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As the IMF announce “the history of money is entering a new chapter”, we take a look at…

Britain’s New “Track And Trace” Enabled Currency

Thanks to Rishi Sunak’s new plan, the government could soon have the power to track every pound you spend… decide what you can and can’t buy… and even lock your money down if you’re spending on the ‘wrong’ things…

 

Dear Fellow Brit,

For the first time in half a century, the British authorities are preparing to issue a new currency…

…and if you have ANY money in a British bank account, you need to know how it works.

To understand why, let me tell you a story…

It begins in China.

In Shenzhen, to be exact.

October, 2020.

The height of the pandemic.

In 50,000 homes all over the city, people wake to find these gift cards waiting for them:

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Source: Reuters

 

From the outside these “red packets” – as they became known – look just like the cards that are common presents all over China.

Each is loaded with 200 Yuan.

About a tenner, give or take.

Small change.

That money can be spent in 3,000 places in the city.

Shops, restaurants and cinemas all accept it.

It appears to work just like normal currency.

But these red packets are hiding something.

The money loaded onto them is different – radically different – to the rest of currency in circulation.

It’s new.

Digital.

And unlike normal money, it’s programmable.

The CCP can see every transaction, track every purchase and monitor every cent of the money that’s being spent – in real time.

Not only that, these ‘red packets’ can be coded with government-set rules, meaning they can only be spent on state approved purchases.

It’s a new form of controllable money that has never existed before

And it allows the state to ‘track and trace’ all money – and police behaviour it doesn’t like.

It’s what the International Monetary Fund calls “the future of money”.

CNBC called it “the next big disruptive force on the horizon".

And the Bank of International Settlements said it’s “likely to be a game changer in the financial system”.

This money is nothing like the cash in your pocket.

It’s a perfect tool of control.

Just look at China.

Soon after appearing in Shengzhen, this new digital money began to crop up all over China.

Next it was Guangzhou.

Then Beijing... Shanghai... Hangzhou... Fuzhou... Xiamen... and countless other cities.

It fits perfectly into the CCP’s plans.

You may not know this – but the Chinese authorities are building a social credit system – designed to reward “good” citizens...

…and punish “bad” behaviour.

The state can punish people for playing too many video games… buying “frivolous” items… posting the wrong thing online… or smoking in the wrong place.

Do the “wrong” thing and people can find themselves banned from flying, barred from top hotels… one student even had his university spot cancelled due to his father’s poor social credit score.

In one year alone, the state blocked 17.5 million airplane tickets… and 5.5 million high speed train journeys.

So how does a programmable currency fit in?

It’s the next step.

It can give the state total control over people’s money…

Allows the authorities impose rules on what people can do with their money and their lives…

And makes it easy to punish people if they step out of line.

Sounds like something from the pages of 1984, doesn’t it?

But it gets worse.

Because this isn’t just something the Communists have cooked up.

The same technology is under development in more than 100 countries around the world.

But if you’re proud of Britain’s history as a freedom-loving nation…

A place where the state leaves law-abiding people like you alone to live your life the way you want…

Where things like privacy and liberty are hard won rights we ALL enjoy.

Well, you may be wrong.

Because right now, as you read these very words…

Plans are under way to create a currency EXACTLY like this right here in Britain.

Of course, the authorities CLAIM that just because they can track and control your money… that doesn’t mean they will.

And that’s true.

If you believe them.

Whether you DO believe them or not is up to you.

After all, some people love the idea of the state being in total control of the monetary system.

If that’s you, I wish you good luck.

But if you think that there’s even the slightest chance the authorities might use this new programmable money to infringe on your privacy, your rights and your ability to control your money…

Then stick with me.

In fact, as you’re about to see, a toxic mix of state organisations and giant global corporations…

…including the Bank of England… the Treasury… IBM… Barclays…

…even 10 Downing Street…

…are all COLLABORATING on making this kind of ‘track and trace’ currency a reality here in Britain.

This new currency could fundamentally change how and where you spend your money, and live your life.

That’s because it won’t just be issued by the state, like the money in your pocket.

It’ll be CODED by it too.

Every pound you spend could be watched, around the clock…

You could be stopped from buying the wrong things, whether that’s a diesel car or donating to the wrong political party…

You could be forced to buy into the latest fad, like electric vehicles or plant-based meat…

And your money could even be locked down or deleted if you step out of line...

It’s a radical change to how your money works today.

Take a £50 out of a cashpoint and you can spend it however you like.

Yes, the Bank of England can control how many pounds are in circulation… and what interest rate those pounds pay.

But beyond that, you’re free to do as you please with your money.

Beer. Cigarettes. Diesel. Political donations. A train journey or short flight.

It’s your money.

You’re free to spend it how you like… even on stuff that’s bad for you (or bad for the planet).

But programmable currency flips this on its head.

And that’s why you need to take it seriously.

In fact, if you’re not…

Then I hate to say it, but perhaps you don’t value your freedom or privacy as much as you thought.

Think back to lockdown… when the authorities decreed where you could go… who you could see… how far you could travel… even what medications you put in your body…

Now imagine that level of control over your money.

And not just for a few months… but FOREVER

How long will it be before we all wake up to find the new currency is here for good?

I can’t say.

But if you join the dots, the picture becomes clear – some form of programmable money is in the works: the UK already has a digital currency ‘taskforce’.

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Source: Reuters

 

The Bank of England has begun a ‘consultation’.

The Deputy Governor of the Bank of England has claimed Britain may “need” a digital currency.

And in November 2022, a consortium including IBM, Boston Consulting Group and Barclays Bank began trialling one.

So we’re much further down the road than you might realise.

But what I can say for certain is right now you still have time to DO SOMETHING about this.

One day that time will run out.

That’s why in this briefing I’m going to share four things you can DO with your money to help protect yourself as this new digital currency launches.

If you value your money and your freedom, then making these four moves now will put you one step ahead of most people.

We’ll talk more about what you can DO in just a second.

But first, I should explain why I’m writing to you today.

What went wrong with Britain

Time was, you could save and invest without worrying about what the state thought of you.

Yes, you’d pay taxes.

But it ended there.

The state stayed out of people’s business.

Savers, wealth builders and entrepreneurs were celebrated.

Putting money aside for the future or starting a business was respected.

But now?

It’s all upside down.

The government is up to its eyeballs in debt.

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Source: UK Public Spending

No matter what the problem is, the answer seems to be the same thing.

Spend more.

An energy crisis. A pandemic. A climate disaster. There’s no problem that can’t be solved by more spending, more debt, more reckless decision making.

Never mind the fact all this excess has already triggered an inflation crisis unlike anything seen in 50 years.

And forced the Bank of England to step in to bail out the entire pension system.

Of course, if you’ve got half a brain you can see what’s really happening here.

The authorities are losing their grip

They can’t balance the books.

They can’t maintain the currency.

They can’t even manage the economy – without ‘emergency’ interventions every five minutes.

And soon, if the rumours are true, they won’t be able to keep the lights on.

The answer?

They need new ways of CONTROLLING what you do with your money.

They want to ‘manage’ the economy on a micro level.

And that’s where Britain’s new digital currency comes in.

It’s the next logical step in this process.

It takes the kinds of rules and restrictions on who you could see and where you could go in the pandemic…

And applies them to your MONEY.

Their boot, your face

There have been two major changes to how money works in the last century.

The first came as the Great Depression struck in the late 1920s.

Back then, most currencies were still backed by gold, which imposed natural limits on what governments could borrow and spend.

But with a crisis to fight, that went out the window.

Governments around the world – including our own – took their currencies off the gold standard.

That gave them the freedom to devalue and spend more freely.

Soon the pound had plummeted in value against gold.

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Source: New World Economics

The second shift came in 1971, when US President Richard Nixon stopped the dollar’s convertibility into gold.

That made it even easier for the authorities – and their friends in the banking system – to borrow and spend vast sums of money.

Since then, the real value of the US dollar has plummeted… as has every fiat currency in the world, including the pound. Take a look:

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Source: CPI Inflation calculator

Two big shifts in the way money works.

But one common thread.

Each shift granted the authorities MORE power to do as they please… and stripped it AWAY from ordinary people.

And that brings me to today…

The next big change to the money we use goes much further than anything yet seen.

It won’t just allow the authorities to create money out of thin air…

But it’ll give them the power to TRACK where it is…

CONTROL how it’s spent…

And PUNISH anyone who steps out of line.

It’s the ultimate tool of control

This new form of money – known as a Central Bank Digital Currency, or CBDC – runs on the blockchain, the same technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

It’s 100% digital.

This is not physical cash you can hold in your hand… or withdraw if your bank gets into trouble.

And unlike cryptocurrencies, many of which are decentralised and not controlled by any one organisation.

This new money is controlled by the state.

The authorities create the code… and get to set the rules.

And that grants them a never-before-seen level of control over how and where that money gets spent.

As The Economist put it:

“These “govcoins” [CBDCs] are a new incarnation of money. They promise to make finance work better but also to shift power from individuals to the state, alter geopolitics and change how capital is allocated…

Once ascendant, [they] could become panopticons for the state to control citizens: think of instant e-fines for bad behaviour."

Note the choice of language.

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Source: Medium

A ‘panopticon’ is a kind of prison.

The concept was ‘invented’ in the 18th century by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who thought the only way to alter society for the better was through constant, unverifiable surveillance.

He imagined it as a circular prison, with an observation tower in the centre.

That tower can – theoretically – see inside every single cell.

But the inmates can’t see into the tower.

They can’t know if they’re being watched.

It’s psychological torture.

And yet the boffins at The Economist openly chose THAT specific word to describe how these new currencies work.

Even the Harvard Business Review has admitted that “one obvious risk is privacy” if a CBDC is introduced.

China’s government has dealt with these fears with a move right out of 1984.

China’s government, but not other users, would have the ability to monitor transactions in real time, in what China calls “controlled anonymity”.

That means no corporation or company can track transactions using the new currency. Users are completely anonymous…

…to everyone EXCEPT THE GOVERNMENT.

So, not anonymous then.

But to be honest, privacy is the least of your worries.

After all, most governments now routinely lean on banks to track and monitor transactions, if they so choose.

So if you want true financial privacy, you need a time machine.

No – the real threat of these new currencies is the fact that the state controls the code they run on… which makes it possible for the authorities to program them to do all sorts of dark and devious things.

No more burgers for you, fatty

Say the state decides to pay out a new benefit. It could program that money so that it can only be spent on essentials like food or fuel.

But it could go further…

It could make sure that money only worked on ‘approved’ food – healthy food, say – to make sure people use it ‘correctly’.

Might sound harmless on the face of it.

But it opens up a Pandora’s Box of new controls, regulations and ways to try and run your life.

As The Australian Spectator asked recently: 

‘So why on earth is this being pursued with such ambition? The only rational conclusion is control.

Another form of government control... The CBDC will remove financial independence and autonomy from our lives.'

Give the state this kind of power and it’s unlikely to end there.

The powers-that-be could not only force you to buy the ‘right’ things… they could stop or limit you from doing the ‘wrong’ thing, too.

Had too many beers this week? Your money stops working at the bar.

Eaten too much meat? Your money only buys vegan food now.

Carbon footprint getting too high? No more flights for you.

In other words, the authorities could have total control over how and where you spend your money.

There’s a term for all this: social engineering.

Which is exactly what a digital currency would enable the state to do.

In a recent Joe Rogan interview, digital currency expert Maajid Nawaz speculated on exactly this kind of outcome:

‘If you try to buy unhealthy meat it just won’t work. You tap your card, you can’t buy that thing, but because you’ve met your quota of burgers – you’ll have to buy a vegan meal instead.'

Getting people to eat less meat, or quit smoking, or burn less fossil fuels might all win a few extra votes.

But what’s that famous saying?

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

Being able to PROGRAM money to achieve whatever the political elite decide is a power no government has ever had before.

But they’re building the monetary system they need as we speak.

They’re not even hiding it.

Just take a look at what the people who RUN the global money system are saying about this.

Tom Mutton, a Bank of England Director, said that Central Banks should consider creating programmable money.

He claims a CBDC:

‘Opens up new technological possibilities, including programming: effectively allowing a party in a transaction, such as the state or an employer, to control how the money is spent by the recipient.'

More specifically, they could be used to pursue ‘socially beneficial outcomes'.

To me, that sounds like using YOUR money to ‘engineer’ a society the authorities want.

Which should send a shiver down the spine of anyone who values their freedom or privacy

So what might those outcomes be?

Whatever they decide...

This food is bad for you.

That car is bad for the climate.

The extra £100k in your bank is bad for social equality.

Who knows exactly what kind of ‘outcome’ the authorities will try to engineer.

The point is…

Once they control your money… they control YOU

To see where all this is going…

You only need look at how the EXISTING financial system has been turned into a tool of control – and a means of punishing people – in the last couple of years.

Take the “Freedom Convoy” in Canada…

At the start of the year, thousands of truckers blocked roads in Ottawa in protest against forced vaccination.

In response the Canadian authorities turned the financial system into a weapon.

Protestors found their bank accounts frozen… and their vehicle insurance declared invalid.

Even DONATING to the cause was enough to see your account frozen.

One single mum donated $50 to the truckers and woke to find her account locked.

Which showed how willing the authorities are to use money as a weapon.

We’ve seen the same pattern in the USA.

It turns out, Bank of America gave the government details of 211 ‘suspicious’ individuals connected to the January 6th protests.

BoA won’t say if they were issued a warrant or subpoena… or whether the surveillance broke any laws.

But innocent people were called in for questioning as a result.

Now the search is on to find out how many other banks did the same thing.

Look. It’s easy to dismiss these cases. These people have been cast as anti-vaxxers… Trump voters… deplorables.

They’re easy targets.

But add all this up and what do you get?

Authorities that are willing to use money as a weapon…

Who are developing a new programmable currency….

One that’s trackable 24/7…

Can be controlled by central planners…

And used to punish anyone who steps out of line.

And that includes our OWN government, by the way.

Because that’s a big objection people have when I warn them about this.

They dismiss it as something that’ll only ever happen in an authoritarian state like China…

But that ignores the most important fact.

It’s being trialled RIGHT NOW

If you’re prepared to connect the dots, you’ll see this kind of programmable currency looks like a foregone conclusion for Britain.

Whether the state will USE it in the same way the Chinese Communist Party has remains to be seen.

The Bank of England has said that any UK CBDC would run alongside cash and bank deposits and that they will continue to provide cash for as long as the public still want it.

It all depends on whether you trust our government or not.

Only you can make your mind up about that.

But a quick look at the evidence shows you just how fast things are moving...

EXHIBIT A: The Bank of England are already ‘researching’ a programmable currency.

Remember, Director Tom Mutton has already claimed ‘There could be some socially beneficial outcomes from that [programmable currency], preventing activity which is seen to be socially harmful in some way.’

And there’s already a ‘taskforce’ set up to explore how a CBDC would work in Britain.

EXHIBIT B: The Treasury is ALSO exploring how a digital currency would work.

When he was Chancellor, Rishi Sunak charged the Treasury with  the task of understanding how a new currency would work in Britain.

He even gave it a name ‘Britcoin’. Sounds cute, doesn’t it?

Until you begin to understand just HOW a currency like this could be used.

EXHIBIT C: Corporations are ALREADY TRIALLING IT.

A private sector pilot of a digital currency called ‘d-Sterling’ is already under way, backed by IMB, Barclays, the Boston Consulting Group, and London law firms Rosa & Roubini and Simmons & Simmons.

That pilot began in November 2022.

It’s happening.

And it’s happening now.

SMOKING GUN: Rishi Sunak is a HUGE supporter

Sunak pushed the idea of ‘Britcoin’ when he was Chancellor.

Now he’s in Number 10, he’s got all the power he needs to continue his digital money crusade. Just look at his comments on the subject…

‘[A CBDC is] all part of the wider story of digital innovation that has delivered benefits to millions around the world and in the UK.'

Gushing stuff.

But thin on any REAL benefit to anyone except… him.

Nobody voted for it. The man on the street has probably never heard of it. But all the signs suggest digital money is coming.

Frankly, Sunak may find he has no choice.

Every major Central Bank in the world is pursuing a CBDC.

The US Federal Reserve… the ECB… the Bank of Japan… the Bank of England… they’re all at it.

In fact, 11 countries have ALREADY launched their CBDC.

We may be forced to move just to avoid getting left behind.

Add all that up and you’ll probably reach the same conclusion as me.

A programable digital pound is coming – and you need to prepare for it

A private version of ‘d-Sterling’ is already being piloted.

Soon you’ll probably hear news the banks and other tech businesses are using it.

You’ll hear a lot of technical mumbo jumbo about how the financial system is becoming faster, more efficient, more modern.

It’ll pass right over most people’s heads.

You’ll hear even more stories about how use of cash is declining.

It’ll get harder to use cash. The number of card only shops and restaurants will keep growing.

That initial CBDC ‘pilot’ will grow into something much bigger.

Then you’ll hear news that all pounds – which are already ‘digital’ – have been replaced with a new ‘Britcoin’, issued by the state.

Your bank balance won’t change.

And so most people won’t notice.

The fact that these new pounds are programmable won’t get a mention in the mainstream media.

But with that, the ‘bait and switch’ will be complete.

Then we could be just one crisis away from this new money being used against us.

It could be money that expires unless it’s spent, to stimulate the economy in a crisis…

It could be used to lock you and your money down in a new public health crisis, meaning you can’t spend a single pound unless the authorities deem it essential.

Most likely, it will be used to limit the amount of carbon you and your family use, to help fight climate change…

It could be anything. Everything is a ‘crisis’ these days. Inflation. Inequality. The weather.

Who knows what’ll be next?

The point is… once your money is programmed by the state, it’s over.

Privacy. Freedom. Liberty.
It’ll all be on the bonfire.

As Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, put it:

‘The end of cash and the insta-analysis of financial transactions enable surveillance, state control, and, eventually, social engineering on a scale never thought possible.’

Dystopian?

Absolutely.

Look, I could be wrong.

I HOPE I’m wrong.

Of course, if Rishi Sunak or Andrew Bailey were here now, they’d probably accuse me of being extreme.

They’d say that just because the authorities CAN program money doesn’t mean they WILL. 

There’s no guarantee they’ll track your carbon use… or dictate what you can eat… or how you can spend your money.

They COULD…

But they won’t.

Now, ask yourself…

Do you believe them?

Do you trust the authorities NOT to use the extraordinary power a digital pound would grant them?

Or do you think they’d just be tempted to meddle and interfere?

I‘ve laid out what’s happening for you.

And I’ve shown you where I think all this is going.

I think the risks are clear.

You may agree with me. Or you may not.

I’ll let you make your own mind up.

But if you share my concerns and want to take some sensible precautions…

Let’s talk SOLUTIONS

Nickolai Hubble

Financial author, analyst and insider – Nickolai Hubble

My name is Nick Hubble.

I’m a writer, author and investor.

In fact, I actually started my career as an intern at Goldman Sachs.

But now I do something far more interesting.

I’m the editor of The Fleet Street Letter, Britain’s oldest investment newsletter.

Founded in 1938 with the goal of sharing ‘the news behind the news’, The Fleet Street Letter has a long history of helping forward-thinking, responsible private citizens navigate their wealth through periods of war, political conflict and economic crises, not to mention the many investment booms along the way.

Readers of this letter were warned that war was coming to Europe nine months before Hitler invaded Poland…

They were the first in the West to know that the Soviets possessed nuclear weapons (invaluable if you were investing in defence stocks)…

If you’d been reading this in 1987, you’d have had ten weeks to prepare before Black Monday brutalised investors…

In 1999, you’d have been out the door four months before the dotcom bust arrived…

In 2008, you’d have received a six-months heads-up before Lehman Brothers went broke… 

And from January 2016 to earlier this year, had you invested alongside The Fleet Street Letter’s portfolio recommendations (and followed each one to a tee)… you would have grown a £100,000 investment pot into just under £200,000.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

And that brings me to today…

Our mission at The Fleet Street Letter is very simple.

To arm you with the intelligence and insights to stay one step ahead of the big financial and geopolitical trends shaping your world…

And to show you what to actually DO with your money to protect and potentially profit from those trends.

It’s a big challenge.

But one we’re well set to take on.

For instance, we offer our readers a fully vetted investment portfolio of trading ideas, stock picks and other wealth-building moves, put together by master trader Eoin Treacy.

Eoin advises four different $100m funds… he’s known the world over as an authority on the financial markets…

…in fact, there are several funds that don’t let their traders on the trading floor until they’ve been coached by Eoin.

Eoin’s our Investment Director… the man who turns our INSIGHTS into ACTIONS you can take with your money.

And then you have our real ‘trump card’ – our ‘man on the inside’ when it comes to politics, geopolitics and finance.

Nigel Farage.

See, Nigel’s a big part of our team… bringing his decades of experience helping predict (and indeed shape) the political trends that have turned our world on its head.

Nigel has incredible connections… amazing experience… and above all, he’s willing to say and predict things that the elite may scoff at… until they come true.

And let’s face it: there are plenty of people who’ll scoff at this message.

The idea the government wants to impose TOTAL control over the people using a new, repressive form of programmable currency…

Sounds dystopian, doesn’t it?

But as you’ve seen, there’s strong evidence that it’s coming… and much sooner than many people would think.

So what should you do, if you’re worried?

It’s not easy.

There’s no one easy move you can make.

But I reckon you can put yourself ahead of the vast majority of others by making a handful of moves we’ve put together for you.

The first step is simple:

STEP #1: Understand everything you can about CBDCs

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The first thing we want to send you is a crucial online workshop called The Fleet Street Letter Guide To Surviving CBDCs.

It’s an in-depth conversation between me and Nigel Farage, designed to help you understand what your options are if you’re worried about the rise of CBDCs.

You’ll see Nigel’s take on the threat they present to you and your money.

But we’ll also talk you through the different options open to you if you want to protect yourself.

Is gold better than bitcoin at protecting privacy? Will the stock market be safe? How much cash should you have as an ‘emergency fund’? Are bonds, commodities and other ‘mainstream’ investments still safe?

These are the kinds of questions we grapple with. You’ll walk away much better informed… and with a clearer idea of what to do next.

That’s why I’d urge you to watch this video before you do anything else.

But in step two of our plan, they’ll help you go further than that…

STEP #2: Get a portion of your money off the financial grid

As long as your money is tied up in the ‘traditional’ financial system – banks, savings deposits, that kind of thing…

It’s at risk of being converted into a new, digital only currency.

Therefore, the only logical thing to do is get a some of your money out of the system.

Exactly how much is your choice.

I’m not just talking about taking cash out and stuffing it in your mattress.

I mean investing OUTSIDE of the traditional stock, bond and real estate markets.

For instance, there’s one ‘non-financial’ asset that even rich and powerful families like the Kennedy’s have turned to through history – in fact, JFK personally put money into this whilst President. But it could still be a good bet today.

Or there’s another ‘hold in your hand’ asset that’s totally unconnected to the financial system – but that already increased in value by 367% in the decade to 2019, according to accounting firm PwC. That’s BEFORE the supply of this asset decreased by 90%. You’ll get the full story in the report.

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Plus you’ll hear about seven other steps you can take today to get some of your money ‘off grid’.

The good news is, we’ve just finished a new report that contains everything you need to get some of your money off the grid. It’s called Real wealth: nine alternatives to the stock market.

This report can be yours today.

I’ll show you how to download a copy in a second.

But that’s only part one of the plan…

STEP #3: Put your faith in REAL money

Gold can’t be printed.

It can’t be manipulated.

It can’t be tracked… controlled… distorted… or managed by the state.

In other words, it’s the EXACT OPPOSITE of the centrally planned and managed money the authorities are working on at the moment.

Gold is the most stable form of money the world has ever known.

It’s REAL money.

Throughout human history, there have been thousands of currencies issued by governments.

To my knowledge, they’ve all gone to zero in the end.

(The Aussie dollar has lost 99% of its value against gold in the last 100 years… so we’re nearly there once again.)

But gold has been seen as currency across the globe for more than 5,000 years. 

And when digital currencies radically alter the global banking system…

I’d rather put my faith in 5,000 years of human history.

And, of course, it can’t be tracked.

So if you value your freedom and your privacy, owning gold is a must.

That’s why I want to send you another report we’ve put together …

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It’s called Gold 101: the unspoken advantages of a UK gold investor. Open up your copy and you’ll get answers to questions like these:

Is gold safe to invest in?

How much should you invest in gold and other precious metals?

Where can you buy it?

How do you store it safely to avoid confiscation or a ‘lockdown’ on money?

What kinds of bullion and coins should you be looking to buy?

And how could you ‘spend’ gold if (or rather when) CBDCs launch?

You can grab your copy of this report in just a second.

It comes as a bonus when you become a subscriber to The Fleet Street Letter.

This is quick and easy to do, and doesn’t cost the earth.

But it could have a BIG impact on your money

Right now it’s more crucial than ever that you have experienced, credible and knowledgeable financial advice and ideas.

And not just because of the rapidly emerging threat of centrally controlled money.

Look around you.

Inflation has broken out to 40-year highs.

Global stock markets have had a terrible year.

So have bonds… cryptos… there are even signs property is on the slide.

The point being, it’s more than rough out there.

Make the wrong move with your money and you can pay the price.

But that’s what we’re here for:

To help you make the right moves

That’s why today I’m inviting you to take a one year subscription to The Fleet Street Letter.

You’ll get the two reports I’ve told you about the second you subscribe.

You’ll also get:

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The financial world moves fast. New trends and threats develop. Old ones die. There’s no one single ‘set and forget’ approach you can take to thrive in the modern financial world.

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Fleet Street Letter portfolio performance:

Whisky Portfolio annual performance: 2017 +5.4% / 2018 -4.3% / 2019 +21.4% / 2020: +20.1% / 2021 +12.9%

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