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Thursday, August 30, 2012


Wake up, America! We're on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.

Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible to spend only what has been raised through taxes. Wielding candid interviews with both average American taxpayers and government officials, Sundance veteran Patrick Creadon (Wordplay) helps demystify the nation's financial practices and policies. The film follows former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker as he crisscrosses the country explaining America's unsustainable fiscal policies to its citizens.

With surgical precision, Creadon interweaves archival footage and economic data to paint a vivid and alarming profile of America's current economic situation. The ultimate power of I.O.U.S.A. is that the film moves beyond doomsday rhetoric to proffer potential financial scenarios and propose solutions about how we can recreate a fiscally sound nation for future generations.

Creadon uses candid interviews and his featured subjects include Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O'Neill, Robert Rubin, and Paul Volcker, along with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's own David Walker and Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition, a Foundation grantee.

Pointedly topical and consummately nonpartisan, I.O.U.S.A. drives home the message that the only time for America's financial future is now.

Silver & Gold - Debt Collapse

Mike Maloney is the author of the world's best selling book on precious metals investing. Since 2003 he has been advocating gold and silver as the ultimate means of protecting wealth from the games played by our governments and banking sector. In this 90 minute presentation he lays down his 'most likely' scenario for the global economy over the next deacde...short term deflation, followed by big or even hyperinflation. Here you will learn the true definitions of inflation/deflation, the difference between currency and money, price vs value, 'Wealth Cycles', gold and silver accounting for the expansion of fiat currency, gold and silver supply and demand, the differences between the today's bull market and that of the 1970s, The Debt Collapse, and more.


The AMERICAN DREAM is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you've been scammed by the most basic elements of our government system. All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows you why your dream is getting farther and farther away. Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day? THE AMERICAN DREAM takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track.


Agnico CEO Warns Gold To Hit $3,000 On Supply Concerns

Today one of the top CEO’s in the world told King World News that going forward, “... we will see increasing central bank demand for gold.”  He also warned, “We will (also) see reduced supply.”  Sean Boyd, who is CEO of $8 billion Agnico Eagle, also discussed why the gold price is set up to frustrate the bears by nearly doubling from current levels.
Here is what Boyd had to say:  “We are just looking at further stimulus, this time coming out of China, where they are looking to spend over one trillion dollars on stimulus projects to try to boost the economy.  This takes us back to late 2008, when the powers that be were trying to sort out the financial crisis.”
Sean Boyd continues:
“The answer was more stimulus, and at the time gold was $700.  Gold went from $700, on the back of that stimulus (in 2008), to $1,900.  I think we are about to repeat that same pattern.  Here we are, gold is at (roughly) $1,600, and there are a lot of question about the weakness in the global economy.  There are certainly expectations that we are going to see a renewed round of stimulus coming out of Europe and the US....
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Top 3 Rules to Understand About Gold & Silver Price Behavior JS Kim

The Top 3 Rules to Understand About Gold & Silver Price Behavior  JS Kim Over thepast 10+years ofthis gold andsilver bull,I’veseen gold andsilver “newbies”repeatedlymake thesamemistakes. SoI’vedecided towritethis short article to help people moreclearlyunderstand gold andsilverpricebehavior. There are 3solidrules tofollow andunderstandwhenbuying gold andsilverbullion and ormining stocks. Read more

Support grows for European Redemption Pact

Support grows for European Redemption PactAs the eurozone is laboring under the debt crisis in its Southern periphery, German economists have proposed a debt redemption fund to stabilize the current situation. But Berlin has not yet warmed to the idea. Deutsche Welle

U.S. Drought Boosts Brazilian Agriculture

U.S. Drought Boosts Brazilian AgricultureWhile consumers across the globe are currently struggling with higher food prices caused by the worst U.S. drought in half a century, Brazilian farmers are enjoying bumper sales and a surge up the agricultural league tables.
The Rio Times

Socialists Ride Wave of Anti-EU Sentiment

Socialists Ride Wave of Anti-EU SentimentThe economy is in trouble and unemployment is rising -- in the Netherlands as in much of the rest of Europe. Ahead of upcoming elections, the Socialists are riding a wave of euro-skepticism and may emerge as the strongest political force in the country.
Der Spiegel

Les crédits aux entreprises continuent à ralentir

Les crédits aux entreprises continuent à ralentirLes entreprises qui souffrent le plus sont les holdings et administrations d'entreprises, qui subissent une chute de 10,4 % des crédits entre juin 2011 et juin 2012. Les secteurs de l'industrie manufacturière et de l'information et de la communication se replient également.
Le Figaro

The US Economy and the Future of Growth: Well This Is Depressing

The US Economy and the Future of Growth: Well This Is Depressing The United States has produced one of the most successful economic stories in human history. We've had a lot of inherent advantages: abundant natural resources, favorable demographic trends, relative political stability supported by the protective benefit of two oceans, to name a few.

Even talk of a gold standard would boost the price

Even talk of a gold standard would boost the priceWhat would it take to break the gold price out of the $1,600 to $1,700 an ounce range in which it has been trading for the past year? Another massive blast of quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve? A final breakdown of the euro? A war between Israel and Iran?

United States: « Taxargeddon » will begin from summer 2012 – The US economy in free-fall by autumn

In short, one must expect a paralysis in economic activity affecting between 1% and 2% of US GDP from September/October 2012 simply due to markets freezing up and putting the economic players involved on “stand-by”: Pentagon procurement agreements, military R&D programmes, suppliers/private partner contracts for US social programs, the health industry… With an already dying economy , the growing strength of “Taxmargeddon” thus guarantees a strong US recession from the 3rd quarter of 2012. Major businesses like local service providers, federal social services like municipal services or at states’ level… all will be affected . Little broadcast by the major American media, panic is starting to grip the leaders of whole sectors of the country’s economy. Let’s remember, as our team has emphasized for several years, that at the time of this crisis the US economy has in fact become very heavily dependent on federal financing. Even if many Americans aren’t aware of it, they have been living in a “socialist” country for a long time. However what could be worse in a system where State financing plays a central role to suddenly see this money drying up! Ask Eastern Europeans of the 1980/1990s, they will tell you. Behind the « Greek mouse » and the « end of the Euro smokescreen », here’s the 800 pound gorilla in the room!
LEAP/E2020 - Excerpt GEAB N°66 (June 2012)

Crop harvests could face 'uncertain factors'

China has said that it could face "uncertain factors" in its wheat and corn harvests for the rest of the year, as prospects for many global agricultural products exporters, such as the United States, are also bleak due to excessive heat.

Commodities Basics for Beginners

You might not know it, but you're already a commodities expert. Whether you've talked about high gasoline prices, or the quality of your last espresso, in some form you've had discussions on the topic. Commodities are a part of daily lives, so perhaps it's time to take a closer use at these items that make the world go ‘round.

Walk through the aisles of any major store and you will see a wealth of "soft" commodities. Coffee, cereal, orange juice, meat, bread made with wheat, and chocolate with cocoa and sugar. We are also surrounded by "hard" commodities, which are in our homes, automobiles, and in every piece of electronic equipment we use. The "hard" stuff includes industrial or precious metals, livestock, and the drivers of the energy market, crude oil, heating oil, natural gas and gasoline.

How Are Commodities Traded?

Now you're probably wondering how these daily essentials are priced, where they come from, and how they make their way onto supermarket shelves, or into the clothing we wear, or the cars we drive. Commodities futures markets around the world make this possible. A future is a financial contract to buy or sell a specified amount of a product or financial instrument at an agreed price on or before a given date in the future. For example, farmers can sell grain months before harvest in order to lock a price for their crop. The farmer is then assured of a steady price – despite weather risks. Therefore, the buyer assumes the price risk. Compensation for assuming that risk is given by setting the price below that of the expected spot price. The closer the time of delivery, the more the price of the futures contracts converges to the spot price. Since the futures price is initially set below the expected spot price, it gradually increases as the delivery date approaches, producing a return for the buyer.

Trading in futures originated in Japan during the 18th century and was used for the trading of rice and silk. In 1948, the United States followed with its first futures market, the Chicago Board of Trade. It was founded by 82 merchants to help agricultural producers and consumers manage the price risks of harvesting, marketing and processing crops each year. Many of the largest futures exchanges around the world have their roots in agriculture, and have developed into global marketplaces not only for agricultural goods, but also for currencies and financial instruments, such as bonds. Essentially, futures markets are major financial hubs, which provide an outlet for competition among buyers and sellers while managing price risks. "Trading decisions in futures markets are made through fundamental or technical analysis," says Tobias Merath, Credit Suisse Commodities and Equities Trading analyst.

Fundamental analysis includes all factors that influence supply and demand. For the physical commodities markets in producing countries, they include economic growth and outside forces that influence prices. Technical analysis is strictly based on inside market forces. It involves tracking past price patterns. Analysts focus on a variety of time frames, and trading decisions are based on past tendencies with the idea that these price patterns tend to repeat themselves.

Why Invest in Commodities Now?

The biggest catalyst for the commodities market is global economic growth. Currently, China and India are the main drivers of the boom that some financial experts have forecasted. "The integration of developing countries into the global economy presents a range of opportunities," says Giles Keating, Credit Suisse Head of Global Research. "Of the 6.5 billion people in the world, three-quarters are still outside the mainstream economy, but many are moving into the cities. To provide for them, a substantial investment is required in the provision of infrastructure, water, housing, offices, factories, sewage systems and transport." This production spurt translates into higher demand for all commodities.

Keep in mind that commodities are distinct from financial assets and react differently to changing economic conditions. "In a diversified portfolio, assets do not move in sync with each other, which limits the volatility of the portfolio and improves the consistency of returns over time," says Tobias Merath.

Be prepared

Before jumping in, it's important to note that investing in commodities is not as easy as investing in equities or bonds. Indices offer the simplest way of investing in commodities. "In contrast to the stocks of commodity companies, indices offer direct exposure to commodity futures and are a good way of profiting from the returns and the diversification potential that commodities offer." Now that you're armed with some of the basics, you can decide whether to add commodities to your portfolio with the help of your financial advisor.

source : Credit Suisse

Peter Schiff : Buy Physical Gold And Silver Now!

Look at the charts. Gold broke above the 23% retracement area from the 2011 high that has been resistance for over 6 months; it also broke above the resistance trendline and has made 2 high lows since the breakout. If it makes another higher low off the next pullback, it will clearly have reversed an over year long sideways trend into an uptrend. yes, the silver and gold bugs are back in the spot light, front and center. you have a chance to become quite wealthy, or at the very least, not very poor. as that commie jim cramer says, BUY, BUY, BUY!!!

Return to the Gold Standard ?

The Gold Standard has returned to mainstream U.S. politics for the first time in 30 years, with a “gold ommission” set to become part of official Republican party policy. Talk of a gold standard is back in focus in politics for the first time in three decades. The U.S. Republican Party will call next week for a commission to examine the possibility of returning the American currency to the gold standard .Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX), weighs in.

End the Fed

In the post-meltdown world, it is irresponsible, ineffective, and ultimately useless to have a serious economic debate without considering and challenging the role of the Federal Reserve.
Most people think of the Fed as an indispensable institution without which the country's economy could not properly function. But in END THE FED, Ron Paul draws on American history, economics, and fascinating stories from his own long political life to argue that the Fed is both corrupt and unconstitutional. It is inflating currency today at nearly a Weimar or Zimbabwe level, a practice that threatens to put us into an inflationary depression where $100 bills are worthless. What most people don't realize is that the Fed -- created by the Morgans and Rockefellers at a private club off the coast of Georgia -- is actually working against their own personal interests. Congressman Paul's urgent appeal to all citizens and officials tells us where we went wrong and what we need to do fix America's economic policy for future generations.

More About the Author : Ron Paul, an eleven-term congressman from Texas, is the leading advocate of freedom in our nation's capital. He has devoted his political career to the defense of individual liberty, sound money, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Judge Andrew Napolitano calls him "the Thomas Jefferson of our day." After serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, Dr. Paul moved to Texas to begin a civilian medical practice, delivering over four thousand babies in his career as an obstetrician. He served in Congress from 1976 to 1984, and again from 1996 to the present. He and Carol Paul, his wife of fifty-one years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.Ron Paul, the New York Post once wrote, is a politician who "cannot be bought by special interests." "There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles," added a congressional colleague. "Ron Paul is one of those few."


Debtocracy. For the first time in Greece, a documentary produced by the audience. “Debtocracy” seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions sidelined by the government and the dominant media. The documentary is distributed online under creative commons licence since April 6, 2011, subtitled in six languages.
Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi discuss with economists, journalists and intellectuals from all over the world, who describe the steps that led Greece to the current debt trap –to debtocracy. The documentary follows the course of countries like Ecuador, which created Audit Commissions, and tracks the similar process in Greece.
Debtocracy features the academics David Harvey, Samir Amin, Costas Lapavitsas and Gerard Dumenil; the philosopher Alain Badiou; the head of Ecuador’s Audit Commission Hugo Arias; the president of CADTM Eric Toussaint; journalists like Avi Lewis (co-creator of the documentary “The Take”) and Jean Quatremer; as well as public figures like Manolis Glezos and Sahra Wagenknecht (from the German party Die Linke). 
The soundtrack was written by Yiannis Aggelakas, Ermis Georgiadis and Aris RSN, while the journalist and economist Leonidas Vatikiotis scientifically edited the whole project. BitsnBytes undertook the production of “Debtocracy”, which was edited by Aris Triantafyllou.

Zeitgeist: The Movie

Zeitgeist: The Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph. It asserts a number of conspiracy theory-based ideas, including the Christ myth theory, alternative theories for the parties responsible for the September 11 attacks in 2001 and that bankers manipulate the international monetary system and the media in order to consolidate power.
The film was released online on June 18, 2007, on While the film has been praised by some for the professional-level quality of its pacing and editing, and for its compelling narrative, it has been criticized for factual inaccuracies and the quality of its arguments, with critics describing it as "agitprop" and "propaganda". A sequel, Zeitgeist: Addendum, focuses further on the monetary system and advocates a resource-based social system influenced by the ideas of Jacque Fresco and the Venus Project. Following Zeitgeist: Addendum, Peter Joseph created an organization called the Zeitgeist Movement to promote the ideas of Fresco's Venus Project. An updated version of the original film was produced in 2010 entitled Zeitgeist: Final Edition. A third film called Zeitgeist: Moving Forward was released theatrically on January 15, 2011, and online on January 25, 2011. Peter Joseph has stated that its topics are focused on human behavior, technology, and rationality. The film has a 220-page long "companion source guide", available on the film's website, in which sourcing for the movie's content is detailed. 

Zeitgeist Addendum

Zeitgeist Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. This solution is not based on politics, morality, laws, or any other "establishment" notions of human affairs, but rather on a modern, non-superstitious based understanding of what we are and how we align with nature, to which we are a part. The work advocates a new social system which is updated to present day knowledge, highly influenced by the life long work of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project.

Official Website

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Considering Russia For The First Time

I have been a pure skeptic of the Soviet Union and Russia since it broke up but I am starting to my own astonishment to look more favorably and question my own views on Russia. I am not a big investor...I am not an investor yet but I am starting to consider it for the first time in my life.  - in CNBC 

Related ETFs: Market Vector Russia ETF Trust (RSX)

Jim Rogers is an author, financial commentator and successful international investor. He has been frequently featured in Time, The New York Times, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and is a regular guest on Bloomberg and CNBC.

Extreme Money: Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk

The human race created money and finance. But our inventions re-create us. Mankind mistook money—a lubricant of society and human well-being—for an end in itself. Finance, the monetary shadow of real things, came to dominate human reality. Extreme Money tells the story of how this happened—and, in so doing, it tells the story of the modern world.
Bestselling author Satyajit Das draws on 33 years of personal experience at the heart of modern global finance to narrate this story. Das reveals the spectacular, dangerous money games that have generated increasingly massive bubbles of fake growth, Ponzi prosperity, sophistication, and wealth—while endangering the jobs, possessions, and futures of virtually everyone outside the financial industry.
You’ll learn how everything from home mortgages to climate change has become financialized, as vast fortunes are generated by individuals who build nothing of lasting value. Das shows how “extreme money” has become ever more unreal; how “voodoo banking” continues to generate massive phony profits even now; and how a new generation of “Masters of the Universe”  has come to dominate the world.

Author Biography : Satyajit Das is an internationally respected expert in finance, with over 30 years' experience. He worked for the "sell side" (banks such as Citicorp Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch), the "buy side" (Treasurer of the TNT Group) and acted as a consultant advising banks, investors, corporations and central banks throughout the world. He has been within touching distance of many of the pivotal events in finance during his long career.

Das presciently anticipated many aspects of the Global Financial Crisis in his 2006 book Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives In a speech that year - The Coming Credit Crash - he argued that: "an informed analysis of the structured credit markets shows that risk is not better spread but more leveraged and (arguably) more concentrated amongst hedge funds and a small group of dealers. This does not improve the overall stability and security of the financial system but exposes it to increased risk of a "crash" during a credit downturn." He has continued to be a respected commentator on developments in the crisis, accurately anticipating many subsequent phases.

He was featured in Charles Ferguson's 2010 Oscar winning documentary Inside Job and a 2009 BBC TV documentary - Tricks with Risk.

Das is the author of many highly regarded books on derivatives and risk management, which are regarded as standard reference works for professional traders. In 2006, he published the international best seller Traders, Guns & Money, a satirical insider's account of derivatives trading. The Financial Times described it as explaining "not only the high-minded theory behind the business and its various products but the sometimes sordid reality of the industry".

His latest book is Extreme Money: The Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk (2011) described by Nouriel Roubini as: "A true insider's devastating analysis of the financial alchemy of the last 30 years and its destructive consequences. With his intimate first-hand knowledge, Das takes a knife to global finance and financiers to reveal its inner workings without fear or favor."

He appears regularly in the media in the US, Canada, UK, Australian, New Zealand, India and South Africa. His opinion pieces appear in prestigious publications throughout the world including the Financial Times. His blogs can be found on a number of on-line financial sites, including,,,, and

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (also known as Wall Street 2 or Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) is a 2010 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone, a sequel to Wall Street (1987). Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gekko with Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, and Frank Langella also starring in the film. The screenplay was written by Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff. Set in New York, the film takes place 23 years after the original and revolves around the 2008 financial crisis. Its plot centers on a reformed Gekko acting an antihero rather than a villain, and follows his attempts to repair his relationship with his daughter Winnie, with the help of her fiancé, Jacob. In return, Gekko helps Jacob get revenge on the man he blames for his mentor's death.
Principal photography took place in New York between September and November 2009. After having its release date moved twice, Money Never Sleeps was released theatrically worldwide on September 24, 2010, by 20th Century Fox. Prior to its official release, many journalists connected to the financial industry were reportedly shown advanced screenings of the film.
Despite opening to positive reception at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Money Never Sleeps received polarized reviews from critics, who generally praised the acting, but considered it an unnecessary sequel. Though failing to meet its commercial expectations, the film was successful at the box office, topping the United States's ranking during its opening weekend, and earning a worldwide total of $134 million in ticket sales, and more than $15 million on DVD.