#FederalReserve aka #Fed Discovers Gold – Fools Gold

No.  I am NOT talking about the movie, Fool’s Gold.

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I am talking about the Fed finding wealth and a strong economy where there is none.

Like the little boy who cried “Wolf!”,  the Fed keeps saying “The Economy is good!”

Here is the fool’s gold the Fed uses to keep saying :The Economy is good!”

1. Auto sales are up.  Well they were up until the recently released May report showed a drop of 6%.  The recent auto sales were propped up by easy credit but now they have run out of buyers.  Here are details.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-idUSKCN0YN4K0

2. Home sales are up.  Well they were up until the June 1, 2016 report.  Again home sales have been boosted by easy credit and low interest rates until now. Here are details.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/01/mortgage-applications-drop-because-of-rate-uncertainty.html

3. Unemployment is down.  Well unemployment has dropped to 4.7% but the recent jobs report announced June 3, 2016 showed a shocking one fifth the average number of jobs created.  Unemployment went down because more people have given up or are retired. Here are details.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/03/news/economy/us-economy-may-jobs-report/

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Here are the real concerns the Fed should be looking at.

1. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  These firms have been using derivatives to hedge against interest rate changes and lost $475 million last year. Here are details.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/freddie-mac-may-need-another-taxpayer-bailout-next-week-2016-04-29

2. US Productivity.  The statistics show it went down 1% in the first quarter and now one of the Fed members says it may go down again this month. Here are details.

http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-fed-evans-productivity-idUSU8N16O051

3. Corporate Bond Sales.  These are still high and may match last year’s record in order to finance other mergers. Here are details.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-28/get-ready-for-a-big-wave-of-u-s-corporate-bond-sales-in-may

In summary, the 2008 bailout involved lower interest rates.  But the Fed should have raised interest rates in 2011 instead of maintaining the ridiculous 2% inflation target.  Here is how:

https://michaelekelley.com/2015/03/27/the-kelley-monetary-policy-rule/

Or if you want more information on whether a recession is coming or not, read this.

https://michaelekelley.com/2015/03/02/why-another-recession-is-coming/

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The Fed is chartered with controlling inflation and encouraging job growth.  One Fed member recently said they are too busy to add a third task aka improving the economy.  Well they have dropped the ball on job growth which would have improved the economy.  Here is what the Fed could have and still can do for job growth.

https://michaelekelley.com/2014/03/28/federal-reserve-can-create-jobs/

Good luck out there.

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#Nosejob

When you just gotta fix something.

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Select your favorite caption for this photo.

1.  Smoooooooooth.

2.  I can’t believe I went to a 4 year college for this.

3.  Good as gold, I mean silver.

4.  Crap, I think I’m stuck.

Enjoy!

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Dear Federal Reserve: Please Raise The Price of Gold

This sounds selfish but this is the only solution to prevent a world-wide recession.

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There are two possible solutions to the problem of the high dollar value and low gold price.  But before discussing the solutions, we need a little background information.

The Federal Reserve, the European Financial Organizations and the largest banks in the world have agreed to keep the US Dollar as the monetary standard.  To do that they need to manipulate the price of gold so it does not replace the dollar.  This means keeping the dollar high and the price of gold low.

Keeping the dollar high has the added advantage of keeping imports low which improves the US trade deficit.  Having a good trade deficit and a strong dollar gives the impression of a strong US economy.

One problem is Russia and China.  They are not happy with the high dollar value and low gold value.  Consequently they are creating their own monetary standard and creating exchanges in their own currency.  This allows them to avoid the US dollar completely.

Another problem is the largest banks such as JPMorganChase are dealing in large quantities of gold derivatives which is lowering the price of physical gold.  See this:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-09/are-big-banks-using-derivatives-suppress-bullion-prices

The real problem is the amount of debt of many countries around the globe.  Greece and the US are just 2 of 12 countries out of 64 whose debt is greater than their country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  That means almost 20%of the largest countries in the world are in debt as seen in this website:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_public_debt

Now to discuss the solutions to the problems of  high debt and the high dollar value and the low gold price.

One solution is to let the nations in debt exchange their US dollars for gold.  But this could result in the depletion of US gold reserves and then the world would find out that the paper gold value does not equal the physical gold valueThat would cause a run on banks, a rush to cash and possibly a global recession.

Chris Powell of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee said, “The system may end when one country pulls the plug on it, exchanging U.S. dollars and government bonds for more gold — real metal — than is available, or when ordinary investor demand exhausts supply, which is more or less how the London Gold Pool ended in 1968.”

So a better solution is to raise the price of gold to eliminate the debt around the world.  Some people are proposing a 7 fold increase in price.

Chris also said, “… a study in 2006 by the Scottish economist Peter Millar concluded that to avert such a catastrophic debt deflation, central banks would need to raise the gold price by a factor of seven to 20 times in order to reliquefy themselves and devalue their currencies and society’s debts…”

For more information on what Chris Powell said, read the following website:
http://www.gata.org/node/14839

Okay.  I admit I own GLD and UDN and this would benefit me.  But now I am giving you the chance to also profit from this information.  here is some more useful information:

https://michaelekelley.com/2014/10/16/8-things-to-do-when-recession-happens/

Thanks

Pick The Funny Oscar Caption

The Academy Awards were great. Here is Oprah’s big moment.

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Now can you pick the funniest caption for her big moment.

1. I finally won my own Oscar!

2. What?  The Lego Movie song, Everything is Awesome, didn’t win?

3. Hey, this is yellow, not gold!

4. So this is not a real Oscar?

5. This is just the temporary one right?

6. Awesome!  They want me for the Lego Movie 2!

7. Get outta here!  No I mean get out of here!

Thanks for participating.

Remember CDOs? They’re Baaaack!

Like Poltergeist II, prepare for CDOs II.

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(Here is Poltergeist II trailer –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH-B6A04iK0 )

Remember those financial instruments known as Collateralized Debt Obligations that caused the 2008 Great Recession?  Well they never went away.  In fact they are baaack.

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission concluded that CDOs were one of the major causes of the 2008 Great Recession as shown at this website.

http://fcic-static.law.stanford.edu/cdn_media/fcic-reports/fcic_final_report_conclusions.pdf

For 2014, global CDO Issuance is back to 2004 levels valued at about $135 billion.

Collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) are CDOs based on bank loans. Many of the subprime loans have been packaged and sold as CLOs.

The following chart shows that Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) in 2014 have reached the same level as 2007 or $35 billion.  Total outstanding CLOs in the US amount to $300 billion.

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Though the large financial institutions have backed away from collateralizing mortgages, they are now doing it for commodities such as gold, silver and oil.  Here is one example.

https://www.google.com/search?q=jpmorgan+precious+metals+as+collateral&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

 

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/plummeting-oil-prices-destroy-banks-holding-trillions-commodity-derivatives

 

Another problem is not the collateral but the reselling of the same assets. In 2007 one financial firm sold 610 out of 3,400 CDOs more than once. That is nearly 18%.  Let me repeat.  More than once.

Because buyers are dealing with paper not physical assets, how do they know they are trading real, actual commodities? If the markets started to go down and everyone wanted their physical commodities such as gold, what if there was not enough gold to meet all the obligations?  Would there be an international panic?

Update
Evidently CDOs were not selling as well as desired.  So the banks have renamed them “bespoke tranche opportunities.”

BTOs are slightly different, as explained in this website.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/02/05/3619325/bespoke-tranche-opportunities-are-your-god-now-america/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tptop3

Thanks

 

8 Things To Do When Recession Happens

Yeah it is not a matter of IF but WHEN the next recession will happen.  Sorry.  You could go ride a roller coaster to get your mind off of it.  Or you could do these things.

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Recessions occur every 4 to 8 years in a society with capitalism and little regulation.  And since the last one was in 2008….

Here’s what you should do.

1. DON’T PANIC – Stay calm.  Most people will be doing one thing – panicking. You won’t.

2. THINK, THINK, THINK – Be smarter than the rest. Know when to sell, when to buy and, like Kenny Rogers, when to hold.

3. SET UP ALERTS – Get an E*Trade or other brokerage account and set up messages when Dow (DJIA) goes up 3% or goes down 3% in a day.

4. RECALIBRATE AT NOON EASTERN TIME – If you have time, think about your next sell or buy of what and for how much before the market closes.

5. IF UP, SELL – When there is a jump up in stocks, sell your stock and funds 25-35% at a time.  You may have to wait to use the money.   Time is on your side.

6. IF UP AND GOLD IS DOWN, BUY GOLD – Gold usually moves opposite of stocks, so buy gold or gold mining funds such as NEM which will move up when stocks crash.

7. IF UP, BUY SHORTS – Shorts are stock buys that you expect to go down.  Pick losers on purpose.  Also choose bearish ETFs such as PILS and TECS that rise if the stock price of pharmaceutical or tech companies goes down.

8. IF DOWN, WAIT – Remember we agreed to not panic.

There will be four 400+ gains or losses of the DOW before a recession happens.  Anybody can take advantage of them. And I know you will. (There have been 4 days in August and September 2015 with over 400 point ups and downs.)

Or you can go ride a roller coaster to get your mind off of the market’s ups and downs.

P.S. I care about you, but can’t be held responsible for your results.

Revised: 04/10/2016 DUG is volatile since oil producers are considering fixing output quantities.