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The financial markets have been mostly quiet since lastweek as traders wait to see what will happen in Europe. Judging by statementsmade overnight, policymakers are not close to resolving this fundamentalcrisis... Germany dampens hopes as France warns of euro 'explosion' http://news.yahoo.com/credit-warning-gives-eu-summit-last-chance-debt-053646538.html
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NYPD Puts Local Banks on Alert After Parcel Bomb Found inGermany http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/07/nypd-puts-local-banks-on-alert-after-parcel-bomb-found-in-germany/ The New York Police Department is warning local banks tobolster mailroom security after a letter bomb was addressed to the CEO ofDeutsche Bank in Germany. All New York-area banks were advised to take extraprecautions on Wednesday after the device was found in the mailroom of DeutscheBank's headquarters in Frankfurt. No one was injured. The letter, which was not en route to New York, wasaddressed to CEO Josef Ackermann, Fox News Channel reports. Deutsche Bank, which opened its first branch in New Yorkin 1979, is the only investment bank physically located on Wall Street and oneof the largest foreign-based employers in New York City. In the United States,it employs more than 11,000 workers in 28 states and 90 cities.
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The latest installment in our monitoring of the simmeringconflict between the West and Iran over their nuclear program. Iran hasrepeatedly threatened to disrupt the free flow of oil. They are now warning of$250 per barrel oil. Briefly imagine what $250 oil would do to the worldeconomy and financial markets: • The dollar would crash. Oil is priced in dollars and arocketing rise in its price would increase the US trade deficit substantially,since the US imports to much oil. This would, in turn, send the value of gold,which is priced in dollars, much higher as well. • The US stock and bond markets would both declinesharply. $250 oil would bring stagflation firmly into the US economy. Corporateprofits would be squeezed. Consumer spending on items other than home utilitybills and gasoline would decline. Inflation gauges would skyrocket.All of these factors are bad for stocks and bonds.Investors would need to seek safe havens--safe havens that perform well duringstagflation, like gold investments. Iran, Facing New Sanctions, Warns of Oil at $250 a Barrel http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/world/middleeast/threatened-by-new-sanctions-iran-warns-of-250-oil.html?_r=2
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We depend on government statistics to get a good read onthe economy to help us make business and investment decisions. The problem is,the government has a problem telling the truth. Investors need to depend uponthemselves and not government promises. The first step: diversify into goldinvestments, which are not dependent on anyone's promises. Jim Rogers: Government ‘Always' Lies, Tweaks Inflationand Jobless Data http://www.newsmax.com/StreetTalk/Rogers-Government-lie-Inflation/2011/12/06/id/420130
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The fallout from a possible collapse of the euro won'tjust be economic and financial. A collapse of the euro could also producepolitical and social fallout. A euro collapse would be an unprecedented crisisof epic proportions. Investors need to seek safety and security in such ascenario. Gold has been providing safety and security for 5,000 years. German Opposition Warns of Euro Collapse Dangers http://www.cnbc.com/id/45564187
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MF Global was a major global financial derivativesbroker. MF Global provided exchange-traded derivatives, such as futures andoptions as well as over-the-counter products such as contracts for difference(CFDs), foreign exchange and spread betting. MF Global was also a primarydealer in United States Treasury securities. On October 30, 2011, a unit of theNew York-based brokerage reported a “material shortfall” in customer funds.Customer accounts with $5.45 billion were frozen Oct. 31, the same day theparent company - MF Global Inc.- filed the eighth-largest U.S. bankruptcy. The shortfallin customer accounts may be as large as $1.2 billion, or 22%, according to thetrustee overseeing liquidation. MF Global improperly mixed customer funds andused them for its own account for at least several days before the bankruptcyand even transferred funds outside the country.The brokerage used a large number of complex andcontroversial repurchase agreements or "repos" for funding and for leveragingprofit, many off their balance sheet. In other words, MF Global STOLE from investors. This,despite the fact that MF Global was widely regarded as one of the most highlyregarded and trusted names in its line of business. The message here is that tangible assets offer investorsthe ultimate trust. When you own gold and silver coins, you own something REAL,something SOLID. Something you can keep with you and that no one can just takewithout you ever knowing it, like the crooks at MF Global did. Kiss the MF Global Money Goodbye, Sources Say http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2011/12/06/exclusive-kiss-mf-global-money-goodbye-sources-say/#ixzz1fsLRlxpQ
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Gold ends up being a proxy for all tangible assets. Mostinvestors who are new to tangible assets think of gold first and foremost. Goldis also the tide that lifts all boats in the tangible asset investing world.There has never been a bull market in gold that wasn't accompanied by a bullmarket in rare coins, for instance. (On the other hand, there have been bullmarkets in rare coins while gold was actually falling.) The article belowdetails five reasons why gold is going to have a big year in 2012. Of course,the best way to own gold is to own rare gold coins. Rare gold coins haveprivacy and security advantages that other gold investments don't offer andthey also have enhanced profit potential due to their scarcity. Gold: Five reasons why 2012 will be golden year forinvestors http://www.commodityonline.com/news/gold-five-reasons-why-2012-will-be-golden-year-for-investors-44227-3-1.html
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The shape of things to come? This article from Germanyexplains that there is a bank run in Greece, where investors have lostconfidence in financial institutions due to that country's fiscal and financialcrisis. This is typical of a financial crisis and usually coincides withincreased demand for gold. Anxious Greeks Emptying Their Bank Accounts http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,802051,00.html
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There is still a great deal of wishful thinking that (i)Europe will somehow escape a financial crisis and (ii) that crisis will somehownot affect America. Both assumptions are dangerous, especially for individualinvestors. The prudent assumption is to prepare for (i) an unprecedentedfinancial crisis in Europe and (ii) a serious impact on the US economy andfinancial markets. That means insulating your investment portfolio with assetsthat tend to thrive during periods ofcrisis: tangible assets. The article below details exactly how the European crisismay evolve and how it could hit America. Contagion Catastrophe Europe is closer than you think to bringing down theAmerican—and, therefore, the global—economy. http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/the-eurozone-s-contagion-catastrophe-20111201
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