"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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Hack of the Day: Compliments of and Yahoo!

First, before you begin to read this typical example of subtle hack journalism, I want

you to have a look at the ad for Ron Insana. Apparently, this former CNBC hack has teamed up with Cramer and for a new gig

I’ll discuss him in the near future.

Next, have a look at the ad below.

You’ll see a guy who looks like Kojac’s son; just another useless trading service with bogus claims, headed by dirt bags with no professional industry experience or insights.

If you think I'm wrong, I invite you to fork over your money to this clown.

Is this guy trying to look intelligent? 

This is the kind of trash Yahoo! advertises.

This is just one more reason why Yahoo! is in the gutter.

Their content sucks and people are sick of it.

Yahoo! IS part of the mainstream media.

Notice how they have numerous partnerships with CNBC, FOX, ABC, etc., airing their propaganda.

If you want to escape from the mainstream media’s lies and deceit, Yahoo! is NOT the place.

These media companies need to start taking responsibility for whoring out their space because they are leveraging their brand and audience base to sell ads and airtime.

They should be held partially liable for trash they advertise or airtime they rent to con artists, like the infomercial crooks.

Okay, now let’s get to the article.

This hack begins by trying to compose some opening to a novel….

“I was in one of my favorite dining and drinking establishments the other night when an old friend happened to drop in to pick up some takeout….” 

What he means is that he was at McDonalds when he ran into a former bond trader who now worked there. 

Don’t laugh. This is not unheard of. Once you blow it on Wall Street your employment options are extremely limited because most of these guys are pure salesmen and lack any other skills. Most end up in the insurance industry or selling cars; jobs that take some really good sales skills.

I know a former bond trader who works at Home Depot; a nice guy too.

Nothing is wrong with working at Home Depot, but clearly, this man was being underutilized. He just didn't have any other viable options.

I also point this situation out because I wanted to show you how this perception of Wall Street prestige is an illusion in your own mind.

And they spend millions of dollars each year on TV and print media creating this fake image.

The hack continues...

…“he favored selected junk corporate and California general obligation bonds….he opined that there was no way general obligation paper would be allowed to default. That's pretty much in line with RealMoney contributor Tom Graff's excellent analysis of the California situation posted yesterday.”

First of all, whenever anyone says “no way [general obligation paper would be allowed to default],” it’s likely to end up happening. Second of all, this goofball doesn’t bother to mention that even in the best scenarios, if you buy munis right now, you’re likely to see your principal plummet.

What that means is that it could be a very long time before they rise again. Based on the fact that many elderly folks buy munis, it’s completely irresponsible for him to have not discussed that."

(By the way, for subscribers to the newsletter, I will be discussing my outlook for municipal bonds in the July issue)

But being responsible isn’t something you can count on from hacks, especially when they’re connected to Jim Cramer.

Notice the plug for Graff, one of his hack buddies. Let’s take a look at Tom. 

Interesting mug shot. I won’t say a thing. 

I’ll let you form your own thoughts about this guy’s appearance.

Next, you should notice that Mr. Graff has one particular quality that makes him a perfect candidate for, as well as a media hack; he is Jewish. If you are Jewish, you are given virtually automatic entry into the financial media, just like the situation with Hollywood.

The reason?  

It's called workplace discrimination or favoritism. 

Let’s have a look at his company’s website

Okay. It’s clear from looking at his site that he’s not doing much business. It looks like he made that site himself.  

I’d like to add that in my opinion, no honest person in the securities industry would ever contribute to, or any of the other hack sites out there. 

They’re always going to be guys working for shady shops or independent guys who will bend over backwards for free marketing presence.

Anyway you look at it, they’re always “nobodys” – guys who have nothing, can do nothing, or are washed-up has-beens.

What that means is that they can’t be trusted, not only because they’re obviously going to be biased, but also because their views will be restricted to the guidelines set forth by the agendas of these websites.

And marketing presence they get. They appear on CNBC and FBN because producers already know they’ve passed the screening criteria for being Wall Street hacks.

Appearance on these shows leads to many other marketing opportunities, from being invited to give speeches and lectures at big events to getting your own show.


Because the idiots of America attach credibility to anyone who has been on TV. 

I don’t want you to think that all guys who work independently in the securities industry are in this category. I’m sure there are some decent guys out there.

“While I agree with Doug Kass that Wall Street deserves to be spanked for the credit mess, these regulations are going to set the bar for stock prices lower. Forcing all hedge funds and advisers -- regardless of size or location -- to register is going to take some demand for stocks out of the marketplace.”

Notice how he throws in another plug for another contributor.

Kass is also a CNBC hack and has no idea what he’s talking about. 

He is just another extremist who has been bearish for many, many years.

Let’s have a look at Kass’ website, highlighting his "hedge fund."  

Impressive. Each of these guys might have spent $300 on their website tops. In fact, I doubt they spent a dime on them.

They look like they made their sites themselves. Kass obviously has some rinky-dink fund.



That’s why he whores himself out to the financial media. He’s looking for clients!

Most real hedge funds don’t even have websites because they are prohibited from soliciting to the general public.

But you see, this is where these small-time hedge funds get around SEC laws.

They appear on CNBC and FBN for interviews and are introduced as a hedge fund manager for such and such fund. In my opinion, that falls in the category of solicitation. 

Guys running real hedge funds wouldn’t waste time as regulars on these hack networks or writing for their print subsidiaries like or

I know well what I’m talking about. If you’re a good hedge fund manager you don’t spend time looking for money. Money finds you.

And you certainly don’t look for money on hack networks because most of the viewers of CNBC and FBN are broke sheep looking for a big payoff.

Anyone can run a hedge fund. The term has lost much of its previous meaning because it’s so loosely used.

In my opinion, if you have been running a hedge fund for at least three years and you don’t have at least $50 million in it, then it’s not really a hedge fund.

Yet, when guests appear on CNBC and FBN, the host would have you think they are some great fund managers and experts. This is pure BS. I hope this article demonstrates that.

These guys are always patting each other on the back as a way to boost their credibility. But do you recall how wrote about an easy way to spot a Wall Street hack?

“Wall Street deserves to be spanked”? How about indictments need to be issued to the Wall Street banking executives? You will NEVER EVER hear anyone connected with the mainstream media make such comments because they’re Wall Street hacks. So the “spanking” means that hedge funds need to be regulated?” What a joke. 

“We have had a tremendous period of excess, and we need to establish a new level of economic activity. The level will be lower than the peak period of 2005 to 2007 and expectations need to be adjusted accordingly. A new reality is coming, and part of that reality is likely to be lower earnings and stock prices.”

Wow. How insightful! He’s at least two years late on this little speech. All of the saps have been saying this for quite some time now, which means it’s obvious to everyone. In other words, this has zero relevance.

This guy is so behind the curve he should feel embarrassed; that is if he realized it.

He goes on to further confirm has no idea what he’s talking about.

“Let me be clear: I am not completely out of stocks. I still hold some of my book-value beauties and lower-than-cash stocks. But I have cut my exposure back to where it was last summer.”

Like most people trying to establish credibility, this guy borrows a note out of Benjamin Graham’s book when he touts stocks with good book values.

The fact is that for most stocks, book values mean nothing unless there is a risk of bankruptcy. In that case it becomes important for bondholders since stock holders rarely receive anything.

Regardless, a knowledgeable investor would factor in market risk over any type of valuation situation since the market ultimately determines the valuation of individual stocks. 

This “I’m holding onto it because it’s valued good” approach is for mutual fund managers – you know, guys who must stay invested in the market at all times.  

It’s obvious to me this guy is a rookie.

To sheep, he may seem to know what he’s talking about. That’s the danger.

When I see guys like this preaching more doom, it only makes me become bullish. 

This is how I see it.  Now, was I too harsh? 

Read this update on Insana.

UPDATE (August 20, 2012): It would appear that Kass came across this piece and decided to spend another $100 to get a web template for his website. 



The point isn't that he has a cheap-ass website and therefore he is a clown and con artist. 

The point is that he is plastered on CNBC daily and has been for more than 7 years now, being introduced as a hedge fund manager, when in reality, he didn't really have any outside business before he received all of the free promo airtime from CNBC. This is not only deceiving, but I would argue it represents a form of fraud.

And, apparently, it took him 5 years of being pimped on CNBC on a daily basis before the sheep bit into the illusion that he was a hedge fund a manager. The fact is that you or anyone else can easily start your own hedge and call yourself a hedge fund manager, even if your fund only has $1000 in it and even if you haven't ever made a trade in the fund.

As you can see below, based on archived data, Kass had NO LOGINS to his client account portal until 2010. Compare this with the next image showing his web stats for the site's base URL. 




ALL OF THE CLOWNS INTERVIEWED BY THE FINANCIAL MEDIA USE THIS DECEPTION. They claim to be running a major fund or firm when the reality is that they are usually the only person. Peter Schiff did the same thing. He managed a 2 or 3-employee brokerage firm, without bothering to mention that he only had one other broker before he was pimped by CNBC.

What most people do not realize is that anyone can open or "own" their own brokerage firm. All you have to do to set it up is pass a few easy exams and find a broker-dealer to clear through.  Yet, when people hear that some guy owns "his own brokerage firm," they envision a big Wall Street firm with thousands of employees, tens of millions of dollars of resources, an army of analysts and so forth.


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