Gerard Depardieu Wants His Freedom Back – http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/12/18/gerard-depardieu-wants-his-freedom-back/.
History clearly states that money, highly mobile and flexible, will flee various forms of social, economic, and financial oppression. German wealth fled to Switzerland to hide from the NAZI taxation in the early 1930’s. While today’s taxation premise could be viewed as “its different this time”, it’s producing a similar flight or withholding of productive capital throughout western economies. This dampens economic growth while expansionary monetary policies are implemented to encourage it. Welcome to the world of stagflation. Just as the “bad guys” will always get their guns, the uber-wealthy will always stay a safe distance from the long-arm of oppressive governments. It’s always the little guy that takes the hit.
The Feds money printing (QE) has nothing to do with employment. It is a rescue for the cartoon balance sheets of financial organizations allowed by the capitulation of FASB, the supposed gate keepers of all auditing. This tail-chasing policy of creating ever more debt to fill the voids created by the slower growth and deleveraging insures the rise of gold, which simply maintains it’s value while fiat paper is debased. This fact can’t be made any clearer than the chart below: http://www.caseyresearch.com/gsd/sites/default/files/US%20Debt%20Ceiling%20vs.%20Gold.png
As you listen to the fiscal cliff debates and the coming roof raising of the debt ceiling, the only question is how high will the debt ceiling magnet be raised (and how quickly gold and silver are sucked higher). Some want another $trillion added to the debt ceiling. With gold having two relatively slow years in a row in its streak of eleven straight up years, 2013 could be a roof raiser. http://www.caseyresearch.com/sites/default/files/Gold%20Gains.jpg
The invisible hand still needs to extract more gold from the weak hands, but when it’s through, get ready for one hell of a ride. The smack down in the metals is only giving the ready buyers in China and Russia the opportunity to buy gold at a discount – transferring real wealth from west to east. If you’re trying to assess timing, Eric’s invaluable analysis will help.