Ceasar was supposed to be a god. Julias Caesar
was killed on the Ides
of March. (March 15th)
Today, we don't make men gods. Instead society has made our
financial system into a false god.
On March 15th, 2005, (the ides of March) we may have just
beginning of the death of our financial system as General
took a nosedive from $34/share down to $30.
It does not seem like much (GM down just over 10% in one
day), but as of
March 17th, the stock is down to $28.35, and the market cap
is down to
$16 billion. (GM is down nearly 18% for the week.) It's the
volatility that we usually only see in silver stocks!
What does this mean?
GM's stock price decline is like a dagger right into the
heart of the
U.S. financial system, and the dollar itself!
Why did it happen?
Apparently, someone in power did the equivalent of shouting
has no clothes" and people woke up, and are beginning
to see more
clearly! The media decided it was time to expose the truth
that GM is
nearly insolvent, and will expect to lose $1.50/share in the
But the story is worse than that! GM has $300 billion in
...and has a market cap, now, of $16 billion. See the problem
The bondholders could buy the company nearly 20 times over
if they used
their money to buy stock instead of loan it to the company.
implication is clear--that GM is headed towards bankruptcy,
default on the bondholders, who will then own a company worth
$16 billion dollars!
For every one point that interest rates rise, refinancing
GM's debt will
cost an additional $3 billion in annual interest payments
-- money that
they clearly do not have! Where is GM going to get another
$3 to $6 to
$9 billion as interest rates rise by 1%, 2%, and 3% more?
cars? Nope. Selling stock? Unlikely in this market! Borrowing
From who? The U.S. government itself is propping up this bond
and there are no buyers even for U.S. bonds, and there haven't
So, therefore, GM will soon be a $300 billion dollar blow-up!
How big is that? It's bigger than Enron, Global Crossing,
and the IRAQ war all put together!
$300 billion going belly up is a big enough event to topple
government! How so? It will shake the confidence in the entire
financial system. Companies as big as GM are not supposed
bankrupt in our "normal" world. They are "supposed"
to be "too big to
The value of the "official" U.S. gold hoard of
261 million oz., at
$440/oz. is only a mere $115 billion.
See what this $300 billion blow-up will mean? Imagine the
chaos as a pile of wealth almost three times larger than the
value of the U.S. "official" gold hoard evaporates!
The annual deficit is around $700 billion. How will the U.S.
sell bonds to finance the deficit if bondholders are getting
If the government can't sell bonds while running a deficit,
government must simply be printing money to fund the deficit--and
are, as can be seen in the rate of growth of the money supply,
Therefore, inflation is raging, and interest rates must keep
is why GM is doomed!
Interest rates must head up, as confidence in the U.S. dollar
market will be shaken like a tree in a hurricane!
Foreign nations are all sounding the alarm already that they
selling U.S. bonds to diversify the holdings of their central
Russia, India, China, South Korea, Japan... what major foreign
left to buy them?
A tsunami of dollar selling is about to begin, and will make
dollar decline seem like a small bump in the road.
It may take a few months for this to play out. You may have
time to buy
silver at under $10/oz. for a few more weeks or months. But
declares bankruptcy, which may take between 3 months to a
ready for the dollar to crash by more than 90% in the following
Germany's hyperinflation in the 1930's took about a year
and a half.
Recently, Argentina's took place nearly overnight. Who knows
the dollar will die, whether a quick death, or a more slow
and painful one?
Either way, the dollar is dead. Long live gold and silver!