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Apr 15, 2009 Alerts.:" The Biggest risk to your Business"

The Biggest Risks To your business And how to minimize them in a bad economy.

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6 companies to get $9.9B under US mortgage programBy MARTIN CRUTSINGER and ALAN ZIBEL , 04.15.09, 05:51 PM EDT .

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GATA Dispatches"Ambrose Evans-Pritcher: A copper standard for world currency?°

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: A 'copper standard' for world currency?
Submitted by cpowell on 02:32PM ET Wednesday, April 15, 2009. Section: Daily Dispatches By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The Telegraph, LondonWednesday, April 15,2009 : enthusiasts have long watched for signs that China is switching its foreign reserves from US Treasury bonds into gold bullion. They may have been eyeing the wrong metal. China's State Reserves Bureau (SRB) has instead been buying copper and other industrial metals over recent months on a scale that appears to go beyond the usual rebuilding of stocks for commercial reasons. Nobu Su, head of Taiwan's TMT group, which ships commodities to China, said Beijing is trying to extricate itself from dollar dependency as fast as it can. "China has woken up. The West is a black hole with all this money being printed.

The Chinese are buying raw materials because it is a much better way to use their $1.9 trillion of reserves. They get 10 times the impact, and can cover their infrastructure for 50 years." "The next industrial revolution is going to be led by hybrid cars, and that needs copper. You can see the subtle way that China is moving into 30 or 40 countries with resources," he said. The SRB has also been accumulating aluminium, zinc, nickel, and rarer metals such as titanium, indium (thin-film technology), rhodium (catalytic converters), and praseodymium (glass). While it makes sense for China to take advantage of last year's commodity crash to restock cheaply, there is clearly more behind the move. "They are definitely buying metals to diversify out of US Treasuries and dollar holdings," said Jim Lennon, head of commodities at Macquarie Bank.

John Reade, metals chief at UBS, said Beijing may have a made strategic decision to stockpile metal as an alternative to foreign bonds. "We're very surprised by Chinese demand. They are buying much more copper than they will need this year. If this is strategic, there may be no effective limit on the purchases as China's pockets are deep." Zhou Xiaochuan, the central bank governor, piqued the interest of metal buffs last month by calling for a world currency modelled on the "Bancor," floated by John Maynard Keynes at Bretton Woods in 1944. The Bancor was to be anchored on 30 commodities -- a broader base than the gold standard, which had caused so much grief in the 1930s. Mr Zhou said such a currency would prevent the sort of "credit-based" excess that has brought the global finance to its knees. If his thoughts reflect Communist Party thinking, it would explain the bizarre moves in commodity markets over recent weeks. Copper prices have surged 49 percent this year to $4,925 a tonne despite estimates by the CRU copper group that world demand will fall 15 to 20 percent this year as construction wilts. Analysts say "short covering" by funds betting on price falls has played a role. But the jump is largely due to Chinese imports, which reached a record 329,000 tonnes in February and a further 375,000 tonnes in March. Chinese industrial demand cannot explain this. China has been badly hit by global recession. Its exports -- almost half GDP -- fell 17 percent in March. While Beijing's fiscal stimulus package and credit expansion have helped lift demand, China faces a property downturn of its own. One government adviser warned this week that house prices could fall 50 percent. One thing is clear: Beijing suspects that the US Federal Reserve is engineering a covert default on America's debt by printing money. Premier Wen Jiabao issued a blunt warning last month that China was tiring of US bonds. "We have lent a huge amount of money to the US, so of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets," he said. This is slightly disingenuous. China has the world's largest reserves -- $1.95 trillion, mostly in dollars -- because it has been holding down the yuan to boost exports. This mercantilist strategy has reached its limits. The beauty of recycling China's surplus into metals instead of US bonds is that it kills so many birds with one stone: It stops the yuan rising without provoking complaints of currency manipulation by Washington; metals are easily stored in warehouses, unlike oil; and the holdings are likely to rise in value over time since the earth's crust is gradually depleting its accessible ores.

Above all, such a policy safeguards China's industrial revolution, while the West may one day face a supply crisis. Beijing may yet buy gold as well, although it has not done so yet. The gold share of reserves has fallen to 1 percent, far below the historic norm in Asia. But if a metal-based currency ever emerges to end the reign of fiat paper, it is just as likely to be a copper standard as a gold standard.

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From The Desk Of Nick Nicolaas: "Crisis & Opportunity"

Preamble to Analysis of Martin Armstrong's Turnaround Dateof April 20, 2009

There is a huge demand for financial knowledge and we are now in an information bull market. In fact, we are being bombarded and overloaded with financial information. At the risk of adding to this prevalent information overload, this FDNN letter will, once again, give you our view of “what may the future bring”. Yes friends, I said may and not will, because with so much interference in the markets by governments worldwide, it has become nearly impossible to try and even remotely predict what the future may bring but - - we will try. All of this government interference is in plain view for all of us, who are paying attention, to see. Plus there also is government interference by stealth and therefore not in plain view. Yes indeed, this is a turbulent time to be writing. The disappearance of liquidity in the markets is of great concern to us and consequently, we expect to see record volatility swings in the markets. We at FDNN are not financial advisors however, below under the heading So what will the April 22, 2009 turnaround date bring?, we will give you our opinions as to the future and the importance of being in Hard Assets. In any event the best advice we can give is “pay attention to your investment portfolio yourself and do not leave your financial well being to others and in any event be careful out there”!!
One week to Go to Martin Armstrong's Turnaround-date of April 20, 2009

The Martin Armstrong's Economic Confidence Model turnaround-dates are just date specific caution flags. These flags have proven to be right on the money since 1985 when I first started to pay attention to this Model. Although, these dates are not forecasting impending doom or boom, they have proven to be dates indicating major turnarounds of events.
When the stock market crashed on October 27, 1987 right on 1987.8 (.8 x 365 days) indicated in the Armstrong Model then the Model really got my attention and I have followed it ever since then. To try and predict what MIGHT happen, I assemble current economic information as well as information obtained from free-thinking individuals who have clarity of thought and vision and who base their opinions on thorough research, critical thinking, and fact-based analysis.

Free thinkers such as Ian Woods, a disciple of Ian Notley's Yelton Fiscal Inc.; Doug Casey and his analytical team; James Dines; Richard Russell; Joe Granville; David Morgan, the silver-investor; John Mauldin and technical analysts such as Adam Hamilton and Roger Wiegand. Trying to interpret what each of these turnaround dates may bring is like trying to unlock a mystery. FDNN wrote about Martin Armstrong's turnaround date of February 27, 2007 (2007.16) in its February 18, 2007 Alert #35 “THE BULL STOPS HERE” - - - and exactly on that February 27 date stock markets around the world took a major hit. Some $60 billion was lost on the New York Stock Exchange in a minute. The same thing happened to stock markets around the world. There also were heavy losses in China, Tokyo, India, Sydney, Toronto and London. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 364.35 points, or 2.7% – the biggest drop in three years. The Dow dropped 416.02 points and the Shanghai Composite Index fell 268.80 points. These significant drops right on that turnaround date signaled the beginning of the end and gave all of us lots of heads-up lead time to get our affairs in order. FDNN note: A Resource World article by Ellsworth Dickson in May of 2007 about that February 27, 2007 turnaround date can be viewed here and all historic FDNN letters can be viewed here! In my FDNN Alert #43 dated March 17, 2008 I warned that, based upon the Martin Armstrong turn-around date of March 22, 2008 (2008.225), “the Ides of March” were once again upon us and that they, once again, would change everything (After Julius Caesar's bloody assassination in March of 44 B.C., the Ides of March assumed a whole new identity. The phrase came to represent “a specific day of abrupt change” that set off a ripple of repercussions throughout Roman society and beyond. In Cicero's letters from the months after the Ides of March he even says, 'The Ides changed everything”). We warned FDNN readers that the Financial Tsunami was starting to crest and to be light in the Financial Markets and that for the long term to be in commodity based investments (Hard Assets) and particularly gold and silver which certainly turned out to be the right calls for 2008.

Someone pointed out to me that Martin Armstrong's Date of March 22, 2008 was wrong because the markets did not crash until the fall of 2008 but I will argue that the 2008.225 date was right on the money. Ergo, as in March 44 B.C., - - - it was a specific day of abrupt change. Because precisely on March 22, 2008 the World Order Officially Changed. We explained that World Order Change in our FDNN Alert #44 dated March 31, 2008 when we wrote: “The US FED Low-Dollar Policy (from a High on the US$ Index of over 120 in July of 2001 to 71.82 at today's market close) has Now Resulted in the US Recession and a Major Shift towards Asia; We Already Knew that the Supremacy and the Move from The Western Economies to the Asian Economies were Shifting but, on March 22, 2008 Decisions were Made by Central Banks from 16 Asian Nations and its Governors from the South East Asian Central Banks grouping (SEACEN – Collectively, they manage about US$1 trillion in reserves, according to Bloomberg data) not only Crystallized those Facts but it Confirmed the Date (“Turnaround Date”) on which the NEW World Economy was Firmly Established: - March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Central banks from 16 Asian nations may invest more of their $1 trillion of foreign reserves in the region's debt as Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts reduce returns on U.S. assets. ``This is something that most of us, that are not yet investing in, will be looking at,'' Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco said in a March 23 interview in Jakarta. There can be ``some kind of shift'' to Asian sovereign bonds, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said in a separate interview on March 22, after a weekend meeting of policy makers from the region (emphasis added by FDNN). Asian countries pummeled by a financial crisis in 1997-98 have spent the past decade hoarding reserves to help protect their economies from external disturbances. A looming U.S. recession means the world's biggest economy may no longer be the best place for the region to invest those funds. FDNN Note: Yes Friends, these Asian Economies are now firmly on record that they will switch and invest in their own economies and NOT in the US economy the New World Order has now been confirmed and in Place! Again quoting Cicero, “The Ides changed everything”. END

Yes, March 22, 2008 changed everything!