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In recent years there have been methods developed to decentralize investing. We take a close look at crowdfunding, the legal issues and dangers involved, and how to approach it as an entrepreneur. Crowdfunding is an important step forward in supporting both small and large efforts for the individual and groups alike.
This Solari Special Report includes legal pathways to help navigate these new developments.
As we look over the fiscal cliff into our financial abyss, now is a good time to “Come Clean” about the real state of our lives, our communities, and our economy, starting with the U.S. federal finances that flow deeply and intimately throughout every aspect of our lives.
This Solari Special Report includes (22) challenges we must address to put our federal fiscal house in order.
Berkshire Hathaway plans debut euro bond
Yahoo Finance | 04 March 2015
Hathaway has mandated…
The Draghi Derangement: $2 Trillion Euro Government Bonds Trading At Negative Yield
Contra Corner | 03 March 2015
Financial deformations of…
Miscalculated Risk: The Old-Age Bill That’s Crushing Genworth
Bloomberg | 03 March 2015
Ideas like government partnerships…
Exxon’s Russia Exposure Surges as It Takes the Long View
Yahoo Finance | 03 March 2015
Boosted its Russian holdings to…
Greece Eyes Last Central Bank Funds to Avert IMF Default
Telegraph | 02 March 2015
Suffocate Greece’s Left-wing…
French Factory Decline even Worse than Greece
Telegraph | 02 March 2015
Lag behind as Ireland…
Does China have 30,000 Tonnes of Gold Stashed Away?
Lawrieongold | 02 March 2015
Swingeing internal financial…
Indian Budget Leaves Gold Import Duty at 10%
Lawrieongold | 02 March 2015
Legitimate import routes drop as…
Only 20-30% EU Food Exporters Will Be Allowed Back into Russia after Food Ban Is Lifted
Russia – Insider | 02 March 2015
Certifies food imports and grants…
Exclusive: Obama Sharply Criticizes China’s Plans for New Technology Rules
Reuters | 02 March 2015
Supply law enforcement authorities with communications…
Russia Is Building New Aircraft Carrier, Navy Chief Confirms
National Interest | 02 March 2015
Modernizing 70 percent of military…
Senator Rand Paul Wins Straw Poll in Boost to 2016 Presidential Prospects
Reuters | 01 March 2015
Libertarian views may…
West Virginia Senate: The 2nd Amendment Is A Concealed Carry Permit
Breitbart | 01 March 2015
Exercise an “inherent right”…
‘The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one’
The Independent | 01 March 2015
United States of America as a propaganda prop…
Clinton Ran Own Computer System for her Official Emails
Yahoo | 02 March 2015
AP has waited more than a year under…
Even at $10/barrel, Oil can’t Match Solar on Cost
REneweconomy | 02 March 2015
Report highlights many longer…
February 2015 Coldest in 115 Years
Ottawa CTV News | 27 February 2015
Temperature anomaly over…
Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts not Links
New Scientist | 27 February 2015
Websites full of misinformation…
Samaritan of “Person of Interest”
IMGUR | 26 February 2015
Samaritan projects that the tax surplus…
We Go 100 Million Years Back to Predict the Future
Power Of Possible | 01 December 2014
Advanced earth modelling where…
‘The Imitation Game’ Screenwriter Graham Moore’s Heartfelt Oscar Speech Almost Didn’t Happen
Yahoo Movies | 24 February 2015
I wanted to say…
Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket
NPR | 26 February 2015
Ground below the soil…
Food Preservatives Linked to Obesity and Gut Disease
Nature | 25 February 2015
Contained the chemicals…
Arkansas Takes Away 7 Homeschool Children because Father had Unapproved Mineral Supplement
Agenda 21 News | 20 January 2015
Video: An Evergreen Island from Amanda King
Culture Unplugged | 2000
Oil Set for Biggest Monthly Gain Since 2009
BD Live| 27 February 2015
Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut…
Greece Runs Out of Funding Options Despite Euro Zone Reprieve
Reuters | 27 February 2015
Expected to run out of…
10 Things to Know About Negative Bond Yields
Bloomberg View | 27 February 2015
Much higher risks of collateral…
Lower Gasoline Prices Dampen U.S. Consumer Inflation
Reuters | 26 February 2015
Inflation will move up toward…
At the Finish Line of Deindustrialization: How Ukraine Loses its Industry
The Saker | 26 February 2015
The final nail in the…
Yes, Investors Now Pay to Lend Germany Money
CNN Money | 25 February 2015
Deterioration is due to upcoming moves by…
Too Many Houses, Not Enough Jobs
Dollar Collapse | 23 February 2015
Likely is the US joining the race…
Existing Home Sales Plunge (and Don’t Blame The Weather)
ZeroHedge | 23 February 2015
Recovery is in tact are greatly…
Russian Opposition Leader Nemtsov Shot Dead
FT | 28 February 2015
President had taken…
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Clause Everyone Should Oppose
Washington Post | 25 February 2015
Worse, it would undermine U.S….
Ukraine’s Economy: The Day of Reckoning
Economist | 28 February 2015
The West’s inadequate…
Chinese Diplomat Tells West to Consider Russia’s Security Concerns Over Ukraine
<span style="font-size: 12px;color: gray"Reuters | 27 February 2015
Urging Western powers to…
Tom Schweich, Missouri auditor and Republican gubernatorial candidate, dead of ‘apparent suicide’
<span style="font-size: 12px;color: gray"Washington Times | 26 February 2015
Just 13 minutes before…
India to negotiate free trade zone with Russia-led Customs Union
RT | 26 February 2015
Developing world has…
Silicon Valley Panic: China Demands NSA-Like Access and Control
Sputnik News| 27 February 2015
Really strong steroids…
NASA’s Dawn Eyes Two Mysterious White Dots on Its Approach to Ceres
Examiner | 26 February 2015
It will be the first probe to…
Exclusive: China Drops Leading Technology Brands for State Purchases
Reuters | 25 February 2015
American Defense Contractors are Now Health Care Providers
Scoop | 23 February 2015
Lockheed Martin’s Health…
India’s Largest Bank Commits $12.5 Billion For Renewable Energy Funding
Clean Technica | 19 February 2015
Provide funding at rates as low as…
Forget Hacking – CIA Accuses Russia of “Manipulating the World’s Weather”
ZeroHedge | 17 February 2015
Tension created by any large-scale…
What Nobody Told Me about Small Farming: I can’t Make a Living
Salon | 09 February 2015
I didn’t say I felt…
By Catherine Austin Fitts
As discussed in our Annual Wrap Up, the geopolitical ground is shifting under our feet. This has profound implications for global valuations – indeed watching global valuations offers important insights on the rebalancing of the global economy.
In our 1st Quarter Equity Overview this Thursday, I will review global valuations in the equity markets, the impact of sovereign fiscal policy and central bank monetary policy and what the trend in valuations tell us about long term opportunities and risks.
At subscribers request, I will also address specific questions:
Please do post or e-mail your questions before Thursday.
The “Planet Equity” and “Financial Markets Round Up” sections of the Annual Wrap Up are excellent background for our discussion, so take a look if you have a chance.
In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review an excellent German Documentary, Der Banker: Master of the Universe which provides remarkable insights into the global financial markets.
Talk to you Thursday!
“So much money is now in circulation that you can tackle whole countries with it.” ~ Rainer Voss
By Catherine Austin Fitts
Sometimes it pays, like Switzerland, to keep your own currency.
Being the powerhouse in a major currency basket, like Germany, also has it’s advantages.
You want to make sure you watch our documentary pick for this week’s Let’s Go to the Movies, Der Banker: Master of the Universe. It’s a powerful interview with former German banker Rainer Voss.
Then take note of the last ten year equity ETF performance in Europe:
Switzerland (EWL) +97.3%
Germany (EWG) + 70.5%
France (EWQ) + 12.4%
Spain (EWP) +3.6%
Greece (GREK) – 10.5%
Portugal (PGAL) – 27.4%
Italy (EWI) -39.9%
Breakthrough Energy with Joel Garbon is now available to all Solari readers!
Solari Readers can listen to the interview here!
Listen to the Interview MP3 audio file
From the report:
Oil and gas prices have dropped by almost 50% over the last year, with significant consequence to the values of companies, currencies and the balance of trade between nations.
What is causing this drop? Clearly, the “Oil Card” is at play – the US manipulating prices lower to pressure Russia as part of economic sanctions. No doubt, a slowing global economy is also reducing demand. However, a wide range of new technologies are also at play – from fracking technology to a global smart phone revolution to increasing productivity in material sciences and renewable energy. However, there is always the possibility of breakthrough energy innovations in the mix.
To explore what is happening in breakthrough energy, I asked industrial scientist Joel Garbon, head of the New Energy Movement, to join us on the Solari Report to update you on the innovations underway. What is the likelihood that breakthrough energy may impact the economy in the foreseeable future? Talking with Joel is always a fascinating exploration of what is possible.
S&P Homebuilder ETF (XHB) vs. the S&P
“Our economy isn’t going to recover until the housing market finds its footing” ~ Mark Zandi
By Catherine Austin Fitts
I can not help but notice some unusual patterns in housing policy these days. Let’s look at some of the dots worth connecting.
The folks watching the southern US borders are appalled at the number of people streaming across. See our Solari Report interview, Border Wars with Zack Taylor. It is not to be missed.
Now we have a report claiming that the Obama Administration is planning on organizing large numbers of immigrants in designated cities who will receive the government support needed to make a successful transition, including housing. (See: Breaking…WH Plans to Develop a “Country Within a Country” of 15 Million “New Americans”)
The Administration is currently in court trying to get its executive orders giving residency to 4 million immigrants.
(See: Legal Experts: Texas Court Immigration Ruling May Be Hard to Challenge) At the same time, the Administration has proposed a significant increase in the HUD budget for next year. Reading between the lines it looks to me like lots of resources that could be used to accomplish significant first time home buying in the immigrant population: President’s FY2016 HUD budget asks for $49.3B
At the same time, FHA is lowering its mortgage insurance premiums by a third – that is a big drop.( See: FHA to lower insurance premiums on mortgages)
Freddie and Fannie are also lowering down payment requirements from 5% to 3%. (See: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac offer lower mortgage down payments)
Meantime, reports in the markets are that first time home buying will be rising this year, kickstarting the bottom up cascade that revives the housing market. Homeowners at the lower end sell to first time homebuyers, and then proceed to trade up to a bigger, or more expensive home.
“In a digital age, data about money is worth more than money.” ~Nicholas Negroponte
This week, the Director of Research at Truth In Accounting in Chicago, Bill Bergman, joins me for a discussion of financial transparency. Bill has a remarkable background – economist at the Federal Reserve and analyst at leading brokerage and investment research companies. Bill also has a history of using financial transparency to ensure that our resources are lawfully managed. He was forced out of the Fed when his research into money laundering got too close to the truth. A rare breed among first rate economists, Bill does not stop with the official reality. He follows the money to find the real opportunities in the real economy.
Do you think “financial transparency” is a mundane topic? Think again! This is about “money hunting!” Let me give you some examples.
Despite an excellent employment history, you are unable to find a job and are living on unemployment insurance and food stamps. You call the support phone line for food stamps and get someone in India working for JP Morgan Chase to answer your questions. This means the US government is paying you to not work when you could be working and paying taxes doing that job. The government is, in fact, spending more money to ensure that you do not have a job. And to do so, they are paying an extra mark up to a bank that received bailout gifts in the billions.
Then you realize that farm land in your county is lying fallow funded with federal farm subsidies surrounded by people with no work who are drawing federal government subsidies. However, your food stamps are paying for food shipped in thousands of miles from Latin America. Why not grow fresh food locally if it lowers subsidies being paid to people who are not working? Perhaps healthy, fresh food would lower health care expenses as well. The government is, in fact, spending more money to ensure that they finance large corporate systems outsourcing food production to other countries.
The economics made no sense – a complex drain of tax dollars and financial debasement. It does, however, make sense for politicians whose campaigns are funded by the resulting capital gains on the stocks of the corporations that operate the system and win the government contracts.
If you follow the money, opportunities to generate income locally in a manner that would save government money are everywhere.
There is no more powerful tool to bring about real change than financial transparency. Turn on the lights and the profit potential is everywhere.
This is the last week of the month – so no Money & Markets this week!
The Government Pension Fund Global (Norwegian: Statens pensjonsfond Utland, SPU) is a fund into which the surplus wealth produced by Norwegian petroleum income is deposited. The fund changed name in January 2006 from its previous name, The Petroleum Fund of Norway. The fund is commonly referred to as The Oil Fund (Norwegian: Oljefondet). As of the valuation in June 2011, it was the largest pension fund in the world, although it is not actually a pension fund as it derives its financial backing from oil profits and not pension contributions. As of September 30, 2014 its total value is NOK 5.534 trillion ($857.1 billion), holding one percent of global equity markets. With 1.78 percent of European stocks,it is said to be the largest stock owner in Europe.
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