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The Only Trend That Matters

By Porter Stansberry with Braden Copeland
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

We call it "the only trend that matters."
It is the most important financial idea we could ever give to you. The fate of millions of Americans rests in a single market, where just one financial instrument trades, and...
This market is collapsing. Its downfall began, as we predicted at the time, in late 2008.
This single market determines our standard of living, our role in the world, and our prestige as a nation. It directly influences the price of food and oil. And that's not all...
Most of the world's other markets depend on this market, too. The price of every fixed-income security in the world is based directly on this market. The prices of U.S. stocks depend on this market – not directly, but strongly in comparison.
Most important, the U.S. dollar depends on this market.
You see, foreign investors own trillions of this asset. As the market collapses, foreign investors will sell. As they sell, they will also unload dollars. This market is the key to the future value of bonds, stocks, and the U.S. dollar. That's why the decline of this market is the only trend that matters.
We're talking about the collapse of the largest bond market in the world – the market for U.S. Treasurys.
The best illustration of this trend is the chart below. We urge – no, we beg – our readers to pay attention to this chart. Put a copy of it on your refrigerator. Update it weekly. Keep your eye on it. And make sure you truly understand what it means.
The chart compares the value of long-dated U.S. Treasury bonds (NYSE: TLT) to the price of gold (NYSE: GLD). When we say "long-dated," we mean U.S. government debts that don't come due for more than 20 years. This chart shows the value of the bond market compared to gold since December 2008.
Gold Skyrockets While U.S. Treasurys Tumble
Whenever someone tells you he believes we are exaggerating the risks of our government's debt load and its dependency on "quantitative easing" (aka printing money), show him this chart.
This chart demonstrates the collapse of the purchasing power of our currency as gold rises. And it shows the corresponding collapse in the credit of the U.S. government as bonds fall.
Just to be clear about this... We are not rear-looking experts. We have been warning about these issues frequently (almost continuously) since December 2008. Here's what we wrote back then:
None of the government's bailout plans will solve any of the problems. The government can only shift the burden of the failures. Instead of bondholders and shareholders being wiped out, taxpayers are put on the hook. These actions will temporarily resuscitate the economy – but cause a permanent decline in the value of the dollar... inflation will wipe out much of the value of long-dated U.S. government bonds, causing their prices to plummet.
In that issue, we told folks to "buy as much gold bullion as you can reasonably afford." We're repeating these warnings again because the market for U.S. Treasurys recently "broke down" through an important level. The big government bond fund (TLT) just struck its lowest low in nine months. The decline seems to be accelerating.
When we began writing about the looming collapse of the bond market and the risks to the U.S. dollar, a lot of people called us "right-wing nutjobs" or "gold bugs." That's not the case.
Our advisory was founded (in 1999) on the idea the Internet would change our lives in a profound way. We write about the biggest financial trends we can understand – whatever they happen to be. We have always strived to understand the facts and allow the facts to dictate our view. Now, three years after we first predicted the collapse of the Treasury market, more and more people have discovered these facts. They can look around and see with their own eyes what's happening. Our ideas have gone from fringe to mainstream.
Despite the growing number of people waking up to these facts... and the considerable rise in gold over the past 10 years, it's still not too late to buy gold and silver bullion. But I urge you to hurry. The secret is getting out... and precious metals are destined to skyrocket in the coming years.
Good investing,
Porter Stansberry

Further Reading:

Last February, Porter wrote that he expected the divergence "of U.S. debt decreasing in value, while gold increases in value – to get much bigger in the coming years." His thesis proved correct, and the two continue to grow even farther apart. Read more here: The Most Important Chart in the World Right Now.
He also recently warned DailyWealth readers about two huge predictions for 2011 and the global economy. "It will happen suddenly. And very, very soon," Porter writes. You don't want to miss this: Two of 2011's Surest Bets.

Market Notes


Our favorite "contrarian's commodity" is back on the burner...
For the past several years, we've checked in with the oil to natural gas ratio to find great investment opportunities. While "energy cousins" oil and gas have similar applications, the price between the two gets out of whack from time to time.
Years ago, you could consider natural gas cheap relative to oil when the ratio reached 14. New drilling technologies have changed the nature of this ratio, and now we need a reading of 22 before we'll call gas "cheap."
As you can see from today's chart, the oil to gas ratio has reached the low 20s four times in the past two years. Each time, natural gas rallied hard from this extreme "boiling point" reading of cheapness.
Now note the right-hand side of the chart. Mild weather has reduced demand for natural gas-fired heating, which has pushed the price of gas down... and sent the reading back to 22. This makes income-producing royalty trusts and large "hoards" of natural gas an attractive way to own vast amounts of this cheap and clean source of energy.

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