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Tuesday
Feb082011

Bernie Madoff With Chump Change Compared To This Swindle

Oh Ben... what would your mother say?

I've written about this issue before. But given the enormity of what it entails, it's worth repeating. The following paragraphs are the REAL reason Bernanke does what he does no matter what any other media outlet, book, investment expert, or guru tell you.

Bernanke is printing money and funneling it into the Wall Street banks for one reason and one reason only. That reason is: DERIVATIVES.

According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities for the Second Quarter 2010 (most recent), the notional value of derivatives held by U.S. commercial banks is around $223.4 TRILLION.

Five banks account for 95% of this. Can you guess which five?

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Looks a lot like a list of the banks that Ben Bernanke has focused on bailing out/ backstopping/ funneling cash since the Financial Crisis began doesn't it? When you consider the insane level of risk exposure here, you can see why the TRILLIONS he's funneled into these institutions has failed to bring them even to pre-Lehman bankruptcy levels.

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Ben Bernanke is a stooge and a fraud, but he is at least partially honest in his explanations of why he wants to keep printing money. The reason is to try to keep interest rates low. Granted he's failing miserably at this, but at least he understands the goal.

Of course, Bernanke tells the public and Congress that the reason we need low interest rates is to support housing prices. He doesn't mention that $188 TRILLION of the $223 TRILLION in notional value of derivatives sitting on the Big Banks' balance sheets is related to interest rates.

Yes, $188 TRILLION. That's thirteen times the US's entire GDP and nearly four times WORLD GDP.

Now, of course, not ALL of this money is "at risk," since the same derivatives can be traded/ spread out dozens of ways by different banks as a means of dispersing risk.

However, given the amount of money at stake, if even 4% of this money is "at risk" and 10% of that 4% goes wrong, you've wiped out ALL of the equity at the top five banks.

Put another way, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Goldman, and Citibank would CEASE to exist.

If you think that I'm making this up or that Bernanke doesn't know about this, consider that his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, knew as early as 1999 that the derivative market, if forced into the open and through a public clearing house would "implode" the market. This is DOCUMENTED. And you better believe Greenspan told Bernanke this.

In this light all of Bernanke's monetary policies and efforts are focused on doing one thing and one thing only: trying to shore up the overleveraged, derivative-riddled balance sheets of the Too Big to Fails.

The fact that the bank executives taking this money and using it to pay themselves and their employees record bonuses only confirms that these folks have NO interest in taking care of shareholders or their businesses. They're just going to take the money and run for as long as this scheme works.

I don't know when this will come unraveled. But it WILL. At some point the $600+ TRILLION behemoth that is the derivatives market will implode again. When it does, no amount of money printing will save the Too Bloated To Exist banks' balance sheets.

At that point, it's game over for Wall Street and the Fed. Indeed, the derivatives market is simply the largest, most insane debt market there is. In this sense our entire financial system is held up by blatant fraud. The banks don't have anything even resembling accurate accounting. Our former Treasury Secretary and Chairman of the Federal Reserve BROKE THE LAW multiple times and have yet to face any consequences. Corruption, fraud, and even front running are the NORM in the US markets.

On top of this, the US $14+ trillion. And if you include unfunded liabilities like social security and Medicare, you're talking about $70+ TRILLION in total debt on the US's balance sheet.

Let's be blunt here: the US will NEVER pay these debts and liabilities off. And once the financial world finishes pummeling the Euro, we're going to see the US Dollar and Federal debt markets implode.

I cannot tell you when this will happen. All I can say is that it will happen. And you better be preparing for it now.



Graham Summers

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