Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

September 30, 2008

Financial Collapse: Fear & National Resentment

monetary whirlpool

monetary whirlpool

Global reports state that the global credit crisis has deepened. Banks have stopped lending to one another. Britain and Europe are encountering many of the same problems as the United States. Central bankers are dumping cash onto the market and playing the same game as the Federal Reserve through auctions to keep commercial banks on life support. Who is to blame? Today, the blame is being cast on the collapse of Lehman Brothers, but the reality is a tragic loss of confidence brought on by bankers themselves. Some of the best educated men and women on the planet have been powerless to improve the situation.

Commercial bankers have locked up the market and the only option central bankers think they have is to dump money into banks, in effect, satisfying the “need for cash.” The need for cash and credit is a symptom of the larger problem: panic by bankers because of their poor choices.

Economists publicly expect the longest recession in a quarter century with or without a bailout plan to rescue the battered banking industry. Most say the next six months are going to be very difficult. Market scare tactics say that if a bailout is not approved, a depression is likely as credit freezes up and markets collapse. The global consortium of central banks dumped an additional $630 billion into the global financial system, which will fuel both inflation and devalue currencies simultaneously. Central bankers are doing the same thing with other major currencies, portending a global debacle in an effort to keep the cash and credit flowing. On the other hand, the central bankers don’t want to be caught holding devalued cash, so now is the time to cleanse their palates. Central bankers only collect and horde gold among themselves since that is how they settle their accounts against each other.

stormy economic skies

stormy economic skies

Whether disaster can be averted or not, the United States has a right to do nothing, even to fail. The reality is that this is already what has happened as politicians and money managers stubbornly cling to the hope of sustaining what currently exists in the current power structure. The problem remains as a global crisis that even central bankers are ill-prepared to deal with.

George Bush warned Congress that they must act or damage to the U.S. economy will be painful and lasting. Congress seems to have rejected that notion. What the nation really has is a credibility crisis. Authorities seem to be more interested in their reputations than possible solutions. Meanwhile, many American scrimpers and savers are in a panic and most American voters resent the bailout efforts, convinced that the rescue effort is for the good of Wall Street and not the average man in America. Considering the decline in the U.S. living standard over the last few decades, the popular opinion to let banks fail and allow the system to unwind naturally is seen as likely to have little effect on meaningful personal assets in the eyes of most Americans. The real problem that panics bankers and politicians lies in the market correction and pricing standards in a bankrupt economy as values fall through the floor, creating still more bankruptcy and poverty for business and citizens.

The correction in the U.S. housing market bore a decline of more than 16 percent in July 2008 alone as the accounting totals have come rolling in. Americans are quickly becoming “upside-down” on mortgages on their homes, encouraging more defaults and foreclosures, even as more Americans lose their employment from an already failing economy.

The public line is that business must have a huge amounts of credit available. Business, like consumers have become increasingly dependent on credit while overpaying executives and paying stockholders instead of reinvesting in themselves. With credit becoming increasingly tight, businesses may find it tough to obtain short-term loans to meet payrolls or purchase inventory. That may lead to job layoffs, which could ripple through the economy in a matter of weeks. The bottom line is that solvent businesses do not need large amounts of credit for everyday business. In the “old days,” business used to borrow for expansion purposes only. Business needs were met by the influx of cash coming in from clients and customers. Have business standards declined so dramatically in the name of personal profit taking or is this statement simply a political red herring to generate urgency?

Increasingly, Americans have become more and more detached from the wealth and prosperity of Corporate and Political America. They have become beasts of burden for the affluent. Considering the circumstances, it isn’t hard to see why many Americans don’t favor a bailout, even if they risk losing a few thousand in a retirement account they may never see anyway. There is an underground pessimism and resentment that has come to rest in much of mainstream America. ~ E. Manning

June 24, 2008

Fed Interest Rate Responsible for Inflation?

The joke of the day is CNN money’s recent article ruminating about the effect of the Federal Reserve’s low-interest rates and the creation of inflation. Low-interest rates for bank have helped the bottom lines of financial institutions. Consumers and investors have experienced little, if any, benefit.

According to the article, some think that low interest rates are at least partly responsible for some of the serious drags on the U.S. economy today, such as soaring prices of food and gas and the weak dollar. The interest rate of the Fed have nothing to do with such things at this low level of interest!

The country is fighting on two war fronts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Credit and monetary funding has been issued by the Federal Reserve on record levels. The national debt has grown exponentially since President Bush took office, which is probably his greatest legacy. The constant creation of monetary credit has thoroughly devalued the dollar in relation to the rest of the world. As a result, costs are higher. Capital value in the real estate market and economic pressure on the cost of goods continues to drive values down. This results in a contraction of the marketplace.

Wall Street and the media need to grow up. Sour grapes during tough times among people with most of the power and influence is ridiculous. Wall Street continues to find ways to make money. Scapegoating for their own benefit is exactly the situation. If you have read the information on this website, you know why the economy is in the dumper: financial and banking greed.

Most economists think inflation is here to stay. It’s likely to get worse.

March 18, 2008

Fear and Lack of Confidence

With Wall Street hit by a crisis of confidence, many cast their hope on the nation’s central bank. The Federal Reserve’s typical weapon of interest rates cuts will do only so much so fast and often has an inflationary side effect. Most economists expect a big slash of three-quarters of a percentage point today. The same economists in favor of such a move concede an interest rate reduction will do little to calm investor fears. Concerns that another institution will follow the collapse of Bear Stearns is one reason that the Fed is expected to deliver another big rate cut.

The Fed’s emergency move on Sunday is likely feeding more fears than hopes. Some even believe that shoring up the economy by saving Wall Street firms is not the thing to do. So far, the extent of the bailout for Wall Street has not gone to the country’s bottom line: the American taxpayer and the national deficit. Part of the bailout is temporarily financed and is making the Fed a little interest money for the short-term.

In the meantime, the interest rate cuts are fueling further inflation and creating devaluation pressures, which will in turn fuel higher prices, especially for food and fuel. Economic critics say that a full percentage point cut would send the dollar into a potential collapse. “We’re in a free fall now, wait till you see what a collapse looks like,” says Rich Yamarone, director of economic research at Argus Research.

update:

In news this afternoon, the Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 75 basis points to 2-1/4 percent. This is a total reduction of a full point this week.

February 20, 2008

Time to Pay Attention

Filed under: banking, credit, federal reserve, government, investment, money — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — digitaleconomy @ 9:54 am

Isn’t it amazing? There are so many recession articles admonishing caution and cutbacks, expelling their legendary wisdom: more than six months after recession and after the recession is already well under way. If you were a patient, you would have died already. It is almost as if everyone was mysteriously asleep at the wheel until the United States screamed “uncle”. Now the writers come bearing their sage advice (more…)

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