"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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It's Time to Face the Facts (Part 2)

Fact #5. Most of the Lost Jobs Will Not Return.

What no one seems to understand is the fact that these job losses are not temporary. Most of them simply aren’t coming back. I’ll guarantee it.

The only jobs that will return are those that no one wants; the low-paying, no benefits, dead-end jobs. It’s the same situation that played out after the dotcom collapse.

This is part of the reason why there’s been no real recovery since 2001. As I discussed in America’s Financial Apocalypse, it was all an illusion fueled by a real estate bubble. It was another one of Greenspan’s bubble.

And now Bernanke is creating his first bubble. But all bubbles eventually burst.

If one examines the data, since 2002 the vast majority of jobs created have been from the government and military.

Furthermore, millions of lost white collar workers have had to settle for jobs for which they are overqualified and underpaid.

Already, this has led to an underemployment rate of around 25% by my estimates. These trends will continue due to the toxic effects of America’s unfair free trade policies.

The implosion of these economic bubbles has only hastened the effects of free trade. And you should expect the cycle of economic booms and busts to persist indefinitely as long as the Federal Reserve runs the show. 

Washington will keep pumping in more money; as much as it takes for Obama to stack the odds in his favor for reelection. And yes, we will see a turnaround. But it will be an illusion and it won’t last. This is why Obama’s ridiculous budget calls for funding millions of useless government jobs.

Fact #6. Washington Continues to Hide Economic Data.

As I proved in America’s Financial Apocalypse, we have not had more than two or three quarters of GDP growth since 2001. This certainly has not changed since the release of my book as you can imagine.

When it comes to employment data, Washington pulls out its full bag of tricks to paint a rosy picture, from not counting discouraged workers, part-time workers who want full-time work but who are unable to find it, and temporary workers.

The government’s latest unemployment figures came in at around 9%. But even by another data set that attempts to adjust for many (but not all) of the classifications mentioned above, the official number from Washington is around 16%. Yet, the media refuses to report that. Still, this 16% figure has been sugarcoated.

In reality, the real unemployment rate is close to 18%. While some of this includes the underemployed, the majority are not included. In total, the real unemployment rate combined with the underemployment rate is around 40%. And we have not even come close to hitting bottom.

Meanwhile, the balance sheet of the banks has continued to deteriorate, despite trillions of dollars having been shored up for the industry that destroyed the global economy.

Even changes to mark-to-market won’t stop the destruction, so Washington will use more tricks. But nothing is going to work short of nationalization.

Even nationalization will only salvage the banks.

The remainder of the economy has yet to feel the full effects of the biggest Ponzi scheme in world history. I’m not referring to Bernie Madoff. I’m talking about the real estate and banking Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Wall Street, and facilitated by Washington and the Federal Reserve. Other than real estate and construction, the other sectors of the economy are still in the early stages of the meltdown.

Throughout the entire time, everyone from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to former Treasury Secretary Paulson have lied, fudged, downplayed – whatever you want to call it. If you have a good memory, you’ll recall how Bernanke continued to downplay the effects of the real estate mess. In the spring of 2008, he stated over and over that it “wouldn’t be severe” and it “wouldn’t spill over into the rest of the economy.”

Next, Paulson opened his bag of lies, first insisting “no bailouts,” then proclaiming over and over that the banking system was fine. Then the bailouts began.

Paulson and company used scare tactics to pass the biggest waste of taxpayer funds in world history. Still, despite all they’ve done, it hasn’t been enough because they have gone about it all wrong. They’ve wasted as many opportunities as they have taxpayer dollars.  

Fact #7. The Media is the Most Dangerous Force in America.

Throughout the mess, while you’ve been watching your retirement vaporize, the SEC has not even indicted a single banking executive for securities fraud. It’s been absolutely mind-boggling. I’m very surprised there haven’t been several violent riots across the nation.

In part, Washington has the mainstream media to thank, because they’ve hidden the truth from the people, while using scapegoats like Bernie Madoff to distract from the real criminals of the Ponzi scheme; the banking executives and several politicians.

If you already haven’t done so, the best thing you can do for yourself is to turn off the TV, especially CNBC and FBN.

If you want to be more proactive, I advise you to call and email these networks and ask them why they continue to hide the truth about America’s depression.

Tell them you will never watch again. And then stick to your word.

Let a shutdown in ratings determine their fate. You can do the same for the print media.

Many have already abandoned the mainstream media, and the results are showing, with bankruptcies galore. But you must focus your ban on the televised media because this is from where most of the deception and lies arise.

Remember, every time you watch CNBC or FBN, even just for entertainment or even so you can yell at Jim Cramer, you’re boosting their ratings which essentially hands them money.

You need to cut the cable. Just do it. I did long ago.

If you’re mad as Hell that the media duped you into this Ponzi scheme, you have the power to make them pay the ultimate price.

Stop watching and they won’t be able to sell ads.

They’ll either be forced to change or they’ll go bankrupt.

But as long as you keep watching, they’ll continue to carry out deception and censorship. And when the next implosion occurs, they’ll drag you down to the bottom, just as they have in the past.

The media only reports the problems after it’s too late; after you’ve lost your home or your job, after you’ve lost 50% of your retirement savings. This is how they try to cover up their tracks.

Sadly, most Americans are fooled by this cheap tactic. And instead of realizing the media is largely to blame, they are fooled into thinking the media is on their side. If you really think the mainstream media is working for you, take a look at your retirement account.

When I first made my predictions in 2006, very few listened.

Others were not aware of me because the financial media shut me out.

But some of the best hedge fund managers listened. Today, they come to me for guidance because I’ve been spot on. I suggest you start listening too, because if you’ve been following anyone else, chances are you have been led astray.

Ask yourself if you’re still watching CNBC or FBN. Ask yourself if you’re still watching Jim Cramer or the meatheads on Fast Money.

Ask yourself if you’re still watching the “boob crew” on FBN. If you are, you really need to take a cold hard look into the mirror and ask yourself “why.”

Let your retirement or investment account balance decide whether you’ve been listening to the right people.

Finally, we have the heroes; the guys on your side like the “Mark Levines” the “Jon Stewarts” and “Glenn Becks” of the media. Sorry but you’ve been had yet again. The fact is they’ve fooled you into thinking they’re on your side. These are the same guys who have black-balled me

Regardless how they may have positioned themselves, there’s not a single person in the mainstream media who’s on your side. You really need to wake up to this reality.

There are no exceptions. I know this for a fact.

If they’re somehow tied into the mainstream media, whether as hosts or guests, they are liars, shills, or idiots. They all have their own agendas. And they certainly aren’t the same as yours.

The media controls the distribution so whatever they report becomes your reality. And if they keep others out of the picture, like me, you won’t ever know I tried to warn you; not in some rinky-dink incredulous way like the media hams that preach doom and gloom, but in a real way with no agendas.

What they don’t realize is that more people are finding out about me. And I’m building a very loyal following, not only because I’m right, but because they can see who’s really on their side and who’s screwing them.

If you truly want to understand what’s going on, I advise you to get a copy of America’s Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit from the Next Great Depression; preferably the original extended version released in 2006. This is not some fluff book with generic bologna like you see on the New York Times Best-seller’s list. It’s the real deal. It’s the leading book used by the top investors.

Once you read it thoroughly, you’ll see why the media has black-balled me. The truth is too difficult for them to reveal, for it would threaten their financial and political agendas, and those of their partners; Washington and Wall Street. This book will continue to serve as a valuable resource for many years to come because it wasn’t pumped out like most of the books on this topic.

Fact #8. Most of the “Experts” Are Absolutely Clueless.

I’ve already highlighted how Bernanke, Geithner, Summers, Paulson, and others have been completely wrong from day one. They’ve lied over and over.

But they’ve also had the help of hundreds of Wall Street and Washington hacks - bought-off economists.

By God, if the media says they’re experts, then Americans believe it. In the end, if you’ve lost a great deal of wealth, it’s your own fault for being so naïve.

If you verify what the media says and examine the track records of these economists and other so-called experts, you’d realize that they’re here to screw you. And that they have.

No doubt, the same game will be played in another few years, just as it was during the dotcom collapse. And if you don’t learn from this now, they’ll take you out again.

Not only am I talking about the economists, but also the hacks on TV and the journalists who treat them as if they’re always right, as if this was the Bizarro World.

Furthermore, I’m also talking about the bloggers and self-proclaimed financial gurus. Simply do one thing and you will know who to trust. Examine their track record. See what they were saying one, two and three and ten years ago. As an extreme example, research what Jim Cramer was saying a year ago.

The same goes for Larry Kudlow and the other incompetent bozos and hacks on CNBC and FBN. This also includes the guests they like to position as experts.

Determine for yourself if they’re experts by checking their track records. It’s that simple.

Also find out if they have been preaching doom and gloom since the 1990s. If they have, they have no credibility. They are either snake-oil salesmen pitching their investments to you, or they’re simply trying to manipulate the market

The vast majority of these so-called experts are NOT intellectual leaders. They usually repeat what they read from others, or else they are extremists who stick to a doom theme throughout their careers as a way to pitch investments onto you.

Some of the more informed experts (and there are very few) are simply hiding the truth. You can bet that absolutely no one in Washington truly understands the full scope of the problems that lie ahead. And they certainly have no idea what the solutions are. These are the same goofballs who failed to see this catastrophe coming. And they’ve continued to underestimate the severity each month, causing YOU to lose much of what you worked so hard for your entire life.

Sure, now everyone is an expert in this crisis, including the guys who had no idea it was coming, and especially the guys who have been predicting doom for twenty years. But of course, eventually it rains in the dessert. In the meantime, you’ve missed several years in tremendous gains.

So the lesson is that yes, timing IS important.

But these doomers are also dangerous because they are extremists.

And extremists are just as dangerous than clueless individuals.

A real expert will know when to sink, when to swim and when to stay out of the water altogether.

If you want to know what’s really going on, what to expect and what the real solutions are, you should look only to the small handful of experts who detailed these problems and warned of them in advance; not ten or twenty years in advance, and not just about a real estate bubble.

If you fail to conduct a prudent search, you’re likely to remain deceived just as most always are. This explains why most people get blasted when bubbles pop.

Fact #9. The Only “Change” Obama is Capable of is a Change of Face.

First, you need to understand that I didn’t vote in 2008 because I knew it wouldn’t matter who won the election. So my statements aren’t to support some right-wing agenda. There is no right and no left in Washington. There’s only the middle.

America has only one real political party but the media has fooled them into thinking there are two so that you will always have the opposing party to blame, whether it’s the president or Congress. It’s all part of the game and you’re being taken to the cleaners.

America’s unified political party ultimately answers to the Federal Reserve and corporate America. Once you realize this, you’ll stop wasting your time being distracted by the talking heads on radio and TV, who want you to think that America’s real problems are due to bipartisan politics.

But Obama won the election because he promised “change” and hope for the future. It was a PR contest as always.

But apparently Obama has a different definition of change than me. To me, “change” means you bring in fresh new faces that aren’t already part of the political mafia.

Isn’t that what Obama promised?

It also means you mandate real accountability, by sending the criminals who carried out this Ponzi scheme to prison. Isn’t that what Obama promised?

Furthermore, “change” means you uphold the highest standards for yourself and those whom you appoint to serve on your staff.

Isn’t that what Obama promised?

Instead, he appointed tax cheats to his cabinet and downplayed their fraudulent behavior.

To me, “change” not only means you keep Wall Street insiders and lobbyists out of your staff, but it means you get rid of all lobbyist activities.

Isn’t that what Obama promised?

Ultimately, “change” as I define it means you do what’s right for the people.

America sure could use a heavy dose of “change;” not by Obama’s definition.

The only change Obama has brought is a change of face, promising one thing and delivering the exact opposite.

He’s been the typical “bait-and-switch” presidential puppet.

Meanwhile, most Americans are still caught up in the Hollywood glamour of Obama as they fail to see reality.

Clinging onto false hopes serves no purpose. Rather, you should accept the reality of America’s depression and use it to fuel your calls to Washington.

Perhaps if the people unite and protest together as a single force, we just might get some real “change” instead of lip service from Obama.

Fact #10. There is Much More Risk than Opportunity. 

Stop looking for opportunity and start looking for safety. Unlike decades before, today most people search for opportunity because they’ve been brainwashed into thinking that it’s always the best time to get rich. This shift in mentality - from wisdom to recklessness - has been propagated ever since online trading began.

Who does the brainwashing? Online brokerage firms and guys looking to sell you gold and other investments. And they’ve seized the media as their partner, from CNBC and FBN to the infomercials.

Now, I’m not a gold basher by any means. In fact, I predicted gold at $1400 by 2012 and higher thereafter. And I did so in 2006.

But that doesn’t mean you should buy gold now. As you should be aware by now, the gold market is being manipulated so economics will not necessarily drive up the price.

Despite my opinion that gold is headed significantly higher, the reality is that buying gold at $1000 or above is very risky, especially if you do not or cannot trade the volatility. 

Why might his be?

Because no one knows when it will surge, or even if it will for sure.

More important, no one knows when it will come crashing back down.

And you must understand that the higher gold rises, the harder it will fall eventually. So, regardless what do, make sure you have an exit strategy in place.

And for those of you who might conclude that I’ve made a great case for investing in the banks due to their support from the Fed, you need to think again. If I refuse to touch the banks, why would you? Is there something you know that I don’t? Stop fooling yourself.

In general, the best thing for most Americans to do is stay clear of the carnage. This is especially true for those who expect to retire within the next eight years. It’s much more important to ensure you have adequate savings to handle a layoff or medical illness. If your covered by your medical insurance, I suggest you research the cost of cancer and see if you can come up with a 10 or 20% co-pay on a $2 million bill.

Only the most experienced and skilled investors/traders should generally be looking for investment opportunities.

You aren’t going to hear this bit of wisdom elsewhere because most of the people preaching to you about investment opportunities are looking to make money from you. These are the same guys who were saying there were great buying opportunities each month in 2008.

The best way to play this collapse is to buy when you’re scared as Hell, as you should of done a few weeks ago when the Dow hit 6500. Then sell after the rally as I did a little over a week ago. Most people aren’t able to do this because they don’t know how to read the market. If that’s the case, simply stay clear and wait for more certainty. 

Now, for those willing to deal with downside risk, if you are going to buy any securities, you need to accept the fact that they will fall lower. If you don’t know how to gauge risk, if you don’t understand valuations, if you don’t understand the full spectrum of what’s happening, you need to be extremely conservative, sticking only with the best stocks that pay dividends. And you need to accept the possibility that even with the strongest companies, dividends may be cut or eliminated.

Finally, if you plan to retire within the next few years, your options are very limited. But the last thing you want to do is gamble.

Gambling includes dealing with uncertainty.

You may have lost a lot so far, but you could still lose a lot more.

Liquidity should be one of your main concerns.

Always remember this. Most people lose money in the stock market either because they are forced to sell when they need the money or they panic. You should always keep these things in mind prior to investing. 


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