By definition, the word captive describes the action of something, or somebody, held prisoner by a person or group until specific demands are met or money is handed over. Today I’ll explain how this affects you and why wealth stored in banks, all banks, will soon fall hostage to a condition I can only describe as a banking prison. Please add this risk as yet one more reason to store some wealth in physical cash, silver or gold.
Just the mere mention of “prison” and we picture worse offenders serving time in places like Alcatraz or Port Arthur penitentiaries. Few picture our local bank as such a site of incarceration or captivity. After all, banks prism beauty, security, strength, structure, and trust. Depositors rarely question the risk of an imminent hijacking of wealth, not from their bank at least.
The articles below prove how powerful a grip our banking industry has on the political orientation of tomorrow. Remember folks, this money is yours. Congress is nothing more than the entity elected to disperse our money in a responsible fashion.
An Obama administration program is under fire, with federal investigators finding that community banks used the government’s funds to pay back recession-era bailouts – instead of lending the money to small businesses as originally intended. source -CNN Money (April 2013)
The Treasury Department does not require banks who have received the money (TARP) to show how they are using it, claiming that it is not possible to demonstrate on a bank-by-bank basis. source – CNN Money (August 2009)
And here comes Goldman Sachs (GS), the royalty of Wall Street, racking up a huge $3.4 billion quarterly profit and making plans to pay bonuses that could average well over half a million dollars per employee.
Goldman, of course, is accomplishing this with the help of a $10 billion TARP loan from the government. source –Seeking Alpha
Since September of 2008 the protocol is nothing more than saving banks regardless the cost, regardless the irresponsible risk that crippled a once strong banking system. The marriage between Congress and a private Federal Reserve Bank (Bernanke) appears innocent enough but has created a one-sided monetary structure with little accountability. This is by purposeful design.
Each week I present facts as to why physical PM (precious metal) will rise in value over the balance of your lifetime. But the issues we’re facing today go far beyond profiting from PM investments. Our situation has transpired into financial survival in order to maintain some sense of personal independence. Silver or gold, regardless the price, is one of only a handful of positions to store wealth outside a corrupt banking world.
For those willing to take notice….. big bank officials now bounce back and forth between political positions of advisory and private banking. Nearly all those who advise this administration have a vested interest in supporting this status quo. This collusion bleeds beyond a conflict of interest. Their only interest is greed, power, and controlling your money.
Someday monetizing debt and printing currency will no longer support this thirst or greed. At such a time something will give and panic will influence those in political control to accept more of the same misguided advice from bankers.
Bankers will warn, eventually, that the entire financial network is under threat of collapse and politicians will react accordingly. Like today’s Cyprus, our banks too will ration and tax your wealth by limiting transfers or withdrawal of your money. This monetary progression is exactly what happens when banks dictate political influence and capital control.
If this threat I’m describing today sounds real then buy physical silver or gold. If not, stay the course. But remember that the merger between banks and politics never bodes well for those entrusting wealth in either.
QUESTION: All of our savings are in 401k roll-over accounts. These funds are not easily gotten to without tax consequences so we are hindered in our ability to accumulate physical gold/silver. So, we have allocated about 30% of our savings in Gold/Silver ETFs. We have been able to accumulate some physical silver a little at a time but is there a better way to protect our lifetime savings?
TPS Reply: Your question arrived just in time to work into this post, thanks. As I’m sure you’re aware, I’m not a big fan of wealth disconnect of any kind, but. The 401k accounts you’re describing do offer tax deferment and the opportunity to store wealth within PMs. The question of the day is does the fund actually have access to an equal amount of physical PM as you have invested? I personally doubt most funds do.
The next question is do you stay the course or suffer the tax consequences from rolling the 401k into physical silver or gold? We can address the ETFs but my biggest concern is when you mentioned “we have been able to accumulate some physical silver”. This, to me, implies that you’re not comfortable with your level of physical holdings, right?
My opinion is that physical holdings should supersede paper PM holdings. We will soon reach a point where all investments are in question of “real” or “paper”. This could lead to panic as wealth attempts to find solid footing.
I’m not a financial advisor so I can only offer what I would do if in your shoes. I would do whatever it takes to accumulate a balance of physical allocations, regardless. I would then store at least 1/3 within arm’s reach or with someone very trusted. By the way — this transfer of wealth could include liquidating, or trading, any personal asset into physical PM, not just a 401k.
Now, as far as your ETF, Sprott Asset Management offers a gold-backed ETF and claims to hold all investment assets in physical gold bullion. Eric Sprott has a respected name within the PM community and is definitely worth checking out. As always, due diligence is recommended so invest time before money. Thanks for the great question, and reading TPS.
QUESTION: How long is the typical wait time for online PM purchases? I’m new to PM (just found TPS) but don’t like the idea of wiring $ in faith hoping the silver arrives as promised.
TPS Reply: I hear you loud and clear…… and 100% agree. The PM industry has little regulations; this is both good news and bad. This is why it is imperative to find a trusted PM trader with a respectable reputation BEFORE BUYING ONE OUNCE. The wait time is unlike anything else shipped since demand and inventory affect how long it takes to physically receive a PM order.
Your online PM dealer doesn’t usually have the PM in hand when you place an order. Most dealers are brokers which mean they work as a middleman between you, the consumer, and the wholesaler. Any delay in shipment usually stems from a whole seller not able to keep par with demand.
Have you considered buying a few silver ounces from a local coin shop? This face-to-face exchange will allow you to build a local relationship, instill confidence, and provide a cash-and-carry exchange. When consulting with PM newbies I usually recommend starting with silver or gold bullion paying as close to “spot” metal price as possible.
Save the large purchases for online and only after your PM confidence grows. Email me for a list of reputable PM dealers, I’m glad to help. Oh, and welcome aboard.
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