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What Investors Need To Know About U.S. Money Market Funds?

Why Low Risk Does Not Equate To Risk Free!

Charles Schwab has informed its’ clients that “at least 80% of the fund’s net assets will be invested solely in U.S. government securities…”.   Schwab automatically assumes that all clients affected by this change will accept: “if you are in agreement with this change in your cash feature, no response is required from you. They consider a non-response from its’ clients to be notice. “Those who disagree have the “option” of either sweeping their cash into the corporate bank exposing them to greater risk.  They add “you also have the right to close your brokerage account(s) without penalty at any time.”

Who will be the most recent owners of the rest of the current and future new debt?  The answer is:  YOU.  U.S. Mutual funds, U.S. pension funds and American investors. Why?  Because our insolvent government needs Americans to finance it before the entire house of cards come crashing down!  One’s ability to take your savings out of banks and store it in cash is coming to an end. U.S. Institutions are holding up to 99.5% of assets in cash, U.S. government securities, and repurchase agreements that are collateralized solely by the U.S. Government’s good faith.

“Debt-As-Legal-Tender”

This will make it much more difficult for one to be able to access any/all of your personal cash which was always considered to be accessible liquid risk free funds. What will American citizens do when they realize they were conned into “toxic investments” and decide to just pull their cash out of the banks and store it themselves?  If you do take possession of your savings in cash, how secure do you feel when the government comes knocking on your door asking about your stockpile of cash?  Schwab and others are taking preemptive action now to move your money into U.S. debt.

The top complaints and reviews about Schwab refusing to honor its’ clients’ money:( https://www.consumeraffairs.com/finance/schwab.html).  Fidelity is also causing the same problems for its’ clients, as well: (https://www.consumeraffairs.com/finance/fidelity.html).

This is just a new vehicle in which the U.S. Federal Government is taking control of your cash and converting it into “toxic assets” to be spread out amongst us all.  Why? The answer is to cover our enslavement of $19.9 trillion debt which is growing with each passing second.  The Current outstanding public debt of the United States is: $19,926,581,166,878.36 as of Monday, February 20th, 2017. That equates to everyone, in the United States, currently owing $65,586 which represents their share of the U.S. public debt.

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Public Debt: $14,403,392,566,439.40
Intragovernmental Holdings: $5,523,188,600,438.96
Total U.S. National Debt: $19,926,581,166,878.36

 

Who owns the public debt?

Foreign governments own the most U.S. debt.

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This has been done under the auspices of the S.E.C. (Securities Exchange Commission): (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sec.asp).  They implemented the New Money Fund Reform Rules”:

(https://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370542347679). The rules require fund providers to institute liquidity fees and suspension gates as a means of preventing a run on the fund. The requirements include asset level triggers for imposing a liquidity fee of 1% or 2%. If weekly liquid assets fall below 10% of total assets, it triggers a 1% fee. Below 30%, the fee is increased to 2%. Funds may also suspend redemptions for up to 10 business days in a 90-day period. These are the official rule changes; there are several factors investors should know about the reform and how it will affect them during its’ implementation.

The move for money market fund reform grew out of the 2007–2008 ‘financial crisis’. The Reserve Primary Fund recently settled its’ claims:( “ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING YIELD PLUS FUND-IN LIQUIDATION (Formerly known as Reserve Yield Plus Fund) DATE OF FINAL DISTRIBUTION WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016” ): (Reserve Primary Fund).  The fund had assets totaling $62 billion. The class action suit brought against them resulted in a mere $10 million settlement: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2013/09/08/money-fund-broke-buck-deal-managers/2782931/). The 2008 financial crisis precipitated by The  Reserve Primary Fund (Reserve Primary Fund)  when it was forced to reduce its’ net asset value (NAV) of its’ money market fund below $1, due to huge losses, which were generated by failed short-term loans issued by Lehman Brothers. It was the first time a major money market fund had to break the $1 NAV which caused panic among institutional investors, who consequently began mass redemptions. The fund lost two-thirds of its’ assets within 24 hours and eventually had to suspend operations and commence liquidation.  This event prompted significant redemptions by institutional money market fund investors, putting the funds under severe financial stress.  The Reserve Primary Fund, which invested in Lehman Brothers debt, “broke the buck”: (http://www.investopedia.com/articles/mutualfund/08/money-market-break-buck.asp).

The S.E.C. Chairwoman. Mary Jo White, said “Today’s reforms fundamentally change the way that money market funds operate. They will reduce the risk of runs in money market funds and provide important new tools that will help further protect investors and the financial system. Together, this strong reform package will make our markets more resilient and enhance transparency and fairness of these products for America’s investors.”  This is what the SEC wants Americans to believe and buy into it!

The official final amendments to money market rules, which were made in 2014, for protecting shareholders from the impacts that a flood of redemptions could have on money market funds is how the S.E.C. is rationalizing this dilemma. The amendments are also intended to give fund managers enough time to respond to requests in a more thoughtful, prudent manner and in a much slower period.

  • Fidelity is converting its’ largest prime fund into a U.S. government fund. Federated is taking steps to shorten the maturities of its’ prime funds to make it easier to maintain a $1 NAV.  Vanguard is assuring its’ investors that its’ prime funds have more than enough liquidity to avoid triggering a liquidity fee or redemption suspension.

The Bank of America Corp. sold its’ money market business to BlackRock, Inc. to avoid these types of future problems.

  • Restricts who can invest in retail money market funds.
  • Continues to seek a stable $1 net asset value (NAV) for retail and government funds, but requires institutional funds to have floating NAVs like other mutual funds.
  • Allows certain funds to impose liquidity fees and temporarily suspend withdrawals (known as gates) in certain circumstances.

 

Gold Is Money!

Global negative interest rates have shifted the worlds’ appetite to buying gold and silver, once again. Gold and silver can sit outside the system and remain completely private. It cannot be tracked by the government or banks. Gold and silver have been the world’s greatest wealth protectors for over 5,000 years. It has shielded its’ citizens from government and banking collapses during the worst crises in history. Physical gold and silver cannot be instantly seized with the stroke of a keyboard. This is why I believe we should invest in gold and silver, before we have potentially nothing left to protect. Its two things to me: a store of untraced wealth, and an insurance policy in case something really bad happens. I like feeling financially protected and this is one way I do this.

 

Timing Is Everything!

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We have just entered a new commodity trade (UGAZ) Feb 21 as its forming a bottoming pattern. We have locked in 10% in 36 hours and hold the remaining for much larger gains. Do you want to be in the next trade of the Next Hot Stock setup?  My subscribers banked a 112% in a swing trade with NUGT (Dec 16 – Feb 8th). All the trades are based on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) trading system.

Another trade this month was ERX, in which we took a nice profit of 7.7% in less than 24 hours after entry.  All risks are well contained.

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John Winston
Co-Author: Chris Vermeulen

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Can New President Make Things Better for the People?

Where is this economic boom that Former President Obama and his administration had taken so much credit for?

 

The Obama Administration, with the assistance of the Federal Reserve and Company, deliberately kept the U.S. economy from creating any growth at all.  The money that flowed from the Federal Reserve, over the last 8 years, had a direct pipeline that flowed only into Wall Street Investment Banks. The American people were sold this false bill of sale that “Quantitative Easing” was going to make lending money to “Main Street America” easier to access. They promised that there would be a boost in hiring which would, in turn, increase aggregate demand and thereby reflect a newly stimulated economic growth!

 

This QE effectively down-sized the middle class into minority status.  The largest growth has occurred within the low-income category.  Despite the stock market reaching near all-time highs and real estate bubbling over once again, there are now 45 million Americans on food stamps.  This number is at an all-time high.  People are feeling poorer today than ever, and with sky rocketing real-estate prices those who do not own a home cannot afford to buy anymore!

 

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This massive disconnect is expanding exponentially. The velocity of money is the number of times that currency is turned over to purchase domestically- produced goods and services.  One can see, as in the chart below, that the velocity of money has been steadily decreasing.  There are less transactions occurring by individuals in our economy.  One can see that the money never reached “Main Street America” which is why there has not been any demand for goods and services.

 

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The average American is now barley scraping by and many do a lot of their shopping at dollar stores. Most the growth in the job market is in low wage jobs which have zero benefits! The clear majority of Americans have bought into the propaganda promoted by the controlled media outlets.

 

The masses bought into this propaganda as Wall Streets’ big banks kept artificially inflating the equity markets with free and cheap money, which was at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.

 

The Obama Machinery put on a stellar performance for the American people, however, this was a fictitious story. In fact, the real number, as of January 2017, of unemployed Americans currently stands at 22.9%: (http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts). The big gains have been largely allocated to the well-connected financial sector.

 

Corporations took advantage of low interest rates to buy back stock in their own companies. Since 2008, corporate stock buybacks have surpassed $2.2 trillion. These buy backs have only increased the price of corporate stocks and made their companies appear more valuable than they are. This means that stock prices are far above what they would be if it were not for extremely low interest rates.  The politicians believed that it was more important to create a false front and to continue the illusion so that they would remain in power.

 

The Tax Foundation reports that 60% of the population now receives more in government benefits than what they pay in taxes. What does this say about a society in which more than half of the population are living at the expense of the other half?  Currently, what is even worse is that the dependent class is steadily growing. The 60% will soon become 70%.

 

Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, recently stated that “more people have a stake in the welfare state than in free enterprise. This is a road that Hayek perfectly described as the road to serfdom”: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_to_Serfdom). (http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2014/03/keynes-and-hayek). (https://mises.org/library/road-serfdom-0).

 

Mr. Hayek stated that “Capitalism is the only system of economics compatible with human dignity, prosperity, and liberty. To the extent, we move away from that system, we empower the worst people in society to manage what they do not understand”.

 

On March 23rd, 2009, the then Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner sent the stock markets soaring. He announced a plan to help banks unload illiquid securities of uncertain worth from its’ balance sheets. The Wall Street headlines read “Toxic-Asset Plan Sends Stocks Soaring”. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke implemented “financial engineering” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_engineering)  as the sole solution to all our financial problems.

 

He was publicly opposed to the nationalization (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationalization) of banks and said “the bookkeeping problems of many banks are largely an artifact of foolish federal regulations. Capital standards, accounting rules and other regulations have made the financial sector excessively procyclical.”  As we are presently realizing, government control over the financial markets and the economy have failed us.  What we needed was the Federal Government to focus on job creation and to restructure our economy for new and future growth.

 

They were laser focused on merely bailing out Wall Streets’ big banks.  In my view, the Federal Government should only be focused on its’ constitutional responsibilities. Keeping the free markets out of their control and protection and serving the American people should be their primary goal.

 

They needed to allow deflation to play out its’ cyclical role. However, it turned out worse as they attempted to control it. Federal Government bailouts resulted in financial enslavement.  There was further unequal distribution of wealth in our society. Today, in 2017, I clearly see the implosion of America, as we once lived and knew it to be.

 

The economy was being run on non-to low growth policies intentionally.  President Obama deliberately took the path of doing absolutely nothing.  He did not want to be accountable for any economic growth most likely because a stock market crash would ensue. That would have placed pressure on wages that would cause inflation at which time the Federal Reserve would be forced to raise interest rates.  If this had occurred, all the free money which Wall Street investment banks received would not have been invested in the equity markets.

 

The GDP Annual Growth Rate in the United States merely expanded by 1.90% in the fourth quarter of 2016, over the same quarter of the previous year. A record low of -4.10% was reported in the second quarter of 2009.

 

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They purchased their own shares back which sent stocks higher into unchartered territory. The way that they played the game was to keep inflation at bay and allow us to wallow in a deflationary contracting economy.  As stock prices rallied upwards, the corporate executives continued to receive heavy compensation on cheap cash being provided to them.  In the term that Chairwoman Yellen resides over, she has only increased interest rates twice by a mere marginal 25 basis points.  This was an immaterial rate hike so as the Federal Reserve could maintain their credibility. Increasing interest rates would have killed this game of “cheap money” which kept the wealth flowing into the top 1 percent.  The Federal Reserves’ decision to not raise interest rates during their last meeting (http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/01/news/economy/federal-reserve-january-meeting/index.html)  sends a clear and powerful message that they do not want to go down the path of normalization (http://www.discovery.org/a/23721) . They want to continue to artificially suppress interest rates. If they had attempted to “normalize”, it would create massive assets and derivative bubbles bursting domestically and globally. Either the bubble will burst or we will return to inflation.

 

President Trump wants to create the growth which former President Obama never accomplished. He is proposing tax cuts, introducing fiscal stimulus and removing all the red tape that has been so costly for small businesses to implement.  He has also promised to lift GDP to 4% by spending $1 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure.  This will overheat the economy!  Trying to implement his plans will call for deep cutbacks in Medicare and Social Security.  It will take years to forge ahead with legislative approval.

 

Conclusion:

Where is this economic recovery that supposedly happened?   It exists in the stock market at present as the masses are enduring a poorer quality of life!

 

Our subscribers are currently in a swing trade with NUGT (http://www.etf.com/NUGT)  which is up 95.8% currently and we are expecting further gains going into this week. All the trades are based on our Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) trading system. The strength of the precious metals will continue to drive gains for our NUGT position.  Expect some very interesting and exciting new trades this week.  We are getting ready for some very explosive moves.

 

Chris Vermeulen
Co-Author: John Winston
www.ActiveTradingPartners.com