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4.5.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Big Money and Easter

(Rich and Wealthy aren’t necessarily the same)

In many circles this is the most holy week of all. From Palm Sunday through “Spy Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and Easter itself, this particular time of the year is incredibly important to millions of people.

Because of its solemn importance to so many, I’m not going to go off about the elites, the criminal bankers, the crooked politicians. I’m not going to diatribe about provoking Russia, endless mindless wars, race problems, gay activists, or any of a million other topics just ripe to discuss. No. We’re not going to talk about “bad things” and what you have to do about it.  If you’re looking for a rant, stay tuned for next week because I have some things to “go off” on that need discussing. But for today, in the spirit of the season, I want to talk about being rich. Do you need big money to be rich?

4.1.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

What is Your Goal?

We all have one, whether we even remember it or not. As children, we all aspired to be the doctor, the fireman, the teacher,  the policeman, the nurse, what ever. We had our dreams, and the world seemed to be a place where you could be anything you wanted to be.  Often however as we “grew up”, either our goals were changed, or enough negative people filled your heads with the idea that you couldn’t reach your goal. You weren’t smart enough, strong enough, pretty enough, etc. In any event, facts show that it is indeed a “rare club” that reaches the goals and desires that one starts with.

3.29.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark


Bank of America Agrees With Me??

One of the themes I’ve been suggesting for almost 6 years now is the concept that a lot of the world is quite tired of the US, and is trying to break away. Now, for the average flag waving American Patriot, what I’m saying borders on treachery and treason. Hey, I get it.  But let’s face some facts.

Before we get into some “proof’ of the world moving away from the US, let’s just spend a minute contemplating our role in the world over the last couple decades. We’ve been caught spying on the Germans. Our NSA has admitted to recording everyone’s phone calls and emails. We’ve fomented wars in foreign lands. If the world doesn’t toe the US line concerning finance, we tend to overthrow them, fine them, or blockade them.

3.25.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

They’ve All Been Wrong

Over the course of human history there’ve been quite a few people that have called for the end of the world, the end of civilization, the end of humanity, you name it. Yet here we are on March 24 and the sun came up, folks ate breakfast and for the most part, life goes on.

Likewise there’s been no shortage of folks calling for all manner of doom and gloom over the years. I cannot count on both hands how many people have called for financial collapse, global financial Armageddon, and populations reduced to eating bugs in their front yards to survive. Yet this morning the traffic on Rt. 75here in Sarasota is horrendous as people flock to the beaches, the bars, the eateries and to work.

3.22.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Gold

You don’t see it. It isn’t on TV. No one you know talks about it. The people that do are shunned as crazy. Those folks are avoided. Am I talking about Gold? No. I’m talking about the events that give reason to ponder owning gold.

A quick history lesson…Gold was trading around 285 dollars an ounce back in 1999/2000. We started pounding the table on Gold in spring of 2000, with outlandish claims that it would reach 1000 dollars within ten years. Well, it did that. And why did we think it was going to run so much? Because we saw the things that normal every day people didn’t see.

3.15.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Listen Up

The ONLY reason someone would read our articles is because they just know deep inside that something is terribly “wrong” with the world, yet they can’t figure out what.  Which reminds me of some of the conversation in the 1999 movie “The Matrix”

Consider the following dialogue…

3.11.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

What You Should Do

On Sunday I wrote a controversial piece about why we could see some major market dislocations ( a crash possibly) heading our way in the Aug – October time frame. While we got a lot of great feedback from the letter, one of the big questions people had was …what do we do about it?

That’s a great question. But it will indeed be focused on what you’ll allow yourself to believe might happen. That is going to be a very individual decision.

3.8.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Crash in September?

 

If you’ve been reading us for any length of time you know that I’ve mentioned that we might see some interesting events in the September/October time frame. That has prompted people to ask “why then?” which is a very good question. But the reasons for my observations will cause some people to question my sanity. That’s okay; it’s been done a million times before.

Let me lay out some ground work before we get into some pretty interesting discussion. Every one of you lives through cycles, and most of them we don’t even pay attention to, they’re just “the way it is”. For instance you know with NO doubt that when you go to bed tonight, that tomorrow the sun will rise. It has for billions of years and will continue to for billions more.  That’s a cycle. You also have no problem declaring that as sure as the sun will rise, your winter will be followed by spring, which is followed by summer and then autumn will appear. That’s a never ending cycle as the earth makes its travels around the sun.


3.4.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

We need Hookers in the GDP

I don’t mean hidden sleight of hand. I don’t mean “ringers” or other fake data. What I’m talking about is actual hookers…prostitutes. But not only prostitutes, we’re talking crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines. Why? Because these are the things that are now included in Italy’s GDP reporting.

I know you think I’m making this up, but I’m not. A few years back virtually every nation decided to change the way they measure GDP so that they could make things look better. Here in the states they changed the rules to include such mundane things as research and development, old TV show reruns, Artistic originals including books, movies, TV shows, music, photographs and greeting cards — yes, greeting cards.

I’m not being militant here. I understand the idea behind some of these moves. For instance take a movie like Star Wars. When it was first released, they hoped it would be something special and make a splash at the box office. Well it did and that should figure into the GDP for a nation because indeed money was spent both to make it and to see it. But who would have known that it would grow into multiple billions of dollars in revenues over the years as it became somewhat of a cult following?  Are we to ignore the billions spent on Star wars clothes, toys, spin off’s etc? No and we shouldn’t.

3.1.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

What color is that Dress?

I’ve just come through a particularly trying week, one in which my mother-in-law passed away, and along with it the grief and sorrows of the family. As you might imagine I’ve been preoccupied with that event, and not able to devote the time I generally spend in watching the madness of our world unravel.  But sometimes the enormity of what takes place simply muscles its way into your life no matter the distraction.

This week was surely one of those times. In the course of just 10 days, the things that we’ve seen transpire would have taken one’s breath away in virtually any other time in history. But in 2015? Nah, not so much.  See, we had a dress color to debate. The internet and the news media was obsessed with trying to figure out if the dress in question was one of white and gold, or blue’s and black. It was massively important stuff, so much so that Hollywood figures, Country music stars, journalists, doctors of psychology, and more weighed in with their thoughts.  It was by far the most important discussion of the last several days.

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