Category Archives: Japan

IMF Says Japanese Banks’ Bond Holdings Risk Financial Stability.

IMF would not come out saying that Japan’s bond are going to tumble if it did not have a reason to. Would it? The deflationary spiral is soon going to become a whirlpool that sucks that land of the rising sun into the Pacific ocean. The only question remains of when it will happen and what repercussions will the financial collapse in Japan have on the rest of the world financial system.

The Marginal Productivity of Debt.

The key to understanding the problem is the marginal productivity of debt, a concept curiously missing from the vocabulary of mainstream economics. Keynesians take comfort in the fact that total debt as a percentage of total GDP is safely below 100 in the United States while it is 100 and perhaps even more in some other countries. However, the significant ratio to watch is additional debt to additional GDP, or the amount of GDP contributed by the creation of $1 in new debt. It is this ratio that determines the quality of debt. Indeed, the higher the ratio, the more successful entrepreneurs are in increasing productivity, which is the only valid justification for going into debt in the first place.

Japan’s consumer prices fall again in January. Deflation now -1.3% compared to January 2009.

Japan, after two decades of fighting against deflation and racking up 240% of GDP public debt has literally nothing to show for. The deflation is firmly entrenched in the Japanese economy, which is a very good thing for consumers, not speculators.

What deflation will do to future US GDP.

It is now an established fact that Japan has been mired in deflation for the last 18 years. It meant no economic growth as manifested in the below GDP graph. Assuming that USA is now in the early stages of a similar, if not much stronger, deflationary depression, we may be able to project future US GDP growth/contraction based on the Japanes experience.

Japan sees long deflation in US, bets on falling Treasury yields.

“The recovery is very weak and the U.S. is running the risk of deflation…” say the Japanese investors as they are piling into US Treasuries while expecting the yields to drop sharply. They may be the only ones in current economic environment that have extensive experience investing in deflationary times and so it may be worth wile heeding their advice:

“Demand for Treasuries is very good because of the idle money in the banking system…”

“The medium term risk toward inflation is being caused by potential policy missteps by policy makers in regards to monetary and fiscal policy and the weakening dollar…”

“Any economics textbook would tell you that the massive stimulus from the central government will eventually cause inflation, but the Japanese know it doesn’t have to turn out that way…”

“The U.S. economy has faced a double whammy: the recession and credit contraction. The U.S. will face a triple whammy with deflation. That’s good for the Treasury market.”

Does the world have the courage to deal with its debts?

Quite a sensible article from an MSM source, Telegraph of UK, that aptly discusses the real state of things on the Central Banks’ front of deflationary fighting and suggests several solutions out of this global economic crisis. I, however, do not agree with the proposed solution ouf of indebtedness problem that we the people should pay down the debts as the author puts it “very slowly, by sweat and toil”. This contradicts the very natural economic self-interest of the majority of hundreds of millions of people that were either duped into borrowing by financial wizards or had to do it as they saw no other way of being able to afford things as the wages stagnated for decades. No, I propose to default on all the debts, walk away and let the owners of this world financial system have it. I in essense call for a debt revolt, stick it to them and let them be crushed under their own debts.

The Power Of The FED And Deflation.

This article from GoldSeek makes good points and explains quite clearly why US is going to stay in deflation much longer than most people and so called “economists” think, and why the privately owned FED is unable to reinflate the debt bubble.

Japanese bonds and Swiss National Bank err on the side of deflation.

Unlike Government orchestrated propaganda campaign to proclaim imminent recovery, the Government bonds investors and Central Bankers know that deflation is no where near the end. Both Japanese Government bond prices and Swiss National Bank officials tells us – deflation is here and not going away.

Sane discussion of deflation from MSM … for a change.

There are winners and losers, just as there are from most economic developments. The important point is that the people who lose are more powerful than the people who gain. That might explain why we hear about the dangers of deflation, and not about its advantages. It still doesn’t make them right.

There is no threat from deflation. It may even be desirable if it encourages a balance between saving and consumption, and discourages governments and banks from taking on debt.

Deflation is here and now and everywhere.

If one were to listen to the policy makers and news media, one might think that deflation may still be averted and has not yet arrived. But if one reads the official economic statistics from around the world one will see that deflationary spiral has already arrived and is beginning its whirlwind motions in earnest.