G7 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors set to coordinate, collaborate, and consolidate to survive global financial turmoil. U.S. Treasury and Central Bank prepare for global integration and inflation of the dollar as it prints more currency.
As U.S. credit markets deathly tighten to an economic standstill, the European Central Bank (ECB) is committed to prevent and thwart any inflation of the Euro. Meanwhile the ECB is showing the U.S. some temporary charity by providing between USD 40 and 50 billion in overnight operations, USD 40 billion in 28-day operations, USD 20 billion in each one of the 84-day operations and USD 20 billion in each one of the forward US dollar operations.
Nevertheless the ECB is retaining flexibility to react to changing market conditions to protect itself from U.S. hegemony and economic stupidity.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter blasted President Bush for his foolish economic policies causing $1 trillion indebtedness to China. The atrocious economic policies of the Bush administration has caused the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Profligate spending, massive borrowing and dramatic tax cuts since President George W. Bush took office in 2001 are fully behind the market turmoil and economic crisis.
The economic situation is an entrenched problem, which is going to take years to correct what has been done economically. Eight years ago, the United States had a budget surplus, low inflation and a stable, strong economy. However deregulation and withdrawal of supervision on Wall Street has encouraged irresponsibility in the U.S. financial system, enabling banks to borrow 30 times their value.
The G-7 have their hands full as they try to help the U.S. economy that has yet to guaranty interbank loans. If a national government does not insure and believe in its own banking system, how can its people have any degree of confidence?
Finance ministers from the world’s top economies posed for pictures and pledged Friday to work together to stabilize global financial markets, but did not provide concrete plans to address the credit chaos sweeping the world.
The G-7 agrees that the current situation calls for urgent and exceptional action. Although they commit to continue working together to stabilize financial markets and restore the flow of credit, to support global economic growth, nobody has been transparent enough to tell us how.
Paulson emphasized collaboration and coordination, which signals eventual consolidation as Pres. Bush has for the past 8 years given U.S. debt to foreign nations. Paulson himself has previously prepared American citizens in talks about more financial institutions failing.
General Motors plummeted to a third of its original value with credit markets freezing up.
The so called assets in the failing mortgage industry are toxic and dafaulted assets at best, which few want.
The finance ministers have their work cut out for them. They surely must announce concrete steps by the end of the weekend if they want to soothe the roiling markets. The stock markets throughout the world are not responding to cheap talk and press hype. We need to see real action. Any thing less tells me central banks are conspiring to consolidate and devalue national currencies so as to usher in a new world order.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell over 1,874 points, or 18%, in its worst weekly decline ever on both a point and percentage basis. Wall Street lost roughly $2.4 trillion in market value during the week.
Markets worldwide fared no better, with every major exchang losing. Black Friday as it was called in Australia caused stock markets to take an 8% nosedive adding to a 42% drop in a year within the Aussie market. The Japanse stocket market has lost 53% this year thus far. Russia’s index has fallen 61% as investors pull out money and flee for cover. The UK’s top companies have fallen 21%. Germany’s market fell 7% and 28% on the week.
There is no containing the deepening global financial crisis. Central Banks and the Federal Reserve coordinated interest rate cuts did not soothe nervous investors.
The Fed lowered its benchmark interest rate by a half-point to 1.5%. The European Central Bank, which had kept rates unchanged as the Fed engaged in a string of rate cuts over the last year, cut its rate by a half-point to 3.75% – its first cut in five years. The Bank of England also cut its rate by a half-point to 4.5%. The Swiss, Canadian and Swedish central banks also made cuts. Yet the Libor rate rose disproportionately eliminating the usefulness of any cuts as indicated in the markets which failed to respond.
The Dutch and Belgian governments took over Fortis, before selling pieces of it to BNP Paribas. The British are nationalizing mortgage lender Bradford & Bingley.
And some nations, including Ireland, France and Germany, have said that all bank deposits will be insured by their governments for the time being.
Afraid to insure their own bank deposits to the full the United States and United Kingdom are developing plans to inject capital into banks, which would entail acquiring stakes in the institutions.
Some speculate the G-7 countries can work through this crisis by dealing with bad assets, recapitalizing banks, and providing much needed liquidity. Other economists predict it will take up to 2 years to fully work through the economic problems created over the past 8 years. Fixing the financial, regulatory, and supervisory system that failed will take time and not be done overnight.
Each country, of course, will have to take steps to address its particular problems.
U.S. Treasury Paulson himself mentioned that the press and some markets are naive to think that different countries with different financial systems – and different political systems, different laws – are going to come up with precisely the same policy to deal with the issues.
That being said, I am betting on the European Central Bank where China, Russia, Iran, OPEC, Dubai, and other major global financial players are putting their assets and foreign currency reserves. When China who holds $1 trillion in U.S. debt begins to diversify after the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiasco, look for chaos to surface and devastate U.S. markets and plunge the dollar to the basement.
Billionaires George Soros, Warren Buffet, and American hedge fund manager John Paulson are betting against the dollar. I’m putting my money therefore in gold or Euros.
Care to join me?
Buy Euros while the dollar is strong before Wall Street reveals disaster and bankruptcy in America. Warnings from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Central Banks across the world. Turmoil for global financial markets. Buy Euros or gold now!
Warnings from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Central Banks across the world. Turmoil and serious consequences for global financial markets. Buy gold or Euros to protect your savings.
Bernanke’s fiscal policy speech to the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) on July 8, 2008 calling the U.S. economy in “turmoil” was quite revealing. Meanwhile Bernanke and Paulson reported to the media and American people the economy was fundamentally strong.
Bernanke told the BIS in July, 2008 it is “Unrealistic to think financial crisis can be eliminated”.
The euro was used in around 37% of all foreign exchange transactions in April, 2007.
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