Category Archive: Global Economy

Jul 05

The UK Splitting From The European Union Is Predicted In Bible Prophecy And Is Victory For God. Examining What Lays Ahead

By Walid Shoebat
The red crucifix of the UK emerging out of the EU’s flag of stars in a circle is a great sight to see. Britain’s exit costs the EU one of its wealthiest members and one of its biggest military powers is a sign that the Bible is true’ God ordained nationalism for a reason to keep evil in check. What happens next is not anyone’s guess. In fact it is easily predictable. Prime Minister David Cameron who cyber-rattled against Donald Trump has already announced he will resign after failing to convince voters to stay in the union.
Conservative politicians in France, the Netherlands and other EU member states are calling for similar votes in their countries. Prophecy has already etched the future of Europe as we shall further explain. You do not have to monitor the media which falsely predicted that the UK will remain in order to understand that God’s ways is not man’s.
But first, the EU is weighed down with economic and Muslim migration crises which as we accurately predicted will play a major factor resulting in the Euroskeptic defeating the Eurocentric in the UK. Europe converting to Islam as many predicted is out the window.
The trend we predicted has begun and the clock is turning in reverse of what many falsely predicted.
In the U.S. it will be Trump’s victory of Americanism vs. Hillary’s Globalism. Prophecy teachers for decades were dead wrong on the EU. They spoke of the European Common Market controlling the ‘buying and selling,’ that the EU is “the revived Roman Empire”, that the Eurocentric and the globalist one-world-government was this coming Antichrist, that the single European currency will become the standard, that the Treaty of Rome with all the nonsense will control the world … they were all dead wrong.
In the last three months we saw this coming and pre warned with several detailed articles encouraging you to ignore the false information and to focus on the Euroskeptic defeating the Eurocentric. In the UK, this is exactly what happened and in March we predicted:
“The European Union will first disintegrate as we see this is beginning to happen”.
And on April 3rd, we asked you to focus on the key biblical component:
Evil always starts with abandonment of nationalism (reverse to what God did at Babel) and ends by nationalism (aversion from Babel) and the reversion to nationalism was what brought the Ottoman Empire to collapse as we have seen with the Communist and every other evil empire. It all starts in Genesis and ends in Genesis where the war is between the seed of the woman and the seed of satan is reversed and Babel retreats.
Keeping these principles is key to stop believing in the success of a one world order and we see Europe reverting to nationalism which will eventually defeat globalism’s European Union, while the Muslim is reverting back to Babel attempting a one world language, one world religion (Islam) and one world government (Sharia).
God’s refinement is by reversing the Babel effect where the two (reverse as in Euroskeptic and unite as in Eurocentric) are colliding together. The Euroskeptic results from the massive Muslim locust invasion and the falling away results in Eurocentric.
Even the polls were dead wrong as we predicted. Investors wrongly hedged their bets on polls showing a narrow lead for the ‘Remain in the EU’. Political analyst Peter Kellner, a former president of YouGov, predicted Remain would win by 8.5 per cent on Thursday. Populus had also previously put Remain ahead by 10 points at 55%, against 45% for leaving the EU. Ipsos Mori, for the Evening Standard gave remain a four-point lead at 52%, against 48%. They all predicted the UK will remain in the EU and they were dead wrong.
If polls underestimated right-wing support in the U.K., they could very well be miscalculating it in the U.S. As Bill Kristol said “if polls show Clinton up 5, could Trump be even?”
Polls can be wrong when people vote. When it comes to nationalism, jobs, economy, Trump leads Hillary. Europe is now clinging to nationalism. In April we predicted it warning:
Europe will bust and as the local election in the UK draws near in two weeks on May 5th 2016, the European Union gets closer to the explosion where it enters a crisis level getting us closer to what prophecy foretold.
Indeed, Europe plays a role in end-times, but not as you have been taught in the last few decades and this will not happen quick. This splitting process alongside Muslim unification process will take years and will not happen overnight and will be the subject of the news in the next decade or so. Christ is not returning in 2016 or 2018.
The prophetic question many failed to ask is this: if a one world government is to take place or a European Union is to control the entire continent, how then will God “divide the nations”? How then will “nation war against nation, kingdom against kingdom” and how will God “divide the nations” “sheep from goats”?
For decades people ignored these key verses and have been fed hype about a single currency. Europe in the next decade will face splits galore. Scotland last year forgot the history of William Wallace and voted to remain with the UK to gain benefits breast-feeding from the EU’s udder, and now that the tit is dry they too are entertaining a split from the UK itself.
The U.K. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish National Party would seek to hold a new referendum on secession. Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland’s second-largest party, renewed its calls for a vote there on leaving the U.K. and joining the Republic of Ireland.
Even in Spain, the Spanish want to control the key entry between Muslim north Africa to Europe, the Gibraltar. As soon the the UK voted to split from the EU, Spain’s Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, stated:
“I hope the formula of co-sovereignity – to be clear, the Spanish flag on the Rock [Gibraltar]– is much closer than before”.
And Germany’s right wing party too wants to split the E.U. saying: “France and southern EU states – Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece among them – to be banished from Eurozone, as they lack “cultures of stability” like Germany’s.”
So its time to revive my previous article I wrote a month ago to remind you why I insisted on writing on Europe. Few examine prophecies that predict a split in Europe (explained here in detail). Even in Belgium itself, the central headquarters of the EU, there are prophecies that speak of regions like Wallonia which comprise 55% of Belgium and prophecies of civil struggles between Northern and Southern Europe where Germany will turn against France and we have seen official statements coming from Germany’s AfD Alexander Gauland which confirm these predictions.
We are beginning to see the signs of a future split in Europe, even states within states, separating between sheep and goat nations where France, parts of Italy, Spain and Portugal will be destined as sheep nations, while Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the Baltic states or major parts of these will remain liberal and anti-God to be destined as goat nations. Austria could go sheep or goat, we do not know.
And if in doubt that these prophecies are just archaic fairytale, just look at what Germany’s Gauland said last month:
“We [Germany] can have a common currency with the Netherlands, Austria, Finland or Baltic states. They have similar cultures of stability like ours, but the French have a different one, not to mention the Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese and Greeks. They don’t want austerity at all.”
The remarks made by the AfD deputy leader Alexander Gauland and party’s federal spokesman and co-leader Joerg Meuthen in the interview to German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung says it all.
And just in case you still persist in your view that south splitting from north as religious folktale, here is one major secular strategist, Stratfor’s renown George Friedman, just last month, he says that France will break up with Germany and will lead a “Mediterranean bloc”:
Alternatively, France could become the leader of a Mediterranean bloc, splitting the eurozone in two (with a “northern euro” and a “southern euro“) or reinstating separate national currencies.
And if Christ “goes with the whirlwinds of the south,” as Zechariah 9:13 predicted, in Europe, it will be the same, where south will go against north.
And while many focus on Germany’s Merkel lack of popularity, this matters little. Even if Germany be ruled by the right like the AfD or by Merkel, the writing is on the wall; Germany wants to rule the EU and wants some European states to leave while it cuddles up to the goat nation of Turkey getting further from what will become the sheep nation of France. Alexander Gauland added that it was good for Paris to share the common currency, “but if it will not or cannot afford that economically, then one must find other structures.”
What other structures? Besides the coming split between Germany and France, recent reports show that German Air Force is reportedly having its own section at the Turkish Incirlik Air Base regardless that Turkey has gone to such low that it is now refusing entry to any foreign journalists and they are doing it without providing any explanation for its actions.
The Muslim immigration has played the agent for a major shift in Europe. Even in Austria reports reveal:
“The migrant crisis has divided the country and, in a major U-turn, the government, who initially backed German chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy, shut Austria’s borders.”
Things are shifting in Austria where the conservative right are gaining momentum:
“Norbert Hofer, the candidate for Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), won 36.4 per cent of the vote”.
Is it possible that Germany resorted to its historic evils and have brought in the Muslim immigrants to create a shift? The leading power in Austria are “anti-immigrant and anti-European Union”. Austria is now even mimicking the U.S. where “gun ownership has been on the rise in Austria” as result of Muslim immigration. Showing the far right’s growing confidence in Europe, Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front, hailed a “beautiful result”, writing on Twitter: “Bravo to the Austrian people”. FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache said:
“This is the beginning of a new political era. Today political history is being written in Austria.”
We have been telling you this before. Even in the U.S. from when Donald Trump first announced his desire to run with as low as 4% approval, we went against the tide and accurately predicted his rise over a year ago. Westerners get super tired of traditional parties.
Hope is on the horizon, but this will take a decade or so and will not be easy.
And in France, which is the Eurozone’s second-biggest economy, bested only by Germany, it has been struggling to reduce both its national debt and an unemployment rate of 10.2 percent. French President Francois Hollande’s latest labor reforms were not met with enthusiasm in the country, which has seen a wave of violent protests rolling through Paris, Nantes and other cities.
In France, one of our main focus nations, French voters, like in the U.S. are also disenchanted with traditional political parties setting the course of the country’s future and that of splitting from the European Union as a whole.
WHAT LAYS AHEAD
It will take several years for sheep nations to split from goat nations. While the splits begin as result of national interest, it will take time and much turmoil to revive its Christian spirit which will only happen as gold is refined–through fire. This fire will be an internal revolution with Islam. It was France that was the forerunners to the European Union. The French however are stiff-necked and always guarded their national sovereignty’s jealously rejecting initiatives that could weaken France’s autonomy refusing to create a European Defense Community.
One nation out of several, that the wise French Yves Dupont, the collector of saintly prophecies after studying volumes from reputable saints said that it will be from “France that the Great King, according to all prophecies, will begin his work” to defeat the invasion from Hagar (Islam):
“… Then will the people of the half-moon of the tribe of Agar … will stay three years destroying everything. Yet, in the third year, will one of the unconquerable Eagles who reigns over the enlightened nation between the Rhine and the North Sea” [France].
“Revolution will break out in Italy almost at the same time as in France. For some time, the Church will be without a Pope. England, too, will have much to suffer”
Even Ezekiel speaks of “the young lions” (from Europe and the U.S.) speaking out against Gog (Ezekiel 38:13). One must wonder why God gave us types of fulfillment in past history to be replicated in the coming war with Islam when France under Charles Martel (the Hammer), who stopped Abdul-Rahman Al-Ghafiqi at the battle of Pottier. Christianity, like the Old Testament is not void of the heroism of the older hammer, the Maccabees (Maccabee literally means ‘hammer’). Christianity is the continuation of true Judaism all with its heroic action. The Church is not just singing hymnals.
This will be repeated when “Hagar/Agar” as Monk Hilarion predicted, will rise again. John also predicted as well in Revelations, with the “wounded beast,” and for over three years (as Daniel also predicted) will rain hell on earth to desecrate the Christian Communion.
France is concerned about the political influence that its neighbor’s economic power Germany has yielded after the eurozone crisis especially that Germany has become Europe’s political beacon.
But despite Germany’s rise, France is still a fundamentally wealthy nation whose global reach knows no rival in Europe and is blessed to have some of the highest birthrates in Europe and in time it will probably have the largest population on the Continent. God is planning this for a reason.
And with the largest Muslim community in Western Europe, France will soon explode into nationalism and bloody civil unrest as a reaction to the role of Muslims in Europe. And as Germany will keep relations with Turkey, and if and when the E.U under Germany receives Turkey with open arms, this will flood whatever is left of the E.U with Muslim immigration where Germany eventually will elect a clandestine Muslim Obama type just as we had in the U.S.
As the bridge between Northern and Southern Europe falls, France will continue to play an important role on the Continent. Why France is crucial is that France is the bridge between northern Europe and southern Europe just as Turkey (the gatekeeper to the Black and Mediterranean seas) is the bridge between Asia and Europe.
And as we see Muslim immigration into the western promised land splitting southern Europe from northern, France becomes a key player since without it, there cannot be a unified Europe.
France is the focus of so many predictions where it will face Germany. This will start by an Obama like-figure elected in Germany. This is not far-fetched. Who would have ever dreamt that the most powerful nation on earth would be ruled by a clandestine Muslim named Barack son of Hussein bin Obama who was well disguised as Christian? The Muslims have caught up with this brilliant tactic and a repeat of this could happen in Germany. In fact, it is etched in an Old Saxon prediction which talks of an Obama-like figure who claims Christianity yet he is a Turk and will rule Germany while France will refine to combat this axis of evil:
“The Dog shall enter Germany but shall afterwards forsake his master and choose for himself a new man, whereby Scripture shall be fulfilled. This Dog shall signify the Turk which shall forsake his Mohammed and choose unto him the name Christian, which is a sign the day of doom is at hand, when all the earth is subject unto God, or that all people acknowledge one only God. The Fleur-de-Lys (lily) and France shall live long at variance, but at last agree. Then shall the clear Word spring forth and flourish throughout the world.”
What the signs tell us from the news are the same signs that are showing from prophecy. France has so many saints predict will rise to shine while Germany will collaborate with the Muslim as they did in the days of the Calvinists and later with Hitler.
If one follows these prophecies, Belgium will split, north Italy from southern Italy, Spain could also have a split which it is already doing as I write. In Europe Separatism and Regionalism is a growing phenomenon. Europe’s artificial construct and the French aren’t so keen on Germans telling them it’s time to lose their sovereignty. Many European states reject Germany’s control with its Baltic and European sidekicks.
The way prophecy works is simple. Nationalism is God made planed right after the Tower of Babel stopping any One World Order attempts. The Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese and even the English are feeling enormous closeness to Tsipras of Greece where northern Europe is polarized against southern Europe.

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Jun 29

We Just Witnessed The Greatest One Day Global Stock Market Loss In World History

By Michael Snyder, on June 26th, 2016
More stock market wealth was lost on Friday than on any other day in world history. As you will see below, global investors lost two trillion dollars on the day following the Brexit vote. And remember, this is on top of the trillions that global investors have already lost over the past 12 months. It is important to understand that the Brexit vote was not the beginning of a new crisis – it has simply accelerated a global financial crisis that started last year and that was already in the process of unfolding. As I noted on Friday, we have been waiting for “the next Lehman Brothers moment” that would really unleash fear and panic globally, and now we have it. The next six months should be absolutely fascinating to watch.
According to CNBC, the total amount of money lost on global stock markets on Friday surpassed anything that we had ever seen before, and that includes the darkest days of the financial crisis of 2008…
Worldwide markets hemorrhaged more than $2 trillion in paper wealth on Friday, according to data from S&P Global, the worst on record. For context, that figure eclipsed the whipsaw trading sessions of the 2008 financial crisis, according to S&P analyst Howard Silverblatt.
The prior one day sell-off record was $1.9 trillion back in September of 2008, Silverblatt noted. According to S&P’s Broad Market Index, combined market capitalization is currently worth nearly $42 trillion.
And of course many of the wealthiest individuals on the planet got absolutely hammered. According to Bloomberg, the 400 richest people in the world lost a total of $127.4 billion dollars on Friday…
The world’s 400 richest people lost $127.4 billion Friday as global equity markets reeled from the news that British voters elected to leave the European Union. The billionaires lost 3.2 percent of their total net worth, bringing the combined sum to $3.9 trillion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The biggest decline belonged to Europe’s richest person, Amancio Ortega, who lost more than $6 billion, while nine others dropped more than $1 billion, including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the wealthiest person in the U.K.
Could you imagine losing a billion dollars on a single day?
I am sure that Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are not shivering in their boots quite yet, but what if the markets keep on bleeding like they did in 2008?
On the other hand, globalist magnate George Soros made a ton of money on Friday because he had positioned himself for a Brexit ahead of time. The following comes from the London Independent…
The billionaire who predicted Brexit would bring about “Black Friday” and a crisis for the finances of ordinary people appears to have profited hugely from the UK’s surprise exit from the EU.
George Soros is widely known as the man who “broke” the Bank of England in 1992, when he bet against the pound and made a reported £1.5bn.
Although the exact amount Mr Soros has gained after Brexit is not known, public filings show he doubled his bets earlier this year that stocks would fall.
What’s next? From a game theory perspective, the EU and ECB need to crush the UK. It’s like the Greek debt negotiations … it was never about Greece, it was always about sending a signal that dissent and departure will not be tolerated to the countries that matter to the survival of the Eurozone (France, Italy, maybe Spain). Now they (and by “they” I mean the status quo politicians throughout the EU, not just Germany) are going to send that same signal to the same countries by hurting the UK any way they can, creating a Narrative that it’s economic death to leave the EU, much less the Eurozone. It’s not spite. It’s purely rational. It’s the smart move.
The elite need a crisis now in order to show everyone that globalism is the answer and not the problem. If the British people were allowed to thrive once they walked away, that would only encourage more countries to go down the exact same path. This is something that the elite are determined to avoid.
The Brexit vote has barely sunk in, and Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are already projecting a recession for the United Kingdom. Sadly, I believe that this is what we will see happen.
But it won’t just be the British that suffer.
On Friday, European banking stocks had their worst day ever. In particular, Deutsche Bank fell an astounding 17.49 percent to an all-time record closing low of 14.72. I have warned repeatedly about the implosion of Deutsche Bank, and this crisis could be the catalyst for it.
In addition, I have repeatedly warned about the slow-motion meltdown that is happening in Japan. On Friday, Japanese stocks lost 1286 points, and the yen surged in the exact opposite direction that the government is trying to send it…
Tokyo, we have a problem.
Last week, market tumult stemming from the U.K.’s vote to quit the European Union drove the British pound to its weakest levels in three decades.
Yet it also sent investors flocking to traditional safe haven assets like the U.S. dollar, gold and the yen, the latter surging against every major currency as the results of Brexit became clear: Dollar/yen spiked from a Thursday high near 107 to a two-year low near 99.
Just like in 2008, there will be days when global markets will be green. When that happens, it will not mean that the crisis is over.
If you follow my work closely, then you know that it is imperative to look at the bigger picture. Over the past 12 months, there have been some very nice market rallies around the world, but investors have still lost trillions of dollars overall.
What happens on any one particular day is not the story. Rather, the key is to focus on the long-term trends.
And without a doubt, this Brexit vote could be “the tipping point” that greatly accelerates our ongoing woes…
“Brexit is the biggest global monetary shock since 2008,” said David Beckworth, a scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, in a blog post on Friday. “This could be the tipping point that turns the existing global slowdown of 2016 into a global recession.”
We were already dealing with a new global economic crisis without the Brexit vote. But what this does is it introduces an element of panic and fear that had been missing up until this current time.
And markets do not like panic and fear very much. In general, markets tend to go up when things are calm and predictable, and they tend to go down when chaos reigns.
Unfortunately, I believe that we are going to see quite a bit more chaos for the rest of 2016, and the trillions that were lost on Friday may turn out to be just the tip of the iceberg.

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Jun 26

Black Friday: Shocking Brexit Vote Result Causes The 9th Largest Stock Market Crash In U.S. History

By Michael Snyder, on June 24th, 2016
Has the next Lehman Brothers moment arrived? Late Thursday night we learned that the British people had voted to leave the European Union, and this could be the “trigger event” that unleashes great financial panic all over the planet. Of course stocks have already been crashing all over the globe over the past year, but up until now we had not seen the kind of stark fear that the crash of 2008 created following the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The British people are certainly to be congratulated for choosing to leave the tyrannical EU, and if I could have voted I would have voted to “leave” as well. But just as I warned 10 days ago, choosing to leave will “throw the entire continent into a state of economic and financial chaos”. And “Black Friday” was just the beginning – the pain from this event is going to continue to be felt for months to come.
The shocking outcome of the Brexit vote caught financial markets completely off guard, and the carnage that we witnessed on Friday was absolutely staggering…
-The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 610 points, and this represented the 9th largest one day stock market crash in the history of the Dow.
-The Nasdaq was hit even harder than the Dow. It declined 4.12 percent which was the biggest one day decline since 2011.
-Overall, Black Friday erased approximately 800 billion dollars of stock market wealth in the United States.
-Thursday was the worst day ever for the British pound, and investors were stunned to see it collapse to a 31 year low.
-Friday was the worst day ever for European banking stocks.
-Friday was the worst day for Italian stocks since 1997.
-Friday was the worst day for Spanish stocks since 1987.
-Japan experienced tremendous chaos as well. The Nikkei fell an astounding 1286 points, and this was the biggest drop that we have seen in more than 16 years.
-Banking stocks all over the planet got absolutely pummeled on Black Friday. The following comes from USA Today…
Stocks of some British-based banks suffered double-digit losses in heavy U.S. trading. Barclays (BCS) shares plunged 20.48% to close at $8.89. HSBC (HSBC) shares closed down 9.04% at $30.68. And shares of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) plummeted 27.5% to a $5.43 close.
Top U.S. banks also suffered from the Brexit fallout, although not as badly as their British counterparts.
Shares of JPMorgan Chase (JPM) closed down 6.95% at $59.60. Bank of America (BAC) shares fell 7.41% to a $13 close. Citigroup (C) shares dropped 9.36% to close at $40.30. And Wells Fargo (WFC) closed 4.59% lower at $45.71.
-Friday was the best day for gold since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
-George Soros made a killing on Black Friday because he had already positioned his company to greatly benefit from the Brexit vote ahead of time.
But please don’t think that “Black Friday” was just a one day thing. As I warned before, the Brexit vote “could be the trigger that changes everything“. And if you don’t believe me on this, perhaps you will listen to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. This is what he told CNBC on Friday…
“This is the worst period, I recall since I’ve been in public service,” Greenspan said on “Squawk on the Street.”
“There’s nothing like it, including the crisis — remember October 19th, 1987, when the Dow went down by a record amount 23 percent? That I thought was the bottom of all potential problems. This has a corrosive effect that will not go away.”
I completely agree with Greenspan on this point. This “corrosive effect” on global markets is not going to go away any time soon. Sure there will be days when the markets are green just like there were after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, but overall the trend will be down.
Now that the United Kingdom has decided to leave the EU, financial markets have been gripped by fear and uncertainty, and there is a great deal of concern that this Brexit “could harm the economies of everyone involved”…
Important British trading partners — including India and China — indicated they were worried that an exit would create regulatory and political volatility that could harm the economies of everyone involved.
The U.K.’s Treasury itself reported that its analysis showed the nation “would be permanently poorer” if it left the EU and adopted any of a number of likely alternatives. “Productivity and GDP per person would be lower in all these alternative scenarios, as the costs would substantially outweigh any potential benefit of leaving the EU,” a summary of the report said.
This threat even extends to the United States. CNN just published an article that lists four ways the U.S. could be significantly affected by all of this…
1. Fears that the EU may be falling apart
2. Volatile markets slow down the engine of U.S. growth
3. Brexit triggers a strong dollar, which hurts U.S. trade
4. Brexit forces the Fed to rewrite its rate hike playbook
Fortunately we are now heading into the weekend, and that might have a calming effect on the markets.
Or it might just cause financial tension to build up to an extremely high level which will subsequently be released on Monday morning.
We shall see.
RCB’s Charlie McElligott is warning that Black Friday was just the beginning and that “today is the appetizer for Monday”.
And UBS derivatives strategist Rebecca Cheong says that we could see more than a hundred billion dollars of selling over the next two to three trading days…
Strategies designed to mitigate risk will actually add to downward pressure in the S&P 500 over the next week as computerized selling ramps up to keep pace with falling prices. It reminds Cheong of the rapid stock selling that roiled markets in August, when the S&P 500 fell 11 percent to a 10-month low while facing similar behavior from algorithmic traders.
“The bigger the down move today, the more they have to sell, which would basically create a vicious cycle,” Cheong, head of Americas equity derivatives strategy at UBS, said in a phone interview. “We’ll see front-loaded selling in the range of $100 billion to $150 billion over the next two to three days. It could be very similar to August in terms of model-based selling.”
Personally, I am hoping for calm when the markets open on Monday. But without a doubt, something has now shifted as a result of this Brexit vote, and things have suddenly become a whole lot more serious.

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Apr 20

Corporations Are Defaulting On Their Debts Like It’s 2008 All Over Again

Corporations Are Defaulting On Their Debts Like It’s 2008 All Over Again
By Michael Snyder, on April 18th, 2016
The Dow closed above 18,000 on Monday for the first time since July. Isn’t that great news? I truly wish that it was. If the Dow actually reflected economic reality, I could stop writing about “economic collapse” and start blogging about cats or football. Unfortunately, the stock market and the economy are moving in two completely different directions right now. Even as stock prices soar, big corporations are defaulting on their debts at a level that we have not seen since the last financial crisis. In fact, this wave of debt defaults have become so dramatic that even USA Today is reporting on it…
Get ready to step over some landmines, investors. The number of companies defaulting on their debt is hitting levels not seen since the financial crisis, and it’s not just a problem for bondholders.
So far this year, 46 companies have defaulted on their debt, the highest level since 2009, according to S&P Ratings Services. Five companies defaulted this week, based on the latest data available from S&P Ratings Services. That includes New Jersey-based specialty chemical company Vertellus Specialties and Ohio-based iron ore producer Cliffs Natural. Of the world’s defaults this year, 37 are of companies based in the U.S.
Meanwhile, coal producer Peabody Energy (BTU) and surfwear seller Pacific Sunwear (PSUN) this week filed plans for bankruptcy protection. Shares of Peabody have dropped 97% over the past year to $2 a share and Pacific Sunwear stock is off 98% to 4 cents a share.
A lot of big companies in this country have fallen on hard times, and it looks like bankruptcy attorneys are going to be absolutely swamped with work for the foreseeable future.
So why are stock prices soaring right now? After all, it doesn’t seem to make any sense whatsoever.
And it isn’t just a few bad apples that we are talking about. All across the spectrum, corporate revenues and corporate earnings are down. At this point, earnings for companies on the S&P 500 have plunged a total of 18.5 percent from their peak in late 2014, and it is being projected that corporate earnings overall will be down 8.5 percent for the first quarter of 2016 compared to one year ago.
As earnings decline, a lot of big companies are getting into trouble with debt, and we have already seen a very large number of corporate debt downgrades. In recent interviews, I have been bringing up the fact that the average rating on U.S. corporate debt has now fallen to “BB”, which is already lower than it was at any point during the last financial crisis.
A lot of people don’t seem to believe me when I share that fact, but it is absolutely true.
One of the big reasons why corporate debt is being downgraded is because a lot of these big companies have been going into enormous amounts of debt in order to buy back their own stock. The following comes from Wolf Richter…
Downgrades ascribed to “shareholder compensation,” as Moody’s calls share buybacks and dividends, have been soaring, according to John Lonski, Chief Economist at Moody’s Capital Markets Research. The moving 12-month sum of Moody’s credit rating downgrades of US companies, jumped from 32 in March 2015, to 48 in December 2015, and to 61 in March 2016, nearly doubling within a year.
The last time the number of downgrades attributed to financial engineering reached 61 was in early 2007. It would hit its peak of 79 in mid- 2007, a few months before the beginning of the Great Recession in Q4 2007. At the time, stocks were on the verge of commencing their epic crash.
When corporations go into the market and buy back their own stock, they are slowly cannibalizing themselves. But we have seen these stock buybacks soar to record levels for a couple of reasons. Number one, big investors want to see stock prices go up, and so big investors tend to really like these stock buybacks and will generally support corporate executives that wish to engage in doing this. Number two, if you are a greedy corporate executive that is heavily compensated by stock options, you very much want to see the stock price go up as well.
So the name of the game is greed, and stock buybacks have been fueling much of the rise in U.S. stock prices that we have been seeing recently.
However, the truth is that nothing in the financial world lasts forever, and this irrational bubble will ultimately come to an end as well.
Earlier today, I am across an article that included a comment from Michael Hartnett of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He believes that there are a lot of parallels between what is happening today and the period of time that immediately preceded the bursting of the dotcom bubble…
Back then, as could be the case today, a bull market & a US-led economic recovery was rudely interrupted by a crisis in Emerging Markets. The crisis threatened to hurt Main Street via Wall Street (the Nasdaq fell 33% between Jul-Oct 1998, when [Long-Term Capital Management] went under). Policy makers panicked and monetary policy was eased (with hindsight unnecessarily). Fresh liquidity combined with apocalyptic investor sentiment very quickly morphed into a violent but narrow equity bull market/bubble in 1998/99, one which ultimately took valuations & interest rates sharply higher to levels that eventually caused a “pop”.
Like Hartnett, I definitely believe that a major “pop” is on the way, although I would like for it to be delayed for as long as possible.
Someday we will look back on these times with utter amazement. It has been absolutely incredible how the financial markets have been able to defy economic reality for so long.
But they can’t do it forever, and according to a brand new CNN survey Americans are becoming increasingly pessimistic about where the real economy is heading…
In a new CNNMoney/E*Trade survey of Americans who have at least $10,000 in an online trading account, over half (52%) gave the U.S. economy as a “C” grade. Another 15% rated the economy a “D” or “F.”
This gloom persists despite the fact that the stock market is on the upswing again. The Dow topped 18,000 Monday for the first time since July 2015.
If some Americans think that the U.S. economy deserves a “D” or an “F” grade right now, just wait until they see what is in our immediate future.
Personally, I give our economy an “A” for being able to maintain our unsustainable debt-fueled standard of living for as long as it has. Somehow we have managed to consume far more than we produce for decades, and the largest debt bubble in the history of the planet just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger.
Of course we are very much living on borrowed time at this point, but I truly hope that the bubble economy can keep going for at least a little while longer, because nobody should want to see what is coming afterwards.

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Apr 18

Will April 19th Events Lead To Summer Chaos? CEO Of JPMorgan Chase Has Ominous Warning For America Of Economic Tragedy On Horizon

‘If We Get Lulled Into A False Sense Of Security, It’s Going To Be Too Late’

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die

Less than 2 weeks ago, ANP told you that there are more and more signs of ‘coming mayhem’ with nearly 1 out of every 3 Americans now unable to cover basic necessities. The story from Michael Snyder over at the Economic Collapse Blog tells us that global leaders across the planet are beginning to panic as the reality of the global collapse happening now begins to set in. Telling us that we’re only now beginning to witness the “opening chapters of a crushing economic crisis that will affect every man, woman and child in the entire world”, Snyder continues to break down the signs that the mainstream media is now just beginning to cover, and for once actually using the term ‘economic collapse’, at least to describe what’s now happening in South America.

According to two CEO’s of major US companies including insider Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, economic tragedy is surely on the horizon. CEO Keith Neumeyer, one of the world’s top primary silver producers First Majestic Silver and the Chairman of mineral bank firm First Mining Finance, tells SGT Report, “there’s going to be a major revolt” and “we could well see riots in the streets” in the 2nd video . Neumeyer’s warning combined with a new SQAlert from the website of Steve Quayle republished below could be huge indicators of future stress and unrest in the financial world as China has announced a gold-backed yuan to be unveiled April 19th. Combined with warnings of ‘elite blood sacrifices’ for this period of time offer Americans another opportunity to be prepared for absolutely anything to happen.

With the final months of Barack Obama’s presidency combined with the chaotic politics we’re now seeing within both the Democratic and Republican parties as well as emergency meetings undertaken between Obama, Biden, members of the Federal Reserve and elitist bankers from around the world, we feel that we’re near that boiling point where absolutely anything is possible. As past history during this time period indicates, a false flag or something horrific is a possibility any time in the near future into this summer and through the November election. The new SQAlert.:

HEADS UP ON THE 19TH – CHINA HAS ANNOUNCED GOLD BACKED YUAN ON THIS DATE, WILL THIS ANNOUNCEMENT SYNC, WITH ALL THE WARNINGS CONCERNING PENDING TERROR ATTACKS?
THE TENSION BEHIND THE SCENES BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CHINA IS BUILDING AND THIS MAY BE THE REASON FOR THE EMERGENCY MEETING BETWEEN OBAMA AND BIDEN TODAY WITH JANET YELLEN. CONSIDER IF YOU WILL THE OUTCOME OF THE CHINESE GOLD BACKED YUAN WHEN CHINA RELEASES THEIR TRUE GOLD HOARD NUMBERS TO THE WORLD AND ALLOW INDEPENDENT AUDIT. REAL WORLD NUMBERS, OF THOSE IN THE KNOW ESTIMATE BETWEEN 19-29 THOUSAND TONS! STRATEGIC DECEPTION BY THE CHINESE IN STATING VERY LOW NUMBERS OF TONNAGE HAVE ENABLED THEM TO ACQUIRE GOLD AND SILVER AT HISTORICALLY LOW PRICES OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS – THE U.S. HAS NO GOLD RESERVES ANY LONGER TO MATCH THE CHINESE – COUPLED WITH ALL THE APRIL 19TH EVENTS SOMETHING HAS CHANGED LAST NIGHT IN THE OVERSEAS GOLD AND SILVER MARKETS – COULD WE BE FACED WITH A MASSIVE US DOLLAR DEVALUATION COUPLED WITH ORCHESTRATED TERROR EVENTS IN SPECIFIC WORLD CITIES INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES? I AM GOING LONG TODAY, MEANING BUYING ADDITIONAL PHYSICAL METALS, AND EVEN IF THE PAPER MARKET SHORTS SELL THEIR PAPER GOLD AND SILVER TO SKIM THE LAST PROFITS POSSIBLE, THERE WILL COME A TIME AFTER SUCH ANNOUNCEMENT WHERE LESS AND LESS PHYSICAL METALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE – WHEN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FINALLY GETS IT – IT WILL BE TOO LATE – CALL US AT 406-586-4840 AND GET WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD WHILE YOU CAN – STEVE
As Gary Franchi of the Next News Network tells us in the 1st video below, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase has just issued a very ominous warning to America and the world of ‘economic tragedy’ upon the horizon. As Franchi drives into our head, the fact that a major CEO of a financial institution is telling us that economic tragedy is imminent is something that we need to take heed of….”if we get lulled into a false sense of security, it’s going to be too late.”
Over at Zero Hedge we have several recent stories including a warning from Bill Dudley, the President of the extremely powerful New York Federal Reserve Bank that ‘the American dream has left the house and gone abroad’ just the latest concrete sign of where this is all headed while another Zero Hedge story tells us that the problems that we face are unfixable. We also learn from Zero Hedge and the former Chief Economist with the IMF that Japan’s economic endgame scenario is now in play. How long before the same thing is happening here?

It may soon be too late for the msm to admit what’s happening here in America and the western world as the rich have begun fleeing Chicago amid racial strife and the city turning into a ‘crime infested hellhole’ according to this story at The Daily Sheeple. Will America ever see any real change? As we learn in the final video below featuring Bill Holter with Future Money Trends, “when control is lost, world markets will crash in 24 hours.” We’re also warned why we need precious metals if we’re to weather that coming storm: “Gold and silver is God’s money” we are told.
As SGT Report echos, there is no incentive for them to change the system except for the time when people actually do reach their boiling point and start to march in the streets because they’ve been thrown under the bus for much too long.
And when those riots do start, just as Zero Hedge previously reported during the Greek riots, the price of physical precious metals versus the bank manipulated paper prices will skyrocket. In 2010 the price difference between the two was as high as 40% above the paper spot price as Greeks scrambled for real money in the midst of their country’s collapse.
Things will be no different in America when a jobless, hungry, and marginalized majority takes to the streets. When that comes to pass we will see the real value of physical silver and gold emerge, and you can be almost certain that it will be significantly higher than the suppressed paper prices the banks want us to believe.

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Apr 12

Economic Collapse Is Erupting All Over The Planet As Global Leaders Begin To Panic

By Michael Snyder, on April 10th, 2016
Mainstream news outlets are already starting to use the phrase “economic collapse” to describe what is going on in some areas of our world right now. For many Americans this may seem a bit strange, but the truth is that the worldwide economic slowdown that began during the second half of last year is starting to get a lot worse. In this article, we are going to examine evidence of this from South America, Europe, Asia and North America. Once we are done, it should be obvious that there is absolutely no reason to be optimistic about the direction of the global economy right now. The warnings of so many prominent experts are now becoming a reality, and what we have witnessed so far are just the early chapters of a crushing economic crisis that will affect every man, woman and child in the entire world.
Let’s start with Brazil. It has the 7th largest economy on the entire planet, and it is already enduring its worst recession in 25 years. In fact, at the end of last year Goldman Sachs said that what was going on down there was actually a “depression“.
But now the crisis in Brazil has escalated significantly.
I want to share with you an excerpt from a recent article entitled “Brazil: Economic collapse worse than feared“. I know, that title sounds like it comes directly from The Economic Collapse Blog, but I didn’t write it.
It actually comes from CNN…
Amid political chaos, Brazil’s economic collapse is worse than its government once believed.
In the midst of rising calls to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s central bank announced Thursday that it now expects the country’s economy to shrink 3.5% this year.
That’s worse than the central bank’s previous estimate for a 1.9% contraction. The darker forecast matches what the International Monetary Fund projected for Brazil — Latin America’s largest country — and what many independent economists have suspected.
It is one thing for Michael Snyder to tell you that Brazil is in the midst of “economic collapse”, but it is another thing entirely for CNN to say it.
And of course I have been warning about the crisis down in Brazil for quite some time now. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “The Economic Collapse Of South America Is Well Underway“.
Meanwhile, things are actually much worse in Venezuela than they are in Brazil. Food and basic supplies are in short supply, the inflation rate has hit 720 percent, and crime is completely out of control.
The following is from an article in the Independent entitled “Venezuela is on the brink of complete economic collapse“…
The only question now is whether Venezuela’s government or economy will completely collapse first.
The key word there is “completely.” Both are well into their death throes. Indeed, Venezuela’s ruling party just lost congressional elections that gave the opposition a veto-proof majority, and it’s hard to see that getting any better for them any time soon — or ever.
Incumbents, after all, don’t tend to do too well when, according to the International Monetary Fund, their economy shrinks 10 percent one year, an additional 6 percent the next, and inflation explodes to 720 percent. It’s no wonder, then, that markets expect Venezuela to default on its debt in the very near future. The country is basically bankrupt.
Once again we see a very respected mainstream publication using the phrase “economic collapse” to describe what is happening in South America.
You can find some stunning video of the “economic Armageddon” that is taking place in Venezuela right here. I would encourage you to watch that video, because what is happening down there will eventually be happening here.
Meanwhile, over in Europe the collapse of the Italian banking system has entered a disturbing new chapter. Italy’s finance minister has called a meeting in Rome for Monday that will be focusing on a “last resort” bailout plan for the troubled banks…
Finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan has called a meeting in Rome on Monday with executives from Italy’s largest financial institutions to agree final details of a “last resort” bailout plan.
Yet on the eve of that gathering, concerns remain as to whether the plan will be sufficient to ringfence the weakest of Italy’s large banks, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, from contagion, according to people involved in the talks.
Italian bank shares have lost almost half their value so far this year amid investor worries over a €360bn pile of non-performing loans — equivalent to about a fifth of GDP. Lenders’ profitability has been hit by a crippling three-year recession.
As Italy descends into financial chaos, the rest of the continent better be paying attention.
Do you remember how hard it was for the rest of Europe to rescue Greece?
Well, Greece has the 44th largest economy on the planet.
Italy has the 8th.
It would be hard to overstate the seriousness of what is going on over in Europe, and it is not just Italy we are talking about. All over the continent major banks are in deep trouble, and the chairman of France’s second largest retail bank recently told reporters that “I am much more worried than I was in 2009“.
And there is very good reason for concern. On Sunday, we learned that a major “bail-in” had just been announced for one of Austria’s most prominent banks. The following comes from Zero Hedge…
And then today, following a decision by the Austrian Banking Regulator, the Finanzmarktaufsicht or Financial Market Authority, Austria officially became the first European country to use a new law under the framework imposed by Bank the European Recovery and Resolution Directive to share losses of a failed bank with senior creditors as it slashed the value of debt owed by Heta Asset Resolution AG.
The highlights from the announcement:
Today, the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) in its function as the resolution authority pursuant to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Act (BaSAG – Bundesgesetz über die Sanierung und Abwicklung von Banken) has issued the key features for the further steps for the resolution of HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG. The most significant measures are:
• a 100% bail-in for all subordinated liabilities,
• a 53.98% bail-in, resulting in a 46.02% quota, for all eligible preferential liabilities,
• the cancellation of all interest payments from 01.03.2015, when HETA was placed into resolution pursuant to BaSAG,
• as well as a harmonisation of the maturities of all eligible liabilities to 31.12.2023.
According to the current resolution plan for HETA, the wind-down process should be concluded by 2020, although the repayment of all claims as well as the legally binding conclusion of all currently outstanding legal disputes will realistically only be concluded by the end of 2023. Only at that point will it be possible to finally distribute the assets and to liquidate the company.
The dominoes are starting to fall in Europe, and I would expect even bigger announcements in the weeks and months to come.
Over in Asia, economic chaos is beginning to prevail as well.
In China, the stock market is already down more than 40 percent from the peak, Chinese exports were down 25.4 percent on a year over year basis in February, and Chinese economic numbers overall have not been this poor since the depths of the last global recession.

At the same time, the Japanese economy is really struggling right now. As I wrote about the other day, Japanese GDP has shrunk for two out of the last three quarters, we just saw Japanese industrial production experience the biggest one month decline that we have witnessed since the tsunami of 2011, and business sentiment has fallen to a three year low. The Nikkei has dropped by about 5,000 points from where it was last summer, and some analysts believe that Japanese markets “are being destroyed” due to massive intervention by the Bank of Japan.
Here in the United States, we haven’t been hit quite as hard as the rest of the world just yet, but there are lots of very disturbing warning signs all around us.
At the end of last week, we learned that it is being projected that U.S. GDP will have grown by just 0.1 or 0.2 percent during the first quarter of 2016. And on Monday corporate earnings reporting season begins, and it is expected to be a very, very bad one. The following comes from Business Insider…
We are about to get confirmation that earnings growth for America’s biggest companies was negative in the first quarter, compared to the same period a year ago.
When aluminum giant Alcoa releases its results on Monday, it will mark the unofficial start of the heaviest reporting season for S&P 500 companies.
The final scoreboard is expected to show a 9.1% earnings drop for the quarter, according to FactSet senior earnings analyst John Butters.
If these projections turn out to be accurate, it will be the fourth quarter in a row of earnings declines. This is something that we never see outside of a recession.
And for a whole bunch more numbers which indicate that the U.S. economy is in very serious trouble, please see my previous article entitled “19 Facts That Prove Things In America Are Worse Than They Were Six Months Ago“.
Of course I am just another voice in the crowd when it comes to predicting that the U.S. economy is headed for rough times. For example, just check out what Societe Generale economist Albert Edwards is saying…
A tidal wave is coming to the US economy, according to Albert Edwards, and when it crashes it’s going to throw the economy into recession.
…the profit recession facing American corporations is going to lead to a collapse in corporate credit.
“Despite risk assets enjoying a few weeks in the sun our fail-safe recession indicator has stopped flashing amber and turned to red”

He continued:
Whole economy profits never normally fall this deeply without a recession unfolding. And with the US corporate sector up to its eyes in debt, the one asset class to be avoided — even more so than the ridiculously overvalued equity market — is US corporate debt. The economy will surely be swept away by a tidal wave of corporate default.
As you can see, it isn’t just one nation or one region of the world that we need to be concerned about.
Economic chaos is erupting literally all over the planet, and global leaders are starting to panic.
Unfortunately, they have had seven years to try to fix things since the last global recession, and they didn’t get the job done. Anyone that believes that by some miracle they will be able to pull us out of the fire this time and that everything will somehow be okay is simply engaged in wishful thinking.

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Apr 05

Robert Kiyosaki And Harry Dent Warn That Financial Armageddon Is Imminent

By Michael Snyder, on March 30th, 2016
Financial experts Robert Kiyosaki and Harry Dent are both warning that the next major economic crash is in our very near future. Dent is projecting that the Dow will fall to “5,500 to 6,000 by late 2017″, and Kiyosaki actually originally projected that a great crash was coming in 2016 all the way back in 2002. Of course we don’t exactly have to wait for things to get bad. The truth is that things are not really very good at the moment by any stretch of the imagination. Approximately one-third of all Americans don’t make enough money to even cover the basic necessities, 23 percent of adults in their prime working years are not employed, and corporate debt defaults have exploded to the highest level that we have seen since the last financial crisis. But if Kiyosaki and Dent are correct, economic conditions in this country will soon get much, much worse than this.
During a recent interview, Harry Dent really went out on a limb by staking his entire reputation on a prediction that we would experience “the biggest global bubble burst in history” within the next four years…
There will be… and I will stake my entire reputation on this… we are going to see the biggest global bubble burst in history in the next four years…
There’s only one way out of this bubble and that is for it to burst… all this stuff is going to reset back to where it should be without all this endless debt, endless printed money, stimulus and zero interest rate policy.
And of course he is far from alone. Without a doubt, we are currently in the terminal phases of the greatest financial bubble the world has ever known, and it is exceedingly difficult to see any way that it will not end very, very badly.
Ultimately, Dent believes that we could see U.S. stocks lose two-thirds of their value by late next year…
The Dow, I’m projecting, will hit 5,500 to 6,000 by late 2017… just in the next year and a half or so.
That’ll be most of the damage… then it will rally and there’ll be some aftershocks into 2020… my four cycles point down into early 2020 and then they start one after the other to turn up… I think the worst will be over by 2020, but the worst of that will be by the end of 2017.
If that does happen, it will be a far worse crash than what we experienced back in 2008, and the economic consequences will be absolutely terrifying.
Another highly respected financial expert that is making similar claims is Robert Kiyosaki. My wife is a big fan of his books, and I have always held him in high regard.
But what I didn’t realize is that he had actually predicted that there would be a major financial crash all the way back in 2002…
Fourteen years ago, the author of a series of popular personal-finance books predicted that 2016 would bring about the worst market crash in history, damaging the financial dreams of millions of baby boomers just as they started to depend on that money to fund retirement.
Broader U.S. stock markets are recovering from the worst 10-day start to a year on record. But Robert Kiyosaki — who made that 2016 forecast in the 2002 book “Rich Dad’s Prophecy” — says the meltdown is under way, and there’s little investors can do but buy gold or silver and hope the Federal Reserve slows the slide.
I agree with Kiyosaki that one way that investors can shield their wealth is by getting gold and silver. In a recent article, I explained exactly why I believe that silver in particular is ridiculously undervalued right now.
Kiyosaki also believes that the coming crash could be delayed a bit if the Federal Reserve decided to embark on another round of quantitative easing. But even if that happens, Kiyosaki is absolutely convinced that eventually “it’s all going to come down”…
Kiyosaki told MarketWatch that the combination of demographics and global economic weakness makes the next crash inevitable — but the Fed could stave it off with another round of quantitative easing, which might stimulate the economy.
The Fed turned more dovish at its March meeting, with the central bank penciling in fewer interest-rate hikes this year than were previously part of its implied framework. The Fed signaled those hikes would happen more slowly than had been anticipated earlier, owing to a weak global economic environment and a volatile stock market.
“The big question [whether] we do ‘QE4,’” said Kiyosaki. “If we do, the stock market will come roaring back, but it’s not rocket science. If we stop printing money, it crashes; if we print money, it goes up. But, eventually, it’s all going to come down.”
Another voice that I have come to respect is Jim Rickards. He is not quite as apocalyptic as Kiyosaki or Dent, but without a doubt he is deeply concerned about where the global economy is headed…
Global growth is slowing both because of weakness in developed economies like Europe and Japan, and weakness in some of the emerging markets champions such as China, Brazil and Russia. The limits of monetary policy have been reached.
The evidence is now clear that negative interest rates don’t stimulate spending; they are only good for devaluation in the ongoing currency wars. World trade is shrinking; a rare phenomenon usually associated with recession or depression.
And he is exactly right. The economic downturn that we are witnessing is truly global in scope. Brazil has plunged into an economic depression, the Italian banking system is in the process of completely melting down, and Japan has implemented negative interest rates in a desperate attempt to keep their Ponzi scheme going but it really isn’t working. In fact, Japanese industrial production just crashed by the most that we have seen since the tsunami of 2011.
Here in the United States, investors are generally feeling pretty good right now because stocks have rebounded substantially in recent weeks. However, Rickards is warning that this rebound is very temporary…
Stocks are clearly in a bubble. The stock market is ignoring the strong dollar, which in turn hurts exports and devalues overseas earnings. It is also ignoring declining corporate earnings, imminent defaults in the energy sector, and declining global growth in general.
Never mind. As long as money is cheap and leverage is plentiful, there’s no reason not to bid up stock prices, and wait for the greater fool to bid them up some more.
There is so much that we could learn from all these three men.
Sadly, just like we saw in 2008, most Americans are ignoring the warnings.
The mainstream media has conditioned the public to trust them, and right now the mainstream media is insisting that everything is going to be just fine.
So will everything be just fine as the months roll along?
We will just have to wait and see…

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Mar 24

Housing Crash?: U.S. Existing Home Sales Fall By The Most In Six Years

By Michael Snyder, on March 21st, 2016
We just got more evidence that a major economic slowdown is underway here in the United States. Existing home sales were down a whopping 7.1 percent during the month of February, and this represented the biggest decline that we have seen in six years. This is yet another sign that we are in the early stages of a new crisis that is eerily reminiscent of what happened back in 2008. The truth is that most U.S. consumers are tapped out, and when you are tapped out it is really hard to get a mortgage. Banks aren’t really fond of lending money to people that can’t pay it back, and in recent years housing prices in many areas have risen to levels that are beyond the reach of most middle class families.
This huge decline in existing home sales is puzzling the “experts” in the mainstream media, because in recent weeks they have been breathlessly telling all of us how incredibly well the U.S. economy has been doing. Just check out the following excerpt from a CNBC report…
U.S. home resales fell sharply in February in a potentially troubling sign for America’s economy which has otherwise looked resilient to the global economic slowdown.
The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales dropped 7.1 percent to an annual rate of 5.08 million units, the lowest level since November.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this is happening. In recent months we have seen mass layoffs in the energy industry, real median household income is still way below where it was just prior to the last recession, and U.S. consumers are increasingly turning to debt in a desperate attempt to make ends meet from month to month.
If you can believe it, consumers in the United States actually accumulated more new credit card debt during the 4th quarter of 2015 than they did during the years of 2009, 2010 and 2011 combined.
To me that is an absolutely staggering statistic, and it shows how late in the game it is.
Meanwhile, there have been a whole host of other signs in recent weeks that the U.S. economy has entered a major slowdown. The following list comes from one of my previous articles…
-The U.S. oil and rig count just dropped to the lowest level ever recorded
-One Houston CEO told employees that he was laying off that we have entered a “depression”
-It is being reported that 35 percent of all oil and gas companies around the world are at risk of falling into bankruptcy
-Unemployment in Canada just hit a three year high
-The number of job cuts in the United States skyrocketed 218 percent during the month of January according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas
-U.S. manufacturing activity has been in contraction for four months in a row
-U.S. factory orders have now fallen for 15 months in a row
-Subprime auto loan delinquencies have hit their highest level since the last recession
-Orders for Class 8 trucks in the United States dropped by 48 percent on a year over year basis in January
-The Restaurant Performance Index in the United States has dropped to the lowest level that we have seen since 2008
-Major retailers all over America are shutting down hundreds of stores
The mainstream media has access to all of those numbers too.
So why do they keep trying to convince us all that the economy is doing so well?
It doesn’t make any sense.
The truth is that we are in the midst of a long-term economic collapse that has been going on for decades and that appears to be accelerating once again.
And in particular, the middle class in America has been shouldering much of the pain. For the first time ever, the middle class is now a minority in the United States, and things get even worse for average American families with each passing year. Here is another list from one of my previous articles…
#1 This week we learned that for the first time ever recorded, middle class Americans make up a minority of the population. But back in 1971, 61 percent of all Americans lived in middle class households.
#2 According to the Pew Research Center, the median income of middle class households declined by 4 percent from 2000 to 2014.
#3 The Pew Research Center has also found that median wealth for middle class households dropped by an astounding 28 percent between 2001 and 2013.
#4 In 1970, the middle class took home approximately 62 percent of all income. Today, that number has plummeted to just 43 percent.
#5 There are still 900,000 fewer middle class jobs in America than there were when the last recession began, but our population has gotten significantly larger since that time.
#6 According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.
#7 For the poorest 20 percent of all Americans, median household wealth declined from negative 905 dollars in 2000 to negative 6,029 dollars in 2011.
#8 A recent nationwide survey discovered that 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.
#9 At this point, the U.S. only ranks 19th in the world when it comes to median wealth per adult.
#10 Traditionally, entrepreneurship has been one of the engines that has fueled the growth of the middle class in the United States, but today the level of entrepreneurship in this country is sitting at an all-time low.
#11 If you can believe it, the 20 wealthiest people in this country now have more money than the poorest 152 million Americans combined.
#12 The top 0.1 percent of all American families have about as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent of all American families combined.
#13 If you have no debt and you also have ten dollars in your pocket, that gives you a greater net worth than about 25 percent of all Americans.
#14 The number of Americans that are living in concentrated areas of high poverty has doubled since the year 2000.
#15 An astounding 48.8 percent of all 25-year-old Americans still live at home with their parents.
#16 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans now live in a home that receives money from the government each month, and nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.
#17 In 2007, about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps. Today, that number is one out of every five.
#18 According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a new book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day. That number has doubled since 1996.
#19 46 million Americans use food banks each year, and lines start forming at some U.S. food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning because people want to get something before the food supplies run out.
#20 The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percent over the past six years.
#21 According to Poverty USA, 1.6 million American children slept in a homeless shelter or some other form of emergency housing last year.
#22 The median net worth of families in the United States was $137, 955 in 2007. Today, it is just $82,756.
The years ahead are only going to get more difficult for the middle class as the U.S. economy continues to crumble. The same long-term trends that have been eviscerating the middle class for decades continue to roll on, and our leaders seem powerless to do anything to stop them.
If you are reading this article, hopefully you can see what is happening and you are making preparations in advance for what is ahead.
Unfortunately, even though most Americans still remember experiencing tremendous pain during the last crisis, they refuse to prepare for the next one.
In the end, the only one that they will be able to blame is themselves.

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Mar 18

Signs Emerge The Globalists Are Preparing To ‘Lock Down’ America – Message To Americans From One Who Cares: ‘Don’t Back Down, Double Down’

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” John F. Kennedy

All News Pipeline received a tip from a reader yesterday that we decided to look into because the mere sound of what we were told sounded so Draconian that we couldn’t believe what we were reading.
Telling us that according to their accountant at H&R Block, Americans will soon need passports to travel WITHIN the United States, we decided to dig a little more deeply into this lead to find out if there was any truth to it.

An email conversation with a media representative with H&R Block yielded a sense of manipulation on their part as we were immediately asked a question by them trying to figure out who our sources were as seen in their response to us below.:

We do not comment on speculation or rumor. Can you verify who the reader was and who from H&R Block indicated this information?

Of course, ANP will never give away the names of our sources but we have to ask, why were they so interested in who both our reader and their employee were? Were they going to put their names on some kind of ‘red list’ for future nazi-style roundup? As our reader told us, the mere thought of needing passports to travel within states reminded them of Nazi Germany and the direction that America now appears to be headed under the current establishment and their forthcoming ‘new world order’.

We’ve also determined that there might be a very good reason for this warning, which we’ve not yet been able to confirm but of which there is compounding information that suggests this bizarre warning very well could be true as outlined below. We also have several new videos below including Gerald Celente with Infowars and a must-see video with some outstading advice from someone who cares about America deeply: “Don’t back down, double down!”

Back in 2008, Russian academic Igor Panarin predicted that the United States would ‘disintegrate’ by 2010 due to an economic and moral collapse that would trigger a civil war that would put an end to this 240 year experiment in liberty. With Alaska going to Russia, the Western states going to China, a number of north and midwestern states going to Canada, an establishment of a massive ‘Republic of Texas’ and the Northeastern states and much of the mid-Atlantic possibly joining the European Union, we see Panarin’s view of a ‘future America’ in the map above.

While ANP has always frowned upon putting exact dates on potential future events, we look back on a warning given to us by John Moore the Liberty Man well over a year ago who told us that when a dreaded but still unknown ‘future event’ occurs, Americans would basically be ‘stuck’ where they were as travel would be ‘limited’. The thoughts of ‘Nazi Germany’ police state roadblocks where one had to present ones papers to proceed immediately came to his listeners heads.

Could Panarin have been correct about the forthcoming breakup of America, only 6 or 7 years off, and could a future Soviet-style breakup of the US be the reasons why Americans might soon need passports to simply travel between US states? As we’ve found out, some Americans DO now need passports to fly within US states due to the ‘REAL ID’ act. However, the IRS can quickly revoke passports for overdue taxes. Is this just the beginning?

With the global elite, who long ago began their attempt to take over America, now sweating bullets since an American, with America’s best interests in mind, is now only 10 months away from the White House, we’re seeing more signs that these globalist criminals will not relinquish their most prized treasure, America, and the American people may soon fall victim to their absolute most heinous scheme, a ‘new world order’ with an America bust into little pieces as Panorin suggested.

The screenshot at the top of this story comes to us from the most recent Donald Trump ad, an outstanding video that lays it all on the line as seen in the 1st video below. As the advertisement asks, did anyone really think that those people who have been working to destroy our country would relinquish power peacefully?

Hiring the unemployed to protest is well known in Pakistan, the Ukraine and other locations as ‘color revolutions’ take place across the globe funded by George Soros; with Americans angry and disaffected, will we soon witness a leftist-sponsored ‘color revolution’ in America that attempts to steal our election or worse? We already see that the leftists are going after the 1st Amendment Rights of Donald Trump himself as seen in the outstanding 1st video below – do we think that they’ll stop there? Of course not and as Trump tells us, now’s not the time to back down. We still have time to make America great again right now though we’ll be the first to admit it will also take a spiritual revival unlike anything ever seen here before.
We’re also seeing more signs that the globalist criminals will stop at nothing to ensure that Clinton is in the White House in January.

With America now clearly on the edge with economic collapse ahead of us and an absolutely do-nothing president in office seemingly working against the safety of this country, Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente joins Infowars in the 2nd video below to tell us that it’s time to clean out the District of Criminals in Washington DC.

Celente tells us why the Bernie Sanders political movement is literally destroying themselves as they continually disrupt others rallies rather than holding positive rallies of their own and as we hear in the 3rd video below from Infowars, every time Sanders followers attempt to shut down the 1st Amendment Rights of another American, more and more Americans are being drawn to who they are attempting to shut down…in this case, Donald Trump.

Please let us know what you think about the 1st video below in the comment section. By the way, this video was posted to Donald Trump’s Facebook page and then removed by Facebook. Why? As the screenshot from the video below seen at the top of this story shows us, Facebook is clearly one of the globalists entities working to destroy America. If you’re with Trump, please share this video and/or story with as many people as you can. The time to take America back from the globalists who have been working to destory us is now. It may be the very last chance we have.

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Mar 02

The Global Elitists Are Killing Us Slowly

By Geri Ungurean
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Most of us have heard about overpopulation of the earth, and how dreadfully harmful this will be for future generations. What we didn’t know is that we have been fooled – yes, FOOLED!
One of my favorite sayings lately is “Everything is calculated.” I say that about our president and his left wing government. But it goes beyond the White House – all the way to the United Nations, the Bilderberg Group, Planned Parenthood, George Soros, Bill Gates and many other “Puppet Masters” who are pulling strings behind the scene. In this article, I am hoping to open the eyes of many who have not yet realized that we are being manipulated in a very deadly manner.
EUGENICS
The desire to reduce the population of the “undesirables” did not begin with Hitler. Oh my, no! This Darwinian devilish quest has had many players at many different times in history. Have you seen the documentary Maafa21? Every person who truly cares about people needs to see this brilliant documentary. But be prepared to be shocked. It is quite long, but I would highly recommend that you make time for this:
Maafa21
Taken from returnofkings.com
“Not long ago I proposed that decreasing birth rates in the Western world is happening due to some cosmic force that is seeking balance upon the universe. I missed the mark. The force is not something cosmic or metaphysical, but human. After studying the evidence, it’s clear that there is a conscious scheme to control the human population through both cultural and biological means, which allows the elite to sustain or elevate their power and wealth.
The first piece of evidence showing you have been primed to favor depopulation is that you most likely agree to at least two of the following three statements, even if you consider yourself “red pill”:
• “Agendas or schemes by the global elite should be first considered a ‘conspiracy theory.’”
• “There are too many people on planet Earth.”
• “Needs of the environment must come before plans to increase human fertility.” – source
The writer of this piece goes on to explain how we are being manipulated. If it were not so diabolical, I would call it absolutely brilliant. Ever so slowly, these elitists have introduced new philosophies and teachings into our society to further their ultimate agendas. Unless one is grounded in Christ and in His Word, a person is susceptible to accepting and deeply believing in these new “ideas.”
More from returnofthekings.com
It’s not a coincidence that you are already on board with depopulation agenda, and if you live in a Westernized nation, you came to that conclusion “naturally” because since you were in grade school, you have been bombarded with messages about the dangers of over-population and the fragility of the environment. It turns out that all the progressive ideas being spread in the West have one thing in common: they all limit human reproduction.
Here is a short list of progressive causes that have percolated from intellectuals and later sponsored or hijacked by billionaire activists and major government institutions of the West. **(I have added my commentary after each point)
1. Abortion is a bodily “choice,” not human murder. Result: it decreases population. (Emphasis mine)
*** Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood. Her evil mind and heart were well documented in “The Negro Project.”
Read about Sanger’s plans to rid the planet of what she felt were undesirables:
Black Genocide – The Negro Project
2. Birth control is a “choice” that allows women to better practice consumer lifestyles. Result: it decreases population. (Emphasis mine)
When the Pill came on the scene, it not only decreased population, but it increased promiscuity and venereal diseases. Birth control between a husband and his wife is a personal decision.
3. Female empowerment in the form of feminism and egalitarianism pushes women into corporate work with the goal of delaying motherhood (or eliminating it outright). Result: it decreases reproduction and family formation. (Emphasis mine)
I remember back in the 1960’s, Gloria Steinem was burning her bra, and proclaiming to the world that women should get out of the kitchen and into the boardrooms of major corporations. Betty Friedan joined her in this female frenzy – are you old enough to remember? They were actually men haters, but they would never admit it.
4. Promotion of sterile human relationships in the form of homosexuality and transsexuality can’t possibly result in the creation of life. Result: it decreases population, reproduction, and traditional family formation. (Emphasis mine)
Our SCOTUS redefined the definition of marriage to be between any two people – not just between a man and a woman! And now people are being duped into believing that they really might be a man, even though they were born a woman…..and vice versa.
5. Promotion of atheism, nihilism, individualism, and consumerism as suitable alternatives to traditional living via nuclear family units. Result: it decreases reproduction and traditional family formation. (Emphasis mine)
Atheists, whom I would rather call “God haters” seem to be coming out of the woodwork of late. They scoff at traditional family units, and they certainly scoff at God, whom they say does not exist. If they don’t believe in Him, then why all of the hatred and law suits to remove anything they deem “religious?”
6. The needs of the “environment” must be served before that of living humans. Result: it makes humans guilty of family formation. (Emphasis mine)
Mother Earth (as Pope Francis likes to call our planet) is suffering because of evil men and women who are bent on its destruction! Don’t you tire of this mantra? I DO!
7. Massive waves of foreign immigrants are encouraged entry into Western nations to break bonds between tribe and neighbor that decrease notions of nationalism and patriotism while transferring fertility and economic resources from native people to foreigers. Result: it decreases relative population of native citizens. (Emphasis mine) -source
The United Nations is responsible for the forced migration we are witnessing today. Read the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ from September of 2015. These so-called refugees from Syria have nearly destroyed Europe, and America has no idea what is coming in the not too far future.
I almost forgot to speak about vaccines. Here are two pieces which speak of vaccines and engineered viruses:
Bill Gates and his Insane Quest for Depopulation
The ZIKA Virus and its Implications for Pregnancy
It’s always been about Depopulation
I am hoping that this article has brought clarity as to what has really been happening in this crazy world. You see, it’s really not all that crazy – at least it is not to the powers that be. They want the population of the earth to be reduced by 80% by 2030. They say that the perfect population of planet earth is 500 million. Right now the population is around 6.8 billion.
Somewhere in those meetings of the elitists, there must be talk of creative ways to accelerate this depopulation process. Since human life is not sacred in any way to these monsters – outright murder of many of us must be on the table, don’t you think?
MARANATHA

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