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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Got gold? War on Pensions is officially on as Treasury Department allows unprecedented cuts to benefits

2016 was known as the year for the War on Cash, where India, Venezuela, and even the European Union eliminated currency denominations in the hopes of forcing all their citizens into a cashless system run by the banks.

And despite the fact that here in the U.S. a scheme to ban and eliminate the $100 bill was pushed by two ivory tower economists using the guise of fighting the 'War on Terror', to date all dollar denominated currencies are still considered around the world to be legal tender.

Yet the problem in the U.S., and in many other parts of the world as well, is not money laundering, or citizens using physical cash for illegal means, but instead it is the massive amount of debt that sovereign governments, states, municipalities, and even central banks have that they can no longer afford to service, and which threatens to collapse the entire financial system at both the micro and macro levels.

Attempts to service this debt, and the refusal to allow failed assets and institutions to go bankrupt, has led central banks to destroy the very instruments that savers, retirees, and government pension funds relied upon to pay for promises made to workers in both the public and private sectors.  And as we saw cracks begin last year in the two largest pension funds in the U.S. (Calpers and Central States), 2017 appears here early on to be the year where a War on Pensions will be ratcheted up to maximum levels.

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On Dec. 16, the U.S. Treasury approved the proposal of Cleveland-based Ironworkers #17 Pension Fund to cut the benefits of its 2,000 members by an average of 20%. This is the first time the Treasury has allowed a private pension plan to cut benefits of its members. The Local’s members and retirees will vote on it Jan. 20. If approved, cuts could start Feb. 1. 
Five more pension plans are waiting for the Treasury Department’s decision to reduce pension benefits, Jonnelle Marte reports in the Jan. 5 Washington Post. The cuts proposed would affect tens of thousands of employees and retirees who earned pensions, such as bricklayers, furniture workers and autoworkers. - Larouchepub
The unprecedented move by the U.S. Treasury Department follows the drama Americans saw during the final months of 2016 where first responders from the City of Dallas raided their pension fund when it became known that it was underfunded by a good 40-70%, and where workers and retirees feared there would be no money left to pay out promised benefits.

Yet in addition to the Ironworkers Pension Fund out of Cleveland, OH, several other funds are planning severe cuts to their recipients in the coming weeks, which could begin a chain reaction of cuts around the country for those who paid into their retirements expecting them to be there during their golden years.

Central States Teamsters

Calpers

On top of this, there are already talks in Congress regarding the cutting of pay, jobs, and pension benefits for Federal employees now that the Republicans have seized control over all branches of government.
Federal employees can expect attempts to cut their pay, benefits and rights in the new Congress, as the unified Republican government looks to finally deliver on many failed efforts from previous years. 
The 115th Congress wasted no time pursuing legislation with high impacts on the federal workforce; the first bill approved by the House would require the Veterans Affairs Department to permanently note all reprimands and admonishments on employee records, and a resolution setting the rules for the House this session will allow lawmakers to eliminate federal employees’ jobs and reduce their pay through the appropriations process. 
One likely early target for congressional Republicans, according to multiple sources familiar with their plans, is federal workers’ defined benefit pensions. Lawmakers are expected to address the reform first through the budget reconciliation process, which would allow Congress to institute the cuts without any Democratic support. The budget resolution will likely instruct the House Oversight and Government Reform committee to identify a certain amount of savings, a request committee members can fulfill by proposing significant cuts to federal employees’ retirement benefits. - Govexec
For years states, municipalities, and corporations promised extraordinary benefits that could only work if economic conditions were at their optimum.  But the moment growth and interest rates began to decline, so too did the financial vehicles capable of sustaining large returns to pension funds that needed 5-8% annual increases.  And after eight years of zero interest rates and less than 3% growth, the bugle is sounding to pay the piper, and the ones who will lose are the ones who rely upon it the most.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

U.S. economy growing itself right back into the Great Depression

When you watch the mainstream media, business news, or any national politicians, they inevitably use certain keywords over and over in an attempt to try to ‘frame’ the economy to their desired outcome.  For years we heard the word ‘recovery’ used by the Fed, President Obama, and CNBC to justify the central bank’s instituting of zero interest rates and quantitative easing, while at the same time Washington used this narrative to continue massive deficits to feed their insatiable spending.
But along with the term recovery, another over-used financial term is that of growth.  And since our entire economy is now based on debt and the interventions of central bank money infusions, an interesting dichotomy is occurring that finally shows exactly where this growth is taking us.
Right back to the Great Depression.
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Monday, March 7, 2016

German banking association recommending banks stockpile cash for loans to stimulate economy

On March 4, the Bavarian Banking Association recommended to its member banks that they take out all their deposits being held with the European Central Bank (ECB) and stockpile the cash for use as loans in order to stimulate the economy.  This recommendation comes as the ECB prepares for negative interest rates, and the charging of interest to banks under their authority for sequestering cash in their facility.
Like with the Federal Reserve in the U.S., ever since the ECB began its own form of quantitative easing and zero interest rates, banks within the Eurozone have simply borrowed cheap money from the central bank and either bought government bonds or parked it with the ECB where they received a modicum of interest.  This has resulted in a sharp slowdown in the velocity of money, and a massive decrease in lending to businesses and the general economy.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Nomi Prins was right… the Fed has no idea what it is doing

On Nov. 4, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen spoke before Congress on financial issues such as the state of the economy, interest rates, and monetary policy.  And during her hearing on the floor of the House, Yellen offered up a counter opinion to what was stated last month during the Fed’s most recent FOMC meeting where the central bank hinted strongly at raising rates as early as December, and instead spoke of the possibility of negative interest rates should the economy move in a worse direction.
Two opposing statements within a few short weeks… it certainly appears that Nomi Prins was correct when she states that the Fed has no idea what it is doing.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Group of 30 global central banks admit QE failed and did nothing for economies

It must be finally getting crunch time for the primary central banks around the world because on Oct. 10, the G30 group of global money printers admitted in a detailed report that the tens of trillions of dollars, euros, yen, and other currencies they have infused into the system has done absolutely nothing for local economies, and instead has accomplished what alternative economists stated would happen from the very beginning…
Create asset bubbles, un-payable debt, and assure that there would be no sustainable growth.
In addition to their ‘coming to Jesus’ moment, which may have occurred in September when the Fed found themselves unable to raise interest rates even a quarter point, the group of central banks are seeking to blame sovereign governments for failing to direct their printed monies where they would be most appropriate, and are deflecting their own failures elsewhere despite the fact that central banks like the Fed and ECB are outside of government controls to begin with.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Chinese bank official acknowledges bubble has burst while IMF admits QE has failed

This week has now seen two global banking entities admit that the monetary policies created by most central banks have not only failed, but are the root causes for what will become the next great financial crisis.  On Friday, the IMF came out with a paper ceding that the Japanese central bank will very quickly run out of assets to purchase, meaning that their massive Quantitative Easing program will grind to a halt, and leaving Japan with no more arrows in their quiver to keep their asset bubbles afloat.

The Bank of Japan may need to reduce the pace of its bond purchases in a few years due to a shortage of sellers, said economists at the International Monetary Fund. 
There is likely to be a “minimum” level of demand for Japanese government bonds from banks, pension funds, and insurance companies due to collateral needs, asset allocation targets, and asset-liability management requirements, said IMF economists Serkan Arslanalp and Dennis Botman.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jim Willie: If the Fed ends Zero Interest rates it will destroy the big banks

2014 has been the year of the Federal Reserve acting like the European Central Bank head Mario Draghi in that they have talked alot about ending QE and their Zero Interest Rate policies (ZIRP), but heading into the end of the year the Fed has done neither.  And the primary reason for this according to statistician and founder the Hat Trick Newsletter Dr. Jim Willie, is that the big banks have become so reliant upon ZIRP that to remove it would mean the utter destruction of these primary institutions.
In an hour long interview on Oct. 12 with Elijah Johnson of Finance and Liberty, Dr. Willie laid out the two consequences that would take place should the Fed end ZIRP, and why these alone would be enough to destroy the JP Morgans and Goldman Sachs of the U.S. financial system.