Skip to comments.Stock Market Crash… Economic Collapse
Posted on 07/22/2014 7:24:08 PM PDT by Signalman
You cant deny an economic collapse. We are about to see the greatest stock crash of our lifetimes
I recently read a good article in Barrons by Randall W. Forsyth called Deus ex Machina 2.0: Is the Fed Trying to Take Human Nature Out of the Credit Cycle?
It was particularly interesting in light of the Bank for International Settlements warning that central banks are stoking financial bubbles that will burst, creating an even larger financial crisis and that they should reverse their endless stimulus policies sooner rather than later.
Music to my ears: Were they singing my song or what?!
Of course, central bankers like the Feds Yellen had to come out and counter this sober view; the same view Im trying to share with you of an insane world where theres unlimited use of financial drugs to keep historys greatest global debt and financial asset bubble going forever.
And it really is insane!
How could any intelligent economist argue, with a straight face, no less, that taking more and more financial drugs to keep the high going is fiscally responsible?
Yet that is exactly what Yellen did (and continues to do)!
She quoted Greenspan: Because theres no way to identify a bubble until it bursts, its better to clean up the damage when it does pop than to try to deflate it in advance.
This coming from the so-called free-market capitalist who stoked the technology and housing bubbles into the turn of the century. Every time the economy would slow, he increased the crack drug of easy monetary policy in the system, pushing interest rates lower and creating greater speculation.
At the end of June, Yellen stated that she hoped the Feds low-interest-rate policy would not create excess speculation.
Are you kidding me?!
You let traders lever up 30 to 50 times, with near zero, short-term money costs, and you hope therell be no speculation?! Do you think Wall Street is full of boy scouts?!
An Economic Collapse is Unavoidable
You mean that housing prices more than doubling in six years, with no appreciable increase in real incomes, and with mortgage lending advancing from 3.3 times pre-tax income to 9.2 times tax income, all stoked by record-low interest rates, was not identifiable as a bubble?!
Was an advance in the Nasdaq from 800 to 5,050 in just five years not a sign of a bubble?
How about the recent three-times advance in the S&P 500 in a totally artificially-stimulated economy that can only grow at 2% (on average), despite $2 trillion a year in fiscal and monetary stimulus?
Or how about Chinas stock market going up 6.6 times in two years
Or the Shanghai real estate market going up 6.63 times since early 2000?
These are not identifiable bubbles in the Feds eyes?!
This apparent blindness sends a very clear message: The Feds real intention is to take over the free-market capitalist system and program the economy to grow at 3% a year with 1% to 2% inflation
To annihilate the very dynamics of success and failure that created the greatest wealth in human history (a dynamic that is now spreading to emerging countries)
And, of course, to never have recessions or downturns or bank failures ever again.
Oh, like thats realistic!
These people know nothing about the free-market system and its dynamics for creating wealth.
In fact, its a horrible crime that these people are in charge.
These central bankers shouldnt even be allowed to babysit our children, never mind control our economic policies!
Thankfully, Im not alone in my views of the Feds incompetence and unspoken intentions. Theres also David Stockman, who is our keynote speaker at our Irrational Economics Summit this year.
He says it best in the subtitle of his 2013 book The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.
And theres Forsyth, who seems to be alone in his chosen profession, being one of those scarce purveyors of the truth in the financial media.
Unfortunately, no matter what anyone says, this endless stimulus and denial cant last, and when it ends, the repercussions will be devastating.
In fact, Im only getting more bearish as the stock market continues to edge up in the face of a 2.9% decline in GDP (in the first quarter), slowing earnings growth, and the Middle East turning into an outright Shia-Sunni religious war.
Beginning this year, well see a sharp drop coming into early 2015 (Im taking Dow 10,000 to 11,000) then another slide into late 2016 or early 2017 (when the Dow will sink as low as 5,000 to 6,000) and finally a third fall into early 2020 or so (with the Dow slamming into the 3,300 to 3,800 mark).
I know that the stock market looks invulnerable at this point. But thats exactly when you should be the most afraid and cautious. This is precisely how bubbles suck in even the skeptics before they burst.
And bubbles dont correct. They burst violently. My article on the 10 Rules About Bubbles Youre Going to Want to Know will explain the details. Remember the Nasdaq? It lost 40% in just the first crash in 2000 before it bottomed down 80% in late 2002.
Time to prepare.
Been reading this Chicken Little stuff for 30 years.
“Dogs and cats, living together...MASS HYSTERIA!”
If the world can get rid of Obama...we are on the verge of a Renaissance.
Yep..... what’s crazy is that most who think this economic collapse is coming also believe the dollar will loose all of its value. And, to prepare for this event they take everything out of the market and put it in cash. Go figure....
Heavily invested in lead.
We’ve got a few rent houses that are paid for and producing nice retirement income. You can’t go wrong owning investment property. People will always need a place to live. Nothing wrong with owning enough lead too :)
Actually, they are the ones buying gold. And gold won’t go up. The big boys are going to need it to pay their derivative margin debt.
Dent’s whole “thing” is based on a massive demographic collapse—the transition of the Baby Boom into retirement wholly unprepared for it. Add on all of the crap Obama has done and it just magnifies the impact.
People will be selling all of their assets—and no one will buy.
Problem is you could have said that in Jan of 13. And the market made 28% in 2013.
You know.... the interesting thing here in Oklahoma. When the real estate bubble burst... home values went down some (not as dramatically as other parts of the country because the bubble was not as large here)... but even with property values dropping, monthly rental prices continued to go up. People always need a place to live.
Gold.... I’m not sure what value gold will have in an economic collapse. I can think of a lot of things that would be of more value (ammunition etc) than gold. I know its a precious metal, but what is it worth from a practical perspective? Its only worth what it will buy or the dollars it will buy?
“Weve got a few rent houses that are paid for and producing nice retirement income.”
No we're not. What a moron.
I put a pair of apartments over my garage for much the same reason.
Mr Dent seems to really be mouthing off here. Anybody know his track record?
Here's another good plan.... I've done a couple of these. In OKC, 125k will buy a 1500 sq ft house 20 years old or so. You buy the house and pay cash for it. You sell it to someone with marginal credit. Someone that traditional lending institutions won't lend to. There are people who make mistakes during their 20's and get into their 30's and get their act together. They have money and jobs but not good credit yet. You sell to them for 135k. And they give you 10 to 15k down. You loan them the balance at 6.5%. You amortize the loan on 20 or 30 years but balloon it in 10. Their plan is to repair credit and eventually refinance. You're out of the deal in 10 years either way. You collect their taxes and insurance just like a mortgage company would and escrow it etc. YOu can manage the whole thing on one excel spread sheet.
If you've picked the right couple... and you'll have lots of couples to choose from.... you've just set up a 6.5% investment with a real asset behind it. Not the obama market behind it, and not some municiple bond from a city that may file bankruptcy some day. They own the house so you don't have the traditional landlord "fun". Honestly, I could sell a house every single day like this. if Finding people to buy them is EASY EASY EASY. And if they default, you get the house back and start over. You can't get a better deal.
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