Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.London House Prices Bubble, Debt Slavery, Crimea 2.0 - Russia Ukraine Annexation - Nadeem_Walayat
2. Gold And Silver – 2014 Coud Be A Yawner; Be Prepared For A Surprise - Michael_Noonan
3.Sheffield, Rotherham Roma Benefits Plague, Ch5 Documentary Gypsies on Benefits & Proud - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Glaring Q.E. Failure Spotted - Money Velocity Is Falling Rapidly - Jim_Willie_CB
5.Don't Miss the Boat on Big Biotech Catalysts: Keith Markey - Keith Markey
6.Gold Prices 2014: Do What Goldman Does, Not What It Says - David Zeiler
7.Bitcoin Price Strong Appreciation to Be Followed by Declines? - Mike_McAra
8.Gold Preparing to Launch as U.S. Dollar Drops to Key Support - Jason_Hamlin
9.Doctor Doom on the Fiat Money Empire Coming Financial Crisis - Andrew_McKillop
10.The Real Purpose Of QE - It’s Not Employment - Darryl_R_Schoon
Last 72 Hrs
Tesco Profits Panic! Back to Back £5 Off £40 Shop Voucher Promotions - 18th Apr 14
The Obama Game - Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap? - 18th Apr 14
The Growing Threat to Capitalism - 18th Apr 14
Build Biotech Wealth on Solid Platforms - 18th Apr 14
Has Solar Power Finally Arrived? - 18th Apr 14
Bank Depositor Bail-Ins and Real Assets vs Liability-Based Assets - 18th Apr 14
10 Ways to Screw up Your Retirement - 17th Apr 14
One of Harry Dent’s Three Keys to Market Prediction is Cycles - 17th Apr 14
Obamacare Proof Stocks - 17th Apr 14
Gold, Silver And The Mining Sector: Prepare For A Severe Fall - 17th Apr 14
Hidden Australian Life Sciences Bio-tech Growth Stocks - 17th Apr 14
Disrupting Big Data Status Quo - 17th Apr 14
What the Stock Market Bears Have Been Waiting for... - 17th Apr 14
Copper Is Pathological and Suffers from SAD, but It Has Value - 17th Apr 14
Old World Order New World Order, Chaos And Change - 17th Apr 14
Even The US Government Will Abandon the U.S. Dollar - 17th Apr 14
Gold - Coming Super Bubble - 17th Apr 14
Glaring Q.E. Failure Spotted - Money Velocity Is Falling Rapidly - 16th Apr 14
High-Frequency Insider Trading - 16th Apr 14
Gold Prices 2014: Do What Goldman Does, Not What It Says - 16th Apr 14
These CEOs Will Make Investors Rich - 16th Apr 14
Climate Change, Central Banking And The Faustian Bargain - 16th Apr 14
Every Central Bank for Itself - 16th Apr 14
Social Security, U.S. Treasury Stealing Every Last Penny From Americans - 16th Apr 14
Ukraine Falling to Economic Warfare and Its Own Missteps - 16th Apr 14
Silver and Gold Miners Still Disappoint - 16th Apr 14
Silver, Gold, and What Could Go Wrong - 15th Apr 14
How I Intend to Survive the Meltdown of America - 15th Apr 14
France Wakes Up To The Multicultural Multi-Threat - 15th Apr 14
The Real Purpose Of QE - It’s Not Employment - 15th Apr 14
Peak Coal - 15th Apr 14
Flash Crash, Rigged Markets - What’s the Frequency Zenith? - 15th Apr 14
Forecasting U.S. GDP Growth: A Look at WSJ Economists’ Collective Crystal Ball - 15th Apr 14
Stock Market - Is Something Nasty About to Happen? - 15th Apr 14
How to Trade Your Way To Freedom - 15th Apr 14
Understanding (and Ignoring) the Media Bandwagon Against Gold - 15th Apr 14
When Stock Market Bubble Crashes, Take Refuge in Gold Stocks - 15th Apr 14

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis


Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

The Unlimited Debt Solution, Central Banker Santa Claus

Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2012 Dec 15, 2012 - 01:36 PM GMT

By: Doug_Wakefield

Stock-Markets

“Yes Virginia, there is a Central Banker Santa Claus”

Draghi Gets ECB Backing For Unlimited Bond Buying, Reuters, Sept 6, 2012

Fed Announces Unlimited QE3: The Central Bank Could Pump Money Into the Economy Until the Job Market Improves, US News & World Report, Sept 13 ‘12

Japanese Election: The Promise of ‘Unlimited Easing’, Sparks More Yen Weakness, Money Morning, Nov 21, 2012


Yesterday, I was talking with a long/short manager I have worked with since 2005. His career started out in the bond markets on Wall Street in the 1970s, so he has watched an enormous amount of change in the markets and the tools used to manage money for clients over the last four decades. He spoke about a recent article that reminds us all that there are extremely negative consequences that have been developing, especially in 2012, from the idea of “unlimited money”. As you read the opening paragraphs from the Dec 13th article, The Federal Reserve’s Zombie Economy, you will notice a totally different view from “rescuer” being presented by the central bankers and political leaders in the articles above.

Deutsche Bank is out with a new warning that says the Federal Reserve’s latest round of an estimated $1.02 trillion in total annual purchases of U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities is creating lemon socialism, a U.S. economy filled with the financially undead.

Deutsche notes that stock markets are based on winners and losers, but there are neither right now. That’s because the Fed keeps pumping liquidity into the system, so everyone wins. When everyone wins, no one makes money, a bridge to nowhere Japan has already crossed.

Is the problem with the actions of these central bankers that they really do not understand that unlimited is limited? I find that hard to believe, since they have spent their entire careers supposedly studying the financial markets. However, in case at this stage in their careers they need some help understanding what a monstrous mess they have created, let me suggest they read the research of two men who are academics today, but have worked for the International Monetary Fund. The following are quotes, pulled from the book, Endgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle and How It Changes Everything (2011) by John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper, and are originally found in the work, This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly(2011) by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff.

“The lesson of history, then, is that even as institutions and policy makers improve, there will always be a temptation to stretch the limits. Just as an individual can go bankrupt no matter how rich she starts out, a financial system can collapse under the pressure of greed, politics, and profits, no matter how well regulated (or might we not say unregulated when looking at the hundreds of trillions in global derivatives?) it seems to be. …

 

“As for financial markets, we have come full circle to the concept of financial fragility in economies with massive indebtedness. All too often, periods of heavy borrowing can take place in a bubble and last for a surprisingly long time. But highly leveraged economies, particularly those in which continual rollover of short-term debt is sustained only by confidence in relatively illiquid underlying assets, seldom survive forever, particularly if leverage continues to grow unchecked.” [Comments in italics are my own, Endgame, page 93]

If you are reading this article and have any way of contacting the “leaders” mentioned in the first three “unlimited” articles at the open on this one, I would encourage you to get a copy of these books in front of them as soon as possible. Considering the fact that the Fed alone is publicly telling us about the $85 billion dollars a month they are printing up monthly just to buy up existing debt, and the cost of these two books is less than $30 from this $85 billion pool, the cost of education seems extremely cheap.

So which is it? Are these men liars or fools or both? What is it that keeps the public in denial that as Mauldin comments from his own book, “There are no good endings once you start down a deleveraging path”? Do they or we really believe in the “unlimited Santa”?

In my humble opinion, the actions of most global political and financial leaders today is one that has been around for almost 500 years.

“Men are so simple and so ready to follow the needs of the moment that the deceiver will always find some one to deceive….So a prince need not have all the aforementioned good qualities, but it is most essential that he appear to have them. Indeed, I should go so far as to say that having them and always practicing them is harmful, while seeming to have them is useful.” [The Prince (1532), Niccolo Machiavelli]

As for the public at large, whether in Germany or China, Japan or England, US or Saudi, I do not seriously believe that most individuals will be surprised when they watch the deleveraging of the idea of “unlimited”.

“Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist

system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation,

governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of

the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate,

but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many,

 it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of

riches strikes not only at security, but at confidence in the equity of the

existing distribution of wealth…As the inflation proceeds and the real

value of the currency fluctuates wildly from month to month, all

permanent relations between debtors and creditors, which form the

ultimate foundation of capitalism, become so utterly disordered as to be

 almost meaningless; and the process of wealth-getting degenerates into a

gamble and a lottery.

Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler no surer means of

overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The

process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of

destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able

to diagnose.” [The Economic Consequences of Peace (1919), John Maynard Keynes, pg 235-236]

 

Two thousand years ago, Christ made the following statement, as found in the Gospel of Matthew, the sixth chapter.

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (mammon).”

In a culture where we are told repeatedly that we are being rescued from yesterday’s debt problems with more debt, and our central bankers will continue to provide “unlimited” debt as the solution, has the EXPERIENCE of temporary “wealth” become our god?

…“if people feel that their financial situation is better because their 401(k) looks better or for whatever reason — their house is worth more — they're more willing to go out and spend," Chairman Ben Bernanke told reporters. "That's going to provide the demand that firms need in order to be willing to hire and to invest." [Fed Seeking to Create Wealth, Not Just Cut Jobs, Yahoo Finance, Sept 14 ‘12]

To subscribe to my most comprehensive research and trading commentary, consider a subscription to The Investor's Mind: Anticipating Trends through the Lens of History. Using our own minds has never been more crucial. If you have never read my research paper on short selling, Riders on the Storm: Short Selling in Contrary Winds (Jan ’06), I would encourage you to click here to download it for free.

 

Doug Wakefield
President
Best Minds Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor
2548 Lillian Miller Parkway
Suite 110
Denton, Texas 76210
www.bestmindsinc.com
doug@bestmindsinc.com
Phone - (940) 591 - 3000
Alt - (800) 488 - 2084
Fax - (940) 591 –3006

Copyright © 2005-2012 Best Minds Inc.

Best Minds, Inc is a registered investment advisor that looks to the best minds in the world of finance and economics to seek a direction for our clients. To be a true advocate to our clients, we have found it necessary to go well beyond the norms in financial planning today. We are avid readers. In our study of the markets, we research general history, financial and economic history, fundamental and technical analysis, and mass and individual psychology.

Disclaimer:  Nothing in this communiqué should be construed as advice to buy, sell, hold, or sell short. The safest action is to constantly increase one's knowledge of the money game. To accept the conventional wisdom about the world of money, without a thorough examination of how that "wisdom" has stood over time, is to take unnecessary risk. Best Minds, Inc. seeks advice from a wide variety of individuals, and at any time may or may not agree with those individual's advice. Challenging one's thinking is the only way to come to firm conclusions.

Doug Wakefield Archive

© 2005-2014 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Free Report - Financial Markets 2014