The China Syndrome: A Building Bubble This Way Bloweth
By James West
Monday, 27 December 2010
The investment world has become obsessed with phenomena that cause catastrophic loss – so much so that a new language has evolved, subjugating old words to new meanings. Melt-downs, for example. Collapse. Bubbles.
Bubble, in fact, is now the word that classifies any asset class believed to be overpriced as a result of investment hysteria. Right now, we have the gold bubble, the silver bubble, more generally, the commodities bubble. The real estate bubble, now burst, precipitated the world financial crisis of 2008, which, according to most financial press, is now over. Strange, that, since unemployment remains rampant, home prices are still at rock bottom, and earnings for any corporation who didn’t get stimulus cash to superficially improve their balance sheet optics, are non-existent.
But, as usual, the mainstream financial press misses the point. Gold and silver are not bubbles. Their demand as monetary metals grows in direct proportion to the diminishing confidence in the U.S. dollar, which depreciates intrinsically with every fresh $100 billion printed. The U.S. Dollar is the global standard medium of trade in fully 65% of world transactions. Outside of the G7, the rest of the world hates the U.S. dollar, because as more and more of them are printed, those exchanging commodities for dollars are getting increasingly ripped off. But that’s the point, as the crooks who run the Fed and the Treasury well know. Devalue the dollar by printing more of them, then accumulate assets for will become pennies on the dollar, default on the dollar, and base the next fraudulent currency on the asset base you have now essentially stolen from everyone else.