Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

January 18, 2009

Economic Panic: Frying Pan to the Fire

As the economy risks spinning out of control and banks continue to run up multi-billion dollar losses, the Obama administration will face tough choices with the $350 billion remaining in the bailout plan. With the bailout of General Motors by converting it to a bank holding company, some boundaries were set where corporate welfare is concerned. This has stopped most of big corporate Main Street from expecting direct government bailouts so far. There are many institutions that still want a piece of the bailout pie. The result is likely to be a shortage of bailout money.

The rumor is that the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) will be used to build a “bank” that holds the toxic debt, a repository of toxicity that moves those debts firmly into government hands. The government is hoping beyond hope that at some time in the future, those debts will increase in value once the recession is in hand and the economy has returned to health. (more…)

October 10, 2008

Dollar Rally Due to Global Inflation?

safe haven again?

safe haven again?

The U.S. dollar is once again holding its status as a safe haven because of deteriorating economic outlooks in the global economy and increases in inflation overseas. The recent adjustment in oil prices is due to the leveling effect that inflation is having on economies coupled with recent U.S. government intervention in commodities futures.

The crisis in Iceland, Britain and much of Europe and Asia has electrified the so-called G-7 Finance Ministers to meet to decide on unified actions and strategies to bolster sagging economies.  Iceland refused to stand behind their failed banking system, resulting in large losses to British depositors. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has frozen the assets of Iceland in Britain to insure that losses by British depositors are covered as much as possible. The European Central Bank has also summarized the idea that recent exchange rate imbalances are due to the current financial crisis. Globally, banks are becoming more imperiled as the system locks down due to financial fears and the unknown effect of bad securities globally.

The general consensus is that the goal of the G-7 meeting must be to promote liquidity and growth. Those kind of financial moves dilute monetary systems and boost inflation. Even so, inflation is considered as a back door issue. Today, only stability is king. ~ E. Manning

September 28, 2008

Liquidity Crisis is Accounting Semantics

In dealing with the bailout the reader needs discernment that is provided on this website. Remember that the ultimate solution for global banking per the global central bankers is the integration of Basel II rules. Basel II rules don’t prohibit the kind of banking profitaking or abusive policies that we have seen in the United States over the last decade or more. Basel II, the creation of global bankers is little more than a charade, pretending to be a solution for little or nothing. Basel II merely restricts the surface exposure of the tricks that accountants play with the direction of their superiors.

The bottom line is that the liquidity crisis in America is in large due to semantics in accounting, combined with the fear of bankers. When payback has come home to roost, bankers have become very protective of themselves. The result is clear to see. These accounting tricks that are used by bankers and big business to bolster the bottom line while accentuating power and growth has become the established tour de force of the industry that they don’t want to give up. If you haven’t deduced the truth from reading this blog over the last year, know the truth now. The crisis that we have in largely based in fear because of rampant abuse of the system. Bankers know what awaits them because of what they have done along with the sponsorship of the U.S. government. Turning a blind eye to improper banking and accounting standards because those standards “enriched” the nation has finally completed the cycle. Regulations weren’t the problem. The will to enforce regulations along with acceptable standards was and still is the Achilles Heel of the system.  

What everyone in the U.S. economy has forgotten about is the glory of small business creativity and empowerment that the United States as a nation used to enjoy. Instead, the U.S. has turned to fascist corporate policy and close scrutiny on personal freedom as the safe way to live and profit. Increasing control, now available through computers, the internet and global tracking technologies is becoming the established way of policing the nation. A meaningful grass roots recovery will be difficult to impossible until this changes. Ultimately, this is what is needed to restore any level of quick recovery to the nation. Politicians must give up some of the control that they are determined to enjoy. ~ E. Manning

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

July 18, 2008

June 1, 2008

Repetition and Looking at the Short-Term

The Federal Reserve has been repeating itself a lot lately. That isn’t news. What is real news is that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke maintains that future liquidity planning “will have to take into account the possibility of a sudden loss of substantial amounts of secured financing.” In the past, the world of banking has depended solely on the power of the fractional reserve.

Bernanke stated that even the best laid plans can have their faults, and that no matter how extensive and thoughtful the plans are, they “cannot ensure that liquidity crises will not happen again.” The truth is that bankers haven’t been very thoughtful beyond manufacturing new ways to make money aside from traditional banking. Instead, most bankers have elected to become involved in the world of speculative investing in a wholesale form.

Normally, the fractional reserve, which involves holding 10% of deposits as capital and loaning the rest on a repeating scale makes bankers quite wealthy. When creative bank finance and investment hasn’t worked, bankers have found that creating 90% of all money out of nothing can’t even save them. This proves the folly of modern banking philosophy.

The Fed has pointed out time and time again that financial literacy is the key to the problems that ail the banking and financial investment industry. Financial literacy is based on economic theory. Unfortunately, not all economic theory is proven or sound. This ignorance places the world economy at continued risk and at the beck and call of greedy bankers and investors that look only at the short-term.

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