Real estate expert Fabian Calvo thinks the recent standoff between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy is about much more than grazing rights.  Even though this standoff is over, we find out It’s really about sweetheart deals for federal land.  Calvo says, “The hair on the back of my neck stood up when I was doing research for this and speaking to some of my contacts on Wall Street.  The BLM is part of the Department of the Interior, and look at what they have been doing?  Through the BLM, the Department of the Interior has been confiscating land and going after land, for example, in the high desert in California and all over the place.  What I am hearing is they are categorizing this land for future collateralization or to sell off.  In the Weimar (Germany) hyperinflation, after the hyperinflation, what did they back their currency with?  They backed it with mortgages and they backed it with land.  This is a total possibility here in America, but here’s the part that is more sinister and crazy.  The Department of the Interior and BLM have been providing sweetheart deals for Chinese investors
In order to not have them dump our debt, we’re basically allowing them, through the Department of the Interior who is stealing rancher land and killing their cattle, they are selling out America. 

house-of-cardsFinancial newsletter writer Dr. Jim Willie thinks 2014 will be a pivotal year for the U.S.  Dr. Willie says, We’re going to end this year with no resemblance to the beginning.  We spent a lot of years trying to hold this thing together. . . . Now all the QE and bond purchases are causing some major problems, breaking major economic structures. . . It’s all breaking, it’s all breaking and they are having a tremendous problem holding it together.  Now the whole Eastern World is rebelling against the dollar.
Dr. Willie predicts gold and silver are about to move in a BIG WAY: “They are going to move it to $5,000 to $7,000 an ounce, and silver $200 to $400 per ounce.  Because all the world’s central banks are going to need gold they are going to sell Treasury bonds to buy gold to make for a solution to their banking systems.  What’s the solution?  It’s legitimate reserves, hard asset gold reserves.
In closing Dr. Willie predicts, I think you are going to see by the end of this year that the dollar is mortally wounded and Treasury bond regarded as toxic paper.”
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Dr. Jim Willie, Editor of “The Hat Trick Letter” which can be found on GoldenJackass.com.

economic collapseMoney manager Axel Merk thinks new Fed Chief Janet Yellen can’t do much to improve the labor market even though she claims she’s most interested in helping Main Street, not Wall Street.  Merk says, “Yellen is from Berkley, our neighborhood, and it’s all about warm and fuzzy feelings.  Ultimately, of course, there is only so much the Fed can do for Main Street.”
Merk says, “Home price inflation is not sustainable.  It’s a very fragile policy because it can evaporate at any time.  The moment the ‘taper’ talk started, new home sales, existing home sales deteriorated because, guess what, as interest rates move up, you have to pay more for your home.”
On the possibility that the economy could suddenly collapse, Merk said, “What could possibly go wrong when the stock market goes up every day?  Asset price inflation means asset price inflation can reverse.  You can have a collapse in asset prices at any time.  You saw it in gold a little bit in April of last year.  There was just no bid out there.  The same thing can happen in the equity markets.”
Merk says he holds core assets of physical gold and silver, “mostly gold.”  Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Axel Merk of MerkFunds.com.

David Morgan from Silver-Investor.com says, “The rush into gold is basically nation states, but the rush into silver is basically ‘the people,’ and it’s not just ‘the people’ of the U.S., it is ‘the people’ of the world. There will be a rush into gold and then silver like you have never seen before. This will be a global phenomenon. It wasn’t in 1979, this time it will be. You will either have it or you don’t.
What are Morgan’s price targets? Morgan says, “I am on the record that silver will hit $100 an ounce, and that may be conservative.” 

economic collapseDmitry Orlov is a Russian journalist who writes about the parallel between the U.S and the USSR.
Orlov lived through the financial collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, and he thinks the U.S. is on the same trajectory. Orlov contends, “The trajectory is defined by this sort of incompetent militarism where more and more money results in bigger and bigger military fiascos around the world and less and less of actual foreign policy that can be pursued or articulated. There are massive levels of corruption. The amount of money that is being stolen by the U.S. Government and its various appropriations processes is now in the trillions of dollars a year. Runaway debt, the United States now has a level of debt that is un-repayable. All we’re waiting for is interest rates to go across the magic threshold of 3% and the entire budget of the country explodes. There are also all types of other tendencies that point in the direction of collapse and systemic failure at all levels.”

jim willieWorld renowned gold expert Jim Sinclair is issuing a warning of a massive downside risk to U.S. sanctions against Russia.  Sinclair says watch the “struggling dollar” and Russia accepting any currency for oil and natural gas.  Sinclair explains, “It’s struggling . . . because it smells the real teeth of retaliation for sanctions being in the simple acceptance of any currency whatsoever for payment for gas to Europe.  Believe me, they will settle in other currencies. . . . It makes energy cheaper.  Why in the world would anyone want to pay in dollars if they can pay in their own currency?  Russia could retaliate in a way that would have phenomenal impact on the U.S. dollar. . . . Russia has the upper hand.  They have it in their ability to turn the U.S. economy upside down and into collapse.  There is no question whatsoever.  Putin doesn’t need a nuclear bomb. He has a nuclear economic bomb that he can set off at any time.” 
What would the price of gold be this year?  Sinclair predicts, Gold has $2,000 an ounce in its sites in 2014.  On silver, Sinclair says, “Silver is gold on steroids.  When gold takes off, silver goes up faster. . . . So, the idea you are going to get an old high on silver or better is a given.
Legendary gold trader Jim Sinclair’s MUST WATCH interview with Greg Hunter is below:

EmptyVaultFormer Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts thinks the Neoconservatives in the U.S. government want war in Ukraine.  Dr. Roberts says, They definitely want war, of course. They’ve wanted it ever since Reagan was President.  The Neocons were always saying we have to attack the Soviet Union, and Reagan said we are not going to win anything, we are going to end it.   The Neocons got to where they really disliked Reagan because he wouldn’t take advantage of Soviet weakness to attack them.  So, they are war minded.  They produce documents that say nuclear war is winnable.  So, they are basically crazy people; and, yet, they have determined the course of foreign policy since the Clinton Administration.  Under George Bush, they controlled the show; and today, under Obama, the Neoconservatives control it.
On gold, Dr. Roberts says, “To protect the dollar from Quantitative Easing (QE), the Fed is selling naked shorts in the gold market to keep the gold price from rising so rapidly that it exposes the worthlessness of the dollar. . . . The physical stock of gold in the West to meet delivery demand is diminishing rapidly.  So, one day the Chinese will buy 100 tons of gold, and we won’t be able to make delivery.  That would crash the system.  It would just pop.  So, there are things that could crash it suddenly.  Regardless . . . the economy is going to gradually sink because there are no jobs, or no good jobs. . . So, there is not a recovery.  The U.S. is a busted state.  It’s completely busted.”  

panic crashEconomist John Williams says if Russia sells its U.S. dollar holdings it could trigger hyperinflation.  Could it collapse the financial system?  Williams contends, “Yes, it certainly has a potential to do that.  Looking outside the United States, there is something over $16 trillion dollars in cash or near cash.  That’s about the same size as our GDP.  If the rest of the world believes this is what’s going to happen, people who have been wanting to get out of the dollar for some time very easily could front-run the Russians.  The scare is onPeople will try to get out of it as rapidly as they can.  We have not seen an economic recovery.  We have not seen a return of health to the banking systemSo the system is very vulnerable and if the Russians carry through with their threat, you have indeed the risk of it collapsing the system.”
On the overall economy Williams says, “It is rolling over and the numbers are starting to show we are starting into a new recession.  Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with John Williams of Shadowstats.com.

Sprott$8 billion fund manager Eric Sprott says there is a big opportunity surfacing in precious metals. Sprott contends, “I’ve always believed there is more demand than supply for the last 14 years. I’ve documented it.  I am suggesting the western central banks have very little gold left. I think the whole decline in the gold price is the liquidation in the ETFs to supply some of that shortfall. I think manipulation and relief from the manipulation and the ongoing demand, well in excess of supply, is going to power gold higher.”
On precious metal price manipulation, Sprott charges, “We seem to get more and more evidence of it all the time. The German equivalent to the SEC saying the possible manipulation to gold would be worse than LIBOR, and I think worse is a very important word here because there can’t be more money involved because LIBOR is way bigger than gold, but worse means the egregiousness of the price decline. Furthermore, we had another group come out and say the LBMA fixed the price . . . the price was manipulated 50% of the time.”

Jim SinclairEconomic and political writer Brandon Smith thinks America is in deep financial trouble, and the Fed knows it.
Smith contends, “At the end of last year, I brought up the prospect to the alternative economics community that the ‘taper’ was real, that the Fed would start cutting QE stimulus. I received a pretty negative response from that concept, which is understandable because a lot of people in alternative economics and the liberty movement are focused on the concept of hyperinflation through printing. I am pointing out through my articles on ‘taper’ that there is more than one way to kill the dollar. It’s not just about printing. There is also the issue about debt default and how that can kill the dollar’s world reserve status and kill the dollar’s value in the process. So, the ‘taper’ is a huge part of that process of debt default.
Smith goes on to say, “I find it interesting the Federal Reserve institutes the ‘taper’ just before we saw major downturns in global manufacturing. The Baltic Dry Index is starting to crash again. We’re starting to see trouble in emerging market currencies.

Lloyd BlankfeinFormer international derivatives broker Rob Kirby thinks the Fed’s recent cut back in money printing or “taper” is a con game.
Kirby says, “The threat of taper made rates go up. The actual taper has made the 10-year Treasury drop 40 basis points in less than a month. The notion that the taper had anything to do with interest rates going higher seems to be a non-story.” The Fed has long claimed it was buying bonds to hold down interest rates, but if that is not true, what was the Fed doing buying all of those so-called toxic mortgage bonds from the big banks? Kirby says, “My thesis about taper is that the banks in the U.S. had mortgage bonds on their books probably close to the tune of a trillion dollars that they could not sell to anyone. It was dead money, and they had to write them off somehow. The problem with writing off close to a trillion dollars’ worth of mortgage bonds that were held in all the U.S. banks is that kind of money is probably more than the total market capitalization of the U.S. banking industry. So, they had to figure a way to get those mortgage bonds off the books of the banks and silo them somewhere without basically admitting that the U.S. banking system was insolvent.” Kirby goes on to say, “For the most part, with them now tapering, we can almost say mission accomplished. They’ve taken these mortgage bonds off the books of the banks, and they are held right now on the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve.”

smash popEric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management predicts, “The price of gold and silver will both hit new highs in 2014. The price of gold goes north of $2,000, and silver will quickly go over $50. When it does, it will get a little crazy.” Sprott says,
They know a day of reckoning is coming, and they are setting up for it. . . . I am convinced some sovereign banking systems fail in 2014.
Join Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com as he goes One-on-One with $8 billion money manager Eric Sprott.

Image: Jonny O'Callaghan

Image: Jonny O’Callaghan

Investigative reporter Michael Snyder says, “The only way they got the unemployment rate to go down is pretending that millions, upon millions, upon millions of Americans don’t want to work anymore. . . .If the labor force participation rate was exactly the same as it was when Obama was first elected, the unemployment rate would be 11%, and everybody would talking about an economic depression.” Snyder warns, “We’ve seen absolutely no employment recovery; and, meanwhile, the next great wave of economic crisis is rapidly approaching.
Snyder contends, “What the Federal Reserve is doing is utter insanity. . . . The rest of the world is starting to lose faith in our financial system and the U.S. dollar, and this is the most important consequence of QE (money printing). They actually use more dollars outside the U.S. than inside the U.S.  The economic collapse is happening right now, and it is a steady decline punctuated by moments of crisis like we saw back in 2008.”
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Michael Snyder of TheEconomicCollapseBlog.

YellenMoney manager Peter Schiff thinks the nomination of Janet Yellen as Fed Chairman is “very bullish for gold.”
Yellen has admitted she did not see the 2008 financial meltdown coming which was caused by an enormous housing bubble. Schiff goes on to say, “Not only was she not warning about the housing bubble, she was trying to quiet some of the concerns other people had. She was saying, ‘hey some people are worried,’ but really we shouldn’t worry.” When it comes to raising the so-called debt ceiling, Schiff contends, “A limit to the growth of government is bad for gold. What’s good for gold is raising the debt ceiling . . . more borrowing, more money printing. . . . We’ll borrow as much money as the world is dumb enough to lend us. It’s really the lending ceiling.” All the borrowing and money printing is destroying the buying power of the U.S. dollar. Schiff predicts, “Americans’ standard of living is going to move dramatically lower. . . . We’re not going to be buying a lot of new things because stuff is going to be very expensive.” Schiff contends, “This is just a question of time until the illusion is pierced. When the collapse happens, that’s it–the party’s over. America is going to have to live within its means.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Peter Schiff.

house-of-cardsFormer World Bank Senior Counsel Karen Hudes says, “It’s pretty clear where we’re headed, and that is something called permanent gold backwardation. That’s a fancy word for people losing confidence in paper currency. That means the value of currency in the future is less than today.” How bad is “permanent gold backwardation”? Hudes, who spent 20 years at the World Bank, says, “This is not just a bad event. This is like the meltdown of all meltdowns. What it means is you cannot finance international trade.” Hudes goes on to say, “It’s going to make any depression we ever had (the 30’s, 2008) pale in comparison.” Hudes says even though the credit ratings agencies rate U.S. debt high, they know just the opposite is true. Hudes contends, “This is actually an underhanded move because they know the U.S. dollar is going to lose its status as an international currency.” What would that look like to the man on the street? Hudes predicts, “Prices would change on a daily basis. They would double. The number of families that would be employed would be in the minority . . . there would be lawlessness.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with former World Bank lawyer Karen Hudes.