Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

March 29, 2009

Geithner Admits Fed Role in Economic Collapse

geithner charlie roseThe Obama administration wants to add a glimmer of hope to the global fiscal crisis that started with corrupted U.S. corporate policy and banking investment greed. Despite efforts of many to put lipstick on the ongoing economic recession and remove blame from corporate bankers and government, in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Tim Geithner admitted

“a deepening recession. You’re seeing the recession intensify here and really around the world. You know it started here, but the world is sort of catching up. That’s putting more pressure on business and the financial system as we see it. We start with this deepening recession, intensifying housing crisis, a deep fiscal hole in the financial system that’s in some ways very damaged. Parts of it are working well, parts of it are still very damaged. It’s going to take a lot to work through this. Again, we start with a — just a deep mess. It is our obligation to clean it up and to fix it…”

“I want to be clear. Again, we start with a mess, a deep mess, made worse by the deepening recession. And these things are pitting on themselves. And it’s very important for people to understand, it’s going to take some time to work through this. But what I want people to know is that we’re going to do what’s necessary to get through it. And these things will get traction. They will start to help unfreeze things, and they will help lay the foundation for recovery.”

“They (the Fed) projected that optimism in the future and that created the conditions where people took more risks than they should have, and they, frankly, didn’t pay enough attention to the possibility that when this ended, came apart, that the consequences would be as damaging as they did. Now, I spent almost every day from the first time I walked into the New York Fed about five years ago working with my colleagues on ways to try to make the system stronger so we were going to be better able to withstand the kind of pressures when this came apart, and we did some very important, powerful things, but many of the things didn’t have enough traction, and we share with really all parts of the financial oversight bodies here and around the world a deep responsibility for not having done more and a really deep obligation for trying to fix this quickly and put in place the kind of reforms to prevent this from happening again.”

“Our system was not designed to sustain a shock, a crisis of this magnitude. It’s the tragic failure of financial regulation in this country. It was just not designed to tolerate anything of this magnitude. The critical test of any financial system in some senses is how you deal with stress and shock because you want a system that’s going to be strong and resilient enough to handle almost anything it could face. And this system didn’t meet that test because we had a regulatory framework that was designed, largely, 90 years ago and did not adapt to take account of these huge changes in the structure of our financial system.”

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March 13, 2009

Can the Economic Crisis Be Resolved?

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Bankers have been treated like bad rich kids with every need met so that Daddy Government isn’t so embarrassed. This was the public relations idea that hasn’t worked. As a result of this public relations nightmare, the federal government has continued to overextend itself in the name of security and confidence as the instrument of last choice. Oh really?

As a result of this mindset, the Treasury has run amok in a virtual panic through the system looking for toxic debts and tried to figure out the crisis using the best brainpower that is available with banking debt so complex as to make you give up. That is what Hank Paulson did. Banks continue to snivel about their needs within the broken system that they created.

What’s worse, the world of top-notch education and best brainpower available coupled with self interest has brought the nation, albeit, the world to its’ knees with only excuses for any hope of redemption. Paulson couldn’t find all the debt or deal with the tentacles of the impossible situation.  Timothy Geithner still isn’t thinking outside the box of rules he is used to. Paulson’s terminal frustration and Geithner’s government-man thinking don’t have to be. They have been beholden to the system. There is a solution.

This solution is much the same as the raw deal handed out to homeowners in do-it-yourself mortgage crisis that continues to beleaguer the nation of taxpaying American citizens. The nation is threatened, say those of superior intellect,  because ‘undereducated Americans’ can’t seem to get it together. Bankers and servicers have done little or nothing to stem the tide of foreclosures because there is little self-interest in doing so in the short-term. The short-term is the measuring stick of capitalism today.

Since bankers and their ilk are so highly educated with plenty of basic internal resources, the Federal Government needs to install a new idea that involves do-it-yourself capitalism. This do-it-yourself system takes the burden from Daddy Government’s hands and puts the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of those that spawned the crisis. Daddy Government isn’t going to be involved any more beyond the cleaning up by the FDIC, but Daddy is going to supply the credit tools necessary to do the job.

banking-hourglassUncle Hank couldn’t find all the toxic debt which ultimately ended the bailout that the nation had intended. However, in the world of banking capitalism,  rest assured that if you have toxic debt, you know it. Banks are hiding toxic debt based on their own fear and trepidation, the ultimate public relations nightmare.

Enter Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve, the answer to all liquidity. Set up yet another credit window, this time wholly financed by the Federal Government. This doesn’t mean that the other tools used by the Fed aren’t financed by the taxpayer and the federal government, but I digress.

In this case, the suffering banker knows of his liquidity issues and always has. This time, instead of expecting the Treasury Secretary to come to the rescue, the bankers are to cash out their toxic debt at a preassigned value as presented to the Fed. Think cheap. Think bargain basement. The Fed, using credit guaranteed by the American taxpayer (of course) will issue monetary credits to the bank in exchange for ownership of the toxic debts in a nationwide fire sale of sorts. The toxic debts are and most likely, forever will, be worth virtually nothing.  They will be removed from the system and these flawed toxic debts will never be sold again. We will plan to eat the cost. The responsibility is on the bankers which is exactly where it should be. To make life good, everything will be publicly anonymous to save the possibility of embarassment.

In exchange for this generosity and real bailout by government, these banks will guarantee in blood that all monies received for such bailout will be used to fund loans to taxpayers and small businesses with relaxed terms that generally creditworthy citizens and business in today’s economic climate can meet. In other words, stable income is required, but no more endless profiteering and nitpicking that banks love to keep their credit out of the system. For large bank holding companies that hold toxic debt and cannot directly assist in rebuilding the economy and improving liquidity to the economy, there will be no further bailout.

The first part of the plan would be enough, but the second part of this plan is sheer genius, but not for greedy capitalist bankers.

In the second phase of the plan, bankers will be required from a certain date in the immediate future to update cash holdings for their fractional reserve. Instead of being able to loan out 90% of cash holdings, they will be required to hold on to 20% their holdings without loaning them out. This will allow an extra margin of security since the traditional 10% hasn’t worked to keep banks solvent. The reality is this, like it or not: the fractional reserve of 10% is part of what got bankers into this mess with toxic debt. The idea of easy money is what fueled the crisis. Money is no longer going to be so free and easy for bankers. They will be living on less and making more loans or cease operation and sell off their accounts. An uncooperative greedy banker is the worst sort of animal. It is time to remedy that problem with a little less manufacturing of money. 80% of new loans out of thin air fueled from deposits and downpayments will be enough. Bankers will now be keeping 20% on reserve instead of the traditional 10% moving forward. Of course, this will involve keeping two set of books, one for old loans at the traditional old rate and another for continued business, but bankers are good at keeping books. Will bankers buy the idea? There won’t be any choice if they want to survive. What is best is that no nationalization will be required, an action that renders zero benefit to the taxpayer. ~ E. Manning

March 11, 2009

U.S. Economy: Prepare for Depression and Inflation

Central Bankers Support More Inflation Now

European Union Rejects Breakneck Fiscal Stimulus

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Article on Associated Content by E. Manning

We are living on the edge of an economic knife. The U.S. government is bailing virtually everyone in the financial system out. If this continues, the U.S. can expect hyperinflation that hasn’t been seen since post-war Germany down the road.

February 15, 2009

Rome: Central Banking, Finance See Crisis in Power

banking-goldNew U.S. Treasury Secretary, policy maker for the International Monetary Fund and former Federal Reserve presidential drone Timothy Geithner claims that the world faces the worst economic and financial crisis in decades . In his mind, government, facing growing domestic unease over the millions of jobs being lost, must respond forcefully. Geither has reassured the concerned central bankers and panicked finance ministers at the crisis meeting in Rome that President Barack Obama has ensured that implementing the new stimulus package would be done in a way that respects America’s international obligations.

“We are confronted with a broader and deeper slowdown than has been experienced in decades,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at the G7 Economic Crisis Summit this weekend in Rome. “We will work closely with our colleagues in the G7 and the G20 to build consensus on reforms that match the scope of the problem revealed by this crisis.” Mr. Geithner working to win the hearts of skeptical fellow bankers and finance ministers as they seek to stabilize their own interests and continue to propel globalism and the power of central bankers to new heights. They want a new “Bretton Woods” monetary agreement that promises to change the world and build a New World Order.

At the same time, Geithner has admitted his lack of original thinking. He revealed to G7 ministers that he wants to “get it right” before launching the U.S. stimulus and bailout program so that he would not need to shift strategy midstream, while requesting their thoughts on U.S. strategy. Geithner is apparently still thinking inside the box of Wall Street training to the chagrin of his globalist friends. In fact, few of them are thinking outside of any box beyond their own self-interest.

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Fearing a resurgence of protectionism and an obstacle to globalism, crisis talks ended in Rome Saturday with a unified pledge to do all that can be done to combat recession without distorting the myth of global free trade.

The media has proclaimed that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner came to the Rome this weekend to prove to Group of Seven colleagues that he was up to the job of fixing the U.S. financial system. The only item that he proved was that he is one of them, a brotherhood of bankers in lockstep meeting where control of the banking economy firmly rests: the halls of Rome and the Vatican.

Deutsche Bank Securities chief economist stated: “It’s not big enough. There are few details. The administration is trying to buy time and they don’t get the fact that we need to get something yesterday.” The underground criticism is that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Government are not playing into the hands of globalists and Roman-based central bankers fast enough. In the meantime, Geithner is speaking out of two sides of his mouth. ~ E. Manning

February 11, 2009

Kissing the Ring of the Banking Mafia

kiss-the-mafia-ringEven after years as a corporate economist, I could hardly comprehend the pride and arrogance that exists within the minds of the banking mafia were it not for one simple fact. You might think that beggars couldn’t be choosers unless you consider that the beggars have their own guys on the inside. From central bankers to commercial bankers to Wall Street mafioso, the banking mafia has moved into the political front of influence and power as the salvation of the new U.S. administration. What is the U.S. government doing? Involving themselves in a little ring kissing.

In private industry or in the world of everyday Americans, the borrower, especially a desperate borrower who is already bankrupt, doesn’t have the privilege of dictating the terms of his bailout. The one with the money is the one that sets the rules or at least those were the rules of the old capitalism.

treasury-secretariesThe last two Treasury Secretaries, intimate insiders, proclaim selflessly that banks and financial institutions will not take proffered bailout money if it hurts the personal and financial interest of their executives. That has politicians shaking in their boots instead of exercising their authority by strapping arrogant criminals off to jail. The nation clearly doesn’t operate by the innocent until proven guilty ideal in this current age, so what are we waiting for when it comes to the world of finance? Instead, the criminal and the incompetent are still running the show.

The only solution is not to make banks and their snooty executives thrive and prosper after ruining the national and global economy because they could. Bankers aren’t even cooperating or following the mandates of lawmakers. Even worse, bad business practices should not be encouraged or artificially prospered and that is what the nation is doing in the name of confidence.

The nation doesn’t have a need to kiss the ring of the banking mafia, yet that is what panicked politicians and insiders want to do. How gutless can America be in the face of criminal conduct and complete lack of accountability? Bankers proclaim that they are patriots first and bankers second. How laughable! Unfortunately, what Timothy Geithner indicated on his Tuesday night briefing was that business as usual on Wall Street and in the banking community must continue. Did America vote for more obscene profits, the complete lack of accountability and the justification of the Wall Street bubble? I think not.

This debacle isn’t just about crime or revenge of the American public. National security is at stake. Lives are at stake.  America has been and continues to be thoroughly violated by corporations from banking to the Federal Reserve to Swiss and Italian bankers for corporate and fraternal prosperity. What is worse, the civil rights of every American have been violated in the name of capitalism. As usual, the Feds are ignoring the violation. They just want to run the show. What goes on off stage is simply ignored. ~ E. Manning

February 9, 2009

Mortgage Bailout on the Way?

obama-mortgage-fingerprintsRemember the mock outrage of so many politicians last year as the U.S. economic national debt ceiling approached $10 trillion? Last October, when we heard about a $700 billion bailout of the financial system, it seemed like all the money in the world as a manner of speaking. Never mind the debt ceiling since President Obama doesn’t recognize national debt as an issue. Since then, the collective “we” in this country have managed to spend another $10 trillion without accomplishing a thing beyond buying preferred shares in certain banks. The year isn’t over yet (it’s only February 9th) and more economic stimulus is probably on the plate as job losses continue.

How has the nation lost its’ way? A lack of common agreement regarding simple principles and a common vision for the future that makes sense reveals the true crisis. Deceptive flawed thinking among lawmakers portends a real problem for the future as far as the common American is concerned.  Disagreement and strife is the real standard that lawmakers hold to. There has been no presidential honeymoon that this writer can see. We have forgotten what stewardship really is. Hope isn’t on the plate where elected lawmakers are concerned. A divided house cannot stand indefinitely. Perhaps President Obama needs to campaign to the American people to grip some sort of vision….but I digress from this mental exercise.

Another couple of trillion dollars would pay off every residential mortgage in the country and Americans would be home free…literally. What foreclosure crisis? Every American with a home would have a piece of America to call their own without a bank involved. Think of the quick national stimulus  the nation would enjoy as everyone spent their house payment on disposable income and new vehicles, the current blight of lack in the current economy.

The fact remains that the national foreclosure crisis is always on the back burner, yet is blamed as the basis for the nation’s economic demise. Naturally, lawmakers can’t support any kind of quick national housing stimulus that I sarcastically penned because of the $40 trillion plus in potential interest  income that scandalous bankers would never receive because of early prepayment before the term. Any bailout like that won’t happen because it takes power away from the system. Taking money away from bankers would be far too simple while firing and imprisoning financial thieves is too difficult and embarrassing.  Real economic stimulus is far too simple when it comes down to rewarding honest income producing activities. Instead, politics simply gives bankers more money as if that will really solve the problem as they complain about esoteric banking derivatives that nobody knows how to fix. Let Timothy Geithner have a go at this bailout.  Based on what has been discussed, the nation is still looking at investment shell games that are no better than what bolstered the economic crisis to begin with on Wall Street. That is the financial literacy that the Federal Reserve and Wall Street know. ‘Democrats’ deserve a chance to repair the system and they will have that chance.

Can you imagine a retired economist presenting such ideas and speaking in such a way? Remember, it is always about money and authority, but then it always comes back to money and the status quo. That’s all about authority too. ~ E. Manning

November 21, 2008

Increasing Influence of Central Bankers Shows

reeling in the converts

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With the unprecedented possibility of being ordained into the Obama Cabinet as Secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York also brings additional youth to one of the youngest administrations in recent history. Bringing Geithner into the fold not only shows the Obama administration’s commitment to the economy, but the rising influence and political power that the quasi-government body of central bankers wield in the U.S. economy. His “fresh face” remains an increasing endorsement for change that propels the Barack Obama administration. The reality is that central bankers are wielding their power like never before as they are brought into the fold of government to secure their great investment in America.

The decision to esconse Geithner would also garner allies among the Republicans, a move that Barack Obama seems inclined to make considering the other choices that he has on the nominee table. Geithner’s nomination would be more than a political move, but rather a mutual vote of confidence in the U.S. power structure where central banking influence and cash flow is concerned. Central bankers make copious amounts of cash from their prize cow, the U.S. federal government and taxpayer while plowing all kinds of effort into securing their position among the stars of authority. Central bankers may have finally hit the big time, both in influence and popularity. ~ E. Manning

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