“There is no limit to how low rates can go and how large foreign currency reserves can grow… The message is that if it’s not enough, we will do even more… Either we can expand our balance sheet or we can go deeper into negative territory with the interest rates. That is a possibility and no one should try to outguess us here…We can go on forever.” ~ Lars Rohde, Denmark Central Bank Governor, February 2015

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:

  • the outlook for the US dollar and the impact of dollar performance on the US stock market;
  • issues and options to consider for your portfolio and investment strategy;
  • a serious deflationary scenario – could it happen and what would the implications be for your strategy; and,
  • the pros and cons of direct securities registration.

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!

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Breakthrough Energy with Joel Garbon is now available to all Solari readers!

Solari Readers can listen to the interview here!

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The Solari Report 2015-02-19

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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.

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“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.

  • Corporate contractors paid $25-150 an hour plus mark up by the federal governments to do jobs that could be teleported into your community. Your neighbors currently living on government subsidies would love a job for $10-20 an hour plus health care insurance. Local businesses will not get the opportunity to compete because the government contract budgets are not accessible;
  • Perhaps you do not notice the FHA foreclosed property across town that could be purchased and rehabbed for $100,000. Yet, it sits empty while HUD funds a public housing complex rehab for $250,000 per unit. Costs are loaded up with generous “fees for our friends;”
  • You have not thought about the federal prison in the next county. Your spouse is working two jobs to cover household expenses and to pay federal taxes. In an entire lifetime, your family will pay $154,000 in federal income taxes. It turns out that this is the cost for one year for one prisoner to process through the criminal justice system. If you understood what it cost you, maybe you would feel differently about incarcerating non-violent criminals for growing medicinal marijuana for people who can not afford health insurance; or,
  • Maybe you would have felt differently about the bailouts if you have known that the banks enjoyed gifts and loans in an amount equivalent to at least several multiples of all of the outstanding residential mortgages in the country.

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!

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By Catherine Austin Fitts

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.

If you think G-7 central bank QE is fueling higher stock prices, wait to you see what happens If breakthrough drops in the price of energy should ever happen.

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review the PBS documentary Tesla: Master of Lightning

Talk to you Thursday!

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The technological era involves the gradual transition to a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain uptodate and complete files containing even the most personal information about each and every one in the population’. ~Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard, 1997

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week on The Solari Report, I am speaking with Dr. Nafeez Ahmed.

For many years I have found myself out of alignment with a remarkable number of financially sophisticated people who I like and respect. They say the global financial system is going to collapse. I say, no, it will slow burn. When we flush out the differences in our assumptions, I find that one of the driving variables is my assessment of how information technology is used to manage everything from popular opinion to consumer and financial markets. In short – invisible surveillance is far more invasive and powerful – by person, family and community – than even the most intelligent and knowledgeable among us understand.

My colleagues thought we lived in a market economy that was increasingly manipulated. I thought we increasingly lived in “The Truman Show,” a movie about a character who grew up and lived his entire life in a reality TV show.

Thanks to a series of investigative reporters and whistleblowers, the popular consciousness about information technology has begun to change. However, there is an enormous opportunity for investigative reporting to help us understand the evolution of the public-private partnership that runs the new info-control state and how we navigate our lives as it attempts to harvest and manipulate us.

So I was delighted to learn that Nafeez Ahmed had launched Insurge Intelligence and published an outstanding new series exploring the history of Google.

This Thursday, Nafeez joins me from London to tell us more about the “soft face” of a global empire. Your choice of search engines and e-mail providers may never be the same. For those of you who want to understand how intelligence works in our society and economy, this series is not to be missed. Solari has signed up to participate monthly in support of Insurge Intelligence. This is an excellent example of how crowd funding can fund the transparency that you and I need to thrive.

Insurge Intelligence; Watchdog Journalism for the Global Commons

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will revisit Terms and Conditions May Apply, a documentary reviewed once before. I strongly encourage you to see it before you once again click yes to a terms and condition contract that you do not possibly have time to read.

Talk to you Thursday!

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““To be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to another is a wicked thing.” ~Toni Morrison

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week Dr. Katherine Albrecht returns to the Solari Report to update us on spychips and other forms of invasive technology and to discuss her new book I Won’t Take the Mark, written to help protect our children.

One of the top twelve trends in our Annual Wrap Up this year was Transhumanism. The phenomenon of integrating machines into humans – including without consent – is real. Educating ourselves to the risks involved is important in the face of an outpouring of media trying to make wearable technology and digital currencies fashionable.

For our selection in Let’s Go to the Movies, please make sure to watch the Infowars interview with brilliant and courageous Hollywood producer Aaron Russo. We live under a governance system populated by people who believe in mind control and slavery. It is hard for many Americans to fathom that this is so. Better to do that now, while there is still time to ensure that we as consumers do not embrace purchasing and wearing technology that others use to track and financially harvest us. Whatever we do, let’s not make this fashionable.

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news. Change is accelerating – we have a lot to cover.

We will post the transcript for the Annual Wrap up this week. It’s terrific – a great framework to help you put the growing flow of daily news in context.  If you have not read it yet, the transcript gives you a great way to do so.

Talk to you Thursday!

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“It is certainly desirable that all societies have systems by which to guard their core values, and that justice and peace be preserved…But the values needed to ensure these things lie beyond the realm of the law, in ethics and culture and religion.” ~ John Laughland

By Catherine Austin Fitts

John Laughland is Director of Studies at the Institut de la Démocratie et de la Coopération  (The Institute of Democracy and Cooperation) in Paris. John is a British historian, author, philosopher, and journalist widely respected for his expertise in international law, his analysis of European and global politics and his efforts to promote the rule of law.

This week on The Solari Report, John joins me to discuss the state of Europe and the future of the US-European relationships.  Given continued struggles to manage debt loads and popular backlash against austerity programs, tensions in NATO, fighting in Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and the ramifications for the European economy, an influx of immigration from the Muslim countries, triggered in no small part by US wars in the Middle East,  continental Europe is managing challenging times.

I know of no one better to address these issues. I first heard John speak after the publication in 1997 of his book The Tainted Source: Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea. His brilliant insights regarding the flaws of the European Union have more than stood the test of time. For background, access our previous report with John here.

This is the last week of the month, so our next Money & Markets will be posted next week on Thursday, February 1.

Enjoy!

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“My preference is to live neither as dependent or victim, rather to look reality squarely in the face and use the resulting intelligence to live a free and inspired life. This includes building wealth in changing times.” – 2014 Annual Wrap Up

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week on The Solari Report, Jon Rappoport joins me to discuss the most intimate part of our 2014 Annual Wrap Up.

How do we manage to live a free & inspired life? How do we create a vision for our future which is more attractive to our time and attention than the shrieking and manipulations around us? How do we calmly navigate in the midst of political instability and volatile financial and commodity markets?

As always Jon helps us to live the life we choose to lead, not the one others attempt to herd us into.

Enjoy the web presentation for the Wrap Up first – you will get essential perspective on what is happening and what’s ahead.

In Money & Markets I will review recent geopolitical and financial developments.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will discuss the new Denzel Washington action thriller “The Equalizer”.

Talk to you Thursday!

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“The financial and investment community will be forced during 2015 to grapple with evolving investment models for Planet Earth, as the central banking-warfare model runs its course and the Bretton Woods system unravels.” ~ Solari Report 2014 Annual Wrap Up

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week on The Solari Report,  Dr. Joseph Farrell will join me to discuss the Solari Report 2014 Annual Wrap Up – and to review the forces that are driving events in 2015. This conversation will be free range and – as Dr. Farrell says – engage in lots of “high octane speculation.” Enjoy the web presentation for the Wrap Up first – you will get essential perspective on what is happening and what’s ahead.  As one subscriber said, “The view is breathtaking.”

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest news.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review A Touch of Greatness, a documentary about education pioneer Albert Cullum.

Talk to you Thursday!

 

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