Since the turn of the new millennium, two events have suddenly and irreversibly altered the course of modern history.
The first came on September 11th, 2001, when Islamic extremists flew two planes into the World Trade Centre.
The attack – and the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria that followed it – changed the social and political world order overnight. We're still seeing the second and third order effects today, in the form of terrorist attacks in London and across Europe, the rise of Islamic State, and the migrant crisis.
In 2008 we saw a similarly sudden shift to our way of life...
The global financial crisis – with entire nations teetering on the brink of outright collapse – reshaped the economic and financial system in ways virtually no one in power saw coming.
Again, the consequences are still with us, in the form of unpayable national debts, state owned banks and money printing on a huge scale.
These two events have something unusual in common.
Not only did they bring about sudden, irreversible changes to our money and personal security...
…but they were both accurately forecast well ahead of time by a little-known network of thinkers, researchers and financial insiders. A team I’m proud to be part of.
For instance, we exposed the threat of radical Islam long before it suddenly changed the world for everyone. Here's how we put it:
“Especially troubling for many in the West will be the rise of Islam… This could be the biggest threat to world peace in the next two decades… the bomb at New York’s World Trade Center [is] just a small taste of what’s to come…”
In 2006 and 2007 our top analysts warned investors about the coming global financial crisis, pointing specifically to Fannie May and Freddie Mac (the US lenders that set off the subprime lending bust).
It was a big risk to make these controversial warnings public.
Though history has vindicated us, our work has often been censored and branded "too provocative" by mainstream news outlets – including some of the biggest corporations on the planet.
Despite that, we're now the largest underground research network I know of, with offices across six continents and millions of followers worldwide, including 150,000 investors here in Britain.
We owe our success simply to our track record of critical thinking and accurate forecasting.
Which brings me to today.
I do not mean to alarm you. But I believe we're about to witness the third defining event of the 21st century.
It will be at least equal in magnitude to 9/11 or the global financial crisis. No, I don’t expect thousands to die. But I DO believe it's going to bring about sudden, irreversible change to our way of life, society and the financial markets, just as those events did.
To be clear: I'm not just predicting a stock market crash or a spike in interest rates, though I think it's a certainty both of those things will happen.
I'm talking about a very specific event that will take place in Europe at some point in the next 18 months, which will trigger the greatest movement of people and capital seen in Europe since the World Wars.
Picture millions of economic refugees at our borders, completely overwhelming the immigration authorities and security services.
Imagine a wave of political extremism that goes far beyond "peaceful protest". I'm expecting violence on the streets. We've seen this happen in the USA already.
And prepare yourself for a wave of losses across financial markets that will ruin a generation of savers, investors and retirees.
I expect all of these things – and more – to come to pass in the very near future.
Today I want to explain why I’m predicting all this with such certainty. And how you can protect yourself, or even profit from what is going to happen.
I can't promise you you'll come through the next few years without incurring some losses.
By the way, my name is Nickolai Hubble.
I was raised in Australia, but I was born to British and German parents.
I've lived all over the world working as a financial analyst, including more than 40 countries in the last three years.
I walked away from a job at Goldman Sachs to join the network of independent researchers I've been telling you about, at our UK division, called Southbank Investment Research.
Why? So that I can be honest with you about what I believe is coming your way. Can you imagine what my superiors at Goldman Sachs would’ve said if I told my clients the truth?
Southbank Investment Research is different. Here, I’m allowed to say what I believe. And the result is our impressive track record of forecasting what others can’t – at least not publicly.
You may never have heard of us before, but we have more than 150,000 followers in the UK alone.
If you happen to have come across our work before, you may know that already this year I accurately forecast the Italian bond crisis weeks before it flared up in May. I helped my readers move their money to safety.
My warning to you today is connected to what happened in Italy earlier this year... but if I'm right, that episode is nothing but a taste of what’s to come.
Though Italy proved something extremely important this year…
And that’s just how rapidly problems in Europe can escalate. In a matter of days Italian borrowing costs soared 100x. And in the blink of an eye, global stock markets tanked.
What I believe is coming next will be infinitely more dangerous than what we saw this spring.
You see, the toxic problems behind the Greek, Irish, Portuguese and now Italian financial panics have spread slowly and inexorably across Europe. I've tracked them from bank to bank... treasury to treasury... and watched as they gradually increased in size.
First it was just smaller banks like Spain’s cajas. Then the systemically important banks like Italy’s Banco Popular failed.
In 2012 it was small nations like Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus that struggled.
Today, it’s Italy and Spain that are in the news.
It’s all a part of the same problem.
A problem that has been steadily building in intensity for decades.
A problem with only one logical outcome.
I'll warn you now: this will have some disturbing implications for people here in Britain. The strain on our own society and financial markets will be extreme. I'll explain who is likely to fare worst in this scenario shortly.
I'll also show you how surviving the next decade or two with your money in tact may involve doing things with your money you've never considered – or heard of – before. All I can say is this is what I'm recommending my friends and family do. As you'll see, in some cases it's possible to make enormous returns during a financial crisis – whilst shielding yourself from the worst of the damage.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me explain what's about to happen.
Panic in the markets – bodies in the water
Europe today is a tinderbox primed to explode.
The pressure has been building for decades – both financially and socially.
To understand why, you need to understand that when the European political and financial system was designed after the Cold War, it was designed to do two things.
Promote economic growth… and bring about political integration.
On both of these fronts it has completely failed.
Ignore the rhetoric coming out of Europe. Ignore the phony data and statistics. Look at what's actually happening on the ground and the facts are clear – Southern Europe is in a disastrous depression.
- In Italy, five recessions since the 90s and one triple-dip recession since 2008 have crushed the Italian economy. Unemployment has been stuck above 10% since 2012 and youth unemployment is at above 30%.
- The government budget and debt to GDP are a nightmare too. Debt to GDP is now at 132% – the levels which got Greece into trouble.
- In Spain the situation is just as bad. There’s been a 20% increase in homelessness since 2014. In some parts of the country, youth unemployment (under 25s) stands at 63% – an incredible strain on society.
- In Portugal – where things are supposed to be getting better – debt still stands at 146% of GDP. The banking system is still choking with bad debt – nearly four times the EU average.
- It’s the same story in Greece. The economy has almost halved since 2008. Debt still stands at more than 300 billion euros. Youth unemployment stands at 40%+.
The Euro system hasn’t promoted growth. It has destroyed the wealth and status of Southern Europe – and ruined millions of people’s lives.
Alone, the economic forces crushing Europe today are terrible…
But the problem is, the EU’s “one size fits all” approach to everything is leading to financial AND social disintegration…
The migrant timebomb
The EU project has NOT lead to more stability and integration.
Britain has already voted to leave. Italy has anti-establishment politicians in power. In France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Sweden and Hungary anti-EU politicians are gaining in popularity.
I know this first hand.
My German mother lives on one of the most popular refugee migration routes in Europe – an incredibly scenic Austrian village.
When the refugees first began arriving, my mum heeded her Chancellor’s call “Wir schaffen das” – “We’ll manage it”.
These days, the immigration crisis is proving anything but manageable for Chancellor Angela Merkel. She almost lost her government to the issue in July.
But it’s not the political leadership I’m worried about. It’s the people – the voters.
My mum hosted four Syrian refugees in her home for a few weeks. She taught them German. She drove them to the supermarket on shopping trips. I met two of them personally when they were resettled into their own homes.
On my next visit, the atmosphere had changed. Everyone was less happy to have the refugees. Bad stories circulated.
Austrians didn’t like seeing Syrian refugees wearing Metallica t-shirts while herding flower adorned cows in the traditional parades. The cultural differences in bathroom habits wreaked havoc on the local petrol station, whose owner had been pro-refugee.
My cousin in Germany stopped cycling to school because she had to pass a park that housed a refugee centre. My Aunt explained how refugees were extraordinarily good at rorting the German welfare office where she works.
And so, today, there is open criticism and even hatred.
Just look at what’s happening.
People in Denmark, Austria and France voted to ban the Burka.
The Italians are letting refugees drown in the Mediterranean.
Millions of young people have never had a job.
Economic growth has ground to a halt… while the only thing that goes up reliably in Europe is debt.
Even Germany has seen anti-establishment politicians almost topple the government.
Let’s be blunt: this is NOT normal.
Something has gone very wrong in Europe.
The reason is simple: you cannot have one policy – either social, political or financial – for so many different countries.
You can’t have one migration policy.
And you can’t have one monetary policy.
Right now, it’s obvious to me: the people of Europe have HAD ENOUGH.
Which has triggered a chain of events that will smash the European political-financial system to pieces.
Crucified on a Cross of Euros
In 1896 the American populist politician William Jennings Bryan gave what may have been the most famous political speech in US history.
He claimed that the farmers of America were being "crucified on a cross of gold".
In other words, the gold backed US dollar was far too strong for Midwestern businesses to survive.
His claims were immortalized in one of the most famous books of all time, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – an allegorical retelling of the story, in which the gold standard became the Yellow Brick Road.
Today the nations of Southern Europe are being crucified.
But not on a cross of gold.
This time around, it's the euro that is far too strong for the bankrupt, zero growth nations of Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
These nations desperately need a weaker currency...
Instead, they're being crushed by a strong, German-backed one.
But it's the unique flaw within the structure of the Eurozone that makes it so explosive for the entire currency system.
You see, for any other nation on the planet – any nation that has its own currency, rather than a shared, centralised one – we'd already have seen a resolution to this.
The currency would drop, acting as a release valve – making the country more competitive, affordable, and its debt worth less.
Italy used this release valve 13 times in the 19 years leading up to the creation of the euro, devaluing its currency to release pressure. When Britain needed the same relief in 1992, it opted out of the crazy currency project all together.
But Eurozone countries can’t devalue their currency anymore... because the euro can’t reflect Germany's strength AND Southern Europe's weakness at the same time.
Instead, the value of the euro is stuck in an awkward in between – too low for Germany and too high for struggling countries like Greece, Spain and Italy.
Which means the euro has no "release valve" for the countries inside the bloc that are struggling. The currency will stay too strong, slowly crushing Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece while Germany experiences an epic export boom.
Until one day the pressure in weakened nations will get too much...
The people will decide they’ve had enough of forced social engineering and a centralized currency system that’s crippling them…
The real outcome of 20 years of debt, migration, depression and falling living standards will suddenly become apparent... and trigger a day of reckoning across Europe not seen since the end of the war as a major nation crashes out of the Euro.
But it's not the long-term survival of the euro I'm warning you about.
If you've been following developments in recent months, the fact the shared currency is doomed won't be news to you.
What no one is warning of is the specific chain of events that are under way right now which could lead directly to the Euro's endgame within the next 18 months.
“A plaster on an axe wound”
You see, if you follow what's happening in Europe today... you'll know there's only one thing that's kept the currency union together since 2010.
The European Central Bank (ECB) has done "whatever it takes" to bail the Southern nations out.
"Whatever it takes" means inventing trillions of euros out of thin air and pumping them into the European banking system to stave off disaster.
This has delayed the inevitable.
But it is NOT a solution. It's like a plaster on an axe wound.
And it has left the ECB with a balance sheet chock full of toxic European debt that only holds value because the ECB bought it.
Just look at how ECB debt holdings have spiked in the last decade:
A chart like that should be a massive wakeup call to any investor with money in the markets. It shows that – without huge centralised money printing schemes – the euro system would likely already have come apart at the seams.
That alone is worrying... especially since the ECB is going to stop printing money this Autumn AND raise interest rates next year. No one knows what impact this will have.
That's bad enough.
But what most people don't know is there's another, secret debt system run by the ECB that's also flashing a red alert as we speak…
The back door banking system
that'll bring the Euro down
Very few people outside the banking industry understand this.
It's called the Target2 balance system.
It tracks where money is moving within the Eurozone economy. And it's the single best way of spotting when the next big crisis is developing.
It works like this...
If money moves from Italy to Germany – from one banking system to another ahead of a crisis – it doesn't involve buying or selling euros at all.
The money just jumps from one place to another... like someone earning money in London and saving it in a bank in Leeds. From the outside, nothing shows up as having crossed any borders.
But – to state the obvious – Italy and Germany are not London and Leeds. They're not in the same country. They don't have the same banking system or economy. They just share a currency.
So when money floods out of Italy in fear of a crisis and ends up in a German bank... it's bad news. That cash has drained out of the Italian economy and leaked into Germany.
It weakens one country further... while strengthening another. It's another great example of the built-in imbalances that'll break the Eurozone in the end.
But here's the thing. The ECB can't just let money flood out of one country and into another for good. It has to "correct" the imbalance to avoid a currency shortage. So it secretly funnels money back via the Target2 system.
So money flees Italy for Germany via the banking system.
And the ECB funnels the same amount of cash back to Italy via its secretive Target2 system.
The only problem is... the Target2 transfer is borrowed money – a form of debt. A hidden debt between European nations that puts even more strain on the euro.
The worst part?
When debts within this back-door banking system spike... it's a sure-fire predictor of crisis.
Take a look at this chart. It shows the lead up to the 2011 European debt crisis. The spike in the chart represents a sudden flood of cash AWAY from Greece, Ireland and Spain (all of which were on the brink of collapse) and into "safe" places like Germany.
Money flooded out of the Southern nations...
And triggering a crisis in those nations that smashed markets all over the world into bear market territory.
And Target2 provided the backdoor bailout by Germany, but also gave away what was really going on.
Today, history is repeating itself. But this time, it isn’t Greece that’s in trouble.
As I said, the economic situation in Southern Europe is a nightmare. And as the Target2 balances show... money is flooding out of the country...
Money on the ground is – once again – flooding out of the Southern European nations and into Germany.
Italy’s Target2 liabilities hit a new record in August 2017.
Then again in September, and November.
And again in December.
And once more in February 2018.
Let me be blunt about what's happening here.
Though the talk in the press may be of the crisis being over, nothing could be further from the truth.
Europe is perhaps in a more perilous situation today than it's ever been.
- Economy growth is leaving half the continent behind.
- The only thing that's kept the currency union together is money printing – which is about to end.
- Years of increasingly toxic debts and spiking unemployment have pushed politics across Europe toward radical extremism.
- And Target2 "secret debts" in Southern Europe are spiking again.
Here's the bad news:
All of that is just the prologue.
I believe the real crisis is yet to come...
Four days that will destroy the Euro
Money printing and financial chicanery may keep the debt markets in line... for a while.
But what the ECB and Brussels cannot do is control regular people.
They can't stop people protesting.
And they can't stop people voting for what they want... no matter how extreme a party that may be.
We saw this with Brexit... which Europe did everything it could to prevent, and failed.
Now we're seeing the same thing happen in Italy.
The crisis in May was just the beginning. Starting in October this year, the real crisis will unfold.
A wave of trigger points is lining up. The only question is which will lead to the final collapse:
In October, the populist Italian government is expected to publish its first budget. Expect this to be a complete disaster.
The new Italian government has promised everything from free money for everyone in the form of a universal basic income… to increased pensions... to a reversal of “austerity” – all while somehow cutting debt.
Does any of that sound sensible for the most heavily indebted nation in Europe?
It’s economic madness. And so far, no one is calling the government out on its contradictions. But just wait until the rest of Europe, and the financial markets, realise that Italy can’t pay for all this. It’ll lead to all out monetary revolt.
There’s every chance that Italian government debt will be downgraded to “junk” status – meaning it’ll be illegal to continue bailing Italy out.
Federico Santi, analyst at Eurasia Group, said that the parties’ fiscal policy plans would “result in a huge increase in the deficit, a blatant violation of EU deficit rules.”
Could the EU hold Italy hostage as they did with Greece, by threatening to crash the Italian economy, if Italy didn’t introduce strict sanctions to try and combat the upcoming bust?
They could try, but The Washington Post noted, “doing this would potentially put Europe at Italy’s mercy, because at that point it would have little to lose by leaving the euro, in all likelihood setting off a contagion that would engulf everyone else.”
Italy’s future government has scrapped its way to power on a wave of a “people’s republic” and on chants of “Italians First”... nationalism appealing to regular voters just as it did in Greece.
When the Italians exit the Eurozone, the consequences will be dire, but the EU cannot try to force the Italian government’s hand as they did with Greece.
In the words of the Financial Times, Italy is “too big to fail and may be too big to save.”
The end of QE
The ECB has signaled it will end its QE program in December. The Italian bond market will no longer have a flood of money backing it.
The country will be forced to stand on its own two feet… without the “whatever it takes” backing of the ECB printing press.
When that happens, we’ll likely see Italian bond yields spike higher again, hitting the country with higher rates and demanding even more cash to service its debts… which the country doesn’t have.
In May next year, the populist revolt shaking Europe will rock the EU Parliament itself.
Can the EU function with a wave of Eurosceptic MEPs?
We’ve already seen the beginning of this, with more extreme political parties gaining traction in France, the Netherlands Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece and Hungary.
In 2019, anti-Euro politicians will find their way to the very heart of the European political system. The threat won’t be from the fringe any longer – it’ll have spread to the core.
Germany says “NEIN!”
Italy has survived thanks to the ECB’s willingness to bend the rules. That’s not a surprise given who’s in charge. Mario Draghi is Italian and he even helped Greece fudge its economic data when it joined the euro.
But Draghi’s expected replacement is a prudent and law abiding German. And that would change everything.
This is how the Euro comes apart
Again, the Euro system, both socially and financially, is a tinder box ready to explode.
When it does the fallout will be extreme.
Consider what we’ve already seen happen. In 2011 – when the Euro came close to collapse as toxic debt contagion spread through the banking system – global stock markets cratered.
The crisis wiped £85 billion off the value of FTSE 100 companies.
In fact, the entire index fell to as low as 4700 points. For context, if that were to happen again today, it’d mean a 38% crash for the FTSE 100.
What would that mean for your wealth? Your pension pot? Your savings?
We’ve seen a taste of that panic returning this year already. And what’s most frightening is how quickly things unraveled. Take a look at how fast Italian interest rates spiked in May:
That led to a week-long bloodbath in the stockmarket, with bank stocks particularly hard hit. Markets recovered… but for how long?
These problems WON’T just go away overnight. The inbuilt pressures within the Euro make that impossible.
Consider what happened to Greece. The country went bankrupt in 2011. But the pain – social, financial and political – has gone on for nearly a decade.
In fact, compare what’s happened in Greece is far, far more dangerous and long-lasting than what happened in the USA during the Great Depression.
In the Great Depression, the US economy was expanding again within five years.
In Greece? Not a chance! Just look:
Europe isn’t just facing a financial crisis.
It’s facing a Greater Depression – a social, financial and political disintegration that will ruin millions.
No one can say how high the losses will mount.
Most people think the Euro will “muddle through”. Of course, it’s hard to picture a country – or half the continent – leaving the union.
Banks look safe until they announce they’re broke. Governments say everything’s under control, until they beg for bailouts.
These events often come as a shock to the public. Many people assume they’ll never happen. But assumptions can be misleading. Especially ones that are widely held.
The Victorians thought the British Empire would last forever. Americans in the 20s thought the stock market boom would never end. And here in the UK, during the 90s and early 2000s, we thought we could keep borrowing and spending forever.
But if you need any convincing of how quickly things can change… of how rapidly order can turn into chaos… history offers us a number of painful reminders.
Let’s take just one of them...
In the early 20th century Argentina was one of the world’s largest economies. Rich in natural resources, a massive industrial sector, so cultured they called Buenos Aires the Paris of South America. In fact, a popular saying 100 years ago was as ‘rich as an Argentine.’
But fast forward to the end of the 20th century, and things looked very different. Argentina’s borrowing spiraled out of control…
As Argentina’s debt accumulated in the late 90s, its financial system buckled. Austerity measures were put in place (sound familiar?), businesses closed, trade fell off a cliff and investment fled the country by the billion…
Come early-2001 the country was in a state of siege, with banks blocking cash withdrawals, rioting in the streets and the total collapse of government. So desperate were villagers for food, they hijacked livestock trucks and slaughtered the animals in the streets.
To give you some idea of how bad things got – and how quickly they escalated… you need to listen to our man in Argentina, Federico Tessore. Federico is one of our private network of analysts. He worked as a Financial Advisor for Citibank in Buenos Aries at the time, experiencing the chaos first hand.
He’s got quite a story to tell…
“It was 2001… the US had just suffered the 9/11 attacks, many Argentines were frightened about what could happen in America. It was chaos. So they decided to bring back their money to Argentina...
But that was a terrible mistake, because in December of 2001 the Argentinian government created the "corralito". In English you would say "playpen", I think... we called it a “money prison”.
This meant that you could only get out 500 US dollars per week in cash from your bank account. It didn’t matter if you had $1 million in the bank, in cash… you could only get $500 per week.
For two months this madness continued, until the government decided to convert the US dollar deposits into Argentinian pesos...
The official exchange rate was 1.4 to 1, but the illegal market exchange rate was 3 to 1. Even worse, this conversion was not in cash. The government created a 10-year bond for the depositors.
So, people that had a $100,000 deposit in the bank were given an Argentina pesos 140,000 10-year bond...
This of course enraged people, who stormed into the banks very angry. I was working at the Citibank bank at the time. I saw what was happening from the inside. More than once my life was threatened by desperate customers who just wanted to get their money back. I had to talk with thousands of people per day, many old people, and try to explain what was happening... it was almost impossible.
One of the hardest parts, was to explain why the international banks like Citibank, decided not to recognize the dollar deposits to their customers. They had the money abroad to do that. But they didn´t do it. They basically defrauded their own customers...
The depositors attacked the banks, rioting outside, smashing the windows… all the walls where painted with insults and complaints. We had to enter the bank escorted by the police... it was like living in hell.
It’s a chilling story… within three or four years the country fell into financial and social anarchy.
And what happened next? Well, Argentina wasn’t crossed off the map. It still exists. But 12 years on, it’s barely recovered. Conditions for many honest, hard-working people are simply terrible. They are still trying to understand what happened to their tattered country.
That’s what happens when your financial system finally cracks under the pressure of poor decision-making, crazy policies and decades of underperformance.
How will it play out in Europe?
It’s hard to say precisely… because we’ve never seen a currency union collapse in modern history.
But what I can tell you with absolute certainty is that when it happens – when a nation like Italy says ENOUGH… the shockwaves through the financial system will make 2008 look like a walk in the park.
At that point, you’ll have some difficult decisions to make.
Believe me, you HAVE to get these decisions right.
Making a mistake in the next market meltdown could leave you playing catch up for the next 20 years.
Don’t make the mistake of putting it off and then forgetting about it.
The pressure within the system is intensifying. Something is going to crack and when it does it will be devastating.
When the fragile system gets pushed to the limit, it will happen very, very quickly.
Nervous and panicked bond markets will ricochet onto share and property markets.
Some investments could see jaw-dropping falls, just as we saw in 2008...
With restricted credit and cash, share markets being battered and forced selling in global markets, what will this feel like?
That all depends on one thing:
Whether you’re prepared or not.
When the s*** hits the fan, you want to be on the right side of the equation. You want to be a winner, not a loser.
That means being prepared… thinking ahead… and having a plan.
Consider… the best buying opportunity in history was in 1932 after the market crashed. If you bought then and did nothing else you’d be very rich. And maybe we’ll have another opportunity like that.
But you want to be aware. You have to be AWARE! That’s the most important thing, to understand what’s going on.
And so, when that crash comes… it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a crash that you SHOULD have expected.
You should have been ready for it. You should have had some money aside. So now you can do something with that money.
When the crash comes, most people will be scared and they won’t want to do anything. Then they'll panic, get money out of an ATM, sell their stocks, sell their gold…
YOU don’t want to be in that situation.
You want to try to understand, in advance, what’s going on. So you can react in a sensible way. So that you WON’T panic.
That’s why I’ve created an urgent research report called How the Euro Dies: Surviving the biggest bankruptcy in history.
It’s yours… free of charge… today. Just say the word.
I believe everyone in Britain needs to read this report right away.
It shows you in DETAIL what’s happening in Europe today… and why you should be concerned.
Because if you can understand and prepare, more or less (because nothing’s perfect) then you’re not such a prisoner.
You’re not taken unawares when things start to go bad.
And there are signs things are going bad – quickly.
So let me be blunt.
I believe at some point in the imminent future, this situation is going to explode. Either borrowing costs will spike, making Italy's debts unpayable... or the political situation will implode... or so much money will flood out of the country that the economy will fall into a depression it'll never escape from.
Whatever happens, I believe Italy’s current situation is going to push the entire global financial system back into crisis mode and reveal just how fragile the system really is.
When that happens, there's no telling what the damage will be.
But if 2008 and 2011 were anything to go by... it's not going to be pretty.
As David Buik, an analyst at BGC Partners, said at the time:
"There is nothing more toxic than fear and uncertainty to galvanise equity operators to dump their books unceremoniously.
That's exactly what happened in extreme degrees of volatility that had never before been experienced in the living memory of mature markets."
Lehmans was so interconnected that the entire banking sector essentially went bust in the space of a few days... smashing the UK financial system to the point of collapse.
When Greece came cap in hand for a bailout in 2011, global stock markets tanked again.
Keep in mind: If Italy goes to the wall – and the warning signs are flashing – it could be an order of magnitude worse than the Greece crisis.
Ask yourself: what would you do if we saw crashes like 2008 and 2011 again?
Could you take the hit? Would your portfolio, savings and pensions be safe? Would you know where to position yourself to survive?
Or would you end up – as I know many people will – panic selling at the worst possible moment.
That's why I've spent a significant amount of time and money preparing this research for you. Our mission is to show you how to move ahead of the crisis... with the aim of protecting your money... and even turning it to your advantage.
Yes, this isn't just about running for the hills. When major market events like this occur, they trigger a huge movement of capital around the world. That always creates winners and losers. Most people end up as losers. But those who understand what's coming... who are prepared to calmly turn the situation to their advantage... they can win big.
That's my goal in writing to you today: to help you make the right decisions… and come out of this situation better off than you went in (perhaps even richer than you thought possible).
To do that, I'd like to show you what my team recommend you do immediately to survive what's coming...
Extraordinary times demand RADICAL ACTION
There’s a huge problem facing every investor and saver today…
The post 2008 financial world is far more fragile… hostile… and vulnerable than anyone is prepared to let on.
The number of threats to your wealth today far surpasses what almost any previous generation had to contend with.
At times like this, just understanding what’s happening isn’t enough.
Put simply, extraordinary times demand radical actions.
Actions to not just to protect your money… but to make sure you come out of this mess richer than you went in. A lot richer.
Once upon a time you could simply tuck your savings away in the bank and know it was safe… or simply buy and hold big blue chip stocks for the long run… or trust that your pension wouldn’t be meddled with…
But those days are over.
The financial system has gone “through the looking glass”. Now, keeping your money safe means thinking differently… being creative… and considering ideas that most people don’t even know about.
If you want to protect and grow your wealth, you need to be active and pursue “aggressive defence” – by taking steps to turn the fragile financial system to your advantage.
Which is precisely what I want to help you do.
Four secrets to making money and keeping your wealth safe during a crisis
As I said, I’m lucky enough to be a part of one of the most incredible networks of investment experts, analysts and big picture thinkers in the world. Our four million followers worldwide are testament to that.
I’m in regular contact with multi-millionaire investors… former billion dollar fund managers… industry insiders… banking and property experts… the list is endless.
I've harnessed my network to do something I don't think you can find anywhere else...
We've put together what I believe is THE most valuable set of ideas, insights and recommendations in the world, if you want to understand and profit from the biggest bankruptcy in history…
The way I look at it is like this...
The global financial system is way more fragile than anyone lets on.
Yes, there are 'countermeasures' against crisis in place, like the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which in theory protects some of your savings from problems in the financial sector (not just the banks but the entire financial regulated financial industry).
The problem is... it's never been tested by a real crisis. It's just another promise.
No one can guarantee you anything in this financial system. Not me... not your bank... not the government.
And frankly, most of us have 100% of our wealth tied to this system. Your banking, mortgage, pension, ISAs... it's all tied to the traditional financial system.
Fine. There's not much any of us can do about that.
Except – as a prudent, common sense insurance policy – to take 1-2% of that capital... and get it out of the existing financial system for good.
Ideas like that are seen as radical... even immoral in today's world.
But to me... it's just good common sense.
Which is why I'd like to help you do exactly that.
To start with, we’ve compiled a dedicated briefing containing everything you need to know about what could be the biggest market panic of 2018. It’s called Surviving the Biggest Bankruptcy in History.
If you want to stand any chance of getting ahead of this crisis…
Crisis insurance… on steroids
But that’s not all… because my team have also compiled a step by step guide to surviving in times of financial chaos… and turning the coming crisis into an enormous opportunity.
Think of these moves like taking out insurance against the collapse of the traditional financial system…
Except rather than just “insuring” you… these moves are likely to pay off BIG TIME if the worst really does happen.
It’s called Stealth Wealth: Four Ways to Get Off the Financial Grid
In it, you’ll find a series of simple measures you can take today to get your money OUT of the financial system…
**THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ASSET IN A CRISIS
It’s not a stock… bond… or commodity like gold or silver. But this one asset is vital to surviving a really nasty downturn.
Most people don’t even think of this as an investment at all. They’re making a big mistake. Having a cache of this one secure, virtually risk free asset safely tucked away at home is a must.
We’ll show you what it is… why it’s the single best way of insuring yourself against financial crisis… and why it is legally guaranteed not to lose you money.
**TAP THE “OLD MONEY” SECRET TO GETTING YOUR MONEY OUT OF THE SYSTEM
For instance, did you know that there’s a simple secret to getting your money out of the traditional financial system that can deliver huge returns during times of crisis… without touching stocks, bonds, gold, property or commodities?
Anyone can take advantage of this secret… and capture major returns if the system freezes up.
In 2007, when the banks were on the brink, it turned £8,000 into £18,000 in a matter of weeks. Over the longer term (say, ten years) I’ve seen this secret deliver 10x returns.
We go into detail on how to get this working for you in your research report.
**SEED YOUR WEALTH IN THE NEW, DEBT FREE FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Did you know there’s a way you can tap into an entire alternative financial system – often anonymously – that is completely cut off from the toxic debt and credit markets?
My view is every single person on the planet should have some capital stashed in this alternative financial system, just in case.
And here’s the best part: tapping these alternative financial assets can also deliver extraordinary returns. I’ve seen people turn £1,000 into £30,000 or more in less than a year, without ever touching stocks or bonds.
Are there risks? Of course. But there’s one risk you don’t need to worry about – and that’s having your capital in the bankrupt financial system. This alternative money system is completely cut off from the normal debt, credit and banking system.
If and when the traditional markets blow up, no one knows exactly how far the contagion will spread… but you’ll be glad you have at least a portion of your capital outside the traditional banking system (and beyond the reach of the government).
**THE ONLY KIND OF GOLD WORTH OWNING IN A CRISIS
Here’s another great example… there’s a special kind of gold that is FAR more durable than regular gold, but with all the same wealth preserving qualities?
It’s still outside the financial system… it can still soar in times of currency depreciation and inflation… but it’s much more discreet and easily portable.
Why? Because it’s more durable. The strange part is, most gold brokers don’t actively advertise this type of gold. We explain why, and show you how to buy it (without your purchases being traced).
It’s all detailed in the special research report I just mentioned, called Stealth Wealth: Four Ways to Get Off the Financial Grid.
Again, this report is yours, free of charge – just say the word.
All I ask in return is you become a charter member of our newly launched, first of its kind financial survival advisory…
Introducing: Zero Hour Alert
The bottom line is this: There ARE ways to both protect your money from disaster and a toxic financial system whilst making potentially enormous returns at the same time.
You have to be bold… think differently… and willing to consider ideas that you simply will not read about in the FT or Bloomberg, because they’re dismissed as too “out there” for regular investors.
The fact is, there has NEVER been a better time to start thinking like this… to start looking outside the traditional financial system… to start preparing a Plan B that will help you prosper if (or more likely when) the s*** hits the fan.
Which is why I’ve used my connections within the world’s largest underground research network to launch a very special project with exactly this mission: to show you the secret, profitable actions you can take to turn the looming disaster in the financial system to your immediate advantage.
Or in other words…
To share the ideas that could turn market collapses into jackpot events for you and your family…
To get a portion of your money OUT of the broken financial system by any means necessary…
To show you the secrets to making money no matter how bad things get in the financial system.
To do this, I’ve created a first of its kind research advisory designed to share these ideas with you on a regular basis.
It’s called Zero Hour Alert.
And if you’re worried about the fragility of the global financial system… it’s absolutely vital reading.
Each month as a Zero Hour Alert reader you'll get a REAL insight into what's happening in the global financial system...
Paired with actionable ways of turning those problems on their head and getting a portion of your money OUT of the broken system for good.
Chances are these "alternative" financial moves will help you sleep a lot better at night (particularly as the credit bubble unwinds)… and could end up making you a hell of a lot better off.
That all starts with your two special research reports:
RESEARCH REPORT #1: How the Euro Dies: Surviving the biggest bankruptcy in history.
RESEARCH REPORT #2: Stealth Wealth: Four Ways to Get Off the Financial Grid
Oh, and I forgot.
That's not all you get.
We've also prepared a special report on how you can turn the 'great unwinding' in the financial system to your advantage by investing in traditional assets that'll likely soar in a collapse.
It's called Aggressive Defence: Profiting from Financial Collapse.
It’s a vital primer on how you can use the financial system to insure yourself against crisis. In fact, some of these methods have been in use for centuries. We’ll introduce you to the simplest ways of using the financial system to profit from collapse.
And it's all yours when you take a trial to Zero Hour Alert.
I should point out: All of the moves outlined in these reports come with their own risks attached.
That’s why you should always think carefully when you invest your capital. Any investment involves risks that could result in you losing money. The value of any investment can go down as well as up.
The question you have to ask yourself is: what’s the REAL risk to your capital?
My answer is – having 100% of it tied up in a broken, corrupt and fragile financial system.
Taking 1-2% of it OUT of that system is just good common sense to me.
I’m sure you agree.
But the fact remains, doing this isn’t risk free.
Alternative investments can be hard to sell. In financial jargon this is known as 'illiquidity'. It means if you need to sell something in a hurry, it can be hard to find a buyer quickly. That's part and parcel of having some of your capital outside the system. It's not the same as a share portfolio you can cash in with a few clicks of a mouse.
To state the obvious: that's the whole point. The financial system itself is built on instant liquidity and vast numbers of buyers and sellers. That's the benefit... though it comes with its own risks, as we've been discussing.
Getting out involves different risks. Another is many 'alternative' investments aren't regulated or covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme or Financial Ombudsman. That means you don’t have the same level of ‘protection’ as you would with traditional investments.
I think the risks are worth it. Given what I've shown you today... don't you?
Let’s get our work into your hands right away. Because the fact is…
This is information you won’t
find ANYWHERE ELSE
That’s a shameful indictment of our leaders, our media and our economists.
But it’s the sad truth.
Look at the Wall Street Journal. Look at the Financial Times. Are they providing real, practical steps to help people survive if the system blows up?
Most media outlets don’t even cover stories like this. That’s because the “establishment” has a vested interest in the status quo.
Most analysts would rather toe the line and pretend the academics, politicians and economists in charge of the system have everything under control… that they haven’t completely ruined the financial world through money printing, excess debt and intervention…
People don’t want to hear what’s really going on.
Government doesn’t want to hear it. They’re the biggest debtor on the planet. They don’t want to hear the end of the credit bubble is coming because they won’t be able to borrow anymore!
There are almost no serious financial actors who want to see the truth and want to talk about the truth.
It’s only we… the independent financial publishers… that can honestly report on what’s going on. And show people how to prepare.
We don’t take advertising. We’re not part of the financial industry. We’re not economists who are paid to look the other way. And we’re not big government.
We’re the only ones who are willing to tell the truth.
That’s why more than 4 million people worldwide pay to read our work.
And it’s why our UK branch, Southbank Investment Research, has such a loyal following of investors and savers.
In fact, since we started publishing our alternative ideas and insights, we’ve opened a lot of people’s eyes to what’s really happening in the financial world.
As one reader put it, our work is “A must read to REALLY understand what a calamitous situation we are living in – growing worse by the day and intensifying exponentially. IT’S A WAKE UP CALL – and NOT TO BE IGNORED! Failing to prepare is PREPARING TO FAIL!”
Another summed up my attitude to crisis preparation exactly, saying “Don’t trust or rely on the government but take action yourself to prepare for financial Armageddon.”
For some readers, our work is nothing short of life changing. This note alone made every word we publish worthwhile:
“Throughout some of my darkest moments of despair I have turned to reading your emails, not only as a search for 'a way out of the rat race , new forms of income, and a way of working from home' but also a source of positivity on which to focus.
Instead of being a crumbled wreck drowning in tears, torment & worry I read your emails and I am filled with a sense of encouragement, hope and determination that I can do this, albeit alone... I can & will turn things around for my little man & myself!
With hindsight one of the best things I did this year (2017) was to subscribe to the amazing information and opportunities you guys provide!
A HUGE thank you & hug for all the information & 'inspiration' you have given me in my search for a new beginning.”
One reader even wrote to tell us that thanks to our “joining the dots” he’d made his first million from our recommendations.
Believe me, nothing makes me feel better than receiving notes like these.
But I have to tell you, right now, I am really worried that a lot of our subscribers and many, many ordinary investors are going to get caught totally by surprise when this inevitable crisis hits.
That's why I created Zero Hour Alert.
And that's why I'd like to send you the full details on exactly how I believe this is all going to unfold... and exactly how to protect yourself and even prosper during this crisis.
That all starts with my invitation to you today.
All this is yours today – just say the word
RESEARCH REPORT #1: How the Euro Dies: Surviving the biggest bankruptcy in history.
RESEARCH REPORT #2: Stealth Wealth: Four Ways to Get Off the Financial Grid
RESEARCH REPORT #3: Aggressive Defence: Profiting from Financial Collapse.
MONTHLY RESEARCH: On the first Friday of each month we'll send you your monthly newsletter, Zero Hour Alert. We'll keep you up to date on exactly what's going on regarding this financial crisis, and show you some unusual and incredible ways to make money now and as it begins to unfold.
We have found some great ways to make a fortune as the government continues to try to bail out one failing industry after another.
I'll also keep you up to date on what I am doing to protect myself. I'll make sure you stay abreast of changes to the laws and government interventions.
I’ll also write to you each weekday via my daily e-letter Capital and Conflict. Nearly 100,000 readers read this letter every day. It’s my way of keeping you 100% up to date with my latest thinking, research and ideas.
And... every day the markets are open, you’ll also get my publisher Nick O’Connor’s “paid-subscribers-only" e-mail called Southbank Investment Daily.
In short, he reports on all the work our firm is doing... the most interesting investment ideas... what we're researching now... and what we expect to happen in the months to come.
Nick sits down and writes this email every morning. It's free for paying subscribers of our work... but it gives you an insight into the network and thinking behind our research.
So how much does Zero Hour Alert cost... and how can you get started?
Well, a one-year subscription, including everything I mentioned here, normally costs £99 per year.
But right now, you can get my research, including the complete "Zero Hour Alert" package worth £182, for just £4.50.
Why so cheap?
Well, to be honest, our business really only works if our subscribers stick with us for the long-term. But we realize you've got to try our work first, to see if it's right for you.
And that's why, through this letter, we're making it so cheap, and essentially risk-free to try. What I mean is, you'll have the next 30 days to take a look at the research reports I've just described, plus the next issue of Zero Hour Alert... and 40 days to explore the members' website. Try it for 30 days, if you like it, you don't need to do anything and we'll automatically renew your subscription for a year at the knock-down price of £49, saving you £50.
If you decide for any reason my work is not right for you, just let us know and you can receive a full refund... and keep everything you've received so far.
In other words, by taking me up on this offer, you are agreeing only to TRY my work to see if you like it.
I know it will be one of the best financial moves you ever make:
I hope you'll consider this offer seriously. The very fact you're still reading this letter tells me how seriously you're taking this. Good. Now there's only one thing left to do.
There has never been a
better time to join us
The financial system is WAY more fragile... WAY more indebted... and WAY riskier than it seems.
That's a recipe for disaster.
And I'm not the only one who thinks so.
At the Davos Economic Forum earlier this year, William White, the Swiss-based ex-chief economist for the Bank for International Settlements said there are now worrying parallels between today and 2008:
“All the market indicators right now look very similar to what we saw before the Lehman crisis, but the lesson has somehow been forgotten.”
There is an intoxicating optimism at the top of every unstable boom when people latch on to good news and convince themselves that risk is fading, but that is precisely when the worst mistakes are made”.
It is frankly scary."
He’s not alone.
Hedge fund manager Richard Haworth – who runs a hedge fund that made a fortune betting on the 2008 collapse – believes the fragile financial system is once again threatening ordinary investors. He had this to say:
“The financial system is a lot more fragile than it was in 2007.
Leverage is up on every single metric, in just about every category, and debt has increased.
The more you indebt someone, the more fragile they become, especially with variable interest rates.”
I'll ask you again: If the worst happens... if a default in the system sends shockwaves around the financial world again... how much would you stand to lose?
How much of your wealth is tied to the fragile... vulnerable system?
To me, it's common sense to get at least a PORTION of your capital out. Now. While you still can.
But I've made that point. I've shown you conclusive proof that I'm right.
The real question is...
Will you take action?
I know what I'd do if our roles were reversed:
Chief Strategist, Zero Hour Alert