Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Holy Sh*t!: US Debt Clock Live

Discovering the US Debt Clock Live for the First Time

And holy sh*t is all I could say. I sat staring at the screen for five minutes without moving, trying to fathom the astronomical amounts of money I was seeing. After coming back to earth, my eyes started wandering down the clock to see the various forms of growing debt. The US government debt, yearly deficit, citizen's debt, is scary.

Numbers Explained

First, let me explain how much money we're talking about. I actually had to look up what comes after a trillion.
  • 1,000,000 = 1 million (Brad Pitt made $20 million this year, Tiger Woods $100 million)
  • 1,000,000,000 = 1 billion (Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are worth about $40 billion each)
  • 1,000,000,000,000 = 1 trillion (US government has spent $3 trillion so far in 2009)
  • 1,000,000,000,000,000 = 1 quadrillion
Screen Shot of US Debt Clock Live

Here is the exact screen shot that made me sit dumbfounded. I found the clock over at US Debt (links below). However, realize that you're simply looking at an image. What I saw was more harsh.

US Debt Clock Screen Shot (click to enlarge)
(Screenshot taken Wednesday, October 28, at approximately 1:30 am)

US Debt Clock Climbing

Were you able to handle it? Did you read through all of the numbers? That was taken on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. What is the date today, and how much has it risen? This is what might boggle your mind like it did mine. Click on this next photo to go to the www USDebtClock org site. Not only will you see what you saw above, but it will be be climing as you watch it! If you don't know what a certain number means, simply run the mouse over the number and an explanation will pop up.

Current US Debt (click for today's figures)
(Screenshot taken Wednesday, October 28, at approximately 1:30 am)

How does that make you feel? If your son or daughter were born today he would be nearly $40,000 in debt if we divided evenly amongst all US citizens the $12,000,000,000,000 (trillion, I just wanted to write out all of those zeros). Staggering, isn't it?

How Much is a Trillion Dollars?

The US has over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, which includes Medicare and Social Security. Many soon-to-be retirees are worried the government will soon be unable to pay. $3.5 trillion of the $12 trillion US debt is held by foreigners. What happens when these creditors start demanding the US government to pay up?

On Inflation

Look at"Federal Reserve Money Creation" on the left hand side. Do you see how fast this is rising? They are printing money at a rate of $60 million per hour. This is why our palladium coins and gold bullion have been rising in value and why inflation has been a part of life since 1972 (before which the dollar was backed by gold). Eventually we will see gold, silver, and all other commodities reach astronomical heights. Technically, they should be much higher than they are now, but thus far people are trusting the US government to eventually pay its debts and things are still semi-stable.

I'm not going to write a book here. This is a choppy article of my thoughts; what went through my mind when I looked at the clock. I've read a lot of books about the economy, business, commodities, stocks, etc. Some of these books are from 2003, some are from the 90s, some are more recent. The other day I read one from the 70s when the debt was just a few $billion. Many mention the total US debt, which just a few years ago was $2-3 trillion. Now, it's $12 trillion and I'm just astonished.

National Debt Clock in New York City

Finally, here's a picture of the US Debt Clock pasted on a wall of a building in New York City for everyone to see. "The idea for the clock came from New York real estate developer Seymour Durst, who wanted to highlight the rising national debt" ( Click to read the full story about the clock.

National Debt Clock (Click to enlarge)
(Linked image from Wikipedia)

What Does All This Mean?

What does this mean? That there are too many people in the world; there is too much money backed by no solid assets; there are too many people in debt; here is too much pollution; there aren't enough resources....I could go on. But the fact is that our society has become extremely complex in terms of the economy, resources, and population. Something big is going to happen in our lifetimes. And some of us will be prepared.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Palladium Shines! (Gold Price Predictions)

Palladium Shines!

Palladium is doing very, very well, folks! The gold price is glittering right now as people the see the $1050 price. This shows a near 10% gain for gold. Silver is up 14% to over $17.50 per ounce. Platinum, over the same time period of a month or so, rose under 10%.

But look what's shining: palladium! Palladium has risen 16% over the same time period. It's current price is $336 per ounce palladium coin or per ounce of palladium bullion. Buy palladium bullion as it's still a good investment. It woudl have been a better investment a few months ago at $180. Remember that?

Investment Strategy

We've been giving you tips every couple months on which metal to buy or which to sell. It's usually short and at first decided we wouldn't do this, but people like it so we're doing it. We never guarantee any of our predictions though, so keep that in mind.

Gold Predictions

We have a long-term prediction for ALL of the metals to rise. I think you know that simply by us maintaining a precious metals site. In the short-term, as in, what you should do right, we think you should buy silver. Silver has never been this under-valued compared to gold. When gold hit $1000 in 2008 silver bullion was selling at $22 per ounce or closer to $30 for the silver coins.

If you don't have money to buy silver now, Selling an ounce of gold (we're assuming there are low fees involved) for $1055 would buy you about 60 ounces of silver. So, six ten ounce silver bars (coins would likely cost more) could be had. We say that not only because we think silver undervalued versus gold right now, but because it is so rare and when demand increases so will its price.

Palladium Predictions and Platinum Predictions

We don't think palladium will reach $400 any time soon. Similarly, we don't think $1500 platinum will come any time soon. Gold's popularity, as evidenced by $1000 gold or $1050 gold, proves we're in a recession and people want to hedge with gold. Palladium hedge and platinum hedge don't work the same because they are more industrial in nature and will rise with more demand from auto manufacturers. In the long-term, both will rise, as we're predicting, but not this year.

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Here's an article predicting gold to reach $2000 within the next 10 years.
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