Monday, September 22, 2008

Understanding Economic Meltdowns 101

This is a long story, but if you have any interest
in what's going on in the financial markets, I think
you'll find it a more useful analysis than you're
likely to find anywhere else.

Without this article, you'll still get value from the
video, but with it, you'll REALLY know what's going
on better than most people on earth...including
financial news reporters.

I encourage you to invest the five minutes it will
take to read this. If not, you can skip to the link
at the bottom.



*** A short explanation of how we got to where we are

Today's banking crisis is the THIRD trillion dollar plus
US-caused financial meltdown in the last twenty years.

Each one of these crises came into being through the same basic
mechanism...the fraudulent over-valuing of financial assets by
Wall Street - with a "wink and a nod" (and sometimes a lot more)
from the White House and Congress.

The fraudulently valued assets stimulate the economy, impart
the illusion of health and then, inevitably, the fraud goes
too far and the whole house of card comes painfully crashing
back to earth.

The three trillion dollar plus frauds were:

Fraud #1: The so-called "Savings and Loan Crisis" of the late 80s

Fraud #2: The so-called "Tech Bubble" of the late 90s

Fraud #3: The so-called "Credit Crisis" of today

*** How the scam works

The mechanism of these frauds is simplicity itself...

...Take a shaky financial asset and blow up its value
and then sell as much of it as you can.

In the "Savings and Loan Crisis," the instrument was junk bonds.

In the "Tech Bubble" it was Internet stocks.

In the "Credit Crisis" it was individual mortgages collected
into pools and then re-sold to investors.

In each case, normal, well established "bread and butter"
financial principles were consciously thrown away by Wall Street
with no hint of protest from federal regulators.

***The "Savings and Loan Crisis" dissected

Junk bonds caused the Saving and Loan crisis which
resulted in the US taking over the assets of hundreds of
banks and selling them back over time to the marketplace
at fire sale prices.

Junk bonds, which caused the "Savings and Loan Crisis" were
shaky bonds that were pumped up by deliberate misrepresentation
and what I call "staged dealing."

Bonds get their value from two things: the amount of interest
they pay and how safe they are.

"Junk" bonds have to pay higher interest because they are less
safe. Therefore, until the "Savings and Loan Crisis," savings
and loan banks banks were not allowed by law to buy them and call
them assets.

Reagan/Bush changed all this and then a group of Wall Street
fraudsters used the new loophole to kick off an orgy of junk
bond creation and junk bond selling to banks and insurance

The crooks would deal the junk bonds back and forth
amongst themselves thereby establishing their "value"
and then they'd sell them to outsiders. The bonds
then became "assets" which could be borrowed against
and leveraged to buy even more bonds.

When the bonds failed, the banks failed and in stepped the
US government to "fix" the problem that it created at the cost
of at least one trillion dollars to US tax payers.

Deja vu, eh?

***The "Tech Bubble" dissected

The instrument of fraud in the "Tech Bubble" was Internet
stocks, start ups in particular.

A stock gets its value from the underlying company's sales,
its growth and its overall prospects for the future.

Pre-tech bubble, companies used to have to prove themselves
by being in existence for several years before they could
be sold on major exchanges. That standard was thrown away
during the tech bubble.

To pump of their values, the companies engaged in
"staged dealing" just like the junk bond crooks.

Company #1 would "sell" 20 million dollars in banner
ads to Company #2 which would in turn "sell" 20 million
in banner ads to Company #1.

In fact, nobody sold anybody anything. Company #2 ran
ads for Company #1 and billed it for them. Company #1
ran ads for Company #2 and billed for an equal amount.

These should have been called media trades not sales, but
Wall Street was happy to claim them as legitimate cash sales
and then use the sales numbers to fraudulently value these
companies - many of them totally worthless - in the
hundreds of millions and sometimes even the billions.

***The "Credit Crisis" dissected

By now, you see how the scheme works.

It's not complicated at all.

You take near worthless pieces of paper (junk bonds, stock
of start up Internet companies, etc.) and declare them to
be good as gold.

Then you create as many junk bonds and Internet start up
stocks as you get and sell them as fast as you can.

In the case of our current crisis, the instrument of fraud
was so-called sub-prime mortgages.

Previously, sub-prime mortgages had very little trading value.
Only people in the sub-prime industry itself dealt in them and for
good reason. They're tricky to value and packed with financial

But Wall Street changed all that.

Wall Street said: "If we take LOTS of these mortgages and assemble
them into large pools and then slice and dice the pools in various
ways, we can sell the slices to banks and other investors as AAA

It sounds crazy, doesn't it?

If the underlying pieces of paper are garbage, how does assembling
a whole bunch of garbage into one place make it "better?"

It doesn't, of course, and this is a principle even a three year
old child can understand.

But greed and the need to pump up a shaky economy for propaganda
purposes are two very strong motivators.

Banks created these mortgage pools, sold them to each other,
and they by virtue of these "staged sales" declared them valuable.

Do you recognize the pattern now?

If you do, then you are now smarter than all the assembled j@ck@sses
who do financial reporting because they apparently can't - or

This is the THIRD trillion-dollar plus fraud driven financial
meltdown in twenty years and apparently no one in the financial
news media can see how it happened.

***But there's more...

Junk bonds were mass manufactured as fast as the crooks could
invent them. Ditto for Internet stocks.

But how did hundreds of billions of dollars worth of "toxic"
mortgages suddenly come into being?

Why did the mortgage industry change its lending standards so
radically and so suddenly to make their creation possible?

And why did real estate lending regulators in all 50 states -
because real estate lending is a STATE-level issue not a federal
- go along with it?

Here's where it gets very interesting...

The fact is state-level lending regulators were VERY concerned
about what was going on. They have been for years.

And they not only expressed their concern clearly, they also
took SERIOUS concerted legal action to stop lenders from making
bad real estate loans to their citizens.

(Most of the sub-prime loans in the news so much today were
designed to screw the people who borrowed the money and can
rightly be called "predatory" loans.)

Guess who stopped the states from enforcing their own time-proven
real estate lending laws and thus created the raw material that
made the current "Credit Crisis" possible?

*** The trillion dollar plus question

If you're a US taxpayer, you're going to pay for this fraud
so you might as well know who did it to you.

His initials are GB.

You know him well.

But perhaps more interesting is the name of the person who
single-handedly rallied first state attorneys general and then
fellow governors to fight the creation of these loans and who
in the process became Public Enemy #1 to the Bush Administration...

His initials are ES.

If you follow "silly" US political scandals, you'll recognize
his name instantly when you hear it.

And you will *finally* understand why he was quickly and
permanently assassinated politically earlier this year.

Had ES been allowed to "live," he would have been in position to
remind everyone every day of who made the current meltdown

Instead, he was silenced very effectively. Not with a bullet
in the back of the head, but the net effect was just the same.

So effective was his assassination that no one can even

mention his name in connection with today's crisis without
risking ridicule, or worse.

Last note:

The crisis this fraud has created is *exponentially* bigger
than the S & L and Tech Bubble combined.

It's not going to be resolved by a quick "patch up" and will
likely have the same impact on the current generation that the
depression of the 1930s had on its parents, grandparents and
great grandparents.

On that cheerful note, here's the big story everyone missed
this year
and now you'll finally know what REALLY happened
and why:

- Brasscheck

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