A disturbing fact becomes more and more obvious: The governments of the both the U.S. and most of the Eurozone member countries are about to overstrain their debt servicing capacity.
For individuals, organizations, and countries that have so far regarded the currencies of these countries as reliable storages of value, news could hardly be more alarming: Evidence is rapidly piling up that the debtor governments involved intend to rid themselves of their unsustainable debt largely at the expense of their creditors. This could be effectuated either through a sudden expropriation of lenders (nowadays euphemistically referred to as a “haircut”), or by means of a gradual dispossession through a deliberately induced devaluation.
However, investors currently holding large amounts of Dollar-, or Euro-denominated reserves, do not yet have to resign to the fate of seeing their wealth evaporate through arbitrary acts of governments they had trusted for long. In the document to this message, I have sought to specify some of the basic principles prudent investors should heed in order to protect their wealth from the impending world economic crisis. You may copy and circulate it freely, but would do me a huge favour if you could do so with a reference to my authorship. And, of course, any opportunity you could grant to me to carry its message further afield in person would be most welcome.