We looked at holiday insanity in yesterday’s message about Gotham Baseball collectibles. December can be such a flighty time…schedules strewn… diet promises shredded…increased pressures and demands….added expectations… and so many more things to do.
So one would seem comforted by the solid, peaceful images of our Christmas Tree.
The tree is such a grounding tradition. Our has decorations go back for decades. The favorites on our tree are the ones made by our children in their preteen years. One, a paper Santa held together by brass clips was crafted by our eldest daughter when she was seven. I could be shot for disclosing how many years ago. I harbor these gems more safely than silver or gold… precious memories of far more value than precious metals.
The symbol of that tree is like a rock… a repetition in life for all these years that has said… “All is the same… all is good… all is well”.
One would think and feel that.
That’s because you might have missed seeing the one apparent decoration hiding behind the golden ribbon just to the left of the small green and purple picture that is not a decoration at all but a real…
dove in our Christmas Tree.
Where do I start?
Perhaps the part where I was pooped on in my own living room would be a good place to begin.
Actually I guess we need to go back a bit further… to breakfast at Haystax with our grandson, Garren (9 years old), who is spending the week with us.
Haystax is the breakfast haunt of regulars here in this area and we always pop in there for breakfast before we go fishing. We took Garren there a couple of days ago and he purchased (himself) a local newspaper.
Merri and I had been planning to get a canary for Christmas and while reading that paper at Haystax Merri saw an ad for white doves for sale locally. A lady living nearby had 60 of them… and the flock was growing so she was selling. ” Doves for Christmas. What a nice idea!” we thought… “Something great for Garren to see.”
We should have been warned.
USA Today had just published an article saying that because the price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked this year, the total cost of every item mentioned in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” had risen above $100,000 for the first time… $101,119 to be exact. Yet the cost of doves and inflation is not the whole story… so we’ll return to that later.
The insanity set in… we jumped in the car and drove over to Howie on the Hills where we visited this dove farm. We loved them at first site. What more can I say. True love is true insanity and suddenly fell in love. They are so… serene… such quiet spirits… gentle and we wanted to give three a home.
Another lady who raises doves in NC had told us that our canary cage would be fine for them but…
we saw that it was not even close to being enough. So the real insanity began.
Before I explain this let me also add that the door on the canary cage is heavy enough to stop a canary… but not a determined dove.
Shortly after arriving home our three doves became two!
Where did “White Fang go?” (Garren named them-hence the rather odd moniker?) So we were on a dove search when the poop dropped from the air. White Fang was in the chandelier…. like mistletoe… directly above my head. What a kiss!
My attempt to get White Fang led him into the Christmas tree where I thought he looked pretty good. However in the interests of sanitation and with a piece of wholegrain bread we returned him to the cage.
Now the real insanity begins.
Seeing that the canary cage could not possibly do, we had no alternative but to turn part of our Lanai into a large bird aviary. Right away the normal Christmas disarray was enhanced by…
by the sounds of hammering… smells of stain and a general construction ruckus. However…
this will be a very nice, quite large aviary for our doves of peace.
This started as a bit of construction with plans and frames and supports that could get out of hand. We are now looking at panels and arches to make it a real beautiful dove aviary.
This worries me. I once, on impulse, bought a wonderful door at an auction. This door was truly beautiful and a real bargain… I thought. The house I had to build to fit the door was what cost!
USA Today’s article on the cost of the 12 Days of Christmas shows that everything now costs $101,119. That did not include the construction of a new lanai so these three doves could end up costing… maybe not $101,119 but certainly a bit more than the $60 we paid. Then again we are certaily not getting Lords a Leaping nor Gold Rings!
However this morning when the doves started cooing… the house was filled with such a peaceful vibration… it will be worth it and better than all 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming and 42 geese-a-laying.
Merri and I hope you find peace and happiness.
Here are the three lessons from the doves. The first is that the Grinch of Inflation is with us:
On December 2, 2008 USA Today featured an article that was headlined “12 Days of Christmas’ items now total $86,609”.
November 29, 2010 the USA Today headline was “Tab for ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ nears $100000”.
This year’s CPI article by by Kevin Begos of Associated Press on December 2, 2011 began “Cost of items in ’12 Days of Christmas’ now top $100K”
The article said: The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked this year, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” above $100,000 for the first time.
The 364 items repeated across all the song’s verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4% over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management (www.pncchristmaspriceindex.com). The broader government Consumer Price Index increased by 3.9% over the same period.
Those with the money to spend would end up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords-a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtle doves, and 12 partridges in pear trees. (The price does not include bird maintenance.)
I would not add “Does it include aviaries?” Worst of all the inflation is highest in basics… food transportation and even Christmas. Even worse these price rises are coming in a slowing economy… and greatly raises the risk of stagflation.
There are five ways to beat stagflation.
#1: Move to a lifestyle of lower cost living such as Ecuador or Smalltown USA.
#2: Invest in high value and emerging equities.
#3: Invest in high value real estate.
#4: Invest in precious metals and commodities.
#5: Invest in your own funky micro business. Earn more than the loss of your money’s purchasing power.
The second lesson is the importance of making your micro business funky… unusual… off beat. The Christmas Price Index tells the tale. Of what importance is the cost of Lords a leapin or geese laying? For most of us this data is meaningless. We won’t be buying any of these this year. Yet look at the incredible publicity that PNC Wealth Management gained by creating this funky useless index.
The third lesson comes from the book “Animal Speak”. Previously this site has posted messages about how we use the book “Animal Speak” to fight stagflation.
“Animal Speak” by Ted Andrews… is a large tome that outlines what the nature of birds and animals and what their omens and totems mean. When an animal comes across our path in some notable or unusual way we look at the book to get out of the box ideas on how we should think or what we should do. Here is what Ted Andrews says about Doves:
A new cycle of opportunities is at hand. They bring a time of peace and prophecy. Mourn and release what has passed for new birth.
What an appropriate reminder in this season… in this nation and in our global society and for our micro business. Life is change. Change brings mourning for that lost and joy for the new wonders that lay ahead… that’s why we love the new members of our family… our doves.
Merri and I send you our best wishes for joy and new wonders in this holiday season.
Join Merri and me all year for to learn funky ways to profit during stagflation as we look at ways to improve our lives with international investing, global microbusinesses and natural health.
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The Huge 2020 RiskHere is a huge risk that could explode in 2020.
I hope I am wrong… but the numbers are clear.
According to Treasurydirect.com, (1) as of December 26, 2020 the total US public debt was 23 trillion and 845 billion dollars.
This is not a theoretical problem for the future. This is not something that our children and grandchildren will have to deal with. This is a problem in the here and now for you and me.
Rising interest rates create a massive problem for every American.
Look at how the interest costs alone have risen to over a half trillion dollars a year.
The bad news is that the (US federal debt) is getting bigger….harder to miss. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in 2010 (the debt then was a bit over 14 trillion) that, under law at that time, debt held by the public would exceed $16 trillion by 2020, reaching nearly 70 percent of GDP.
The $7 Trillion Error.
They sure goofed on that. Here we are… only in 2020 and debt has shot past 23 trillion.
How could the CBO be so wrong?
The CBO screwed up because they could never imagine that the Fed would push interest rates so low… and keep them there. The interest rates are so low that the government has been able to borrow more than imagined and still afford the interest.
For example, US Federal government interest last year amounted to around $573 billion. Yet in 2008 on debt of only $9 trillion + the interest that year was $451 billion +.
Interest payments in 2017 were 27% higher than they were in 2008. Yet the debt is over 250% higher.
Very low interest rates have helped the government borrow. Low interest has also helped the US stocks reach all time high prices.
The government will resist raising rates because it will ruin their budget, cause a collapse of the stock markets and destroy the US dollar.
Rising interest rates, will create an almost unimaginable debt crisis. If government interest doubles it is like the $23+ trillion national debt rising to 46 trillion! Unless there are some huge tax increase the interest payments are not sustainable.
Learn how to have more freedom and time, less stress, better health care, extra income, greater safety and profit in your savings despite America’s deficits, debt and currency risk.
Fortunately there are secrets that will allow a few to live much better, free of debt and worry despite the decline in the dollar’s purchasing power. My wife, Merri and I, have traveled, lived, worked and invested around the world for nearly 50 years to gain this information.
Let me share the basics of this data and how we can be of help through 2020.
The first fact behind this secret is that things are really good in the western world. Despite many problems, we are surrounded by more abundance and greater opportunity than almost anyone has ever enjoyed, anywhere, ever. To enjoy a fair share of this wealth, all we have to do is understand human nature and learn how to invest in the new economy, as it changes and becomes new, again and again.
Merri and I have made seven huge transitions in the 50 years. Each has allowed us to always stay ahead of losses that the majority of Americans suffer. We are in another transition right now and want to share why and what to do so you can stay ahead and live a richer, independent life through 2020 and beyond.
A falling US dollar is one of the greatest risks we have to our independence, safety, health, and wealth, but also brings a window of huge profit as I explain below. Though the greenback has been strong for a number of years, its strength is in serious jeopardy. The growing federal deficits increase the national debt and this with rising interest rates propels a growing debt service.
While the Dow Jones Industrial Average passed a record high, the U.S. national debt passed the $20 trillion mark.
The problem is that the Dow will come back down. National debt will not fall.
The double shock of money fleeing Wall Street and US debt skyrocketing, will destroy the purchasing power of the greenback.
Go to the store even now. Statistics say inflation is low, but buy some bread or, heaven forbid, some fresh vegetables like peppers or fruit. Look at the cost of your prescription or hospital bills. Do something simple like have your car serviced at an auto dealer. Look at the dollars you spend and you’ll see what I mean.
The loss of the dollar’s purchasing power erodes our independence, our freedom and our savings and wealth as well.
At the same time, low interest rates by big banks and higher health care costs soak up the ever diminishing income and savings we have left. According to a Gallup poll, the most unpopular three institutions in America are big corporations & Wall Street banks, HMOs and Congress.
Yet there is little we can do because these institutions are in control.
Over the last 50 years the average income for 90 percent of the American population fell. Our health system is restricted by a Kafka-esque maze of legislation and insurance regulations that delay, frustrate, and thwart attempts by patients and doctors from proper medical care. Big banks and corporations restrict our freedom of choice. The business customer relationships are no longer transactions between free equals.
Banks can trap us in indebtedness at every age from student loans to mortgages to health care costs. They pay almost nothing on our savings. They hide unexpected fees and payments in complex and unreadable documents. Banks and big corporations routinely conceal vital information in small print and then cheat. Weak regulations and lax enforcement leave consumers with few ways to fight back. Many of these businesses ranging from cable TV to phone and internet service to health insurance have virtual monopolies that along with deceptive marketing destroys any form of free market.
These same companies control the credit-scoring agencies so if we don’t pay unfair fees, our credit scores will plunge and we could lose the ability to borrow money, rent an apartment, even to get a job. Many consumers are forced to accept “arbitration clauses” in lieu of legal rights. The alternative is to lose banking, power, and communication services.
Big business has also usurped our privacy. Internet companies sell our personal data. Personal information is pulled from WiFi and iPhones track and store our movements. The government can access this information, sometimes without subpoenas. There’s a lot that we don’t know, often withheld under the guise of “National Security.”
The glow on Western democratic capitalism has dimmed… or so it seems. The US, leading the way, is still a superpower with economic, innovation and military might, but the institutions that should serve the people have become flawed or broken.
America’s infrastructure is in shambles. The nation’s bridges are crumbling, many water systems are filled with toxins, yet instead of spending more to fix this, we build more prisons. The 2.2 million people currently in jail is a 500 percent increase over the past thirty years. 60% of the inmates belong to ethnic groups. Not just non-white ethnic groups are suffering. Annual death rates are falling for every group except for middle-aged white Americans. Death rates are rising among this group driven by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse, alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.
America’s middle class is shrinking. Nearly half of America’s income goes to upper-income households now. In 1970 only 29 percent went to this group. How can we regain our freedom, our happiness and our well being in such a world?
What can we do?
Gain a better, freer life is to combine better health, higher income and greater savings for a happier, more resilient lifestyle.
Merri and I will celebrate our 50th year of global living, working, investing and researching to find and share ideas on how to have simpler, low stress, healthier, more affluent lifestyles. Our courses, reports and email messages look at ways to gain:
#1: Global micro business income.
#2: Low cost, natural health.
#3: Safer, more profitable, investments that take little time or cost to buy and hold… so you can focus on earning more instead
Many readers use our services for just one of these three benefits. They focus only on health or on earning more or on better, easier investing.
28 years ago Merri and I created the International Club as a way for readers to join us and be immersed in all three of these benefits. The International Club is a year long learning program aimed at helping members earn worry free income, have better affordable good health and gain extra safety and profits with value investments.
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The three disciplines, earning, health and investing, work best when coordinated together. Regretfully the attacks on our freedom are realities of life. There is little we can do to change this big picture. However we can change how we care for our health, how we earn and how we save so that we are among the few who live better despite the dollar’s fall.
We start with better lower cost health care.
Club membership begins by sharing ways to be free of the “Secret Hospital Charge Master”. Just as governments hide truth behind “National Security”, big health care businesses hide medical truths behind “Charge masters”. Most hospital charge masters are secret because big business does not want us to know how much hospital costs have risen. Motivations beyond our good health, like corporate greed, want to keep us in the dark about health care cost.
Despite rising health care costs, a report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows that hospitals are the last place we want to be for good health. One report shows that hospital-acquired infections alone kills 57% more Americans every year than all car accidents and falls put together.
Often, what patients catch in the hospital can be worse than what sent them there. Governments and health care agencies agree – antibiotic resistance is a “nightmare.” An antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be spreading in more hospitals than patients know. About one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection and a report from the Journal of Patient Safety showed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country.
Along with the risk of hospital acquired illness and medical errors, the second huge threat to our well being… is health care costs, especially at hospitals. This is why charge masters are so often secret. There are few risks to our wealth that are greater than a hospital stay.
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Profit from the US dollar’s fall.
In the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich. Some of my readers made enough to retire. Others picked up 50% currency gains. Then the cycle ended. Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview. He said: Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!
Club members receive a report about opportunity in the current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago. The dollar rose along with Wall Street. Profits came quickly over three years. Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51% in just two years. A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.
This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago. The trends are so clear that I created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.” This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments. I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.
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With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events. The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV). The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.
Now there is a new distortion ready to ripen in the year ahead.
These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.
I prepared a special report “Platinum Dip 2019”. The report explains the exact conditions you need to make leveraged precious metal speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times. The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.
The low price of silver offers special value now so I want to send you this report because the “Platinum Dip 2018” offers enormous profit potential in 2018.
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