Friday, 20 October 2017

The Bank Runs in Catalan Spain Have Begun, Situation Deteriorates


Civil society organizations in Catalonia call for a mass withdrawal of money from bank ATMs on Friday at 8am in order to pressure the Spanish government. Organizers don't especify how much money should be taken out nor what to do with it.

The action targets the five main banks in Catalonia: Caixa Bank, Sabadell, Bankia, BBVA and Santander. Organizers call on clients of Caixa Bank and Sabadell to show their disagreement with the banks' recent decision to move their headquarters out of Catalonia due to the escalating political crisis between governments in Barcelona and Madrid.

This is the first "direct and peaceful" action organized by Crida per la Democràcia (Call for Democracy). This is an umbrella group which includes among others the two main pro-independence organizations in Catalonia: the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural.

The mass withdrawal is also aimed at condemning the imprisonment of ANC and Òmnium presidents, Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, held in custody on sedition charges since Monday.

- Source, Catalan News

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Keiser Report: Artificial Intelligence


In this episode of the Keiser Report from Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, Max and Stacy discuss artificial intelligence - aka AI - as the Iron Horse Apocalypse of the modern social media man. The two recall their recent experience interacting with a real self-driving car and the car's human operating system. They also discuss corruption, shakedowns and more financial news.

- Source, Max Keiser

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons Millions

As the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to throw the presidential election, we're almost certain they'll ignore the much larger Russian bombshell dropped today in the form of newly released FBI documents that reveal for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the U.S. before approving a deal that handed them 20% of America's uranium reserves...and resulted in a windfall of donations to the Clinton Foundation.

As we pointed out last summer when Peter Schweizer first released his feature documentary Clinton Cash, the Uranium One deal, as approved by the Obama Administration, netted the Clintons and their Clinton Foundation millions of dollars in donations and 'speaking fees' from Uranium One shareholders and other Russian entities.

Russian Purchase of US Uranium Assets in Return for $145mm in Contributions to the Clinton Foundation - Bill and Hillary Clinton assisted a Canadian financier, Frank Giustra, and his company, Uranium One, in the acquisition of uranium mining concessions in Kazakhstan and the United States. Subsequently, the Russian government sought to purchase Uranium One but required approval from the Obama administration given the strategic importance of the uranium assets. In the run-up to the approval of the deal by the State Department, nine shareholders of Uranium One just happened to make $145mm in donations to the Clinton Foundation. Moreover, the New Yorker confirmed that Bill Clinton received $500,000 in speaking fees from a Russian investment bank, with ties to the Kremlin, around the same time. Needless to say, the State Department approved the deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium assets

Now, thanks to newly released affidavits from a case that landed one of the Russian co-conspirators, Vadim Mikerin, in jail, we learn that not only was the Obama administration aware the Russians' illegal acts in the U.S. but it may have also been fully aware that "Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow." Per The Hill:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.


Of course, when Schweizer's book first made Uranium One a political hot topic in 2015, both the Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions and insisted there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for anyone to oppose the deal. That said, we now know that the FBI was aware of wrongdoing going back to at least April 2009 even though the deal wasn't approved until October 2010.

But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.

In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.

And guess who ran the FBI's investigation into this particular Russian plot? As The Hill notes, the Mikerin probe began in 2009 under Robert Mueller, now the special counsel in charge of the Trump case, and ended in late 2015 under the controversial, former FBI Director James Comey who was relieved of his duties by President Trump...

- Source, ZeroHedge, Read the Full Article Here

Monday, 16 October 2017

Michael Pento: Massive Global Defaults Coming in 2018


Economist Michael Pento says even though the stock market has made huge gains in 2017, don’t expect this to continue. Pento contends, “Year-over-year growth for the third quarter (Q3) is just 2.9%. . . . So, you have no more earnings growth. It’s very miniscule. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) according to the New York Fed for Q3, it’s 1.8%. If you look at the Atlanta Fed, it’s just a little bit above 2%. So, you are still stuck in that 2% range. 

There’s no real growth in GDP and no real growth in earnings. The only thing you have left (holding up the markets) is central banks, and that game is ending. You have central banks selling when there is a high risk of nuclear war, WWIII, stocks are trading at all-time record highs and 138% total market cap to GDP when the average is 50%. This is crazy. There is no way you can justify the level of stock prices without massive and unrelenting money printing, which is coming to an end.” 

On gold, Pento says, “You’ve got to have 10% physical gold in your liquid net worth. It has to be physical gold that you possess directly. I cannot stress that enough. . . . I like all precious metals. They are going to be in a massive and unprecedented bull market sometime in 2018.”

- Source, USA Watchdog

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Jim Grant: Trump Wants Low Interest Rates and Cheap Credit


CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses monetary policy with Jim Grant, the founder and editors of Grant's Interest Rate Observer.

- Source, CNBC


Friday, 13 October 2017

Craig Hemke: Comex Silver Deliveries Surge In September

Though Comex metal "delivery" remains a sham and circle jerk where The Banks simply shuffle paper warehouse receipts and warrants, we thought the latest totals for September were noteworthy enough to bring them to your attention.

Again, we've written about this on countless occasions and this post is not meant to imply that "the Comex is about to break" or that "there is a run on The Banks". Instead, September saw the continuation of two trends of which you need to be aware. Comex "deliveries" are up dramatically in 2017 and JPM continues to stand down.

First, take a look at the historical pattern of "deliveries" during the so-called "delivery months" of March, May, July, September and December. Below is a summary of the "delivery" activity for 2015:


The one way we've always quantified "deliveries" here at TFMR is to consider the total amount of stated "deliveries" at the end of each month versus the total number of contracts that had been left open and allegedly "standing for delivery" at the beginning of the process. For 2015, it looked like this:


As you can see, the only outlier in 2015 was the month of July where nearly 1,000 additional contracts materialized requesting immediate "delivery". Other than that, it was a rather orderly process.

Now, let's look at the summaries for 2016.




Again, a rather mundane year of silver "deliveries" with one exception. This time, the month of December saw an "oversubscription". Where Jul15 had seen "deliveries" exceed standing by 938 contracts, Dec16 saw the same exception to the tune of 924 contracts. Other than that, it was another somewhat orderly year.

So let's move on to consider the "delivery" action in 2017 to see if anything unusual is taking place:



Well now. This is beginning to look a bit different, isn't it? Go back up and review the data for 2015 and 2016. Note that only one month in five ever shows a "delivery" total in excess of the amount of contracts still open before First Notice Day. And now, if we include last December, we've seen this occur in four of the past five months with the most recent "delivery month" of September seeing the largest percentage "oversubscription" yet at 160.2%

And when we look at it in absolute terms, the "deliveries" for last month get even more interesting. Note that there were 4,103 contracts still open when the contract went off the board on August 30. At 5,000 ounces per contract, that's a total potential "delivery" obligation of 20,515,000 ounces of silver or about 638 metric tonnes. By the end of the month, the Comex had actually "delivered" 6,575 contracts for 32,875,000 ounces of silver or about 1023 metric tonnes.

So, what's the deal here? Why the sudden rush in 2017 to jump the queue and take immediate "delivery" instead of simply waiting until the next "delivery month"? Could it indicate wholesale physical tightness? Could it indicate a lack of trust amongst The Banks? Could it indicate absolutely nothing?

- Source Sprott Money, Read More Here



Thursday, 12 October 2017

Gold & Silver Overnight Strength: The September Smashing Looks Over

Gold and silver have shown strength in the overnight session. Here’s what went down…

First, here’s how it looks since last Friday’s BLS Report:



Overnight, gold performed well:


And silver performed well:


Although the GSR has clung to the 50-day average:


Here’s what we said about the two metals yesterday:

Gold & silver have been under constant price smashing since September 8th. Can the smashings continue, such as the way we saw the precious metals fall until the end of the year in 2016? They could, but the pressure on price has come much earlier this year than last. The silver price was still at $19 just a year ago. Are they really going to be able to push silver down $2 from here to end the year? Not likely. Yes there is silver (and gold) on the markets at the retail level, but there’s no way there would be much if any left after the rush into the metals if they push the price down that far.

Anybody looking to buy silver under $17 may have just lost that opportunity.

And gold is poised to retest $1300, so anybody looking to buy gold with a 12-handle can do so in paper, but the premium will likely push it over.

And, the banks are back today, so we have full market action.

Grab your popcorn. This is turning out to be a good one to watch…


- Source, Silver Doctors


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Clive Maund: Gold and Dollar Market Update

Clive Maund sees that the dollar may rally here along with gold which it has done in the past on rare occasion. He also sees technicals such as moving averages in bullish alignment, conditions generally favor a reversal and rally.

Please read the rest here; Gold Market Update



- Source, Clive Maund



Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Keiser Report: Muted Inflation


In this episode of the Keiser Report from Aspen, Colorado, Max and Stacy take a look at the trillion-dollar mystery of muted inflation. While central banks are stumped, the Keiser Report suggests that the insanely concentrated wealth and flushing euros down the toilet could have something to do with it. Max interviews cryptographer Charles Hoskinson, of IOHK.io, about dissing ICOs, banning bitcoin and the future of proof of stake over proof of work.

- Source, RT


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Bitcoin Surges Above $4400 As World Realizes Jamie Dimon & China Don't Matter

Bitcoin just topped $4400 for the first time since in over 3 weeks and has now erased all of the plunge losses from Jamie Dimon's "it's a fraud" and China's shuttering of all local exchanges.

It didn't take long for the world of crypto-currencies to shrug off Jamie Dimon's self-tighteous denigration of the decentralized currency that could directly 'disrupt' his cash cow businesses; and furthermore, as The South China Morning Post reports, China's bitcoin market alive and well as traders defy crackdown.



As SCMP reports, weeks after Beijing banned fundraising through token launches and ordered some bitcoin exchanges to shut, casting a chill over the cryptocurrency industry, traders say that the market is far from dead.

While several exchanges have announced that they will close by the end of this month, traders have now moved to buy and sell bitcoin directly with each other on peer-to-peer marketplaces and messenger apps.

Although the crackdown has dissuaded large swathes of less-experienced investors from participating in the trade, market participants point to the limits Chinese regulators ultimately face in controlling the industry, where many users are anonymous and difficult to track.

In the short-run, the crackdown has also created an arbitrage opportunity for investors, with the price of bitcoin in China now trading at a discount to overseas exchanges.

“They can’t set rules to stop me from investing in what I want to invest in. They say you are protecting me, but as long as I think this is good, they have no way to intervene,” said a Chinese bitcoin investor named Victor, who declined to give his full name citing current sensitivities.


“I can do over-the-counter trades or I’ll go offshore ... My wallet is my wallet. I’ve never registered my identification card.”

Over 15 exchanges, including the three largest players OkCoin, Huobi and BTCChina, have since announced that they will close their mainland businesses by the end of September.

Trading has spiked generally on peer-to-peer marketplaces, according to data website Coindance. On OTC platform LocalBitcoins, China trading volumes more than doubled in the week starting September 16 from the previous week to 74 million yuan.

It hit an all-time-high in the week starting September 23, reaching 115 million yuan in trades.

“The fact that bitcoin is still being traded is an indication that China isn’t looking to eliminate them, but reposition things in a way to have better control over them,” said Marshall Swatt, the founder of New York-based Coinsetter, a bitcoin exchange acquired by larger peer San Francisco-based Kraken in 2016.

- Source, Zero Hedge


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Steve Keen on Currency, Savings, Debt and House Prices


Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? The short answer is NO, we cannot and will not. Professor Steve Keen goes on to provide the proof needed, to prove beyond a doubt that we are heading for another massive financial crisis and that there is no avoiding it. Prepare before it is too late, don't say you weren't warned.



Monday, 2 October 2017

Puerto Rico: Dr. Ron Paul on How Government's Make Things Worse Not Better


"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help", should send shivers down anyone's spine. 

Natural disasters are, and will always be, difficult to prepare for and bounce back from. Unfortunately, a mistaken belief and faith in government makes both preparing and bouncing back much worse than it has to be. Ron Paul helps to dispel the fantasy of government "help."

 - Source, Ron Paul