Guest Post: A Look Ahead To 2018 from James Gibson

Wed, Dec 27, 2017 - 11:13am

With all the recent talk of the death of the petrodollar, and the rise of the petroyuan, with the possibility of the Chinese yuan eventually assuming the mantle of the world’s premier reserve currency, I thought that Turdites might be interested in an extract from my book: FROM WEST TO EAST: The Greatest Transfer of Power and Wealth in the History of Mankind

This particular subject matter is covered in greater detail in the book, particularly the pros and cons, but it should give Turdites a flavour of what might lie further down the road, as the global dominance of financial and economic power gradually passes from the USA to China.

I have thought about producing a second edition of my book, updating it by incorporating recent developments, but decided against it, because predictions made in the book are now increasingly beginning to unfold, and I wish the contents of the book to stand, and going forward, recognized as being prescient.

For those Turdites that have not yet purchased the book, I believe it is a worthwhile purchase, as it becomes more relevant by the month, and ties together many apparently diverse and seemingly unconnected events, which are shown to very much linked, and part of a very carefully prepared, long term plan to create a One World Currency, and a One World Government. But a world which none of us would willingly choose to adopt.

The Chinese-Russian bloc have regularly lobbied the G20 since 2008, to have them agree to, and draw up, the basis for sweeping reforms to the current international financial system. Such reforms should not only address the symptoms, but also the root causes of the current, challenging, financial and economic problems being faced by the world, which includes the acceptance of a multipolar world, rather than the current USA dominated unipolar world. The USA obviously strenuously seeks to maintain and defend the current status quo.

In my opinion, it is not worth worrying about events over which one has no control. However, the book should provide food for thought as to how one might minimise any negative impacts, and perhaps enable people to come out ahead, particularly if one is prepared to keep an open mind, and think globally. The relevant extract from the book now follows:

The Expansion of the Special Drawing Rights’ Role Appears Convenient to Both West and East

The Chinese have all the necessary building blocks in place to support a new international financial system independent of the US dollar. They have worked extremely hard, and since 2008 with increased intensity, to reach their current position.
The Chinese focus is now on promoting the internationalisation of the yuan, establishing an oil futures exchange priced in yuan, and refining their various financial systems and institutions so as to be in a position to provide a seamless international financial platform across the full spectrum.

All things considered, it is highly likely that the Chinese preference would be to have more time to refine and bed in their financial systems in an orderly manner. However, bearing in mind the current fragile state of the international financial system, and the increasing Second Cold War tensions, circumstances might well overtake them, necessitating a baptism by fire.
At this point in time, there are two types of SDR: the O-SDR (“O” stands for Official and is only traded between national central banks), and the recently reintroduced M-SDR (“M” stands for Market, for trading on the open financial markets). The M-SDR has recently been reintroduced for use as an investment vehicle in the form of bonds initially available in the Chinese market. These bonds will be purchased with yuan, and upon maturity, they will be settled in yuan.

China’s renminbi/yuan officially became a component of the basket of currencies that are used to value the SDR on 1 October 2016. The SDR currency weightings are now as follows:

• The US dollar has a 41.73 percent weighting.
• The euro has a 30.93 percent weighting.
• The Chinese renminbi/yuan has a 10.92 percent weighting.
• The Japanese yen has an 8.33 percent weighting.
• The pound sterling has an 8.09 percent weighting.

It is important for the reader to realise that the SDR is just another fiat currency. It has no backing whatsoever other than the faith and confidence in the financial standing of the IMF. The involvement and weighting of the five currencies mentioned above is solely to provide a mechanism for the calculation of the SDR’s value in the foreign exchange markets. Just like any other fiat currency, it is created out of thin air.

A 2009 article written by Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the PBOC (Peoples Bank of China) , was posted on the official PBOC website, in both Chinese and English, in which he called for a sweeping overhaul of the global monetary system. In that article he stated:
The price is becoming increasingly high, not only for the users, but also for the issuers of the reserve currencies. Although crisis may not necessarily be an intended result of the issuing authorities, it is an inevitable outcome of the institutional flaws.
Special consideration should be given to giving the SDR a greater role. The SDR has the features and potential to act as a super sovereign reserve currency.

This indicates to the writer that China has no aspirations to see the yuan replace the US dollar in the role of the world’s premier reserve currency, because the “price is becoming increasingly high,” and suggests that in China’s opinion, the SDR is best suited to the role of the world’s premier reserve currency, because the IMF has no trade deficit or surplus.

SDR policies and strategy would be driven solely by its role as a reserve currency, whereas the US Fed is continually conflicted as to its US dollar strategy, as it impacts both domestic and international markets. What is good for the US domestic market can be detrimental to the international market and vice versa. Using the SDR would eliminate any such conflict and seems a pragmatic solution, but there are cons as well as pros, as will be highlighted shortly.

In his article Zhou went into some detail as to how the O-SDR could become a reserve currency, which included:
using the O-SDR for the settlement of global trade and financial transactions and
promoting the O-SDR in the pricing of commodities, trade, and investments.
Zhou also wrote:
The basket of currencies forming the basis for SDR valuation should be expanded to include currencies of all major economies, and the GDP may also be included as a weight. The allocation of the SDR can be shifted from a purely calculation-based system to a system backed by real assets, such as a reserve pool, to further boost market confidence in its value.
With the O-SDR now actively being considered for an expanded role, it would make sense to include all the G20 currencies in the SDR basket. It would also make sense that the O-SDR have some tangible backing, as suggested by Zhou. Gold would be the obvious choice.

It is very likely that the O-SDR is viewed by the Chinese as a way to sidestep the yuan being looked upon as a potential future successor to the US dollar as the world’s primary reserve currency, as they view the downside of that role as being a route to possible continuous trade deficits, something that they seek to avoid.

The pricing of commodities, including energy, in O-SDRs would certainly assist China in its stated policy to reduce reliance on the US dollar. It would also be the death knell of the petrodollar.

The Puppeteers and TPTB may well be supportive of an expansion of the O-SDR’s role, as they would probably view that as a stepping-stone to the creation of a One World Currency, even at the expense of the death of the petrodollar. Remember, the Puppeteers and TPTB do not think in terms of individual nationhood per se; they only look at the global picture and how they can make something work in their favour within the context of achieving their ultimate goals.

So, for very different reasons, both the West and the East appear to be in favour of expanding the role of the O-SDR into that of the world’s premier reserve currency.

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boomer sooner
Dec 27, 2017 - 1:29pm

Pulled this comment

From the PBOC chair in the 4th paragraph above.

"The allocation of the SDR can be shifted from a purely calculation-based system to a system backed by real assets, such as a reserve pool, to further boost market confidence in its value."

Last time I looked, the US had zero reserves and a pile of unaudited gold. Now, not having reserves is understandable due to being able to digitally conjure out of thin air all the reserves needed, but if the ODSR required reserves that are tangible and audited, the US is fooked.

I would imagine the MIC would not be a happy go along.

Dec 27, 2017 - 1:37pm

Pearl of Wisdom from John Hussman

Posted today on ZeroHedge:

"Frankly, the notion that corporate tax cuts will unleash some renaissance in U.S. real investment and growth would be laughable if the bald-faced corporate giveaway wasn’t so offensive. The policy not only vastly favors the wealthy, but is even more preferential to wealthy individuals who take their income in the form of profits rather than wages. The current tax legislation isn’t some thoughtful reform to benefit Americans. It’s a quickly planned looting through a broken window in our nation’s character."

Dec 27, 2017 - 1:51pm


Moore needs to convince someone in the Secretary of States office or the Ag. Wildass claims and requesting funds from voters is not getting the job done unless he is running another scam for funds.

Call the Secretary of States Office and provide proof. Or find someone that actually can prove something. Or validate your postimgs. Enough is enough.

He was a bad judge and a bad candidate. Racist, homophobe, self centered, power seeking, fascist.

Dec 27, 2017 - 2:26pm
Dec 27, 2017 - 2:27pm

@boomer sooner

It is very questionable, as to whether or not there will be time to establish the O-SDR as the premier reserve currency, but the possibility is examined in the book, as it cannot be discounted.

The IMF has its own official gold reserves of twenty-eight hundred tonnes. However, there is a question mark as to whether or not the IMF holds that gold on a segregated and allocated basis, or whether it is commingled and also included in the official gold reserves of the relevant IMF member nations. Ergo, is the IMF gold being double counted, appearing both on the books of the IMF as well as the on the books of the relevant national central banks?

Yes, it is entirely possible that the USA does not have the physical gold to even put up their share of the gold backing for the O-SDR. There are other cons which are also covered in the book.

The current international financial system is so dysfunctional, and subject to such egregious abuse, that it is long overdue substantive reforms. Why not start those reforms with the expansion of the O-SDR's role and fully back it with gold?

The 'Puppeteers' control the MIC. If they thought that participation in the creation of an O-SDR would materially assist them in achieving one of their principal goals, that of a One World Currency, then they would be prepared to examine the possibilities.

From a pragmatic viewpoint it is very unlikely that a gold backed O-SDR could be agreed upon, and up and running, before the wheels fall off the financial markets. When the wheels do fall off the financial markets, IMO, that it be crunch time for the G20. If unanimous agreement cannot be quickly reached, as to what reforms need to be introduced to address the root causes of the problems facing the international financial and economic systems, then the Chinese-Russian bloc will most likely go its own way, with the possibility that some of the major G20 countries join them.

That would free up the Chines-Russian bloc to swiftly introduce those reforms deemed necessary to bring order and confidence back to their newly revamped international financial system, which would probably include, amongst many other initiatives, either the BRICS New Development Bank or the AIIB issuing a gold back equivalent to the O-SDR in support of international trade.

Angry Chef
Dec 27, 2017 - 2:27pm


Time will tell. I'll call Dom Lemon at CNN and see if he can verify for me. I'll get back to you.

Dec 27, 2017 - 2:51pm

tax benefit to Corporations IMO

was done to defer a crash. Increase EPS also helps money managers via AUM.

in the end though, PEs cannot remain at multiples of growth--the numbers for the future ROI do not work.

another reason to pump corp earnings and thus stock values is to keep pensions going. last thing pensions need is a 50% asset decline as that means if the asset decline is more than a week or two, the funds start eating up assets to pay benefits and if the plans run out of assets in a few years even a recovery will not help.

by the way, its also corp pension plans that get in the worst type of trouble and as well the government plans around the country, city, county and state.

The rank and file population does not grasp the gravity of unfunded soc sec , Medicare, medicaid, prescription drugs, Obamacare and all the pension plans.

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:08pm

2018 Predictions & Beyond – Almost All Positive – Clif High

By Greg Hunter’s

Internet data mining expert Clif High says he’s “heartened by the positive nature of the information” he’s received in his latest report. Clif High uses something he calls “Predictive Linguistics,” which sorts through billions of bits of information to predict future trends and events. One of many big predictions Clif High made several months ago involved sexual misconduct would be revealed, especially in the mainstream media. So, are the sexual misconduct revelations over? Clif High says, “No, the part we saw in 2017 was kind of like the titles. We’ve got the main feature coming up in 2018 and in 2019. The volume of words involved in this scandal is going to quadruple or larger. It will take a couple of years to lay out. It will also involve a third or more of Congress, many of whom will elect to not continue in order to sidestep or try to sidestep legal issues as a result of their past behavior. . . . The data sets seem to indicate that some of the people taking hits now are doing so because they know there are far worse crimes they could be accused of, and so they are happy to get out of town, or get out of Dodge on just this little charge so to speak.”

So, does President Trump win the so-called “Fake News” war? In a word, Clif High says, “Yes. . . . It’s been kosher for the media to lie because they have been given some level of protection with their propaganda act. The data is suggesting that somebody is going to find a legal way to sue what we call the mainstream media for, I guess you could say, consumer fraud.”

Clif High says there is good news coming, but not just for 2018, many years after. Clif High explains, “There is a really interesting set of data that’s been building for some time, and we have had this big flush of long term data, which is why I decided to do this report that is going out five years. I named it the “Soaring Twenties,” even though we are not into the 2020’s. . . . Our 2020’s, to some extent, are replicating the kind of language in the newspapers and limited news reels they had at the time of the 1920’s. Only instead of being “The Roaring Twenties,” we’re going to have a “Soaring Twenties” because it’s a combination of an economic boom and a technological boom that are feeding off each other. This positive feedback is being sparked around the language of the (Trump) tax redo. It’s not a reform, it’s a total redo. . . .The money coming back is going to create a resurgence. A new kind of American is going to be rising out of this resurgence. We are going to be in a new great generation forming, not the Millennials, but the ones that are behind them.”

Clif High also talks about a coming “bond debacle,” soaring gold and silver prices in 2018 . . . the future of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies, legal actions taken against the bad actors in government and the “Deep State.” Clif High also predicts some “fantastic levels of business failures.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Clif High of

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:36pm


If Moore or anyone can prove voter fraud, then I am all for it. I would rather have a bad candidate win than a corrupt system. If the State officials are allowing corruption to occur, then take the complaint Federal. If Federal doesn't help, take it to the Press. If they can't force recognition of factual fraud, then we are all screwed. But, why does Moore need money, if there are no pending procedures.

Anyway, CDE has performed well during up moves but, like First Majestic, it goes down heavy also. Last December, I sold some First Majestic, CDE and EXK for gains to offset oil stock losses. All 3 tanked and stayed down during 2017, but I didn't have enough gains this year, so I held them. But, I think all 3 will out perform if miners allowed to enter the world of the living. My guess all 3 on the lists of managed money favorites if miners get by the moving average thresholds that TF keeps us up to date on.

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:39pm


"Power seeking and self centered"...Quite a popular trait there.....The more they talk about the People, the more they think about themselves.

Btw... Buying CDE now...Will add to my Novo position after New Year...very tempting to do it now.

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