"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

How to Think Clearly

"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)


3. DO NOT USE A "SMART PHONE" (or at least do not use your phone to access the internet)


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.

STOP Being Taken

“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.

Media Lies

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.  

Why Stathis Was Banned

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...


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.   

Rules to Remember

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.

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Deconstructing Meredith Whitney's Default Predictions

Also see the following updates:


Revisiting Meredith Whitney


Marketing Disguised as News: Meredith Whitney and Peter Schiff Exposed


Mike Stathis Exposes Meredith Whitney (Yes, Again!)



The Article Whitney Doesn’t Want You to Read
If I hired a full-time staff of 100 financial professionals specifically dedicated to the task of calling out all of the media’s so-called financial experts (largely comprised of lifelong snake oil salesmen and Wall Street hacks), pointing to their miserable track records, while setting the record straight on their exaggerations, drama-filled statements, bias, agendas, cheerleading and apocalyptic predictions, we would be unable to address even one-tenth of the propaganda that continues to invade the minds of Americans.
This speaks volumes about the level of deceit and misinformation propagated by all forms of media. It also says much about the lack of attempts by those who understand what is truly going on to set the record straight.
Working with limited time, I try to address those myths that affect the most people. And I do this without bias or agendas. This brings me to my latest myth buster report. A few months ago, the largely useless television show (disguised as a news program) 60 Minutes interviewed Meredith Whitney, a former Oppenheimer banking analyst to discuss her wild claims regarding a wave of municipal defaults expected across the U.S. in 2011.
Before I get into the details about Whitney, her predictions, her track record, her motives, and everything else you should know about the women embraced by America’s criminal financial media, I think it’s best to give you an overview of the municipal bond market.
As many of you know, municipal bonds are issued to fund a wide range of projects, from roads, bridges, airports and schools, to parks, libraries, sports stadiums, public works and many other facilities.
The structure of these bonds differs as do the risks. Some municipal bonds are extremely safe, while others are vulnerable to quite a bit more risk. Overall, municipal bonds have historically been viewed as one of the safest investments outside of U.S. Treasury securities. The well-deserved reputation of municipal bonds is backed by default rates that are significantly lower than the highest-rated corporate debt.
For instance, the average five-year cumulative default rate for investment-grade munis is less than 0.5%, which is one-third the default rate of similar rated corporate debt. As a result of their low default rate, nice coupons and exemption from federal income taxes, mutual funds and individual investors comprise up to 80% of invested assets in these bonds.  Thus, the media can have a huge impact on municipal bond prices.
As you might imagine, the municipal bond market has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years. Over the past decade, the market soared from $1.5 trillion to just over $2.8 trillion. Surely, with so much growth over this short time frame you are going to run into some debt that never should have been issued. That’s a given. But “50-100 sizable defaults totaling hundreds of billions of dollars in 2011,” as predicted by Whitney is absolutely a ridiculous scenario, even given the current state of the economy.   
Despite their historically low default rate, there is no doubt that municipal defaults are on the rise. This trend is unlikely to subside anytime soon. In 2010, there were 183 defaults totaling losses of $6.4 billion. In 2009 there were only 31 defaults totaling $348 million (this data varies depending on the source and classification of default). Thus, as you can see defaults have soared. However, many of these defaults were not unexpected as they were tied to risky development projects in states hit hard by the housing correction, such as Florida and California.
What is the real source of these and other potential defaults?
Are they due to a collapse in state and local government revenues?
Well, kinda, sorta, but not really.
A collapse in government revenues would imply a collapse in sales and property tax revenues, licenses, fees and other income. While these revenues have certainly declined, they have not accounted for a significant share of the decline in total government revenues. 
Due to the real estate-led financial crisis and resulting economic collapse, total state government revenue dropped from $1.6 trillion to $1.1 trillion between 2008 and 2009; a decline of more than 30 percent. 
That sounds pretty bad, right?
However, the lion’s share of this drop was due to the collapse in social insurance trust revenue. In contrast, general revenues declined by a mere 1.4%.
How did insurance trust revenues fall by so much?  I’ll give you two hints.
Look at the performance of the stock market between 2008 and 2009.
Now have a look at interest rates.
The insurance trust includes public employee retirement, unemployment compensation, workers compensation, and other insurance trusts. It’s somewhat similar to the federal insurance trust which includes Social Security and Medicare. To fund these benefit plans, you need two things; reasonable interest rates and a relatively healthy stock market. While the stock market has mounted a huge recovery since the March 2009 lows, it’s still about 20% below the October 2007 highs of around 14,200.

More important, interest rates have been artificially held down to near 0 percent in order to strengthen the balance sheets of the banking cartel. As I have mentioned in the past, this is the banking bailout no one in the media is talking about.
Not only is this bailout destroying personal savings, it’s also adding to pension deficits and causing excessive inflation in emerging economies.
An extended duration of low interest rates is hits pensions hard because a good deal of the assets must generate a certain amount of monthly income in order to pay beneficiaries.
And since the stock market has not fully recovered, some pension funds have been required to sell securities positions at lower prices in order to generate needed income.
As discussed in America’s Financial Apocalypse, the entire (private and public) public pension system was already underfunded prior to the financial crisis. In fact, the much larger public pension system was more underfunded than the private system.
Both pension systems were still licking their wounds from the dotcom collapse even after Washington made radical changes to funding requirements. But additional factors have added to public pension deficits; demographics, inaccurate actuarial accounting estimates, and massive healthcare inflation.
The table below shows the balance sheet for the state of New York. Notice the huge deficit in the insurance trust revenue category. Next, notice the total cash and securities holdings versus the year-end debt. Finally, notice the interest on the general debt. This gives you a rough example of the situation seen in states, cities and counties across the nation.
The point?  The interest on the debt is so small from a relative sense that defaulting on payments would do little to remedy the fiscal problems.



2010 State of New York Balance Sheet




Pointing to a collapse from insurance trust revenues as the main source of declining government revenues may not seem to paint a brighter picture of the economy now that state and local governments are trying to cut pensions and slash other costs. However, the decline in revenues from this category points to a demographic and stock market problem (in addition to artificially suppressed interest rates) as opposed to a complete shutdown of general revenues, which once again declined by a mere 1.4%.
What does all of this mean? 
Despite what you may have heard from all of the snake oil salesmen who make their living preaching doom throughout their lives, the fact is that the economic engine in the U.S., while damaged, is not broken. Granted, the fundamental problems – healthcare and trade policy - remain as the largest long-term risks to the U.S. economy. But the point is that the drop off in total government revenues is largely due to stock market losses, poor planning and mismanagement of pension benefits. 
By no means am I trying to downplay the state and local pension deficit issue. It is a problem of enormous magnitude. In fact, five years ago before few realized the U.S. even had a pension mess, I detailed the underfunded pension problem and forecast it to become a huge crisis in America’s Financial Apocalypse.
The point is that we need to distinguish the source of the budget shortfalls in order to accurately assess the risk of local government defaults.
With that overview, I’d like to get back to Meredith Whitney’s December 19th, 2010 appearance on 60 Minutes. It was the third-most watched show of the week, reaching nearly 13 million viewers. So you can imagine the effect it had on municipal bond investors.
First, let’s take a look how the interviewer, Steve Kroft introduces Whitney. Remember, the media always plays up its “experts,” exaggerating and even lying about their track record. This serves to add perceived credibility to the story.
“One of the most respected financial analysts on Wall Street.” – NOT TRUE
“One of the most influential women in American business.” – A PIPE DREAM
“She made a reputation by warning that the big banks were in big trouble long before the 2008 collapse.” – Notice the vague wording, meant to imply that she predicted the financial crisis, which is NOT TRUE.
Steve Kroft, you are a liar and a bum. This is precisely why you work in the media.
Now let’s get to Whitney’s punch line.
Whitney: There’s not a doubt in my mind that you will see a spate of municipal-bond defaults.
Kroft: How many is a spate?
Whitney: You could see 50 sizable defaults, 50 to 100 sizable defaults, more. This will amount to hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of defaults.
Once again, all of this is supposed to happen this year.
You could also see castles in the sky if you smoke enough dope.
Let me begin by responding to Whitney’s claims. You won’t see hundreds of billions of dollars worth of defaults this year, next year, over the next five years, or over the next ten years; not in the U.S. anyway.
To give you an idea just how ridiculous Whitney’s claims are, in order to total around $200 billion dollars in defaults, the following cities would need to default on all of their debt:
New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Austin, Columbus, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Memphis, Boston, Baltimore, El Paso, Seattle, Denver and Nashville – the 25 largest cities in the U.S.
AND we would also need to see the 25 largest counties default (in addition to the 25 largest U.S. cities) to encounter the level of defaults touted by Whitney.
This simply isn’t going to happen; not in 2011, not by 2012 and not by 2020.
The 60 Minutes segment claims Whitney and her colleagues spent “two years and thousands of man hours” researching the fiscal condition of the 15 largest states, as if this is supposed to add credibility to her prediction.
I don’t care if Whitney and her mental midgets spent 50 years and tens of thousands of “man hours” researching. At the end of the day, all it takes is one person who knows what they are doing; a person who has a good understanding of the big picture; a person who has good judgment. That person is NOT Meredith Whitney.
A few days before the 60 Minutes interview aired, Whitney appeared in a video interview with the Financial Times. She said defaults would spark “panic in the muni markets.”
Two days later, Whitney made an appearance on CNBC (December 21, 2010). She warned about indiscriminate selling. “It’s going to look like Europe in terms of when programs are cut.” Then she used the phrase “social unrest” twice.
Social unrest is what we have seen in the Middle East. At best, you’re going to see some really pissed off people in the U.S. in years to come, but you aren’t going to see much social unrest, although social unrest in the U.S. would actually help led to positive change.
Industry Experts React
Shortly after the 60 Minutes interview, industry professionals put Whitney in her place.
California Treasurer Bill Lockyer called the prediction “apocalyptic arm-waving.”
The National League of Cities' research director cited her “stunning lack of understanding.”
Thomas G. Doe, chief executive officer of Municipal Market Advisors said, “She's trying to shock the market into a panic mode. Nothing makes sense.”
Sound familiar?
Do the predictions of a worthless U.S. dollar, hyperinflation and $15,000/ounce gold preached by Peter Schiff, Nouriel Roubini, Marc Faber and others ring a bell?    
Pacific Investment Management Co.'s Bill Gross was more diplomatic when responding publically to Whitney’s claims (as you might expect from a member of the media club, when criticizing one of his fellow media club members). Gross simply said he doesn't subscribe to the “theory.”
David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors Inc. nailed the media-induced Whitney panic on the head…
“The Whitney virus can be seen replacing the bird flu virus. “We've got terrified clients who call constantly and want reassurance because Meredith said there's going to be hundreds of billions of dollars of defaults.”
We all know how the bird flu virus scare turned out.
The problem is that the media didn’t give much air time to Whitney’s critics. As a result, many retail investors sold their municipal bonds and funds in panic.
Whitney’s Cozy Relationship with the Media
The 60 Minutes interview propelled Whitney into the ranks of (financial) “celebrity” status, joining a long list of other bozos. And she provided 60 Minutes with exactly what it wanted; a fear-mongering “forecast” of hundreds of billions of dollars in defaults in 2011. The 60 Minutes segment with Whitney should serve as further evidence that the media is more interested in creating drama than presenting credible insights.
But Whitney’s rise to media fame hasn’t been instant. She has been embraced by the media establishment for several years. In addition to serving as a commentator on FOX, Whitney has made numerous appearances and given hundreds of interviews to print and broadcast media. In virtually every case that Whitney has tried to stir the pot with her claims, the media has failed to provide suitable rebuttal from credible experts.
Much like Nouriel Roubini and several other members of the media club, Whitney often finds herself on magazine cover and television features, regardless what she has to say. This would be acceptable if she had a good track record. However, much like Roubini and the others, her track record is questionable at best.
Did Whitney Really Predict the Financial Crisis?
Over the past couple of years Whitney’s “predictions” have been exaggerated and twisted by the media in a manner that resembles lies more than the truth. However, the media always positions its “chosen ones” as having predicted this and that, when the truth is much different. Other times, the media’s “experts” have been making the same predictions of doom for many years, which essentially removes all credibility these perpetual doomers claim to have earned. The same applies to the perma-bull Wall Street cheerleaders.

For instance, the media often credits Nouriel Roubini as having predicted the economic crisis as well. But Roubini knows deep down that the crisis took him by surprise. The fact is that he did not predict anything. If you examine his track record, you will see that he was merely waving his hands.
The media also claims that Robert Shiller and many other media favorites predicted the economic collapse. The fact is that if they did predict the collapse, they would have provided extensive documentation and analysis in a book BEFORE it occurred rather than AFTER.
Perhaps the most astonishing thing about the hindsight books written by these experts is that they lack any real insight or specific guidance. That is another matter that addresses the incompetency of the publishing industry; another segment of the media.
Likewise, when introduced by the media Whitney is praised for having predicted the financial crisis. However, this is not at all true. In fact, Whitney did not even predict the real estate collapse. Study her track if you want to understand just how behind the curve she was. The fact is that Whitney remained just as clueless as the rest of Wall Street. Only after the financial crisis had begun in mid-2008 did Whitney latch onto what was going on. But by that time, most of the juice was already gone.
Amazingly, other than the routine issuance of earnings shortfalls for a few banks, Whitney’s rise to media fame came from, get this… predicting Citigroup Inc.'s 2008 dividend cut, produced a report for clients called "Tragedy of the Commons."
Are you kidding me?
Let me get this straight. I predict a global collapse, advised investors to short Fannie, Freddie, the banks and homebuilders, I predicted Dow 6000, oil above $100, gold to at least $1400 and silver to at least $30, localize the timing in advance, advise investors to buy exactly at the market bottom, and much more, all written in two books published in late 2006 early 2007. And I advised clients to short the banks in October 2007, yet no one knows about me.
Meanwhile, Whitney predicts a dividend cut in 2008 for Citigroup and all of the sudden she predicted the financial collapse??   Are ******* kidding me?
You should be asking yourself why this is the case.
Once you realize how the media works, you will know the answer. The game is to provide Main Street with clowns, making sure to convince you they are experts. That way, Wall Street will more easily take your money.
Why would the media assist Wall Street in these criminal activities? Who do you think buys the ads for financial shows?
As long as you pay attention to the media, you won’t have a clue what’s really going on. America’s corporate-controlled media monopoly continues to be a circus show, largely without any notice by Main Street. This is specifically why America finds itself in costly unneeded wars in the Middle East. And it is specifically why most Americans have lost any chance of ever retiring before age 70.
Once you understand the design of the entire racket, you will realize that the media was at least equally responsible for the stock market losses, and resulting job losses as Wall Street because they continued to hide everything. Even when the least sophisticated viewers finally realized what was going on, the media continued to sugar-coat things.
However, since the media commanded an audience, it is ultimately Main Street who holds the blame for its losses. Fools continue to be taken by the same criminals over and over. Wise men realize the source of deceit and act accordingly. If you want things to change; if you want to stop losing money in the stock market; if you want the truth, the best to achieve these things is to stay away from the media. Otherwise, you will only have yourself to blame the next time you get screwed.
Fortune magazine called Whitney “the superstar analyst” during an interview to discuss her report.  During an appearance on CNBC, the airhead bimbo hacks called her report “a very, very sophisticated and smart report.”
Wait a minute. Weren’t the clowns on CNBC referring to former Lehman CEO Fuld and Bear Stearn CEO Jimmy Cayne as “very, very smart”?
This is the same Jimmy Cayne that gets high regularly. I worked at Bear Stearns when Cayne was Commander-in-Chief, and as far as I could tell he did what most CEOs in America do; he spent most of his time playing golf, attending social outings, meeting with other elites for fancy dinners and showing up for PR events. But as far as doing anything that resembled running a company, like most of America’s CEOs he was MIA when it came time to take care of business.
A writer for Fortune magazine referred to Whitney as “The woman who called Wall Street's meltdown” in an August 2008 article with the same title. Among the BS about her husband the wrestler, the article discusses how she predicts a deep recession.
What a minute. It’s August 2008. Let’s assume the reporter interviewed Whitney in June 2008. Who in their right mind wasn’t aware that the U.S. was already in a recession by that time? This provides another example of the useless trash published by the media.
What about Whitney’s mysterious report she alluded to on 60 Minutes?
According to at least one individual who has read Whitney’s 43-page report and the addendum has stated that it doesn’t mention sizable defaults amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars.
Wait a minute; 43 pages? Okay so forget the short length of Whitney’s report. Supposedly, the full report (most of which includes the addendum, aka data copied from public documents) is 600 pages. Regardless of the length of the report, the most important thing to consider is that it doesn’t mention the kinds of defaults she has been talking about.
“We are not calling for any specific defaults within the scope of this report” (page 42).
The report merely mentions that there will be defaults. It does not discuss which cities or states will default, nor does it discuss the size of the defaults.
Is that the kind of forecast the merits an interview on a widely viewed program if the intent is to report credible insights?
Or is it the kind of forecast a media show would agree to air in order to create drama, or perhaps participate in securities manipulation? 
Whitney’s predictions are starting to sound a lot like those of Gerald Celente, another media clown who makes Whitney seem like a genius. If you don’t realize what a clown Celente is by now, I’m not so sure you can be helped.
[Somehow, a few years ago Celente got some irresponsible journalist to believe that he predicted several events (despite no evidence of any real research based on any data) and ever since then, every media outlet has taken these claims as valid WITHOUT independently verifying them. His open-ended wording is about as similar to qualifying as a prediction as that used by Martin Weiss, but at least Weiss does some research (although nothing seems to help this guy's miserable performance).
Even Celente admits that all he does is reads the newspaper and hypes up things. I'll do a full piece on Celente too in the future. For now, have a look at this piece on Celente by Ed Champion.]
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During a breakfast meeting held on January 30, Whitney attempted to respond to the lack of data to support her prediction.
“A lot of this is, You know it, but can you prove it? There are fifth-derivative dimensions that I don't think I need to spell out to my clients.”
“Fifth-derivative dimensions”?  Good God.
So basically what Whitney is saying is, “I can’t prove my predictions. They’re too mysterious to prove. Check my crystal ball and you’ll understand.”
Perhaps we should all do as Jimmy Cayne might, and take few bong hits so we can understand what a fifth-derivative dimension is.
Maybe Whitney has a more advanced understanding of math and science than me because I don’t recall ever coming across a fifth-derivative dimension in any of my chemistry and physics courses; maybe I skipped class that day.
The Muni Panic Sets In
As you can imagine, the past few years have not been so kind to municipal bonds.  A couple of years ago, the sell-off in munis was triggered by the implosion of the real estate bubble. However, the muni market recovered since then. More recently, the sell-off has been the result of persistent struggles of many cities to find ways to shore up their balance sheets.
In November of 2010, much of the Street downgraded the muni sector causing a sell-off. This panic selling was further exacerbated by Whitney’s December 19th appearance on 60 Minutes, as well as continued follow-up interviews by the media.
The Federal Reserve added to the dumping of munis when it began buying U.S. government debt under its quantitative easing policy, which boosted Treasury yields.
The Build America Bonds program, which generated sales of $187 billion of securities, was set to expire at the end of 2010. The rush by state and local governments to issue the taxable securities shrunk demand for traditional tax-exempt debt. This added momentum to declining muni bond prices.  
By the end of the 2010 fourth quarter the cost for AAA-rated issuers to borrow for 30 years climbed by almost a third, to 5.09% on Jan. 17, from 3.85% Nov. 1.
Thus far in 2011, the news hasn’t been much better.
For the week ended January 19, 2011, investors sold a net of $4 billion from municipal-bond mutual funds, making it the most since Lipper US Fund Flows started compiling the data in 1992. At the time, the withdrawals marked the 10th-straight week of net redemptions, totaling $20.6 billion. Since then the streak has continued, although it has lightened up a bit.
Finally, the first quarter is likely to set an 11-year record-low for issuance of municipal debt. This drop off in supply is adding to the liquidity pressures faced by municipal bond fund managers. Added with net redemptions, it is forcing many funds to sell bonds at big discounts; the precise time when they would normally be buying.
Whitney’s Damage Control
It should have been clear to anyone who wasted 20 minutes of their life watching her 60 Minutes interview that Whitney really didn’t have any hard numbers to go on. In fact, during a follow-up interview to discuss her report on January 30, 2011, she admitted what most industry experts already knew; she doesn't have specific numbers backing up her prediction.
“Quantifying is a guesstimate at this point. I was giving an approximation of a magnitude that will bear out to be correct.”
A “guesstimate”?  Is this what you expect from a so-called professional analyst making bold claims of massive defaults?  Come on. It’s clear that Whitney is pulling numbers out of her ass to fit her extremist views, similar to how Nouriel Roubini and other media whores have done in the past.
So where has the media been throughout this dog-and-pony show?
Has the media called Whitney out?
Of course not!  That would bite the hand of drama that feeds the ratings machine.
On January 12th, 2011, Whitney made an appearance on the bubble network of baboons and stock manipulators (CNBC). During the interview, she downplayed the size of her prediction of hundreds of billions in defaults by replying that it’s “not that much” since there is almost $3 trillion in outstanding municipal debt.
So in other words, you have a banking analyst who measures the relative size of her default predictions based on the total outstanding municipal debt. Shouldn’t one compare the historical default rates as a better measure of the size of these expected defaults?
When responding to comments made by a very credible municipal bond fund manager and others who have been highly critical of her predictions, Whitney stated that her critics are “municipal-bond brokers” who have a lot to lose. Sure they have a lot to lose when someone creates panic to the extent that investors sell their bonds causing net redemptions.
Yes Whitney, if the types of defaults occur that you have predicted, they will lose. However, you are making them lose now because of the panic you’ve created which has pushed investors out of munis. Instead of pointing to what fund managers have to lose, why don’t you point to what you have to gain by creating drama? I’ll get to Whitney’s motives later.
As a result of Whitney’s baseless predictions, many fund managers have been forced to sell at losses in order to cover net redemptions. Just as fund managers managed to calm some of their clients, others have sold in mass forcing prices lower. This has caused fund managers to deal with net redemptions the only way possible. They have had to sell. This has caused prices to
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