The US Ponzi Economy Is Systematic Looting on a Massive Scale
January 10, 2020 in News by RBN Staff
Michael Krieger 6 hours ago
The United States has historically bragged about its free and transparent markets. But what the Fed is doing today is pulling a dark curtain around the financing of this so-called free and transparent market. The public has no idea which Wall Street firms have received this $3 trillion or why they canít borrow it elsewhere. This kind of obfuscation by the Federal Reserve could actually stimulate distrust in the U.S. banking system. The Fed admitted as much in its most recent Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes, writing that participation in the Fedís loan program ďcould become stigmatized.Ē
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The business model of Wall Street is fraud.
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Financial services as currently structured is the most pernicious, predatory and corrupt industry on earth. Moreover, itís the deliberately complex and opaque nature of the industry which then limits public debate when some problem arises and governments and central banks are called upon to take emergency measures to ďsave the system,Ē which is just a euphemism for enormous sums of corporate welfare being funneled to people and institutions who couldnít survive otherwise.
It is systemic looting on a massive scale and the primary patrons of this ongoing and seemingly endless scheme are central banks. In the U.S. this means the Federal Reserve, which recently came back into the ďmarketĒ with enormous new interventions in both the repo market and via renewed balance sheet expansion. Iíve read many of the smart takes on the repo crisis and still donít feel confident I know precisely whatís going on. This is intentional.
∑ Dec 16, 2019
This poll is important. It shows financial professionals and others who track this stuff (his followers) donít have a handle on billions being thrown around. This is a major indictment of the system. Absurdly complex, intentionally opaque and a perfect vehicle for corruption. https://twitter.com/SantiagoAuFund/status/1206091204535803904 Ö
Do you feel like you understand what is going on in the Dollar Funding / Repo Market? #BeHonest
Unelected central bankers throwing around billions upon billions gets almost no scrutiny, while impeachment theater dominates mass media 24/7. Which of these deserves more scrutiny?
This is how the public gets scammed. Look over here, while we loot the system quietly here.
10:38 AM Ė Dec 16, 2019
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One of the main reasons big finance is able to pull off scam after scam in plain sight relates to the complexity, opacity and esoteric jargon associated with the industry. Repo is a perfect example. The market had a spasm in September and the Fed immediately rushed in with billions to bring the rate down without offering any transparency or a credible explanation of what was going on. Meanwhile, as the crisis continued over subsequent months and the central bank response grew larger and larger, we actually seem to be learning less with each passing day.
Instead of providing the public with the transparency it deserves, Fed officials run around pretending to be financial surgeons called in to perform an unexpected emergency operation on a patient after a freak accident. In reality, central banks are merely pumping billions into an already dead body while enriching connected and powerful individuals and institutions in the process. They know exactly what theyíre doing and we need to stop pretending otherwise.
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∑ Dec 17, 2019
We need to grow up and stop pretending ďthe Fed is clueless.Ē No. Itís been ten years since they blew the inequality bubble through the roof via QE. We know what happens, yet theyíre doing it again. It is intentional. They are the instrument of oligarchy and neo-feudalism.
When you hear QE, the only thing that should pop into your mind is upward wealth transfer. In addition to keeping a pernicious system afloat, thatís all it does.
1:04 PM Ė Dec 17, 2019
While Iím grateful to those whoíve spent time trying to thoughtfully explain the mechanics of the repo crisis and why it happened, I think thatís a sideshow at this point since nobody who really knows whatís going on is talking. Instead, we should focus on the absurd and unconscionable lack of transparency with regard to Federal Reserve actions. As far as I know, we have no idea which parties are taking up this expanded central bank funding. Think about how criminally insane that is. We have no idea if itís driven by a troubled institution like Deutsche Bank, hedge funds with over-leveraged trades, treasury issuance, a combination of these factors, or something else.
We donít know because they donít want us to know, and they donít want us to know because they donít want the public thinking or talking about it. Itís at times like these when the totalitarian nature of central banking comes into crystal clear focus. What we have is government via unelected, unaccountable bankers. Itís the opposite of self-government, and understanding this simple fact blows apart all the myths about our so-called democracy and freedom. Nothing of the sort exists in reality, and when push comes to shove, youíre just a peasant living in an imperial oligarchy.
This should be the real takeaway from the Fedís recent actions both in the repo market and via its rapid balance sheet expansion. The publicís not allowed to know anything about whatís really happening, and similar to the post-financial crisis period of a decade ago, the central bank comes in and conducts significant public policy to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars with zero public debate.
How is it that weíre accepting this? Why isnít the inequality obsessed left commenting more aggressively on the central bank mechanism of upward wealth transfer, which is precisely whatís been happening for so long? Why push for a wealth tax while leaving the primary instrument of upward wealth transfer (central banking) completely unchecked?
Itíd be one thing if the Fed came out and detailed exactly what the problem is and told us specifically whoís using the funds and why. Then we could actually have a conversation about whether this is appropriate or, more likely, a gigantic moral hazard financially rewarding various unscrupulous industry players.
Donít think for a moment that huge sums of money arenít being made from these Fed actions. When the spigots come on out of nowhere to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars someone is benefitting tremendously and itís not you.
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg