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The Central Bank Crisis on the Immediate Horizon

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 05:56

Draghi-CrisisWhile the majority keep bashing the Federal Reserve, other central banks seem to escape any criticism. The European Central Bank under Mario Draghi has engaged in what history will call the Great Monetary Experiment of the 21st Century – the daring experiment of negative interest rates. A look behind the scenes reveals that this experiment has been not just a failure, it has undermined the entire global economic structure. We are looking at pension funds being driven into insolvency as the traditional asset allocation model of 60% equity 40% bonds has failed to secure the future with negative interest rates. Then, the ECB has exceeded 40% ownership of Eurozone government debt. The ECB realizes it can not only sell any of its holdings ever again, it cannot even refuse to reinvest what it has already bought when those bonds expire. The Fed has announced it will not reinvest anything. Draghi is trapped. He cannot stop buying government debt for if he does, interest rates will soar. He cannot escape this crisis and it is not going to end nicely.

When this policy collapses, forced by the free markets (no bid), CONFIDENCE will collapse rapidly. Once people no longer believe the central banks can control anything, the end has arrived. We will be looking at the time at the WEC (Singapore – June 15-16, 2018 Orlando – November 16-17, 2018). We will be answering the question – Can a central bank actually fail?

....also from Martin: Market Talk- April 17, 2018

and:

The Sovereign Debt Crisis has Spread to 119 Countries (The Sovereign Debt Crisis is on schedule to be noticed starting here in 2018)


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