by Jeff Fisher: The
Dollar's Third and Final Act
by Jeff Fisher
are spending far more than they could ever hope to collect through
In order to
finance these yawning deficits, governments are borrowing massive
amounts of capital from the private sector.
In normal times,
government deficits are financed by investors choosing to invest
a portion of their savings in government debt securities.
of savings transferred from the productive economy to fund unproductive
government spending is usually a fraction of total annual savings
generated by the productive members of the economy.
deficits consume capital and tend to lower the productivity of labor
below what it would be in the absence of government deficits.
deficits are small relative to savings, net savings tend to increase
and the capital stock of the economy is maintained and standards
of living remain stable.
Today we are
living in anything but "normal times."
governments have been running deficits far in excess of annual savings.
As a result,
capital well beyond what the economy can save annually must be extracted
from the existing pool of private capital in order to fund the schemes
of the State.
a problem for governments unwilling to cut their expenditures.
How can that
capital be seized and used to fund the State?
Taxes can not
be raised enough to meet the deficits and massive borrowing threatens
to spike interest rates.
Easing (QE), I call it Quantitative Looting (QL), or debt monetization,
is a very effective means of funding government spending beyond
what is available through taxation or borrowing.
the State to loot the entire capital stock of the country using
its legal tender as money.
Or, in the
case of the USA with the dollar as the world's reserve currency,
QL enables the US Government to loot the savings of the entire world.
the State to bypass taxation and the private loan market and simply
capture what it needs with the purchasing power created by newly
press money allows the State to bid away capital from the productive
economy and consume it as needed.
consequence of QL is a massive looting of savings and higher prices
for the goods and services that the government purchases.
the new money created by QL becomes high-powered money which can
be the base for further credit inflation of the fractional reserve
effects of QL are a shrinking of the productive sector of the economy
as it is robbed of savings and capital, and accelerating impoverishment
of the majority of people in society as savings dwindle in real
term and prices for consumer goods skyrocket.
So, next time
you hear cheers for QE, think QL and all the destruction it brings.
Fed direct purchases of Treasury debt briefly in his book The
Mystery of Banking and simply states that it would be "wildly
QL or QE is simply a means to loot savings on a grand scale by using
the printing press.
the capital structure of the economy and creates a huge incentive
for people to withdraw capital from the banking system and the productive
equipment and maintaining production will be far more costly than
businesses currently estimate.
vanish and capital flees prices will rise faster and faster.
fire of QL will not be extinguished until at least these two things
- The Fed
must stop the monetary inflation.
- The US
Govt. must balance its budget.
If these two
actions are not taken, the dollar will lose purchasing power at
an ever faster rate.
The most dangerous
and destructive stage of every hyperinflation is the final few months
It is not too
late to exit the financial system, the Dollar, or the US paper markets
(Muni, Corporate, or Treasury); however, time is growing very short.
October 13, 2010
Fisher [send him mail] is
an independent investor and professional trader living in Austin,
TX. Formerly, he co-managed a successful hedge fund.
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