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Inspirational Film of the Week (July 25, 2015)

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The following video is sure to be controversial, but I feel like the underlying message is important enough that I need to share it with readers on this blog.

For starters, I’m NOT into conspiracy theories. I’m not a tin foil hat guy. And I don’t like to run around screaming like the world is coming to an end. If anything, I’ve been nothing short of a permabull riding the market wave up since the start of 2012. Until recently, I’ve been all about: BUY, BUY, BUY.

However, I would like to believe that I’m an open-minded kind of guy. I don’t pick and choose sides exclusively. Heads or tails… Bull or bear. As an investor, I believe that it’s in my absolute best interest to be able to rationalize both sides before making any decisions; there’s a time to be bullish and there’s a time to be bearish. Again, it comes down to market cycles. What goes up ultimately comes back down again.

As F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously stated: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

With that said… here comes the bad news:

The dot-com crash was one of the largest in the history of the stock market. The events of 9/11 occurred in 2001. When the stock market re-opened on September 17, 2001, the Dow Jones was down 684 points, or 7.13%.

7 years later…

We had the subprime mortgage bust. On September 29, 2008, the opening bell on Wall Street wouldn’t ring. That was an ominous sign of things to come later that day… To date, September 29 ranks as the day of the largest stock market crash in points dropped in U.S. history. The Dow Jones fell 777 points, down 6.98%.

Ever heard of the Shemitah? In the bible, this refers to the Sabbath year, observed in ancient Israel where the people are instructed to let the land lie fallow every 7 years. On the last day, all debts are supposed to be repaid and forgiven.

The last day is known as Elul 29 in the Hebrew calendar. The 2001 and 2008 crashes both occurred on the final day of Shemita.

7 years later…

September 13 will be the last day this year of the current Shemita year, which began last fall… September 13 happens fall on a Sunday, meaning the markets will be closed.

Nevertheless… the fall season (September in particular) has historically been an “exciting” and active time in the markets. This year is no different. There is a whirlwind of world activities that are scheduled to take place this upcoming September (described in details in the video below). Now that we are on the cusp of entering into August, we’ll know very shortly what lies in store for all of us this upcoming season!

If all this sounds too absurd and outlandish to you, well, perhaps you can take it for nothing more than entertainment… 🙂

I will have to say that my efforts to take a more defensive stance as it comes to my own investing strategy is influenced by a combination of: markets being at all-time highs, Greece and China problems, being overleveraged in my own investments, etc. I didn’t stumble upon Shemita until recently, but coincidentally, here are some more signs to be on extra alert this upcoming fall.

Without further ado, here’s the video. Enjoy!

 

So, if the number 7 is racing in your mind now… you might also want to check out this cryptic speech given by IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde (who does what she is told…) in 2014. She wants to test your numerology skills:

Don’t worry, we will resume regularly scheduled programming soon enough… 😉 But wouldn’t you agree that this summer alone has been tremendously and INTENSELY interesting in the world, political, and investing spheres? So much has been going on…

Bring on Q3! I’ve got my popcorn ready!

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  • JC @ Passive-Income-PursuitNo Gravatar July 25, 2015, 9:21 am

    Looks interesting and entertaining at least. No clue whether it has any significance or not but if anything does happen that should mean we’ll be looking at much better investment valuations in a few short weeks.

  • Roadmap2RetireNo Gravatar July 25, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing, FI.
    I love conspiracy theories…and while not all are true, some are entertaining to watch and ponder over. But there are a lot of them that are true for sure — the world is not as transparent as ppl seem to perceive.

    It is very interesting that every 7 years there has been some major catastrophe. I wont be selling everything and sitting on cash though…if anything, I will be ready to deploy more cash that I have ready to invest. Theres no doubt that all the money printing and insane amount of cheap money sloshing around the in the economy and financial markets will result (has resulted?) in all sorts of asset bubbles. Hard assets are probably a good place to be.

    cheers
    R2R

  • Alexander @ CashFlowDiariesNo Gravatar July 26, 2015, 8:45 am

    Holy Cow!! That was an interesting video for sure. Really mind boggling and makes you think. Lucky timing for me I wasn’t planning on purchasing another property until after Sept so at least ill be able to see what happens.

    I’m surprised this is the first I have heard of this. It is very compelling.

  • SundeepNo Gravatar July 26, 2015, 9:11 am

    Interesting stuff. I as well have never heard of the Shemitah and like to think I’m pretty well versed on random conspiracy theories although for entertainment purposes only.

    The one thing for sure is that the US debt situation has to be resolved at some point in time. I find it ironic that everyone is bashing Greece for being in debt and crying about the austerity measures they have to take, when the US is going down that same path, yet no one seems to care…time will tell I guess. In the meantime I will be ready to act if/when there is another market correction.

    • george puckNo Gravatar July 26, 2015, 4:05 pm

      The thing about the US debt is right now the US Treasury/Fed can inflate our way out of it.

      print money and pay the cost of our entitlements like social security (and to a lesser extent Medicare and Medicaid). The problem isnt with actually physically making the payment, rather it is will that money be worth anything.

      If you pay a retiree say $2,000/ Month, 20 years from now the recipient will have a huge difference in purchasing power if inflation is at 1% vs 10%.

  • ResilientManNo Gravatar July 26, 2015, 10:07 am

    Year 2000 computer glitch, Cuban Missile Crisis, Oil Shocks of the 70s, The Ashley Madison hack, the Iraq war, the Malian prophecy and many years before them the prediction of Malthus.
    The world has always been 2 minutes from midnight…

  • ResilientManNo Gravatar July 26, 2015, 10:10 am

    Year 2000 computer glitch, Cuban Missile Crisis, Oil Shocks of the 70s, The Ashley Madison hack, the Iraq war, the Mayan prophecy and many years before them the prediction of Malthus.
    The world has always been 2 minutes from midnight…
    The guy in the video is asking for a subscription to a $30 newsletter to give you solutions to this exclusive threat …

  • No Nonsense LandlordNo Gravatar July 26, 2015, 5:09 pm

    Interesting videos. I do not think you can get more than three people together to create such a conspiracy, without it getting world wide attention.

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