We examine stories about those who, using spoof trades, bogus securities and fictitious capital, steal real wealth and income. They discuss how it is that every benchmark index is rigged and introduce the concept of the ‘bonus benchmark.’ In the second half, Max talks to Dr. Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond, about debt and wage deflation and about the intersection of interest rates and wages going back to David Ricardo when wages were measured against the price of bread to today when they are measured against the price of debt.
When the Rothchild’s HKMEx was launched in 2011, much of the metals community assumed that the COMEX & LBMA, were they not to outright default, would fade into irrelevance with the advent of the new Asian metals exchange.
Two years after the exchange’s launch however, in perhaps the most glaring evidence of physical gold & silver shortage to date, the HKMEx has announced it will voluntarily cease trading, and all open positions will be closed out and financially (cash) settled on Monday 5/20!
The financial media would have you believe that everyone and their dog has given up on the precious metals market. But as Peter Schiff humorously remarked perhaps a few months early: The gold & silver bull market is dead! Long live the gold & silver bull market!
On this week’s show, we discuss the recent action in the metals & markets, including:
Testing of $22/silver and $1320/gold next week, with the potential for a capitulation spike low as soon as Sunday’s Globex session- silver could see a spike low to $18-$20, & gold a $1200 handle
Examination of fundamentals: Nothing has significantly changed
Physical versus paper demand trends in both the West and Asian markets
George Soros and another documented case of financial media spin
Just as banks are enjoying the benefits of interest rate apartheid of around or below 0% Multinationals are looking for countries to implement taxation apartheid with ordinary folk in all jurisdictions paying through the nose while they, through various loopholes, pay a lot less. This is not limited to Ireland. Throughout the rest of Europe you see that the actual amount paid is very different from headline rates.
Each passing day, the world gets closer to a total collapse of the global fiat monetary system. After the United States unilaterally terminated the convertibility of the U.S. Dollar to gold in 1971, the world has been settling trade on borrowed time. It was full faith in the dollar and U.S. Treasury market that allowed global trade to continue for 4 decades.
However, faith in the dollar is waning as debts, derivatives and dishonesty plague the financial system. Most analysts (including many in the precious metal camp) are wasting time debating over the mere symptoms and not the disease itself.
We must remember, debts are nothing more than “Energy IOU’s.” To pay back a debt, energy has to be burned so the market can generate goods and services. Thus, this allows for growth to continue which provides a surplus of wealth enabling the repayment of debts.
The problem the world is facing, is not the huge amount of derivatives or debts, but the availability and affordability of its future energy supply. Actually, the world has not been able to afford the energy that it has been consuming for quite some time now. Basically, the world (especially the U.S.) cannot not afford its way of life, so it has created a system of debts and derivatives to cover up and mask the problems.
The collapse of the dollar is already taking place. It has more to do with energy… than most realize.