Here's why The U.S. Is in a Classic Debt Trap Spiral

williamengdahl.com  ( Original )
JUN 5, 2018

Well this may will help you understand why so many global central banks have recently been stocking up on gold in a hastily fashion. The world is awash in debt and at some point, and at some time sooner rather than later, one of the many balancing acts going on out there will trigger a debt avalanche.

The US economy and its financial structures have never recovered from the great financial meltdown of 2008 despite the passage of ten years. Little discussion has been given to the fact that the Republican Congress last year abandoned the process of mandatory budget cuts or automatic sequestration that had been voted in a feeble attempt to rein in the dramatic rise in US government debt. That was merely an added factor in what soon will be recognized as a classic debt trap. What is now looming over not just the US economy but also the global financial system is a crisis that could spell the end of the post-1944 dollar system.

Now after almost a decade of unprecedented low interest rates to bail out Wall Street and create new asset inflation in stocks, bonds and housing, the Fed is in the early stages of what some call QT or Quantitative Tightening. Interest rates are rising and have been for the past year, so far very gradually as the Fed is being cautious. The Fed however is continuing to raise rates, and now the Fed Funds stands at 1.75% after nearly ten years at effectively zero. Were they to stop now it would signal a market panic that the Fed knew something far worse than they say.

Because never in its history has the Federal Reserve indulged in such a monetary experiment with so low rates so long, the effects of reversing are going to be as well unprecedented. At the onset of the 2008 financial crisis the Fed rates were around 5%. That is what the Fed is aiming at to return to “normal.” However, with rising interest rates, the lowest credit sector, so-called non-investment grade or “junk bonds” face domino style defaults.

As financial investors demand more interest to invest in US debt, the higher rates will trigger the default avalanche Moody’s warns.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: USA in a Debt Trap Death Spiral by F. William Engdahl of williamengdahl.com on 6/1/18