Sunday, May 01, 2016

As The Price Of Gold Soars 
The World May Now Be Facing 
Catastrophic Consequences
"We are overdue for a U.S. equity bear market and if we get a bear market it will have ripple effects across other asset classes. But the other thing that worries me even more than that is the central banks losing credibility and losing control .. Let’s suppose that headline inflation, already up to 2.3% in the last 6 – 8 months, hits 3% in the next 6 or 8 months. All of a sudden the central bank (the Fed) has lost control. The central bank can’t keep interest rates down at zero when inflation is running around 3%. That winds up being a massive wealth expropriation from anyone with savings. The government is intentionally engaging in wealth destruction for the affluent savers. That’s the essence of negative real interest rates. But if you are trying to carry zero interest rates in a 3% inflation environment, it stimulates all sorts of crazy behavior on behalf of the general public, and it winds up defeating the purpose of low interest rates, which is to stimulate the macroeconomy. So, ironically, you could have the Fed’s efforts to stimulate the economy with low interest rates having the unfortunate effect of stimulating hoarding instead of stimulating inflation in the macroeconomy. And you could have inflation get out of hand anyway so that you wind up with the worst of both worlds — a stagnation in the macroeconomy and outright recession, paired with renewed inflation. It’s called stagflation. We had that in the 1970s and it was brutal. That’s a risk. It’s certainly possible and if the Fed loses control, watch out."
- Rob Arnott 
link here to the reference

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