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SoT Market Update: Wall Street Wants To Trap Your Money

SEC Chairman, Mary Jo White, is not on your side.  If she had any sort of backbone and wanted to protect the public from Wall Street’s den of thieves, there would be people going to jail right.  She does not have your best interests at heart.  BlackRock?  They just want all your money.   – Rory Hall, Shadow of Truth

Consider yourself warned.  In fact, the first warning from the elitists was fired in January 2010, when the SEC voted almost unanimously to allow Money Market Funds to suspend investor redemptions during periods of “extraordinary circumstances.”  Of course, it’s during those periods of time – when the financial system is melting down – that investors would want to get their money out of money market funds.

As of September 10, a total of $2.66 trillion was held in money market funds.  I would surmise that 98% of the investors in these funds have no idea that their money will be “frozen” the next time financial panic hits this country.  Undoubtedly their “trusty” financial adviser never disclosed the existence of “redemption gates” on money market funds.   Returns are so skinny on these funds there’s really no reason to leave your money in them.  The eventual cost of the convenience these funds offer will be the amount of your investment.

It was only a matter of time before the trend in redemption gating the fund industry moved to mutual funds.  While the latest proposal being considered by the SEC is not a hardcore redemption gate, the agency is looking into allowing mutual funds to impose a surcharge on investors who want to get their money of these cesspools during times when the market is dropping quickly.

The current proposal would allow mutual funds to charge extra fees to investors who leave the fund when the market is taking a dump.  The rationalization being that there’s extra “trading costs” involved in selling securities when the market is “volatile.”  This is highly misleading because “trading costs” are accounted as operating costs, which are costs incurred ratably by all investors in the fund.

It’s interesting that these “extra costs” didn’t seem to occur in 1987 when the stock market dropped in 22% in one day.  Or in  March 2000, when the Nasdaq fell 93% over the next 29 months.  Or in October 2007, when the S&P 500 fell over 50% over the next 17 months. These were all periods of “high volatility” and fund investors were fleeing en masse.

And, of course, there didn’t seem to be any “extra trading costs” involved when the market volatility was heavily skewed toward the upside starting in April 2009 and the masses were rushing back into these funds.

Make no mistake about it, this is the next step closer toward enabling the mutual fund industry to impose redemption gates on all mutual funds.  After all, what better way to help the Fed prop up a collapsing stock market – which will be collapsing for valid fundamental reasons – than to prevent investors from taking their money out.

Wall Street, with the Government’s full backing, has two goals in mind:  1)  seduce the retail public into putting all their money in mutual funds, especially funds loaded with hidden risks and derivatives;   2) figuring out how to force them to keep it there.   Be clear about one thing, the entire Governmental system is moving toward totalitarianism.  One of the cornerstones of a totalitarian system is capital controls.

Rory and I discuss the latest scheme by Wall Street to trap your money in this Shadow of Truth Market Update:

Consider yourself warned…

BlackRock’s Warning: Get Your Money Out Of All Mutual Funds

BlackRock Inc. is seeking government clearance to set up an internal program in which mutual funds that get hit with client redemptions could temporarily borrow money from sister funds that are flush with cash.  – Bloomberg News

We may have been early on warning about leaving your savings in the financial system. It’s okay to be too early getting your money out of the system but it’s fatal to be just one second too late.  The gates are already in place in money market funds just waiting for the signal to be lowered

BlackRock’s filing with the SEC to enable “have cash” funds to lend to “heavy redemption” funds should send shivers down the spine of anyone with funds invested in any BlackRock fund.  In fact, it should horrify anyone invested in any mutual fund.

Larry Fink, BlackRock’s chief executive officer, said in December that U.S. bond funds face increased volatility, adding that he expected a “dysfunctional market” lasting days or even weeks within the next two years.   – Bloomberg

I warned last summer when the money market funds received authorization to put redemption gates in place that it was time to remove your money from these instruments.  The only reason a gate would be needed is if the people running the funds believed that there were risk events coming that would necessitate the gates.

BlackRock has already arranged credit lines from banks to cover the possibility of a redemption stampede from its riskier funds.  It’s clear the elitists running BlackRock now foresee events coming that will trigger a redemption run because the fund company is seeking SEC approval for the ability to take cash from funds with cash and lend that cash to funds that will need cash when the redemption rush begins.

Rather than let the market decide the value of the investments in BlackRock’s riskier funds, Larry Fink is going add even more leverage to the equation by enabling riskier funds to take on debt in order to avoid having to sell positions into a market that won’t be able to handle the selling.   This adds yet another layer of fraudulent intervention to a system that is ready to blow up from what’s already been done to it.

And let’s not forget, as I pointed out last summer, that BlackRock funds are already riddled with OTC derivatives, which is why Vice Chairman Barbara Novick has been running around Capitol Hill working to get a bailout mechanism in place for the Depository Trust Company’s derivatives clearing unit.

BlackRock Changes The Rules Of The Game Because Of An Outcome It Fears

This move will, in effect, transfer a portion of the risk of BlackRock’s riskier mutual funds – derivative-laced high yield and equity funds – to its more “conservative” funds, like high grade, short duration fixed income funds.

BlackRock

Anyone who invested in less-risky funds did so with an understanding of the definition and risk parameters of the funds at the time of investment.  But now BlackRock is changing the rules and risk parameters of those funds by exposing them to the counterparty risk of the riskier funds in the BlackRock fund complex which will be able to borrow money from the less risky funds.

This means that the Treasury fund in which your IRA or 401k is invested will now be “invested” in any fund that borrows money from the fund with your money.  The risk profile of your “conservative” fund assumes the risk profile of the riskier fund. Because of this, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to leave any of their money in any of BlackRock’s funds.

The SEC should deny BlackRock’s filing.  But it won’t because Wall Street is the SEC.

This move by BlackRock also signals that the elitists at BlackRock foresee an event that will disrupt the markets and trigger “bank” run on mutual funds.  What or when is anyone’s best guess.  But the fact that Larry Fink has decided to implement internal lending among funds indicates that he and his band of merry criminals believe an event will happen sooner rather than later.

To me, this is the signal that everyone should call up their mutual fund company, financial adviser or 401k administrator and get all of their the money out of any mutual fund.  Larry Fink has done everyone invested in any mutual fund a favor:  he’s unwittingly signaled that it’s time to get out – now.   Anyone who is aware of this and does not take action immediately is either a complete idiot or simply does not care about having their money taken from them by the criminal elite.