silver and gold

Sep 15 2014

Navigating Troubled Waters – Part 2 – Time for Preparation?

If you have not yet read part 1, please do so now before proceeding. Then as you review this post, take your time, there is alot here – it took me time to compile it and I believe it is worthy of your valuable time.

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Are we witnessing the collapse of the US economy?

Time for Preparation?

Allow me to begin with this thought –  Things are changing…rapidly. I am not a conspiracy theorist. I’m only a guy who looks at our nation, and frankly sees how we got here – I am not one who is saying “what the hell happened?” Most folks now see how much is going on even in the “mainstream media”. So, as I see it, the key is to be prepared (funny how that is the boy scouts motto!) and as I see it here is how…

First – a word from Dr. Ron Paul – 

Dr. Paul is a man whom I agree with on 90% of his positions – especially as they pertain to the U.S. economy and what is happening in our nation. 

It’s Going to get Much, Much Worse

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You can’t eat silver or gold

Yes, that statement is quite true, and while I AM going to recommend some resources to be purchased BEFORE you buy silver and gold, I want you to remember this: Silver and Gold have had and continue to have value SINCE ANCIENT TIMES. I see no reason to believe that in 2013, that will change! In fact, looking at human behavior today, are we really that different from our most distant grand parents who lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago?

What do I need before considering silver and gold? 

In short – think of the essentials, or as a friend once said to me, when it comes to preparation… “the 3 B’s“: beans, bullets and band-aids!

At a minimum, ask yourself these tough questions:

If shipments of supplies break down how many days (weeks/months) will I (and my family) last with the food we have on hand?

I’m going to recommend Wise Foods to you. Personally, I have several months of food reserves with me. Their food is packaged into meals that serve 2-4 people…and the packages are designed to last 25 years. By using my banner below, you’ll save a few bucks and get free shipping. 

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If our water supply is threatened, how will we get potable water?

I thought about this one – my first idea was to carry (remember I’m a full time RV’er) bottled water…but then I realized the space and weight involved. Instead, I opted for a water filter. One that I recommend is the Sawyer featured below. Why? Well, first it will filter almost *everything* from virtually *any* water source. AND… the filter (which CAN be replaced) will filter 1,000,000 gallons of water! (I am also working on sharing a less portable solution – look for an update to this page soon.)

 

 

Am I prepared to protect myself and my family?

Personally, I recommend “cheaperthandirt.com” or “Cabellas” – ‘nuf said?

What skills do I have (and bring to the table to be of value to others)?

Think about how to make yourself more valuable and useful to others. Ask yourself, what would happen if you were unable to travel from where you are now. Do you know your neighbors? Have you considered what each of you can do to help each other get through a crisis? While things are tranquil, wouldn’t it make sense to at least talk about these matters? 

Before I get to silver and gold… I fully realize most folks have VERY little savings – so, here are my thoughts on that…

I learned years ago that having a “job” is really being “just over broke” And… in my years, I have seen businesses fail that were once thought to be “fail proof”. What would happen if… Further, Brian Mudd shared some alarming stats the other day. In his daily research report (called his “cheat sheet”), Brian uncovered a Yahoo finance report that shows while we are earning 30% more than 10 years ago, hospitalization costs 85% more, fuel 108% more and heating oil 145% more in that same time period. Get my point? 

Oh, and if you think your pension is safe, listen to the audio recordings I have linked in the silver and gold section below.

So, what is the solution?

The short answer is ASSETS – preserve what you have and create new assets. It is in that light, I want you to consider the “home based business world”. Now… before you run screaming for the exits… yes, I know its a mine-field and many things you hear of are outright scams – but NOT ALL. Part of the value I bring to the table at this time is a keen sense of what is and what is not.

I’ve found a few. Presently, I’m generating residual, leveraged income with a company, not because of the compensation plan or fancy marketing schemes – AT ALL. Instead, I see myself more as a “company rep” as I believe in their product – period. If you want to learn more about a “home based business” that I feel is VERY unique and different from the rest – click HERE.

So what about Silver and Gold?

OH BOY… what a hot topic! Why would I say this when only about 1% of the American public own silver and gold (SOURCE)? In fact, this same article, refers to silver as a “ticking time bomb.” One reason I agree with the author of this article is the fact that the national cookie jar is NOT infinite. According to this report, the number of people living on government support (and I’m NOT talking about social security or medicare) is at an all time high – and is MUCH higher than just a few decades ago. As one very sharp individual recently said, you can’t spend $1 trillion MORE each year than you take in and not expect something bad to happen.

I should also point out that demand for gold and silver bullion CONTINUES to exceed or nearly exceed our ability to mine and produce these precious metals. Ask yourself… what will happen when more Americans “wake up” and decide having some bullion is a good idea? Personally, I am a big believer in supply and demand (especially in the long term).

Recently I listened to a few powerful and brief audio presentations. You can hear from:  Bill Fleckenstein    Eric Sprott     Gerald Celente   (I will leave it to you to Google who these men are and why their opinions are worth listening to.) If you do not have the time to hear them, here is the “executive summary”… in short, we are in trouble!

Quantitative Easing (QE) – the strategy by the FED and other national banks (for example, Japan) has only served to prop up the stock markets – and cracks are showing up even there. (There has recently been an increase in “volatility” and that often precludes a “change in direction” (remember – the markets have nearly gone straight up for about 18 months now. In short, paper assets are NOT to be trusted. I’m going to recommend physical gold, and based upon Mike Maloney’s recent warning about COUNTERFEIT silver and gold permeating the market, I suggest you take care as to whom you purchase it from. I use a trusted individual at Monex and would be glad to refer you to him on a personal basis. Contact me and I’ll get you his information. (You can look into who Monex is – they are one of the largest and most trusted bullion dealers you’ll ever find.)

In closing, I am posting this to advise you, my reader of what I believe is coming – and when it comes to preparation, some things to consider (and i’m sure not an exhaustive list). I assure you I am not prescient, nor am I a doomsdayer. In fact, I believe in our nation and know we will survive – but – being prepared – and considering where you live or if you are able to relocate “on the fly” just simply makes sense. Got thoughts to add? Liked/ didn’t like what I’ve shared? Use the space below to offer up your thoughts – I welcome them!

Note: I wrote this originally about a year ago (in 2013), I have since updated it – but – consider this: have things* improved or deteriorated?

*The economy, world stability, general feeling of “ease”

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May 31 2013

Navigating Troubled Waters

Life here in the wilderness of the Northwestern Colorado Rockies – and now with only melting snow on the ski slopes –  has given me time to read, learn, think and reflect. 

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Hahn’s Peak – Pure NW Colorado Inspiration!

It is in this light – I have some things to share that I hope you, the reader will consider. This will be a hard hitting message and I am delivering it as I believe the more who know and prepare for what is coming – the better off we will all be. 

If you are a regular visitor to my page, you know I am an entrepreneur – one who values his free time and freedom. I am always looking for ethical and moral business ventures where I can create leverage and earn residual income in the name of producing what I value most – time freedom.

And…its working out fairly well! Truth be told, the only job I have held in the past 7 years is my ski school position last winter – and then primarily to push myself to get out on the mountain daily AND to gain access to some of the best ski instruction that money can’t buy! 

My focus today however is NOT to speak with you as an entrepreneur… it is to take a hard – even stark look at our nation’s economy, the concept of fiat currency, the Federal Reserve, your bank account… and some things I believe are ALREADY in motion that you and I need to be aware of – and once informed, develop our own personal plans of action. I don’t believe I am alarmist or a conspiracy theorist in any way – just a realist who has a firm grasp on history and knows what has happened in our own nation and elsewhere that I believe is about to be repeated – and just as in the past, many will be caught off-guard due to either disbelief or lack of knowledge. 

To emphasize, I am firm that dark clouds are gathering and it is only through knowledge and then subsequent and definitive action, that the full brunt of what is coming can be lessened. Read on for specifics…

Allow me to begin with a quote from a gentleman who posted a reply to a most disturbing article I read the other day titledImpending Financial Collapse – The Grand Finale

Referring to the article (linked above), Henry Shivley wrote in response…

I agree with every word and your timing. I say this based on a small event that recently took place for me personally. I have no debt, a credit score of 800+ and a nice six figure salary. After many years of having an un-used home equity line of credit of $100K, my bank recently sent me a letter telling me it was being reduced to $10K ….. this on a paid for house. For me, this was an indicator that the banks are setting up to limit the ability for people to get money out of their bank. My advice, take your money out now while you can. The wrath is coming.

Now these are strong words, but if you take the time to read the article, I think you’ll get the gist of the author’s argument – namely that Cyprus and MF Global were “trial balloons” where the “powers that be” were testing the waters to see if depositors could be treated as unsecured creditors.

ALSO – did you catch the timing cited in the “from the trenches” article? 

Before I move on to the next article I want to share, these two FACTS are etched in my mind:

  • The average lifespan of a fiat currency is about 40 years- and the USA went to a fiat currency in 1971
  • The USA in the past 50 years has gone from a position of financial strength, being perhaps the GREATEST lender and creditor in the world to now being the greatest DEBTOR NATION the world has EVER seen. 

If there is one quick piece of evidence I can produce here and now – consider these words from another potent article titledThe Final Nail in America’s Financial Coffin

you need to be aware of the fact that the government can never pay down the debt that they have acquired.  Could the federal mafia pay down the $17 trillion dollar deficit?  Yes, but they would need 2-3 generations of responsible fiscal policies to do so. Could the federal mafia ever meet its $200 trillion dollar unfunded liabilities such as Social Security and Medicare? The short and best answer is, NEVER.

The passage quoted above does not even begin to consider the potential destructive power of derivatives. Without going into what they are and why we should ALL be concerned in this post – you can read the article for yourself. 

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Sunset in the mountains – and perhaps sunset for America’s economy??

The common thread between these two articles – and numerous others I could cite is the fact that fiat currency – currency backed by NOTHING more than the “good faith and credit” of its government is in real trouble – and we all need to take action NOW or face a reality later that none of us ever really thought we would have to face at any point in our lives. 

The action I’m talking about is to prepare for the collapse of the dollar – which has been a fiat currency for 42 years now… by converting our savings (for those who HAVE savings) into commodities that will have value down the road – food, water, ammunition and yes, precious metals (and a few other things – I’m not looking to create an exhaustive list here – though I welcome your feedback on this message by posting below.)

I mentioned Cyprus earlier, were you aware that depositors LOST some of their savings when the “bank holiday” occurred? This model – where depositors are now treated as creditors will be refined – and in my humble opinion is coming to OUR nation – and perhaps sooner rather than later

The following video – all about fiat currency –  explains the likely (almost inevitable) future of our American dollar…

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A major reason we are on the fast track to trouble is Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. This article –The Fed’s Hands are Tied, Right as the Financial System Begins to Crackdetails how what we see happening in Japan may very well be our future. Consider Graham Summers’ words (the author of the article) as he explains how “QE to infinity” HAS to destroy our currency. 

If I have created a sense of concern, Good! If you’re not “awake”, you can’t take action. 

I’m going to make several suggestions – and a few more advisories in a “part 2” to this post. I just don’t want to give you too much to “chew on” at one time. As I noted earlier, I’m going to recommend several steps to buffer the impact of whats coming – and my recommendations are based upon PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

I’m going to state here and now the importance of having MULTIPLE income streams. If you have a job, ask yourself… what would happen if the company you work for closed down? Can’t happen? Ha! Think about the numerous American companies that have shut down – or relocated overseas in the past 25 years – including some we thought would NEVER leave us. The reality of developing ‘home based business income’ is a specialty of mine – and I will elaborate upon this also in part 2. 

I will state when it comes to silver and gold – you HAVE to be careful; in fact, in part 2, I’m going to share a NEW concern about silver and gold that has emerged in recent months. In terms of food and water – I have specific recommendations based upon my own research. I will get this information posted as quickly as I can assemble it.  

In closing for now… I welcome your thoughts and feedback! Please use the space below to “sound off”

 

 

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Jan 30 2013

24 inches of snow in 24 hours

Yes, its for real! Yesterday was an EPIC powder day.

Tomorrow is shaping up to be yet ANOTHER epic day!

Here is a video clip (no, its not me, but it is some of my colleagues with the Steamboat Ski School)

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I have some of my own pics below. I spent much of the day in “black diamond tree runs” (and my left knee today is reminding me of that!) My first run was on a trail called “no names” – one of my friends took me up there – its a DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND run – and I had to be nuts to even follow him! We actually had to hike up a hill to get to it. It was some of the steepest (and sickest terrain I’ve seen – EVER.) Truth be told, he is an *incredible* athlete (and 1/2 my age) so when we got in there, he was “off and running” and I was at the top of a chute with a 55 degree pitch! I managed to survive my “side-slide” down the chute (which later in the day several instructors admitted they also have done at that point in the trail!), but after then I had some of the best untracked powder skiing I’ve ever experienced!  The rest of my day was spent in and out of tree runs of the single black diamond variety – and some of the powder was CHEST deep! In short… Steamboat Rocks! 

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Did you see the report on the U.S. economy today (1/30/13)? Contraction?! And… did you see the reaction of gold and silver to this news? If you have not already seen my post, you HAVE to see this..http://alansills.com/home/gold-and-silver-the-time-is-now/

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Jan 24 2013

Gold and Silver… the time is now?

Here is an update… (posted 1/24/13)

From John Embry who reports in King World News (link provided to original article – but here are a few highlights):

“Well, I’m focused on the inevitable rise in the gold and silver prices.  It’s obvious when you watch the trading that gold and silver are being aggressively restrained here.”

“One of the things that I emphasized in my speech in Canada yesterday, Eric, was how attractive silver is.  I laid out a backdrop in my speech which supported a huge move in precious metals, particularly silver.”

You can see my video below – along with further analysis of where I see this all heading

 

 

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Has the time arrived?

What does Germany’s move to “repatriate” their gold mean to you and I?

What about Japan’s decision to devalue their currency?

And… of course, our debt ceiling is about to be raised (again).

Watch to see what this all means to the price of gold and silver AND whether NOW is the time to act…

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