Outlook 23: Imminent implosion

03.01.2023 – It’s all been done before: The world is threatened with recession. Nevertheless, the most important central banks are raising interest rates. The probable result: economic standstill, insolvencies, bad loans, tottering banks. Especially in Southern Europe.

As you will read in a moment, it is worthwhile for pessimists to take a look at the gold price. Because if our experts are right, the precious metal could soon be in demand again as a safe haven in a new financial crisis. Here is the weekly chart. It is indeed astonishing that gold recently became more expensive despite higher interest rates.

 

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Alasdair Macleod of GoldMoney.com, has already spotted signs of a global banking crisis. Which is nothing out of the ordinary for a gold bull and enemy of paper money, but may be true nonetheless.

Banking crisis ahead
Macleod recently wrote this about his basic assumption: “there can only be one conclusion about the future course of interest rates. The trend has turned and after an initial rise have paused. This softening of the interest rate outlook will turn out to be temporary, to be followed by a continuing trend of yet higher rates, reflecting more aggressive currency debasement, awkwardly coinciding with a deepening slump in economic activity.”
And further: “Bank balance sheets are as overleveraged as they have ever been particularly in Europe and Japan. And with rising interest rates ensuring a bear market in financial assets and widespread exposure to malinvestments leading to non-performing loans, banker sentiment is swinging firmly toward risk containment.”

Liquidity drying up
The expert sees liquidity drying up, especially in the foreign exchange market, with derivatives such as swaps and forwards not realistically showing up on bank balance sheets. We add: If true, an extremely dangerous crisis is building under the radar. Further, Macleod judged, “As with all credit contractions, when and where the system will break is virtually impossible to predict. But when it happens, the crisis will be sudden. We must hope that the year-end financial window-dressing season passes without incident.”

Target2 again and again
And another interesting fact on the subject of the imminent implosion of the banks. Like a cork that a fool tries to push under water, one topic keeps popping up: The European Central Bank’s Target2 balances. The damning verdict from Mike Shedlock of MishTalk.com: capital flight is a key building block in this system. And further: “The ECB’s imbalance is related to its bond manipulation schemes to keep interest rates down in Italy, Spain, Greece, and the peripheral Eurozone countries in general.”
The background: solvent countries are buying bonds of their cash-strapped neighbors that can’t get their economies under control. For example, according to MishTalk, Germany’s most recent surplus was 1.2 trillion euros, and Luxembourg is also a big spender, with 303 billion. According to the report, the big deficits are in Italy (670 billion euros), Spain (484), the ECB itself (339) and Greece with 106 billion euros.
Shedlock further commented, “It’s increasing likely that corporations and wealthy individuals do not trust Italian banks, nor should they.” Which brings us to one of the likely flashpoints in a possible coming crisis: Italy. Our conclusion: The argumentation of the bears is quite stringent. So keep an eye on real-time news from the banking sector. And of course the gold chart.

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