The Dollar’s Status as the Global Reserve Currency Continues to Lose Credibility
It’s hard to deny that ever since the overnight futures recovered on November 9th, the day after Donald Trump’s historic victory over Hillary Clinton, that a certain mindset has really taken hold over the American people. After eight years of failed Obama economic policies, suddenly Americans are very optimistic about the future for the first time in a very long time. In some circles that level of extreme hope is being referred to as “Trumphoria,” but is that hope based on reality, or are people setting themselves up to be greatly disappointed?
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For those of us who’ve been ringing the bell that severe financial danger still lies ahead, with stock markets hitting new all-time highs seemingly daily, and the U.S. Dollar reaching it’s strongest level in 14 years, getting that message through to people has become increasingly difficult.
In the following interview with Dr. Willie, we review many reasons Americans should still be very concerned about the economic dangers that lie ahead. The simple fact is that many of the problems are too far along to be reversed by a President Trump, or anyone else for that matter. At one point during Part I of the interview below, Dr. Willie reads a direct quote from this month’s issue of The Hat Trick Letter, his monthly newsletter. Dr. Willie expresses his own frustrations with trying to convince loved ones that all is not as it appears in financial markets. He reads:
I have let go many many people in the last several years. I share your frustrations in dealing with family and friends, trying to convince them that our US nation and financial system are in tatters with the collapse well along in progress. They all have great difficulty in accepting the reality of deeply entrenched problems. They are stuck, in a strange refusal to believe that all is not as it seems. Their assumptions run deep and wide, while almost all are wrong. Ask these people some hard probing questions which reveal the broken nature of the entire foundation and its platforms.
1. Do you think the now $20 TRILLION federal debt will cause problems?
2. Do you think five years of ZERO percent money and African style monetary inflation with bond purchases to cover the U.S. government deficits will cause problems?
3. Do you think endless war to defend the U.S. Dollar system will cause a backfire?
4. Do you think the $550 BILLION trade deficit will cause a problem?
5. Do you think the REAL 23% to 24% unemployment will cause a problem?
6. Do you even know what the global currency reserve means?
7. Do you even see that there are no fair financial markets anymore?
Ask, then just walk away. Best to put these seven points on paper and hand it to them. These questions will very likely draw blank stare responses out of sheer ignorance. Perhaps just denial and stunned silence, even apathy and indifference, against a backdrop of national systemic failure. So many people are being misled, and easily deceived… Best to just walk away. Let it sink in. It might never sink in. Unless and until their bank accounts are stolen and their super markets have empty shelves and they fight the riots to return to the safety of their homes, they might never wake up…
Those questions and so many others are covered in the following 2-part interview with Dr. Jim Willie. Following Part 1 of the interview below is an excellent article from Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse Blog that further explains the “Trumphoria” phenomena. Now more than ever, Americans need to be preparing for extreme economic turmoil that is coming. Even Michael Snyder concludes by saying,
“There is no way that this giant bubble that we are in at the moment is going to end well. So it is definitely good to be optimistic, but we also need to be realistic about where we are right now and about the great challenges that we will soon be facing.”
DON’T MISS PART II OF THE INTERVIEW:
Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index has never been higher than it is today. The “Trumphoria” that has gripped the nation ever since Donald Trump’s miraculous victory on election night shows no signs of letting up. Tens of millions of Americans that were deeply troubled by Barack Obama’s policies over the last eight years are feeling optimistic about the future for the first time in a very long time. And it is hard to blame them, because what we have already seen happen since November 8th is nothing short of extraordinary.
The stock market keeps hitting record high after record high, the U.S. dollar is now the strongest that it has been in 14 years, and CEOs are personally promising Trump that they will bring jobs back to the United States. These are things worth getting excited about, and so it makes perfect sense that Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index has now risen to the highest level that Gallup has ever seen…
Americans’ confidence in the economy continues to gradually strengthen after last month’s post-election surge. Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaged +10 for the week ending Dec. 18, marking another new high in its nine-year trend.
The latest figure is up slightly from the index’s previous high of +8 recorded in both of the prior two weeks. The first positive double-digit index score since the inception of Gallup Daily tracking in 2008 reflects a stark change in Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy from the negative views they expressed in most weeks over the past nine years.
And of course this booming level of confidence is not just reflected in Gallup’s numbers. As I discussed in a previous article, the mammoth shift in the results of CNBC’s All-America Economic Survey after the election was nothing short of historic…
The CNBC All-America Economic Survey for the fourth quarter found that the percentage of Americans who believe the economy will get better in the next year jumped an unprecedented 17 points to 42 percent, compared with before the election. It’s the highest level since President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008.
The surge was powered by Republicans and independents reversing their outlooks. Republicans swung from deeply pessimistic, with just 15 percent saying the economy would improve in the next year, to strongly optimistic, with 74 percent believing in an economic upswing. Optimism among independents doubled but it fell by more than half for Democrats. Just 16 percent think the economy will improve.
On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at yet another all-time record high.
That was the 17th record close since election day, and overall the Dow is up a whopping 8 percent during that time span.
I don’t think that we have ever seen an extended post-election stock market rally quite like this one, and the U.S. dollar is rallying too. On Tuesday, the U.S. dollar was the strongest that it has been in 14 years…
The dollar hit a fresh 14-year high on Tuesday, boosted by upbeat comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that kept alive market expectations for swifter U.S. interest rate hikes next year than had been expected.
The greenback climbed broadly but its gains were strongest against the yen, which slid as much as 1 percent after the Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged.
But of course not everything is rainbows and unicorns. Signs of trouble continue to erupt all over the U.S. economy, and there are many that believe that Trump will be facing some very serious economic concerns very early in his presidency.
Just look at what is happening in the auto industry. Unsold vehicles are piling up at an alarming pace at dealers all over the nation, and GM just announced that it is going to temporarily close five factories…
GM has been reacting to its fabulously ballooning inventory glut by piling incentives on its vehicles. But that hasn’t worked all that well though it cost a lot of money. Now it’s time to get serious.
It will temporarily close five assembly plants in January and lay off over 10,000 employees, spokeswoman Dayna Hart said today.
And GM is definitely not alone. Back in October, Ford made a similar announcement…
In October, Ford announced that it would temporarily shut down production at one of its F-150 assembly plants (Kansas City), along with production at a plant that assembles the Escape and the Lincoln MKC (Louisville), plus two plants in Mexico. It would also lay off about 13,000 workers, 9,000 in the US and 4,000 in Mexico.
Another signal that the economy is slowing down is the tremendous difficulty that Uber is experiencing right now. If you can believe it, they just announced that they lost a staggering 800 million dollars in the third quarter…
Uber racked up pro-forma losses of more than $800m in the third quarter of this year as a price war with rival ride-hailing service Lyft in the US and heavy spending on new initiatives weighed on its figures, according to a person familiar with its recent financial performance,reports The Financial Times.
The third-quarter figures, first reported by tech news site The Information, show that Uber still faces steep losses even after pulling back from China.
I don’t understand how Uber could possibly lose 800 million dollars in three months. Something is definitely very wrong over there.
Personally, I hope that things go as well as possible during the Trump administration. If we truly are entering a new golden era of peace and prosperity, that would be more than okay with me.
But we should not forget that our economic fundamentals have continued to deteriorate all throughout the Obama years, and our nation has been steadily accumulating the largest mountain of debt the world has ever seen.
Unless there is some sort of unprecedented miracle, there is no way that this giant bubble that we are in at the moment is going to end well. So it is definitely good to be optimistic, but we also need to be realistic about where we are right now and about the great challenges that we will soon be facing.
Article posted with permission from The Last Great Stand. Article by Michael DePinto.