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Posted on 04/28/2010 7:52:27 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Why Should You Be Freaked Out About Greece? Remember, The Great Depression Had Two Parts
Megan McArdle | Apr. 28, 2010, 4:37 PM | 4,190 | comment 13
The most terrifying words I've seen written so far about the growing crisis in Greece were penned by Yves Smith yesterday: "So the whole idea that the financial crisis was over is being called into doubt. Recall that the Great Depression nadir was the sovereign debt default phase. And the EU's erratic responses (obvious hesitancy followed by finesses rather than decisive responses) is going to prove even more detrimental as the Club Med crisis grinds on."
The Great Depression was composed of two separate panics. As you can see from contemporary accounts--and I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in the Great Depression read the archives of that blog along with Benjamin Roth's diary of the Great Depression--in 1930 people thought they'd seen the worst of things.
Unfortunately, the economic conditions created by the first panic were now eating away at the foundations of financial institutions and governments, notably the failure of Creditanstalt in Austria. The Austrian government, mired in its own problems, couldn't forestall bankruptcy; though the bank was ultimately bought by a Norwegian bank, the contagion had already spread. To Germany. Which was one of the reasons that the Nazis came to power. It's also, ultimately, one of the reasons that we had our second banking crisis, which pushed America to the bottom of the Great Depression, and brought FDR to power here.
Not that I think we're going to get another Third Reich out of this, or even another Great Depression. But it means we should be wary of the infamous "double dip" that a lot of economists have been expecting.
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So maybe my UBS financial advisor is misguided because he now wants me to long with 100% of my $’s?
We haven’t solved our debt problem. We have merely pushed it around and hidden it from our sight. Momentarily.....
Long in what investment tools?
Rioting by the eaters will come to all socialist societies when the uber-state begins serious rationing of the freebies (e.g., the other shoe drops). Then comes enslavement of the masses.
Cooling the mark should be the title of this one!
Bernanke’s printing press gave the Impostor in Chief some breathing room, but he couldn’t do a thing about the nut cases in Greece and Germany.
The depression of ‘32 was nothing!
And here I thought the infamous "double dip" was Obama/Biden.
I don’t think you’re “mad”.
I think the worm has turned and we will be eaten.
Where are those which told us the sub-prime scams were ‘nothing to be concerned about’, along with ‘there is no housing bubble’ just prior to the bubble bursting?