[KR1031] Keiser Report: China’s ‘Debt Trap Diplomacy’

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss China’s ‘debt trap diplomacy’ and Goldman Sachs conspiracies. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Jim Rickards, author of The Road to Ruin, about Donald Trump’s economic policies so far


Give Real Gold This Valentines Day

Gift of Real Gold – Give It This Valentines Day 

For the love of gold
(Don’t) put a ring on it
Is gold jewellery going out of fashion?
You’ll never get what you paid for it
Devaluation: Synthetic diamonds, 3D Printing and Rise of the machines
Buy gold – No one has cracked alchemy
Give the gift of real gold – They will thank you for it  

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For the love of gold

The first line of one of the oldest known Valentine’s reads

Je suis desja d’amour tanné or I am already sick of love

The lines were written in the 15th century by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife from the Tower of London and tragically the duchess died before the poem could reach her.

It is a funny line to start with in a love poem, but one that perhaps many of us can relate to at this time of year.

Everywhere we look there is a sea of red. Hearts and apparent expressions of love adorn shop windows, supermarket shelves and adverts on the television. The marketeers tug at our heart strings. It can all get a bit much for even the most romantic amongst us.

They say you can’t put a price on love, but at this time of year many have a darn good go at it. It’s February which means Valentine’s Day is here and we are guilt tripped into either feeling awful that we are single or that we don’t know what to buy the person we love.

A whopping 80% of Americans who are dating, engaged, or married celebrate Valentine’s Day, according to time.com. And like, I suspect, their European counterparts, they go all out when it comes to celebrating.

According to the U.S. National Retail Federation, spending this Valentine’s is estimated to fall this year, estimated to be down to $18.2 billion from $19.7 billion. 2016 was a 10-year high, whilst this year is expected to be a 3-year low. The average spend on Valentine’s in the United States in 2016 was $196 by men and $100 by women.

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It isn’t so surprising when you look at the climb in prices, year on year. If you want to see a real example of inflation, look no further than the By My Valentine Index created by bankrate.com. It shows that this year the cost of buying a basket of Valentine’s gifts will cost you $580.98. The price has climbed significantly from the 2016 Index of $512.02.

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How a Breakdown in Liberal Ideology Created Trump – Part 1

Once again, today’s article will focus on the writings of Ken Wilber. I’ve been completely blown away by the fact that his insight into a evolutionary model of human consciousness called Spiral Dynamics, almost perfectly expresses how I feel about things despite never having come into contact with the model previously. As most of you know, I view Trump as a symptom of a diseased societal, political and economic paradigm, as opposed to the disease itself. Trump was a reaction, and the way the Democrats handled the primary was the final nail in the coffin in sealing his victory. People became so fed up with the insanity of the fake left, many people who didn’t even like Trump decided to roll the dice with him anyway.

Ken Wilber’s recent free e-book, Trump and a Post-Truth World, takes it much further in a thoroughly enlightening manner through the prism of evolutionary consciousness. In fact, he makes it clear that the election of someone like Trump was a long time coming and, in fact, the culmination of a decades-long process of “liberal” ideology gone completely off the deep-end. Before I go any further, let me provide a quote from the book which will give you a little taste of where he’s coming from.

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Did Gold Just Place A MAJOR Buy Signal?

Did Gold Just Place A MAJOR Buy Signal?

 

The USD/JPY pair is clinging to crucial support near 111.70.  If the level fails to hold, the next support emerges around 106 – essentially indicating a retracement of the entire move since the trump election.   A breakdown would add significant fuel to the current gold rally, and would likely mean prices are headed back towards $1300/oz. 

Perhaps more importantly, gold’s 50 week moving average has crossed it’s 200 week moving average to the upside – a significant indicator of trend change as the pair have only crossed 4 times in the past 25 years, each time predicative of 3-10 years of subsequent market direction.

 

 

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Trump Versus Putin – Russia Gold Buying To Intensify On Trump ‘Unpredictability’?

Gold Buying Russia To Increase Diversification On Trump ‘Unpredictability’?

Russia’s massive and increasing gold bullion reserves are kept in tightly-guarded locations across Russia due to the fear of sanctions and the ‘unpredictability’ of Donald Trump according to The Sun and Russia Beyond The Headlines.

russia-gold-buyRussia increased their gold reserves by a very large 199.1 tonnes in 2016. This was the eight consecutive year of gold diversification due to concerns about the dollar and currency wars

From The Sun:

Russia is hedging its bets with a stockpile of gold due to Donald Trump’s “unpredictable” nature.

The hoard, which is stashed around Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, has seen Russia become one of the world’s leading gold buyers – a stance that it hopes will protect it from any drastic changes that the new US President might have on the world economy.

Almost two-thirds of the nation’s gold is kept in Moscow, in a Central Bank repository.

The location of the gold, mainly in bullions weighing from 100grams to 14kgs, is a highly-guarded secret.

But the country’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has inspected one of the storage sites, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also having carrying out visits.

Russia’s central bank has previously declared that gold was a “100 per cent guarantee from legal and political risks”, making it worth the risk of a swinging price, GoldCore reported.

Gold Buying RussiaRussia’s gold reserves now rank sixth in the world. Putin has been photographed a number of times visiting gold reserves.

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[KR1029] Keiser Report: Topsy–Turvy World

We discuss corn-fed cannibals and copyright-protected Mickey Mouse. Max interviews former market maker at the Pacific Coast Exchange and ex-Barron’s journalist, Rick Ackerman of RickAckerman.com. They discuss Trump, trade deals, and taxes.


What is Spiral Dynamics and Why Have I Become So Interested in It?

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In order to understand today’s post, you should make sure to read yesterday’s piece: Lost in the Political Wilderness. That article zeroed in on why I feel completely isolated from the current political dialogue, and expressed that those of you who feel similarly should resist the urge to be pulled into any of the ascendant tribes vying for dominance. If none of the currently popular political ideologies resonate with you, this doesn’t mean you’re the problem. Perhaps you’re just a member of a sane minority being relentlessly bombarded by divisive nonsense with the intent of bringing your consciousness down to a lower level where it is more easily manipulated. Don’t let this happen.

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Expropriation and Impoverishment: “Capitalist” Greece and “Socialist” Venezuela

Yesterday I noted that not all assets will make it through the inevitable financial re-set. ( Which Assets Are Most Likely to Survive the Inevitable “System Re-Set”?)

Those that are easy to expropriate will be expropriated, and those assets vulnerable to soaring taxes, inflation and currency devaluation will also be hollowed out.

There are two real-time examples of these dynamics we can profitably study: “capitalist” Greece and “socialist” Venezuela. Both nations have impoverished their citizenry to preserve an oligarchy and its cronies.

I hope it won’t be too great a shock that crony-capitalism and crony-socialism function in much the same fashion and generate the same result: the wealth of the nation is funneled (or expropriated) into the ruling Elites, impoverishing the non-elites.

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London Analyst Warns: TRUMP Could TRIGGER A Great Depression

smoking-gun-goldIn This Exclusive Interview, London Analyst Alasdair Macleod Issues A Dire Warning:
If Trump Fails to Learn THIS, He Will Lead America Into A Repeat of the Great Depression…

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5 Must See Charts and Gold Mean “Impending Market Volatility”

  • Gold prices rising & up 6.6% YTD
  • Signal “impending market volatility”
  • World has never been more uncertain (see chart)
  • Fear in Wall Street versus Fear in Washington
  • Price of ‘plunge protection’ rising even as VIX remains low
  • Smart money diversifying into gold
  • Important to watch rising gold and rising bond yields 
  • Gold may prove the “tell”

Bloomberg have done an excellent article replete with five must see charts including gold charts that suggest that we are on the verge of significant market volatility and turmoil.

From Bloomberg:

“A former TV star as U.S. president doesn’t seem to have injected markets with much of a ‘‘fear factor.’’ But digging beneath the surface of an eight-year bull run exposes subtle signs that hint at an uneasy optimism.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has sailed past 20,000 and the S&P 500 is nearing its life-time high set in January, indicating that investors have so far shrugged off the uncertainty brought by the new administration.

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Lost in the Political Wilderness

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First off, I want to thank everyone for bearing with me during my break. It’s rare that I step away from my incessant reading and writing for such a lengthy period. Emotionally and intellectually, I found it to be deeply invigorating as well as periodically frustrating. Frustrating, in the sense that I am unquestionably addicted to reading about current events, yet I came to understand that removing yourself from the 24/7 outrage news cycle gives you some much needed perspective. By removing myself from the conversation for a moment, I was able to more clearly recognize just how completely idiotic the conversation has become. Ultimately, whether or not I gained some genuine insight during my time away will be revealed by the quality of work I produce in the days, weeks and months ahead. So let’s get started.

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Which Assets Are Most Likely to Survive the Inevitable “System Re-Set”?

Longtime correspondent C.A. recently asked a question every American household should be asking: which assets are most likely to survive the “system re-set” that is now inevitable? It’s a question of great import because not all assets are equal in terms of survivability in crisis, when the rules change without advance notice.

If you doubt the inevitability of a system implosion/re-set, please read Is America In A Bubble (And Can It Ever Return To “Normal”)? This brief essay presents charts that reveal a sobering economic reality: America is now dependent on multiple asset bubbles never popping–something history suggests is not possible.

It isn’t just a financial re-set that’s inevitable–it’s a political and social re-set as well. For more on why this is so, please consult my short book Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform.

The charts below describe the key dynamics driving a system re-set.

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