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The Next Wave 04-21-2011

The Next Wave 04-21-2011

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April 21
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 e are approaching the end of thiscurrent 8.6 year wave come June13
th
, 2011. What awaits us on theother side is a change in the overall trend.When we approached the same turning point in1985.65, PEI took full pages advertisements andran them on the back of the English magazine,the Economist for 3 of the 4 weeks that month.Therein we warned that there would be achange back to inflation and that the steepeconomic decline that followed the insane peakin interest rates during 1981 was over. Now aswe approach this same period after atumultuous 4.3 years down that saw thecollapse of real estate, the demise of legendaryfirms such as Lehman Brothers and a score of bankruptcies that followed, if anything, thesepast 4.3 years have been anything but boring.Many people lost their retirement savings orhad them seriously curtailed. The involvementof group trading witnessed a catastrophiceconomic contagion that swept the worldtaking many countries down with it such asIreland and Iceland. But these things arenothing new. The banks had to be bailed out onthe loans to South America, Russia, Long-TermCapital Management, S&L Crisis, and now theMortgage backed debt derivatives. Looking attheir track record post 1971, one wonders if they ever get it right and they clearly all flocktogether sniffing out the same scheme like dogswith wings or is it pigs with wings?
 
 3Our advertisement from the back page of theEconomist in July 1985 was all about the comingchange in trend. Curious, as today Standard &Poors issued a warning about the credit ratingof the United States, there were difficult timesback then as well. The dollar had risen so highthe British Pound fell nearly to par and whatwould become the Euro fell to nearly 25 cents.The crisis was the trade deficit and the loss of  jobs that government thought it could justmanipulate the dollar and cure the problem.The answer in government circles was to formthe Group of 5 nations (G-5) known as the PlazaAccord for its location at the Plaza Hotel in NYC(Today G20). They decided that the five maincountries would act as a group to coordinateintervention and force the US dollar down. Theyopenly came out and announced publicly thatthey wanted to see the dollar fall by 40%.
The interesting aspect of these turning pointshas been the uncanny inflection point forchange that manifests itself both in theperception of the people as well as in the hallsof government. There is no question today thatgovernments worldwide are very concernedabout the debt. This is the final showdown thatwe face in this next wave of Marxist-Socialism vLiaise Fair Economics. In other words, will themarkets force change to prevent the end of theworld, or will government just run off a cliff?There is a choice, but nobody seems to bepaying attention.What is stunning, however, is the fact thatStandard & Poors has even dared to issue awarning. Of course they are using the budgetfight to scare the politicians. But everyoneknows, there is no way they will everdowngrade US debt. Let us face the facts! If youalways borrowed to pay off your old debt and just rolled it perpetually increasing your loansbecause of interest, then nobody would giveyou a credit rating worth anything and youmight go to jail.

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