GEAB N°44: Global Systemic Crisis! Summer 2010 – The Bank of England Battle! Winter 2010 – The Fed At Risk of Bankruptcy !
- The Anglo-American empire is crumbling. It does not take a genius to see it. It has dragged on longer than most people thought it would. How, it can continue to weather the massive accumulated debts is a wonder. Can the Illuminist shadow government prolong its life? Or will they pull the plug starting this summer and bring in their WW3 plans? GEAB analyses the sovereign debt crisis infecting UK and US.
The explosive duo of the second half of 2010: Summer 2010 – The Bank of England battle / Winter 2010 – The Fed at risk of bankruptcy
The fuss made over Greece by the English and US media in particular tried to hide from the majority of the economic, financial and political players the fact that the Greek problem wasn’t a sign of an upcoming Eurozone crisis (2) but, in fact, an early warning of the next big shock of the global systemic crisis, that is to say a collision between, on the one hand, the virtual British and US economies founded on untenable levels of public and private debt and, on the other hand, the double wall of borrowing, maturing from 2011 onwards, combined with a global shortage of available funds for refinancing at low rates.
As we have explained since February 2006, at the time of our anticipation of its imminent arrival, one mustn’t forget that the current crisis has its origin in the collapse of the world order created after 1945, of which the United States was the support, assisted by the United Kingdom. …. the « Greek finger » doesn’t cite the Eurozone as much as the explosive dangers of the exponential financing needs of the United Kingdom and the United States (3).
So then, LEAP/E2020 asks two simple questions:
. who will be able/want to help the United Kingdom after the 6th May when its political chaos will inevitably expose the advanced meltdown of all its budget, economic and financial parameters?
The financial situation is so serious that the technocrats running the country have devised a plan, submitted to the parties contesting the next General Election, in order to avoid risking a power vacuum which could lead to a collapse in Sterling (which is already very weak) and British treasuries (Gilts) (the Bank of England having bought 70% of those issued over the last few months): Gordon Brown would remain Prime Minister even if he loses the election, unless the Conservatives were able to garner sufficient votes for outright victory (5). In effect, with an economic and political crisis as a backdrop, the polls lead one to think that the country is turning to a « Hung Parliament », without a clear majority. The last time that happened, in 1974, was a kind of political preliminary to IMF intervention eighteen months later (6).
For the rest the Government puts a positive spin on the statistics to try and create the conditions for a victory (or a managed defeat). However the reality is depressing. British real estate is trapped in a depression which will prevent prices reaching their 2007 levels for many generations (in other words, never) according to Lombard Street Research (7). The three parties are preparing to face up to a catastrophic post-electoral situation (8). According to LEAP/E2020 the United Kingdom could well suffer a « Greek (9) » event with British leaders announcing that the country’s situation is substantially worse than that disclosed before the election. The numerous meetings, at the end of 2009, between the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, and Goldman Sachs is a very reliable indicator of sovereign debt manipulation. As we wrote in the last GEAB issue, all one needs to do is follow Goldman Sachs to know where the next risk of sovereign debt payment default lies.
. who will be able/want to back the United States once the British fuse (11) has started burning, causing panic in the sovereign debt market in which the United States is, by far, the largest issuer?
Especially since the size of sovereign debt needed corresponds with the start of the expiry, beginning this year, of a mountain of US private debt (commercial real estate and LBO due for refinancing, amounting to 4.2 trillion USD of private debt expiring in the United States between now and 2014 (averaging one trillion USD a year (12)). Purely by chance, it is the same amount as new global sovereign debt issuance for 2010 alone, of which almost half is by the US Federal Government. Adding to that the financing needs of the other economic players (households, businesses, local authorities), the United States must find nearly 5 trillion USD in 2010 to avoid « running dry ».
Our team anticipates two replies just as stark:
. as regards the United Kingdom, the IMF and the EU, perhaps (13); and we’ll be watching, from this summer, the « Bank of England battle (14) » to try and avoid a simultaneous collapse in Sterling and UK public finances. In all cases Sterling will not come out undamaged and the crisis in public finances will engender an austerity plan of unprecedented size.
. as regards the United States, no one; because the size of its financing requirements exceeds the capacity of other players (including the IMF (15)) and, in winter 2010/2011, this event will lead to the explosion in the US Treasury Bond bubble founded on a huge increase in interest rates to finance sovereign debt and private debt refinancing needs, causing a new wave of financial institution bankruptcies. But it isn’t only countries that can default on payment. A Central Bank can also go bankrupt when its balance sheet consists of « ghost assets (16) » and the Fed will have to face up to a real risk of bankruptcy, as analysed in this GEAB issue.
Winter 2010 will, equally, be the stage for another destabilised event in the United States: the first major elections since the beginning of the crisis (17) when millions of Americans will probably express their feelings that they have had a « belly-full » of a continuing crisis (18), which doesn’t affect Washington and Wall Street (19), and which creates US public debt which is now counter-productive: a borrowed Dollar now causes a loss of 40 cents (see chart below).
One may not be in agreement with the answers given by our team to the two questions asked above. However, we are convinced that these questions cannot be ignored: no analysis, no theory on world developments over the next three quarters is credible if it doesn’t provide clear replies to these two questions: « who will be able/want to? ». From our side, we think the same as Zhu Min, the Deputy Governor of the Chinese Central Bank, that « the world hasn’t enough money to buy any more US Treasury bonds (20) ».
In this issue our team has, therefore, decided to make a progress report on the major risks weighing on the United Kingdom and the United States, and anticipate developments over the next few months in the growing context of a “velvet war” between Western powers (financial, monetary and trade war). We will also disclose a series of recommendations for facing the double shock of British and US financing needs.
- This is sound advice from Dr Doom. The idea that you can print trillions of dollars out of thin air (Quantitative Easing) without any consequence is naive.
Marc Faber, the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor, warns that when the next crisis hits, ‘you’d see people flee from all paper currencies into precious metals’. Speaking in an exclusive two-part interview with The Daily Crux, Faber said: “When the percentage of interest payments to tax revenue gets too high, it will become clear to everyone that the government will need to print money in earnest to make these payments. That’s when you’re likely to see a crisis of confidence in the dollar”.
“The question is will there be a crisis of confidence in all paper monies and what will the reaction of investors be? I would imagine that when the crisis really emerges, you’d see people flee from all paper currencies into precious metals,” Faber added. Does he think gold will fall anytime soon below US$1,000, or even US$900?
Faber wouldn’t rule out a move to the US$950-US$1,000 level, where gold broke out last year. “My sense is that if gold went lower than US$1,050, the Chinese would come in and buy some. I think they’re waiting for lower prices”. “But honestly, I’m telling everybody in the world the same thing. I own my gold and I will never sell it, especially when I see clowns like Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner…
When I’m looking at all these characters in government, I want to own physical gold.” “We’re just coming out of a seasonal period where gold is often weak, and heading into a period of seasonal strength, so it’s possible gold may start outperforming here,” Faber said.
Explaining how investors often miss on long term bullish trends by timing the market, Faber said:” As prices rise in a bull market, investors often try to be clever, and will sell thinking they’ll buy the asset back when it drops back down a bit. Of course, many times they never get the chance to do that, and end up missing a large portion of the rise.” Speaking to ‘CNBC Squawk Box Europe’ last month, Faber said “we already have now a gold standard created by the market place.”
“We have the exchange traded funds that have proliferated and we have more and more physical buying of gold,” he added. The famed investor pointed out that between 2001 and 2008, gold outperformed bonds and stocks, but starting with 2009 stocks outperformed. “This means investors must own gold because generally retail investors cannot move in and out of different assets like institutional investors”.
Investors should avoid bonds and cash over the next 10 years and choose stocks instead, he said, but warned that printing money will lead to an economic collapse in the end. “Before we have the final collapse that will be a deflationary collapse, we will have more and more money printing.” “I think interest rates forever in the US will be at zero. By zero I mean below the rate of inflation,” Faber told CNBC.
In a recent interview with a German website Faber said it is impossible for the American government to fulfill its obligations because the current deficit is already US$1.6 trillion this year. The total US debt is already 375% of the GDP, excluding medicaid medicare and social security. If you include these, the national debt is at 600% of the GDP, he said.
The legendary investor reiterared his belief that eventually there will be a big bust and then the whole credit expansion will come to an end. But before that happens, governments will continue printing money which in time will lead to Zimbabwe-style hyperinflation, and the economy will stop responding to stimulus.