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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!

The next BIG TRADE is setting up. You should take advantage of my hard work and expertise to make you short term profitable trades. Protect your financial future by getting my market and trade alert reports every week. Your portfolio should involve a proven strategy which I provide.

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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Today’s World Rests on an Empire of Debt

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VIX Cycles set to explode in March/April 2017 – Part 2

Previously, I authored a “Part 1” of this article regarding my analysis of the VIX cycles.  I sincerely hope my readers enjoyed the analysis and I hope it opened up a few questions regarding the potential moves in the US and global markets.  Today, we will delve deeper into the concept of the VIX cycle patterns that I’ve identified and use common technical analysis concepts to attempt to identify price target levels as well as support and resistance that may become important in the immediate future.

 

For those of you that missed “VIX Cycles set to explode in March/April 2017 – Part 1”, please click on this link to review my earlier analysis.  When you are ready, the rest of this article continues my analysis.

 

As we had been discussing in “Part 1”, my hypothesis that a 5 month VIX cycle pattern exists and has been driving market volatility since 2015 appears to be substantiated by historical chart evidence.  The other interesting facet of this 5 month pattern is that it appears to be quickening in relation to recent activity.  I stated earlier that I believe this pattern to be a 18~22 week cycle event, but more recent VIX chart activity shows the current range may be more like 16~20 weeks.  My understanding of cycles and patterns is that within extreme, potentially violently, volatile periods, price cycles may become more frequent and velocity may become more volatile.  An example of this can be found in my long-term US major market cycle analysis below.

 

This image maps a major market cycle rotation process that has been in place for over 60 years.  This image starts in the late 1970s and maps TOP and BOTTOM cycling events and well as potential early and late stage cycle ranges.  When the GREEN and YELLOW levels, near the top, move above the 80% range, this starts the “Topping cycle event”.  When both of these levels fall below the 80% range, this ends the “Topping cycle event”.  The opposite is true for the BLUE and RED levels.  When both of them fall below the 20% level, this starts a “Bottoming cycle event”.  When they both leave the 20% level, this ends the “Bottoming cycle event”.  Actual price tops and bottoms can, and often do, occur within these event ranges.

 

US Cycle Chart

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Price and event cycles have been in place for centuries and correlate with other traditional forms of technical analysis easily.  For example, Elliot Wave, Fibonacci, Price Channeling and Price Patterns all relate to cycles very well.  Within this article, I’m using Price Patterns as well as Fibonacci to attempt to project and identify key target, support and resistance levels based on my understanding of the proposed VIX cycles.

 

Recent price expansion from the lows at $868.47, January 2016, prompted a rally to $1194.60, on April 25, 2016.  This range, $326.13, represents an expansion cycle and a Fibonacci range that we can use to determine Fibonacci cycle frequency – which may help us determine future price objectives.  After this peak, price dropped 25% of this range (a common Fibonacci level that is correlated to a real Fib value of 0.272) equaling $81.53.  Because of this narrow retracement, we should expect a potential future price move equaling 1.272%, 1.618% or 1.768% of the existing range.  XOI rallied to $1259.56 on December 12, 2016 – equating the expected 1.272% price expansion we projected and setting up for a 0.768% total range retracement.

 

Let’s take a look at one example – OIL (XOI)

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Last week followers, subscribers and I got long 3x long energy fund – ERX.

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In 24 hours we locked in a 7.7% partial profit, and are now sitting with 10+% gain on the balance. This special setup I call the Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) continues to be in play and we could experience another 20-35% gain from here.

 

What does all this technical stuff mean? After this bounce we should expect XOI to fall back to near $976.00 before attempting any further price moves.  All of this type of Fibonacci work is conducted by understanding how Fibonacci price relationships correlate to time/price/cycle frequency functions.  Many of the best analysts of the past had detailed understandings of how these correlations work and how price would react based on larger and longer term time/price/cycle events.

 

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The New Retirement – Big Pill To Swallow!

President Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States to preside over the largest debt collapse ever in U.S. history.  During this four-year term, he and his administration will be most feared and hated president there ever was. The odds are stacked high against his ideology of “Making America Great Again” during his term in office.

 

Debt deflation is a concept that was first introduced in 1933 by the economist Irving Fisher.  Debt deflation is a concept whereby the combination of high levels of debt and falling prices cause a downward spiral in the economy.  When there is deflation in an economy, those who are in debt become significantly worse off financially. Deflation causes prices and wages to fall and the value of money to rise which increases the real value of debts thereby causing it to become more difficult for people to pay off their debts, i.e.: people holding mortgages would be forced into selling their homes. However, the selling of assets only served to worsen the situation by causing prices to fall even further – creating more deflation. This affects all those people who are in debt and the cycle repeats itself exponentially. Hence, the beginning of the “Next Great Reset of 2017-2020” which should start June/July of this year.

As many Americans enter retirement, they are realizing one unfortunate fact.  The fact is that the new retirement plan means no retirement, at all, and is called the Retirement Myth.

One of the promises of the American Dream was the idea of a comfortable retirement, however, this will NOT materialize due to financial swindling and a real estate bubble. Most Americans have incurred massive debt and have consumed their future nest egg by making purchases beyond their budgets and are living beyond their means.  We are now left with over 75,000,000 ‘baby boomers’ which a large portion of them are entering retirement with very little and/or no savings. DEBT has enslaved them!

The stock market collapse of 2008 resulted from a class of “subprime mortgage bonds” going into default. Today, the triggers for our financial crisis in the U.S. are still there to cause a hiccup in a Treasury bond auction, trouble in the settlements of derivatives contracts held by major banks or default on leveraged finance loans or high-yield junk bonds. Apparently, we cannot live without debt as it has become the American Way! Your next pension check or social security check could soon be cut back or eliminated altogether, regardless of legal government guarantees. A loss such as this could be both debilitating and devastating for retirees. Global Central Banks have destroyed the financial markets.

Timing Is Everything!

The next BIG TRADE is here. You should take advantage of my hard work and expertise to help make you wealthy. Protect your financial future by tuning in every morning for my current video update on all asset classes and new trade set ups. Your future should involve a proven strategy. We have just entered a new TGAOG commodity trade which looks to be nearing its’ multi-year lows and is forming a bottoming pattern. You want to be in the next trade of the Next Hot Sector setup!

Followers of my work locked in 112% profit this week in a swing trade with NUGT, and another 7.7% in 24 hours with ERX, which we are still long a portion and expecting further gains. All the trades are based on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) trading system.  There are two key components of this trading strategy.
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VIX Cycles Set to Explode in March/April 2017 – Part 1

My recent analysis of the markets has shown what I believe to be an explosion in market volatility set to starting happening between February 21, 2017 and March 30, 2017.  The historical VIX cycles have been running about 18~22 week intervals for expansion and extreme volatility levels.  The period August 2015 to January 2016 represented roughly 5 months.  The period between January 2016 to June 2016 represented roughly 5 months.  The period between June 2016 to Early November 2016 represented roughly 5 months (just a little short of 5 months in reality).

 

The period between November 2016 to the next volatility expansion phase, if this cycle continues, should be March/April 2107 at a target date range.

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How will this relate to the US major markets?  I currently believe the recent “melt-up” will stay in place until we have some catalyst that will change the direction of the markets.  In other words, the path of least resistance in the US major markets is upward right now – at least till something changes that direction/sentiment. The VIX cycles may be related to some catalyst event or external foreign market event that could change the major market directions – nut only time will tell.

 

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Currently, on the below DIA chart, I can state that my estimates for upside resistance is 210~212 based on historical price action.  The reason I believe these levels will become upside target objectives is based on my understanding of price rotation, expansion and contraction as well as Fibonacci ratios.  The actual number that I believe will be resistance is 211.63 and I believe this level will be reached in March 2017 or early April 2017.

 

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Once this critical resistance level is reached in the DIA, then all bets are off in terms of the price retracement/rotation that may occur.  Given historical price rotation as examples, I would estimate that the DIA could retrace a minimum of 6~8% ($13 to $17).  A moderate price rotation would equate to a move of 10%~13.5% ($21 to $28).  Beyond these expected levels of support, all bets are off in terms of downside potential.  The closest major downside support levels are $178.25, $170.30 and $154.35 – these levels represent a greater than 15% total price retracement and would put us dangerously close to “Bear Market Territory”.

 

Of course, if the VIX cycles persist as I suspect, a massive increase in volatility will drive other markets into further trending or price rotation as well.  The tech heavy NASDAQ (QQQ) has been mirroring the DIA and my projected top level is 128.15.  Currently, the QQQ is at $126.54 – only $1.65 (or 1.33%) away from my expected peak level.  After these peaks have been reached, I expect the major market to take pause and attempt to resume trending as we move closer to the volatility cycle period I suspect is driving the VIX (March/April 2017).  It is because of this that I’m issuing this warning to my members to be cautious of extended risk or exposed positions as we near the end of February 2017.  I believe the old term, “Beware the ides of March”, may be a harsh reality this year.

 

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As I continue my extended analysis of the US major markets and commodity markets in relation to these VIX cycles, I will post “Part 2” of this article within a day or so.  I wanted to get this out to all my members and associates so they were brought aware of the fact that the markets are beginning a phase of volatility expansion that should not end till near April 1st, 2017.

 

In short, what does all this mean? Well, it means now is not the time to be adding new long equity position for long-term growth. Going forward, its going to be all about active trading and focusing on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) and trading just the hot stocks and sectors for quick oversized gains.

 

On Feb 8th, myself and subscribers closed out our NUGT trade for a 112% profit that we entered December 16th.

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This week we got long ERX at $33, and sold half the position 24 hours later for another quick 7.7% profit and there is still a lot of room for bigger gains there.

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So, if you are looking for a simple and highly accurate pulse on the market along with timely swing trades I urge you to join my newsletter at www.ActiveTradingPartners.com – STAY TUNED FOR PART II…

 

Chris Vermeulen

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The New Gold Rush Of 2017!

Gold to Regain Its Gleam!

One question that gold investors are asking now is, will 2017 be as spectacular for the yellow metal as it was in 2016? The short and sweet answer to this is YES.

The dollar, gold and the major U.S. stock exchanges will all see new highs. Gold is currently in a “complex corrective correction” while experiencing its’ last pullback, beforehand.

Both the short-term outlook and the long-term outlook for gold is BULLISH!  Trumps’ victory win is a positive for gold bulls. Policy uncertainty and slowing growth, following a Trump win, will stoke the yellow metals’ price in 2017.

Gold prices have been under pressure since the Trump victory, but the long-term scenario for gold is that it is parabolic. The global economy is still in contraction. Global Center Bankers continue with monetary easing, leading to currency debasement. Interest rates continue to slide into negative territory in Europe and Asia.  Gold’s investment appeal will encounter a period of time before it generates positive yields. Gold, as an investment, will once again be back in vogue. As prices rally, investment demand will only rise further, taking everyone by surprise.

The demand for gold jewelry has been declining within the large gold-consuming nations. The gold investors will call the shots in this new ‘bull’ market of gold.  Current supply constraint has cushioned gold prices from the rally in the U. S. dollar.

This is the last great buying opportunity for gold before it makes its’ next historic run in 2017 and beyond.

 

Excessive Pessimism: 2.0
THIS IS WHEN THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO BUY GOLD IS PRESENTED

Latest Value(s):

– Last Reading: 1.0

– Extreme Values:

– Excessive Optimism: 8.0

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Excessive Pessimism: 30:
THIS IS WHEN THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO BUY GOLD IS PRESENTED

Latest Value(s):

– Last Reading: 34.0

– Extreme Values:

– Excessive Optimism: 75.0

– Excessive Pessimism: 30.0

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Gold Hedgers Positions

Latest Value(s):

– Last Reading: -134022.0

Extreme Values:

The green dotted line is 1 standard deviation above the 3-year average;
the red dotted line is 1 standard deviation below the 3-year average.

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The Drivers!

A key factor that has driven investments in gold is the negative interest rate in Europe, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland. The sovereign debt of approximately one third of the developed countries traded with a negative yield while an additional 40% of the countries had yields below 1%.

Gold prices will be driven more by its’ value as an ‘investment asset class’. Gold will supersede investments in other ‘asset classes’ such as equity and bonds in due time.

The massive U.S. debt continues to spiral out of control. The Treasury Department’s printing presses are cranking out hundreds of billions of dollars in new money. European countries are imploding financially and the entire European Union is at risk of a collapse.  These ‘geopolitical’ factors will be driving the demand for gold as a ‘safe haven”.

The global ‘retail’ investment market is well positioned for growth what with demand for gold in China, India, Germany and the U.S. for 2017.

Social media is a ‘key driver’ which is critical in both China and India. Financial advisors and financial websites are the key drivers in the U.S. markets. In Germany, banks play the most important influence; ‘Protect wealth against the system’.  It has a competitive advantage compared to other investment options.

 

Jordan Eliseo, Chief Economist at precious-metals dealer ABC Bullion, says “Gold retreated about 18 percent from its year-to-date high. Afterward, it gained 26 percent in the first half of 2016.  The decline so far, this year has been about 15 percent from its year-to-date high.  Gold, is setting up for another rally in fashion like last year. The recent correction has already drawing in some investors to buy what they see as cheap metal.”

 

On December 14th my trading partner accurately forecasted the recent bottom in gold which you can see in this gold market forecast.

December 14th Forecast chart:

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He then took things a step further and entered into a NUGT (3x long gold miners ETF) with subscribers and recently locked in 50% profit on the first half and is up over 70% on the balance as of Fridays closing price.

 

 

GOLD WEEKLY CHART REMAINS IN DOWNTREND

The constructing on this new infrastructure is going to require a lot of new money. The country is already close to $20 trillion in debt, so if the administration plans to make this one of their priorities, it is going to have to print it.

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‘THE GREAT RESET’

Nixon closed the gold window on August 15th, 1971 and consequently, the world entered a new era.  For the first time in history, all the world’s monies were unbacked fiat currencies, adrift on a sea of floating exchange rates.  This stopped the redemption of currency for gold. Today, gold reserves are nothing more than an asset listed on the FEDS’ balance sheet.  Gold had stopped being an integral part of our financial monetary system

At the top of international commerce, money managers had always known the dangers of ‘currency risk’, but now every currency has become a ‘soft currency’. Recognition of ‘currency risk’ seeped down into the knowledge chain, but on the street of personal financial management, despite it being 45 years later, not many have caught on to the concept.

 

To Live And/Or Continue Living the American Dream

Golds’ strength is in the role of ‘wealth protection’. It is a ‘safehaven’ and its ‘independence’ from the global financial system makes it a great investment for the future. Gold is still good value for those who do not own any to accumulate ounces.

In a few days, I will be publishing a piece talking about the shift in the economy and what I call “The Great Transfer of Wealth”. Be sure to join my free newsletter below to receive this special report!

Chris Vermeulen
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