Last week, the Bank of England Museum hosted a “Festival of Mistakes,” highlighting notable financial blunders and panics of the past.
Last month, overall U.S. inflation came in at 4.9 percent. While it is the slowest since April 2021, it is still above the 2 percent Fed target rate. Inflation clocked in at 5 percent in March.
ECONOMIC UPDATE – MARKET OVERVIEW
It’s a global economic freak show. Add up the numbers. Take a trip to Argentina. With inflation running at over 100 percent and its peso down 23 percent against the U.S. dollar, Argentina’s central banksters raised its key interest rate yesterday by six percentage points to 97 percent.
EXPECT AN INFLATIONARY DEPRESSION
Collectively world central banks have been working in concert for many decades to devalue their respective currencies-FASTER. Moreover, this process of devaluation is going to accelerate.
THE ENTIRE WORLD FINANCIAL SYSTEM IS ON A KNIFE’S EDGE
Today, at its core, the world financial system is in crisis. More specifically, liquidity in the system is drying up. What this translates to is this, without world central banks both issuing, and then buying back exponentially more debt the entire system implodes.
INFLATION SLOWS IN EUROPE AS ENERGY PRICES FALL
Inflation in France eased to 6.7 percent in December, down from 7.1 in November, because prices for oil and gas fell, as we detail in “Oil and Gas Prices Fall in U.S., Europe” in this issue.
ECB NOW SEES EUROPE’S INFLATION AS MORE PERSISTENT THAN IN U.S.
As we reported back in May 2021, as prices began to rise, Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, waved away critics’ concerns, saying that inflation in the Eurozone was only temporary and less of a danger than it was in the U.S.
Europe’s banks should set aside greater reserves to cover bad loans, regulators should require investment funds to hold more cash to cover a surge in withdrawals, and the European Central Bank (ECB) should not delay in beginning to sell its €5-trillion bond hoard next year, bank vice-president Luis de Guindos said in a statement accompanying the ECB’s semi-annual review of the region’s financial stability.
CURRENCY: A RACE TO THE BOTTOM
If you think inflation is bad now, well you haven’t seen anything yet!
The world is moving toward a hyperinflation catastrophe that could spark the worst financial crisis since World War II, the Elliott Management Fund warned in a letter to clients last week obtained by the Financial Times.