Porter Stansberry – BeforeItsNews.com
Tue, Jun 7, 2011
Subject: Beginning of Panic 2011
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The Beginning of the Panic
By Porter Stansberry (StansberryResearch.com)
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
In the next few weeks, our country will enter a period without precedence in our experience.
On June 30, the Federal Reserve has pledged to cease buying U.S. Treasury bonds. This is the second time since the financial crisis it has intervened in the Treasury market in a major way. The program of buying new Treasury issues has been dubbed "quantitative easing II" (QE2).
We'd wager not one in 1,000 Americans has any idea (or at least any real understanding) of what has been going on in the market for U.S. Treasury bonds since the financial crisis. For the last nine months, the Fed has been printing up new dollars and buying huge amounts of newly issued debt from the U.S. Treasury – $600 billion of bonds. And these purchases followed a $1.75 trillion program of quantitative easing that ran from March 2009 to March 2010.
It is no exaggeration to say that a printing press has kept our economy going for the last two years. But what will happen when the printing stops?
While we honestly don't know, we're going to speculate that, in the short term, the U.S. dollar will rally and commodities will suffer a serious correction. We will see a dramatic slowdown in the rate of monetary inflation. People will think prices will stop going up. Economic activity will begin to decline. Fear will lead a lot of investors to "go to cash." That means buying short-term U.S. Treasury bonds because they're the most liquid, most frequently traded form of cash.
As this process unfolds, we expect to see another global panic. Especially if Bernanke's decision to stop the presses coincides with a Republican political gambit – refusing to raise the debt ceiling, which could cause a default on U.S. Treasury bonds.
Whether the debt ceiling is raised or not, it's only a matter of time before the Fed will have to turn on the presses again. And when "QE3" begins, it will send our creditors an unmistakable message: You will never be repaid in anything other than massively devalued paper.
That will be a horrible day for the value of our currency. It may even mean the end of the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency.
But rather than face these unpleasant facts and consider where they are leading us, most people continue to think, "It can't happen here. This is America."
Meanwhile, our country has been depending on a printing press to make our economic system work. When is the last time that happened in America? The Civil War.
How many other things most people didn't think would ever happen in America have happened recently? What about the collapse of our investment banks, the bankruptcy of General Motors, the liquidation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the failure of AIG, hundreds of banks being seized, millions of homes in foreclosure, or real unemployment rates close to 20%? We could go on…
As we frequently point out to our critics, the question isn't when this crisis will begin – it started in 2008. The question is, when will it end… and how bad will it get before it does?
We believe every American ought to be ashamed, outraged, and furious that the most powerful political union in history proceeded down the path of these bankrupting policies. But most of all, you ought to be afraid of where these policies have led us.
Don't forget: At the end of this month, the Federal Reserve will stop buying Treasury bonds.
That's the first time since March 2009 our economy will stand on its own two feet. And we expect that just like a child riding a bike without training wheels for the first time… it will crash.
We are not alone.
Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund, has put 4% of his fund short U.S. government bonds. Just consider that for a minute: The most powerful fixed-income manager in the world (not just in America) is selling the U.S. Treasury short.
The University of Texas endowment fund recently took physical delivery of $1 billion gold bars. That's an enormous bet from some of the wealthiest and best-informed investors in the world that the U.S. monetary system falls apart.
Finally, in what we believe is the ultimate death knell for the U.S. dollar, our trading partners are moving out of the dollar and into gold. Mexico, for example, one of our most important trading partners, just purchased almost 100 tons of gold.
All around the world, more and more central banks are selling dollars and buying gold. They're doing so because they can plainly see America's credit has become unreliable and the value of the dollar is likely to decline.
If you think you might be trading in something other than U.S. dollars in the future, you might not want to be holding U.S. dollars. You might want to be holding that currency.
And if you can't hold that currency, consider holding gold.
P.S. I urge you to watch the video I've made about these issues. But I caution you, it will take up over a half hour of your time. There's still time to protect yourself from the crisis I see ahead, but not much. You have to educate yourself as soon as possible. And you have to take action. Watch the video here.
P.P.S. In tomorrow's essay, I'll show you a secret about U.S. finances you won't read about anywhere else. We don't think many Americans – even sophisticated investors – have considered these numbers…
Subject: Physical Silver Premiums Strengthen as Retail Demand Remains Buoyant
Physical Silver Premiums Strengthen as Retail Demand Remains Buoyant
Premiums on physical silver have strengthened this week as strong retail demand for the white metal continues to soak up available supply of minted Silver products.
The precious metal price comparison website BullionSupermarket.com has seen premiums for its benchmark 1 troy ounce Silver rise to an average of 35.2% over spot at auction, alongside increasing premiums for most other minted products.
Silver Eagles are in particularly short supply at the moment with some dealers in the US now reportedly paying a premium of up to 3% to buy back the silver bullion coins.
Commenting on the prevailing market conditions, Jon Hunt, founder of BullionSupermarket.com was quoted as saying "Silvers perceived cheapness in relation to Gold continues to attract many retail buyers. Particularly new market entrants. Our users Silver searches currently outstrip Gold by about 3 to 1, and completed sales are running at a similar ratio. The debate around Silver shortages or not seems a bit academic in the coin and bar market right now, as there plainly is a shortage of minted products out there".
Golds lofty price tag above $1525 per troy ounce may be beyond the reach of many retail buyers, who appear to prefer the greater bang for the buck provided by Silver at around $38 per troy ounce, even despite its recent volatility.
Retail buying tends to lock up precious metal for a long time. Sales of BullionSupermarket.com Silver via electronic auction over the last 6 months has yet to see any significant amounts sold back into the market. Even significant movements in price are failing to dislodge Silver back into the market.
Strong retail demand has been driving minted silver premiums for some time now. What is perhaps surprising is the inertia present on the supply side in bringing new minted products to market. If premiums remain strong, this is likely to change, and we will likely see new minted products coming to market in volume.
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