Students of Austrian economics and those who realize that the current fiat-based money system built on debt and credit is now headed for the end game.
There is not much time left for people to protect their assets and families by divesting out of fiat currency based investments and into commodities and real assets like gold, silver, oil - and, possibly land. This is a well understood trend in the west (unless, of course you are a Keynesian economist or from the Chicago school).
The fast rising price of gold and silver over these last ten years are the proverbial canary in the coalmine. Gold and silver have stupendously outstripped stocks in performance over this time. In fact, silver increased in value over 85% in 2010 alone.
But now, some clowns in Japan are predicting a return to the bubble days of the late 1980's. In fact, they write as if the bubble is a good thing....
Japan Times reports:
Remember the bubble? In case you don't, Shukan Gendai (Dec. 20) reminds us that the economic bubble of the late 1980s was an era of rocketing salaries, stock prices and property values, yet accompanied by little inflation. Wealth was seen everywhere. Catching a cab downtown at night required flashing a ¥10,000 bribe at the driver just to get him to stop.