New Manual Reveals...
Why Silver Will Become The Explosive
"Super-Metal" During The Coming Collapse
It's no secret. The economy has gone to hell in a handbasket and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon. Massive federal, state, and local deficits. Empty pension fund coffers. The mortgage mess. Bailouts. The $14,000,000,000,000 national debt. It’s no wonder that many people believe that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
You’re no dummy. You’ve cut back on your spending, you’re building up your savings, and you’re keeping a careful eye on what’s going on. And if you’re like many Americans, you may even own a few gold coins. That’s the key word: “few.”
Fact is, gold is expensive. For most hard-working, middle class Americans, scraping together over a thousands dollars to buy a single gold coin is difficult, if not impossible. The idea is sound, of course. For years, people have held gold as a hedge against a falling dollar. The fact that so many people are fleeing from the dollar and to gold tells you how little confidence they have in the economy and in the government’s monetary policy.
And yet ... is gold really the be-all, end-all when it comes to the best way to invest as a hedge against hard times?
I don’t think so, and I’ll give you four reasons why.
Reason #1: There’s a much more affordable, practical alternative to gold – silver.
At this writing, gold is over $1360 per ounce, and many experts believe it will shatter the $2000 mark in the coming weeks or months. It might make a great investment, but before you can profit from an investment you have to be able to buy it in the first place (unless you’re into risky business like options trading). Who these days, besides the rich, has the money to afford it?
Silver, however, is around $30 per ounce ... and you can buy as little as a half an ounce or less at a time. Skip a few lattes, or cook at home instead of ordering pizza, and you can afford an ounce of silver instead.
Reason #2: When compared to gold,
silver has lots of room to run.
Silver Is Set To Explode...
It's Only A Matter Of Time
Throughout history, the value of silver has been expressed as a ratio of its purchasing power as compared to gold. For hundreds of years, that ratio has been approximately 15 or 16:1 (silver to gold). In other words, sixteen ounces of silver has the same purchasing power as one ounce of gold. During the formative years of our nation, the U.S. government acknowledged this fact and acted accordingly. The very first U.S. Coinage Act in 1878 declared the “official” ratio to be 15:1. A later act, the Coinage Act of 1834, tweaked the ratio slightly and set it at 16:1. Instead of trying to manipulate things the way they do today, the government wisely recognized the natural market forces at work.
But over the years, as the economy rose and fell, the government began to do what was expedient. As they tinkered with monetary policy and silver and gold legislation, that natural, historic ratio was drastically altered. In the 1940’s, the ratio was at 100:1. In recent years, the ratio has shrunk to about 65:1, and today, at this writing, it hovers around 49:1.
It’s important to remember, however, that today’s ratio is still an artificial ratio due to government manipulation, and has nothing to do with silver’s real value. The old saying goes that hard times don’t develop character, they reveal it. In the same way, hard times reveals silver’s real value – and we’re starting to see that revelation play out right now.
Silver is in high demand
Gold is appealing mostly because of its rarity and its convenience as a medium of exchange. But silver, arguably, is even more valuable. That’s because in addition to it being a precious metal and a convenient medium of exchange, it’s also used in numerous industrial applications.
Fully two thirds of silver that comes out of the ground is used to create items that people can actually use. (Compare that to gold, just a tiny fraction of which is used in industrial applications.) Silver is used in batteries, cell phones, computer chips, flat screen televisions, iPods, RFID chips, and even solar panels. It even has medicinal applications.
Demand for silver is outrunning supply
Silver supply simply cannot keep up with demand. It can’t be mined from the earth fast enough. For instance, in 2009, 710 million ounces of silver was produced from mines or recovered from existing silver supplies. But total demand was 889 million ounces – leaving a whopping deficit of over 5,000 metric tons. This is part of an escalating pattern, year after year, of a growing deficit.
Silver is bought and sold in the commodity markets. One method of buying and selling silver is through futures contracts. A futures contract is an agreement to buy a specified amount of silver on a specified future date at a specific price. But all that glitters is not silver. There have been rumblings for quite some time now that the silver supplies held in reserve to fulfill the futures contracts don’t actually exist! People are just trading worthless paper. And that makes the silver that does exist that much more valuable.
Reason #3: Silver, not gold,
is the most practical “currency of last resort”
The cycle of borrowing and debt is simply unsustainable. At some point, in the very near future, the piper will have to be paid. If the government continues to print money, or if the dollar is ousted as the world’s reserve currency, massive inflation will set in.
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That’s when people turn to alternative means of payment – and silver is far and away the most practical, uniform alternative payment.
In an economic meltdown, can you imagine taking your one-ounce gold Maple Leaf or Krugerrand and exchanging it for a tank full of gas? You could, but you’d be overpaying, even if gasoline cost $20 or even $50 a gallon. Don’t get me wrong. Gold has its place. If you were an American trying to get the last plane out of Cairo in January of 2011, a gold coin or two might just have gotten you the last seat on that plane.
But when it comes to meeting ordinary day-to-day demands, gold just isn’t practical. A currency of last resort needs to be worth enough to purchase what you need, but denominated in increments that can be fairly exchanged for common in-demand goods like gasoline, food, and tools. Gold coins simply don’t suit this purpose.
That’s where silver comes in. There’s already a form of silver that’s standardized, widely recognized, and pre-certified as legitimate currency. It’s called “junk silver” … but it’s anything but junk. Junk silver refers to U.S. silver coins minted before 1965. Mercury dimes (minted from 1916-1945) are among the most recognized, but there are also Roosevelt dimes (1946-1964), several types of quarters (minted between 1892 and 1964), half dollars (1892-1964), and dollars (minted periodically between 1978 and 1935).
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a coinage act that removed silver from all future minted U.S. quarters and dimes, and limited the amount in half dollars. Savvy Americans immediately began to save pre-1965 silver coins. These older coins hold their value in a way today’s coins do not.
In the 1950’s, a Roosevelt dime (made of 90% silver) would buy you a loaf of bread. A Roosevelt dime minted in 2010 won’t. But if you had tossed that old silver Roosevelt dime into a tin can in the back of your closet and brought it out today, the amount of silver in that dime – over $2 worth at this writing – would still buy you a loaf of bread.
Silver has been used for millennia to buy necessities like food. The Bible records that when Joseph’s brothers were suffering from a famine in Canaan, they traveled to Egypt to buy food (Genesis 42). And what did they bring with them to pay for the food? Silver, of course.
People are already using silver currency in the US
Silver, especially junk silver, is easily recognized as having value. Junk silver is “pre-certified” because it was minted by a recognized authority, the coins are standardized, and they contain a known amount of silver. In Michigan, which has been among the states hardest hit by the recession, citizens are actually using alternative currencies in order to keep transactions flowing between local businesses. Silver coins are accepted by numerous businesses there. In California, some grocery stores are accepting junk silver coins in exchange for groceries.
Reason #4: Some people are worried that the government will confiscate gold again just like Roosevelt did in 1933.
As the government flounders around looking for a solution to its many fiscal woes, some people are concerned that the government has its eyes on your gold. There’s an ominous question being whispered among some of the nation’s elite power brokers:
“Is the government secretly planning to confiscate gold?”
It’s certainly possible. It’s happened before, and it could happen again.
In the early 1930’s, President Franklin Roosevelt was looking for a way to stimulate the economy and jumpstart the nation out of the Great Depression. (Sound familiar?) He believed that the key to boosting the economy was to increase the money supply. (Sound familiar?) So here’s what he did ...
In 1933, wielding Executive Order 6102, FDR made it illegal for American citizens to own gold worth over $100. Only jewelry and dental fillings were exempted from this draconian order. The government swooped in and confiscated all privately held gold ... and paid citizens just $20.67 per ounce.
This was in blatant violation of the 5th Amendment to the Constitution, of course, which states that no private property “shall be taken for public use without just compensation.” At $20.67 per ounce, citizens were not justly compensated. Far from it. For as soon as all gold was confiscated, the government immediately set the price of gold at $35 per ounce. Overnight, the U.S. dollar suffered instant deflation. Gold owners had been swindled, plain and simple, by their very own government. And every American, gold owner or not, was instantly 40% poorer.
To this day, by the way, the U.S. government claims that people have no “right” to own gold. Instead, the government considers it a “privilege” that can be revoked on a whim at any time.
Could your gold be used to prop up the failing US dollar?
A massive trade deficit. Expensive stimulus packages that didn’t work. A true unemployment rate of nearly 25%. 46 out of 50 states facing massive budget shortfalls. And again, there’s that pesky $14,000,000,000,000 national debt. We could go on and on ...
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So what does the government do to “solve” this problem? Print more money, of course. That’s what they’ve been doing since Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, announced a “quantitative easing” a few months ago. That may provide relief for a short time, but it does nothing in the long run. It makes the US dollar very unattractive to foreign nations, because it’s worth far less.
World leaders are already negotiating with each other (the U.S. wasn’t invited to the meeting, by the way) to move away from the dollar and to alternate currencies to pay for oil. And once that happens, your dollar will buy even less. That’s because if we’re forced to pay for oil in another currency, it immediately makes oil vastly more expensive. Imagine paying $5, $6, $7 or more a gallon of gasoline. Anything that has to move from one place to another – goods, groceries, etc. – will instantly become more expensive as well.
The government will do just about anything to keep that from happening. And they have the precedent they need in Executive Order 6102 of 1933.
All that gold in the safes of private homes across America would go a long way towards propping up the US dollar if it were in the hands of the government. After all, gold is now worth over $1300 an ounce, and many people believe it’s going to $2000. Would it pay off all the debt? No. But it would be a good start, and, more importantly, it would send a signal to our creditors that we’re getting serious about the debt.
All it would take is the stroke of a pen, and President Obama could seize your gold. Oh, he’d pay you for it, of course, but it wouldn’t be nearly what it’s worth. The means of seizure have been set in motion for months, all thanks to an obscure little clause in the healthcare legislation that passed Congress in the fall of 2010. It’s hardly gotten any attention … until now, that is.
The “stealth clause” in the recently passed health care law that makes it easy for the government to track down every ounce of privately held gold in the United States ... including yours!
If the government wants to take your gold, they have to know where to find it. How will they know? You’ve been set up, my friend. The government has decided they have a right to know if you have gold, and if so, how much. In order to facilitate their plans to track gold, they snuck a clause into the “health care reform” bill that requires the reporting of gold and silver sales transactions.
Starting in 2012, precious metal transactions over $600 per year must be reported to the government. With gold at its current price, you can’t even buy half an ounce without triggering the reporting requirement. Your gold purchases will play right into the government’s hands – they will know exactly how much gold you buy. That information will come in quite handy if they decide that seizing your gold is in the nation’s best interests.
If gold could be seized at any moment, what is the best way to protect your family and your assets in the event of an economic meltdown?
Silver is far easier to hide from the prying eyes of Big Brother and government snoops.
If this law isn’t overturned, demand for silver will shoot through the roof as people seek alternatives to gold. And that means there’s never been a better time to invest in silver.
According to the new regulations, silver transactions have to be reported, too. But remember, the transaction threshold is $600. It’s pretty easy to accumulate silver without triggering the reporting requirement. Simply buy $599 worth of silver or less, with cash, at any one time. At today’s silver prices, you can acquire up to 20 ounces at a time this way. Work with different silver dealers, always pay cash, and Big Brother won’t have a paper trail to follow to your door to seize your silver if they decide to seize that, too.
The silver bullet: silver to go
to $100 or more per ounce?
The government confiscating gold? You may think that’s total hogwash. And I respect that. But the bottom line is, no matter what your investment goals and beliefs, there’s a silver investment that’s right for you. If you invest in silver stocks, for instance, you’ll be glad to know that silver is undervalued right now and there’s plenty of room on the upside for profit. Or, if you’re concerned about economic meltdown ... and who isn’t these days ... there’s still plenty of time to pick up your “survival silver” currency before the populace at large gets wind of its value and depletes the supply.
Analysts are predicting that silver could easily reach $100 an ounce in the coming months. How is that possible? Remember, when governments print money (like ours is doing now – only we like to call it “quantitative easing”), people flee from the dollar and put their money into something of real value – precious metals like silver and gold. It’s also likely that the historic silver:gold ratio of 16:1 will reassert itself. (We’ve seen it moving in that direction the past few months as the ratio has gone from 65:1 to 49:1.) That means, at today’s gold prices, silver would be worth at least $85 an ounce. And if gold hits $2000 – which many analysts are predicting – that means silver would be worth $125 an ounce.
Why you must act now to avoid government interference
Now is the time to buy silver, while it’s still cheap. At this writing, silver is about $30/ounce. That means for $599 – the amount you can spend without being reported to Big Brother – you can get almost 20 ounces of silver. But if you wait until silver goes to its true historic value, you’d have to pay $1700 or more for the same amount ... and the silver dealer would have to report you to the government.
What you must know about silver before you jump headlong into the market
Silver is a great investment, as long as you follow a few simple rules. The Silver Buyer’s Survival Manual is a complete guide to investing in silver. Everything you need to know is contained in this up-to-date manual, including:
- Why silver is about to skyrocket in value, and how you can profit from it
- The riskiest form of silver investing, and why you may want to avoid it
- Four different forms of silver investments, and which one is right for you
- How to analyze and predict silver prices
- How to use the gold/silver ratio to your advantage and rake in more profits
- Where silver stocks fit into an overall portfolio
- 8 risks you must be aware of before you buy shares in a silver ETF
- What you must know about silver derivatives to protect yourself
- The absolute safest way to invest in silver
Look, you can’t buy peace of mind. But you can do the next best thing. Silver helps you to be ready for almost anything because it’s an investment with tremendous upside potential, while it’s simultaneously a major component of a survival portfolio. What would you pay for that kind of “insurance policy”? Hundreds of dollars? Thousands? Fortunately, you don’t have to. You can get the printed copy of The Silver Buyer’s Survival Manual for only $49.95 (plus $8 shipping and handling), or the downloadable e-book version for just $39.95!
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Look, the spread between silver and gold is already narrowing. Six months ago, the silver:gold ratio was 65:1. At this writing, it’s down to approximately 49:1. What does that mean? It means people are getting smart, fast. They’re wise to silver’s potential, and it isn’t as cheap as it was just a few short months ago. But fortunately, there’s still plenty of upside potential for silver.
I know silver isn’t as flashy as gold. It doesn’t have quite the “prestige” or “glamour” that gold does. But let’s get real here – do you want flash, or do you want a smart investment that, at the very least, is a hedge against inflation ... and if bad goes to worst, can put food on your table and gas in your car? Silver is an excellent fallback position in tough times.
We don’t know exactly when the flashpoint will be, but when things start to unravel, they unravel fast. Plummeting stock markets, bank runs, riots, and who knows what else? I urge you not to get caught in the stampede – act now.
P.S. What if I'm wrong? What if the economy stabilizes and the dollar returns to “most favored currency” status throughout the world? What if by some miracle all our financial problems go away? If you invest in silver and don’t need it, that’s the best possible news! (Frankly, I think we’ll see pigs fly before that happens.) But even if that’s the case, your forethought won’t go to waste. If history has taught us anything, it’s that good times don’t last forever. If you don’t need your silver, count your blessings ... and pass it along to your children and grandchildren. They will thank you for it.
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