freefall

When the waters start getting really choppy, that is a clear indication that stocks are about to plummet. 
In early 2015, volatility has returned to Wall Street in a big way.  
If stocks keep making dramatic moves up and dramatic moves down, history tells us that it is only a matter of time before they collapse. 
Any student of stock market history knows that what we are witnessing right now is exactly how markets behave right before they crash.

dynamite

If you were waiting for a “black swan event” to come along and devastate the global economy, you don’t have to wait any longer.  Currently, the price of U.S. oil is sitting at $45.76 a barrel.  It has fallen by more than 60 dollars a barrel since June.  There is only one other time in history when we have seen anything like this happen before.  That was in 2008, just prior to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
But following the financial crisis of 2008, the price of oil rebounded fairly rapidly.  As you will see below, there are very strong reasons to believe that it will not happen this time.  And the longer the price of oil stays this low, the worse our problems are going to get.
At a price of less than $50 a barrel, it is just a matter of time before we see a huge wave of energy company bankruptcies, massive job losses, junk bond crash followed by a stock market crash, and a crisis in commodity derivatives unlike anything that we have ever seen before. 
So let’s hope that a very unlikely miracle happens and the price of oil rebounds substantially in the months ahead.  Because if not, the price of oil is going to absolutely rip the global economy to shreds.

dollar collapse panic

Central banks lie.  That is what they do.  Not too long ago, the Swiss National Bank promised that it would defend the euro/Swiss franc currency peg with the “utmost determination”.
But on Thursday, the central bank shocked the financial world by abruptly abandoning it.
More than three years ago, the Swiss National Bank announced that it would not allow the Swiss franc to fall below 1.20 to the euro, and it has spent a mountain of money defending that peg.  But now that it looks like the EU is going to launch a very robust quantitative easing program, the Swiss National Bank has thrown in the towel.
It was simply going to cost way too much to continue to defend the currency floor.  So now there is panic all over Europe.  On Thursday, the Swiss franc rose a staggering 30 percent against the euro, and the Swiss stock market plunged by 10 percent.
And all over the world, investors, hedge funds and central banks either lost or made gigantic piles of money as currency rates shifted at an unprecedented rate.
Keep a close eye on what happens in Europe next.
It is going to be a preview of what is eventually coming to America.

What do we need to do in order to prepare for the coming economic collapse? 
Are there practical steps that we can take right now that will help us and our families survive the economic depression that is approaching?

Below are 89 common sense tips that will help you get prepared for the coming economic depression:

Do you know what an “extremist” is?  In the wake of the horrible terror attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France, Barack Obama is speaking very boldly about the need to win the war against “extremists”, and he has announced plans to host a major global summit on “extremism” next month.
And on the surface that sounds great.
But precisely how are we supposed to determine whether someone is an “extremist” or not?  What criteria should we use?  

As you will see below, your definition of an “extremist” may be far, far different from the definition that Barack Obama is using…

Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families?
If you use alternative methods to heat your home, or if you are not connected to the utility grid, or if you collect rainwater on your property, or if you believe that parents should have the ultimate say when it comes to health decisions for their children, you could become a target for overzealous government enforcers.

Bubble

Will 2015 be a year of financial crashes, economic chaos and the start of the next great worldwide depression?  |
Over the past couple of years, we have all watched as global financial bubbles have gotten larger and larger.  Despite predictions that they could burst at any time, they have just continued to expand.  But just like we witnessed in 2001 and 2008, all financial bubbles come to an end at some point, and when they do implode the pain can be extreme. 
The financial markets are more primed for a financial collapse now than they have been at any other time since the last crisis happened nearly seven years ago.  
At this point, the warning cries have become a deafening roar as a whole host of prominent voices have stepped forward to sound the alarm.
The following are 11 predictions of economic disaster in 2015 from top experts all over the globe…

down fall plunge

On Monday, the price of oil fell below $50 for the first time since April 2009, and the Dow dropped 331 points.  Today, oil plunged further to $47.
Meanwhile, the stock market declines over in Europe were even larger on a percentage basis, and the euro sank to a fresh nine year low on concerns that the anti-austerity Syriza party will be victorious in the upcoming election in Greece.
These are precisely the kinds of things that we would expect to see happen if a global financial crash was coming in 2015.  Just prior to the financial crisis of 2008, the price of oil collapsed, prices for industrial commodities got crushed and the U.S. dollar soared relative to other currencies.  All of those things are happening again.  And yet somehow many analysts are still convinced that things will be different this time.
I agree that things will indeed be “different” this time.  When this crisis fully erupts, it will make 2008 look like a Sunday picnic.

economic dollar collapse

Do you know people that seem like they have had their souls sucked out of them?  According to dictionary.com, a “zombie” is defined as “the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose”.
Which sounds very much like what has happened to tens of millions of AmericansWhen you look into their eyes, it doesn’t look like anything is even there.  That is because who they once were is now dominated and controlled by the overwhelmingly powerful “matrix” that is being constructed all around us. 

how low

Who is to blame for the staggering collapse of the price of oil?  Is it the Saudis?  Is it the United States?  Are Saudi Arabia and the U.S. government working together to hurt Russia?  And if this oil war continues, how far will the price of oil end up falling in 2015? 
As you will see below, some analysts believe that it could ultimately go below 20 dollars a barrel.
If we see anything even close to that, the U.S. economy could lose millions of good paying jobs, billions of dollars of energy bonds could default and we could see trillions of dollars of derivatives related to the energy industry implode.
The global financial system is already extremely vulnerable, and purposely causing the price of oil to crash is one of the most deflationary things that you could possibly do.
Whoever is behind this oil war is playing with fire, and by the end of this coming year the entire planet could be dealing with the consequences.

2014 was quite a bizarre year, wasn’t it?  The past 12 months brought us MH370, Ebola, civil war in Ukraine, civil unrest in Ferguson, the rise of ISIS and the fall of the Democrats in the midterm elections.   Our world is becoming crazier and more unstable with each passing day, and I have a feeling that things are going to accelerate greatly in 2015.
But for the moment things are relatively quiet as much of the world stops to celebrate the holiday season, so now is a good time to look back and see where we have been over the past year.   The facts that I am about to share with you sound false, but they are all quite true.

It has been said that truth is stranger than fiction, and that was definitely the case during the past 12 months.
In no particular order, the following are 50 numbers from 2014 that sound fake but that are actually real…

volcano

The 9 trillion dollar U.S. dollar carry trade is starting to unwind.

Oil’s collapse is predicated by one major event: the explosion of the US Dollar carry trade.   Worldwide, there is over $9 TRILLION in borrowed US Dollars that has been ploughed into risk assets.
Just about everything will be hit as well.   Most of the “recovery” of the last five years has been fueled by cheap borrowed Dollars.   Now that the US Dollar has broken out of a multi-year range, you’re going to see more and more “risk assets” (read: projects or investments fueled by borrowed Dollars) blow up.   Oil is just the beginning, not a standalone story.

If things really pick up steam, there’s over $9 TRILLION worth of potential explosions waiting in the wings. Imagine if the entire economies of both Germany and Japan exploded and you’ve got a decent idea of the size of the potential impact on the financial system.
And that’s assuming NO increased leverage from derivative usage…

Do you want to know if the stock market is going to crash next year?  Just keep an eye on junk bonds. 
Prior to the horrific collapse of stocks in 2008, high yield debt collapsed first.
And as you will see below, high yield debt is starting to crash again. 

Should the federal government be spending billions of dollars to pump up Wal-Mart’s profits?   The question sounds bizarre, but unfortunately this is essentially what is happening.  Because Wal-Mart does not pay them enough money, hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees enroll in Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs.
Even though Wal-Mart makes enormous profits, they refuse to properly take care of their employees so the federal government has to do it.  And of course this is not just a Wal-Mart problem.  There are hundreds of other major corporations doing exactly the same thing.  And they will keep on doing it as long as they can because relying on the federal government to take care of their employees allows them to make much larger profits.  This gives these companies an enormous competitive advantage and it distorts the marketplace.  If you love the free enterprise system, you should be aghast at this.  Our big corporations have become the biggest “welfare queens” of all, and Wal-Mart is near the top of that list.

We are now engaged in a cyber war with North Korea and an economic war with Russia.  
Our Internet infrastructure is extremely vulnerable, our debt-based economic system is already teetering on the edge of disaster, and government officials freely admit that security at key facilities such as power plants is sorely lacking.  And these kinds of bitter conflicts have a way of escalating.

The North Koreans and the Russians are both very proud, and neither one is going to back down any time soon.  
Without a doubt our Internet infrastructure is very vulnerable.  
The Russian Bear never forgives and it never forgets.   Most Americans don’t realize this, but right now anti-American sentiment in Russia is actually higher than it was at the end of the Cold War era.  Many Russians believe that this is a new Cold War, and that the United States is the greatest force for evil on the entire planet.
So while many Americans view this current conflict as a temporary foreign policy tussle about Ukraine, many Russians view this as a long-term struggle that is absolutely critical to the future of humanity.  
This conflict between the United States and Russia is not going to end any time soon.  And someday down the road, it could evolve into something more than just an economic war.