financial collapse Tag

Posted On October 26, 2017By BlackbeardIn Articles

Venezuelans turn to Bitcoin to escape currency crisis

By now, most Americans are familiar with the economic basket case that is Venezuela. The country’s economy has collapsed, leaving the population desperate and starving. The human cost is highly visible and tragic, but what gets less attention is the way in which the government has destroyed the country’s currency, thereby making it impossible for citizens to buy basic necessities. It’s a common story in socialist countries. Unable to sustain massive levels of government spending, the state prints more and more money, trading short-term gains for massive inflation. It’s oneRead More
Low rate environment puts banks under pressure, ING CEO says from CNBC. The CEO of a major European bank offered a stark warning for his industry on Thursday, suggesting that years of accommodative policy by global central banks could quickly turn sour. Low interest rates have been supportive for the world economy, according to ING Group’s Chief Executive Ralph Hamers, but banks have to be “very cautious” at this moment in time because “this is exactly when things may go wrong,” he said. “You have to be careful and very cautious notRead More

Posted On July 26, 2017By HoudiniIn Articles

Central Bankers ‘Are’ The Crisis

If there’s one myth – and there are many – that we should invalidate in the cross-over world of politics and economics,it‘s that central banks have saved us from a financial crisis. It’s a carefully construed myth, but it’s as false as can be. Our central banks have caused our financial crises, not saved us from them. It really should -but doesn’t- make us cringe uncontrollably to see Bank of England governor-for-hire Mark Carney announce -straightfaced- that: “A decade after the start of the global financial crisis, G20 reforms are building a safer, simplerRead More
After Donald Trump was elected president, a lot of the fears and concerns that were once so common among conservatives and libertarians, seemed to fade. That state of relief was proven to be temporary, but fears of financial collapse and social disintegration still aren’t as prevalent now as they used to be. A lot of people have let their guard down, because they think things will be alright since “their guy” is in office. But they should be concerned, because while they’ve been breathing a sigh of relief, wealthy elites and celebritiesRead More
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is quite convinced that the United States will not experience another financial crisis for a very long time to come.  In fact, she is publicly saying that she does not believe that another one will happen “in our lifetimes”.  But there are other central bankers that see things very differently.  In fact, a new report that was just released by the Bank for International Settlements is warning that a new financial crisis could soon strike “with a vengeance”.  So who is right? It would beRead More
(June 16): Kim Dae-jung, the former president of South Korea, once told me a story that perfectly captures the spirit of reform that followed the 1997 Asian financial crisis. He was on an official trip to Vietnam when a panicked visitor from Seoul sought an audience. It was Kim Woo-choong, the flamboyant founder of Daewoo Group, then Korea’s second-largest business house. Over breakfast in Hanoi, the businessman said his companies were spiralling towards financial ruin and begged the president for help. In the past, such an appeal probably would’ve worked.Read More

Posted On June 20, 2017By HoudiniIn Articles

An Empire Self-Destructs

Empires are built through the creation or acquisition of wealth. The Roman Empire came about through the productivity of its people and its subsequent acquisition of wealth from those that it invaded. The Spanish Empire began with productivity and expanded through the use of its large armada of ships, looting the New World of its gold. The British Empire began through localized productivity and grew through its creation of colonies worldwide—colonies that it exploited, bringing the wealth back to England to make it the wealthiest country in the world. In theRead More
The question is subtly Malthusian in nature: how to deal with the world’s teeming billions in one fell swoop while maintaining the existing social and political orders in all of the countries?  That order needs only to have one facade now: as Draconian an order that can be accomplished without throwing the world into a revolution against every government in existence.  The Draconian nature is as follows: CCTV cameras monitoring and cross-referencing every purchase, every bank withdrawal or deposit, every movement, and every social engagement.  The Draconian nature is one of continuous monitoring, with a riseRead More

Posted On June 13, 2017By HoudiniIn Articles

The Incredible Cost of Going Broke

Puerto Rico’s road to financial freedom is cripplingly expensive. Already, as Bloomberg News reported Monday, the island has spent as much as $154 million to financial consultants and lawyers as it grapples with its unpayable $74 billion of debt. And that was incurred mostly before it filed for a bankruptcy-like restructuring in May. SURGING DEBT And that bill is going to rise substantially. It’s easy to see Puerto Rico incurring more than $400 million in additional fees as it works through a complicated web of debt. This is a shame from many perspectives; that money couldRead More
For decades citizenry has been fooled to participate in a paper scam (government fiat). It’s a ticking time bomb before the majority realizes that their currency (that they expend all their energy for) is a horrible store of value. We have seen plenty of examples in the recent past where a countries currency experiences a death spiral which eventually leads to hyperinflation where the velocity of the currency in circulation explodes. Where paper notes turn into a hot potato and the only thing people want to do is get rid of it as quickly asRead More