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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 Michael Pento
October 16, 2012
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Rather than looking to take a step backwards; the Fed is hatching plans for QE IV, which will be an additional $45 of Mortgage Backed Securities and Treasury purchases beginning in January.
In fact, investors around the world are being forced into buying precious metals; and should consider holding sovereign debt the world’s worst investment.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday the institution was ready to fire its bazooka and begin purchasing bonds. Mr. Draghi said the ECB's bond-buying plan has already "helped to alleviate tensions over the past few weeks." And proclaimed the era of Outright Monetary Transactions in sovereign bond markets aimed "at safeguarding an appropriate monetary policy transmission and the singleness of the monetary policy" is about to begin.

Japanese investors are in the same sinking vessel as Europeans and Americans. Last Friday, the BOJ's policy board decided to maintain the size of its asset-purchase program, its main tool for monetary easing, at ¥80 trillion ($1.02 trillion) following a two-day meeting.

The meeting featured the unusual attendance of Japan's newly appointed economy minister, Seiji Maehara, on the second day of the session. He said, "I have a sense of crisis about the continued strength of the yen and Japan's inability to overcome deflation. I wanted to express this feeling through my attendance at the policy board meeting,"

With people like that in charge of your currency’s purchasing power, investors in Yen denominated assets should cringe. Long notorious for urging the BOJ to take aggressive action against deflation, Mr. Maehara has said recently that the central bank should consider buying foreign bonds as a means of injecting more liquidity into the economy to help tackle falling prices. What Japan’s economic minister is actually suggesting is that the BOJ not only dramatically increase the supply of Yen, but also directly manipulate the currency’s value much lower by selling Yen and buying foreign currencies for the purpose of holding non-domestic debt.

Therefore, are the citizens of the United States, Europe and Japan encouraged to park their savings in sovereign debt while their central banks are the only buyers and the real rate of return is negative and falling?

There is a tremendous bubble being created in the fixed income markets of the developed world. Real interest rates are headed much further south and the value of those currencies is declining against other countries that display better monetary discipline.

Investors must own precious metals when nearly every other “risk-free” sovereign investment offers a negative return after adjusting for inflation. Since the bond market virtually guarantees investors will be a loser from the start, placing money in hard assets, which have a long history of keeping pace with inflation, is an easy choice.

Michael Pento, President
Pento Portfolio Strategies
www.pentoport.com
mpento@pentoport.com