Archive for January, 2011

Global Monetary Policy gone wild

Monday, January 31st, 2011

U.S. attempts to control multiple political outcomes and a global geo-political/military order rests on the ability to finance and control that order.  The key word is “finance” at this point.  Egypt is disintegrating before our eyes on TV.  The U.S. aid to Egypt has been running $1.4 Billion on an annual basis with most of that going to the military.  Inflation around the globe created by Federal Reserve monetary policy is shrinking the middle class at an alarming rate.  Interviews with Egyptian college graduates that can’t find jobs reveal how bad it is in Egypt.  As we saw in the early 70’s during the Vietnam era, students are the initiators of the protests.  Once they have taken actions, others follow.

The masses are only controlled until they become unified against the status quo.  The police in Egypt found that out.  You can’t kill everyone.  The Egyptian military rolled into Cairo to protect the national treasures but appear to side with the protestors at an individual level.  Populations reach a tipping point where they just won’t take it anymore.  Government leaders are watching closely and taking notes on the Egyptian crisis.  Things had better change or other countries will suffer the same revolt.  You can’t buy food with rhetoric and once people get desperate, the rule of law is no longer the driving force, hunger is.

The wealthy are leaving Egypt and the threat of looting behind.  Most of the private jets are heading to Dubai.  Those who can’t afford to leave are guarding their houses with guns and bats.  Would you want to have all you money in Egyptian currency right now?  In one week, things can change drastically.

The OTC derivative crisis of 2008 caused banks to shrink lending and curb global economic growth.  The Fed threw trillions of dollars at the issue to maintain the current financial paradigm.  It did not work.  The large financial institutions being guarded from failure came at a cost to the global population.  Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and now Egypt are hanging in the balance.  If these dominos fall, the whole system is at risk.

“Peak Oil” will not go away!

A $3.79 increase in oil on Friday accentuates the sensitivity of global oil concerns.  Naysayers point to deposits such as the Canadian Oil Sands with its huge deposits.  The problem is “flow rate”.  You can have a huge asset but if you can’t quickly convert it to cash, you have a challenge.  The annual output of the oil sands is low compared to the reserves and increasing output is not an inexpensive affair.

Right now, Brent Crude Oil is priced 99.42 whereas NYMEX Crude closed at 89.34 and this $10 difference will be reconciled.  Most of the globe is buying at the Brent Crude price.  Why would sellers take $10 less per barrel.

The next 24 months will be historic to say the least.  The Chinese do not want to experience an uprising like Egypt.  They will throw the U.S. under the bus if necessary to keep their own house from crumbling.  Until peace breaks out around the globe, gold and silver should provide “insurance” against currency debasement and global crisis.  $1,300 gold is now looking pretty cheap!

Will “Oz” be exposed?

Friday, January 28th, 2011


Congressman Ron Paul wants to know what is behind the curtain by the end of 2112:

Oh my goodness!  Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore!

Is this what the Mayans predicted to be the end?

Deficits Everywhere

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Social Security is the latest focal point for the “worse than expected” rhetoric:  “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that Social Security will effectively run a $45-billion deficit in 2011 and continue to run deficits totaling $547 billion over the coming decade.”  I am amazed at the lackadaisical attitude of all Americans concerning this slow train wreck occurring before our very eyes.  The Social Security deficit has begun five years earlier than predicted.

The record deficit of $1.48 Trillion for the Government for this year hardly gets any media attention.  Ben Bernanke keeps throwing newly printed money at the problem without much success.  If it were not for other countries in worse fiscal condition, the U.S. Dollar would now be in the tank.

Japan’s creditworthiness has been downgraded by Standard & Poor’s.  Remember when the Japanese were buying America?  It takes only a couple of decades to turn a robust economy into a mess.  The Japanese Government have allowed their financial institutions to carry toxic debt on their books for years but that did not fix the problem.

Living on perception and illusion can last only so long before the denial of reality changes to anger.  The average man will become desperate and begin challenging the status quo.  A confrontation is coming and I regret that it will be looking pretty ugly.  Some 3,000,000 homes will foreclose this year after the government’s program to save most of them failed.  Real Estate will continue to have this albatross hanging around its neck for years to come.  We have yet to see the bottom of the real estate prices.

Because of the predatory practices by large financial institutions, the Feds are implementing about 300 new consumer regulations for community banks.  This will have a crushing blow on many of the smaller banks.  They will respond by charging consumers fees on anything and everything.  One of the banks I have an account with now charges $5 for a noncustomer to cash a check written against the bank.  What happened to “payable on demand”?  I suspect there will be another Tea Party uprising when these fees finally take up more space on our bank statement than the checks we write.

Simplification will come either by decision or by collapse!

21 Days, Years

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Dan 10:2   In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

Dan 10:3   I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Dan 10:4   And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which [is] Hiddekel;

Dan 10:5   Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins [were] girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

Often, we pray to Our Heavenly Father only to find that it appears our prayers have not been answered.  Time delays can be painful to our flesh but patience must have its perfect work.  Our minds would have us believe that those prayers fell by the wayside and would dash our hope against the rocks.  Daniel provides us a great lesson on timing.  Daniel was 89 years old at this time and he surely had gained much wisdom and understanding about spiritual things.

Daniel had been given a “word” or message from Our Heavenly Father.  This word needed greater understanding than Daniel had and so he prayed and fasted for 21 days.  Three full weeks passed and finally an angel appeared.  How many of us would pray and fast for three weeks?  These days, twenty-one days seems like an eternity to most.  The angel of THE LORD provides us some insight to what happened during those twenty-one days:

Dan 10:10   And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and [upon] the palms of my hands.

Dan 10:11   And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

Dan 10:12   Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

Dan 10:13   But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Dan 10:14   Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision [is] for [many] days.

The angel explains to us that Daniel’s prayers were heard immediately and Our Heavenly Father dispatched an angel to respond.  Angels are created for specific purposes and are empowered and given authority to complete their tasks.  We also know that they are involved in spiritual warfare and must deal with legal issues that arise.  They will not carry out lawless acts and must abide by any legal “injunctions” brought forth by the adversary.  The Heavenly Court System is accessible by your adversary as well as yourself.  (Read the Book of Job).

The angel was dispatch to explain the “word” to Daniel and established Daniel’s reputation in the Heavenly realm by calling him “Greatly Beloved”.  What a blessing to be known in Heaven as “Greatly Beloved”!

The time continuum that we live in requires faith and patience.  Anointing comes at a specific time to bring forth power, authority, understanding, wisdom, knowledge, and skill.  Whether it be 21 days for Daniel or 21 years for Jacob, we must keep our focus on Our Heavenly Father and HIS perfect plan, will, and purpose for our lives.

Need for Agility

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Energy prices are expected to move up this year.  Diesel prices will increase on an expected demand increase of 6.2% this year.  Light, sweet crude oil prices exceed $100 in some areas.  Consumer confidence continues to go negative.  The consumer portion of the economy won’t stand on its own.  Four additional banks were closed yesterday which brings the total to 7 for the year.

China is dealing with food inflation, overheated housing, and greater energy demand.  Domestically, municipal bonds are now in the spotlight.  Municipalities will either raise taxes or go bankrupt.  The voter is not interested in tax hikes.  It has been reported in Vallejo, California, the city defaulted on their bonds and bondholders received about 5 cents on the dollar.  The local judge protected local pension funds which left the investors holding the bag.

Investing is probably more challenging this year than anytime in recent history.  Short term traders are dumping gold and silver yet the U.S. Mint is reporting unprecedented demand for 1 ounce silver coins.  Has money printing ended?  Not that I know of.  Has Europe resolved its fiscal problems? No.  The U.S. will be refinancing during the mid-year timeframe in the $3 Trillion arena.  This year appears to be paralleling 2008.  QE3 (Quantitative Easing or printing more money) may happen in the 3rd quarter.

Ireland may be the first domino to fall in Europe.  In March, the Irish may elect a new party who promises to default on its debt.  If that occurs, the other countries in trouble may follow suit.  Will this be a St. Patrick’s Day massacre?

A 20% correction in gold & silver would be healthy.   $1,150 gold would produce a notable correction to the related stocks.  I will be buying with what money I can scrape up to add to my stock positions.  Remember, gold and silver mining companies are making a lot of money at these price levels thus improving their cash positions.  One silver producer I invest in has a negative per ounce of silver mining cost.  Other metals mined pay for the mining expense. $27 silver is all profit.  What company has a better cash flow and income model? 

On the subject of Iraqi Dinars

Several people have asked my opinion about this investment.  My advice?  Ask Our Heavenly Father whether you should invest and how much.  Never invest in anything like this where you can’t afford to lose 100%.  If you do invest and the major revaluation occurs, then you have a new issue: How do you manage the windfall?  Money produces power and a sense of entitlement.  Only the strongest believers will be good stewards of the additional funds.  Others will lose the money and be back to their previous life, possibly with less.  Step 1: Pay your tax liability immediately.  Step 2: Pay off your debt immediately.  Step 3:  Wait on THE LORD to hear what or who you should invest in.  Don’t be in a hurry!  HE’LL talk to you if you will listen.

$45,300 Per Person

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Yes, every person in America has a $45,300 liability which does not appear on their personal balance sheet.  Overall, this equates to a $14 Trillion deficit of the United States.  If you included the unfunded liabilities you could easily triple that number.  Is this why this little girl is so disturbed:


The politicians have mortgaged her future by creating a world of entitlement in order to perpetuate their own agendas.  Lust is the benefit of “self” at the expense of others.  This country is experiencing a slow train wreck and everyone is in denial.  Asset prices are propped up by ramped up government spending taking up the slack for the reduction of consumer spending.  Unemployment is high and drug use is even higher.  The Mexican drug cartels have recently expanded their terror to Acapulco and surely more tourist destinations will be affected.  How can we stop them?  Quit buying their product.  I would dare say that every extended family in America has at least one member with a drug problem.

Europe’s debt crisis has been on the front pages in recent days as though the U.S. debt problem is resolved.  Not!  The States budgets are in a mess and they will soon have to start making interest payments on their borrowings from the U.S. Treasury (who created money out of thin air).  Doncha luv it!

Chinese President Hu Jintao has said the international currency system dominated by the US dollar is a "product of the past".  The Chinese are methodically working on a means to ultimately disconnect from the U.S. Dollar denominated trade deals.  Right now, the U.S. Dollar is the best looking currency of the “ugly” sisters.  At some point, I believe everyone will suddenly wake up and conclude that a gold backed medium of exchange is the answer.  If that happens, the gold peg will surely be notably higher than the exchange rates today.

It just keeps getting more complicated!  I think she is possibly sensing the problem:


Crisis Ahead, but when?

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The financial markets ended the week strong and all the bad news is being discounted.  Gold & silver took a hit as investors locked in profits from the recent rise.  The government deficit has once again taken a backseat to other news.  Nobody is looking at the elephant in the room.  Government spending cannot be cut easily.  Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid account for 60% of the government budget, Defense Spending and interest on the debt account for 20% thus totaling 80%.  The rest of government spending accounts for 20% of the budget.  Where could a politician who wants to get reelected cut spending enough to make a difference?  The entitlements (Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid) are untouchable.  I made mandatory contributions into these programs my entire career with an expectation of distributions at retirement.  Being “self-employed” required double the payment.  I want my money back (with accumulated interest) just as every other worker wants his or her benefits.  The problem is that the government took my money and spent it in other areas without my approval.  If a private entity had done this, they would be prosecuted and in prison today.  Many recipients have received substantially more than they paid in.  The food stamp program has supported more recipients than its original intent.  It has been reported that one in six are on food stamps in the U.S.

Oil prices may hit $120 per barrel by summer.  2011 is paralleling 2008 with one exception: the economy is weaker going into the year.  $147 oil in 2008 caused the economy to stall whereas this year I expect the same impact at $120.  I hope you bought that fuel efficient vehicle, we did.  If the oil prices gather steam and approach $120, then the stock market will head back south again.

Gold prices are correcting again.  Over the last 10 years of this bull market, I have heard naysayers call the end of the rise of gold.  Each time they were wrong.  Are they right this time?  From a macroeconomic view, one would expect gold to continue its rise relative to the fiat currencies.  Right now, the U.S. Dollar is the best looking house on an ugly street but it is still ugly!  Nothing has changed from a fiscal point of view.  Government spending is propping up the economy and true unemployment is still high.  It will be several years before unemployment and housing can be corrected.  Don’t forget the toxic debt on bank balance sheets.  The banks are still misrepresenting their financial health.  If interest rates rise, the Fed could become technically insolvent.  If that happens, the U.S. taxpayer would be the lender of last resort.  Is the U.S. economy unsinkable?

Predatory Lending may continue

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The Scripture makes it quite clear the commerce should be guided by the principles of Love: equal weights and measures, the Golden Rule, Love your neighbor as yourself…  Today, that is not the American standard.


The large corporations and banks continue to focus on serving the “elite and wealthy” at the expense of the average person.  Our Heavenly Father will judge the situation and cleanse the system as He has done so many times in the past.

Comments on 1/11/11

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

There is always something spiritual occurring in the continuum of time.  I have yet to see a double witness of the expectation I had for this date.  Throughout my life, Our Heavenly Father has been faithful to point out double witnesses of a specific revelation.  That has not occurred yet.  I remain steadfast and will report the confirmation of this watch date.  Fruitfulness has a time factor associated with it.  Seed can be planted but one must wait for the fruit.  In the meantime, I will press on to a greater revelation of Love and serving mankind with the gifts and calling of the Covenant established by Our Heavenly Father.

William Ford, former Atlanta Fed president, had quite an interview on 1/11 holding nothing back about the health of the Fed:

The Declaration of Our Covenant

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

When Our Heavenly Father breathed life into Adam, our Covenant was initiated on earth.  That breath of Life still exists today.  Within that “zoe” life is our covenant with Our Heavenly Father.  HE formed us in the womb by Divine Intent.  Intent always precedes action and ultimately fruit.  Each of us has a unique covenant with Our Heavenly Father.  This covenant has Love at its source for GOD is Love.  That covenant in many if not most cases has lied dormant within us.  This covenant draws us to our gifts and their development.  Our gifts draw us to our various callings.  The flesh would have us believe otherwise but our covenant is greater than our flesh.  Many people of influence have little regard for the callings of others.  Their entitled view of life robs them of the enjoyment of interaction with the callings of those who come in contact with them.

Paul wrote “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God”.  The empowerment of our calling lies squarely with Our Heavenly Father and HE protects HIS Covenant of Love with a veil until such time we are ready to embrace it and embark on the journey our Covenant has called us to.  Paul clarifies his point by embracing the fact the Christ is in us and is to be revealed:

Galatians 1:15-16   But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,  NKJV

In the past, we have view ourselves as “independent” of Our Heavenly Father, the “Ever Living”.  HIS Spirit is everywhere and one day our limited understanding may comprehend that fact.  Christ (the Anointed One) is in us, the hope of Glory!  The anointing is in us whether active or dormant.  The  veil of blindness is as a locked gate of protection of that calling until it pleases God to lift the veil of blindness from our eyes.

“I come boldly to the Throne of Grace, authorized by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Father, I acknowledge and comprehend that CHRIST is indeed in me and the full power and administration of my calling awaits the removal of my blindness.  Today, I ask that you lift the veil and empower that which has been awaiting the fullness of time in my life.  May today be that appointed day!  May today be the timing of your anointing to spring forth in a greater manner yet to be seen.  I declare YOU to the world.  I declare my Covenant with YOU to the world.  I declare fruitfulness and blessing of this Covenant to mankind.  May this Declaration be enveloped in Love and empowered by the same.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”