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I’m Latin, I can’t Keep Calm! Adios Euros

3/21/2013 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

On Monday, we shared with you our friend Tom’s first hand experience and general impressions with the Spain’s currency conversion from pesetas to the Euro.

Adios Pesetas: A look back at adoption of the Euro in Spain

The conversion to the Euro, for most practical purposes was a long, drawn out process which took two years to implement, starting with the final exchange rate peg to the Euro and culminating with the coin and bill conversion which Tom so eloquently described.

Adios Euros!
Adios Euros!

Today, thanks to the prospect of forced bail ins, the term for a levy or tax (depending upon your preferred term for asset confiscation) such as the one proposed in Cyprus which would bail out the government and/or banks, there is a run on banks throughout Iberia.

The reason is that the preference for the bail in solutions are now popping out of central banker’s mouths like pop corn.  Even Ben Bernanke, slave master of the US currency, has uttered that it would be a possibility.

However, this is the twenty-first century, and bank runs aren’t what they used to be.  For one thing, banks now have instant access to all of the digital currency they could possibly want.  It is a simple ledger entry for the bank to replace the customer’s deposit with a Central Bank liability.

However, there is still the matter of cold, hard currency.  As the Spaniards begin to withdraw currency en masse, the bank branches are bound to run out of Euros.  Thanks to technology, holding Euros, either in physical or digital form, is no longer an absolute necessity and, at this point, it is extremely undesirable.

According to a report at Zerohedge.com, Spaniards are getting a crash course on Bitcoin adoption:  Spain Bitcoin run has started

As the monetary authorities are just now beginning to understand the practical implications o

Bienvenido real money!
Bienvenido real money!

f forced bail ins, the peoples of the world are not content to stand pat while their leaders sqauble over how much to confiscate from whom.  Thanks to digital solutions like the Bitcoin, Spaniards and people the world over are making a run on banks from the comfort of their own homes on their smart phones.  The Euro, which took two years to implement, may be largely replaced in commerce in a matter of weeks.

Even so, the Bitcoin has its limits, as wealth held digitally has a flight risk of its own.  Silver and other hard currencies do not have this problem, and the first stages of the next leg up in Silver and Gold is commencing in lockstep with the Bitcoin app downloads in Iberia.  Either way, it is a unanimous democratic process whose end result will be the Euro being voted off the continent.

While the monetary authorities prepare their familiar mantra, “Keep Calm and Carry on,” the response in Iberia is ringing back “I’m Latin, I can’t Keep Calm!”

Neither should you.  Here at The Mint, we have taken the step of accepting Bitcoins in exchange for silver coins to deal with this contingency.  We ship worldwide and guarantee your satisfaction.  If you are interested, please email us at the address below for a quote as we have yet to fully automate this process.

Adios Euros!  Bienvenido real money.

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email: davidminteconomics@gmail.com

Key Indicators for March 21, 2013

Copper Price per Lb: $3.47
Oil Price per Barrel: $93.15
Corn Price per Bushel: $7.32
10 Yr US Treasury Bond: 1.94%
FED Target Rate: 0.15% ON AUTOPILOT, THE FED IS DEAD!
Gold Price Per Ounce: $1,614 THE GOLD RUSH IS STILL ON!
MINT Perceived Target Rate*: 0.25%
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%
Inflation Rate (CPI): 0.7%
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 14,512
M1 Monetary Base: $2,466,100,000,000 LOTS OF DOUGH ON THE STREET!
M2 Monetary Base: $10,499,300,000,000

A run on BNP, Europe’s Financial Collapse begins in earnest

9/22/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

While it was a rough day for equity markets everywhere, in light of what is occurring, they (the markets) were amazingly resilient.  A testimony to how fast the monetary spigots at the Central Banks are running.

There are two events that appear to be on a collision course with destiny today (No, neither of them is the NASA space junk hurtling towards the earth).  It feels as if the world is reaching a sort of inflection point in modern history.  Perhaps a great awakening is about to occur.  Will people’s faith in Central Banking finally be broken?

The colliding events are the Palestinian bid for official recognition by the United Nations, scheduled for tomorrow, and the emerging institutional bank run on BNP Paribas.

The Palestinian situation needs no further discussion.  It is clear to most that it is an explosive topic to which the bid for recognition threatens to detonate, much in the way the Israeli Declaration of Independence ignited war in Palestine in 1948.

The Institutional run on BNP Paribas is an event that is occurring as we write and it is unclear how it will play out.  Reggie Middleton at the BoomBustBlog, is chronicling this event in real time.  If you are interested, we highly recommend following the event there.

Real Money Fleeing the Continent!

We have read reports of Lloyds of London, the famous Insurance Marketplace, pulling a great deal of its deposits out of banks on the continent.  We have also read reports of Siemens pulling deposits and parking them directly at the ECB.

Then there was the report of the ECB making an emergency loan of $500 million US Dollars to an unidentified bank (read BNP) with similar loans to other institutions in the cue.  It is clear that the banking crisis in France is dwarfing the ability for the French government to deal with it.

There is no use pointing out the many lessons that society will learn from this, for only one is expedient at the moment.  That lesson is that digital bits on a computer screen or numbers on a bank statement are worthless if the counterparty cannot make good on their commitments.

The run on BNP will intensify the focus on Western Central Banks, which have balance sheets that make BNP, BAC, and all of the other large sinking banks look good by comparison.  This is important because a good part of the world is to some extent a counterparty to the Central Banks.

Need proof?  Open your wallet.  If you have US Dollars or Euros, you are a counterparty to (owed money by) the Federal Reserve or the ECB, whose management is currently buying every worthless paper asset on the planet with leverage that is unimaginable for mere mortals.

Dollar and Euros are about to become extremely hot potatoes, which makes trading them for potatoes, spuds, or anything real, a real good idea.

Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and that tomorrow passes uneventfully on all fronts.

Stay tuned and Trust Jesus.

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email: davidminteconomics@gmail.com

Key Indicators for September 22, 2011

Copper Price per Lb: $3.45
Oil Price per Barrel:  $80.41

Corn Price per Bushel:  $6.50  
10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  1.72%

FED Target Rate:  0.08%  ON AUTOPILOT, THE FED IS DEAD!

Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,736 PERMANENT UNCERTAINTY

MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  2.00%
Unemployment Rate:  9.1%
Inflation Rate (CPI):  0.4%!!!   UP UP UP!!!
Dow Jones Industrial Average:  10,734  

M1 Monetary Base:  $2,010,000,000,000 RED ALERT!!!
M2 Monetary Base:  $9,541,800,000,000 YIKES!!!!!!!