Over the previous weekend, I bought a DVD, of a film, I’d been hoping to watch for some time. I would have gone to the cinema, but my wife prefers Rom-Coms, to historical dramas, and my friends all live disparate lives, so I had to watch it home alone.
It featured that giant of the acting world – Daniel Day-Lewis, in a role he was nominated, and won an Oscar for, having been directed by Steven Spielberg – Lincoln.
The film tells the story of Lincoln’s finals months, as he negotiated with the Confederates who were on the point of being beaten in the Civil War, and also with his own Congress to add the 13th amendment to the constitution. Sally Field played his wife, and her part conveyed the pain that she and Lincoln had to endure as their sons enlisted, or were killed, and as his wife blamed him for their loss.
The 13th amendment effectively brought an end to slavery, and set forth the proposition, that all men were created equal in the eyes of the law, and thus the ownership of another human was contrary to God’s Laws.
The final debates took part in January, and after some political back-slapping and chicanery; The vote, took place, if the film was at all accurate, on 31st January 1865 – almost exactly 150 years ago. The Civil War ended barely three months later and the peace treaty was signed in April of that year.
I mention this, because as a resident and citizen of the U.K, like so many U.S. citizens, the politicians have so indebted us, as to effectively make us all debt slaves to the banksters.
When a Central Bank creates money out of thin-air, to buy up assets, the Bank owners effectively are able to buy assets on the cheap, that they can either sell later at inflated prices, or use to earn income from as a “Rentier”. Bonds being the case in point.
The term “rentier” derived from the French term just prior to the French Revolution, when the various kings, but especially King Louis XVI granted privileges to certain nobility and others who were similarly closely connected to the money power. These privileges granted (for example) the right to collect a toll on a bridge, river crossing or road.
The right to be the monopoly supplier and thus to extract monopoly profits from the citizenry, who became increasingly disenfranchised, dissolute and the poorer while the idle rich were kept in the lifestyles to which they felt obligated.
However, these changes over time, slowly strangled the economy to the point where free trade was stifled. To paraphrase Mrs Thatcher who once intoned something akin to – “They know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”
These changes ultimately led up to the Revolution, and the former wife of the king – Marie Antoinette issuing her now infamous phrase. When she asked the king why the people were revolting – his reply was “they have no bread” (or words to that affect) to which her reply has become the stuff of legend: “Well let them eat cake.”, though historians suggest this was just “journalistic cliché”
Although these events were important, it wasn’t the real source of the revolution – that was probably because of the financial situation. John Law, a Scot, had introduced in the early 18th century a financial system that inflated land and property prices, disenfranchising those without property, though the economy was also not healthy due to poor harvests, rising food prices, and an inadequate transportation system (due to those privileges mentioned) that made transporting of goods costly and therefore food even more expensive.
The sequence of events leading to the revolution involved the national government’s virtual bankruptcy due to its poor taxation system and the mounting debts caused by numerous large wars between the British and the French.
However, the Americans too once were being bled dry by over taxing authorities in the form of taxes from King George III, and this led ultimately to the Boston Tea Party, where British Cargo Ships were boarded in the dark of the night, and their cargoes of tea bound for England were thrown overboard into Boston Harbour. Thus began the American Revolution.
Which leads me to today.
In the world of offshore asset protection and personal finance, you nearly always come across the claim that there are only two countries that actively tax their residents’ worldwide income: the United States and Eritrea. All other countries only tax income earned at home, though the UK is making steps in that direction.
But, that rule is apparently no longer true.
It turns out that in the early 1990s, Chinese tax officials went on a series of fact-finding missions around the world. One team enjoyed what The New York Times describes as a “long visit” with the IRS, and came away with “a two-volume bound copy of the U.S. tax code and a five-volume copy of I.R.S. regulations.”
After reviewing the materials, the Chinese government decided to write a tax code that would allow them to tax their residents’ worldwide income … the only problem is, they had no idea how to enforce it. And then FATCA came along. Now China knows how to achieve the same.
And given the recent spending on saving American, and other nation’s Banks, the Federal Reserve, have now indebted the people of America and the customers of Europe’s bailed out Banks, to the tune of more than $30 trillion.
With just 325 million Americans, and according to recent evidence, only 63% of the population actively engaged in the workforce, paying that debt has only two possible outcomes – little possibility, and no possibility.
Roughly, 180 million taxpayers, will need to pay almost $95,000.00 each, plus interest (whenever interest rates begin to rise) to pay down this debt, and that’s before any further spending by the successors to Obama’s legacy, or of the unfunded liabilities in medicare, medicaid, pensions or social care.
This indebtedness, is the basis of modern slavery. The UK debt per household is not quite as bad, but is bad enough. the last time I calculated it, it was a mere £76,000 per household of four, but when you break it down to taxpayers, it goes way up.
So you can be forgiven for trying to protect yourself. In the years that follow, I expect governments on both sides of the Atlantic to come after retirees pension pots. We hear so much of how political parties have learned their lessons in regards to spending, but people have short memories, and the parties have too often broken promises, then asked for forgiveness afterwards.
But, one of the ways that you can protect yourself, is with precious metals.
I know, you’ve probably heard this too many times over the last 15 years… You’re probably thinking – “What makes you think precious metals are the answer? “, or “Yeah, right!”.
In the last 15 years, Central Banks have again begun buying Gold, after 30+ years of sales, and falling interest rates, many have asked for their Gold back – Venezuela, Holland, Austria, Germany, or asked to audit their holdings – like Australia.
China has been buying up Gold like there is no tomorrow. India, has historically been the world’s largest buyer, but this has now been overtaken by China’s insatiable lust. And China has been covertly buying from its wholly owned miners, as well as using its huge dollar reserves to buy on the open market, as the Gold price has fallen from its high of 2011.
In fact Jim Rickards has mentioned that he believes that the intention is to protect its huge dollar reserves as the expected dollar collapse occurs, and they’re buying using the dollars they’ve earned selling to the U.S., and loaned the U.S. buying up the Treasury Bonds that have been issued over the last 8+ years but it appears they are now, along with Russia, net sellers of Bonds, and as Jeff Opdyke, Investment Director of Sovereign Society has regularly posted, when China announces its official holdings to the world – all hell will break loose. (though that was done last year in 2015, and to little fanfare)
Because now, they’re increasingly worried about the value of those dollar bonds, and as so many attest, the Chinese are masters of the long game.
It is even possible that China, through the BRICS Development Bank, which Britain recently joined, is seeking to back its currency (at least partially) with Gold, giving it the status that the U.S. has hitherto had.
As inflation begins to pick up in the years ahead, the urge to buy gold, to protect large dollar holdings, will gain traction, and all assets that rise in value with inflation will be chosen as the protection of last resort. But any asset that is the liability of someone else, that may fall to zero, will be sold. And what happens to any asset when everyone wants to sell at the same time?
As interest rates rise, loans will get more expensive, Bond values will fall, and loans will get called in.
Asset values, secured against loans, such as mortgages on property, will fall in value, just as they did in 2008, and that will mean we are back where we were in the “Lehman moment”. Except now, the debt load worldwide, has risen to such a size, that there is no-one big enough to bail out the Central Banks of the world.
Then governments will do what they have always done – seize their citizen’s wealth. (Chancellor Denis Healey famously remarked, he would ” Tax the Rich, until the pips squeaked.” in 1974)
Banks that fail, will seize their depositors money – Cyprus times ten – and Deposit Insurance will not be enough to save the Bank or its Depositors – too Big to fail.
Only precious metals held in the hands, or in secure vaults as custodian assets in safe political environments, with a history of ensuring the sanctity of custody and ownership – not deposit boxes, which governments have now legislated are Bank’s assets, will be safe.
Overseas held precious metals miners too, will mean an opportunity to increase your wealth as the coming collapse unfolds.
One junior miner with assets in at least four countries in Africa, with 18% of a Diamond mine in South-Africa, a 75% ownership of a Nickel mine and smelter in Zimbabwe, a similar ownership of a Gold mine and refinery in the same country, Diamond assets in Angola, and a growing asset base in Democratic Republic of Congo, with a huge gold-copper find there.
To-date, this 9 kilometre rift has only had 3 kilometres explored, and already 2.9 million ounces have been defined as a resource. This miner has a P/E of just 4 (meaning the company earned a quarter of its share value in one year)
Anyone, who has studied markets for any length of time, knows that on average a healthy PE ratio of about 15 is considered normal. Values in excess of 20 are considered expensive, and values below 10, are considered cheap. So a value of 4, means that if the value of the company increases 3 fold, it would still be cheap. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions…
And this mysterious company is? ASA Resources on two exchanges – London (AIM: ASA.L) and was targetted for a hostile takeover, when its board were removed, and its name changed from Mwana Africa (MWA.L).
Of course, this is not a recommendation to purchase, but perhaps an instigation to do your own research…
And if silver is more your thing… One company I have followed for several years which to be honest has only just managed to survive the onslaught of the falling silver prices from the highs of 2011 down to the current silver price of around $16 might be worth your investment research. For many silver miners, the current silver price is below operating costs, but this miner, which was a producer for several years using a toll-mill agreement (i.e. Leasing someone else’s mill and smelter) has managed to survive after divesting itself of some assets, after a failed financing agreement had to be called in and payments went unmade.
There are many, who feel that the silver price, that has fallen so low, will equal the price of gold, as Silver’s industrial uses rise, silver has a wide range of applications. It is found in jewelry, electronics, batteries, mirrors, solar energy, and water purification, just to name a few (10,000 and rising) and the amount of available silver falls. Seventy five years ago, as U.S. president FDR, confiscated that nation’s silver (and Gold), the above ground stocks of precious metals had a 5:1 ratio in favour of silver. In 2013, that ratio had totally reversed, and there was now a 5:1 ratio in favour of gold. Furthermore, there are those who think we may run out of available mine-able silver – TOTALLY – by the mid 2020’s.
Silver is used in small amounts, so small, that recycling would be so costly as to make it almost impossible to achieve economically. And we currently use circa 680 million ounces each year. Though demand in recent years has risen so far, and so fast, with U.S. Silver Dollar Eagle sales rising to previously unheard of levels, that the current price of silver, which is widely believed to be manipulated to protect the dollar hegemony is likely to rise spectacularly, when the price can no longer be held down.
There are a number of reasons why silver may begin its meteoric rise this year. It has already risen from the low $14.00 range to $17, and most of that came in short bursts in February, and April.
India is the single largest consumer of bullion in the world. As the silver price went down globally, consumption went through the roof in India. India’s first quarter 2013 silver demand was up to $1.78 billion — a 311% increase from the previous year. In the first eight months of 2013, silver imports in India reached 4,000 tons, more than doubling imports during the entirety of 2012.
There were two driving forces behind this trend. First, India placed extremely tight restrictions on gold imports. As a result, sentiment in precious metals shifted towards silver. The second factor here is inflation. With the Indian Rupee inflating a staggering 9.3%, it’s no wonder the nation was buying as much silver as they can get their hands on. The peak silver import hit 5,819 tons in 2013, which was the all-time highest it had ever been.
Industrial applications for silver make up nearly half of global silver consumption, and a rebound in global manufacturing is going to drive up demand. The JP Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI has indicated growth for 19 months straight, while factories in the U.S., UK, and Asia reported increases in activity.
In 2013, there were two devastating landslides at Rio Tinto’s (NYSE: RIO) Bingham Canyon mine in Utah, one right after the other. Over 165 million tons of rock went down to the mine floor, suspending production indefinitely.
This event was, without exaggeration, a catastrophe. It was called the biggest non-volcanic landslide in the history of the United States, and is considered the first landslide to have triggered earthquakes (instead of the other way around, which is common). Fortunately, no one was injured by the slide.
The Bingham County mine is the second largest silver mine in the U.S. and accounts for a staggering 16% of national silver production. So we’re talking about four million ounces of silver per year that have essentially vanished — a strong catalyst for a rise in prices
Silver hit its peak value in 2010, going from $16.94 per ounce all the way up to $49. Since then, the price has come down, but demand hasn’t – it has only grown.
In the first quarter of 2013, silver ETFs purchased 20 million ounces of silver. And in June of 2013, the world’s largest silver fund added a record of 572 tons to its inventory — more than all of its 2012 purchases combined.
This is incredibly important, because it shows us where smart money is going in the market.
And the company I was telling you about has a property in Zacatecas in Northern Mexico, a historical silver mining district. Four rounds of drilling have identified 50 million ounces in the proven category, and 80 million ounces in the probable category, The company is Arian Silver (AIM: AGQ.L) with 113.69 million shares in issue, at 1.25 pence, when the silver price rises to $100.00+ I have been expecting, this company will rise with it.
However, I have also learned of another Copper, Gold and Silver miner, with huge reserves, and the cash to develop it, though some political interference from the government has squashed some of the enthusiasm, and taken some of the shine off it in Mongolia, which does not have a history of stable political institutions and a threat to improve the 30% government holding by an incoming President, brought the share price down thundering from its highs of $27, to its currentlevel. Turquoise Hill Resources though (TRQ.TSX) has huge resources, and is off the radar for many investors at the moment. A fresh rise in metals prices will bring this miner back into focus, and with such huge reserves, and a major corporation in Rio-Tinto, and with the share price at £1.91(C$3.52) as at 26/4/16 these are set to rise
Inevitably we can not know when the Gold and Silver prices will rise to that extent, but it is my sincere view, that we are about 3-5 years away from the steepest rises, but that we may see smaller rises over the period between now and then.
You pays your money, and takes your choice.
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