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"THE WORST GET TO THE TOP"

When asked how informed politicians are of what is going on, Wenzel is reminded of Nobel Laureate Economist, Fredrich von Hayeks writings in the "Road to Serfdom" that:

"The worse get to the top"

They are willing to say and do anything to get to the top. These are the ones that know what is going on. A lot of elected politicians simply don't know what is going on and are marginalized. As in the world of finance, "bad money forces out good money".

"INFLATION & INTEREST RATE SURPRISES AHEAD"

Wenzel believes the Fed's stated inflation target of 2% is in actuality 3%. Until this level is achieved the Fed is not going to let up. Unfortunately because of the economic lags and distortions in the signals, Wenzel sees it getting out of control resulting in inflation levels not seen since the late 1970's. Having presented at the Federal Reserve, Wenzel says:

"The Fed is surprisingly unaware of anything outside of money printing! ... It is stunning how off the page they are and how they have no clue, as evident in the Fed minutes where they don't even mention the money supply!"

 

 

ROBERT WENZEL TALKS FINANCIAL REPRESSION

Long time Austrian School Economist and Libertarian with a professional background in Wall Street Finance, Robert Wenzel warned of the 2007-2008 Financial Crisis in his book: The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and was subsequently asked to Washington and the Federal Reserve to detail how he knew where "I really gave it to them!!"

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

He sees the central banks of the world and the Federal Reserve as manipulating the economy through interest rates and flows of funds which makes it very difficult for the individual to make money consistently which represses everyone but gives a major advantage to Wall Street. Much of this is done through restrictive regulations where the "devil is in the details". Very few really understand the significance of the "details".

Active in Silicon Valley, Robert Wenzel has seen closeup how the 'regulatory details' offer major advantage which give staggering advantage and financial gain to the few, but disadvantage or competitively impede many in their business enterprise. Though Robert Wenzel does not use the term he describes the workings of Crony Capitalism which Macro Analytics has chronicled in many previous videos.

"It is a rigged system where they simply write regulations when things go off the rails for them!"

What this means is it is now making it almost impossible for the average person and small business entrepreneur to survive and prosper.

   

 

DAVID STOCKMAN , David Stockman is the ultimate Washington insider turned iconoclast. He began his career in Washington as a young man and quickly rose through the ranks of the Republican Party to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. After leaving the White House, Stockman had a 20-year career on Wall Street.

 

 

 

BANKS HAVE BECOME WARDS OF THE STATE

"We have a problem with the banking system in this country todayand that is because banks as they now exist and function are not free market institutions by any shape, form, function or form of imagination! They are essentially wards of the state"

Stockman believes they would not exist in their current form nor would they take the kinds of risk they take if it were not for:

  • The $9T of government deposit insurance,
  • Access to the Fed's discount window,
  • Banking licenses from the state which therefore shield them from the claims they would be exposed to otherwise.

The resulting level of malinvestment and market distortions will soon come to an end when we again have realistic price discovery. He believes it is "only a matter of time before we have another more cataclysmic financial meltdown" due to the sheer weight of speculation in this central bank, bubble driven era which is now occurring.

 

Financial Repression

The CROMNIBUS "Abomination"!

CROMNIBUS

We interrupted David Stockman in Aspen where he was just finishing an article concerning the Cromnibus Bill which the Senate having passed was forwarding to the White House. You can easily sense the annoyance in David's tone about yet another "abomination" out of Washington of a $1.1T, 1600 page Bill and no one given the time to even read it. "Pork and earmarks" were blatantly evident and tacked all over it. As a former Washington insider he is very clear on what is wrong in Washington.

It seemed very appropriate to ask David on this day to talk with us about Financial Repression!

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

"Honest interest rates and financial asset prices come about from price discovery in the free market owing to the interplay of supply and demand for savings, borrowing and other forms of investment in the marketplace. The opposite of that is the regime we have today which I call the regime of financial repression.

"It is characterized by Dishonest or false prices that are not set by the market but are administered by the central bank under the doctrine of ZIRP, QE, wealth effect and all of the other artifices they have invented to justify intervention in the heart of the financial market day-in and day-out! Capitalism cannot function efficiently nor can the economy grow at a healthy sustainable, balanced rate if you do not have a free market within the capital markets or money markets. It is at the very heart of the capitalist enterprise. Today we do not have that! We have absolute Financial Repression!'

 

 

   

 

ANDREW SHENG , Distinguished Fellow of the Fung Global Institute and a member of the UNEP Advisory Council on Sustainable Finance, is a former chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, and is currently an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His latest book is From Asian to Global Financial Crisis.

THE MARKET IS NOW POLICY DRIVEN

Sheng also believes the free market is presently not allowed to operate. Markets are highly distorted from trillions of dollars of 'pumping'.

"People equate finance with debt. Debt is about risk shifting and not about risk sharing! We presently have things backward. If you think of the real economy as the horse, and finance as the cart; what we have today is the cart in front of the horse!"

CONSEQUENCES OF FINANCIAL REPRESSION POLICIES

Andrew Sheng believes we are headed for another crisis. Common sense could help fix the problems but he feels common sense appears not to be so common, especially when politics in involved.

This interview touches a broad range of the fallout from Financial Repression; from how the US Fed is now locked into low interest rates, the 'hot money' US Dollar Carry Trade and why lenders are more concerned about balance sheet repair than investment.

 

 

Financial Repression

With the former head of the Hong Kong SEC

Andrew Sheng has spent his career in Asia as a central banker and regulator. He summarizes the current global situation as developed economies simply "kicking the can down the road" to avoid the painful and inevitable structural changes that must lie ahead. "There are no free lunches. Avoidance will only make it more expenses and painful later on!" He quotes former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers on this subject; "do you want your teeth pulled out slowly or very quickly?" Sheng concludes "we are going to have a long tooth ache for a very long time to come!"

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

Sheng describes what he refers to as the "Financial Repression Tax":

"Governments (via regulated banks) will pay depositors very low rates, sometimes below inflation rates in order to fund the budget. The result is what is known as a Financial Repression Tax. This represses the financial system. The biggest payers of the Financial Repression Tax become the pension funds, insurance companies and long term savers."

"Besides the government tax, this effectively also allows the rich & privileged to borrow from the poor! Rich countries are borrowing from the poorer countries"

AVOIDING DAY OF INEVITABILITY OF STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT

"As long as central bankers are printing we have a 'paper economy' not a real economy. That is where Financial Repression really harms the system"

SOURCE OF GROWING GLOBAL INEQUALITY

Sheng feels strongly that the inevitable outcome of broad based Financial Repression is and has become global inequality. "Quantitative Easing and the 'leveraged play' around the world is worsening inequality".

 

   

 

SIMON BLACK , is the publisher of SovereignMan.com and “Sovereign Man: Confidential” - An International Investment Intelligence Service. A graduate of West Point he served tours of duty in the middle east as an intelligence officer before beginning SovereignMan.com. He has visited over 116 countries and visits 40-50 countries annually looking for investment solutions to suit the realities of today's increasing government regulations and restrictions.

 

 

 

Financial Repression

with the SOVEREIGNMAN, Simon Black

"Financial Repression is Theft.

It is a very clever, cunning deceitful form of theft.

Governments are stealing purchasing power and essentially defaulting on their obligation to maintain a sound currency."

"Presently in many cases you have to pay a bankrupt government for the privilege of loaning them money!

Negative real interest rates is covert theft"

Simon believes that the mentality of many governments has shifted from an 'abundance mentality' to a negative 'scarcity mentality' that has left them chasing innocent, harmless people around the world (ie witness FATCA and the avalanche of renouncing citizenship) versus trying to attract productive people, being more competitive and "making the pie bigger". This is no longer the thinking that the US was founded on.

THE SOVEREIGN MAN APPROACH

The problem we’re facing is the fragility and danger that comes from massive centralization of economic and political power. The solution then, is to decentralize.

This strategy of diversifying aspects of your life across the globe is called Internationalization, and that’s what Sovereign Man's Six Pillars of Self Reliance are about.

The SIX PILLARS OF SELF RELIANCE - Financial sovereignty in the 21st century

    1. Move your money to safety - Foreign banking
    2. Establish new roots abroad - Second residence and second passport
    3. Don’t bet your life on a single currency - Alternative stores of value
    4. Rely on yourself - Personal resilience in a fragile world
    5. Grow your wealth - Entrepreneurship and private investments
    6. Protect what you hold dear - Asset protection and privacy

 

   

FATCA - FOREIGN ACCOUNTS TAX COMPLIANCE ACT

One of the most egregious examples of Financial Repression in the international arena is FATCA and the soon to be unleashed GATCA. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) effectively begins the process of ring fencing investors options through nothing more than a stealth form of capital controls.

The real issue to banks around the world is:

  1. Cost of Compliance
  2. Draconian penalties if even an honest mistake is made.

Therefore international banks don't want American accounts which is making it horrendously difficult for Americans to now live and operate abroad. FATCA has laid the foundation for GATCA in 2018 which is part of the end game for global taxation.

Like Financial Repression FATCA (and GATCA) is devious and not upfront with the American people. FATCA is a blatant example of "government for the government by the government" versus a constitution based upon "a government for the people by the people"!

Learn more about FATCA / GATCA and more as Casey Research's "International Man" talks what Financial Repression means around the world.

 

Doug Casey's "INTERNATIONALMAN"

Talks FINANCIAL REPRESSION & FATCA

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

"Financial Repression is Financial Authoritarianism.

It is not only repressing financial aspects of people's lives but all aspects of life and when you consider the amount of power that is wielded through Financial Repression, it is more accurate to call it Financial Authoritarianism!"

SOURCE OF FINANCIAL REPRESSION

Financial Repression is needed to help governments finance their debt, where the impedence comes from the level of government spending. Since almost all countries use a central banking model and fiat currencies this allows Financial Repression to exist. It gives the government the tools to implement Financial Repression which it wouldn't otherwise have in a SOUND MONEY System.

"The lynchpin of how Financial Repression is implemented is the Central Banking Model "

"What is fundamentally wrong with this is that it allows the government to take something (that something being Purchasing Power) that is not theirs, without people knowing. You learn in kindergarden that you don't take something that is not yours but that is exactly what they are doing!"

 

   

 

JAPAN IS AHEAD OF US IN THIS EVOLUTION

"Liquidity has dried up in the JGB market which means that at some point it is easier to have some sort of crisis"

REGULATION

Regulations in general are about barriers to entry. Therefore it limits risk taking which inevitably leads to less economic growth. By simply keeping interest rates low it doesn't put sufficient pressures on the system for structural reforms. As low interest rate policies continue to fail the political bias will be to "double down" which means the problems get even worse. Eventually the structural changes required becomes too great to be politically possible without hiding behind a major crisis.

SWISS NATIONAL GOLD REFERENDUM

The Swiss are fiercely independent and don't like the dependencies which the Euro peg to the Swiss Franc are creating. They don't like the debt an unelected central bank is piling onto the nation. What is important is that the referendum is trying to force more discipline into monetary policy.

WHAT INVESTORS MUST REALIZE

Cash is no longer safe anymore! The purchasing power of cash is at risk. Once investors realize this the investment world is open! They then need to invest based on the risk spectrum.

  • EQUITIES - Prices are elevated because of the actions of central banks ,
  • BONDS - "I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole in the current environment.
  • DIVERSIFICATION suggests adding Currencies and Precious Metals.
  • BE ALERT - Have your own opinion after building your own framework

 

 

 

AXEL MERK SPEAKS OUT

ON FINANCIAL REPRESSION

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

"In a nutshell, it is ways governments are trying to deprive you of purchasing power because the government has too much debt and must debase the value of the debt."

"Through the backdoor the government is trying to take some of your net worth .... It is a wealth TRANSFER from savers to those who have piled up a excess debt" "It is most commonly done through negative real interest rates!"

CENTRAL BANK INFLATION GOALS

"You often don't have enough inflation in the world when you have too much debt".

This is why the US, the EU and Japan are trying frantically get inflation up, despite it being bad for the average citizen or saver.

Axel Merk believes that if in 10 years we were to get back to historic bond level,s then there would be an addition $1 trillion in government interest rates. The fed is simply not going to allow that and therefore interest rates are realistically not going up.

NEGATIVE REAL INTEREST RATES

Even a Fed Funds Rate of 1.75 next year would likely still mean we would have negative real interest rates.

SOCIAL UNREST & POLITICAL INSTABILITY

"Policy makes never blame themselves for the problems they have. They always blame a minority, the wealthy or foreigners"

When you have too much debt political stability declines. In parts of the world where food and energy are bigger part of their disposable income you can expect social unrest as these inflation policies take on greater roles.

It is a fact that austerity policies fail at the polls as we have seen in Europe. In the US we are electing increasingly more populist politicians which means entitlement reforms have a slim chance of happening. Therefore "Kicking-the-Can-Down-the-Road" and reliance on the central bank to keep rates low.

We have former super powers on the decline and emerging super powers on the rise. We can only hope that this transition will be peaceful. A central banker told Axel prior to his starting his funds that "We can only hope the adjustment process will be slow and gradual"

 

   

Developed economies' currencies "are turning into toilet paper".

"JAPAN IS A GIANT ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN!"

"If you are looking for a one way street, perhaps the best speculation in the world today would to be short Japanese government bonds denominated in Yen". The demographics in Japan are the worst in the world.

"THE EU WILL CEASE TO EXIST"

Its really a horrible conglomeration of countries which should be simply a free trade area with the government in Brussels making it impossible. It is totally dysfunctional and will breakup.

DOUG'S RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. "Hold onto your hat" - Things are going to get real interesting starting in 2015,
  2. Doug sees turmoil coming which we haven't seen since the start of the Industrial Revolution or the French Revolution,
  3. Hold gold and silver. Some should be in coins in your possession.
 

 

A FINANCIAL REPRESSION WORLD TOUR

Best-selling author, world-renowned speculator, and libertarian philosopher Doug Doug Casey speaks out on FINANCIAL REPRESSION

Doug sees the world in the "eye of a gigantic financial hurricane". It entered the hurricane in 2007-2008 and will likely see the next stage in 2015. Here are just some of Doug's views and statements from this fascinating and exclusive interview with Gordon T Long.

REALISTICALLY SEES WAR AHEAD

"The US is being provocative with its military bases in 125 countries around the world and is provoking the Russians in the Ukraine." The US is now a country in a continuous state of war. "The US military is out of control."

"AMERICA DOESN'T EXIST ANYMORE!"

"America has turned into a police state". It is the most dangerous entity in the world today and has become hated globally because of its militarism.

"THE REAL RISK TO INVESTORS IS 'POLITICAL'"

US Investors must urgently diversify their assets abroad while it is still possible. More restrictive regulatory policies lie ahead.

US STANDARD OF LIVING & RESPECT IN THE WORLD HAS FALLEN

Today the US is more taxed and regulated than ever before, which limits its abilities to solve its problems.

PODCAST - via Telephone from Argentina - Quality the best possible

   

 

FREE MARKET SYSTEM HAS BEEN COMPLETELY VANQUISHED

"No one knows what the prices are of anything any longer! Capitalism has been annulled, cancelled and abrogated by government and central banks (which are one and same thing)".

WHERE WE ARE HEADED

  1. A complete breakdown in central bank credibility lies ahead,
  2. A complete collapse of the financial system will occur when interest raters normalize. The Fed won't initiate this normalization but rather the free market will,
  3. A resulting global economic collapse will wipe out tax bases and therefore debts and deficits will skyrocket
  4. Because of this threat, more QE, more financial repression and further market intrusions lie ahead.

 

 

 

 

SPEAKING OUT ON FINANCIAL REPRESSION

Michael Pento speaks out strongly by saying: "We cannot allow the whims of a small group of unelected people to depreciate the value of currencies without any accountability whatsoever. Who gave Mr Bernanke and Ms Yellen the authority to do all these QEs? Who voted them into power? Why do we believe deflation is a bane on the American populous? Why do we want real incomes to fall and prices to go up? We cannot allow these people to to destroy the American middle class and American consumer!"

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

"Any attempt by government to make sure debt service payments remain serviceable."

That is the key. "Whether it is to force people into the bond market, whether it is to keep interest rates artificially low - whatever they need to do to make sure they don't have to use the tax base to pay their debt and deficits. They utilize artificial methods to make sure they can make debt service payments."

JAPAN IS MICHAEL PENTO'S FAVORITE EXAMPLE

"In Japan they have been able to take the entire JGB market and monopolize the whole entire thing! There is nothing that occurs there unless the government is a buyer. There are days on end where there is no trading because their 10 year note is .005%."

"Japan is an insolvent nation that has taken its interest rates down to levels where there is no private market for their debt - it is a ticking time bomb ..... The danger here is the Yen can unravel here and become intractable."

"If interest rates go up just 1% the nation is completely insolvent. The Yen could unravel very quickly and cause the economy of Japan to collapse, which would be massively disruptive to all economies and markets across the globe."

 

   

 

Tim recalls the words we last heard in the dark days of 2008:

"When you’re a distressed seller of an illiquid asset in a market panic, it’s not even like being in a crowded theater that’s on fire. It’s like being in a crowded theater that’s on fire and the only way you can get out is by persuading somebody outside to swap places with you .”

This is precisely what occurs when the regulatory pressures and un-natural forces of FINANCIAL REPRESSION finally ends

 

 

SPEAKING OUT ON FINANCIAL REPRESSION

"Financial Repression is government stealing from savers and the future!"

"The single biggest problem of our times economically, is that for the last 40 years there has been an unsustainable buildup of credit expansion throughout the developed world ... and we have reached the end of the road new. Every policy by governments and their agents (the central banks) is too a) Kick the Can Down the Road and B) to steal from savers to keep this bandwagon rolling!"

THREE ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO ATTEMPT A RESOLUTION:

  1. Generate Sufficient Economic Growth to Keep Servicing the Debt,
  2. Repudiation or Debt Default,
  3. An Explicit Policy of State Sanctioned Inflationism.

Approach #1 and #2 or no longer realistically viable, leaving governments with only option #3. The last options has historically always been the option governments of fiat based systems have resorted to throughout the ages because of a lack of "political will and discipline".

Tim believes Japan is presently the 'dress rehearsal' and the rest of the world will be the main event.

   

 

THE COMING CRISIS

True wealth NEVER gets destoyed, it only gets transferred!"

Chris points out that wealth is never destroyed. but rather it is the claims on wealth which are destroyed during a crisis. "A profound currency accident is coming" according to Chris where he "would not be surprised to see the Yen be completel obliterated just like the the Zimbabwe dollar." His strong recommendations are:

  1. Understand the problem,
  2. To importantly, take action,
  3. Be in Productive Assets,
  4. Make sure your money is managed by those who understand the new reality and today's true risks

Wealth can no longer be stored in paper currency or "paper" claims in a Fiat Currency System.

 

PeakProsperity's Chris Martenson talks

Financial Repression

 

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

"When governments get into too much debt there are only so many ways to get themelves out from under the debt." There is:

  1. Austerity,
  2. Default on the Debt or
  3. Financial Repression

In reality, the third is the only politically viable solution. Financial Repression " the cornerstone involves taking a little from everybody and giving it to a couple of favored parties". To do this involves three basic elements:

  1. Negative Real Interest Rates,
  2. Ring Fencing via Regulatory Controls,
  3. Elimination of warning signals such as gold appreciation.

 


 

   

 

 

 

 

The Amphora Report's John Butler talks

Financial Repression

"The whole point of financial repression is to make it difficult or impossible for an investor to protect themselves"

John feels Financial Repression "is now extremely broad based (globally) and in fact you have to look very closely to find countries not actively pursuing some mix of Financial Repression policies."

A NEGATIVE SUM GAME

Butler has argued in his Amphora Report that competitive currency debasement is "is not a zero sum game but rather a negative sum game because policy makers don't realize that by trying to devalue against each other, unseen they are undermining the very credibility of unbacked fiat currencies generally."

Increasing the BRICS are "becoming increasingly wary of where all this is going and as a consequence are diversifying not only their fiat currency reserves but are diversifying into gold, oil fields and real assets generally."

HOW INVESTORS PROTECT THEMSELVES

"The only free lunch in economics is DIVERSIFICATION. The problem is that in a world of Financial Repression, the way you diversify yourself is very different than a world where financial represion is not an issue."

"There is no way out but Currency Debasement"


 

   

 

 

NICK BARISHEFF TALKS FINANCIAL REPRESSION

Nick Barisheff suggests that to protect yourself from government Financial Repression policies, a diversified portfolio with a strategic allocation of 20% in precious metals is presently merited. The Precious Metals allocation should be diversified in physical holdings between gold, silver and platinum.

Nick argues that China is closer to 5000 tons of gold than the 1000-1700 currently reported by official sources. When this all becomes properly understood it will send shock waves through the system!

Barisheff believes China is acquiring physical Gold in its Sovereign Wealth Fund which doesn’t have to report it to anyone. The last time they did the Chinese Central Bank Gold Reserves went from 800 to 1600 tonnes.  They haven’t reported in five years. During this 5 years Nick argues the gold is coming from Leased Gold. There has been approximately 1500 tonnes per year in net leasing over the last 10 years.

 

 

   

 

 

 

GRANT WILLIAMS TALKS FINANCIAL REPRESSION

Grant suggests that the dictionary defines repression as essentially about trying to repress true feelings. Financial Repression is the government’s attempt to steer behavior away from true investments and into those that assist the government to pay down its debts.

“The result is essentially outright theft by borrowers from savers. The pool of savings on earth is the last really untapped pool of capital that government has to go after”.

According to Grant the explosion in credit through removal from the Gold Standard, financial engineering and keeping interest rates low has left a differential between Credit Growth and GDP that has forced governments with no choice but to adopt Financial Repression policies. By debasing their currency and through inflation government create the most insidious type of wealth transfer that most people just don't understand.

 

 

   

 

FRENCH WARNS INVESTORS

  • People should be worried about their pensions,
  • People should be worried about the Fed's Repo market and primary dealer delivery failures. This will likely be the cause of the next crash. Money Managers are playing musical chairs every quarter to keep this game going.
  • People should be concerned about liquidity seizures which need to be closely monitored as money managers currently scramble for collateral.
  • "Collateral through Rehypothecation has been pledged and pledged, over and over again.... the average person is going to extraordinarily shocked by something they never saw coming because it is something that is hard to explain and hard to understand"

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Douglas E. French discusses

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

 

"The biggest bubble we have is US Treasuries. The believe you can't get hurt is a quality you always see in a bubble. The idea that lending an entity, that is $17T and going to $18T and beyond in debt, and will never be able to pay that back and the idea that you will get 2.5% for 10 years and it is 'return free risk' is certainly bubble territory!"

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

“You have PhD’s at the Fed trying to create economic growth with inflation and low rates. The repression is that people like you and I won’t ever be able to retire because we won't be able to get any return on our money so we can prop up the government and keep it in business."

This is the overall Macro Strategy of the government but central planning has never worked! ..... They are essentially trying to print their way out of a jam! ....... Because of Financial Repression almost ¾ Trillion dollars has gone to the government that should be in private hands!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

FINANCIAL BUBBLES

“Financial Bubbles are a direct result of all these policies for the benefits of the banks and wealthy …. That is what the Fed does. That is what central banks do. They blow bubbles over time for the benefits of banks and wealthy”

MISH ON KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS

“No one has gone back and proven how idiotic it all is. This idea that you can pay to dig a ditch and then have someone else fill it back up and this will add economic benefit is lunacy! Yet the average Keynesian believes that. A sixth grader would find in inherently ridiculous!”

MISH’S VIEW ON HOW INVESTORS CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES

“Don’t participate in bubbles!! Get out of the financial markets. Buy some Gold and wait."

 

Mike (Mish) Shedlock talks

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

Mish Shedlock talks Financial Repression with Gordon T Long.

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

“Financial Repression is a set of fiscal & monetary policies for the express benefit of the ruling class – the politicians, the banks, and the already wealthy at the expense of everyone else”

THE GOAL

“It is about coercing the government into doing things that are in the express interest of the ruling class. The already wealthy are the ones who gain the most”

MISH ON "WAR"

“War is another example of Financial Repression. Who benefits?  The war mongers – the banks, politicians and wealthy. You can’t even get elected if you don’t support war because the whole Military-Industrial Complex is behind it and you will be labeled ‘weak on defense’”

THE COMING CURRENCY CRISIS

Mish believes a currency crisis is coming which is most likely to start outside the US in likely Europe or Japan.

“This environment fosters banks and the wealthy to speculate. When it ends badly and we have to bail them out the average guy on the street is going to pay for it – again”

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Repression Authority

Interviews Ronald-Peter Stoeferle

Ronald-Peter Stoeferle is a noted Austrian economist and money manager who believes strongly that “we should expect that financial repression as well as wealth taxes in various facets which will increasingly gain in importance in coming years". He believes "this to be a disastrous strategy, as the redistribution will merely buy time, while the structural problems remain unsolved.”

FINANCIAL REPRESSION

“Financial repression always consists of a combination of different measures, which lead to a significant narrowing of the universe of investable assets for investors. Money which in a more liberal investment environment would have flowed into other asset classes, is channeled in a different direction. The goal of financial repression is an indirect reduction of government debt by means of the targeted manipulation of the cost of government debt, most of the time accompanied by steady inflation.”

"Financial repression is ultimately a government imposed transfer of wealth.”

Developed country governments because of their previous policy stances now have only two monetary options. Financial Repression is the course that has been chosen. This is because it is preferably to have “quiet debt reduction” achieved by :

- Direct or indirect capping of interest rates (especially on government bonds),
- Measures such as forcing domestic investors to invest in domestic capital markets, such as capital controls and regulations forcing institutional investors to hold portfolios with a “home bias”,
- Taxes that make alternative investments more expensive (e.g. transaction taxes),
- Measures that imply a direct or indirect influence of government on financial institutions (macro-prudential regulation),

- Negative deposit interest rates, which increase the incentive for banks to invest in relatively risk-free assets. Banks are thus encouraged to monetize government debt – something that can rightly be called an inflation policy.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Financial Repression Authority

Interviews Jeff Berwick

The founder of the well recognized Canadian web site Stockhouse Media Corporation and CEO until 2002, Jeff Berwick says “around 2003 I woke up and started studying and learning (and I am still doing that to this day) and the more you learn the deeper this 'rabbit hole' gets! We are living under a financial system that is completely not real! People are going to find this out pretty soon!”

 


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Financial Repression Authority

Interviews Egon von Greyerz

33 Minutes with 35 Slides

A former banker, Corporate Vice Chairman of a FTSE 100 corporation and founder of Matterhorn Asset Management AG, Egon von Greyez “strongly believes there will be massive wealth destruction in the next few years”.

Von Greyerz personally defines Financial Repression in practical terms as the “manipulation and interference by government in the running of the economy and the lives of normal people”. What this will inevitably lead to he feels will be the “total control of the people and a police state – that is the way we are going in some countries!”

He has been worried about what is presently unfolding since the 1980’s and is very troubled about what he has witnessed and what he clearly saw was coming. “All this was inevitable. It is ridiculous for the central bankers to say they didn’t see this coming. Anyone with just a little bit of intelligence could have seen this coming (of course you can’t be a politician who never see things coming and central bankers are politicians)”.

Anything that goes up exponentially will come down very fast - at some point! …. there will be massive fall in inflation, implosion of the monetary system and implosion of assets – and that is to come!”

“The Federal Reserve was created in 1913 by the Bankers for the benefit of the bankers and since then we have had inflation for their benefit. Once the US became the world’s reserve currency the bankers controlled the whole world”.

The reason there is no way out is because “the only policy has been to ‘kick the can down the road’ and only thing central bankers have done is to pass it on to others, hoping they would survive their term and someone else would take over the problems. They can see the problems, they can see the risk. They can’t talk about it. They only have one solution. They have held interest rates at zero which is obviously ridiculous and one example of Financial Repression, and they have printed unlimited amounts of money and has now reached a point where it no longer has an effect.”

There is a lot of things investors can do to protect themselves from Financial Repression which Egon von Greyerz discusses for the listeners.

 

 

   


 

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"People ask if we'll have a 'bail-in' in the United States .. Given ATM limits, foreign wire limits and Federal Reserve exit fees on bond funds, I'd say it's already here." - Jim Rickards

The 4 Pillars of Financial Repression:

1- Inflation
2- Negative Interest Rates
3- Ring Fencing
4- Obfuscation and Mis-information
 

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Financial Repression always means a combination of measures that lead to a notable narrowing of the investment universe for investors. Money is thus channeled into specific directions to create a ‘home bias.

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The next bailout will be the U.S. government. They will seize all pension funds and 401Ks to absorb the debt. They are realizing that as the war cycle turns up, less and less foreigners will buy U.S. debt ... The solution – forced loans." - Martin Armstrong

1- Monetary Policy
2- Distortions - Statistics, Reporting
3- Fiscal Policy - Budget Deficits
4- Moral Suasion - Political Pressures
5- Taxation - ROE, ROI
6-Regulators - Financial Requirements & Enforcement
7- Stealth Credit Spreads
8- Capital Account & Financial Excahnge Controls
PILLARS OF FINANCIAL REPRESSION

"We’re going to take your pension plan and give you government bonds so that you have a guaranteed return .. That’s how they’ll rationalize taking our money. They know where all the pension plans are because we have to report it, so they’re easily accessible by governments. They know where they are, what they are, and they’ll be able to snatch them away. Who knows what they’ll do, but they’ll certainly find some way to take our money when things get worse, they always have." – Jim Rogers

1- Strict investment regulations (Solvency II, Basel III)
2- Negative real interest rates
3- Interest rate ceilings
4- Open credit dirigisme
5- Nationalizations
6-Regulation of cross-border capital movementst
7- Prohibition of unwanted trading practices such as naked short selling
8- Compulsory loans
9- Prohibition of certain investment assets (e.g. gold)
10- Special taxes (e.g. securities taxes, financial transaction taxes, wealth taxes, higher value added tax on silver, import duties on gold etc.)
11- Direct interventions, such as government intervention in pension funds (Portugal, Ireland, France, Hungary) and subsequent redeployment of investments in favor of government bonds.
12-Growing discrepancy between financing costs of private sector participants versus governments.

13- Haircuts on deposits (e.g. Cyprus)

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"This manipulation of the yield on government debt is the answer for the government, and socially, it is so much more acceptable than the alternatives. Whatever you think of the history of hyperinflation, austerity, default and deflation, they are socially incredibly disruptive, incredibly socially dangerous, and many of those market-driven events have led to warfare or massive domestic social unrest. I think in the grand scheme of things when the government sits down and decides which avenue to pursue, this avenue of repression .. will always be more socially acceptable than the market-driven events of austerity, hyperinflation, deflation, devaluation." - Russell Napier, CLSA

THE BUYBACK TAX RUSE Its a Free Tax Ride for Corporations - 07 July 2021

Financial Repression Goes Global - 05 June 2021

 

From the U.S. standpoint, it’s now a case of 'inflate or die,' and much of the world knows this. Thus if the U.S. decides not to default on its massive debts, it will have to resort to hyperinflation. If this happens, the U.S. will single-handedly tear the world monetary system apart. What worries me is that governments will do whatever they have to in order to remain in power. This can result in confiscation of the assets of U.S. citizens .. America's massive debts will ultimately upset the world’s monetary system." - Richard Russell

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"There will be future bail-ins [loss of deposits] and other types of confiscation of wealth in the eurozone, without a doubt .. There's no other realistic way forward if politicians continue to fail to deal with the basic indebtedness problem across Europe." - Lars Christensen, the Head of Saxo Bank

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“By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security, but at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth.. “..There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”-John Maynard Keynes

 

 

 

 

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The term ‘Financial Repression’ was first employed by McKinnon and Shaw in 1973 and has been rediscovered in the course of the current crisis by Reinhart and Sbrancia in their paper “The Liquidation of Government Debt.”

Federal Reserve Must Print Money To Keep Interest Rates Low - Cliff Küle 05 June 2021

Financial Repression To Accelerate With Increased Desperation - KWN 24 March 2021

Monetary Policy Under Financial Repression: China's Long-Term Outlook Financial Sense 20 Dec 2021