Market News Digest...
Dec. 2, 2005

* $503 Gold! $8.56 Silver... $992 Platinum...
* Gold shines at $500 threshold -USA Today ...
* "Gold is the quintessential inflation hedge." ...
* What I told CNN about gold 1-yr ago ...

Gold's $500 Threshold; "A New Phase"
IdeaFactory Press
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Gold prices inched higher on Friday to close at $503.60, near it's highest level in almost 23 years, boosted by investment fund buying after prices this week broke above the key $500 an ounce level.

Despite the slew of upbeat economic numbers this week, gold prices broke the $500 barrier Tuesday and hit the highest level in almost two decades, the start of what some analysts said could be a long-term growth trend.

"Why is everyone so bullish on bullion?" asks The Washington Post.

"Investors traditionally pile into gold as a safe haven when the dollar drops, inflation rises and economic calamity looms. The trouble is, none of those things appears to be happening. The dollar is rising, inflation appears in check and the U.S. economy, while shaky in spots, does not seem headed for immediate disaster. Economic reports released Tuesday were uniformly rosy. Consumer confidence, demand for big-ticket durable goods and new home sales all were up."

Richard Russell (Dow Theory Letters) has an answer... "Gold has entered a new phase. This phase is characterized by gold separating itself from all paper currencies including the dollar. It's clear that something has changed -- that gold is now being accepted by sophisticated investors, not as a speculation, but as an alternative currency. Thus, over recent weeks while the dollar was strong, gold has continued to climb. Such action would have been considered almost impossible even a few months ago.

"Gold is now being accepted as the fourth currency along with the dollar, the euro and the yen. But there is a difference. Gold is also being recognized as the tangible currency and the ONLY SAFE currency. That gold pays no interest -- but is still at an 18-year high in terms of dollars -- is a testament to its value and safety in the eyes of sophisticated investors."

Gold has climbed more than 14 per cent this year, outperforming benchmark stock indices and bonds on both sides of the Atlantic, as demand rose for investments not pinned to the US dollar.

The next major upside target for gold is $520 to $530 an ounce.

"All the planets appear to be aligned for higher prices, with rising concerns about inflation, the outlook for the US dollar, reduced central bank selling, and falling mine production fuelling positive sentiment," wrote Mark Prevan, an analyst at Daiwa Research.

Dow Jones reported Tuesday .. "As inflation fears grow, some advisers are steering their clients into precious or industrial metals as a way to add luster to portfolios." Metals a solid investment amid inflation

Major funds as well as individual investors are seeking alternatives to stocks and instead are buying up precious metals -- despite tamer inflation numbers, lower oil prices and a stronger dollar.

A mere five years ago, gold was considered the laughing stock of the financial community. But who's laughing about the wisdom of owning gold now?

"Strong physical demand, central-bank buying and concerns about inflation are driving this rally. 'Follow the money' and you'll discover why tangible assets like gold are the best investment of the new century," according to author/CEO, Craig R. Smith.

According to Mr. Smith... "Gold is up 87% since 2001, and over 14% in 2005! But gold is still cheap if you consider it's true relationship to the falling value of the U.S. dollar over the last 25 years. Gold's price peak in 1980 was 850 dollars an ounce then, but using inflation-adjusted numbers the same peak would be 1,400 dollars an ounce today! (using gov't inflation stats) So, gold at $494... or even at $594 an ounce is a 'golden' buying opportunity!"

In the words of the soon-to-be-former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, 'If you want to know where interest rates are going, watch gold!'

According to Mr. Smith's NEW Special Alert, GOLD RUSH, Phase II ... "Physical demand from China and India helped to push the gold market into the second phase of the bull market in 2005. Rising inflation and out-of-control debt will no doubt continue to drive gold up. Gold has achieved "#1 global currency" status -- as evidenced by the recent rise in gold prices in relation to almost every paper currencies in the world."


QUOTE OF THE WEEK ...

"This has been a stealth bull market. Only years after a bottom has been made do people realize it. People shouldn't be surprised to see gold trade in the four digits."

-JOHN HATHAWAY, "Four-Digit Gold" -Barron's 11/21/05 (More from John Hathaway...)

Last week's quote ... "Gold is what people buy when they begin to lose confidence in the economy, the government and its money. We expect they will begin to wonder more and more. Both gold and the U.S. dollar have been skyrocketing, but only one of the trends has any staying power. Advice: drop the dollar and buy gold."

-ADDISON WIGGIN, co-author of Empire of Debt with Bill Bonner
(more ...TIMELESS ASSETS ARE DEBT-FREE)


GOLD:
(RMP)((Listen)) Gold prices cooled off a bit on Friday closing up $.60 to $503.60 an ounce, near 22 year highs. Thursday gold closed up $7.50 after easing on Wednesday, to $495.60
an ounce as investors pocketed gains from the metal's recent 10% rally. Healthy corrections like this support the market's continued upward trend. Gold prices broke the $500 threshold on Tuesday to hit their highest level in almost two decades, the start of what some analysts said could be a long-term growth trend. The world's largest producer of gold reported Monday that gold prices could rise to more than $1,000 an ounce in the next five to seven years as demand outstrips supply. Platinum tapped a high of $1,005 then backed down to $989. With gold production slowing, miners report a 'Global scramble for gold'... Gold has clearly established itself as an independent and competitive money, even as yields on competing currencies continue to rise. Spot gold: Gold $503, Silver $8.56 This year, give a gift that keeps on appreciating over time: a U.S. gold coin!
Related:
Prescriptions For Gold Fever -FORBES ... It is a rare portfolio that I build for a client that does not have some allocation to gold and other precious metals. There are three basic reasons why investors should still consider adding it to their portfolio...
Gold Rises to Highest Since 1983 -Bloomberg ...Gold rose in London, reaching $500 an ounce for the first time since February 1983, as investors bought the precious metal to spread the risk in their portfolios amid concern about inflation and as supplies decline.
"Four-Digit Gold" -Barron's 11/21/05 headline... "Hitting $500. That will fixate attention. This has been a stealth bull market. Only years after a bottom has been made do people realize it. People shouldn't be surprised to see gold trade in the four digits.
Gold: never a bad idea to own some -Forbes ... A 5% to 10% allocation to your core conservative portfolio should get the job done. Expect some lusterless years as well as some magnificent returns--and restful nights knowing you have some gold under your pillow.
Gold May Rise to $500, Survey Says -Bloomberg ... Investors are being drawn to gold as a haven because of the threat to financial markets from avian flu in Asia, the war in Iraq and the riots in France's suburbs, traders and analysts said. Demand for gold coins, bars and bullion-backed shares rose 56 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, led by a 38 percent gain in purchases in the Middle East, the producer-funded World Gold Council said Nov. 17.
Rally in gold unlikely to run out of sheen -FT ... The mood among gold bugs is more upbeat than it has been for many years. Gold prices are approaching 18-year highs. Even central bankers, who have been net sellers of gold for the past 40 years, have expressed conditional support for increasing their gold reserves.
Gold Rises to New High on Demand for Alternative Investment -Bloomberg ... Gold in New York rose to the highest in 18 years on investor demand for alternatives to U.S. and European currencies, stocks and bonds.
What's Inflation? -Walter E. Williams, WND ... First, let's not let politicians deceive us, and escape culpability, by defining inflation as rising prices...Increases in money supply are what constitute inflation, and the general rise in the price level is the result. Who's in charge of the money supply? It's the government operating through the Federal Reserve...So what about the president's nomination of Ben S. Bernanke as Alan Greenspan's replacement? I know little or nothing about the man. What I do know is that it's not wise for one person, or group of persons, to have so much power over our economy...Here's my recommendation for reducing that power: Repeal legal tender laws and eliminate all taxes on gold, silver and platinum transactions. That way, Americans could write contracts in precious metals and thereby reduce the ability of government to steal from us. [Ed. Note: Bravo to Walter! Little wonder the Fed is discontinuing to publish Money Supply (M3) figures in early 2006!]

Russian Central Bank May Double Gold Reserves (ResourceInvestor.com) -- Russia's Head of External Reserves Management, Maria Guegina, said gold reserves as a proportion of all reserves may be doubled. Russia presently has 5% of its national reserve portfolio invested in gold, Guegina said, �10% of gold in reserves would be appropriate�. Were the Russian Central Bank to move immediately to the 10% gold allocation, it would need to buy an additional 21.1 million ounces.
Economist: Central Bank Gold Buying -ResourceInvestor.com ... Kenneth Rogoff told delegates attending the 2005 LBMA Precious Metals Conference that he expects central bank gold sales to be reversed in time. The Professor of Economics at Harvard was also bearish on the American economy and the US dollar especially. �There are less compelling reasons to sell gold in future,� Rogoff told the bustling conference ongoing in Johannesburg. He noted that central banks would continue to diversify reserve portfolios which are presently heavily dollar weighted. [Ed. Note: Central banks have been heavy sellers of gold over the last decade ... for them to start buying signals a major policy shift. If they're buying again, should you consider doing likewise? ...]
Gold output to drop to 80-yr low -Mineweb ... Johannesburg - South African gold output was likely to fall to an 80-year low of 300 tons in 2005 down from 346 tons in 2004, which was the lowest level since 1931, Andisa Securities gold analyst Dr Dave Davis said on Monday.
Gold grinds on, with Fed lending a hand -MW ... "This was a 'recovery' week for the ... gold correction. ... On the daily chart, last week's $16.90 gold fall pushed gold well below both its 10- and 20-day moving averages. The $11.50 rise this week has reversed the process."
Isn't that precious? Platinum hits high -CNN ... Platinum hits high Asia drives rally; platinum at 26-year high; palladium hits a 17-month mark, gold and silver follow... expectations that growing commercial demand for platinum group metals would keep prices climbing.
Analysts see shift in gold, greenback correlation -Globe&Mail ... "the disconnect between gold prices and the U.S. currency goes back nine months or so. Over that period, the U.S. dollar has been fairly strong, and the amazing thing about it is that gold has been stronger than not only the U.S. dollar, but the euro and the yen, and even the stock market..."
Merrill Says Gold May Be a Good Bet as Growth Slows -Bloomberg ... "Merrill Lynch & Co.'s Chief North American Economist David Rosenberg said gold may offer an alternative to investors as U.S. capital markets head for a "year of heightened volatility."

2000-2004 Investment Scorecard
Gold bullion is headed dramatically higher during the ongoing 20 year up cycle and rare U.S gold and silver coins continue to outperform bullion (See 2000-2004 Investment Scorecard).

According to veteran gold analysts Mary and Pam Aden (The Aden Report)... "Gold is poised for $500. Gold has finally started to move up in ALL currencies -- even when the dollar is UP! This serves as confirmation of Phase Two of the bull market in precious metals and rare U.S. gold and silver coins we announced last month.

According to author/CEO Craig R. Smith, "$475 gold is dirt cheap compared to $60 oil! $500 gold is the next major breakthrough and from there it's headed toward $800 to $1,000 -- especially given the long-term shrinking value of the U.S dollar."

"The American economy is not prepared for expensive energy", writes energy expert Dan Denning for Daily Reckoning. He goes on, "The American economy was built on an aberration and abetted by a mistake. The aberration is cheap oil, which will prove to be the exception and not the rule of industrial development. The mistake is fiat money and low interest rates, which, when coupled with cheap oil, created an American economy whose current structure can't survive higher energy prices."

It all adds up to a coming gold price �super spike�, according to Mr. Smith, "Today the world supply of "funny" money is increasing at a historically high rate, so the value of "real" money must increase too."

In 2001, Mr. Smith's book, "Rediscovering Gold in the 21st Century: The Complete Guide to the Next Gold Rush", announced that a new bull market had begun in U.S. gold coins based on market trends, diversification principles and common sense. The book (now in it's 6th reprint) explains how to diversify assets based on historical principles. Publisher's Free Book/DVD Offer


OIL:
(Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Thursday
after an unexpectedly steep drop in U.S. crude stockpiles, but the market could resume its downtrend as supplies remain high. Sweet crude for January delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 53 cents to $57.85 a barrel.
Related:
NASA: Fossil fuel theory takes hit -WND ... NASA scientists are about to publish conclusive studies showing abundant methane of a non-biologic nature is found on Saturn's giant moon Titan, a finding that validates a new book's contention that oil is not a fossil fuel. "We have determined that Titan's methane is not of biologic origin," reports Hasso Niemann of the Goddard Space Flight Center, a principal NASA investigator responsible for the Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer aboard the Cassini-Huygens probe that landed on Titan Jan. 14.
'Black Gold' strikes Big Oil 'nerve' -WND ... Responding to complaints from customers, a leading petroleum industry website stopped its sale of WND Books' "Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil," which challenges the conventional wisdom on the commodity's origin and supply.
What if we don't run out of oil? -Dr. Jerome Corsi, WND ... Oil prices are currently declining suggesting ample worldwide supplies are available � oil prices are not increasing as would be expected if chronic oil shortages were imminent. The debate over "Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil" has begun to take familiar lines. "Peak oil" adherents continue to insist that oil resources worldwide are depleting. This mantra is repeated almost like an article of faith.
Global energy needs will surge 50 percent by 2030 -AP ... "Prices will rise if capacity is not significantly increased, the International Energy Agency said Monday in its 2005 World Energy Outlook."
Russia pledges to almost double annual oil shipments - Forbes ... "Russia has pledged to almost double its annual oil shipments to China and to expand the two countries' cooperation on gas and space projects."
STOCKS:
(MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks gained ground Thursday
helped by inflation-friendly data, but Wal-Mart Stores Inc. traded lower amid some disappointment over its December sales outlook. Wednesday a pullback in shares of General Motors weighed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, despite data showing the economy grew a faster than expected 4.3% in the third quarter. Tuesday economic reports showed an improvement in consumer confidence, a resilient housing market and a rebound in durable goods orders. Merck & Co. said announced plans Monday for a global restructuring that will include the elimination of 7,000 jobs by the end of 2008 and the closing or sale of five manufacturing plants. Last Monday, General Motors was under pressure after announcing radical new restructuring steps, including the closure of 12 North American facilities.

General Motors announced plans today to cut 30,000 manufacturing plants and close 9 plants. �This is a clear impact of rising gas prices,� says Craig R. Smith, co-author of Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil. �At $1.75, or even $2.00 a gallon, Americans wanted to drive larger, more comfortable, family-oriented SUVs. But at closer to $3.00 a gallon, the shock of spending $50 to $75 to fill the tank sent many American families in search of smaller vehicles. With GM stock at the lowest point in years, GM probably has no choice but to shift gears and get in line with the consumer�s demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.�

Smith and co-author Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. see GM�s move as having a major ripple effect upon the economy. �The backbone of the American economy has been automobile manufacturing,� explains Dr. Corsi. �When a major auto manufacturer such as GM announces a shake-up this major, the ripple effects will be felt throughout the economy. Higher gas prices can be expected to have a negative effect across many areas of the economy and this announcement today is a serious cause of concern.�

Does GM�s decision mean we are in for a recession? �Very possibly,� Craig Smith responds. �Our economy is very large and we can absorb large hits, but when gas prices hit auto manufacturing, then we have to be concerned.�


INFLATION:
Bye-Bye, M3, but Why? - Gillespie Research ... Last Thursday afternoon, the Fed made what I consider a bizarre announcement that beginning in March, it will stop releasing M3, as well as the more important components that comprise this critical measure. "Bizarre"? Yes, I think so... As of the end of October, M3 exceeded $10 trillion in size. The nature of its components make it the best place to turn to try to assess possible "intervention" [euphemism for "manipulation"] in the financial markets.)

For New Fed Head Bernanke, Inflation Is Key -Wharton...Ben S. Bernanke is a superb choice to replace Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve, but he will have to demonstrate to financial markets that he is as much an anti-inflation hawk as his predecessor, according to Wharton finance professors and private-sector economists.

The Real Inflation Threat Isn't Energy -BW ... Unless the economy slows in the first half of 2006 to a pace that will relieve some of the stress on businesses' ability to meet demand, then inflation pressures will keep building even if energy prices continue to fall. More important, cheaper energy, by itself, will not be the key to the Fed's decisions on interest rates next year.

Where is inflation really headed? Wall Street can't reach consensus -AP ... This disparity is one factor that may cause investors to realize "that inflation is higher than the government is acknowledging"...

(Reuters) The government's consumer price index increased 0.2 percent in October after a 1.2 percent rise in September, the biggest increase in 25 years, the Labor Department said in Washington.

Producer prices unexpectedly rose 0.7% in October as surging costs of natural gas and home heating oil outweighed cheaper gasoline, but prices outside of food and energy ticked lower, a government report showed on Tuesday. Economists had expected October prices received by farms, factories and refineries to be flat after a roaring 1.9% gain the month before.

The wholesale PPI last month soared 1.9% (22.8% annualized!) the largest amount in 31 years, reflecting the surge in energy prices that occurred following the Gulf Coast hurricanes. U.S. consumer inflation surged at the fastest pace in more than 25 years in September, rising a bigger-than-expected 1.2%, (14.4% annualized) last Friday.
Related:
Gas Prices Fall, Inflation Moderates
...prices are being closely watched by financial markets and the Federal Reserve for any hint that the surge in energy prices are beginning to exert upward pressures on overall inflation.

"INFLATION SOLUTION" - FREE 10-Page Special Report... Today everyone from Paul Harvey... to Alan Greenspan... to WSJ is worried about rising inflation. Wouldn't it be a sin if inflation was really TWICE as high as reported? Well, it is! ... "Our deceptively low "official" CPI numbers hurt everyone, but especially those who rely on SSI and fixed retirement incomes. Cost-of-living income adjustments based on an artificially low CPI will never be able to keep pace with higher "real world" prices. Even Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan has said that official CPI numbers have no basis in reality. It's nonsense to say we live in a world of 2 to 3 percent inflation today, because the government has systematically stripped out of their CPI virtually all of the "real world" indicators, such as rising home costs." - Craig R. Smith (from the Special Report)


DEBT
A 'fiscal hurricane' on the horizon By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON � The comptroller general of the United States is explaining over eggs how the nation's finances are going to hell.

"We face a demographic tsunami" that "will never recede," David Walker tells a group of reporters. He runs through a long list of fiscal challenges, led by the imminent retirement of the baby boomers, whose promised Medicare and Social Security benefits will swamp the federal budget in coming decades.

The breakfast conversation remains somber for most of an hour. Then one reporter smiles and asks, "Aren't you depressed in the morning?"

Sadly, it's no laughing matter. To hear Walker, the nation's top auditor, tell it, the United States can be likened to Rome before the fall of the empire. Its financial condition is "worse than advertised," he says. It has a "broken business model." It faces deficits in its budget, its balance of payments, its savings � and its leadership.

See:
ONE NATION UNDER DEBT -- By Craig R. Smith
TIMELESS ASSETS ... ARE DEBT-FREE! -- By David Bradshaw


HOUSING:
Sharp recession after RE bubble pops -AP
... Much of the nation has had a lovely real estate boom for the past five years, but the house party is almost over and the cleanup won't be pretty. That's the word from economists and investors who have watched housing prices march ever higher. "The collapse of the housing bubble will throw the economy into a recession, and quite likely a severe recession," warned a July report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Home sales shifting into buyer's market By Adam Shell, USA TODAY ... As signs of a real estate slowdown mount, more agents are having to break the bad news to sellers: Just because your neighbor's house sold for a king's ransom a few months ago, doesn't mean your home will fetch the same princely sum today. A transition from a seller's to a buyer's market is underway, and agents say they are spending more time trying to get clients to understand the market has changed. They note homes are sitting on the market longer and price gains are slowing as higher interest rates make buyers balk at exorbitant prices. (Chart: Prices in 150 metro areas)

New Home Sales Rise, but Prices Decline according to NY Times ... New home sales rose 2.1 percent from August, to an annual rate of 1.22 million in September, but that was slightly below the pace of sales in September 2004, the Commerce Department said. The median price - half the homes sold for more and half for less - fell 5.7 percent from August, to $215,700. Still, prices were up 1.9 percent from a year earlier. Also, the August home sales figures were was revised down to 1.197 million from an initial reading of 1.237 million.

Rising home prices take toll -AZRep-10-23-05 ...The typical metro Phoenix home is now selling for $263,000, which is $40,000 more than the national median home price. Valley home prices were always below national averages before this year. Firms like Motorola and USAA moved here because housing costs were low. People have flocked to Phoenix since the 1950s because they could find work and buy homes. But now, families with the Valley's median household income don't earn enough to buy the average home."

"If you take away affordable housing, what do we have?" asks Jay Butler, director of the Arizona Real Estate Center at Arizona State University Polytechnic. "Affordable housing has spurred growth in the Valley, but we can't count on it anymore."

READ: BOOM OR BUST: A Strategy to Hedge Your Dream House New Special Report.


FEATURE ARTICLES:
Why Gold... Grows More Precious Every Day -- By Bill Bonner, Daily Reckoning ... "Gold is now cheap and almost hidden. People are buying it for the right reason: because it is cheap. It also provides an insurance against human error, complacency, and shock. We see signs, though, that gold is coming out of the closet. The price is approaching $500, and the financial press is beginning to notice. "Four-Digit Gold"..."

"IN GOD WE TRUST"... Irreverance or truth? By David Bradshaw, Editor ... In 1905, both Augustus Saint-gaudens and Theodore Roosevelt agreed that using the motto, "In GOD We Trust" on the new U.S. $20 gold coinage showed "irreverence." Not because it did not reflect the worldview of America, but because they thought GOD's name too holy to put on money which may be used for unGODly purposes.

GOLD vs. Wall St: Who's laughing now? By Louis Paquette ... The stigma is gone! "One might question, in this Internet age of instant information - why did it take so long to sink in? Sure the information may be available. Beliefs change slowly, denial is an extremely stubborn trait! Also groupthink is important here - nobody wants to be part of a "fringe group� that the gold bugs were perceived as before. But now that the financial news networks are talking up gold on a daily basis, the sector has lost the stigma that was once attached to it. Indeed, the fools are increasingly looking more like the ones who have continued to have faith in a recovery on Wall Street."

Reuters reports "Gold is seen hitting new peak of $500 in 2006".


U.S. RARE COINS
Andrew Jackson-King of Siam coins sold:$8.5M -CNN ... "Sale of rare coins sets new transaction record. A coin collector paid a record $8.5 million for a set of rare coins said to have been a gift from former President Andrew Jackson to the King of Siam.

U.S. Rare Coin Auction in Dallas Breaks Records ... Swiss America broker Tom Rodriguez reports, "The Phillip Morse Collection, consisting of the finest known set of $20 Saint Gaudens brough record prices at auction this last weekend. A Proof-69 High Relief $20 Saint brought 2.9 million -- triple the price of the industry expectations!"

According to Heritage, "This event also set a record for the largest gross sales in a numismatic auction for a single day," Rohan said, "with more than $36 million realized on November 3, our Platinum Night session, which incorporated the main sections of the Phillip Morse & Jack Lee Collections. We couldn't be happier with these results."

The highest bid in the auction, $2,990,000, was paid for a specially struck U.S. $20 gold piece with the date "1907" in Roman numerals MCMVII, and known as an "ultra high relief" because of the elevated height of the design. Its sale price was a record for that specific type of coin, and tied (with a Brasher Doubloon sold by Heritage in January) for the third highest price ever paid for a coin at auction.

BIG money is moving into U.S. collectible rare coins for safety, privacy and excellent profit potential. Read more Phase II of the rare gold rush


TIMELESS ASSETS ARE DEBT-FREE
Some heavenly advice to overcome financial crises
By David Bradshaw
Editor, Real Money Perspectives
Nov. 18, 2005

The root meaning of the word DEBT is "death". That's right, "morgue" and "mortgage" are closely related to each other in the english language -- and in life.

DEBT abuse is enslaving and consuming modern American culture -- in addition to robbing and strangling the generations to come. Debt has now become the legalized drug of the last generation -- after having been shunned by the previous 10 generations in America.

"The result has been unfettered deficit spending, gluttonous consumption, and fearless military adventurism. All the while, the nation slouches ever more precipitously towards bankruptcy", says EMPIRE OF DEBT, an important new book by Daily Reckoning editors Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggins.

There are many reasons for the explosion of debt and credit, but the solution to living beyond your means is always the same (from a heavenly perspective): "Owe no man anything, except to love him", as the Good Book says.

Merely intending to do good or pay off a debt, without actually doing it, is of little or no value. As the old proverb goes: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions".

But today we ask, "What then is the road to heaven be paved with? Greater intentions? ... True value?"

GOLD: A HEAVENLY GIFT ON EARTH

A symbol of power and beauty, GOLD was thought by ancients to be a gift from heaven. And so GOLD has been for those with discernment of the major economic shift of the new millennium toward tangible assets!

Ever since the new century rolled over, tangible assets like gold coins, have begun a slow, steady climb skyward. (see 2000-2004 Scorecard)

Gold coins are now up 83% since 2001, and are a godsend to We the people... who must now face another year of rising costs, negative 'real' returns and growing volatility in the financial world in 2006.

"Rediscovering Gold in the 21st Century" by Craig R. Smith was published by Idea Factory Press in 2001. The book traces the history of U.S. gold coins, pricing factors, market cycles and the effect growing demand has on a shrinking supply. I recommend reading this classic book OFFERED FREE from Swiss America, by calling 800-289-2646 or by registering HERE.

To further promote greater public understanding of gold, we just launched a new daily one-minute gold market report for radio/Internet broadcast ... read/listen/bookmark HERE.

Gold is mentioned hundreds of times in Scripture, often as a symbol of true wealth. According to the Apostle Paul's Revelation, the occupants of heaven will walk on streets of pure gold. "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; and the street of the city was pure gold." -Revelation 21:21

So, in heaven it appears that pure gold is as common as concrete pavement is here on earth. Imagine, gold not only provides a stable financial foundation on earth, but also a solid footing in heaven!

TIPS TO LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS...

How can Americans learn to overcome the temptation to borrow and instead begin to live within our means?

1. First, study and obey heavenly advice... on life and debt, all of which are found in the heaven's handbook for earthpeople, the Bible.

2. Prioritize your expenses ...
- Give to your local church or synagogue and support nurturing ministries. - Give to your own future by having a savings cushion for emergencies. - If you don't have enough money to pay your bills you have two choices: 1. Earn more; or 2. Spend less. This may mean reducing your lifestyle to fit you pocketbook.

3. Establish a money-management system... that works for you and then begin training your children in these principles before they become snared in the credit trap too!

4. Diversify assets ... by spreading your wealth around you have built a financial hedge around your family that will protect you against excessive greed... and fear -- both of which can ruin your financial future.

In summary: Because the debtor runs a high risk of becoming a slave to the lender, heaven's economic policy could be defined as "Anti-debt". Let us all ask for heaven's help to stop borrowing against your future, and instead begin building an inheritance for the future generations with gold as a foundation.

My wondering eyes will open wide,
To find I�m evermore alive,
And there�s a golden path stretching out before me.
Pearly gates I see, that swing wide open.
Then, my heart leaps. Words are unspoken,
"Welcome to the Golden Streets of Home!"

-Golden Streets of Home


ABOUT THE EDITOR

David M. Bradshaw is Editor of REAL MONEY PERSPECTIVES, a new, syndicated daily financial/cultural news digest. In 2001, he published REDISCOVERING GOLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY: The Complete Guide to the Next Gold Rush and has been an economic commentator since 1987, when he produced the World Economic Perspectives radio show. In 2004, he produced "A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER-TERRORISM" a free-to-the-public educational resource on DVD and CD. In 2005, he released a new CD, "WHAT'S YOUR WORLDVIEW?" a one-hour CD sample from his 24-hour series, "THE BIG PICTURE: The Shape of Things to Come" discussing geopolitical, economic and spiritual trends in the 21st Century. MORE ... PERSONAL NOTE: Youngest daughter Braida Zoe (age 21 mo.) feeds herself, climbs, swims, bounces on trampoline and is building an ever-widening vocabulary. Shown with her mom (and loving wife) Micki with 1 of our 3 chihuahuas, Tecci (in costume).


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