If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
Nearly seven years after the world's greatest financial crisis, we remain in monetary emergency mode, an irony matched only by the last minute (literal, and relatively quiet) battening down of the monetary hatches.
The U.S. Treasury Advisory Committee has warned, on numerous occasions over the last few years, about the downside to quantitative easing.
(Overnight inter-institutional loans form the engine of world liquidity, and an enormous threat the current fragile financial conditions.)
Monetary policy plays chicken with the fragile REPO collateral engine.
Direct from those warnings saw the symbolic (too little too late) reduction in the Fed's monthly purchases.
Even the central bank of central banks, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has warned repeatedly against the fallout of inflationary policy.
Obscure in the minds of most, the President's new retirement offering is an evolution of its own.
Make no mistake, the program comes to life as equities reach one all time high after another.
MyIRA is a preparation and an ominous warning. It is an indirect bail-in coming soon - as the need for captive buyers of government debt inevitably surges.
The plan will be aggressively sold as an option aimed at lower and middle class who do not have an employer-option, but in reality is one step in a broader preparation to funnel/confiscate assets during the next wave of monetary panic.
The Gates are Closing
The recent SEC ruling on the protecting mutual fund liquidation is more ominous. It is a reflection of the type of confiscation that (ironically) only precious metals investors are obsessed with.
How fascinating that an agency, essentially inept in protecting citizens from all manner of financial fraud…from Ponzis to algo-driven HFT terror.
According to Reuters, the SEC adopted new rules designed to curb the "risk of investor runs on money market funds", capping the end of a years-long heated debate between regulators and the industry dating to the financial crisis.
This comes just as all time highs in equities are becoming impossible to ignore.
As we noted previously,
"Desperate times call for desperate measures. And the desperation to buy and hold metal should simply be proportional to the desperation of the will of the monetary powers to maintain the status quo."
Not only are governments around the world desperate to maintain the status quo, they are equally as desperate in their preparations for the coming crash.
Precious metals investors need to "play" as if that day will come.
We must prepare for the worst, because, especially in times like these, the best will take care of itself.
Sadly, most people don't realize how fragile things are.
I don't know the best way of waking them up so they can prepare.
The bottom line: Protect yourself from extreme harm.
Ignore small dangers, like price volatility.
History does not repeat. It rhymes.
In the monetary realm, each successive bubble appears in a new context; one never before seen and impossible to accurately model.
The monetary powers that be see panic on the horizon. They are preparing for the modern day precious metals confiscation. This time it will come in the form of a bail in, and sold as your patriotic duty.
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!