Greg Hunter 2016 New Year Message

1By Greg Hunter’s

Happy New Year to the USAWatchdog community.  There will not be a Weekly News Wrap-Up this week as I am taking time off to recharge for the new year.  I do have a short New Year’s message on the next page.  Thank you for supporting  Enjoy!!

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  1. Diana Dee Jarvis

    I knew the Christmas retail sales must have been awful because sales promotional emails & texts kept hitting my box Christmas Day and afterwards with no letup. Their tone was desperate. In spite of that, Greg, a Happy New Year to you and yours as well.

    • Greg Hunter

      According to John Williams at retail sales were flat at the very best and that does not account for inflation.

    • WD


      They were advertising 50-70% of 4 weeks BEFORE Christmas…. I ahve never seen that before. Or buy one get one or two for free…. my spending for this Christmas was at the minimum I have ever spent

  2. Sayonara

    Thank you for your extraordinary website. You do an outstanding job of interviewing extraordinary informed and intelligent individuals. 2016 will be the year of “reversion to the mean.” And it will be bitterly painful for the clueless. We USA Watch Doggers will be in in a much better position to weather the “reversion to the mean” storm than most.
    Have a Happy New Year!

  3. glen

    a full year of great speeches on watchdog GH,

  4. Billy

    A Healthy and Happy New Year to:
    Greg “The Truth” Hunter.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Billy!

  5. Jackie

    “No Scrooges this year as spending leaps”? There should be a Wall of Shame for the paid off editorialists that write articles like that. Then after it all implodes, we can review the list of geniuses we have.
    Greg, Thank you for all your hard work. Wishing you a healthy & prosperous New Year!

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Jackie. The MSM is killing itself off with spin and lies.

  6. Linda Locascio

    Happy New Year Greg! I enjoy your videos above all others not only because of your guests (which are amazing!!), but your commentary and your ability to explain things in a way the common person (like me), can easily understand and assimilate.
    I will always be a stranger and unknown to you but to me, you are a very dear and wonderful friend. Thanks for all you do -your work is appreciated by everyone!

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Linda. We are friends now!

  7. Fran

    Great end of the year message. Thank you. Happy and blessed New Year to you and your family.

  8. frederick

    A good friend of mine who is a journalist in europe has been asked by Mr Kascynszki the head of the conservative party that just came into power in Warsaw Poland to be his envoy for refugee affairs which as you know is rattling alot of peoples cages in Eastern Europe İ also noticed as İ was out feeding my street puppies yesterday 3 F16s roaring westward towards the Greek İsland of Lesbos which we can literally see from our apartment Then i read about the dogfight with the greek airforce and Turkey Excuse me but İ thought those 2 countries were both in NATO The world is truly going insane but i will try to take your advice and FEAR NOT

    • Mohammad


      i said way back then when Greg was up and down that the war will break in Ukraine , i said NO the Russian will go south. I told him then that Syria is the make or the break. I stood right on this reading so far.

      Russia is a natural alliance with Greece. That explains why despite the fact that Greece is part of NATO their heart is east bound with the Russians.

      After the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, they made a big mistake and a big and a big blunder, that was contrary to the teachings of Islam, they took the church that is the jewel of the eastern churches and turned it into a mosque (now it is a museum), fearing the ottomans the center of eastern church moved to Moscow. We have to remember this historic fact to understand how close the Russians are to the Greek.

      The inclusion of Turkey in NATO is for a mere reason, choking the black sea outlet to the Russian fleet’s way to warm waters. By doing that they are putting Turkey in front of the Russian’s bear which i think is coming next.

      Russia will go south, and they will open the way to the other natural alliance Syria.

      When they do that you can bet your money that Greece is going to side with the Russians.

      Time will tell.


  9. B & K

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks so much for the year end message. Your jewelry source is 100% correct. We have been in the fine gold and diamond jewelry business in the Southern USA for decades and also have many contacts and wholesalers in Manhattan we deal with regularly. We are online jewelry sellers and our sales were down 50% year over year!! Our absolute worst November and December E-V-E-R!! All our friends in the jewelry business report the S-A-M-E thing. Some off as much as 90% in sales. Yikes!!

    It is obvious that the economy is crashing and people are out of discretionary funds. Extremely slow sales started mid summer for us and volume N-E-V-E-R recovered from there. Weak month after month now is the norm.

    2016 should be a very interesting year because the financial momentum and wiggle room is absolutely running out on main street. We believe a crash of the financial system is gonna be very soon. The dark thunder clouds are fast approaching.

    Our very best wishes to you and yours for this New Year. May the grace of God bless us all. We are gonna need it. Keep up the great work. We truly love what you do.

    Your friends.
    B & K

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you B & K for the real world confirmation!

  10. Kerry

    I wish you and your loved ones a great new year. We have your “6”, Greg! Love you here in Texas.

  11. HankH

    Thanks and Happy New Year Greg!

    Isaiah 41:10
    “Do not fear for I am with you;
    Do not look anxiously about you, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you, surely I will help you.
    Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

  12. OutLookingIn

    Happy New Year Greg and to all fellow Watch Dogger’s.

    “Yea tho I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil”.

    Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

  13. Deanna Johnston Clark

    Do credit card transactions COUNT as sales…not debit, credit? That would be good news for VISA!! Party on!
    Does it bother shoppers how much of the mall goods are from slave labor?
    Oh well, I so suspicious I think the Peyton Manning drug stink smells of FIFA trying to divert attention from their real scandals about slavery and much else. Friends say I would be a good cop.

  14. Susan Parker

    I think the 7.9% rise that you mention was most likely from credit card purchases was not for Christmas/Hanukkah spending, but from people buying necessities on credit because there was no money ….food, diapers, paying utilities, etc. Just a thought

    • Greg Hunter

      I think you are spot on!

  15. Vince Shook

    The USA Today article is misinformation. According to RetailNext, which collects data through analytics software that it provides to retailers, the real numbers are:
    1. Sales at physical stores fell 6.7% over the most recent weekend.
    2. Traffic declined 10.4% during the same time period.
    3. Sales declined 5.8% and traffic was down 8% for the period November 1 through December 14th.
    4. Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, fell 3.6% over the first 11 months of 2015.
    5. E-commerce sales rose 11.8% from November 26th through December 2oth according to ChannelAdvisor Corp. (they make commerce software and measure online transactions) compared to a year ago.
    6. Forrester Research, Inc. reports that e-commerce will account for approximately 14% of all retail sales made in November-December 2015.
    (All information is from the WSJ, Thursday, December 24, 2015, front page article “Malls Reel as Web Roars.”)
    Now, running the numbers: If 14% of your company’s sales (e-commerce/internet) are up 11.8%, that means you show an approximate increase of total overall sales for your company of 1.65% due to that category. If 86% of your company’s sales (brick and mortar) declined by an average of approximatley 6% over the November/December Christmas season, that means you show a decrease of total overall sales for your company of 5.16% due to that category. This means that your overall sales decrease for your company is around 3.51%.
    Also, I suspect that returns from online shoppers that are estimated to run to 25% of e-commerce sales this year, will erode or eliminate most of the “profit” from stores’ online/internet sales.
    Now, all this being said, please remember the old adage in retail: “There is no such thing as a bad Christmas. It is just that some are not as good as others.” In other words, money will still have been made in retail in 2015 — a lot of it. I would not bet the farm on any collapse there. FYI, our retail sales to date at our Florida operation are up 10% for the Christmas season through December 30th. We are very thankful, all things considered — especially for our weather!
    Happy New Year to all.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you VS for the truth on retail sales!!!

  16. Cathy

    Thank you for your labor of love. Hope you don’t take too much
    time off, we will miss you and are looking forward to viewing your
    site first and foremost. GREAT JOB!!! 🙂

  17. mark tyler

    Greg you are the best !! Thank you so much .

  18. dchayden

    Happy New Year to you and your family Greg. Looking forward to another year of your newscast !! All the best !!


  19. Felicia

    Greg, May your New Year be blessed and prosperous on all levels. You and your website and all the WDers have been a blessing to me.

    Fyi…I was talking with a customer this morning about where this country is headed economically, politically, etc. He couldn’t give details but said his military connections, law enforcement, plus… are steaming re: Obama, so something could be coming. When pressed, a military takeover would be bad he said.

  20. woody188

    Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year Greg!

  21. WD


    I saw the movie “The Big Short”….Yes, it is a little Hollywoodish, but it was recommended to me by a like minded person.

    This is what I got from the movie:

    1) These people running the financial show could not run a lemonade stand successfully…please don’t ever think they are the “smartest” in the rooms.
    – these people go to Ivy league schools and have connections thats it…they may have
    been successful students but that is it
    – The real smart ones saw this coming and saw the deceit and corruption
    – The entrepreneur is the smart one, the one who really makes it happen

    2) What happened was a microcosm overlay as to what is going to happen to our world

    3) At some point they just turned to fraud and went full speed ahead
    – the few that knew and rigged everything ( ratings on bonds, mortgages etc)
    – all driven by greed…

    4) The vast majority of those involved ( 99.5%) had no idea,none
    – just like our world today

    5) This was a 35 year catastrophe in the making- and at some point it became

    6) The levels and branches of fraud were every- from the financial press to SEC.
    -It was like a virus had taken over and spread and spread.

    7.) It was never fixed-unsustainable debt was the issue then and it is now, but on a much
    grander scale.

    8) The movie made me realize that we ( all of us on this site and other like sites and like thinkers) are right we are dead on.
    -This movie solidifies and verifies nearly everything that Greg has shown us on his site
    – I have no doubt about that

    8) A timeline would be next to impossible to create as to when it will collapse, due to the
    massive and colossal amount of effort to “perpetuate” this scheme.

    9) You can never look at this with any drop of logic. They rated D mortgages as triple AAA… to them 2+2= an apple…it was that delusional. Beyond anthying we can comprehend as sane logical people.

    10 ) Dont let anyone tell you out there that its fine, GREG and WE ARE RIGHT and yes everyone else out there is wrong!!!

    • Edward Ulysses Cate

      Another good movie along the same lines is “Kill The Messenger,”
      referring to journalist Gary Webb
      and what happened to him when he told the truth in MSM.
      Wishing all a pleasant and more honest New Year.

    • NC Gal


      I saw that movie and what hit me the hardest was the line at the very end, during the credits. It was the statement that these same people are doing it all over again in 2015. They just label the product slightly differently. The bubble doesn’t care. It will come down in the same way it did before. Frustrating and discouraging that nothing whatever has changed except that the rich got richer, the poor got poorer, and nobody goes to jail for criminal acts. I also think that despite the attempt to make difficult concepts easy to understand, the general populace will not go to see this movie at all.

      • Evan J

        WD and NC Gal,

        I watched the movie a couple of nights ago. Cudos to them for trying to educate. Two quick points. 1) it is happening again, this time they are bundling and selling student loans among other things (this has been mentioned here before) but I just got it from someone in the industry that it is on such a massive scale that is absurd; 2) I went to see the movie with a friend who is interested to know more but really is at the very start of the learning curve and he could not follow what was going on at all. He felt the information presented in the movie just moved too quickly, there were too many quick off the cuff definitions and so he felt it was fragmented and he found it frustrating (BTW, this person has a masters degree). So, it seems not only will a lot of people perhaps not see the movie just due to the subject matter, but those who go to learn something may simply come away no better off than when they went in (perhaps worse if their conclusion is that this topic is just too complicated to pursue).

        • lastmanstanding

          It is not educating. It is a warning that it is going to happen again…only worse.

          Media has been used for decades to reveal what is coming or what YOUR future is. Look at who produces this crap…same people over and over again. If the story is beneficial, getting it funded is never a problem. Ultimate goals are…

          1.) To make money off viewer stupidity.
          2.) When it blows, they will say, “we tried to warn you in advance.” Fiction and non-fiction…a very, very fine line that your life will depend on.

        • WD


          I was in wholesale lending for 7 years, I was very close to this and that is the only reason I got it….


  22. WD

    To All,

    Please do not have faith in the government running the show, or taking over. Nor putting you in camps, or running the world. These imbeciles may try to take over and run the show and corral us, but it will not work.

    When collapse happens, they wont be able to stop it, because of NO MONEY….

    Greg Mannarino is right eventually markets find their level, that just the law of physics which applies to all aspects.

    I have no faith in any of these agencies to ever be able to become competent!! Ever.

    Have faith in your abilities to be able to accomplish what needs to be done.
    The true American spirit is amazing, we have so much power in our spirit, many times our country has tried to break our spirit and it never works….and yes more and more people are thinking like us and more people are having dreams about this as well….

  23. Iv

    Thank you for all you do! You are a straight shooter which is a rare commodity these days. Can’t say I agree with all your guests, but I still find more truth here than anywhere else.

    • Dave

      WD , I so agree with your thinking ! The shame of it all is that TPTB have done a fine job of building the American people up , all based on a debt system . A system that they knew would come crashing down. It has to. The evil thing of it is , is that they handsomely profit off the back of it going up and coming down.

      Then TPTB will have the gall to show that they are saving “we the victims” once it’s too painful to muster by initiating an SDR program .A phony Once again for their advantage.

      They will get their day , by the Maker !

  24. Faith

    Happy New Year, Mr. Hunter! Thank you very much for all of your work keeping up this site and for all of your guests and for making an honest effort to try and tell people the truth. You know my point of view on this. I have given up on the MSM except to find out what propaganda / pablum they are spoon feeding people for that day.

    Thank you to all of the commenters, too! I have learned a lot since making this site one of my regular places to visit.

  25. Jerry

    Its been a blast this past year on your site. Thank you so much for providing us “The Sheeple” a forum with which to exchange ideas and report what we are seeing outside the controls of the Corporate Controlled Media.

    Unfortunately the truth was the first to die in this epic tragedy we are all living in right now. Most of the information I post comes from news sources outside the United States, and some from personal sources. Scary isn’t it?

    As this year comes to a close, I have more questions than answers. For example why did the IMF reverse its course so quickly giving the Yuan Reserve Currency status in November? Another question I had was why did the PBOC delay setting up the Gold Benchmark until April 1, 2016 when every source I had said they would do it before the end of 2015? How about this one. Why did John Kerry reverse course in Syria so quickly? Whatever the answer is it can’t be good.

    While you’re contemplating your answers, take a look at last years predictions from the Rothschild owned magazine “The Economist” and see if any of it has come true…yet.

    • Jerry

      My answer. Chess.
      As an avid Chess player I know that most moves are not made to be obvious to your opponent , but to lay groundwork for future moves to create a “Check Mate Position”.
      Unfortunately to the western mind that seeks immediate gratification in the form of a knee jerk reaction, many hidden truths and STRATEGIES that the eastern cultures use will never be known. Patience is the key. The pieces are being carefully moved into position.

      • Mohammad

        I love chess too,
        Especially gambits . i can see it when it happens and calls it right away.


    • Mohammad


      Interesting video you posted.
      But i said here way back on this blog, and i will repeat it.
      They already told you from the mint what will prevail in currency. I will post the picture for the platinum eagle of 2009 and you can see on the reverse side who is on top and who is at the bottom:


    • Neo-ConWoman

      Jerry. why did the IMF reverse its course so quickly giving the Yuan Reserve Currency status in November?

      I hope this might shed some light on the answer to your question.

      Huff Post Business

      From Ellen Brown

      Author, Web of Debt, Public Bank Solution; President, Public Banking Institute

      Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives
      Posted: 12/29/2014 10:41 am EST Updated: 02/28/2015 5:59 am EST

      The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.

      “Apparently The Banksters Got To Use Taxpayer Money For Derivative Speculation,”

      In other words no more bailouts, just bail-ins, which mean the middle class will have to pay for the strangulation of the Ruska’s, which mean’s kiss good by any saving’s for cheap gas because, were about to pay up the gasszoo and more so!

      “Stakes Are High as US Plays the Oil Card Against Iran and Russia,” the unanticipated drop was an act of geopolitical warfare administered by the Saudis. History, is repeating itself:

      Remember the fourfold increase in oil prices triggered by the embargo on exports organized by Saudi Arabia in response to the Yom Kippur war in 1973 showed how crude could be used as a diplomatic and economic weapon.

      John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, allegedly struck a deal with King Abdullah in September under which the Saudis would sell crude at below the prevailing market price. That would help explain why the price has been falling all the time when, given the turmoil in Iraq and Syria caused by Islamic State, it would normally have been rising.
      … [A]ccording to Middle East specialists, the Saudis want to put pressure on Iran and to force Moscow to weaken its support for the Assad regime in Syria and were about the only ones at USAWatchdog that know why the Saudis would take such a gamble, “does pipelines thru Syria mean anything,” heck Sean Hannity doesn’t even have a clue!

      If the plan to break the ruble only worked. The ruble has dropped by more than 60 percent against the dollar since January. But it came at a cost: not only are U.S. oil producers hurt, but the derivatives banks will get killed if oil prices don’t go back up soon and we the people will have to pay for their resurrection, and be left penniless!

      Did president Obankster make a deal with the big derivatives banks to save them from Kerry’s clandestine economic warfare at taxpayer expense?

      If your a Dogger, you know the answer to that one!

      It all started with the repeal of Glass-Steagall, then the pealing off our lifesavings so the banksters could get in on the Wall St. casino, so then the Traders could fleece the banks, leaving we the sheeple, broke busted and disgusted since 2008 and Obanksters promise to fundamentally level the playing field. Were all winding up in the poor house because he refused to fire and jail the banksters and get our money back from the traders who legally were able to steal it from the banks in the first place! I’m not just blaming our banker in chief, but Jeb’s brother who hired the biggest trader and thief, the reason for the treason, “Hankie Paulson”. Don’t forget, Hillarie’s husband is the one who repealed Glass-Steagell, in the first place, the first so called first black president, didn’t just get rich selling our rocket/missile/guidance/technology to the Chi-coms alone!

      Like John Kerry told the Russians, they cant fight wars in the 21st. century the old fashioned way with military industrial might. They gotta do it the way we do it by bankrupting our middle class as we all get gas for $1.70 as were driven over the cliff bar! Repeat after me; BAILOUT, BAIL-IN!

      Soon all Americans will be equal economically, a truly level playing field, we will all be communists and all poor. You can bank on it!

      Matt Drudge Could Get Trump Elected President

      Gina, And Those Who Don’t Understand The Donald

      Catch Him If You Can?

      • JMiller

        Neo-ConWoman ,

        Ellen Brown is not correct. The FDIC is not liable for derivatives. Only for insured deposits. No more bailouts, just bail-ins? I do not think so. Bailouts are still on the table and taxpayers could be on the hook. This would especially be true if the FDIC has to borrow a large amount of money to pay insured depositors which they almost certainly would get in order to save the banking system.

          • JMiller

            Wrong again? Wrong about what specifically Jerry? That article you gave says that the FDIC will have to pay off depositors, not derivatives counterparties. In a bank failure, the only liability the FDIC has to pay from the insurance fund is to insured depositors. The FDIC is not liable to pay for the losses suffered by derivatives counterparties. To try to recover their losses, the derivatives counterparties would need to file a claim as a creditor to get what they can from the assets of the failed bank just like other creditors UNLESS there was collateral posted which would allow the derivatives creditor, who is then a secured creditor, the right claim the collateral. Most times the collateral posted is cash and Treasury securities. This would mean that there would be less assets available for the other creditors including the FDIC who hopes to recoup at least some of the money they paid out to insured depositors. So Ellen Brown is not correct to say that the FDIC could be liable for derivative losses. It is the failed bank that is liable for the derivative losses.

        • lastmanstanding

          NO one is liable for derivatives…they are the hot potato that is passed around making money all the while…until the music stops and there are no buyers, those still holding are the casualties.

      • Jerry

        Thanks Neo-Con Woman.
        I agree with most of what you have posted. I know Ellen Brown has been following the developments very carefully and sees what’s going on. Our government and our very way of life have been hijacked by the criminal banking cabal that is making gold deals with the Chinese to prolong the looting.

    • Colin - 'the farmer from NZ'

      Happy new year to you Jerry,

      IMHO Kerry reversed course on Syria because, like every other thing he has done as SOS and with help of the crazed neocon lunatic Nuland, it has became a complete disaster that backfired and left him once again with his moronic face covered with egg. For people with the intellect of Putin and Lavrov it must be incredibly painfull to have to meet with someone as stupid as Kerry. This brings to mind the old saying;
      “When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It’s only painful and difficult for others. The same applies when you are stupid.”

      The game is up in Syria. Much of the western world [as long as they have half a brain that is] are now aware that the US ‘fight’ against IS in Syria was completely farcical and was amongst other things, merely a cover for them to completely wreck the infrastructure of that country to further their hegemonic agenda in this region.

      I predict that the same will apply re the Ukraine debacle that will require Washington to back pedal too when the EU finally comes to its senses and drops the sanctions on Russia and accepts that the US inspired coup was just more hegemonic meddling and deliberate destabilisation of part of the former USSR.

      The really amazing part of all of this will be that the western media will try to spin all of this as “reaching agreement” rather than capitulation by Kerry and Washington. Sadly most of mainstreet will swallow this narrative.

    • Colin - 'the farmer from NZ'

      On the subject of “having more questions than answers” have you looked at the effect of the reverse repos the Fed has recently been involved in. Some commentators say that this has massively eroded the so-called 25bp.
      rate rise. Do we have smoke and mirrors here where the big banks are getting rid of cash and becoming even more loaded up with T-bonds and the resulting leverage?

      • Sam Hill

        That was Jim Willie’s analysis on his latest interview with Craig Hemke.

      • Jerry

        I think the answer is obvious when you listen to Kyle Bass.
        You can’t state it any clearer.

    • Colin - 'the farmer from NZ'

      re PBOC delay in setting the gold benchmark.
      Maybe just simply……why rush it when you can still stock up on PMs at bargain prices.

      • Sam Hill

        Since the given date at preset is April Fool’s Day, my guess is it will be delayed yet again.

        • Sam Hill

          Should read “given date at present”.

      • Jerry

        Colin. Good answer.
        Here’s more proof I have been able to unearth that reveals George Soro’s has his hand in it. Anytime the man sells stocks at a loss in order to buy Gold, you know something’s wrong. He is also heavily vested in solar with the Chinese.

        I would take this as a warning shot to get your money out of the Banks and paper ASAP. Insiders are stating 04/01/2016 as the launch date for the Gold Benchmark.

    • Colin - 'the farmer from NZ'

      Re Yuan currency Status
      Correct me if I am wrong but my understanding is that the decision still stands and that its inclusion will take effect Oct/ 1 /2016 and with the weighting of 10.9%.
      Interestingly the rating changes were very light on the US$ at -0.4%.
      The majority of the dilution was to;
      Brittish pound -28.4%
      Euro -17.3%
      Yen -11.4%
      This change was quite monumental given that the rates had remained the same since 1999.

      • Jerry

        Its being used as currency right now.

        • Colin - 'the farmer from NZ'

          I was referring to the inclusion of the Yuan in the SDR.
          As you point out the Yuan is already being used as “a” reserve currency. I say bring on the day that the world gets away from relying on one overwhelmingly large reserve currency .

          History has shown that hugely dominant reserve currency status, being the domain of a single sovereign entity, encourages bad behaviour by the encumberant country both financialy and diplomatically.

          Trading and accounting chicanery and habitual lying plus the massive adoption of new technologies like deivatives by central banks and financial institutions have created a culture where fraud and theft is commonplace and completely unpoliced. The incredibly complicated nature of some of these mechanisms is partly by design to help the CBs and complicit banksters with their fraudulent and often treasonous habits.

          We need to be clear in our thinking about the different role that the SDR will play in reserves as it is not, per se an actual currency, but really just supplementary foreign reserve assets which are revised and defined by the IMF every 5 years. As such private trading parties do not use SDRs, rather they are the domain of IMF member countries and provide them alternative liquidity and as such supplement their reserves.

          It was interesting to note that, leading up to China’s acceptance as the first EM nation to gain SDR status, they made a very modest declaration of their gold holdings to the IMF [1658 tons]. When I say ‘modest’ I really mean ‘total bullshite’, so the question begs, why would they do this?

          #1 Why would they show their real hand ?…..they don’t have to.
          #2 They are in good company here…just look at the US’s monumental lies re its gold reserves. Google Germany’s request to repatriate their gold holdings from the US and see what happened there. After being asked for some 600 tons back they received a palrty 5 tons. This was such a token amount I am surprised they bothered to return any at all.
          #3 Gold is the sworn enemy of the IMF system and its fiat members and central banks because it can logically be assumed that the holder does not trust their status quo monetary policies. Remember that gold is not an investment but an insurance policy.

          As ironic as this may sound , I believe if China had made an honest declaration of their massive sovereign gold holdings they could have made it extremely awkward for the IMF to take them into their fold. My personal opinion from my research tells me that China has at least 30,000 tons and possibly even 50,000 tons. This amount would of course dwarf the IMF’s self declared gold holdings of 2800 tons not to mention the combined membership tonnages also. I believe that the US has more claims on gold tonnage than it has in physical gold holdings and as such is in a negative position. If ever a properly executed and audited show of hands came to pass, this would be extremely embarrassing for the IMF and some of its cohorts. Of course logic tells me that this would never eventuate because the holder of the worst hand [no pair!!!!] would kick down the card table.

          IMO the present fiat monetary systems are completelty unsustainable and at some stage the world will return to a system of honest weights and measures that will be, at least partly, based on a gold standard. Countries like China and Russia that have had favourable current accounts and moderate or virtually non existant debt are in a very comfortable position to build up sovereign gold reserves and are massively assisted in their purchases by the farcical western obsession of suppressing gold prices to ‘protect’ the $ and other fiat currencies.
          The likes of China are unlikely to rock the boat too much when they can indulge in this massive bargain basement buying binge.
          [….hmmmm….maybe a tad too many “b’s” in that last sentence…but I think you will get the picture anyway!]

    • Jerry

      Here’s another question I have wondered about for months, especially in the light of Jade Helm 15. If the economy is recovering, and the troops are coming home, why is the Army still advertising for “Internment Specialist” on their web site?

  26. Mohammad

    Happy new year Greg and to you all


    • Greg Hunter

      Happy New Year to you and yours Mohammad.

  27. r.j

    hi Greg all the best to you and your readers for 2016. Your site is a must read , and the weekly news wrap ups, plus your readers comments keep me sharp and informed. My thoughts and condolences to those in the southern u.s.who are suffering rather than celebrating what should be a happy time of year. R.J.

  28. Henri Thibodeau

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for your New Year message, and may God bless you and your work, today, and all the other days we have left 🙂

    You are part of the “Watchmen” I have expressed gratitude to and for in my New Year message:

  29. oneno

    Descending wedge on XAUUSD at year end (and near completion). Maybe some of the chartists out there can comment.

  30. vincent_g


    To add to your Jewelry store story.
    When you see We Buy gold / Pawn stores opening everywhere then you must know that Sales of Jewelry has to be down.
    When people sell their jewelry in mass it means the country is in financial trouble.
    The price they get for this jewelry is a fraction of the cost it was new.
    With gold they will only get the current price per oz. it’s worth.
    With diamonds they will take a beating big time.

    So why the news always seems to be wrong.
    This really goes back to the 2007 housing crash where the Fed said all was fine.
    Same story just a different market crashing.
    At that time I noticed up to 6 houses for sale on a city block here in NYC.
    If it was just one block it wouldn’t mean much but it was on block after block after block.

    So what does this mean if the Main Street News can’t see this?
    They are blind.
    The poetic part is you have the blind leading the blind.

    Happy new Year Greg and keep up the good fight

    • Greg Hunter

      Good analysis Vincent G!! Thank you.

  31. Mark Maples

    Greg, I enjoy your site. I may not agree with all of the gursts or posters but I appreciate the site and respect your background. Happy new years to you and yours.

  32. Grafique

    May 2016 be the year God saves Israel and snatches away the Church.

  33. Colin - 'the farmer from NZ'

    Wishing you and fellow WDer’s a very happy new year.
    Sorry, I missed out the “prosperous” word because I really don’t think that will happen.

    • Greg Hunter

      You Too Colin and appreciate your involvement on the site!

  34. Robert W

    Since there are 2 Roberts I thought I would put my middle initial in there. Any way with my tail tucked between my legs I have to say I was wrong about the market being at all time highs by Dec 31. I still think it will go to new high early 2016 then bang it will fall big time. QE to infinity anyone?
    Thanks for letting me express myself now and again. And I hope we all have a better new year. 2016 is going to be quite the ride. Thanks Greg.

  35. Michael Harvey

    Dear Greg
    Your show is a tonic to those who do not have their heads “buried in the sand.”
    Those that bury their heads in the sand do not make them invisible it only leads to suffocation.
    Some of your guests have taken some stick with their predictions; however, last year’s words belong to last year’s language.
    2016 words and language await the same expert voices that will be proved right.
    Many good wishes to you and yours
    Mike Harvey
    Resident in Ireland

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Michael and I love “The Corrs”!!!

  36. Pete

    I have spent the holidays in Fort Lauderdale for the last 14 years overlooking the ocean next to Port Everglades, which is a port for cruise and cargo ships. For the first time, the cargo ships were lined up off the coast, I could see as many as six at a time with no containers on them, just sitting there for days at a time. The couple that I eventually saw that had containers were not even half loaded. I was so amazed that I even photographed some of them. I saw one leave the port in the middle of the night (none during daylight) last week to open ocean that didn’t even appear to have a quarter of the deck stacked with containers. Never seen these ships empty like this before. The cruise ships though were packed.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you for the reporting Pete. Keep doing it!

  37. Doug

    Greg, I’m a relative newcomer. I don’t recall how I came across your site, but it has become one of my go-to places for real news and intelligent commentary. Happy new year to you and Godspeed to us all.
    Doug H.
    Surrey, BC, Canada

    • Greg Hunter

      Welcome Doug and Happy New Year.

  38. Chip

    Greg, nice message, thanks for all you do. I saw this in the news… “A state of emergency was declared in Missouri on Monday, and yesterday Governor Nixon activated the National Guard. ” … and thought about you. I believe you have property in Missouri? Hope this is not affecting you. Anything to report to us on this?

    Happy New Year, Chip…

    • Greg Hunter

      Things are good in Missouri for my family–“Fear Not.”

  39. CLB

    Happy New Years to you Gregg and all fellow watchdogers. Questions, this Karen Hudes, is she legit or just a little screwy? She posts on FB about some wild stuff, mostly a Global Currency Reset is taking place, that a board of global corporate control is working on it as we speak.

  40. Tad

    It should be noted that jewelry for is a rare middle class Christmas purchase. If the rich aren’t buying, that say a ton.

  41. Victor Nardone

    I can’t thank you enough for the service you provide to us. Keep up the good fight to give us the truth. The bottom line after we tell each other the bad news is that God, Jesus, is in control . Things will get better after the world goes through this cleansing. Vic Nardone

    • Greg Hunter

      Yes Victor God the Father and his Son are in total control at all timmes.

  42. Pvt. Mushroom

    Two of the three jewelry shops in the local mall have been closed for about six months. The remaining store does mostly jewelry/watch repairs. I’ve also noticed that most of the jewelry available in these stores is much cheaper items. Without a doubt there is a significant brick and mortar retail sales slump in jewelry as in other stores.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Pvt. For your real world reporting from the street or should I say mall.

  43. NC Gal


    Thank you for all you do on this site and thanks to all who comment here, as well.

    2015 was a bumpy ride for sure! I can’t explain it, but I am excited about 2016. As gloomy as things look, I sense there is some good news buried in the gloom, but we won’t know what it is until it’s time for it to come out and be seen. I wish you and all the WDers a very happy new year and hope that we sail the stormy seas to a golden shore.


    Greg, I need to join in as well thank you so much for what you do.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Michael!
      Happy New Year

  45. matt

    The Pope and Queen are stating this is the last Xmas.

  46. susan

    I pray God richly blesses you in 2016. Thanks for your devotion.

    • Greg Hunter

      You are very kind Susan and Blessings to you and yours!! “Fear Not”!!

  47. libertarian jerry

    Happy New Year Greg. Your site is the one site that I look forward to every day,not only for the guests that you have lined up for interviews,but also your forthright and true explanations of daily events. Good luck to you and yours in the coming year. 2016 should be very interesting.

  48. Evan J

    Happy New Year to you Greg, may God bless and many thanks for your work. Speaking of jewellers, I live near a university town and a VERY prominent independent jewellery store which has been in business since 1962 closed its doors forever on Christmas Eve. They were selling items at the end for more than 90% off to simply get rid of stock. People just do not have any discretionary funds. It’s happening everywhere. As you say, ‘Fear Not’ and with that in mind, I wish a happy new year to all the friends here.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you for the reporting Evan J!!

  49. pat

    Greg, I have noticed over the last few years that a majority of the commercial properties that go out of business are not being rented. This has left quite a despondant look to the area strip malls and stand alone buildings that are just standing there vacant without tenants. Some of these properties are not being cared for and the run down look is taking it’s toll on residential properties. East Coast Central NJ is one of the more prominent/priceier areas of the state, and if it’s happening around here I can only surmise that North of us it must be worse towards NYC in NJ.

    Weather has been VERY unseasonable here causing poor sales for anything Winter related as there has’nt even been a snow flurry since last year! I saw a honeybee on my flowering broccoli plant on Dec 26th!!?? First time in 45 years!! I think there is going to be massive die off of plants come Spring from this late ‘False Spring’ type weather. Even trees may be affected because of sap running up from the roots then freezing within the tree at night. I hope I’m wrong or forest fires will come with the lighting strikes in Spring.

    Blessed New Year to one and All, especially you and your’s Greg for providing this site to the World!, Pat

  50. Milton

    Today’s advertising, specially radio, is akin to former beauty, now toothless and saggy, using the same “tricks” of the past which worked like charm then,
    Happy New Year Greg and thank you for valuable service.

  51. Southern Girl


    Thanks for this site and all those professions you bring on to explain what is going on. Also thanks to all the watchdoggers who comment…smart bunch of people.

    I started buying jewelry from Ebay and pawn shops. Had my brother explain what the pawn shops need in order to make a deal. Found wonderful items on Ebay…for cheap or cheaper than pawn shops. Most of the items ship for free. a lot of pawn brokers go though Ebay. I could not go into a jewelry store and buy what I have for the price I paid. It is portable, small, and made of PM’s. Think the jewelry stores are going to get squeezed out….wait until the SHTF…there will be tons of things for sale local and internet.

    Have a Blessed New Year with your family and to all your extended family here on this site.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you SG for your kind comment and support of this site!!

  52. Southern Girl


    On the street reporting…Side note the washer I got when my Mom died…died. So I went to a local company here in Central Arkansas…they had a great deal. I am supposing that this will be the last set I will ever need to buy. Talking to the lady who sold them to me and she said sales were brisk…a lot of people buying…BUT they are not paying cash. The store offers 1 year with no interest. She does the credit checks and said most of the people buying are so far in debt. I pay my cards off every month…could not sleep if I had debt over my head. I wonder if those people with so much debt have never been debt free or just need to charge to get by.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you for the street reporting from Arkansas.

  53. your fan in Japan

    First, thanks Greg for your efforts this past year. Now for the local news. My newspaser polled 101 local companies and asked their outlook for 2016. A whopping 87% said the economy would expand. Seems CEOs are optimistic over here in Japan. We shall see. We shall see.

    • Greg Hunter

      They are delusional, lying or both. Japan has been printing yen like crazy because the economy is so great? Really? Thank you for the street level reporting from the “Land of the Rising Sun”!!

  54. Mohammad


    Lots of reports about holiday sales, but few about RETURNS after the season is over, no wonder that the least time is 15 days where you can return the stuff, some are longer.

    Today at Kohls where my work is close to, the parking lot was full, they even extended to the parking lot of our office filling it all the way. No sale was running there, most people moving in the store with bags in their hands….interesting to know the actual return numbers.


    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you for the reporting and analysis from the upper Midwest!

  55. Jerry

    I already posted this, but I don’t think you understate the importance of this agreement since the dollar is tied to middle eastern oil.

    Can the other gulf states be far behind? The global oil collapse has drained the Saudi’s wealth, and I’m sure they are looking for alternative sources to boost their sales. Once again China has rushed in to fill the economic vacuum that has been left by the United States contracting economy.

    • Greg Hunter

      The USD collapse has started by the looks of things in this link.

    • Mohammad


      You can bet your money that UAE are the representatives of all the gulf states on this matter. It won’t be long when the rest follow suit.
      Saudi Arabia has been for a while warming relations with China.


  56. Julia

    Happy New Year to you and your family Mr. Hunter. Thank you for the work you are doing.

  57. Tom

    My opinion, it boils down to whether the US will value sovereignty over the interests of debtors. To do this requires having a president who will reject the claims of debtors and preside over a reasonable bankrupcy reset, rather than allow what happened to Greece to happen here. I don’t see this happening with a president whose campaign has been funded by banks, foreign entities, etc. Ergo there is only one candidate I see as an avenue for the survival of the US. I wish you might have a lengthy round table on this idea (sort of a third Continental Congress).

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