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The Money Game

20 July 2009 Michael Szumielewski 16 Comments Economy

The Money Game by Scott Moore

Recently, I received a very interesting e-mail by Scott Moore, an artist from California. He sent me a picture of his latest painting called “The Money Game” which illustrates the current crisis and the bailouts and busts which took place. The image includes the key elements of the economic crisis in the United States. Just take a deeper look and you will, for example, recognize the cars representing the auto industry or you will see that the overall structure of the landscape is a chess field, which gives the painting its name.

If you have found yourself a victim of the money game and could use some help to get yourself out of it you could look into getting payday loans.

Also, please leave a comment to tell us what you think about the painting and how you see the current economic crisis!

The bailout plan

1 October 2008 Sören Zschoche 9 Comments Economy, Politics

I have never seen that the Dow has reacted so strong on a decision of politicians, as it did when when I saw the decision about the 700 billion dollar bailout on CNN on Monday. CNN presented this decision really exciting and I think for many people this 15-minute decision was the most exciting decision of the whole year. Especially it was very funny to see how much the presenters believed in this plan and incredulous they looked when the votes finally were 228 against and 205 for it.

However the only problem is that actually this really was not funny, but I think everybody with a relative sound common sense knew that the house wouldn´t rubber stamp Bush´s funny 700 billion rescue plan so easily, especially in times of election campaign. So Bush has to hurry to find a new ingenious plan, but in my opinion the house of Representatives will be hard to convince because Bush already accumulated debts worth 10,6 trillion dollars. It´s really a bad bad situation but, let´s go back to what will happen to the markets and the economy, while I´m writing this post at Monday the 29th of September the Dow-Jones is 7 % in the red which meas that the wallstreet has lost more than one trillion U.S dollar again while the representatives are still debating if 700 billion could save the economy. So if the representatives don´t agree on something more and more banks will fall under chapter 11 like I discussed in my last post “Facing a world economic crisis” yet. I think after the shock waves are finished in the banking sector they will achieve insurance companies, then hedge fonds and private equity companies and in the end the whole world economy with every participant.

But let´s imagine what happens if the U.S. government would yet again make it the force the bailout through even only in another form?

Of course the wallstreet would leap for the joy and the Dow would probably close with a plus of 5 or 6 %, but does that really solve real problems? In my opinion the the bailout would just distort competition between the banks and in the end bad banks would finally become good ratings again. Also the idea that short sales on banks are forbidden is a very bad one because they short sales are an essential component of the price formation at the wallstreet. In my opinion and remember it´s a crisis of confidence we are facing. So be aware of the rise in the market if the bailout really comes because it won´t be here to stay. In my opinion the best thing the U.S. government could do know is to nationalize or bomb the rating agencies which in my opinion are the main reason for the crisis, because if they hadn´t distributed AAA rankings for incredible bad financial derivatives we probably wouldn´t have these enormous problems now.

So in my opinion we are facing a very very deep recession but despite that I hope that I was wrong with my last post that this crisis would finally end in a world monetary reform, but at the time many things point to that. However as hard as that sounds:

“Sometimes it´s better to burn the sick forest so that new trees can grow on a rebroductive ground.”

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Facing a world economic crisis

18 September 2008 Sören Zschoche 55 Comments Economy

In 2006 the German economist Max Otte published a book with the title “The crash comes“, in which he pointed up the risks of the present housing bubble in the U.S. and the fact that most of these houses were sold on credit to people who actually couldn´t afford such high debits. He also predicted an enormous fall in the value of the dollar and a new world economic crisis in which all finally ended. When I read his book one year ago I thought either this guy is a bit crazy or this book is one of the most ingenious ones I ever read, nowadays I´m more given to the latter case.

Only now many people understand how serious the crisis is and the wishful thinking that governments could´t rescue every bank like they did in the case of Bear Stearns, Fanny Mae or Freddie Mac slowly disappears. But what are the consequences when the once fourth biggest investment bank of the U.S. files under chapter 11? First of all the stock quotation falls and many bank employees who believed their company are loosing everything their savings and later their jobs. That sounds bad but the real problem is another one, for example Lehman Brothers has a value of nearly 700 billion Dollars on the passive side securities, bonds, mortgages all these things are on the active side of other bank, funds or insurance companies. So if one bank falls under chapter 11 it´s logical that others will follow, but others could also be insurance companies like AIG although I´m not sure at this moment if the FED really has the nerve to let the biggest insurance company of the U.S crash. Sure this goes on so long till the market has adjusted all overratings and bad credits. That´s also why the governments won´t help the banks anymore, because they wouldn´t solve the problem and unless they help the faster the “crisis” or adjustment will be over, so we could say the crisis has just begun.

However let´s get back to the world economic crisis because a world financial crisis doesn´t absolutely have to be a world economic one, it´s just an actuator. The problem is that the people have forgotten that the international money supply has achieved absurd high worth, during the world industrial production stayed relative constant. So what did we do with all that money hadn´t that inevitably lead into an super inflation ? The answer is no because we always found ways to invest our money and funny bubbles like the Asia, DotCom or commodity-bubble arise which always burst again. By the way one reason for the incredible high money supply is also the fact that the issue banks always pumped more money into the system when a bubble burst so that the investors aren´t so gloomy. However these bubbles weren´t a big problem but the people have disregarded that since more than 10 years there accrued a new bubble, a super bubble, the housing bubble, founded on weak mortgages worth 9000 trillion U.S. dollar. This bubble burst now and what we are facing is the situation that the people have to find a new thing to invest in, before they realise that there is actually too much money in the system and this brings us to a very big danger because in my opinion the new investment target will be gold. But when the gold price will achieves to 2000-3000$ per unce the issue banks won´t be able anymore to cover the banknotes they printed. Finally the people will loose their trust in money and a super inflation coupled with a deep recession would lead into a financial failure.