John Mauldin – Europe is Destroying Their Currency
April 13, 2012
With renewed fears of Europe becoming a systemic risk to the global banking system, today King World News interviewed John Mauldin, President of Millennium Wave Securities. Mauldin spoke candidly with KWN about the crisis, how much has been printed and what to expect going forward: “$7 or $8 trillion (in printing) is probably where we are, but whatever the number is, it’s significant. Will Europe have to print a great deal more? The answer is absolutely. What’s that number? We don’t know. We don’t know for two reasons.”
John Mauldin continues:
“We don’t know how truly bad the banking system is. If they clog the banking system up, the wheels really do come off. As a culture we are in the negative, very unpleasant situation of having to bail out a bank that we really don’t like, and we really don’t want to do that. But if we don’t, the wheels come off.
European banks are at least two and a half to three and a half times worse than US banks. Think about the US, as bad as it was in 2008, Europe is still that bad and in many cases worse. When they stop printing money, when they stop doing their version of TARP’s, which are called LTRO’s, it’s a disaster. It looks like Greece.
The Greek banking system is simply not functioning today. Money is flying out of the country as fast as they can get it out. By the way, it’s moving from Portuguese and Spanish banks as well now.