It won’t happen tomorrow but slowly but surely the world is moving from dollars. The petrodollar system which has been key to the world economy over the last 40 years is eroding. More and more country to country deals are being done in currencies other than the dollar. The economic world as we have known it, after Bretton Woods in the Cold War Era, the post Cold War era, and the post 9-11 era is fundamentally shifting. The dollar is not what it once was. It is no longer “almighty” and one should be prepared.
The Chinese have poured stimulus on top of stimulus already. An archipelago of idiot central planning projects stretches from the Ordos desert in the north to the lush mountains in the south. High rises reach to the sky but are empty, in the middle of cities which are empty, in a country which is anything but empty.
You know, that is a really good question.
This is what the Fed would prefer you not know.
In fairness many people who still advocate for big government don’t yet understand that they have been left behind. Harry Reid just expresses his backwardness with such smarm and with such breathless exasperation that one can’t help but find it entertaining. His recent attacks on the Kochs have been hilarious.*
Some of the secret history anyway.
It seems fairly obvious that it would not. It is very hard for a large business to remain a dominant player without gifts from the government. Big business is not enamored with the free markets libertarians advocate. In a free market big businesses are constantly sniped at by smaller but more nimble competitors. Smaller newer companies are hungrier and usually have newer equipment. They often have fresher personnel. Free markets make life hard for big business.
In the wake of the housing crash, wide swathes of the desert Southwest, Florida, Atlanta, parts of California, and other places were littered with relatively new homes which were empty. The pre-seeded lawn turf often hadn’t even taken root before the foreclosures began.
Each vacant home represented a personal economic disaster for someone. Families moved in with grandparents. Pets were left in shelters which were filled far beyond capacity. It was only a couple of years ago. For many the memory is still very fresh.
But at about the same time parts of Tuscon started to be reclaimed by tumbleweeds a few hedge funds (and banks) figured that there was yield to be made from renting the homes which were now unused back to the people who could no longer afford to own them. If the homes could be pooled along with the rents, perhaps the investments could even be sold as derivatives.
Market solution right?