A2A with Andy Hoffman of Miles Franklin

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All of the current global and market turbulence meant that it was an excellent time to check in again with the great Andy Hoffman of Miles Franklin. And Andy doesn't disappoint with 45 minutes of true, must listen audio.

First of all, I want to warn everyone that this is going to be one of those threads where we freely and openly discuss Bitcoin in the comments section. One of the reason I wanted to have Andy in for A2A is that he is an advocate for both BTC and gold...and he sees them as complimentary tools to end the reign of The Bankers and NOT as competition for each other.

So, in addition to a discussion of the value of cryptocurrencies in the fight against The Banks, Andy also addresses:

  • The recent PM flash crashes and how The Bankers are now brazenly rigging prices
  • How the market narrative (GAN2017) instantly changed the moment Trump was elected
  • His distrust of Trump, despite having voted for him
  • How declining silver miner production as a result of price manipulation is working against The Bankers
  • How and why the G-3 total market management system will eventually fail

Again, Andy has been a stalwart friend and ally in the fight against The Cartel for as long as I have known him. It was great to visit with him again and I'm confident you will gain a lot of perspective by listening to this podcast.



abundance's picture

while focusing on NK, this is going on


US destroyer challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

Published August 10, 2017 5:57pm
Updated August 10, 2017 10:26pm

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The operation came as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals. China has territorial disputes with its neighbors over the area.

It was the third "freedom of navigation operation" or "fonop" conducted during Trump's presidency. Neither China's defence ministry nor its foreign ministry immediately responded to a request for comment.

The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, and comes as Trump is seeking China's cooperation to rein in North Korea.

Tensions have risen recently after North Korea carried out two nuclear tests last year and two ICBM tests last month, prompting a strong round of U.N. sanctions which angered Pyongyang who threatened to teach the United States a "severe lesson".

Trump in turn responded by warning North Korea it would face "fire and fury" if it further threatened the United States.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a stark warning to North Korea on Wednesday, telling Pyongyang that it should stop any actions that would lead to the "end of its regime and the destruction of its people."

The United States has criticized China's construction of islands and build-up of military facilities in the sea, and is concerned they could be used to restrict free nautical movement.

The U.S. military has a long-standing position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies, and they are separate from political considerations.

The Trump administration has vowed to conduct more robust South China Sea operations.

In July, a U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam.

Experts and officials have criticized President Barack Obama for potentially reinforcing China's claims by sticking to innocent passage, in which a warship effectively recognized a territorial sea by crossing it speedily without stopping.

China's claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Reuters


lund175's picture

Andy & Miles Franklin

I cannot say enough about Miles Franklin and of course Andy.

Andy may rant but he is smart by not over promising and under  delivering. (ie $600 silver by Nov., ie the idoit woo woo guy which I would not waste a minute on unless you want entertainment value only.)

Ned Braden's picture

More Crypto - Ben Davies - Glintpay

benque's picture

Less cryptard

save it for the weekend

AIJ's picture

Crypto relevant for this post / ON TOPIC

Crypto = Freedom

Turd Ferguson's picture

New lows USDJPY


Just saw 109.09

Would love to see the 108s tomorrow on flat CPI and Nork tension heading into the weekend. Amazing how things change in a week!

infometron's picture


Can you recommend the best crypto community site that you know of and participate on? I would much prefer and be more appreciative of reading your posts on cryptos there. yes 

abundance's picture

this is Pepe Escobar..sadly it's so easy

to deceive the public ..NK/Japan/US...


NUGTCALL's picture


Turd, how much Physical goldsmileyhas moved back into the GLD  and silver into the SLV, recently (since Friday)? Where do you find this data too?

murphy's picture

WSJ article

As I don't have a subscription, I can't read the article. Would someone cut and paste the whole article. If it's not right to put it in the thread, please pm it me too.



fluxplus's picture

Crypto suggestion for new website

Turd, maybe you could create crypto forum (with only one tread) on the new website. That way we could avoid eye poking between metals and crypto people. AIJ could lead there posting important info and answering questions to newbies.  I guess that at least 25% of your subscribers would find this very valuable.

AIJ's picture


Many Slack Channels........and If someone here talks about something I am not interested in I just don't read it..or skim by..and don't comment if I don't feel like it....That way I don't try to control others by telling them what to do because my psyche is not fragile................

I can honestly say that as long as I have been here I have never asked someone not to post or refrain from discussing a subject.....I just scroll on by if not interested.....I just can't imagine a mind set that needs to control what others say............

sakelley's picture


I completely agree. I am a flexible investor who will go with what is working right now. I am heavily into the metals, both physical and in the miners. However, I made the mistake of dismissing the cryptos for the last 2-3 years, even with AIJ mentioning them periodically. Listened to the people who thought they were a short-lived fad. A very poor choice on my part. Finally got on the bandwagon about two months ago with ethereum and watched it triple in two weeks. Cost myself a boatload of money by not paying attention sooner. Now, I have no idea if they are the real thing or not. I am not married to this investment but will ride the boat as long as I feel comfortable. I think flexibility is the key to investing in this day and age. Go with what works until it doesn't. Metals will always be the bedrock of my investing. Otherwise, I will go with what is working. I like the idea of a separate thread for cryptos. I am sad that we have some people who dismiss them completely and, rather than just skip over them, prefer to get upset. To each his own, I guess.

scoremore's picture


I feel that way too about just skipping normally...

However, the way you post about the topic is simply relentless and IMHO way over the top for the focus of this site....


So it seems your manner may be the exception to the rule of just skipping by.

I have been practicing skipping by since the hosts request to keep it for weekends but now have come out of said current practice to post this...

My two pre '82 cents.

I now resume not paying attention to anything related to fairy digit dust.

infometron's picture


I asked a specific question. "Can you recommend the best crypto community site that you know of and participate on?" What does "Many Slack Channels..." mean?

Could you be more specific (helpful) in your response, please?

fluxplus's picture

Gold and silver being hit now

Was 19:07 moved?

infometron's picture

@fluxplus & @sakelly

I have no problem with a separate thread or with scrolling through posts I'm not interested in. I would sincerely pay more more attention to @AIJ on a cryptocurrency site populated with individuals more knowledgeable in the area than perhaps even he, and if such a site exists, I presume he would know. I'm also presuming that is what @James Crighton has done.

JQuest's picture

New Steve St. Angelo Interview

murphy's picture

Thanks Boomer

Hope all's well with you.

AIJ's picture


Your comment, "  I would much prefer and be more appreciative of reading your posts on cryptos there. yes "

Seemed sacrastic to me and I didn't take it seriously. If I miss intrepreted that I apologize....

I PMd you

Winder's picture


of the comments here I skim over. If I'm interested I read it. Kind of like Drudge Report. Read maybe 10% of those articles. I truly don't see what the big deal is with somebody posting about cryptos. 

infometron's picture


My comment was entirely sincere, as was my question. Will you answer it now?

AIJ's picture


Just trying to wake up people here to amazing gains that have taken the sting out of my horrendous losses the past 5 years..........

....and all the time not selling ONE ounce of silver or gold and in fact adding more physical too boot. 

Dr. P. Metals's picture

there is more time spent whining about cryptos

than actual crypto posts! Maybe it's better to stop all the whining?

And a very public and SINCERE THANK YOU to AIJ, for helping me restore my finances from the brink of absolute total financial ruin!

Yes, I was "lucky enough" to discover metals and miners starting in 2010, and the PM shills who I believed for a long time almost completely and utterly destroyed me as I fell for their nonsense!! 7 years of HORRIFIC and catastrophic losses...and I'm almost now back to break even, thanks to the cryptos.

God knows where I'd have been if I had put some of those funds into cryptos a few years earlier. Probably on one of my several private islands if so. But i'm VERY thankful for his public, and private posts!

Edit: and it's done this by only putting (redirecting from miners) about 5% of funds into the cryptos! 

Maryann's picture

Come on guys....

TF said specifically we could discuss cryptos on this thread.  Personally, thanks to AIJ and others my tiny crypto holdings have doubled and this helps with the pain of my miner portfolio all these years.  Please let up on the sniping!  AIJ could not be more clear about the importance of both metals and cryptos and the criticism is just unnecessary.  Remember, we are preparing for many circumstances and it is smart to consider lots of different ways to prep!  

infometron's picture


Thanks for the invite... Much appreciated!

My apologies for what you and others may have read into my post.

boomer sooner's picture


Doing well, thanks for asking. Hope the same for you.
LCS note. A few weeks ago I put the word out for pre 33 AU fractional (don't like having full ounces unless it's something rare), gave him a total dollar amount and within a week he filled, nearly at spot. All 1880's and very clean. Shocked the hell out of me.
People are definitely letting go of their stash of old coins.

Turd Ferguson's picture

This seems fair and reasonable


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