it begins collapseThe entire global financial system hurtles toward failure, which has been the quintessential Hat Trick Letter forecast since the year 2007, when numerous failure signals flashed red. The QE bond monetization by the USFed, joined by the other major central banks, has been adopted as permanent, just as forecasted in 2010. The ZIRP zero bound rate has been adopted as permanent also, just as forecasted in 2009. The consensus continues the totally incorrect viewpoint of monetary accommodation being stimulus, when it instead is killing capital and destroying the economy.
The systemic breakdown has become widely recognized.
Systemic failure and widespread sovereign bond default is no longer avoidable, nor is big bank failures. The breakdown failure will begin to occur in earnest, with acceleration, in year 2014.
The Global Currency Reset is a euphemism for the Return of the Gold Standard, which will seethe Gold Price will rise to $3000/oz.

Ron PaulDecember 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy.  That was the day when the Federal Reserve Act was pushed through Congress.  Many members of Congress were absent that day, and the general public was distracted with holiday preparations.  Now we have reached the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, and most Americans still don’t know what it actually is or how it functions.  But understanding the Federal Reserve is absolutely critical, because the Fed is at the very heart of our economic problems.  Since the Federal Reserve was created, there have been 18 recessions or depressions, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.  This insidious debt-based financial system has literally made debt slaves out of all of us, and it is systematically destroying the bright future that our children and our grandchildren were supposed to have.  If nothing is done, we are inevitably heading for a massive amount of economic pain as a nation.  So please share this article with as many people as you can.
The following are 100 reasons why the Federal Reserve should be shut down forever…

JP MorganHedge funds smell blood in the water,” and will likely make sure stops are run below $1179…probably Monday morning.”
“We’ve seen a lot of manipulation in the gold market over the last year & so
I expect we’ll probably see one of those middle of the night hits, where they dump a million contracts on the market, so that when traders wake up in the morning their stops are already run…We may have another move, something similar to what happened in April, where the bottom just drops out.
I think we’re probably going to test that 2007 c-wave top at $1030, and that’s the point where I think every short will cover and we will get our final bear market bottom…and that’s the point where you can back up the truck.”

goldAdjusted for the quantity of fiat money, gold at $1200 nominal is now trading at 64% of its price in July 2008. At that time systemic risk was not fully understood by investors, and FMQ has since hyper-inflated. If gold returned to the same valuation today as before the Lehman crisis, it would be priced at $1883, without any premium for systemic risk or the increased possibility of a dollar currency collapse, the increasingly likely result of FMQ’s post-Lehman hyper-inflation.

Jim GrantOn the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Federal Reserve, we present a MUST WATCH historical discussion and debate on the Fed between the Interest Rate Observer’s Jim Grant, and NYU Professor Richard Sylla.  
Has the Fed, as Ben Bernanke said, “come full circle back to the original goal of preventing financial panics?   Or after 100 years, has the Fed nearly entirely destroyed the value of the dollar, to the enrichment of the banksters?
If the Fed was able to effectively control prices the Soviet Union would still be in business… The Fed has presided over the decay of finance, and the degradation of the dollar.  Retrogression in finance can be laid at the feet of the Fed & the regime behind it.  The Fed is the creation of a system of paper money, and socialized & subsidized credit.-Grant
Ironically, before the “debate” concludes, both Grant & Sylla end up harshly criticizing the Fed- particularly over manipulation of asset prices and the stock market in particular.
James Grant (at his finest) & Richard Sylla – The Great Fed Debate is below:

gold-nanex-feb2014_Dec-6-2013-NFP_smashThis was the week the Federal Open Market Committee decided to start tapering. The result was gold traded below $1200 Thursday for the first time in nearly six months, and silver pulled back to $19.10. Technical analysts see the $1180 level, from which the gold price rallied in late-June, as important; and with the price closing last night only $10 above it we are very close. If it holds, gold will have formed a bullish double bottom; if not technicians will start talking about $1150 and then $1,000 as price targets.

Eagle Ford Dec 2013 DeclineThe U.S. and Global financial system is being kept alive by a highly leveraged paper system.  The Fed’s recent announcement of a $10 billion taper has had the anticipated impact on the precious metals and bond market.
Even though I thought the Fed would never taper, the end result will be the same.  As I have mentioned several times, Energy drives the markets… not Finance. 
The so-called U.S. Shale Revolution is the only thing that is holding off the collapse of the global markets as it has brought on more oil supply (only temporarily), desperately needed by the world.
Unfortunately, it looks like the “Illusion of Sustainability” in shale oil production took a BIG HIT, as the forecasted decline rate at the Eagle Ford Shale Field increased double-digits in just one month.

What if the twenty metric tonnes of gold deposited into JPM’s eligible vault over the past two months really is 20,000 Kilobars, of the 999 fineness variety?
Why would JPM be holding, at a minimum, 20 metric tonnes of Asian Kilobars in their NY vault- could these have been acquired for a big Asian client (China)?
If so, this gives credence to the idea that JPM’s client is China and, by extension, China is the big NET LONG on the Comex, converted from NET SHORT after successfully driving price down by over 30% in the past year!
If you were buying that much gold and had easy access to smash the price first, wouldn’t you do it that way?
I’ve often stated that JPM’s verifiable NET LONG Comex gold futures position is a market corner and it gives them the ability to break and take control of The Comex at a time of their choosing.   If this position is actually China’s…well, that certainly changes the dynamic a bit, doesn’t it?
And now JPM (China) is stashing away 2 metric tonnes per day of Asian-standard Kilobars?

goldIn this MUST WATCH clip, Bloomberg Industry’s Kenneth Hoffman shockingly reveals that London’s gold vaults arevirtually empty“:
“You could go into a vault in London a couple of years ago. The vaults were packed to the rafters with gold, and the gold would trade from me to you to somebody else. You can walk into those vaults today and they are virtually empty. All that gold (26 million ounces) has been transferred from London and has gone to Switzerland where it has been recast to higher grade formats and shipped off to Hong Kong and then to China never to return.
Hoffman discusses What’s Happening to All the Gold? openly on financial MSM below:

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gold bottomOn the latest SD Weekly Metals & Markets Wrap The Doc & Eric Dubin discuss:

  • The Taper and MOPE manipulation undertaken to introduce it
  • Gold breaks below $1200, silver holds at $19- why The Doc believes the metals will bottom by 12/31
  • Bloomberg’s admission: London gold vaults drainedThe SD Weekly Metals & Markets Wrap with The Doc & Eric Dubin is below:

launch rocketSilver has cratered in 2013, spawning a sentiment wasteland of extreme bearishness.  Yet peak despair is the very best time to buy low.  Silver prices have converged on multiple major secular support zones, an exceedingly bullish technical launchpad.
The white metal is also very cheap relative to gold, which is its primary driver.  All this is setting up silver and the stocks of its miners for a fantastic new upleg in 2014.

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gold crashPrecious metals expert David Morgan says, “I think 2014 is going to be better for both the metals.” Morgan is not “exceedingly bullish” on gold and silver, but he says, “If a black swan were to take place, all bets are off. This is where you could get limit-up days in gold and silver and never look back.” On the stock market, Morgan warns, “The insiders are already out . . .They’ve left the patsies holding the bag, which is the general public for the most part.” Morgan goes on to say, “As the general market goes down, you are going to see gold go up.” On the Federal Reserve, Morgan says, “I think they are really having more sleepless nights than they portend. . . . When there is a panic selloff in the bond market, and I think this will happen at some point, when there is a panic sell off and they have to stop bond trading . . . when there are nothing but sell orders, you’ve got a market crash.” Morgan contends, “The financial system on a global economic scale is in a place that has never ever been established before. So, it is very difficult to forecast how it will unravel.” But, unravel it will. That’s why Morgan says, “This is why I am such an advocate of hard money, gold and physical silver. You want to be early. You don’t want to be late.” What will the price of gold and silver be this time next year? Morgan says, “I think we’ll see $30 to $34 silver and $1,700 gold by the end of 2014.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with David Morgan.

Truth or Consequences. If you take the time to learn and understand the reality of the situation around you – the truth – you can act to avoid unpleasant consequences. Remain ignorant of the truth or ignore it, and the odds are good that something rather unpleasant awaits, as reality is certain to deliver its consequences.
The trend is your friend. As long as the fiscal floodgates are open, as long as currency devaluation and untrammeled spending are the norm, it would be wise to face that truth head-on… and to prepare for the consequences accordingly.

binford xlWhile everyone focuses on the breakneck money creation by the Fed and the BOJ, what happened in the past month is that China quietly created some 20% more money. Perhaps most impotantly, between these three entities, nearly $400 billion in liquidity was created de novo in one month! Because when the entire world is a credit-fueled ponzi scheme, these are the kind of numbers that matter.

Thanks to Boston University’s Larry Kotlikoff, it now seems like the U.S. might be getting closer to acknowledging that it has a serious fiscal problem; or at least this is what one might infer from the strong support from Congressmen and Senators from both sides of the aisle, as well as from fifteen Nobel Laureates in Economics (see Figure 2 for a complete list) and thousands of business leaders and economists from all stripes, for a new bill called the Intergenerational Financial Obligations Reform Act or “Inform Act”.
We find it appalling that, while some of the world’s brightest economists consider this an issue of paramount importance, notwithstanding its introduction to the Senate and the House, the “Inform Act” completely flew under the radar of the mainstream media.
Hopefully, if this becomes law, it will not be possible for people to keep their head in the sand on fiscal responsibility.

 

fake gold 3_0Neofeudal financialization and unproductive State/corporate vested interests have bled the middle class dry.
Yet we accept the officially sanctioned narratives as authentic and meaningful. Why? Perhaps the truth is simply too painful to accept, so we will reject it until we have no other alternative.
Let’s cut to the chase and generalize “what’s fake”: everything that is officially sanctioned
: narratives, policies, statistics, you name it–all fake– massaged, packaged, gamed or manipulated to serve the interests of the ruling Elites.

S&P has finally gotten the message and appears ready to play ball.  After failing to downgrade the US during the latest budget crisis/political meltdown, the ratings firm has just lowered the boom on the EU, stripping it of triple A status with a downgrade to AA+.

BernankeThe Fed showed through its FOMC statement Wednesday it has little control over events, something that should dawn on markets in the coming days.  The fed attempts to offset the deflationary implications of tapering by increasing its commitment to zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) and for longer. We are left wondering how long it will be before this contradiction is generally understood.
It is not just precious metals that are mispriced. Government bond yields, particularly for the weaker eurozone states do not reflect credit risk. Equity markets are priced on the back of ZIRP. Fixed assets, particularly housing and motor vehicles are being financed on the back of this unreality. The important point is not tapering, but that ZIRP continues indefinitely.

The unelected central planners at the Federal Reserve have decided that the time has come to slightly taper the amount of quantitative easing that it has been doing.  On Wednesday, the Fed announced that monthly purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds will be reduced from $45 billion to $40 billion, and monthly purchases of mortgage-backed securities will be reduced from $35 billion to $30 billion.  When this news came out, it sent shock-waves through financial markets all over the planet.  But the truth is that not that much has really changed.  The Federal Reserve will still be recklessly creating gigantic mountains of new money out of thin air and massively intervening in the financial marketplace.  It will just be slightly less than before.  However, this very well could represent a very important psychological turning point for investors.  It is a signal that “the party is starting to end” and that the great bull market of the past four years is drawing to a close.  So what is all of this going to mean for average Americans?  The following are 8 ways that “the taper” is going to affect you and your family…