Banks in California’s Central Valley are on high alert, and they should be. There is a young man, around 20-years old I’m guessing from his picture, who has robbed at least six banks over the last few months. He doesn’t use a gun, doesn’t wear a mask, or does he make threats to the bank tellers. Most customers or bank employees never know the bank was robbed even though the man committing these crimes flaunts his face in front of high-tech surveillance cameras time and time again. The young robber simply walks into a bank, hands over a note, and then walks out with stacks of other people’s cash. Local banks are warning employees and urging people to be aware.
My motive for sharing this story of brazenness is less about warning than observation. Today’s banking industry shows concern over such theft but the truth is they’re more concerned with endangering employees than losing dollars. The mother-ship bank, better known as the Federal Reserve Bank, can….. and will, replace stolen fiat with a keyboard stroke, no worries.
After all, 99.4% of the perceived money safely stored in your local bank doesn’t exist. It’s nothing more than a digit assigned to an account number.
Oddly enough, the same 99% percent of folks staggering your neighborhood streets, and still believing their dollars are stored in a bank somewhere, fail to understand the difference between money and fiat currency. This monetary ignorance separates these folks from sound money like physical silver or gold, respectively.
The Wells Fargo bank building in my local community is hands down the nicest and most expensive building on Main Street. I’m not a commercial appraiser but guessing this building has a value worth several million dollars, I’m willing to bet your community is no different. Just down the street, but on the same side, sits my humble-looking local coin shop (I would estimate this building’s value around $250k, but no more).
One building, the Wells Fargo one, reflects a perception of wealth and security even though it houses no intrinsic source of sound money. The other building, our local coin shop, needs some updating but houses many times the building’s worth in physical silver and gold, or, real money. Unfortunately, less than 1% of the folks passing by recognize the difference.
Folks living in the US are at a real crossroads. Monetary confusion influences them to store wealth in dollars, by way of banks, even though most folks realize something is not right within our banking system in a overpopulated fiat currency age. These same individuals view silver and gold as valuable but fail to recognize how significant PM (precious metal) is in such an age. The fact both metals have declined recently only adds to this confusion; my fear is this confusion will cost the unknowing dearly.
It’s obvious since you’re reading this you understand the difference between sound money and a fiat currency, congrats. Our banking system not only drums a fiat melody of wise investment but relies on this trickery for its very survival. The fact remains physical silver or gold is the only money you can bank on.
1984 is now:
Our world is buzzing over yet another Orwellian fruition. It is obvious to all that nothing written or said is secret now that we’re living in a technological age combined with governmental overreach. The great salesmen peddle such intrusion as necessary to protect us but the truth is such intrusion is a choice between freedom and security. This writer will take his chances, if the choice still exists.
George Orwell called such propagandists “crypto-communists”. What amazes me is Mr. Orwell made such timely prediction in 1948-49 just one year prior to his death. He also refereed to individualism, or independent thinking, as thoughtcrimes. Time has now turned Mr. Orwell into Orwellian.
I’ll climb the highest mountain, if necessary, to once again explain the availability to store wealth in undocumented physical metal is a closing window. It is still 100% legal to trade dollars for real money, like silver or gold. We can argue when PMs will rise and by how much but only after safely securing the right metal for you. Please take a close look at physical silver and/or gold soon.
QUESTION: If we’re talking silver, are we investing or jumping into a safe haven? I’ve read plenty of your writings but still slightly confused on the financial goal. Thank you for taking the time to take my call (edited).
TPS Reply: You’re welcome, and thanks for asking. My opinion is that physical silver offers both the benefit of investing and safe haven storage. The primary goal is preservation but the byproduct of such prudence is wealth building, aka investing. My belief is silver, at around $27 physical, will soon double, double again, and then continue to surprise even the most PM optimistic.
Silver, and gold, have always maintained true value compared to effort, other assets and tangibles. This is why a $1 legal tender silver coin is worth just under $30 as of June, 2013. This is why a $50 legal tender gold coin is worth over $1400 dollars, too. It is only because of our USD’s devaluation that silver and gold rise in dollar value.
We have reached a very unique time both historically and monetarily. Never before have so many had an option to own physical PM while simultaneously living under a fiat currency age. This means all currencies have the option to print as much fiat as necessary to appease her people. This printing will not fix an economy but will offer temporary stability. The long-term effects are not historically good. In fact, the long-term effects of overpopulating a fiat currency impoverishes most who fail to understand how safe-haven investing works.
Over producing a fiat currency weakens the currency’s buying power; this is why milk, fuel, and your favorite soda continue to rise in cost. Most working for a salary, or living on a fixed income, believe the answer is to earn more but fail to understand we will soon reach a point where it’s nearly impossible to out earn inflation. But for now, printing currency has somewhat stabilized our economy but this stability will not last forever without real jobs paying a fair wage.
Hope this helps clear the confusion. Thanks again.
QUESTION: Experts are predicting $19 silver by late summer or early fall (2013). I don’t own silver but I’m taking a hard look at trading some savings for physical silver in the near future. My reasoning has to do with an administration that refuses to practice fiscal restraint. My question, is it wise to wait for silver to fall in price? I obviously don’t want to be like the ones who paid 50% more than necessary – not that long ago.
TPS Reply: Great question and comment. You’re wise to consider trading dollars for physical silver, in my opinion. No offense, but I know of no PM experts anymore, only informed prognosticates. Because of this no one truly knows what silver prices will do over the short term. This is why I rarely mention short-term fluctuations especially during such an age of economic volatility.
Now long-term speaking, physical silver has to rise if for no other reason than the one you mention. By the way, both political sides have leveraged debt for political gain, power and control. You’re correct, this administration has added the most but mark my words the next administration will also fail to practice fiscal restraint. Wall Street, and our banking system, have too much control and will always put profit over prudence.
Going back to your question, I don’t offer pinpoint financial advice. If in your shoes, I would consider a 50% entry into physical silver, soon, and then spread my silver budget over the next few months. It is always possible silver prices could drop, like you mentioned, but a long-term fiscal plan should be the focus far beyond the possibility of a short-term dip. Thanks for the question.
By the way, I too bought silver only to watch it drop from its recent high. I lose no sleep over price drops because it’s all about ounces owned, properly stored, and an overall foundation of self-reliance built on a foundation of sound money. Dips and rises have no effect on my overall plan.
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