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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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Best of Howard Ruff
December 16, 2009
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Investments:  Opportunity Knocks

Recently after silver had taken a beating for two or three days, I was walking out of church and a friend said to me, “Why are you recommending silver; it’s so cheap?”

I attempted to restrain myself. “I thought you were supposed to buy low and sell high.” You can’t buy low unless you buy when things are out of favor. Today gold and silver are out of favor, and that has created a great opportunity. When it was raging to the upside, I was worried that it would be a very expensive entry point. Actually, you can pay almost any price near these levels and some day brag about how smart you were, but you get better opportunities when the market is down. This correction is a good chance to load up. If you don’t load up at times like now, how can you possibly buy low?

I’m really talking about the psychology of the investor. When the markets are going crazy, everyone wants to jump in. That’s just an observed fact. But this time the metals have given us a real opportunity. These are the opportunities I lust after.

I recently gave a copy of my new book, How to Prosper in the Age of Obamanomics, to a doctor friend of mine. He told me he hadn’t taken my advice before because he had listened to his financial advisor when he pooh-pood gold and silver.

I told him that when he read the book, to buy quickly while the metals are depressed, and if they go lower buy some more.

Opportunity abounds in alleged bad times. I recently did a radio interview when someone read off the titles of several of my books and said, “You’ve been wrong before, what makes you think you are right now.” The only book I was wrong on was the one about Y2K because I under-estimated the government and industry’s ability and resolve to fix the problem. The analysis of the problem was correct, but I under-estimated their ability and resolve to fix the problem in time.

Other than that book, I was right even when I wrote about the Inflationary ‘80s. While there was less inflation (you might even call it disinflation), in the final analysis there was inflation all through the ‘80s, although it was diminished from the ‘70s. It was still an opportunity, but I found better opportunities in other places and concentrated on those.

In the final analysis, if you bought during the ‘80s, you would have bought cheap; you just needed time for it to pay off.

When will this rally be over?

I’m often asked when it will be time to sell the precious metals. In reality I’m being asked when it is time to transfer your gold and silver into greenbacks.

That time may never come. We may be seeing the total destruction of the dollar – the final collapse. The Obama Administration is determined to weaken the dollar, which is a standard procedure for governments. It means they can borrow a lot of money and pay it off with cheap dollars. They can manipulate the currency to make it possible. That is what is happening now. The Fed and the Administration are determined to drive down the dollar, so why on earth would you want to change your investments from metals into greenbacks?

d said to me, “Why are you recommending silver; it’s so cheap?”

I attempted to restrain myself. “I thought you were supposed to buy low and sell high.” You can’t buy low unless you buy when things are out of favor. Today gold and silver are out of favor, and that has created a great opportunity. When it was raging to the upside, I was worried that it would be a very expensive entry point. Actually, you can pay almost any price near these levels and some day brag about how smart you were, but you get better opportunities when the market is down. This correction is a good chance to load up. If you don’t load up at times like now, how can you possibly buy low?

I’m really talking about the psychology of the investor. When the markets are going crazy, everyone wants to jump in. That’s just an observed fact. But this time the metals have given us a real opportunity. These are the opportunities I lust after.

I recently gave a copy of my new book, How to Prosper in the Age of Obamanomics, to a doctor friend of mine. He told me he hadn’t taken my advice before because he had listened to his financial advisor when he pooh-pood gold and silver.

I told him that when he read the book, to buy quickly while the metals are depressed, and if they go lower buy some more.

Opportunity abounds in alleged bad times. I recently did a radio interview when someone read off the titles of several of my books and said, “You’ve been wrong before, what makes you think you are right now.” The only book I was wrong on was the one about Y2K because I under-estimated the government and industry’s ability and resolve to fix the problem. The analysis of the problem was correct, but I under-estimated their ability and resolve to fix the problem in time.

Other than that book, I was right even when I wrote about the Inflationary ‘80s. While there was less inflation (you might even call it disinflation), in the final analysis there was inflation all through the ‘80s, although it was diminished from the ‘70s. It was still an opportunity, but I found better opportunities in other places and concentrated on those.