When LEVERAGE FAILS and HOPE turns to FEAR

In today’s TedBits we will be outlining a lot of smoke signals. They signal fires burning and about to break out. As everyone is aware, the Federal Reserve has been tightening monetary policy for almost a year now and has been joined by the Chinese central bank. The Federal Reserve has been reducing its balance sheet expansion from $85 billion a month (85,000 million) to zero in mid-November. While the fed does not characterize it as a tightening, it is one. Numerous studies have put the amount of interest rate reduction to -3 % when QE3 was at full bore. Now that the reduction is approaching zero negative interest rates are ending, they have raised rates by about 3% in real terms. We are Austrians at TedBits and believe in all of the core truths from Ludwig Von Mises:
‘There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.’
– Ludwig von Mises
This is the state of the world today. The financial system and governments would collapse if credit could not expand and steal from the future. It is their lifeblood. They have created a world where they always can borrow, but have made no provision for the repayment. It is a Ponzi scheme. The math can no longer work anywhere you look. Since the math can’t be made to work it is obvious that covert techniques of money printing are fully engaged and no one within the system dares yell, ‘Fire!’ and call them out on their betrayals. Since Bretton Woods II in August 1971 when our leaders betrayed us by substituting IOUs for money, our world has become one big credit expansion, everywhere and always, REAL growth has INCREASINGLY ceased. If there wasn’t lending for consumption called growth, the world’s economies would rightly be called in a depression. It truly is INFLATE or DIE. Without it, our Ponzi economies and welfare states would collapse in the insolvency they inhabit. It is why our economies have become financialized to extract every penny in one way or another that they can from the public and transfer it to the government and the financial systems which control them (central banks and the their shareholders). We are debt slaves and serfs to global socialist elites, which are morally and fiscally bankrupt.

This post was published at GoldSeek on 26 September 2014.