An important anniversary slipped quietly by last month without any fanfare, on August 15th, as the anniversary of the day, that President Richard M Nixon, closed the Gold Window, and put the world on the path to financial armageddon.
From that day to this, the U.S. has essentially been able to print up as many dollars as it felt it needed to pay for things it wanted, and forced the rest of the world to accept “funny money” – aka. – Fiat Currency.
The fact that they were able to strengthen the dollar in 1973, temporarily when it convinced Saudi-Arabian leadership to accept an offer it could hardly refuse is still highly relevant…
America would back the House of Saud, with the full military might of its national forces, and the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia (KSA), would accept only U.S. dollars for its oil, forcing dozens of other countries to trade for dollars, to pay for that oil, and the KSA, would re-invest those surplus dollars in Treasury Bills. Eventually the rest of OPEC would be forced to follow suit or commit commercial suicide.
Over the last 9 months, events in the precious metals markets and geo-political and economic circles, world-wide have been making headlines.
As geo-political tensions rise around the world, I wonder out aloud what is the end game. To learn where we are going, it’s important to know where we’ve been, and we have to look back 40+ years.
If we look at the ageing baby-boomers who are retiring in droves here in the west, (Of which I am one) and as our spending patterns change, we need to understand why this has such a big impact on economies.
In my experience, young people spend their money on a handful of things – Music, Fashion, Booze, travel and generally having fun, primarily in their pursuit of their partner in life – irrespective of their sexual proclivities.
As these people mature, they buy a bike/car, and their first flat or small starter home, and all the essentials of normal urban life – beds, tables, chairs, sofas, kitchen gadgets etc.
Then as they pair and begin to settle down, their partner now safely esconced in their home, perhaps 5 years have passed, and two incomes in one household means for a while they can experience a rise in social status and maybe buy a bigger home or have more expensive holidays. (though things are a little different in recent years as gap year students take the young to the far-flung corners of the globe.)
With women now making up more than half the working population in the west, women are now leaving “bonding” later, and perhaps seeking someone who meets and exceeds their expectations, and thus probably for professional women (i.e. those with degrees and/or professional qualifications) they’re leaving the having of children until they are in their early 30s, or as late as early 40s causing problems for over-stretched maternity departments, and over-stretched National Health Services, as increased age introduces greater risks and higher costs.
By their mid-thirties, people are climbing the corporate ladder, getting increases in pay, generally as their productivity rises in line with their experience.
Output on a national scale rises but this is only temporary unless higher investment in capital goods (new vehicles/machinery etc., that gets goods to market quicker, and/or cheaper) increases productivity further, these gains are not carried through indefinitely though. This is where political mistakes are made, as politicians think that the growth will continue.
As people hit their forties and early fifties, their willingness to learn unless pushed, seems diminished as they become experts in their field, just at the time newer technologies are adopted by the young first.
By the time people hit their mid 50s and early 60s, their abilities are beginning to decline; health issues begin to rise on average and national governments see a fall off in taxes, as some retire early, or die young – though the demands on their national budgets increase as improvements in health-care put additional burdens on national budgets.
Intermittent overseas wars also add to these burdens as those apparently with historical empires adopt the role of world policemen.
This adds further financial burdens on countries, and leads to overspending to maintain prestige, or to appease emotional electorates, or to maintain their leadership role, allowing those with more quiescent military to improve and begin spending in increasing amounts.
This was the nature of things in the west when Britain began losing its pre-eminence, and the U.S. took up the political and economic cudgels.
As a result, we now see the extent to which Britain, and America have over-spent in recent years, as the U.S. deficit grows to 105% of national income, and its budgets become overstretched as its military tentacles have extended now to over 145 countries.
The role of World policeman is an onerous one, and like all great empires this eventually causes a collapse at home, due to excessive spending as tribute (the term used by the Romans to refer to taxes) begins to lessen.
As demographics affects all economies, those with rising populations have greatest demand for housing, food, water and the other essentials of life, and when economics fails to meet those requirements, people look for scapegoats. Those with the most usually get the most scrutiny and criticism.
But to get back to the title of this piece, where will this ultimately lead us?
As Vladimir Putin, and Xi Jinping, grow their economies, and grow increasingly wary of U.S. dollar hegemony their actions have consequences for all of us.
China has in recent years agreed bi-lateral trade deals with a rising number of countries to reduce the dollar from its trading, and China in particular has used its excess dollar reserves to buy increasing amounts of Gold and Silver, and overseas resource assets with precious metals and other precious resources for its industries.
Russia too has sought to lessen its dependence on dollars, and the BRICS Development Bank recently announced, will wean these emerging economies off the dollar as the $100billion in Capital gets used to help out economies in difficulties. Will some of this capital be used to buy Precious Metals? It would appear so, as China now trades more Silver in physical metal form, than the COMEX, the former leader in precious metals derivatives trading.
This will ultimately lead to a dollar collapse, and like a wounded animal, this may lead to the U.S. lashing out to protect its interests, as it has been in the middle-east and in Ukraine, where fights to protect access to middle-eastern oil, paid for with dollars, and for access to Ukrainian agricultural land are being waged by proxy military. But the collapse of the dollar unless mitigated by the increasing energy production, may cause the whole world economic woes, or worse.
This involvement in the middle-east has caused many of the problems as those with a different view of the world seek to eliminate western ideologies from their countries. These skirmishes though, may grow to encompass those other major economies – China and Russia.
James Dines, the economic mind behind the Dines Letter and Dr Paul Craig Roberts former adviser to Ronald Reagan, also thinks that we are on the verge of a major conflagration and James Rickards a CIA adviser on financial matters, in a recent interview claims the U.S. is staring down the barrel of an economic gun.
But also in January 2014, the United States government entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with JPMorgan Chase which is the biggest bank in the United States and one of if not THE biggest banks in the world giving those who have benefitted most from the financial mess the U.S. has gotten itself into essentially a free pass.
The recent prosecutions of Financial Institutions has resulted in fines being paid, and JPM – probably the biggest offender, has paid approximately $29 billion in fines – yet not one senior banker has done any jail time.
When Janet Yellen begins the next round of Quantitative Easing (which might be called something else) all hell will break loose in the precious metals markets.
Buying Silver… Why NOW?
The reasons are not so obvious.
Silver is collectively, a monetary metal, an investment vehicle, and an industrial material.
Silver’s role in international finance has been prominent over several millennia, as this shiniest of metals was used in Roman currency, and only when Emperors devalued the money by reducing the silver content of coins, did they suffer the wrath of the people. (See: The Coming Battle – 2013)
Industrially, silver is the most widely used commodity on the planet, reputedly used in 10,000 applications and rising. Second only to oil in importance, but its price has been walked lower for decades, as silver was first taken from its pre-eminent role in both American and Chinese money with its removal from the dollar, to junior partner, to minimalist role, and finally in 1964 to negligible role as U.S. currency removed the last remnants of the metal from American currency.
Is it significant, that just 7 years later, on August 15th 1971, the last vestige of precious metals, was removed from the American financial system?
If the death of President Kennedy, and Louise Auchincloss Boyer are anything to go by, I think so.
But silver’s western denouement, means that the East has been able to accumulate this most precious of precious industrial commodities at prices unlikely to be seen again, after this financial collapse begins in earnest.
Silver historically was bought in ratios circa 16:1, compared to gold. We see evidence of this still all around us – 16 ounces to the pound, in the U.S. – 16 fluid ounces to the Pint and this ratio has varied in recent years as silver’s role in monetary matters has been slowly extracted, but its time will come again – it always does…
And with the current Silver/Gold ratio of circa 65:1 when it does go up, because it currently comes from the earth at circa a 9:1 ratio, then its rise will be meteoric.
And if that wasn’t reason enough to be accumulating…
These links should help you make up your mind…
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Anyone old enough to remember that catch-phrase in the title, is old enough to remember: “The Lone Ranger” in monochrome on old Black and White TV’s, back in the sixties.
And silver, in this case, was the Lone Ranger’s horse.
But the catch-phrase is also a likely predictor of where the price of silver is going to go.
We know that the silver annual supply is shy by about 200 million ounces a year. The world uses about 900million ounces per year (for both industrial and investment purposes), but supply is currently only around 700million ounces.
The difference is made up by the stockpiles of U.S. silver in coins and bullion that have been in storage since 1934 (in the case of bullion) which was seized – I don’t think that’s too strong a word – on the back of President Eisenhower’s Executive Order 6102, on 3rd April 1933, and in 1934, in which he seized the silver too, and in 1964 (in the case of coins), when silver was removed from coins by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the Federal Reserve.
Incidentally, just a few months before in November 1963, if we recall the President Kennedy, was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, in the Deeley Plaza. Perhaps unknown to many just a few weeks prior to that shooting, on June 4th, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy quietly issued executive order 11110, that created a right for the treasury to issue a currency backed by precious metals, and that would have meant the money of America, would have to be further backed by Gold and Silver, and not purely credit based, which would have seriously hurt the Federal Reserve, and the Banking families that own that private organisation.
At any rate, we also know that just ten years’ later, a story emerged in the U.S. Tattler magazine, while the Vietnam war was raging, that all the Gold in the Federal Reserve’s Vaults was gone. Was this the reason President Nixon closed the “Gold window” on August 15th, 1971?
[Edit] And then I found this…
At this time, the Fed claimed to still have 8,700 tons of gold, though whether it was there or not is moot – a full audit of the Federal Reserve has not been carried out since 1953, and as a result of the article, a partial audit in front of cameras and the press was carried out – for public consumption… (Was this similar to the recent image of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, visiting the vaults of the Bank of England, where she was pictured walking past surried ranks of gold bars – whose ownership is unknown?)
At any rate, just three days after the story was printed, – one Louise Auchincloss-Boyer, who was revealed as the source of this story, died after falling from the window of her 10th-floor apartment situated at 530, East 86th Street. The event was ruled a probable suicide and duly reported in the New York Times the following day.
Note: 59-year-old, Mrs. Boyer who died On July 3, 1974, was the grand-daughter of none other than Col. House, the man who guided the Federal Reserve Act through Congress way back in 1913, for J.P. Morgan, the Rockefellers, and Henry Warburg and company. Although to date it has not been determined whether there was a relationship, Jackie Kennedy’s father was Hugh Auchincloss. It is also known that Jackie’s grandfather helped John D. Rockefeller found Standard Oil.
Mrs. Boyer’s death lit the blue touch-paper of a firestorm of controversy and rocked a previously inviolable element of Americana — the security of the nation’s gold reserves held at Fort Knox.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Mrs. Boyer, stated that the Federal Reserve System was charged with the secret sale of U.S. Gold supplies overseas to super-rich David Rockefeller at below market rates.
The story stated that the Rockefeller family was manipulating the Federal Reserve to sell off Fort Knox gold at low prices to anonymous European speculators who were really fronting for them.
Mrs. Boyer was the executive assistant to former Gov. Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (Remember where that name, Aldrich, came from?) Nelson’s grandfather, Senator Aldrich, was one of the founders of the Fed), and she had served him in various ways since 1944, as her husband had served Laurence S. Rockefeller for many years before his death two years earlier.
So if the Fed’s Gold, really has gone? What price gold on the open market?
Silver also has suffered a similar fate.
In between 1927 and 1938 (The Depression years), The U.S. Government and Federal Reserve Paymasters, purchased 50million ounces of silver, from the remnants of the Chinese dynasty – who would go on to form the government of Formosa, now known as Taiwan.
The price was paid in Federal Reserve Bonds – known as: “Federal Reserve Notes” Each note was for $500,000,000, and the series accrued interest at the prevailing rate.
Some years later in 1963, on November 11th, an agreement by President Kennedy, was made to pay the interest by issuing a series of new FRNs, known as “Kennedy Bonds”. The Silver thus bought, was never really paid for as to-date, these bonds have not been redeemed. (You can read the full-story in “The Coming Battle” available on www.scribd.com)
Are Kennedy’s death, and the two events mentioned above related? Perhaps… We can but speculate. But 1964, was the final year in which precious metals appeared in U.S. money.
The 50 million ounces, together with U.S. bullion, and the Treasury silver coinage amounted to a huge money supply, that for the Fed’s dominance to work as planned, had to be eliminated.
By all accounts 10 billion ounces have gone from the vaults over the last 70+years, and that over-supply has helped keep the price of silver depressed over that time period. But it has all but gone. And, as to the future price? Who knows?
It depends on how mission-critical silver is to business operations, and what percentage of that is required of the total value of their products, and whether the world supply can quickly rise to meet demand (or not).
If a business needs say 5 million ounces per year – highly possible, given that according to some reports, 15Kg is used in one Pershing II cruise missile… and it is used in tiny amounts, so a 100% rise might not matter much – neither might a 500% rise in price, but if you can’t GET ANY, at ANY PRICE… and your business has none, and there are NO substitutes…
Then the price is irrelevant… YOU WILL PAY… and for many applications… THERE ARE NO SUBSTITUTES. (Except Gold for some)
And the price of gold is currently 65x that of silver…
That’s one heck of a price jump. And when that happens – the dollar is toast.
And as yet another Bank is at risk of failure – Banco Espirito Sainto, in Portugal, and the Argentinian government defaults on its bond payments, is “The End” I spoke of recently upon us?
To paraphrase Churchill in 1940 after the Battle of Britain…
“It is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
As the British and American Media outlets focus on the downed Malaysian Airlines aeroplane, flight MH17, we have to look beyond the headlines, and the claims and counter-claims to look at the why…
The issue might even be taken to the United Nations. Words expressed. Actions condemned. Grand Speeches spoken. Accusations made and fingers pointed.
As I said in a former post, the crisis in Ukraine, may be the flashpoint that triggers the next round of the global currency war. And when we have currency wars, they usually end in hot wars.
(See here: http://moneymatterstoo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/revenge-on-the-bankers/)
The events in the Ukraine, may be the prelude to a new hot war, just as in 1914 on 28 June 1914 the assassination of Franz Ferdinand sparked the First World War almost exactly one hundred years ago.
Archduke Ferdinand, (1863-1914) was born in Graz, Austria. As the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, he and his wife Sophie’s assassination, in an open topped car in Bosnia ended the attempts by Ferdinand to make European reforms.
Ferdinand, was asked to visit the capital of Bosnia, Sarajevo, to inspect army manoeuvres by General Oskar Potiorek of the Austro-Hungarian Army. Bosnia and Herzegovina were provinces that had been under Austro-Hungarian administration since 1878, by international agreement. Austria annexed the provinces outright in 1908, a controversial move which upset many governments in the west; however, some in Greater-Serbia were outraged.
They wanted the provinces to be part of a Serbian led pan-Slav state, (as finally actioned by Marshall Josip Broz Tito after WWII in the state of Yugoslavia) rather than part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Ferdinand was also considering the idea of a federalism made up of 16 European states – an early version of the Euro Area perhaps?
A Serbian terrorist group, the Black Hand, resolved to assassinate Franz Ferdinand during his visit to Sarajevo on 28 June, thereby stalling his proposed reforms.
While riding in the motorcade through the streets of Sarajevo, Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were shot and killed by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian member of the Black Hand; and due to alliances across Europe, the continent was dragged into a war, it could neither afford, nor avoid. Britain was forced to leave the Gold standard to pay for munitions, without giving up the Gold it held, it would not be able to buy the equipment and train its army.
BUT, the bankers got their pound of flesh… They always do. Notice something here?
Without Bankers and their flexible currencies, governments of all political persuasions, would have to balance their budgets and pay for things with real money – Gold and Silver. And if governments don’t have that gold or silver, they have to pay with promissary notes – a kind of I.O.U.
That’s what the origins of paper currency were… you can tell by the words on them…
“I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of…” It used to say “in gold” or “in silver”.
The British Pound was once literally a receipt for a one pound weight of Sterling Silver. And the British Guinea was a one ounce coin of pure gold. Latterly the gold sovereign, that became popular in the 1800s, and made the British Empire, was seen in the film: “From Russia With Love”. James Bond played by Sean Connery, is given 50 gold sovereigns to take on assignment, and this became the coin of choice for international transactions.
And Foreign governments, they want paying in Gold or Silver too, especially as paper currencies can be manipulated – devalued. You buy things with paper currency, then you devalue that currency, and the foreign nation feels aggrieved because it thought it was going to get full value for its goods supplied.
Just as President de Gaulle in 1965 sent his dollars to the Gold window to “cash them in” and Britain too requested $3billion in gold in 1971 just days before President Richard Milhous Nixon, announced to the world, that he was closing the Gold Window on August 15th, 1971.
As the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South-Africa last week on 16th July, held a conference in Brazil, where they unveiled a new financial institution, as they had signed a deal to create a new $100bn (£58.3bn) development bank and emergency reserve fund – Is this the first volley in the battle against the U.S. and the Dollar hegemony, with its puppet-masters the IMF and Worldbank? Or is it just one of many recent nails in the dollar’s coffin?
The New Development Bank’s first president will be from India while the board’s chairman will be Brazilian, according to the declaration released at a summit in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Tuesday’s deal was reached after intense last-minute negotiations to settle a dispute between India and China over the headquarters of the new bank.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, said setting up the currency reserve was a priority for the countries to protect themselves from crisis scenarios: “It will be a kind of security net to increase protection for BRICS countries as well as other countries. It’s a question of our security.” Those other members are expected to be many of the South American nations, with the number of citizens involved over half the world’s population.
The other four leaders present were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma.
The bank and fund are seen as counterweights to the U.S. dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which BRICS nations say needs more reform to give emerging nations more voting rights.
India’s presidency of the new BRICS bank will be for five years, according to Reuters, but no decision has been made yet regarding which country will hold the next presidency.
The bank is expected to make its first loans in 2016. Is that date significant?
The BRICS countries have a shared desire for a bigger voice in global economic policy, given that they now account for 21 percent of global economic output and have contributed 50 percent to world economic growth these last ten years.
Given China’s entry to the World Trade Organisation, which requires a freely floating currency, by 2015, will China’s gold acquisitions mean that it will gravitate towards Global Reserve Currency? I suspect so, and that might mean that the 2016 date IS significant.
India, in 2009, bought over 200 tons of Gold from the IMF at market rates to provide liquidity for the bank. So is the next volley to be fired in this global currency war likely to be this year?
And is the downing of the plane in Ukraine, and the political commentary, especially by David Cameron, a timely reminder of events in Europe of a hundred years ago?
It is just possible that Ukrainian forces might have deliberately targetted the plane to engage outside forces in a military campaign for their own ends. The “Why” is the question. “Qui Bono?”
And if this does become a hot war, between east and west, what price Gold and Silver, as hard up western governments have little or no gold left to sell. And most of the existing Gold has headed east. So, if you were trying to limit your opponents military, which minerals would you be stockpiling or removing from global markets? And what price on world markets? (See my previous post: Revenge on the Bankers)
As I’ve said before, when any currency falls due to banking madness and political lunacy, there’s only one solution really…
Those who have been reading this blog for some weeks or even months now, have perhaps lost interest in the machinations of the Federal Reserve, or the Chinese accumulation of Gold and Silver.
But if what I’ve been reading in recent days is even half-way true, then the next two years will reveal how the Chinese have been playing America for a “CHUMP” as the Americans might say.
If you’ve been reading my missives over the last 6 months, you will have learned that in 2012, China imported over 2,000 tons of Gold, and a similar amount last year. James Rickards thinks the Chinese have accumulated over 5,000 tons since they began their buying spree, which took on a life of its own in 2004, after modest accumulations in the preceding 30 years, sourced mainly from internal mining.
In the late nineties, the U.S. had lost approximately 200+ tons per year to overseas buyers. This little detail was discovered in document FT900.
And the Chinese have been accumulating through several import routes, though apart from their pronouncement in 2009 that they had over 1,000 tons, they have been remarkably silent on their current Gold holdings.
In 2009, when they made their last pronouncement along with it, they made what perhaps at the time seemed an unusual statement.
According to a Reuters article:
“China’s SOE regulator, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), had told the financial institutions that SOEs reserved the right to default on contracts”
SOEs for those not familiar, are “State Owned Enerprises”, and includes Banks, and other large commercial organisations still under public, and thus communist party control.
SASAC took over the job of overseeing SOEs’ derivatives trading from the securities regulator in February 2009, after several Chinese firms reported huge losses from derivatives, and quickly tightened the rules, ordering firms to quit risky contracts and report their positions on a quarterly basis.
As I have discussed before, China has been importing gold at a sprint since 2004, and increasing amounts.
China’s Yuan – New global reserve currency?
As well as this they have been for some time the world’s biggest producers of Gold.
Rumours abound of Chinese officials scouring West African nations, but particularly Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ghana, buying up Gold at the spot price from artisanal miners, and tales of Chinese miners with guns to protect themselves, and to intimidate local officials have come to light too, and those miners are sending their recovered gold back to China to support families back home, who will send it to the Chinese Central Authorities to add to their stock-piles.
These resources are perhaps approximately another 40 tons per month back home.
And there’s more – I also learned last week, that Russian junior Gold miners who have been mining small claims, are also sending their Gold to China, and because of export restrictions from the Soviet era, have been turning their gold into knives and forks to get through customs restrictions, (albeit illegally) and this too has been exporting several tons per annum.
When you add in the gold that comes from Canadian, African, Australian, and South American mines that the Chinese have bought in recent years, their Gold holdings could be now even bigger than the alleged 8,100 tons that the Fed claims to have, but which few in the Precious Metals sphere believe is still there.
So what is the Chinese game plan?
The statement made above by the SASAC could be a clue.
Ever since 2008, and even in 2003, the Federal Reserve have been expanding the money supply, according to some reports I’ve read this could be as much as $4 trillion since the end of the tech-boom, that fuelled the biggest stock-market rally in history.
The recent rally in 2014, in which the DOW climbed to 17,000 was largely pumped up because of the cheap money being pumped into the economy.
And the Chinese have stated that they “MAY” default on derivatives. Is this because they expect the Fed to default on its Gold supply, which according to several reports – using a motoring analogy – is on fumes. It has been stated by several experts, that the supply in the vaults at JPMorgan, Goldman-Sachs and the other large American Bullion banks are down to the tens of tons, at least according to Harvey Organ’s Blogspot.
Indeed according to figures provided by Harvey Organ, the American bullion banks have already defaulted on many of their contracts, but the parties to those contracts have been bought out.
And we know that ABN Amro the largest Dutch bank has already informed its clients that they will not be supplied with their precious metal, but the cash equivalent. What will happen if all those derivatives contracts decide they want their precious metals, and the cupboards are bare?
Can you say – KABOOM?
And to add one more piece to this particular jigsaw, I recently learned that the Federal Reserve, is planning to cut the cord between real money and those numbers on the bank’s ledgers, even further. The story goes that the Federal Reserve will stop the use of American paper currency in the very near future. Quite possibly as early as September 2014, which would mean that all those paper dollars sitting in private vaults, household safes, overseas corporate and money-laundering crime bosses’ underworld slush-funds, and drug-dealers’ suit-cases, will have to be spent, or deposited in bank accounts somewhere in the world or risk being lost.
The amount of paper currency in circulation, if spent in a wild spending spree could be the trigger point, that sends the value of the dollar into a tailspin, or more likely inflation into the hyper-sphere – giving the Feds, a huge problem as the US economy balloons and then busts taking the world with them.
And China’s gold reserves, would then become the hard asset backing that the United States currency used to have, and has used to attain global reserve currency status, and this will allow the Chinese the opportunity to become global overlords as the American Military became on the back of their free spending ways.
So is there an antidote to this forthcoming mayhem?
When any currency falls due to banking madness and political lunacy, there’s only one solution really…
Buy Gold, Silver and Crypto-currencies young man, and soon – It’s gonna get a lot more expensive.
“The financial illiteracy of the uneducated lower classes and the willful ignorance of the supposedly highly educated classes has never been more evident than when examining the concept of Federal Reserve created currency debasement – also known as inflation.
The insidious central banker created monetary inflation is the cause of all the ills in our warped, deformed, rigged financialized economic system.
The outright manipulation and falsity of government reported economic data is designed to obscure the truth and keep the populace unaware of the deception being executed by the owners of this country. They have utilized deceit, falsification, propaganda and outright lies to mislead the public about the true picture of the disastrous financial condition in this country.”
- James Quinn
James Quinn is a Senior Director of Strategic Planning for a major university. He has held financial positions with a retailer, a homebuilder and university in his 25-year career. He earned a BSc in Accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Do James Quinn’s comments make you see red? Either for or against Bankers who buy politicians, and manipulate reality, to suit themselves?
If so… Do you want revenge on the Bankers?
Well to do that, the short answer is to get a whole lot more money than you currently have.
Are you asking: “How do I do that?”
Depending on where you’re starting from, that can be a lot easier than you think.
It’s a truism, that to become rich, you have to spend less than you earn, and invest the difference. If you have excess finance, in a low interest environment, it can pay to borrow to invest, and use the additional leverage to make money faster. Provided you can get a better return than the cost of borrowing. (But you have to watch borrowing costs carefully, as things can change quickly.)
And, it doesn’t matter how much you earn, it all starts with savings. BUT if the value of your savings are being stolen, time after time, by Central Bank induced price inflation, then what better revenge on those central bankers than to become rich using the very things that they seek to hold from you.
Twenty Five years ago, I was a Business Studies Lecturer in several Community Colleges, before the technology bug bit me, and I moved into the field of Computing, building PCs, PC Networks, and eventually writing Software in over 33 different computing languages and variants. I even went on to work at Dell Headquarters in Roundrock near Austin, Texas. However, about the same time I began teaching, a fourteen year old school-kid found an old Golf Cart in Wisconsin, abandoned from a nearby Golf resort, and the birth of a new technology had found its roots.
Like many 14yr old boys, J. B. Straubel, began playing about with this old vehicle, and “tinkering”; like I did at a similar age, when I bought a second hand Motor-Scooter to ride off-road on the local wasteground near my home. But, Straubel, was no ordinary kid. This boy was to become a technology genius.
The abandoned golf kart, had an 11 brake horse power motor, and a flat out top-speed of 15mph (24kph), if you took it on the open road; and like many teenagers enamored with their latest vehicle… Straubel asked the question, “How can I make it better; go faster?”
Straubel’s tinkering, resulted in him retro-fitting a “micro-turbine” and a high-speed flywheel, to assist in re-charging the battery, and this tinkering, eventually led him to two technology giants – the Rosen Brothers.
Harold Rosen, and his brother Ben.
Harold Rosen, is an aeronautical engineer, who had been instrumental in launching America’s first geo-stationary orbital satellite, in 1963.
Ben Rosen, had been the Chairman of Compaq Computers. Together they funnelled money to Straubel who by now had a Bachelor’s Degree in Energy Systems Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering from Stanford University, and a $24million research project. This led to the development of a Gas-turbine engine, which was coupled with a hybrid power-train with an energy storage sub-system that used regenerative braking. In plain English – A Hydrogen powered fuel-cell, with Batteries to store the energy which is also generated by the braking system.
This technology is expected to double the range of existing technologies, and uses can be found in the military sphere. The Company founded to produce this technology was Volacom, which Boeing eventually bought.
However, the technology led to NASA’s Phantom Eye project, which led to development of a Hydrogen Powered Aircraft, whereby an un-manned aerial vehicle could fly to 65,000 feet, and stay airborne for FOUR WHOLE DAYS! Imagine the military uses for an aerial vehicle that can stay aloft for that long? Weather Reports? Reconnaisance? Spy-Cameras? And no pilots to be shot down… And that was just the start…
The Phantom Eye project from NASA, led to a project codenamed “Vulture” which led to the development of a similar vehicle, but this time Solar-powered, that will fly to 90,000 feet and stay afloat for FIVE WHOLE YEARS… Now imagine the possibilities of THAT?
Straubel even went on to turn an old Porsche 944, from the 1980s into an electric vehicle, and briefly claimed the world record, for an electric vehicle using it.
But where is all this technology taking us?
In order for TESLA Motors, (TSLA:NYSE) to achieve their goals, to produce an electric car for the masses, they will have to get the price down to around $30,000. (circa £18,000)
To do that, they will need to build around half a million vehicles a year, at their so-called “Gigafactory”, and that’s where J. B. Straubel comes in.
Most of the patents filed by TESLA, have Straubel’s name on them, not CEO Elon Musk’s. Straubel is co-founder, and their Chief Technology Officer, and their Gigafactory whose intended location is still to be disclosed will be announced later this year, using many of these technologies.
But for TESLA to achieve the price they want, they will have to use every trick in their VERY extensive technological book, to reduce costs – Solar Power for the plant; huge land expanse, Lithium and Graphite close by, rail links, nearby technical staff, and of course all the materials to build the plant, and get materials into and finished cars out of the plant with ease. That means a rail main-line nearby, with an access raillink. It means rolling stock, and the weather needs to be just right – with 300+ days of sunshine per year.
The list of TESLA’s suppliers is not long, but it is long enough. And if their new factory achieves its goals, and TSLA achieves its production and other targets, these suppliers will all make huge sums from their order book.
TESLA Motors’ Known Suppliers:
Hitachi Cable America
Zanini Auto Group
and of course TESLA themselves.
The above companies supply everything from disks and disk brake-pads, springs for suspension, tail-gate lift suspension arms, high-tech radio equipment, mirrors, cables and heat management units for the batteries. And currently these batteries are produced by Panasonic.
BUT there’s something that is not mentioned in this list of all this equipment… WHO Supplies the Lithium Carbonate for the Lithium-Ion batteries?
Or who delivers the batteries, and with freight costs for the Lithium for the batteries a big piece of the overall price, with each battery pack weighing upwards of 1300 lbs, keeping the distance between supply and final end use to a minimum will be a serious cost saving? BUT, what if the company supplying the Lithium has the lowest costs of production, large resources, and has access to large resources of Graphite – and you need 4 times as much Graphite as you do Lithium to make a Li-ion battery?
Graphite is four times more conductive than copper, and the Li-ion batteries rely on a thin graphite polymer film sheet, that can withstand temperatures that reach upto 400 degrees celcius (752° F).
There is one American Tech Company, which is, the same company that produced the Graphene shield (made from graphite) that shielded the Mars Rover that NASA recently landed on the moon that may become one of these suppliers.
This company holds many patents for a huge array of Graphene based technologies, and Graphene is 200x stronger than steel. So strong you could balance an elephant on a pencil on one sheet, and it would hold up. And so light it will revolutionise aircraft design. And that company is? Graftech International (GTI:NYSE).
Of course, the U.S. Geological Survey team already knows about 5.5million tons of Lithium, in the U.S., and just last year, in Wyoming, the University of Wyoming found 18million tons of Lithium, equivalent to about 720 years of current global lithium production.
But also, one North American based Corporation, has a Joint Venture with a British Company, who have recently found a considerable Lithium resource close to where it will be needed and the British Company owns 30% of the resource figures of 119,921,000 tonnes, at a 1.66% Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE) giving 3.28 million tonnes, meaning this small Canadian Corporation owns the other 70%, and this company, as of 4th June, trades for less than one dollar with its price already up 538 per-cent from its year low.
That company is Bacanora Minerals Ltd (“Bacanora” – BCN:TSX).
And with TESLA set to announce the location of its Gigafactory later this year, and to build the infrastructure to build 500,000 electric vehicles per year by 2017, this means, this company’s share price is ready to pop further.
Rare Earth Minerals Plc (LSE AIM: REM) the British company just mentioned, has an option to purchase upto 49% of the project, and recently announced that the Mineral Resource for the Sonora Lithium Project in northern Mexico has increased by 37% to a new total of 3.28 million tonnes of Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (“LCE”) and has been upgraded from the Inferred to Indicated category. A Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) will now be carried out, and this will determine if the economics work out, but it will also give plenty of opportunities to buy at low prices, if as I suspect, a major stock-market downturn is not that far away – just about as soon as interest rates start climbing, to rein in inflation over 5% p.a. – though that may be several years away.
This corporation also has another mineral resource with a pilot plant in operation to test the potential of producing Boric Acid, which is used in hundreds of applications, and is likely to generate more income from the resource.
However, there are also lithium reserves at Rockwood Holdings’ (NYSE:ROC) Silver Peak site in Nevada which has an estimated total of 118,000 tons of Lithium in a 20-square mile area; Rockwood is also one of the world’s leading producers of Lithium Hydroxide.
And you better be ready soon, because Jim Rickards is CONVINCED, that as the old saw goes: “The End Is Nigh.” Some extraneous event will trigger the collapse. No-one really knows what that could be, but we can take a few wild guesses – Ukraine spiralling out of control, or a huge new event in middle-eastern politics, or even a military spat between China and Japan, or similar. And China recently sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel fishing in the South-China Sea. Could an event such as this trigger events between East and West? Just such an event instigated by an angry Serb, who shot Archduke Ferdinand, in modern day Bosnia, caused the start of the first world war, due to the number of cross-border alliances.
And if you’re not ready, then there is precious little time left.
As I recently said and as Miles Frankin has echoed – American “exceptionalism,” may be the death of us.
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And we know that Russia is taking its own revenge as they unload U.S. Treasuries. Unknown to the world until recently was what they were doing with their money. Well now we know. According to Billionaire Eric Sprott, here’s what he had to say in a May 28th report…
“Since the economic crisis began, Russia has unloaded an estimated $50 billion in U.S. Treasuries.
Until recently, investors were unsure of what Russia would do with the proceeds of them. Last week, the Central Bank of Russia shed some light on that question when it disclosed that it acquired an additional 900,000 ounces of gold in the month of April.
This brought Russian gold holdings to 34.4 million ounces, making it a major and actively growing player in the world gold market.
Since 2006, Russia has been acquiring the yellow metal at a rapid rate.
On average, they have been adding 0.5 million ounces per month to their reserves, as seen in the chart below.”
|Russian Gold Reserves – Source – Eric Sprott of Sprott Money|
And if you think that the recent price fall of Gold and Silver over the last 2+ years portends what is to come, then perhaps you ought to check out a chart I posted in a previous post, that showed how the Gold price responded in the 1970s. Two major arcs from the late 1960s, to early 1980.
Are we seeing the same processes played out, but over a longer timescale, as the baby-boomer generation retire, and in retiring, their pension companies sell their investment portfolios, to raise the capital to pay the income, or to buy the annuity. That constant drip drip of selling – 10,000 per day in the U.S. alone, and a similar number in Europe, is the driver of the stock markets in the absence of Central Bank Quantitative Easing. As Fed QE is tapered, this trend may re-assert itself.
Once the number of pensioners retiring begins to fall – circa 2018 to 2019, then we should see inflation beginning to rise – possibly precipitously.
Just like in 1978. The time to buy any silver or Gold will be in the next year or so, to sock it away ready for the J-Curve, I mentioned in one of my posts last year.
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