"There are two sorts of wealth-getting, as I have said; one is a part of household management, the other is retail trade: the former necessary and honorable, while that which consists in exchange is justly censured; for it is unnatural, and a mode by which men gain from one another. The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural."
- Politics, Aristotle, 350 B.C.
"The Jew alone regards his race as superior to humanity, and looks forward not to its ultimate union with other races, but to its triumph over them all and to its final ascendancy under the leadership of a tribal Messiah."
- Goldwin Smith, The Jewish Question, October 1881
“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”
- President Woodrow Wilson 1916
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
- David Rockefeller, Baden-Baden, Germany 1991
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
- Henry Ford
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, letter to Col. House, November 21, l933
“One of the least understood strategies of the world revolution now moving rapidly toward its goal is the use of mind control as a major means of obtaining the consent of the people who will be subjects of the New World Order.”
- The National Educator, K.M. Heaton
"We Jews, we, the destroyers, will remain the destroyers for ever. Nothing that you will do will meet our needs and demands. We will for ever destroy because we need a world of our own, a God-world, which it is not in your nature to build."
- Maurice Samuels, You Gentiles, 1924
“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”
- David Rockefeller
“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.”
- Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991
"Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." –Mark Twain
If you want to begin to understand and appreciate the work of Mike Stathis, from his market forecasts and securities analysis to his political and economic analysis, you will first need to learn how to think clearly. For many, this will be a cleansing process that could take quite a long time to complete depending on each individual.
The best way to begin to clear your mind is to first move forward with this series of steps:
1. GET RID OF YOUR TV SET (at least cancel your cable)
2. REFUSE TO USE YOUR PHONE TO TEXT
3. DO NOT USE A "SMART PHONE" (or at least do not use your phone to access the internet)
4. STAY AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
The cleansing process will take time but you can hasten the process by being proactive in exercising your mind.
You should also be aware of a very common behavior exhibited by humans who have been exposed to the various aspects of modern society. This behavior occurs when an individual overestimates his abilities and knowledge, while underestimating his weaknesses and lack of understanding. This behavior has been coined the "Dunning-Kruger Effect" after to sociologists who described it in a research publication. See here.
Many people today think they are virtual experts on every topic they regard with relevance. The reason for this illusory behavior is because these individuals typically allow themselves to become brainwashed by various media outlets. The more information these individuals obtain on these topics from the media, the more qualified they feel they are in these subjects, without realizing that the media is not a valid source with which to use for understanding something. The media always has bias and can never be relied on to represent the full truth.
A perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect can be seen with many individuals who listen to talk radio shows. These shows are politically biased and consist of individuals who resemble used car salesmen more than intellectuals. These talking heads brainwash their audience with cherry-picked facts, misstatements and lies regarding relevant issues such as healthcare, immigration, Social Security, Medicaid, economics, science, and so forth. They also select guests for interview based on the agendas they wish to fulfill with their advertisers.
Once their audience has been indoctrinated by these propagandists, they feel qualified to discuss these topics on the same level as a real authority, without realizing that they obtained their understanding from individuals who are employed as professional liars and manipulators by the media. Another good example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect can be seen upon examination of political pundits, stock market and economic analysts on TV. They talk a good game because they are professional speakers. But once you examine their track record, it is clear that these individuals are largely wrong, but they have developed an inflated sense of expertise and knowledge on topics for which they continuously demonstrate their incompetence.
One of the most insightful analogies created to explain how things are often not what you see was Plato's Allegory of the Cave, from Book 7 of the Republic.
We highly recommend that you study this masterpiece in great detail so that you are better able to use logic and reason.Although we recommend you read and study The Allegory of the Cave, you can get a flavor for its meaning by watching the following video.
If you can learn how to think like a philosopher, specifically one of the great ancient Greek philosophers, it is highly unlikely that you will ever be fooled by con artists like those who make ridiculous and unfounded claims in order to pump gold and silver, the typical get-rich-quick or multi-level marketing (MLM) crowd.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
King James Bible - Matthew 7:15
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." –Mark Twain
All Viewpoints Are Not Created Equal Just because something is published in print, online or aired in the broadcast media does not make it accurate. In fact, more often than not the larger the audience, the more likely the content is either inaccurate or slanted. The next time you read something about economics or investments, you should ask two main questions in order to assess the credibility of the source. Is the source biased in any way? That is, do they have any agendas which would provide any type of benefit accounting for their views? Most individuals either sell ads on their site or are dealers of precious metals or securities. That means their views are biased and cannot be relied upon.
Is your source is credible?
Most people associate credibility with name-recognition. But more often than not, name-recognition serves as a predictor of bias if not lack of credibility because the more a name is recognized, the more the individual has been plastered in the media. And every intelligent person knows that individuals who have been provided with media exposure because they are either naive or clueless. The media positions these types of individuals as “credible experts” in order to please its financial sponsors; Wall Street.
Instead of name-recognition or media celebrity status, you must determine whether your source has relevant experience on Wall Street as opposed to being self-taught. But this is just a basic hurdle that in itself by no means ensures the source is competent or credible. More important, always examine the track record of your source in depth, looking for accuracy and specific forecasts rather than open-ended statements. You must also look for timing since a broken clock is always right once a day. Finally, make sure they do not cherry-pick their best calls. Always examine their entire track record.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
King James Bible - Matthew 7:15
The above questions require only slight modification for use in determining the credibility of sources that discuss other topics, such as politics, healthcare, etc.We have compiled the most extensive publication exposing hundreds of con men pertaining to the financial publishing and securities industry, although we also cover numerous con men in the media and other front groups since they are all associated in some way with each other.
There is perhaps no one else in the world capable of shedding the full light on these con men other than Mike Stathis. Mike has been studying the indistry for well over a decade. Alhough he has published numerous articles and videos addressing this dark side of the industry, the entire collection can be found in our ENCYCLOPEDIA of Bozos, Hacks, Snake Oil Salesmen and Faux Heroes.
At AVA Investment Analytics, we don't try to pump gold, silver or equities like many others you see because we are not promoters or marketers. And we do not receive any compensation whatsoever (including from ads) from our content. We provide individual investors, financial advisers, analysts and fund managers with world-class research, education and unique insight.
If you listen to the media, most likely it is costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost money at minimum over the course of your lifetime. The deceit, lies and useless guidance from the financial media certainly is a large contributor of these losses to the sheep you pay attention.
But a good deal of lost wealth comes in the form of excessive consumerism which the media seeks to impose on its audience. You aren’t going to know that you’re being brainwashed or that you have lost $1 million or $2 million over your life time due to the media, but I can guarantee you that with rare exception this is the reality for those who are naïve enough to waste time on the media.
It gets worse. By listening to the media, you are likely to also suffer ill health effects through the lack of timely coverage of toxic prescription drugs or through the ridiculous medical shows, all of which are supportive of the medical-industrial complex.
And if you seek out the so-called "alternative media" you might make the mistake of relying on con men like Kevin Trudeau or Alex Jones. This could be a deadly decision. As bad as traditional media is, the so-called "alternative media" is even worse.
Why Does the Media Air Liars and Con Men?
The goal of the media is NOT to serve its audience because the audience does NOT pay the bills.
The goal of the media is to please its sponsors, or the companies that spend huge dollars buying ads, and in order for companies to justify these expenses, they need the media to represent their cause. The media does this by airing idiots and con men who mislead and confuse their audience.
By engaging in "journalistic fraud," the media steers its audience into the arms of its advertisers because the audience is now misled and confused, so in the case of the financial media, it seeks the assistance of Wall Street brokerage firms, mutual funds, insurance companies, precious metals dealers. This is why advertisers pay big money to be promoted in the financial media.
We see the same thing on a more obvious note in the so-called "alternative media," which is really a remanufactured version of the so-called "mainstream media." Do not be fooled. There is no such thing as the "alternative media."
In order to be considered "media" you must have content that has widespread channels of distribution. Thus, all "media" is widely distributed and the same powers that control the distribution of the so-called "mainstream media" also control the distribution of the so-called "alternative media."
The claim that there is an "alternative media" is merely a sales pitch designed to capture the audience that has since given up on the "mainstream media." The tactic is a very common one used by con men.
The same tactic is used by Washington to convince naive voters that there are meaningful differences between the nation's two political parties. In reality, both parties are essentially the same when it comes to issues that matter most (trade policy, healthcare and war). Anyone who tells you anything different simply isn't thinking straight.
On this site, we expose the lies and the liars in the media. We discuss and reveal the motives and track record of the media’s hand-selected charlatans with a focus on the financial media.
No one has generated a more accurate track record in the investment markets over the past several years than Mike Stathis. Yet, the financial media wants nothing to do with Stathis.
You aren't even going to hear him on the radio being interviewed.
You aren't going to see him mentioned on any websites either.
You won't read or hear of his remarkable track record unless you read about it on this website or read his books.
You should be wondering why this might be. Some of you already know the answer.
The media has banned Mike Stathis because the trick is to air clowns so that the audience will be steered into the hands of the media's financial sponsors - Wall Street and gold dealers.
And as for the radio shows and websites that either don't know about Stathis or don't care to hear what he has to say, the fact is that they are so stupid that they assume those who are plastered in the media are credible. And since they haven't seen or heard Stathis in the media, even if they come across him, they automatically assume he's a nobody in the investment world simply because he has no media exposure.
Well, if media exposure was a testament to knowledge, credibility and excellent track records, Peter Schiff's clients would be a lot happier when they looked at their account balance.
Others only care about pitching what’s deemed as the “hot” topic because this sells ads in terms of more site visits or reads. This is why you come across so many websites based on doom and conspiratorial horse shit run by con artists looking to cash in on ads.
We have donated countless hours and huge sums of money towards the pursuit of exposing the con men, lies and fraud. We continue this mission but we cannot continue it forever without your assistance.
We have been banned by virtually every media platform in the U.S and every website (mainly because we expose the truth about gold and silver).
We have been banned from use of email marketing providers.
The fact is that the Jewish Mafia has declared war on us because we have exposed the realities of the U.S. government, Wall Street and corporate America.
Note that we only began discussing the role of Jews in criminality by 2009, three years AFTER we had been black-listed by the media, so no one can say that our criticism of the Jewish Mafia has led to being black-listed, not that it would even be acceptable.
You can talk about the Italian Mafia, and Jewish Hollywood can make 100s of movies about it...
BUT YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT THE JEWISH MAFIA.
We rely on you to help spread the word about us. Just remember this. We don’t have to do what we are doing.
We could do as everyone else and focus on making money. We are doing sacrificing everything because in this day and age, unfortunately, the truth is revolutionary. It is also critical in order to prevent the complete enslavement of world citizenry.
On Exposure: No one who has significant exposure can be trusted because those who are responsible for permitting such exposure have allowed it for a very good reason, and that reason does not serve your best interests.
On Spotting Frauds: Whenever you wish to know whether someone can be trusted, always remember this golden rule..."a man is judged by the company he keeps."
This is a very important rule to remember because con men almost always belong to the same network.
You will see the same con artists referencing each other, on blog rolls and so forth.
I continue where I left off from Part 2 of this report. 
In support of their claims of an economic recovery, Washington cheerleaders and Wall Street hacks continue to focus on ancillary metrics like GDP and corporate profits, all while fudging inflation data.  
The claim made that a recovery is in place can be easily refuted using simple math. If you don’t have healthy employment, you don’t have a healthy economy. In a nation whereby consumers account for close to 70% of the economy, economic growth is ultimately driven by jobs. 
Before we examine the GDP data, I wanted to discuss some of the shortfalls with the use of this metric as an indicator of economic growth. The gross domestic product is a measure of the value of all goods and services produced in the national economy available for consumption. As the single most relied upon metric of economic health, GDP has numerous flaws which I detailed in America’s Financial Apocalypse and elsewhere.
Boosting GDP Using Debt
First, GDP numbers say nothing about the source of consumption, whether it’s from cash on hand or mounting debt. Consequently, at anytime Washington can borrow trillions of dollars and send it to consumers and state and local government programs so as to artificially boost the data. This is precisely what we have seen going back to the Bush Administration.
As you can appreciate, this by no means represents real economic growth. It’s similar to so many of America’s $30,000 millionaires who drown themselves in debt, buying all of the latest trendy gadgets and designer clothes, all while taking out an 8-year loan to buy Navigator, so as to appear well off. These individuals are not only not well off, but by racking up a huge debt, they have dug a deep hole for themselves.
This is precisely what Washington has done by issuing trillions of dollars to bailout the global banking system, real estate tax credits, economic stimulus plans and so forth. Obama’s latest tax cut has only made matters worse at a time when fiscal prudence is absolutely critical to the nation’s long-term future. 
GDP Growth Doesn’t Necessarily Lead to Higher Productivity
Another shortcoming of GDP is that it measures output that produces no net change or productivity, such as that seen for reconstruction of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina or the wars in the Middle East. While capital was pumped into the region to help restore living standards, no net improvement was made relative to before the disaster (unless you count the estimated $1.5 billion stolen from FEMA by some). Yet, GDP data assumes these expenditures resulted in improvements. In fact, one could argue that living conditions are worse now. I’m sure those who have been exposed to the formaldehyde-laden mobile homes would agree.
The same may be said of the Wall Street bailout. This was a huge sum of money shuttled to criminals who would have been ten feet deep by now if they had pulled off in China what they did in the U.S. Aided by a relaxation of prudent accounting standards, bank profits have boosted GDP. The problem is that there are no real profits.
GDP Is Poorly Correlated to Living Standards
The importance of GDP as an economic indicator is reflected by its frequent use as a measure of living standards within an economy or nation. However, there are many weaknesses in the use of GDP as a measure of a nation’s living standard. In short, GDP only provides an overall measure of economic output of a given nation, but speaks nothing of individual living standards or the overall well-being of a population. As well, GDP numbers include government spending, such as that for Katrina and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’d like to know how spending $2 trillion for wars in the Middle East adds to GDP growth.
Consider that a nation which exports 100 percent of its production (Iraq for instance, due to oil exports) might have a high GDP, but not necessarily a high standard of living. As it turns out, many other factors are involved in determination of living standards, such as employment and wage data, inflation, interest rates, currency exchange rates, debt levels, fiscal and monetary policy, and government benefits.
The counterargument is that while GDP may not provide an accurate measure of living standards, trends in living conditions tend to move in the direction of changing GDP data. While that may be true over a long time frame, in my opinion that cannot be said necessarily for less than a five-year period.
Yet, when GDP figures are released each quarter, the stock and bond markets react as if this number has provided an accurate picture of the economy. In reality, this is rarely the case. And when Washington wants to assure consumers that the economy is strong, officials remind us that the U.S. has the world’s largest GDP of any major nation, and thus the highest living standards.
What they fail to mention is that the methods used to calculate GDP are flawed. As well, the productivity gains have not been equally distributed to all Americans. If in fact GDP data serves as an accurate measure of improvement in living standards, it only applies to the top 10% of wage earners at best.
Annualized GDP Data is Extrapolated
When the Commerce Department reports GDP figures each quarter, the data isn’t reported like a U.S. corporation. When a corporation provides an earnings statement, it shows comparisons of revenue, earnings, etc. from the same quarter of the previous year (called year-over-year reporting).
In contrast, the U.S. government reports changes in GDP relative to the previous quarter. In addition, each quarterly GDP figure is annualized or multiplied by a factor of four, which implies this quarterly figure will continue over the next three quarters. Why do corporations report year-over-year numbers but the U.S. government reports a rolling, highly inaccurate, annualized number?
Consider that year-over-year numbers minimize the effects of business and economic cycles. The fact is that all businesses (and therefore government operations) experience changes in business health and earnings due to seasonal or business cycle fluctuations inherent to their industry, the dynamics of the company, and the economic cycle. Therefore, in order to minimize the effects of these variables, companies report the year-over-year changes. In conclusion, because each quarterly GDP figure is extrapolated over 12 months, it’s virtually impossible to detect GDP trends accurately even if the numbers, when reported were accurate. But as we shall see next, accurate reporting is rare.
GDP Data is Revised for Up to 5 Years
If the previous considerations haven’t been enough for you to question the accuracy of GDP data, you should keep in mind that Washington provides GDP revisions for up to five years after the data was first reported. That’s why you often hear adjustments to GDP numbers long after they were first made public. It’s also why the government often changes the dates of recessions several months and sometimes many years later.
While these adjustments might be a valuable exercise for historians, they do nothing to alert consumers and investors of the current and future expected economic environment. There’s no way to consistently and accurately predict future growth trends using GDP data due to these inaccuracies.
Relying solely on GDP data that is subject to revision for up to five years is too inaccurate to provide a reliable measure of economic activity. But when you consider how poorly GDP data reflects real economic activity for consumers, it becomes even more dubious.
Thus, it’s easy to see that a nation that is increasing its debt can show healthy GDP numbers when in fact the picture isn’t as rosy as reported. This is especially true when credit spending has accounted for a large amount of the GDP growth, as in America’s case.
Therefore, when examining GDP data, one should investigate where and how the productivity occurred, whether there was net improvement to the majority of Americans, and what costs (debt or deficit) were incurred, rather than focusing on the magnitude of the number.
The best way to measure economic growth and changes in living standards is to examine other macroeconomic indicators in addition to GDP, such as interest rate (yield curve) and inflation trends (the CPI and PPI, core and non-core), trade imbalances, currency exchange rate trends, job loss and recovery, underemployment, real wage and benefit growth, debt and money flow trends.
And if you do elect to use GDP as a measure of economic activity, at least measure it accurately and make the appropriate adjustments. 
I point to the problems with GDP data because this is the primary metric used by economists to determine the strength of the economy. And because most other metrics remain miserable (employment and the real estate market) there has been an especially strong emphasis on recent GDP data by economists as proof of an economic recovery. Now that you have an idea how unrevealing this fudged GDP data is, hopefully you will look past the propaganda delivered by Washington, Wall Street and the media.
Now let’s take a look at pride and glory of Washington and Wall Street; GDP data.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Recall that in 2008 the economy shrank for 4 consecutive quarters; the longest stretch of economic decline since the Great Depression. In addition, GDP fell into the negative territory during this collapse; the first time that has happened since the Great Depression.
While GDP certainly did not collapse to the –30% GDP or so as recorded during the Great Depression, one cannot make one-for-one comparisons because there are too many differences between the two periods as you can imagine.
Washington has handed out trillions of dollars in a variety of forms as a manner by which to fool the America people, from home and auto subsidies, to emergency relief for states. This has been responsible for a partial rebound in GDP as the previous chart illustrates. But this is not real GDP growth because it’s come on borrowed money.
As a result of this printing frenzy by the Fed and wasteful tax dollars via Washington, the economy has registered 5 consecutive quarters of GDP growth according to the agencies responsible for manipulating the data. However, according to my own analysis, once GDP has been adjusted for debt spending and for expenditures that do not contribute to improved living standards, there has been not one quarter of real economic growth since 2007.
In fact, if we go back to 2002, from my estimates there have only been maybe 4 or 5 quarters of GDP growth (out of 36) after adjusting for debt spending and other tricks used by Washington and the Fed to create the illusion of a recovery.
When monitoring GDP data, it’s important to keep track of previous rather than final estimates because the stock market moves several months in advance of economic data. Earlier in the year, Q3 estimates were above 3%. In recent months, economists slashed these estimates, largely without mention by the media. But as lowered revisions materialized and housing subsidies expired, the stock market has continued to rise. This is not good because the market has not been adequately factoring in the real economic data in my opinion.
Much to my surprise, Q3 GDP was recently revised up from 2.0% to 2.5%. The upward revision was attributed to increased labor income gains that trickled down to fuel consumer spending which rose at the fastest pace since Q4 2006. By now you can imagine that I do not trust this data. However, I predicted the momentum would carry over into the Holiday season, especially given that retailers were bending over backwards to reign in customers with all kinds of discounts and promotions. But keep in mind that a good deal of optimism has been factored into the U.S. stock market.
In November, the Philadelphia Regional Federal Reserve Bank reported the results of a survey of forecasters responsible for estimating GDP. They revised Q4 GDP data estimates down from 2.8% to 2.2%. I have continued to forecast further downward revisions in GDP, so this comes as no surprise. You should note that this downward revision was not reported in the mainstream news.
In the February 2010 AVA Investment Analytics newsletter, I stated the following...
“In order to get the unemployment rate down by just 1%, GDP would have to grow by at least 5% by 2010, which is virtually impossible, even with the massive spending by Washington. Based on this, you can make your own estimates about how long the U.S. will have a high unemployment rate.
I’ll give you some assistance here. In the BEST of scenarios, based on current spending projections, I would estimate that over the next ten years, GDP will grow by an average of 3.5%.
But the U.S. would need at least 5 years of GDP growth at around 5% in order to bring unemployment down to around the “fully employed” level of around 5.0%. That also assumes the other five years will average about 3-3.5% GDP growth.
I can tell you now this scenario is EXTREMELY unlikely, UNLESS we see many additional stimulus packages. But of course additional stimulus packages will be like trading apples for apples because more debt spending will hamper the long-term growth of the economy.
As you can imagine by now, what this means is a lost decade at best.
You should also note that about 65% of the impressive 5.7% GDP growth (2009 Q4 data, which has since been revised down to 5%) was from industrial production; not to meet consumer demand, but to rebuild inventories.
So the next leg is for consumers to deplete inventories so that production will continue. This isn’t going to happen. You should expect to see Q1 2010 GDP data much lower and I expect even worse data for Q2 2010.
We must also question whether funds are being spent to ensure a long-term recovery by boosting demand. I have concluded that both objectives have fallen well short of what is required.
The effects of this collapse will be felt for at least a decade, probably two.”
Source: February 2010 AVA Investment Analytics newsletter.
I also want to discuss some sobering data I presented several months ago. Job growth is directly correlated to GDP as you can imagine. As the first chart shows, the effects of the collapse have permanently lowered GDP through at least 2020. This is based primarily on projections for employment and GDP.
Financial Crisis Permanently Lowers GDP
GDP % Change, Before and After Crisis
By some estimates, GDP would have to average 6-7% annually over the next decade in order to recoup pre-crisis levels. That’s not going to happen.
Understand that in order to keep pace with population growth, at least 160,000 new jobs (or a generously conservative estimate of 125,000) must be created every month. Currently, there are about 2.5 million jobs LESS than in 1999. Over this period, there has been a net loss of jobs (adjusted for population growth) of about 11.5 million. Thus, in order to reach this previous level of employment, we would need to see around 700,000 to 800,000 new jobs every month for about 2 years. While that kind of job creation may happen in China and India, it sure isn’t going to be seen anytime soon in the U.S.
Americans need good jobs; jobs with employee benefits. And they need raises that at least keep up with inflation. Since 1999, real median incomes have not increased by one penny. In fact, they are declined. When you calculate the cumulative inflation since then, you can see how much median incomes have been carved down. Now add the poor effect (a boost in personal savings rates in response to the economic collapse, predicted in America’s Financial Apocalypse) due to the loss in investment and retirement account values and real estate values (i.e. the loss of the wealth effect) and you can see things are miserable.
Next, add a 150% increase in health insurance premiums and a 250% increase in energy costs over the same time frame, and it should be obvious that middle-class Americans (what remains of them) are struggling. The situation is much worse for lower-class Americans who are struggling just to pay for basic necessities. And the results show.
Despite the various subsidies, tax credits, relief packages and other programs established by Washington, 43 Americans are on food stamps, while even more are living in poverty. These expenditures have been allocated so that Washington can make claims that a depression has not set in. However, this debt will come at a price. If you are not willing to pay the piper now, the cost will be much higher down the road. This is a fact.
If it weren’t for the tax payer-funded food stamp program, you would see 43 million Americans in bread lines. And rather than the 42 million Americans determined to be in poverty according to Washington’s inadequate and outdated methods of calculation, my own estimates place around 90 million Americans in poverty. 
I have discussed the problems with the official inflation data going back to the chapter I wrote on how the government manipulates economic data in America’s Financial Apocalypse. As well, I discussed the problems in many previous issues of this newsletter. 
But why would Washington care to suppress inflation data?
The CPI is used to adjust for annual changes in lease payments, wages in union contracts, food-stamp benefits, alimony, and to determine tax brackets. Thus, miscalculation of this one number can have broad-reaching effects on the benefits and wages of millions.
But it is also used to determine benefit increases to Social Security (via CPI-W), Medicare, and Medicaid. With these programs in deep trouble (Social Security is not in nearly as bad of shape as Medicare and Medicaid) Washington is doing all it can to minimize cost of living adjustments. Finally, suppression of inflation data would also decrease the future liabilities of government programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Now you should realize why inflation data is being suppressed.
By now, most of you probably agree that something just doesn’t seem right about Washington’s claims of low inflation. If you’re like me, when you go to the grocery store, it sure seems like inflation is severe.
I recall just three years ago you could buy a candy bar for a normal price of $0.49. Today, that same candy bar at the same retail outlets goes for $0.99. You see a similar level of inflation with other food items, although many consumers are not aware of the tricks producers have used to reduce container sizes.
Meanwhile, inflation in Canada has reached a 2-year high of 2.4% in October. Unlike the main culprit of inflation in China (food), Canada’s inflation has been largely due to fuel prices.
While the collapse of the commodities bubble and banking crisis in late 2008 resulted in a brief period deflation, all other claims of deflation since then have been unfounded. As I discussed in a previous newsletter issue, we had been experiencing some disinflation rather than deflation. However, inflationary forces have clearly taken center stage. 
For several months now, most consumers have felt the effects of inflation. Yet, the official data shows only a very modest amount of inflation. How can this be? The reason for this is simple. Since housing costs account for about 40% of the inflation data, it’s easy to realize that because real estate pricing and rental equivalence costs have collapsed from previous bubble levels, the housing component has added a large deflationary contribution to the total data. Because the housing component of the total inflation data is so large, it has masked the large inflation seen in food, energy, healthcare, higher education and other goods and services; the goods and services working people need to survive.
The problem is that inflation in food, energy and healthcare hits working-class Americans very hard. And because the U.S. is able to export inflation due to the dollar-oil link, we are seeing significant amounts of inflation throughout the globe. For instance, food and energy inflation is causing significant problems for China’s economy.
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As Washington released numerous economic stimulus packages, the rest of the world was forced to follow suit. The reason is quite simple. Because the dollar is positioned as the universal currency through its links to crude oil and other commodities, every time the U.S. prints an excessive amount of money, the rest of the world must do the same in order to neutralize the effects of devaluation of their currency. As you can imagine, this has led to global inflationary forces that promise to increase over the next several years.
The Fed to the Rescue
The Federal Reserve has offered its own solution to the unemployment problem. They have called it quantitative easing. It was used a couple of years ago in response to the financial crisis. This second phase of QE involves a $600 billion purchase of U.S. Treasury securities to take place over the next several months.
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Bernanke argues that this program will reduce interest rates and lead to high stock prices, while encouraging spending by consumers and businesses, leading to job creation. However, this approach is completely flawed, as rates are already extremely low.
As well, businesses are flush with nearly $2 trillion in cash. And consumers continue to save money while paying off debt. Lowering rates a tad won’t do a bit of good other than to provide more of a bailout to banks.
Rather than the result of printing money directly as many have claimed, QE basically involves some book entries into the Fed’s balance sheet. So instead of new government bonds being auctioned off to foreign investors, the Fed plans to soak up this debt and hold it on its own balance sheet.
Combined with the previous phase of QE, the Fed will soon hold nearly $3 trillion of debt on its balance sheet.
So how will the Fed eliminate this debt?
Well, the easiest way is to create a large amount of inflation so it can be bought off inexpensively.
The Federal Reserve Bank is responsible for keeping inflation and unemployment low. However, they are doing just the opposite. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke continues to warn emerging economies (specifically China) that the artificial suppression of their currencies is adding risk to the global economy.
The problem is that the latest phase of quantitative easing, totaling $600 billion is artificially although indirectly devaluing the dollar. As a result, the U.S. is exporting inflation throughout the globe at an accelerated pace. And China is the primary recipient of U.S. inflation. And if China feels the effects of inflation so will Brazil, the U.S. and the rest of the world. That’s the down side of relying on one nation to pull the globe out of a depression. When it falls, the rest of the globe will tumble.
This latest phase of quantitative easing will continue to reflate the asset bubble, not only in the U.S. but also throughout the globe. Speculation in the stock market will increase with no happy ending. But for now, things don’t look so bad according to investors, as gauged by the performance of the U.S. equalities market.
There are many more consequences due to the actions taken by the Fed. With Treasury yields expected to decline as the result of quantitative easing, smaller nations face the risk of large investment inflows into their higher-yielding government securities. And once this money is pulled out it could create a major shock to these economies. Thus far, yields across the globe have risen. The problem is that they have risen even in emerging economies where yields were already high. As a result, massive amounts of investment capital has flooded into some of the least developed nations on earth, sending a wave of inflation that is not going to end anytime soon.
The carry trade, hyped up a couple of years ago by the media and others who have no clue what’s going (and thereafter took on a life of its own via the sheep effect) on is now a very big problem. Already, Brazil has raised this foreign investment tax (called the IOF) from 2% to 4% in order to help discourage speculation from foreign investors. Even with higher taxes for foreign investment, Brazil’s 10.75% interest rate remains very lucrative for banks that have essentially no cost of borrowing. After collapsing the global economy and being rewarded with trillions of dollars in bailout funds, the banks continue to siphon off what’s left of wealth everywhere they smell it. And they have noses that can sniff out a dime from a thousand miles away.
Meanwhile, as I have discussed in previous issues, the longer and lower interest rates remain, the more underfunded the public and private pensions will become. This will eventually create a drag on the economy. But never mind, so long as it allows banks to make easy money. After all, when you have a world that is ultimately under the control of an international banking cartel, why bother worrying about working-class people?
The next chart is one worth remembering, as it really paints an accurate picture of the situation we face. As you can see, GDP has already reached pre-collapse levels. As well, forecasts from the IMF, World Bank, IMF, OECD, Washington and other members of the global establishment conclude that GDP growth for much of the developed world (other than Europe) to surpass pre-collapse levels over the next 2-3 years.
Brazil has already surpassed these levels while China and India have come close. Meanwhile, inflationary pressures in China, Brazil and India threaten to dampen their current growth rate. This has several implications which I discuss in the January 2010 newsletter.
As discussed in America’s Financial Apocalypse, much of America’s economic growth since the dotcom recession has been an illusion fueled by the real estate bubble; another one of Greenspan’s bubbles created as a way to mitigate the effects of the dotcom implosion. Now Bernanke is creating his first bubble along with Washington.
Perhaps the most significant indicator of global inflationary forces can be demonstrated upon examination of the CRB, the commodities index. As you can see, the CRB is now retesting the highs made in the summer of 2008 during the commodities bubble.
As the U.S. continues to feel the effects of America’s Second Great Depression, consumers have once again resumed their habit of excessive spending relative to production.
The following chart shows the collapse of GDP during late 2008. As you can see, industrial output took the brunt of the losses. We have not seen a significant rebound in this data.
When we look at the nation’s productivity since 1995, you can see that having a college degree has not offered much of an advantage in compensation growth over high school graduates. When adjusted for lost time in the labor market as well as student loan debt burden, compensation growth for college grads has actually underperformed that of high school grads. Notice the gap between productivity and compensation growth. As economic growth rises, we should see a similar rise in wages in the labor force. As the chart shows, this has not happened.
So where have the economic gains from this period gone to? Corporate profits, which have trickled down to only the top 1% of Americans in the form of executive compensation and large holdings of equity. 
U.S. consumers and workers have taken the beating for the criminal activities of Wall Street. Meanwhile, Wall Street has been handsomely rewarded for its large role in this economic collapse by receiving tax payer bailouts. This is a disgrace.
Similar to all U.S. presidents in recent decades, Obama lacks the backbone to stand up to his puppet masters. With much regret, I must confess we are truly witnessing the permanent decline of the United States.
The U.S. has become the world leader in crony capitalism. Instead of a free and fair market place, the U.S. economy can be described as casino capitalism. Millions of good jobs are gone forever. Corporations have formed oligopolies, while committing accounting and tax payer fraud. Banks take enormous risks in order to land massive payouts. Washington has been bought off to ensure there will be no accountability for fraud and incompetence. The entire system is designed to punish the little guy, while turning its head when massive fraud is committed by powerful individuals and corporations.      
Bernanke is following the destructive path taken by Greenspan in response to the dotcom recession. In my opinion, both Greenspan and Bernanke should be arrested, along with thousands of Wall Street bankers for their role in securities fraud. But of course the media never mentions this. And your favorite financial “expert” plastered all over the media never bothers to mention this either. 
It’s quite simple to understand what’s going on if you take the time to think about things. Any person with media exposure who does not call for indictments of the Wall Street executives who orchestrated this collapse is NOT on your side. That means everyone who gives regular interviews with the media, as not a single one of these so-called “experts” has made this statement because they know the media would no longer provide them with airtime.
These “experts” are more concerned with protecting their position as a pundit because it provides them with free marketing which they use to lure the suckers in with their cleverly crafted sales pitches of “imminent hyperinflation” and “$5000 gold and $500 silver,” while laughing all the way to the bank.    
Everywhere you turn these days, you see these guys on TV, you will hear them on the radio and you will read them on the Internet and in print media. They are all in the same club, and they are NOT on YOUR SIDE. They pat each other on the back publicly, such as “hat tip to…” When you read that line, you need to run because it shows they are part of the vast network of sheep pumping delusions and pushing gold and their other agendas. And when you see the same circle of guys recommending the same websites, you need to avoid them like the plague because they are in the same network of deceit.  
Millions have run to gold and silver after hearing the sales pitch of the media’s regular “experts,” unaware that hyperinflation in the U.S. is virtually impossible, and the fact that gold does not serve as a hedge against inflation. Perhaps what upsets me the most is the fact that many of these gold hacks have used my content on their sites with gold ads scattered throughout.  
Let me be clear. First, I do not feel that gold is a good investment at this stage although I feel it will go higher. I predicted gold to at least $1400 with a possibility of hitting the $2000 range in America’s Financial Apocalypse. However, gold will not remain higher forever. And when the bag empties, I will guarantee you it will be selling for $300 or $400 for many years. While this may not happen anytime soon, the fact is that it is going to happen. Thus, gold should only be used for a cyclical investment strategy. And if you don’t truly understand what’s going on, you’re likely to get stuck when the bag empties. Finally, if you do choose to buy gold or silver, I would not buy the physical gold because it is not that as liquid as the ETFs. If you doubt what I say, first examine the experience, track record, credentials and agendas of your sources, and then do the same for me. Doing so should put things into perspective.
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No matter where you turn in the media, whether it’s the CNBC, FBN, radio shows, print media or the Internet, virtually none of the “experts” has an idea what is going on, and that is a fact. Yet, when people see them in TV, hear them on the radio or read what they have to say in print, they assume they have a clue because the media tells you they are experts.  
Once you research their track records, once you research their agendas, you will see that not a single one of these so-called experts can be trusted, and they have no idea what is going on.  
Knowing what’s going on isn’t their job. Their job is to market to you; to encourage you to buy gold, trade currencies and futures, day trade and other forms speculation. As a trick, the media gets an occasional interview with Warren Buffett to make you think its regular line-up of bozos has credibility. When the media does air a real expert like Buffett, you can bet he isn’t there to help you, so he can’t be trusted either.     
Finally, all of the media’s “experts” have gone out of their way to make sure never to mention me…as in say, “there was a guy who told people to short Fannie and Freddie in a book released in 2007, we think you should pay attention to him, especially since he doesn’t sell or receive any compensation for selling gold or gold ads or securities” or “There is a guy who detailed everything that has happened in a book released in 2006, so you might want to listen to what he has to say”… because they don’t want people to know the truth. If people truly realized how clueless these guys are, and how they are only salesmen and marketers, they wouldn’t be making all of the money they are in return for giving you nothing but empty promises and excuses.
Ask yourself why the media is not airing those who have the best track records. Instead, they air individuals with either no real track records or poor track records. Either way, they always air Wall Street hacks or gold hacks. Why isn’t the media airing the truth? Why isn’t the media giving you content from proven experts who have no bias? Why is the media airing extremists and snake oil salesmen who have been positioned as investment experts?
By now you should know the answer to these questions. The media only cares to please its sponsors because they spend millions of dollars buying ad time and commercials. Who are the primary sponsors of financial programs? Wall Street, gold dealers, mutual fund and insurance companies; the complete collection of vultures. Thus, if the media aired qualified, credible and unbiased experts, it would be more difficult for their sponsors to take your money.
Despite all of the media’s experts, all of the other books that were promoted by the media and the sheep, very few investors were able to avoid this collapse. They were taken again by the media and Wall Street.
In desperation, Americans have turned the media, without realizing it was the media who hide the truth that resulted in their losses. Instead, they aired gold salesmen who offered no alerts to buy into the market at its lows.
Some have continued to insist that investors short the market throughout most of the 80% gains it has made since reaching the March 2009 lows. The reason for their horrendous advice is because they are marketers, not experts. As marketers, they only know one direction and it is always down. The Wall Street hacks are marketers too, but the direction they always preach is up. Either way, the media is only airing extremists. And you will never make money by listening to extremists. 
But the vultures have come out in full force, still offering ways to make a fortune buying real estate. Others have now shifted from real estate to gold and stock trading, with false claims that they predicted the market collapse. They are holding investment, real and wealth conferences all across the nation. One of the biggest events that promote a huge collection of clowns and deceitful newsletter scam artists is the Money Show, which also has partnerships with the media and Wall Street.
Even Tony Robbins, the “I was broke until I went on TV and told you how I turned my life around to make millions” marketing guru has offered investment advice based on his “top investment expert.” Listen to this guy’s BS. If you fall for this crap you have no chance to succeed in life.
So basically, Robbins is saying HE PREDICTED THE COLLAPSE. Notice how he mentions CDS and such as if he had a clue what they were before the media talked about them AFTER the collapse. The only other way he might have known about this problem because I detailed it in America’s Financial Apocalypse (2006).
Pay a visit to www.dailypaul.com and you will see the sheep there have fallen for this garbage, which is why they posted the video there.
This really gives you an idea just how bad things have gotten regarding how clueless people remain and how much the vultures are out to take what little you have remaining.
Never mind that Robbins has been through a divorce. He can show you how to have great relationships.
Never mind Robbins has never run a legitimate business (unless you call his deceptive marketing scams a business). In fact, he has been sued by the Federal Trade Commission for screwing his business partners. But this doesn’t matter. He can still help you become a great business manager.
Never mind Robbins has no experience and no training in the investment field, he has written a book on Wall Street. Even though he was sued for copyright infringement, I’m sure he can help you make a fortune.
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With nothing more than a high school diploma, Robbins I demonstrates that you don’t need to be well-educated in order to succeed in the sales business. All you really need is lack of integrity and the ability to lie through your teeth. The sheep do all the rest when they buy into the pitch.
Others have not improved their options by turning to penny stock scams, get-rich-quick infomercial scams, multilevel marketing (MLM) and other tactics promising to make them rich by trading stocks or buying real estate. Millions of Americans head to the nearest casino or convenience store to stock up on lotto tickets.
Finally, the New York Department of Education shut down Donald Trump’s bogus “university,” self-described as “Ivy-League quality.” Rather than a legit university, it was nothing more than a network of get-rich-quick snake oil salesmen and losers from his dog-and-pony TV show, The Apprentice.
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Do you really think these guys on infomercials are any different than the “experts” on CNBC and other media networks? The fact is they are no different. So if you've been fooled by any of these scam artists in the past, whether it's been the bozos on CNBC, Bloomberg, FBN, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, or infomercials, it's time you wake up and realize you were taken. More important, it's time you pledge to never be taken again.    
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Others blog for dollars, working indirectly for corporate America by placing ads on their blogs, making certain to adhere to the demands of ad companies, which means you cant be critical of their sponsors. In other words, most of these blogs and websites are little more than glorified advertising sites offering generic content obtained by the media while often violating copyright laws.
The list of these guys is endless, and they are all in the same club, which is NOT on your side. This is why they have continued to stay clear of any mention of me. Regardless of the source, all of these guys are the same. They are useless to you and they are vultures preying on your fear and desperation.
So why have I spent so much time discussing the media and the various hacks and extremists in this piece?
Understanding the reality of the media is directly related to your fate through America’s Second Great Depression. If you are led astray, things will become much worse for you. It’s natural for people to have anxiety about their future right now. As a result, most people spend more time reading the print media and watching TV to find out what’s going on. But I want to assure you that if you aren’t going to the right source, your fate will be much worse through this depression.
So if you plan to spend time reading websites, listening to talking heads and others in the media, you’d better be damn sure you are convinced they know what they are talking about and they have no agendas. That means you need to spend more time researching your sources than you spend swallowing what they say.
The problem is that many people lack the intelligence to determine credible sources. Others simply don’t have the time to do the required research. As a result, the vast majority of people fall victim to the vultures.
Let me save you a good deal of time. I will guarantee you that you will suffer much more than benefit if you watch TV, listen to the radio, read print media or content from financial and economic websites. So if you are unable to do the required research to determine the legitimacy of your sources, you are much better off tuning out.
If you want to know more about how the media uses simple tricks to fool you, all while laughing all the way to the bank, I advise you to read this list of articles I have written on the media.
Anyway you look at it, America is in a depression as is much of the globe. As I have stated in the past, at the best of scenarios this depression will last for a decade. At worst, it is likely to last for two decades.
Throughout this dark period you won’t hear any mention of this from the media, as their job is to serve their financial sponsors, corporate America and Washington. So if you want the truth, I invite you to follow me at AVA Investment Analytics.
While the next several years promise to be filled with further devastation, there will also be several spectacular investment opportunities, but only if you are well ahead of the curve. And because most investors will be on the wrong side of the trade, those who truly understand what is going on will be positioned to make a huge sum of money.
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