“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.

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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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“…with an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

~ William Wordsworth

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Happy New Year!

On Thursday, January 8th, the Solari Report team will publish our Annual Wrap Up, complete with an online Web Presentation with graphs and charts to help you assess and digest the richness of our topic.

Here is what I will be covering:

  • A Free and Inspired Life – our theme for 2015.
  • Money Maps of the World – we have created a tool to review the “geo” of “geopolitics.”
  • Planet Equity –  our choice for the “big trend” to highlight this year.
  • The Most Important Stories of 2014 and the Deeper Trends – I look at critical drivers in our culture and economy that define your opportunities and risks.
  • 2014 Financial Market Round Up –  a review of performance in the global financial markets.
  • 2015: Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready – let’s talk about scenarios and strategies for this coming year.
  • Vision 2020 – The Solari Report team wants to support your free and inspired life: here are our plans for 2015.
  • Best Books for 2015 – Some of our favorite picks to keep you in the know this year.
  • And the Winners are… – announcing the Solari Report hero, documentary and movie of the year.
  • Credits and Closing – The Solari Report draws from the best and the brightest – we want to remind you of who they are and how you can enjoy their offerings.

 

This is a great way to start your year – with perspective!

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~The following article and accompanying table are intended for use as reference tools and as indications of the types of requirements and restrictions that may be found in various state statutes and regulations. They should not be relied upon, may not be current, accurate or complete and do not constitute legal advice for readers. Any small business interested in conducting a state crowdfunding offering should consult competent legal counsel in the applicable home state before taking any action.~

[CAF Note: Whenever I am interested in a highly complex legal and regulatory issue, I turn to our attorney Carolyn Betts to research and write something that distills the material down so that a serious entrepreneur can get the lay of the land before finding the right attorney. The goal is to take a very important issue and reduce the task of defining options to something a busy person can handle. As the federal government has declined to create a regulatory pathway for crowdfunding to serve as a legitimate tool for entrepreneurs to raise equity capital, the states are proceeding to take action. If using crowdfunding to invest or raise capital with securities is of interest, do check out what is happening in your state. Here it is – another tour de force from Carolyn Betts.]

By Carolyn A. Betts, Esq.

Many held out hope that the USA JOBS Act crowdfunding exemption would stimulate participation by investors of moderate means in new business formation. Unfortunately, due to the prohibitions in federal law on “general solicitation” as a marketing tool for capital raising by start-up businesses, there were very few circumstances under which an offering could be conducted over the Internet pre-JOBS Act. As we have seen, Title II of the JOBS Act loosened these restrictions for securities offerings to “accredited” investors.

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Our task is to look at the world and see it whole.” ~E. F. Schumacher

By Catherine and the Solari Report Team

Our theme for 2014 was “Break Away.”

In our Annual Wrap Up for 2013 in January, we introduced the shift in resources from Global 2.0 to Global 3.0 to help you focus on the areas of the economy that are growing.

Throughout 2014, we explored this shift and its impact on global geopolitics and the financial markets:

  • In our 1st Quarter Wrap Up, we focused on the rise of the global consumer as the explosion of smart phones and Internet access in Asia shifted the dominant consumer market eastward and digital systems reorganized retail distribution throughout the G-7 nations.
  • In our 2nd Quarter Wrap Up, we looked at the fraying of the Global 2.0 Institutions.
  • In our 3rd Quarter Wrap Up, we defined the areas of Global 3.0 equity investment .

With each Wrap Up, we published a “Comic Book” – with graphs, charts and pictures to help distill events and financial market performance into an informative and interesting presentation.

For your listening pleasure over the New Year holiday, we are republishing the Solari Report Wrap Ups – both audios and comic books from 2014. If you have not yet had a chance to digest them, there is no better background for our Annual Wrap Up of 2014  on January 8th.

Happy New Year!

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“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”
~Vladimir Lenin

By Catherine Austin Fitts

It’s Christmas. We hope you take time to celebrate and enjoy this holiday season.

For those who want to spend some time digging into the “deeper story,” we are republishing some of our favorite Solari Reports from 2014 for your holiday enjoyment this week. They are available now – just login.

As I speak with subscribers puzzling over the tug-of-war between Russia and the G-7 and the swan dive in the oil price,  I find myself saying, have you listened to the recent Solari Report we did with Jim Norman, The Oil Card – What’s Next? And, have you listed to our interview Russia and the Ukraine Backstory with Anne Williamson?  These two masterful reporters take you past the noise of the corporate media to see what is really happening in a clear, coherent way.

Stumped by the wild scenarios being thrown about regarding Chinese growth and how it impacts North America? My candidate for best book on the global economy this year is Steve Roach’s Unbalanced. Listen to our interview with Roach, Seeking US-China Balance, to understand the transition underway.

Finally, money and resources all are part of a governance system operating here on planet Earth. You can not begin to grapple with who or what runs that system until you have gotten your mind around the black budget and the hidden system of finance that has been operating since the end of WWII as the dark side of the Bretton Woods Systems. There is no better way to do so then listening to the video presentations at the Secret Space Program, now available to Solari Report subscribers. Dr. Joseph Farrell, Jon Rappoport, Mark McCandlish, Richard Dolan  – it does not get better than the line up you can enjoy here.

A lot happened in 2014. Thanks to your support, we were able to bring to you the best and brightest to make sense of it all.

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” For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a strong mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

By Catherine Austin Fitts

The economics of hatred is a fascinating area of research – one I recommend to you. When you start digging in to who makes money on hatred you start to see the world through a new lens. There is no more effective tactic to financial and economic control than keeping the general population in a state of dramatic competition rather than peaceful cooperation.  Arranging for your enemies to destroy each other in ways that profit you is an ancient tactic – but with digital technology and multinational corporate media it is achieving a very modern twist.

This week on The Solari Report, I will be speaking with one of the independent producers I most admire – author and host of The Digital Underground and The Cyberspace Sanctuary, Junious Ricardo Stanton. Junious and I are both from the Philadelphia area, both attended the University of Pennsylvania. We share a lifelong passion for understanding the world around us from the global economy to our local community. Junious served as a councilman in Lawnside, New Jersey and studied urban planning.

An invaluable step to living a free and inspired life is building immunity to the divide and conquer media and politics around us. To do that, I find it particularly valuable to understand the effort to alienate men from women and black from white.  Remove those two manipulations and the entire game could unravel.

I asked Junious to join me because I want a raw, uncut conversation. Junious is the master of dealing with our darkest obstacles while keeping things in a higher mind. He has grappled with these issues for many years both professionally and on and off air.

Pastor TD Jakes once said, “If you lose your love, you lose your power.” How do you survive the “beat down” and preserve your love? There is no more important question before us. Love is the backbone of a culture that endures. Jim Rouse once challenged the design group for Columbia, Maryland, “How do we create communities where we are free to love one another?” This question is at the heart of outwitting the uncivil society growing up around us. We need to talk about this and we need to do it now.

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

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review After the Wedding, a remarkable Danish movie that reminds us that there are very few degrees of separation between the richest 1% and the poorest 1% on the globe. Indeed, when the love of a man and a woman, and the love of a mother and father for a child are involved, we are all are intimately and powerfully connected.

Talk to you Thursday!

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“Know what you own, and know why you own it.” ~ Peter Lynch

By Catherine Austin Fitts

The rebalancing of the global economy continues:

  • The flow of wealth moves from West to East; from North to South; as goods and natural resources flow back;
  • The infrastructure for a global currency builds out: Swift and Swift alternatives, smart phones, satellite systems and navies;
  • There is drama and tension created by competing teams: Snowden vs. the NSA, Putin vs. the G-7, the BRICS trading, swapping and reorganizing;
  • The institutions of Global 2.0 struggle to manage as funds flow into Global 3.0 investment and dark pools.

As the pendulum swings back and forth, the Hegelian dialectic is served. Rebalancing does not go in a straight line.  It is a pendulum swinging back and forth; with insiders harvesting the outsiders as money cycles through the financial markets. Digital systems facilitate ever more leverage, feeding centralized control.

At the heart of the dance is the price of the US dollar and of gold.  The prices swing up and down – usually moving in opposition. Factions push their book:

  • The US Dollar Index is going to 122, no, now 165;
  • The US Dollar Index is collapsing – it is going to zero;
  • Gold is going to $10,000 per ounce;
  • Gold will drop through $1,100 and then sink to 700.

The price prophecies are rife with stories that terrorize and delight:

  • The future is hopeless, there will be nuclear war;
  • JP Morgan will collapse shortly and the richest bankers will be bankrupted;
  • Mother earth has taken over the bank information systems – they no longer obey the central banks. All will be well;
  • The Dragon Elders are the wealthiest families in the world. From Asia, they are shrouded in mystery. They are going to save us all;
  • The Iraqi dinar is being reset tomorrow and my investment will be worth $20 million. No, tomorrow. A day later, tomorrow. A year later, tomorrow. For years now, tomorrow.
  • Climate change is a huge emergency. We must centralize control and live in poverty to save our planet.

The stories play on our fear and greed. They appeal to our desire for certainty; for an explanation that makes sense of the chaotic process; for a big bang ending to the slow burn after which everything promises to make sense again; for a peek into the inside circle.

Behind the scenes, the build out of the global currency and payment systems and the growth of equity markets fueled by central bank largesse march steadily forward. The governance system may be invisible and the process may be emergent, but the financial goals are clear.

This week is the Precious Metal Market Report on The Solari Report, Franklin Sanders of The Moneychanger will join me to brief us on the latest developments in the gold and silver markets and to share his insight on what technical analysis is telling him about current market trends.

I have asked Franklin to help me address potential scenarios for my 2015 investment strategies. We will also address how to follow geopolitical developments and financial prices in a manner that looks squarely at all the risks ahead without losing time, money or even our minds to less likely, wildcard or whacky scenarios.

We will also touch base on Christmas to tell you the story of how giving gold and silver to the kids I love at Christmas inspired me to work with Franklin on launching his idea for a Silver and Gold Calculator.  Now is the time of year to consider gifting to the children you love during the holiday season.

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest news in current events and finance.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, we will view the rebalancing of the global economy through the eyes of those who lead the world’s most famous vineyards. When I worked on Wall Street, one of the rewards for being promoted to vice president was a case of Château Haut-Brion. Savoring it one bottle at a time inspired a love for Bordeaux wines.  So I was fascinated to watch Red Obsession, a marvelous Australian documentary about the price bubble in Bordeaux wines in 2008-10 resulting from unprecedented Chinese demand. Narrated by Russell Crowe, this one is not to be missed!

Talk to you Thursday!

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“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” ~ General George S. Patton

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week on The Solari Report, I speak with Patty Kemmerer of Kemmerer Schooley Smith, CPAs about U.S. year-end tax and financial planning. Our goal is to inspire you to take action now while there is still time to get things done before the end of the tax year.

Patty and I will be review the full gamut of issues, big and small, including gifting, college financing, 401ks and IRA investments, Affordable Care Act penalties and the tax implications of crowdfunding. We will also address administrative issues, including: “How do I find a CPA or a bookkeeper I can trust?” Look for lots of practical ideas to help taxes bite less and compliance go smoothly.

In Money & Markets, I will discuss the latest in geopolitical news and financial markets development.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I suggest a comedy to warm your heart – If I Were You.  A remarkable performance by Marcia Gay Harden as the jilted wife demonstrates what can happen when human kindness and imagination transform what is worth nourishing in a bad situation. There is a small bonus for those of us who love Shakespeare.  Harden’s character drowns her sorrows by playing King Lear in an amateur production. The last time I saw King Lear performed Anthony Hopkins played Lear in a serious, classic version. Watching a Harden offer up a more whimsical, female Lear is a most unique interpretation!

Talk to you Thursday!

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