In the aftermath of the Brexit surprise and the sudden and severe impact on the Pound Sterling, this article is quite timely. It looks at recent devaluations of a number of other currencies. We’re not just talking struggling third world developing nations here either.
So if you don’t think this can happen in the west then you should read on for sure…
Gold and silver continue their respective rises, and from 3 June 2016 to 7 July, 2016, our Crisis Investment Opportunities Newsletter portfolio has now risen a solid 16.1% in a little over a month’s time, given the specific price points we provided to our members to buy numerous gold and silver assets in June before the Brexit event. However, the number one reason to buy physical gold and physical silver (and not paper gold and paper silver, which is not the same thing) is likely not what you believe it to be. Ironically, I always receive the most questions about buying gold and silver whenever gold and silver prices are rising significantly, and not when gold and silver prices are making short-term lows, as they did at the end of May, when opportunities to stack are much better. Because the number of inquiries I receive about whether one should buy gold and silver is proportional to the rise in prices, I can deduce that most people believe that that top reason they should buy gold and silver is to profit from rising prices. However, this is far from the best reason to buy physical gold and physical silver. The number one reason to buy physical gold and silver, bar none, is the global currency rot that is happening today, that is relentless, and that Central Bankers are now helpless to stop (with great irony, given that they were the ones that initiated the growing snowball of currency rot).
Everywhere you look, there are stories from every continent in the world regarding currency collapse and the hundreds of millions of lives ruined by Central Banker-created currency rot. Of course, you will never hear of this critical global issue promoted by the banker bought-and-paid-for mainstream media, even though these unfolding tragedies should be front and center on page 1 as these are critical stories of which everyone should be aware. And because these stories are largely ignored by the banker-bought-and-paid for mainstream financial media, this is the number one reason most people are shockingly unaware of the global currency rot that is happening right now. Fortunately, with a tiny bit of effort and just a little bit of research online, one can easily track down and uncover these stories.
If you haven’t been asleep for the last five years, if one knows nothing else about this super important story of global currency rot, the main story of currency rot everyone knows about is the collapse of the Russian ruble. Many times, people make the mistake of thinking that because their domestic currency has only devalued slightly up until now, that there will always be time to exit the currency and move to a sound currency like physical gold and physical silver. Thus, they endlessly delay executing strategies they know they should have executed at least a year ago, due to this “slow burn” that can be quite deceptive.
For example, from early 2012 to the end of 2013, over 2 years, the Russian ruble lost 3% of valuation against the US dollar, a “slow burn” that tricked many Russians into remaining complacent about their faith in an unsound fiat currency. And in the first 7 months of 2014, the ruble lost another 3%. Again, many Russians were unhappy with the devaluation of the ruble, but they felt as though they could live with such devaluation and would take action if it became necessary, thinking they could front-run the event, even though warning after warning and red flag after red flag in the form of ongoing devaluations had already occurred that should have prompted every ruble-owning Russian to convert their fiat currencies into the sound money of physical gold that was far more stable.
Then, while most Russians were still ignoring all the previous warning signs from July to the end of the year in 2014, the ruble fell off a cliff and collapsed, rapidly lost a massive 50% in purchasing power, and unfortunately, for the procrastinators, rapidly destroyed their savings in the process. In other words, by the time the “event” happened for which Russians were waiting to trigger action, it was already too late to act. What about those that converted rubles to gold in mid-2013 because they had the foresight to plan for the time in which Central Bankers would ruin the ruble fiat currency? From mid-2013 to present day, their gold, priced in rubles, has risen by about 120%, more than enough to preserve their purchasing power in their home country and more than enough to help them avoid the fate of most of their fellow countrymen that lost much of their life savings in a very short period of time.
Though there are literally dozens more examples I can provide that are comparable to the story above, and I will provide one more example in this article of a failing emerging market fiat currency, people that live in industrialized nations tend to believe that there domestic currencies are “safe” because they fail to understand that Central Bankers are ruining currencies in every single country in the world today. They make a huge mistake of thinking “I don’t live in an emerging market, and that problem in Russia is an emerging market and third world country problem that will never happen in my country.”
They further mistakenly believe, “A 50% devaluation of my fiat currency in 6 months can never happen. That is a problem of emerging markets and not industrialized, ‘modern’ markets.” Thus, they mistakenly conclude, with great confidence, that the process of fiat currency devaluation in their country will be much less volatile, and therefore provide them with much more time to react to the problem when it develops. In other words, they believe that there is no need to plan because they can just react to warning signs in the future without realizing that multiple red flags and warning signs are already here. The free fall in purchasing power of the Ukranian hyrvnia, the Russian ruble, the Venezuelan bolivar and the very significant 20% to 30% devaluations of fiat currencies in several industrialized nations and dozens of other emerging markets ARE the red flags for which residents of industrialized countries are waiting, but have failed to identify.
Let’s use Canada as an example to make my point. No one ever thinks of Canada as anything but a modern, industrialized nation that would not suffer the same fiat currency problems as an emerging market country, and indeed, if you are not Canadian, you may be entirely unaware of the real and very significant struggles that have afflicted the Canadian dollar, or looney, in recent years. Like the Russian ruble, for the past two years, the Canadian dollar suffered some fairly significant swings in value against the US dollar, but nothing that concerned most Canadians, though these swings should have been massive red flags of the already unstable nature of the looney to all Canadians. In 2011, the Canadian dollar swung 5% higher and nearly 7% lower from its starting point against the USD during the year but by year’s end was nearly unchanged, so most Canadians did not believe there was any need to diversify out of the Canadian dollar into a sound form of money like physical gold.
The following year in 2012, during the course of the year, more red flags materialized as the volatility of 2011 continued, but again, because the year closed with the Canadian dollar nearly unchanged against the USD, most Canadians continued to ignore the massive red flag of currency volatility and instability, falsely believing that they still had time to respond reactively, instead of proactively, to the unstable Canadian dollar. However, as was the case with the Russian ruble, the fall came quick and hard for the Canadian dollar and in just 2-1/2 years, from mid-2013 to the end of 2015, the Canadian dollar plunged by more than 30% against the USD. Again, for those the Canadians that understood that Central Bankers are destroying fiat currency valuations in ALL countries and consequently moved out of the Canadian dollar into gold before this significant currency rot, their gold appreciated significantly in Canadian dollars over this same time period, helping to preserve one’s purchasing power, versus the substantial losses in purchasing power one suffered had one decided to continue holding devaluing Canadian dollars.
Next, let’s look at the currency disaster that has afflicted citizens of Venezuela to provide a warning to everyone as to what they need to do to preserve their wealth during the continuing great currency rot and worldwide fiat currency collapse that is currently under way. In 2002, a USD could be exchanged for 1.6 Venezuelan bolivars. In April of 2016, many media sources reported that one dollar could be exchanged for more than 1,000 Venezuelan bolivars on the black market. Here’s how such a steep and rapid devaluation translates into real world problems. As of April 2016, Venezuelan news media reported that a one kg bag of rice cost two days of wages for the average wage earner. And as of last month, the dailycoin.org reported that the average Venezuelan worker, if they wished to buy a plane ticket to leave the country to escape this massive currency rot, would need to save two years of wages to purchase such a ticket! In other words, fiat currency rot has ruined the life of the average Venezuelan.
But what about those Venezuelans that took their cues from the currency rot events that had already been unfolding all around them and exchanged their bolivars into gold? Within the past 5-1/2 years, gold priced in Venezuelan bolivars has soared by more than 444%, and this is just in terms of “official” government-set forex rates, which due to multiple “official” exchange rates, bizarrely range from 9 or 10 bolivars to several hundred bolivars per dollar. However, because I stated the black market rate, as of Q1 2016, frequently reached in excess of 1000 bolivars per dollar, in essence, if one had changed bolivars into physical gold in Venezuela, and then sold some of this gold for US dollars to later be exchanged back into Venezuelan bolivars, not only would one be totally unaffected by the collapse of the Venezuelan bolivar, one would be prospering in such an environment of fiat currency collapse simply by having had the foresight to exchange intrinsically near-worthless bolivars into gold before the bolivar collapsed.
With the Venezuelan bolivar, this fiat currency is merely in the process of returning to its intrinsic value of zero, as is the destiny of all fiat currencies. In case one believes one is safe from our current orgy of Central Banker-induced fiat currency implosion by holding US dollars, remember two points. One, the strongest option among a bunch of bad options is not a good option, and two, the destiny of ALL fiat currencies is to return to their intrinsic value of nothing, including the US dollar.
As I’ve stated above, procrastination is the enemy of wisdom, as procrastination in exchanging fiat currencies into sound money literally translated into an extreme difference between financial suffering and misery and financial prosperity in Venezuela today in less than a 6-year time span. Who will be the next country to become the next Venezuela? Most likely it will be another emerging market, but this probability does not negate the likely probability that these same problems will find their way back home to the industrialized nations that started these very problems as well (well, at least to the nations of the Central Bankers that rule these industrialized nations). And when it does, as we have all learned from the example of Venezuela above, you will either be prepared for it before it happens or try to react as it happens, but react too late, and be wiped out financially.
The Central Banker destruction of all fiat currencies in every country of the world today demands a proactive approach and a reactive approach will fail.
The example of Venezuela has taught us that we all have been provided ample and adequate warning to prepare for currency rot before it truly escalates in our own nation, but that shockingly, only a few among us will take the necessary actions to survive it when currency rot rapidly escalates in our own country. Unfortunately, even those that see the beginning and intermediate stages of what has happened in Venezuela happening in their own countries, as is the currently the case in Canada, Australia, the UK, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Kenya, Brazil, and on and on, likely will still ignore these red flags, simply because banker propaganda has prevented most of us from realizing the simplest of solutions – converting fiat currencies into the sound money of physical gold and physical silver.
In other words, not only is it human nature to not believe something can happen until it actually does happen, but it is also human nature to incredibly discredit an event as it unfolds before us, as long as it does not directly impact us significantly, until it finally invades our own personal space, directly affects us and denial of the truth is no longer plausible.
If you have read this article and are still skeptical, I urge you to study the current cases of fiat currency collapse that have happened/ and are happening right now in Venezuela, Russia, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. Studying and understanding the timeline of these currency collapses should truly awaken you to the very sobering probability of severe fiat currency devaluation and/or collapse in your country, no matter where you live.
Please refer to our prior article, “Three Charts that Show We’re Just Getting Started in the Second Leg Higher For All Gold and Silver Assets”to gain a fuller understanding of the global currency crisis. For more information and assistance regarding what actions you must take to protect yourself before the crisis rapidly reaches its apex in your country, please come by smartknowledgeu.com. Take a proactive approach and do not let fiat currency rot ruin your life.
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Best regards for a continued prosperous 2016,
About the author: JS Kim is the Founder & Chief Investment Strategist of SmartKnowledgeU, a fiercely independent investment research and consulting firm with a focus on Precious Metals that is dedicated to helping people not only fight the immoral global banking cartel, but also to formulating strategies that we can implement together to help us win. Our Mission remains to fight the corrupt, criminal banking cartel and to help usher in a new renaissance of economic freedom with the re-implementation of sound money principles worldwide.