Voltron's economics blog. Started in Iraq in 2007 as the "Gamblers Anonymous Support Group" email list.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Interest payments = production?!?
...how can U.S. GDP be up by a robust 5% when oil imports and rail traffic are down and unemployment is still rising? The answer, in a nutshell, is that once again we're being conned. Get this: Washington defines interest on credit card debt as "consumer spending" and adds it to GDP. So as debt soars, the gap between what we spend and what we actually receive grows, but the economy appears to improve. Eliminate that accounting trick and the numbers look like most people feel, very bad and getting worse.
Voltron says: up is down, black is white, good is bad . . .
Note: Does not include Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.
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Voltron's Current Forecast
Wall Street and the government are about to engage in battle and recriminations in the face of a massive wave of foreclosures. Wall Street will start yanking the leash, causing stock market crashes whenever the status quo is threatened.
The Fed's announcement that they are going to print a Trillion dollars and use it to buy debt is the proverbial "crossing of the Rubicon" The US Dollar is toast. I think the trigger will be some of the smaller holders of Treasurys (Singapore, for example) trying to dump their holdings before China does. This will cause a panic stampede out of Treasurys which will destroy the dollar.
Wells Fargo are liars. They have over 150 Billion in worthless home equity loans and a Trillion dollars in off-balance sheet liabilities.
Do not abuse leverage. The Fed is going to spend limitless amounts of money to pound interest rates and Gold prices into appearing "normal" when in fact they are on the verge of exploding. The tremendous volatility will shake out leveraged players.