Don’t Get Caught Up

12 May

JPMorgan Chase's offices in San Francisco - JPMorgan Chase's offices in San Francisco

As the massive losses of JPM begin to show up, people are clamoring to arrive at conclusions about what is going on. I am not. This is not a shock to me and many others who have simply tried to understand the fundamentals of the present financial system.

The first thing my mind reverts to is something I’ve wondered a long time about: the JPM/Silver ratio. For a long time, I’ve noticed an interesting correlation of silver to the stock price of JPM. No, it doesn’t particularly matter that they both move around the 30-40 range lately. What matters is that, since JPM has a massive short position, suppressing the price of silver, the value of their stock must reflect the way they engage silver over the long term. They must take a loss if they are to dump their own money into bets that go wrong. When they do well in this short position, this too is reflected. I encourage you to look into this for yourself. It’s interesting, if nothing else. I wonder what a $2 billion flub will do to silver. I wonder what silver going through the roof last year was like for JPM. There’s a correlation there.

I also wonder about the nature of the ensuing cover up. This $2 billion blunder must certainly be the tip of the iceberg, as many have called it. And yet anyone who is familiar with the complex web of support between major banks and central banks knows that this kind of problem need not have instantaneous backlash if the right steps are taken to paper over the problem. It’s bad for reputation, but when a bank can borrow money for free, how much of this is just perception? How much will it really affect the ability of a bank to just continue doing what it’s doing? What seems certain is that nothing will really unravel until the paper money of major central banks is one day ignored for what it really is: an increasingly irrelevant form of manipulation.

Mostly, I simply realize that patience is all I need right now. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grown tired with the panic-mode reaction of other people who are interested in silver and gold as a hedge against inflation. Instead of just dwelling on the low price of precious metals at the moment, think about this: do you think it’s just a coincidence that JPM has come forward with massive problems right in the middle of a sell-off in precious metals?

I don’t have all the answers. But I don’t need them right now. Things make plenty of sense if you step back from the moment. Volatility is simply the outcome of the psychological warfare that is taking place for the minds of the financial world. Common sense is prevailing, but it takes time. Normalcy bias seems like such an apt substitute for common sense to many people. But as people have their hopes dashed over and over, they will first be jaded, then cynical, then they will begin to look for alternative theories to explain what  they thought they have taken for granted for so long. Then you will see a massive shift.

Unfortunately, when there’s a massive shift away from paper to precious metals, who will want to sell to those people? That’s a question worth thinking about. Undoubtedly, with the impending rise of precious metals, you will see massive shortages, and some people will be willing to part with their metal if only in order to survive. It won’t be a ‘trade’. It will be an exchange of necessities. So much ‘wealth’ we be erased.

So for now, do the right thing. Mostly, that means being patient.

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A Coming Bull Market in Gold and Silver?

10 May

I am sick of people saying what is and is not a bull market. I want to see real evidence before I even begin to ask the question. When we think about how that kind of claim can be justified (instead of going by what CNBC tells us) one of the first places to start is the accumulation-distribution line.

According to www.stockcharts.com, here’s what the A/D line indicates:

“The Accumulation Distribution Line is a cumulative measure of each period’s volume flow, or money flow. A high positive multiplier combined with high volume shows strong buying pressure that pushes the indicator higher. Conversely, a low negative number combined with high volume reflects strong selling pressure that pushes the indicator lower. Money Flow Volume accumulates to form a line that either confirms or contradicts the underlying price trend. In this regard, the indicator is used to either reinforce the underlying trend or cast doubts on its sustainability. An uptrend in prices with a downtrend in the Accumulation Distribution Line suggests underlying selling pressure (distribution) that could foreshadow a bearish reversal on the price chart. A downtrend in prices with an uptrend in the Accumulation Distribution Line indicate underlying buying pressure (accumulation) that could foreshadow a bullish reversal in prices.” 1

Translation: acc/dist line shows when people are buying more or selling more. That means that REAL predictive value about bull or bear markets lies in one’s assessment of buying momentum.

I want to draw your attention to how this is happening right now in gold and silver. Check out this silver chart from stockcharts.com:

And this gold chart from stockcharts.com:

Note the massive divergence in the a/d line from the price line. What does this say? Two things: 1) that someone is selling a lot of gold and silver right now (either in physical bullion or paper contracts), and 2) that, despite the massive selling, much more money is flowing into these assets than the price reflects. In short, someone is intent on selling low and everyone else is much more intent on buying it up.

So, is this “sell-off” bullish or bearish? According to the article I previously mentioned, “A downtrend in prices with an uptrend in the Accumulation Distribution Line indicate underlying buying pressure (accumulation) that could foreshadow a bullish [emphasis mine] reversal in prices.”

This line does not say what the future will bring. It could be at some point that this buying momentum drops off. But so far, there is a massive divergence that often portends the coming of a bull market. Silver and Gold may continue to go down, but the a/d line should inform you about the level of risk you are taking if you decide to buy.

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Something to Think About

9 May

I write about gold and silver. I write about why our economy is where it is and where it might go. But when I think about what that will look like, I’m not happy about it.

There are people in the precious metals trade who feel the way I do. Guys like Chris Martenson, Peter Schiff, and others.

And then there are people that seem to be emotionally attached to gold and silver sky-rocketing one day. When it goes down they cry and talk about their pain and lament the powers that be “smacking it down”. I get that things shouldn’t be manipulated. But you should never feel that emotional about money.

Furthermore, think about this video, which shows what Zimbabwe is like: a place where paper money is worthless and gold is everything. It’s pretty awful.

Just think about that, next time you start hoping for silver or gold to double or triple. Be real. Focus on what matters.

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Ron Paul Demolishes CNBC for an Hour

30 Apr

This show is unbelievable. At least 6 different people offer the most complex questions they can throw at the aging-yet-energetic congressman, Ron Paul. Calling his views “extreme”, bringing on multiple economists, and implying that he has no chance of victory are just a few of the games they played with him. But Congressman Paul rose far above the fray.

No one can watch this video and deny his competence and commend him for such excellent answers. Furthermore, Paul is extremely patient, dignified, and nuanced in all his assessments and responses. This appearance is flawless as it gets.

And yet, one gets the sense that, in spite of his ability to comprehensively speak to all types of issues, these people will simply continue obfuscate and misrepresent such ideas in the future.

But man, what an incredible performance from Ron Paul. Go Ron!

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Money Printing and The Sex Tourist Industry

28 Apr

Further Abuse of American Fiat

I highly recommend reading this fascinating account from John Keatley, an American photographer who went to the Philippines to do an exposé on the sex-tourist industry, which is also highly recommended.

Ironically, he ran into a politician from New Mexico, who was frequenting the Red Light District of Angeles. Not only was this politician aware of John’s presence, but encouraged him to take pictures of him and email them to him. After the story broke, Keatley was interviewed about it as well as the politician.

In this blog, we often uncover and discuss the injustices that come America’s abuse of its economic superiority, most notably trade manipulation through money-printing. But the whole spectrum of our abuse is much broader. This is just one more example of it. Ever since World War 2, which my financial readers know was the economic peak of America, GI’s, tourists, and businessmen have frequented Angeles, and other developing nations for cheap sex.

Why does this happen? Simply because our currency, though much of it is not earned but printed from nothing, is still highly valuable, causing other countries contort their entire legislative system to accommodate American lust.

If this is how we want to utilize our “prosperity”, we deserve a depression.

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Brazil’s President Nails It

21 Apr

Start the link at 17:35 to get the good stuff.

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil recently came to Washington to meet with President Obama to discuss a variety of issues, most of which dealt in the economic realm. While they met with the press, President Rouseff unleashed a scathing attack on the expansionist monetary policies of the U.S.

Her most poignant criticism focused on the way in which the U.S. spending programs drive U.S. monetary expansion (i.e. inflation) that gives the U.S. an unfair trade advantage especially against developing nations, including Brazil.

Note this moment: 18:20. Her translator mistakenly said “[The US expansionist monetary policies] lead to a depreciation of emerging currencies.” At this point she corrects him and he says, “Rather…a depreciation of  developed currencies.” What that means is simple: when we print more dollars, our dollars are worth less. Thus, our exports are cheaper for other countries to buy. Thus, our products sell and other countries who cannot depreciate their currency as much as we can, simply are stuck with having equal goods which artificially become more expensive to purchase.

Few politicians know economics as well as she.

This is exactly the point we’ve been talking about for the two months we’ve run this site. Because America owns a major (some might say THE major) world currency, we can print out our own money to buy from other countries. Think of all the massive programs like SNAP where America hands out free money to the masses to buy essential goods at places like grocery stores. Those are the fiscal policies that enable so much monetary expansion. Inflation not only kills the middle and working classes, it viciously attacks smaller countries by causing massive trade disadvantages.

President Rousseff is a courageous woman who clearly has done her homework. She is absolutely right to criticize Obama in this way. It is no disrespect to speak the truth like she is doing.

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Condensed Crash Course

18 Apr

One of the reasons young people are having attention deficit issues is that there are few people worth paying attention to any more. Chris Martenson is one of the people you need to pay attention to. And it isn’t hard to. This condensed version of the much longer 3+ hour version “Crash Course” (also equally worth your time) is an excellent way to get to know what Chris has to offer.

Why should you listen to Chris?

In short, because he has a very holistic view of the world. I don’t agree with everything he says, but there is very little he ignores when he says what he does, and that’s important. One of the main priorities I have in this blog is to incorporate what God says into as much of what I think about economics as I can. Chris has helped me to do that.