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How the Financial Crisis Was Built Into the System

~ Robert Kiyosaki How did we get into the current financial mess? Great question. Turmoil in the Making In 1910, seven men held a secret meeting on Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia. It’s estimated that those seven men represented one-sixth of the world’s wealth. Six were Americans representing J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and the U.S. government. One was a European representing the Rothschilds and Warburgs. In 1913, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank was created as a direct result of that secret meeting. Interestingly, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank isn’t federal, there are no reserves, and it’s not a bank. Those seven men, some American and some European, created this new entity, commonly referred to as the Fed, to take control of the banking system and the money supply of the United States. In 1944, a meeting in Bretton Woods, N.H., led to the creation of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. While the stated purposes for the two new organizations initially sounded admirable, the IMF and the World Bank were created to do to the world what the Federal Reserve Bank does to the United States. In 1971, President Richard Nixon signed an executive order declaring that the United States no longer had to redeem its paper dollars for gold. With that, the first phase of the takeover of the world banking system and money supply was complete. In 2008, the world is in economic turmoil. The rich are getting richer, but most people are becoming poorer. Much of this turmoil is directly related to those meetings that took place decades ago. In other words, much of this turmoil is by design. Power and Domination Some people say these events are part of a grand conspiracy, and that might well be. Some people say they represent the struggle between capitalists, communists and socialists, and that might be, too. I personally don’t participate in the debate over a possible global conspiracy; it’s a waste of time. To me, the wider struggle is for power and domination. And while this struggle has done a lot of good — and a lot of bad — I just want to know how to avoid becoming its victim. I see no reason to be a mouse trying to stop a herd of elephants from fighting. Currently, many people are suffering due to high oil price, the slowdown in the economy, loss of jobs, declines in home values, increased bankruptcies and businesses closings, savings being wiped out, the plummeting stock market, and rising inflation. These realities are all direct results of this financial power struggle, and millions of people are...

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“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” Author gives Investing Advice

Millions of people have sought Robert Kiyosaki’s advice on investing in real estate. The author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad believes America’s financial dilemma is directly related to the rest of the globe. ” I think the world economy is contracting which is why oil is coming down, gold is coming down, property is coming down all over the world,” said Kiyosaki. When it comes to investing, Kiyosaki said too many people get their advice from someone trying to sell them something. “So you’ve really got to be careful who you take financial advice from because ultimately that six inches between your ears is your greatest asset so be careful what you put in there.” Kiyosaki has made his money in real estate – primarily commercial real estate like apartment buildings. And his decision about what to buy might surprise you. “Real estate is based upon jobs. If the jobs are good, real estate’s good. If jobs are bad, real estate’s bad – it is that simple.” Good jobs, he says, indicate economic stability. “It really has to make basic business sense. So I’m buying real estate, apartment houses in Oklahoma. Why Oklahoma? Oil. That’s the number one reason – it’s a pretty stable economy, oil is always there.” If you are thinking of investing in real estate, Kiyosaki says there are three important considerations. “Number one, you have to have good partners, that’s smart partners. Number two you have to have good financing and the sub-prime was bad financing. And three with real estate you have to have good management.” He also stresses the importance of financial literacy. Share and...

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Finding Your Magic Investing Formula

– Robert Kiyosaki People often ask me, “How do you find great investments?” My standard reply is, “You have to train your brain to see them. Great investments are all around you.” I know that’s not a very satisfying answer. Most people want something more specific and concrete. But my reply is as accurate as possible. If we could’ve seen all the great investments just in the past decade, we’d all be multi-billionaires. Missing Out on Millions There have never been more opportunities to become rich than in the last 10 years. And there’ll be even more opportunities in the next 10. Let me explain. Like many investors, I didn’t see the power of eBay almost a decade ago. If I had, I’d be a billionaire today. Nor did I see the power of YouTube, or Google, or MySpace. Being an old guy, my brain isn’t trained to see investing opportunities in cyberspace. So I missed them. Thirty years ago, when my business career was just starting at Xerox, I was introduced to a new type of computer. I wasn’t tuned into computers at the time, so little did I know that I was looking at the early version of what was to become the Macintosh. So I also missed that billion-dollar opportunity, too. How many billion-dollar opportunities have I missed? Maybe millions. If I’ve missed so many million- and billion-dollar opportunities, why am I writing articles and speaking worldwide about financial independence? That’s a valid question, and the answer has to do with helping you find great investments. Perseverance Pays Off I took my first real estate investment course in 1974 in Honolulu. The cost was $385, and I believe it was two or three days long. Toward the end of the class, the instructor said something I’ve never forgotten: “Now you know the difference between good real estate investments and bad real estate investments. Now you all know what to look for.” He paused and then added, “The problem is, most people will tell you such investments don’t exist. Your friends will tell you so, and so will real estate agents.” Truer words were never spoken. For the next few months, I went from real estate office to real estate office, looking for investments. As promised, the real estate agents told me what I was looking for didn’t exist. My friends and co-workers at Xerox told me the same thing, and said I was either dreaming or smoking funny cigarettes. Finally, in a small, obscure real estate office in downtown Waikiki, I met a scruffy little broker who said, “I have what you want.” The next weekend...

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Meet Neel Kashkari: The Man With the $700 Billion Wallet

– Wall Street Journal | Oct 6, 2008  – – Posted by Heidi N. Moore  – A Goldman Sachs Group alumnus in charge of the nation’s economic rescue? How unusual. Except, of course, it isn’t. As The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon reported today, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is promoting Neel Kashkari, the Treasury’s assistant secretary for international affairs, to be the point man overseeing the $700 billion financial bailout as the interim head of Paulson’s Office of Financial Stability. The full appointment would need Senate confirmation, which is unlikely to come given the short remaining tenure in this Administration. The move essentially puts a new title on what Kashkari he has been doing since he joined Treasury in 2006–examining the consequences of an economic housing fallout. Kashkari was one of three Treasury staffers–including general counsel Robert Hoyt and head of legislative affairs Kevin Fromer–who stayed up until 4 a.m. last Sunday putting together the $700 billion bailout bill that was shot down by House Republicans the next day. Kashkari is an Indian-American who has a few things in common with Paulson . Both are former Goldman Sachs bankers, though Kashkari, at 35 years old, is much younger and was just a vice president-level banker in Goldman’s San Francisco technology banking effort when Paulson tapped him to join Treasury. Both also are Midwesterners. Kashkari grew up in Stow, Ohio, and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Paulson was raised in Barrington Hills, Ill. And both sport similar hairstyles– or lack thereof. Kashkari didn’t take a conventional route into banking. He started out as an aerospace engineer at TRW, developing technology for NASA projects like the James Webb Space Telescope, the replacement to Hubble, which is scheduled to launch in 2013. He earned an M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. While there, one of his professors was Michael Useem, who liked to put students through grueling, Outward Bound-type strengths of endurance and strategy. Kashkari participated in one Army simulation in 2002 at Fort Dix, where he was quoted in this 2002 Philadelphia Inquirer article in a comment just as applicable to today’s financial crisis as the project he was working on: “We were all taught to play nice,” Kashkari said. “So who’s going to fight in the sandbox?” After Wharton, Kashkari joined Goldman and worked in San Francisco, where he advised companies that create computer security programs like antivirus software. He and his wife, Minal, still keep a house in California. Paulson likes to surround himself with people he’s comfortable with: people, mostly, from Goldman Sachs. Paulson’s inner...

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Saving’s not enough, invest your money

When we hear the word money, what comes to mind — savings in banks, investment in mutual funds, investment in equity, investment in real estate, investment in antiques? In my opinion, it is a combination of all. Investment gurus call it the ‘diversification of portfolio’. We learn the discipline to manage money effectively outside the classrooms. It reminds me of an old incident. Once, almost 20 years ago, I visited my friend and we were busy talking when her young son entered happily, showing his mom a $100 note gifted by his granny. All he wanted to do with it is buy chocolate. His mother explained to him that chocolates are unhealthy and he should do something else with the note, preferably put it in his piggy bank. Reluctantly, he agreed. A few months later, I happened to visit her again. That day she was busy with her son, helping him open his piggy bank, overloaded with coins and notes. They both counted them and were delighted that the total was beyond their expectations. Again this time as a responsible mother, she advised him to put this fund into a savings account. She taught him to fill up the deposit slip. The boy tried, but could not. So his mom filled the slip and he left for the bank along with an office help. Years rolled by, and his mom is now proud of his saving habits. However, the amount is earning interest only in the bank. “To save must be a habit of childhood, but to invest must be the habit of adulthood.” My friend, as a responsible mother, could reach only her son’s childhood and not beyond. What is the count of your investment portfolios? Are you working for money or is money working for you? “The poor and the middle-class work for money. The rich get the money to work for them”- Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich dad poor dad said in the book. It’s generally seen that many people have the habit of switching off their minds when it comes to money matters. People in the other category have a habit of exercising their minds when it comes to money. The difference depends on many criteria. It doesn’t matter if the child doesn’t listen to you, or doesn’t obey you. The child always observes you. Since childhood, we listen to and observe many things in our parents, teachers, friends and others. This plays a vital role in developing our thinking patterns. I will explain two different thinking patterns by picking up some of the effective sentences from Rich dad poor dad. Generally, we veer...

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Silver is going up :-)

I feel good… Why? Because I listened 2008 Predictions video – Part 4 of 4 in the beginning of this year at richdad.com. Also I read often Mike Maloney’s web page GoldSilver.com I also have bought some silver and one ounce of gold in 2006… But the Best thing what I did was buying more silver @ 14th of January 2008… Do you remember the story Why I sold my rent condo? What it has to do with this story? On 14th of January I put all this money into silver… and silver has gone up from that day approximately 18%. Unfortunately in European Union its not good idea to buy silver as metal because of VAT which would be added and because of poor opportunities to sell it later… so I had to buy it as index stock (SLV is the symbol). But SLV follows the price of real silver quite good 🙂 Share and...

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2008 Predictions – Part 4 of 4

This is my favorite predictions clip. I have known Mike Maloney for a few years now and he never ceases to amaze me with his knowledge of economics, gold, silver and currency. Facinating. Share and...

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