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Economic Depression is Inevitable

Economics / Economic Depression Jan 15, 2009 - 12:51 AM GMT

By: Brian_Bloom

Economics

The simple analysis below demonstrates that – based on current behaviour of the Central Banks and monetary authorities – Economic Depression is inevitable.

In the article which can be accessed via the attached link, (http://www.hoisingtonmgt.com/pdf/HIM2008Q4NP.pdf ) Hoisington states that “nominal GDP …. is equal to the stock of money multiplied by its turnover, or velocity.”


He explains that it is this logic which leads to the conclusion by many economists that a slowing velocity of money can be combated by a rising stock of money – which is why Bernanke is flooding the market with money.

I am not an economist, but even I can see that this conclusion is nonsensical. Velocity of money slows because people, businesses and government in combination are buying fewer goods and services (or buying the same goods and service less frequently).

With this in mind, nominal GDP can also be expressed as: Stock of goods and services X stock turnover X price of goods and services

In terms of this view, for nominal GDP to remain constant, if Stock of goods and services remains constant and stock turnover falls, then prices must rise. If both stock of goods and services and stock turnover fall, then prices must rise substantially.

It follows that raising the stock of “money” in the economy has a ZERO probability of stimulating the growth of real GDP. It may or may not affect nominal GDP – by causing escalating inflation to mask a slowing rate of transactions – but increasing the stock of money is more likely to cause velocity of money to fall further because wages lag prices. For example, at the extreme of the employment spectrum, unemployed people with zero income cannot afford to pay $25 billion for a loaf of bread. That’s why Zimbabwe has 80% unemployment. The economy has become moribund.

As an aside, by driving up prices and, at the same time, driving down interest rates, the authorities are also destroying the ability of Baby Boomers and pensioners to live in retirement. Interest income will fall even as prices are rising – the proverbial “rock and a hard place”

Conclusion

There can be no “monetary” based method of addressing the issue of a slowing velocity of money. The authorities – God bless them – are behaving in a manner which is virtually guaranteed to drive the world economy into a full blown Depression.

The above is not difficult to understand; and it begs the question: Why are the authorities behaving in this manner?

By Brian Bloom

www.beyondneanderthal.com

Beyond Neanderthal is a novel with a light hearted and entertaining fictional storyline; and with carefully researched, fact based themes. In Chapter 1 (written over a year ago) the current financial turmoil is anticipated. The rest of the 430 page novel focuses on the probable causes of this turmoil and what we might do to dig ourselves out of the quagmire we now find ourselves in. The core issue is “energy”, and the story leads the reader step-by-step on one possible path which might point a way forward.  Gold plays a pivotal role in our future – not as a currency, but as a commodity with unique physical characteristics that can be harnessed to humanity's benefit. Until the current market collapse, there would have been many who questioned the validity of the arguments in Beyond Neanderthal. Now the evidence is too stark to ignore.  This is a book that needs to be read by large numbers of people to make a difference. It can be ordered over the internet via www.beyondneanderthal.com

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Nadeem_Walayat
15 Jan 09, 00:55
Economic Depression

Because their investment bank stooges such as Paulson ex head of Goldman Sachs demand it, for their own benefit.

Also don't forget all of the spare manufacturing capacity that is really going to screw emerging markets such as China and India. The Russians are already in deep trouble following the crash in the oil price.

Yes, it’s very early days but it does increasingly look like the worlds heading for depression, which means asset prices are going a LOT lower!


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