Thirteen years ago, we launched MoneyWeek magazine...
MoneyWeek is now the UK's best-selling financial magazine, and serves more than fifty thousand subscribers in more than 60 countries.
You may have heard of MoneyWeek because of the work we’ve done over the last several years – helping investors avoid some of the big disasters associated with the credit collapse.
We warned investors to take their money out of Europe in 2009… to avoid buying the euro… to stay away from the big banks in 2008… and steer clear of property investments in 2007.
We even helped our subscribers find opportunities to profit from these events, by making some prudent investments in gold and a number of other undervalued assets.
Since then, we’ve spent a substantial amount of time trying to warn investors about the reality of Britain’s vast national debt… and the impact we believe it will have on private investors.
And that why we’ve written this letter.
We cite our experience looking at crises of the past because we believe there is a new crisis on the horizon – something that will have huge repercussions for many savers, pensioners and investors in Britain.
This new threat is connected to the financial crisis of 2008, and the subsequent accumulation of debt in Britain and every major Western economy.
But, in many ways, it could be much more costly for investors.
As you’ll soon see, we now find ourselves facing an exceptional threat… one not seen in this country since the aftermath of the Second World War. It is a dangerous situation that often occurs when a nation has accumulated huge debts. And it always has a damaging impact on private investors.
We have written to you today because we can say with near 100% certainty that this threat is about to rear its head in Britain once again.
To most people, it seems like the economic situation in Britain is improving.
Six years on from the banking crisis, stocks and pension funds have recovered nearly all of their losses. The housing market is moving up once again. And after years of stagnation, the economy has started growing.
Everywhere you look, things are going up. So it would be easy to think that you no longer need to worry about Britain’s debt problems.
But that just isn’t true.
Our view is that the final phase of the British debt crisis is about to begin. It will take many people by surprise, which makes it doubly dangerous.
No – it won’t involve a currency collapse, hyperinflation or a debt default. But it will certainly have some very nasty consequences. Millions of people will see their savings threatened. Retirees could see their incomes reduced. And a significant number of people will see their living standards fall – they’ll find themselves poorer than their parents.
Believe me, we don't make this prediction lightly. We are simply following our research to its logical conclusion.
We did the same when we anticipated the global credit crisis, the property slide and the collapse of the banks.
Way back in 2005 – when we began warning about Britain’s dangerous debt burden – very few took us seriously... not at first. Back then, most mainstream commentators – from the Financial Times to the Daily Mail – just ignored the views we published.
People couldn't refute our research... but they weren't ready to accept what it meant, either. Our guess is that, reading this, you may say that too. You’ll say: "There's no way this could really happen... not here. Not to me."
But just remember:
No one believed us in 2007when we predicted the oil “super spike” months before it made its 82% climb.
No one believed us in 2008, when we anticipated the slide in the pound, calling our national currency ‘Down and out’. It has since suffered a long decline and will do so for many years to come.
And no one believed us in 2009 when we advised our readers to ‘SELL EUROPE’. The Eurozone crisis has since hit stock markets across the continent.
Though we aren’t right in every instance, we believe we were vindicated in issuing these warnings early.
Those who received our early insights – our regular readers – would have made and saved thousands from these events. They had quite an advantage.
And that brings us to today...
We believe the debts that the government have been accumulating over the past decade have now reached almost unpayable levels. We believe there is no way the government can meet its obligations without resorting to underhand – and downright dishonest – tactics. We’ll explain the implications of this, because what it means is critically important to you and everyone in the country.
The final phase in this crisis could threaten the savings, retirement plans and investment portfolios of a huge number of people in Britain.
Yes – private investors like you. It won’t be the banking industry… irresponsible borrowers… or politicians – the people who got us into this mess in the first place – who will be worst hit. It will be regular, prudent savers and investors.
We’ll explain how we know this is going to happen shortly. You can decide for yourself if we’re full of hot air.
We know that debts don't just disappear. We know you cannot solve a debt crisis simply by printing mountains of money. Most of all, we know that unless Britain defaults… or ‘restructures’… we must pay our debts back one way or another.
Just remember that as you read on.
Because it’s a fact that’s going to bring about some major changes to Britain in the coming years.
Of course, the most important part of this situation is not what is happening… but rather what you can do about it. In other words, will you be prepared to protect yourself from this threat?
You can challenge every single one of our facts and we are confident you'll find that we’re right about each allegation we make. Then you can decide for yourself.
We are going to talk you through exactly what’s happening and what you can do as well. We can’t promise you’ll emerge from this potential crisis completely unharmed – but we sincerely believe you’ll be a lot better off than people who don’t follow the simple steps outlined in this letter.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves a bit.
Let's start at the beginning. Here’s why we are so concerned, and what we believe is going to happen…
Britain in the Red
It doesn’t matter if you vote Conservative, Liberal, Labour, UKIP - or for no party at all. No one disputes how grim a situation we’re in:
Britain is in a vast amount of debt.
Let’s take a look at the numbers…
Four years ago, when the Coalition government formed, we were already in a huge amount of debt. In fact, the previous government had left the country sinking under £830 billion worth, or 56% of our entire national output. Take a look at the following chart:
The coalition has spent the last four years desperately and very publicly trying to get our finances in order. We’ve had an “austerity” budget. We’ve had tax hikes. We’ve had spending cuts.
But for all that, the national debt has still grown at a frightening rate.
The government has talked tough. And in many ways, it has managed to avert the type of financial crisis that has swept Europe - which seemed likely back in 2010. But for all that, David Cameron’s government is going to add an estimated £530 billion to the national debt in just five years. That’s more than Tony Blair and Gordon Brown added in 11 years.
In short, despite all the “austerity” this government is going to double the national debt in just one parliament.
By the next general election in 2015, our national debt is estimated to stand at almost £1.36 trillion, or 80% of our entire national output.
By some distance, that will be the furthest ‘in the red’ Britain has been for over half a century. The only comparable situation are the years following the Second World War.
Back then, following the death of 60 million people worldwide, and the crippling effect of war on British industry and the Empire as a whole, our debt peaked at 250% of our national output.
Those extraordinary times aside, Britain has never faced a worse situation, as the chart proves:
It’s clear that our public finances are in an enormous mess. Anyone can see that. And to some extent, some politicians will admit it.
But when you look closer at the situation, an even darker picture emerges…
You see, that ‘national debt’ figure DOESN’T include some very, very important figures… like the money the government had to borrow to bail out the banks in 2008.
That’s right: the £900 billion it cost to pay for the mistakes of financiers who gambled with the economy and lost doesn’t count towards the national debt.
That’s because government accountants choose not to include it. But when you add this vast obligation back in, the national debt spirals to £2.2 trillion (that’s £2,200,000,000,000), or 130% of our national output.
That is a truly staggering sum.
Britain is essentially mortgaged to the hilt. We’re sinking under a mountain of debt.
And even THAT isn’t the full story…
Because the government’s own figures show that by 2017, the interest bill on all this debt will top £70 billion.
That’s £70 billion the government will have to find, every year, just to pay the interest,never mind the principal.
That’s equivalent of our entire Defence and Education budgets… put together. And every penny of it will go to servicing the mountain of debt Britain has accumulated.
You don’t have to be an economics graduate to see Britain is flat broke.
Our political leaders still like to see us as a world power. But the facts paint a much darker picture.
It doesn’t matter which set of figures you use, or which way you look at Britain’s debts.
We’re merely talking about different shades of disaster here.
A country can either pay its debts back, or it can’t.
And it’s very clear that Britain can’t.
At least, not without paying the debt back in increasingly worthless currency… or by taking the money outright from its citizens…
People like you.
Which is exactly what the government is going to do. It is going to enact a series of policies that are designed to steal money from you.
We’ll show you how in this report.
So what’s different about today? What makes this warning so urgent?
After all, things are supposed to be getting better in the economy… House prices are rising… the stock market is back to its pre-crisis highs… the economy is growing.
What’s the problem?
Let us show you…
How the most powerful trend of the next 20 years could push Britain even further into debt
The government has been borrowing more and more money nearly every year for the past three decades. That’s a trend that’s accelerated in recent years.
So why can’t it just continue?
Why can’t the government just keep taking on MORE debt to keep the country afloat.
It’s worked so far - what’s makes today special?
The answer to that is simple.
The explosion of government debt in recent times has come whilst it’s been easy and cheap for the government to borrow money.
Interest rates on government debt have been falling steadily for decades. Here, let us show you…
In 1982 Margaret Thatcher’s government had to pay 15% to borrow money for three years. This came in the form of a bond (a gilt). Anyone with money - be it a rich country or a pension fund - could invest in the bonds, and receive 15% interest in return.
But over time the government’s borrowing costs have fallen - dramatically. Now the government only has to pay about 2% to borrow money over the same period. That’s seven times cheaper than in 1982.
And low interest rates make it much easier to borrow money.
Debt has been getting steadily cheaper for three decades. That has allowed the government to borrow more and more money, without having to face the consequences.
But these ‘good times’ are about to come to an end.
The simple truth is, if interest rates were at their normal rate of 5% - instead of the extremely low 2% they are at now - there’s no way Britain could ever repay its debts.
In fact, at normal rates of interest we’re already bust. Not just ‘in over our heads’, but six feet under.
It’s simple maths. If interest rates moved back towards their normal 5% level, our cost of borrowing would almost triple.
That would mean the government would be forced to find a huge sum of money, every year, just to pay our interest bill. A return to the kind of eye watering tax rates seen in the 1960s and 70s - when rates peaked at 83% - would be almost inevitable.
In short, Britain would change radically.
And that’s just if interest rates moved to a ‘normal’ level.
The fact is, when you’re in a lot of debt, interest rates are either your lifeline… or your death sentence. So long as rates stay low, you can just about keep things on track. You can service your debts… keep borrowing… and keep the wolves from your door.
When rates move higher… you get squeezed… and eventually, you’re finished. All of a sudden, you have to find more and more money to cover the interest on your debt.
They say a picture tells a thousand words. So we’ll save a few words and show you this:
This is an extreme example of what happens when interest rates take off. As you can see, in 2009, the Greek government could borrow money at just 1% - lower than Britain’s current interest rates.
Then in the wake of the financial crisis, the Greek economy hit the rocks, fell into recession and the markets realised what a complete mess the country was in.
Interest rates shot up vertically. And Greece imploded.
That’s the danger of rocketing interest rates to a country with huge debts.
As Douglas Carswell, MP, said: “Greece might be the first Western country to discover that you cannot keep running up debts to pay for a lifestyle you did not earn. She will not be the last. The laws of mathematics and universal.”
In Britain, interest rates on government borrowing are incredibly low. We’re near the bottom of a thirty year downward trend…
That means the most important trend of the next twenty years is almost certainly rising interest rates.
Debt has been getting cheaper for decades. Now it’s about to start getting much more expensive.
No one can say exactly how quickly things will escalate, or exactly when interest rates will rise. It could take years. Or it could happen in a matter of months.
But one thing is certain: Sooner or later, they WILL rise.
And when that day arrives, things could get nasty…
An impossible situation
Britain isn’t the first country to face this kind of situation.
Neither will it be the last.
In fact, if you look back at what’s happened in other highly indebted countries in the past… you’ll gain an insight into exactly what is around the corner in Britain.
Essentially, when a nation has built up an unsustainable level of debt there are three likely outcomes. The problem is, they all result in varying degrees of disaster…
1. Default. In many ways, this is the most honest and open way of dealing with debt. A country simply announces to the markets that it can’t or won’t pay all of its debts. The people who lent it money, lose out.
The problem is it’s also the most damaging outcome. It often results in a wave of banking failures, bankruptcies… sometimes even civil unrest.
The best example of this happening is in Argentina in 2001. Locked into a state of siege brought on by the default, the financial system buckled. Businesses closed. Trade fell off a cliff. Banks shut or blocked transactions. The government collapsed. In the end the people were so desperate for food that they hijacked livestock trucks and slaughtered the animals in the streets.
That gives you some sense of the consequences of outright default.
But default is by no means the only (or even the most likely), outcome of debt crisis…
2. Money printing. If a nation finds itself with unpayable debts, it has a second option. It can print new currency to pay its debts in. Of course, this runs the risk of the national currency losing its value, inflation or even hyperinflation taking off.
Again, there are examples of this. The best is probably the Weimar Republic.
Back then, in the aftermath of the First World War, Germany faced absolutely colossal debts - many of them thrust upon it as War Reparations.
Faced with this situation, the Weimar government simply printed money in order to meet its obligations. You probably know what happened next: hyperinflation took off, the currency collapsed and many people lost everything. In the end, it was cheaper to decorate your home with bank notes than wallpaper. Ultimately, the country descended into a period of economic and social crisis… a catastrophe that ended with the rise of the Nazi party.
But again, that’s NOT the only outcome this kind of situation creates…
3. Government theft. This is how 9 out 10 debt ‘crises’ play out. The government realises it does not have enough money in its coffers to pay its debt… so it forces its citizens to pay it – essentially government sponsored theft.
Sometimes this happens outright - with incredibly high tax rates that squeeze every penny possible out of the population.
But it’s often accompanied by a whole series of underhand, stealthy and insidious tactics designed to take as much of your money from you… without you realising it. In financial circles, this is called Wealth Repression.
The only question that remains is:
Which of these fates will Britain suffer?
The good news is, we don’t believe Britain will default on its debts - unless things take a dramatic turn for the worse.
And runaway inflation - whilst not impossible - is only a remote possibility.
That means the bad news is…
The government is coming for your money
Throughout history, when countries have been in huge amounts of debt, governments have appropriated the wealth of their citizens.
It goes as far back as Ancient Rome. As the Empire crumbled, the Emperors raised taxes over and over, squeezing as much coin as they could from their subjects.
In 1933, faced with the ruin of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt did the only thing he could. He confiscated the wealth of the ordinary man in the street, signing Executive Order 6102, which forbid people to hold any significant amount of gold.
Essentially, the government appropriated the wealth of millions of people by making it illegal for them to own the precious metal. Refusal to comply with these demands was met with a five year prison sentence. That’s how the US filled Fort Knox – by seizing other people’s gold.
Think that’s a one off? That no Western government would ever take such action again?
We wouldn’t be so sure…
In the 1970s, the US imposed strict capital controls, preventing money from leaving the country and forcing people to buy government bonds. Investors lost so much money that the bonds were dubbed “certificates of confiscation.”
In an extreme example of how desperate things can get, in 2012 the Hungarian government, facing a major debt crisis, nationalised all pensions.
Anyone who’d been saving for their retirement suddenly found their pension taken from them “in the national interest”. In return, they were promised that the government would look after them in their old age.
Can you imagine that? Waking up one day and finding the money you’ve put aside for retirement is gone, with only a promise from a bankrupt government in its place?
Imagine how it would feel to see your life’s savings taken from you to pay for the mistakes of a bunch of feckless politicians who couldn’t get the country’s finances in order.
It’s many people’s worst nightmare...
Of course, no one is saying that will happen in Britain – yet. But it goes to show that when a government gets desperate enough, there’s no limit to what they can do.
That’s why I’m writing to you now. This is the warning people in Hungary never had. Because at the moment, you still have the chance to put your wealth out of harm’s way. But only if you act right away.
Remember: Here in Britain, our own governments have been quite willing to act with these kind of aggressive measures. Just think back to the 1970s, when tax rates were pushed to an extreme level, peaking at 83%.
Capital controls were enforced that made it illegal for you to move more than
£500 out of the country. People found themselves trapped, living through an economic disaster with no way of moving their money elsewhere… forced to withstand the worst of a 25% inflation rate.
On top of that, the government created strict dividend controls – limiting and taxing the amount of money you could collect in dividend payouts.
In short, the government made a concerted effort to take as much money as it could from private investors – to save its own skin.
And this isn’t ancient history I’m talking about. It was only forty years ago, in the 70s.
We believe this is exactly what today’s government is going to do:
Taking your money from you is the only way it has ANY chance of paying off the national debt.
And if you don’t act to protect your money, you could find yourself frighteningly exposed to the government’s insidious, grasping new policies.
In fact, you could already be feeling the impact of the government’s assaults. Because many of them have already begun…
An underhand attack on your finances
There are two ways a government can take your money from you:
It can openly force you to cough up large sums of cash, through taxes.
Or it can deceptively increase various underhand and devious ways of trapping, devaluing and taking your money.
By being deceptive, the government can actually help itself to vast amounts of wealth… whilst very few people realise what’s going on. As we mentioned earlier, this is known as “Wealth Repression” in financial jargon.
Financial repression involves the government reducing its debts by all means at its disposal. That means appropriating and controlling the wealth of everyone in the country, by:
- Relentlessly pushing taxes higher
You’ve probably already felt this, on one level or another. For example, did you know that as of end-2013 this government has quietly pushed through 509 NEW tax rises?
That’s included new capital gains taxes, a carbon tax, twelve new air passenger duties, new fuel taxes and increased VAT.
Sure, they’ve slightly reduced taxes in certain areas of the economy – like corporation tax. But behind this smokescreen, they’re squeezing tax rates up everywhere they can.
And it’s not all about raising taxes. It’s equally effective to reduce tax relief on the money you’ve already earned – like your pension.
In the space of 5 years or so, the government has squeezed the limit on pension plans from £1.8m… to £1.5m… to £1.25m.
If this trend continues, what comes next? A one off “pension tax” on all pension pots? All out nationalisation? No one can say.
But the trend is clear – the government is slowly but surely squeezing money out of prudent citizens.
And taxes are just the start…
- Deliberately pushing inflation up – the ultimate “Stealth Tax”
This is probably the government’s biggest weapon when it comes to stealthily confiscating your wealth.
By supporting the Bank of England as it prints money and keep interest rates down, both of which create inflation, the government engineers a “transfer” of wealth from prudent savers to irresponsible borrowers.
Put simply, that’s because inflation erodes the value of the government’s debts… whilst making cash savings worth less and less as time passes.
For example, according to the ONS prudent investors have seen the value of the pounds in their pocket reduced by 17% or over one sixth, since January 2008... simply because of inflation.
In short, your savings are being secretly devalued. The government is deliberately making you poorer, to inflate away its own debts.
Unfortunately, that isn’t the only insidious effect inflation has.
Inflation also helps the government to “drag” more people into paying a higher rate of tax (a process known as “Fiscal Drag”).
This process is well under way as well. In 2009 you had to earn over £50,000 in today's money before you started paying the higher rate of income tax. This has now plunged to £41,450. If this trend continues – and I’m certain it will – we could soon see people earning as little as £30,000 in today’s money, paying higher rate taxes.
But even that isn’t the full story…
- Rigging interest rates
Keeping interest rates artificially low makes it easier and cheaper for the government to borrow money. They also penalise savers and pensioners – again, the prudent pay for the mistakes of the irresponsible.
For instance, the government can now borrow money for as little as 1.5%... whilst savers see their wealth eroded day by day.
And this isn’t something that’s going to change any time soon.
You may remember that last year the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, claimed that interest rates would not rise until unemployment fell to 7%.
But in December, when unemployment dropped to 7.1% - he went back on this promise.
That’s because the Bank of England doesn’t want to raise interest rates, no matter what happens, as they’re a key plank of the government’s Wealth Repression strategy.
Interest rates have been rigged. And they’ll remain that way for a long time.
And there’s one final classic wealth repression ‘policy’ you need to know about…
- Trapping your money in the UK
This hasn’t happened in the UK – yet. But in our view, it won’t be long.
Because another key component of wealth repression is the use of capital controls.
The purpose of capital controls is simple; they’re designed to trap money inside the country, to stop smart investors taking their money elsewhere as the crisis escalates.
That means limiting how much money you can take abroad with you and controlling the types of foreign shares you can buy.
This isn’t so far-fetched an idea as it might seem, either. Keep in mind that until 1979, capital controls prevented you from taking more than £500 out of the country. So it’s something that our government could easily implement again.
The whole point is, this process is slow and insidious. It happens almost imperceptibly.
If the government announced that everyone’s savings will be devalued by 15% tomorrow, there’d be protests in the streets.
So the authorities take a more underhand approach. They slowly erode the value of everyone’s savings… and most people don’t even bat an eyelid. Soon this becomes “normal” and people get poorer every year, without even knowing.
Rather than explicitly announcing that they’re coming to take your money, the authorities steadily nibble away at your wealth… eroding your wealth until one day you wake up and you’ve got nothing left.
The most important thing to realise is, this is a trend that looks set to get worse. Slowly but surely, the government is closing in on private investors.
In fact, the noose gets tighter by the day.
The greatest “transfer” of wealth in generations
You may not know this, but several foreign governments have already started experimenting with some of the more aggressive and “out there” policies of wealth repression.
For example, according to reports in 2012, Eurozone finance chiefs have drafted proposals limiting the size of withdrawals from cash machines, border checks, and the suspension of free travel between countries.
Essentially, the ordinary people of Europe are finding it increasingly difficult to move their money… and in some cases their families… to safety.
Just imagine what that must be like… to have your money in a bank you know is on the brink of collapse, without any hope of being able to get hold of your own money.
The loss of control would be devastating.
This kind of attack on ordinary people isn’t confined to Europe either. The Obama administration is implementing a series of incredibly aggressive measures against its own citizens, in an attempt to squeeze as much money out of them as it can.
These measures are known as the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)”.
And they force every financial institution in the world to declare all US citizen’s income to the government… or face an immediate 30% tax.
The US government is seeking to control the wealth of every American on the planet, no matter where they live or how much they earn. And controlling people’s wealth is just the first step. It won’t be long before a new tax – or something equally insidious – is introduced.
Everywhere you look, governments are using wealth repression to desperately try and pay their own debts at the expense of people like me and you. And this trend is only going to continue.
Just consider what happened in Cyprus last year…
As part of the ‘bailout’ of Cypriot banks, it was savers who paid a penalty. Anyone with deposits of over 100,000 euros saw their money placed in a ‘bad bank’ – with the potential for them to lose 30%... or even 100%... of their money.
This is a pure, simple example of Wealth Repression.
It’s demonstrates how governments in desperate financial situations will force ordinary savers and investors to bear the brunt of the pain. (Importantly, bondholders – people who’d lent money – in Cypriot banks didn’t have to take a haircut.)
So it’s no surprise the financial press jumped all over the story. As Lars Christensen, of Denmark’s Saxo Bank, said: “If you can do this once, you can do it again.”
Again, don’t write this off as a ‘basket-case’ economy engaging in fringe policies.
Forcing savers to pay for the mistakes of bankers and politicians is what every Western nation on the planet is doing.
It’s just most are doing it in a less obvious, more underhand fashion.
So the big question is: what’s coming next?
Well, no one can say precisely what the government has in store. This isn’t the kind of information they want to share with the public. It will be insidiously introduced, without most people noticing.
But one thing you can be sure of is: Unless you take action, the government is going to squeeze every penny it can out of you over the coming years.
Most people won’t even realise… they’ll just get gradually, incrementally poorer, step by little step… as their wealth is slowly confiscated and eroded by inflation.
But ultimately, these are the kinds of situations you could find yourself in during the coming years:
Your freedom, restricted. You set off to take a brief holiday on the Mediterranean. As you go through security at the airport, you are asked to reveal how much money you have on you. You take out your wallet. Anything over £500 is confiscated. And you can’t use your credit cards overseas.
The government has gradually created tighter and tighter capital controls to prevent money leaving the country… until it’s almost impossible to take more than a small amount of cash out of the UK.
Your investments controlled. And capital controls don’t just apply to your cash. They’re also put in place to stop money flooding into foreign shares.
Let’s say you come across an interesting investment idea that involves buying a foreign share. You open up your online stockbroking account and search for it. Instead of the usual ticker code and information, all that appears is an error message: “Sorry, but overseas shares are no longer available”.
Your pension, downgraded. You watch as your pension allowances are steadily cut, forcing you to pay more and more tax on your retirement cash. Eventually, the government introduces a one off “Pension Tax” on all pension pots worth more than £100,000.
A dividend super tax. The government announces its latest budget. Hidden amongst the plethora of tax increases is another shock – a dividend super tax. To your dismay, you find that the dividend income you were relying on is much, much lower than usual.
You can imagine, the worst feeling of all will be the loss of control.
The government will steadily introduce ways of controlling where you can invest… where you can travel… how much money you will be allowed during retirement…
And you won’t have a say in the matter.
Want to take some extra spending money on holiday? Forget it.
Fancy investing in an exciting new growth story in America? Sorry – you don’t have permission.
Need to change your pension provisions to make sure your family is provided for? Go stand in line with everyone else.
Needless to say, it won’t be a pleasant situation.
And that’s why we’d like to show you…
What to do before the government makes its move
It’s perfectly clear that the government is in a desperate financial situation, and it’s coming after your money.
Unfortunately, it’s prudent savers and investors like you that will wind up paying through the nose for the mistakes of other people.
Essentially, the government is rewarding the people who made horrendous mistakes and took out debts they couldn’t repay, and they are penalising the people who acted sensibly. It’s just back to front, and wrong.
That’s why we’re recommending our readers move their money to a handful of places we believe it will be safest.
We’re talking about smart, legal ways of protecting your money from the state’s advances.
Today, we’d like to show you how to do this, too.
Because the fact is, you CAN take steps with the aim of defending yourself and protecting your wealth from the rising tide of government interference and control.
You CAN protect yourself against inflation and low interest rates.
You CAN avoid a collapsing pound brought about by reckless money printing and huge debt.
You CAN stop the government taking a choke-hold over your retirement plans.
Here at MoneyWeek, we’ve spent a lot of time and effort developing a strategy designed to help you sidestep the government’s plans, and potentially prosper in the coming years.
Now this isn’t about evading tax or moving your money to a tax haven in Belize.
But short of leaving the country altogether, we believe there are three things you can do right now to reduce the risk of your wealth being trapped, controlled or confiscated by the government.
Firstly, we’d like to show you what you need to do immediately to insure your wealth against the “stealth tax” of inflation and artificially low interest rates. With interest rates certain to stay below inflation for the foreseeable future, this is essential.
Secondly, we’ll help you diversify your wealth internationally, by showing you our top overseas investments for 2014. We’ve found several “bolt holes” outside the UK you can move a part of your wealth into right away. Not only will these investments help you escape Britain’s looming economic collapse... they could also turn you a handy profit in the coming years.
Thirdly, and in many ways most importantly, we’ll help you start building up a “back-up” to your pension – something you can run alongside your existing plans (with many of the tax advantages of a regular pension).
The good news is MoneyWeek financial experts have put together a comprehensive, five-step investment plan to help your reach your financial goals for 2016 and beyond.
It’s got all you need. Not just what to buy and how, but also the common mistakes to avoid…
For more than a decade we’ve been sharing our insights with private investors through MoneyWeek magazine. Time and again, we have helped steer our readers away from dangerous areas of the market, into profitable ones…
We gave our warning to steer clear of British banks as early as 2005.
But when they crashed in 2007, a lot of Britons still had their money tied up in banking shares – and they lost a lot of it.
Let’s take another example – property.
In October 2006, both the FT and Telegraph were singing property’s praises.
“Property prices take off as buyers return to the market”
– The Telegraph, 12 October 2006.
“Property boom extends across UK”
– The FT, 13 October 2006.
But we saw things differently. Our research told us the market had dangerously topped-out. Our message was loud and clear:
“Get out of property NOW!” – MoneyWeek, October 2006 – February 2007
Within just a year the property market began its steep fall – just as we’d warned.
I don’t know if you personally lost money in the property collapse, but many people did. Thanks to the UK’s obsessive property mania, egged on by the mainstream media, many unfortunate people timed one of the most important investments of their lives completely wrong.
On the other hand, those that listened to our timely warning had the opportunity to secure their wealth.
“Without the catalyst of MoneyWeek I surely would be part of the herd and suffered greater losses through these challenging times – that is a fact.”
T Le Grange, Southampton
Throughout 2007 we repeatedly warned our readers to ditch the FTSE while the mainstream commentators – with great confidence – wrongly reassured investors there was nothing to worry about:“The FTSE giants have nothing to fear”
– Telegraph, 29 July 2007
Once again, our team saw which way the wind was blowing.
“Here comes the crunch”
– MoneyWeek, 27 July 2007
And right before the colossal crash of 2008 we issued a stark warning: “The credit carnage is far from over.”
Our readers had the time to get out and avoid the pain felt by thousands of investors.
“I have to hand it to you... you have forecast everything during the downturn and none of this is vaguely a surprise to you.” Bob Lindo, Camel Valley Vineyards, Cornwall.
Our message right now is that Britain’s enormous debts will soon push our government to take incredibly aggressive steps against private investors.
In fact, we believe the government is conspiring to launch an all-out assault against people like you in 2014.
Remember, the government is already moving against private investors. You’ve seen the trend – the steady erosion of wealth and freedom by the government.
And this is a problem that is only going to get worse.
Of course, no one can say exactly what the government will do next.
But do you really want to take the risk and leave your money exposed?
Do you want to find out the hard way what lengths a desperate, bankrupt government will go to in its search for revenue?
Or would you rather take a few sensible precautions now to cover your back?
Here at MoneyWeek magazine, we’re experts at helping our readers defend themselves from this kind of threat. A quick look at our team shows you why. It includes:
An award-winning defensive asset manager who’s responsible for more than £1bn in client money.
A financial publishing magnate and self-made millionaire.
One of the most respected financial commentators in Britain.
And one man, so innovative in his reading of the markets, he now advises the European Commission...
These are men and women who spend every day of their lives either working in, or analysing, the financial markets… but who, most importantly, do NOT get swallowed up by mainstream viewpoints or government spin. They are smart, independent people who aren’t afraid to seriously question conventional wisdom, to stand apart from their peers, and to see what’s really going on.
Over the last decade we have shown our readers where the markets were heading months, sometimes years in advance. The value of that insight is incalculable. We have helped keep safe the ambitions and financial futures of countless people.
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Now that you understand the danger Britain faces – and the events we believe will take place in the near future – we’d like to show you exactly what we think you can do to defend yourself.
Our company has offices across the world – not just here in Britain, but in America, France, China, India, South America and Australia. As you’ve seen, our network includes an award-winning defensive investor; a financial publishing magnate; one of the most popular writers for The Financial Times; as well as a series of highly respected investors, economists and analysts.
We exist for one reason: To help arm you with the information and know-how to protect – and grow – your money no matter what. We do this by sharing our insights, analysis and advice through Britain’s most popular financial publication: MoneyWeek magazine.
You may already have heard about MoneyWeek magazine – many of our writers are well known financial commentators.
For instance, our Editor in Chief, Merryn Somerset Webb, regularly appears on Radio 4’s Today programme, the BBC News, Moneybox, and Working Lunch.
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News or CNBC.
On the other hand, many of our regular contributors prefer not to share their financial insight publicly – choosing to keep a lower, but no less influential, profile.
For example, our defensive expert Tim Price has won City awards for his ability to keep his clients’ money safe in times of crisis.
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But without exception, their very best ideas reach the readers of MoneyWeek magazine. We believe this places our readers amongst the most knowledgeable and successful investors in the country.
And our history of getting the big calls right backs this belief up.
Our belief is, you CAN survive the coming crisis… but only if you have the knowledge, and the know-how, to keep your wealth safe.
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Here’s what you need to do - urgently
Clearly, the most important thing right now is to be aware of what’s coming. The worst thing that can happen to you is to be left in the dark as the government rides roughshod over your livelihood.
You can make a choice today. You can take positive action to make sure you aren’t exposed to the government’s attack… or you can do nothing, and trust that your wealth and financial security – everything you’ve worked so hard for – will survive intact.
But they could make a massive difference to your finances in the coming years – we’re sure of that.
Plus we’d like to help you through each step of the crisis, every week in MoneyWeek.
As things change, as the debt crisis deepens, our team will update you and recommend new investments to respond to new challenges as they arise.
But the fact is, the information in these reports is just the beginning. The investments we recommend are aimed at putting your money in the right place, right now. We want to make certain you begin this crisis on a sure footing.
Frankly, no one can know for sure how desperate the government will get… or what unexpected events Britain will face in the coming months.
That’s why we believe MoneyWeek magazine will be essential to your survival in these times. We’ll bring you vital updates on what’s happening… as well as providing you with ongoing recommendations you can implement to help keep your wealth safe.
We hope you’ll make MoneyWeek magazine part of your regular weekly reading. Because, as you’ve seen, over the last decade, it’s paid to have us on your side.
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Protect yourself from the coming storm
We are preparing our readers for a financial catastrophe that will put everything they have worked hard to secure in real danger. Events of this magnitude do not come around very often. That is why most people will simply fall victim to it.
But when they do happen, you must be ready for it.
Could I face losing a large portion of my money, at this stage of my life?
Could I happily retire, if the government were to raid my pension pot to pay its debts back?
Could I maintain my standard of living as most people see theirs falling – eroded by inflation?
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An estimated £530 billion to be added to the national debt by 2015 – Office for Budget Responsibility estimates national debt will be £1,365bn by 2015 and Office of National Statistics shows Public Sector Net Debt was £833.5bn at end 2011. Therefore £1,365bn – £833.5bn = £531.5bn increase
£2.2 trillion net debt or 130% of National Output – Office for National Statistics, Public Sector Summary Balances, 21 February 2014
Interest bill will top £79 billion – This is MONEY, Bond yield increase will swell Britain's nation debt over next five years – potentially adding £13k per household, 8 September 2013
509 Tax Increases – The Taxpayers Alliance, Post-Autumn Statement Briefing 2013
Allowance for pension schemes – HMRC
"If you can do this once, you can do it again", said Lars Christensen – Reuters, Analysis: Cyprus bank levy risk dangerous euro zone precedent, 17 March 2013
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