Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Meditation May Be the Key to Becoming a Better Investor

Posted: 27 Aug 2016 12:53 AM PDT

Every once in a while I write about topics that seemingly have nothing to do with investing, but for those that are able to connect the dots, they will actually find great value in these seemingly unrelated topics to wealth building and preservation strategies. As it is the weekend, I'm releasing an article that we originally posted on our website  about the topic of meditation and investing on 19 August 2016. Again, to first read our articles when we release them, subscribe to our article feed here. Here is the entire article below.

 

Recently, I wrote about a behavioral phenomenon called the "It Won't Happen to Me" syndrome that prevents many of us from separating perceived reality from actual reality, and I discussed how acceptance of false precepts about investing and self-preservation can lead us to make wildly irresponsible decisions that are dangerous to our self-preservation, including decisions to do nothing when one should act. One of the easiest things we can do on a daily basis that won't cost us a penny, yet can help us achieve a tremendous level of clarity that allows us to separate the false paradigms and precepts that we have often already embraced from the staggeringly different reality that often exists, is the simple practice of meditation.

 

There are many different forms of mediation, including Zazen, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Kundalini Yoga, Vipassana meditation, and Transcendental Meditation (TM), just to name a few. I recommend TM or MBSR because it has been scientifically proven, in peer reviewed studies published in accredited medical journals, that one does not even need to believe in the beneficial effects of TM and MBSR to reap the beneficial rewards of practicing these forms of meditation. Though I've read a few articles and books about TM over the course of my lifetime, I personally believe that there are sufficient resources online to at least start practicing now. The important part of the equation is to start today, and to stop procrastinating. If you feel you need an instructor down the road, then you can seek out a local instructor down the road, but it certainly is not necessary, in my opinion, to spend thousands of dollars to receive a personal mantra from a maharishi, as is sometimes recommended, or to even spend hundreds of dollars taking an intensive course, whether online or in person, to receive the benefits of a daily meditative practice.

 

When I was younger and intensely training in martial arts as well as sparring regularly, my sensei would begin every class with a brief 5 minute period of Zazen meditation in which he would ask all of us to release all the work stresses that may have accumulated in our body from work conflicts experienced earlier in the day, to empty our mind to allow it to be receptive to learning whatever techniques we were focusing on that day, and to calm our mind to increase our focus during our training and sparring sessions. No matter how stressful any work matters I had dealt with earlier in the day had been, I always felt much better even after such a brief period of meditation. In fact, my Sensei encouraged all of us to meditate daily, so also supplemented this brief 5-minute period of meditation with a longer 15 to 20 minute daily session before I went to sleep each day.

 

However, back then, because I was unaware of the scientific research regarding meditation, I never connected the dots even though I had some remarkable experiences that I now attribute to my daily meditative practice. I can clearly recall one sparring session with a Muay Thai boxer during which everything seemed to be moving in slow motion, whereby I could sense every kick and every knee a fraction of a second before my sparring partner delivered them. However, each time, I easily moved out of the way or blocked his strikes. I literally felt as if my sparring fighter could not hit me. Another time, when engaged in a training session, I informed my Sensei before class that I had a fever, so I asked him to forgive me that day if I was a little slow in reacting to my training partners. In fact, just the opposite happened, and I was so sharp that day with my techniques that my Sensei sarcastically commented, "You should be sick every day!"

 

Later that evening, when I was trying to fathom the reason for my exceptional training session, I deduced that my better-than-normal display of skill that day was attributable to the fact that my sickness stopped me from thinking and put my muscle memory entirely in charge. In other words, my primordial instincts took over, allowing my "flow", my "chi", or whatever you want to call it, to be particularly strong that day. I felt a certain stillness that day when training that seemed to heighten all my senses, including my intuition, whereby I could predict my opponent's strikes before he even threw them, very similar to my sparring session with the Muay Thai boxer. It's odd that many people view people that practice daily meditation as "soft", as I discovered that not only did daily meditation make me a much better fighter, but it also served to calm any fears and anxiety I had prior to, and during, my sparring sessions.

 

In fact athletes often call this state of mind as "being in the zone". I'm sure fans of basketball can recall the 1997 NBA finals game between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz, when Michael Jordan had the flu and was so sick that he couldn't even stay upright on the bench. Despite his weakened physical condition, Jordan still dropped 38 points on the Jazz, in a virtuoso performance in which every point he scored was critical in an eventual 2-point win for the Bulls. Again, with Jordan that day, I think his physical disadvantage that day forced him to rely more on the mental aspects of the game, and this allowed him to more easily enter the "zone."

 

And this zone is something that meditation replicates. Many people mistakenly assume that great ideas come from relentless work habits and an indomitable work discipline, but just the opposite is true. When someone is so tired from relentless work, there is no energy from which creativity and great ideas can be born. Great ideas are born during those moments when the mind is still and the clarity exists to formulate new and creative ideas. If the concept that ideas are born out of nothingness and spaces of calmness and clarity seems foreign to you, then allow me to use an analogy of physical fitness. There is a concept in professional sports called overtraining. This is when someone, whether a sprinter, a UFC fighter, a football player, or a soccer player, trains so relentlessly for such a long period of time that he does not allow his muscles to adequately heal and recover from his training sessions. When an athlete overtrains, this inevitably leads to sub-optimal performance during a fight or a game.

 

If you are a workaholic, and the days blend into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years, and you never giver your mind adequate time to rest, chances are that you are going to have a mental breakdown. Furthermore, chances are that even though you give your mind time to rest during sleep, because you never refresh your mind with a period of calm and clarity during the day, that you may even suffer from frequent periods of insomnia. Can you imagine exercising every day for all hours you are awake, except meals, without every stopping? Most everyone would agree that this type of extreme unrelenting physical exertion is dangerous as it will lead to an eventual breakdown of the body and collapse. However, most people fail to take care of their mind in the same way they would their physical body. If you don't give your mind ample opportunity to reset every day with a sustained period of calm, then eventually you are going to damage your mind.

 

Fortunately, just two 20-minute daily meditation sessions a day can cure this damage and even reverse the damage that has already been done. In fact, if you are one of those people that toss and turn all night and can't shut off your mind, then you are an ideal candidate to start a daily meditation practice. According to Dr. Rebecca Robbins, a post-doctoral fellow at the NYU School of Medicine, meditation calms the mind to such a degree that its restorative effects can be greater than even deep stages of sleep. Robbins states that daily mediation offers some of the same benefits, cognitively and physically, from a recovery and a regeneration standpoint as stage-IV deep sleep. In fact, Robbins herself stated that she never was able to reach restful stages of sleep at night until she started meditating.

 

There are many peer-reviewed scientific studies that validate the following findings, but UCLA and Harvard studies are just two of many conducted studies that have proven the following. A daily meditation practice increases the grey matter volume in the brain, increases cortical thickness in the hippocampus, the region of the brain that governs learning and memory, and decreases the volume of the brain in the amygdala, the region of the brain responsible for producing fear, anxiety and stress. Many moons ago, when I was preparing to enter business school, I recall only having 2 weeks to study for the GREs (the graduate business school entrance exam) during a holiday break as I was already enrolled in another graduate program. Though many may believe 2 weeks to be an inadequate period of time to study for any scholastic exam, whether it is the GREs or another graduate level program exam, my daily meditation sessions provided me with great focus and memory retention for those two weeks and I felt surprisingly more than adequately prepared by the time the exam day arrived.

 

I credit my meditation sessions for my ability to respectively score in the very top percentiles of everyone that took the GRE exam in the entire United States that year, with only two weeks of preparation. And this is the power of meditation. I have seen it work in my own life with great success in my martial arts training, my scholastic endeavors and my current business of SmartKnowledgeU. I only wish that I had understood the benefits more fully back when I was mentoring at-risk youth in Philly and when I was mentoring gang members in Los Angeles. Had I more fully understood the benefits of meditation back then, I would have started every one of my mentoring sessions with them with a period of meditation, as I truly believe that meditation would have allowed me to break through to many more of them.

 

If all the above data does not provide enough compelling evidence to convince you that meditation will provide much more heightened levels of clarity that lead to better and more profitable investment decisions, and thus compel you to start meditating, then perhaps this last reason will do so. Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine for her discovery of protective caps on chromosomes called telomeres, studied the effects of meditation on the length of telomeres. Blackburn reported that there was scientifically significant increases in the length of telomeres among those that meditated on a regular basis versus those that never meditated. Why is this important? Scientific studies have reported that people with longer telomeres have also demonstrated better cognitive ability, improved overall health, higher levels of satisfaction with life, and have had longer lives, than those with shorter telomeres.

 

At the very least, if everyone were to meditate twice a day for just 20 minutes per session, even if you have no desire to gain the inevitable clarity that will transform you into a better investor, the other extraordinary benefits of meditation are sufficient reason to do so, as they will benefit every other aspect of your life. As a result of more people practicing meditation, the world would transform into a kinder, more compassionate world with less angry people, and that is a development that none of us should ever oppose.

 

Fun fact of the day: According to Victor Hugo Criado Berbert, production manager of the 2016 Rio Olympic medals, the gold medals, though they each weighed 500 grams, only contained about 5.84 grams of gold. However, the "gold" medals each contained 494.16g of silver, making them by weight, by value, and by price, a gold-plated silver medal in reality. At today's respective prices for a 1-troy ounce American Gold and Silver Eagle coin, the gold and silver contained in each gold medal would be priced at $266.07 of gold and $364.63 of silver for a total price of $630.70, assuming that the gold and silver used in the fabrication of the medals are 99.99% fine, which I haven't been able to confirm. That's a lot of training for a "gold" medal that doesn't even contain 1/5 of a single troy ounce of gold and that, by every possible measurement metric, should truly be called a silver metal. That's also a lot of deception to cheat the "gold" medal winners out of a metal, that according to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, is just a barbarous relic.

 

 

 

About the author: JS Kim is the Founder and Managing Director of SmartKnowledgeU, a fiercely independent wealth management consulting, research and education firm that focuses on building unique strategies centered around gold and silver assets to build a better tomorrow for everyone. We are excited to announce that we will be launching our SmartKnowledge Wealth Academy very soon. To receive two sample issues of our flagship Crisis Investment Opportunities newsletter, just send a request to ciotrial(at)smartknowledgeu(dot)com.

One World Currency introduced by The Cartel Settlement Coin

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 10:12 PM PDT

Well, it finally happened.  Mark your calendars for the year 2016 as 'the year' a real One World Currency has been announced.  But don't worry - as we explain in Splitting Pennies - Understanding Forex - MONEY DOESN'T EXIST.

How is it possible, you say - when we haven't heard about it in the news?  Let's start with the 'lead' story on this breaking event:

Big banks buckle down to build better bitcoin — RT Business

UBS, Deutsche Bank, Santander and BNY Mellon have partnered up to create a new digital currency to facilitate intra-bank settlements, the FT reports. The cryptocurrency will use blockchain technology underpinning the Bitcoin.

Why is this different than any other Bitcoin startup - there sure have been many.  Because these are the banks that control the global currency market, also known as AKA 'the cartel' according to court documents.  

Checkout some of the stories leading up into this climatic moment:

Big Banks Band Together to Launch 'Settlement Coin' - CoinDesk

UBS Sheds New Light on Blockchain Experimentation

Settlement Coin Creators Seek to 'Liberalize' Central Banks With Blockchain - CoinDesk

8 Banking Giants Embracing Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech

'Central banks looking at Bitcoin as real threat to dominance' — RT Op-Edge

So why does any of this matter?  Central Banking policy has run the global economy into the ground.  Central Banks OWN $25 Trillion of Financial Assets.  $13 Trillion worth of Government Bonds in the world have NEGATIVE YIELDS.  The financial system as it is now, is on the path for implosion. 

Settlement Coin apparently is targeting 'back office settlement' to reduce costs which are about $80 Billion per year.  But why then does RT compare it with SDRs:

If implemented, the new cryptocurrency would be the first to be used officially between major financial institutions. The concept resembles the IMF's Special Drawing Right (SDR), introduced in 1964. Based on a basket of currencies (the US dollar, euro, the Japanese yen, pound sterling and the soon to be joined Chinese yuan this October), it is used to supplement the IMF's member countries' official reserve. As of March 2016, 204.1 billion SDRs equivalent to about $285 billion had been created and allocated to countries.

Has the world gone mad, and people don't understand the difference between "Blockchain" and "Bitcoin" and "Cryptocurrency" and "US Dollars" ?  We have to note here, RT needs to hire some "Forex Experts" to consult with their authors on this topic.

To clarify, the big banks are working on multiple blockchain projects, as well - most of them have filed patents for their own crypto currencies, most notably, Citi: 

Citi: Bitcoin is an Opportunity for Banks, Not a Threat - CoinDesk

Citibank Is Working On Its Own Digital Currency, Citicoin | TechCrunch

Citi Research released a 56-page report on bitcoin saying that it is not going to disrupt banks or credit card networks. It says there will be increased transaction costs for bitcoin to provide increased volume. As for the use of bitcoin in remittance payments, it says bitcoin's advantage dissipates when the "last mile" cost of converting to fiat currency is considered. The report notes the growth of bitcoin mobile apps in developing countries but sees regulations rising that put them in question. It claims existing payment systems are generally efficient. The report also talks about Ripple and Ethereum as well as government-backed digital currencies. There is also an extensive summary of bitcoin's legal status in different countries.

Once implemented, these banks have the means to quickly connect this new cryptocurrency "Settlement Coin" to their existing global network, as well as adding their own proprietary currencies such as "CitiCoin."

It will take some time before the cryptocurrency is even released, and still probably years before it's widely accepted.  What makes this week's announcement unique is that, for the first time the banks publicly announced they are making a new digital 'crypto currency' that isn't issued by a central bank, that can be implemented by them across and without borders, which is a perfect fit for a replacement of the US Dollar and other fiat currencies when they completely run out of QE steam.

But here's the real clincher, exposing this as a real One World Currency:

One of those resources is the real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system used by central banks (it's typically reserved for high-value transactions that need to be settled instantly), and the other is central bank-issued cash.  Using the Utility Settlement Coin (USC) unveiled today, the five-member consortium that has sprung up around the project aims to help central banks open-up access to these tools to more customers. If successful, USC has the potential to create entirely new business models built on instant settling and easy cash transfers.  In interview, Robert Sams, founder of London-based Clearmatics, said his firm initially worked with UBS to build the network, and that BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, ICAP and Santander are only just the first of many future members.  "Cash is a leg to almost every trade," said Sams, who previously worked for nine years as a derivatives trader with Sanctum FI, also in London. "In order to get most of the benefits of a distributed ledger in settlement, there has to be cash on a distributed ledger rail."  How transactions might be processed, and who will own the nodes, has also not been shared. But what we do know based on a statement from the company is that Clearmatics described the USC as "a series of cash assets" for currencies, including US dollars, euros, British pounds and Swiss francs.

For those who understand that it's monetary policy driving the value of currencies down, not supply and demand, there's no need to read between the lines - they spell it all out real simple.

For a quick primer for those who don't know, the Federal Reserve is the sole issuer of US Currency (not the US Mint, who prints notes and coins.)  The Federal Reserve is a private institution, owned by the banks.  It was previously thought that, the idea of a one world currency was preposterous, because, how would all countries agree on having a single central bank?  But here's the workaround - the Forex banks have a monopoly on the global monetary system.  So by forcing their central bank partners to use "Settlement Coin" in order to save on hefty settlement fees (and it will solve the problem of the recent SWIFT hacks as well - part of the plan??? )

A few scenarios here - one, the banks knew that if they didn't do it, some new players might do it.  Two, this plan was hatched long ago by some clandestine CIA op, starting with the release of Bitcoin, leading into the global one world cryptocurrency, all sponsored by Illuminati.  Three, central banks have legitimate concerns about security (such as because of recent hacks) and have no real way out of QE, they can't stop it and they can't continue it.  This is a parallel financial system in which assets can be transferred over to.

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A Bit More Downside Potential in Gold Stocks

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 09:10 PM PDT

Last week we projected 5% to 10% downside in the gold stocks. Well, not to butter my own bread but GDX and GDXJ both lost 9% on the week. That being said, I believed that the weakness would be limited and miners could rebound to new highs in September. While that possibility remains, there is a chance this correction could go a bit deeper and perhaps last longer.

ANOTHER DEAD CLINTON CRIMES TRUTH TELLER: WikiLeaks Julian Assange Lawyer FOUND DEAD, After Being Struck by Train

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 09:05 PM PDT

[Ed. Note: John Jones was a successful, highly respected attorney at the top of his game who lived in a million dollar home. Jones had no reason to kill himself. Yet, the death is being called a suicide. Another convenient death of a man who crossed the Clintons and the NWO.]

by Jennifer Johnson, Truth Uncensored:

Here's more news you don't get in the US' mainstream media: John Jones 48, one of Britain's top human rights lawyers, who represented Julian Assange was killed last Monday, when he was run over by a commuter train. The death is being called a suicide.

British Transport Police were called to the West Hampstead train station in North London at 7:07 AM on Monday April 18, 2016 after a man was struck by a train. He was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene and his death is not being treated as suspicious. The event occurred almost one month to the day that the first batch of Clinton emails were released by his client from WikiLeaks.

Jones worked on the same team as actor, George Clooney's wife Amal. He specialized in extradition, war crimes and counter-terrorism; taking cases from the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Lebanon and Cambodia.

Jones lived in an expensive home in North London, with wife Misa Zgonec-Rozej, 40 a director of an international law consultancy, and his two children.

The news is particularly disturbing, as Democratic Strategist and CNN host, Bob Beckel appeared in a FOXTV interview and called for the assassination of Julian Assange (or more accurately, "Just kill the sonofabitch!")

Assange is believed to be planning a strategic "October Surprise" leak of a Hillary Clinton email, just prior the US Presidential Election. It purportedly contains information that will definitively put her behind bars.

Read More @ Truthuncensored.net

Julian Assange’s LAWYER FOUND DEAD after being Struck by Train. Coincidence?

John Pilger on Julian Assange, WikiLeaks the Swedish Extradition

Nukes to ROMANIA ???

NWO Panics Over The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 08:41 PM PDT

The US is "no longer the globally imperial power."

by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch:

The main architect of Washington's plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski's article in The American Interest titled "Towards a Global Realignment" has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia. Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy. Here's an excerpt from the article in the AI:

"As its era of global dominance ends, the United States needs to take the lead in realigning the global power architecture.

Five basic verities regarding the emerging redistribution of global political power and the violent political awakening in the Middle East are signaling the coming of a new global realignment.

The first of these verities is that the United States is still the world's politically, economically, and militarily most powerful entity but, given complex geopolitical shifts in regional balances, it is no longer the globally imperial power." (Toward a Global Realignment, Zbigniew Brzezinski, The American Interest)

Repeat: The US is "no longer the globally imperial power." Compare this assessment to a statement Brzezinski made years earlier in Chessboard when he claimed the US was " the world's paramount power."

"…The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world's paramount power. The defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union was the final step in the rapid ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power, the United States, as the sole and, indeed, the first truly global power." ("The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives," Zbigniew Brzezinski, Basic Books, 1997, p. xiii)

Here's more from the article in the AI:

"The fact is that there has never been a truly "dominant" global power until the emergence of America on the world scene….. The decisive new global reality was the appearance on the world scene of America as simultaneously the richest and militarily the most powerful player. During the latter part of the 20th century no other power even came close. That era is now ending." (AI)

But why is "that era is now ending"? What's changed since 1997 when Brzezinski referred to the US as the "world's paramount power"?

Brzezinski points to the rise of Russia and China, the weakness of Europe and the "violent political awakening among post-colonial Muslims" as the proximate causes of this sudden reversal. His comments on Islam are particularly instructive in that he provides a rational explanation for terrorism rather than the typical government boilerplate about "hating our freedoms." To his credit, Brzezinski sees the outbreak of terror as the "welling up of historical grievances" (from "deeply felt sense of injustice") not as the mindless violence of fanatical psychopaths.

Naturally, in a short 1,500-word article, Brzezniski can't cover all the challenges (or threats) the US might face in the future. But it's clear that what he's most worried about is the strengthening of economic, political and military ties between Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and the other Central Asian states. This is his main area of concern, in fact, he even anticipated this problem in 1997 when he wrote Chessboard.

Read More @ Counterpunch.org

Yellen Basically Admits The U.S. Is A Banana Republic

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 07:34 PM PDT

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The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up On Empire

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 06:30 PM PDT

Submitted by Mike Whitney via Counterpunch.org,

The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia. Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy. Here’s an excerpt from the article in the AI:

As its era of global dominance ends, the United States needs to take the lead in realigning the global power architecture.

 

Five basic verities regarding the emerging redistribution of global political power and the violent political awakening in the Middle East are signaling the coming of a new global realignment.

 

The first of these verities is that the United States is still the world’s politically, economically, and militarily most powerful entity but, given complex geopolitical shifts in regional balances, it is no longer the globally imperial power.”

 

(Toward a Global Realignment, Zbigniew Brzezinski, The American Interest)

Repeat: The US is “no longer the globally imperial power.” Compare this assessment to a statement Brzezinski made years earlier in Chessboard when he claimed the US was ” the world’s paramount power.”

“…The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world’s paramount power. The defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union was the final step in the rapid ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power, the United States, as the sole and, indeed, the first truly global power.” (“The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives,” Zbigniew Brzezinski, Basic Books, 1997, p. xiii)

Here’s more from the article in the AI:

“The fact is that there has never been a truly “dominant” global power until the emergence of America on the world scene….. The decisive new global reality was the appearance on the world scene of America as simultaneously the richest and militarily the most powerful player. During the latter part of the 20th century no other power even came close. That era is now ending.” (AI)

But why is “that era is now ending”? What’s changed since 1997 when Brzezinski referred to the US as the “world’s paramount power”?

Brzezinski points to the rise of Russia and China, the weakness of Europe and the “violent political awakening among post-colonial Muslims” as the proximate causes of this sudden reversal. His comments on Islam are particularly instructive in that he provides a rational explanation for terrorism rather than the typical government boilerplate about “hating our freedoms.” To his credit, Brzezinski sees the outbreak of terror as the “welling up of historical grievances” (from “deeply felt sense of injustice”) not as the mindless violence of fanatical psychopaths.

Naturally, in a short 1,500-word article, Brzezniski can’t cover all the challenges (or threats) the US might face in the future. But it’s clear that what he’s most worried about is the strengthening of economic, political and military ties between Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and the other Central Asian states. This is his main area of concern, in fact, he even anticipated this problem in 1997 when he wrote Chessboard. Here’s what he said:

“Henceforth, the United States may have to determine how to cope with regional coalitions that seek to push America out of Eurasia, thereby threatening America’s status as a global power.” (p.55)

 

“…To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.” (p.40)

“…prevent collusion…among the vassals.” That says it all, doesn’t it?

The Obama administration’s reckless foreign policy, particularly the toppling of governments in Libya and Ukraine, has greatly accelerated the rate at which these anti-American coalitions have formed. In other words, Washington’s enemies have emerged in response to Washington’s behavior. Obama can only blame himself.

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has responded to the growing threat of regional instability and the placing of NATO forces on Russia’s borders by strengthening alliances with countries on Russia’s perimeter and across the Middle East. At the same time, Putin and his colleagues in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries have established an alternate banking system (BRICS Bank and AIIB) that will eventually challenge the dollar-dominated system that is the source of US global power. This is why Brzezinski has done a quick 180 and abandoned the plan for US hegemony; it is because he is concerned about the dangers of a non-dollar-based system arising among the developing and unaligned countries that would replace the western Central Bank oligopoly. If that happens, then the US will lose its stranglehold on the global economy and the extortionist system whereby fishwrap greenbacks are exchanged for valuable goods and services will come to an end.

Unfortunately, Brzezinski’s more cautious approach is not likely to be followed by presidential-favorite Hillary Clinton who is a firm believer in imperial expansion through force of arms. It was Clinton who first introduced “pivot” to the strategic lexicon in a speech she gave in 2010 titled “America’s Pacific Century”. Here’s an excerpt from the speech that appeared in Foreign Policy magazine:

“As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point. Over the last 10 years, we have allocated immense resources to those two theaters. In the next 10 years, we need to be smart and systematic about where we invest time and energy, so that we put ourselves in the best position to sustain our leadership, secure our interests, and advance our values. One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment — diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise — in the Asia-Pacific region…

 

Harnessing Asia’s growth and dynamism is central to American economic and strategic interests and a key priority for President Obama. Open markets in Asia provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade, and access to cutting-edge technology…..American firms (need) to tap into the vast and growing consumer base of Asia…

 

The region already generates more than half of global output and nearly half of global trade. As we strive to meet President Obama’s goal of doubling exports by 2015, we are looking for opportunities to do even more business in Asia…and our investment opportunities in Asia’s dynamic markets.”

(“America’s Pacific Century”, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton”, Foreign Policy Magazine, 2011)

Compare Clinton’s speech to comments Brzezinski made in Chessboard 14 years earlier:

“For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia… (p.30)….. Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions. ….About 75 per cent of the world’s people live in Eurasia, and most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s GNP and about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources.” (p.31)

The strategic objectives are identical, the only difference is that Brzezinski has made a course correction based on changing circumstances and the growing resistance to US bullying, domination and sanctions. We have not yet reached the tipping point for US primacy, but that day is fast approaching and Brzezinski knows it.

In contrast, Clinton is still fully-committed to expanding US hegemony across Asia. She doesn’t understand the risks this poses for the country or the world. She’s going to persist with the interventions until the US war-making juggernaut is stopped dead-in-its-tracks which, judging by her hyperbolic rhetoric, will probably happen some time in her first term.

Brzezinski presents a rational but self-serving plan to climb-down, minimize future conflicts, avoid a nuclear conflagration and preserve the global order. (aka–The “dollar system”) But will bloodthirsty Hillary follow his advice?

Japanese Government Squanders Pension Funds On Failed Stocks As Losses Reach $130 Billion In Past Year

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 06:00 PM PDT

Nearly two years ago we wrote about how the largest pension fund in the world had been hijacked by political hacks in what would be a futile effort to prop up stocks in the "first failed Keynesian state, Japan."  The post came in response to Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund announcing that it would slash its fixed income portfolio to double its target allocation to domestic and foreign equities, in essence, going outright long Central Banks.       

Once upon a time, the world's biggest government pension fund, Japan's $1.1 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund, or GPIF, was apolitical, and merely focused on preserving the people's wealth.

 

Then everything changed, and with the reckless abandon of a junkie on a crack cocaine binge, aka Abenomics, the GPIF management was kicked out, and its entire mandate was flipped from preserving wealth, to gambling on #Ref! P/E stocks, in hopes of recreating the wealth effect of the super-rich (the only problem: Japan has reached its breaking point and the higher the USDJPY, and thus the Nikkei rises, the more the BOJ directly destroys its economy with an already record number of bankruptcies due to the plunging Yen getting recorder).

 

Worst of all, the GPIF became nothing short of the latest political pawn in what is now the the first failed Keynesian state, Japan.

 

Unfortunately, for Japan, and its tens of millions of pensioners, the only news here is simple: the entire country is now held hostage by Japan's last-gasp attempt to prove Monetarist and Keynesian policies work. Because, said otherwise, "Abenomics better work, or else all your pensions are toast."

Then, last month after the GPIF reported it's biggest fiscal year loss since the "great recession", a mere 5.3 trillion yen ($53 billion), we asked whether the pension fund had finally learned it's lesson.  Would fund managers finally resort back to their original goal or preserving retiree wealth or continue in their failed efforts to prop up Japanese stocks.  Alas, we concluded that maintaining the status quo was the most likely path forward.  

So with Abenomics careening off the cliff and headed for a traumatic death, and with Kuroda having become the laughing stock of central bank circles, has Japan finally learned its lesson? Will the GPIF rotate out of money-losing stocks and back into bonds which are currently trading at record high prices? According to Morgan Stanley, the answer is not a chance, for the simple reason that as a result of an upcoming asset rebalancing, the GPIF will have no choice but to buy even more money-losing stocks.

Which brings us to today and the announcement of further staggering losses on the $1.3 trillion portfolio of the GPIF.  Today the pension announced it lost 5.2 trillion yen ($52 billion) in 2Q 2016, or roughly 4% of their 129.7 trillion yen ($1.3 trillion) in assets.  Not to rub it in too much, but that brings the rolling 4Q losses to an aggregate of nearly 13 trillion yen or $130 billion.

Japan Pension

 

As Bloomberg points out, GPIF held 21 percent of investments in local stocks at the end of June, and 39 percent in domestic bonds. Overseas equities made up 21 percent of assets, while foreign debt accounted for 13 percent. Alternative investments were 0.05 percent of holdings, down from 0.06 percent at the end of March. GPIF targets allocations of 25 percent each for Japanese and overseas stocks, 35 percent for local bonds and 15 percent for foreign debt.

Therefore, GPIF returns are not terribly surprising given that ~21% of assets, or $275BN, are allocated to Japanese equities which haven't performed all that well over the past year.  In fact, Japanese stocks are down about 22% in the past 12 months which represents about $60BN of losses or 4.5% of GPIF assets.  

 

TOPIX

 

In case you're the "hopelessly optimistic" type, the Wall Street Journal points out the GPIF has no intentions of admitting failure and reverting back to a reasonable asset allocation model that might have some hope in preserving pensions for Japan's retirees.  No, as deputy director-general of investment strategy, Shinichiro Mori, points out, the GPIF will maintain the status quo as "stock markets are on a recovery trend.

Shinichiro Mori, the GPIF’s deputy director-general of investment strategy, said that in the current quarter, strong U.S. jobs data for June helped stock markets and Brexit fears have subsided.

 

The markets have since restored stability, and I believe stock markets are on a recovery trend. In the meantime, the exchange rate, the dollar/yen rate, is still flat. We are going to carefully monitor its movements going forward,” Mr. Mori said.

 

Mr. Mori said it would be hard to achieve the target for investment return by investing primarily in domestic bonds because their yields are low and there is a risk of bond prices dropping from current high levels. The benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond yielded minus 0.075% in Friday afternoon trading. Bond yields and prices move in the opposite direction.

 

“In the short term, there is greater volatility in return rates for our portfolio, but since we invest for the long term, it’d be easier to achieve the investment goal required for the pension system” with the current allocation, Mr. Mori said.

Well, if at first you don't succeed...

China's Great Divide: A New Cultural Revolution?

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 05:30 PM PDT

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The only question left for China (and every other debt/bubble-dependent nation) is what socio-political consequences will manifest when the credit bubble finally bursts?

In Asia, it's generally seen as unpatriotic to criticize one's country in public, even if you disagree with its direction and leadership. The cultural norm is to maintain the "face" of one's country by hiding its ills from outsiders.

This reticence is especially evident in China, which suffers from the memory of being subjugated by the Western imperialist powers in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

As a general rule, you will rarely hear any profound criticism of China unless you are considered a trusted friend; giving China a black eye in public is frowned upon, even by its domestic critics.

For this reason, the majority of the Western media has very little grasp of what worries Chinese people. Recently, I have heard fears of a Second Cultural Revolution being expressed in private.

There is a Great Divide between generations in China: on the one side is the older generation that remembers the Maoist era with some nostalgia and the terrible adversities of the Cultural Revolution (1966 - 1976). On the other side is the young educated, prosperous generation which has only known consumerist prosperity and personal advancement.

The ideals of the old communes are an abstraction to the young generation, as are the terrible costs of the Cultural Revolution.

A resurgence of devotion to Mao has caught authorities off-guard; they can't very well suppress public displays of secular worship of the Party's founder, but raising Mao's revolutionary ideals from the dustbin of history implicitly challenges the Party's current leadership.

The older generation resents the young consumer-obsessed generation, and some would like to purge China of the excesses of wealth and consumerism.

It's not too difficult to see how rising unemployment (China's Hidden Unemployment Rate) and China's enormous wealth inequality could spark a new Cultural Revolution that would target Party leaders who have benefited from the state-managed neoliberal capitalism that has greatly enriched the leaders and their family dynasties.

In effect, a return to the party's Maoist roots would open divisive fissures in the Party and the nation. Farfetched? Perhaps not as much as the conventional sugar-coated media representation would suggest.

The status quo solution (in China, the U.S., Japan, the E.U., etc. etc.) to a weakening bubble-dependent economy is to inflate another even bigger bubble. If debt reached extremes that imploded, the solution is to expand debt far beyond the levels that triggered the implosion.

If fudging the numbers triggered a loss of confidence, the solution is to fudge the numbers even more, so they no longer reflect reality at all.

If the masses protest their powerlessness, the solution is to push them further from the centers of power.

And so on.

This blowing new bubbles to replace the ones that popped works for a while, but at the expense of systemic stability. Each new bubble requires pushing the system to new extremes that increase the risk of instability and collapse.

In other words, the stability of the new bubble is temporary and thus illusory.

The processes used to inflate the new bubble suffer from diminishing returns. The nature of stimulus-response is that overuse of the stimulus leads to diminishing responses. This is a structural feature that cannot be massaged away.

Goosing public confidence in the status quo with phony statistics and rigged markets works splendidly the first time, less so the second time, and barely at all the third time. Why is this so? The distance between reality and the bubble construct is now so great that the disconnection from reality is self-evident to anyone not marveling at the finery of the Emperor's non-existent clothing.

The system habituates to the higher stimulus. If the drug/debt has lost its effectiveness, a higher dose is needed. This is the progression of serial bubbles. Then the system habituates to the higher dose/debt, and the next expansion of debt must be even greater.

This dynamic can be visualized as The Rising Wedge Model of Breakdown, which builds on the well-known Ratchet Effect: the system is greased for easy expansion of debt, leverage, employees, etc., but it has no mechanism to allow contraction. Any contraction triggers systemic collapse.

The only question left for China (and every other debt/bubble-dependent nation) is what socio-political consequences will manifest when the credit bubble finally bursts?

The answer will arise from the unique interplay of history, social norms and central-state actions in each nation-state as the crisis deepens. In China, the two revolutions--the Communist victory of 1949 and the now-suppressed Cultural Revolution of 1966 - 1976-- will both loom large--perhaps far larger than the current regime would like.

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Prophecy Update End Time Headlines 8/26/16

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 03:30 PM PDT

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WAKE UP CALL: Our Entire World is Going To Change -- BILL HOLTER

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 03:01 PM PDT

The cartel hit gold hard again on Wednesday selling $1.5 BILLION is paper gold into the market in ONE MINUTE and as JS Mineset's Bill Holter notes, "$1.5 Billion of gold is close to 2% of global production and to see that sold in one minute is laughable. Who has that amount of gold to sell? And the...

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Gold: Divided We Stand

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 02:52 PM PDT

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The Market’s Being Set Up For A Hard Fall

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 02:38 PM PDT

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The market's melt-up since the Feb. 11 interim low has been positively surreal. It has gone up 19% since that February low of 1,829 on the S&P 500.

But there's nothing sustainable about it.

This latest rebound was the work of eyes-wide-shut day traders and robo-machines surfing on a thinner and thinner cushion of momentum. What comes next, in fact, is exactly what happens when you stop pedaling your bicycle. Momentum gets exhausted, gravity takes over and the illusion of stability is painfully shattered.

The simple truth is, the Fed's long-running interest rate repression policies have caused systematic, persistent and massive falsification of prices all along the yield curve and throughout all sectors of the financial market.

The Fed is just systematically juicing the gamblers, and thereby fueling ever greater mispricing of financial assets and ever more dangerous and explosive financial bubbles. What we're seeing now is the illusion of stability.

During this year's final pulse of the great stock market bubble of 2009–2016, the illusion of stability was reflected in the complete collapse of the VIX Index or, as it is often called, the fear gauge.

Take a look at a chart from the last cycle, culminating in the crash of 2008. The Greenspan housing, credit and stock market bubbles were inflating. At the same time, volatility was steadily drained out of the market by increasingly more bullish and complacent traders.

Accordingly, between the stock market's bottom in September 2002 and the first hints of the subprime crisis in February 2007, the VIX Index dropped relentlessly. In fact, it was then down by 75% to a bottom index value of 10.2 on the eve of the mortgage crisis.

When the financial bubbles began to implode, however, the VIX exploded. By Oct. 28, 2008 it had risen by 550%. Traders who saw it coming and got long volatility, or "vol," made a fortune.

Chart

It just so happens that during the last few weeks, the VIX came close to its early 2007 low, touching 10.8 on an intraday basis. That meant that it had declined by 62% from its Feb. 11 level — and it had declined by 58% from its dramatic late-June spike at the time of the Brexit surprise.

In a word, by mid-August, the casino had become so complacent and fearless that you needed a motion detector to identify signs of life. At approximately noon on Aug. 16, in fact, the VIX Index literally did not move for upward of an hour.

Things are almost laughably quiet right now.

Fed funds futures are now showing a 32% chance of a September rate hike, despite the latest "good" jobs report and other supposedly good economic news. That's up substantially from where it was just a few weeks ago, but it's still just one in three.

But the larger question is why a tiny bump in interest rates should even matter at all.

After seven years of zero or next to zero interest rates, it must be truly wondered how supposedly rational adults can obsess over whether the another tiny smidgeon of a rate increase should be permitted this year or next, or whether the economy can tolerate a rise in the funds rate from 38 bps to 63 bps when it finally does move.

The difference is just irrelevant noise to the main street economy. It can't possibly impact the economic calculus of a single household or business!

But then, again, the Fed doesn't serve the main street economy. It lives to pleasure Wall Street.

Having pinned the money market rate at the zero bound for so long and with such an unending stream of ever-changing and silly excuses, the occupants of the Eccles Building are truly lost.

They do not even fathom that they are engaging in a word-splitting exercise no more meaningful to the main street economy than counting angels on the head of a pin.

Indeed, if they weren't mesmerized by their own ritual incantation they would not presume for a moment that fractional changes of the money market rate away from ZIRP would have any impact on main street borrowing, spending, investing and growth.

So why does the Fed persist in this farcical minuet around ZIRP?

The principal reasons are not at all hard to discern. In the first instance, the Fed is caught in a time warp and fails to comprehend that the game of bicycling interest rates to heat and cool the macro-economy is over and done.

The credit channel of monetary transmission has fallen victim to "Peak Debt." This means that the main street economy no longer gets a temporary pick-me-up from cheap interest rates because with tapped out balance sheets they have no further ability to borrow.

The only actual increases in household debt since the financial crisis has been for student loans, which are guaranteed by Uncle Sam's balance sheet, and auto loans which are collateralized by over-valued vehicles.

Stated differently, home equity was tapped out last time and wage and salary incomes have been fully leveraged for years. So households have nothing else left to hock.

Accordingly, they now only spend what they earn, meaning that the Fed's interest rate manipulations — which had potency 40 years ago — have no impact at all today. Keynesian monetary policy through the crude tool of money market rate pegging was always a one-time parlor trick.

Then why on earth do our monetary central planners cling so desperately to ZIRP?

The answer is they appear to believe that cheap money might still do a smidgeon of good. Besides, it hasn't caused any consumer price inflation, or at least that's what they contend — so where is the harm?

Well, yes. Doing a rain dance neither causes harm nor rain. Yet there is a huge difference. Zero interest rates are not even remotely harmless. They amount to a colossal economic battering ram because they transform capital markets into gambling casinos.

And the complacent casino is being set up for a fall when the battering ram hits.

The Fed is out of dry powder and out of time. And it could easily spook the market at its upcoming meeting on Sept. 20–21.

After what will be 93 months crouched on the zero bound, it will have no excuse not to raise rates by 25 basis points. Especially if it continues to be deluded by the false and lagging indicators of the BLS jobs report.

But the market has most definitely not "priced in" a rate hike. It will sell off violently if the Fed goes ahead and raises rates. This has been recently suggested by its key rate strategist and Goldman man on the case, Bill Dudley, president of the New York Fed.

On the other hand, if it punts until another time, that decision will come with new concerns. Concerns that continuing head winds from China, Europe and the rest of the world have the potential to seriously harm the struggling domestic recovery.

Even the day traders and robo-machines must know that the Fed is out of dry powder. It cannot go to subzero interest rates without triggering a Donald Trump-led domestic political conflagration. Nor can it abruptly shift to a huge new round of QE without confessing that $3.5 trillion of the same has been for naught.

In short, if it fails to raise rates and even hints at the risk of domestic recession, there will be pandemonium in the casino. The gamblers recognize that there will be no monetary fire brigade waiting at the exits.

Either way, Sept. 21 will be a day of reckoning. This time, I believe that the Fed's desperate last resort to verbal intervention will fail, causing a market now living off the fumes of momentum to hit the skids.

Another September event could trigger volatility as well. On Sept. 26, Trump and Hillary will have their first presidential debate. The results of this debate could also blindside the market because at the moment Hillary Clinton is considered to be a shoo-in.

I beg to differ and have some personal experience with respect to what might be an October surprise.

Back in 1980 I was actually Ronald Reagan's sparring partner in his Jimmy Carter debate rehearsals. I saw what can happen when a candidate finally gets the pulse of the country and scores big in the Presidential debates.

Reagan did that and came from way behind to win. There is no telling what Donald Trump will do, but at this stage of the game there is absolutely no reason to think that the market has it right and that Hillary has it in the bag.

Regards,

David Stockman
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Gold Junior Stocks Q2 2016 Fundamentals

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 01:14 PM PDT

The junior gold miners and explorers have soared dramatically in an amazing year, before falling hard this week.  This sharp correction is doing its job in rebalancing bull-market sentiment, crushing greed and leaving traders wary of this sector.  But gold juniors’ recently-released second-quarter financial and operational results prove their fundamentals are strengthening dramatically, a very bullish omen for stock prices. The junior gold stocks are rightfully considered the Wild West of the gold sector.  Most of the hundreds and hundreds of these small companies won’t prove successful.  They won’t be able to secure funding to explore sufficiently, won’t be fortunate enough to find an economic deposit of gold to mine, or won’t be able to make the herculean leap from explorer to miner.  The odds are stacked heavily against the gold juniors.

What The Federal Reserve Really Is

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 01:00 PM PDT

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Investors and analysts throw around the term "Fed" without much reflection on what the Federal Reserve actually is and is not.

It's important to understand the Fed's structure as a prelude to understanding its policy process. Knowing how the central bank is organized and who's in charge can position you to preserve wealth and even profit from the coming Fed-induced turmoil.

The Federal Reserve is not a single central bank, but a system of twelve regional reserve banks under the supervision of a board of governors in Washington DC. This central body is called The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. It has a chairperson, currently Janet Yellen, and a vice chairperson, currently Stanley Fischer.

Janet Yellen Swearing In

Janet Yellen Swearing In

In addition, there are five other governors for a total of seven people on the board. Right now, there are two vacancies (and no pending nominees to fill the vacancies), so the entire board consists of five individuals: Yellen, Fischer, Lael Brainard, Daniel Tarullo, and Jerome Powell.

The chair, vice chair, and governors are nominated by the president of the United States subject to Senate confirmation. Governors serve fourteen-year terms (although many resign from the board before those terms expire). The chair and vice chair have four-year terms, and concurrently serve fourteen-year terms as governors. It's unusual for a chair to remain as a governor if not reappointed for a new term as chair, but it has happened.

While the board of governors oversees the "system," they are not in charge of any particular bank. The banking is left to the twelve regional reserve banks located in major cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. The reserve banks are privately owned by the commercial banks in each district. For example, Citibank and JPMorgan are shareholders in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York because those banks have their headquarters in the Fed's Second District, which includes New York.

Since the regional reserve banks are privately owned, they elect their own boards of directors based on voting by the private member banks. In turn, these boards hire the president of each bank. This has sometimes given rise to charges of conflict of interest because shareholders are, in effect, hiring their own regulator.

It's Just Business As Usual At The Fed.

This conflict came to a head with the hiring of William Dudley as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Dudley is a former partner with Goldman Sachs. The New York Fed has direct supervisory authority over Goldman. Stephen Friedman, another former Goldman partner, was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York Fed at the time Dudley was hired. The conflict is obvious, yet little was said or done about it.

Federal Reserve Member Plaque

Federal Reserve Member Plaque

The set-up of twelve regional reserve banks is a throwback to a time when business conditions varied widely in the United States, and news traveled slowly. In 1915, a few years after the Fed was created, it was entirely possible to have tight money in Kansas City if drought conditions prevailed and farmers were failing to meet mortgage commitments. At the same time, there could be easy money in Boston if exports of manufactured goods were producing gold inflows. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco might bring news of immigration patterns that affected labor market conditions. Each regional reserve bank could set its own discount rate to reflect local conditions and implement monetary tightness or ease as needed.

Today, This History Seems Quaint.

News on business conditions travels instantaneously. Technically regional reserve banks can vary their discount rates, but this never happens in practice. Banks borrow in the Fed funds market, and if slight differences in rates emerge, they are arbitraged away immediately by computer driven trading.

Nevertheless, the structure of twelve regional reserve banks continues. This means that twelve regional reserve bank presidents dutifully descend on Washington for each Fed meeting even though they have little to offer except their own opinions based on obsolete models.

There is one exception to this description of the regional reserve bank presidents. That exception is the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While interest rate policy decisions are made in Washington, they are carried out by the open-market trading desk in New York. This gives the New York Fed unique power to affect money markets that the other regional reserve banks do not have.

Federal Reserve Board Building

Federal Reserve Board Building

That's the basic arrangement. You have a Board of Governors in Washington who have power, but no bank. You have eleven regional reserve banks around the country who are privately owned, but have little power. Finally you have one regional reserve bank in New York that is controlled by the largest private banks, has considerable market power, but carries out the wishes of the Board.

If you think this sounds convoluted, you're right. Rube Goldberg could not have done a better job of designing a system that makes no sense. Yet, much of this convoluted design is intentional, and is intended to obscure the real workings of monetary policy from everyday Americans.

When conspiracy theorists and bloggers get carried away, they point to the big bank cronyism that emerges from this system. Elites like that just fine because the conspiracy mongers are easy to dismiss.

Truth is always stranger than fiction.

Regards,

Jim Rickards
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Hillary’s health: Clinton emails obsessed with sleep,“exotic drugs”

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 12:36 PM PDT

Ezra Levant of TheRebel.media typed "sleep" into a searchable archive of Hillary Clinton's emails and uncovered disturbing medical info about the would-be president. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free...

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EUR-USD pattern still on track

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 12:26 PM PDT

The Euro has spent the last year consolidating against the US Dollar, however it appears as though this long consolidation was just a breather in a longer term down trend. Our updated daily forecast pattern below, shows how we think this consolidation will end during the next few months.

Buy Gold’s August Dip? Gold’s Monthly Sweet Spot In September

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 12:22 PM PDT

Gold bullion has had its biggest gains in September over the past 20 years. Seasonally gold is entering the sweet spot with the Autumn being gold’s best season and with September being gold’s best month in the last 20 years.

The Impact of Brexit on the U.S. Economy and Gold Market

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 12:17 PM PDT

In the previous edition of the Market Overview, we analyzed briefly the consequences of Brexit vote. We stated that “the most important economic effect of the Brexit vote is so far a significant rise in uncertainty”. It applies particularly to the political future of Great Britain (Will the UK disintegrate? Will the UK really exit from the EU? When and how will it happen?) and the European Union (Will the EU break apart?). However, Brexit could also hurt the U.S. economy. This is why we would like to focus on the impact of Brexit on the U.S. economy and the gold market.

John Stossel On The Insanity Of Today's Democrats

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 11:40 AM PDT

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Jim’s Mailbox

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 10:31 AM PDT

Jim/Bill, In days like today, where gold is trashed on the paper Comex, I keep my wits about me by always relying on my definition of gold: It functions as a mirror for 2 things- -a guage of fear in the marketplace. -a measure of confidence in all things finance, including but not limited to... Read more »

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The New Power Elite Part II: The U.S. and China Escalate Energy War

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 10:30 AM PDT

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Most of the New Power Elite in the U.S. hails from Silicon Valley. The first person to talk about is the omnipresent Elon Musk. He is Rockefeller, Morgan and Ford all in one — he has melded together currency, transportation and energy in a 21st-century way.

Musk made his first fortune as a cofounder of PayPal, which processes the exchange of money. He chairs and co-founded Tesla, which is innovatively the Ford Model T. He is also the chairman of SolarCity, the publicly traded solar panel designer and installer run by his cousin, Lyndon Rive. His pending merger announcement of Tesla and SolarCity will join clean transportation and energy.

Not coincidentally, SolarCity's Executive Vice President of Global Capital Markets, J. Radford Small, was at Goldman Sachs for 17 years. And the underwriters Elon Musk is using on the Tesla/SolarCity deal? Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Musk is the modern version of the original robber barons. Expansion of his power is a fresh take on an old play.

There's also the "Breakthrough Energy Coalition," which includes Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. During the UN economic conference in Paris last winter, this group announced they would mainly invest in early-stage sustainable energy companies. The New Power Elite need energy to run their businesses.

If they can harness new forms of energy, they don't have to compete with the fossil fuel crowd or their legacies.

And like their past counterparts, the New Power Elite can influence governments and policy without holding public office. They don't need to be in the inner beltway to call the shots — they create the systems that monitor and share the information behind the scenes. They are investing in sustainability not only because it's profitable, but because it's a path to greater influence in general.

China's Next Two Moves Against the U.S.

China is challenging the U.S. for world influence right now. First, China is leading the way in wind, solar and associated investments, domestically and abroad. While being environmentally conscious and providing sustainable energy is good for PR and air quality, there is more to it than that.

Geopolitics is strategically important and always at work — now more than ever. The competition between China and the U.S. can break depending on who has power over "dirty" energy and who can find alternatives to diffuse that power.

It is all a power play, and that's how you should be reading U.S. and China economic and energy headlines.

China has a long-term view of the global dominance offered by the shifting power paradigm. Central banking is the second key to this shift. China is undermining U.S. dominance by making the yuan a viable option to replace the dollar as the world currency.

The 2008 financial crisis destabilized global finance and accelerated China's moves toward power and autonomy in the world. They want to get away from the fragile U.S. and European banking system and its central bank enablers. China was able to use the fallout to further jockey for its position as a global super power with respect to currency and energy.

From my recent travels, I know that China has two target dates for certain global displays of their new power: the fast approaching G20 meetings and the 2022 Olympics.

G20 Game Changer

The G20 is the most urgent. China is hosting the G20 leaders on Sept. 4 and 5, 2016 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. This will be the first official G20 summit hosted in China. According to one of my sources, China is spending around 100 billion yuan to make Hangzhou look and feel amazing for the G20 meetings. They want the G20 leaders (and the rest of the world) to see China at its best.

G20 China

One main topic on the docket for the G20 meetings in September will be the fallout of Brexit and ensuring stability in the currency and financial markets. Hand in hand will be the inclusion of the yuan in the IMF's Special Drawing Right (SDR) basket. This is a huge move for China to gain power over the dollar.

In addition to the yuan joining the SDR, the second focus, at China's insistence, will be sustainable energy. Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, recently said at a press conference, "China will promote the G20 to take the lead in pursuing cooperation for sustainable development throughout the world in a bid to bridge the development gap." He wants to "accelerate the process of consolidation and the ratifying procedures of the Paris Agreement on climate change."

In an ironic twist, given its former bad rap on clean air, China's superpower aspirations are paving the way for them to insert sustainable development into the G20 agenda by bringing the UN's 2030 Agenda to the table. While playing host to the G20, China will spearhead discussion on green bonds.

Before the Hangzhou event regarding green bonds, China will hold a meeting with the NDB, based in Shanghai. Eastern countries picture Shanghai as an emerging financial hub and it appears to be quickly over-taking Hong Kong in terms of international attention and national growth — and buzz.

I met with Mr. Paulo Nogueira Batista, Vice-President of the NDB, at its headquarters. Mr. Batista was the executive director at the IMF, representing Brazil and 10 other countries for eight years. He was also a key architect of the NDB after the financial crisis of 2008.

The NDB was created to "support public or private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments." We met opposite the Shanghai Tower, the second-tallest building in the word, and one that promotes itself as the greenest. There, we discussed China's dedication to leading the way in sustainable energy.

Regarding sustainable projects and investments, Mr. Batista told me:

We will try to be as green as we can. Traditionally, multi-lateral banks have wanted to do such projects but have complained that sustainability gets in the way. We, on the other hand, see sustainability as a goal in itself for the lending side. We are issuing our first green bond next week — proceeds will be fully allocated for green projects. We will set up an independent third party to ensure adherence to green standards.

Paulo Nogueira Batista and Nomi Prins

Paulo Nogueira Batista, VP of the New Development Bank, previously the executive director of the IMF together with Nomi Prins

The NDB isn't just financing green projects for its members. It's also the first major development bank putting its money where its mouth is — which spells demand for green bonds. "Our own assets," he said, "will be invested in green bonds — two-thirds of our proceeds will be in sustainable infrastructure."

On July 18 2016, the NDB issued its first green bond, as Mr. Batista noted— a $449 million yuan-denominated green bond — into China's interbank market. It is the first green bond from a development agency with a lead underwriter that is not a U.S. or European bank, but instead, the Bank of China.

China currently leads the world in the sale of green debt and has helped push global green issuance in the first part of 2016 to equal the full-year total of 2015, according to my sources at the Asian Development Bank.

On July 6 2016, the Bank of China sold $3.03 billion in new green bonds, the largest international issuance of its kind. The issuance was the first to be made in three currencies — a $2.25 billion tranche, a €500 million tranche and one issued in New York totaling 1.5 billion in offshore renminbi.

It was also the first green bond offering from Asia to be made in Europe. Green bonds have benefits beyond their greenness — they have tax advantages and take advantage of longer term investment strategies, in a similar way to gold.

Beijing's Olympic Makeover

Having walked around Beijing, I can tell you that pollution is troubling. Combatting it is something the Chinese government has aspired to since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Nomi Prins in Tiananmen Square

Nomi Prins in Tiananmen Square in July 2016

In my talks with city locals, I learned that the government planted trees and grass around the city with a vengeance before those Games.

Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. If trees and air quality were of concern before, the Chinese government is even more focused on the future Games. It will be the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. It will be the largest city ever to host the Winter Olympics.

After the Paris climate change conference in 2015, China has stated its goal to reduce emissions of major pollutants in the power sector by 60% by 2020. Sustainability, clean energy and green bonds are matters of national pride and power. With these factors, the Olympics will provide a vantage point for the world to revisit how China has progressed on sustainable energy.

China, in its renaissance as a new global power, will increasingly rely on renewable and sustainable energy to drive its economy and those of its key allies and trading partners. Currently China is "the world leader in wind power, accounting for about one in every three turbines currently installed," according to the Global Wind Energy Council.

Solar power generation capacity was up 74% in China last year compared with 2014 levels.

There are major implications in all of these changes, and opportunities to understand the energy wars.

Regards,

Nomi Prins
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Julian Assange - Hillary's October Surprise

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 09:12 AM PDT

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The GLD vs GOLD

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 08:41 AM PDT

The case for owning precious metals has already been made. We live in a world of unprecedented and ever expanding debt, devaluing fiat currencies and negative interest rates. Even Wall Street’s heralded “Bond King”, Bill Gross, now admits the world will continue to have difficulty paying its debts without further price inflations. Investors wisely seeking exposure to precious metals must deliberate between the convenience of buying shares of an electronically traded fund (ETF) and the ultimate security of owning physical gold and silver bullion. We tasked ourselves to take a closer look at each to understand their important distinctions.

Former Fed Governor Warsh admits that the central bank manipulates markets

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 08:39 AM PDT

Adjudicating GATA's freedom-of-information claim against the Federal Reserve when he was a member of the Fed's Borad of Governors in 2009, the author revealed that the Fed has secret gold swap arrangements with foreign banks --

http://www.gata.org/node/7819

-- a business about which New York Fed President William Dudley refused to answer questions five months ago:

http://www.gata.org/node/16341

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The Federal Reserve Needs New Thinking

By Kevin Warsh
The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 24, 2016

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-federal-reserve-needs-new-thinking-14720...

The conduct of monetary policy in recent years has been deeply flawed. U.S. economic growth lags prior recoveries, falling short of forecasts and deteriorating in the most recent quarters. This week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts the world's leading central bankers and academics to consider monetary reform. The task is timely and consequential, but the Fed needs a broader reform agenda.

Policy makers around the world neither predicted nor can adequately explain the reasons for current inflation readings below their targets. So it is puzzling that so many academics are pushing to raise the current 2% inflation target to a higher target of 3% or 4%. In the telling of the economics guild, the Fed's leaders should descend from the Grand Tetons with supreme assurance that their latest monetary policy invention will remedy the economy's ills.

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The Fed's leaders should not take the bait. Raising the inflation target is a bad idea being considered at the wrong time for the wrong reasons.

A new inflation target would undermine the Fed's commitment to any policy framework. It would please the denizens of Wall Street who pine for still-looser Fed policy. And households would be understandably miffed to receive a new lecture on unconventional monetary policy -- this one on the benefits of higher prices.

A change in inflation targets would also add to the growing list of excuses that rationalize the economic malaise: the persistent headwinds from the crisis of the prior decade, the high-sounding slogan of "secular stagnation," and the convenient recent alibi of Brexit.

A numeric change in the inflation target isn't real reform. It serves more as subterfuge to distract from monetary, regulatory, and fiscal errors. A robust reform agenda requires more rigorous review of recent policy choices and significant changes in the Fed's tools, strategies, communications, and governance.

Two major obstacles must be overcome: groupthink within the academic economics guild, and the reluctance of central bankers to cede their new power.

First, the economics guild pushed ill-considered new dogmas into the mainstream of monetary policy. The Fed's mantra of data-dependence causes erratic policy lurches in response to noisy data. Its medium-term policy objectives are at odds with its compulsion to keep asset prices elevated. Its inflation objectives are far more precise than the residual measurement error. Its output-gap economic models are troublingly unreliable.

The Fed seeks to fix interest rates and control foreign-exchange rates simultaneously -- an impossible task with the free flow of capital. Its "forward guidance," promising low interest rates well into the future, offers ambiguity in the name of clarity. It licenses a cacophony of communications in the name of transparency. And it expresses grave concern about income inequality while refusing to acknowledge that its policies unfairly increased asset inequality.

The Fed often treats financial markets as a beast to be tamed, a cub to be coddled, or a market to be manipulated. It appears in thrall to financial markets, and financial markets are in thrall to the Fed, but only one will get the last word. A simple, troubling fact: From the beginning of 2008 to the present, more than half of the increase in the value of the S&P 500 occurred on the day of Federal Open Market Committee decisions.

The groupthink gathers adherents even as its successes become harder to find. The guild tightens its grip when it should open its mind to new data sources, new analytics, new economic models, new communication strategies, and a new paradigm for policy.

The second obstacle to real reform is no less challenging. Real reform should reverse the trend that makes the Fed a general purpose agency of government. Many guild members believe that central bankers -- nonpartisan, high-minded experts -- are particularly well-suited to expand their policy remit. They fail to recognize that central bank power is permissible in a democracy only when its scope is limited, its track record strong, and its accountability assured.

The Fed is suffering from a marked downturn in public support. Citizens are rightly concerned about the concentration of economic power at the central bank. Long after the financial crisis, the Fed holds trillions of dollars of assets that would otherwise be in private hands. And it appears to make monetary policy with the purpose of managing financial asset prices, including bolstering the share prices of public companies.

With the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Fed claims the mantle of reform. It now micromanages big banks and effectively caps their rate of return. The biggest banks' growth in market share corresponds to that of their principal regulator. They are joint-venture partners with the Fed, serving as quasi-public utilities. As the dispenser of fault and favor, the Fed is contributing to the public perception of an unfair, inequitable economic system. Real reform this is not.

Most gathered in Jackson Hole will judge that the Fed's aggressive actions are necessary and wise. Even if that were true, the Fed finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. Congress will tag the Fed for its failures, and the public will assail the Fed for favoritism for its ostensible successes.

In the best of circumstances, the U.S. economy will accelerate to "escape velocity." In that event the Fed might get the benefit of the public doubt.

If, as is more likely, the economy is closer to recession than resurgence, the Fed is poorly positioned to respond with force, efficacy, and credibility. The Fed is vulnerable. Its recent centennial as our nation's central bank should not be confused with its permanent acceptance in the American political system.

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Mr. Warsh, a former member of the Federal Reserve board, is a distinguished visiting fellow in economics at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

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Ronan Manly: Is any gold still stored at U.S. Mint in Denver?

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 08:17 AM PDT

11:15a ET Friday, August 26, 2016

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Gold researcher Ronan Manly reports today that the U.S. Mint has made a subtle change in its monthly reports, which now indicate that no gold is being stored at the Denver mint. Manly infers from this that all U.S. government gold now is being held at the Army installations at Fort Knox in Kentucky and West Point in New York and that, as fund manager and geopolitical analyst James G. Rickards contends, all the gold is essentially under the Army's control. Manly's report is headlined "Is There Any Gold Bullion Stored at the U.S. Mint in Denver?" and it's posted at Bullion Star here:

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Precious Metals Pullback To Uptrend Provides Buying Opportunities in New Bull Market

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 07:50 AM PDT

This is turning out to be one of the most powerful rebounds in gold and
silver’s recent history.  For a long time I have advocated patience and
fortitude with respect to wealth in the earth assets and continued to find
the top performers in the junior gold mining sector.  Those that have
stuck with me are positioned now for this great run as I believe that this is the
beginning of a major new bull market.

See the video looking at the charts
by looking here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkJrwSzVG-8

I have warned you for weeks now that new investors should wait for pullbacks.

The miners were beaten so low in this bear market that like a compressed spring bounced

so hard so fast that a healthy pullback to upward sloping 50 and 200

day moving averages like we are seeing now is quite healthy and restorative.

Attention should be paid to Treasury Metals (TML.TO) a high quality
Ontario junior gold miner breaking out of a three year base on huge volume this
week.  They published a project update which obviously attracted some
important investors who may believe Treasury is going into production as
it breaks into new highs.  I am most excited about their 2016 exploration
program which has commenced.  I believe there could be some high grade
potential on the property to add ounces.  Treasury also acquired an
Ontario junior gold property.

See the news by clicking on the following link:
http://www.treasurymetals.com/s/press_release.asp?id=122643  

See my interview with Treasury by clicking here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SG8u-wSjy8

I would like to address NuLegacy Gold Corp (NUG.V or NULGF) who announced
recent assay results for the first 10 holes on its 100% owned gold
property on the Cortex Trend adjacent to Barrick (ABX) that showed some of the
longest intervals to date and may show a distinct deposit to the West and
down dip from the Central Zone.  The COO Dr. Roger Steininger comments,
“Holes RHB-72 and 73 have encountered some of the longest intervals of
continuous gold mineralization on the property to date, and indicate the
potential for a distinct gold deposit of sizable dimensions to the west
of, and down dip from the Central zone”.  I am excited that Dr. Steininger who
has been working on the Cortez Trend and found Barrick’s Pipeline deposit
finally has the ability to drill some wildcat holes on the 38 sq. mile
property.  Remember this is elephant country with some of the largest and
most profitable mines in the world.  An additional discovery from of these
wildcat holes for NuLegacy could be a game changer.  Why has the stock not
reacted to recent developments.  The stock has undergone recent weakness
as their is a transition from some prior shorter term inside shareholders
(Waterton) to long term strategic investors such Oceana Gold, Barrick and
Toqueville.  Its interesting to see Alex Davidson former VP Exploration of
Barrick showed up on the insider report purchasing 100k units.  Mr.
Davidson is a smart guy. Remember this is a 40+ hole summer program so
there is still a good possibility of some exciting developments this fall.

See the news on recent drilling by clicking here:
http://nulegacygold.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=756708&_Type=News&_Title=NuLegacy-Reports-1st-Set-of-2016-Drill-Results

See my interview with NuLegacy Gold by clicking on the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHpn6SUVD8I

For weeks now as soon as K92 Mining (KNT.V or KNTNF) was coming public I
told you to watch this near term gold producer with an all star management
team with a proven track record.  The company has broken out explosively
into new highs as they attracted possibly one of the smartest precious
metals investors in the world Ross Beaty who put $2 million CAD into the
company.  Who is Ross Beaty?  Ross is Founder and Chairman of Pan American
Silver (PAAS) a large dividend paying silver producer with seven operating
mines and 7000 employees.   Mr. Beaty has a knack for acquiring assets at
cheap valuations in bear markets and seeing large returns.

See the news on the recent investment by clicking on the following link:
http://www.k92mining.com/2016/07/k92-mining-closes-2000000-financing/

See my interview with K92 Mining by clicking on the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPSq_8LsQHU

In conclusion, continue sticking with the highest quality juniors with
real assets backed by some of the smartest minds in the business and wait to use

these pullbacks to rotate and add to your top juniors at key support levels.  The bull
market is just beginning and these companies could continue being attractive

to new investors in our sector.

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Double Digit Inflation And The Rise of Gold

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 07:18 AM PDT

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Double-digit inflation is a non-linear development. What I mean by that is, inflation doesn't go simply from two percent, three percent, four, five, six. What happens is it's really hard to get it from two to three, which is ultimately what the fed wants.

It's proving extremely difficult just to get up to two. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) is the core price deflator, which is what the fed looks at. Currently, it is at about 1.6, 1.7 percent, but it's stuck there. It's not going anywhere. The fed continues to try everything possible to get it to two with hopes to hit three. Where the problem arises is once you get to three, the next stop isn't four, it's eight, and then it goes to ten. In other words, there is a big jump.

The reason is that it's not purely a function of monetary policy, it's a partial function of monetary policy.

It's also a partial function of behavioral psychology. It's very difficult to get people to change their expectations, but if you do, it's hard to get them to change back again.

Inflation can really spin out of control very quickly. So is double-digit inflation rate within the next five years in the future? It's possible. Though I am not forecasting it. If it happens, it would happen very quickly. We would see a struggle from two to three, and then jump to six, and then jump to nine or ten. This is another reason why having a gold allocation now is of value. Because if and when these types of development begin happening, gold will be inaccessible.

To this point, I am often approached on, "How can you say gold prices will rise to $10,000 without knowing developments in the world economy, or even what actions will be taken by the federal reserve?"

Here Is Where The $10,000 Per Ounce Number Comes From.

It's not made up. I don't throw it out there to get headlines, et cetera. It's the implied non-deflationary price of gold. Everyone says you can't have a gold standard, because there's not enough gold. There's always enough gold, you just have to get the price right.

That was the mistake made by Churchill in 1925. The world is not going to repeat that mistake. I'm not saying that we will have a gold standard. I'm saying if you have anything like a gold standard, it will be critical to get the price right. To this regard, Paul Volcker said the same thing.

The analytical question is, you can have a gold standard if you get the price right; what is the non-deflationary price? What price would gold have to be in order to support global trade and commerce, and bank balance sheets, without reducing the money supply? The answer is, $10,000 an ounce.

The math is where I use M1, based on my judgment. You can pick another measure if you choose (there are different measures of money supply). I use 40 percent backing. A lot of people don't agree with that. The Austrians say it's got to be 100 percent.

Historically, it's been as low as 20 percent, so 40 percent is my number. If you take the global M1 of the major economies, times 40 percent, and divide that by the amount of official gold in the world, the answer is approximately $10,000 an ounce.

Now, if you go to 100 percent, you're going to get, using M1, you're going to get $25,000 an ounce. If you use M2 at 100 percent, you're going to get $50,000 an ounce. If you use 20 percent backing with M1, you're going to get $5,000 an ounce. All those numbers are going to be different based on the inputs, but just to state my inputs, I'm using global major economy M1, 40 percent backing, and official gold supply of about 35,000 tons.

Change the input, you'll change the output, but there's no mystery. It's not a made-up number. The math is eighth grade math, it's not calculus.

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000524331

That's where I get the $10,000 figure. It is also worth noting that you don't have to have a gold standard, but if you do, this will be the price.

The now impending question is, are we going to have a gold standard? That's a function of collapse of confidence in central bank money, which is already being seen. It's happened three times before, in 1914, 1939 and 1971. Let us not forget that in 1977, the United States issued treasury bonds denominated in Swiss francs, because no other country wanted dollars. The United States treasury then borrowed in Swiss francs, because people didn't want dollars, at least at an interest rate that the treasury was willing to pay.

That's how bad things were, and this type of crisis happens every 30 or 40 years. Again, we can look to history and see what happened in 1998. Wall Street bailed out a hedge fund to save the world. What happened in 2008? The central banks bailed out Wall Street to save the world. What's going to happen in 2018?

Each bailout gets bigger than the one before. Yes, they do the bailouts, building upon "truncation." Yes, governments don't go down without a fight. Policy-makers will truncate a global financial crisis, but then take the analysis a step further. How do you do it? Central bank "bullets."

The Central Banks Are Out Of Bullets.

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, is talking about cutting interest rates in the U.K. He spent two years teasing the markets about raising rates, and now he's going to cut them. That shows you that there's something bigger than a pill. There's something bigger than the central banks going on here that you have to analyze.

If the next crisis is bigger than the last one, which I expect, and the central banks are tapped out, where is the money coming from? How will you re-liquify the world? The answer is, the IMF is going to print a massive amount of dollars of SDRs. Is that inflationary? Of course it is.

If you flood the market in dollars of SDRs, one of two things is going to happen. Either that's going to work, and will be highly inflationary, which is going to take gold to $10,000 an ounce, or it's not going to work, in which case you're going to have to go back to a gold standard, in which case it's going to be $10,000 an ounce.

You can have multiple paths, and timing has to be watched, but this number is very well grounded analytically.

Regards,

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Gold Futures See Massive $1.5 Billion “Non Profit” Liquidation In “One Minute”

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 07:14 AM PDT

Gold futures saw a massive $1.5 billion liquidation in one minute yesterday which had all the hallmarks of a “non profit” liquidation – a large seller trying to manipulate gold futures lower rather than maximise profits.

The Precious Metals Sector and the Fed. . .

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 06:00 AM PDT

The Gold Report

Will China Lead The New World Order ?

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 03:03 AM PDT

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Alex Jones' Message To Hillary Clinton

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 02:30 AM PDT

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U.S-Russia Relations: Entering A New Thaw

Posted: 25 Aug 2016 12:00 PM PDT

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U.S. relations with Russia have run hot and cold for the past ten years. New intelligence shows that relations are coming out of the deep-freeze and entering a new thaw. 

In March 2009, shortly after the Obama administration first came into office, Hillary Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. It was her first meeting with Lavrov since Clinton had become secretary of state.

Relations between Russia and the United States had been under stress because of Russia's invasion of Georgia in 2008 during the George W. Bush administration. Obama and Clinton wanted to reset the relationship and move into a less adversarial posture.

As a goodwill gesture, Clinton asked her aides to create a large red reset button (similar to the "easy" buttons used in the old Staples advertising campaign) with the word "reset" in Russian. The button was put in a case and presented to Lavrov as a gift at the Geneva summit.

There was only one problem. State Department experts used the Russian word "перегрузка" on the button for the English "reset." Lavrov looked at the gift and politely informed Secretary Clinton thatперегрузка actually means, "overcharge." Oops.

Clinton and Lavrov pushed the button anyway for the cameras. Russian-U.S. relations have been downhill ever since.

When Obama and Clinton came into office, the President of Russia was Dmitry Medvedev. At the time, Vladimir Putin was Prime Minister. Putin had been president from May 2000 to May 2008, but was subject to term limits. Medvedev and Putin simply switched roles with Medvedev becoming president and Putin becoming prime minister.

Technically this made Medvedev the chief executive and commander-in-chief in Russia. Yet, few doubted that Putin still controlled Russia from his slightly subordinate position.

This de facto relationship was confirmed in May 2012 when Putin again assumed the role of president. Medvedev stepped aside and assumed his former role as prime minister. It was a complicated game of musical chairs, which gave Putin the presidency until at least 2020.

Nevertheless, Obama and Clinton found Medvedev (who was president in 2009) to be more to their liking than Putin. Medvedev is more diplomatic and has a more global outlook than Putin, who is a staunch Russian nationalist. From 2009 to 2011, Russian – U.S. relations warmed slightly, notwithstanding the red button gaffe.

In 2012, Russian-U.S. relations were again strained due to U.S. plans to put an anti-missile shield in Poland. During the 2012 U.S. election cycle, Obama distanced himself further from Russia because he was appealing for ethnic votes from anti-Russian Poles, and other Eastern Europeans living in the U.S.

Still, Obama wanted to keep lines of communication open and looked forward to diplomatic deals with Russia. On March 26, 2012, just seven months before the U.S. election, Obama was caught on camera at a summit conference whispering to Medvedev that he would have "more flexibility" after the election. Medvedev promised to pass that message to Putin who was about to replace Medvedev as president.

Russian-U.S. relations had another thaw early in 2013 after Obama's reelection, but it was short-lived. On the night of November 21, 2013, demonstrations broke out in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhosti) in Kiev against the Russian-backed government of Viktor Yanukovych. The protests peaked in February 2014. Yanukovych and his cronies fled the Ukraine.

Putin suspected that the Maidan protests were secretly funded by the British intelligence agency MI6, and the CIA. In order to secure Russian interests in Ukraine, Putin invaded Crimea, and began supporting anti-Kiev ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine. In response, the U.S. and its NATO allies imposed harsh economic sanctions on Russia.

The sanctions included a ban on major Russian companies (such as Gazprom and Rosneft) refinancing their euro-denominated debt in western capital markets. Since Russian companies could not refinance their debts, they began to draw on central bank hard currency reserves to retire the debt. In turn, this began to deplete Russia's reserves and force higher interest rates and a devaluation of the ruble.

The ruble sank like a stone beginning in March 2014. It fell from about 28 rubles to the dollar to 70 rubles to the dollar by early 2015 when relations were at their worst. (On an inverted RUB/USD scale, this fall would be from $0.035 to $0.014).

The ruble regained some strength to the 50:1 level ($0.020) when it became clear that the Russian economy, although weakened, was more resilient than U.S. financial warriors had expected.

Then Russia got whacked a second time with the collapse in oil prices. This collapse began in mid-2014 around the time of the Ukraine crisis. It reached its most intense phase in mid-2015 when oil fell below $40 per barrel on its way to $29.00 per barrel by early 2016.

Russia is the world's third largest oil producer (after the U.S. and Saudi Arabia), and second largest oil exporter (after Saudi Arabia). The damage to the Russian fiscal situation was immediate and led to a recession in the world's ninth largest economy.

This second blow to the Russia economy pushed the ruble to 81:1 ($.012) by January 2016. The Russian economy was in crisis.

Impact of Geopolitics and Oil on RUB/USD

Then a confluence of factors emerged to cause a rally in the ruble and a turnaround in the Russian economy. These factors fit smoothly into the analytic methodology.

I use a centuries-old applied mathematical technique called causal inference (also known as Bayes' Theorem, after a formula first discovered by Thomas Bayes). The formula looks like this in its mathematical form:

Bayes' Theorem

In plain English, the formula says that by updating our initial understanding through unbiased new information, we improve our understanding.

I learned this method in the CIA, and have seen it used at top-secret weapons laboratories to solve some of the most difficult problems imaginable. (I can't say more about these exercises because the discussions were classified).

The left side of the equation is our estimate of the probability of an event occurring. New information goes into right hand side of the equation. If it confirms our estimate, it goes into the numerator (which increases the odds of our expected outcome).

If it contradicts our estimate, it goes into the denominator (which lowers the odds of our expected outcome). The odds are continually updated as new information arrives.

In my premium research service, Rickards' Intelligence Triggers, we use the same method to find actionable trading recommendations.

Current indications are that Russian-U.S. relations are entering a new period of thaw after two years in the deep-freeze. This new era of cooperation between the U.S. and Russia centers mainly on joint efforts by President Obama and President Putin to bring an end to hostilities in Syria, and remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from office.

Obama and Putin

President Obama and President Vladimir Putin of Russia have discovered they can do business despite some strong disagreements, and damaged relations on issues such as Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Their main area of cooperation today involves Syria and efforts to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from office.

What are the other factors that enter the equation and allow us to estimate the direction of the Russia economy and the ruble with a high degree of confidence?

There is an extensive list of material factors that grows longer by the day:
Oil prices are staging a rebound. From a low of $29.00 per barrel, they are now over $40.00 per barrel. This is a major lifeline for Russia.

  • Iran is now open for business after concluding a nuclear deal with the U.S. Many U.S. and European companies are reluctant to reenter the Iranian market because there is still ambiguity about the scope of sanctions relief. Russia has no such reluctance. They are moving ahead with deals in nuclear power, weapons, refineries, and other infrastructure.
  • The cheap ruble actually helped Russian companies keep expenses under control, and convert dollar earnings into more rubles to pay local operating costs. This has bolstered the earnings of major Russian companies.
  • The Central Bank of Russia has been aggressively buying gold with its dollar reserves. This was a brilliant strategy. They bought gold when the dollar was strong and gold prices were near seven-year lows. Now that the dollar is weakening and gold is surging, Russian gold reserves (priced in dollars or SDRs) are going up.
  • Because of the weaker dollar, other commodity prices are rising. Russia is a major exporter of nickel, palladium, iron and timber.
  • U.S. allies, especially Germany and France, are growing tired of the sanctions regime, and are looking for opportunities to get back to business as usual with Russia.

In short, all of the factors that were working against Russia from 2014 to 2016 (cheap oil, strong dollar, sanctions, and low commodity prices) are now working in Russia's favor.

Regards,

Jim Rickards
for The Daily Reckoning

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