Economic depression to hit badly this year
By Toby Connor
January 19, 2011
Humans, for whatever reason, tend to project the past into the future. It is an emotional flaw in our genetic makeup. It is also the reason why so many otherwise intelligent people miss the big turning points in the economy and stock market.
A classic example occurred in the summer of `07. The sub-prime market was just starting to implode. With the benefit of hindsight we now know that was the beginning of the end for not only the stock market but the global economy.
Unfortunately, because we couldn’t read the writing on the wall, we trusted that the Fed would “fix” this minor blip but cutting rates aggressively and spewing out an avalanche of freshly counterfeited dollar bills. It did not fix the credit markets and instead spiked the price of oil to $147 a barrel. That turned out to be the final straw that broke the camel’s back and sent the global economy spiraling down into the worst recession since the Great Depression. The stock market rolled over into the second worst bear market in history.
Amazingly enough we are ready to repeat this process all over again. The writing is on the wall and virtually no one can see it.
I’m now going to lay out the series of events that will ultimately lead to the next leg down in the secular bear market and the reaction by the Federal Reserve that will end up pushing the economy over the edge into the next depression.
It is going to start in the municipal and state bond markets. I should say it’s already started.