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The Next Subprime Crisis - The US Auto Industry Is Here

Auto loans made to consumers with subprime credit have been accounting for an increasingly larger percentage of the market. Eventually a lot of those loans are going to start to go bad, and that is precisely what is happening now. Auto sales have begun to fall & used car prices have started to crash. Here are 12 signs that a day of reckoning has arrived for the U.S. auto industry.

Trump & the Monumental Magnitude of the US Debt Trap

What lies directly ahead, therefore, is another bumbling attempt by the White House and Congressional Republicans to hammer out an FY 2018 budget resolution and what amounts to a 10-year fiscal plan. So there flat-out must be big-time deficit offsets or there will not be close to 218 votes for what would otherwise be upwards of $15 trillion in added public debt over the coming decade.

Read America's Credit Card Statement (No Password Required)

You might not be aware of it, but America’s credit card–our national debt–comes with its own disclosure statement. You know those disclosures on your credit card statements? That it will take 27 years to pay off your balance if you only make the minimum payment each month, and so on? What will replace the current system after it self-destructs? That’s the question.

American Consumer Debt Over $4.1 Trillion - Last Debt Bubble Peak was at $2.5 Tn

Americans are now borrowing & spending at record levels. Consumer debt being over $4.1 trillion is troubling when student debt, auto loans & credit cards are leading the way forward. Apparently we like repeating history & people may like to forget that at the root of the Great Recession was a giant credit bubble. Even at the peak of the last debt bubble, consumer debt totaled roughly $2.5 trillion.

Silver Prices to Explode on Exponentially Increasing National Debt

The U.S. National Debt is a “train-wreck.” Silver and gold prices erratically increase along with debt. Given that silver prices are near the low end of their 20 year “megaphone” pattern, expect much higher silver prices. Further, the cost of production is increasing rapidly and the ore quality is declining. Expect prices to increase based on limited supply.

"Too Many Promises That Can't be Kept" - The Fed Can't Raise Rates: Paul Volcker

One can’t really blame the government for continuing its debt-funded spending spree – despite protests to the contrary – after all rates are so low, it would be irrational not to take advantage and add on more debt. However, it is here that the punchline from the Volcker op-ed kicks in, and explains why the Fed is stuck and will find it next to impossible to hike rates.

A Gold Standard & Debt Jubilee for an Honest Money Monetary System

A gold standard handcuffs corrupt governments, forcing them to operate somewhere near a balanced budget, at all times. It handcuffs criminal central banks, restraining the speed with which they steal-by-inflation to a near-zero rate. Only alternative to Debt Slavery: Debt Jubilee – the complete renunciation of all debts. We absolutely require a gold standard but cannot till we don’t have a debt jubilee.

Giant Financial Bubbles created by Central Banks are Fracturing

Nearly everywhere on the planet the giant financial bubbles created by the central banks during the last two decades are fracturing. The latest examples are the crashing bank stocks in Italy & elsewhere in Europe & the sudden trading suspensions by three UK commercial property funds. It’s beginning to feel like August 2007 all over again. Of course, central banks have nothing to do with it at all!

Negative Yields On Global Government Debt Drives Gold Demand

It’s unprecedented that a third of all global government debt has negative yields. Which drives gold demand. Effectively what we’re seeing is people’s pensions being decimated because the policymakers have had very few if any alternatives left. It is in this environment that gold will help satisfy need. It’s more about protection of wealth rather than creation. That’s where gold plays.

National Debt: US Economy Priced in Gold - Cause For Alarm

National debt has increased exponentially for the past 50 years. The 35-year graph shows on average the national debt has increased rapidly, even when priced in gold. Debt is increasing far too rapidly & gold is underpriced. The current national debt is equal to about 100 times the total value, at current gold prices, of the gold “officially” stored in Fort Knox. This should be cause for alarm.

Physical Gold, the Misery Index and Monetary Insanity

The official national debt of $19 trillion, measured in gold, is about 15 billion ounces – around 100 times the quantity of gold supposedly stored in Fort Knox. Given the insanity of endless borrow & spend programs, ever increasing debt, overpriced stocks & bonds, desperation & delusions, and more … have you stacked physical gold in preparation for the inevitable consequences?

Oil Bust Spreads: Credit Downgraded Of 11 Texas Towns

The Moody’s ratings have little forward-looking value, and are more a reflection of what the market already knows—that times are tough, and lending in this industry—or within the geographical boundaries of oil-dependent locations—comes at a risk. Moody’s will consider the oil downturn and the ability of each government to adapt in this difficult environment.

Government Borrowing Is Not Like Private Debt

Neither borrowing nor saving is inherently good or bad. At least in the private sector. Whether one chooses to save or borrow to finance a project depends upon a subjective assessment of the relative trade-offs. It’s another matter entirely, though, when we’re talking about the government sector, as the two are not comparable.

Silly Debt, Paper Dies, Gold Thrives

The purchasing power of our debt based fiat currency will be exponentially eroded until the catastrophic “debt withdrawal” occurs. The agony of withdrawal occurs now … or later, when it will be even worse. You can now: Protect your purchasing power with silver and gold, or Trust that purchasing power will not decrease, in spite of 100 years of history.

The $5 Trillion Oil Debt Bomb

Oil below US$60 is more than low enough to do an enormous amount of damage in financial markets. When many oil producers went for loans, the industry’s models showed oil prices between US$80 and US$150. So suddenly, there’s a bunch of debt out there that producers will not be able to pay back with the money they make at US$50 a barrel.

Will US Dollar Collapse Over Another Debt Ceiling Fight?

The US federal government is about to hit the debt ceiling, which stands above $18.0 trillion, and Congressional Republicans refuse to raise it. The last debt ceiling fight led to a downgrading of U.S. debt. Another blow to the credibility of the U.S. government could be devastating. Could a US dollar collapse be around the corner?

Peak Debt & The Need For A Reliable Store of Value: GOLD

Most investors seem unconcerned about the unsustainable levels of global debt and the inflationary potential of the trillions of dollars created by the major central banks especially the U.S Federal Reserve. I expect to see gold and silver demand increase dramatically in the coming years as more prudent investors see the truth and look for a reliable store of value.

Government Shutdown & Debt Limit Questions Answered

A federal shutdown due to a funding lapse looks no less likely than it did two weeks ago. The Senate is expected to begin voting later this week on a funding extension, but the House looks unlikely to act until shortly before the September 30 deadline. Here are some attempts to answer the main questions surrounding the shutdown, debt limit & ramifications.

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