Three Investors Walk into a Bar

by | Apr 14, 2021 | Content Updates

Three investors walk in a bar.

One has a dollar, one a bitcoin and one a digital Chinese yuan.


I wish I could continue with a joke, but the recent introduction of a Chinese digital currency is no joking matter.  In fact from a privacy point of view, I would call it a portent of doom.

My business, when it started over five decades ago, was all about global investing and maximizing the profits in the most legal, private way possible.   Our seminars used to begin with “How to become one man multinational”.  We taught the six point command posture, “Live in one country, Bank in a second country,  Hold assets in a third country. Earn income in a fourth, through a company in a fifth with an office in a sixth country”.

This totally legal approach to privacy and asset protection was so powerful that over the years the US government (and others) passed a myriad of legislation to make it impractical to all but the wealthiest few.  From a practical point of view, financial privacy for the average person in most of the developed countries is long gone.

Yet our privacy concerns are about to get worse as governments follow Bitcoin’s lead and create digital blockchain currencies.

What’s the difference between the current dollar, a bitcoin and a government created digital currency?

We’ll look at this question in two messages, today thinking about privacy and in the next looking at the question in terms of purchasing power.

To begin answering the question we need to remind ourselves what money is.

Real money is any item that has six values.  It’s durable, divisible, portable, desirable, defensible and rare. Anything that fits these tests can be used as money.

In a litigious, high tax, world, financial privacy can be a part of the defense feature of a currency,

Human nature being what it is… there are two times you do not want others to know how much money you have… when you have very little or when you have a lot.

Silver and gold fits all these standards to some degree.  This is why these precious metals have been a root of real money through the annals of mankind.  There is great volatility in the price of gold and silver due to speculation, but in the long term the purchasing power of these metals has  They have long term purchasing power integrity and can also be held privately.

Portability and defense are the precious metal’s weak link. They weigh a lot and are easily debased, plus are expensive to secure!

Paper money fits the first three requirements of money (durable, divisible and desirable) better than the metals.  Paper money is more durable (through reprinting), more easily divided and more portable than gold and silver.  Paper money is better than gold or silver… if it’s rare.

Fiat money (money not backed by anything rare) is a different story we’ll get to in the next message.

Paper money, along with the metals, can also be somewhat private.

So if those three investors at that bar are discussing privacy… the one with the US dollar (if it’s in paper form) can say… my money is really safe because no one knows I have it hidden under my mattress!

However he should also point out that using cash has become increasingly difficult, due in part to its privacy feature.  For example just about all businesses that receive a cash payment of $10,000 or more, need to file Form 8300 with the IRS.

In our digital world, legislation in many countries (the US especially) has pretty well eliminated financial privacy.  If an agency of a federal or a state, county or city government or many police department wants to know how much money you have, it’s pretty likely they can get a reasonable view.  Ditto for an attorney who is trying to get at your money and wants to look at your wealth.

Along came Bitcoin and other blockchain currencies that aimed to help solve that problem.

The investor with the Bitcoin can jump in and yell… “my bitcoin is even more private than your dollar”!

The Bitcoin blockchain is an open blockchain that makes politically neutral, uncensorable value transfers possible.

The Bitcoin’s boast is somewhat true.  If correct steps are taken Bitcoin can be a very private form of wealth.

Bitcoin adds a dimension of privacy.

Bitcoin is money based around cryptography.  Real money requires “rarity” or “full faith”.   I have not been able to have full faith in #%giuyrwkmn,s:{? but do believe that Bitcoin can be a very private way to store wealth.

The volatility of Bitcoin and the fact that I feel like I still don’t really  “get it” bothers me, but I do believe that if proper steps are taken, independent blockchain currencies offer increased financial privacy.

Image from Wikipedia’s explanation of cryptography (see link below)

This is where the investor with the Digital Chinese Yuan steps in and says, “privacy… who wants privacy.  I prefer convenience”  I hope the Bitcoin investor feels that way because central bank digital currencies (CBDC) have no financial privacy at all.

Government controlled cyber currencies are the exact opposite of Bitcoin type cyber currencies when it comes to privacy.

Cyber currency transactions are not totally anonymous. They are pseudonymous and can be traced. To maximize privacy one should use a new address for each transaction, avoid connecting one’s name, IP address or email to transactions and use encrypted communication when dealing n cyber currencies.  Plus for further safety cryptocurrencies, should be held in a personal wallet and kept  offline with backed up keys.

So, what’s the big difference with CBDCs?    CBCDs use a private blockchain instead of an open blockchain.  This makes all the difference in the world.

Central bank digital currencies operate on a closed system where each person has a digital identity linked to a personal, or business, identity that has every transaction tracked and controlled by the government.

The government providing the currency can see and track every transaction, as it takes place, and can use algorithms to flag and tag and even give approval ratings based on spending.

This makes the task of tracking the money you hold in that currency easier than easy.  The tracking becomes immediate, measurable and comparable.

The level of government control is dystopian. They will have the ability to directly intervene in each and every transaction in the economy.  Every penny (or fen or pence or euro or rin) will be accounted for and the government must consent to every transaction.

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “China creates its own digital currency a first for major economy” (1) shows the upcoming CBDC trend.

The article says: Digitized money looks like a potential macroeconomic dream tool for the issuing government, usable to track people’s spending in real time, speed relief to disaster victims or flag criminal activity. With it, Beijing stands to gain vast new powers to tighten President Xi Jinping’s authoritarian rule.

Elements of this kind of control already exist in China, as digital payments have become the norm. Mr. Mu has said the central bank will limit how it tracks individuals, in what he calls “controllable anonymity.”

The money itself is programmable. Beijing has tested expiration dates to encourage users to spend it quickly, for times when the economy needs a jump start.

As governments introduce CBDC the citizens will be given assurances of anonymity.  When US income tax was first introduced the assurances were that the tax would always be very limited and only affect the very rich.

Chinese digital currency

The Journal’s article also says of the digital yuan: “It’s also trackable, adding another tool to China’s heavy state surveillance. The government deploys hundreds of millions of facial-recognition cameras to monitor its population, sometimes using them to levy fines for activities such as jaywalking. A digital currency would make it possible to both mete out and collect fines as soon as an infraction was detected.”

Why I think CBDC will become the norm.

One reason I think CBDC are here to stay is convenience.

There is a saying that man can achieve the impossible, walk on the Moon, go to Mars, capture the power in the atom, but he can never overcome the inconvenient.

Digital currencies are so convenient for so many government tasks, such as taxation, payments, record keeping and law enforcement.

CBDCs are also really convenient for business.

Mankind has already shown an almost total willingness to give up privacy for the convenience of our computers and phones… so I doubt that governments will have to much of a hard sell as they slowly rob their citizens of even more privacy.


How far will the erosion of privacy go?

Digital currencies will change everything. For example, in 2019, Microsoft filed a patent application for “cryptocurrency system using body activity data” and was given the number W020200060606.  This application, by the way, did not mention implants, 5G or vaccines as many scaremongers state.   The idea of this innovation is scary enough without exageration.  Imagine being paid, not by the hour, but by the action.

This drawing from the patent application shows that the worker is given a device to wear.  The device signals the network and the network pays the digital currency as the worker moves.  No slacking off!  This is beyond piece work!

My mind has yet been able to wrap all the way around this.


Crypto currencies also have an enormous military security aspect.

The aforementioned Wall Street Journal article explains how the Chinese digital yuan can hinder one of the greatest coercive systems (that avoids outright military intervention) is sanctions.

The article says: A cyber yuan stands to give Beijing power to track spending in real time, plus money that isn’t linked to the dollar-dominated global financial system.

The digital yuan could give those the U.S. seeks to penalize a way to exchange money without U.S. knowledge. Exchanges wouldn’t need to use SWIFT, the messaging network that is used in money transfers between commercial banks and that can be monitored by the U.S. government.

Nicholas Burns, a longtime American diplomat and favorite to be ambassador in Beijing, told the group, “The Chinese have created a problem for us by taking away our sanctions leverage.”

Computers, algorithms and artificial intelligence are changing our lives in so many ways, especially when it comes to privacy.

History professor Yuval Noah Harari, wrote in his book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow “Fiction isn’t bad. It is vital. Without commonly accepted stories about things like money, states or corporations, no complex human society can function.”

He also pointed out that money is the most successful fiction of all.

Pruppie thinking is use all of the great new innovations we are gaining to serve, grow and prosper.  But prepare, doing things you love, to have escape hatches and sustainability.  History has shown us that these valuable technological benefits can go awry.

Digital currencies are on the way whether we like it or not.   We’ll gain the most figuring out how to use them, while understanding we need to maintain abilities so we can survive without them as well.  That’s a formula for success that also provides good sleep at night.



Cash in on the new normal.

If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s that the so called “experts” really don’t have a clue how to solve this problem. We cannot rely on their information. Instead, we need to plan for and prepare for our own “new normal” if we want to survive.

The pandemic is not the only problem.

The global response to this viral outbreak is just one signal of a world that’s sliding into a devastation and disorder.  The worst turmoil is still to come because of the economic destruction.

With mounting debt, we are well into an economic collapse that will be worse than the pandemic.

The current social economic archetype has already killed millions and destroyed the finances and lives of far more.   Worldwide, unemployment is at an all-time high.  Many businesses have been destroyed.

Governments are trying to solve the problem by throwing money on the fire and are they are being crushed in debt in the process.

Yet, this is just a beginning. It is estimated that it will take 10-15 years to recover from the economic devastation.

To survive the coming economic downturns, you’ll need to learn the importance of adjusting how you live, work, invest and take care of yourself for the next ten to fifteen years!
You can’t rely on governments to bail you out.


That’s exactly what Merri and I have been doing for the last 50 years.

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  • First the idea of debt loses its real meaning and rising to levels that are unsustainable.
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  • Disparity of wealth widens dramatically and the spread increases.
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We’re seeing these changes rapidly happening now!

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Social and economic deterioration restricts safety, lifestyle, well-being and peace of mind. Social and economic shifts of this nature reduce the purchasing power of income.

Inflation, for example puts pensions and savings at risk. 

Growing deception allows manipulation of medical care, finances, the value of homes, how cars are bought, the price of gas, the education and raising of children, the food we buy and eat, the shows watched and the ways we work and play.

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