By admin | September 30, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Articles

Although Netsuke was a form of necessity, it was also a form of defiance within a society that was under a firm handed dictatorship of the Japanese Empire. Even though the toggle was a way to hold in the belongings held within the pouch tied around the waist of the pocket-less Japanese clothing that was traditionally worn over 300 years ago, the toggle was artistically defiant in its unique artistic expressions.

These many varieties of artistic expression were most commonly made out of various forms of ceramic materials, the many different kinds of mammal and animal ivories, different kinds of hard, but workable metals and even corrals from the ocean if hard enough. There are not only different types of materials that these are made of, but there are also several different Netsuke varieties.

There is the sashi Netsuke that is long, with an emphasis on the formation and shape. There is also the katabori Netsuke that is based more on detailed characteristics and a three-diminsenal formation. The last three original Netsuke forms are the ryusa, the manju and the kagamibuta, and they are all slightly flatter and round compared to the katabori and the sashi Netsuke is. These original Netsuke toggles are always around an inch in height and inch in depth for size proportions.
There is one other type collected today and it is called the mask Netsuke. It is much larger in size, actually being the size of a human face. This form or mask is for wall display and is made of the same types of materials as the forms and with all the exquisite details found in traditional miniature Japanese Netsuke has.

Even though the necessity has diminished over time, the desire for collections is going stronger than ever before all around the world. The collections of traditional ones that are around today are still hand crafted by a handful of very traditional and talented carving artists. The exquisite beauty of today’s Netsuke has all of the love and passion as yesterday’s carvings. It is just as expressive in artistic formations as it can be without ever straying away from its originality in meaning and values of what Netsuke has always been based upon.

When looking to start your very own Netsuke collection, make sure to be purchasing artistic works from the real artists, not the kind of massed produced Netsuke. With a little research over the Internet, finding the real thing in Netsuke is easy. By taking the time to gain a little knowledge of real collecting, you will soon be on your way to the purchasing of some very uniquely exquisite pieces of artworks.

Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from to

By admin | September 27, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Articles, Investing

Asking for what you are worth does not mean that you have to become a pushy saleswoman.

I know that many women in business today are frightened or repelled by the idea of sales. Some have even told me they think of SELL as the worst of the four letter words. But sales to me, isn’t about obnoxiously ‘selling’ anyone anything. In over 15 years in business I have ‘closed’ over $20 million in business for a variety of clients, projects and companies, but I don’t tell you this to brag. I have never used aggressive or pushy tactics, I have never twisted someone’s arm, and I have never sacrificed my integrity or the integrity of the person I was working with. Because sales to me, is about understanding what the other person wants and needs, and helping them find a solution.

If you think about it, I’ll bet that most of you love to HELP people. Or if I asked you why you do what you do, you would tell me that it’s because you want to HELP people. It doesn’t matter if you are a coach, consultant, cosmetics distributor, speaker, fitness trainer, nutritionist or dog groomer – if you love to help people and you are not making the money you want, or living the lifestyle you want, then you are going to have to get better at helping people buy your solution.

All my clients love to help people, and through our programs they are able to help more people buy without sacrificing their integrity, their self worth or their morals.

But how do you ASK?

By becoming a skilled negotiator!

Donald Trump is one of my favourite negotiators. In his book, How to Get Rich Trump has an entire section dedicated to mastering the secrets of negotiation. Following are his highlights:

1) It’s all about persuasion, not power
2) Study persuasion and learn how to listen
3) Get on the same level with the other person
4) Think beyond the traditional boundaries (it’s not always about money)
5) Be reasonable and flexible
6) Trust your instincts
7) Know exactly what you want
8) Make sure both sides come out winning

While I go through these in detail with my clients, I have added a few additional elements based on my experience over the years. And the first of those additional principles is preparation. You must prepare, prepare, prepare. Know and understand the other side as much as you can.

My father, who was a master negotiator used to tell me, that the first person to talk money loses. But how do you get the other side to bring it up? I can teach you 3-5 questions to ask that are guaranteed to get the other side talking first.

The second principle is; knowing when to SHUT UP! Thankfully we teach this too, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Remember my public relations consultant that I told you about in the overview of The 5 Fatal Flaws?

I had brought her to meet another client of mine because my client needed some specific PR help. I had already done the preparation work and essentially believed that if these two ladies felt a personal connection, then my consultant friend would get the business. We discussed my client’s needs and then turned to my PR friend and asked her what her rates were. $125/hour she confidently stated, and then without taking a breath, added “but I can do it for less.”

Because I know both of these ladies personally, I called her on it. My client hired her at her regular hourly rate and my PR consultant friend signed up for the Beyond Bitch program. No matter how much you know and how uncomfortable 30 seconds of silence can be, you must learn how to stop talking.

A natural leader, Jude has the courage to address the real issues affecting people and companies and help them devise strategies for success. Recognizing early in life that inspired leadership is about influence and integrity Jude has worked tirelessly over the last 15 years to develop a model for inspired leadership that is focused on women and the unique talents and attributes they contribute to the world. Backed by over 15 years in the world of business, Jude specialty is Rainmaking and developing growth strategies for a variety of businesses and their owners.
Jude Smiley

By admin | September 24, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Articles

You can easily earn multiple streams of income that can only help your business become more secure in today’s volatile economy. The world today is a very uncertain place and having multiple streams of income is the safest course of action to ensure that both you and your business survive the natural ups and downs of commerce. Making a supply of specialized content is your best chance for a reliable method of having extra income in a timely fashion. Writing “white papers,” or specialized reports, is one of the single best ways that you can establish yourself as an expert in whichever field you wish to appear knowledgeable in, as it allows you to share valuable knowledge with potential customers.

You may already know everything that you need to know in order to craft a special report, or even an e-book about your topic. All you need to learn how to do is figure out what information prospective customers will be willing to pay you. After that, you need to decide what information you should include in your marketing strategy to make your special report attractive. The better your e-book or special report looks to consumers, the more eagerly they will buy it and the faster you will start to earn multiple streams of income!

When crafting your special report, there are a few things that are helpful to keep in mind. Firstly, you should always know where you are headed before you get there. Know exactly what it is that you want to say and make sure you adequately build up to that statement. Know who it is that you are trying to impress and who the customer is that you need to convince to buy your special report. Know what things are important to those people and what make them hungry for more of your knowledge.

You should absolutely try to find ways that you can increase your sales while cutting down on your overhead. The less that you need to spend, the more you can make with your multiple streams of income. Part of this plays into discovering the most efficient way to distribute your material. Simply writing it is not enough, you will need to find a cost-effective way to get it out into the public.

You’ll need to make sure that your report is easy to read and concise. If it doesn’t look nice, people will not want to read it and by the same token, if it is too long and dense, people will have no desire to know what is inside of it. Keeping the interest of the reader is just as important as the revealing of information that you give them. Finally, have an attention-grabbing headline. Most people will make a decision about your special report based solely on the headline you offer and if you want to earn multiple streams of income, you will know that it is all about pushing your product. Self-promotion is never a bad thing, either. Talk up your special report. Give the links to people. You will never be heard of if you don’t make sure that your own name is out there, so make sure that you do what you can to promote yourself!

Kimberly Dudley is an author, speaker, teacher and licensed minister. She has studied ministry, real estate and internet marketing alongside her husband over the last six years. They have invested over 6 figures on education while working in the corporate advertising world for 8 years . Kimberly has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies, Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Theology. Kimberly is now CEO of Dudley Success Consulting Group, Founder of , VP of Marketing for REI Most Wanted or , and is the Communications Director for The Roanoke Regional Real Estate Investor’s Association.

By admin | September 20, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Articles

Several companies have made excellent chairs in the $3,000 to $4,000 price range category. However, in our opinion, two of these chairs stand so far above the rest that most people looking for chairs in this price range will probably want one of these two chairs–either the Sanyo HEC-SA5000C or the Omega M-5000 DLX. Because these chairs are so closely matched, we feel like a head-to-head comparison of the two chairs will probably be the most useful to our readers.

Let’s start with the Sanyo HEC-SA5000C (which is the same chair as the HEC-SA5000K, except for the color). We refer to this chair as our Mother’s Day chair, because in our conversations with the chair’s designer, we learned that he had given this chair to his mother as a gift. This is coming from somebody who could have afforded to give his mother the Sanyo Zero-Gravity Chair ($1,000 more expensive), but he preferred to give her this chair. Why? Because this chair boasts a full suite of features and an unbeatably attractive design.

The Omega M-5000 DLX also offers an incredible value for this price range. It delivers a fully-customizable massage and great usability features, although we feel that the style is a little heavy. But of course, you’ll have to make your own judgment on that. Our Omega customers love the style of this chair.

Before jumping into the features of these chairs, let’s talk a little bit about warranty and customer service issues. We’ve addressed this in our other reviews for the $4,000 to $5,000 category, but just to reiterate, we’re very excited about the warranty and customer service offered by Omega. We have never had any customer service problems with Omega, and they stand behind their commitment with the length of their warranty. This is no small issue when it comes to massage chairs. You want the chair to work, and you don’t want any hassle or extra expense if there is a problem. So it’s a big deal to us that Omega offers a serious warranty.

Sanyo, on the other hand, offers a much shorter warranty, but this short warranty is a puzzle to us, because we can see no reason for it. Sanyo does offer full service at a cost to the customer after the warranty period, but because of the quality of the chair and the few maintenance issues that arise anyway, Sanyo should put a longer warranty in writing. We’re comfortable with the chair, nonetheless, because of its great track record.

Now to the best part of these chairs-the features. Let’s start at the top of the shoulders. Sanyo has incorporated its exclusive GK roller technology, which allows the chair to reach out and gently squeeze and massage your shoulders. It also features the same sensor technology found in the more expensive Zero-Gravity chair. These are million-dollar features incorporated into a relatively inexpensive chair. The technology is truly amazing, and it actually works to relieve shoulder tension and stress.

Omega offers a dual headrest pillow, which accommodates people with different body types and enhances your comfort level in the chair. It does not offer the GK roller technology.

However, Omega does have a feature that allows the chair to search and memorize the user’s weight and body type, so that the massage can be tailored to that person. It also offers one of my favorite features, the built-in MP3 player and headset, which allows you to easily relax to music of your choice. The Omega also offers five pre-set auto programs, three for the upper body and two for the lower body, while Sanyo offers only four.

When it comes to stroke length (an important indicator of a massage chair’s quality), the Sanyo is slightly ahead. It offers a slightly longer stroke length (one-third inch longer than Omega’s 28 inches). The Sanyo is also slightly ahead in wattage, making it slightly more powerful than the Omega.

Turning the competition the other way, Omega offers a full 175 degree recline, while Sanyo offers a slightly smaller 170 degrees. In addition, the Omega comes with a smaller remote control with a fold-out panel offering full control from the remote. The Sanyo comes with two wired controls-one full panel showing an incredible amount of detail and allowing full control of every feature-and a sub-control that controls simple functions like the recline and the footrest and has a “repeat” button.

I personally prefer a remote control. While the Sanyo control offers a great range of functionality (and multi-colored screen), it looks unwieldy and imposing. I would rather have Omega’s smaller remote control, even if it means spending some time learning how it works. Again, you’ll have to decide on your personal preference.

As for the features we don’t discuss here, the reader should know that many of them are similar to each other.

Many of our readers wonder what the differences are between chairs in this price range and chairs in a higher price range. While it’s hard to generalize, it is safe to say that the more expensive chairs are slightly larger, so they can accommodate a larger body; they are more powerful, so that they can deliver a more powerful massage; and they offer the newest refinements in technology (for example, the Sanyo Zero-Gravity offers newly-refined GK Roller Technology). As far as most of the other features are concerned, however, these second-tier chairs are fully as functional (Sanyo uses its same sensor technology in both chairs, and Omega offers its MP3 functionality in both chairs). You will not regret purchasing the less expensive chair, unless you require a more powerful massage and larger frame.

This product was reviewed for , which sells most massage chair brands and attempts to provide unbiased reviews for its best massage chairs. More information on this specific product can be found at

By admin | September 18, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Learning

When searching for Forex information on the internet you are likely to find articles relating to trendlines and trendline analysis.

Tom DeMark is a specialist in the field of technical market analysis and his best-selling book “The New Science of Technical Analysis” released in 1994 spells out some innovative techniques when it comes to the use of trendlines.

Much Forex information on the internet is of a general nature, and many articles are written about Forex by individuals who are not traders themselves. Tom DeMark on the other hand has had a long career with institutions trading stocks, futures, currencies and options.

His guidelines on the use of trendlines are very specific and they can be helpful to the newer trader who is searching for reliable Forex information on how to use standard indicators.

Here is a brief step-by-step description of how to draw DeMark trendlines:

Note: The term swing high and swing low (also called cycle high and cycle low) refers to the following:

In An Uptrend: A swing high is the wick of a candle that is higher than the wick of the candle to the left and right.

In A Downtrend: A swing low is the wick of a candle that is lower than the wick of the candle to the left and right.

Obviously the more candles to the left and right that are higher in a swing low or lower in a swing high makes the swing or cycle more significant.

An uptrend is where price is making higher highs and higher lows. A downtrend is where price is making lower highs and lower lows.

Drawing DeMark Trendlines

Drawing Trendlines In An Uptrend

  1. Examine the bottoms of the candles on your chart and identify the most recent candle wick that is lower than the candle wicks to the immediate right and left of it.
  2. Look left on the chart, and identify the previous low candle that has candle wicks higher to the immediate right and left of it which is lower than the current low candle.
  3. Now draw a line from the current lowest candle to the previous lowest candle (drawing from right to left).
  4. Now take the end of the newly drawn line which stops at the current low candle and extend it forward some distance (drawing from the present position to the right).

Drawing Trendlines In A Downtrend

  1. Examine the tops of the candles on your chart and identify the most recent candle wick that is higher than the candle wicks to the immediate right and left of it.
  2. Look left on the chart, and identify the previous high candle that has candle wicks lower to the immediate right and left of it which is higher than the current high candle.
  3. Now draw a line from the current highest candle to the previous highest candle (drawing from right to left).
  4. Now take the end of the newly drawn line which stops at the current high candle and extend it forward some distance (drawing from the present position to the right).

You have now drawn a Tom DeMark trendline.

This can now be a reference point for future price action. It will often be observed that price will come and check this level. If it breaks through, it can mean a change in direction, the significance of which will depend on the time frame being used.

Trendlines drawn on 5 minute or 15 minute charts have much lesser significance than trendlines drawn on higher time frames such as the 1 hour, 4 hour, or daily.

Caution Required

Much Forex information extols the virtues of trendlines as an indicator of possible future price action.

Mr. DeMark certainly has made this a science and his detailed approach to drawing trendlines is certainly more accurate than just drawing general trendlines along the bottoms and tops of trends according to the way the eye sees.

However, trendlines in themselves do not indicate where high probability trades can be taken.

It is important to use a variety of indicators before pulling the trigger. Examining previous levels of support and resistance is probably far more significant in determining where price is likely to hesitate that watching trendlines.

However, they can be useful. If you find a key support or resistance level also coincides with a Fibonacci retracement or extension level which is also at an intersection with a trendline, then you have built a reasonably solid case for a trade.

Use this Forex information on DeMark trendlines wisely, with caution, and it can be another useful addition to the Forex day trader’s toolkit!

See how to use trendlines to get an optimum trade entry point:

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By admin | September 14, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Software

If there’s an available market as big as the whole world that would be forex. Forex is a large market where big corporation and financial institutions trade. It’s a sure market with the odds standing at 1:1. It’s either you loose it or win it. Well, that’s how it’s supposed to be, at least. But trading schemes make this market a little complicated. The chances of winning becomes smaller because a lot of people who are trading in it have developed strategies that makes the chances favorable for them. You need to work hard in order to be competitive. This business is not for the faint-hearted or lazy people. Forex is a lot of work. Some people may make you believe that forex is as easy as counting from one to ten and backwards but that is not the truth. Forex is as complicated as how other people is making it to be.

If you are new to this business, you need people to work with you to guide you and teach you. You may also need people to help you watch for trends and signals. Now that would be difficult if you do it on your own but you can with the use of forex software such as the Metatrader 4. This software is developed for people who want s to extend their working hours while they themselves are taking a rest. It’s an automation program that helps people acquire data and do necessary analysis. This will become basis for a well defined execution of trades in the proper time.

Metatrader 4 is sometimes used with other softwares that allows trading automation. The system provides charts that one can use in analysis and decision making. It will give you indications when to make a buy or a sell based on the current situation and expected changes. You are given the option to make your own strategy or follow direction for the system. You an absolute control over the software. If you want to make the system extra user friendly, you need to incorporate other programs that will translate all the signals generated by the Metatrader 4 to a workable solution and trading automation.

Many people have tried and proven Metatrader 4 to be very effective. It requires some expertise, though, which means it is not intended for those who knows nothing a bout the forex system. The program is already used by many individuals and companies so you will be assured that your trading is safe if you just do it by the rules.

There is an opportunity waiting for you in the world of forex. The odds are playable and the earning limit is immense. If you have the right tool that can guide you and work with you, then you can start making profit where the world is the limit. You have use a system that is already proven and tested that generated a high probability result. Nothing in this world is certain. Forex is no exemption. The probability could be high or low depending on the system that you use. So it sis really necessary that the right tool is chosen and used properly. For reliability and trustworthiness, Metatrader 4 is guaranteed.

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By admin | September 10, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Articles

Speaking a second language is a life long dream of many. For most, the dream will end without every being achieved. That is not because it is impossible but the reality is that most of us do not have the time to do so. Thank goodness, that has all changed with the advent of the internet. Now, learning Spanish online is the way to go. Instead of having to go back to school or listening to hum drum audio tapes, the internet allows for the possibility to learn Spanish in AS LITTLE AS 3 MONTHS! That is absolutely amazing to me. In fact, it just does not seem possible.

The company that makes this boast goes by the name, “Rocket Spanish.” At first I was going to brush this company off as a scam or worse but they got my attention when they promised to stand behind their product with a no questions asked full money back guarantee. Here is the part that blew me away and made me look further into the rocket Spanish – the money back guarantee is for a full 8 WEEKS. I have heard of 2 or even 4 week money back guarantees but never 8 weeks. That got my attention and then the rest made a believer out of me:

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By admin | September 7, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Software

Forex Auto Pilot is a renowned automatic forex trading program which is enjoying surging popularity. Fap Winner is a membership club of traders who use FAP (short for Forex Auto Pilot) or who wish to use it. Fap Winner provides it’s members with a revised FAP program with special settings which, according to FapWinner founder, Charles Floyd, will optimize the results you can get with this software.

Which should you choose? Choose the regular Forex Auto Pilot which costs $97 or go with Fap Winner, which has 3 levels of memberships which cost: $197, $397, or $597?

This is a difficult question to answer, and I’ll try to do so by telling you what FapWinner provides so you can decide for yourself whether the increase in price is worth it.

Let me start by saying that, in my opinion, you need to pick the Gold membership of FapWinner, if any. This is the mid range membership which costs a one time fee of $397. I believe that the low priced membership gives too little and the $597 membership gives too much. I have a gold membership myself.

That being said, let’s see what the Gold membership provides you with.

1. You get the FAPTS robot which is the improved and optimized Forex Auto Pilot software. This has shown excellent results and it appears to do better than the regular version in certain market conditions. You see, you don’t have to own FAP before joining Fap Winner. You get the robot as part of your membership.

2. You get access to a user forum which is full of other traders like you. This is actually an excellent place to exchange ideas, tricks, and trading strategies. I learned a lot from the forum myself. Don’t take everything that’s being said there at face value but some of the posts are great.

3. You get another trading program made by Charles Floyd which is called the Hedging EA. This can help you make more trades in certain market conditions than Forex AutoPilot can do. Actually this is the one thing I value the most.

4. You also get periodic updates from Charles Floyd and his staff about how the market operates and their recommendations for the near future.

5. Finally, you get active professional support which is highly valuable and can save you a lot of time.

Don’t get me wrong, Forex AutoPilot is great by itself. However, you should consider signing up with Fap Winner as it can give you more weapons for your trading arsenal and this can help you cover the added cost with one or two good trades.

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John Drummond works from home. He writes often on business, trading, and finances. To read John Drummond’s review of Fap Winner, click here: .

By admin | September 3, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Working

What makes YTB such a great business opportunity is that people love to travel. The travel industry is huge with the average person spending at least $3,000 a year on travel related expenses. This article will explain how I am exploding my downline having a funded proposal marketing system that generates targeted prospects for my YTB business.

After over a year of struggling with my network marketing business I knew my business was dying. I was simply not producing fast enough to offset my marketing costs each month. I was running out of money fast. I started doing what most struggling network marketers do which is to go online and do research. This is when I first heard about the concept of a funded proposal. After a lot of research I decided to join Daegan Smith’s online marketing system “Power Prospecting.”

Daegan Smith taught me effective marketing strategies that I could use to generate targeted prospects that pay for themselves as they opt in for the power prospecting system. I was then able to contact my prospects and recruit them into my YTB business. The ones that I could not recruit I built a relationship with and shared with them my online travel store website. Everytime they needed to book travel for themselves or their team they would go to my YTB travel store.

My downline is growing and I’m making money every single month not every other month. People respect me more because I’m also a coach for many on my team. I know longer have to waste hundreds of dollars cold calling generic business opportunity leads. The prospects that come through my online marketing system are waiting for me to contact them. YTB along with a funded proposal system is truly exploding my 2008 income.

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By admin | September 1, 2008 - 11:13 am - Posted in Articles

The rock-and-the-hard-place question has been resolved…the Fed has cut rates and, if possible, things are looking even more intriguing for gold. Over the last four years, the precious metal has prospered solidly under higher interest rates-to the astonishment of many an analyst. But now that rates are heading south, what’s in store for gold and the greenback?

And could one incredible consequence be an interest rate boomerang?

Why the Fed Caved

To be fair, the Fed was in a real spot. No question about it. Raise rates and you might temporarily catch the free falling dollar…but you shove the housing industry right off the cliff. Lower rates and you help out a bunch of banks and people who probably shouldn’t have had anything to do with mortgages in the first place…but you wave bye-bye to the dollar. Perception will always be greater than reality, though, and it’s the American people’s understandable perception that keeping their homes is a far more critical issue than resolving some complicated dollar problem. That shouldn’t come as any big surprise. The great shaper of American’s perception, the media, hasn’t told the public about the real danger of a collapsing dollar.

In fact, the worst-case scenario the media has painted – and continues to paint – is that a wimpy dollar simply means overseas travel will now be a lot more expensive. Big deal. Stack that up against homeowners losing their homes, and the whole matter is an American no-brainer. So the Fed yielded to popular pressure.

But, most assuredly, the consequences of the collapsing dollar will be far more worrisome than a higher hotel bill in Paris. And, ironically enough, those consequences could start with another steep rise in interest rates.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Right Back to Higher Rates

It’s like we’re suddenly all stuck in the whacky world of Oz. Follow this unsettling line of reasoning (as depicted by analyst Martin Weiss, editor of Money and Markets):

One/ When the Fed made its dramatic rate cut, it signaled to the world that the dollar (which was, pathetically enough, already near record lows) was not going to be supported by the U.S. anytime soon. So the trickle of dollar selling quickly became more like dollar dumping…and when dollars are dumped, so are U.S. bonds.

Two/ Sure enough, treasury bonds plunged by more than two points in the days following the rate cut, the worst drop since September of 2003. Since bond yields move just as fast in the opposite direction, they’ve been skyrocketing lately. But, of course, the big trouble with that is…

Three/long-term mortgage rates follow long-term treasury yields! Yikes. That means if this dollar dumping continues, it will likely result in higher mortgage rates across the board-from sub-prime to prime.

According to textbook theory,” Weiss wrote, “this wasn’t supposed to happen! But it is happening. Why are Treasury yields surging (and their prices plunging) even while the Fed is cutting its interest rates? Simple: It’s primarily because of the key factor we’ve been hammering away at day after day, week after week-the U.S. dollar.

The big question is, will this dollar dumping continue? Ominously enough, U.S. bond demand was down a whopping 80% in just one month. Where it goes from here is something we’ll all have to wait and see. But if it does continue, interest rates could indeed boomerang…and boomerang with a vengeance. But, in the end, it won’t make all that much difference to gold.

Lower Interest Rates? Higher Interest Rates?

Gold is Likely Headed North Either Way

Unlike that of paper investments, the destiny of precious metals is no longer irrevocably bound with interest rates and where they’re headed.

Today, it’s more a matter of confidence.

Foreign nations are dumping dollars because, like the irresponsible teen with his first credit card, the U.S. is racking up a dreadful debt. We are, shamefully, the greatest debtor nation in the world. And, since the currency of the greatest debtor nation in the world also happens to be the world’s reserve currency, the world is quickly losing confidence.

After all, the world is holding over $7 trillion right now. And every time the dollar sets a record low against the euro and other currencies, something that’s been happening with disturbing frequency lately, the value of that $7 trillion gets eroded.

Which is why nations are hedging their dollars with gold…and why you should do the same. Julian Phillips, of goldforecaster.com wrote: “Gold has broken out of all restraints now and is an entirely new ball game after Fed President Ben Benanke dropped interest rates at the expense of the dollar’s value internationally. National interests will always override international ones. Only confidence in the U.S. economy, its banks and the ability of the consumer to spend will restore confidence in the dollar and turn gold’s price down again. Will this happen?

Gold is your insurance in case it doesn’t.”

You’ve seen him on Fox News Television and heard him on the Rush Limbaugh Show. He’s a published author, writer and an expert guest on more than 1000 radio programs discussing today’s economy and gold. Kevin DeMeritt, President of Lear Financial, is a nationally renowned financial analyst whose insight into the future of domestic and global economies is right on the money. His book, The Bulls The Bears and the Bust, reviewed by the Associated Press, predicted the market crash of 2001 and the ensuing rise of gold to the status of best investment.

Mr. DeMeritt has made Lear Financial into one of the most highly endorsed gold companies in the country. Relying on his insightful recommendations, uncanny market trading skills, and 20 years of experience in investment quality gold, he has navigated thousands of portfolios to profitability through boom and bust times. Now more than ever, Mr. DeMeritt’s insights are welcome by skittish investors.