Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

September 23, 2008

Global Liquidity Crisis: On the Brink

crisis solution

crisis solution

Turn on the TV, read the paper or peruse the latest internet news. You’ll be told that we’re on the brink of imminent crisis, a lock down of liquidity that must be remedied immediately. The Fifth Avenue Rush is on. The only solution is bipartisan unity in Congress to turn over vast power to the Bush administration and the U.S. Treasury without accountability. The Republican feel-good legislation is in place to save the home of the brave. We can do it if we can do it together. We will save the world for democracy.

The American taxpayer must trust that Henry Paulsen will use $700 billion wisely to snatch up worthless securitized bonds. Sound familiar? In the same way that the Federal Reserve Bank is totally unaccountable and is never subject to audit, the current proposal contains this proviso:

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

Henry Paulson, because of the massive liquidity freeze, is about to receive kingly authority to solve the current liquidity crisis. Even after the nation spends an initial sum of $700 billion, there is no guarantee of success beyond maintaining the current business, investor climate and monetary markets, shaky though they may be. The entire proposal is designed to bailout the collapsing U.S. financial system and save the world so that the current power structure can continue unchanged, further supporting control over the failing system. In the words of the administration, the fate of every American’s retirement and savings hangs in the balance. That makes many Americans nervous, at least for those that have managed to prosper, save and invest.

bailout money grab

bailout money grab

In one more segment of authority, the executive branch of the Bush administration wants to perform another magnanimous service while exempting itself from any chance of responsibility or review for the pending results.

While the media and Congress are fussing about the lack of oversight on the project or who Henry Paulson uses to assist him in the huge money grab, the Federal Reserve Bank and the International Society of Bankers sit quietly by watching the drama like ripe fruit ready for picking. A few have pointed out that the lack of oversight is a grand opportunity for abuse or profitaking.

This current idea proposed is bold and transparent in simplicity. Have the Federal Reserve wave its monetary wand, giving buddies in the former investment banking industry piles of cash for rooting out the bad bonds and making a huge chunk of debt go away as the Federal Reserve apportions more American gold to send quietly to Swiss vaults while clueless Americans aren’t watching. No rush about the physical location of gold. International Bankers will count it anyway as their personal profit and add it to the national debt. Never mind that the Fed is already holding all the nation’s gold. Fort Knox is an illusion.

fort knox gold

fort knox gold

The funding credits will never actually need to leave the Fed. The entire process can be done electronically without a trace. The craft is in the paperwork that the U.S. Treasury will alter, permanently erasing a mountain of fraudulent debt that only the banking community and authorities can see. The scheme is perfect because the scheme is all about semantics anyway.

Never has such a bailout been proposed with such secrecy. Even the federal bailouts during the Great Depression and during the Savings and Loan collapse of the 80s never suspended judicial review. Enter an emboldened U.S. Congress led by a Democrat majority that seeks oversight and taxpayer protections. Congress claims to be keenly interested in recouping any possibility of future income derived from currently worthless securitized bonds as the Bush Administration claims. Yet, the American taxpayer will never see a penny from these worthless pieces of paper.

homeowner bailout

homeowner bailout

Democrats want to be certain that going forward, any institutions that benefit from financial insurance also bear the cost of that insurance. Congress is also interested in bailing out beleaguered homeowners that face losing their homes. On “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Clinton agreed that enraged Americans need the same bailout consideration that Wall Street and the financial system is getting. Unlike Congress, Whoopi and Bill weren’t talking about new bankruptcy laws that Barney Frank thinks will do the trick. Americans want cold hard cash that they can retire on, like the bankers that robbed the nation.

While all of these opportunities can be justified and even supported, the possibility of pork barrel spending is likely to escalate as Senators and Representatives see the opportunity to bolster their interests. That is the part and parcel of shameless American politics in this age.

credit addiction

credit addiction

Meanwhile, a desperate executive administration and U.S. Treasury Secretary are prepared to do most anything to get legislation through Congress. Reputations are now on the line.

Paulson and President Bush have argued that the alternative is that credit markets will remain frozen. Businesses will fail because they can’t get the loans they need to operate. The economy will grind to a halt because consumers that account for two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, won’t be able to get the credit they need to keep spending. Just think, it all started with broadening the profits of bankers by using compound interest instead of simple interest. We’ve come a long way baby.

national security

national security

Unbridled credit is the insanity that this nation has been built on in the last four decades. Unbridled credit is what has enabled this nation to rise prices without raising wages. Unbridled credit is what has allowed the American consumer to sell himself into slavery to financial interests. Unbridled credit is what has built the power that politicians and business have come to depend on. Unbridled credit is why even Big Business seeks cheap Federal Reserve funding. The Federal Reserve and the International Bankers hold the key to that credit through the auspices of the federal government. The spectacle is all about power and the fear of change. This is the nation’s new national security issue. ~ E. Manning

September 18, 2008

Inflation: Economic Global 911 in Process

In the last few months, Busted Bankers has discussed the distinct and strongly lingering likelihood of a larger global downturn or collapse in global financial markets. In the past, you didn’t hear any of that in the States except among a smallist number of bloggers and from a few Scot and British financial specialists. These bankers approximately timed and named the general events that would transpire. Those general events have come home.

bankers

busted: bankers

In the United States, we are chiefly concerned with covering up and dealing with public embarassment on virtually all levels. The inability to admit weakness is a larger flaw than the weakness itself. The confidence crisis here is based in that embarassment along with the truth that investors are spinning in circles looking for a “safe place” to shelter their money. Investors and consumers alike are discovering that there is little safety: that all the gains that have been made over the last decade or more could easily be swallowed whole.

Politician John McCain heralded the idea that “economic fundamentals” are strong. Unfortunately for politicians that long for a rosy picture, the global financial crisis was not created by healthy economic fundamentals, but through misappropriation, greed and fraud in the mortgage and finance industry as well as through creative banking instruments. That cold reality is beyond the realm of economic fundamentals, although even the Federal Reserve system in the U.S. wants to make these corrupted banking standards part of economic fundamentals. This global crisis may make that desire and tendency unpopular, if not impossible. (more…)

September 14, 2008

Wall Street: Strength or Poor Collateral?

economic checkmate?

economic checkmate?

With each succeeding bailout through nationalization, the U.S. government grows larger. Innovation rarely happens within government, so nationalization is rarely a good prospect for a growing and dynamic economy. The U.S. economy is clearly in a decline. More bailouts only prolong the pain and do little to spur the nation forward as it languishes and flounders. Bailouts appear to be a prop, but in reality further weakens the economy in a downward spiral.

More and more businesses want government money to move their business projects forward, especially for public works and energy projects. Arguably, either business is so bad that business doesn’t want to take risks or business has become lazy in risk department, unwilling to set aside funds for projects that might be considered in the public interest. Big Business is coming into the habit of standing by for government loans at “public expense.” Even the Big Three auto manufacturers are looking for handouts or cheap loans from the Federal Reserve.

All weekend, bankers of prominent standing have been visiting the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in round robin style, while the U.S. Treasury pounds away in the hope of negotiating an agreeable deal for Lehman. The prospect of saving the majors of Wall Street and preventing economic collapse around the globe as investments are compromised is what is at stake.

Investment bankers have been able to borrow from the Federal Reserve since the collapse of Bear Stearns. Based on certain rules, the Federal Reserve has allowed investment bankers to borrow operating capital for the short-term to sustain business. Investment banks have supposedly stopped borrowing from the Federal Reserve since April of 2008.

On the surface, this lack of borrowing is indicative of an improvement in health. However, if the quality of the collateral held is so poor that the Federal Reserve will not accept the collateral for a short-term loan, this is indicative of far greater failure than is being publicly admitted. Could this be why bankers are being called to the Fed in the hope of sequestering a bailout deal and leave running the other direction?

Bankers are naturally eager to survive and unwilling to soak up any more failed collateral. If the government doesn’t come up with an enticing enough proposal to persuade a private bailout, the collapse of Lehman is likely to lead to global losses and more financial dominoes. Henry Paulson has been reluctant to promote more bailout fever, perhaps fearful of more weakness and more bailouts on his shoulders.

Clearly, the U.S. government is incapable of bailing all business out, nor should it be expected to. Business holds a certain amount of risk that can be largely anticipated to a certain point. Bankers have been heavily impacted from the financial derivitives that were expected to create endless wealth. Smaller commercial bankers in the United States have been largely protected from these risks and continue to make poor decisions because they can. International bankers and bank holding companies cannot afford to eat more huge losses while borrowing heavily from foreign nations for more financial sustenance. If there is no profit in a deal, they won’t be making one.

The U.S. and perhaps the global economy is at a crossroads this week. We are going to find out whether Uncle Sam can find a way to entice bankers into a private bailout. Perhaps reality is so bad that the deal is virtually untouchable. Has “tough love” finally come home?
~ E. Manning

September 7, 2008

Freddie & Fannie: The American Dream

For years, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have bragged that they are in the “American Dream Business.” If that is the case, the American Dream has just gone bust. In many respects, it is the beginning of the end although the U.S. Treasury wants to paint the idea of a new beginning.

The process ends a 70-year experiment that began as an attempt to get a struggling nation back on its feet after World War II, ending in arguably the largest nationalization in global history. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been forever tainted by the mortgage meltdown and securitized loans.

Essentially, the mortgage twins are a colossal fraud full of failed policy decisions and misplaced trust. Banks loan the “creditworthy” money for mortgages. Fannie and Fannie bought the loans as-is and packaged them into bundles to create bonds that external investors could purchase. All the while, the government and taxpayers are on the hook for the entire spectacle as the entire scheme for profits unraveled with the introduction of the mortgage meltdown.

For decades, the perception of these bonds has been the same as the safety of the U.S. government bonds. The mortgage twins were established with the complete backing of the federal government. What could be safer? Whether such a guarantee ever actually existed is the subject of much financial debate now. The “government-sponsored enterprises”, now failed is the result of twelve months of slow painful devaluation in the mortgage market combined with the idea of government guarantees that couldn’t solve the problem of worthless securitized bonds and suffering confidence.

mad lady liberty

mad lady liberty

The disingeniunity of the government and the mortgage twins was so large and the undercapitalization so pronounced, that investors bailed out in large quantities. That reality is also a reflection of the deceptive state of mind of the U.S. federal government. The federal government is no longer based in any kind of true reality where policy or money is concerned. They have lost their way and their collective minds, hopelessly addicted to wishful thinking and the addiction to monetary power without the ability to back it.

The Feds were limited as to how much they could borrow to cover the mortgage twins. Now that Fannie and Freddie are nationalized, the federal government vainly hopes that full confidence will be restored so that investors can be coaxed back into the fold of business. The burden on the U.S. taxpayer is huge and the moral hazard brought about by carelessness is no smaller.

How can anyone trust an agency or body of people so corrupt or hopelessly addicted to wishful thinking. Politicians and bureaucrats are addicted to notions that have permanently altered and depressed the perception of the American Dream of owning a home.

will lawmakers wake up?

will lawmakers wake up?

Barack Obama mentioned that the bailout must somehow protect taxpayers. Republicans have made no such statement to date. Still, the truth is that taxpayer protection as a result of government oversight and abuse of regulation shows the moral and financial bankruptcy of the federal government is the worst way. They are incapable of any measure of trust or faith.

To make matter worse for Republicans, they have touted smaller government and lower taxes while promoting and acting out the opposite. The takeover of the mortgage twins implies that anything the current government order says is implicitely flawed, a mere placation of the public. John McCain and Sarah Palin are tied into that reality directly by the Bush Administration and Republican policy.

The Congress is not free from blame either and Democrats are guilty by implication as well. The struggle for power and the adoption of ideas that clearly don’t work are rarely corrected. Instead, the steamroller of Congressional law makes constant adjustments in failed policies that will somehow become miraculously repaired if lawmakers just care enough and spend more money that the nation doesn’t have from international bankers and foreign sovereign nations.

The bottom line is that American taxpayers have been greatly wounded and no placation offered by the current administration or long-term politicians have the respect of true patriots. We see the lies, the seduction and the abandonment. Government and lady liberty has become hopelessly addicted to vain thinking where money and endless promises are concerned. The nation is a laughingstock of pathetic liars, made worse by bumbling incompetence and mismanagement. The American people are muddied by corruption and slavery through ineffective and misguided leadership. ~ E. Manning

April 25, 2008

Seduction of Investor Profits Continues

The new Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act was recently discussed by Federal Reserve Governor Randall Krozsner. Naturally, he mentioned the Hope Now Alliance, what he calls a broad-based coalition of government-sponsored enterprises, industry trade associations, counseling agencies and mortgage servicers. This alliance is working to find ways to help borrowers through the lengthy loan modification process.

The alliance is working on ways to standardize the loan modification process for sub-prime and alt-a loans to provide the relief needed for distressed borrowers. Unfortunately, each modification is done in a slow case-by-case basis at this time. They have not figured out a way to automate the process. (more…)

March 30, 2008

Are International Bankers Out of Options?

imf_worldbank_r2_c2.jpgThe banking financial crisis is far from over, but the market and commercial bankers are hopeful. With the recent enhancement of Federal Reserve power and newly executed monetary provisions, the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the G-10 international bankers appear to be out of future options. Government regulators, officials and economists are calling for more regulation. Future regulation doesn’t solve the immediate dangers or the scandal. Deregulation is often blamed for the banking debacle, but nothing could be further from the truth. The banking crisis was created from lack of integrity and accountability, not strictly from lack of laws or regulation. The mainstream media would have you believe that somehow, international bankers are in trouble because they cannot contain or are somehow at risk in this current financial crisis. The risk is likely very different than it is usually portrayed. In a gratuitous move, the International Society of Bankers have opened their pockets to the crisis, notably in the United States. What are international bankers getting in return?

For the short-term, international bankers receive regular interest payments from debtor countries on fiat money created from thin air. The value of this fiat money is highly suspect and open to interpretation. The money isn’t formally backed by gold, but the international bankers hold huge quantities of gold as monetary and national collateral. In essence, the fiat money is backed by gold in a sense. The gold or other precious metals are no longer the property of the nation, but have become the property of the international bankers. Most debtors nations are totally incapable of buying their way out by any means. The United States is a classic example of this predicament. The implication is that sovereign nations have become slaves to the international banking system.

preston-jp-morgan-world-bank.jpgThe reality is that national sovereignty has been greatly compromised. Perhaps the idea of national sovereignty as a legal construct isn’t so important anyway. The global supports promoted by the international bankers has been shifting financial power from national societies to a singular financial society implemented through the international banking community. The international bankers have quietly built an international corporate banking cartel that rules the world through finance. Politicians of every stripe are fearful of rocking the boat because the perception of power is in money. This atmosphere creates a vicious circle of support and interdependence between international banking and nations of all sizes.

What new power will the United States and other indebted first-world nations cede to international banking in the future? What will debtor nations do in the name of security to maintain the illusion of wealth? Only time will tell as the world of creative corporate finance continues to evolve. Perhaps first-world nations are out of options while the international cartel of bankers hold all winning cards.

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On a separate, but related note, Dr. Manning recommends watching this video. Wealth is never lost, but is transferred. This happens on a regular basis. First-world countries like the United States should prepare for that contingency. Preparing involves you. That is what this video is about. The footage runs 215 minutes. You should indulge yourself and spend some time right now. You will be glad you did.

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