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Intensifying Risks of International Financial Stability


“When people are hungry and hopeless, regimes are threatened…
Will water be weaponized? Be prepared for market implosion…”
Welcome to Mantra Monday’s. Today, I’m going to show you all the different reasons why my mantra is what it is.

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7:06 Energy
9:35 Security
11:35 Barterability
13:05 Wealth Preservation
18:29 Community
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If you think that the world is headed in a direction that makes you a bit concerned for the future and you’d like to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible, then you’ve come to the right place. My name is Lynette Zang. Now it’s time to go Beyond Gold and Silver.

I’m Lynette Zang, Chief Market Analyst at ITM Trading and a very proud prepper and welcome to Mantra Mondays. Today, I’m going to show you all the different reasons why my mantra is what it is.

So let’s just kick it right off with Food, which you know is the single biggest issue for people as we go through these transitions. This is why it’s so important for you to be prepared in the food category, whether you grow your own food or you have long storage or whatever, but you need to make sure that you can eat. Now these are countries with troubled currencies and they’re facing food inflation crisis. So in other words, if you think it’s been bad here, it’s even worse there. And isn’t our currency and trouble too? Of course they’re not gonna talk about it. And I’ll bet you anything in all these countries, they don’t talk about it. But the reality is, is that when people are hungry and hopeless, regimes are threatened because people make choices they would not normally make. And so really, do we want the regime shifted? Well, personally, yes I do. I think these central bankers and these governments have had plenty of time to screw things up, but the powers that be don’t want that. And so here the IMF just approved a new food shot financing window to ease the let’s call it a war shortage, but to ease that crisis. So what exactly is that? Well, they’re gonna be providing financing to support country responses to the global food crisis. In other words, they’re gonna enable countries to take on debt more and more and more debt. Because when you are the debtor, whether it’s to the IMF or anybody else, then they have you right where they want you and you have to ultimately comply. The Food Shock Window will provide, excuse me, for a period of a year, a new channel for emergency fund financing to member countries that have urgent balance of payment needs due to acute food insecurity, a sharp increase in their food import bill, or a shock to their serial exports. So, sorry about that. Sorry about that. So again, what is the solution to the food crisis? More debt. You do not want to be a debt slave, but is this really about keeping the masses calm? Because again, when people are hungry and hopeless, they do make choices they would not otherwise make.

And of course, Water. So we can’t live without food. We can’t live without water. And here is USAID, which is a US government agency, and by the way, was quite instrumental in 2016 when India demonetized like 85% of their currency. I know that’s a little aside. I just thought it was interesting with USA cause obviously not really a big fan, but they have a strategy. Water is a challenge. Lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. And poor management of water resources contribute to increased poverty ill health under nutrition, food and energy and security, uneven economic growth and migration pressures.

So it is critically important that we all have some secure source of water. And we’ve talked about this in the past. For me on this particular, you know, my urban farm here, I converted my pool into a swimming pond. So there’s no chemicals in it. Of course, I’m still not gonna drink that water right out of the pool. But I’ve been able to put in some ponds, there are some bladders, there are water barrels. There are all different ways that will enable you to put back water because they are right. Lack of access to water, you know, creates issues around sanitation and hygiene. And this is critically important in a bug out circumstance. Or you know, as we’ve seen in other places, when you lose access to that water. Dwindling and more erratic water supplies due to climate change, water pollution and increasing water demand, threaten economic growth and increased state fragility and the risk of state failure. And they’re not talking about Massachusetts, they’re, when they’re talking about states, they’re talking about the entire country. So you wanna make sure that you have provide for yourself, you need to be as, in all these cases as in independent and self-sufficient as you can possibly be. And particularly in food and the water because these are things that we really can’t live without. So get a good filter. If you live near a body of water, that’s great. It could be a lake, it could be a pool, it can be, you know, somewhere where you have access that you can filter so that you’re not under the government’s choice of who gets the water and who does not get the water. It’s some interesting developments on that. I’ll be going into that more in the next time. But as water resources that are shared between countries and communities degrade or become scarce, competition for water can increase raising tensions and increasing the likelihood of conflict, which we’ve already got growing conflict globally. But my one I’m wondering, will water be weaponized? Will it be weaponized between country and country? Will it be weaponized from the government to the individual? You don’t want them to have that much power over you. At least I don’t want them to have that much power over me. So this is a choice and we need to get ready while we still can.

Because if you think that the world’s Energy crisis is bad right now, next winter will be worse. According to the OECD whose new global outlook predicts bad times ahead with millions of Americans and Europeans bemoaning the huge rise in cost to heat their homes and power their businesses during the bitter cold months, they ought to brace themselves for even worse times ahead next winter. In Europe, if it is a cold winter this year, it will be complicated. But we’re more concerned about next year, especially in the gas markets. Replacing the Russian gas is going to be a challenge. Yeah, so what you’re looking at here is the OECDs idea of what the global growth picture looks like. And you can see that November of 22 projections are well below even last December’s a year ago. Projections, this is not good. And this is on a global basis. So global growth projections are falling and they’re falling through 2023. But, hmm, what else happens in 2023? That transition to LIBOR. Now look, I could be dead wrong about it. This is a big experiment that has never been done before. So there’s no history one way or the other. But do you really trust the guys that are driving this bus? I mean, they’ve driven us wow. Into not just a ditch, but into a crisis and they’re driving us into another crisis. Maybe that’s planned. Maybe they need this to make the shift that they need to make. But when this shift occurs, I gotta tell you, Wall Street didn’t think that they could do it. I don’t think they can do it either. We’ll see, we’ll see. So you wanna be ready? And I think that’s part of what they’re talking about, but nobody’s talking about it openly. And that also makes me pretty suspicious. Why aren’t you discussing this openly? Because they don’t want anybody to be looking in this direction. But I’ll help you look in this direction cause I think it’s really important.

And again, as inflation bites, theft is on the rise and not just in the UK stores, but shoplifting rose 18%. Well, you know, you gotta feed your family in some way and if that means you’ve gotta shoplift to feed them, I’m not encouraging any kind of theft or shoplifting. That’s why I did my gardens on the exterior of the property so that people don’t have to go and shoplift you come and pick a zucchini, okay? But stores are putting more Security tags on products, even butter. That was really the piece that got me when they said even butter. So they’re putting security tags on butter because people can’t afford it. Inflation has definitely wages of not kept up with inflation, no doubt about it. But I don’t sympathize with people who shoplift, but I can understand desperate people taking desperate measures. Grocery price inflation hit a record, 14.7% last month adding an extra 682 pounds to the average annual shopping bill. More than a quarter of UK households say they are struggling financially twice as many as last year. Can you see the growth in that? And the vast majority say that higher food prices or higher prices on food and drink is a major concern. So I’m not saying that you need to put security tags on your gardens, but I am saying you should probably put one in, or again, you know, it kind of takes it back to that food piece because you gotta feed your family. So just be more vigilant when you are doing anything and leaving it outside because I think that theft is going to grow more and more.

Now, there’s also the opportunity for Barterability, which is actually quite a booming business. This is corporate bartering, retail barter, which would be between like you and me, this corporation’s bartering and counter trade bartering, which is international bartering. So this is when the fiat money does not change hands, but they’re bartering back and forth for goods and services. I think it will get very, very local, but it’s actually a pretty booming business, internet based software to maximize trading opportunities while also providing quality accounting and reporting functionality. Which also means that I mean barter is supposed to be, is taxable in this country. I’m gonna say that. And if you use things like a Craigslist or something like that, that’s really what they’re talking about here, that technology has enabled a broader base of bartering because you can go out and get the things that you need. I do think it’s gonna get very local for a while, you know, but anything physical and any talent that you have, goods services is barterable. So what do you have that you can barter with?

And again, Singapore warns of potential global funding market dysfunctions. What does that mean? What’s the funding market? Well, that’s where you can go out and borrow, take on more debt. And now Singapore is warning about potential global funding market dysfunctions, which means you’re not gonna have the ability to borrow out in the global markets, which is a huge problem for governments and corporations. Probably not so much for individuals, but hey, this is when that trickle down theory would actually work really well. It didn’t work so well with the wealth that most of that kind of stayed up on top. But when you go to the loss of your ability to borrow, think about 2008, everything was great and boom, boom, boom, 24 hours. I am not exaggerating. Some of you may remember this 24 hours if you were in line to get a loan and you were supposed to close that next day. You didn’t close because the, the loan did not get funded. So here we are being warned yet again. Now, who is MAS? Because they’re among authorities flagging risk to financial stability. They are the Monetary Authority of Singapore. So that’s Singapore’s central bank. And they are saying this is a problem because this is a debt based system. If you can’t grow debt, what does that mean for the system? It means the system’s in deep, deep trouble. Singapore’s Central Bank, word of potential dysfunction and global funding markets and liquidity strains. Gosh, here we’re have, we’re talking about liquidity yet again. And you think about all of the money that all of these central banks created and pushed out for free. Why, where, where, where? Wait, where did all that liquidity go? Why are we having all of these conversations around funding markets and liquidity? It’s because when they went to the top, they turned it, they converted into hard goods, gold, real estate. I’m not suggesting you go buy real estate right now, but gold, real estate, yachts, planes, right? So it’s just not available for the markets. Intensifying risks of international financial stability. And then what? Will, the IMF ride in on their white horse with SDRs. You’ll have to watch some of my other videos for that. But yeah, that puts the IMF in just the perfect place because they have the cleanest balance sheet. Well why do they have the cleanest balance sheet. Because the SDR, which stands for Special Drawing Rights, is just a name, just like the US dollars, just a name. But the SDR is a basket of currencies. Now those currencies take on debt in order to create dollars, euros, yen, yuan, whatever. So, but the IMF cleanest balance sheet, I think that this is the opportunity for the IMF to come in and get integrated and become the, with the SDR world reserve currency. But that’s my opinion. I’m either gonna be right or I’m gonna be wrong. We’re gonna find out. It just makes the most sense to me. Singapore Central Bank joins global chorus of Central Banks’ warning of next financial crisis. They really are telling us that there’s no liquidity in the market and we need to be prepared for market implosion. Are you ready? Are you sitting with wealth inside of the system? Probably not. Well, you do whatever you’re comfortable with, but I just have dollars. I have gold, silver, Food, Water, Energy, the whole mantra. But I don’t own any stocks, I don’t own any bonds, I don’t own any annuities. I don’t own any mutual funds or ETFs or all those things that they create that you don’t really realize what the risks that you’re actually taking and they’re telling us, right? So that you can’t go back and say, whoa, whoa, how come you didn’t tell us? They’re telling us you might wanna believe them because they bought more gold than they have in their history. Actions speak louder than words, but this is one time. Remember my daddy, do what I say, not what I do. Yeah, well, you look and see, do their actions, support their words. And I would say with this constant warning and the constant buying of gold, those actions support the words because they want to remain in power after this is over. So they need the gold. So do you, sorry, I’m just, you know, I mean, I’m just telling you what I see. And I’ve been in these markets on some level since I was 10 flipping years old, and I’m 68 now. Okay?

Ordinary Germans are paying anti-war protests, stretch across central Europe. So people are coming together in Community, aren’t they? Most are attended by just a few hundred people, but they point to a worrying trend for the regions political mainstream. What is that? Well, a lot of different grievances are becoming fused, very dangerously fused in democratic terms because it’s been divide and conquer. But look at what they’re calling for community, not division. So what has been happening for at least the last couple years or so, is that people have been targeted to be, you know, divided. There’s the vaxxed and the un vaxxed. There’s, there’s the war, and not more. I mean, but now what we’re seeing is that those people with different political views, different ideologies, they are now coming together and a lot of different grievances are becoming fused. This is dangerous to the ruling class. They don’t like that at all. And it is a growing trend. So could we see a revolution? Well Ray Dalio thinks so? And I hope so. And I wouldn’t say that Ray is wrong.

Because truthfully, the Fed’s damage to the housing market may last years. Now we gotta talk about this for a minute, right? Cause you gotta have a place to make your last stance. So I want you to understand everything that I’m saying. And you know, I live in a house and I have my bug out house. So all of these things are very important, clearly. But the, the housing market in this country and in many other countries is 30% of the economy. In China, it’s even more so by frontloading and pushing interest rates down and encouraging the reflation of the housing bubble. They have done damage that truthfully can last For many, many years, the Central bank created major distortions in a market where many Americans have most of their wealth. Why? Because they pick winners and losers. And I’m sorry, but you and I are just about the right size to fail. The housing market may be slower and less liquid for a long time. In other words, once the price is settled down at a bottom, and they’re not even marginally near there yet. And I think this is gonna look when everything is said and done. I think this is gonna look more like Japan in the early nineties where residential real estate dropped 85% and commercial dropped 95%. So Japan’s real estate, after all this time has not even marginally come near their gains. And the Mortgage Backed Security MBS, the mortgage backed market may be less liquid too. So what is that? That is when a bank or some kind of non-financial firm, when a firm takes your mortgage along with a whole bunch of other mortgages and packages them up. Now, who’s been the biggest buyer? The Federal Reserve. But the Federal Reserve is now trying to normalize their balance sheet by allowing these mortgage backed securities to mature and not replacing them. And they’ve been buying roughly 30% of the mortgage market. That’s what enables these other businesses, these banks, etcetera, to go out and, and buy and sell even more mortgages and then package them up. So as the government, as the Federal Reserve, I should say, is selling off the mortgage backed securities or allowing them to run off their balance sheet, who’s buying if there’s such a big buyer? So that’s what they’re talking about here. This is going to not be a pretty picture. You gotta have a place to create your Food, Water, Energy, etcetera. But no time to speculate in here. Now it will be a riskier asset that commands a larger spread. It’s riskier because what the Fed has really done is taken all that massive, liquidity that was in these markets and front loaded it by pushing interest rates down and encouraging people to go and buy houses and pushing up those prices and pushing up those prices, and pushing up those prices. So that bubble has popped, but it hasn’t, it’s gonna get a lot worse. It’s gonna get a lot worse, in my opinion. Cause frankly, a fed fueled frenzy finally fizzled. Yeah. And who’s left holding the bag? All those people that bought homes that let’s just hope they can continue to afford them, because I would not wanna be selling property into this market, frankly. Okay? US housing starts tumble in October amid soaring mortgage rates. Well, these are housing starts. You can see what happened from 2007 to 2010, and then they managed to pump it up, reflate it again. But mm, look at this. You can see, oh, let me grab this. You can see the laser pointers. So this is 2020, push those housing prices and housing starts up now they’re declining at the fastest pace since 2020. And so what that really does for most people is it destroys the wealth that they’re holding in the house, right? All that equity. That’s pretty much a big problem for most Americans, especially those that bought near the top. And now as the pricing will start to come down, will become underwater.

We’re gonna have a repeat of what we had in 2008? No, I think it’ll be worse. And I think it’ll be more broad based because it isn’t just in housing now. It’s in everything. It’s in everything. And that is actually what ends up creating the opportunity. And that’s part of the strategy that we execute, that I develop for myself before I came to ITM. And then we have, we execute that for our clients based upon what their goals are and circumstances. So if opportunity positioning is what you wanna see, click that Calendly link below, have a conversation, have some goals in mind, or have a conversation to help you establish your goals and then build that strategy because this is happening and it should be really obvious and we are clearly running outta time. So until next we meet, please be safe out there. Bye-Bye.



  • Lynette’s mission is to translate financial noise into understandable language and enable educated, independent choices. All her work is fact and evidence based and she shares these tools openly. She believes strongly that we need to be as independent as possible and at the same time, we need to come together in community to survive and thrive through any financial crisis.

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