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World Going into Nasty Depression-Hugo Salinas Price @offshorebroker

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By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Billionaire retail magnate Hugo Salinas Price says the world debt has peaked and has no place to go but down. Salinas Price
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The world is going into a depression. It’s going to get very nasty. The end result is nations, governments are going to have to revalue gold because that is the only thing they will have left. They will have to resort to that to keep trade coming in. No country is completely independent economically. We all need things others produce. . . . In order to have that world trade going, we are going to have to go back to gold. That’s my vision anyway.”

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European pension schemes 'vulnerable to big market downturn' @investorseurope SIPPS

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First Europe-wide pension stress tests expose risk of significant deficits.


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@investorseurope stockbrokers -  SIPPS

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Here's Hillary Clinton's Advice for Getting Out of Jury Duty

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The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails was released on New Year's Eve. A sampling of the coverage: Politico offers up "the 7 must-read emails" of the batch, including one from... Politics News Summaries. | Newser
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"My prosecutor friend told me I simply have to say I trust cops." Hillary's response: "Perfect!"

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US Citizens : Retirement: U.S. Versus Abroad

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US Citizens : Retirement: U.S. Versus Abroad :

A growing number of Americans are retiring abroad rather than at home. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages.

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US Citizens : Retirement: U.S. Versus Abroad :

Where you plan to retire can answer many questions about how you’ll spend those years, such as how much money you’ll need, or what will you do to remain active. A growing number of Americans are retiring abroad rather than at home. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages.

Retirees who stay in the U.S. benefit from established professional connections that can help them secure work in retirement, if they want it. They also enjoy established social networks, nearness of family, familiarity of culture and trusted providers for everything from healthcare to car maintenance. Stability and the chance to maintain a regular routine are further benefits.



Read more: Retirement: U.S. Versus Abroad - Video | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/video/play/retirement-us-versus-abroad/#ixzz3ukQAcu2Z 
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2015 - THE YEAR NOTHING WORKED #offshorestockbrokers

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2015 - THE YEAR NOTHING WORKED #offshorestockbrokers :- 

The idea behind asset allocation is simple: when one market struggles, it’s OK because an investor can jump into another that is thriving. Not so in 2015.

In fact, if you judge the past year by which U.S. investment class generated the largest return, a case can be made it was the worst for asset-allocating bulls in almost 80 years, according to data compiled by Bianco Research LLC and Bloomberg. With three days left, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has gained 2.2 percent with dividends, cash is up less, while bonds and commodities are showing losses.

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USA - LEST WE FORGET : 10 Biggest Govt. Bailouts @investorseurope #offshorebrokers

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USA - LEST WE FORGET : 10 Biggest Govt. Bailouts @investorseurope #offshorebrokers

The 10 biggest government bailouts in U.S. history clearly demonstrate how far politicians will go to save influential businesses and the stock market.

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USA - LEST WE FORGET : 10 Biggest Govt. Bailouts @investorseurope #offshorebrokers

But the thing is…they aren’t unique. The bailouts of the Great Recession are just the latest examples of a long history of the U.S. government stepping in to ensure the economy keeps on ticking – at home and abroad. Except in one case, where a private benefactor had to step in to keep the U.S. government running. Sort of.

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Israel Shuts Down Second Palestinian Radio Station in West Bank - @offshorebroker

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Israel Shuts Down Second Palestinian Radio Station in West Bank - @offshorebroker

Ramallah (dpa) – Israeli military forces on Saturday raided a Palestinian radio station in the southern West Bank, confiscating equipment and ordering it shuttered for six months, in the second such move against a broadcaster this month.

Amjad Shawar, director of Radio Hebron, said soldiers in the early morning hours ransacked the offices, located in a Palestinian Authority-controlled area.

Shawar called on the Palestinian leadership and the international community to take steps to prevent Israel from restricting media outlets.

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Israel Shuts Down Second Palestinian Radio Station in West Bank - @offshorebroker


Tensions in Hebron are rife, with Israeli settlers, often armed and living in close proximity to Palestinian residents. Both sides have engaged in acts of violence.

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Central Bank Discussions About Digital Currency | PYMNTS.com

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Banks have shown support for the technology that powers bitcoin (blockchain) but have dismissed bitcoin as being a legitimate option for the banking industry.

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UK - Heathrow airport delay gutless, says business group - @offshorebroker

From www.bbc.co.uk

Business groups have reacted with anger to the government's delay in reaching a decision on whether to build a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport.

Graham Watson's curator insight, December 11, 2015 6:57 AM

"Gutless" may well be right in this instance - it seems a classic instance of prevarication to save face, rather than to drive the economy forward. 

 

Yes, there are environmental issues, but surely these could have already been addressed. And I thought they had been. What is noticeable is that the PM is conspicuous by his absence in this decision and I suspect that the outrage of a variety of business groups isn't going to draw him out on this issue.

SELL DOLLAR BUY EURO ? Positioning of USA Vs Eurozone @investorseurope @offshorebroker

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SELL DOLLAR BUY EURO ? Positioning of USA Vs Eurozone  @investorseurope @offshorebroker

  • The economy in the U.S. is deteriorating, while the Eurozone is prospering.
  • The euro is about to take off due to fundamentals in current account and balance of trade.
  • European stocks will be boosted due to good production and retail sales numbers.
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SELL DOLLAR BUY EURO ? Positioning of USA Vs Eurozone  @investorseurope @offshorebroker


Investors are focused too much on the U.S., while they are totally ignoring what is happening in Europe. What they are missing is that Europe's economy is actually improving. I will highlight some of the main key indicators of both economies and invite investors to jump into Europe and out of the U.S.


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Wire payment fees – It’s not the banks it’s the system…well actually its both… Part One

From www.aligncommerce.com

Wire Fees…

Only in America…in the UK and Europe businesses are charged a nominal fee (40 cents) to send money domestically, and a larger fee to send internationally. In the US the banks stiff you to send money – on average it costs $15 to send via the domestic ACH payments system in the US, which to me is full blown profiteering…Think of the cost, the drag on business at a national level of this money being sucked out of productive companies and being transferred to banks…for doing what? Unbelievably, small businesses are paying an estimated $50 B in bank fees in the US.

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Meet the Voldemort of correspondent banking. Correspondent banks take their fees and these are predetermined based on correspondent agreements put in place between each bank. When there is no correspondent agreement in place…then there is Benededuct  - JPMorgan describes it very well “To illustrate how this works, let’s assume a U.S. firm is purchasing a product for $10,000 from a German company. Before the goods are sent, the seller agrees to absorb the wire transfer charges. When sending the wire on behalf of the American buyer for US $10,000, Chase deducts a $20 fee, and the beneficiary receives $9,980. The deduction is based on the transaction’s dollar value. The fee would rise progressively with the size of the transaction. Tier groups are established with flat fees applied for different transaction sizes”. (This example assumes the German company wants to be paid in USD…which they probably don’t, so let’s not forget that additional $400-$500 (4-5%) in FX conversion. Or the $40 wire initiation fee. Or the 20 Euro international receiving fee…) After all the deductions, the Overseas transaction winds up costing $460-$560 on top of the amount originally charged.

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Why IMF’s “historic” decision about China is irrelevant and hilarious @investorseurope stockbrokers

They called it a “historic moment in international finance”.

 And so with great fanfare, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced yesterday that they would be including China’s renminbi in the basket of currencies that comprise their institutional monetary unit, the SDR.

The IMF invented the SDR back in 1969 to be used as a foreign exchange reserve held by governments and central banks.

Now, the SDR is nothing fancy. It’s really only something that economists and central bankers fawn over, with no real impact on anyone else.

Even the IMF considers the SDR’s role in international financial markets to be “insignificant”.

But that’s not all that makes the IMFs decision completely irrelevant.

For starters, just look at how they reconfigured the percentage weights of other currencies in the SDR basket to make room for the renminbi.

The British pound’s weight in the SDR will fall from 11% to 8%, the Japanese Yen from 9% to 8%, the Euro from 37% to 31%.

Conspicuously absent from this list of demotions is the United States dollar, which maintains a rock-solid 42% weighting.

In doing this, the IMF proves itself to be nothing more than a lapdog of the US.

More importantly, who cares about the SDR?

The market has already been rapidly adopting the renminbi for years.

It is today already the fourth most widely used currency in all international payments. And the renminbi ranks second for global issuances in letters of credit.

This means that for international trade, especially in Asia, renminbi use is exploding.

Everyone is on board this train. Everyone except the United States.

The US dollar has been the dominant reserve currency since the end of WWII, on terms that were dictated by the US government practically by gunpoint.

And in the decades since, they have continually and viciously abused this privilege, violating the trust of the rest of the world.

It’s no wonder why there is now so much demand for an alternative.

This has happened so many times throughout history. Dominant reserve currencies come and go.

A thousand years ago, the Byzantine solidus was the dominant reserve currency in the world. But people lost confidence in it after the solidus was continually debased.

So they sought an alternative in the Venetian gold ducat. This has happened again and again.

A reserve currency is like a language. People around the world, from Bali to Bangladesh, learn English, simply because so many other people use it.

At this point in time, English is widely accepted as the common international language.

But that too is not permanent.

Greek at one point was the dominant language. Then Latin. Eventually French. And now English.

Just as it is now becoming more commonplace to learn Chinese, so too is it becoming commonplace for banks, investment funds, governments, and central banks to transact in renminbi.

Multinational corporations are issuing renminbi-denominated bonds. International commodities exchanges are launching renminbi-denominated contracts.

 And even the Brits and the Canadians are vying to be major international renminbi clearing centers.

This is absolutely happening, and the dollars days of denominating the global financial system are dwindling.

The fundamentals are clear. There’s too much debt. There’s too much manipulation. The US central bank is nearly insolvent.

It is foolish to believe that the US dollar is going to last indefinitely.

What’s really interesting, though, is that China is also in bad shape.

They have a looming debt problem, credit crisis, and a financial morass that could turn into a major depression.

So while the dollar may be in its twilight, the real change we’ll see is the financial system itself.

Today, unelected bureaucrats and central bankers conjure money out of thin air and manipulate asset prices in their sole discretion.

OK, maybe three centuries years ago when most of the world was illiterate and few people traveled more than ten miles from their homes, this might have been an understandable way to set up a financial system.

But today? Give me a break.

This system is so outdated that the head of the IMF might as well have gone to her press conference by horse and buggy.

All the technology already exists to make the overlords of our financial system totally irrelevant.

And what’s even more exciting is that they know it.

The Bank for International Settlements, which can be thought of as the central bank of central banks, released a report last week saying that cryptocurrencies and emerging financial technologies essentially make them an endangered species.

This system is changing.

Whether you like it or not, whether you realize it or not, and whether you’re prepared or not-- it’s happening.

You can either have a front-row seat to enjoy the show and benefit from these developments, or you can choose to do nothing and become another victim of history.

But make no mistake, it’s happening. And looking back, it’s going to seem obvious.

 Until tomorrow, 

Simon Black

Founder, SovereignMan.com

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The Bank for International Settlements, which can be thought of as the central bank of central banks, released a report last week saying that cryptocurrencies and emerging financial technologies essentially make them an endangered species...'

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The Value of Dividend Stocks - Modest Money

From www.modestmoney.com

The high volatility in North American markets shouldn't scare investors away. Kevin O'Leary offers up some advice on dividend stocks.
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#MUSTSEE Belgistan? Sharia Showdown Looms in Brussels |

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The graffiti on a building in Belgium says it all: "Welcome to 'Belgistan." In fact, some are now calling it the Muslim capital of Europe.
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Pension freedom fuels rise in 'lifestyle' business take-up

From www.yorkshirepost.co.uk

The relaxation of pension rules is helping fuel a rise in people swapping nine-to-five careers for ‘lifestyle’ businesses across Yorkshire.
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Usain Bolt has got nothing on Leonidas of Rhodos - investorseurope Stockbrokers

July 30, 2015 
Lausanne, Switzerland

Usain Bolt has got nothing on Leonidas of Rhodos.

Born nearly 2,000 years ago, Leonidas holds the record as the greatest sprinter of all time, winning more Olympic titles than anyone else in human history.

At four straight Olympic games, Leonidas dominated all three sprinting events-- the Stadion (roughly 200 meters), Diaulos (roughly 400 meters), and the bizarre Hoplitodromos-- a 400 meter dash carrying 50 pounds of military gear.

Bear in mind that he competed at a time when there was only a prize for first place. Second place was first loser.

(And they didn’t hand out medals to all the kids just for participating.)

As such, Leonidas was a legend in his own time and was decorated accordingly.

Just like today, in fact, many ancient Greek athletes were rewarded by their city-states for an Olympic victory.

In Athens, the government would award prize money that was equivalent to about 500 sheep.

This was a highly coveted back then; livestock was considered a symbol of wealth and power, so a vast flock of sheep in Ancient Greece may have been the Maserati of its day.

I was particularly interested when I read this because I own some sheep in Chile; they cost the equivalent of about fifty to sixty US dollars in the marketplace.

It’s roughly the same price in the United States for young lamb and slaughter ewes (female sheep) based on USDA data.

But what really floored me was when I found out that the United States Olympic Committee hands out $25,000 in prize money to gold medal winners-- roughly the amount necessary to buy a flock of 500 sheep today.

So over 2,000 years later, the prize money for champions is more or less the same.

Now, let’s consider which of these two is more valuable: $25,000 worth of sheep, or $25,000 worth of fiat money (paper currency).

Fiat money sits in a bank account earning a yield of 0.5%.

(Or if you’re really unlucky, you might even have the privilege of paying your bank interest like they do here in parts of Europe.)

Sheep, on the other hand, yield… more sheep.

Depending on breed, the typical conception rate for sheep is between 65% to 95%, with a gestation period of about 5 months.

So a herd can expand dramatically in a typical breeding season, producing meat, milk, and wool along the way.

Fiat money produces nothing. At least, not for you.

It remains in the hands of the bank where they make the most bonehead financial decisions with it, parking it whatever risky investment fad gets them the biggest annual bonus.

They’ll further act as unpaid agents of the government, freezing you out of your own savings in a heartbeat.

And if you request to withdraw your own money, they treat you like a criminal terrorist.

Now, I’m not trying to convince you to empty your bank account and go buy a flock of sheep.

The point is that productive assets stand the test of time. Paper currency does not.

Always remember that history is inflationary. And while there may be some aberrant years, holding cash will gradually erode your savings.

It’s imperative to make smart, long-term financial decisions. Seek stores of value that can stand the test of time.

In fairness, that’s easier said than done in an environment where every conventional asset class is in a bubble.

Stocks are at all-time highs. Bonds are at all-time highs (earning negative yields in some cases). Banks are perilously illiquid. Many real estate markets are frothy once again.

So it’s a tall order to find safety and stability-- at least, within conventional finance.

Outside the mainstream, though, there are plenty of compelling options.

An heirloom Patek Phillipe wristwatch will likely be a much better store of value to pass on to your grandkids than the usual gift of a US government savings bond.

Productive real estate (including agriculture) can also be a much better alternative than letting money sit in a bank account. It’s like gold, with yield. And the added benefit of providing a place to stay, or even food on the table.

Privately held businesses can also be a great option as they can often be purchased at very low multiples on their earnings, generating instant yields of 40% or more.

And even though most stock are hovering at bubble levels, there are some deep value options available where you can buy shares of a well-managed, profitable business for less than the value of its net assets.

Until tomorrow, 
 
Simon Black 
Founder, SovereignMan.com
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'But what really floored me was when I found out that the United States Olympic Committee hands out $25,000 in prize money to gold medal winners-- roughly the amount necessary to buy a flock of 500 sheep today....'

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John Moret on the future of bespoke SIPPs

From www.retirement-planner.co.uk

Genuine bespoke SIPPs are becoming an endangered species, writes John Moret. He explains why some self-invested pension providers are on a s(l)ippery slope
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Anti-Hillary groups to FEC: Take a hike

From www.publicintegrity.org

In battle over naming rights, one PAC using famed mountaineer to defend itself

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"This committee would encourage the FEC to vigorously investigate who it is that is so stupid that they would think a political committee named 'Stop Hillary PAC' is in any way an authorized committee of Hillary Clinton," he wrote.

Backer then added: "In anticipation of any further harassment of this Committee by partisan agents of any federal candidate intent on hypocritically gagging the opposition, the Committee preemptively advises that it is unaware of any effort by [famed mountaineer] Sir Edmund Hillary to seek federal office."

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Why I have no sympathy for whingeing savers #offshorebroker investorseurope

From www.telegraph.co.uk

Pensioners are enjoying a gigantic cash subsidy from the government even while the recovery stumbles and interest rates flatline

Graham Watson's curator insight, May 22, 2015 7:02 AM

The Telegraph have struck a chord today - with me, if not with the Tory-voting gerontocracy that usual reads the paper. Pensioners are receiving massive subsidies on all sorts of things, not least healthcare, but the recent pensioner bonds were an utter disgrace. Add in the triple lock on pensions, the "things aren't what they used to be" grant and subsidies for casual racism that are granted to the elderly and...well, OK I made the last two up.

 

But the gist of this article is spot on. Well said, sir!

The Future of Passports - Investors Europe Stock Brokers

From www.internationalman.com

Why St. Kitts & Nevis and Malta's economic citizenship programs are just the beginning for second passport options.
Investors Europe Stock Brokers: Eurozone Citizenship
Croatia, Slovenia, Albania, Jamaica, and Montenegro are all considering issuing Citizenship by Investment passports. Croatia and Slovenia are EU members and would expand the number of EU countries offering economic citizenship. This is significant, as the EU cannot deny the right to its member countries to “sell” passports, even if they disapprove of the practice. Nor can they deny new passport holders the rights that other EU citizens enjoy, including the right to travel without a visa.

There can be no question that those countries that most wish to confine their own citizens at home if possible, will resent the new passport opportunities being offered in other countries, but limiting their issuance will prove difficult if not impossible

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Govt confirms undrawn pensions out of debt collectors' reach - investorseurope SIIP Stock Broker

From www.moneymarketing.co.uk

DWP warns over spending, transferring or giving away pensions to claim state benefits.
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Untouched pension savings cannot be taken into account by insolvency practitioners and debt advisers, the Government has confirmed.

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Should you pick an Isa or a Sipp? Investors Europe SIPP Stock Brokers

From moneyweek.com

So if you’re planning to retire in the next few years, a pension may now be a better bet than an Isa. Here, we list five of the best Sipps available now.
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What are Self Invested Personal Pensions?

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Discover what Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPP) are and how they work. Find out more about Fidelity's SIPP: http://ow.ly/KGX8Q SIPP rules apply. Capital at risk.
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Netanyahou, président de la droite américaine ?, par Serge Halimi (Le Monde diplomatique, 4 mars 2015)

From www.monde-diplomatique.fr


Il y a une vingtaine d’années, un ancien candidat républicain à l’élection présidentielle américaine avait comparé le Congrès des Etats-Unis à un « territoire israélien occupé ». En 2015, il est devenu inimaginable qu’un dirigeant républicain s’exprime avec autant de perfidie. M. Benyamin Netanyahou et ses idées s’imposent en effet sans résistance et sans effort dans le cénacle des parlementaires de Washington. Ils rencontrent davantage d’opposition… à la Knesset israélienne.


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