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Gold Market: Zacks Latest Highlights

Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses the Metals & Mining industry, including: Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX), Agnico-Eagle (NYSE: AEM), Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG), Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) and Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE: KGC).

A synopsis of today’s Industry Outlook is presented below. The full article can be read at

Global gold demand in the first quarter of 2011 totaled 981.3 tons, up 11% year over year from 881.0 tons in the first quarter of 2010. This was largely attributable to the widespread rise in demand for bars and coins, supported by an improvement in jewelry demand in key markets.

The quarterly average gold price hit a new record of $1,386.27/oz (London PM Fix), its eighth consecutive year-over-year increase. Despite a period of price consolidation in the early part of the quarter, it climbed to record highs throughout March and has continued to achieve new highs in April and May.

Gold remained a coveted asset given its long-term supply and demand dynamics and influenced by macro-economic factors. Concerns regarding economic growth in developed countries made gold an attractive and safe investment option. The European sovereign debt crisis made European investors use gold as a currency hedge. Pressure on the US dollar against various currencies coupled with higher inflation expectations in many countries, including India and China, also pushed up gold prices.

The value and wealth preservation attributes of gold continue to attract investors and consumers. Jewelry and investment demand in non-Western markets continues to rebound while industrial demand has started to recover in response to an improvement in economic conditions. India, which alone consumes nearly 45%−50% of the world gold production, should drive demand for gold along with China. The Chinese gold demand is expected to double in 10 years.

Even though gold price dropped 7% in January this year, it again recorded a rise in February. We believe gold demand and prices will strengthen in 2011. As China and India continue to grow rapidly, their demand for gold will also rise in tandem.

Higher prices bode well for gold producers, which should benefit giants such as Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX), Agnico-Eagle (NYSE: AEM) and Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG). However, gold producers like Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) and Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE: KGC) suffer from lower ore grades that subdue production levels, increase mining costs and offset the benefits of rising gold prices.

Overall, the stock prices of gold producers are not expected to benefit much from this favorable commodity-price backdrop. This is reflected in our overall long-term neutral views on the stocks. As major economies continue to recover, investors’ confidence will be restored to invest in stock markets, which could cause gold prices to fall. However this is not going to happen in the near future. We have a Zacks #3 Rank (Hold) on Barrick Gold, Agnico-Eagle, Goldcorp, Kinross Gold Corporation and Newmont Mining.

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From brokers to investment advisors to financial planners, there are many different types of investment professionals.  With an endless number of options and philosophies to compare, choosing the right investment professional can be daunting.  “At Filomeno Wealth Management, we are independent, fee-only advisors,” said Mike Tedone CPA / PFS, Managing Director, Filomeno Wealth Management.

Independent, fee-only advisors are compensated only for their advice and not for the investments they recommend.  Brokers, in contrast, are commonly compensated by commissions and sale of products.

“It seems like a simple distinction, but it is a powerful one.  As fee-only advisors, we are legally required to act as fiduciaries to our clients, which means we must put the client first, thus eliminating any conflicts of interest,” Tedone said.  “These are not just interchangeable titles – they really mean something quite different.”

5 Tips for Making the Right Decision

  1. Make sure you know how your advisor is being paid. Ideally, the fee should be a percentage of the amount of money the advisor is managing for you.  Your advisor should only receive payment from you and not from the investments selected on your behalf.  This way, payment is straightforward and transparent.
  2. Create a long-term individualized investment plan. Seek an advisor who will sit down with you and listen to your unique financial situation and goals and compose an investment plan that will help you to achieve them.  Your advisor should take the time to empower you through continuous communication and education while preparing and executing your plan.
  3. Retain custody of your assets. Your advisor should use a third-party custodian to ensure the security of your investments.  This will guarantee that your money is in a separate account with your name on it.  The custodian will send you statements independent of information you receive directly from your advisor.
  4. Coordinate tax planning with investment strategies. An integrated strategy that includes investment, tax and estate planning is the best way to achieve optimal results.  An advisor who understands the many moving parts and how they intersect and affect one another will be able to help you make informed decisions about the ‘big picture.’
  5. Understand the breadth of services offered. While some advisors only offer asset management, others are able to offer wealth management as well.  Those who can offer wealth management have a more complete picture of a client’s finances.


“Beyond these five points it is critical that the advisor you choose shares your investment philosophy and works to nurture a trusting relationship with you,” Tedone said.  “After all, finances affect how you live your life, how you achieve your goals and what is most important to you.  This is personal – yet essential – information and you should feel comfortable sharing information with your advisor.”

About Filomeno Wealth Management

At Filomeno Wealth Management, we are compensated only for our advice, and not for the investments we recommend.  Therefore, we offer clients the peace-of-mind that they are receiving unbiased counsel as we develop and execute long-term individualized investment plans focused on asset allocation, diversification, expenses & taxes. Through its affiliate, Filomeno & Company, clients are offered a wide range of services including: individual tax or strategic tax, accounting & auditing, business advisory, business valuations, corporate tax, qualified plans and fraud prevention. Located in West Hartford, CT, the company’s mission is to ‘passionately serve our clients, our community, our firm and each other.’  For more information, contact Filomeno Wealth Management at 860-760-7017 or visit

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Investors expect to increase commodity investments over the next 12 months, even though short-term uncertainty is keeping them on the sidelines for now, according to a new survey by Credit Suisse.

Credit Suisse conducted the survey as part of its inaugural 2011 New York City Commodities Day on Tuesday, June 28, with a gathering of nearly 400 clients covering a wide cross section of institutional investors, retail distributors, mutual funds and hedge funds.

The survey found that 36% of investors classified themselves as currently “underweight” in commodities, with a further 10% having zero exposure. However, when asked about their expected investment level over the next 12 months, 40% expected to become “overweight” commodities and only 3% as still having zero exposure.

Two-thirds ( 65%) of respondents believe that commodities prices in 12 months will be around current levels or higher, with roughly half of those expecting prices to be at least 10% higher. That compares with only 13% that expect prices to be at least 10% lower, but a significant proportion (23%) admitted to having “no idea”.

Despite the recent moderation in oil prices, investors remain bullish on crude oil, with 76% believing that the oil price has yet to peak. Dismissing a dominant role of market speculation in determining oil prices, 72% said they believe energy prices are primarily driven by market fundamentals. Copper remains the favorite base metal, with 59% seeing it has having the best 12-month outlook of the group. However, the price path for commodities is expected to remain challenging, with 55% expecting realized price volatility to increase over the next 12 months.

The survey also examined the trend away from broad market benchmarks into more specialized products for commodity exposures. 45% of respondents said they view commodity ETFs as likely to receive the greatest asset flow, while 40% saw active indices and fundamentally based directional trading as the key growth areas. In comparison, only 5% said beta benchmarks will be growth products within commodities. In a separate question about Dodd-Frank regulatory changes, 74% said they expect no significant impact on their commodities investment activities.

“Overall sentiment towards commodities as an asset class is constructive, but investors are under allocated due to concerns about short term direction and volatility,” said Oscar Bleetstein, Head of Commodity Investor Sales for the Americas at Credit Suisse.  “However, the survey confirmed our views that if and when confidence starts to return, investors are likely to increase exposure significantly and find managers or products that can accommodate this new environment.”

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse AG is one of the world’s leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as ‘Credit Suisse’). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 50,100 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse’s parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at

Investment Banking

In its Investment Banking business, Credit Suisse offers securities products and financial advisory services to users and suppliers of capital around the world. Operating in 57 locations across 30 countries, Credit Suisse is active across the full spectrum of financial services products including debt and equity underwriting, sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions, investment research, and correspondent and prime brokerage services.

Asset Management

In its Asset Management business, Credit Suisse offers products across a broad spectrum of investment classes, including hedge funds, credit, index, real estate, commodities and private equity products, as well as multi-asset class solutions, which include equities and fixed income products. Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business manages portfolios, mutual funds and other investment vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from governments, institutions and corporations to private individuals. With offices focused on asset management in 19 countries, Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business is operated as a globally integrated network to deliver the bank’s best investment ideas and capabilities to clients around the world.

All businesses of Credit Suisse are subject to distinct regulatory requirements; certain products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all client types.

The Editorial Advisory and Securities Review Committee of BetterInvesting Magazine today announced V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) as its September 2011 “Stock to Study” and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) as its September 2011 “Undervalued Stock” for investors’ informational and educational use.

“The committee chose V.F. Corporation for its well-diversified apparel lines and growth potential internationally and in the direct-to-consumer market,” said Adam Ritt, editor of BetterInvesting Magazine. “For the Undervalued selection, the committee expects JPMorgan Chase to be one of the primary beneficiaries of eventual improvements in the industry environment.” Check BetterInvesting Magazine’s September issue for more details about these selections.

Committee members are Robert M. Bilkie, Jr., CFA; Daniel J. Boyle, CFA; Philip S. Dano, CFA; Donald E. Danko, CFA; Maury Elvekrog, CFA; Walter J. Kirchberger, CFA; Marisa Lenhard, CFA; and Paul McVey, CFA.

As stated, the BetterInvesting committee’s Stock to Study and Undervalued Stock choices are for the informational and educational uses of investors and are not intended as investment recommendations. BetterInvesting urges investors to educate themselves about the stock market so they can make informed decisions about stock purchases. For more information about investment education tools available to individual investors and investment clubs visit

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Real-Time Stock Picks on Android App Debuts

First App to Include Stock Prices, Socially Curated News from Hundreds of Sources, Trending Tickers and Real-Time Ideas on the Fastest Growing Mobile Platform

StockTwits for Android

Quote start“StockTwits for Android is the best way to see stock prices, trending news headlines and real-time ideas for specific stocks, while keeping up with new ideas in the market through Trending Tickers on StockTwits” – Howard Lindzon, CEOQuote end

StockTwits®, a real-time social idea network for the investing community and creator of the $(TICKER) tag for the widest syndication of investment information, today announced the availability of StockTwits for Android, making the app available on millions of mobile devices around the world. StockTwits for Android is the only mobile app for the Android platform that provides mobile users a place for stock prices, financial news from across the web curated and filtered by a community of investors and traders, trending tickers and real-time ideas from the StockTwits stream. The StockTwits Android app is available today at

According to The Nielsen Company, more than one-third of consumers plan to make their next smartphone purchase an Android handset. With its rise in popularity and number of Android-powered handsets on the market today, StockTwits will give millions of consumers access to timely investing information on their smartphones. Unlike other Android finance and stock apps, the StockTwits app provides investors with everything they need to see real-time trends, news and ideas about the stocks they are interested in – and the opportunity to learn from talented investors and traders who are members of the StockTwits community. The app also allows users to share ideas directly from their phone, reaching the StockTwits community as well as the StockTwits distribution network of top social media and financial sites, including Yahoo! Finance, Bing Finance, CNN Money, Reuters, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Key Benefits of StockTwits for Android Include:

  • Access to real-time stock quotes from the mobile phone
  • Headlines and links to the most important financial and stock news curated by the largest social network of investors and traders
  • The ability to create a “Watchlist” to quickly and easily access specific investments or ideas on the go
  • Stay on top of the market with the “Trending” view of stocks, which is a list of stocks being discussed most frequently
  • View and share real-time investment ideas by accessing the StockTwits network from anywhere

“The Android platform is growing exponentially, and with the new StockTwits app, we’re able to give millions of investors a new way to stay in touch with the market from their mobile phones,” said Howard Lindzon, co-founder and chief executive officer at StockTwits. “The app is the best way to see stock prices, trending news headlines and real-time ideas for specific stocks, while keeping up with new ideas in the market through Trending Tickers on StockTwits – features not found in any other mobile app.”

About StockTwits
With offices in San Diego and New York, StockTwits is a real-time, social idea network for the investing community and creator of the $(TICKER) tag for the widest syndication of investment information. It provides a specialized environment created specifically for investors where users can customize information and networks based on interests and investments, and corporations can easily monitor, disseminate and manage communication within the social media environment. StockTwits was named “One of the Best Websites, 2010” by Time Magazine, and was listed as one of the “10 Most Innovative Companies on the Web” by Fast Company.

The 401K Generator made its debut at last months Million Dollar Round Table Conference in Atlanta. Financial professionals from across the country got a chance to see this game changing educational tool that will literally alter the course of business for them. Buy, hold and pray is dead, the American Wealth Investing Institute developed the 401K Generator as a risk management tool that provides financial professionals the necessary education to help them manage client’s 401k portfolios.

Quote start“The most amazing thing I’ve seen for a long time in the financial world. I have new clients calling me about this all hoiurs of the day, I have never had clients calling me about Insurance or Annuities” Dean Vagnozzi – Financial professional, PAQuote end

It is an investors responsibility to apply some form of risk management to ones retirement portfolio, it time to take charge and select the Mutual Funds your 401K is invested in. Buy, hold and pray is dead, the 401K Generator risk management tool provides financial professionals the necessary education to help their clients 401k portfolios. This tool developed by the American Wealth Investing Institute, gives financial professionals an advantage to grow and build a business with new leads with the benefit of additional revenue streams.

Since 2008 Americans have suffered a stock market crash, a busted mortgage bubble, a real estate disaster and loss of jobs due to huge layoffs. These fallout’s have created a recession that many did not expect or have seen the likes of since the 1930s’. Furthermore, with the crisis facing our Social Security benefits and pensions being almost a thing of the past, many Boomers are now facing the ugly reality that they will outlive their retirement savings.

A recent 2011 [Gallup Poll confirms that the top concern for two-thirds of Americans is that they will not have enough money for retirement, 13% up from 10 years ago. Gallup says that 74% of non-retiree investors plan to rely on a 401K, IRA or other retirement savings in the declining absence of Social Security.

Another survey conducted by the Boston Consulting Group found that investors find retirement planning overwhelming and confusing, 89% want help finding the right formula to manage this process.

Most Americans are busy with family, jobs and other personal activities. As a result they do not want to take the time or be interest to become experts in planning for retirement. Many confess that because of a lack of knowledge, they fall into the buy, hold and pray trap with a 401K plan. Unfortunately, many are not able to get financial professionals help in-spite of the fact that for most Americans, 401Ks represent the second largest investment they will make in life next to buying a home.

The American Wealth Investing Institute developed the 401K Generator which consist of three components; the Mutual Fund Analyzer: a tool that analyzes in seconds, the performance of over 22,000 mutual funds through the use of a proprietary SPX signal created from the S&P 500 Index. The signal includes looking at how fundamental, technical, statistical and seasonal investors look at the market. This knowledge is used to formulate a bullish stance on the market with a risk management bear signal in place. An SPX Bull/Bear Market Newsletter provides an analysis tool and allows users to not only sort by profit and loss on buy and hold but also by their performance had they followed the SPX Bull/Bear Market Newsletter. The third component is email and text message alerts that notify subscribers of a change in the newsletters stance on the market, allowing users to not have to log on every day to find out when things change.

The 401K Generator made its debut at last months Million Dollar Round Table Conference in Atlanta. Financial professionals from across the country got a chance to see this game changing educational tool that will literally alter the course of their business.

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The Best Way To Buy Hot Penny Stocks

Penny stocks means trading in shares which range all the way from a small part of a penny to $5. Penny Stock got their name because they’re worth pennies on the buck. The share costs can infrequently appears quite silly. For instance, a stock dealing for $.0001 might appear peculiar to you. The majority of the folks haven’t any idea that stocks can be traded at that cost. Nonetheless the largest advantage of these stocks is that you should purchase a billion shares of a stock at those costs. If your stock shows an increase of ten percent, then you may have lots of cash. Many of them grow swiftly in comparison to regular stocks.

Making an investment in penny stock can offer you amazing reward potential. Nonetheless they can also prove more risky than other investments. The real reason why they’re seen to be dangerous is perhaps because many of those have risen from just twenty-five cents to twenty bucks while there are only a few others which have become meaningless. They’re also apparently a dangerous venture since the corporations didn’t provide detailed info on the penny stocks and also info about the firms itself.

Still, purchasing and trading penny stock can bring glorious returns on investment. If you do careful research you can significantly cut back the amount of risk concerned. A penny stock is often referred to as a micro-cap stock and they’re traded as over the counter stocks and usually you may pay broker’s charge on the proportion of the total sale instead of a straight exchange charge.

It is far better purchase a selection of penny stocks which should give you a space for expansion as well as risk. Take for instance, if you purchase 10 different stocks and have 9 that either fail or stay stagnant. Still, you can make tons of cash regardless of if one of those 10 penny stocks goes thru the roof. This is the target and dream about each individual who buys penny stocks. Penny stock investment should be your side spare time interest and it can harvest benefits relying on the company and their rate of growth.

Hot penny stocks are those which are positioned to make gigantic gains. These are the tiny cap penny stocks which may be on the edge of a big breakout. There are few sites which offer you update on hot penny stocks. You can always subscribe to their services for a free newsletter.

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Keynes Revisited

It seems that even the great John Maynard Keynes, whose theories are now the basis of economic thought world wide, has himself been taken out of context and his theories completely bastardized to suit the consecutive gangs of thieves that have taken over economic and political thought the world over. In a paper entitled, The Great Slump of 1930, the godfather of interventionist ideas, very shortly after the publication of his famous book, “THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST AND MONEY” realized that there are limits to interventionist policies – that central banks cannot act alone and that only great creditor nations can be the source for sparking ‘wealth creation” through deficit spending. Nowhere in any of his speeches or writings did he even remotely suggest that Socialism should replace Free Markets as the best system for a country to be run on.

On numerous occasions between 1934 and 1937, Keynes warned FDR to discontinue his vilification of Capitalism and American businesses if he ever expected to get the economy back on track. Yet here we are with Bernanke, a self proclaimed expert on the 30’s Depression and Obama, vilifying every industry and company they can for what purpose? To gain political power? Or to look for an excuse for a government takeover? BP from the very beginning proclaimed to all who would listen, that they accepted full responsibility and would PAY all legitimate claims. Obama’s response was that “he will be keeping his boot on the neck of BP” and the lawyers and politicians are out in force readying all sorts of legal action. The USA has stopped being a Nation of Laws and instead has sunk to the depths of MOB RULE; just the same as what happened during the French Revolution.

“The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but coin. If the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their own currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” Thomas Jefferson

With most countries already in competition to devalue their currencies, investors are becoming more concerned with the risk of sovereign defaults. The U.S. could be dangerously close to the point where the more the FED does, the worse the situation becomes. Quite frankly, having already played their interest rate, bailout, and QE cards, everyone is looking for the returns that these policy choices were supposed to generate. Should the FED recharge its printing press prior to achieving their desired effects, you bet that the economy and investors will not be responding well..

Even the mainstream press is starting to take notice, long after the trend has been well established. Ambrose Evans Pritchard dedicated a piece to the collapse in M3 growth, something that hasn’t been seen in the US since the Great Depression. Monetarists the world over are frightened about this trend and with good reason. US interest rates are already essentially zero. The massive monetary and fiscal stimulus has been epic in its proportions. And all this has still not prevented the actual textbook deflationary trend we now find ourselves in.Given these undisputable facts, is it any wonder that there is doubt as to the possibility of a broad, well-grounded economic recovery? The bottom line is as M3 goes, so goes America.

The BIG Fiat Money Ponzi scheme was started back in 1913 with the creation of the FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM. However, as we all know (or should know), all PONZI schemes must eventually fail because regardless of their size, they all eventually run out of fresh money. The ultimate breakdown will show up in a US Treasury default. Watch out for it.

With the US still deep in Recession, it is possible and perhaps even likely that the US economy will be dealt a sledgehammer blow over the coming months as the full price for the European crisis might well be paid for in American jobs. Companies that employ European workers have virtually overnight gained a 20% labor cost advantage over US companies. This means they can lower their prices relative to companies employing American workers and grab big chunks of market share.

As the crisis in the Euro continues to develop, some are calling for parity between the Dollar and Euro by next spring. (Could happen a whole lot faster than that.) This would be about a 35% plunge in the value of the Euro compared to where it started from back in January and that includes China and any other country whose currency is pegged to the US Dollar. Say good bye to any chance of China revaluing its currency against the US Dollar, no matter what Geithner says. OUT SOURCING is likely to return with a vengeance especially when Obama’s economic and taxing policies are taken into consideration. All of this is taking place in the midst of a global financial and economic crisis. However, with the ever increasing power of the Unions, things could still get a lot worse.

The economy is reeling, employment has not been growing and unemployment claims are rising even before the Euro’s crash began. Yet, the so-called recovery remains a prediction of most economists and all government officials, none of whom had any premonition whatsoever two or three years ago that the current situation was even possible. They were all heralding the arrival of the New Paradigm.

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Asset-Backed Mutual Fund Launched by Angel Oak

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Angel Oak Capital Advisors, LLC (Angel Oak) is pleased to announce the launch of the Angel Oak Multi Strategy Income Fund (The Fund, Ticker: ANGLX). The Fund offers an easier way for individual and professional investors to invest in alternative fixed income instruments. It seeks to achieve high current income while providing less interest rate sensitivity than traditional fixed income assets.

The fund is managed by an Angel Oak team headed by portfolio managers Brad Friedlander and Ashish Negandhi.

“Our strategy initially is to focus on the asset-backed securities market. This asset class has traditionally been available only to hedge fund like structures, so we are excited to be opening a mutual fund that takes advantage of these types of opportunities in the fixed income marketplace,” said Friedlander, Angel Oak’s managing partner. Even though the initial focus will be on the asset-backed securities market, the Fund’s versatility allows the portfolio management team to continuously evaluate relative-value opportunities across all areas of the fixed income market. The advisor’s knowledge and expertise enhances its ability to incorporate alternative, structured and traditional fixed income.

“The Fund invests across fixed rate and floating rate securities, in an effort to effectively manage the interest rate risk of the overall portfolio according to our current views on the market,” added Friedlander.

Investors can purchase the Fund directly or through TD Ameritrade. More options to purchase the fund will be available over the coming months.

About Angel Oak Capital Advisors, LLC

Angel Oak Capital Advisors, LLC, is a boutique asset management firm based in Atlanta, with $200 million in assets under management. The firm is a fixed income specialist focused on creating value through fundamental credit analysis and asset selection.  The widely experienced Angel Oak Capital team targets its strategies to the unique needs of institutional investors and individuals. For more information, visit


Disclosure Statement: Past results are not indicative of future results. There is risk of loss when investing in mutual funds. Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Angel Oak Multi Strategy Income Fund. This and other important information about the Fund is contained in the Prospectus, which can be obtained by calling 678-856-3275. The Prospectus should be read carefully before investing.

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Gold vs. The Fed

Gold vs. The Fed

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There were no worldwide financial crises of major magnitude during the Bretton Woods era (1947 to 1971), proving that Gold and Free Markets are a more efficient regulator of monetary policy than the Federal Reserve. When it last met, the FOMC signaled its desire to increase the rate of inflation by providing additional monetary stimulus. This policy is based on a false and dangerous premise – that manipulating the dollar’s buying power will lead to higher employment and economic growth. But empirical experience of the past 40 years points to the opposite conclusion. Guaranteeing a stable value for the dollar by restoring dollar-gold convertibility would be the surest way for the FED to achieve its dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability. For the 20 years (1947 to 1967) under dollar-gold convertibility, unemployment averaged only 4.7% and never rose above 7%, while real growth averaged 4% a year. Low unemployment and high growth coincided with low inflation, which averaged only 1.9% while interest rates were low and stable. However, since 1971 when President Nixon introduced Socialist Price Controls and formally broke the link between the dollar and gold, the USA has suffered higher unemployment (averaging 6.2%, more than 1.5 percentage points above the 1947-67 average) and lower real growth rates (averaging less than 3%). In addition, we have since experienced the three worst recessions since the end of World War II, with the unemployment rate averaging 8.5% in 1975, 9.7% in 1982, and above 9.8% for the past 2 years. During these 39 years of Government and FED manipulation, the consumer-price index rose, on average, 4.4% a year. That means that a dollar today is only worth about 1/6th of what it was worth in 1971.

Interest rates, too, have been high and unstable with Treasuries averaging more than 8% and hitting a high in 1980 of 21% and until 2003, never falling below 6%. This is symptomatic of the monetary uncertainty that has reduced the economy’s ability to recover from both external and internal shocks and led directly to one financial crisis after another. The world suffered no fewer than 10 major financial crises, beginning with the Oil Crisis of 1973 and culminating in the Financial Crisis of 2008-09, and now the Sovereign Debt Crisis and potential Currency Wars of 2010-11, and a MUNI Bond crisis looming for 2011. At the center of each of these crises were gyrating currency values – as the dollar’s value gyrates, it produces windfall profits and losses destroying the Capitalist System by interfering with the life blood signals given off by Supply and Demand. Thus, it never achieves the false promises that a floating dollar would make American labor more competitive and improve the nation’s trade balances. In 1967, one Dollar could buy the equivalent of 2.4 Euros and 362 Yen. Over the succeeding 42 years, the Dollar has been devalued by 72% against the Euro and 75% against the Yen. Yet net exports have fallen from surpluses up until 1967 to a $450 billion deficit today. The FOMC, like their predecessors, after 42 years still do not know what it is that needs to be done. By keeping the federal-funds rate near zero for almost two years, small businesses still cannot get loans and seniors not only suffer from the loss of safe retirement income due to artificially low interest rates, but they’re now advocating higher inflation at a time when their measures of inflation have completely broken down and are distrusted by everybody, both Foreign and Domestic, in the fallacious hopes of spurring economic growth and creating jobs. Economists may disagree on why the Gold Standard (Capitalism) delivered such superior results compared to the recurrent instability and overall inferior economic performance delivered by the current system (Socialism), but the data is clear. A Gold-based Capitalist System delivers higher employment and more price stability. The time has come to begin the serious work of reversing our accelerating march towards European style Socialism and move back as quickly as possible to a Gold backed Capitalist system for the benefit of America and the World.

The Communist’s desire for worldwide domination through an appointed UN, has been succeeding slowly but surely over the last 65 years, by first constantly changing their names from Progressives to Democrats, to Liberals (Socialists) and now back again to Progressives. This is an ongoing attempt to fool the electorate as to what and who they really are and blame their failures on Capitalism. Their political success really blossomed when the Socialists succeeded in taking over control of our education system so that even so called Conservative Economists were brought up on text books written by Socialists. (I was brought up on Samuelson and Keynes, but fortunately for me I could not get into Princeton or Harvard because their Jewish quota was full). They have succeeded to the point that, with the backing of a Liberal Press and Media, they are now blaming the debacle that we are now in on greedy banks, investors and businesses under the Capitalist system, feeding speculation and poor judgment. In truth the two housing bubbles were fed totally by 40 years of government interference with the workings of Capitalism.

Not knowing what else to do beginning in 2001, individual investors started accumulating Gold, while both the governments and their bankers were dumping Gold in an effort to hold down its rise. But today, most country’s central bankers are now piling back into Gold in hopes of finding a safe haven, while trying to get out of Fiat Currency, especially Euros and US Dollars (while trying their best to avoid crashing the dollar. This is a common sense response to the FOMC’s intention to decrease the buying power of the Dollar and destroy our savings.


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