“Banks Are Frauds”: Insider

21 Feb

As I was saying.

From The Sovereign Man:

Why a banking insider says “It’s time to be very worried”

Despite all the commotion outside, I met up with my colleague, and we dove immediately into a conversation about international banking and the state of the global financial system. As a senior executive of a large international bank, he is the ultimate insider. And I was floored by what he told me.

He openly acknowledged, for example, that banks are frauds. Most banks, particularly in the developed west, only hold a tiny fraction of their customer’s deposits in cash. The rest is gambled away on whatever the popular toxic security du jour happens to be.

This entire system rests upon a very thin layer of confidence, reinforced by the occasional taxpayer bailout. Yet it struck him as incredible that people still had confidence in banks, especially given that most of the investment products promoted to their customers are “crap”.

He told me how destructive central bankers are, creating untold amounts of inflation that only serves to make people poorer, while enabling governments to go deeper into debt.

Most of all, he told me that very few of the banking sector’s underlying deficiencies have been addressed since the 2008 meltdown. Many western banks are still insolvent, with the key difference that their governments are now also insolvent.

He believes that in the coming years, this confluence of risk will finally burst, most likely induced by the effects of the currency wars and competitive devaluation.

It was astounding, he said, that the G7 actually published a statement trying to soothe concerns about the global currency wars. “Whenever the government tells you to not worry about something,” he said, “it’s time to be very worried.”

Unfortunately, most people don’t know what’s happening. They don’t know that their government is insolvent, and that the only way they can persist is to go deeper into debt and devalue their currency. They don’t know that the money in their bank account isn’t safe. And they don’t have any idea how far their government will go to maintain the status quo.

It turns out that the screaming teenagers outside were a perfect metaphor. Happily ignorant. Distracted. And completely unaware. Most people simply aren’t going to see it coming.

And yet, from a big picture perspective, it all seems so obvious. National balance sheets across the developed west are deeply in the red. Bank balance sheets are precarious at best. Central bankers are flooding the world with paper money. And governments are trying everything– capital controls, competitive devaluation, pension nationalization– to keep the party going.

The writing is on the wall.

Read the whole article here.

2 Responses to ““Banks Are Frauds”: Insider”

  1. JMD February 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    “This entire system rests upon a very thin layer of confidence”

    The way I’m tending to think of it is the very thin layer of confidence is actually a seemingly impenetrable layer of lard, born of stupidity, as thick as the earth itself.

    Considering the recent moves in the gold price, the layer of lard has only become thicker.

    However, lard melts quickly, even burns with great energy.

  2. omanuel February 22, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    Thanks for the message.

    There is little doubt we are all now living under the tyrannical government George Orwell warned about in 1946 when

    _ a.) George Orwell was dying of tuberculosis while writing “1984” [1];


    _ b.) Fred Hoyle was writing deceptive papers [2] about the Sun, the Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer of elements, world and lives in the solar system [3].

    Here is a summary of the divergent but supportive roles Fred Hoyle and George Orwell played on the stage of life in 1945-46


    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo


    [1] George Owrell (Eric Arthur Blair), “Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)” Secker and Warburg, 1949: http://www.amazon.com/Nineteen-Eighty-Four-Centennial-Edition-George/dp/0452284236

    [2] Fred Hoyle, “The chemical composition of the stars,” Monthly Notices Royal Astronomical Society 106, 255-259 (1946); “The synthesis of elements from hydrogen,” ibid., 343-383 (1946)

    [3] Oliver K. Manuel and Alberto Boretti, “Yes, the Sun is a pulsar,” Nature (submitted 12 Dec 2012) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10640850/Yes_the_Sun_is_a_pulsar.pdf

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