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Sep 26, 2023 - 12:56:49 PDT

Entering the Next Phase of the Commodities Supercycle

Since 1791, there have been six significant Commodities Supercycles, each spanning 12 to 24 years. We're currently navigating the seventh, which started in March 2020. The previous cycle from 1999 to 2011 witnessed remarkable price escalations: oil jumped from $10 to $150 a barrel, copper rose from 60 cents to $4.60 a pound, gold leaped from $250 to $1921 an ounce, and corn surged from $2 to $8 a bushel. The current trends closely mirror those of the past.

Sep 26, 2023 - 12:29:37 PDT

BRICS Nations Dump $123 Billion in U.S. Treasuries in 2023

BRICS nations are aggressively divesting from U.S. Treasury bonds in a move against the U.S. economic policies. They dumped $18.9 billion just this month, totaling a staggering $122.7 billion in 2023. China, leading the trend, offloaded $117.4 billion of U.S. debt this year. Other members like Brazil and India have also reduced their holdings, with India even abandoning the U.S. dollar in forex markets. The collective action aims to undermine the U.S. dollar's dominance in favor of local currencies.

Sep 26, 2023 - 12:18:23 PDT

Fiat Paper Currency And The Damage Done

The decades-long fiat paper money system has led to global economic instability. Central banks' manipulation of interest rates since 1981 has caused surging debts, devaluation of savings, and promoted speculation over hard work. This has also fueled wars and birthed unsustainable businesses, while exacerbating societal wealth disparities and inflating prices. Gold offers a potential solution as a stable, resistant alternative to such manipulation.

Sep 26, 2023 - 12:10:26 PDT

Growing American Anxiety: September's Consumer Confidence Drop

American consumer confidence took a concerning hit this month, more than analysts anticipated, suggesting gloomier economic prospects ahead. The Conference Board highlighted a sharp decline in consumers' outlook for the future, often an early warning of an impending recession. Factors like escalating interest rates and dimming job prospects have raised concerns. Moreover, notable retailers like Target are already feeling the pinch, with sales dwindling for the first time in six years.

Sep 26, 2023 - 09:11:44 PDT

Because it Doesn't Know What Else To Do - The Fed Holds the Fed Funds Rate Steady

Reading between the lines reveals the Fed's desperate wish for inflation to subside to a politically palatable level without further rate hikes or a looming recession. Yet, their strategy seems rooted in mere "hope" rather than clear foresight. The FOMC members' hesitancy to forecast rate reductions before the end of 2024 speaks volumes, hinting at their underlying concerns about persistent, politically perilous inflation. It's striking, given the FOMC's typical aversion to hinting at further tightening.

Sep 26, 2023 - 09:07:15 PDT

US New Home Sales Crashed -8.7% MoM In August As Mortgage Rates Surge

August witnessed a drastic 8.7% MoM drop in new home sales, the steepest since September 2022. With the median sales price of new homes slightly declining to $430,300, it's still alarmingly higher than pre-pandemic rates. A Redfin report revealed a worrying trend: about 60,000 home deals, or 16% of homes under contract, fell through. Veteran agents report unprecedented deal cancellations. As homebuilders struggle to bridge mortgage rate gaps, and investors grow wary, the housing market's stability is under serious threat.

Sep 26, 2023 - 08:52:40 PDT

Regulators on Edge as Debt-Fueled Bet on US Treasuries Intensifies

A year ago, the UK bond market saw upheaval. Now, there's growing unease over the $25tn US government bond market. The Bank for International Settlements and the US Federal Reserve are alarmed by increased hedge fund bets, especially the high-leverage basis trade. With leveraged positions nearing $900bn, any disruption to the US Treasury market could have global repercussions. Past interventions by the Federal Reserve might be fueling these risky bets, raising concerns among regulators.

Sep 26, 2023 - 06:49:32 PDT

CBDC's, It’s Not Coming - t’s Already Here: Rickards

The push for a cashless society is growing, backed by digital payment conveniences. However, there's a risk of losing control and privacy. Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) amplify these concerns by granting governments direct oversight of transactions. Citibank's "Citi Token Services (CTS)" mirrors these CBDC features, signaling an accelerated move towards this model. Protecting oneself involves diversifying assets, like holding physical gold and silver.

Sep 26, 2023 - 06:42:48 PDT

The Meltdown of the World’s Biggest Crypto Firm

Binance, once the dominant force in the crypto world after FTX's crash, is now facing challenges. U.S. agencies' enforcement threats have led to over a dozen senior executives departing and the layoff of 1,500 employees. Binance's market share has decreased from 70% to 50% this year. With the SEC suing both Binance and Coinbase, there are concerns about the future of the crypto industry. If Binance collapses, it could cause a short-term market liquidity crisis, potentially driving crypto prices down significantly. Some traders are even preparing for a potential Binance meltdown.

Sep 26, 2023 - 06:34:44 PDT

Tumbling Deposits, Rising Unrealized Losses: The Perfect Storm Hits Big Banks

JPMorgan Chase has controversially moved significant securities into the held-to-maturity (HTM) category, resulting in an unrealized loss of $36.7 billion. Many of these transfers weren't initially designated as HTM. Despite these alarming practices, CEO Jamie Dimon challenges federal regulators' efforts to increase capital levels for large banks. Widespread unrealized losses across the banking sector total $558.4 billion, with the 25 biggest banks also experiencing a $920 billion decline in deposits, intensifying concerns about the stability of the U.S. banking system.

Sep 26, 2023 - 06:25:00 PDT

Why Rising Long-Term Treasury Rates Could Ripple Across the Economy

Longer-term interest rates are surging, negatively impacting stocks and potentially the broader economy. The 10-year Treasury yield hit a 16-year high at 4.52%. This uptick threatens to further depress the housing market and deter corporate investments. Despite market concerns, Fed chair Jerome Powell appears unfazed, prompting critiques from experts who believe the Fed may be underestimating the impact of these rising yields.

Sep 26, 2023 - 05:57:58 PDT

Jamie Dimon Warns: World Unprepared for Fed's Stagflation Response

JPMorgan's CEO warns of the risk of stagflation and believes the world is unprepared for central banks raising interest rates. He suggests the jump from a 5% to a 7% rate would be notably harmful. Emphasizing caution, he questions if businesses can handle a 7% rate alongside stagflation. Some experts argue such high rates could burst asset bubbles.

Sep 26, 2023 - 05:47:55 PDT

Americans Begin to Feel the Sting of Fed Rate Hikes

Rising interest rates due to Federal Reserve's decisions are straining American finances. Consumers face higher costs for home and car loans, and existing debts are becoming pricier. While the Fed intends to maintain these high rates, families reliant on borrowing are feeling the pressure. New mortgages now average a 7% rate, nearly doubling from two years ago, significantly raising monthly payments. The current borrowing landscape renders homes and cars "completely unaffordable" for many, with households needing substantially more income to manage costs.

Sep 25, 2023 - 12:49:56 PDT

How Gold Fits in Your Portfolio

In 2023, gold continues to be a valuable asset for diversified portfolios, showing resilience even with market shifts. The World Gold Council reported a 20% year-over-year increase in gold investments, mainly driven by bar, coin, and OTC market growth. Historically, gold thrives during financial turmoil, offering portfolio diversification and liquidity. Since 1971, gold has matched equities in returns and surpassed bonds. Over the past 20 years, it has outperformed most major assets with a 15% annual increase in global investment demand. High demand from institutional investors, central banks, and markets like China bolster gold's value, emphasizing its portfolio benefits.

Sep 25, 2023 - 12:40:38 PDT

Record High Estimated for World Official Gold Holdings

In Q2 2023, global gold reserves peaked at 38,764 tonnes, surpassing the 1965 record. This shift suggests a new gold era, with central banks diversifying from the US dollar, especially since the 2008 crisis. As gold's value has grown by 66% and its share in international reserves rises, it's clear that its significance in the global monetary system is increasing.

Sep 25, 2023 - 12:21:24 PDT

The SEC Is Now Tracking Your Stock Trades by Your Social Security Number

The SEC's 2012 rule for a Consolidated Audit Trail has raised significant privacy concerns. Originally intended to monitor trading activity following the 2010 flash crash, the rule now mandates tracking of every trade order, modification, and execution across U.S. markets. Alarmingly, it also collects personal information like account and Social Security numbers, accessible to multiple organizations, 3,000 outside contractors, and susceptible to hacking attempts from international cyber threats.

Sep 25, 2023 - 12:14:39 PDT

“Wealth Disparity Monitor” of the Fed’s Money Printer Era, September 2023

The Fed's latest quarterly data reveals significant wealth disparities in the US. The top 0.1% of households hold nearly 13% of total wealth, while the top 10% possess 56%. In contrast, the majority of Americans, falling between the top 10% and bottom 50%, have an average net worth of $807,000. Although many in the bottom 50% have some assets, the lower 20% are near or at the poverty line.

Sep 25, 2023 - 12:08:37 PDT

3rd Consecutive Year Of Negative Returns On 10-year Treasuries, Which Has Never Happened In History

US 10-year Treasury yields are nearing 4.50%, the highest since 2008, risking a third consecutive year of negative performance, unprecedented in history. Mortgage rates have increased by 156% to 7.3% since Biden took office, with the US Treasury 10y-2y yield curve staying inverted. US debt is projected to reach 181% of GDP, far surpassing previous concerns of an 80% threshold.

Sep 25, 2023 - 08:21:27 PDT

Slowly, BRICS Will Change The World

China and Russia lead in global gold production. Historically, gold has been significant in money systems and may become crucial again, countering central bankers' habits of money printing since 1914. Critics have dismissed gold, ignoring its historical prominence. Nixon's departure from the gold standard underscores its value. Many anticipate the decline of the Petrodollar and consequently, the U.S.'s global dominance. The shift away from the U.S. dollar in trade is evident, and groups like BRICS aim for a multipolar world.

Sep 25, 2023 - 08:15:02 PDT

Chinese Gold Buying Sparks Bullion Paradigm Shift

The traditional link between gold prices and interest rates seems to be breaking. Previously, low rates meant high gold prices, and high rates led to a drop in gold prices. However, despite recent hikes in inflation-adjusted rates, gold prices remain steady. Factors like central bank buying and bets on a US economic slowdown are keeping gold prices up, challenging conventional wisdom.


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