European economy struggles under debt and staggering unemployment: EU unemployment at record while nations pile into massive levels of debt. Inflation censorship.
The European Union is the largest economy in the world combining the collective buying and selling power of multiple countries. If you’re biggest customer is having troubles, it is expected that the world would be concerned. Not so with the stock market. The EU is currently sitting at a high in respect to their unemployment [...]
Engaging debt spiral – Spillover to US market from record European Union Unemployment – US exports over $260 billion to Europe every year. Why is the EU crisis no longer in the US press?
It is hard to tell why the European Crisis fell out of favor in the US media. The EU is the largest economy in the world punching in over US$17 trillion a year in GDP. The idea that things have been saved is clearly not the case. Sticking your fingers deep in your ears is [...]
The dynamic central banking duo – ECB balance sheet up over €3.1 trillion mimicking Fed balance that is close to $3 trillion. Shuffling toxic assets into darkness.
You might have the vague memory that the European Central Bank reacted somewhat negatively to the Federal Reserve’s massive balance sheet expansion a few years ago. The ECB was not following in the same path as that of the Fed. Well fast forward to the current Euro crisis and the ECB now has a balance [...]
The contagion of the European Union and banking debt – 20 European Banks have liabilities above 50 percent of their home country GDP. Why an EU FDIC is highly unlikely in the short-term.
The crisis in Europe is boiling over yet again. The central connecting factor of all of this is too much debt relative to production. Debt in itself is not a bad thing. If you borrow modestly for a home and have sufficient income to cover your mortgage payment then this might actually be beneficial. When [...]
The global addiction of central banking stimulus – Contagion spreads to Spain as 10-year edges to 7 percent. Life in a perpetual quantitative easing world.
Financial markets around the world are now desperately dependent on central bank stimulus. The US recovery is largely dependent on the Federal Reserve funneling loans into the system via the quantitative easing process and other archaic forms of money development. It is interesting how the Greek stock market rallied this week merely on the notion [...]
The end game of global leveraged debt – double-digit percentage point market declines in Europe and Japan and the danger of refinancing debt with longer term debt.
There is a painful realization that shifting debt around like a game of musical chairs has little merit unless real production is achieved as an end result. May was a disappointing month for markets in general. While the S&P 500 certainly fell, markets in Japan and Europe took double-digit declines. The massive amount of leverage [...]
Solving the massive debt problem with more debt. American consumers carry as much debt as annual U.S. GDP. Credit card debt declines but auto loans and student loans go up?
The Federal Reserve has come to the aid of bailing out Greece. I wonder how many Americans even know that billions of U.S. dollars are going to prop up a failing European country in Greece that got into the mess they are in because of too much debt. In the end, the Euro is still [...]
As people panic to find places to store their wealth and preserve what they have earned, you may want to consider having a portion of your investment portfolio in foreign currencies. If you want to know how poorly the market has done over the past year, take a look at the following data: