The Not So Hidden Hand: Government & Wall Street Manipulation of Stock Markets

Critical Questions for students of Economics and Finance, as well as for retail investors worldwide:  If you were shown how an academic discipline, or an investment marketplace, were rigged, or at the least, not fully what they’re officially sold as being, would you still invest your time, effort and/or hard earned cash?  Or would you want the truth, and to then plan accordingly around it?  Is ‘fitting in’ that important to you to where you’d potentially turn a blind eye to scientific and political realities involving financial corruption?  How long until you lose your shirt on said prescribed gamble?  In this episode of Money and Fear, we’ll review evidence of government and big banking’s manipulation of stock and other markets, and why they’re manipulated.  Short and long term goals for such interventions are considered, and how much more opaque it’ll all become in the future will be covered.  Hard numbers and graphs, advanced trading methods and Fed intervention … all to keep you on you aware of modern money’s painted pictures.

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Show Notes

Former 'Plunge Protection Team' Member Warns "Blockchain Is Freaking Governments Out"

Former Coordinator of the Plunge Protection Team to be Nominated by Trump for Top Federal Reserve Position

Why the Fed Will Intervene If Stocks Fall Too Far

The ‘invisible hand’ has an iron grip on America

The Government's Influence On The Stock Market

Ex-Plunge Protection Team Whistleblower: "Governments Control Markets; There Is No Price Discovery Anymore"

‘Plunge protection’ behind market’s sudden recovery

Is the Plunge Protection Team in the futures market?

Did the “Plunge Protection Team” Save the Market?

Stranger Than Fiction: The System Is On Full Retard

Conspiracy? Is Goldman Sachs Running the Plunge Protection Team?

Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The Plunge Protection Team at Work?

Could High-frequency trading (HFT) computers manipulate the market?

Market Manipulation: High Frequency Trading

Algorithmic trading ushers in new era of market automation

A Simple Guide To How Algorithms Are Manipulating The Market Right Now

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The EyeOpener Report- How to Replace the Federal Reserve

The proposals for alternative monetary systems to the current Federal Reserve paradigm

This clip from The Corbett Report's new feature length documentary, "Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve," outlines some of the proposals for alternative monetary systems to the current Federal Reserve paradigm. Featured ideas include Ellen Brown on state banks, Paul Glover on LETS hour currencies, and Roger Ver on bitcoin. (To watch the full documentary, please visit: http://www.corbettreport.com/federalreserve/)

Those 28 Pages, and That Empty Safe

A ‘Dog That Didn’t Bark’ on 9/11

Yesterday, Bob Graham gave an interview that included discussion of the events of September 11, 2001 and the possible role of Saudi Arabia.  Graham served as a U.S. Senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005, with positions as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and co-chair of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11.

 At the outset of the interview, Graham thanked interviewer Paul Jay in these terms:  “Thank you very much. And I appreciate your interest in this very important and underreported subject.”  Graham remains bound by classification rules, but he continues to express concern that a full chapter of the Joint Congressional Inquiry report into 9/11 – a chapter reportedly discussing financial matters and the role of the Government of Saudi Arabia and related parties – remains completely redacted. 

Several months ago, Sen. Graham entered a declaration in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit still unfolding in Florida.  This lawsuit is seeking information about the role of the FBI and its investigation into circumstances surrounding the hasty departure of a Saudi Arabian family from the US in late August 2001.  This wasn’t just any Saudi Arabian family – it included the daughter of Esam Ghazzawi, who owned the house.  Ghazzawi apparently has had ties to the Saudi royal family.  Court records suggest Ghazzawi may have held funds in the notorious Bank of Credit and Commerce International, on behalf of a Saudi Prince who died suddenly in July 2001 -- a Prince whose brother was killed in late 2002.  Among other things, the Sarasota family reportedly left “an empty safe” behind when they left the country.

Graham has expressed concern that the FBI withheld critical evidence from the Congress and the 9/11 Commission from this investigation, including evidence that alleged 9/11 hijackers had been visiting their house in the months before 9/11.  One of those alleged hijackers reportedly had been aboard a casino boat in the months before 9/11.  Casino boats carry a lot of currency, among other things. 

In late 2003, I was asked to begin working in an assignment in the money laundering area at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  I underwent an FBI background investigation, received clearance to review internal Federal Reserve information, and was told I was “part of the fight against terrorism.” 

While working in this role, I noticed a few things that looked pretty suspicious, including a surge in currency circulating outside of banks – billions of dollars in one hundred dollar bills -- in July and August 2001.  Anyone concerned that their bank accounts might be at risk of being frozen and seized after 9/11 would have an incentive to get out of dollar-denominated accounts, and may have been withdrawing large amounts of currency.  After asking related questions, I was told I had committed an “egregious breach of protocol” asking the questions.  My job was eliminated a month later.

Well, I still have questions.  Among them – Were any of those bills in that empty safe?  How many of those bills are in those 28 pages?

Granted, a billion dollars is hard to stuff into a suitcase.  But the empty safe is a symbol of a critical element of a ‘dog that didn’t bark’ on 9/11.  We still have no evidence of any investigation into the surge in currency in circulation in mid-2001 – who withdrew it and why, and whether any of those parties were related to, or even responsible for, the events of 9/11.

The Sarasota FOIA lawsuit is still unfolding.  Legal documents in the case are available at the Broward Bulldog’s website

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Bill Bergman- BFP Senior Financial Analyst, Follow the Money with Bergman

Bill Bergman has 10 years experience as a stock market analyst sandwiched around 13 years as an economist and financial markets policy analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He earned an M.B.A. as well as an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 1990.

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As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

The Two Largest Holders of US Treasury Debt: The Federal Reserve & the Social Security Trust Fund

The year 2014 could be shaping up as the year that the chickens come home to roost.

Americans, even well-informed ones, don’t know all of the mistakes made by neoconized and corrupted Washington in the past two decades. However, enough is known to see that the US has lost economic and political power, and that the loss is irreversible. [Read more...]

Washington Signals Dollar Deep Concerns

“A Conspiracy to Protect the Dollar from the Federal Reserve’s Policy of Quantitative Easing”

Over the past month there has been a statistically improbable concurrence of events that can only be explained as a conspiracy to protect the dollar from the Federal Reserve’s policy of Quantitative Easing (QE).

Quantitative Easing is the term given to the Federal Reserve’s policy of printing 1,000 billion new dollars annually in order to finance the US budget deficit by purchasing US Treasury bonds and to keep the prices high of debt-related derivatives on the “banks too big to fail” (BTBF) balance sheets by purchasing mortgage-backed derivatives. Without QE, interest rates would be much higher, and values on the banks’ balance sheets would be much lower.

Quantitative Easing has been underway since December 2008. During these 54 months, the Federal Reserve has created several trillion new dollars with which the Fed has monetized the same amount of debt.

One result of this policy is that most real US interest rates are negative. Another result is that the supply of dollars has outstripped the world’s demand for dollars. [Read more...]

Gangster State America

Just Who Does the US Government Represent?

There are many signs of gangster state America. One is the collusion between federal authorities and banksters in a criminal conspiracy to rig the markets for gold and silver.

My explanation that the sudden appearance of an unprecedented 400 ton short sale of gold on the COMEX in April was a manipulation designed to protect the dollar from the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policy has found acceptance among gold investors and hedge fund managers.

The sale was a naked short. The seller had no gold to sell. COMEX reported having gold only equal to about half of the short sale in its vaults, and not all of that was available for delivery. No one but the Federal Reserve could have placed such an order, and the order came from one of the Fed’s bullion banks, one of the entities “too big to fail.” [Read more...]

Podcast Show #106: The Speedy Ascent from Soft Tyranny to Hard Tyranny

The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Charlie McGrath

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Charlie McGrath of WideAwakenews joins us to discuss our speedy ascent from soft tyranny to hard tyranny. We talk about the creeping police state practices at home, perpetual wars abroad, the divisive and destructive Right-Left paradigms, public apathy, and much more. Tune in to this full-hour show for some sobering and fired-up discussion. You can visit Charlie McGrath’s website for hard-hitting video reports, podcast shows and daily news here: http://www.wideawakenews.com/

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Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson-“End the Biggest Financial Scam in History”

Ryan Dawson Presents Bill Still

GPBill Still, the author of 22 books and two award winning documentaries, The Secret of Oz and The Money Masters, joins us today to discuss Monetary reform. If collecting interest on loans from imaginary money is such an obvious scam, then why aren't more politicians, economists, and media persons explaining the obvious scheme? Does the Federal Reserve protect us from or enable the irresponsible gambling of big commercial banks? Why won't ending the Fed matter without two more crucial steps?

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Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson- Episode 11: The future of the dollar post the “fiscal cliff”

Ryan Dawson Presents Peter Schiff

GPPeter Schiff is strong supporter of the Austrian Economic school of thought and was an economic adviser to Ron Paul in 2008. Peter is currently the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. Peter also owns Euro Pacific Bank, www.europacbank.com, which allows non-US residents to have their bank account denominated in gold and accessed through an ATM/Debit Card. He is also the host of the Peter Schiff Show, heard daily from 10am to noon Eastern at schiffradio.com He is the author of numerous books, his latest, The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy - How to Save Yourself and Your Country. Today we discuss the counterproductive polices of protectionist regulations, raising income taxes, and how college loans have become the equivalent of a property-less mortgage on the youth. What is the future of the dollar post the "fiscal cliff" can kicking? What would be better to buy? Tune in find out.

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Money is Funny

money1The Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policymaking body is the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The FOMC includes members of the Fed’s Board of Governors as well as presidents of the Reserve Banks around the country.  The FOMC holds formal meetings eight times a year. The Fed releases formal transcripts for each of these meetings, albeit on a five year lag.

A few days ago, the Fed released the transcripts for the FOMC’s 2007 meetings.  These transcripts are notable in part because the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression – a crisis with long and still-festering economic wounds -- was about to get underway.

FOMC meetings produce decisions with far-reaching consequences.  Section 2A of the Federal Reserve Act, as amended, sets out the Fed’s monetary policy objectives, and states: [Read more...]

The EyeOpener- Self-Issued Credit: A Monetary Solution

BFP VideoAs the global economy continues to slow down, the world is being asked to focus on issues of so-called "sovereign debt," "austerity," "fiscal responsibility," "belt tightening" and other such euphemisms for the grim reality that the public is now being asked to pony up the dough for the trillions that have been handed over to the banisters in the past few years. What the constant focus on these issues effectively hides, however, is that underlying the economic woes that are the symptom of the disease is the disease itself: the monetary system.

In this third episode of our new series on ‘Money’ James Corbett explores the idea of self-issued credit and elimination of the need for the outdated "technology" of Federal Reserve notes or central bank administered national currencies, and the enormous implications of this system.

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The EyeOpener- Outrunning Collapse: The alternative currency solution

BFP VideoAs residents of the Eurozone are all too aware these days, and others around the world are gradually beginning to understand, large, centrally-administered monetary unions may be the dream of the central banksters and the technocrats, but are a colossal failure in meeting the needs of ordinary citizens.

As we examined on the program last week, the standard monetary paradigm of the developed western world relies on central bank administered fiat money created as debt-based instruments owed back, at interest, the very bankers who are given the privilege of creating this money out of nothing. With a literal license to print money, and to direct that money into those sectors of the economy they see fit by approving or denying credit to businesses and industries on a whim, it is not difficult to see how this system benefits the banksters first and foremost.

In this second episode of our new series on ‘Money’ James Corbett explores alternative currency solution(s), and digs into questions such as what happens when currency begins to fail, and must the public merely wait for the inevitable collapse, and then submit to whatever new monetary paradigm the banksters create from the ashes of the old order.

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The EyeOpener- What is Money?

BFP VideoIn this age of panic over the sovereign debt crisis and the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling negotiations, we are bombarded with talk of government money printing and images of the printing press, but how many people know that only a tiny fraction of money in the economy is actually in the form of bills or coins? And if money isn't, for the most part, literally printed into existence, then where does it come from?

In a system where money is created by bankers out of our own promise to pay them back, at interest, it is self-evidently always the case that more and more of the hard assets and real value of the economy will be transferred from the working, productive classes to the financial speculators at the top of the system who literally create the money and toy with the credit that is our economy's lifeline. Given all of this, is it at all surprising that we have arrived at this situation where economic crises are followed by multi-trillion dollar bailouts of financial institutions while more and more people fall into debt, foreclosure and unemployment?

It is enough to note that at times it is the simplest questions that turn out to be the most difficult for many to answer, and if we are being told not to ask such questions as what money is or where it comes from, perhaps there is a reason that the powers that be don't want these questions being contemplated.

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Our Collapsing Economy & Currency

Don’t expect any foreign bailouts of the failed “superpower.”

collapsingIs the “fiscal cliff” real or just another hoax? The answer is that the fiscal cliff is real, but it is a result, not a cause. The hoax is the way the fiscal cliff is being used.

The fiscal cliff is the result of the inability to close the federal budget deficit. The budget deficit cannot be closed because large numbers of US middle class jobs and the GDP and tax base associated with them have been moved offshore, thus reducing federal revenues. The fiscal cliff cannot be closed because of the unfunded liabilities of eleven years of US-initiated wars against a half dozen Muslim countries–wars that have benefitted only the profits of the military/security complex and the territorial ambitions of Israel. The budget deficit cannot be closed, because economic policy is focused only on saving banks that wrongful financial deregulation allowed to speculate, to merge, and to become too big to fail, thus requiring public subsidies that vastly dwarf the totality of US welfare spending.

The hoax is the propaganda that the fiscal cliff can be avoided by reneging on promised Social Security and Medicare benefits that people have paid for with the payroll tax and by cutting back all aspects of the social safety net from food stamps to unemployment benefits to Medicaid, to housing subsidies. The right-wing has been trying to get rid of the social safety net ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt constructed it, out of fear or compassion or both, during the Great Depression.

Washington’s response to the fiscal cliff is austerity: spending cuts and tax increases. The Republicans say they will vote for the Democrats’ tax increases if the Democrats vote for the Republican’s assault on the social safety net. What bipartisan compromise means is a double-barreled dose of austerity. [Read more...]

The Virtual Recovery

“The Federal Reserve represents the banksters, not the American public!”

virtual1Since mid-2009 the US has been enjoying a virtual recovery courtesy of a rigged inflation measure that understates inflation. The financial Prostitutes spoon out the government’s propaganda that prices are rising less than 2%. But anyone who purchases food, fuel, medical care or anything else knows that low inflation is no more real that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction or Gadhafi’s alleged attacks on Libyan protesters or Iran’s nuclear weapons. Everything is a lie to serve the power-brokers.

During the Clinton administration, Republican economists pushed through a change in the way the CPI is measured in order to save money by depriving Social Security retirees of their cost-of-living adjustment. Previously, the CPI measured the change in the cost of a constant standard of living. The new measure assumes that consumers adjust to price increases by lowering their standard of living by substituting lower quality, lower priced items. If the price, for example, of New York strip steak goes up, consumers are assumed to substitute the lower quality round steak. In other words, the new measure of inflation keeps inflation

Statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com), who closely follows the collecting and reporting of official US economic statistics, reports that consumer inflation, as measured by the 1990 official government methodology has been running at about 5%. If the 1980 official methodology for measuring the CPI is used, John Williams reports that the current rate of US inflation is about 9%.

The 9% figure is more consistent with people’s experience in grocery stores. [Read more...]