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Excellent Critique Of U.S. Federal Reserve And Ben Bernanke By Israeli Economist Dr. Yishai Ashlag

September 24th, 2013 Comments off

Those who regularly read my blog, either on the GlobalEconomciCrisis.com website or my blogs pieces that are published in the Huffington Post, know that to say I am a critique of Ben Bernanke and his loose monetary policies at the U.S. Federal Reserve is an understatement.  Though most mainstream economists believe that Bernanke is a hero of the global economic crisis, a supposed savior from liquidity doom, there are a few excellent economists who from time to time offer incisive critiques on the Fed’s policies under Ben Bernanke.

Recently, I read an outstanding opinion piece on the madness of Ben Bernanke’s policies, and why it is bad for  other countries, including his own, to march in lock-step with the Fed’s easy money policies. Dr. Yishai Ashlag, an economist who writes for Israel’s leading business publication, “Globes,” has a piece entitled, “Interest rates should be raised not cut.” According to Ashlag’s take on Ben Bernanke,  “his policies are bad for the U.S. and bad for the world.” His explanation is well worth reading; here is the link to Dr. Ashlag’s piece on the “Globes” website:

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000880933&fid=4111

If Hillary Clinton runs for President of the United States  in 2016, see the video about the book that warned back in 2008 what a second Clinton presidency would mean for the USA:

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WALL STREET KILLS--A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT WALL STREET GREED GONE MAD

To view the official trailer YouTube video for “Wall Street Kills,” click image below:

In a world dominated by high finance, how far would Wall Streetgo in search of profits? In Sheldon Filger’s terrifying novel about money, sex and murder, Wall Street has no limits. “Wall Street Kills” is the ultimate thriller about greed gone mad. Read “Wall Street Kills” and blow your mind.

U.S. Economy Growth Is Tepid

August 1st, 2013 Comments off

The U.S. Commerce Department released Q2  results that indicate that, at an annualized rate, the American economy grew at 1.7 percent. And Wall Street and its coterie of experts are ecstatic. Why, I may ask? Because that number supposedly beat the predictions of those same experts, and exceeded that Q1 number, which reflected annual growth of the U.S. GDP at 1.1 percent.

Let’s hold our horses before uncorking the champagne bottles. By any standard, 1.7 percent annual GDP growth is tepid, and it is downright atrocious when one considered the massive fiscal and monetary stimulus being poured into the U.S. economy by the politicians and the Federal Reserve, care of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s quantitative easing and purchases of U.S. securities at the rate of 85 billion dollars per month, facilitated through the Federal Reserve’s printing press.

In addition to the above facts, the comparison with Q1 is misleading. Yes, 1.7 percent looks better than 1.1 percent. But let us recall that the 1.1 percent figure is a corrected number; the original Commerce Department report on Q1 was annual GDP growth of 1.8 percent.  Who can be certain that the Q2 number will not at some point be corrected downward, just as with the Q1 report?

All in all, despite the celebratory hype, I find nothing to cheer about in the report, and find the meager growth figure a pathetic end product derived from unprecedented fiscal deficits and Federal Reserve money printing.

If Hillary Clinton runs for President of the United States  in 2016, see the video about the book that warned back in 2008 what a second Clinton presidency would mean for the USA:

Hillary Clinton Nude

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WALL STREET KILLS--A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT WALL STREET GREED GONE MAD

To view the official trailer YouTube video for “Wall Street Kills,” click image below:

In a world dominated by high finance, how far would Wall Streetgo in search of profits? In Sheldon Filger’s terrifying novel about money, sex and murder, Wall Street has no limits. “Wall Street Kills” is the ultimate thriller about greed gone mad. Read “Wall Street Kills” and blow your mind.
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The Dow Jones At 14,000: Party Before The Storm?

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

With the Dow Jones having reached 14,000, it can be said that the worst losses on the index since 2008 have been made whole. But does that mean the global economic crisis is over? Hardly, as what we are seeing on Wall Street is totally unconnected to the real economy, American or global, as most economists and experts realize. The Dow Jones rally is a product of financial engineering, as opaque as any mortgage backed security, courtesy of the U.S. Federal Reserve and its chairman, Ben Bernanke.

While the rally on Wall Street has been occurring, unemployment in virtually every advanced economy, including America, has remained at historically high levels, despite unprecedented deficit spending  by governments. With austerity now replacing stimulus as the mantra of policymakers in the United States and Europe, there is no realistic likelihood for any meaningful reduction in the unemployment rate in the U.S., Eurozone and U.K.  in 2013. Currency wars are being waged by desperate governments, as economic strife leads to political unrest and instability, and geopolitical tensions threaten to blow up what remains of an anemic global economic recovery at anytime during the next twelve months. Yet, despite  the dire straits and fragility of the real economy, central bankers worldwide, but especially the Federal Reserve in the United States, have succeeded in raising equity valuations with all the deft  cunning of a snake charmer.

By design, the Fed, spooked over a moribund economy that is saturated with  sovereign debt and enfeebled by incompetent policymakers, has deployed monetary policy for one purpose; to create the mother of all asset bubbles, right on Wall Street.  Fed  Chairman Bernanke has imposed an essentially zero interest rate policy, or ZIRP, for what seems an eternity, with the objective of punishing savers and fixed income investors, and forcing them to plow their money into equities in search of any yield above real inflation, irrespective of risk factors.

The brokers on Wall Street are obviously delighted. But this stock market engineering by Ben Bernanke can only work in the long-term if the real economy recovers. Failing that, there is the old Newtonian law of physics; whatever goes up must surely come back down to earth.

                 

 

 

 

WALL STREET KILLS--A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT WALL STREET GREED GONE MAD

 To view the official trailer YouTube video for “Wall Street Kills,” click image below:

In a world dominated by high finance, how far would Wall Street go in search of profits? In Sheldon Filger’s terrifying novel about money, sex and murder, Wall Street has no limits. “Wall Street Kills” is the ultimate thriller about greed gone mad. Read “Wall Street Kills” and blow your mind.

 

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Ben Bernanke’s QE3 Will Not Reverse Global Economic Crisis

September 19th, 2012 Comments off

 

As expected, stock markets around the world swooned to the heavens after the Federal Reserve announced its third dose of quantitative easing. Ben Bernanke had already unleashed QE1 and QE2, with only short-tem, temporary stabilization of the financial and economic crisis still raging in the U.S. and Europe. What to make of Bernanke’s third version of quantitative easing? As Albert Einstein once said, the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing, over and over again, and expecting a different result.

The public is largely ignorant of what quantitative easing is ( and what it is not). It is simply money printing by a central banking, focused on using the artificially created liquidity to purchase sovereign or private sector debt instruments or depreciated assets, with the view of alleviating market conditions, such as countering high yields on government bonds. It is no substitute for sound economic and fiscal policies, and repeated doses of quantitative easing are inflationary, and typically create distorted asset bubbles.  The tech bubble of the 1990s,and the housing bubble that unleashed the global financial crisis of 2008, were the result of easy money policies by the Fed.

 Now we again have easy money intrusions into the market through the Fed, this time through QE3.  The only tangible result so far is the creation of a new bubble-the equity bubble  on Wall Street and beyond. As before, this bubble will not resolve the economic crisis afflicting most of the world, and will likely make it worse.

                 

 

 

 

WALL STREET KILLS--A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT WALL STREET GREED GONE MAD

 To view the official trailer YouTube video for “Wall Street Kills,” click image below:

In a world dominated by high finance, how far would Wall Street go in search of profits? In Sheldon Filger’s terrifying novel about money, sex and murder, Wall Street has no limits. “Wall Street Kills” is the ultimate thriller about greed gone mad. Read “Wall Street Kills” and blow your mind.

 

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Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Ramps Up The printing Press

September 13th, 2012 Comments off

It seems an eternity ago when Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, spoke optimistically about “green shoots” on the economic horizon. No more. Two bouts of quantitative easing and “Operation Twists” have been abject failures, as the country’s economic crisis-which is global in nature-continues. Now, the Fed’s FOMC  has jumped in again with more money printing.

“The committee is concerned that, without further policy accommodation, economic growth might not be strong enough to generate sustained improvement in labor market conditions,” say the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee), justifying their decision to purchase $40 billion in mortgage backed securities each month. In addition, the Fed plans to keep interest rates at near zero until at least 2015.

The global economic crisis erupted in 2008. The Fed is now saying, through its ill-conceived policy decisions, that this crisis will last at least until 2015-seven years after the implosion of Lehman Brothers. An this is not an economic depression?

 

                 

 

 

 

WALL STREET KILLS--A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT WALL STREET GREED GONE MAD

 To view the official trailer YouTube video for “Wall Street Kills,” click image below:

In a world dominated by high finance, how far would Wall Street go in search of profits? In Sheldon Filger’s terrifying novel about money, sex and murder, Wall Street has no limits. “Wall Street Kills” is the ultimate thriller about greed gone mad. Read “Wall Street Kills” and blow your mind.

 

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Inflation Is Not The Solution To The Economic Crisis

August 20th, 2012 Comments off

Almost instantaneously, as soon as governments across the globe went into unparalleled debt to bail out their financial systems beginning in 2008, economists openly were discussing  the impossibility of ever paying back those sovereign loans, and that a different solution was required. The answer, so the economists said amongst themselves, was targeted inflation. In effect, so argued those economists, inflation significantly higher than recent levels, targeted at a level of at least 5 percent, would be “good.”

Why would inflation, a fiscal and monetary circumstance which human beings by instinct regard as an ill omen, be seen in such positive hues by economists as renowned as Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman? The answer is that inflation is viewed as the ideal solution for eliminating sovereign debts that can never be repaid. In effect, inflation is the methodology by which a nation-state defaults on its loan obligations stealthily. The printing presses expand money supply beyond the level generated through real economic productivity, in the process depreciating the value of the currency. The nation-state , on paper, doesn’t default on its loan repayments, since the contractual obligation is repaid in monetary terms. However, inflation depreciates the value of the currency, so the outstanding loan obligation shrinks in real terms. In addition, so argue the economists, inflation, by destroying the value of money, discourages savings, leading to higher spending and improved economic growth.

It is a neat gimmick, one resorted to by indebted sovereigns throughout history. However, despite claims by economists that precisely targeted inflation has worked in the past, history tells a different story. In the great majority of examples where countries deliberately employed inflation as a fiscal and economic policy, the results were not only counterproductive; very often the social anguish created by the policymakers resulted in political consequences of dire proportions. One can look back at Weimar Germany’s bout of inflation, which went out of control and morphed into rampant hyperinflation. There are many countries that experimented with inflation at levels far less  than those experienced by Weimar Germany and, more recently, Zimbabwe, which still did no good and much harm economically and socially.

The basic problem with modern economic policymaking is that it is too fixated on fiscal gimmickry to resolve core problems. Whether it  is quantitative easing and “Operation Twist” by the Federal Reserve or stealth sovereign bond purchases by the European Central Bank,  the “experts” play fiscal games rather than address the fundamental factors underlying the global economic crisis; flawed systems and economic architectures that have transformed nations that formerly focused on production into entities of debt-financed consumption.  Regrettably, instead of coming to grips with the true underlying factors responsible for the first global economic depression of the 21st century, the economists advising our policymakers look increasingly towards inflation, and the destruction of whatever financial assets are still retained by the increasingly beleaguered middle class, as the last best hope for resolving the sovereign debt crisis.

It is unfortunate that our modern-day economic gurus have not read Santayana, who warned that those who disregard the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them.

 

WALL STREET KILLS--A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT WALL STREET GREED GONE MAD

 To view the official trailer YouTube video for “Wall Street Kills,” click image below:

In a world dominated by high finance, how far would Wall Street go in search of profits? In Sheldon Filger’s terrifying novel about money, sex and murder, Wall Street has no limits. “Wall Street Kills” is the ultimate thriller about greed gone mad. Read “Wall Street Kills” and blow your mind.

 

 

Fed Chairman Bernanke Gloomy Over U.S. Economy

June 21st, 2012 Comments off

Perhaps the greatest money printer in monetary history, Ben Bernanke, the iconic chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, has publically stated his revised, gloomy economic forecast for the United States. According to Bernanke, the Fed now projects GDP growth in 2012 of 2.4 percent, down from nearly 3 percent earlier in the year. This is stall speed GDP growth, despite being goosed by more than a trillion dollars of deficit spending by the Federal government in the current fiscal year, and a bucket load of monetary stimulus measures by the Federal Reserve.

What is Bernanke’s response? An extension of a program for swapping short term bond purchases for longer-termed bonds, with the bizarre name of “operation twist.” The name alone tells us how ridiculous the Fed has become under the tutelage of Ben Bernanke. The reality, as plain as daylight, is that without a heap of borrowed money and monetary gimmicks, the American economy would implode. Unfortunately, the measures adopted by Bernanke and other policymakers, which only succeed in kicking the can down the road a bit more, assure us that when the bill needs to be paid, the cost will be even more dear for the U.S. and global economy.

                 

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U.S. Unemployment Rate Continues To Fall-As Discouraged Workers “Disappear”

May 5th, 2012 Comments off

he latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the United States supposedly “created” 115,00 jobs in April. Not even President Obama’s supporters are cheering loudly over this figure, as it indicates a slowing down of job creation-and that is if the number is accurate. As many know, BLS jobs numbers are usually a mathematical abstraction based  on assumptions and inferences, not hard numbers. In any event, if there were 115,000 jobs created in April, that is below the approximately 200,000 new jobs that must be created in the U.S each month in order to keep up with population growth. In other words, 115,000 new jobs in April would mean that the American unemployment rate would increase.

But in April, again according to the BLS, the U.S. unemployment rate did not increase; in fact it “declined” to 8.1 percent. If job creation is lagging behind the expected entry of new workers into the U.S. labor market, how did the magicians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics construct a reduction in unemployment?  Very simple. There are so many discouraged unemployed workers in the United States, they are simply giving up and “leaving” the labor force. In many cases, actually, the BLS is exercising initiative and assuming that a certain proportion of the unemployed simply drop out of the workforce each month.

The real meaning of the April jobs number is that the participation of age-eligible Americans in the labor force -both working and unemployed-is at a 30 year low. How is that synonymous with an economic recovery?

In point of fact, a staggeringly high rate of unemployment, made artificially lower by not counting those long-term unemployed workers as being part of the active labor force, is by no means characteristic of a post-recessionary economic recovery. What has recovered since the onset of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008 are equity prices, which have regained almost all of their losses. However, that recovery is not due to increased consumer demand stemming from the reentry into the workforce of formerly unemployed workers. Rather, stock prices regained most of their losses and have enjoyed a recovery due almost entirely to the loose monetary policies of the Federal Reserve under the tutelage of its chairman, Ben Bernanke.

In contrast with the policies of President Franklin Roosevelt during America’s Great Depression of the 1930s, which focused on facilitating job creation, the policymakers in the U.S. have focused their efforts on reinflating equity prices through quantitative easing (money printing) and offering banks (including investment banks) historically low interest rates, in effect free money. Perhaps sooner than we can imagine, history will render its verdict on this policy of neglecting a recovery in the labor market in favor of reinflating the stock market.

                 

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Lender of Last Resort For European Banks: Mario Draghi of the ECB

March 8th, 2012 Comments off

It appears that the European Central Bank under the leadership of Mario Draghi is following in lockstep with the policy prescription devised by the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke. Just as the Fed expanded its  balance sheet to over $2 trillion, in the process becoming the lender of last resort to U.S. banks  that would otherwise have been insolvent without the cheap credit from Bernanke (and changing accounting rules from “mark to market” to “mark to fantasy”), the ECB is now doing exactly the same in the Eurozone.

Already, through its stealth quantitative easing program, the European Central Bank has expanded its balance sheet by more than $1.3 trillion, thus preventing Europe’s banks from collapsing due to the weight of worthless assets they hold in sovereign loans to insolvent (and defaulting)nations such as Greece, along with Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain on their balance sheets.

It is no surprise that many investors, and certainly all the banks, are cheering central bankers such as Bernanke and Draghi. They seem to ignore the fact that if money printing by central banks were truly an effective method of restoring genuine economic  growth, than counterfeiting would be legal for us all, and not just the trans-sovereign central banks.

 

 

                 

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IMF Warns: Global Economy Is In a “Dangerous Place”

September 22nd, 2011 Comments off

The global economic crisis that erupted in 2008, and was supposedly “cured” by the massive public debts incurred by the policymakers, is apparently evolving into a terminal tailspin. A growing number of reputable economists, including Nouriel Roubini, are frankly stating that advanced economies, in particular the United States, the Eurozone countries and the United Kingdom, have entered a double-dip recession. The economic outlook is so bleak that even establishment institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, and to a lesser extent the U.S. Federal Reserve, are candidly acknowledging the dire state of the global economy and the precariousness of its financial architecture. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was forced prematurely to hint at some level of policy intervention; the result, the so-called “Operation Twist,” a macabre arrangement whereby the Federal Reserve’s short-term purchases of U.S. Treasuries are swapped for long-term government debt instruments. The resulting plunge in equity values demonstrates that the market is no longer easily fooled by Bernanke and his clowns.

In a starkly candid statement, the new managing director of the IMF said that the world’s economy was entering a “dangerous place.” Given that the leaders of major global economic bodies do not seek to erode market confidence during turbulent economic times, it must be surmised that Christine Lagarde would not have issued such a pronouncement as the leader of the IMF unless the data she is privy to shows that things are actually much worse than what is being publicly discussed.

Will my prediction of economic catastrophe in 2012 hold true? Based on current developments and increasingly grim talk by economists and policymakers such as the IMF’s managing director, I think the chances that I am wrong are weaker than the likelihood that my forecast is correct.

 

                 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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