Submitted by Gordon T. Long of MATASII
SELF INFLICTED ABUSE
In the fall of 2015 we released a video study entitled: “The Coming Global Auto Abyss – Too Much Supply, Too Many Brands; Combine with Too Much Credit!”. We concluded that low interest rate monetary policy for the auto industry was like handing crack cocaine to a drug addict. The auto industry would rapidly and irresponsibly abuse it, to such an extent that it would once again ‘spin out’ and careen back to what can only be termed the Washington ‘substance abuse center’. Whether mis-management or clever strategy we are unfortunately being proven right and are now witnessing the reality.
The Washington Keynesian planners mistakenly believe that cheap money still stimulates demand. It historically did this before it became a legally addicting substance, but even its original tenet was essentially based on bringing demand forward. By design this creates a demand hole in the future, but as Keynes himself famously rationalized: “in the long term we are all dead” … so not to worry when the economic need is urgent! Setting aside for a moment this critical structural reality, we need to remember that cheap credit additionally fosters structural ramifications seldom elucidated
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 3, 2017.