the One per-cent

Are you part of the 1%?

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I was reading my usual News sites, and some blogs, trying to keep up to date with the goings on in the money markets, and the world of finance, economics, politics and the precious metals markets, and someone mentioned something that made me stop and think…

The Occupy Wall Street movement, frequently talk about the 1%. That narrow class of Bankers and others of the financial elite who seem to control the planet through their manipulation of the money markets, and who use their financial and economic power to control governments and get the people to bail them out when they make a bad bet, and who threaten governments with economic and political mayhem, if they don’t get what they want.

Close Guantanamo? No problem… Well maybe next year…We need this war on terrorism, it’s good for jobs – in government.
Allow Saddam Hussein to sell oil in Euros? – Sure…(Er No. that would crash the dollar.)
Allow Iran’s Ahmedinajad to buy oil with Gold? No problem… Actually that would hurt the dollar too.
Allow Libya’s Ghadaffi to form a Gold Arabian Dinar currency union to sell oil? – Yeah Why not? Are you kiddin’?
Allow Syria’s Bashar Assad to build a pipeline from Iran through Shi-ite controlled Southern Iraq, and Syria, to the Mediterranean Coast, to allow Iranian gas to world markets and especially Europe? – Hey wouldn’t that be great! Not if you’re a western oil-major.

However, I digress.

In an article they quoted, that a web-site – “” regularly had 100,000 readers, but one article in particular had had 300,000 views.

Given that the population of the U.S. is a little over 300 million, and that the web-site is visited by overseas viewers – myself included, that means that less than 0.01% of the U.S. population have even a mild interest in precious metals – in particular Gold and Silver, or the state of the dollar.

That means that if you are one of the few… That VERY few, who hold even just a little Gold and/or Silver, you are part of that rare breed of humans – that 0.01%, who will benefit when the currency that now dominates world affairs, that has been the reason for much of the unrest we see around the world – in the middle east, in South American countries, with questionable political systems, with rulers who were supported merely because they satisfied the economic success of their currency Lords back home in the U.S.

When the world currency system that we currently have, implodes, as it inevitably must, then you will be glad you had the foresight to buy even a little insurance in the form of Gold and/or Silver or even Platinum or Palladium.

According to Agora Finance’s Editor in Chief, and co-author of several books on the subject of money and finance  – every un-backed currency that has ever existed has gone to zero.

You can count them throughout history – The U.S. Continental, the European currencies of yesteryear – the German Mark, the Austrian Schilling, the Yugoslavian Dinar and the Zimbabwean Dollar.

On average the lifespan of an un-backed currency is 30 years, and given that the dollar became un-backed by Gold, on August 15th 1971, when President Nixon closed the gold window, as a result of France and Britain asking for several billion dollars worth of Gold for its dollar reserves, as the Vietnam war saw the explosion of U.S. currency leaking out around the world, the dollar has had more than its fair share.

The rise of dictators in the middle-east happened largely because of rising populations in those countries, with political systems, that were and are still trapped in the hereditary system of government. Kings, and Royal families make those countries what they are.

Colonel Muammar Ghadaffi, Hafez Al-Assad and Saddam Hussein all seized power because their rulers looked to the West, and were corrupted with huge payments by western oil majors and their sponsors – the Fed – who ensured that gas prices in the U.S. didn’t cause economic misery and dislocation in the economy. Especially given that the war in Vietnam was costing the U.S. so much in Agent Orange, and bombs as their hundreds of B52s were carpet bombing Laos, Cambodia, and of course North-Vietnam, ushering in Pol Pot.

These last 40years have seen one Royal or dictatorial household after another supported, so that cheap oil can be had back home in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

And now that the instability in the middle-east has driven oil prices up to such a level that recovering the shale oil and gas, is cost effective, and that it is likely to last more than 100 years, and make the U.S., energy independent by 2017 or even sooner, has prompted a fall-out between the Royal Saudi-kingdom and the American political class, as Saudi oil, once so necessary is not needed nearly so much cutting the income of the Saudis. And of course the Saudi’s whose mortal enemies are the Shi-ite Iranians, are now selling oil in dollars once again, as they negotiate over Nuclear reactors, and the fuel that they need.

But that’s just detail, right?

Those who heeded the portents of what was to come, in the early 1970s, bought Gold at just $35.00 per ounce. In the run up to the oil crisis of 1973, the price of Gold would rise to $200, giving those early adopters a substantial profit. BUt then as now, the price halved over the next two years falling to $100.

Those who bought at the top and sold on the way down must have smarted, but the wise ones, know that Gold is not a metal to be traded, but an insurance policy you take out when Governments do stupid things like debauch the currency.

The wise ones, the clever ones (or just the stubborn ones) held onto their Gold and collected on their insurance, and sold out 5years later.

By then the price of oil had risen four-fold, Ayatollah Rouhollah Mousav Khomeini had become the religious and political leader in Iran, and Gold had risen to over $800 per ounce, even spiking to $850 per ounce, as all the above ground Gold (as it always does) rose to the price to absorb all the Dollars in the world.

When the next J curve in the price of gold and silver comes, those who are smarting now, and those who take advantage of the current low price of Gold at circa $1200/oz for Gold and $20/oz for silver, will be the ones with smiles from ear to ear.

Will you be one of the 0.01% or even the 1% who makes their purchases and sales with knowledge and wisdom, or the 99% who watches this from the sidelines.

There’s an old saying…

There are three kinds of people.

Those who make things happen,
those who watch things happen, and
those who say – “What happened?”

Which one are you?

Until next time.