The World of Central Banker Asset Price Manipulation

In this article, I will discuss why the price equilibrium point of the supply and demand chart taught in all business school classrooms, including in graduate level MBA programs, is one of the greatest lies ever taught as bankers execute a high level of price control and asset price manipulation in global markets for gold, oil and various agricultural commodities. Since there are literally thousands of commodities to choose from, I have chosen to discuss the burgeoning Age of Delusion and banker-executed asset price manipulation schemes with five commodities only: Gold, Oil, Food, Money and Education. Let’s start with gold.

 

Gold – Asset Price Manipulation Schemes Galore?

Gold is perhaps the top commodity, other than currencies, targeted by bankers for asset price manipulation. By official International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports, the United States is supposedly the largest holder of gold reserves in the world, at 8,133 tonnes. I say “supposedly”, because the Federal Reserve has not allowed the US’s reported gold reserves to be confirmed by an independent third-party audit since January 20, 1953. Thus, nobody really knows how much physical gold the US owns, except those that blindly accept the government’s word as the truth, which is always a shaky proposition. There are many additional reasons why the official US gold reserve tonnage remains in doubt besides a lack of confirmation of this IMF reported number by an independent, third party investigator in more than 66-years. During the 66-year period since the last audit, leaked US Central Bank documents uncovered by GATA have confirmed numerous speculations that the Federal Reserve has dumped US gold reserves in the form of Central Bank swaps and/or through lease arrangements with global bullion banks to drive gold prices down, even though US Central Bankers always deny engaging in gold swaps despite the admission of Central Banker asset price manipulation on official documents. Just how much of this gold may have disappeared from US bank vaults to achieve the suppression of gold prices for the two decades between 1980 and 2000 is anyone’s guess, as is the amount of gold tonnage involved in gold swaps and leases executed by Central Bankers between 1980 and today. Today, due to massive fraud executed in gold futures markets in London and New York, dumping physical gold into markets to drive gold prices down is no longer necessary.

 

Of course, the true numbers of US gold reserves are not the only numbers brought into question. It seems that many Central Bankers, no matter their nationality, have a propensity to lie. In April, 2009, Chinese Central Bankers announced that its sovereign level of gold reserves were twice its prior “officially reported number” of the past five years, revealing that they had lied about the gold data they reported to the world for five years. And in June 2010, Saudi Arabia followed suit when the House of Saud announced that, due to an “accounting error” its gold reserves had, like China, more than doubled overnight. If anyone believes that China and Saudi Arabia really disclosed the true amount of their gold reserves to the world, respectively in 2009 and 2010, or in any of their updated numbers since then, please allow me to dispel this gullible notion with the following quote from former US Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Alan Blinder: “The last duty of a central banker is to tell the public the truth.

 

So it’s not just China and the US’s reported gold reserve numbers that I question, but I question the validity of gold reserve numbers from every key Central Banker in the world. Back in 2012, I posed the question, “Ask the Bundesbank of Germany if they can prove they have custody of their reserves in their own country and you will likely not receive a straight answer to this relatively simple question either.” Of course, since then, German Central Bankers requested the repatriation of a large chunk of their gold stored by US Central Bankers at the New York Federal Reserve. Though such a request should be fulfilled in months, requiring only the time to ship gold from the US to Germany, this process took US Central Bankers years to fulfill, which led to much speculation about the whereabouts of Germany’s gold.  When the Germans received their requested gold, it allegedly was not the same gold bars they had originally stored with the US Central Bankers, which fueled further speculation of what happened to their original gold. In addition, there was no specific documentable proof provided by the German Central Bankers regarding the amount of gold repatriated from US Central Bankers, so I still doubt the Bundesbank’s officially reported gold tonnage along with their reported tonnage still held in New York, in Paris (at the Bank of France) and in London (at the Bank of England).

As I explained in the previous paragraphs, there is obvious fraud regarding reported data of existing global gold supply. But what about the demand side of the physical gold equation? At a CFTC hearing in April, 2010, in a well-covered story, Jeffrey Christian of CPM Group confirmed that what is loosely called the London “physical market” trades up to a hundred times more paper gold than there is physical metal supply to back those trades. So even demand numbers in the gold market have been proven to have little integrity, as the physical gold demand market has been severely compromised and rendered inefficient in influencing gold prices when competing with the fraud of banker asset price manipulation executed in the paper gold futures markets. In courses in my skwealthacademy, I provide data that illustrates that even Jeffery Christian’s revelation that shocked many people is a massive underestimation of the level of fraud that happens globally in paper gold futures markets and in the Loco London markets. The not-so-invisible hand of banker fraud is clearly at play in heavily determining and setting an artificially fraudulent price of gold. If physical gold demand ever overwhelms the fraudulent global banking cartel asset price manipulation mechanism for gold, gold prices will explode higher in a manner that will shock many moving forward beyond mid-2019 and in years beyond. Finally, many of the same asset price manipulation schemes that bankers have utilized against gold have also been utilized against silver, though I am not going to broach that subject here.

 

Oil – Is it Even a Scarce Resource?

With oil, I believe that the banking/oil cartel utilizes the same perceived and artificially low supply scam as the diamond cartel to effectively create asset price manipulation and deliberate wild fluctuations in oil prices that they can capitalize on to amass great fortunes. Over my investment career, I have written both articles declaring my belief for the peak oil theory as well as articles in which I rejected the peak oil theory after becoming privy to additional knowledge of which I had previously been unaware. As I have stated numerous times before in the hundreds of articles I have publicly posted, only a fool remains steadfast to an opinion in the face of growing conflicting evidence while an intellect will adjust his or her opinion. I am aware of the reported figures about dwindling production in Mexico’s Cantarell oil field, the second largest in the world, from a peak of 2.1M barrels per day in 2009 to only 134k barrels per day by 2017. However, oil production has since been replaced in Mexico by the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field, which produced 810,000 barrels of oil per day in 2017, and this oil field is located just northwest of the Cantarell field, perhaps providing more credence to the renewable resource theory. I am additionally aware of rapidly dwindling oil production numbers for global oil production numbers and the claims of the House of Saud that they must develop alternate energy sources due to dwindling oil resources in their nation, and yes, I am aware that the predominant number of people on planet Earth believe in the Peak Oil Theory. But should the concept of challenging a “universal truth” that we have been told, even instructed to believe, ever be considered ludicrous, especially when credible opposition evidence exists? I will present facts of an alternative theory regarding the renewable resource theory that merits consideration.

 

When there is a belief as widely accepted as the Peak Oil Theory, one must always question the source of this belief. I have written many blog articles over the past decade that have explored the fact that virtually all key economic indicator statistics produced by governments are blatantly false and manipulated to manufacture confidence in economies that are far shakier than the narrative presented to a nation’s citizens, I have branched out to explore other widely held beliefs due to the reasonable deduction that if governments consistently lie about national economic statistics, then they must also lie about other key information as well. Why do governments produce economic lies? Because they have a better chance of maintaining power if they can successfully con us into believing the “rosy” economic lies they produce. Why does the diamond cartel produce phony global diamond supply statistics every year that enables them to maintain very high diamond prices every year? Because producing phony supply statistics allows the diamond cartel to manipulate asset prices in the global diamond market by effectively changing public perception of diamonds as a “rare” gem to charge artificially high prices. In other words, the producers of these lies are also the greatest beneficiaries of these lies. So who benefits from the production of phony oil supply statistics, higher manipulated asset prices and a fear of peak oil if indeed the oil data is phony? The answer, of course, is the oil cartel and bankers. And if supply and demand actually dictates prices of global commodities as we are falsely taught in academic classrooms, if global oil production has been in steady decline, combined with growing demand from China that has increased global oil demand by nearly 20% in the last ten years, why have oil prices dropped so much? Of course, the answer is that global oil production has not been in steady decline in the last decade, or even in the last two decades, even though peak oil theory told us that global oil production would peak and decline from the early 1970s. In fact, global oil production has increased steadily for three decades from slightly less than 54M barrels a day in 1985 to about 80M barrels a day by 2015.

 

Understanding the shadowy world of bankers requires one to think like a detective in pursuit of a criminal. Identify a motive for why supply numbers for various key commodities are falsely manufactured and you will find the likely culprit behind these manufactured numbers. If asset price manipulation of a commodity causes its price to rapidly surge or rapidly fall, despite no significant changes in global production, supply and demand of that commodity, seek a motive that drives this behavior. The motive can always be found by following the trail of money. I already have explained numerous times on my blog, the banker lies about the fundamentals of stock markets and the real determinants of stock price behavior. I have also revealed banker lies about the real determinants of gold and silver prices. Knowing this, why would we believe that bankers would tell us the truth about the real determinants of the price of a barrel of oil?

 

When oil incredibly soared from $51.20 on January 17, 2007 to $147.20 a barrel in 7 months, then incredibly crashed to $35.35 a barrel just 5 months later, and then rapidly soared to $81.19 a barrel just 10 months later, I challenge anyone to produce figures of changing supply and demand, and production and consumption determinants than can logically explain these massive swings in price over such a condensed period of time. Of course, the textbook academic, business school explanation for these wild swings in price was not asset price manipulation, but that enormous global demand caused oil prices to soar in 2007, a crashing economy in 2008 caused a nosedive in prices in 2008, and economic recovery caused soaring prices once again in 2010. I contend that this academic answer is rubbish and does not even come close to reality. In my opinion, the real answer, which is supported by analysis of trading volumes of oil future contracts during this time, was that Wall Street bankers artificially manipulated asset prices and engineered massive volatility in oil prices by manipulating oil futures markets to create a significant portion, if not the majority portion of these wild swings in prices, even though “official studies” only attributed a nominal amount, perhaps 10% to 30%, of these wild fluctuations to speculation. In fact, a major factor for the spike price to $147 a barrel in 2007 was alleged to have been an artificially engineered short squeeze by Goldman Sachs bankers against a massive short positions in oil held by Semgroup Holdings, a position of which they were privy, due to prior access of Semgroup’s complete financials in an earlier private placement deal in which they were involved.  Global oil prices, like global gold prices, are majority determined by trading in paper futures markets. With gold, the deception about price setting mechanisms and manipulated asset prices are amped up to levels that exceed the deception in setting oil prices, so it is no wonder that many people still believe that gold prices for the most part are set by a handful of bankers in the AM and PM London daily gold price fix, when the reality is that the largest movements in gold prices are effected in futures markets. So it is not the producers of oil, nor increasing or collapsing global demand, that caused oil prices to rollercoaster from $50 to $150 to $35 back up to $80 a barrel, and it was not individual speculators that produced the wild swings in supply and demand estimates that created these rollercoaster rides. Rather it was the cartel of bankers that control paper commodity markets that manipulated asset prices by controlling the supply and demand of oil futures contracts that deliberately and artificially created these wild swings in price.

 

When I first started discussing the enormous fraud in the pricing mechanism and the manipulated asset prices of gold markets in 2006, I was one of the very first people in the world to regularly publicly blog about this topic as others that understood the truth were too afraid to write about it for fear of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist” and having their careers derailed. Back in 2006, mainstream gold and silver banking analysts used to regularly ridicule me for my beliefs, especially whenever I publicly blogged about my beliefs about banker executed price suppression schemes in the gold and silver markets. Back then, my beliefs were grounded in my own research as well as the very substantial mountain of evidence provided by GATA that had not yet made its way into the general consciousness of the mainstream public. Today, public beliefs about gold price suppression schemes have flipped 180 degrees. Given the admissions of outright gold price manipulation in court by Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch bankers, in 2019, deniers of gold price suppression schemes are the ones viewed as naïve and gullible. I believe the same realizations will eventually happen with all commodities, not just gold. Has anyone else noticed that when oil prices are skyrocketing, peak oil theories are widely discussed as the instigator for higher oil prices, even though the global supply and demand figures during these times don’t fit a peak oil narrative? However, during times when bankers decide to move the price of oil much lower, peak oil theory almost never factors into the discussions of dropping oil prices. In more recent years from 2008 to 2018, most oil prices were engineered by bankers in oil futures markets to fulfill political agendas of Western governments, especially to inflict maximum pain upon the economies of oil-dependent nations viewed as “enemies” of the United States and NATO.

 

“Proposing that we know for certain that the process to form oil takes millions of years seems far more absurd to me than the alternate theory of abiotic oil, in which scientific evidence supports that the carbon found in the building blocks of oil are not formed from the decomposition of fossilized dinosaur remains.”

 

F. William Engdahl, an economic researcher, historian and freelance journalist for some 35 years, states,

“The whole peak oil theory rests on the idea that oil is a fossil fuel, which is accepted as religious dogma by almost every geology department in most of the [academic] world. The problem is, oil is not a fossil fuel, it’s not from the detritus of dead dinosaurs or from algae from under the ocean or bird fossils or whatever fossils you want to take. It’s not a biological product.”

 

If this is true, then what is oil? There is another theory about oil’s origins that very few people are aware of called the abiotic theory of oil that actually has a lot more scientific credibility than the much more speculative “fossil fuel” theory of oil. The fossil fuel theory of oil, the basis of the limited resource oil narrative, has about as much credible scientific evidence supporting it as does the Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory may be correct, but there is not indisputable facts that support it as many believe. Most scientists that support the Big Bang Theory suffer from massive confirmation bias, only citing scientific evidence in support of the theory while ignoring all scientific evidence that brings the theory into question. Though I have read numerous articles of why many scientists do not believe in the Big Bang Theory, here is a link to just one. This article is just a reference for those people that are not aware that many scientists have presented a lot of credible evidence that disputes the Big Bang Theory. However, I haven’t researched all the scientific evidence cited in this article that disputes the Big Bang Theory, so you will have to research this on your own, which is a good exercise to undertake to sharpen one’s critical thinking skills. In any event, to return to the topic at hand, Mr. Giora Proskurowski, a scientist with the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle,  headed a study that produced some very interesting conclusions that dispute the fossil fuel theory of oil. Oil, Proskurowski stated, may actually be a natural product that the Earth’s mantle constantly generates and whose source may be living organisms as small as plankton rather than decaying ancient forests and dead dinosaurs. The advocates of this alternative abiotic theory of oil production believe that oil seeps up through bedrock cracks and is deposited, rather than originated, in sedimentary rock as the fossil fuel theory of oil presupposes.

 

As proof of the increasing credibility of the abiotic theory of oil production, scientists point to the Lost City, a hypothermal field 2,100 feet below sea level located along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at the center of the Atlantic Ocean noted for its strange 90 to 200 foot white towers that bubble from its vents. In 2003 and 2005, Mr. Proskurowski and his team descended in a submarine to collect samples of the liquid that bubbles up from the Lost City sea vents. Upon analysis, Proskurowski and his team discovered that the liquid contained natural gas and the building blocks for oil, hydrocarbons. However, the hydrocarbons from the Lost City sea vents contained abiotic carbon-13 isotopes. They found no evidence of carbon-12, the carbon isotope typically associated with biological origin. Proskurowski and his team postulated that the hydrocarbons found in the Lost City sea vents were formed from the mantle of the Earth through an abiotic process of Fischer-Tropsch (FTT) reactions, and not from biological material that had settled on the ocean floor.

 

During the German Nazi regime, Nazi scientists developed FTT processes that could produce synthetic oil from coal and contributed to the world’s understanding of an abiotic process of oil production. Proskurowski also discovered that the methane in Lost City contained no carbon-14, which also lent enormous credence to the hypothesis that the carbon source for the hydrocarbons of the Lost City vents came from within the earth’s mantle, far away from organisms that might have had contact with the global carbon cycle near the earth’s surface. In other words, the Lost City vents contained organic material formed by inorganic processes, the exact antithesis of how the fossil fuel theory postulates that oil is formed. Before Proskurowski’s study, Cornell University physicist Thomas Gold had argued in his book “The Deep Hot Biosphere: The Myth of Fossil Fuels” that micro-organisms found in oil were possibly produced in the mantle of the earth.

 

Again, as I stated before, before one can ever trust information that is so widely accepted, one has to find its source. The problem today is that the vast majority of us never question the source even though the source of very disputable claims often has multiple ulterior motives for producing a consensus around a widely distributed narrative. As a consequence of this intellectual inertia, we have all become extremely prone to blindly and very dangerously accepting any information as fact as long as it is printed in a “credible newspaper” or it is spoken on a “credible television news station.” In 1956, M. King Hubbert coined the term “peak oil”. In 1975 Hubbert himself predicted global oil production would start declining by the 1970s and a worldwide crisis in oil by 1999 or 2000. Even though this did not occur, this failure did not discredit the peak oil theory.

 

Of course, the question that immediately surfaces is this. Why would the banking cartel want us to believe that oil is a fossil fuel if it is not? Here is the answer. If bankers could successfully sell the world the idea that oil was a byproduct of a process that involved hundreds of thousands or millions of years of anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms, then it would become infinitely easier to sell the world on the idea of peak oil and manipulate the price of oil. It is extremely difficult to manipulate the price of a commodity if everyone believes that its supply is abundant. So let’s step back for a second, take a deep breath and consider the logical arguments for and against the fossil fuel theory of oil production and for and against the abiotic theory of oil production. The fossil fuel theory proposes that the process to form oil takes not decades, not centuries, but MILLIONS of years through the decomposition of fossilized remains. Proposing that we know for certain that the process to form oil takes millions of years seems far more absurd to me than the alternate theory of abiotic oil, where scientific evidence supports that the carbon found in the building blocks of oil are not formed from the decomposition of fossilized remains.

 

In regard to oil, F. William Engdahl continues, “It’s a controlled market – this is not a free market! Energy is probably the most controlled market in the world, food being second.” However, with this point, I respectfully disagree with Mr. Engdahl. In my opinion, money is the most controlled market in the world, with food and energy tied for second. When considering the possibility that the banking cartel has created a lie about real oil supply and is responsible for a potentially fake fossil fuel theory, my thoughts inevitably led me to questions regarding the US war with Iraq. In fact, the Bush administration’s invention of WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) to justify military intervention almost seems to validate the Peak Oil theory. After all, why would America need to capture strategic control over the Middle East’s oil supply if oil were not a scarce resource but replenished quite abundantly by an abiotic process? I struggled with this question until I asked myself the following two questions, two questions that should always be asked before accepting the validity of any theory propagated by an authoritative source:

(1) Who is the source of this information? and

(2) If the information is a lie, who benefits from the lie?

To answer question #1, most people already know that the Peak Oil Theory originated with M. King Hubbert. But can most people answer the question, “Who was M. King Hubbert?” M. King Hubbert was a geoscientist who worked at the Shell research lab in Houston, Texas. His biography is as follows:

 

“M.King Hubbert worked as an assistant geologist for the Amerada Petroleum Company for two years while pursuing his Ph.D., additionally teaching geophysics at Columbia University. He also served as a senior analyst at the Board of Economic Warfare. He joined the Shell Oil Company in 1943, retiring from that firm in 1964. After he retired from Shell, he became a senior research geophysicist for the United States Geological Survey until his retirement in 1976. He also held positions as a professor of geology and geophysics at Stanford University from 1963 to 1968, and as a professor at UC Berkeley from 1973 to 1976.”

 

Years ago, I produced a video series about the principles of ideological subversion that emphasized the essential role of academics and school in the widespread acceptance of false ideas into the mainstream belief system. Hubbert certainly fits the bill as he was granted numerous opportunities to spread his Peak Oil theories to the masses through his professorships at top US universities at Columbia, Stanford and UC Berkeley. In fact, Hubbert’s various tenures at top-ranked US universities resembles the same strategy of how top Latin American students were given scholarships to study economics at the University of Chicago to then return to their home countries and serve as advocates for the economic principles that would benefit Western nations (as well documented by historian and author Naomi Klein in her book The Shock Doctrine.) After Hubbert’s death, Matt Simmons, a Houston oil banker and decades-long friend of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, was able to leverage Hubbert’s peak oil theory to crystallize a global belief in the limited global supply of oil before he eventually turned whistleblower on British Petroleum during the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, and was discredited himself before dying under questionable circumstances in 2010. Simmons was George W. Bush’s energy adviser, a member of the National Petroleum Council and also a member of the secretive, powerful foreign policy influencer, the Council on Foreign Relations (or CFR, of which disgraced pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was also a member. I suggest you dig deep into this issue to connect the dots).

 

Thus, we’ve established that the oil industry and bankers were the source of the Peak Oil theory as well as the impetus behind propelling the theory into prominent global attention. In regard to question #2, who benefited the most from the Peak Oil theory and the War in Iraq? Again, the top beneficiaries of the Peak Oil theory and the War in Iraq were, and still are, oil producers and bankers. Why are bankers at the top of the list of beneficiaries of the war, you ask? It’s a simple equation. US Central Bankers created money to funded government war appropriation expenditures to wage war in Iraq. In turn, the American government must pay interest on the money these trillions of dollars. The greater the level of war appropriations, the greater the profits earned by Central Bankers on the interest they charge on debt generated by the war. Control a nation’s debt and you gain control over the nation’s government.

 

As I’ve only researched the abiotic theory a little over a month for this article, I am certainly not an expert on this theory. However, I think I’ve raised enough questions that should raise reasonable doubts regarding the possibility that bankers might be providing false oil supply numbers and false oil origin theories to manipulate the price of oil for personal gain. With that thought in mind, let’s turn our attention to agriculture.

 

Food & Money — the Two Commodities Bankers Use to Induce Mass Subservience

The world’s food staples, such as rice, corn, wheat and soybeans, is another arena in which banker manipulated asset prices overwhelm the price setting mechanisms of the physical commodity world.  Numerous agricultural commodity prices soared at the end of 2007, collapsed in 2008 and 2009, and soared again in 2010, yet another example of a time in which Central Bankers executed massive asset price manipulation. In April, 2010, the media reported that “As rice prices soar[ed] toward $1,000 a ton, governments across Asia brac[ed] for possible unrest as the region’s staple food bec[ame] less affordable and less available.” Paul Risley, the United Nations World Food Program’s spokesman in Asia, reported that some of the 28 million “poorest of the poor” it fed could go hungry because the agency couldn’t afford to buy many of the world’s staple grains. In 2010, corn, the staple food of Central America and Mexico, also soared in price, and the US Department of Agriculture, revised its forecast for the US corn crop yield downwards by 12.6 million tonnes, or 3.9%, to 321.7 million tonnes. According to CBH Group’s wheat trading manager, Chris Brown, the USDA’s revision was the largest monthly revision for corn crop supplies ever at that time. “Never before has the USDA moved the corn yield down by such an amount,” Mr. Brown said. Since the start of 2013, many of these core global food staples have plunged in price back down to 2008 to 2009 price lows. The question for 2019 is if we could now see a repeat of soaring agricultural commodity prices that happened from 2010 to 2012 all over again? Unfortunately, the Central Banker fiat currency wars in which Central Bankers have created a race to the bottom in purchasing power of dozens of fiat currencies, including the four major global currencies, makes a repeat of 2010 to 2012 with soaring food staple prices very likely again. In fact, of rice, corn, wheat and soybeans, I think that one of these commodities is particularly primed to soar in price in the future, which I will discuss in my patron only podcasts next month in August, 2019

 

Unfortunately, due to the continuing destruction of currency purchasing power in over 70 emerging markets today, the starvation crisis I warned of in 2009 is still an enormous global problem today, likely to become relevant again in the next five years, including the increasingly dire situations currently afflicting Venezuela, Yemen and many nations in East Africa. In late 2018, the United Nations reported that the number of malnourished around the world still exceeded 820 million people, which translates into a rate of 1 out every 9 people on planet Earth suffering from malnourishment. Furthermore, since this rate is obviously elevated in developing and emerging nations versus the G8 nations, the rate of food insecurity in emerging market nations is well over the average global rate of 1 in 9, a figure that is already unacceptable.

 

In 2019, though the threat of mass starvation is thus far problematic in only a few nations around the world, due to the Central Bankers’ deliberate continuing significant devaluation of all global fiat currencies and currency race to the bottom, mass starvation in many more nations could possibly become a significant problem for nations on every continent on planet Earth within the next decade. I also find it odd that immediately following the 2008 global financial crisis, the mainstream financial media distributed many stories about the ongoing global Central Banker currency wars that it does today. Now that this situation has manifested in dozens of nations around the world in 2019, any discourse about the ongoing Central Banker currency wars, and its negative affect on the quality of life on the world’s citizens seems to have completely disappeared at a time when it needs to be discussed the most.

 

So what was the real cause of soaring food prices in 2010? In Thailand, the leading rice-exporting country in the world, Korbsook Iamsuri, the secretary-general of the country’s rice exporters association, stated, “Don’t forget that we grow twice as much as we need domestically. That’s why we have so much to export. And all of a sudden everything’s gone, so I do not believe that that is the actual situation we’re facing.” Mr. Iamsuri blamed much of the soaring rice prices on farmers’ hoarding behavior which he stated was creating an artificial supply squeeze. Consequently, there are always additional factors besides Central Banker purchasing power destruction that contribute to rises in food prices, especially the parabolic types that resulted between 2009 and 2011. Individual greed and gluttony, poor government policies (the Thai government provided rice subsidies to rice farmers in which the government paid rural rice farmers excessively high prices much greater than market prices to gain their political support), drought, flooding, inclement weather conditions, commodity trader price manipulation, rising input prices spurred by rising oil prices, and crop failure in some regions of the world all contribute to rising food prices. In 2010, the greatest contributor to higher rice prices may have been policy failures of the Thai government and artificial price manipulation of rice commodity traders in futures markets, rather than Central Banker currency purchasing power devaluation. However, only in certain years in which parabolic price spikes happen do other factors play a more important role in determining rising food prices than banker policies (either through the enforcement of artificially low interest rates that devalue the purchasing power of fiat currencies or through their executed fraud in commodities futures markets).  While all the other factors I’ve listed above are true determinants in the equation of rising food prices, we should never allow bankers to distract and confuse us by their incessant claims that it is impossible to determine what factors contribute the most to increasing food prices during rising food price environments since so many factors exist. Most every year, the largest contributor to rising food prices are (1) Central Banker devaluation of currency purchasing power; and (2) Commercial banker artificial price manipulation of commodity futures contract prices. Though some years, the other above listed factors take precedence over these two factors as the prime determinant for rising food prices, the years in which this situation happens is the exception to the rule.

 

In 2010, global rice stocks were reported at two-decade low levels, and corn prices surged on US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that estimated a smaller-than-normal corn crop yield. December corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade reached a high of $5.84 a bushel in trading on 12 October 2010, an astonishing 70% increase in prices from the $3.43 a bushel price from just 3-½ months earlier. Even though CBH Group’s wheat trading manager, Chris Brown, made the USDA forecast for the coming corn harvest sound catastrophic – “Never before has the USDA moved the corn yield down by such an amount” — the REALITY of that soundbite specifically designed to move corn prices higher to allow for steep trading profits over a relatively short period of time was much less dramatic. The USDA forecast, on a year-over-year basis, forecasted a slight 3% drop from the prior-year record level corn harvest. Thus, the true question back then was the following: “How could a mere projected 3% drop from a record crop yield the previous year produce a 70% spike higher in the price of corn futures in about 100 days?”

 

Again, if we look at the sources of food supply numbers, we uncover some understanding of the motivation to report data that publicly appears to be much worse than reality. Industry trade organizations release the overwhelming number of estimates that warn of short or waning food supplies. And with all other commodities we’ve discussed in this article, if these supply estimates are untruthful, the industry and bankers are the parties that benefit the most from these number, as they can engage in speculation in the futures markets to drive prices artificially much higher than would be possible with the release of balanced and honest data. I am not saying unequivocally that numbers regarding the world’s food supplies are flat out lies, but I am claiming that this data is misrepresented by traders and bankers much more often than not, and for the sole purpose of driving price behavior in a singular desired direction to fuel massive speculative profits. Much of the data that moves the prices of the world’s agricultural commodities are based upon estimates of future yields, that often are proven to be wildly incorrect after the actual data is reported. The high rate of wild inaccuracy regarding this reported data should make us all very suspicious regarding any data about estimated crop yields provided by bankers and trade organizations. Furthermore, not only do bankers often profit tremendously from volatile price swings in the world’s leading crops through participation in agricultural futures markets, but bankers also tremendously benefit from these rapid volatile price swings in a secondary manner that is hidden from the public. If the public believes that soaring food prices are simply due to bad weather, bad yields and alternate uses of food (i.e. corn produced for ethanol), as often reported with blaring headlines in global financial journals and newspapers, by drawing attention to these factors as the major causes of rising food prices, bankers successfully draw attention away from the destructive power of their ongoing policies of devaluing the purchasing power all global fiat currencies.

 

If bankers, through massive propaganda campaigns, can convince us to forget about the fact that food prices are soaring during times of extended rising food prices, by blaming rising prices on natural catastrophes such as floods or droughts regardless of the real impact such events may have on supplies (i.e. sometimes, record crop yields and surpluses from the previous year can greatly soften the impact of a flood or drought the following year), then bankers can avoid any blame and accountability for rising food prices even when their monetary policies are largely responsible for them. Even when Central Banker policies aren’t directly responsible for rising food prices, they often are still indirectly responsible. For example, the greedy hoarding behavior of commodity traders or farmers that further exacerbate high food price environments is often encouraged by their recognition that food prices in the near future will be much higher due to Central Bankers’ current policies of massive currency devaluation. Without the reality of currency debasement, the different players involved in setting global food prices (which also includes bankers) would never hoard food supplies specifically in anticipation of higher food prices and never be able to successfully prey on these perceptions to artificially manipulate food prices higher in commodity futures markets. Furthermore, Central Bankers’ continuous currency devaluation policies encourage hoarding not just with agricultural commodities, but also with many other commodities as well. For example, oil traders, in anticipation of huge swings higher in oil prices, have been known to rent massive supertankers in order to buy and store oil cheaply offshore until prices swing much higher, at which point, they will offload their stores of oils into an artificially high price environment that they helped to manufacture.

 

Formal Education — Essential…for Brainwashing Only

I will appropriately conclude this article about the banker-created Age of Delusion with a discussion of how even the institution of education has been transformed into a commodity whose perceived value greatly differs from its real value but whose real value is positioned by University Presidents all around the world as its perceived value. Back in 2010, following the 2008 global financial crisis, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that “a third of the top 30 U.S. business schools became less selective when admitting applicants to their full-time MBA programs.” Consequently, with top-ranked academic programs, when the going gets tough, the tough get, well… easier. The fact that academic institution presidents were so willing to compromise their reputation and standards and admit less qualified candidates the moment their bottom-line numbers started to dry up demonstrates that University Presidents believe that their primary mission is to make money as a private business and not to maintain high academic standards. If you are a recent high school graduate considering entering university today, a young college graduate considering entering an MBA program today, or a parent with a child that is facing either of these two scenarios, as you conclude this article, it should be clearly apparent that, as of 2019:

(1) A young adult will never learn the mechanisms behind how the real business world operates within the confines of a traditional academic institution, and

(2) Given today’s true bleak global economic outlook, postponing formal academic schooling or pursuing alternative education paths may be the smartest choice one can make.

 

The Final World

I have always said, both privately and publicly, that understanding financial and banking fraud will contribute much more insight to the world of investing than studying and analyzing any “official” numbers and key economic statistics released by corporations and governments. In 2019, more than ever, I believe that an understanding of the fraud and the numerous rigging games of bankers is not only essential to anyone interested in investing in capital markets today, but is also 100% necessary to survive the second phase of the global monetary crisis that virtually no one is preparing for right now but that will manifest from 2019 to 2025. As of today, 31 July 2019, in a little more than 12 hours from the time I posted this article on my blog, the US Central Bankers will announce an interest rate cut, which should give a boost to gold and silver prices in the immediate term. Click here to learn more about the bigger picture of my upcoming launch of skwealthacademy, in which I present plenty of solutions for the great moral decay of the economy and how we can actually revive free market capitalism as the solution to equal economic opportunity for all instead of continuing to wallow in a completely broken economic system that masquerades as free market capitalism but is nothing of the sort.

 

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