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James Turk: Central Banks Are Losing The War to Suppress Gold & Silver Prices

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Submitted by Adam Taggart of PeakProsperity

James Turk: Central Banks Are Losing The War to Suppress Gold & Silver Prices

My guess is that 2013 and 2014 are going to be big up year for the precious metals, but we still have to contend with the central planners and the various government policies, which have been actively trying to keep the gold and silver prices from reaching fair value. The central planners are losing the war. They may win an occasional battle or two, but they’re losing the war, and eventually gold and silver are going to go higher.

So predicts James Turk, founder and Chairman of GoldMoney.com.

From James’ perspective, gold is not an investment. It’s a sterile asset, meaning it does not generate income. What it is, is money. Its function is to store wealth.

But money, like investments, can be overvalued or undervalued. And what we’re witnessing on the world stage is a gross mispricing of money as central banks engage in depreciation of their fiat currencies via inflation (i.e. money printing).

The process causes a transfer of wealth from those holding overvalued money to those who hold undervalued money. That’s what’s been going on for the past decade as the price of gold has steadily marched upwards versus fiat currencies.

But this process is not efficient. Mass awareness of this wealth transfer is low, so confidence in paper currencies is still high, supporting their perceived value. Market intervention by central banks and other parties conspires to keep the prices of precious metals artificially low and suspect.

This maintains an arbitrage for individuals to buy gold and silver at a discount to true value, which James believes will be slowly realized in full over the next several years as the bull market in precious metals approaches its third and final phase.

A factor in this rise will be the increasing fragmentation of coordination among the central banks. Increasingly, central banks outside the influence of the US’ Federal Reserve are treating the precious metals as true money, and becoming net buyers of bullion for their reserves.

Ultimately, Turk predicts the price of gold will move to somewhere between $8,000-10,000/oz, and that we'll see even higher price appreciation in silver.

The way markets normally work is, after you do have a big move, you get a correction. Even over the past 12 years, if you look at gold, you had big moves in 2005, 2006, and 2007 where you were in some years generating over 20% appreciation in gold. Then you had the correction in 2008. Even though that was a correction, gold was still up that year. Then, in 2009 and 2010 and the earlier part of 2011, you had again big moves. Then you had the correction where basically they moved sideways. My guess is that 2013 and 2014 are going to be big moves on the upside, because what’s important here is not so much the price of gold, but whether it’s a good value.

 

The proper way to manage a portfolio is, you move assets that are overvalued out of your portfolio and you concentrate on assets that are undervalued. That’s true regardless of whether you’re talking about investments or money. You want undervalued forms of money. You want undervalued investments. I use a couple of mathematical formulas which I’ve written a lot about, one being the Fear index and the other being the Gold money index; by both of those measures, gold is still very, very undervalued, as is silver, for that matter. Silver is even more undervalued than gold. My expectation is that these undervalued assets will continue to rise in price, because the market doesn’t like levels of overvaluation or undervaluation. The market is always constantly changing, moving money out of overvalued assets and moving into undervalued ones. And that’s what we’re basically seeing in the precious metals: people are moving out of overvalued fiat currencies and moving into undervalued gold and silver.

 

My guess is that 2013 and 2014 are going to be big up years, but we still have to contend with the central planners and the various government policies, which have been actively trying to keep the gold and silver prices from reaching fair value. The central planners are losing the war. They may win an occasional battle or two, but they’re losing the war, and eventually gold and silver are going to go higher – assuming that governments and central planners and central banks still continue to follow these same policies that they’ve been doing, which is defacing fiat currencies.

 

An interesting thing is that when we saw the price drop in gold and silver at the end of 2012, the demand for physical metal rose tremendously because people recognized that these assets are undervalued, and if they’re going to be sold down to such cheap prices, they may as well just pick them up and continue to accumulate them. So it certainly has a perverse affect when the central banks intervene. In fact, as we’ve noted, gold has risen 12 years in a row against the U.S. dollar – double-digit rates of appreciation. But I guess the best way is using an analogy. If you've got a pot of water boiling on the stove and it’s bubbling away, every once in a while you have to release or pull off the lid to let a little bit of steam out, and then you put the lid back on.

 

That’s sort of what the central planners are doing. Every year they release the lid, and gold on average has risen over the last 12 years by 16.8%. Then they put the lid back on. One of these days they're not going to be able to put the lid back on, and you're going to go into the third stage of a bull market where gold just keeps rising and rising and rising because confidence will be lost in the currency. I think that’s what we have to be focusing on.

 

I can’t say that trust between central banks is waning, but you have to recognize that there are two categories of central banks: There are central banks that are in the U.S. circle of control and dominance, and then there are central banks outside the circle of U.S. control and dominance. The ones that are outside of the U.S. control and dominance are accumulating physical gold. The ones within the U.S. control tend not to do that, although it’s interesting that Germany, Netherlands, and now Austria, too, are talking about bringing their gold back.

 

It’s quite clear that a lot of promises have been made, particularly by politicians and most governments around the world, and those promises cannot possibly be fulfilled. A lot of those promises are going to be broken. Particularly when it comes to the area of gold, a lot of central banks are relying on the promises of other central banks. Oh, yeah, we’ll be good for the gold if you ever ask for it. Those promises are likely to be broken as well, as the demand for physical metal continues to grow. Whether it’s going to accelerate in 2013, 2014, I don't know. But, my guess is the demand for physical metal is indeed going to accelerate over the next couple of years, because I’m looking for serious financial problems to be hitting. 

Click the play button below to listen to Chris' interview with James Turk (34m:47s):

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Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:51 | 3188144 francis_sawyer
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Gold isn't going up ~ fiat is going DOWN... Get that thru your domes...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:54 | 3188147 resurger
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wilco

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:00 | 3188163 Xibalba
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"Strong Dollar Policy" = Naked short gold and silver into oblivion

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:03 | 3188167 Zer0head
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if they losing the war they need creativity

SFPD Cant do Stop and Frisk, So They Now Turned to ‘Hunting’ & ‘Wolf Packing’

http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/sfpd-cant-do-stop-and-...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:10 | 3188173 The Juggernaut
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I've been asking that shit!!!
What would happen if the NY Fed defaulted on their gold delivery? Also, this is probably why the high powered guns are wanted in the govt.'s hand and not the people's.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 08:09 | 3188877 GetZeeGold
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What would happen if the NY Fed defaulted on their gold delivery?

 

Seems to me they already have......or Germany would already have repatriated it's gold.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 19:11 | 3189643 boogerbently
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How come the govt. can hand out jets, missles, and war-grade weapons to middle eastern regimes, but not trust its own citizens with 10+ clips???

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:56 | 3188151 Alpo for Granny
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Gold isn't going up~it is going East. Get that thru your domes too...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:00 | 3188160 francis_sawyer
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wilco2

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 08:11 | 3188878 GetZeeGold
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Can I get an amen?

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:02 | 3189011 Long-John-Silver
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Amen Brother, AMEN!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:45 | 3188239 e_goldstein
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(same as it ever was)

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 07:02 | 3190778 WTFUD
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( . . and you may ask how did it get there? )

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 19:14 | 3189648 boogerbently
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(US to China)

...we can't pay you for your investments in our Treasuries, but we CAN keep the price of gold artificially low while you stock up.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:56 | 3188152 RockyRacoon
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Pity the grocery shopper with gold at $8 to $10K.  Aaargh.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:03 | 3188168 francis_sawyer
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Possible options are:

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- wheelbarrow full of cash

- EBT cards that don't work

- or... most likely, an attempt at PRICE CONTROLS [which means either empty shelves, long lines, or BOTH]

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 08:14 | 3188880 GetZeeGold
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It's been hell since the rise of gold from $265 to $1650......but I've managed. Despite the hysterics.

 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 12:41 | 3189101 Gold Dog
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Good man....that's true grit, you are an example for the rest of us who also have been struggling for the past decade!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:10 | 3189250 Theosebes Goodfellow
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"Mercury dimes, bitchez!"

Sorry Francis, I just couldn't resist. Seriously though, I think one of the other possible options is armed guards at the grocery store doors and sales limited to those with either silver or some other valued exchangeable.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:15 | 3188188 Laser Shark
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If the dollar collapsed to a point where it was not accepted in international trade, our daily oil imports would stop (along with all the other stuff).  That would remove about fifty percent of the daily consumption of oil.

The just-in-time inventory system of retailers from grocery stores to gas statitions to Wal-Mart relies heavily upon daily deliveries by trucks, which burn gasoline or diesel.

It is doubtful that inventory system could sustain and adjust to such a massive supply shock.  Even if the dollar was just massively devalued and oil went to $500/bbl, the system probably would still cease to be viable. 

There probably wouldn't be any food on store shelves at that point.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:25 | 3188199 francis_sawyer
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Yeah ~ & I'd just love to see how many people would be out there supporting the 'oil consuming behemoth' of US military bases around the world [for wars nobody wants] at that moment...

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Meh ~ people are dumb fucks... It still might take them awhile to figure it out...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:41 | 3188232 Laser Shark
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The wars are actually necessary to maintain the petrodollar's dominance.

Saddam turns his back on greenbacks

Greenspan admits Iraq was about oil

Gaddafi wanted a gold dinar

Iranian oil bourse stopped trading oil in US dollars

The bases around the world ensure that the oil keeps flowing and that trade routes/shipping lanes stay open.

I'm not advocating that, but that's the way it is.

I would expect them to launch World War III before the point where the store shelves actually go empty, anyway.

Doomsday Clock moves to five minutes to midnight

I would also expect the American sheep to demand war if the shelves went empty.  They will want someone to blame.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:59 | 3188269 francis_sawyer
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As always... It's all about 'SPIN'...

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Easier to create false justification to KILL TOWELHEADS, than it is to KILL CANADIANS or SPOTTED OWLS [I suppose]...

Note: francis_sawyer sees no need to kill any of the three... [at least for a 'sub $5 price on a gallon of gas]... Where's Nikola Tesla when you need him?... Oh yeah ~ some 'cartel' NEVER TO BE NAMED put him in the ground & stole all his patents...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:16 | 3188298 Laser Shark
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The Canadians haven't threatened to stop trading oil in US dollars.

They should probably be on alert if we ever run out of wood, though.

Energy Independence - The Big Lie

COLLAPSE

Once I understood oil and especially peak oil everything else in the world started to make sense from the wars to the economic collapse.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:00 | 3188350 francis_sawyer
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I came to the same understanding when I understood what 'types' were heavily involved in central banking...

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IMHO ~ [just between YOUR stance & my STANCE]... 'Peak Oil' IS NOT an issue when the moment comes that you evacuate the 'GROWTH TO INFINITY' paradigm...

Sure ~ It may be an issue [ON PAR], as things stand at the present... But REMOVE the 'GROWTH TO INFINITY ON A FINITE PLANET' variable of the equation & it vanishes... Moreover ~ PAPER DEBT is what's RESPONSIBLE for bringing the GROWTH TO INFINITY paradigm into existence in the first place...

Just my 2 cents... [& besides ~ It's SATURDAY ~ relax & be entertained]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkOOCx8tT08

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Oh Look! 3 quick 'junks' [in succession], of my last 3 comments... kito must have just shown up... Welcome kito ~ I'm sure I'll see you later in the thread... [what you ALL have to understand is the following... KITO ~ as will be evidenced later ~ is FIRMLY in the camp that GRANDMA needs to SAVE her joobux on a pallette so that she will be able to 'corner the market' in CATFOOD in years to come]...

Click forward... THIS ought to get fun...

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 00:30 | 3188709 kito
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i dont junk you unless its some really inane jew comment.............im too old for the junking every comment thing...........................

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:44 | 3189537 RafterManFMJ
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<----- I view an up arrow as an affirmation of my worth

<----- I view a junk as testimony of my speaking truth to power

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 18:00 | 3189565 nmewn
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LOL!!!...I love polling ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0ZZJXw4MTA

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 12:45 | 3189110 BeaverFever
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No one can declare war on us until hockey season is over. And in Canada, it never ends...

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:18 | 3189260 Theosebes Goodfellow
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~"Meh ~ people are dumb fucks... It still might take them awhile to figure it out..."~

Yep. Methinks about three meals. After that is when things get messy. There is an upside though. It will only last about six weeks. That's about how long it takes to become so mal-nourished you no longer have the energy to try to fight for food.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:08 | 3188291 The Heart
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"There probably wouldn't be any food on store shelves at that point."

And that!...is the plan to drive all the hungry whose new god becomes the stomach to fall under the babylonian culture of control and imprisonments.

Gonna be a lotta not so alive folks after this possible potential maybe could happen might manifest situation just could take place in the unreality. Here from an unnamed blogging is a liberally stolen comment that seemed to go over the heads of those that are pointed over there. Just for fun, have a gander at this.:

 

Scenario (Financial False Flag)

"A It is a Thursday afternoon, mid April, and you are driving home from work. Your wife calls you and asks you to stop at the supermarket for a few items. As you are getting the bread and milk, a disturbance begins at the front of the store. As you approach the check-out, you realize that the lines are way too long, and there are several people complaining. From the dialogue you realize that the Credit/Debit system is down. The store manager is trying to keep people calm, while on the phone with the company that services the card-reader system for electronic payments.

Now, a new line is forming at the ATM machine in the store, people shoving and yelling. Apparently, folks went to the ATM so they could pay for their items with cash and get home. Strangely, the ATM is giving out too much money – double, to be exact. Suddenly, everyone wants to be in that line… a fight breaks out, and the front of the store becomes mayhem. You quickly pay for the items you have, going through the express checkout, thanking God that you have cash in your wallet, and get the heck out of the store.

By the time you get home, a story is breaking on the news – the same strange events are happening all over the state. Credit/Debit systems down, and most ATMs not functioning, while others are dispensing “free” money. Later in the evening, you hear that there have been multiple shootings at ATMs in the area, as people fight over the free money coming out of them… flash mobs are reported at some of the grocery and electronics stores in the city where you work.

By morning, the news is all about hackers that have broken into the ATM network, and how the banks have had to shut the ATMs down to prevent further losses. There are images on the TV of growing lines at the banks, as people must go to a bank to get cash, in our previously ‘cashless’ society. Later in the day, you hear that there are now fights breaking out at banks as people tire of the long lines, and become fearful…because bank branches are running out of cash. That afternoon, a grocery store downtown gets flash-mobbed for the third time, only this time the activities go beyond plain theft – an all-out riot erupts because people cannot get what they want, the shelves having been emptied by the previous flash-mobs.

On the drive home from work, you hear that several banks have closed branches early because they ran out of physical money. One of the branches was vandalized by people who had been waiting when the branch ran out of cash and closed up – smashed windows, smashed ATM machine, and several injured people taken to hospitals…several people were arrested, but the police are reviewing the security videos and “expect to make more arrests in the case.” That evening the news announces that these things are happening all over the country, and that looting and rioting have begun in several major cities. When bed time comes, you decide to get your pistol out of the safe and keep it by the bed, over your wife’s objections… “just in case.”

You wake up on Saturday morning to a different world – several of your neighbors have been burglarized, and the news is full of riots, robberies, and car-jackings. The mayors of several major cities have declared a state of emergency, and are urging people to stay home and lock their doors. The world seems to have come un-hinged. Your wife is no longer objecting to your pistol being ready at hand.

One of your friends owns the hardware store downtown, and he calls around 11am to ask if you need any shotgun shells, or other ‘security supplies’ – he says that he has a few boxes of 12ga. put aside, and the rest have all been sold. He also says that people have been buying plywood, screws, nails, steel bars, and anything else they can get to protect and reinforce their homes – he warns you that he expects to sell out of many supplies today. He has talked to many people that morning, he is clearly worried. He says one customer told him that he has a brother who lives in Philadelphia who had just called him, and said that there were rioters in the streets there, and that the local news showed pictures of some of them who were carrying guns and waving islamic flags.

By Saturday evening the insanity has infected the city nearest you, about 20 miles away, and there is a constant stream of reported rioting, looting, and shootings on the TV news. Your neighbor is a police officer in town, and he comes over to talk to you briefly before heading in for a shift – he says that his department has been told that they may have to send officers to assist in the city, and asks if you can you keep an eye on his family during his shift overnight? What can you say but “of course I will”…and think to yourself, “it’s not like I was going to get any sleep anyway.” Before heading out, he hands you his police scanner, quickly shows you how to use it.

Overnight, you hear gunshots in the distance…once, then again, then several more times. Gunshots and sirens, and the squawk of the scanner as each event is assigned to a unit. As the night wears on, you think back on the conspiracy theories you have heard over the years, but always dismissed as the ramblings of people living on the edge, with too much time on their hands – restless chatter of New World Order, global banking cabals, communist infiltration, etc. As much as you still don’t buy into the ranting of the “tinfoil hat brigade”, you have to wonder if the hackers who did this actually knew what they would be causing, or whether they were just trying to steal money? Morning approaches, and you realize that the police are sounding rather frustrated – there have been over 50 break-in calls since 11pm, but no one has been arrested. It is as though the police are being sent on wild goose chases. You drift off to sleep wondering, “Dozens of businesses broken into tonight, and a number of houses too, but no arrests, except for one drunk driver. How can that be?”

With daylight, your neighbor returns, but he is not happy, and neither are you when you hear the news – he and most of his squad have been assigned to assist the department in the city for a shift – he is home to grab the bag which is packed with his riot gear and other “special equipment”. He reminds you that his wife has a pistol, knows how to use it. “She also has the keys to my gun safe” he says. Both of you have to look away from the other at that moment – what it suggests about the future is just too ugly to think about, yet it can’t be avoided. He thanks you again for helping him out, and drives away.

Days later, the banks are still not open, the grocery stores are all looted and shut down, the gas stations are all empty, and your life has been reduced to shifts of community-watch duty. Armed raids by gangs are being reported everywhere, including your small town, and there are reports of huge packs of urban residents walking and driving out into the suburbs looking for food and refuge – everything on the news is about violence.

When your police officer neighbor returns (after nearly 4 days) and warns your neighborhood watch that a large mass of people is less than 2 miles up the road, looting and destroying people’s houses. He also tells you that many of the police are exhausted and walking off the job, as he did, to go home and protect their families, because there is just no managing the amount of violence which is happening. “It’s just plain crazy out there – people robbing and killing each other 24/7", he says, “and even with 4 cops in a cruiser, we’re not safe to go in and break things up. A lot of cops have been injured, some killed. It was just time to get out…to get home before I got hurt on the street. We need to get prepared – those people are coming, and they are crazy hungry!”

That afternoon, the mob of people is spotted coming up the road towards your neighborhood, now less than 1/2 mile away. Some are on foot, but they also have some cars and pickup trucks – there must be over 200 of them. Those that don’t have guns are carrying shovels, axes, sticks… in your neighborhood, everyone has been preparing since your neighbor brought home the warning. You have sent several boys out as runners to alert folks in near-by neighborhoods that danger is coming. Every gun is in someone’s hands. Your men have also pulled axes, shovels, and other tools from their sheds to be used as fighting tools, and you have a rudimentary plan -

You have 6 veterans with combat experience, and they each have a rifle and a pistol, plenty of ammo. They will go out and engage the mob just past the edge of the neighborhood, and will attempt to keep them on the main road, to divert them past your sub-division. The rest of your men are assembling along the two entrances to the neighborhood, a few houses back from the main road – they are preparing to make a massed defense against the coming mob, if they cannot be diverted by your advanced force. You have positioned vehicles, trailers, and brush in the roads to stop the mob’s vehicles, as well as providing some additional cover for your defense force. Meanwhile, the moms are gathering the children, the sick, and the old into a small cluster of houses in the center of your subdivision. They are also pulling the food and other resources out of the most vulnerable homes. Hopefully, the combination of high resistance and little/no rewards will keep the mob moving past your neighborhood… The unspoken fact weighs heavily on your group – if there are 250 in the mob, then you are outnumbered nearly 2:1, making a head-on fight a truly horrific ordeal. A painful silence has settled over everyone as you make your final preparations.

It has been 6 days since the ATM machines went down, 4 days since the last grocery store and gas station in town closed, and now you are preparing to fight your first battle against a mob of hungry, violent looters. Another mob has already arrived downtown, and you hear on the scanner that the police and fire department are very busy. You know that help will not be coming, because you have called to tell the dispatcher what is happening, to ask for help, but all he could say was that, “there are no officers available right now. I hope your plan works…”

- – - Here, I will end the story, because what happens next cannot be told in a dignified fashion. In that clash lives are lost on all sides, and many are injured. There are no winners in this combat, only those who survived. The most profound impact is that, in less than the space of an hour, the hope of a return to normal life is destroyed for over 100 families in that neighborhood. War has touched them in their hearts, in their homes, and it has put their community to the test of fire. Those who survive have a chance to rebuild, but they have all been forever changed.

In such a scenario, the majority of Americans would either be the suburban defenders, or would be part of the mob. After such an event, our nation would be forever changed – grossly factionalized, and the gaping wound in our national consciousness cauterised by the violence. Thus wounded, we would be even more sensitive to subsequent events – a second disruption would move even faster than the first, with violence and looting coming within minutes, not hours or days. Our enemies all know this – they consider it a tool for their use against us. We must not be ignorant of the dangers we face…"

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Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:50 | 3188338 vamoose1
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    seems  about  right  to  me    if  those  50  million   food  stamp   debit   cards  ever  went  down    it  gets   rather  serious  rather  fast....      50   million  americans  cannot  feed  themselves   not  to  mention  another  12   million  on   disability  so  its  actually  one  in  5  adults    and   one  in  4  children .

   Translate  this  into   1930   soup   lines   and   every  city  in   amerika   would  have  lines    tens  of  miles  long .

    Thats  a  straightforward   unambiguous failed   society   writ large  end  of   story    and  some  have  pointed  out  that  the   social   fabric   when  people  have  nothing  to  eat   holds  together   about   72  hours     then    they   just walk in  and    take  it.  Lock  n  load  people  ....   coming  to  a  theatre  near  you.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:25 | 3188386 francis_sawyer
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@Heart & vamoose

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Thus the 'IMPERATIVE' for central banks to KEEP PRINTING... I'm DEFINITELY not making them out to be HEROES for doing so... I'm simply saying that I'm certain that they see the same writng on the wall...

QE4EVA... It'll work until it stops working... I have zero control of the outcome... I might not even survive the aftermath... All I can do is TRY... [& what 'internet bloggers' get their panties in a bunch as to what THEY PERCEIVE the francis_sawyer position on Jews is, OR IS NOT, won't matter a bit in that moment]...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 23:51 | 3188671 mkkby
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Scenarios like this may be coming but not for A VERY LONG TIME.  Notice how Greece and S. Europe have been dragged out since 2008.  The US will go last after Europe, UK and Japan.  Until then the dollar will be the safe haven.  THINK DECADES for this to play out.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 03:54 | 3188806 Vlad Tepid
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Greece, S. Europe, UK and Japan are not the USA.  Ask the Korean marketeers in LA if something like this can happen. 

I leave you with a quote from Laurence Peter:  "America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there."

 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:10 | 3189496 fockewulf190
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Humanity as a whole has no plan, it´s not just the US.  We are already at 7 billion+, and using a system of trade and consumption which condems at least 3 billion into poverty, many to premature death.  The rest consume, hoard and waste, some groups much more than others.  Eventually, as the finite resources evaporate, the system starts to fail.  The impoverished swell to 5 billion, and the poor will die screaming, fighting, begging.  The rest close their doors, hoard the last of the supplies, surrender their rights to militant governments, and wonder how this was all possible.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 03:09 | 3190642 NidStyles
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It's not the trade and consumption system that is doing that. I wish kids would learn Economics, but most of you are too dense to grasp reality.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 21:07 | 3189356 The Heart
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Much appreciation for your well valued contributions. This goes to everyone else here also!

Justa Messenjah here.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:53 | 3188348 Dick Buttkiss
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How about a credit, TH, or are you quoting yourself, which I doubt.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 05:39 | 3188838 ForTheWorld
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A quick search via Google gives me this: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2119739/pg1

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 21:12 | 3189359 The Heart
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Yes, credit the author, not the messenger.

One can only wonder if the rest of the story will come along.

Maybe the mass mind is still writing it?

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Sun, 01/27/2013 - 10:48 | 3188982 fiftybagger
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Getting the heck outta dodge is looking more and more attractive.  Bangkok may not be cheap but northern Thailand still looks pretty good:

Cost of Living Comparison Between Washington, DC and Chiang Mai

This guy seems to be quite miserable paying 200 a month rent and 1 dollar meals:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xxtaIhb1bY

50k investment will get you permanent residence in the Phillipines, as low as 10k for pensioners:

http://www.lifeandloveinthephilippines.com/what-is-a-special-resident-retirement-visa-srrv-2/

Cost of Living Comparison Between Washington, DC and Cebu

Silver For The People

http://www.brotherjohnf.com/

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:52 | 3189557 RafterManFMJ
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Heh, yes it's chop good idea to be the only Whitey around after Amerika destroys the world economy.  Say, drink a bottle of sauce so you're pre-seasoned for the locals.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 03:19 | 3190651 NidStyles
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You're ridiculous if you think those countries will stop functioning because the US screwed them.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 02:13 | 3194111 RafterManFMJ
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And you're quite the nut if you think you won't be set upon and put in the stew. Or stocks.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:50 | 3188428 Jendrzejczyk
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You're like a cute version of ZH original Mako.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:28 | 3188498 robertocarlos
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I am one of the few who believes Mako is correct.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 23:53 | 3188676 El Oregonian
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That is what pantries, smoke rooms, drying sheds, cold rooms, and nice gardens, chicken yards, rabbit pens, milk goat, sheep, on 4.75 Acres are for. A plus is if it's way off in the country... Going Galt, my friends...

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 19:21 | 3189665 beachdude
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Phrophets of Doom on the History Channel
http://youtu.be/X5e_gPJ2t9g
First section on this topic with Dr. Nathan Hagens an eye opener.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:41 | 3188228 Ghordius
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" there are two categories of central banks: There are central banks that are in the U.S. circle of control and dominance, and then there are central banks outside the circle of U.S. control and dominance. The ones that are outside of the U.S. control and dominance are accumulating physical gold. The ones within the U.S. control tend not to do that, although it’s interesting that Germany, Netherlands, and now Austria, too, are talking about bringing their gold back."

control and dominance are decreasing

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 09:11 | 3188919 unrulian
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If gold goes to 8-10k...WTF would stop it there? it would be wheelbarrow / bread time

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:56 | 3188153 FreeMktFisherMN
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Indeed gold is primarily about preserving purchasing power, but it also enhances it, too. More goods/services produced while amount of gold produced is way less means prices going down in real terms (in terms of gold). 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:04 | 3188169 kaiserhoff
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Same difference..., unless you are smart enough to borrow fiat and buy gold;)

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:29 | 3188206 francis_sawyer
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If you 'borrow' anything [despite gain], you're a hypocrite because BORROWED FIAT is the root of the problem...

~~~

This is probably a dilemma requiring Sun-Tzu or Confucious to solve...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:38 | 3188226 kaiserhoff
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They maka the rules.  I playa the game.

Hypocrisy is the essence of Ben, Rufus, and the ruling class.  I am not a potted plant.  Why should I sit on the side lines and bitch, waiting for the return of free markets?

You understand inflation.  Why don't you understand that using leverage against the bastards brings it to an end much sooner?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:00 | 3188355 francis_sawyer
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@kaiserhoff

Understand that I'M NOT AGAINST YOUR LOGIC there... Go for it!...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:45 | 3188421 kaiserhoff
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I don't think we disagree on fundamentals.  I see credit as a tool, like a tractor or a knife. 

I can be trusted with a knife.  OJ Simpson, not so much.

I was initially trying to support your view of inflation, that fiat going down raises all durable goods values.  I don't understand why so many here have trouble with that concept.  Getting family and friends through the coming disasters... that will be more problematic.  Happy trails.

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:05 | 3188461 francis_sawyer
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Yessirree... HappyTrails...

~~~

Look ~ I'll admit 100% that I think your 'concept' is FLAWLESS... [which is akin to cutting off their dicks & then shoving them down their throats to gag on]... Like I said ~ "Hard to argue with that incentive"...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:39 | 3188413 S.N.A.F.U.
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Besides, if you work under the simplifying assumption that the value of gold is a constant, then you have to use leverage just to break even.  When you go to spend your gold the government will tax your gold "profits".  If you didn't use leverage to "get ahead", those taxes now mean you failed to preserve your wealth.  (And who knows how high they might raise such taxes in the future - so just use as much leverage as you like to improve your odds/outcome.)

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 06:05 | 3188839 socalbeach
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True.  Ignoring interest payments and assuming like you did that gold just keeps up with inflation, I come up with the following:

If the tax rate is T, you must borrow enough to be able to purchase 1/(1-T) times as much gold just to break even.

So if you had $10K for example, and the tax rate were 0.35, then you would borrow enough to purchase $15,384 ($10K / 0.65) worth of gold.  If the inflation rate were 50% say, your gold would go up to $23,076.  Then you'd pay $2,692 worth of taxes leaving you with $20,384.  Then repaying the loan of $5,384 would leave you with $15K, or the same in dollar purchasing power as you had before.

It is easy enough to add an interest expense, say from a home mortgage, to the formula.

Since leverage can be risky, another option is to buy precious metals stocks, but that has it's own set of risks as well.

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:14 | 3188184 AllThatGlitters
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I don't know, this looks kind of suppressed to me:

http://www.pmbull.com/gold-price/weekly/

And, it looks kind of like it is gonna get a lot more "suppressed" in a hurry, technically.

- I hope that means it is gonna pop real hard real fast.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:35 | 3188219 unwashedmass
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it will "pop" on Tuesday. this is naked manipulation in front of the month's expiry on monday. they have been doing this for years. everybody knows....except the bozos at the CTFC. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:04 | 3188285 AllWorkedUp
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I hope you're right about that because it sure seems to me they've been winning the war for the last year and a half in gold and 21 months in silver.

If it takes another 10 years to get to $8-$10K. I will wonder if it was worth it.

Then there's the gold stocks. What a fucking nightmare.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:29 | 3188207 CheapBastard
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Bravo Zulu francis

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:51 | 3188254 IrritableBowels
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So PM prices aren't being manipulated or haven't been for the last 40 years/

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:54 | 3188262 The Heart
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Well maybe, it is because the dollar is no longer the paper of choice?

Must Watch: The U.S. Dollar Collapse Is Accelerating. By Gregory Mannarin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US0c8POzIR4

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:24 | 3188492 cynicalskeptic
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At the moment you are largely correct in saying that the what we are seeing is value of FIAT is going DOWN and that this is reflected in the increasing cost of gold (when priced in fiat - choose your currnecy).

However part of the increase is an increasing realization that the the current system of fiat is on the verge of imploding.  As we see a collapse in the existing financial system, you will not only see a collapse in the value of various paper 'stores of value' - currency, bonds, and any other form of 'IOU's' you choose to name - but you will see a rush to gold (and silver) that will result in a very real 'revaluation' of these hard assets.   The 'money' of old will once again be seen as  the only 'money' one can trust - and will be revalued to reflect that.

You wil not only have a situation where tangible assets will cost far more when priced in paper terms - if anyone is willing to sell hard assets like food, property or anything else for paper, BUT the buying power of gold and silver will increase relative to those other tangible assets.  In effect gold and silver will be worth far more in terms of buying power than they had been.    

Making up an exchange:

A barrel of oil priced at $100 in paper fiat today might be sold for $500 in fiat (IF anyone was willing to accept fiat in payment)

That same barrel which cost 1/15 to 1/20 of an ounce in gold could still be be bought for gold but would cost 1/100 to 1/200 of an ounce - reflecting not only the decreasing value of fiat BUT the INCREASED value of gold.


One can argue that gold (or anything) is worth only what people perceive it to be worth.  BUT when paper IOU's turn out to be worthless - as their buying power goes to zero, what alternative will remain.  Unlike past economic collapses where the problem was localized and other fiat currencies could be used as a 'store of value (think German Marks in use when Yugoslavia's Dinar imploded or the $US and Rand when Zimbabwe's dollar collapsed)  ther ewill be no other 'refuge' available.  There are simply not enough Swiss Francs, Norwegian Krones, Singaprore Dollars in existence to meet the demand for safe harbor that will arise.

Throughout history people have perceived and used gold and silver as 'money' - stores of value.  Indeed ANYTHING holding real worthwhile tangible value that is easily exchanged can fill this role.  If things really get bad then I suspect the 'buying power' and perceived store of value represented by copper jacketed lead will also increase substantially.   In post WWII inflationary Europe a carton of cigarettes (even if old, stale and for all practical reasons, 'unsokable') was perceived to have and hold value far better than paper money.  In places liek Brazil and Argentina people would buy SOMETHING, ANYTHING after spedning their wages on food.  Paper money was losing value rapidly so ANYTHING of 'value' was better than holding cash.

Given their historical role, I suspect gold and silver to hold value far better - and be of far more practical use ias  mediums of exchange and stores of value - than a carton of cigarettes.  The value of precious metals may explode and become 'overvalued' - the smart people will exchange at least some of their hoildoings for relatively underpriced assets at this time - be it land, company shares, or whatever.   Eventually, a 'new' ssytem will come into existence to replace the failed one.  I expect the 'new' value of precious metals will be far higher in buying power than their current value BUT lower than what it was at some point during the melt-down when demand for safety pushed prices to extreme levels. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 22:06 | 3188539 philipat
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"Gold isn't going up ~ fiat is going DOWN... Get that thru your domes..."

I agree with your intended meaning BUT, actually, over the last year Fiat has NOT been going down against PM's OR other Fiat because the CB's are all playing the same "Race to the bottom" game. The USDX has been in a narrow trading range around 80 for a LONG time as a result.What this means is that if the Fed wants to devalue the USD to inflate away the debt Instead of the only other alternative, which is default) it is going to have to allow PM's to appreciate against USD, taking advantage of the inverse correlation between USD and all commodities, PM's in particular. The Fed CANNOT have it every which way and given the desperate need to inflate away the debt, it will prioritise devaluing the USD and de-prioritise manipulating PM's. IMHO.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 03:31 | 3190656 NidStyles
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Doesn't change what he said. It just gives the illusion of delaying it.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 05:35 | 3188836 TWSceptic
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In relative terms, gold will gain value when other assets deflate. In a PM bubble, instead of buying one suit it will temporarly buy two or more suits.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 10:47 | 3188987 sessinpo
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francis_sawyer:   "Gold isn't going up ~ fiat is going DOWN... Get that thru your domes..."

 

This is such as false statement at the current time I don't know where to start. The worst part is all the up arrows given to francis sawyer indicates a total misunderstanding of a many on ZH of the situation. I imagine these are emotional speculators married to PMs, those destined to lose their money.

 

So, I will only say this. Even with all the massive printing, worldwide, the prices of PMs isn't where it should be. I would love to see gold above $3k and silver above $100/oz. But its not, that is reality - not wishful thinking.

 

Now the problem with francis sawyer's post is this. What is gold and silver priced in?

Answer: fiat currency.

 

So I ask you to be critical in your thinking. What are you going to pay your debts in currently? Are you going to pay your mortgage in gold? Are you going to buy your groceries in gold? How about your utility bills or the gasoline for your car?

 

No, I imagine you will pay for those goods in fiat currency. And if you have no fiat currency but you have gold, I would guess you would sell your gold to get fiat currency to pay those bills.

 

I don't like that situation, but that is reality right now.

 

I also suggest you look at long term charts of gold versus the US dollar. Both have been basically sideways, meaning no change. That would disagree with francis sawyer's post.  I await anyone to reply without personal attacks. And if you want to give me down arrows, post why. Give me a logical response to my post. I want the current fiat currency system to collapse as I believe it is corrupt.

What we have now is PMs, priced in fiat currency. Until we have the exact opposite (currency priced in PMs), such a statement that francis sawyer made, is false.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 03:35 | 3190661 NidStyles
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The problem is that you are not paying attention to the exported fiat, and you are focusing on only two items in the economy that are being impacted.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:55 | 3188148 Super Broccoli
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well i hope he's right since i'm totaly broke ... beside that huge pile of gold and silver coints i'm holding right here :-)

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:58 | 3188155 Alpo for Granny
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How do you post from the bottom of a lake?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:37 | 3188176 francis_sawyer
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In his past life, he was Jar Jar Binks [from Naboo]... now ~ he's Super Broccoli!

~~~

BTW ~ 'Alpo for Granny'... GREAT username...

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 02:59 | 3188786 LMLP
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If you can hold it, it's not enough

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:56 | 3188154 Vegetius
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The loss in confidence in the Central Banks will not just cause a rise in the price of Gold and Silver.Loss of trust will lead to War and Ruin.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.

T. Jefferson

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:58 | 3188156 LongSoupLine
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As soon as we fucking bury the asshole paper shorts at JPM and HSBC it's all over.

Fuck you Blythe, fucking rotten stinking whore.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:48 | 3188241 Muppet Pimp
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So HSBC's is (potentially) preparing to cover?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-23/silver-bars-being-secured-hsbc-...

 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 03:05 | 3188790 semperfi
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LSL, I like your style.  +1000

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:00 | 3188161 Practical Cogitator
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74 years was needed before the USSR collapsed.  The current experiment will die of its own weight too.  But when?  There are so many more SLUGS [Slow Lazy Unable to Grasp] at the trough now.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:17 | 3188381 Bicycle Repairman
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If it makes you feel better, the USA's soviet period began some time ago.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:29 | 3188495 caconhma
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The USSR is a different story. Starting with Stalin, USSR was able to make & keep itself self sufficient for quite awhile. It did not need any colonies to sustain itself.

The brief history of USSR.

·        From 1917 to 1945, the USSR was trying to become self-sustained and self-sufficient, and, using the Great Depression, the WW2, and barter exchanges, to acquire industrial machinery and technology from the West.

·        From 1945 to mid 1970s, the USSR was self-sustained and self-sufficient.

·        Then the Soviet elite was facing a loss of its ideology and a runaway desire to enrich itself still adhering to a failed socialist economic model. The USSR started to move away from self-sufficiency. From this moment, the USSR was doomed since they did not have colonies to supply them with free goods.

·        In just 5 years, by early 1980s, the USSR started to disintegrate.

Consequently, it took well under 10 years from a moment of departure from self-reliance to an economical and political collapse. It has to be remembered that the USSR is extremely resources rich country.

The West is a totally different story. Just look at present England. It does not have its own resources. It does not have highly competitive industries like Germany or Japan or S. Korea. So, what is it left with to support their high standards of living? You must somehow rebuild and repackage their colonial past one way or another. As long as one can keep products and services the West imports close for nothing by paying for it with funny money then there were no problems. However, Russia, Asian and some African countries have starting to ask and demand to be paid back in real goods and buy valuable West assets, this situation became totally unacceptable to the West. This situation is totally unacceptable to the West. Consequently, the new world wide conflict became unavoidable.

In 3-5 years, China will find itself in a situation when it has to aggressively (including military) defend its own geopolitical interests. At this moment, a hell will get loose all over the world. The only question: how much longer will China and Russia accept funny money (US$ and euro)?

In a mean time, the West must keep commodities and Gold prices down.

 

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:42 | 3188523 andrewp111
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The USSR was doomed from the moment they stopped being able to feed themselves. From that point on, they had to use dollars to buy food.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 03:39 | 3190662 NidStyles
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They were so "self-sustaining" because their population was starving. I love hearing the USSR propaganda material decades after their fall.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:02 | 3188165 dick cheneys ghost
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How many lies does it take to prop up a ponzi empire banking scheme?

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:37 | 3188330 JustPrintMoreDuh
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16 Trillion and counting ... 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 22:05 | 3188545 francis_sawyer
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I always thought it was "3"... But I like your answer...

~~~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhjb4P_jnKk

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:03 | 3188166 yogibear
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Germany: "Bernanke and teh the Fed I want my gold!!!"

Bernanke and the Fed: "We don't have it. I will take us time to accumulate it. Not to cause a painc let's 

                                annouce that it will take 7 years to deliver"

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:40 | 3188518 andrewp111
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How do you know that Z. Germans did not themselves use that gold as collateral to borrow dollars from the Fed? Perhaps they will repatriate it as they pay back the loans to the Fed, and by so doing prevent its substitution for tungsten.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:33 | 3188170 falak pema
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I can’t say that trust between central banks is waning, but you have to recognize that there are two categories of central banks: There are central banks that are in the U.S. circle of control and dominance, and then there are central banks outside the circle of U.S. control and dominance. The ones that are outside of the U.S. control and dominance are accumulating physical gold. The ones within the U.S. control tend not to do that, although it’s interesting that Germany, Netherlands, and now Austria, too, are talking about bringing their gold back....

 

Key statement. When the Oligarchy splits up and thieves fall out...

We don't know when it'll come the Sarajevo moment of financial discord to the Metternichian construct of old; but given the boiling water under the lid it will...

That gives significance to this intra CB battle of currency devaluation as the Euro climbs and the Yen/USD slide. 

Asymmetry is a bitch to putting up a common front when you are on a steep mountain climb.

First man who slips pulls down hard on the others and they start cutting the chord; very fast if they still can! 

 

Read this to complete your education on the Davos Forum and crony capitalism : 

 

Bill Black: Why the World Economic Forum and Goldman Sachs are Capitalism’s Worst Enemies « naked capitalism

 

 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:05 | 3189015 sessinpo
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falak pema:  "I can’t say that trust between central banks is waning, but you have to recognize that there are two categories of central banks: There are central banks that are in the U.S. circle of control and dominance, and then there are central banks outside the circle of U.S. control and dominance. The ones that are outside of the U.S. control and dominance are accumulating physical gold. The ones within the U.S. control tend not to do that, although it’s interesting that Germany, Netherlands, and now Austria, too, are talking about bringing their gold back.."

 

Comment: the problem with your post is the following:

1) According to the World Gold Council, the USA has the highest gold reserves standing at 8,133.5 tons. In second is Germany with only 3,396.3 tons.

2) Those other nations are being stupid by storing their gold in foriegn places such as the USA. Recently, the USA has said it might take up to 7 years to give Germany some of its gold back.

 

We all know of crony capitalism. It is racketeering between the governments and corporation. It's the reason why all the shannigans have gone on for so long and why no one of importance really goes to prison.

 

Eventually, I can only hope that a majority of people in the US realize that the system must be brought down. And that might mean dramatic civil unrest and many deaths of Americans fighting for freedom. That is why I have posted several times how disturbing it is that the shortage in ammuntion was basically in military grade (223/5.56, 308/7.62 and finally 22lr(a super cheap round). If civil unrest occurred, a gun ban won't matter because you won't be able to find ammunition

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:06 | 3188172 dick cheneys ghost
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If Lance Armstrong can leverage a lie into $100 Million in fiat, how much could the Fed leverage its lies into?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:10 | 3188178 francis_sawyer
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all depends on the # of blood transfusions...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:50 | 3188426 S.N.A.F.U.
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Mr Bernanke, I rode with Lance Armstrong.  I knew Lance Armstrong.  Lance Armstrong was a friend of mine.  Mr Bernanke, you're no Lance Armstrong.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:08 | 3188174 Yen Cross
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 I called the President of my credit union branch office earlier this week. I asked him if I could store some physical bullion, in a safe deposit box.

   His reply was, we don't store metal at any of our branches, and "Thank God we don't"... My first thought was collateral, on new and outstanding loans. Am I wrong?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:12 | 3188180 FreeMktFisherMN
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Don't know why you'd want any institution to hold it in the first place. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:15 | 3188185 Yen Cross
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 That wasn't my intention. You are correct. My intention, was discovery.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:32 | 3188208 francis_sawyer
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I'll hold it for you YC... [While you're at it, I'll hold onto your jet & Ferrari]...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:45 | 3188240 Yen Cross
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 Don't you understand the n. exploratory? Oh you only read the first sentence...  I don't own Jets. Yes, I own a few Ferraries.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:01 | 3188360 francis_sawyer
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kewl then... I'll just hold those [& your gold]... For a FEE [of course]... ror

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 04:14 | 3188811 Vlad Tepid
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But YC, people who own Ferraris usually don't misspell "Ferraris."

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:17 | 3188189 fonzannoon
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why does he give a shit what u put in a safety deposit box? They can't led out etc. anything in a safety deposit box. he should have thanked you for making the wise decision to own physical metals and the foolish decision to trust them with it.

that is weird

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:30 | 3188201 Yen Cross
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 Banksters trade leverage.  Hold a bankster party in a "Gold Mine" and the ghosts/ Tommy knockers will sort it out ;-)

  Fonz, the C/U doesn't have "safe deposit boxes". None of them do. They don't want the liability of storing physical metal, diamonds, rubys, Art, Ect...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:32 | 3188213 fonzannoon
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i wonder wy that is. i'm sure the TBTB banks would love for people to keep their PM's in a safety deposit. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:38 | 3188227 Yen Cross
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You're fired up Fonz.  Bundsbank respectfully disagrees.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:42 | 3188236 fonzannoon
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nah i'm cool. sorry if i came off wrong. i have read in argentina a lot of people kept pm's and other valuables in their banks safety deposit boxes. when they defaulted and the banks were shuttered those people never were allowed in to get their valuables. the banks kept em. makes me think it could happen here too and the banks would love to have it. i know people who keep cash in their safety deposit boxes too. seems like the same situation. kiss it goodbye.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:52 | 3188256 Yen Cross
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 Fonz, It's ok. You have been through a LOT of turmoil. Neighbors losing homes, protecting your family, and a "plethora" of other personal decisions.  I'm amazed at how well you have adapted.

 FWIW/ Fuck the malls, and the over rated " Chee(s)ze Cake Factory"... yer doing just fine in my book.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:11 | 3189019 sessinpo
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Yen Cross mentioned Credit Union. That is hardly TBTF

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:16 | 3189024 sessinpo
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Yen Cross:   "I called the President of my credit union branch office earlier this week. I asked him if I could store some physical bullion, in a safe deposit box. His reply was, we don't store metal at any of our branches, and "Thank God we don't"... My first thought was collateral, on new and outstanding loans. Am I wrong?

FreeMktFisherMN replied:  "Don't know why you'd want any institution to hold it in the first place. "

Yen Cross replied "That wasn't my intention. You are correct. My intention, was discovery."

 

Comment. Yen Cross, you just wasted a lot of your valuabe time for nothing to get a BS story that has no meaning.

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:09 | 3188177 debtor of last ...
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Manipulation presentation from Gata, the latest; http://www.silverdoctors.com/bill-murphy-chris-powells-full-presentation...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:14 | 3188182 fonzannoon
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if the dollar has been losing value every year for like 80 years i wonder when Turk will consider it "undervalued". 

his analogies are kind of annoying. the lid on the pot etc. this is not about managing porgfolio's anymore. the cental planners are playing a different game. Turk sounds like a football commentator trying to rationalize why a game played out a certain way. there are too many variables now. if the central planners have as firm of a grip on the markets as we think they do they should have no problem sending the paper price down huge. 

the best chance gold has is for someone to claim that they asked for their gold and got shafted. something has to seperate paper from physical. until then this just goes on and on.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:27 | 3188203 kito
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The gold bulls continue to believe au and ag are the answer.........I've been saying for quite a while that it just isn't the case....take the money and put it into something people will need....when the worlds assets implode, gold will be dragged down by the neck.......id rather stock up on physical dollars, toiletries, ammo, hens, goats, etc......nobody needs gold......but they will need dollars to buy necessities.........

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:32 | 3188211 Water Is Wet
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Why will people need dollars to buy necessities?  Seems like an arbitrary assumption, like all assumptions.  It's fine if you are making it, but just know you are making it.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:34 | 3188221 fonzannoon
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i agree with that Kito. that is the fly in your ointment. it is an assumption. it reminds me of people saying "housing has to go up, they ain't making more land". 

i also think gold bugs are making an assumption that when the whole thing falls apart, gold will be money again.

nobody knows and everyone is going to have to make their best guess. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:49 | 3188246 jimmyjames
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i also think gold bugs are making an assumption that when the whole thing falls apart, gold will be money again.

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Gold has always been money-bankers and governments saying it isn't-doesn't change that fact-

Gold acts like money-people save/hoard it and so it is money-by that definition-

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:44 | 3188238 kito
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Of course it's an assumption.....a logical one.....when every overpriced asset goes kaboom, every digital dollar gets erased, only cold hard cash and necessities will rule the day........gold is not a necessity......

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:52 | 3188253 fonzannoon
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it is a very logical one. so is the gold assumption. i have decided to own both. that should alert everyone on here that they will both be wrong. because i have the power to mush both.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:54 | 3188259 kito
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Very Buddhist of you fonz....the middle way.....

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:44 | 3188333 Yen Cross
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 You are a douche/ Let's play.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:26 | 3188314 BigDuke6
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Any gold bug worth their salt knows that at the height of the chaos gold should be exchanged for high quality real estate.
You don't worry about eggs if you've got the farm

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:51 | 3188343 Yen Cross
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This KITO pawn shop owner makes me laugh!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:09 | 3188375 kito
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Yen, did you just call me a douche???

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:14 | 3188476 Jendrzejczyk
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Your avatar is Donny Osmund, and you're surprised?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:22 | 3188488 kito
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drop the avatar into the google image search bar....donny won't be popping up....

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 22:12 | 3188560 Jendrzejczyk
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You're off the chain if this is Miss Kito

http://www.checkoutmyink.com/tattoos/robertcyber/miss-kito-1

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 23:56 | 3188679 kito
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Mrs. Kito to you sir.......

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 04:18 | 3188813 Vlad Tepid
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And I just learned that you can search google by dropping images in the search bar...where the f*&k have I been?

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:49 | 3189044 krispkritter
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...and STOP using Google!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:30 | 3188400 BigDuke6
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CMon get fighting you 2

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:34 | 3188404 francis_sawyer
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@BigDuke6

~~~

You're breaking a cardinal rule of 'FIGHT CLUB' [only 2 to a fight]... But since it seems EVERYONE is piling on... kito ~ WTF do you know about 'goats'?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:46 | 3188423 kito
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Goats are kosher.....Ben bernanke and Lloyd blankfein are not........

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:51 | 3188431 francis_sawyer
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White shirts [from Madame Paulette] & silk neckties are cool

Blue shirts [from Jos A Bank] & discounted blue blazers are not

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:00 | 3188443 kito
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I'd rather be a real man shopping at jos a bank than a metrosexual shopping at Madame Paulette........

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:02 | 3188448 kito
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I'm still waiting to hear from yen who seems to be pms-ing.........

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:11 | 3188467 francis_sawyer
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maybe he's doing barrel rolls in his GulfStream...

~~~

& I'll take the Madame Paulette comment ON PAR... In any case, francis_sawyer prefers overalls [but that's just ME]...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:00 | 3188444 BigDuke6
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Hey I'm sorry but I've wanted to see these two ladies in a mud wrestle for like ever.
I'd insult you but we'd end up agreeing that crockettalmanac is a crock of shit

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:04 | 3188455 kito
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You really need to re-prioritize your long standing desires.......not something you should be proud of.....

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:14 | 3188475 francis_sawyer
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@Duke

~~~

I've been trying to draw CROCKETT out of his cave for a week now... ALAS ~ that teddy bear is in hibernation until his agent calls him for the next 'Snuggies' commercial gig...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:36 | 3188511 BigDuke6
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He was following ur every move before...
He's been true to his threat , no more following until you be nicer

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 22:11 | 3188540 francis_sawyer
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'Nicer'.. to me... would appear [on surface], to be 'ANTI-Darwin-ist'... Not to classify francis_sawyer as a DARWINIST, per se... But the backwards reference still holds... 

~~~

& Duke... BESIDES... It's SATURDAY NIGHT... You need a little gay-boy music to get the party rollin'...

~~~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqpOxaUVWwA

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:16 | 3188478 BigDuke6
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Lol
And I like ZH when it's like a western saloon where everybody is throwing chairs and there's 10 punch ups at the same time
So let's go!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 03:49 | 3188527 fonzannoon
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This whole debate comes down to inflate vs default.

ZH Golden boy has this to say (go to 15.35 mins in to 16.20 mins)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUc8-GUC1hY

Either road in my opinion leads to cash being trash.

I see Kito's point though. In deflation, for a while, cash can be king. Debt destruction and deflation ends up taking down the banks. If that happens the dollar goes to shit anyway and you get mad max. But mad max is probably what's coming either way, so why bother arguing? They will print and grab everything they can with it, and try to hold on tight when the whole thing goes to shit.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:47 | 3188282 FreeMktFisherMN
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but between 'then' (SHTF) and now (and always, for that matter), the way to protect (and enhance) your wealth is through PM ownership (mining companies, too, though obviously I'm for anti-counteryparty risk). Put physical cash in your mattress and purchasing power goes way down as things like the DJIA (nominally) levitate and you're having your 'capital' earn nada to keep up. 

Contrary to the modern portfolio theory/long term cap mgmt model, wherein the 10 year note is the 'risk-free' 'asset,' the most conservative risk-free play is gold. Even if say gold tanked quite a bit like it did in '08 or whatever, it still held up a lot better than the Dow, and above all it preserved wealth. Oil and other things also went down, so priced in real terms gold did the job of preserving purchasing power. Holding PMs is the only way to not get wiped out. Sure, purely in terms of what happened and in this silver manipulation time, selling at the top of $49 or whatever and then buying again as it's now around $31 would have worked out 'better' in terms of selling high, buying low, but eventually (and I think we're getting close here as the markets don't reflect the Main. St. economy and the Fed can't print purchasing power) everything will shoot up (nominally) and cash holdings will get wiped out by the hyperinflation finally manifesting itself as higher prices as elderly Asians cash in their savings and finally do some consumption they've put off, sending a tsunami of dollars back here. 

In short, holding PMs is the only way not to get wiped out. If we got the crash we needed and liquidation is allowed to happen, and real valuations occur, gold would still preserve value, and I think would still be way higher even than it is today because of all the money already printed globally. It is super under-valued.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:04 | 3188283 FreeMktFisherMN
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but between 'then' (SHTF) and now, the way to protect (and enhance) your wealth is through PM ownership (mining companies, too, though obviously I'm for anti-counteryparty risk). Put physical cash in your mattress and purchasing power goes way down as things like the DJIA (nominally) levitate and you're having your 'capital' earn nada to keep up. 

Contrary to the modern portfolio theory/long term cap mgmt model, wherein the 10 year note is the 'risk-free' 'asset,' the most conservative risk-free play is gold. Even if say gold tanked quite a bit like it did in '08 or whatever, it still held up a lot better than the Dow, and above all it preserved wealth. Oil and other things also went down, so priced in real terms gold did the job of preserving purchasing power. Holding PMs is the only way to not get wiped out. Sure, purely in terms of what happened and in this silver manipulation time, selling at the top of $49 or whatever and then buying again as it's now around $31 would have worked out 'better' in terms of selling high, buying low, but eventually (and I think we're getting close here as the markets don't reflect the Main. St. economy and the Fed can't print purchasing power) everything will shoot up (nominally) and cash holdings will get wiped out by the hyperinflation finally manifesting itself as higher prices as elderly Asians cash in their savings and finally do some consumption they've put off, sending a tsunami of dollars back here. 

In short, holding PMs is the only way not to get wiped out. If we got the crash we needed and liquidation is allowed to happen, and real valuations occur, gold would still preserve value, and I think would still be way higher even than it is today because of all the money already printed globally. It is super under-valued.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:07 | 3188373 FreeMktFisherMN
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I think it'll be every bit as bad as the Great Depression, only this time it will be a hyperinflationary depression way worse, as back then at least the U.S. had the industrial capacity to produce things, whereas now we it is the global engine of inflation.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:19 | 3188484 augustus caesar
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Capital hoarding. Deflation. There'll be massive civil unrest and war before hyperinflation takes off. Weimar has not been forgotten by the Europeans or Americans.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:30 | 3188503 FreeMktFisherMN
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People will realize what real wealth is. Protecting one's family and one's self, having food, having surplus to trade. People will only trade goods for things they trust, and gold is trustworthy.

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