In These New Times

A new paradigm for a post-imperial world

Money and credit and the current backdrop

Posted by seumasach on April 30, 2014

“Today’s markets would react negatively to any major expansion of central bank Credit from the likes of Brazil, Russia, Turkey, India, Indonesia or South Africa. This market dynamic provides a huge competitive advantage to developed central banks, markets and economies. Increasingly, this competitive advantage along with the destabilizing global role of Federal Reserve “money” are sources of heightened global animosities. More than ever before, EM economies see developed “money” printing as a force for rising inequality”. 

In other words, the ability of Washington and London to “quantitatively ease” is an imperial privilege. However, there is one crucial distinction between this and past forms of imperial exploitation: QE is also impoverishing, through inflation, the whole US and UK populations, outside the 0.01 % elite.

Doug Noland

Prudent Bear

27th April, 2014

Trouble brewing

Over the years, money and the “Moneyness” of Credit have remained focal points of my Macro Credit Analytical Framework. From my perspective, money is fundamentally defined by perceptions. “Money” is a financial claim perceived as safe and a liquid store of nominal value. Understandably, this definition is troubling to monetary purists. Yet in the spirit of Ludwig von Mises and his notion of broad money/“fiduciary media,” my view of contemporary “money” is focused on an array of financial claims and their functionality. 

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