I won’t bore you with the minutiae just a couple of details:
The ECB has cut the Base Rate by the staggering amount of, er, 0.1% to 0.15%.
Also, banks depositing funds at their Central Bank (the ECB) will be charged 0.1% for the privilege.
There were other announcements, including an extra €160Bns of QE. They’ll buy doubtful debts off banks. Think about that. The banks loaned to any wally with a business idea. That the loan will go sour is of no issue because the Central Bank will buy from the bank at 100c on the €. The bank loses nothing. yet it recklessly loaned. The banksters got their fees and bonuses. No-one loses, right? Wrong. Those who hold the Central Bank’s liabilities will pay. Who? The next generation. Sickening.
Back to the interest rates. Firstly, let me point out that I lave been saying for ages that rates will more likely fall than rise – to much merriment and laughing of 49 out of 50 commentators. See, for example, here, from April.
So, what will these cuts do for us?
One word – nothing.
If you have a mortgage or a business loan and you are told the cost will fall by 0.1% p.a. will that improve your position? Will it Hell. Will you invest more, spend more etc etc? Of course not.
It’s not about you. It’s about the bankers – the paymasters to the politicians. You see the banks have, collectively, hundreds of trillions !!! of $ of interest rate derivatives. These are so finely priced that they need cuts in interest rates. Otherwise the banks will go belly up.
And yes, it’s going to happen anyway.
What happens when we get to 0.01% Base Rate and the ECB can’t go any lower?
That’s when banking will be in the state of collapse it should have endured in 2009. That would have been Capitalism. But oh no. The bankers persuaded the corrupt politicians to bail them out.
Base rates were slashed. In the case of the UK from 5.0% to 0.5% within 6 months.
And Marxism/Fascism took over.
To simplify Mussolini: Fascism is the merger of Corporation and State. This is obviously what is increasing. And no, there is no practical difference to you and me between Marxism and Fascism.
So, the cuts in rates will not help the real economy. Only the one directly or indirectly related to the banksters. So, what happens next? As I’ve long said, the next time there is a global economic shock Base Rates will fall to effectively 0.0%, there will likely be Bail Ins (deposit confiscations*) and massive borrowing again – from our grandchildren this time – and handing over to banksters again.
* There’s your negative rates that some of you were wondering about.
So the banking economy will again be bailed out. But this time they will not bail out the real economy which is dependent on ever lower and lower borrowing rates. They’re already near rock bottom.
#30YearDepression is coming.
The evidence continues to build that we are experiencing long term deflation and asset price collapse and massive reductions in those you call Middle Class. See here. That’s probably you.
No-one will bail you out. Your responsibility is to protect yourself. We might be able to help there…
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