Chris Martenson: Years of money pumping will end in equity rout

Chris MartensonOur lead story: JP Morgan Chase, the largest bank in the US by assets is reducing its headcount for 2014. The bank announced the changes, saying that creating a business model that can deal with new regulation is cutting into the firm’s profits. JP Morgan said it expects its total headcount to fall by 5,000 to 260,000 people. But JP Morgan is confident that it can win in this new environment… by replacing humans with machines. Erin explains.
Then we welcome Chris Martenson of to give his thoughts on the Federal Reserve and the weak fundamentals of the US economy. In the first segment, Martenson discusses the effect of the huge flood of liquidity created by the Fed on the market. He also explains why bond prices can go up as a result of the Fed’s quantitative easing. After the break, Martenson describes why quantitative easing has helped equity prices but hasn’t helped the underlying economy, and talks about what is happening with inflation in the economy. [Read more...]

Deepcaster: Profit & Protect from Multiple Deceptions & Delusions

debt chicaneryDo you own any Bonds? Does your Retirement Account hold any Bonds? Better check. And in particular check the Yield.
Consider the recent fate of Bonds issued in Argentina or Turkey. And consider what the Real Inflation Rate is in Emerging Market Countries.
The Deception/Delusion (whichever one prefers) is not only about the Real Rate of Inflation. What about “Bail-Ins” and “Super Priority” Rights of Mega-Financial Institutions in the event of another Financial Crisis?
And does the country of issuance have Capital Controls? Is the after-tax Yield really sufficient to compensate for the Real Rate of inflation and Risk to Principal?
If Answers to any of these Questions Disturb you, just realize where a large Part of the Blame lies. The Fed and other Central Bankers have and are devaluing money and interest Rates to the point where Money can be borrowed at very low rates.

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Peter Schiff: We’re Going to be Hit with a Tsunami of Inflation

Image: Jonny O'Callaghan

Image: Jonny O’Callaghan

Money manager Peter Schiff has a read on gold short sellers. Schiff says, “Of course the short sellers never had the gold to begin with!  They’re selling gold they don’t have, and I think the shorts are getting a little bit nervous, but they are going to get a lot more nervous as we turn up the heat here. Gold is now above $1,300 (per ounce).
I think it’s going to be above $1,400 before they start to panic a little bit, and I think that’s great.” Schiff goes on to say, “I like the fact the market is moving up and nobody is buying it, nobody is paying attention to it. If they are, they are dismissing it. People think this is a head fake or a dead cat bounce. Instead, it’s the resumption of the (gold) bull market.
On gold mining stocks, Schiff proclaims, “The valuations are phenomenal in the mining sector because everybody assumed that the price of gold was going to keep falling, and those false assumptions were built into these share prices.
Peter Schiff’s full thoughts on the coming tsunami of inflation, and the resumption of the gold (& silver) bull markets is below:
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FMQ Update & the Implications for Gold & Silver Valuations

binford xlBy December, the most recent month for which statistics are available, the US dollar Fiat Money Quantity (FMQ) had grown to $12.48 trillion.
This is $5.05 trillion more than if it had grown in line with the established average monthly growth rate from 1960 to the month before the Lehman Crisis.

By this measure of currency inflation, since August 2009 inflation is now 68% above trend. [Read more...]

Am I the only person who thinks inflation is here right now?

hyperinflationWell, I’m perplexed and befuddled. For a couple of years now I’ve been reading economic news stories like the above where it is seemingly “accepted” by the mainstream  media that the rate of inflation is “low” and contained, and, as this blurb indicates, even alarmingly so.
 But I don’t get it. Inflation, from my perspective, is high and going even higher.
I base this opinion on the prices of things (goods and services) that I actually buy.

John Williams- Currency Panic & Hyperinflation Arrives in 2014!

dollar collapse panicEconomist John Williams thinks 2014 will mark the beginning of hyperinflation. Williams contends, “You are going to see, early on, a crisis in the dollar that will start to trigger the inflation . . . as the inflation picks up, that’s going to savage the economy, which is already in a depression.  It never recovered.” Forget what you have heard about the so-called recovery. Williams says, “The consumer is in trouble. There is nothing happening to turn the economy around.” The weak economy is bad news for the dollar. According to Williams, “Anything that would suggest deficit deterioration here, and a weak economy would do that, will have a devastating impact on the dollar.” And if foreigners start selling some of the 12 trillion U.S. dollar based assets, such as bonds and currency, things will turn ugly fast. Williams says, “We’re dependent on the rest of the world continuing to go along with us and continue to support the dollar. That’s not going to happen.” So, the big question everyone is asking is when will the buck take a hit in value? Williams says the dollar will likely begin selling off before the middle of this year, and he adds, “It’s really going to be a currency panic . . . when the fundamental selling pressure really starts to pick up, when the selling gets heavy . . . in turn, the weakness will be seen in a spike in oil prices and a spike in gasoline prices.” Williams says there will be a panic out of the dollar and he predicts, “Once you see a massive sell-off here, I see the game as being over.” [Read more...]

Alasdair Macleod’s 2014 Forecast: Fiat Currency Corruption & Destruction!

dollarInstead of being drawn into the futility of making forecasts for 2014 I will only offer readers the barest of basics and focus on the corruption of currencies. My conclusion is the overwhelming danger is of currency destruction and that gold is central to their downfall.
If we take a realistic view of price increases, including capital assets, price inflation may even be in double figures. The corruption of price inflation statistics in turn makes a mockery of GDP numbers, which realistically adjusted for price inflation are contracting.
This gloomy conclusion should come as no surprise to thoughtful souls in any era. These conditions are the logical outcome of the corruption of currencies. I have no doubt that if in 1920-23 the Weimar Republic used today’s statistical methodology government economists would be peddling the same conclusions as those of today. The error is to believe that expansion of money quantities is a cure-all for economic ills, and ignore the fact that it is actually a tax on the vast majority of people reducing both their earnings and savings. [Read more...]

Stewart Thomson- Gold to Rise in 2014 on Surge in Money Velocity

launch rocket verticalAfter QE was unveiled in 2008, Western investors began to buy gold and related items with aggression. They believed that the Fed’s QE program would dramatically increase the money supply.  They were correct.
Unfortunately, these investors didn’t understand that if a huge money supply has declining velocity, there is no meaningful price inflation created, at least in the short term.
By 2013, mainstream reports showed that inflation had still failed to materialize. Demoralized QE-focused investors began to liquidate their gold and related holdings, and booked substantial losses. 
Did they give up just as money velocity is about to reverse the downtrend?
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Hyperinflation of The Reserve Currency

BernankeSlowly, the status of the dollar as reserve currency is slipping away, threatening hyperinflation.
The recent rise in interest rates, in response to the threat of Fed tapering, foreshadows the unavoidable demise for the dollar. Not only did the rise in rates have an immediate effect on the housing recovery, it also indirectly exposed the system to another vulnerability, that is, the Fed is not only the lender of last resort but will be the lender to the spender of last resort – the US Treasury.
That all fiat currencies end the same is no secret.
Reserve currencies are not immune. Slowly, the status of the dollar as reserve currency is slipping away.
Rumblings of a re-arranging of trade status are approaching a feverish pitch.

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The Last Gasp Before Hyperinflation – Are We There Yet?

hyperinflationAll hyper-inflations hinged on the budget deficit point of no return.
We are going to hit the monetization inflection point at some point soon – if we haven’t already. The likely trigger could be indirect; it could even be something small.
A bank failure or crisis in China (happening now) or a smaller conflict will be enough to push confidence over the edge.
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U.S. TREASURY: Ramps Up the Zimbabwe Style Printing Press

hyperinflationIt looks like the U.S. Treasury is learning a few tricks from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe as it ramps up its printing press.  In just a few years, the U.S. Department of Treasury Bureau of Engraving & Printing has substantially increased the printing of its largest valued Federal Reserve Note — the $100 bill.
The United States is heading for a hyperinflationary collapse.  This will not be an economic event, but rather a loss of faith in the Dollar — a statement repeated by Jim Sinclair.   
The world will wake up abruptly one day to the forgotten monetary religion of Gold & Silver. [Read more...]

Jim Willie: Gold Fever: Coming Global Currency Reset Will Double Gold Overnight!

goldThe United States has ushered in hyper monetary inflation with the series of Quantitative Easing programs, as in QE1, QE2, Operation Twist, and QE3. My belief is no longer than hyper inflation is inevitable, since already part of current policy now. Hyper-inflation is already here!
As a result of the hostile monetary war, the USDollar and its USTBond vehicle are facing not simply opposition, but broad-based earnest organized initiatives to avoid them. The goal is to replace them in workarounds. A reset is apparently near. The pressures to install a more fair, more just, and more enduring system is enormous, and will not cease. The demand is to bring back the Gold Standard, the equitable arbiter, the true enforcer.
The demand for Gold is inelastic. As price rises, so does demand. It is called Gold Fever.
Something big is near, as the tremors are being felt in every global corner, and every global market. [Read more...]

How I Know that the US Dollar Will Collapse

hyperinflationEvery single fiat currency in history backed by nothing has collapsed due to hyperinflation that destroyed these currencies and made them worthless.
Historical monetary facts tell me there is a 100% chance of US dollar collapse, and that this complete collapse that will forever restructure the wealth of families, will likely happen within the next 5 years. In fact, when you look at facts, the absurdity is not to believe that the US dollar will not collapse, but it is in fact, absurd to believe it will not collapse and will not collapse soon.

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Alasdair Macleod On Why a Hyperinflationary Currency Crisis is Dead Ahead

silver precipiceGoing from 1960 to the month before the Lehman crisis in 2008, the average exponential growth rate of global fiat currency was around about 5.9%, year in/year out. It followed that track very closely. Then of course we had TARP and all of the rest of it. And then we had QE. And guess what? The level of fiat-money quantity is now over 60% above that long-term trend line. Now, if we stand back unemotionally and look at that chart, we would say that this is monetary hyperinflation.
Here we have this situation now where the Central Bank, the Fed, is having to produce money to finance the government deficit. It’s having to produce money to keep interest rates down so that the banks don’t have balance-sheet problems. And if it slows down in that production of money, and even if it doesn’t increase the rate of the production of that money, then our world is going to come to a rather nasty halt.
It looks like not only are we in a debt trap, but we are in a hyperinflationary trap. [Read more...]

Created Currencies… are NOT GOLD! (Financial Prepping 101)

hyperinflationPaper currencies seem normal. They seem natural. We are told they are necessary. Paper currencies with no intrinsic value are used everywhere – we pretend they are valuable. If we don’t look closely, or remember the world of 60 years ago, they seem like a good idea.
Monopoly money. Euros. Dollars. What is the essential difference? Paper, with no intrinsic value, is accepted only because we have confidence in the issuer of the currency and/or because we have no other choice. Monopoly money can buy hotels on Park Place. Unbacked paper dollars can buy hotels in Manhattan. The hundreds of unbacked paper currencies that have become worthless during the last century can buy NOTHING.
Holding unbacked paper money is like holding an explosive device with a long burning fuse. Eventually that paper money will explode into worthlessness – it may survive for some time – but history shows clearly that paper money eventually declines to its intrinsic value – near zero. [Read more...]