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Massive Distortion In Global Economy and Rise of Bitcoin Valuation: Signs of Impending Economic Disaster?

February 16th, 2021 Comments off

Sheldon Filger-blogger for GlobalEconomicCrisis.com

An unprecedented wave of policy measures has enabled distortions that  are wreaking havoc in the global economy, creating accelerating dangers of a cataclysmic event. This can be in the form of a market crash, contagion from imploding asset bubbles or rise in fears of inflation leading to irrational money flows. A combination of all these forces in synchronicity can be the single event leading to a global depression.

The major factor in the global economy at present is the unprecedented wave of liquidity being unleashed by policy makers. That fact alone is what has driven the sharp rise in equity prices since the initial collapse in the wake of Covid-induced economic shutdowns. There is no other explanation for the massive rise in equity prices, even while the real economy is stagnant after a sharp decline  in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The divide between Main Street and Wall Street alongside the sharp rise in equities has never been wider. It is only due to the money printing of central banks and record levels of public debt caused by the fiscal policies of sovereigns that has brought about this phenomenon.

Alongside the sharp rise in equity prices has been the explosive price rise in Bitcoin. The emergence of crypto or digital currencies in general, and Bitcoin in particular, has brought about the most expansive speculative bubble in the modern financial era. Bitcoin is completely opaque; nobody even knows the true identity of the person who created this cyber currency. Yet, even Tesla among other companies has begun to invest substantially in this digital currency as a means of mitigating risk factors.

Meanwhile, bond yields have begun to rise, an indication of growing fears of inflation. That, and the continuing deluge of liquidity from the policymakers, has created perhaps the most distorted and unstable financial environments since the  period that preceded the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Growing Concern Among Veteran Investors At Stock Market Bubble That Will Burst With Catastrophic Effect

January 25th, 2021 Comments off

Sheldon Filger-blogger for GlobalEconomicCrisis.com

When Covid-19 first impacted major economies last Spring, stock markets throughout the world plunged  by double-digits in a period of only 3-weeks. Yet, not only have these losses all been recouped; less than a year later equities have reached record levels, led by the Dow Jones index. In addition, other speculative investments such as the cyber currency Bitcoin have soared to dizzying highs. Yet, amid this financial exuberance veteran investors are displaying growing concern for the future. The  Financial Times has characterized their concern as seeing  “a bubble to rival anything  seen in the past century.”

Simply put , there is a disconnect between the equity markets and  the real economy, which is in dire straits in virtually every country. The sole reason for the escalation in equity prices is the unprecedented money printing by central banks, combined with equally unparalleled deficit spending by sovereigns. It is only this monetary and financial sugar high which is driving soaring equity prices.

When the first hint occurs that the pump-priming may be receding, however, the investors will run for the exists. What is likely to occur is a global stock market crash of calamitous proportions which, like the 1929   crash on Wall Street, will usher in a period of deep economic depression.