from McAlvany Financial:
by Turd Ferguson, TF Metals:
Earlier today, we had the opportunity to catch up with Tom Coughlin, CEO of Allocated Bullion Exchange and Kinesis Ltd, a new gold-backed currency being unveiled in 2018. Tom was joined by our old pal, Andrew Maguire, and together they were able to explain how and why Kinesis can provide a global monetary revolution.
Details of how Kinesis works as well as the initial KVT and ICO offerings can be found here: https://kinesis.money/#/
From the Kinesis website, here’s a great description of what we hope this new currency will become (click to expand):
Click HERE to listen
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by JD Heyes, Natural News:
Social media giants Google and Facebook, which together soak up nearly 80 percent of all online ad revenue, have declared war on conservative media and conservative figures.
Recent changes in the companies’ algorithms that allegedly were made to ‘weed out’ fake news instead have been weaponized to weed out independent media and right-leaning voices that don’t comport with the Marxist Left ideology of the sites’ owners.
Some sites and conservatives that have Facebook pages have seen their traffic drop anywhere from 75 percent to 95 percent.
Ordinarily, that’d be just fine — unfair but fine given that as private companies, they can run their businesses as they see fit.
But there’s more to it than that. There’s a legal aspect as well.
Many of these sites pay Facebook and Google to market themselves so as to increase reach and boost exposure and revenue (The National Sentinel, where I serve as editor-in-chief, no longer does this since our site has been shadow-banned by Facebook beginning in February).
They, too, have seen their traffic from Facebook fall off dramatically as well, even as Facebook takes their money. That’s criminal; in fact, that is the true definition of a bait-and-switch scam.
Meanwhile, Google deleted several top conservative channels last week, while YouTube has purged scores of conservative and independent media channels as well (including channels belong to Natural News and Newstarget founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, and Infowars’ Alex Jones).
Young Cons: This very popular conservative news site had millions of daily readers during the recent election, and the site received nearly all its traffic from Facebook (Lesson: Never put all your marketing eggs in one basket). Facebook has been increasingly censoring Young Cons stories since 2016; now the site struggles mightily and regularly switches domains in order to maintain traffic.
SaraPalin.com: At one point the former GOP VP nominee and Alaska governor’s website was serving up stories to her four million Facebook followers, but she, too, had to begin switching domains in order to maintain traffic.
Right Wing News: This site grew to massive proportions over the past few years, in large part thanks to its meteoric popularity on Facebook. During one week in 2015, the site’s Facebook page reached 133 million people. The site was driving about the same amount of web traffic as some of the biggest newspapers in the U.S. But since 2016 Facebook began blocking traffic to the site; its owner, John Hawkins, announced he would shut it down in January (it’s still online but the content is not regularly updated).
Independent Journal Review: This, too, was a large conservative news and information source, but because it was overly reliant on Facebook traffic, the site had to terminate a number of its employees last week, leaving the fate of the Millennial-focused site in doubt.
So not only is Facebook destroying legitimate websites, founder Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire, is also throwing people out of work. How’s that for “compassion?” (Related: Censorship RAMPAGE spins out of control as YouTube bans videos about donkeys, chickens and home gardening.)
The site I edit, The National Sentinel, was getting decent traffic from our Facebook page from our more than 27,000 followers, but that has largely dried up thanks to the true Fascists at Facebook. But our business model doesn’t rely significantly on Facebook, so there’s that (here’s how you can support us — for free!).
And of course, Natural News and Newstarget founder Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has had his entire video inventory on his YouTube channel wiped out after that social media venue arbitrarily banned him.
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by Bradlee Dean, The Sleuth Journal:
It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.” -Henry Kissinger
Russian Revolutionary Vladimir Lenin said, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves,” and leading it they are in America today.
Leading through opposition simply means that if a tragedy is necessary to bring about a means to an end (more gun control), then they will bring it about themselves through False Flag attacks to lead people to the debating table for more gun control (Jeremiah 11:9).
This will continue until the American people realize who and what is behind all of this, which at length, will be full gun confiscation. America, there is NO debate! You have God given rights, not privileges handed down to you by the state. These people work for you, not you for them. Make the distinction for your own sakes.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. -2ndAmendment of the Bill of RIGHTS
False Flag refers to covert operations designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party (group or nation) being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.
P.S. False Flag does not mean that people did not die, it just means you must seek out who really committed the act!
Adolph Hitler was notorious for sending in his brown shirts to commit crimes on his orders, and then he would come in behind them only to blame his political opposition for the crimes that he was responsible for committing. He would then play the problem solver so he would look like the savior of the world. However, little did people know that until after the fact. History shows him over and over again as the responsible individual (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12).
If you want to see history in replay simply look to the history of dictators and what it is that they did and how it is that they did it when it comes to their crimes committed against their own people. They always found pleasure in doing the unthinkable in so many different ways. History is, without a doubt, today repeating itself.
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by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
Should this surprise anyone?
An interesting study by a Phd candidate at the University of Chicago is being released which shows a statistically high incidence in taxi trips between the NY Fed and big NY banks clustered around FOMC meetings:
Mr. Finer writes that “highly statistically significant patterns in New York City yellow taxi rides suggest that opportunities for information flow between individuals present at the New York Fed and individuals present at major commercial banks increase around” meetings of the interest-rate setting FOMC.
“Their geography, timing and passenger counts are consistent with an increase in planned meetings causally linked to the incidence of monetary-policy activities,” he wrote. “I find highly statistically significant evidence of increases in meetings at the New York Fed late at night and in off-site meetings during typical lunch hours,” which is suggestive of “informal or discreet communication.”
“As reported by the Wall St. Journal, but curiously absent from Fox Business reporting – both organizations are owned by Rupert Murdoch – Mr. Finer used government-provided GPS coordinates, vehicle information and other travel data to track taxi traffic between the addresses of the New York Fed and major banks. His research pointed to increased traffic between the destinations around lunch and late evening hours, which suggested informal meetings were taking place, Mr. Finer wrote in his paper. He found elevated numbers of rides around Federal Open Market Committee meetings, with most of them coming after the gathering.” (WSJ)
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by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:
Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada’s largest housing market, plunged 35% in February compared to a year ago, to 5,175 homes. The plunge in volume was spread across all types of homes. Even the previously white-hot condo sector froze over:
New listings of homes for sale rose 7% year-over-year to 10,520, according to the report by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB). The total number of active listings of homes for sale – which includes the new listings and the listings from prior months that hadn’t sold – skyrocketed 147% year-over-year to 13,362 homes.
At the current sales rate, total listings signify a supply of 2.5 months, which indicates that the housing market isn’t exactly drowning in listings, but the heat has burned out.
This is confirmed by the average days on the market before the home is sold or the listing is pulled: at 25 days, it was still relatively low, but it had nearly doubled from 13 days in February a year ago when the market was approaching its April apogee.
The plunge in sales volume, which has been going on for months, and the surge in listings signify that the market is in the process of changing direction. Housing markets move very slowly, over years, and not minutes. But prices are now following the decline in volume.
The average price for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) plunged 12.4% overall to C$767,818. This represents a drop of about C$110,000 in the average home price over the 12-month period.
It split up this way:
The movements of average prices showed a large disparity by home type, between condos, whose prices still rose despite a 30% plunge in sales volume, and the rest of the market:
The TREB does not disclose median prices. But in addition to the above average prices, it offers its own proprietary “Home Price Index Composite Benchmark,” which rose 3.2% year-over-year for the GTA, driven by price increases in condos and townhouses against price declines in detached houses and semi-detached houses.
“Prospective home buyers are still coming to terms with the psychological impact of the Fair Housing Plan, and some have also had to reevaluate their plans due to the new OFSI-mandated mortgage stress test guidelines and generally higher borrowing costs,” the report said.
The housing bubbles in Toronto and Vancouver that have been inflating without major disruptions for the past 18 years – not even the Financial Crisis put a major dent into them – have landed near the top of the lists of housing bubbles around the world, driven by numerous factors. Over the past 10 months, however, several changes have happened to contain the damage:
Most mortgages in Canada adjust to interest rates either immediately or within a set number of years, such as five years. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, standard in the US, is rare in Canada. Hence, many homeowners are very much exposed to a rising interest rate environment, which pushes up their mortgage payments. If they stretch to purchase near the peak of the market, as interest rates rise, they face higher mortgage payments going forward, even as the value of their homes starts to decline. This is a toxic mix.
To tamp down on these risks, the OSFI instituted the new stress tests. Applicants for variable-rate mortgages need to qualify at the minimum specified rate of the stress test, or at the actual rate they’re borrowing at plus 2%, whichever is greater. In other words, if the prospective home buyer gets an offer from a lender of 3.5% on a variable rate mortgage, the buyer has to qualify at a rate of 5.5%. This blocks many buyers from getting a variable rate mortgage.
This is one of the many “macroprudential” tools that Canadian authorities are using to let the hot air out gradually, as the Bank of Canada remains leery of raising rates more sharply.
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by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:
On January 20, 2017, the date of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, the giant aerospace company, Boeing, closed the trading day at $159.53. Yesterday, it clocked in at $352.75 by the closing bell. The Trump era has added 122 percent to the pockets of Boeing shareholders, giving it a market cap of $207.6 billion.
Trump’s erratic reign had been good for Boeing – right up until Thursday, March 1, when Trump announced that he would be imposing 25 percent tariffs for foreign-made steel and 10 percent for aluminum. The stock market took a dive along with Boeing on the announcement.
Boeing is not just your average publicly-traded stock. It’s one of the 30 components in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is an index that affords greater weight to a stock based on its price. At yesterday’s closing price of $352.75, Boeing is by far the most expensive stock in the Dow. As such, it has a weighting of 9.76 percent of Dow performance. That compares with GE, the cheapest stock in the Dow, which registered a closing price of $14.42 yesterday and has a minuscule weighting of 0.40 percent in the Dow.
Trump has been a serial Tweeter about how his presidency has buoyed the Dow. Now, ironically, his steel and aluminum tariffs could be the undoing of that blissful relationship – in no small part because of Boeing’s precarious situation in the midst of a full blown trade war.
The problem isn’t that Boeing will see its aluminum costs for its planes rise dramatically. Morningstar analyst Chris Higgins notes the following in that regard:
“We expect no material impact on Boeing’s costs from tariffs. First, steel exposure is minimal: steel (25% tariff under Trump’s plan) accounts for about 15% of weight on older aircraft and around 10% on newer models. According to Alix Partners, a consulting firm, aluminum accounts for 79% of the weight of the 737. However, aerostructures represent roughly 30% of aircraft costs, meaning that if 100% of the 10% tariff hits Boeing, we estimate the airframer will experience only a 2.5% cost increase. We’d note that customer contracts contain escalation clauses, which means Boeing might be able to pass through the increase. Newer aircraft, the 787 for example, use about 20% aluminum as a percentage of weight, making the impact more negligible.”
Boeing’s potentially serious problems reside elsewhere. Boeing is America’s largest manufacturing exporter and derives 55 percent of its revenues from foreign countries. According to Boeing’s website, it has a backlog of half a trillion dollars in orders. Morningstar analyst Higgins estimates that while Boeing’s official figures show Chinese orders at just 304 aircraft, he believes that “over 70% of the 1,090 of unidentified orders on Boeing’s books will be delivered to Chinese customers (airlines and lessors),” giving China about 20 percent of Boeing’s total backlog. (Boeing concedes on its website that some of its customers have asked for anonymity on their orders.)
In dollars and cents, that would mean that about $100 billion of Boeing’s backlog rests on the relationship and goodwill it has with China. Just last November, Boeing signed a $37 billion deal in China for 300 airplanes.
Bloomberg’s David Fickling reported on March 2 why a tariff war with China could not come at a worse time for Boeing. Fickling writes:
“China Inc. has a sound, self-interested rationale for pursuing an aggressive path. Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., or Comac, is hoping to pitch its C919 jet as a homegrown competitor to Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320, and it announced last month that it would make its first delivery in 2021.
“Using a trade war to put one of the C919’s rivals on the back foot seems the perfect way to crack open the Boeing-Airbus duopoly and advance the interests of China’s own manufacturers. Should the current tit-for-tat over steel and aluminum spiral toward a trade war, few firms will find themselves in a more precarious position than Boeing.”
It’s not only the Dow Jones Industrial Average that could be at stake in a retaliatory trade war. Real jobs could be at stake as well. Boeing currently employs over 141,000 people with 50,000 factory jobs and more than 45,000 engineers. Its largest employment bases are in Washington state with more than 65,000 jobs; California with more than 12,000 jobs; and Missouri with more than 13,000 jobs.
Boeing manufactures the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 families of airplanes with new product developments including the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the 737 MAX, and the 777X. The company reports that “more than 10,000 Boeing-built commercial jetliners are in service worldwide, which is almost half the world fleet.” The company is also a major manufacturer of freighters, reporting that “about 90 percent of the world’s cargo is carried onboard Boeing planes.”
Boeing’s domestic workforce is not the end of the story either. The company says that in 2016, it paid “nearly $45 billion to more than 13,600 businesses, supporting an additional 1.3 million supplier-related jobs in the United States.”
The giant aerospace company clearly does not want a trade war with China. But it’s up against some powerful people who have the President’s ear. Just days before Trump made his steel and aluminum tariff announcement, the Alliance for American Manufacturing began running a TV ad shaming the President for his unfulfilled campaign promises. (See video below.) The ad says:
“We heard the promises. Now it’s time for action. President Trump, America’s workers are counting on you to protect our jobs and to defend our national security. It’s time to keep the promise and to protect American Steel.”
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