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Italians to join Europe’s needy, the parable of the Chiropractor

7/11/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

Investors woke up today and wasted little time in marking down Italian sovereign debt, along with Spanish and Portuguese debt issues.  Why?  The story of the Italians is eerily similar to that of the Greeks, the Portuguese, and the Spanish.  Their government spends more than it takes in.

At this point, all readers of The Mint know that it is impossible for any Government to produce value.  Yet somehow, in our upside down, insane monetary system, it has become acceptable for the western governments to run a reasonable deficit to help pay for their role as the Robin Hood in the current welfare state model.  The European Union even went so far as to attempt to define what constitutes a reasonable deficit as 3% of a nation’s GDP per year.

Now if the government takes in 25% of national income in the form of taxes, which is not an unheard of (if anything it is a low estimate) and then borrows an additional 3% (which has proved an elusive target), then 28% of the welfare state’s economy is devoted to income “redistribution.”

While the term “income redistribution” does not fly well with most voters, the Government’s “investment” decisions are cleverly disguised as Social Security, Health Care, Defense, and Education.  Most will recognize that these are important investments, which leads us to the logical question:

Why leave these investment decisions up to the Government?

This question is rarely asked, and most seem content to let the Government continue in their collective role as Robin Hood.  It should come as no surprise, then, that a great deal of time and what would otherwise be productive energy goes into influencing Robin Hood’s decisions as to whom the poor are at the moment.  Bill Bonner at The Daily Reckoning calls this outsized effect of Government in the economy a “Zombie Takeover.

With the Zombies creatively destroying a minimum of 28% of GDP in a modern welfare state, perhaps it is a testament to the resilience and productivity of the citizenry that any real progress can be made under such circumstances.

Fortunately (or unfortunately for those in the zombie class) the insanity is coming to an end.  As the government’s destruction of wealth accelerates, even elected officials will have to admit that the bad decisions that all of this accumulated debt represents do not go away just because one denies that they exist.

In fact, attempts to solve the problem of too much debt by creating more currency are futile, as each unit of currency creates a unit of debt which must be dealt with at a later date.  This is the glory of modern monetary theory.  It binds the world together in slavery.  It is also its Achilles heel, which is now exposed, waiting to be stricken.

How and when will this finally occur?  It will be like the man with back pain who finally goes to visit the chiropractor.  The gradual spinal realignment that he had hoped to achieve by doing simple stretching exercises (austerity) is not taking place, in fact, his back problems have gotten worse.  Once in the exam room, he will be laid down swiftly on the chiropractor’s table.

Then chiropractor will move into place, interest rates will rise, and a series of pops will go off in the patient’s spine.  Naturally, the popping sounds are the troubled EU nations defaulting on their sovereign debt in unison, which is what is about to occur.

Will the patient then get up and go on his way, sore but better off for the treatment?  Or perhaps the better question is; do zombies even use chiropractors?

Meanwhile in the US, the political theater that is the debt ceiling negotiations may be the catalyst that sends the US Treasury market into a much deserved tailspin.  We have speculated about this almost incessantly and still cannot believe that it may happen.

But while the EU goes to the chiropractor, the US may prefer to rely on the prescription drugs of fiscal and monetary stimulus for as long as they appear to work in a futile attempt to reassure the zombies that all is well.

The US will simply destroy the value of the currency, completely and irreversibly.  Why else would they pick a fight with Iran at this point?

That makes each dollar that one holds like holding an M80 firecracker with a lit fuse.

How long will you hang on?

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email: davidminteconomics@gmail.com

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Key Indicators for July 11, 2011

Copper Price per Lb: $4.32
Oil Price per Barrel:  $94.99

Corn Price per Bushel:  $6.81
10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  2.92%

FED Target Rate:  0.07% JAPAN HERE WE COME!

Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,554 PERMANENT UNCERTAINTY

MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  2.00%
Unemployment Rate:  9.2%
Inflation Rate (CPI):  0.2%
Dow Jones Industrial Average:  12,506 TO THE MOON!!!
M1 Monetary Base:  $2,020,000,000,000 RED ALERT!!!
M2 Monetary Base:  $9,112,300,000,000 YIKES!!!!!!!

*See the MINT Perceived target Rate Chart.  This rate is the FED Target rate with a 39 month lag, representing the time it takes for the FED Target rate changes to affect the real economy.  This is a 39 months head start that the FED member banks have on the rest of us on using the new money that is created.

Economy to suffer Rolling Blackouts, A Flare up in Palestine, Does the FED have an Expiration Date?

6/7/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

Summer has arrived in Portland.  We had hoped that it would arrive months ago but as with 41% of our predictions here at The Mint, we were early, which is a polite way to say that we were wrong.

In the financial markets, it continues to rain.  The authorities have done everything in their power to stop the effects of the rain, hoping to simply ride it out.  They are now exhausted and the ominous prospect of rising flood waters to accompany the constant drizzle adds to their misery.

The storm began innocently enough and that was the problem.  Despite the dark clouds forming on the horizon, most people thought that they simply needed to stay indoors for a while, maybe move the patio furniture inside, and wait it out.

As it turns out, loading up the wagon and moving to higher ground is the only thing that can save them.  In a practical sense, this means paying off debts and moving assets into precious metals or anything else real.  It means cutting ties with any and all counter-parties because the probability of default is increasing and can strike without warning.

This financial storm did not necessarily require the divine insight afforded Noah in his day but to adequately prepare for it one needed to at least have in mind the possibility that this storm was no ordinary storm.

Yes, fellow taxpayer, the world economy is not in a recession or a depression (unless you are trying to describe a certain level of misery and not an economic phenomenon).  The economy is in the process of being completely retooled.  Bill Bonner at the Daily Reckoning calls it the “Great Correction.”  We do not have a name for it here at The Mint but Mr. Bonner’s term seems a bit mild to us.

Now that the FED’s firepower and credibility are completely expended, the economy is set to experience something akin to random “rolling blackouts.”  As the cash and credit that flowed steadily downstream for the past 50 plus years begins to dry up, a wall of water in the form of stimulus and monetary accommodation is barreling down the canyon and is literally destroying everything in its path and is PERMANENTLY changing the river’s channel.

Beyond the wall of water is a dry riverbed.  This has been confirmed as the FED’s credibility is shot.  Even if they could continue sending what water is left down the canyon it wouldn’t even come close to filling the new channel or be capable of forming anything that resembles the river that once was.

It is difficult to imagine a more desperate state of affairs.  This is one of the miracles of central planning, that it always and in every sense is a failure for everyone.  In some rare cases the planners benefit but for the most part, in the long run, even they are poorer for their efforts.

So what awaits the economy are unpredictable rolling blackouts as the lack of water causes random and unexpected defaults and quasi-defaults to occur until all participants learn to not trust each other.  Oddly enough, only then will something resembling organic growth begin anew.

An interesting idea was brought to our attention yesterday.  The idea is that the FED’s charter as America’s Central Bank is set to end on December 21, 2012, which nicely coincides with the final date on the Mayan Calendar.  We then further investigated and saw that someone with the Youtube user name “Man of Truth” predicted that the FED would be bankrupt in December of 2012 back in 2009.

While back in 2009 the Man of Truth may have sounded like a lunatic, circa 2011 his prediction seems not only possible but highly likely.  While the December 2012 date is arbitrary, all of this taken together with the fact that many people believe the Mayan Prophecy may be enough to disrupt life as we know it for an extended period of time.

Courtesy of http://bizarrocomics.com/

While we at the Mint do not personally believe in the Mayan Prophecy or the FED for that matter, we have a feeling that enough people do believe to warrant being prepared for an extended period of random rolling economic blackouts which will probably begin early in 2012, making the best time to prepare for them, well, now.

How to prepare?  First and foremost, accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior.  Then, not matter what happens, you have absolutely nothing to fear, not even death.

Second, financially act as if a flash flood is coming down the canyon and get whatever you think you may need to ride out the blackout period close at hand because the probability of obtaining it later is diminishing with each passing day.

Third, help others to do likewise.  In the process of helping others, you will literally be laying the foundation for the bright future that awaits you.

Piece of cake, right?

Meanwhile, the security situation in Palestine the Middle East continue to deteriorate.  Will it be enough to distract the West from its own perilous situation?

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email:  davidminteconomics@gmail.com

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Key Indicators for Wednesday, June 7th, 2011

Copper Price per Lb: $4.15
Oil Price per Barrel:  $99.67
10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  3.01%
FED Target Rate:  0.10% FED IN DESPERATION MODE!!!!
Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,545
MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  2.25% INFLATION HERE WE COME!!!!
Unemployment Rate:  9.1% ITS NOT WORKING
Inflation Rate (CPI):  0.4%
Dow Jones Industrial Average:  12,071
M1 Monetary Base:  $1,949,300,000,000 THE CRACK-UP BOOM BEGINS!!!!
M2 Monetary Base:  $8,985,800,000,000 MORE FUEL FOR THE CRACK-UP BOOM!!!!

*See FED Perceived Economic Effect Rate Chart at bottom of blog.  This rate is the FED Target rate with a 39 month lag, representing the time it takes for the FED Target rate changes to affect the real economy.  This is a 39 months head start that the FED member banks have on the rest of us on using the new money that is created.

The Bill for Club Med comes due (the concept of Central Bankruptcy eloquently explained), a Parable

5/31/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

Today the focus of the financial world is on events around the Mediterranean where the Greek and increasingly the Spanish people again find themselves at odds with their respective governments and their IMF / ECB / German debt collectors. 

How did they get there?  The Greeks and arguably the Spanish have been living in the social equivalent of a Club Med ever since they joined the Euro.  The initial sting of higher prices was offset for most by lower borrowing costs.  Life was good.  The advent of the Euro along with a boom in tourism began to feed a property boom in Spain and a government spending boom in Greece.

Alas, as an economy slows, the government is usually the last to know. 

Like the father whose family takes a vacation to Club Med, he is content to let the family splurge with little worry as to how he will cover the bill.  “Just throw it on the credit card, we’ll take care of it later” becomes the mantra.

Unfortunately for the father (who represents the Greek, Spanish, and arguably the US governments in our parable), his bank decides to cut his credit line just before the vacation is over.  The bill comes due and the man frantically negotiates with his bank (the ECB, IMF, and arguably the US FED) to extend his credit line enough to cover the bill. 

Club Med – Paradise Lost!

To make matters worse, upon his return the man finds that the income from his job (the government’s tax receipts in our parable) has been cut due to “the economy*.”  He now has no realistic prospect of repaying his extended credit line and instead must now consider a painful reduction in the family’s standard of living.

Naturally the family, who has developed some expensive habits while away at Club Med, rebels.  The father is now in a no win situation.  On the surface, he appears to have a choice between satisfying his family at the expense of his creditors or vice versa.

In reality, with his reduced income, he cannot satisfy either of them.  This is where the Greek and Spanish governments currently find themselves, and this is where the US Government will soon find itself.

There is, of course, an easy way out.  The man who is in this hopeless situation can declare bankruptcy.  Problem solved, right?  Not so fast.  You see, because of “the economy*,” the bank cannot release the man from his debts and have enough money to make good on its own obligations.

At this point, the Central Banks of the world (which are represented by the bank in our parable) lack not only the credibility but also the practical tools to perform their make believe function as protectors of the value of their respective currencies.

Today we read a piece by Michael Pento of Euro Pacific Capital (run by Peter Schiff) which seems to give logical credence to what we have long suspected to be the case:

“In the end, any meaningful attempt to withdraw liquidity will not only bankrupt the institution (The FED) but also zero out their remaining credibility. That’s why they’ll never even make an honest attempt.”

 The FED is helpless to remove the liquidity it has injected and will soon have to decide which of its member banks to sacrifice if the dollar is to continue as a functioning currency.  Our money is on the dollar and all who rely on it as a store of value to be the sacrificial lambs.

Back to our parable.  Both the man and the bank will continue to pretend to negotiate with each other, giving the illusion that what is now their mutual problem will supernaturally disappear.  The family will continue to pretend to debate which expenditures to cut back on as if it will make a difference.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of the problem disappearing is equivalent to the likelihood of the family being able to go back in time to cancel their trip to Club Med prior to departure.  Such is the nature of debt.

So the bank, the father, and the family find themselves clinging to a myth as they helplessly hurtle towards the unknown.

Where will they end up?

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email:  davidminteconomics@gmail.com

*Definition of “the economy”, circa 2011 – A term used to describe the large scale collapse of Central Banking and the Socialist / Communist economic model that it has created over the past 100 years.  Generally used by politicians and others in authority to “explain” why they cannot pay their obligations.  This explanation is presented to the masses as a failure of capitalism when quite the opposite is true.  Thus, this simple two word phrase is used as an excuse to further the Socialist / Communist agenda and that of the police state that is forming all around the world.

Key Indicators for Friday, May 31st, 2011

Copper Price per Lb: $4.17
Oil Price per Barrel:  $102.83

10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  3.05%
FED Target Rate:  0.09% FED IN DESPERATION MODE!!!!

Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,534

MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  2.25% INFLATION HERE WE COME!!!!
Unemployment Rate:  9.0%
Inflation Rate (CPI):  0.4%
Dow Jones Industrial Average:  12,579
M1 Monetary Base:  $1,892,800,000,000 THE CRACK-UP BOOM BEGINS!!!!
M2 Monetary Base:  $9,036,600,000,000 MORE FUEL FOR THE CRACK-UP BOOM!!!!

 *See FED Perceived Economic Effect Rate Chart at bottom of blog.  This rate is the FED Target rate with a 39 month lag, representing the time it takes for the FED Target rate changes to affect the real economy.  This is a 39 months head start that the FED member banks have on the rest of us on using the new money that is created.