I wrote a piece recently on the U.S. economy called “Could America be Pushed over the Economic Edge?” about how Libya, Japan or even covert economic warfare from America’s enemies could push the U.S. economy into another financial meltdown. I received a one sentence email from my friend Jim Sinclair that said, “We are way over the edge right now.” His message gave me a sinking feeling. [Let me explain.] Words: 923
So says Greg Hunter (www.USAWatchdog.com) in an article* which Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com, has further edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and reformatted below for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. (Please note that this paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.) Hunter goes on to say:
Mr. Sinclair is a world renowned gold expert, but in order to trade that market, you must be extremely knowledgeable in many aspects of economics and politics. Almost everything affects the price of gold. War, government, oil, debt, money creation, the Fed and many other variables can dictate how much the yellow metal costs. Gold is probably the single most difficult market to trade, and Sinclair is the Yoda of the gold traders (except much better looking.)
Jim Sinclair’s View on the U.S. Economy
Last week on his website JSMineset.com, Mr. Sinclair outlined “why” we are already way over the edge right now and why gold is going much higher in price. Here are a few of his reasons that I picked out from his bullet pointed post:
- the economic and political damage is already done.
- the mountain of OTC derivative paper is not going away. . . .
- the mountain of OTC derivative weapons of mass financial destruction can only grow. . . .
- it is not whether or not QE will continue, it is what it already has done to the Western economies that much higher gold prices will reflect. . . .
- the monumental change in the Middle East is NOT positive for the West in any manner, shape or form. . . .
- it is the currency that breaks, not the country.
Richard Fisher’s View on the Economy
This is not some far-fetched assessment of the U.S. economy because at least one Fed banker (Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher) is also sounding alarm bells. In a question and answer session after delivering a speech at the University of Frankfurt he said:
The United States is on a fiscal path towards insolvency and policymakers are at a ‘tipping point
If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent, the question is when.
There is absolutely no way a top Federal Reserve banker says this without it being common knowledge in his circle of power–no way. This tells me the Fed realizes the economy is much worse than what anyone would admit.
John Williams’ View on the Economy
- Both existing and new home sales moved sharply lower in February 2011, down 9.6% and 16.9% on a monthly basis . . .
- Foreclosure activity remained an intensifying distorting factor for home sales, with “distressed” activity accounting for an estimated 39% of existing sales in the NAR’s February reporting, the highest portion seen since Spring 2009, and up from 37% in January.
- [I predict an] intensifying double-dip recession and a rapidly escalating inflation problem.
Four out of every 10 homes sold are foreclosures! That is not a healthy housing market or sign of a recovering economy. There was a record one million homes foreclosed upon in 2010, and experts predict another record breaking year in 2011.
My Closing Comments
To regular readers of sites like this one, the economic problems we face are not surprising. [F]or every informed person, [however,]there are probably hundreds that have no idea how bad the economy really is. As an example, one new reader wrote me last week [with 2 questions]:
- We are indeed going through some of the craziest times I can ever remember and although things are crazy, do you really believe we will all NOT get through this as a society?
- How can the entire country go under?”
The answer to the first question is some will get through this a lot better than others. Those people include folks that have little to no debt and have a well-diversified portfolio that includes physical precious metals as the ultimate form of insurance against financial calamity.
As for the second question: “How can the entire country go under?” I refer back to what Jim Sinclair said earlier, “You must realize that it is the currency that breaks, not the country.”
If you can grasp the enormity of that one simple sentence, you have all the information you need to protect your wealth.
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