Its The End of the World As We Know It

Posted on October 25th, 2008 in Daily Stock Market / Economic News - The Real Story, Mr Mortgage's Personal Opinions/Research

As we are in early innings of the mortgage and housing implosion in the US, the great unwind and equalization is begining to have devastating effects around the globe. This recent story by the Economist reveals how this crisis may prove to be nothing short of the end of the world as we know it.

Eastern Europe

Who’s next? Oct 23rd 2008
From The Economist print edition

The economies of eastern Europe face stormy times, even if Western banks hold their nerve. The political fallout may be even worse

WILL an ex-communist country be the next Iceland? The dramatic collapse of that country’s economy, endangering savings from hapless depositors in Britain and elsewhere, has highlighted other risky but obscure corners of the world’s financial system. The stability of the Ukrainian hryvnia, the implications of the Latvian property crash and Hungarians’ troubling penchant for loans in Swiss francs are among the exotic topics now crowding policymakers’ desks.  Click HERE for full story.

 

This story gies hand in hand with another I posted a couple of weeks back called US Banks Are Not Alone – Global Insolvency.

The New York Times published an interesting chart on how leveraged the global banking system actually is.  In comparison, the US does not look too bad. Then of course, you have to ask yourself ‘are the US banks being totally honest ?’  This chart assumes everyone is being honest, but if they were we would not be in this crisis now, right. Despite that little issue, this is still an interesting

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2 Responses to “Its The End of the World As We Know It”

  1. Global imploding. I guess it’s about time. Is there anywhere that will not feel the heat?

  2. It’s all very simple, really: The world has been living beyond its means and now the debts must be paid or destroyed. In regard to the later it can and will be done by inflation or bankruptcy, de facto and/or de jure. People (and institutions) will run from fiat currency to fiat currency seeking safe haven. To make good on debts they’re even selling gold. Gold buyers, after the dust has settled, will still have their wealth because the buyers today don’t expect to need to sell it tomorrow for food, shelter or margin calls. Every seller of gold has a weak hand, either in terms of real wealth or knowledge about what is going on.

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