Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Peter Schiff : Gold Soars as Dollar Dives

Peter Schiff : Gold Soars as Dollar Dives

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What's Wrong with The Economy of Spain?

What's wrong with the economy of Spain? Two things, Spanish politicians and the Spanish that put up with the status quo. The economy of Spain had been in bad shape since the end of the real estate boom of the 1990s. It became even worse after the 2008 World financial crisis, which severely affected both an overspent government's budget and over-credited banking system of Spain. Its GDP growth rate doesn't exceed that of population growth and stays under 1%. In fact, this rate has been out of the negative zone only since 2014. The Spanish unemployment rate is currently 20% (down from its pick of 27% in 2013), which is nearly the highest in Europe. Spain is in the deflation zone since 2014, with the rate fluctuating around -0.5%, which depresses investments. As a result of crisis' alleviation measures Country's debt had shapely risen from 40% of GDP in 2008 to 100% in 2016. It looks like Spain's economic crisis won't be going away soon. Welcome to The Atlantis Report. Spain is the 5th largest economy in the EU, something like the 14th biggest economy in the world—more or less on a par with Russia, for instance—and in terms of GDP per capita, recent measurements suggest that Spain has overtaken Italy. So let’s qualify that assumption that the economy of Spain “sucks.” Let’s just say Spain has a functioning economy that faces certain challenges. With that out of the way, let’s look at the challenges faced by the Spanish economy: an oversized and sclerotic public sector (i.e., government jobs), where everyone has a job for life and is paid twice as much as they would ever get in the open market. what’s more, in the public sector 90% of the real work is done by 10% of the people. Most public employees don’t really do much, or are given “busy work” to keep them occupied. lunatic labor laws based on nineteenth-century socialism, which necessarily mean that employing someone is a more serious commitment than getting married. laughable company laws and tax rules that severely discourage enterprise by anyone who isn’t already a millionaire. a deeply ingrained cultural suspicion of business enterprise even as an idea. The assumption is that if someone is making money from private business, he or she must be screwing someone over. most people curtail their ambitions and focus on getting a job that’s steady, even if deathly dull and low-paying. the notion that government should take care of everything and is to blame for anything that goes wrong. Nearly 75% of Spain's economy is based on services, followed by 17% in industry and energy. Construction then takes 3rd place with 5.5%. From a more anecdotal view, it's pretty safe to say that a significant part of this “service” economy lies in activities related to leisure and tourism, both domestic and international alike, such as restaurants and bars, hotels, travel, etc. Even the news reports in Spain always spend time reporting on the hotel occupancy rates around the country during high tourist season (which varies from region to region). More facts… In 2018 Spain received 82.8 million international tourists only surpassed by France and the US. And given that 92.3% of trips taken by Spaniards where within Spain; it gives you an idea of how much the Spanish economy is affected by both international and domestic tourism, and the ability for those tourists to spend more money per capita per day during their holidays. The failure of the tourist industry ( and its related real estate market) to adapt since the 2008 economic crisis. Like Florida, Spain relied on the wealth brought in by masses of tourists from modern wealthy economies. Palma and Ibiza have some of the smartest, most honest, most hip people in the world tourist market, and they continue to do well. Mainland tourism, especially along the Costa del Sol, has the same lack of imagination as most of central Florida (Daytona and Tampa). They take tourism for granted. If France, Brazil, and Las Vegas are smart enough to learn from the tourist model of Ibiza, what is the matter with mainland Spain? So let's look back to some history: During the Golden Age, Spain was essentially like today's Saudi Arabia. That was Spain. For the 200 great years of silver shipping in from the Americas, Spain’s noble families lived quite well. Except for the hyper-inflation, but beyond that, they lived quite well. The ordinary people did not. For the last 260 of the past 300 years (since the Golden Age), Spain was almost always mediocre to awful, especially compared to her neighbors. When John Adams wrecked his ship off the coast of Spain and had to walk across Iberia, through France to get back to the Netherlands, he wrote feverishly about how grotesquely poor the people were — and this was but a century past Spain’s prime; even then, the Spanish Empire was still at its maximum extent. No colonies had broken free at that time. It’s worth noting that most people are just totally unaware of how economically undeveloped the Mediterranean region was all the way up until the 1960s. As Tony Judt wrote in “Postwar,” the UK and the Netherlands were the only totally industrialized nations. Even in Belgium, France (outside the north and A.L. regions), and Germany (outside of the Ruhr/Rhine industrial region), life was much less industrialized. The common form of transport was horse-drawn carriage and train. Outside of Italy’s Po River valley, there were few cars, no highways, and south of Rome, almost no running water anywhere. So, back to Spain. While yes, Spain’s economy is quite anemic, the country’s general prosperity (of the masses) has never been so high in all of its histories. Byzantine labor laws and a hefty tax burden probably are partially to blame for that anemic growth. But ultimately, if you ask Spanish people, they would prefer that to what the US has. It isn’t that they don’t want to work or have more money. It’s that all nations strike a bargain with reality. In the US, our bargain (that isn’t really working as of late) is “fast growth, lots of jobs, but less security.” In Spain, the people have largely said, “We want a lot of time off, slow growth is okay, but we want the security of having a life while we’re actually —ya know— alive.” You’ve got ONE and only ONE life on this planet. The Spanish people seem to get that. Geographically speaking, Spain is not the average European country like France, Germany, or Britain. The Pyrenees mountain range between Spain and France and the Cantabrian Mountains in Northern Spain, prevent rain from reaching the Spanish heartland. Spain is not a rainy country except in the North, where it rains a lot. No rain means they don’t have wide and navigable rivers like the German or French have. The only exception was the Ebro River, but even then is not as wide as the Rhine, for example. The second difference is height. Spanish land except for the coasts is at a high altitude, so crops are inferior, and rivers are faster and so not navigable. Duero river is at the height of no less than 600 meters in Spain and 200 meters or less in Portugal. In fact, it descends from 600 meters to 200 meters in a few kilometers. Both Spain and Portugal use that slope to build several big dams that provide electricity. This is why Duero river (Douro River in Portuguese) is not navigable in Spain and is navigable in Portugal. So the trade was always rare and expensive. If you rely on trolleys to trade, the goods would be expensive, only sea-trade or river trade was cheap before the invention of trains. No trade means no big cities inland. Third difference, the average distance from the coast. Other countries like Italy or Britain have all the cities close to the port. Madrid is almost 400 km away from the closest port. Yes, there were institutional mistakes. Spain could have spent American silver making some rivers navigable like Tajo and Guadalquivir, and extending irrigation. Charles the Third did it with the Imperial Channel and Canal de Castilla, but it was too little, too late, and never, I repeat, never, Spain would have had lands as productive as Holland, France or England. Of course, the solution was to trade, as other poor countries did. Not doing so was the Spanish mistake, as the base (the land) was not as rich as Flanders or Holland. Probably the worst thing that happened to Spain was discovering the New World. Two things happened in 1492, Columbus we know about, but the Spanish Catholics also defeated the last of the Moors and “took their country back” end the Reconquista (Reconquest) a centuries-long period in which Christian monarchs chased out the Moslems. Even during those wars, under the Andalusian Moors, the Muslim/Christian/and-sometimes-Jews worked together, great universities, technology, military/navy, and industry. After 1492, Catholicism came back with a vengeance. They spent hundreds of years suppressing Muslims and Jews in the Inquisition. Their obsession with religious orthodoxy either sucked up all of their intellectualism or chased away (or killed) their best brains. But the worst part was once it had colonies, Spain turned into a nation of exploiters. It was easy for them to exploit undeveloped countries with their 15th-century technologies, and they became the biggest and most cruel in the slave industry from the Americas to the Philippines. They didn't keep up their militarily, ultimately losing the sea to the British. Then their industrial and technical leads evaporated because it was easier to take gold from other countries than earn it through work. After 1492 there are very few examples of Spanish military victories. They were walked over by everybody from the British to Napoleon. They probably would've lost their own civil war except some side had to win. It probably wasn’t just a bad coincidence, but Spain’s 16th Century zealotry led to it missing the Reformation and Enlightenment. With a couple of better Kings and a few fewer bishops, Spain had arguably the best geographic location of Western Europe. Hard to invade through the Pyrenees, and they could have easily controlled the western Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean out to the Azores. Instead, they got messed up with the popes and usually took the losing Catholic side in European wars. To the original question: Spain didn’t have the culture or government to play in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century Europe’s Industrial Revolution. The other European empires had mainly got out from under their religious shackles by then. In Conclusion: The Spanish economy has been pretty consistent with other southern European countries like Italy, Portugal, and Greece in terms of unemployment and lack of investments. For the moment, Spain is still doing better than Greece, but it has the potential to do so much better. In 2015 the economy grew 3.5%, which is the highest rate since the recession began. So while it is still currently not so hot, the Spanish economy does seem to be getting back into shape. This was The Atlantis Report. 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Monday, December 30, 2019

Michael Moore on U.S. gun violence and why "no other country's like this"

The U.S. Senate passed a $1.4 trillion spending package Dec. 19, which includes one of the most expensive military bills in U.S. history, in order to avoid a government shutdown. For the first time in 20 years, the package also includes $25 million allocated to gun violence research despite consistent pushback from the National Rifle Association, which has long "kept Congress from approving any money to study why we have this epidemic," acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore told Democracy Now! Moore, whose documentary "Bowling for Columbine" won an Oscar for best documentary feature in 2002, believes the U.S. needs to prioritize research into gun violence and the fact that almost all mass shootings are committed by young white men. "No other country's like this," he says. "It should have been studied a long time ago."

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What are the CDOs : The Root Cause of The Financial Crisis & between a CDO and a MBS?

Arguably, the financial crisis was caused in large part by something called a collateralized debt obligation, or CDO. The global financial meltdown, at the cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. This is the toxic financial product (i.e., CDO - Collateralized Debt Obligation). Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) are different concepts with frequent overlap between them. MBS are investments that are repackaged by small regional banks as a means of funding mortgages by reselling them as securities through investment markets. CDO investments are typically used for packaging many mortgages and other loan instruments together by risk level for investors. Many MBS are also CDOs. After a small bank funds a mortgage, the mortgage is then packaged as an investment with real estate backing the security as collateral. A CDO (collateralized debt obligation) can be backed by any debt collateral, including mortgages, bonds, private loans, etc. Mortgage-Backed Security (MBS) is a type of CDO that is explicitly backed by a pool of mortgages. A CDO (Collateralized Debt Obligation) is a type of bond that is sold almost exclusively to institutions. An ordinary Government or Corporate Bond is a loan made to a Government or Company. Terms of the bond determine when it needs to be paid back and at what interest rate. Most Bonds are backed by the authority of the government or the assets of the company. A CDO is a loan to an artificial entity created specifically for the CDO. The CDO is backed by a portfolio of Loans or Mortgages pledged to it. The loans are purchased from the Original Lender. Lenders will frequently sell off discounted, performing loans to brokerage firms so that the Lenders can initiate new loans (and collect the fees that go with new loans). The terms and credit rating of each CDO is based on the rates and quality of the loans pledged to it. Unlike ordinary Corporate Bonds, CDOs generally have pre-payment risk. That is, the people who took the underlying loans may pay them off early. Consequently, CDOs pay typically both principal and interest over the life of the bond. CDO's containing mortgages were among the securities at the root of the 2008 Financial crises. CDOs are improperly given high credit ratings often defaulted, as did the securities used to insure against default. Welcome to The Atlantis Report. In the old system, when a homeowner paid their mortgage every month; the money went to their local lender. And since mortgages took decades to repay, lenders were careful. In the new system, lenders sold the mortgages to investment banks. The investment banks combined thousands of mortgages and other loans, including car loans, student loans, and credit card debt, to create complex derivatives called collateralized debt obligations or CDOs. The investment banks then sold the CDOs to investors. Now when homeowners paid their mortgages, the money went to investors all over the world. The investment banks paid rating agencies to evaluate the CDOs, and many of them were given a triple-a rating, which is the highest possible investment grade. This made CDO is popular with retirement funds; which could only purchase highly rated securities. This system was a ticking time bomb. Lenders didn't care anymore about whether a borrower could repay. So they started making riskier loans. The investment banks didn't care either; the more CDOs they sold, the higher their profits. And the rating agencies which were paid by the investment banks had no liability if their ratings of CDOs proved wrong. There was another ticking time bomb in the financial system. AIG, the world's largest insurance company, was selling vast quantities of derivatives called credit default swaps. For investors who owned CDOs, credit default swaps worked like an insurance policy. An investor who purchased a credit default swap paid AIG a quarterly premium. If the CDO went bad, AIG promised to pay the investor for their losses. But unlike regular insurance, speculators could also buy credit default swaps from AIG in order to bet against CDOs they didn't own. Since credit default swaps were unregulated, AIG didn't have to put aside any money to cover potential losses. Instead, AIG paid its employees huge cash bonuses as soon as contracts were signed. But if the CDOs later went bad, AIG would be on the hook. And then there is the maker of the time bomb, the federal government which, through Fannie, Freddie, and HUD enacted policies that resulted in a dramatic expansion of the subprime market. The subprimes flooded the financial sector. Were it not for government intrusion into the housing market, none of this would have happened. During the bubble, the investment banks were borrowing heavily, to buy more loans, and create more CDOs. The ratio between borrowed money and the banks' own money was called leverage. The more the banks borrowed, the higher their leverage. By 2008, home foreclosures were skyrocketing, and the securitization foodchain imploded. Lenders could no longer sell their loans to the investment banks, and as the loans went bad, dozens of lenders failed. The market for CDOs collapsed, leaving the investment banks holding hundreds of billions of dollars in loans, CDOs, and real estate they couldn't sell. Top executives of the insolvent companies walked away with their personal fortunes intact. The executives had hand-picked their boards of directors, which handed out billions in bonuses after the government bailout. The major banks grew in power and doubled anti-reform efforts. Academic economists had, for decades, advocated for deregulation and helped shape U.S.policy. They still opposed reform after the 2008 crisis. A Collateralized Debt Obligation or CDO is a type of structured asset-backed security. Originally it was used in corporate debt markets, but with recent changes, it has encumbered to include mortgages as well as credit card debt, student loan debt, auto loan debt, etc. Although CDOs were commonly linked with mortgage loans due to the housing boom and the mortgages being more readily available than other loans to be packaged as collateral. With the recent 2008 market crash, CDOs have been known to be filled with sub-prime mortgages. Sub-prime mortgages are mortgages that are lent to those with less than minimally required credit score and down payment in borrowing money for a prime mortgage. Usually, to borrow money for a home, it was required the borrower was required to have a credit score of around 650 and 30% down. After the markets dried up of quality Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS), the banks wanted more mortgages to package into bonds and sell. So the lenders started bottom-feeding and lowered their minimum criteria, now borrowers were required to have (maybe) 500 credit score or less and no money down. Many sub-prime mortgages were given teaser rates better known as an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM), so after a year, the interest rate skyrockets, forcing borrowers to pay a much higher monthly payment, which would be about 2 to 3.5 times their initial monthly payments. Now back to CDOs, The CDO was for the investor was like a promise-to-pay pool of mortgages that the investor was given a pre-determined amount of payouts until maturity. The CDOs were fraudulently packaged with mislabeled credit ratings, so investors expected an excellent return plus the decreased risk. For purchase prices and payouts, higher-rated CDOs were more expensive to buy and paid fewer dividends since there is a lower risk of default. While lower-rated CDOs were cheaper to buy, and the dividends were paid higher dividends since there is a much higher risk of default. Each CDO has a varying amount of risk, which is identified as AAA, AA, A, BBB, BB, B, CCC, etc., with AAA being the most secure. However, pre-2008, even the AAA-rated bonds had a lot of subprime debt, with AA and below having an even more immense load of subprime debt. Market Facts: The popularity of CDOs skyrocketed almost overnight, between 2003 to 2007, Wall Street issued nearly $700 billion in CDOs, including MBSs as collateral. The global CDO market is estimated at around $1.5 trillion US Dollars. The very nature of CDOs is the biggest drawback as it is a product of Financial Engineering, which is made by computer models for valuing the product. As the market became more competitive, more complex CDO’s were made to meet the market appetite for CDOs. Slowly by 2007, the mortgage delinquencies started going through the roof because most of the subprime loans were given to people with poor creditworthiness who couldn’t repay, and the home prices started to drop, this sent the values of CDO’s down south. The issue was that derivatives like CDO started multiplying the effect of the housing bubble burst. These were not only held by banks but also by investors around the world, which included individuals, pension funds, hedge funds, and various corporations. Since these instruments derived their values from assets (in our case homes) whose values started to drop, this caused a chain reaction leading to crashing prices of CDO’s. This opaqueness and complexity of CDO’s made banks realize that they cannot value the products held by them as assets. Banks started refusing to lend money as they didn’t want CDO’s in return, overnight the markets for CDO’s vanished. This was the reason for one of the largest banks in the world Lehman Brothers to collapse and file for bankruptcy as the value of assets it held in the form of CDO’s dropped, making it bankrupt in the process. In this process, a considerable amount of wealth was lost by investors around the world. This led to a global recession and lower economic activity, which caused large scale unemployment. The Aftermath. The biggest change in the aftermath of the crisis was the introduction of DFA (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act). Amongst many others, the DFA aims to make the financial system more transparent and to prevent risky practices. It is also interesting to know that the notional value of credit derivatives by 2011 has hit its pre-crisis levels during 2008. For the banks, the DFA has created new restrictions. This includes an amount of capital that needs to be maintained by them as per BASEL-III norms. It also restricts the amount of business the banks can enter into with Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds. But by knowing Man’s greed for money and our history, we can assume that the banks have already bypassed the DFA in a smart manner. History Repeats Itself. As CDO has become a kind of Taboo or you could say “That Who Must Not Be Named,” the banks and financial institution that are in hunger for higher margins and growth have filled the old wine in new bottle and titled it as “Bespoke Tranche Opportunity” or known as BTO’s which are similar to CDO’s. By the end of 2017, almost $ 50 billion worth, BTO was being sold on an annual basis. This may sound insignificant compared to the global financial market but is growing at an exponential pace. There are striking differences between CDO and BTO in two aspects. A BTO is created as per investor preference, as opposed to CDO, which are designed by the banks and then sold to the market. This circumvents the regulations set in by the government worldwide. These CDOs before the crisis were called as Synthetic CDO, whereas BTO is a Single Tranche CDO. A single tranche CDO is where the entire ownership lies with the investor and is called as full- capital structure, in such a structure, the risk for the banks are minimal. Secondly, BTO’s are derivatives, and not asset-backed securities, as was the case with most CDO’s. This ensures that the value of BTO’s are not directly linked to the performance of the real economy but rather based on the rating given by Rating agencies. At this moment, nothing much is known about the exact structure of each BTO. As more layers of derivatives are created, it will increase the leverage of the underlying asset and cannot cover for the initial losses that occur. Conclusion. CDO’s are not inherently flawed instruments because, in principle, they are powerful risk management devices. They allow diversifying risk, which otherwise would be quite concentrated. During the crisis, CDO was created for improving their profits and were not motivated for risk management. Currently, CDO’s are more in tune with their actual purpose of risk diversification and not risk amplification. Going ahead, the CDO contracts must be more standardized. This was The Atlantis Report. Please Like. Share. And Subscribe. Thank You.

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BENJAMIN FULFORD = Liberation of humanity from satanic western ruling class possible in 2020

BENJAMIN FULFORD = Liberation of humanity from satanic western ruling class possible in 2020

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Top 12 Countries On The Verge of Recession in 2020.

It’s evident that a global recession is at hand. Europe is on the verge, if not in one already. Japan’s GDP growth is less than 0.4%. China’s growth is plummeting precipitously. The U.S. is now seeing clear signs of a recession next year. Why?. Simple; No one is borrowing any money, which is why interest rates are so low, and even negative Interest rates drop to encourage rich people and investors to borrow money. But now rich people and investors are actually paying countries like Switzerland to keep their cash . that’s how afraid they are of losing it altogether by investing in anything else. Why isn’t anyone borrowing?. Simple; The wealth gap between rich and poor has gotten so bad that the rich have stopped investing in new businesses or their existing businesses because the poor (everyone else) has stopped buying. No one has money for anything but the essentials anymore. The rich can build all the new golf courses or movie theaters that they want to, but the consumers of their products have so little money (because the rich have accumulated so much money) that they can’t afford to spend money on anything other than food and shelter. The chickens have finally come home to roost for the rich. Their greed has led to no customers for the products and services that made them rich. They wanted it all, and they got it all. Now the very foundation of capitalism is crumbling beneath their feet. No one wants what they’re selling. Welcome to The Atlantis Report. Over the last few weeks, there have been some startling leading indicators that we might witness a global recession sometime soon. An unlikely culmination of multiple factors is leading to this. US-China trade war. India's GDP slowdown. The Brexit turmoil. Major economies worldwide have shown signs of economic slowdown or even contraction in Q2 2019. A quick look at the most significant economies confirms the apprehensions. US economy grew by 2.1% in Q2 2019, down from 3.1% in Q1 and the slowest since Q1 2017. China, the behemoth fueling a large chunk of global growth, witnessed a “paltry” 6.2% GDP growth, the lowest in 27 years, and even below the 6.4% recorded during the 2009 Financial crisis. Japan beat GDP growth estimates in Q1 2019, but Q2 was a little slower. Germany is the largest economy to actually shrink (by 0.1%) in Q2 ( compared to Q1 2019), reversing a decade long trend of growth. As did the UK, for the first time in 7 years, shrinking by 0.2%, compared to 0.5% growth in Q1. France also slowed down to 0.2%. Finally, the second-largest Asian economy, India, is also slowing down, having recorded sub 6% GDP growth in Q1 2019. Also, both the real estate and the automobile industries are facing a slump. Over the last six months, major stock market indices have barely budged, and in some cases like the Nikkei 225 has actually shrunk. All the above are tell-tale signs of a looming recession — growth slump, contracting economies, slowing trade, and overall bearing market sentiments. And the straw to break the “bull’s” back is the latest development on both sides of the Atlantic, the sure-shot harbinger of impending economic doom. Today Twelve big economies are at risk of recession. It won't take much to push them over the edge. Germany, Britain, Italy, Brazil, and Mexico each rank among the world's largest 20 economies. Singapore and Hong Kong, which are smaller but still serve as vital hubs for finance and trade, are also suffering. Below are some of the countries, which are hand-picked by the experts and are put under the recession category; They are. #1. Germany: The economy of Germany shrinks to 0.1% in the second quarter, after the 0.4% anemic growth in the first half of the year. When there are two consecutive quarters of negative growth, it will definitely give birth to the recession. Therefore, Germany is standing near the tip of the iceberg, making it clear for a significant recession by the end of the year. Germany is a country that is well known across the globe for manufacturing cars and other types of industrial goods, through which it provides power to its economy. Half of the countries throughout the world, which include the US is also facing a manufacturing recession, and the German government is all determined to make good spending in order to stimulate growth. #2. Italy: Italy happens to be Europe’s third-largest economy and has been struggling for several years after it entered the recession in 2018. However, 2019 have not been that fruitful as well, the growth in the second quarter was 0.2%, and there are speculations that it might be in bad shape, as Italy sells its products to Germany, which is currently living on the edge. The repetitive political crises in Italy is making the country struggle, since the additional economic aid, is made through the government. Italy's government debt is the highest across the globe. #3. United Kingdom: When you compare the UK’s story-line with Germany, you will find the country to be in a similar situation. This is because the growth in the second quarter has been contracted 0.2%, after a 0.5% in the first quarter. The United Kingdom has been at the top when it comes to an investment slump. This is because of the uncertainty of Brexit. Therefore, chances are with the United Kingdom leaves its position from the European Union, then there are higher chances that the country will definitely go under the recession. #4. Brazil: This is a shocker as the largest economy of South America happens to shrink to 0.2% in the first quarter, and the second quarter also provided a negative growth after the data was released in August, which hence marked the starting of recession. The country of Brazil performed poorly when it came to selling goods overseas, and it also faced a sluggish demand in the home soil. Many individuals assumed that the country would benefit if China purchased soya bean and other products, rather than the United States, but the situation was way worse than that. This is because slumping commodity have been hurt, and the central banks are cutting interests, and the government of the Brazilian president is handing out cash payments, in order to stimulate the growth. #5. Mexico: The United States neighbor from the southern region has become a big bulls’ eye for Donald Trump’s immigration and trade wars, which has turned the tables for the worst. The economy of Mexico contracted a growth of 0.2% in the first half and enabled the country to make a narrow escape from a recession at 0.1% in the second quarter. That is not all, Mexico has also suffered declines in business investment and confidence as companies fear leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will nationalize industries. #6. Argentina: To keep it short, the country of Argentina is in a deep crisis. This is because the country is already under the shadows of recession, and it is getting much worse day by day. Therefore, in recent news, it has shown that Argentina’s stock market faced a drop of 50%, and this is recorded as the second-largest crash, which any country has experienced since 1950. The country is currently going through inflation, and with the high price on the side, the Argentinian president faced a defeat in the nations, primary election. The investors are worried that the country of Argentina will not be able to repay its debt, and the middle-class residents of the country will fear that they won’t be able to afford their everyday products and service. #7. Singapore: This Asian nation reported that its economy shrunk 3.3 percent in the second quarter, a sharp reversal from over 3 percent growth in the first quarter. Singapore blamed the U.S.-China trade war for its problems, as its economy is highly reliant on exports. Many economists watch Singapore and South Korea as accurate indicators for what’s ahead for the global economy because these nations trade with so many others, especially China and the United States. #8. South Korea: South Korea has been able to avoid a recession in the first half of the year — hardly. The South Korean economy contracted 0.4 percent in the first quarter but grew 1.1 percent in the second quarter, a better-than-expected performance that many experts don’t think will last. Japan and South Korea are in the midst of a trade war of their own that is expected to drag down growth and make it more difficult for South Korea to sell electronics and cars abroad. The South Korean central bank decreased interest rates, but it’s uncertain if that will be enough. Electronics exports are down about 20 percent in recent months, and semiconductor exports are down more than 30 percent, according to ING. #9. Russia. A Russian economic institute warned that Russia could be in a recession by the end of the year after expanding a modest 0.7 percent in the first half of 2019. Russia has struggled since 2014 as oil prices nosedived, and other nations put sanctions on Russia because of the war in Ukraine. Russia has worked to safeguard its economy as much as possible from the U.S. sanctions by limiting deals with the United States and trades in U.S. dollars, but that has meant a bigger dependence on China, which is also now slowing. Russia has also tried to build up its government cash reserves, which has left little money for stimulus. #10. China. The Chinese government is deliberately slowing growth by cutting back on liquidity because it has learned that when large amounts of money are introduced into the economy, as was done in late 2008 following the subprime mortgage crisis, it is likely to lead to large amounts of debt. Consumers are also cutting back on spending and adopting a wait-and-see attitude because of uncertainty caused by the trade war with the US. President Xi and his trade-negotiating team want to remove this uncertainty as soon as possible because they hope that consumer confidence can be restored. #11. India. The slowdown in India has already started. Fortunately, so far, it has been mild and involving a few sectors. Unfortunately, as there is a threat of a recession in the US (Experts say chances are 25% in 2020 and 75% in 2021). India can be affected depending on how serious the recession can pan out in the US in 2020. It can be mild just for two quarters or may extend for a longer time. And Finally, #12. The US. The United States economy is mostly a service economy that feeds off internal demand, which provides some insulation to problems overseas. But there are limits to that buffer. As other countries falter, global investors are buying up U.S. Treasury bonds, causing the yield curve to invert in the United States, a recession warning sign, and a reminder that there are ways that panic abroad spills over. There is a chance fora U.S. recession, not because of the yield curve itself, but because of the lunacy of trade policy and the damage, it’s doing. The US is under a lot of pressure from all angles, both internal and external, and there seems to be no workable solution to her inevitable fall from grace. The sanctity of the US Dollar is being challenged profoundly by a severe contender from the far East. China is moving with lightning speed in their effort to unseat the dollar from the global reserve currency throne, offering Chinese Yuan as a better and recession-proof store of value. The US economy relies heavily on international oil trades transacting in US Dollar, or Petrodollars as it were. When President Nixon decided to abandon the Gold Standard in 1971, it was the cunning brilliance of Henry Kissinger in the early 1970s that kept the status of the US Dollar virtually unshakeable, when he offered military protection to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and subsequently all oil-producing countries, under the banner of The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) of that time, in return for these countries transacting all oil sales globally in dollars. Please share with us your opinion in the comment section below on which countries you see more likely to experience a recession in 2020. This was The Atlantis Report. Please like. Share. And Subscribe. Thank You.

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Top 10 Black Swan Events That could Crash The Market in 2020 !!

It was rare in Europe to see a black swan, and nobody there thought one existed. This view was held for a thousand years. Until the Europeans arrived in Australia and were shocked to find that swans could be black. That's why its called a "Black Swan Event" - an event that nobody saw coming. A black swan is a metaphor for an event that comes as a surprise but has a massive impact on the market and is later rationalized. For instance, the 2008 housing downturn was such an event. Now it’s pretty clear why and how it happened, but only a few saw it coming in 2007. A black swan event is a term coined by Nassim Taleb which has three characteristics . It’s unpredictable. It has a massive impact. Afterward, everyone comes up with an explanation for it. Besides, one man's black swan event is another's false flag event. The fragility comes from being unaware of unexpected events. Easily, you can see a system that is incredibly fragile, and thus a Black Swan, though unexpected, can cause a very predictable disaster given the conditions. Black swans are events which are concave in nature, i.e., given our existing methods of forecasting, we ignore them. The idea is to have tests and their forecasts based on antifragility and then separating those outcomes which are completely possible given the current scenario. It is like the time paradox. If you go back in the past, the past might change entirely or not, i.e. if a possible event is predicted, it should be removed from the list of black swans as it might as well be predicted by many other people. But here again, is a catch of probability; if the masses anticipate it, it might be averted. However, like the CDs mania started after the 2nd quarter of '07 when the adjustable rates kicked in, the people rather than predicting the underlying's deteriorating value just went into buy and sell mode. Conclusion: Use the Mandelbrot set. Welcome to The Atlantis Report. The Stock market reaches a new all-time high mark one after another. This trend seems hard to break. However, the market is cyclical; what goes up eventually will have to come down. You only prepare for a black swan. You can't predict it, which means building systems in a way that they can take volatility. In case of 2008, crisis prediction is the cause of the black swan. The best indicator is called the "Bankster"; it means, when the majority of Banksters on Wall Street is short, then the market will crash. Banks borrow from the Fed at 0% interest. They charge me 22% on my credit card and no interest on my savings. When I get cold calls offering me up to $500,000, It is time to get out. Black swans are not unlikely events or necessarily negative events - they are events so outside history that they cannot be predicted, and how the world will react to them is not known. Unlikely negative events are modeled for all the time with probabilities and such. Nevertheless here is my serie of top ten plausible Black swan events for 2020 : #1. The trade war with China going from bad to brutal. #2. No Brexit Deal; A conflict with Iran and /or Venezuela that send oil prices soaring. #3. Amazon Stock Crashes. #4. A far-left candidate becomes serious contender for U.S. presidency in 2020. #5. The state of California Goes Bankrupt. #6. The US - EU Automobile tariffs dispute escalates. #7. Hong Kong protests go out of control. #8. The Italian Economy Collapses. #9. India-Pakistan conflict goes nuclear. #10. The Argentinian Economy Implodes. Investors always need to be ready for black swans descending onto the markets . That’s particularly the case during a Trump presidency, where a single tweet could destabilize relationships with long-time allies. If you are an Investor and aren’t aware of how the government shutdown and the debt ceiling could affect your portfolio, you are in for a surprise. Alongside trade and the effects on oil, this could be part of the reason why the stock market could crash. Mostly though, this in conjunction with the recent hawkish behavior of the fed, failed china trade deals, trump resignation and/or impeachment; this is all hinting at upcoming issues with the debt ceiling, which could lead to the black swan event of another default on USA credit. That's why I say diversify and use asset allocation based on age, among other things. Worry about the things you can control, and invest appropriately. Some say The biggest black swan event would be Donald Trump reelection. He is a disciple of "use the system" (bankruptcy) as his primary business tool in escaping his failed business ventures. He proudly announced this strategy during his campaign speeches, exposing the degree of his willingness to exploit the system for his own benefit, leaving a trail of unpaid taxes, unpaid payroll for the unfortunate employees, liens from tradesman who worked on his casinos and hotels, and wanton disregard to binding contracts with business partners and customers. This man will take America to bankruptcy and probably cause world war 3. Many, if not the vast majority of Trump supporters, believe that Trump is negotiating the final level-playing-field free trade agreement. In reality, Trump's policies are pushing the rest of the world (friend and foe) towards abandoning the U.S. one connection at a time. Once you understand the exponential function works and how our monetary system works, you'll understand that depression or even outright collapse is all but guaranteed. Often, this leads to war. The question is, what kind of war. The next Big Black Swan will be manufactured by the Oligarchs to kill off ~7 Billion people. Global war, fast-spreading disease, or total financial collapse will be the method. As the world has Peaked in energy production, things will get really bad, really fast if 8 Billion people are all competing for the remaining resources. Black Godzilla stomping through the financial world and impoverishing or killing most everyone. How is running up $1.2 Trillion in debt a year any better than Obama running up $800 Billion a year? Both Obama's and Trump's economies are FAKE economies. If they couldn't bleed the nation's credit card red to buy jobs, their total failure would be obvious. An economy dependent upon exponentially expanding debt needs to be taken down and replaced by an economy that can actually grow and develop on its own. We need an economy where jobs can be organically grown - not one where the government borrows to buy them into existence. Obama; Trump and the Fed have only blown another bubble built on borrowed and printed money. And as with all bubbles, it too will eventually implode. It matters not who you love or hate. A bubble is a bubble. Current market action in bonds and commodities suggest deflation is a real threat. In this environment, I would expect defensive tissues will continue to outperform those tied to economic expansion as declining rates and falling commodity prices suggest an economic contraction is likely underway. Sector rotation has been in this direction for three months now with Utilities, Consumer Staples, Real-estate, and healthcare the top-performing sectors. The fact gold is also performing well suggests the market is looking for more rate cuts that devalue the dollar relative to assets like gold that cannot be devalued. After ten years of throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it, not ONE of the central banks has been able to preempt deflation. Actually, this dates back longer to 1989, where the Bank of Japan has thrown so much monetary methadone in their economy. They still have nary a whiff of inflation. Remarkable that not one of them comprehend, that their very monetary policies are the catalyst of a mountain of unrepayable debt ($260 trillion globally now) which is one of the primary causes of the pernicious and many deflationary aspects of the current global economy. Monetizing everything and pulling forward consumption, has that very nasty habit of reaping what one sowed. This won't end well for anyone. All currencies are in a race to zero, and with the dollar as the primary reserve currency, it will reach an inflection point, where its devaluation will have a rapid and unexpected on-set, and decline far more quickly than all the other currencies have thus far. Then the hyperinflation here in the US will be unlike the world has seen for a while, and probably quite worse than the Weimar Republic. Witness how our government is burning through cash like trash. And that is why gold is performing so well right along with the defensive sectors of the market. But it's likely even the defensive sectors will fall as serious monetization gets underway. Only the gold and silver bulls will survive the global onslaught of monetization. Eventually, other commodities will come around but suspect that it will take a few years. Ray Dalio makes a case for actual currency devaluations, although as all fiat currencies are tied to each other, I'm not sure how that would be accomplished. I mean, if the euro is devalued against the dollar and then the dollar is devalued against the euro, they go nowhere as its all relative. Perhaps that is what has been going on since 2018 as gold is appreciating in terms of all currencies, even the dollar. So as the dollar has trended slightly higher against other currencies, gold, which typically trades inversely to the dollar, has not been flat to trending down. It gained a whopping 25% against the dollar as falling rates are bearish for currencies and bullish for gold. I'm not in the hyperinflation camp at this time, but I certainly am in the gold and silver camp. Wonder if the March 2019 Basil III, where gold was reclassified as a banking tier 1 asset for the first time since Bretton Wood in 1944 , had something to do with what is expected to be an onslaught of debt monetization. Central Banks around the globe have been big buyers of gold recently. Unfortunately, there is a substantial minority of poorly educated people who allow themselves to believe in a shadow they want to be their messiah. A person who believes Russia's KGB Chief is telling the truth, and OUR own 17 US Intelligence agencies are conspiring to say the Russians are actually really bad dudes. Trump wants his followers to believe, and some do that Russia is our friend. But Trump simply wants an excuse to remove sanctions against Russia, more specifically against the RUSSIAN BANK that is to finance his TRUMP TOWER MOSCOW project. At least VTB bank was going to prior to the whole Trump coverup lie about the project blew up in his face. Russia helping Trump get elected a simple business transaction for Trump. Trump gets re-elected, Trump removes Russian Sanctions. Trump receives hundreds of millions to build the largest tower in Europe. Trump gets richer. Russia Wins, Trump Wins, the U.S.A. loses. It's past time Traitorous Trump and Moscow Mitch are removed from office. They are as far from the patriots of this country as a politician can get. So Could The Biggest Black Swan Event Of 2020 , simply be the Orange Swan that could tweet at any moment? Happy New Year, Folks. This was The Atlantis Report. Please Like. Share. And Subscribe. Thank You.

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Is France's Economy on The Verge of Collapse ?

Overall the French economy does not have a structural problem. Not quite as disciplined as the North European countries in controlling wage inflation; and not sharing with Southern Europe some of the historical problems (underdeveloped areas, etc.). Both geographically and economically in the middle. However, the unemployment level is a persistent problem, and YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT LEVEL a specifically A French problem. Welcome to The Atlantis Report. There are two major problems in the French economy: employment and public debt. #1. Employment. France has high structural unemployment. Since 1996 it has never been lower than 7%, and it usually hangs around 9%. Combine that with a below-average employment rate of around 64% (OECD average is 67%), and you understand why there is definitely an issue. What does all that mean? Well, out of all the population, fewer french people are active compared to the rest of the OECD (have a job or look for one); and among them, fewer french people do have a job. It means that the production effort is made by the most productive people, and the rest is excluded from the labor market. This has many impacts, but most importantly, it makes a part of the population dependant on public benefits since they don’t have income. Why? High minimum wages, low weekly work hours, below average industrial production, education not giving skills required in the labor market, lack of capital in production investment. That list can go on. #2. Public debt. France has High public debt. In part because of the previous point, but also because of an expanded bureaucracy, the french State spends more money than average. And this had led to higher public debt. This is fine for now as interest rates are low, but this could prove devastating should they increase in the future. Of course, there are many other issues: housing, education, energy, etc. But I feel these are the two most important. But here are some other structural problems of the French economy. The deficit is higher than the EU goal of 3%. Growth has been low since the 2008 crisis. Large trade deficit. Low productivity gains;(0.5% over five years). But it is an issue most developed countries face. Negotiations between unions and firm representatives are sometimes difficult, ending up in strikes. Poor professional formation of workers, leading to unemployment and difficulties at reconverting people to other growing sectors. French small and medium businesses encounter difficulties at growing in size, which leads to low job creation and poor economic growth. A number of smug, public servants working 35 hours a week and not a minute more. Don’t try to call on Wednesday or Friday afternoon. The incompetent politicians. The most substandard and elitist education system (except primary school until the age of 10). This is well established through PISA and international University rankings, yet most French people think everything is peachy. The fact that French people look up to the State as their savior anytime something bad happens, yet complain about taxes and ineffective politicians all the time. Vote and elect competent representatives already, instead of the latest populist figurehead! Quite a bit of racism and sexism. Apart from that, many things are indeed correct. I don’t find French people arrogant, quite the contrary. Most of them think that everything and everyone is better elsewhere: the US, Germany, Northern Europe, Spain or Italy, Japan, etc. You do have to try to speak a bit of french, but if you do, people are really helpful and friendly. France has a great way of life. Work to live and do not live to work. Food & Wine: great French people are not a prude or feel the need to be politically correct all the time. Healthcare is great. It’s fantastic for kids or the elderly and only very good for everyone else. Great cultural depth and width from pre-history to modern times. France has a great Cinema! Graphic novels! And Fine arts. A moderately complete tour of the Louvre takes a couple of days, at least. I like the fact that most French people are Cartesian. You can have a reasonable conversation with almost anyone. Life in France is not so bad. It’s comparable to most western countries. But it’s far from a dream. Living as a lower class citizen in France is difficult. You get “free” money from the State, but insecurity, lack of education, and few economic opportunities keep you poor and resentful. You will never have a stable job that pays well. At least, you won’t die because of a lack of money since healthcare is “free.” For lazy people, one might say it’s not so bad. But your future is non-existant. That’s why France suffers from violence; people without a future tend to be unruly. Being middle-class in France is doing all the hard work while the state takes half of what you earn. For some people, it’s not so bad, but abandon any hope of getting rich. Thirty-five hours a week does not seem much, but it actually means doing 40 hours work in 35 hours. So work faster! You will live a peaceful life where nothing extraordinary happens. Your entertainment will be limited since you won’t get a lot of money, so be prepared to watch lots of TV or youtube videos. If you lose your job and you do not have a good degree, you have to find a job in the next year, or you will go back to lower-class status. That’s the problem with high unemployment. There will always be someone better than you if you stop working for a long period of time. It only starts to get good once you are from the upper-middle class and above: living in a good neighborhood in big cities, or in peaceful towns doing junior manager work. Then you can enjoy the “french way of life”: delicious food and entertainment, your environment is pretty clean and neat, you will never encounter lower-class citizens where you live, so there won’t be much violence… and you make enough money to start a business later on if that’s your choice. Foreigners think that all french people live like upper-middle-class, but that’s just a small part of the population. As a last note, French society is deeply hierarchical. Inherited from centuries of absolute monarchy, lower-class citizens have no choice but to endure the hardships imposed by the upper class. The famous Revolution changed nothing but putting different people in the same positions of power. If your manager says you should do something, you better do it without complaining even if it’s completely stupid. The system sucks? Deal with it. There is no other way than to obey. You can’t make your own adventure in France as you could elsewhere, everything will be in your way to stop you from trying. You don’t like school? Too bad because it will never change, and you will end up as a lower class citizen. No degree = no good job (or even job at all). You don’t like your work and want to change? Too bad. There are 5000 more people ready to take any job, good luck with the competition. In France, you can’t really get fired unless you make a huge mistake, so staying at the same boring job is often the best solution. If you do get fired for economic reasons, then enjoy your one year paid holiday by the State. You want to start your own business? Do you know the 5000 pages of law required to operate a business? Are you ready to pay half of your business income to the State? Do you know that the wages of someone are only half the cost? Do you really want to fight the big behemoth that is the French administration? Sure there are exceptions, and some manage to survive and even grow outside the most common path, but they are what they are: exceptions. If you want freedom, you will not find it in France. You would have better luck in the Anglo-Saxon world. If you want a safe, peaceful and boring life, then, by all means, go to France. The price of the security is always freedom. Here are just a sampling of comparisons between France and the USA. They speak for themselves that I do not even need to comment on them. Income Inequality Rating : France, 22nd; USA 3rd, the worst in OECD. Percentage of Population below Poverty Line: France, 8%; USA 18%. Prisoners per one thousand inhabitants: France, 1; USA 7.2 (World #1). Murders per 1 Million inhabitants : France , 10.4 ; USA 40.5 . Rapes per 100 thousand: France, 15.6; USA 27.8. World Health Organization Ranking of health care systems: France, #1; USA #37. The rank of health care delivery efficiency: France, #15; USA #50. Hospital Beds for 1 thousand people: France, 7.1; USA 3.3. Infant Mortality per 1 thousand live births: France, 4.8; USA 6.5. Life Expectancy at birth: France, 82.9 years; USA 78.9 years. Obesity Percentage: France, 18%; USA 34% of population. Renewable Power Generation/Total (not including nuclear): France , 17.5% ; USA -14.3% . Percentage of electrical power generated on nuclear power grid: France, 75%; the USA,19%. Electricity generated by oil per capita: France, 49-kilowatt hour; USA 93 kilowatt-hour. Transport Inefficiency : France ,#47 ; USA ,#18 . The number of passenger vehicles per one thousand population: France, 490; USA,470. France runs the TGV high-speed train network to 250 cities across the nation at speeds of 200mph: one of the fastest and most efficient in the world. The USA has Amtrak: the laughingstock of the developed world. The whole world’s economy is under stress due to three phenomena : #1. The technological revolution, changing and rendering obsolete many people’s education. #2. The globalization is resulting in increased competition in most industries, with the Chinese ascending in ever more sophisticated economic segments. #3. President Donald Trump, who uses the full power of the dollar currency in an unpredictable and ever-changing way. These circumstances are expressed in two ways : Mounting nationalisms and the revolt of the have-nots in many countries. Gyrations of the Stock Exchanges that are artificially maintained by cash injections from the Central Banks. Under these circumstances, France is RATHER MORE STABLE THAN MOST COUNTRIES. Its economy is quite diversified and reasonably shock resistant : agricultural production-oriented to high quality produces. Labor force well educated. Unemployment stubbornly high but rather well indemnified; The Yellow Vest marches actually included few unemployed. The industry is strong in many little competitive sectors: luxury goods, water treatment, industrial gases, electrical infrastructure. Many more, where some French firms have a leading position. Public infrastructure and public services amongst the world’s best. CONCLUSION. France is not fragile, although it lacks in dynamism. France has its problems. The culture of France has always been to make it difficult or impossible to unite behind anyone, be it Vercingetorix, Napoleon, or any lesser leader like De Gaulle. Gauls are first cousins to Celts who could never be kept together in groups bigger than just a band. Even French sports teams act like shooting stars, bright for a moment of glory, then internally disintegrate. With More than 80 million tourists; numerous UNESCO sites; oldest vineyards; great education system; one of the strongest military; exotic food; world-famous cheese; 300+ million french speakers globally; tolerance to all the religions and cultures and tour Eiffel I don’t think a country can be overrated. Home to Victor Hugo; Napoleon; Zidane; Coco Chanel; Louis Vitton; what else even a dreamer can ask for! World-famous brands, perfumes, clothes, shoes, cars, architecture, and beautiful french riviera! I would go one step further and mention it is underrated. France would be the most beautiful, adorable of the siblings if all countries were brothers and sisters. This was The Atlantis Report. Please Like. Share. And Subscribe. Thank You.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Inflation is Legalized Theft !!

The current inflation in the US is between 8 and 12% per year, according to John Williams. This means that about 50% of your savings, pensions, and income have been stolen over the past five years. And transferred to a Ruling Cabal of thieves, crooks, scumbags, and degenerates of this world. Everything is rigged, and the western world is now built on endemic lies as far as the eye can see. Truth and morality have been purged from America by the vilest and evil people on earth. The fake government statistics and the high stock market prices convince the sheeple that everything is OK. Even the consumer inflation data is bollocks. They consider useless discretionary crap, like biotech and tobacco. I don't buy biotech or tobacco. I buy food and pay for a residence. You know the things that are increasing much faster than the official rate of inflation. That should be the only thing in the core CPI; food, and houses. Inflation is everywhere if you just bother to look. My health care is up 9% this year alone! It is eating away at my take-home pay and making me and my family poorer. Grocery prices are also rising each year. And my state and local taxes keep going up. On and on, I could go. If they're trying to hide it, they aren't doing a very good job at the grocery stores and gas stations. By the way, there are only 30 corporations stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and they ain't very industrial anymore. Only two and a half years ago, the market, along with unemployment and inflation numbers, were all fake, according to candidate Trump. Somehow after the Tweeter in Chief took over in January 2017, they all became real. The writing was on the wall when he immediately pulled a 180 move from candidate-Trump and started applauding the stock market's gains. He turned into another one of "them." It would have been no different if Hillary was president, minus some of the illegal immigrant theater. And some still think that Trump gives one damn about the middle class. Welcome to The Atlantis Report. The FED must lie about real inflation. If they admit that real inflation is over 5 percent, then it takes ten years to inflate away half of your wealth. People who think they are going to retire are going to have a severe wake-up call. The real inflation of all the money created after 2008 is just now coming home to roost, and that isn't even counting all the offshore dollars from the petrodollar. As other countries use other currencies, those dollars will come home as well. Inflation in the next 20 years will be crushing. Learn to grow a garden. A big garden. And buy some silver and gold. Anything that will maintain its value. The storm is in the mail. If bread goes up in price, it is taken out of the family basket of weekly essentials, and replaced with something which has gone down, like out of season cruise ship prices. It`s not only the stock exchanges that are manipulated. Unemployment figures are also a joke, not counting the tens of millions of Americans who have stopped looking, and the tens of millions more who have to work multiple jobs to keep their heads barely above water. The United States has the worst wealth concentration in the developed world, by far, and it is getting worse and worse. With that reality, that $2.2 trillion Trump-Republican tax gift to corporations and the rich was an abomination, which will come back to haunt the greedy wealthy. Let them eat cake always ends badly. When the politicians realized they could have more play money in the budget by leaning on the statisticians to understate CPI, that measure became worthless as a measure of inflation. These are the massive discrepancies in what the FED is saying happens and what really happens with trillions of QE printed and dispersed. The little man standing behind the curtain in the final scenes of "The Wizard of Oz" is probably the most accurate presentation of what the FED is doing. It's a scam, but the only difference is that you can't click your heels three times and go home. They're taking us all for the ride, and in that, we have no choice. I think about inflation as having to work harder, longer, and smarter to get less stuff than I used to get when I worked less and dumber. Based on that, I'd say there's been about 10% inflation compounded downward annually for quite a few years now. Inflation is directly proportional to the money that is produced out of thin air within a fractional reserve banking system. No other result is ultimately possible. Inflation is a slow robbery that does two things. It devalues savings and inflates asset prices, forcing people to spend and gamble. It stimulates consumption. On a planet where everything is finite. Inflation completely warps supply and demand and, over time, leads to shortages of essentials and overproduction of garbage. Inflation exists as one of many wealth transfer mechanisms. It's a casino where some do win, but only at the expense of someone else losing. And of course, the parasite institutions get to collect a convenience fee for doing god's work. Supposedly taxes are collected for the privilege of us using the Fed's money. Yet somehow even transactions not involving fiat are taxed equally. Even if you barter, you supposed to pay taxes issued in the currency that was nowhere near during the exchange. I mean, come on. We all know that the foundation of the modern economy rests on lies upon lies. Instead of maintaining equilibrium, inflation favors growth. When growth stops, everything collapses. Money vanishes, and only assets remain. All the collateral pledged goes back to the bank when they yank the carpet. That's what it's all about. The game auto-terminates when the bank owns everything there is, and in over 100 years of Fed's existence, we're almost there. It's by design. The dollar is backed by paper and ink. It is being overvalued from the beginning. The market will correct it. Eventually, when the dollar reaches the true value of the paper and ink it is made of, then the dollar will become stable-until the paper and ink wars start. The US Dollar bought 100 cents worth of stuff in 1913. Today, the US Dollar buys between 3 and 4 cents worth. The majority of sheep in America have NO IDEA of the truth. That is, today, the US Dollar is just a piece of paper with ink on it. It is a "con" game run by the bankers. The "con" stands for confidence. When that is gone, it will be Germany in 1922 here in America. The Fed is not creating money. It is creating the currency, i.e., debt and debt, is slavery. Nobody can create money, i.e., gold, there's a finite amount, and when it's gone, it's gone. When the US Dollar and all other currencies collapse, gold's true value will be revealed, and at that price, it'll be unaffordable for 99.99999 percent of the world's population. The response to the 2008 crisis was not a public works campaign like in 1932, which injected money into the broader economy by putting people to work and paying wages. Instead of the asset purchases, interest rate suppression, bailouts, and regulatory largess strictly benefited corporations and the banking sector. The money is essentially firewalled off in a small part of the economy, benefiting only the so-called 1%. As a result, M2 velocity is at a historic low. There are no channels for it to flow to the general economy to benefit the populace. Neither does it circulate in the economy, so a portion can be taxed and used by the public sector to provide service and repair infrastructure. This has been going on literally since Fed creation in 1913, shifted into high gear when Nixon closed the gold window in 1971 and is now balls to the wall to fend off QE side effects like recession, deflation, and to discount federal debt. Obviously, if the public had any real notion of why this was happening and what it was really doing to them, there would be tires burning in every intersection. The Great Inflation must be done on the QT - hence "PsyOp Low CPI." Imagine a world where the dollar remained pegged to gold. Since Nixon left the gold standard, the dollar has lost three-quarters of its purchasing power. The peg would probably have been moved a few times, but even if the dollar had been devalued by 500%, it would still have 8 or 9 times the purchasing power it has today. The process of inflation strips the dollar of the value it had when we earned it, and transfers these gains to the first users of the new dollars. Spoiler Alert: that group is a big club, and we ain't in it. Every day, everything 99% of folks use has gone through the roof in the past 20 years. Couple the price hikes with reduced quantities per unit hides (or so the idiots in power think it does) from the uninformed consumer. Thank goodness that they have not been shrinking package sizes to try and hide it from the consumer. Seriously, when this economy crashes, there's going to be some serious bullseye's on folks back that have been lying to the people for so long! Feeling inflation depends on your income bracket and class. If you are a billionaire, corporate director, a rich banker or hedge fund manager fitting the 1% rich class that have more assets than the lower 90% of the population of course for those inflation is never a felt problem while living under subsidized QE helicopter money and artificial asset bubbles. Not to mention if one is a Harvard economics professor that writes the inflation algorithms to report inflation. But, if you fit the lower 90% class. Inflation is there and felt through food price, rent, gas, real estate, medical, stamps, etc. plus not to mention the never-ending stationary service growing monthly fees that persist the system. Taxes and insurance burden. We are the frog slowly being boiled alive. People on fixed incomes have been eviscerated over the past 30 years. It breaks my heart to see old people suffering while the piggish public servants and other protected groups live the high life. Also, you may notice that dot gov has stopped boasting about public service compensations. Yeah, well, if you get a chance to look at some compensation packages of our dearly beloved "public servants," you will see that they are making way more than the private sector equivalents. We have a government that we can no longer afford, and they are lying through their teeth to us. The CPI is estimated by government employees. Do you expect accuracy? Between vacation and lunch breaks, there is no time in their busy schedules actually to work. I don't know about the rest of you, but it's getting mighty hot in my neck of the woods. It is a rigged system. Rob Peter to pay Paul! This was The Atlantis Report. Please Like. Share. And Subscribe. Thank You.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

What is The Shadow Banking System & Why you Should be Worried ?!

The average person has no idea what the shadow banking system is. The problem with the shadow banking market its shadow; you cannot see it. The Technical definition of the Shadow Banking System is non-traditional banking, which doesn't tell you anything. I like to phrase what banking is; Banking is a regulated Bank with the FDIC, which takes in deposits and makes loans. Anything else done by anybody else is Shadow Banking. In other words, it is outside of the banking system. The shadow banking system consists of lenders, brokers, and other credit intermediaries who fall outside the realm of traditional regulated banking. It is generally unregulated and not subject to the same kinds of risk, liquidity, and capital restrictions as traditional banks are. The shadow banking system played a significant role in the expansion of housing credit in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, but has grown in size and largely escaped government oversight even since then. The shadow banking system is a key component of the U.S. economy, but the financial crisis has frozen it solid. Banks make extensive use of shadow banking to get around the rules, with worrying consequences. Shadow banking hugely exacerbated the fallout from Lehmans Brothers' collapse in 2008, and yet there is now more banking-like activity going on in shadow banks than there is in banks themselves. This poses real risks to global financial stability. We propped up wrong come and run with these crazy financial structures that nobody had heard of until they blew up. Then we did it again with these crazy structures for subprime that most people haven't heard of until they blew up. And what it does; it takes traditional credit; traditional lending and it transforms it into something that it's not. In other words, you can take a long-dated financial asset or just asset like fiber optics for Worldcom, and the shadow banker will take that and transform it into something that looks like the church; a traditional bond with a shorter maturity and a very high credit rating. It looks super sync, but it's really backed by assets that are very volatile. And when these things unwind, and people want to sell them, there's no market for them. And so the price collapses and that shuts off the flow of money to these companies that were trying to boost their stock prices. It was a shadow banking system that injected the virus called credit default swaps into the system that blew up. And right now we're doing the same thing again. There is more sanity in an insane asylum than in the financial sector. Welcome to The Atlantis Report. The 2008 recession was remarkable because it was caused by a failure of investment banks as opposed to retail banks. Retail banks that take deposits and make loans are supposed to be responsible for financing business indirectly. Investment banks are supposed to facilitate the direct financing of business by selling stocks and bonds. However, investment banks have developed innovative ways to provide indirect financing too. This is what is known as shadow banking. One explanation for the recession is that it was caused by a panic in the shadow banking sector. Lehman Brothers, for example, failed because its “depositors” stopped lending money to it. The shadow banking system (or non-bank financial system) played a critical role in the recent financial crisis. Shadow banks are financial entities that borrow short-term and lend long-term, but unlike traditional banks, they are outside the purview of conventional banking regulation and do not have access to a lender of last resort or federal deposit insurance. The shadow banking system grew considerably in the lead up to the 2008 Financial Crisis due to its competitive advantages over the traditional banking system. The shock resulting from the burst of the housing bubble and subprime crisis created a run on the shadow banking system without the traditional safety nets in place that protect the traditional banking system. This helped fuel a credit crunch and motivated an emergency response by the government to stem this panic. Shadow banking defined. Shadow banks (or non-banks) are financial entities that borrow short-term and lend long-term, but are not under traditional banking regulation and do not have access to a lender of last resort or federal deposit insurance. Shadow banks include money market mutual funds, investment banks, asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP), and repurchase (repo) agreements. Growth. The shadow banking system dramatically grew during the lead up to the financial crisis and even briefly overtook the traditional banking system. Shadow banks had fewer regulatory requirements then traditional banks, so they had a competitive advantage when it came to costs. This allowed them to offer better returns and helped them outgrow the traditional banking system. However, they were also more vulnerable to liquidity shocks for the same reason. Many investors discounted this risk in an era when runs on financial institutions had practically become obsolete. The Financial Crisis. The shock caused by the bursting of the housing bubble and sub-prime mortgage crisis helped trigger a run on the shadow banking system. Shadow banks did not have the traditional deposit insurance or lender of last resort measures to protect them from this run. Bear Stearns was the first major investment bank that was affected by this. Short-term lenders in the ABCP and repo market started to pull funding from Bear Stearns, leading to the risk of its collapse. The government did not have the tools to directly stop this panic so people could sort things out in a more orderly manner. But they were able to take emergency action through JP Morgan, which was part of the traditional banking system, by financing JP Morgan’s acquisition of Bear Stearns and providing JP Morgan with certain guarantees against losses by Bear Stearns assets. This temporarily stopped the panic. However, a similar crisis occurred at Lehman Brothers six months later. The government did not rescue Lehman as it did with Bear Stearns, which led to its disorderly bankruptcy in mid-September 2008. This bankruptcy triggered a crisis in another part of the shadow banking system, money market mutual funds. The Reserve Primary Fund was a money market mutual fund that provided short-term funding to Lehman Brothers. It faced a crisis due to its exposure to Lehman Brothers, which caused investors to withdraw money from it rapidly. This caused contagion throughout the money market mutual fund industry and forced the government to take emergency action to stem the panic. This panic in various parts of the shadow banking system helped fuel a credit crunch in the real economy, causing many businesses to scale back through layoffs and spending cuts, which helped lead to a recession. The government was forced to take emergency action in order to stem this crisis by asking Congress for emergency powers and funding, which resulted in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Conclusion and Final Thoughts. The shadow banking sector played a critical role in the financial crisis. Shadow banking was under the purview of fewer regulations and government protections than traditional banking. This made shadow banking highly fragile. Fewer regulations also meant it had a competitive advantage relative to traditional banks allowing it to grow in size and even surpass the traditional banking sector for a while. However, the recent financial crisis showed how vulnerable shadow banking was to a liquidity shock and forced a major government response. The financial crisis showed the risks the shadow banking system posed to the financial system as a whole. As a result, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and Office of Financial Research (OFR) in part to assess risks and monitor the shadow banking system. The question now is whether enough is being done and if new regulatory tools are needed. The greatest con being perpetrated as we are told about it, and we are watching it! "Too big to fail," the scheme in which many little guys and gals chip in weekly, so the few can live in thousand-dollar suits with bodies that resemble Java the Hut, on the making! Mind you; They will be bailed out again. The reason being, if the economy collapses, the banking system is defunct, and money ceases to exist. Who suffers the most, the ones that had money or the ones who didn't? Factories will still be here; petroleum will still come out of the ground; food will still be grown; electricity will still be generated, and most importantly, we would still be here. The labor force that makes everything happen would still be here! All these banks are trading and fighting; against each other. By definition, someone is going to lose. Bailout the overextended. Promote over-leveraging. How about those out over their skis have to deal with their predicaments without the aid of the Fed. The Fed is allegedly there to provide liquidity in emergencies. Is this an emergency? The emergency seems to be keeping the stock market up and moving to new highs each day. THAT'S THE EMERGENCY. Stocks will close on all-time highs year end. It has been decided by the central bankers. These arent markets, they are arrangements supervised by central bankers/planners. This FED, like the several preceding, has NO credibility. They lie, and there's no penalty for lying. They print money to enrich primary dealers and to never realize losses to things like Uber, WeWork, etc. The parasite class has created a debt slave society that I find evil and morally repugnant. The FED merely is printing for their friends and family relatives to take as much out of the system before it goes up in smoke. In other words, the markets are filled with criminal activity that has been legalized. Ponzi schemes. And I bet not a single person will go to jail for it. Welcome to America, the land where the super-wealthy can get away with robbing the poor and middle class. Markets are dead. No downside risks because the Fed will bail you out. Soon they will be limiting the upside. The financial system is speed surfing down the slippery slope of government-controlled everything, i.e., socialism has taken over the commanding heights of the financial system. This will never end well. It's like 2008 all over again. To keep their Pyramid schemes going, they convolute, pretend, hide, cheat also. But they do it in such a dimension that there is no way back and no one can make them accountable, but the taxpayer has to bail them out again because they hold them hostage. It's time to bring those psychopaths to places where they can't do harm anymore. But they are just a symptom of a system that rewards risky, irresponsible, and fraudulent behavior and punishes honest, responsible people. The system can be called fractional reserve Ponzi, and the US Congress had the power to end this organized crime with a simple vote. Don't keep any money in a bank that you can't afford to lose. Do hold Bitcoin, silver and gold coins, and physical cash. Don't tell anyone you're holding these things. When The Shit Hits The Fan, pretend to be as poor as everyone else while you figure out what to do and where to go. This was The Atlantis Report. Please Like. Share. And Subscribe. Thank You.

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This Threatens Your Wealth and RUINS Your Retirement - Robert Kiyosaki [ The Rich Dad Radio Show ]

HOW SHADOW BANKING THREATENS YOUR WEALTH Find out how pensions are leveraging the credit market via the shadow banking system. Brian Reynolds joins Robert to discuss how we’re likely in another boom-and-bust cycle driven by shadow banking. GUEST: Brian Reynolds

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How to Become Rich during a Market Crash & Benefit the most from The Financial Crisis !

Who would benefit from a major financial crisis? Certainly people and institutions with political power like , Congresses and parliaments, government bureaucrats and bureaucracies, and heads of state. To the extent that is true ,and the dynamics are more complex than the statement indicates. What are their incentives for preventing financial crises? If you're looking for names, I remember there were quite a few public instances of people who did benefit. Big names like John Paulson's bet against the subprime mortgages earned him a few billion. Bill Gross's PIMCO fund did great. I would also venture that various investment banks like Goldman also made out well. They supposedly packaged these subprime mortgages as low risk, selling them to investors, then turning around and shorting them. These same banks as well as some insurance companies also sold credit default contracts. Since the US fed eventually bought all these toxic derivatives off their books. I'd say they all made out swimmingly. Imagine if I sold billions of options over the years with a low probability of a payout. But when I actually had to pay out, and I didn't have enough money for it, the government just steps in and forks over the money for me! A very sweet deal if I do say so myself. Anyway, basically anyone who sold stocks, MBS, commodities, and all their assorted derivatives at or around 2007 benefited. Anyone on the sell-side, which makes money on volume, benefited. Anyone who bought treasuries also benefited. What did they do with all that money? Whatever they want. Welcome to The Atlantis Report. The 2008–09 financial crisis saw markets collapse, erasing trillions of dollars of wealth worldwide. Savvy investors acknowledged an extraordinary buying chance, with many companies' shares for sale at a huge discount. With markets recuperating from the Great Recession, these investors have achieved enormous profits from their aggressive tactics. Most of us can remember the moment of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Let’s look at what has happened in the last 11 years: Real interest rates have gone to negative in most countries. You now lose money putting it in the bank. Markets have hit record highs; almost doubled since 2008 and 3.5 times from 2009 lows, now that the Dow hit 28,000. Real wages have struggled to keep up with inflation in most developed countries. So the biggest winners of 2008–2009 were calm, buy, and hold investors. The losers were those that panicked. Not in year 1. I imagine some of those buy and hold investors were feeling worried when the Dow was at 7,300 in 2009, and people who kept money in the bank felt smug. However, if you look at any financial crisis, the buy and hold investor has never, ever, regretted doing that and buying more as markets fall. On average, markets corrections typically last only a few months or a year: In the case of 2008–2009, it took three years. Occasionally, 7–10 years. That is an opportunity for the buy and hold investor to “stack up” on more units at lower prices. Almost like seeing your flights to your holiday resort on special offer, only you know that stacking up on this investment will pay off financially long-term. Those people that try to directly profit from crashes, like speculating on certain stocks going bust by shorting, usually don’t benefit long-term. A good friend of mine bought many bank stocks in 2008 after he realized the government wouldn't allow them to go bust. At one stage, he was on a huge profit, as they bounced from the lows. Long-term, however, he would have been better off just being in the index, as the prices of almost all banks have never recovered. Take HSBC as just one example of many. It went up sharply, but long-term performance has been bad. Although the advice to buy when there's blood in the streets has been imputed to more than one rich investor, it is a sound approach to creating substantial wealth. Other oft-quoted citations whose true origins are debated are that the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. It suggests that buying when there is panic in the air is much easier said than done. The financial crisis of 2007-2008 was, in all probability, the worst to hit the world since the stock market collapse of 1929. In 2007, the US subprime mortgage market crashed, sending shockwaves across the market. The consequences were felt throughout the globe and even triggered the breakdown of several major banks, comprising Lehman Brothers. Panic followed, with people thinking they would lose more if they didn't sell their securities. Numerous investors saw their portfolio estimates fall by as much as 30 percent. The sales resulting in rock-bottom prices, obliterating any potential gains investors would generally have made without the crisis. Whereas many people saw this as a selling opportunity, there were others who saw this as a chance to expand their positions in the market at a big discount. A stock market crash represents the best opportunity for the average person to get rich. When prices are low, people can invest, and the stock market has always come back. This is why dollar-cost averaging is such an excellent strategy. But to make out, you have to have a pile of money you can apply and have great courage, a penchant for risk, and the ability to wait it out. If you have no money, then you cannot take advantage of the opportunity. “When there is blood in the streets, buy stock” is a famous quote that couldn’t possibly be truer. When people are selling, selling, selling, it’s the time to buy - if you are smart and do your homework and know how to buy. When there is a collapse, the rich suffer disproportionately, but they are often also the best positioned to scoop up the scraps and make money. Stock market crashes have the same critical value that forest fires have ; They create the opportunity for new life and new growth in the ashes. Rich people are more likely to have assets that can be used to scoop up bargain stocks. “No one ever bet enough on a winning horse” is an oft-stated quote when it comes to stock. If you buy 1000 shares of XYZ and it goes up 1000 percent, you won't be congratulating yourself; you’ll be cursing yourself for not buying 10000 shares. This is called “greed,” and you must overcome it. Know when you’ve won and WALK AWAY. In fact, there are adages in stock market circles, “Sell in May, walk away” because the stock market is almost always moribund until September. Take your gains (or losses) AND FORGET THEM. You can never dwell on success or failure of the past; no one ever got successful in the past; “Coulda, shoulda, woulda is three guys I never want to know.” Forget the past. Also, have a plan and stick to the plan. Greed is the biggest killer of all. When you make a decision to sell at “X,” then sell an “X,” and if it goes up, forget it, and if it goes down, forget it. FORGET IT. Dwelling on “what could have been” is the strategy of LOSERS. “It’s never too late to make a losing bet” is another analogy. You have to know your strength and what you can stomach; just because a stock goes down doesn’t mean it can’t go to zero, and there’s no guarantee it will go up. Know what you want and why you want it and what you’ll tolerate for price swings. I never recommend individual stocks other than Blue Chips that pay dividends such as Johnson and Johnson. I was caught up in the US Steel bankruptcy and lost a lot of money in the early 80s. I remember my broker telling me investing in US Steel was a “no brainer.” “You’ll be in the gravy.” Even a blue-chip can fail. It did. I lost the house. In a financial crisis you have to keep your head; if you’re in SP 500 Index Funds, maintain your dollar-cost averaging strategy and increase your monthly contributions as much as you can; if you have individual stocks and you believe in them, then hang on to them and see if they will recover; if you have stocks, you should have a Plan such that if the stock goes down “x” percent you will sell it, regardless, and take your losses because you at least preserve some capital. No matter what, have a Plan. In a financial crisis where there is hyperinflation, then people who invest in the stock market make out because, in inflation, the stock market tends to grow faster. Again, you have to have money to make money, and holding money in inflation is a waste. It has to go somewhere, and that place is the stock market since bonds won’t help you in inflation; TIPS protected investments might help as well. In a deflation, stockpile cash and don’t buy goods - their value simply decreases over time anyway. Deflations are a self-fulfilling failure because people put off buying expecting prices to collapse even further, which creates a death spiral. In October 2008, Warren Buffett announced in an article that he published in The New York Times op-ed section that he was buying American stocks during this equity collapse brought about by the credit crunch. His derivation of buying when there is blood in the streets is to "be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful." Buffett was particularly talented during the credit crunch. Amongst his buys, there was the purchase of $5 billion in perpetual preferred shares in Goldman Sachs (GS) that paid him a ten percent interest rate and also incorporated warrants to buy additional Goldman shares. Goldman also had the option to repurchase the securities at a ten percent premium. This agreement was struck between both Buffett and the bank when they struck the deal in 2008. The bank eventually bought back the shares in 2011. Buffett did the same with General Electric (GE), buying $3 billion in perpetual preferred stock with a 10 percent interest rate and redeemable in three years at a 10 percent premium. He also purchased billions in convertible preferred shares in Swiss Re and Dow Chemical (DOW), all of which needed liquidity to get them through the tumultuous credit crisis. Consequently, Buffett has made billions for himself but has also helped steer these and other American corporations through a particularly difficult time. In the upcoming collapse, which I predict will occur next year, cash will be king. I recommend to everyone to start stockpiling cash. If I am wrong and the economy doesn’t collapse (and I am often wrong) then you will have a pile of cash available for other things, and that’s never a bad thing; but if there is a crash, then real estate, stocks, and other securities will decline in value - perhaps rapidly - and having cash is the only safe thing to have. In a financial crisis other than inflation, cash is king. This Was The Atlantis Report. Please Like. Share. And Subscribe. Thank You.

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“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” Henry Kissinger

once a standing army is established, in any country, the people lose their liberty.”
George Mason

“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”
Henry Kissinger

“If you are an ordinary person, then you can prepare yourself for war by moving to the countryside and building a farm, but you must take guns with you, as the hordes of starving will be roaming. Also, even though the elite will have their safe havens and specialist shelters, they must be just as careful during the war as the ordinary civilians, because their shelters can still be compromised.”
Henry Kissinger

"We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?" Joseph Stalin

The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
Joseph Stalin

Governments keep a lot of secrets from their people . . .
Why aren't the people in return allowed to keep secrets
from the government?


“Some call it Communism, I call it Judaism.”

Rabbi Stephen Weiss

“Anti-Communism is Anti-Semitism.”
Jewish Voice, July - August 1941

Taxing People is Punishing Success

There's the rich, the poor, and the tax payers...also known as the middle class. Robert Kiyosaki

The Tax you pay is The Bill for Staying Stupid

Stefan Molyneux

“The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is, perhaps, the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banks can in fact inflate, mint and un-mint the modern ledger-entry currency.” Major L L B Angus

The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or so dependent on its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of the people mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system will bear its burdens without complaint and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.
The Rothschild Bros

"Debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages must be foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through a process of law, the common people lose their homes they will become more docile and more easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of government, applied by a central power of wealth under control of leading financiers.

This truth is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of Capital to govern the world.

By dividing the voters through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance. Thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves what has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished."

USA Banker's Magazine, August 25 1924

Cutting Tax Rates stimulates Economic Growth creates more Profit , more Jobs and therefore The Treasury ends up with more Tax Money

Taxation is legalized Theft

"The Objective of the Bank is not the control of a conflict , it's the control of the debt that a conflict produces . The real value of a conflict , the true value is in the debt that it creates . You control the debt , you control everything . this is THE VERY ESSENCE OF THE BANKING INDUSTRY , to make us all , whether we be nations or individuals , SLAVES TO DEBT " An UNKNOWN Banker

Patriotism is the last refuge... to which the scoundrel clings .... Steal a little and they throw you in jail ..steal a lot and they make you king ....

Bob Dylan

"Corporations are stealing billions in tax breaks, while the confused, screwed citizenry turn on each other. International corporations have no national allegiance, they care only for profit." Robert Reich

There is NO political answer to a spiritual problem!
Steve Quayle

litical Correctness is a Political Stand Point that does not allow Political Opposition , This is actually The Definition of Dictatorship
Gilad Atzmon

The modern definition of racist is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal
Peter Brimelow

When People lose everything and have nothing left to lose , They Lose It !


Your Greatest Teacher is Your Last Mistake

The one who Controls the Education System , Controls Perception

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."

Albert Einstein

In The Left Nothing is Right & in The Right nothing is Left

No man escapes when freedom fails; The best men rot in filthy jails. And those that cried 'Appease! Appease!' Are hanged by those they tried to please

Freedom is not Free

Don't Steal The Government Hates The Competition

Ron Paul

"Buy The Rumor , Sell The Fact " Peter Schiff

You can love your Country and not your Government

Jesse Ventura

" The Government Works for ME , I do not answer to them They Answer to ME "
Glenn Beck

"Tyranny will Come to Your Door in a Uniform "
Alex Jones

"The Government is not The Solution to our Problems , The Government is The Problem "

Ronald Reagan

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato

The world is a tragedy to those that feel, and a comedy to those that think...Beppe Grillo

"The people should not fear the government for it is the government who should fear the people" UNKNOWN

"If You are looking for solutions to the world's problems , look in the Mirror , You Are The Solution , You have the power as a human being on this planet " UNKNOWN

"They don't control us , We empower them " UNKNOWN

"Serial Killers do on a Small Scale What Governments do on a large one..."

Serial Killer Richard Ramirez

There is a Class War going on in America, & unfortunately, my class is winning." Warren Buffet

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Thomas Jefferson

"College is a waste of Money"
Albert Einstein

Schools manufacture people who think that they're smart but they're not.
Robert Kiyosaki

Education is what you learn after you leave School
Robert Kiyosaki

" ‏Schools were designed to create employees for the big corporations."
Robert Kiyosaki

"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey, he is obligated to do so" Thomas Jefferson

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism
Thomas Jefferson

“True education makes you feel stupid. It makes you realize you have so much more to learn.” Robert Kiyosaki

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching." - Gerard Way

"Aspire not to have More but to be More "

The losers in life think they have all the answers. They can’t learn because they’re too busy telling everyone what they know.
Robert T. Kiyosaki ‏

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. -This time more intelligently." Henry Ford

What You Own Owns You

If you expect the government to solve your problems, you have a problem. Robert Kiyosaki

"Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security." Benjamin Franklin

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Always trust someone who is seeking the truth , never trust someone who found it" Jordan Maxwell

Be The Change you want to see in The World

Failure inspires winners but defeats losers
Robert Kiyosaki ‏

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people” A Chinese Proverb

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me." UNKNOWN