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Martin Armstrong-Economic Downturn Will Take World to War

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Former hedge fund manager Martin Armstrong, who is an expert on economic and political cycles, says, “You have to understand what makes war even take place

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Recent Martin Armstrong Interview: Possible dual currency system coming to US & US Dollar (one for domestic use and another for international trade use). We wrote an article back in December discussing this very idea = http://www.ascot-advisory.com/2016/Money/ Our fear or the problem is, what will be the REAL money and what will be the “funny money”? We suspect if the US does adopt such a dual currency system, it makes sense the international US Dollar will be the “real” money as if it were not, no one would accept it for trade. Ergo, under such a scenario, the domestic currency would be the “monopoly money”.
World’s Worst Tax Haven Threatens to Expand its Operations

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“What they sell is escape: from the laws, rules, and taxes of jurisdictions elsewhere, with secrecy as their prime offering.”

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Honestly I have to laugh. Many years ago the OECD railed against so-called tax haven jurisdictions and developed the term “unfair competition” as the war cry moniker. Later on we have had all kinds of complaints and attacks lobbed at low or no tax jurisdictions claiming they were robbing the higher tax developed nations of tax revenues. Then of course the most recent issue as the so-called “Panama Papers” thing. Truth be told, the City of London and even more so the United States (Delaware & Nevada comes to mind) is in reality some of the large tax havens in existence, for everyone other than their own citizens of course. The hypocrisy is unbelievable.
Paul Craig Roberts-Dollar Should Be Reduced Already to the Level of Toilet Paper

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On holding physical gold and silver, economic expert and journalist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who holds a PhD in economics, says, “Anyone who has surplu

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Another great interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. Worth watching (as always). Comments on the so-called Fake News issue, economy, US Dollar and more. Good information if you want some real new and if you want to know what is really going on in the world and with the economy.
Fiat Currency Madness: Slow Burn Heating Up

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What Ever The New Monetary System, Without Honesty and Integrity It Will Not Work

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
The current madness of central banks now involves inflation, to eradicate the excessive debts we would assume (they say they are worried about deflation). The next step (we think) will be the call for some kind of new currency – monetary system. However, regardless of what new system is called for or put in place, if that too lacks honesty, integrity and truthful dealing by government and the financial sector, it will be useless exercise.
Main Stream Media News On The Rocks: The Rise Of Alternative News Media

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The September 2016 Poll By Gallup Finds That 94 Percent Americans Do NOT Trust The Main Stream Media. Must Be A Reason.

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
There is somewhat of an anti-establishment revolution going on both in politics and regarding the news media. Why? It has to do with two words that begin with a T: Truth and Trust. It started with Brexit, has crossed over to US politics and we tend to think it is a trend.
Countries where you can buy citizenship

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Passports for sale: this is the booming global industry of economic citizenship.

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
One of the best kept secrets is The Dominican Republic. Why? While the Dominican Republic does not offer a so-called economic citizenship program, it does have a very attractive process in place for investor residency, allowing the applicants to apply for citizenship after 6 months. There are a few ways to qualify so lack of space prohibits us from detailing them all (see information on our own website: http://www.ascotadvisory.com/Dominican_Republic_Immigration_Services.html) but in terms of costs, it is FAR LOWER than many of the other programs listed in the chart from this article (How does US$22,000 compare to what you see on this chart?). If you are not at least considering the Dominican Republic, you are missing out on one of the best and least expensive opportunities.

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History, Economics, Geopolitics And Governments - But Mostly History

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The politicians and tools have changed, but game remains the same

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Want to know what’s next? History is one of the best economic and political teaching tools at our disposal. The only thing different today are the tools and technology, but other than that, we would argue human nature has not changed since recorded time. And both economics and politics is in reality, the study of human nature. Is it not?

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Inflationomics: The Next New Central Bank Policy Idea Coming Your Way

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You thought inflation was bad before? Now they actually want MORE inflation!

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Inflationomics: The next new brilliant idea from the central bankers (along with helicopter money). Funny thing is, I actually remember when inflation or devaluation of the currency (read debasement) was bad for the economy. Now they want to intentionally increase inflation. Welcome to more voodoo economics and the new world disorder.

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Hugo Salinas Price- Apocalypse Is Upon Us

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Could a Fed rate hike start the bond market to liquidate? Mexican billionaire and retail magnate Hugo Salinas Price contends, “Apocalypse is upon us . .

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Hugo Salinas Price Interview: Beware the March 15th US Debt Ceiling, Mexicans are Catholics (not Muslim) and therefore “better” immigrants for US to assimilate, a lot of wealth is going to disappear, Mexican Congressman now proposes monetizing silver (hard money coming to Mexico?), savings are source of prosperity (not spending & going into debt)
Fake News Wars: The Battle To Control What You Read

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Should The Government Or A Media Company Get To Decide What You Read? What You Think? What Information You Know? That Is The Battle Of So-Called Fake News.

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
There is a war going on. A battle between corporate owned main stream news media, the government and independent digital journalism. It is a war for your mind, to determine who gets to control what you read and think, what information you are supposedly entitled to see. 94% of Americans recently surveyed claim they no longer trust the MSM corporate owned news due to dishonesty and biased reporting. So, as more and more people turn to alternative new media, the MSM corporate owned media now claims anything BUT them is FAKE NEWS. Many would opine just the opposite. Make no mistake about it. There has never been a more immediate pressing issue involving liberty, relating to free speech and freedom of the press.
An Obituary of The New York Times

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Working with the government to suppress stories, covering up election fraud in the ruling party and ruthlessly campaigning against the main US opposition leader, The New York Times has sentenced itself to wither away into irrelevance. Remembered only in history books as a relic of the Cold War, much like its sister newspaper Pravda of […]

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New York Times sold positive editorials to highest bidder? Johannes Walstrom reports that the proprietor and the editors of the New York Times newspaper would meet with and negotiate deals with powerful visitors. Unbelievable. And they wonder why 94 percent of Americans no longer trust the main stream media?
These ETFs are betting on a consumer boom in emerging markets

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A trio of exchange-traded funds that track the emerging-market consumer—a particularly fast-growing segment of a particularly fast-growing region—have surged this year, boosted by rising revenue and demographic trends that analysts say point to even more growth ahead.

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Say What? A consumer boom in Emerging Markets? Not news to me, as we have been talking about this idea for some time now. From the article: 95% of the world’s population increase (excluding migration) will be in developing countries. At the same time, individuals in emerging markets are expected to move into their country’s middle class. Don’t fight the demographics!
Catherine Austin Fitts-Chances of Slow Burn Continuing Radically Diminished

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Financial expert and Investment advisor Catherine Austin Fits says there are “bad signs” all around in the economy. Fitts explains, “What I have bee

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
A very recent interview with Ms. Catherine Austin Fitts definitely worth your time to watch. Some interesting commentary if you really want to know where the missing US government money is (and why).

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Paul Craig Roberts-Economy A Hoax & House Of Cards

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With around 94 million people out of the workforce, and the near record low Labor Force Participation rate, former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Pau

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
If you want to hear a very honest and intelligent assessment of current global political and economic affairs, we can suggest this very recent interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. It’s not bad enough that we have an economic situation akin to the Great Depression of the 1930’s (close to 100 Million Americans are not employed), but we have now have a stubborn US foreign policy baiting a war with Russia and China. Unbelievable and dangerous. Western world central banks are seemingly and deliberately destroying their own economics, and the politicians seemingly want to destroy the rest of it. Dr. Paul Craig Reports calls the current US economy a hoax and increasing poverty is the new trend for the average American citizen.

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What tools does the Fed have left? Part 3: Helicopter money | Brookings Institution

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In the third of a series on the Fed’s remaining monetary tools, Ben Bernanke says “helicopter money” should be on the table as a last resort, and he proposes solutions to some issues implementation that would have to be resolved before it could be used.


John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
What did we tell you? The sales pitch is on for Helicopter Money, the new and last act of desperation by the US Federal Reserve. Today’s pitch master is none other than Helicopter Ben Bernanke himself (a term we proudly coined a few years back). Interestingly enough, Mr. Bernanke admits there that IS inflation in the US. He says: The US is not today suffering from very low inflation (the opposite being high inflation). Why do these guys only tell the truth once they leave or retire from the Fed? In any event, stay tuned for more central bank mayhem.

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What the 21st century can learn from the 1929 crash | Larry Elliott

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It was the biggest setback to the global economy since the dawn of the modern industrial age. But did the world’s reaction worsen the effects of the 1929 Crash? And have we learned from those mistakes?

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An excellent article from the Guardian about the economic depression from the 1930’s & some parallels today.
The Color Of Money: Currency Debasement Coming Next?

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Aside From Wrecking The Economy, Will They Mess With Out Money Too?

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As we roll into 2017 one of the main issues on the minds of some of our clients is: What’s Next? There is talk of a bond market correction, a stock market correction, the comment that perhaps central banks will start raising interest rates again, and a plethora of issues that might come about in general as a result of a De-Globlization effort both politically and economically. However, one of the things on our radar is a possible currency devaluation scenario along with some new currency ideas thrown in for good measure.
Catherine Austin Fitts-2017 Destruction of the Old & Creation of the New

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Investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts says, “We are so overdue for a 25% correction… . I think 2017 is going to be a composting. In the destructio

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Many people, in Europe especially, are confused about the recent Trump Election in the US and what has really been going on. I urge all of you to take the time and listen to this recent interview as it offers an excellent explanation and analysis (and once again, the RUSSIANS did not do it)
How Much Time Do We Have Before The Next Crisis?

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Christine Hughes, President and Chief Investment Strategist of OtterWood Capital, analyses the yield curve to determine how much longer we have before th

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
We have said it before and we will say it again. You cannot solve a debt crisis by creating more debt. Real economic activity is NOT currency printing, central banks simply buying up financial assets, negative interest rates nor helicopter money. One voice of reason in the financial world is Ms. Christine Hughes, and we encourage you to listen to her comments here.
Neighborhood Stick Ball, Politics And Business Ethics

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What Can Neighborhood Stick Ball Teach Us About Ethics?

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
What the heck every happened to ethics in business and government? Maybe it never existed, but I fail to recall the level of corruption, graft, and institutionalized malfeasance in previous decades past that seems to permeate many public companies and public government offices today. Perhaps a group of boys playing stick ball can bring us back to our senses.

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The Central Bank Economic Confidence Game

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The Matrix Versus The Reality: Don’t Be Fooled!

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The Central Bank Confidence Game is all about convincing you that reality does not matter any more, only digital numbers on a financial markets screen. Trouble is though, we still live in the real world, not one of electronic fantasy. And when the digital world no longer reflects the real world, that is when the trouble begins.

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Refugees in Germany go on ‘vacation’ to war-torn homelands – report

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Asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and other war-torn states who are registered as refugees and receive social benefits in Germany do not hesitate to opt for a “vacation” in their war-ravaged countries, a German media report has discovered.


John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
We recently wrote an article which included the topic of migration in relation to the economy and economics in terms of how all this might play out going forward. And the point is while yes Europe overall is becoming older and stressing the government retirement benefits programs, and yes immigration is certainly one way to try and maintain certain demographics (as it pertains to tax revenue, and so on) – it really DOES matter who you take in. This is NOT about xenophobia, and all about common sense. Case in point, 99 percent of immigrants / refugees are reported to be unemployed and a majority unemployable. Which is to say, they are not bad people but they do not have the education, language and or other skill sets to participate in the work force. So, in Germany’s case, using the 1 million refugee figure, we have to summarize that 990,000 immigrants taken into Germany are taking social welfare benefits, and are NOT paying taxes into the social welfare system. If the problem is an elderly population taking retirement benefits out of the social welfare system, and the goal is to find and accept new immigrations to work and pay INTO the system to support those taking retired checks – the above mentioned paradigm does NOT work. On the contrary, it will drain and bankrupt the social welfare system even further. And now it is reported such new migrants are not only taking social benefit checks, but they are going on vacation back to the same place they said they were trying to escape from? I do not even want to tell you what I think about that.

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The Dominican Republic is still the most affordable real estate market in the entire Caribbean in 2016

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The Dominican Republic is still the most affordable real estate market in the entire Caribbean in 2016

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
Reason #482 Why The Dominican Republic Is Still One Of The Best Places To Consider For Relocation & Real Estate Investment. While many US States are increasing real estate taxes to plug insolvent and underfunded municipal pension plans, the Dominican Republic LOWERED Real Estate Taxes! The real estate or property value subject to taxation was increased from RD$4 Million Pesos up to RD$7 Million Pesos (about US$ 152,000). So, what that means is, if you buy a home, land or condo in the Dominican Republic and it is worth less than US$152,000 you pay NO annual real estate tax. If the property is worth over amount, then you only pay 1% of the value OVER that amount. So, let’s say you buy a home valued at US$200,000 (or equivalent in Pesos) – in such a case your annual real estate tax in the Dominican Republic would be the equal to US$480 per year (1% of US$48,000 which is the difference between US$200,000 minus US$152,000).
Gregory Mannarino-They Can't Have Real Money Competing with Fake Money

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On the continued price crush and manipulation of gold and silver prices, Analyst Gregory Mannarino says, “For the longest time, we know the price is no

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
December 11, 2016 interview with Greg Mannarino on US stock & bond markets (worth watching if you want a quick overview). Key points: US equities over valued, we have had 8 years of middle class impoverishment under Obama, both bond and stock markets out of sync and due for correction.
Politics And News Media: The Take Away

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Why Are The Electorate So Angry? What’s The Deal?

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Is this recent Donald Trump election victory a one off thing, or is there something much larger going on? The real problem lies with the government and political leadership that makes decisions or sells out to one particular agenda, ideology or program to the detriment of the remaining population as a whole. This is what really is going on (and why the electorate are angry).
Tax Avoidance Scandal: US Non Profit Tax Exempt Entities

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US Non Profit And Tax Exempt Entities Are The New Tax Avoidance Scandal, And Much More…

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Tax Havens have been politicized and criticized for years, but what about the abuses and tax avoidance issues involving domestic US tax exempt and 501c-e entities? Even worse, it would seem some of these so-called non profit charities are actually funding and supporting various forms of civil unrest, anarchy and social mayhem. Why is no one talking about or addressing these issues?
Investor Residency - The Dominican Republic Rescue

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Investor Residency: The Dominican Republic Rescue For The World’s Middle Class

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We recently highlighted that the IMF created a table regarding a number of citizenship programs globally but failed to include the Dominican Republic on that list. Why? We could not say but the truth of the matter is, the Dominican Republic Investor Residency to Naturalized Citizenship beats some of them on time line and ALL OF THEM on cost or requirements.

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QE in Europe is an Embarrassment: 18 QE euros generate a growth of 1 euro

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After almost two years of the quantitative easing program in the Euro Area, economic figures have remained very weak. Inflation is still fluctuating near zero, while GDP growth in the region has started to slow down instead of accelerating. According to the European Central Bank data, to generate 1.

John Schroder Ascot Advisory Services’s insight:
The European QE Program appears to be a bust, or in the very least not exactly a good return on, shall we say, money printing. According the article, it now takes 18 Euros to generate just 1 Euro of economic growth. Might as well just burn the money although creating 80 Billion per month of Euros almost equates to that. They point out the ECB printed 600 Billion worth of Euros so far for the QE program and they could have just paid off the entire Greek Debt of 360 Billion (and still had some left over). Mario, Mario what are you doing my friend?

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Immigration And Economics: Ponzi Government Policies In The EU And US

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Ghost In The Machine: Foolish Government Economic And Immigration Policies

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Over the past few months we have been railing about the economy and foolish central bank shenanigans, but we think there is in addition to that a more profound longer term problem that still has not fully played itself out yet both economically and socially. We are referring to immigration, which is one of the most contentious issues currently and globally.

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