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— A true story —
Kidnapped by a
Gang of Caribbean
Interview of Captain Steve Hubbard by David Galland
ADVISORY: The following is a transcript of an interview which contains the details of a true story involving kidnapping, graphic descriptions of violence, and a real-life fight for survival against terrible odds.
“The first thing I noticed was a look of pure evil that I have never seen in my life before. His face and his demeanor changed to that of a killer. I realized that I was about to get jumped, but I was still in shock and I was actually talking to them in a calm voice, asking them, "Are you serious? Are you seriously trying to do this?" – Captain Steve Hubbard
That is exactly what happened to Captain Steve Hubbard, who was kidnapped by the murderous Regatta Murderers, a gang of serial killers so vicious that the prosecutor who brought them to justice said – and we quote:
“I cannot begin to describe what they have done… we are dealing with madmen here.”
It was these very same madmen who kidnapped Captain Hubbard on the night of February 19, 2010.
That he survived against all odds provides eight important lessons in protecting not just your personal safety, but in becoming resilient in the face of financial and social chaos.
We’ll get to those lessons momentarily, but first we’ll go to David Galland’s recorded interview with Captain Hubbard.
David: So, as a way of setting the conversation we’re about to have, I met Steve Hubbard, a boat captain, while deep-sea fishing off the coast of Miami with Porter Stansberry. At one point in the conversation, Steve mentioned causally that not very long ago he had been kidnapped by a murderous gang in St. Maarten led by a serial killer, at which point, as you might imagine, I pressed Steve for details. Now, while the story that follows is by nature a bit unsettling, it also contains in my view a few critically important lessons about the need to be self-reliant and other things that will become apparent. In fact, by the time it was done, I was very uplifted by Steve’s story, so I asked him if I could record an interview with him to share, and here’s his story.
So Steve, we’re on the boat and you mentioned in passing that you had been kidnapped by this murder gang, if you will. Why don’t you start at the beginning?
Steve: Well, it started with me waiting on the busy street out in front of the marina trying to hail a taxi to go to another casino, and I was alone.
David: What time of night was it?
Steve: It was right before midnight, and in the Caribbean Islands for just a regular-looking car to pull over and for it to be a taxi is pretty normal. They call them "gypsy cabs." So the first car that pulled over, I asked him if he was a taxi service. He said "Yes," and I got in the front seat and told him where I wanted to go. One of the mistakes that I made was I really didn’t know where I was going. I was just going off of what people had said at the other casino, and I trusted the driver that he was taking me where I asked to go.
David: Now when you got in, you mentioned there was somebody in the back. Did that concern you at all?
Steve: Well, the scary part about it was the person – the two people in the back – were hiding, and I didn’t see them. The car had tinted windows, and they were laying down in the back seat motionless, and I didn’t notice them for the first half of the car ride until one of them sat up and I realized that there was somebody behind me, and when they picked me up the passenger-side front seat window was down, and that's where I spoke to the driver and he just motioned for me to get into the front seat and I didn’t think anything of it.
David: So you were being fairly inattentive at that point. Just out of curiosity, had you been drinking great amounts, or just a little or none at all?
Steve: Fortunately for me I hadn’t been drinking hardly at all. I probably only had two drinks through the course of the evening, which, you know, for a boat captain isn't much.
David: Right, and so the guy waved you in and you got into the front seat, and then how long was it before you noticed the guys in the back seat?
Steve: It was at least eight or nine minutes before I noticed anybody in the back seat, and that was about when I figured I was about halfway to my destination. I noticed that somebody had moved in the back seat, and once I noticed that there were people in the back seat, the driver engaged them in some conversation and they really did not say much, just simple "yeses" or "nos" or he was making a lot of small talk with me.
David: And were you nervous at that point?
Steve: It crossed my mind that it was odd, but because it was midnight and they were so motionless, I kind of thought that maybe they were the driver’s drunk friends and that they had kind of like passed out or fallen asleep, but I still wasn’t nervous. I just thought it was odd that I didn’t realize there were people behind me.
David: So what happened next?
Steve: We were driving, and like I said I didn’t really know where I was. We probably drove for another eight or nine minutes, and we were going away from the main town of Phillipsburg in St. Maarten, and I didn’t know where this casino was. I thought maybe it was on the outskirts of town, so I really wasn’t too concerned.
It’s a small island, and the driver stopped the car, got out of the car in a pretty desolate area, and acted like he needed to go pee, so he did that and got back in the car. He drove maybe another 30 seconds and stopped the car again and got out, and I thought, "Well, that’s pretty weird," like he didn’t finish, though really what he was doing is looking for the right area to attack me, and when he got out the second time, he walked in front of the car, came over to my side, and opened the door and started grabbing at me and trying to rip me out of the car.
David: And did he succeed?
Steve: Well, I came out of the car willingly and engaged him and –
David: Now, before we get to that, describe the guy.
Steve: I’m probably 6 feet, 230 pounds, and this guy was much bigger boned and heavier than myself. I don’t really remember how much taller he was than me, if taller at all, but he definitely had much bigger arms and legs than I did. He had me probably by a good 40 pounds, I would say.
David: Did he say anything or did his face change?
Steve: The first thing I noticed was a look of pure evil that I have never seen in my life before. His face and his demeanor changed to that of a killer. I realized that I was about to get jumped, but I was still in shock and I was actually talking to them in a calm voice, asking them, "Are you serious? Are you seriously trying to do this?" and –
David: What was happening with the guys in the back seat?
Steve: The guys in the back seat were getting out of the car with baseball bats at that time, but I didn’t really realize it until I had already started the fight with the big guy.
We’ll get back to David Galland’s interview with Captain Hubbard momentarily.
And we’ll share with you eight very specific lessons learned from Captain Hubbard that you can use to become more resilient and better able to survive against seemingly impossible odds, including those emanating from the next and most serious leg down in the dangerous global economic crisis, which we see as increasingly imminent.
This may be a good time to introduce you to Casey Research. You may have heard of the firm because of the publicity it’s received due to our very public warnings for investors to move out of speculative real estate and into precious metals ahead of the current financial crisis.
David Galland is one of the partners of Casey Research, along with successful businessman Olivier Garret and legendary investor and best-selling author Doug Casey – the namesake of the company. Since founding the firm 29 years ago, Doug has made a name for himself predicting upcoming market moves. In fact, here’s a direct quote from Doug that appeared in the October 1998 edition of our flagship monthly newsletter.
“I’ve discussed my rationale for why the gold market is at a bottom over the last few months; I’ll reemphasize my opinion that the price of gold isn’t just going through the roof, it’s going to the moon.”
– Doug Casey, Oct. 1998
At the time, gold was selling for just $298 per ounce.
And in the same edition of our flagship publication, writing on the topic of gold stocks, Doug wrote the following line that you may have seen quoted by the media.
“THIS IS THE TIME TO BACK UP THE TRUCK. If I could call your broker for you, I would.”
– Doug Casey, 1998
In the following chart, you can see the result for readers of these recommendations to buy gold and silver ahead of the powerful, decade-long bull market.
As you can imagine, we have a lot of very happy subscribers.
But I’m not here to brag about the work done at Casey Research.
Rather, I want to share with you Captain Hubbard’s remarkable and inspiring story and the specific lessons his experience offers to anyone looking to become more resilient against all manner of threats, including the financial meltdown and attendant social chaos we here at Casey Research now are now convinced is increasingly imminent.
So that you can draw your own conclusions, we’ll back that contention up with irrefutable evidence as to why the hard times just ahead are inescapable.
We’ll get to that evidence and much more momentarily, but first back to our interview.
When we left off, Captain Hubbard was locked in a desperate fight with the serial murderer heading up the gang, while his two accomplices had climbed out of the back of the car wielding baseball bats.
David: I looked up some of the details after our initial conversation and the Regatta Murderers had come over from Dominica hypothetically to rob people, but in fact the driver, the guy you were confronted with first, was essentially a serial killer who would talk some friends into helping him in what he was doing, so if you could just back up and from what you’ve learned since, what was the context of these guys? What were they up to?
Steve: From what I understand and from the statement that I gave to the police after I had returned back to St. Maarten was that these guys went on a killing spree of rape and murder. There was, I don’t know how much the rapes hit the press, but I was told that they picked up women and gang-raped them, that they were torturing men and mutilating them. They went to the extent of gouging out eyes, cutting off fingers, setting people on fire, just horrific things, and I was towards the beginning of their rampage or whatever you would call it... the killing spree.
David: How many people did they ultimately kill?
Steve: From the stories that you hear in St. Maarten, I’ve heard up to eight, but they didn’t mention any of the rapes. I know that the spree went on for about two weeks and that the –
David: Obviously not something St. Maarten as a tourist destination would want to broadcast.
Steve: Exactly. It was also something that the local police weren’t able and equipped to handle as far as investigation. They had to bring in their version of the FBI from Holland to help them catch the people that were doing it.
David: The first incidences were around this Regatta. There was a big fishing regatta and that’s why you were in St. Maarten, right?
Steve: I wasn’t actually part of the fishing regatta. I was there because the boat that I helped manage was doing some traveling through the Caribbean, so I was just there by chance, and, but, St. Maarten is one of the largest yachting destinations in the Caribbean because of the services and the safe harbor that they have there.
David: So, all right, let’s get back to the story. So here you are, you’re in a deserted area, and you’ve got two guys getting out of the car behind you with a baseball bat. You have a serial murderer stronger, larger than you taking you out of the front seat, getting ready to do serious damage. So Steve, what the hell did you do?
Steve: Well, everything from the moment that I realized that I was being attacked for me started happening in slow motion. Everything slowed down. It became crystal clear what was happening, and I concentrated on defending myself as much as I could and inflicting as much damage as I could when I had the opportunity, and I’ve been lucky enough to have been raised by a father that was a police officer and a hand-to-hand combat instructor. I wrestled for a large part of my life, and I have trained in many different martial arts and MMA, so being attacked was something that I was able to stay very calm and in control and just fight back when I could and defend myself, which was most important through the whole fight.
David: What was the first thing you did when you came out of the car?
Steve: The first thing I did was take the big guy to the ground. We went to the ground, and the leverage that I had on him and the short amount of damage I was doing to him was freaking the guys with the bats out. I would actually pull him into my guard, which is a jujitsu term, where I would let the guy be on top of me so that I would not get hit with the baseball bats, and at any moment I could perform a reversal or a sweep and get on top of him and I was able to keep him from really doing any damage to me at all, besides biting me.
He bit me about three times across my chest because I was doing a lot of damage to his neck and to his face with my fists, forearms, and chokes.
David: You showed me a picture of one of your bite marks. It was pretty intense.
Steve: Yes, yes, it definitely was. Much better to get bitten than to, you know, get hit with a baseball bat though, so I had to choose the lesser of two evils, and his bite marks bruised me really bad but they actually didn’t break my skin, so that was a good thing.
David: So how scared were you at that point?
Steve: I wasn’t scared at all. That was the weird thing. And when I escaped I remember wondering where my adrenaline rush was, and I'm sure it was there, but for me, like my heartbeat never even rose. I wasn’t short of breath. I was extremely calm, more calm than I would be if somebody were to brake hard in front of me doing 20 miles an hour on a slow street.
David: Because what these guys didn’t know about you was that you have been fighting pretty much all your life.
David: So you have a lot to thank your various sparring partners and your instructors and –
Steve: You’re absolutely right. At the end of it, my first thought was of thanks to every sparring partner, every person that I’ve drilled with, every coach that I’ve ever had that pushed me hard, because I think that all that gave me tools that I needed to survive something like that.
Captain Hubbard will be back to tell us how the story ends in a moment, but first a quick break to elaborate on something I said earlier: namely, that based on our research, the team here at Casey Research – the same that so accurately predicted the current global crash – is convinced that the financial crisis is far from over.
In fact, it is about to get much worse and will most likely be accompanied by increasing levels of social chaos.
If we’re right, and based on the research I’m about to reveal, we’re convinced we are – you will soon face a very real battle for investment survival.
If you listen to the politicians and their friends on Wall Street and mistakenly think the crisis is over, then you’re at risk from a dangerous turn in the economy.
So dangerous that it could literally ruin you financially.
While I could go into great detail on the topic – and we have a globally distributed staff of 24 analysts, so we’re good at detail – in the interest of being efficient with your time, I’ll cut to the chase.
Start by taking a quick look at this chart of the growth in US debt, both private and government.
And then at this, a chart of rising debt levels in the rest of the world.
What these charts clearly show is that the entire world is awash in debt. Over the last decade, global debt has grown at an average rate of 11% each and every year.
And in the US, it’s even worse than that: during the first four years of the Obama administration, federal government debt rose from $9.9 trillion to $16.2 trillion – a mind-numbing 64% increase!
That is a huge rate of expansion – unprecedented in modern history for a major economy.
Three key points on this debt:
1: The unfolding global financial crisis is directly related to the record levels of debt shown in the charts just displayed.
2: Yet, rather than reducing the debt since the crisis began, debt around the world has continued to increase dramatically!
In 2002, total global debt was estimated at an already unsustainable level of over $80 trillion.
Today, just ten short years later, total debt is approaching $200 trillion!
3: In other words, the world’s governments are doing the equivalent of trying to put out a roaring economic fire – a debt crisis – by spraying gasoline – more debt – onto it.
Of course, that fire hose is connected to the ability of modern governments to “print” an unlimited amount of money out of thin air.
- I put the word “print” in quotations because these days central bankers don’t even need to go through the trouble of putting ink on paper –printing tens of billions of dollars is literally as easy as pushing a few buttons on a computer.
That the politicians and the central bankers have become completely degraded is evidenced by the recent discussion about minting a single, trillion-dollar platinum coin as a way of avoiding an increase in the debt ceiling.
So, where does this all lead to – and how can you avoid literally getting wiped out by what’s coming next?
In simple terms, the only possible outcome of this orgy of debt and deficit spending is a collapse of the world’s monetary system – a monetary system based on nothing more than the promises of politicians.
And we all know what those are worth.
The Eurostat data agency reported an extra 62,000 people joining unemployment queues in just four weeks in the eurozone as the jobless rate climbed for the 23rd consecutive month -- hitting 12.1 percent in March.
The process of failing has already begun: Just look at what’s going on in Europe for a preview of what’s coming next to the United States, Japan, China, and almost all the other major developed countries.
The Eurostat data agency reported an extra 62,000 people joining unemployment queues in just four weeks in the eurozone as the jobless rate climbed for the 23rd consecutive month -- hitting 12.1 percent in March.
In other words, despite all the money creation and extraordinary measures taken in Europe and elsewhere, the problem has only gotten worse.
We can’t stress the point enough – we are not talking about some abstract date in the unforeseeable future. The truth is that you live through this unprecedented financial and monetary crisis, and it will literally affect everything you own.
That’s because the very foundation of the global monetary system is broken, meaning every dollar, euro, yen, yuan, and all the other world’s unbacked paper currencies will plummet in value, wiping out the wealth of millions.
We are not saying this to scare you. Instead, we’re trying to help you avoid the fate of the unprepared.
In fact, in a moment I’ll share irrefutable proof that the financial crisis is about to worsen and will, in time, wipe out the wealth of millions of Americans.
Only by understanding the big picture will you find the motivation to take the active measures needed to make yourself financially resilient.
And we’ll even tell you about just one of the many opportunities we here at Casey Research have uncovered to help you not just survive, but prosper. After all, as Captain Hubbard’s experience proves, the best defense is a good offense.
We’ll get to all of that momentarily, as well as the eight specific lessons we can learn from Captain Steve Hubbard’s remarkable experience, but first let’s get back to David Galland’s interview.
David: So we’re back in the fight. How much damage did you do to this guy in the short period of time you were fighting?
Well, the big guy looked like half his face was hanging off because at one point I had put both of my knees on his head and neck and grabbed his cheeks and started to rip it off, and that’s not something that you train in a fight. I don’t know why I did that. For an instant I saw something and just tried to do damage.
One of the guys with the bats, when he came in close, I jumped off of the big guy, I ankle-kicked him, did like a rush and single-leg takedown which rolled into a police move where I used the bone under his nose to rotate his chin in the air and I slammed my forearm into his Adam’s apple onto his throat to crush his windpipe. That worked pretty well, because that guy didn’t move again.
David: So these guys really had picked up the wrong guy.
Steve: Yes, that was a pretty damaging blow, and the last guy standing with a bat, he actually backed off and gave me about 15 feet of space and made absolutely no sound or movement toward me, and that’s when I stood up and started backing away, and the big guy, the most evil of those guys, he didn’t have a weapon in his hand, but he was stumbling towards me and I, you know, in part because of the kickboxing that I did here in Miami, I circled away from him and set him up for what I thought was going to be a combination punch, but it was really just a left hook and it had murderous intentions of my own behind it, and I hit him so hard on his jaw that his whole body rotated through the air where his head actually changed places with his feet and he did a cartwheel and he was unconscious at that point.
David: That must have felt rather satisfying, I would think.
Steve: You know, it actually caused the largest injury of the fight to myself. I hit him so hard. I remember my left fist being sunk into his face and how hot and how warm his face felt, and I was rotating my body through the punch, and it caused me to do a little bit of lower back muscle damage, like I tore the muscle on my back from the rotation that I had, and then taking on the weight of his body at the point of my fist. You know, once I got in the water I realized, “Man, my back really hurts” and I didn’t really know why, but, yes, the punch that set me free was actually my worst injury in the whole fight. Kind of ironic, but it did feel good to land it. I do remember that.
David: So he’s knocked out, you’ve got one of the guys with the bats on the ground, you’ve got the other guy with the bat making no move towards you, and at that point you turned and the water was, you said, about 20 feet away.
Steve: Yes, the water was about 20 feet away from me. It was a really large lagoon, so I’m very comfortable in the water. I’ve done free diving, fishing, I’ve been a water baby my entire life, so I felt like the water was the safest place for me to be, so I just jumped in the water and started swimming away from them.
David: And you had to tread water for quite a while.
Steve: Yes, I stayed in the water for about 5 hours. My plan was to stay in the water overnight and wait for the sun to come up. I wanted to get to a beach, but there was a mangrove shoreline that I couldn’t cross – I couldn’t cross the mangroves. It was so dense that I couldn’t get through it, and so I literally just kind of floated out there in the water, and it was a beautiful night, full moon, no wind, probably about 85 and I stayed out there as long as I could. I only got out of the water because I was starting to shiver and I didn’t want to get hypothermic and I felt like I’d rather take my chances back out on land than to catch hypothermia.
David: Right, and so now did you watch them drive away or did you –
Steve: Well, being where I was, there was only one road in and one road out, and I watched one guy standing on the shoreline watch me swim out into the water where there was really no escape for me. I was just in what would be equivalent to a very large lake an, eventually I heard their car drive away, and I noticed that their car and several other vehicles were going back and forth, up and down that road all night long looking for me to come out. At one end of the lagoon, there’s a junkyard, and I kept seeing the cars turn around, their headlights come out into the water, back out, and then go back down the road where I had initially went in the water, so they were looking for me all night long, and at that point I thought, “Well, if they see me again and there are more cars looking for me, there’s a good chance that they’re going to have a gun, and they’re going to shoot me because they didn’t want any witnesses.”
We’ll come back to the end of Captain Hubbard’s story and the aftermath in a moment.
First, however, I want to briefly return to the research we’ve uncovered that confirms that the very foundation of the global monetary system is broken and that dollars, euros, yen, yuan, and all the other world’s unbacked paper currencies are headed for the trash bin of history, wiping out the wealth of millions in the process.
Using the Socratic method of inquiry and response, following are seven straightforward questions for you to reflect upon. See if the answers don’t make as much sense to you as they do to us…
Question one: Is it true that the world has been operating on a “fiat” (unbacked) currency system since Nixon closed “the gold window” in 1971?
Yes. After Nixon reneged on the Bretton Woods Treaty by refusing to redeem dollars for gold in 1971, the dollar became effectively backed by nothing.
At the time of Nixon’s brazen act, the US dollar was the de facto reserve currency for the world’s central bankers. In other words, the primary asset the central banks kept on deposit to backstop their own currencies and for international trade.
By cutting the anchor of gold that had previously backed the US dollar, the global monetary system was effectively set adrift.
Furthermore, the US government was free to print up dollars in essentially unlimited quantities.
You can see the devastation of unlimited money printing since Nixon cut the link to gold in the chart here, showing the 80% decline in purchasing power of the US dollar since 1971.
Question two: Since 1971, have the world’s governments also cranked up their money printing?
You can see the money printing in this chart… note the moon-shot acceleration in currency in circulation since just 2005.
Question three: Is it possible to create large quantities of currency out of thin air without eventually devaluing the existing currency in circulation?
In a word, no. If the money printing doesn’t result in a serious devaluation, it will be an historical first.
And to be clear, that devaluation is commonly referred to as “inflation.” You need to get ready for it now, while you still have the luxury of time.
In a moment, we’ll show you just one of many ways you can prepare – with a special situation uncovered by our team that is poised for take-off based on a development just now getting underway.. More shortly, but first, let me ask you…
Question four: Does this problem extend beyond the US dollar? And has there been a decline in the purchasing power of all the major currencies since the advent of an unbacked global monetary system?
You betcha. In fact, not only has the US dollar lost a stunning 80% of its purchasing power since 1971 – but all of the major currencies have suffered similar losses.
More to the point of our program today, the decline in purchasing power has been dramatically accelerating in recent years.
The chart here shows the stunning collapse in currency values against gold since 2005, the world’s oldest and only sound form of money.
Question five: Will the debasement of unbacked paper currencies continue until they collapse and are replaced?
Odds are good. Most important, if your savings and investments are denominated in these currencies – and most savings and investments are – their values will crash in tandem.
Even if your money is stashed in a “safe” bank or brokerage account, or the “safe harbor” of US Treasury bills – as the collapse in purchasing power gains momentum, your net worth will go straight down the drain as well.
An annual inflation rate of 10% means that each $10,000 you have saved will have the purchasing power of only approximately $9,000 a year later… then continue eroding in purchasing power from there.
But there is no way the carnage is going to stop at an inflation rate of just 10%. Between 1972 and 1980, US inflation topped 14%.
- And the situation today is much, much worse than back in the 1970s.
While I could prove that point in a dozen different ways, just consider that at the height of the money printing leading to the inflation of 1970s, William Martin, the head of the Fed under Nixon, raised the M1 money supply from $228 billion to $249 billion, or by 9%, over a one-year period.
Unprecedented at the time… but no longer.
- In the current crisis, between January 2009 and the end of December 2011, the Fed tripled the monetary base of the US, from $860 billion to $2.6 trillion!
- And in 1970, total US government debt was $370 billion, or just about 38% of GDP going into that troubled decade. Today it is $14 trillion, or about 90% of GDP.
Moreover, that number doesn’t include unfunded liabilities… for Social Security, Medicare, government pensions, and the like.
Added together, the actual liabilities for the US government alone are a completely unpayable $60 trillion.
And under the Obama administration, the government continues spending well over $1 trillion a year more than it takes in.
Actually, it’s much worse than that. The following is from John William’s ShadowStats, an organization dedicated to truth in government accounting, published in January 2013.
“Based on generally-accepted-accounting principles—or GAAP-based accounting—the 2012 consolidated financial statements of the United States Government showed a $6.9 trillion deficit for fiscal 2012, up from $4.6 trillion in 2011.”
In other words, using the same accounting methodology the rest of us are forced to use – at least if we want to be taken credibly – the government’s annual deficits are an order of magnitude worse than they are telling us.
As Captain Hubbard would be the first to tell you, actions have consequences. In the case of running up debts that are literally impossible to pay back, there are onlytwo possible consequences.
The first is outright default. One way out is that the US government simply decides not to redeem its US Treasury bonds, or do what the Greek government did and require bond holders to take a 60% loss.
This would, of course, be unprecedented in US history and would literally collapse the global economy: Remember, a large percentage of the reserves of other central banks are invested in US Treasury notes.
The second consequence is monetary inflation. By continuing to print currency units by the helicopter load, the government will devalue the existing currency units – and the debts denominated in those units – until the level of debt becomes manageable.
This is a time-honored method of stealthily eroding long-term obligations of a government.
There is no question which approach the US government will take in the months and years just ahead (along with the governments of all the world’s major economies, all of which are similarly broke).
It’s the devaluation through monetary inflation.
And so it is that the purchasing power of your $10,000 becomes $9,000 a year later, if you are lucky. More likely, given the scale of the monetary inflation to date, once the inflation begins in earnest your $10,000 becomes $8,000 a year later, then erodes from there.
Question six: Do the actions of the world’s central bankers confirm our argument that the world’s monetary system is headed for failure?
Seems like it. How else to explain that in recent years the world’s central bankers have switched from being big sellers of gold to big buyers?
You can see this sea change in how central bankers view gold in the chart showing the swing between central bank gold sales toward purchases over the last six years.
Between 2005 and 2010, there is a swing between selling and buying of close to 1,000 tons of gold annually.
This is a key point: if the central bankers really believed the paper currencies were going to last or that the dollar was really a safe holding, why would they be buying gold at today’s prices?
They are trying to prepare for what’s coming. So should you.
Question seven: Will gold play a role in whatever comes after the collapse of the paper currencies?
See the previous question and answer.
Now, you will have to draw your own conclusions about such things, but because of the fundamental flaw in any currency system that is backed by nothing but political promises, here at Casey Research we can only conclude that failure is inevitable and even imminent.
While no one can pinpoint the timing with complete certainty, we believe that the collapse of the dollar will become apparent to everyone within the next five years.
That view is strongly supported by the historical record.
According to work done by monetary scholars such as Edwin Vieira, no unbacked currency has ever lasted much longer than 40 years, and most fail well before that point.
In fact, a comprehensive study of 775 failed fiat currencies calculated an average lifespan of around 27 years.
Today, in 2013, it has been 42 years since Nixon cut the anchor of gold on the US dollar, and by extension, all of the world’s currencies.
That sound you hear is the clock striking midnight.
So, what can you do to protect yourself?
For the answer, let’s get to the fundamental lessons we can derive from Captain Hubbard’s experience with the St. Maarten murder gang. I think you’ll be surprised at just how relevant those lessons are to surviving the coming currency collapse.
The 8 Lessons from Captain Hubbard
Lesson #1: Know where you are going. While Steve knew where he wanted to go to – another casino – he didn’t know the actual route to get there.
Likewise, most investors have only a vague idea of where they want to be a few years down the road. But don’t confuse a stated goal such as “to have more money” or “to preserve my savings” with the specific moves needed to accomplish those goals.
Want to quickly earn a “black belt” in surviving a currency crisis? It is as simple as developing a solid understanding of “tangibles” as a component of your portfolio.
By “tangibles,” I’m referring to assets that the governments can’t devalue out of existence, nor will you lose when your bank or brokerage fails.
In that category you have to seriously consider gold and silver. There’s a reason gold is referred to as the “monetary metal” – it’s because it has been considered sound money throughout millennia. Aristotle himself was among the first to identify its five qualities that make it uniquely qualified to serve as money.
Number one, it’s durable. That’s why we don’t use wheat as money.
Number two, it’s divisible. Unlike art work and automobiles, you can slice it into extremely small units without affecting its value.
Number three, it’s convenient. Unlike, let’s say, oil, it’s easily portable. Toss some coins in a bag and off you go.
Number four, it’s consistent. Whether your gold is in the United States or a city in Asia, everyone understands its value.
Number five, it has value in itself. In gold’s case, it is used as jewelry, in many cultures specifically to store wealth. And it increasingly has high-tech industrial applications.
To those five, we would add a sixth extremely important quality in today’s world: the supply of gold can only grow at a very limited rate through mining. Unlike paper – or electronic – money that is being created out of thin air by the politicians without any limit whatsoever.
Ignoring the prejudices of Wall Street against precious metals and taking time to understand the important role these metals can play in helping you get through what’s coming will set you well apart from the crowd and on the right track to your protecting your net worth.
We’ll point you in the direction of some very useful reference materials to learn more about gold and other tangibles in a moment.
And I’ll tell you more about the time-sensitive special opportunity our analysts have uncovered that I mentioned earlier, a precious-metals-producing company just now putting a new mine into operation that will produce 2 million ounces of silver this year – and then almost double it to four million next year. Yet for reasons I’ll explain, the market has yet to revalue the company accordingly. That will change, just as soon as a formal announcement is made that production is underway.
More on that in a moment, but first to our next lesson from Steve Hubbard’s terrifying experience.
Lesson #2: Overconfidence. Captain Hubbard’s own self-defense skills led him to disregard risks that a less confident individual might have been attuned to.
In our work on behalf of investors, we often see this same phenomenon. While ultimately Steve’s training proved his salvation, far too many investors confuse success in a bull market with personal investment skills and become overconfident – a quick trip to a financial wipeout.
The economic and investment environment we are entering is truly unchartered water and extreme caution is required. Simply put, if you follow the Pied Pipers of Wall Street into traditional investment strategies, you risk potentially devastating losses.
Lesson #3: Know whom to trust. By putting his faith in a gypsy cab driver, Steve made his first major mistake, literally entrusting his life to a total stranger.
I can’t tell you how many times we have learned about investors who put their faith and their money into the hands of slick-talking stock promoters without taking the time to do even the most basic of due diligence.
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Lesson #4: Failing to be attentive. Before climbing into the car, Steve should have taken a moment to survey the interior more carefully. In that way, he would have seen the two thugs in the back and likely would have passed on the ride.
In the context of your investments, I suspect that most investors – perhaps yourself – sense just how dire the financial situation is becoming, but try to ignore it.
As I have tried to stress, this is the worst possible time to be inattentive or complacent.
Lesson #5: Build rock-solid skills. If Captain Hubbard had no training or had only been a casual student of the martial arts, there is no way he could have fended off three attackers, two of whom were armed with baseball bats.
Instead, he honed his skills over years of hard training and so was as prepared as a person could be when the time came to act.
Likewise, there are some fundamental but very important skills every investor has to learn to be successful, especially when it comes to investing in precious metals and precious-metals stocks that hold the key to surviving what’s coming next.
- We have put the essentials of success in this important sector into our report, The 8 Ps of Resource Stock Evaluation, that we’ll be happy to send you free of charge. More on that momentarily.
Lesson #6: A good offense is essential to a good defense. Rather than wait for the worst to happen, Captain Hubbard went immediately on the offensive, throwing the plans of his attackers into disarray.
In the context of what’s ahead for the global economy and investment markets, most investors will fail to take action until after the writing is clearly on the wall.
At which point their life savings will be at serious risk and precious metals and precious-metals stocks will be trading for a multiple of where they are today.
Consider what happened the last time the economy was faced by a tottering stock market and inflation.
Between January 3, 1973 and December 1974, the Dow lost 44.6% of its value!
During this time, inflation rose from 3.65% to 11.03%, reducing the purchasing power of every $10,000 to $8,897.
Bucking the trend, gold-mining stocks performed extremely well.
- For example, the Barron's Gold Mining Index, which was comprised of the best mining stocks of the day, shot from 43 to 147, a gain of more than 260% in under two years.
- So during a severe bear market when the Dow took a nearly 50% haircut and with inflation stealing 11% of the purchasing power of each dollar… you would have turned $10,000 into $26,000 just by holding your mining shares for under two years.
Of course, as the decade dragged on, inflation continued to ravage savings, while gold and gold stocks headed even higher.
It’s worth again stressing a point I made earlier: this time the situation is much, much worse.
Back then, the new Federal Reserve President Paul Volcker had the ability to raise interest rates in1980 to combat the inflation.
Today the US and other large nation-states have record levels of debt – and that means that even a modest increase in interest rates will devastate the federal budget… in the case of the United States, a budget that is already in the red by upwards of $1.5 trillion year after year.
In fact, a return to a “normal” 10-year Treasury rate of just 5% (today the Fed is battling to keep it at a historic low of just 1.5%) would cause deficits to spiral out of control… resulting in yet more money printing, and yet more devaluation of every dollar and dollar-denominated asset you own.
If you were to watch only one economic indicator as an early warning sign that the monetary collapse is imminent, watch US interest rates. Once the US government loses control of those and they start moving strongly, we will have entered the endgame.
As the chart here shows, contrary to popular belief, interest rates and gold will move upwards together – and strongly so – as inflation gains momentum.
Going on the offense in the current economic environment means taking the time now to get at least a portion of your portfolio positioned in precious metals and – for real leverage – precious-metals stocks.
The very good news is that sector has consolidated over the last year, which is entirely normal in a long-term bull market. That means that not only are all the best stocks poised to provide serious wealth-enhancing gains, but the special situations – such as the silver company poised to nearly double its annual production by adding 2 million ounces from a brand new mine this year – are setting up for a moon shot.
Even better, for reasons I’ll explain in a moment, the market has squeezed most of the risk out of that particular situation – so much so that Jeff Clark, the editor of our BIG GOLD publication, is buying it for his mother’s retirement account.
More on that in a moment, but first…
Lesson #7: Don’t panic. While that’s easier said than done, there’s little question that the fact that Captain Hubbard was able to remain calm greatly increased his odds of survival.
The time to act to protect your life savings and get positioned for the profits in precious metals that are still ahead is now, while you can still do so dispassionately – not when the roof is falling.
You have a limited amount of time left to get ahead of what’s coming and to position yourself in the specific opportunities that will make all the difference in your investment survival. Don’t waste that opportunity.
Lesson #8: Prioritize, then focus. Captain Hubbard began his fight for survival by prioritizing his opponents, going after the leader of the gang first in order to disable him before moving to his next target, the more active of the two killers with the baseball bat, then turning his attention to the third and least active threat.
The parallels to building a successful investment portfolio are obvious. Once you know what you are trying to achieve, focusing almost single-mindedly until you achieve what you are trying to achieve can make all the difference.
As far as where to focus, there is one particularly interesting anomaly I just alluded to that is occurring in the gold markets, but which won’t last…
Over the last year, gold-mining companies have underperformed physical gold – and by a wide margin.
This situation is highly unusual – because mining stocks typically outperform gold by over 3 to 1.
As you will see in the chart here, in the first phase of the gold bull market, from 2001 to near the end of 2007, gold stocks outperformed gold bullion by an even better 5 to 1.
Gold stocks outperformed physical gold by 5 to 1 from 2001 through 2007
But this historical trend has completely reversed.
As you can see in this next chart, gold bullion is now outperforming mining companies by a margin of 10.2 to 1.
Gold stocks are lagging gold by 10.2 to 1 –
A rare divergence overdue to correct
In other words, not only is gold poised for a breakout as the dialed-in inflation becomes obvious to all…
… but the coiled spring under gold stocks ensures that when that breakout occurs, gold stocks will provide even more exceptional returns for those with the foresight to get positioned in them today.
Once the pendulum swings back, the quality mining shares Jeff Clark and the BIG GOLD research team has identified will once again provide the 3-to-1 leverage to gold we've seen in the past.
Which means that getting in now can provide all the difference.
Getting in on the best-of-the-best precious-metals producers – the companies with proven resources in the ground worth hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars – before the turnaround will not only protect you from dishonest and unconscionable governmental monetary policies that are stealing from everyone in America, it will provide you with the very real opportunity to make serious profits from the inflation that’s coming as sure as night follows day.
- While others watch their money depreciate, your gains should allow you to greatly outpace inflation… making you a recipient, as opposed to a victim, of the coming wealth shift.
And the special situations, such as the silver producer that is geared to nearly double its company-wide production by next year boosting its production from 200,000 to over 7.2 million ounces, can literally provide life-changing returns.
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Case in point, as you can see in the picture here, taken in the German hyperinflation of the 1920s: a woman can find no better use for her worthless currencies than to stoke a fire.
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And now, to the conclusion and aftermath of Captain Hubbard’s story
Let’s get back to the conversation with Captain Steve Hubbard. As you’ll recall, we left off with him treading water…
David: Right. So you're in the water, you're there pretty much all night, and how did you know it was safe to get out?
Steve: Well, I really didn’t feel like it was safe to get out, but I chose to get out because I was starting to shiver so bad.
So I actually got out at the junkyard, thinking that I could find a good place to hide, but when I got out there were a couple of junkyard dogs that started barking at me and I didn’t want them, the people that were driving around looking for me, to hear the dogs barking and realize that I was there. So I crossed the street to an old shanty with a whole bunch of cars around it. It looked like a poor automotive, you know, mechanic shop, and there was a pickup truck with the bed facing the street that was higher than the street, so I laid down in the back of the pickup truck thinking that I'm just going to lay in the back of this truck until the sun comes up and there are a lot more vehicles and I'll come down to the road and, you know, wait for a police car or something like that to try and get some help.
David: Is that how it worked out?
Steve: No, it didn’t. There was actually, somebody who came out of the shanty after me being there for about 20 minutes and got something out of one of the vehicles next to me. I stayed quiet and when I heard the person go back into the shanty, I called out for help, saying "Hey, is anybody home? I need help" and I didn’t hear any response. So I didn’t feel safe being there and since I asked for help and didn’t get any type of positive feedback from him, I decided that I should not stay there, and I decided to go hike up a small gravel road and look for a house towards one of the tops of the small mountains there.
David: Right. And you finally found somebody and that was it?
Steve: Yes, I found somebody, and I went to a house that had a spotlight in the garage.
I went and knocked on the garage door, and I stood in the middle of their driveway, and I put my hands out and I saw somebody looking through the window at me, and I called out and asked for help. Well, that person ended up pulling a gun on me and, you know, after a few minutes (probably a few seconds), the guy realized that I was posing no threat to him and that I was a victim and he told me that I could use his hose, wash myself off, and then he called the police for me and they even threw out a couple of towels to warm up and dry off.
David: At any point when you were out in that water in the lagoon did you sort of kick yourself for not taking on the last guy with the baseball bat and taking their car?
Steve: Absolutely! Absolutely! I thought to myself, "Why am I in this water when there is a nice car that I could have just drove back to the Marina?" You know, one guy was unconscious and one guy was in a world of hurt, and I didn’t think that the guy with the baseball bat had any thoughts of – he probably would have ran, but my first thought was really –
David: On the other hand, maybe he would have gotten lucky or something, you know.
Steve: He still had a weapon in his hands and I didn’t know, but I did think to myself, I wonder if the keys are still in the ignition of the car, but I guess my first response was self-preservation. If I could go back to this scenario, I probably would have just taken the car immediately rather than fighting.
David: Right, so the guys, they finally got arrested. I think three of the guys got sentenced to life in prison, if I'm not mistaken, and so did you have to go back and testify against them?
Steve: They haven’t asked me to come back and testify. I gave my statement, and the police officer told me that there's some kind of law where they can only get tried for a certain number of crimes at one time, and the murders are going to take precedence over my kidnapping and assault or whatever they would consider it there, so I think my story is just part of the evidence against them, and they don’t really need my testimony.
David: But did you have to pick their faces out of a book or something or –
Steve: Yes, I did have to pick their faces out of a book. I did the whole line-up thing and gave my statement to the police. The sad part about the whole story was the original set of police – I was taken from the Dutch side to the French side, so I crossed the country line there – the French police came. They picked me up. I showed them where I was attacked. There was evidence of the attack. My attacker's blood was all over the ground. There was stuff from my pockets that was still on the ground. My flip-flops were still on the ground from where I was fighting, and these guys all they did was drop me off at the border of the Dutch and French side. They didn’t even get me back to the boat that I came from or have the Dutch police pick me up to take me back. They simply took my statement and gave me the boot, and I think it was because this was before they realized what kind of people that they had on their hands.
David: Right, they thought it was just a garden-variety mugging or something.
Steve: Exactly, and they really just – they did absolutely nothing for me, and they left me to find another taxi to get back to the boat and that's what I had to do, so I really wasn't too happy with the police response from the French side.
David: Yes, I know your name was in the newspapers as having made the escape, and then after you escaped then these guys turned, I guess, especially vicious, probably because they didn’t want to take any chances with whomever the next victim was.
Steve: Well, yes, I'm sure that they were more vicious – I mean, I've never seen a more evil face than the main guy that attacked me. He had murder on his mind from the moment he got out of his car, but I guess maybe they chose victims that looked less helpless than I did or, who knows, but yes, the violence definitely escalated.
David: How has this affected your life? Has it changed your life in any way? How you view life?
Steve: No, I really don’t live in any fear of them. I've – definitely a lesson learned on being more cautious as far as my surroundings and the things that I do. I think that having a lot of self-confidence actually, and being able to handle myself, might have been one of the causes of me not really realizing the situation I was getting myself into, but I know that friends of mine or a woman would never put themselves in the situation that I had put myself into and I really didn’t realize it or think anything of it just because, you know.
David: Yes, because you thought you could take care of yourself.
Steve: Well, I realized I can take care of myself, but in all reality if they would have had a gun and they would have shot me, you know, nobody can stop a bullet, so I definitely learned a lesson as far as being more careful about the situations I put myself in.
David: So being more aware is one, is there anything else? I mean, your average reader isn't going to go and spend 10 years in intensive martial arts training in hand-to-hand combat. If you were to say one area of all the different martial arts that you’ve taken, all the different experiences you’ve had, is there one particular form of martial arts that you think that people might want to check out?
Steve: You know, I don’t think that there is. A martial art, to me, should help build your confidence and your mindset, so it's not about whether you learn how to box or if you learn muay thai or kickboxing or jujitsu. It teaches you discipline and how to defend yourself, so whatever one somebody is more natural at or they get excited about they’re just going to learn something, there's really no wrong choices. It's going to teach you about yourself and it's going to give you a confidence and hopefully an escape route if something ever happens to you and you'll be able to defend yourself.
David: I really appreciate you taking the time to do this; and if our subscribers/listeners want to go fishing in Miami, are you the guy they should get a hold of?
Steve: Yes, send them our way. We can definitely take people fishing. That's what I love to do.
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Over the last seven years my investments have risen by an average of 42,9% per year... The first dollar I invested is up over 1,000%!! Keep up the great work.
– J. Gibbons