Category Archives: Economics in the Age of Fiat Money

April 25, 2016

America’s Future: When’s The Day Of Reckoning?

This interview was conducted by Andrew Mazzone, President of the Henry George School of Social Science.  Click on the link below to watch the video. Here are some of the topics we discussed: What caused the global economic crisis? Was the crisis the result of a plan or did it just happen by chance? What…
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April 18, 2016

Our Economic and Political Problems Look Set To Multiply

Seven years of weak credit growth in the US have brought the world to the brink of a deflationary global recession. As a result, political instability is increasing and geopolitical tensions are on the rise. In the new Macro Watch video, uploaded today, we first consider why the increase in debt in the United States…
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April 8, 2016

Analyzing The Central Banks: Watch Free Video

The Central Banks have become the most powerful players in the global economy in recent years. Consequently, since its launch in 2013, Macro Watch has published a series of videos that analyze central bank policy. Please find them listed below, each with a brief description. Macro Watch subscribers may find this list helpful in indentifying…
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April 1, 2016

ECB Policy: Everything You Need To Know

Do you want to understand what the European Central Bank is doing and why it is doing it? I have just uploaded two Macro Watch videos that will explain everything you need to know about the ECB. The first video describes the credit boom that caused the economic crisis in the Eurozone in the first…
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March 11, 2016

Are The Central Banks Out Of Ammunition?

Yesterday, the European Central Bank expanded its QE program by one-third and cut bank deposit rates deeper into negative territory. How did the markets react? Stock prices fell, while bond yields and the Euro rose – the exact opposite of what the ECB had expected and hoped for. Is this yet another indication that central…
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February 26, 2016

Negative Interest Rates: How Did This Happen?

Until recently, negative interest rates were considered inconceivable. Now, however, $7 trillion worth of bonds are trading at negative yields. That means the owners of those bonds are guaranteed to lose money unless interest rates plunge even further. The latest Macro Watch video, uploaded today, explains how this disaster came about. There are five reasons…
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February 13, 2016

Death Spiral? Make That Plural

Last week Citi made headlines by publishing a report claiming the global economy is trapped in a “Death Spiral”. The timing of the report was perfect. Financial markets were in full PANIC! Oil fell to $26 per barrel, 10-year US government bond yields dropped to 1.52%, the MSCI World Equity Index fell into a bear…
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February 3, 2016

Negative Liquidity Will Drive Stocks Lower

Liquidity in the United States turned negative in the fourth quarter of 2015. I believe this played an important role in the severe stock market selloff that began around that time. If so, the outlook for stocks and other asset prices is disturbing since Liquidity appears likely to remain negative FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS….
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January 24, 2016

How My Career Shaped My Views On The Global Economy

In the new Macro Watch video uploaded today, I describe how my 30-year career in the investment industry has shaped my views on what drives the global economy and the financial markets. There have been several important “aha” moments: Soon after I began my career in Hong Kong in 1986, I realized that ultra-low wages…
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January 3, 2016

Weak Credit Growth Signals Recession Ahead

Between 1952 and 2008, every time US credit growth (adjusted for inflation) fell below 2%, the United States went into recession. During that period, the ratio of total credit to GDP rose from 150% to 380%. In other words, credit growth drove economic growth; and when credit did not grow, neither did the economy. In…
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December 19, 2015

Rate Hike: Trouble Ahead

On December 16th, the Fed hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly 10 years. The world did not come to an end, but there is clearly trouble ahead. In the latest Macro Watch video, we take a look at what the Fed has done and the reasons they gave for doing it. We…
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December 6, 2015

American Meltdown: The Crisis Of 2008

In 2008 the American Financial System failed. In this video, uploaded today, we take a look back at the systemic meltdown of the US financial sector and at the crisis measures the government adopted to reflate the system and keep the world from collapsing into a new Great Depression. It is an absolutely incredible story….
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November 20, 2015

Asia & The Slump In World Trade

Asia is being hit hard by the slump in world trade that has resulted from the sharp economic slowdown in China. In the latest Macro Watch video, uploaded today, we take a look at the impact this trade crash is having on seven Asian countries: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. For…
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November 7, 2015

Interview: Yuan Devaluation Likely

An Interview published in Hankook Ilbo I have just returned from speaking at The Third China Forum in Seoul, an event hosted by the Korean conglomerate Hankook Ilbo. The theme of the conference was “The Shift In China’s Paradigm”.   Much of the discussion focused on the outlook for the Yuan. I came away with the…
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October 30, 2015

China’s Next Move: Further Devaluation?

The new Macro Watch video, uploaded today, addresses the following questions about China: Is China selling US government bonds? If so, what are the consequences? What is the significance of China’s attempts to “Internationalize” the Yuan? Why did China devalue the Yuan in August? And will it devalue again? How severe is China’s economic slowdown?…
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October 16, 2015

The Dollar Standard: No Replacement In Sight

There now seems to be a great deal of concern that the Dollar is about to lose its status as the main international reserve currency. That is very unlikely to happen. The latest Macro Watch video, uploaded today, explains why there is no replacement for the Dollar in sight – not the SDR, not the…
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October 2, 2015

Weak Credit Growth Means Recession Ahead

The first thing to understand about the global economy today is that CREDIT GRWOTH DRIVES ECONOMIC GROWTH. In the new Macro Watch video, uploaded today, we take a look at the latest Financial Accounts Of The United States to analyze recent trends in Credit and Debt. We also forecast credit growth out to the end…
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September 20, 2015

The Five Reasons The Fed Couldn’t (And Still Can’t) Hike Interest Rates

There are five reasons the Fed couldn’t (and still can’t) hike interest rates.   Here they are: The US Economy is too weak. Deflationary Pressures are increasing. The Global Economy is in Recession. Liquidity is already tightening. Chinese Blackmail We look at all these reasons in the new Macro Watch video uploaded today. The first four…
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September 14, 2015

New CNBC Squawk Box Interview

The two engines powering global economic growth, the United States and China, have broken down.  As a result the global economy is losing altitude fast.  This was the subject I discussed during an interview on CNBC Squawk Box this morning in Singapore. To watch this short interview, click on the link below. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000420214 For all…
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