Avoid the Financial Circus

Miles Franklin sponsored this article by Gary Christenson, the Deviant Investor. The opinions are his.

From Dr. Maya Shetreat, MD:

“Don’t blame a clown for acting like a clown. Ask yourself why you keep going to the circus.”


Wall Street cheerleaders assure everyone stocks go up in the long term. Yes, they rise because the dollar is devalued every year, which they seldom discuss. Their cheerleaders avoid stating that corrections and crashes occur every five to ten years. Wall Street generates fees by encouraging individuals and pension funds to stay invested for the long term.

Bad advice from Neil Irwin as published in the New York Times—January 2019:

“If it all [stock market volatility and losses] makes you want to flee – or at least shift your 401(k) into cash – that’s understandable. It’s also a bad idea.” [Really? Ride it all the way down?]

What about the over 80% loss in the NASDAQ 100 after the 2000 bubble? Recouping nominal losses after the DOW peak in the 1960s required two decades. It took much longer after adjusting for inflation (devaluation of the dollar). Beware the “long-term.”

Stock buybacks are profitable for top management at big corporations, but often not good for stockholders. GE, GM and Apple bought back stock and lost on those purchases.

Avoid the Wall Street circus. Stocks and gold are inflation hedges but not all the time, and usually not together. Do your own analysis and don’t blindly follow Wall Street cheerleaders. The chart below suggests shifting out of stocks and into gold – NOW (actually September 2018).


The Federal Reserve is supposed to maintain the value of the currency and encourage full employment. They proclaim their importance while they extract wealth from savings and transfer that wealth to the financial and political elite. Lobbyists and congresspersons are supported by the Fed, so the Fed is protected.

The Fed has failed at maintaining stable prices because the dollar has lost 90% – 99% of its purchasing power when measured by the cost of trucks, cigarettes, Scotch, potatoes, gold, beer, gasoline, clothing, food, healthcare and hundreds of other consumer items.

Those paper debt instruments, including dollar bills, are someone’s liabilities, and another’s assets. What if those assets are less valuable than everyone wants to believe? Instead, trust assets that are not another person’s liability—gold and silver.

The world has little need for central banks, but the political and financial elite and Deep State use central banks to increase their power and wealth.

Escape the Fed circus. The Fed, dollar devaluation, massive debt and gravity are ever-present. Avoid the destruction, devaluations and debt paper created by the Fed and the government if you can.


They need more dollars, lots of dollars, to protect the homeland. Their political machine is effective, and costly. Congresspersons will not argue against the premise that they must protect the homeland, especially when receiving contributions from wealthy military contractors.

Question: How did Russia and China develop “game-changing” hyper-sonic weapons (20+ times faster than the speed of sound) while spending a small fraction of the U.S. military budget? The U.S. might develop hyper-sonic weapons next decade.

Beware of the military contractor circus. Military and other spending will expand, perhaps for many years, until the U.S. government can no longer finance deficits. Expect further dollar devaluations as debt and deficits soar.


Every four years politicians besiege us with the spectacle of a Presidential election. They spend billions of dollars to elect someone who officially earns a tiny fraction of what it cost to get him/her elected. The political and financial elite benefit regardless of the outcome. Presidents change but the Deep State players are “dug in” and will not go quietly into the night.

Shun the Presidential politics circus. Expect larger deficits, more political polarization and promises, lots of promises. The Deep State will survive. Protect your savings from paper wealth destruction. Use hard assets instead.


Politicians make promises to win elections. The 2020 election circus will feature many promises. Universal Basic Income, guaranteed jobs, infrastructure projects, tax breaks, Medicare for all, free tuition, free medical care, QE for everyone, student loan forgiveness, larger welfare benefits, helicopter money, MMT, expanded food stamp programs (SNAP) and more will blanket the media.

From Thomas Sowell:

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”

Few will discuss debt reduction, responsible government, and who will pay for give-away programs.

These circus acts entertain, distract and transfer wealth. Plan on volatile markets, larger deficits, expanding national debt, and higher prices—the path of least resistance. A deflationary accident could occur, but it serves nobody’s best interest. Expect more QE and higher prices for gold and silver. Stocks – maybe not.

COMEX (Paper silver and gold):

They buy and sell hundreds of paper silver and gold ounces for every physical ounce traded. The paper commitments may default someday.

Avoid the COMEX circus. Buy physical silver and gold bullion, not the paper stuff. If you don’t have physical possession, you may own paper, not bullion.


The debt limit fights are a circus distraction. Congress has increased the “limit” many times. Politicians abuse the “limit” for their own agendas.

Exit the debt limit circus. The debt limit will increase as needed. Name three congresspersons who want to reduce spending and lose their next election. Trouble finding even one? Actions show congresspersons want increased spending regardless of deficits.

Debt will increase, dollars will be devalued, and prices will rise. Congresspersons will pretend to address the problems they created, but will support the status quo—borrow and spend.


Martin Armstrong discusses solar cycles and global warming fraud here and here. He and many others believe the world is facing a mini-ice age. I ask:

If the political and financial elite wanted increased political control, higher taxes, and more power, would they rant about “global warming” or global cooling?

Governments can tax “global warming” but they can’t tax “global cooling.” Hence they scream about global warming. Shifting the narrative to climate change, carbon taxes, CO2 reductions, melting ice caps and rising sea levels changed little.

Government could address real environmental issues and not promote globalist tax and control schemes such as anthropogenic global warming.


A circus exists to entertain and distract. It can be expensive. Instead of living in the circus of debt, political promises, Federal Reserve Notes, debt limits, and global warming… FOCUS ON GOLD AND SILVER.

Miles Franklin sells silver. Call them at 1-800-822-8080 and tell them you agree with the Deviant Investor regarding silver. Your price will not change. Use my name as your reference.

If you have comments, email me: deviantinvestor “at” gmail.com.

Gary Christenson

6 thoughts on “Avoid the Financial Circus

  1. Apart from my lovely wife and our children and grandchildren there is nothing to keep me here. Whatever plans I make to survive the horrible times that are coming, the government will make illegal. They will seize EVERYTHING, not just gold, silver and guns. They will raid our pantries. They will force us to take in ‘immigrants’ (hostile, desperate, illegal invaders) and house them and feed them for free. We might even be forced out of our homes and possessions and end up on the street homeless and destitute. All for the ‘greater good’, of course. Politically and economically, these are the ‘good old days’ and our collapse has only begun. This is my best case scenario.
    Hopefully, this is not my problem, as I am in my mid 70s with a bad heart, so my days are numbered. All I would have to do is skip my twice daily medications a few times and a heart attack and/or stroke would take me away from this worsening nightmare. But I pity our children and grandchildren. What kind of third world hell hole have we bequeathed to them?! I look into my ‘crystal ball’ and see mass unemployment, hyperinflation, empty store shelves (a la Venezuela), mass starvation, a collapsed health care system, endless epidemics, totalitarian dictatorship. President Trump will not succeed draining the ‘swamp’, because it is a cesspool and toxic waste dump. He will most likely be assassinated, if they fail to remove him by other means. Emigrate while you can. Get right with God, as He is our only hope.

  2. One must consider “what’sgoingwrongwhywhen”

    Regardless of the multiple U turns Trump has made, the fact remains that
    “the Trotskys” were thrown off course with his arrival, and the their
    time frame to destroy the nation has been interrupted.
    What cant be faked, is the multitrillion dollar Social Security bond redemption that’s coming in 2020-2021… It’s been explained that the SS account (has no cash), and from it’s inception in 1935, never did ! FDR, like all the rest , took
    the money out , leaving bonds… the bonds were redeemed as necessary
    beginning with the first person (a woman) who pulled the first SS check for
    $22 in 1940…. Today , 10,000 people a day are joining that club, and over 70
    million baby boomers ( born from 1946 to 1965 ) are lined up behind.
    The “Boyz from Mt. Sinai” can counterfeit indefinitely, but only if the money
    funnels into stocks and (unredeemed bonds !)… the moment M3 begins
    getting visible, the dilution will be felt (IS BEING FELT)…. the 2018 crash
    that we expected , will be pushed back ((( AGAIN ))) as both the Trotskys
    and the Deep state were counting on a war by now… Venezuela is a wild
    card that “brain-dead Amerika” has finally woken up to ! give a nation
    of party animals 20 years , and they can figure anything out…
    As always, it’s the usual suspects pulling the strings, and pulling Amerika
    down with them….


  3. gold coins seem good. But: when the chips are down, there will be compulsory withdrawal by government [confiscation – it’s happened before], with severe penalties and if one decides to keep the assets, it will be very difficult and dangerous to use /exchange them. Also, an ounce of gold [most coins] is perhaps too large an amount for dealing in safely and conveniently in a crisis-torn market. Where I live smaller coins are available, but at quite a premium. Some views?

    • I have no simple answer… but, silver is inexpensive compared to gold now. Silver coins are valuable everywhere. Silver was used for commerce far more than gold – historically. I would rather have silver in a barter situation. I would rather have gold for long term wealth preservation. I would prefer to have both in a non-bank secure storage outside my home.
      The Deviant Investor

    • The “elite” are using gold as their transition vehicle to the new system (whatever that will be). Gold confiscation is highly unlikely because all these “elite” have gold and lots of it. Look at the insiders in corporate America they are quietly selling their shares and purchasing gold. If the rich are stacking they aren’t about to have it confiscated.

  4. Gary,
    I humbly respond to your article. Like many investors I have had a difficult time navigating our financial landscape. Like you, I don’t like what see in politics, and the like. I do believe everything is in a bubble. Its crazy! I invested in hard assets (mining stock, silver coins, and timber) a number of years ago. I can tell you this got me nowhere. I actually still own all of those investments and most are underwater or at break even points. Possibly just bad luck, but from my perspective, hard assets can be good, but not always the answer.

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