Collapse Is In Hindsight – It Is A Matter Of Time

As introduced over the summer, our research of 20 different cycle theories has indicated that as of 2013 serious turmoil will reign in all markets and that the precious metals drop of this year was just the first shot across the board (courtesy: Gary Christenson). Every cycle theory we researched pointed to a collapse in the different financial assets, varying in degree and exact timeframe. The dolldrums are becoming louder. Think about this: either central banks will continue pumping money in the ailing banking system, or they start tapering. In both cases, it is an unsustainable and articial operations.

Several observers have commented recently about the near-term / mid-term outlook. The observations are quite unanimous: although the alleged economic experts and mainstream financial media pretend that things are “contained” in reality (under the hood) a mega crisis is boiling and is coming closer. 

Below “testimonials” confirm our view which we detailed in our piece Sorry, we the people are no machines. The main thesis in there was that our debt based economic and monetary system is reaching its natural limits. Read why and how. 

The U.S. stock market is near all-time highs, while politicians and economists are blathering about recovery, low inflation, and good timess.  To the extent we rely upon the fantasies of ever-increasing debt, money printing, and credit bubbles, we are vulnerable to financial collapses.  Perhaps a collapse is not imminent, but it would be foolish to ignore the possibility.  Consider what these writers have to say:

The Fantasy of Printing “Money” To Solve Problems

Bill Fleckenstein:  (link)

Money-printing cannot solve problems.  It doesn’t really give us much gross domestic product growth, as we have seen.   It hasn’t really helped on the employment front either, as job growth is meager (of course, it is also hampered by other government policies).  What money-printing has accomplished is to push the stock market high enough to cause people to once again become delusional in their expectations.”

Andy Hoffman:  (link)

“No, Larry Summers won’t be able to save the day…  The damage is already done; and thus, NOTHING can turn the tide of 42 years of unfettered, global MONEY PRINTING – which as I write, has entered its final, terminal phase.” 

Bullion Bulls Canada:  (link)

“So the ending is already clear.  The U.S.S. Titanic is about to be intentionally sunk (again), and B.S. Bernanke’s ‘fingerprints’ will be planted all over the crime scene.”

Credit Bubble in the Global Economy Will Eventually Collapse

John Rubino:  (link)

“… nothing was fixed after 2008, just as nothing was fixed after the housing, tech stock, and junk bond bubbles burst.  The response has been the same each time, only progressively more aggressive and experimental.  That the financial, economic and political mainstream think that the system has been reset to ‘normal’ because asset prices are back where they were just before the 2008 crash is, well, crazy.  With financial imbalances bigger than ever before – and continuing to expand – the only possible outcome is an even bigger crash.”

Bill Holter:  (link)

“THIS is where THE REAL BUBBLE is!  The biggest bubble in all of history, (larger than the Tulip mania, South Sea, the Mississippi Bubble, 1929, current global real estate and global stock bubble combined then cubed) is the current and total global financial system.  EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE is based on credit.  In fact, over 60% of this credit is dollar based and ‘guaranteed’ by the U.S. government.  The minor little problem now is that we have reached ‘debt saturation’ levels everywhere.  There are no more asset classes left able to take on more credit (air) to inflate the balloon.  The other minor detail is that the ‘asset’ that underlies the value of everything (the dollar and thus Treasury securities) is issued by a bankrupt entity.  What could possibly go wrong?”

Discussion:

Growing and healthy economies mean more people are productively employed.  It appears that much of the “growth” in the U.S. economy over the last five years has been in disability income, food stamps (SNAP), unemployment, student loans, welfare, debt, and government jobs – none of which are productive.  Examine the following graph of Labor Force Participation Rate – the actual percentage of the populace that is employed.  Does this look like a healthy economy experiencing a recovery or a collapse in productive employment?

employment_participation_rate_1970_2013

The damaging effects of 100 years of Fed meddling in the U.S. economy, many expensive wars, 42 years of unbacked debt based currency, and unsustainable growth in credit and debt have left the Western monetary system in a precarious position. 

Using common sense, ask yourself:

  1. Can total debt grow much more rapidly than the underlying economy which must support and service that debt?  FOREVER?
  2. Can government expenditures grow much more rapidly than government revenues?  FOREVER?
  3. Will interest rates remain at multi-generational lows?  FOREVER?
  4. Will a fiscally irresponsible congress rein-in an out of control spending system that our fiscally irresponsible congress created?
  5. Is another and larger (than 2008) financial collapse likely and inevitable?
  6. Do you still believe in the fantasies of ever-increasing debt, printing “money” and credit bubbles?  Are you personally and financially prepared for a potential financial collapse?
  7. Have you converted some of your digital currencies into real money – physical gold and silver?  Is it safely stored outside the banking system and perhaps in a country different from where you live?

 

Read: The Reality of Gold and the Nightmare of Paper | What You Think is True Might Be False and Costly

GE Christenson | The Deviant Investor

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