"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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Fool's Gold (Part 2)

In part 1 of this article, I laid out some common sense explanations why gold is best utilized for short-term trading. Furthermore, I emphasized that gold rarely provides a good hedge against inflation. When it does, it’s most often a short-term phenomenon. In Part 2 of this series I’ll demonstrate this.

Let’s begin by looking at a gold price chart from 1975 to 2009. Note that gold prices in this chart have NOT been adjusted for inflation.

If you bought gold any time between 1980 and 1998 and held it, you lost out—UNLESS you made a short-term trade, or exited after a couple of years. Depending on when you bought it, you had to wait until anywhere from between 2004 and 2008 in order to make money (these periods have been roughly estimated, but you can get the general idea by studying the price chart below).


Okay so let’s assume you bought gold, held it for several years, and then sold it at a higher price. Did you really make a profit? Chances are, if you held gold for several years, you actually lost money after adjusting for inflation.

Let’s take a look at investors who held gold for 20 years. If you bought gold in 1990 for around $375, you had to wait for the recent gold bubble to make money after adjusting for inflation. But your annual rate of return would have only been around 1 or 2%.

Those who bought gold in 1998 or 2000 have done much better – so far. But they could lose these gains if they fail to cash out before the bubble implodes.

If you bought gold for say $250 in 2000, you’ve done quite well with a buy-and-hold approach, largely because you happened to have bought it just prior to the gold bull market. And because your holding period hasn’t been that long, the effects of inflation are small relative to the price appreciation.

Regardless, the fact is you could have done much better by trading it. Even if you aren’t a great trader there have been a couple of fairly substantial price corrections since the beginning of the gold bull market in 2002.

If you were able to recognize these periods, you could have sold high and reentered low. This would have lowered your cost basis while reducing short-term liquidity risk. These two periods were easy to spot if you understand basic dynamics of asset price movements.


But as you can imagine, even this recent spike in the price of gold hasn’t combated the effects of inflation for those who held it for a longer period. So they did NOT make money.

In fact, they may have lost a good deal of money (depending upon how long they held it and what price they paid) due to the effects of inflation. Generally speaking, the longer they held gold, the more they lost.

In the chart below, I demonstrate several scenarios for an investor that bought gold at $400. If this investor happened to buy gold closer to the commencement of the bull market, he or she would have done much better.

When you adjust the price of gold bought any time during this twenty-year period with inflation, you would have lost money if you held it. 


Therefore, when it comes to investing in gold, TIME isn’t on your side because the effects of compounding inflation add up. It’s much more important to have good TIMING. This means you need to carefully pick your entry and exit prices, while making sure to keep your investment horizon short enough so that the effects of inflation don’t neutralize any price appreciation.

You might imagine why gold dealers like Kitco and gold bugs never post charts of gold’s REAL value in today’s dollars. The gold-selling business (at least for investment purposes) wouldn’t do so well.

Instead, they show you charts of gold adjusted for inflation, which has no relevance since we are no longer on the gold standard.

Let’s see why.

Today, the inflation-adjusted price of gold from its previous high of around $900 in 1980 is roughly equal to $2200. That means gold SHOULD be $2200 today, BUT ONLY IF IT WAS LINKED TO INFLATION; but it’s not.

The real value of gold (in today’s dollars) would only be linked to annual inflation if we were still on the gold standard.

Remember, inflation is a monetary phenomenon, so any asset expected to be linked to inflation must in some way be linked to the dollar. Oil is linked to the dollar, as I have discussed on many occasions. Gold is NOT.

So, for those who may have bought gold in 1980 at $900/ounce, the real value is only about $350 in today's dollars (roughly estimated based on a reasonable inflation rate compounded over 30 years). 

Why might this be? Because annual inflation caused gold (purchased in 1980) to lose about 60% of its value since it’s not linked to the dollar, and thus does not adjusted for inflation. You can determine the real value of gold in today’s dollars at any price you paid as long as you know the compounded inflation rate since you bought it.

Interestingly, when you see “inflation-adjusted” price charts for gold, you ALWAYS see the price as IF INFLATION WAS FACTORED into the price of gold. But these assumptions are invalid since gold is in no way linked to inflation, since it’s no longer linked to the dollar.

Instead, you should be shown the REAL VALUE OF GOLD IN TODAY’S DOLLARS; that is, the buying power of gold based on the effects of inflation during your holding period.

Good luck.

You won’t ever see these charts because the gold bugs are trying to sell you gold and/or pump up the price.

Now that the next gold bubble has formed, the gold bugs have everyone focused on the current price of gold, reminding you that it has more than quadrupled in the past 10 years. Rather than a reason to buy gold now, it’s more of a reason to be cautious in my opinion.

Still not convinced that gold does poorly during inflation? Let’s examine a shorter time period. In fact, let’s take a look at the past two years. 

As you can see from the chart below, gold began taking off in the fall of 2007. That was the period when problems with Countrywide were brewing. At the time, while inflation was on the rise, it had not yet taken off.

Gold hit a record high of just over $1000 in mid-March 2008 during the Bear Stearns collapse (heist). Thereafter, gold has traded down, with several volatility spikes along the way. By early 2008, inflation was weighing in on the economy. By the summer, inflation had soared. Meanwhile, gold was still trending downward since its March highs.

A few months after reaching its all-time high, we also experienced numerous additional shocks to the financial system - Lehman and Washington Mutual went under, Fannie, Freddie and AIG were bailed out, TARP was passed, etc.

As you can see from the chart, gold spiked and corrected many times since reaching its March 2008 highs. But it’s lower now than during the peak inflation period in the summer of 2008.

Ask yourself why…why has the price of gold been lower than highs reached in March 2008? All of the real damage occurred AFTER that period, including a spike in the commodities bubble which caused inflation to go through the roof. Yet, all we have seen are spikes in gold, followed by sell-offs. 

Why did gold spike and correct many times over this period? We had many crises. 

The reason for the spikes and corrections is that gold is a hedge against crises. And crises are short-term events. 

If gold were a hedge against inflation, it would have made new highs throughout the spring and summer of 2008 when inflation was at its highs. Instead it did the opposite.

As you can see, the brief deflationary period in the fall of 2008 (due to the banking crisis) actually caused gold to gain its previous strength. 


Finally, by early 2009, inflation was on the rise again, but gold has been trending downward.

This chart further illustrates that gold serves as a hedge against deflation and other crises rather than inflation.

It also serves to highlight another important point. Investors who intend to take a buy-and-hold approach with gold should ONLY be concerned with the long-term moving average, which sets the price trend. And if that trend isn’t going up, they should consider selling their position during the next spike. Otherwise, they could get stuck when the bubble pops.

As a caveat, investors who buy gold during the early- to mid-stages of a bull market or bubble can afford to be longer term investors, while the late arrivals need to focus on short-term trading or a short investment horizon. 

In contrast, those who elect to trade the volatility swings in gold don’t care so much about the price trend. As the gold bubble approaches its final stages, you can see why it’s best to adapt a shorter-term mentality; that is if you want to avoid getting stuck with gold after the bubble pops. 

So the main question becomes…where along the bubble is gold?

It’s impossible for anyone to determine, but if I had to make a guess, I’d say it’s in the middle stages. If that is the case, it’s likely the bubble still has a few more years left. And I’d expect gold to go higher from these levels. I have no reason to alter my gold price forecast made in 2006.

Although there are many variables involved, generally speaking, you’re not likely to do particularly well investing in gold unless you bought it at for under $600, you trade it regularly, or your holding period is only a couple of years (depending on when you bought it).

For any period beyond this, you face the risk of holding the empty bag when gold corrects, much like those who bought it in 1980.  If that happens, you’ll have the added effects of inflation eating away at your principal. The modified chart below illustrates this.


No one knows where gold is headed or when the bubble will burst. The gold bugs are unwilling to even acknowledge that there is a gold bubble forming. Just remember this - the higher it goes, the harder it will fall. This is how all asset bubbles play out. And if you get stuck holding gold when the bubble bursts, you could end up losing a lot of money, especially since gold fails to keep up with inflation over long periods; periods that typify post-bubble corrections.

While you’re waiting years to break even before you sell, inflation will gradually eat away at your principal.


The lesson is—buy-and-hold doesn’t work. It never did; not for stocks, not for oil, and certainly NOT for gold. Timing DOES matter, but so does valuation. If you’re good at one and not the other, you can still do pretty good. If you’re good at both, you’ll join a very elite group of investors whose names you probably don’t know.

Now if you still doubt what I say, check back with me in say 15 or 20 years. By then, gold will likely have come down (from whatever high it makes) to $400, and maybe $300 per ounce. I’m willing to bet on it.  

Until then, gold is likely to go higher. But unless you really understand the dynamics of gold price movements, or unless you trade the volatility, you’ll most likely get burned if you buy gold at current levels.

Remember, the higher price you pay, the more risk you add because this bubble WILL eventually burst. Only by understanding the realities about gold can you plan for a profitable exit.

In Part 3, I’m going to show you the real value of gold as an asset class.




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I was doing some research on gold propaganda and came across some interesting information I wanted to share with readers. 

Fool's Gold (Part 1)

“…the U.S. might continue its trend towards inflation merely due to continued high oil prices and weakness of the dollar. And only after some disaster such as a Fannie Mae blowup might...

Don't Bet on Hyperinflation

For several months now, I’ve heard all of this talk of hyperinflation. I’m sure you have too. I’ve seen that word so many times over the past year that I might have even used it w...