I hope you had a wonderful July 4 weekend, celebrating our country’s independence with family and friends.
I did, for sure. But I was also a bit somber. Why? Because I couldn’t help but reflect on the sad state of affairs the world is in today, reminding myself of a conversation I had with a colleague just over a year ago.
The colleague I was talking to early last year had asked me if ever I foresaw the world entering a state of war that could become known as World War III.
My answers shocked him. Here they are nearly verbatim …
World War III has ALREADY started.
It is going to be unlike any previous wars in history.
Make a list of every possible type of war you can imagine, and check them all off. They are all very likely to be a part of WWIII. That includes:
International military conflict. Between China and Japan. Between Russia and Europe. Check.
Civil war. In many different parts of the world. Check.
In the Middle East, in Africa. Even in Europe, as the European Union disintegrates and the northern, richer countries of Europe are pit against the indebted southern countries and the periphery of the Union (Greece, Bulgaria, Spain).
Financial warfare via currency devaluations. Check.
Government confiscation of assets and rising taxation against the people. Check.
Increased terrorism and jihadist movements as well as domestic terrorism. Check.
North Korea increasingly rattling its saber against South Korea. Japan. The United States. Check.
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Massive domestic social unrest throughout the world. Check.
Cyber-espionage between countries. Check.
Cyber-espionage by governments against its own people. Check.
Capital controls as governments deal with their debts. Check.
Further losses of liberty and privacy. Check.
Continued shooting wars around the world as citizens go off the deep end. Check.
Corporate wars over natural resources. Check.
Based upon my studies of the history of governments and civilizations,
“When core governments realize they’re broke and their very existence is at risk, like what’s happening now in Europe, Japan, and the United States — you get two of the nastiest sets of conditions possible …
1. Governments turn against other governments.
2. Governments turn against their own people.”
Look, I’ve been studying the Cycles of War for nearly 36 years, and WWIII, I said, is just beginning.
I had originally presented my results at the Weiss Wealth Symposium in January 2013 and shocked nearly everyone in the audience.
You can see the chart I showed the attendees right here.
I’ve been writing about the rising tide of war ever since, pounding my fists on the table.
And I warned that the Cycles of War will turn up massively in 2014.
The list of wars, conflicts, civil uprisings, rebellions and soaring international tensions is now going off the charts. In almost every nook and cranny around the globe, there is evidence of rising unrest.
So what should you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?
Should you build your bomb shelter and cabin in the boonies and arm yourself to the max? Stock up on months’ worth of food and water?
That’s not my kind of thing. But if you want to do that, then you should.
When friends and colleagues ask me how I am preparing, I tell them my very simple point of view: “The best defense, I say, is making money, lots of it, for my family and loved ones.”
For me, money is the best defense — AND offense — period.
Since that’s where my skills lay — that’s where I spend most of my time — in protective and growing wealth when most investors are losing their shirts.
For instance, the bear market in gold and many commodities is now over. So I’m preparing by backing up the truck to start loading it with the best of the best investments that perform well when the world is on the verge of massive chaos …
Blue chip gold investments in gold bullion, gold ETFs, and mining shares.
Silver bullion, platinum and palladium, and related mining shares and ETFs.
Energy investments, in blue chip oil and gas companies, and alternative energy.
Food and agriculture investments: Farming conglomerates, food processors and distributors.
Companies in the water business. Perhaps the most neglected natural resource of all, yet the most essential.
I’m also getting ready to position my portfolio for what will turn out to be the “Last Great Bull Market In Stocks You Will Ever See.”
Yes, a pullback in the stock market is still in the cards. But long-term, the strength in U.S. broad equity markets is undeniable. The fact of the matter is that equity markets can …
1. Be a hedge against inflation and currency devaluations.
2. Profit from flight of scared capital running out of traditional types of investments, especially sovereign bonds that are going bust.
3. Pay better rates of returns in dividends and royalties than most other investments can do in today’s environment.
And, very importantly …
4. Become a safe haven — just like gold is — for capital fleeing other parts of the world.
And mark my words: You ain’t seen nothing yet for the Dow. After a pullback, the Dow is headed to well over 20,000 … and probably to as high as 31,000 over the next several years.
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And almost no one will understand it or profit from it because they will be stuck in the traditional economic models that say stocks cannot go higher when governments are going broke, interest rates are rising, and the world is in such turmoil.
But I say the opposite: Stocks will go higher precisely because governments are broke and precisely because the world is in turmoil. That’s what’s happened before and that’s what’s going to happen again.
Also, don’t be surprised in the weeks and months ahead when you see the U.S. equity markets and gold rise together. That’s precisely what will happen. Gold and silver mining shares, where I am concentrating my efforts now for my subscribers, will be the best performers, by far.
Good luck and God bless,
Until next week …