In the 1970’s, the Hunt brothers tried to ‘corner’ the market in silver. They realized that the market was extremely small and if they could start taking delivery of enough physical metal tied to futures contracts, it would cause a physical shortage and the price would shoot up. So, with the help of financial backing from Sheik Khalid bin Mahfouz of Saudi Arabia and his discrete offshore company in Bermuda, International Metals Investment Company, they embarked on a strategy to gain control of and profit from their silver scheme.
As they continued taking delivery of their futures contracts, their silver inventory increased and silver prices began surging. The managers of the COMEX were so concerned, they enlisted the help of regulators to stop the brothers’ attempt to control the silver market. The CME and CFTC ended up changing the rules to limit the number of contracts any one individual or institution could hold, thus having the immediate result of halting silver’s price surge. It’s interesting to note that today, regulators are not taking the same steps to halt the same kind of manipulation on the short side of the silver market.
In an effort to keep that false front of openness and transparency, someone at the Fed had the bright idea to align with technology and start a twitter account. But with all the tweets bashing the Fed and its policies, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea? Maybe it won’t be long before the Fed terminates this Twitter account. Here’s some streaming tweets:
Take an honest, introspective look at why you believe in recycling. Everyone, it seems, (including me) has always believed that recycling makes good common sense – both economically and environmentally. But Penn & Teller give a convincing argument here that maybe it’s all just over-blown hype.
At 10AM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 gold and silver were hit with massive paper selling on the COMEX. Gold was hit for about $100 (5.5%) and silver was taken down $3.75 (10%). But the stock market was flat, untouched.
According to Jim Sinclair, this was a cover-up by the Fed chairman and the precious metals were manipulated to the downside on purpose. Because if the expectation of no more liquidity from the Fed was really the cause of the collapse of precious metal prices, then the stock market should have been hit just as hard, which it was not! Furthermore, this $700+ billion for European banks was QE! The ECB got those funds from two places: “It’s been coming in from the IMF and from swaps done by the US Federal Reserve.” Here’s Jim Sinclair’s audio interview at King World News.
Indeed, here are three articles making the case that the sell-off was initiated by a seller who wasn’t at all interested in profit, but was motivated by taking the market down:
Ironically (or not), the precious metals were hit during this exchange between Ron Paul and Ben Bernanke, where Paul held up a silver ounce coin and asked the chairman why people aren’t given the option of using gold and silver as a “competing currency” with the US dollar.
James Koutoulas, a lawer representing clients of MF Global who lost an estimated $1.2 billion, reveals the ugly truth behind what caused MF Global to declare bankruptcy.
MF Global moved investment funds to the United Kingdom, where there is no limit to the leverage that can be used in rehypothecating client assets.
MF Global then invested those funds in European debt futures, leveraged perhaps 40-times, believing the troubled nations like Greece would eventually be bailed out. (Note that higher leverage means tighter margins.)
Then, with the extreme volativity in the latter part of 2011 when there were weeks of rumors coming out of the media hinting of both defaults and bail-outs, the investment went sour as margin calls forced MF Global to pony up more cash. They had no other option but to go into their segregated client accounts and allegedly steal cash to cover the margin calls.
Three SWIFT transfers of $5 trillion each have supposedly been executed – initiated from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to JP Morgan Chase, to HSBC/London, and finally to the Royal Bank of Scotland. Executives at HSBC and RBS have verified the receipts of the transfers, but the money isn’t in any accounts and the purpose of the transfers is unclear.
According to Lord James of Blackheath, there are three possibilities:
There may have been a massive piece of money-laundering committed by a major Government who should know better.
A major American department has an agency which has gone rogue on and has created a structure out of which it is seeking to get at least €50 billion.
This is an extraordinarily elaborate fraud, which has not been carried out, but
which has been prepared to provide a threat to one or more Governments if they do not make a pay-off.
Fox has fired Judge Napolitano after this rant. His intimations were a little too close to the truth. No, the main-stream media, controlled by the established powers, cannot have a loose cannon like this, can they?
But in a beautifully articulated monologue in his final episode, Napolitano sums up America’s root problems and encourages the people to fight for their freedoms against the tyranny of government!
Are you an American investor? Do you actually own the shares of stock in your portfolio? Maybe it would be a good idea to go check those stock certificates stowed away in your safe. What’s that? You don’t have any of your stock certificates? Oh that’s right… your stock broker handles those for you. Ok, ask your broker to tell you the designated owner’s name that appears on those stock certificates. As Jack told his wife in The Shining, “You’ve got a big surprise coming to you! … Go check it out!”
Unfortunately, due to modernization and ‘efficiency’ measures, stock certificates have become obsolete – they no longer exist in physical form. They’re electronic nowadays. Still, you’ll find that neither you nor your broker has been designated as the stock owner on those electronic share entries. It’s likely that the actual owner is a member firm of the Federal Reserve System – Cede & Company. Only in America… right?
This ‘technical’ evolution of stock share management has definitely made trading stocks more convenient as investors can easily trade in and out of their positions in mere seconds. However, what has been unnoticed by the majority is that having these shares centrally owned and managed makes it easier for market manipulators to gain enough shorts to control market movements. The way a short position is supposed to work is that a prospective investor wanting to short-sell a stock must first find someone who currently owns that stock and is willing to lend them his/her shares. With the centralized ownership/management system, that is easily accommodated.
And as if that wasn’t enough to worry about, investors are increasingly becoming concerned about the integrity and honesty of western banking and investment houses. MF Global, for example, has recently cost its clients an estimated $1.5 billion, which they’ve brazenly exclaimed has simply “vanished.” MF Global was caught red-handed – they dipped into their customer base’s funds to cover losses they made in their own proprietary trading activities. Imagine waking up one morning and logging into your investment account only to find that your trading positions and cash holdings had all but disappeared!
But there’s a way investors can protect themselves against such fraudulent activity and also ensure true ownership of the shares in their stock portfolio. In the first edition of our Protect Your Assets series we offer a step by step guide for doing exactly that.
That’s not all, though. There’s another way investors can protect themselves and diversify their stock portfolios at the same time. Perhaps it’s time to look into opening up a foreign brokerage account. In fact, major advantages come to those having an international investment account, such as:
Access to investment vehicles not available within American borders.
Cash diversification among several currencies within the same account.
Ability to trade directly in other global markets
Cash is generally safer when stored in strict investment brokerages rather than banks, such as Bank of America, which have expanded their services into the investment arena.
But exactly what should an investor look for when researching potential oversees investment firms? In this Protect Your Assets edition, we also cover that, as well as chart a pre-screened list of some of the better foreign brokers, comparing various fees and services.
It’s all in our Protect Your Assets – Stocks edition, where we focus on what an investor can do to protect his/her stock portfolio from being stolen by corrupt financial institutions engaging in fraudulent activity, confiscated by over-zealous government legislation, or gradual erosion by ever increasing localized taxes.
The first part of the report gives step by step instructions on how to ensure stock shares are registered in the name of the investor and how to make the necessary changes if that is not the case. The second part outlines the importance and advantages of having an overseas brokerage account, what to look for in a prospective broker and a pre-screened comparison of several international investment firms worthy of any serious investor’s attention.
Protect Your Assets – Stocks ……………………..
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