"Growth" is Obsolete......

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"Growth" is Obsolete......

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:55 pm

Best read in a while...
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-10-20/guest-post-growth-obsolete
It is quite clear that the banking system has been thrown into great disarray as the price of oil levitated from $11-a-barrel in 1999 to the great spike of $140 in 2008, and then settled into a range between $75 and $110 since 2010. Most of this disarray is a result of attempts to offset the failure to create new real wealth with fake wealth generated by accounting fraud, "innovative" swindling, insider chicanery, high frequency front-running, naked shorting of securities, and the construction of a vast untested network of derivative counterparty wagers that give every sign of being booby-trapped. All this private monkey business has been abetted by public mischief in central bank interventions and market manipulations, fiscal irresponsibility, political payoffs for favorable legislation, statistical misreporting, and the failure to apply the rule of law in cases of blatant misconduct (e.g., the MF Global confiscation of segregated client accounts; the Goldman Sachs “Timberwolf” CDO scam… the list is very long).

In short, a society with deeply impaired capital formation has turned to crime, corruption, fakery, and subterfuge in order to pretend that “growth” — i.e. expansion of capital — is still happening. The consequences are many and profound. The chief one is that the manufacture of fake wealth is such an alluring activity that some of the smartest people in society have devoted their waking hours to making a profit off it. It absorbs all their energies and they are simply not available for other work, such as figuring out a sane and practical way to run civilization in the absence of cheap energy. Added to this is the administrative effort and the work-arounds needed to support all this corruption and dishonesty, which occupy the hours of another class of smart people who work in government, academia, public relations, and the media. The sustenance of these parasitical cohorts more and more continues at the expense of everybody else in society, who cannot find work, or cannot make enough money to pay their living expenses, and who have become deeply discouraged, disappointed, demoralized, and disengaged in their losing struggle to thrive. Hence there is little public vigor to even mount a discussion of these vexing problems and the final result is the greater wholesale failure to construct a coherent consensus about what is happening to us and what we might do about it.
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Re: "Growth" is Obsolete......

Postby ScaupHunter » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:42 am

Simply not true. Two words. Debt Growth..... :lol3:
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Re: "Growth" is Obsolete......

Postby cartervj » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:33 pm

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/21/an-economic-chart-that-could-spell-trouble/


AN ECONOMIC CHART THAT COULD SPELL TROUBLE
Oct. 21, 2013 7:00pm Becket Adams

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Fund flows are interesting in that they help market analysts gauge investor sentiment in specific assets or the markets as a whole.

“For instance, if net fund flows for bonds funds during a given month is negative by a large amount, this would signal broad-based pessimism over the fixed-income markets,” Investopedia notes, offering a helpful explanation for the concept.

That being said, something interesting happened earlier this year with foreign interest in USD-denominated assets. Simply put, foreign interest collapsed.

Here’s a chart to help you visualize the drop:
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Reuters Ecowin, Morgan Stanley Research, Business Insider.
“It is the combination of the Fed printing money and slowing domestic US growth which is likely to lead US funds to be sent abroad while foreign interest in USD-denominated assets falls,” Morgan Stanley’s Hans Redekar wrote.

“Foreign demand for US stocks and sovereign bonds collapsed earlier this year, and Wednesday’s release of the TIC August report will be important. Should long-term TIC flows drop below the July level, the USD would come under additional selling pressure,” he adds.

This, of course, may lead to a further drop in foreign interest.
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