http://www.resourceinvestor.com/News/2012/1/Pages/Who-Really...Who Really Owns Your Gold Stocks? Jeff BerwickPublished 1/11/2012 Do you own gold and silver mining stocks? Or any stocks for that matter? Even if you say, "yes", chances are you don't really own them. It is one of the dirtiest little secrets in the brokerage business. And 99.9% of people have no idea it is even being done to them. It's called "street name registration" and it's how the brokerage where you hold your stocks "registers" your shares. To save money and time, and to allow your shares to be included as assets that they can use to do what they want with, your brokerage never actually registers you as an owner of the shares.Street name registration allows your broker to lend your shares to short sellers, thereby driving down the price of your own stocks. Additionally, this method allows your broker to “re-hypothecate” your assets–meaning it allows your broker to borrow money against your shares and speculate in the derivatives market.These hidden risks are planting the seeds of tomorrow’s ultimate collapse – In which there may be a system-wide collapse of broker dealers, taking down millions of investors, and ensuring permanent non-recoverable losses to an entire generation!MF Global Was Just the First to Go DownMF Global investors found out first hand just how secure their funds were. Most don't realize it, but MF Global was a clearing house for both stocks and futures. Like many/most brokerages, they "invest" their own funds, often on a highly leveraged basis, to earn income. But, with the recent collapse of Greek government bonds and with MF Global's highly leveraged position in them, MF Global was bankrupted in an instant.The problem is, they tried to cover their losses with their customer's own funds. You see, unless your shares are registered in your own name – a process that isn't that difficult or costly – your brokerage considers it as assets they can use for their own needs.Plus, once a brokerage goes bankrupt (which is something we expect to happen very often over the coming years) if you hadn't personally registered your shares then your shares go down as assets of the brokerage and are used to pay off their creditors....And, we believe this will create one final bubble. The tech bubble is dead. The housing bubble is dead. And the bubble in government debt is in its death throes. What will be the final bubble? It will be in gold and silver mining stocks.But the question remains — how can we safely invest in gold and silver mining shares and avoid the collapse brought on by the coming broker dealer crisis?There are two methods of owning stocks your broker-dealer will never tell you about. These two methods completely remove the broker dealer counter party risk attached to your shares – effectively removing them from “the system.”These two methods deprive your broker dealer the abilities to sell your stocks short and to “re-hypothecate” them. Your broker dealer will never willingly tell you about these methods – because they make more money when your shares are in their hands – precisely where risks are greatest to you.These methods are so safe, that even if your broker dealer collapsed tomorrow, and stole every penny from every client investment account you would be able to sleep safe and sound, knowing your stocks are far out of reach, and legally unavailable to access by your broker-dealer.This means everyone – all brokers in the Unites States and Canada. If every broker collapsed tomorrow due to waves of bankruptcies, these ownership methods will protect you 100%. You will be able to sleep safe and sound at night, knowing your shares are carrying zero counter party risk.
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