Why It's Time to Go "Maximum Overweight" in Gold

Most American consumers do their banking with one or more of the 10 biggest U.S. banks, like Bank of America or Wells Fargo, with more than $10 trillion in assets.

In any case, it's safe to say few, if any, Americans bank with Raiffeisenbank Gmund am Tegernsee, a small co-operative bank outside Munich, Germany.

But now it's vital Americans know what's happening in the tiny bank with the big name. The European Central Bank's negative rate on deposits has forced the small co-op to implement negative interest rates (what it creatively calls a "custodian charge") of its own… on private clients.

Yes, while the majors like JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, and ABN Amro have been moving toward negative deposit rates for their business clients for some time, this is a shocking and, unfortunately, early example of private citizens having to pony up for central bank madness.

It's not hard to fathom that soon enough, this will affect more and more people in more countries at different income levels. As I've said, the consequences of negative-interest-rate policies – financial repression – are soon to be widely felt.

That's why some of the world's ultimate "in the know" investors are making a beeline for gold right now.

And when you see what's coming down on our heads, you'll see why it's a good idea to follow them before prices get much higher...

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We're On the Verge of a Global Financial Crisis, Warns Japanese PM

We're on the verge of a global financial crisis.

At least according to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Here's what he showed his G-7 counterparts today...


The Japanese Yen Is Headed Downhill Even Faster Than the Yuan

The Chinese yuan is still headed downhill, but the Japanese yen has moved ahead in the race to the bottom.

Here's why the yen is racing downward - and a safe way to profit on its slide...


Japan Rattles the World by Cozying Up to Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to get Japan back into the global spotlight.

And he's irking a lot of world leaders in the process.

Including China's...

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Negative Interest Rates Will Destroy Global Markets

Investor concern over how the growing use of negative interest rates will destroy the market was underscored today after Japan left rates in negative territory and signaled further easing is likely.

Shocked by the news, global markets tanked.

Here's what you need to know about negative interest rates and how to take cover from them...

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The Best Investments in Japan's Changing Economy

I spent last week in Tokyo, and I want to share what I found on my trip to Japan.

It's proof positive that we're on the right track and, once again, we may beat a lot of people to the best investments, just like we did in September 2011.

That's when I told subscribers to short the yen a full six months and 150% ahead of George Soros and other big names who would subsequently make headlines for doing the same thing.

This time around the profits could be even bigger - if you understand what's happening and why. Here's what you need to know...

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How to Play the Japanese Stock Market Euphoria

U.S. market indexes plunged yesterday (Wednesday) and took the Japanese stock market with them.

The Nikkei 225, a Japanese stock market index tracking 225 Japanese blue-chips, fell 1.4% today. This was the day after a broad sell-off in the U.S. stock market. This was a blip in what will be a larger rally.

Japan is presenting an opportunity, but this recent sell-off shows that investors need to be discriminant in buying Japanese stock...


Use These Japan ETF Picks to Profit from a Rising Market and Falling Yen

The best Japan ETF to buy right now will do one of two things.

It will either play the surging Japanese stock market. Or, it will short the yen. The Nikkei 225 index is up 7.2% so far this year. The yen has fallen 16% in the last 12 months.

Here's what to buy...


Big Central Bank Meetings Present an Opportunity to Profit

Amidst a wave of central bank meetings this week, the European Central bank and the Bank of Japan matter the most.

The BOJ strategy will change little save for the possible extension of a mostly ineffective lending program. The ECB will probably announce a bond-buying program to hasten depreciation of the euro.

Savvy investors can profit from both moves.

Here's what investors need to know about - and how to profit from - this week's central bank meetings...

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The Perfect "Anti-Trend" Play

The really great thing about following our "Unstoppable Global Trends" is that there are many ways to invest in each of them. The possibilities are endless, as is the profit potential.

Take Demographics, for example.

We've talked a lot about what's happening in Japan right now in Total Wealth and the conditions there that make it the perfect "Anti-Trend" investment. Between the crushing debt, the aging population, the lack of a workable immigration policy, and decades of abysmal fiscal policy working against it, the country is in trouble – thus my recommendation to short the currency.

The play has returned more than 116% since the Japanese yen was at 76 to the dollar when I initially recommended it to paid subscribers. And it's returned another 5% since November 26 when I brought it to Total Wealth readers' attention. Now it's set for another leg up.

But it's far from the only way to play Japan at the moment...