Saying it's been a busy week and half on the central bank front is perhaps a sizeable understatement.
First, the Swiss National Bank stunned the world (and its brethren central banks) by removing its peg to the Euro. This was quickly followed by Mario Draghi finally making good on his longtime threat of firing QE bazooka, announcing that the ECB will pursue a 60 billion Euro per month easing program for the next 16 months. And amidst all the smoke, the Canadian central bank snuck in a surprise rate cut to its interest rate.
To make sense of both the "Why?" behind these extreme moves, as well as the "What?" in terms of their implications, Axel Merk, founder and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Funds joins us this week.
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In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish discuss:
- The ECB Bazooka
- Making sense of Draghi's QE announcement
- The Swiss Surprise
- A massive shock to the status quo
- The Canadian Cut
- Suddenly panicking about their asset bubbles
- Making Sense Of The Madness
- We're suddenly a lot closer to the endgame
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- The Beauty of Deflation
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Central bank credibility (as fictitious as that may be) is essential to maintaining the current narrative, BUT central banks are rapidly losing their credibility (which should have happened simply via deductive reasoning a long time ago) and the strains are showing.
Their actions are increasingly wild and extreme, and it's our view that 2015- 2016 will mark the end of this long run of overly-ambitious central bankers and over-complacent markets.
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- What you should do in advance
What’s really happened since 2008 is that central banks decided that a little more printing with the possibility of future pain was preferable to immediate pain. Behavioral economics tells us that this is exactly the decision we should always expect from humans. History says as much, too.
It’s just how people are wired. We’ll almost always take immediate gratification over deferred, and similarly choose to defer consequences into the future, especially if there’s even a ridiculously slight chance they won’t materialize.
So instead of noting back in 2008 that it was unwise to have been borrowing at twice the rate of our income growth for the past several decades -- which would have required a lot of very painful belt-tightening -- the decision was made to ‘repair the credit markets’ which is code speak for: ‘keep doing the same thing that got us in trouble in the first place.’
Also known as the ‘kick the can down the road’ strategy, the hoped-for saving grace was always a rapid resumption of organic economic growth. That’s how the central bankers rationalized their actions. They said that saving the banks and markets today was imperative, and that eventually growth would return, justifying all of the new debt layered on to paper-over the current problems.
Of course, they never explained what would happen if that growth did not return. And that’s because the whole plan falls apart without really robust growth to pay for it all.
And by ‘fall apart’ I mean utter wreckage of the bond and equity markets, along with massive institutional and sovereign defaults. That was always the risk, and now we’re at the point where...
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The ‘Robin Hood of the Banks’ strikes again. This time the aim is to create a worldwide cooperative to develop and expand a new economy of the commons.
Last week, SF 132, a bill exempting certain organizations from Minnesota seed law, was introduced to the Minnesota State Legislature.
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As a professor, I spend my days asking what inspires people to take steps for change in local neighbourhoods (in the UK, where I live, and beyond). I also look at the impact of grassroots and DIY activity, like making, growing and sharing together. I’ve just completed Design for Sharing [pdf], a study about how people build sharing resources locally and what kind of environment supports it.
Above photo: Rust Belt Riders co-founders Daniel Brown (left) and Michael Robinson (right) on Cleveland's Lorain-Carnegie Bridge
Daniel Brown is co-founder of Rust Belt Riders Composting, a worker-owned, bike-based, organic waste removal company in Cleveland. Here, he shares the story of how the Riders got their start, how cooperatives create a new framework for communities, and how rust belt cities are imbued with a changing, yet unbroken, spirit.
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Well, here we are in the late hours of the latest and biggest bubbles that central banks can blow. The whole world is involved and no country will be immune from the aftershocks when these nested bubbles in virtually all asset classes burst.
In fact, the whole scheme requires that political and monetary solidarity be maintained. If anyone breaks ranks, then the whole thing could come crashing down.
When it comes to storing your harvest, you have a couple of options. Freezing, dehydrating, canning, and storing fresh in a root cellar. I prefer freezing berries, corn, beans, peppers, peas, tomato based vegetable soup and eggplant. I like to dehydrate my herbs, early season apples and pears. Canning is great for pickles, tomato based soup (which can also be frozen), and beets. The root cellar is a great place to store your late season fruits, root vegetables and pumpkins for the winter. Onions, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, turnips, cabbage, pears, and apples do well in a root cellar.
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An independent, civil society organization campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources, Share the World's Resources (STWR) recently released Sharing As Our Common Cause, a report detailing all the ways sharing can act as a unifying force to address multiple planetary crises.