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Scott Moody and his wife Wendy Warcholik are the proud parents of five children, and they chose to raise them in New Hampshire, particularly because of the favorable economic environment. However, as they saw the demographic decline of New England, they became aware of many more ingredients that went into making healthy families. Thus they utilized their economics backgrounds to come up with an index of family success, one that identifies the states that are defying the breakup of the nuclear family in the West: the Family Prosperity Index.

Moody has had a lengthy and illustrious 18-year career in policy research, and he holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. He was the cofounder of the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index and was the chief economist of the State Policy Network. He is now the director of the Family Prosperity Initiative and the CEO of the Granite Institute.

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Brien Lundin is president and CEO of Jefferson Financial, which publishes Gold Newsletter and hosts the New Orleans Investment Conference. He has four decades of experience in investment markets.
Fergus Hodgson is the chief executive of Antigua International, a consulting firm that connects the Americas, and he is the roving editor of Gold Newsletter. Originally from New Zealand, he has been a nomad for the past eight years, and his personal blog is the Stateless Man.

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  • Howdy all…first…this is awesome! lol I can’t believe I’m actually in it! Thanks everyone for doing this and putting this most excellent website together. So proud and happy to have a part. 🙂 Ok, so I’m looking to buy silver, but don’t know where to buy because a) I’m totally unfamiliar with the process an db) there seems to be lots and lots of options and it’s a little overwhelming. I’ve dealt with Amagi metals before, and I know they are pretty cool (one of their reps is ancap (they sponsored Speak Liberty NOW), and they’ve even posed on JT’s Facebook wall before…lol), and I’ve spoken to a rep with EuroPacific Capital previously. He was great, but they wanted a minimum of 5k or 10k )I forget which now). Shoudl I just go with a rep from somwhere, or does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance! Cheers!

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  • Speculators, Take a look at the recent Precious Metals Summit for 2016. It has a vast amount of company presentations but consider paying particular attention to the Ross Beaty interview and the other keynote presentations.   http://www.gowebcasting.com/conferences/2016/09/14/precious-metals-summit

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  • How will people generate income and/or put food on the table as A.I. and automation continue to become more capable, self-learning, and cheaper? Eventually humans will be “unemployable”, much like horses are “unemployable” today, except for narrow novelty purposes (entertainment, sport, horse drawn carriages, etc.). How do we prep for technological unemployment?

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  • I am often asked what I see in the future for precious metals (PM). Well, the easy answer is that I see them increasing in value against the US$. While it’s easy to identify a market bottom (or top) after the fact, it isn’t so easy to call it beforehand. That being said, I don’t believe we will see $18.50/ounce silver or $1200/ounce gold again…I think we have seen the bottom on metals. In general, there are two major, and divergent, trains of thought in the financial world as to the future of PM. I will call these the Bill Bonnor/Porter Stansberry school of thought and the Harry Dent school of thought (with apologies to these gentlemen for oversimplifying their respective positions). And I should say up front that these positions are very well thought out, logical and self-consistent. They have been right in many of their predictions before and are certainly worth your time! Harry Dent, an economist basing his research on the science of demographics, believes we are headed for a contraction in the economy and into a period of deflation. His model sees precious metals dropping in price against the US$. Bonnor/Stansberry believe the opposite; that with an ever-increasing supply of dollars chasing the same supply of goods, we are headed for a period of inflation. Perhaps, even, a period of hyper-inflation. In this scenario, PM prices will increase against the US$. Several years ago, I posited that we had both of these scenarios playing out at the same time…and I believe that we still do. My Levis now cost $59, $50 on sale. The same pair of jeans 5 years ago were $28, $25 on sale. Anyone who buys gasoline, clothes or food understands that the official government inflation of 1%-3% is off by about 8%. Obviously, we have many other areas of the economy where this can be observed. At the same time, the overall housing market has been dropping since the economy tanked. Sure, there are areas of the country where local markets have been improving. But this is a very temporary state of affairs. Mark my words, we haven’t seen the bottom of the housing market! Plus, there is a tremendous glut of foreclosed-upon properties that aren’t even on the market. This is very deflationary. Look for this tug-of-war to continue over the next few years. Especially if nothing changes in DC and politicians keep kicking cans down the road! That being said, I think the real key to the future of the PM market lies in the slow (or otherwise) demise of the petrodollar and the rise of (at least one) other reserve currencies. China, the world’s largest gold producer, exports none and has been actively buying up gold around the world for years! While we don’t know the official number on China’s gold holdings, China certainly has sufficient gold to gain a seat at the table of major gold holding nations! And, they have been making noises for some time now about the creation of a gold-backed world reserve currency. Should this happen, the price of gold could increase overnight! Additionally, in the last few weeks, Russia signed an agreement with China to supply gas for the next 30 years. This is huge! And huge, too, for the long-term appreciation of gold. ((And it hardly received a mention by the major news services here in the U.S.)) With Russia, China, and a number of other countries moving away from the petrodollar, look for the Saudis to rethink their agreement with the U.S. They are increasingly troubled by our Middle East Policy and especially with regards to Iran. Should the Saudis also begin to move away from the petrodollar, once more look for an increase in the price of gold as the value of the US$ drops. So, again, what do I see in the future for precious metals (PM)? I hate near-term projections. They are like trying to predict the weather 5-10 days out! I think we will likely see higher prices by the end of this year. But, I look for $150-$200/ounce silver & $5000/ounce gold in 3-5 years…events may prove these numbers conservative!

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  • Dear Liberty.me’ers: I thought I’d reach out and see if any of you would be interested in a project I’ve been working on. I have set up a way to make a gold account interface with the modern electronic banking system. You get all of the convenience of modern banking, without the inherent, umm…. risks, difficulties, dare I say, fraudulence? You keep your savings in gold, and you pay everyone else in dollars. And that’s always a good principle: keep your assets in a sound currency, and your liabilities in an unsound one. The gold is vaulted in Switzerland. So instead of going through lots of rigamarole selling gold, going to a dealer, paying a big percentage, etc., you can just *spend your gold*! Instantly! My company is Midas. I’ve set up a bare-bones placeholder site at: http://Midas.gold Here’s a rough informational brochure I made: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mdz6ev6pqua61lw/Midas%2Belectronic%2Bbrochure.pdf?dl=0 Let me know if you would be interested in getting such a card.  I am just looking for a few beta-testers.

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