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Thriving in a Crisis Economy - 2014 Fall Casey Summit

Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2014 Jul 07, 2014 - 04:40 PM GMT

By: Casey_Research

Stock-Markets

Even though I sometimes have trouble remembering what I ate for breakfast, I vividly remember watching John Wayne's movie The Alamo, even though I was only seven years old at the time.

That it made such a big impression on my young self was due to a combination of the heroics of the small band fighting against overwhelming odds, as well as a fascination that fate brought Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie - two of my favorite historical characters as a kid - together in the doomed fort.


Then there was the drama, the music, and the shocking final battle scene - all powerful stuff for an impressionable child.

In hindsight, I suspect this epic movie laid the first steps on my philosophical path to becoming a freedom-loving, small-government advocate.

After all, at least within the American context, the Alamo is pretty much the archetype for standing up to meddlesome authority.

Which is why I think the home of the Alamo - San Antonio, Texas - is so appropriate as the site of our 2014 Casey Research Summit, Thriving in a Crisis Economy.

Which brings me to...

6 Reasons to Rally with Doug and Me at the Alamo!

In no particular order, here are 6 reasons you'll want to meet us in San Antonio this September 19-21.

#1

Your personal freedom is increasingly tied to your financial freedom.

Surveys by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) provide eye-opening data showing the vast majority of Americans have almost no savings.

In 1982, the US savings rate was 12%, but for years now it has been effectively zero. As a consequence, only 14% of Americans feel confident they have saved enough to retire on.

The extent of this looming disaster is seen in the fact that 42% of individuals age 45 years or older have less than $25,000 saved for retirement. Rather than planning for the future, the majority of people in the US and most Western economies have followed the Pied Piper of easy credit and mindless consumerism into a trap of lifelong servitude.

It gets much, much worse. That's because the Baby Boomers - a massive population bubble - are just now hitting retirement age, shifting the financial burden of a rapidly aging population onto the back of the already bankrupt government.

Put another way, the death spiral of government debt, currency debasement, higher taxes (at least for those people still paying taxes), and government interference in the economy is only just getting started.

Anyone not paying attention or failing to deploy strategies to grow and protect their assets in a global economy headed for a progression of worsening crises is at very real risk of losing everything.

While no one can say with certainty when the next shoe will drop - it could literally be any day.

That makes it more important than ever to step back from your daily routine and update yourself on the hard realities of living in a crisis economy. That's the overarching purpose of the Casey Research Summit: to immerse ourselves in the latest research from a blue-ribbon faculty on the powerful economic, political, and investment trends rushing our way.

As importantly, you'll hear from some really, really smart people on proven strategies to position yourself to prosper regardless of what comes next.

#2

Traditional markets are increasingly rigged - here's what to do about it.

Revelations about LIBOR and gold-price rigging by the big banks... the institutionalized front-running of high-frequency trading... Corzine's unpunished heist at MF Global and more all point to a deep rot at the heart of the global financial system.

We are convinced that the whole fragile, leveraged, hypothecated, manipulated, and derivative-fueled house of cards is one accident from a serious collapse.

You don't have to be a victim or keep taking the risk of waking up one morning to find that the funds you have worked so hard to accumulate are locked up, or worse. At the San Antonio Summit you'll hear presentations, a special panel, and several hands-on workshops on strategies and specific investments outside of rigged markets and out of harm's way.

Don't Miss These Interactive Panels

In addition to in-depth presentations and hands-on workshops conducted by individual faculty members, special panels will address pressing issues. While the program is still being finalized, here's a tentative list:

Geopolitics: World in Turmoil - In recent months, an increasingly erratic foreign policy has wreaked havoc in relations between the US and Russia, Europe, China, and the Middle East. Who wins, who loses? Where are the opportunities as major pieces of geopolitical are rearranged?

Invited Panelists: Jim Rickards, Grant Williams, Christian Menegatti, John Mauldin, Leland Miller, and Marin Katusa.

Inflation or Deflation? - On one side of the ongoing debate are the Fed's extreme money printing, bloated balance sheet, and its need to inflate away the government's record debt. On the other are the deflationary pressures of a fall back into recession, the lackluster velocity of money, and the economic dislocations caused by retiring Baby Boomers. So what's it to be? Inflation? Deflation? One then the other? What does history tell us about just how bad things are likely to get, and which economic indicators will alert you to what's next?

Invited panelists: Mish Shedlock, Terry Coxon, Bud Conrad, and Lacy Hunt.

The Decline (and Fall?) of Western Civilization - Will the trends now in motion - extreme socialism, a growing police state, aging populations, soaring government debt, and an encroaching Islamic takeover of Europe - rupture societal fault lines and lead to a serious decline in the quality of life for most people? Just how much trouble is "Western" civilization in, and how soon are we likely to see serious consequences appear? Or are the fears overstated? Expect a lively discussion.

Invited panelists: Doug Casey, Alex Jones, Justin Raimondo, Mark Victor, and Stephen Moore.

Building a Crisis-Proof Portfolio - The "smart money" is increasingly looking for investments outside of traditional stocks and fixed-income vehicles. In this invaluable panel discussion, you'll hear about strategies anyone can use to reap a solid return without taking the risk inherent in today's manipulated, bubble markets.

Invited panelists: Alex Daley, David Tice, Charles Biderman, Worth Wray, Terry Coxon, and Dan Steinhart.

#3

It's almost impossible for you to go it alone.

Given the complexities of today's economic and investment challenges, even extremely experienced investors need help achieving the clarity needed for effective portfolio planning.

Spending three full days in an immersive experience such as offered by the San Antonio Summit is the ideal opportunity to clear the proverbial decks and concentrate on what matters.

Put another way, the odds are good that pretty much whatever you might otherwise spend your time doing this September 19, 20, and 21 - it won't be even remotely as important as the knowledge you'll gain in San Antonio over those dates.

#4

Things are about to get much worse.

For those of you disenchanted with President Obama's big-government policies, wait until the year after next when President Hillary Clinton takes office. And that is all but a certainty according to recent data from Public Policy Polling, which found that, among Democrats, "Clinton has an 83/12 favorability rating, and polls at least 53% with liberals, moderates, men, women, seniors, and younger voters alike." No one else comes close.

That a Democrat will win can be seen in data out of the Heritage Foundation, whose Chief Economist Stephen Moore will serve as a member of your San Antonio faculty.

Specifically, in 1962 when its Index of Dependence on Government was published, only 24% of the population paid no federal income tax. Today, that number has almost doubled, to 45%.

Even more shocking, 70% of federal spending now goes to dependence-related programs... triple the level of 1962!

Simply, the public has learned to vote itself money out of the public trough, greatly diminishing the prospects of any candidate advocating meaningful reductions in government spending.

To the contrary, the passage of Obamacare only confirms the trend of increasing government meddling in the economy.

Meanwhile, the taxes required to cover all this social spending keep ratcheting higher: according to the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking organization PolitiFact, since entering office President Barack Obama has proposed over 240 new tax hikes.

As a consequence, we've already seen the top income tax bracket rise from 35% to 39.6%... the capital gains tax rise to 20% from 15%... the dividend tax also went from 15% to 20%... plus a new 3.8% tax on investment income has been levied. And from 0% in 2010, the estate tax is now 40%. Then there's literally dozens of new taxes and surcharges triggered by Obamacare.

Rising taxes are far from only an American phenomenon: the poster child for what's coming is seen in the French decision to hike taxes to 75% on anyone earning over 1 million euros a year.

Like deer in the headlights, most people will try to ignore the rising tide until it's too late. In San Antonio, however, you'll hear a number of completely legal ways you can minimize your tax burden and protect your assets from an over-reaching government.

You Can't Escape the Tax Man, but You Can Reduce His Bite!

At the San Antonio Summit, International Man Managing Editor Nick Giambruno and a team of experts will hold a special working session on how you can legally shelter assets and reduce risks through international vehicles.

After an overview, participants will break into smaller working groups which will discuss the specifics of How to Open an International Bank and Brokerage Account; Establishing an International Trust; Complying with International Reporting Requirements; and Q&A on the Tax Advantages of Puerto Rican Residency. (The working groups will be repeated throughout the Summit.)

For those not interested in these topics, Alex Daley will present an in-depth workshop on Boosting Your Yields While Reducing Interest-Rate Risk Through Alternative Lending.

#5

It's the only Casey Research Summit in 2014.

Casey Research puts on only one Summit each year, and so the entire team pitches in to make it extra special. It is an event we all look forward to as our once-a-year opportunity to refresh our own perspective on the markets, as well as to spend time exchanging ideas and socializing with subscribers and members of Casey's Club.

As the venue for this year's Summit, we are pleased to hang our hats at the Hill Country Resort and Spa, a Hyatt property on the outskirts of San Antonio featuring Conde Nast's top-rated golf course in Texas (and 17th nationwide), an extensive water park and pool facility, a world-class spa, gourmet restaurants, and more.

It's the perfect setting to spend a few quiet days in the company of like-minded individuals, sharing ideas and charting a course for the months and years just ahead.

Hill Country Resort and Spa, the luxurious venue for the 2014 Casey Research Summit

#6

VIP Tour of the Alamo.

A special treat for history buffs, the participants and faculty will take a break from the hard work we'll be doing at the Summit and join together for a private VIP tour of the Alamo in the company of local historians fully versed in the details of the Battle of the Alamo.

Where Will You Be This September 19, 20, 21?

We're convinced there's no better way to spend three days of your time this September 19-21 than at the Casey Research Summit in San Antonio.

The Polls Are In!

Responding to the survey distributed following last year's Summit...

100% of the audience said the conference met or exceeded their expectations

100% said they would attend again, and...

100% said they would recommend attending the Casey Research Summits to a friend or business association.

There are conferences, and there are Casey Research Summits. No hype, just hard research and your unique opportunity to actually comprehend what's going on under the hood in today's crisis-fueled economy. Space is strictly limited - reserve your seat today!

"A thoroughly enjoyable & busy weekend."

"I truly enjoyed the 'Dine Around' to allow one on one with speakers."

"You always do a great job, which is why I keep returning."

But you'll want to act right away. That's because when you register today, you'll lock in the early-bird pricing.

More importantly, however, is that in order to maintain a collegial atmosphere and ensure abundant opportunities to spend time one-on-one with the faculty, attendance at Casey Research Summits are strictly limited, and as a result, they always sell out.

While work continues on adding new faculty and special programs, an updated list of faculty and biographical sketches can be found on the registration page.

As I hope you'll agree, this is shaping up to be the best Casey Research Summit ever, and a "can't miss" event.

Register Today

On behalf of the entire Casey Research team, we look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

Sincerely,

David Galland Partner, CASEY RESEARCH

Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.

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