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  1. poncho

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    The price of commodities, particularly food and petroleum products, will be higher in the coming year, which will strain budgets more than ever for those who still have jobs. Unemployment will not get appreciably better and government debt will rise. Government is talking about raising the Social Security retirement age by three years, freezing payments and offering government guaranteed annuities in exchange for those of you that do have retirement plans. Two-thirds of those in and about to retire have only Social Security for 50% of their income. The money collected since 1935 is all gone, having been spent by past politicians. In fact, if you put all present and future commitments together you have a debt of $105 trillion.


    The US wants to avoid default and devaluation of the dollar. They can raise taxes, cut spending or default on their Social Security and Medicare commitments, and commandeer personal retirement plans. In whole, or in part, these are options for government. If they cannot manage these changes then the Fed will have to increase money and credit, which is now euphemistically labeled quantitative easing. The powers behind government have looted the system perpetually, but particularly since August 15,1971, when the gold standard was abandoned and the result of this gutting and its consequences is about to manifest itself. Unemployment refuses to fall and little is being done to improve the situation. This year five million American workers lost extended unemployment benefits, as Wall Street, bailed out with taxpayer’s loans, is showering their employees with hundreds of billions of dollars in bonuses. There is no question these are the seeds of which revolution is born. We can as a result expect demonstrations and unrest, as we are now seeing in Europe, which could end up in rioting and other antisocial behavior.


    Considering what the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury have done over many years we believe we can expect a continuation of fiscal spending and more money and credit to be injected into the economy. That will lead to higher inflation, which could lead eventually to hyperinflation. In preparation in businesses or professionally, or individually, your cost of doing business or living should be reduced and those savings should be used to purchase gold and silver bullion coins and shares. This is the only way you can protect your investable assets. Business and job opportunities have already fallen off a cliff and we believe that situation will get much worse.


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    Front page of the Financial Times last week...but not covered in any US newspaper on the front page...China and Russian dropped the dollar as the benchmark currency in their economies.

    It's a HUGE decision.

    One thing that is certain, the entire US system is getting ready for a massive change.
     
  3. poncho

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    No, The Big Banks Have Not "Paid Back" Government Bailouts and Subsidies.


    The big banks claim that they have paid back all of the bailout money they received, and that the taxpayers have actually made money on the bailouts.
    However, as Barry Ritholtz notes:

    Pro Publica has been maintaining a list of bailout recipients, updating the amount lent versus what was repaid.
    So far, 938 Recipients have had $607,822,512,238 dollars committed to them, with $553,918,968,267 disbursed. Of that $554b disbursed, less than half — $220,782,546,084 — has been returned.
    Whenever you hear pronunciations of how much money the TARP is making, check back and look at this list. It shows the TARP is deeply underwater.


    Moreover, as I pointed out in May, the big banks have received enormous windfall profits from guaranteed spreads on interest rates:

    Bloomberg notes:
    “The trading profits of the Street is just another way of measuring the subsidy the Fed is giving to the banks, said Christopher Whalen, managing director of Torrance, California-basedInstitutional Risk Analytics. “It’s a transfer from savers to banks.”

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    For the 63 straight trading days in Q1, in other words, Goldman Sachs (GS), JP Morgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), and Citigroup (C) made money trading for their own accounts.

    Trading, of course, is supposed to be a risky business: You win some, you lose some. That's how traders justify their gargantuan bonuses--their jobs are so risky that they deserve to be paid millions for protecting their firms' precious capital. (Of course, the only thing that happens if traders fail to protect that capital is that taxpayers bail out the bank and the traders are paid huge "retention" bonuses to prevent them from leaving to trade somewhere else, but that's a different story).

    But these days, trading isn't risky at all. In fact, it's safer than walking down the street.

    Why?

    Because the US government is lending money to the big banks at near-zero interest rates. And the banks are then turning around and lending that money back to the US government at 3%-4% interest rates, making 3%+ on the spread. What's more, the banks are leveraging this trade, borrowing at least $10 for every $1 of equity capital they have, to increase the size of their bets. Which means the banks can turn relatively small amounts of equity into huge profits--by borrowing from the taxpayer and then lending back to the taxpayer.

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    >Two-thirds of those in and about to retire have only Social Security for 50% of their income.

    Anyone want to argue that THAT two-thirds would be in fat city if there was no SS and they had invested their money on their own initiative?
     
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    Mark Zandi - the highly influential economist, and chief economist of Moody's Economy.com - recently told the Washington Post:

    There's been a significant consolidation among the big banks, and it's kind of hollowing out the banking system. You'll be left with very large institutions and small ones that fill in the cracks. But it'll be difficult for the mid-tier institutions to thrive.

    The oligopoly has tightened.

    "Oligopoly" is an economic term which means that a given market is controlled by a small group of firms. Think "monopoly" by a few companies.
    On the other hand, an "oligarchy" is a political term which means that a government is controlled by a small group. Think "monarchy" by a few rulers.

    But since the biggest banks and financial giants do control America, the two terms are arguably synonymous and interchangeable.

    As I have previously pointed out, two leading IMF officials, the former Vice President of the Dallas Federal Reserve, and the the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City have all said that the United States is controlled by an oligarchy, and directly or indirectly said that the big banks and giant financial institutions are key players in that oligarchy.

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    I seriously doubt my generation will ever the see money we've paid into SS.:BangHead: By the time we get to retirement, all we'll get is Obamacare, which might just amount to zilch.
     
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    Bump . . .

     
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