The 'D-Word' Uttered by the Fed's Fed.... Oops!
Well... this has to be rather embarrassing for Paulson and Bernanke... The BIS is the central bank to the central banks, and this is a straight-up slap in the face to Bernanke for his 'loose monetary policy'. You reap what you sow, Ben! While I do admit to taking pleasure in imagining Ben squirming as reality bursts the balloons of his pro-dollar hocus-pocus verbiage, I am always careful to state clearly that I am deeply disturbed by the underlying reality that Americans are facing. This begins as a financial meltdown, but could well become a humanitarian nightmare.
Central bank body warns of Great Depression
by Gill Montia
Story link: Central bank body warns of Great Depression
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the organisation that fosters cooperation between central banks, has warned that the credit crisis could lead world economies into a crash on a scale not seen since the 1930s.
In its latest quarterly report, the body points out that the Great Depression of the 1930s was not foreseen and that commentators on the financial turmoil, instigated by the US sub-prime mortgage crisis, may not have grasped the level of exposure that lies at its heart.
According to the BIS, complex credit instruments, a strong appetite for risk, rising levels of household debt and long-term imbalances in the world currency system, all form part of the loose monetarist policy that could result in another Great Depression.
The report points out that between March and May of this year, interbank lending continued to show signs of extreme stress and that this could be set to continue well into the future.
It also raises concerns about the Chinese economy and questions whether China may be repeating mistakes made by Japan, with its so called bubble economy of the late 1980s.