Do you think that the new ugly war exploding in Iraq is about religion … that the violence tearing apart Ukraine is about autonomy … or that the scary conflicts in East Asia are driven by territorial disputes?
If so, you’re not wrong. But what you may be missing is the overriding, ever-present elephant in the room:
Larry Edelson, who repeatedly forewarned us of today’s rapid escalation in global conflict, puts it this way:
“Global conflict is now ramping up even more quickly than even I had anticipated — not just economic wars, currency wars and trade wars, but also civil wars, regional wars, cold wars, revolutions and social chaos.
“They will turn out to be some of most important events of your lifetime — events that will shape your financial future and the financial future of all those you love for the next 50 years.
“Unfortunately, however, most people still don’t understand them. They don’t know what’s happening — let alone what to expect. They haven’t connected the dots to gold. And they don’t realize how deeply the conflicts tie back to oil and energy.”
This was the whole point of Larry’s landmark speech on our Weiss- Money Show Cruise last year. It’s been his mantra in Money and Markets emails, on Money and Markets TV, in his Real Wealth Report and in his online webinars.
In fact, he said it so often, some folks asked:
“Doesn’t Larry ever get tired of talking about this stuff?
Why is he pounding away at it over and over again?”
Well, now we know the answer, don’t we?
Not only do we have new, dangerous wars exploding — or about to explode — in Ukraine, the Middle East and East Asia …
Not only are those wars threatening to spread globally …
But we are also beginning to see their impact on global markets.
Just connect the dots:
- Wars drive oil and gas prices skyward …
- Surging energy costs drive up inflation, threatening to gut the purchasing power of paper currencies …
- Scared money flees the regions threatened by wars and revolutions, and …
- Hundreds of billions of dollars rush into gold.
It’s classic. It’s a proven pattern we’ve seen for centuries. And it’s happening NOW!
Just consider the two wars now in the news …
Iraq: Earlier this past week, millions of frightened Iraqis breathed a temporary sigh of relief when they learned that ISIS, now the most powerful terrorist group in the world, was pausing in its drive to take over Iraq and attack Baghdad.
But the relief quickly turned to grief — and intense fear — when folks realized that the so-called “pause” was the terrorists’ deliberate strategy:
They wanted to first capture Iraq’s biggest oil fields and refineries near the town of Beiji … cut off the country’s source of energy and income … and then take Baghdad.
Why? Because Beiji is the largest oil operation in Iraq, and because Iraq is the second largest producer in the region!
Ukraine: This conflict has been all about gas and energy from the get-go — not only because of the immediate threat to cut natural gas flows to Ukraine and Western Europe, but also because …
Huge Natural Gas Reserves off the
Coast of Crimea in the Black Sea
“When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.
“Russia portrayed the takeover as reclamation of its rightful territory, drawing no attention to the oil and gas rush that had recently been heating up in the Black Sea. But the move also extended Russia’s maritime boundaries, quietly giving Russia dominion over vast oil and gas reserves while dealing a crippling blow to Ukraine’s hopes for energy independence.”
How big are these reserves? The Times reports that Exxon Mobile, Royal Dutch Shell and other majors have already explored the Black Sea, and some experts are now saying that Russia’s new energy windfall there may be as big as the North Sea, where Britain and Norway have enjoyed windfall profits for four decades.
Is Everything as Dark as It Seems?
But there’s also a light at the end of the tunnel:
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First, U.S. production of petroleum and related products, which had been declining for nearly two decades, has recovered — and done so very quickly.
That’s a dramatic turn of events with lasting consequences for investors who target the right sub-sector of the energy world.
Second, thanks to the rising production, U.S. reliance on imported oil has plunged.
Does this mean that the United States is invulnerable to the oil and gas wars now exploding abroad?
I wish! Unfortunately, the oil wars are breaking out suddenly and right now!
In contrast, America’s trend toward energy independence is a slow process that will take many more years.
That means surging energy prices and a massive flight into gold.
What to Do
First and foremost, make sure you have a stake in both energy and gold.
Second, stay alert for specific recommendations in Larry Edelson’s publications. His picks are soaring; and he’s getting ready to recommend more.
Third, stick with them. The wars are just beginning to escalate and spread. Their impact on precious metals and energy are just beginning to appear. And the profit opportunities you’ve seen so far could be just a small sneak preview to what’s possible in the months ahead.
Good luck and God bless!
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