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I thought this commentary from Zero Hedge may sum up what is really going on in the economy:
Visualizing the Vanishing Money Velocity Vortex
Submitted by Bruno de Landevoisin
by Bruno de Landevoisin @ StealthFlation
Left without the original healthy and clean source of naturally effervescent spring water spouting from the ground up, the misguided monetary authorities have attempted to artificially inseminate the clouds above, in the hopes of drenching the parched soil below with torrential rain so as to generate their forever heralded and promised green shoots. Unfortunately for us all, when these artificially seeded clouds eventually do burst, they will produce nothing but the toxic inflationary rains of StealthFlation.
Under the imposition of StealthFlation, the Velocity of Money lies dormant while increasing Inflationary risks build below the surface.
When an economy is healthy, there is much buying and selling and money tends to move around quite swiftly. Unfortunately, the U.S. economy is manifesting the precise opposite of that these days. In fact, the velocity of M1 & M2 has fallen to near all-time record lows. This is a very serious sign that the underlying economy has entered a period of extreme stagnation.
In its infinite wisdom, the Federal Reserve has been attempting to counter this economic standstill by absolutely flooding the financial system with new money. As it always does, this has created monumental financial and fixed asset bubbles, however, it has not addressed what is fundamentally and structurally wrong with our economy. On a very basic level, the amount of real economic activity that we are witnessing is not anywhere near where it should be, and the anemic flow of money through our economy is proof certain of the ongoing dilemma
Clearly the transmission mechanism between the relentless synthetic origination of fresh money by the monetary miracle men and the velocity at which that new money is circulating in the real underlying economy on the ground is completely disconnected, FUBAR
Why is this? Well, it’s really not that difficult to comprehend. First
of all, much of the supposed economic activity generated today is not
being driven from the the bottom up by the healthy deployment of excess
savings naturally created from genuine self-sustaining productive
economic activity on the ground, but rather in an unnatural fashion,
force fed from the top down via the easy street ZIRP/QE induced debt
financing incessantly being encouraged by our misguided megalomaniac
Perhaps even more malignant, the largest capital market of them all, namely the
U.S. bond market has been put down by the Fed’s activist zero bound
anesthesiologist. Thus, the utterly comatose American treasury market
is no longer facilitating the natural growth of traditional savings
income streams generated via secure interest bearing accounts and
prudential savings products throughout the financial system’s depository
structure. In short, the healthy income flows constructively generated
from legitimate savings produced from genuine economic activity, namely
people going to work every day, has been effectively terminated by
these wizards of wanton monetary policy at the wayward central bank.
Let's face it, if the major pension funds can't generate 5-6% per year holding conservative debt instruments in order to meet their massive obligations, they are up a creek without a paddle. The Fed understands this all to well, and so should you.
Having effectively shut down the sound, well established and effective channels of capital formation, which have consistently engendered bona fide and constructive growth over the years through the virtuous avenues of productive savings, the foolish authorities have left themselves utterly hamstrung with only one risky road to travel down. Indeed, now that they have totally cracked the transmission on our fiscally busted and broken down American bus, they have become 100% reliant on the equity market to drive their top fuel funds into the U.S. economy via the wealth effect. Pedal to the metal at 2,000 SPX mph. Make no mistake my friends, we are on a crash course from hell. God help us all................