global economy was forever changed. This led to one of the greatest economic booms(if not the greatest), in the history of the world. Now the Fed could print as much money as they wanted, turning the US dollar into Monopoly money(the bank never goes broke!) The World Banks now had a monopoly on currency, and the economy shifted from operating on money, to operating on debt. After 1971, the US economy could only increase by increasing debt, and that is when the bail outs started.(They were nothing new by 2007!!!) In the 1980s, the bailouts were in the millions. By the 1990s, they were in the billions, and today they are in the trillions and growing. This change in the rules of money, may be the biggest financial event in world history, allowing the United States to print money at will by creating more and more debt, cleverly disguised by what is known as US bonds. Never before this, had the world’s money been backed by one nation’s debt, a giant IOU from United States tax payers.

That year, the dollar stopped being money, and became a currency. The word currency is derived from the word current. A current must keep moving or it loses value. This is why today, savers are losers. To retain any value, a currency must move from one asset to another(IE:  Stock market to real estate to precious metals). Thus, people who parked their money in the stock market or a savings bank lost money. Debtors become winners as the US government prints more and more money, increasing debt and inflation.

In theory, if people payed off their debt, modern money would disappear.

Then in 1974, the US Congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act(known as ERISA, or as called today, 401K). Before ’74, a company’s pension plan provided a paycheck for life. After 1974, defined benefit pension plans shifted to defined contribution retirement plans. This means they had to save their money for retirement. Another cash heist was created by millions of people being forced to shove their money into the stock market and savings accounts, for mutual fund managers and bankers to play with until the workers retired. If the pension plan runs out of money or a stock market crash occurs, the people are SOL(out of luck and on their own).

2007

In 2007, when sub-prime borrowers could not pay their mortgages any longer, the expansion of debt stopped and the debt market collapsed. This led to the financial crisis we are in today.

The United States has financed it’s insane debt by selling the debt to Europe, Japan, and China. If these countries lose confidence in our government and currency, another financial crisis will occur. And this is now starting to happen, as there is global talk of China trying to replace the dollar with the Yuan as the reserve currency of the world.(I don’t see this happening, at least anytime soon – but there’s talk about it – google it…) If you and I stop buying homes and using credit cards, the crisis gets worse, and as you probably know, it is very difficult right now to obtain a mortgage or get a new credit card or an increase in your credit limit. If you already have a mortgage, try getting a home equity loan…

SILVER LINING – CONCLUSION

All of this does create an oppertunity for ANYONE who is willing to invest in their financial education and benefit from the circumstances. Assets are cheap. It is now more important than ever to invest in a financial education centered around leveraging good debt(debt used to buy assets that put money in your pocket), and cash flow(money that comes to you monthly over and above what you are paying as a price for the debt). I have talked a lot about silver and gold lately, and while they are a great hedge against inflation, it is important to also invest in assets like businesses and real estate, which will put money in your pocket. In the event of hyperinflation(which we will see, just like Germany did pre-World War II), precious metals will have a HUGE dollar amount pegged to them, but remember, dollars will be worthless. You will be able to trade them for other assets like food, real estate, etc, but it is important to have assets that provide you cash flow. Even if the cash is not in the form of US dollars. A good business provides REAL value, so you will always get something in return for what you are providing.

I strongly suggest, encourage, and recommend that you verify everything you see and read. Form your own opinions, but I sincerely hope these facts help shine some light on the truth for you.

-Josh



BS: “The Recession is Over.”

By Joshua Gamen

Sure. I recall a lot of hype last summer that the real estate market had hit bottom too.. Try telling that it has hit bottom to the millions of Americans who have lost their home to foreclosure this year. Or to their neighbors, who continue to throw their money at their sinking ship home while the foreclosures around them sink it’s value, and any hope for a return in their lifetime.

Who is the recession over for? The millions of unemployed people? The business owners who don’t have any customers? The guy trying to sell his home? The elderly lady trying to retire? The young adult trying to start his business? TELL ME, WHO IS THE FREAKING RECESSION OVER FOR?!

Let’s look at housing numbers:

  • Almost $6 trillion in housing wealth has been lost since 2005
  • Home values have dropped 30 percent
  • Existing home sales dropped 27 percent over the previous month
  • Housing inventories stand at 12.5 months(some part of the country, 24-36 months), over twice what’s considered healthy

What about Income, or Unemployment?

  • The unemployment rate is officially at 9.6%. It is a lot higher unofficially, because many unemployed Americans have been without a job for too long for the government to consider counting them.
  • Americans with jobs have seen their income fall over 4% between ’07-’09, and the % of Americans living BELOW the poverty level rose to 14.3%!
  • The gap is widening largely between the rich and the poor. Furthermore, the gap between the rich and the middle class is growing rapidly, as is the pace.(The top 20% of households now account for over 50% of all pre-tax income in the country = bye bye middle class.)

To quote the great educator/businessman/investor, Robert Kiyosaki:

“Maybe when the NBER says the recession is over, they mean it’s over for the ultra-rich. After all, many corporations are now posting better than expected earnings reports and balance sheets are getting healthier. For instance, FedEx recently announced that their earnings more than doubled. They also announced that they’re firing 1,700 people. Why? I believe it’s because they know what you already know, the recession may be “officially” over—but it’s not really over. Is the recession over for housing? Not according to the numbers. Thanks to high unemployment, new home orders are down 15 percent over last year, foreclosures are still rising, and pricing is not recovering. People are predicting that the housing inventory, which is more than double healthy levels, will take up to three years to work through. There will be no recovery until that happens.”

MORE COMING!

I wish I could post some stats to show that the market is taking a positive direction, but that would be covering up the truth with illusions. There are plenty of illusions out there to hide behind, but let’s be real..

Unemployment is still rising, and without jobs, nothing can get done. Business owners can’t provide jobs if they don’t have customers. And there aren’t any customers if there isn’t any money to spend. Sure, more money can be printed, but it will only become worth less as they print more and more, and they are..

MASSIVE government printing of US Currency. I call it currency, because it is just that-it’s not money! In 1971 President Nixon took the US off of the gold standard, meaning that the dollar was no longer attached to anything of value. It is simply a piece of paper that is backed by the good faith of the citizens of the United States.(See US dollar bill) They can print as much of this paper as they want, but the problem is, supply and demand will always work their course. Too much supply brings the equilibrium price down, and with the rate they have been running the printing presses the past few years, the market will soon be flooded with worthless pieces of green paper. –

If you study the history of currencies, since the earliest recorded times, every civilization that has had a currency not attached to something of value(ie: gold or silver), has gone to 0. That means, as more and more of the currency comes into existence, the existing currency is devalued, until the currency is no longer worth anything. Sound like pennies? Soon this will be nickels, then dimes, then quarters. Even the metal in them won’t be worth much, since they haven’t been made from silver since the late 60’s.(Weird how the government stopped using real silver and snatched it out of the money supply just a few short years prior to 1971 when our currency was removed from it’s tie to gold. Conspiracy?? 😉

In 1974, the government passed a law called ERISA. This made it so that people’s retirement was up to themselves, not the employer. It gave birth to plans like the 401k, and mutual funds, plans that were devised so that you could “invest for your retirement.” When this happened the American citizens turned to mutual funds, stocks and 401k’s for retirement plans. What they were actually doing was handing their money to wall street to play with until they retire, and expecting that wall street would automatically grow their money for them.

As we saw with the recent stock market crash, Wall Street is not looking out for the mutual funds or 401k accounts, Wall Street is looking out for their FAT KATS. What’s worse is, regardless of your opinion on the stock market, it doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to see that when the largest demographic of citizens(Baby Boomers) start to retire, money will flow out of the stock market like never before. This will be a the second dip of this what I believe to be, double dip recession.

Foreclosures can’t slow down, not yet. Go to google and type in mortgage resets. You will see graphs that will show you the largest mortgage product ever sold – the 5/1 Adjustable Rate Mortgage(ARM), and when these loans will adjust. These loans were primarily written in 2006 and 2007, right at the end of the real estate bubble, and will be resetting over the next 2 years. This will cause another HUGE drop in real estate values, as the number of foreclosures will sky higher, and at a more rapid pace than current.

Good News??

There is good news…

When markets bubble and then pop, the money doesn’t disappear, it just flows into another asset class. It moves.. The money is going somewhere, so where is it going? Well, take a look at the value of gold, or silver. Go to Google, and type in “gold spot.” Examine the value of gold as it has climbed over the past week, month, year, 5 years, or further. Then check out the same for silver. Since forever, gold and silver have always been used for exchange, hence making it the real money of the world. Until the rich figure out where they can put their money to make more money, they are holding it in the form of real money, gold and silver. It’s catching on quick, think of how many places you see driving to work and back that say, “WE BUY GOLD.” It is the next major bubble, but we’re still early to the trend. Gold just went over $1,300 an ounce today, but we will see gold hit $13,000 per ounce, and in the not too far future.

Assets are cheap. Real estate, businesses, etc. Now is a good time to gather as many assets as you can, that will reward you as the economy turns around. Buy investments for what they will provide you in cash flow, do not worry about selling for a profit. That is speculation. Whatever you grow your asset and sell it for later should be the gravy. Now is an excellent time to pickup businesses for cheap, cut out the expenses, make the systems more efficient, and get the asset as profitable as possible. Now is an amazing time to buy real estate that will cash flow for you as well.(Rental income exceeding the loan you are paying to own the property.)

So…

The recession is not over. We are in a new economy, the old one is not coming back. We are in a shift from the industrial era to the information age. In this new economy, knowledge is money. You can print your own money just like the the Fed does. Financial IQ is the way out of the paycheck chasing. Get real, get right, and get assets! Financial knowledge, is the greatest asset you have, so acquire as much of it as you can!

~Josh