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The Bolívar’s collapse is rather tragic, considering the Bolívar was actually one of Latin Americas’ strongest currencies during Venezuela’s peak from the 1950s to 1970s.
Eurozone banks are better off than they were three years ago. But they are nowhere close to having solved their challenges.
Recessions emerge when the central bank reverses its loose monetary stance. But the seeds of recession were sown earlier by private lending practices that grew out of central-bank money creation.
The only way to end the booms and busts brought by inflationary credit is to eliminate the central bank's counterfeiting that constitutes and creates that inflation.
Increases in the money supply need not always be followed by general increases in prices, as prices are determined by both real and monetary factors.
The idea that money must grow in order to sustain economic growth gives the impression that money somehow sustains economic activity. But this has never been true.
Decades ago, the Chinese state began to accumulate gold merely as part of a makeshift backup plan. But it may have ended up with enough gold to make a real move away from fiat currency, which would be a disaster for its Western competitors.
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The future of Venezuela is grim. International reserves will be depleted, monetary expansion will not pay the deficit, and inflation will continue.
As the foundation of the economy weakens, bank lending weakens also. And then money begins to disappear from the banking system.
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The next crisis is not likely to be another Lehman, but another Japan — a widespread zombification of global economies.