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Gold confiscation

Saturday, November 29, 2008, 8:34 PM

Here's a question I received today, and it is both quite common and legitimate.

Hi Chris,
I know you have been a strong physical gold advocate as many on this
site have been as well. I can't think of a less risky term to store wealth
over the long term.

However, although gold confiscation has been mentioned in a few
articles on the site, I have yet to see you post any comments or opinions.
The biggest risk I see with gold is the confiscation issue. Everyone will
have to decide their own course of action if this comes to pass, but my
question to you is this:

What evidence do you see for or against the reimplementation of a
gold standard and what evidence do you see for or against another round of
gold confiscation??

Hopefully you can answer. Also, I check your site multiple times a
day, but still I don't have a chance to see every forum post. Is there any
way you can notify me of a response?

Thanks so much for your time and effort. You have already made a
great positive impact on my family!

Sincerely,
Mike

All I can offer here is my opinion, as I certainly do not have any better insights than anybody else.

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Daily Digest - Nov 29

Saturday, November 29, 2008, 9:57 AM

Has the Fed mortgaged its own future?, AIG pays retention bonuses, Shiller and Davidowitz videos, formerly high paid turning to food banks, Marc Faber says "hold gold outside of US", Romer appointed to the council of economic advisers,  and bluefin tuna on the verge of collapse.

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Loss of petrodollar recycling to add pressure to the dollar

Friday, November 28, 2008, 3:48 PM

What is "petrodollar recycling"?

It refers to the use of dollars for the purchase of oil and the subsequent reinvesting of those same dollars by oil exporting nations back into the US financial markets.

Many hundreds of billions of US dollars have flowed from its shores only to come back in the form of oil and purchases of Treasury and  Agency debt.

That mechanism is certainly wounded now...

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Daily Digest - Nov 28

Friday, November 28, 2008, 9:15 AM

GM asks for flight anonymity, a deadly shopping stampede, Robert Shiller interview, US credit line at risk?, and an interview with Jeremy Grantham.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2008, 9:57 AM

Hello. 

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for contributing to this site, in ways both large and small.

For US readers, I wish you a happy and safe holiday.

Things will be a little quiet around here today.  I will not have a major blog post today, just this little one.

Today is about remembering all the things we have to be thankful for, and my list is long.

  • I have my health
  • I have a loving family
  • I have a strong community
  • And I am blessed with the intelligent community forming around this site and the messages of the Crash Course.

Be well and be thankful.

All the best,
Chris Martenson

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Daily Digest - Nov 27 Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2008, 9:09 AM

Food insecurity in the land of plenty, reigniting that crazy shopping flame, how much will one share buy, and the ECRI falls to lowest level ever.

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The Daily Digest - Nov 26

Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 10:10 PM

Downturn in China puts breaks on industry, mortgage rates plummet, a Bloomberg interactive on where that $7.4 trillion went, commercial real estate - the next shoe to drop, Treasury conference call reveals insider bias, and buy one get one free (trucks).

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Stocks gain on horrible economic news

Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 5:17 PM

US stocks gain, economic data falls.

Over the past four days, US stocks gained the most (percentage wise) since 1933. On the surface this is significant, because 1933 marked a significant turning point for stocks even though the economic crisis had a ways to go yet.

But is that a valid linkage to make?

Now, the stock market is sometimes called “the great discounting machine” for its supposed ability to sniff out great changes in trend well before those changes are obvious elsewhere. In times past, stocks have made a habit of rising months in advance of job gains, economic activity, profit gains, and other such economic data.

However, I will note that the stock market has gotten a bit off the rails lately and it completely missed the warning signs of an impending credit crunch that were given off more than a year ago. The stock market carried on and made new highs even as the financial underpinnings of our entire system were collapsing into the bay. So in some circles (mine included), “the great discounting machine” has lost some of its utility and impartiality along the way.

Today the economic news was horrible.

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CitiBank - No Questions Asked

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 2:24 PM

When the Big Three automakers were finally settled in their chairs before the Congressional committee investigating whether they deserved a handout of $50 billion, they were asked a defining question; “How many of you flew commercial airlines to get here?

No hands went up and they were sunk. Somehow the hubris of trotting about on private jets while asking for public money was simply too much for a suddenly stingy Congress.

No such questions were asked of the Citi bankers, in fact no hearings were even held, and they were given access to over $306 billion on the most favorable terms you could possibly imagine. This illustrates the power that the banking industry holds over our political process and it is a ruinous power. Why should Citi receive not only special treatment, but exorbitantly preferential treatment at taxpayer expense? I don’t know, but I’d like some answers.

First, check out the terms of the deal:

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Daily Digest - Nov 25

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 12:15 PM

Economy

Turkeys Can't Fly 

'In the space of two months, Ben Bernanke has doubled the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve. He is accepting bubble gum wrappers, old shoes, and Dick Cheney's defaced copy of the Constitution as collateral for loans from the Fed. When Paulson and Bernanke were selling their rescue plan in front of Congress in September they stressed transparency, oversight and openness. The total lack of transparency and oversight were the reason that our financial system came to a grinding halt.' 

Sherman's Comments: Of all my reads yesterday, this one was clearly the best. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Quinn really nails the "Negative Wealth Affect," I wasn't one hundred percent on-board with the big 3 numbers but my guess is that his university isn't weathering a storm like Harvard's as the result of his insight. Just a guess.