We may soon be forced to face our economic Armageddon. The forces that have driven stock markets ever-higher and upward may be beginning to wane. Many markets became distorted years ago when QE and super low interest rates hit the economy in an effort to lessen many of the missteps of recent years. This has been more helpful in holding up the underlying value of assets and derivatives it now appears than helping to repair a wounded economy. QE has up to now stopped an implosion of derivatives including the resulting contagion and shock that would have spread throughout the financial system. Unfortunately the economy has not fared as well as these asset prices and in many ways these policies have harmed Main Street.
Today the economic recovery that the media and talking heads have been
bantering around remains elusive to many people across America and the world. The ever higher market prices morphed into a self feeding loop the trend strongly supported by manipulation. Untold damage has been done by stripping savers of their interest and forcing them into risky investments. Over the years we have witnessed the
type of market reversals that only those supported by the Fed can generate with a
concerted effort to buy S&P 500 index futures at crucial support
points late in the day. On many occasions this has proved more than enough to turn the markets from
red to green in the blink of an eye. This manipulated stock
market distorted by recent economic policy masks the real
truth of how fragile our economy really is.
The stock market has become ground zero and the poster child in a war those in power have waged to convince the world all is
well. Fact is if
QE or the massive government deficit spending that props up our economy is removed it will fold like a cheap umbrella. What has transpired since the 2008 crisis is far from business as usual. Central banks, especially the Federal
Reserve, stepped in with monetary injections to
prevent the worst from happening as they should have done in such a situation, but power went to the head of an arrogant Ben Bernanke. Over the last several years a pattern of random statements from the
Fed and several other sources have caused crazy and illogical rallies.
The unholy alliance formed between the Federal Reserve, the government, and the too
big to fail has left those of us who question the validity of an economic recovery in a precarious position.
big boys it became a game of insider information and computer trading, this includes
computing patterns that exploit where stops are placed improving their ability to wash the timid and weak bears out of their positions. With the support of those in power it was no contest. Bottom-line once Bernanke and the Fed switched
on the printing press to prevent the financial markets from collapse instead of showing responsibility and restraint they let them run. It is one thing to get a market to rise and make new highs but a far more difficult task to hold them at these lofty levels. As of late market supporters point to what many see as a baffling lack of inflation and the talk of downright deflation to muddy the economic waters and justify more easy money.
It may be time to throw out the window many of the traditional measurements used in past years about what constitutes an economic recovery. It is becoming increasingly clear that not all economic growth is created equal. If you spend money but afterwards have little to show for it, you have wasted it. This
brings into question the quality of growth based on recent policies and raises questions if the current economic momentum is sustainable. When the money driving this demand is borrowed it has long-term ramifications, sadly much of the money the American government spends falls into this category. Modern economics is complex with cross border money flows, carry trade, and issues concerning how fast money moves throughout the economy. The modern economy that has evolved over the last several
decades is loaded with interwoven contracts reeking of contagion.
contend that faith will drop in these intangible "promises" and
money suddenly flows into tangible goods seeking a safe haven. This will cause inflation
to soar. In a recent article I wrote "never before has mankind diverted such a large
percentage of wealth into intangible products or goods" this is the
primary reason that inflation has not raised its ugly head or become a
major economic issue in recent years." Like many of those who study the
economy I worry about the massive debt being accumulated by governments
and the rate that central banks have expanded the money supply. It will soon become apparent the economic efficiency of
is beginning to collapse and the additional money poured into
the system coupled with lower rates is no longer effective in driving the
economy forward at that time many economic policy options will evaporate.
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