IMF Prepares For "Threat To International Monetary System"

Tyler Durden's picture

Back in April 2010, before Waddell and Reed sold a few shares of ES, effectively destroying the market on news that Europe was insolvent, we made the following observation: "The IMF has just announced that it is expanding its New Arrangement to Borrow (NAB) multilateral facility from its existing $50 billion by a whopping $500 billion (SDR333.5 billion), to $550 billion." Little did we know that our conclusion "something big must be coming" would prove spot on just a month later after Greece, then Ireland, then Portgual, and soon Spain, Italy, Belgium, and pretty much all other European countries would topple like dominoes tethered together by a flawed monetary regime. Well, based on news from Dow Jones we can now safely predict the following: "something bigger must be coming." As if the IMF's trillions in open lending facilities (many of which have recently been adjusted to uncapped) were not enough, we now learn that the world lender of last resort (which in theory is the Fed, but apparently Bernanke has been getting a little shy lately so is offsetting his direct lending directives to secondary organizations like the IMF, leaving the Fed with only USD liquidity swaps) is about to activate a "Special Funding Pool" - Dow Jones explains: "The International Monetary Fund is expected to soon activate a special funding pool that will boost the fund's ability to prevent or resolve economic crises, two people familiar with the situation said Thursday. One of the people said the activation of the funding--which can only be made by a special request from the IMF managing director to the board--was in anticipation of an expected wave of new IMF programs, including the possible expansion of the Greek bailout package." Wonderful. Global financial cataclysm rinse repeat all over again...

More from Dow Jones:

Activating access to the funding pool could provide assurance to the market of the IMF's ability to backstop any major funding crisis amid ongoing fears that Europe's sovereign debt woes will worsen. The IMF board recently approved a boost to the so-called New Arrangements To Borrow, bringing the special pool of funding to around $580 billion, adding several hundred billion dollars to the total amount the fund has to tap. According to the IMF, the pool of supplementary resources are only to be activated when "needed to forestall or cope with a threat to the international monetary system."

Although no request has been made, markets, analysts and economists say rejection by the Portuguese parliament Wednesday of a belt-tightening budget all but sealed the likelihood Lisbon will request aid from the IMF and the European Union.

Bottom line: there is a new threat to the international monetary system which means Europe May 2010 redux is imminent.

US taxpayers: our condolences.

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nope-1004's picture

Buy silver and protect your wealth.  Remove the criminal banker syndicate from grabbing what you have, as after taxes rise to meet this endless corrupt fiat demand, confiscation of your pensions and 401K's is next.


66Sexy's picture

This is just more digital monetary creation from nothing; backed by nothing; with no value but the decree from an entity that is not even a government... therefore with no military or industrial backing.

Silver, gold, and commodities are the international currency of choice NOW. Without real gold backing, no single entity will have the legitimacy to replace the multi tiered currency system we have today .. just the currencies will weaken over time to tradeable commodities.

We already see this in the market today; considering the dollar is the international currency and its performance shows a lack of faith in ALL currencies; changing the name, rank or serial number by fiat wont change the gut level reaction of self preservation and self protectionism by nations in their continuing flight to real commodities and out of fiat currency.

SwingForce's picture

Yes, default, just like a fiat currency. Print too much paper? No skyrocket in asset value, only default for those who hold PAPER. Tuff Shitt.

JR's picture

A single currency means one-world government.  It is no longer a debatable point.

Only those nations that retain their orientation toward survival, that keep a sense of identity and refuse to allow that sense of identity to be dissipated will succeed as a people, as a culture. Paraphrased, these are the words of Gregory R. Copley of GIS.

International bankers hate nationalism. They want to be able to operate quickly and profitably without restriction or borders by pressing their buttons and not dealing with protectionist governments. The oligarchs hate nationalism because they can’t steal a people’s resources and labors. They’re nailed down.

For nearly a century, the internationalists have been in the business of molding public opinion in support of globalism and internationalism, away from nationalism—away from the principles of the Founders that made American great.

The Rockefeller Foundation minced no words in 1946 in advocating globalism:

“The challenge of the future is to make this world one world—a world truly free to engage in common and constructive intellectual efforts that will serve the welfare of mankind everywhere.”  -- a “common world” designed around international collectivism.

America must establish her own currency and run Bernanke and his Fed of international bankers and their “world reserve currency” out of town.  America’s “world reserve currency” is nothing more than a stalking horse for the international investment bankers’ one-world currency – the SDR, the bancor of John Maynard Keynes’ 1944 proposed global bank.

“When the IMF was created, it was the vision of Fabian Socialist John Maynard Keynes that there be a world central bank issuing a reserve currency called the ‘bancor’ to free all governments from the discipline of gold.  With the creation of SDRs, the IMF had finally begun to fulfill that dream.” – G. Edward Griffin

TruthInSunshine's picture

The Creature From Jekyll Island is the best book I've read in my lifetime.

My only caveat is that when the government declares force majeure due to alleged threats to the financial system, it will mean that all of you  will need to be prepared to protect you physical in the face of the heaviest armaments you're going to see in the world.

gwar5's picture

Yep, the next "crises" will mean they'll try to confiscate private pensions. 

It will be for our protection from the evil Wall Street capitalists. When the market crashes people will get the rest of their 401Ks wiped out. They'll be so discouraged they'll give up. 

Shameful's picture

When the 401ks get taken, brace for impact. I expect the day of reckoning not to be far beyond.  After all why keep up the facade after all the wealth is sucked out of the US.  Probably burn it down for the insurance money.

unununium's picture

By "taken" I hope you mean devalued via crash in all asset values except for PM's.  The uberclass will not be so crude as to forcibly confiscate anything.

Boilermaker's picture

They'll be exchange for treasuries and you'll be told "it's for your own good" and you'll like it. 



Doña K's picture

If they can print money at will, why go after worthless 401k plans and piss everyone off?

Founders Keeper's picture

[If they can print money at will, why go after worthless 401k plans and piss everyone off?]---Dona K

That's a good question, Dona.

I expect retirement account values will get so hammered on the next leg down in stocks/bonds, AND the government's new "alternative" retirement vehicle will appear so attractive, that pension/401k/IRA account owners will be begging to take the govt's offer.


macholatte's picture

The "collapse" is not going to happen too fast. The preferred method is an "erosion" of wealth. How much was a loaf of bread 20 years ago?

Be not afraid that your 401-k will be seized by shock troops. It will be destroyed again like the crash of 2000, 2001, 2008 plus the cancer of inflation will eat away at your buying power and so forth until there is nothing left and no one to blame but you because you were greedy and demanded a life style above that of a Mexican peasant so you got your college degree and did all those things the "experts" said to do so you'd have a good life and you will have been blind sided once again.





flattrader's picture

Yep.  Blame the victim.

I saw it happen during my brief career in LE countless times.

Oddly, many/most victims are made to feel culpable easily enough.

JR's picture

The truth capsulized.  Well said, macholatte.

Shameful's picture

Yeah I mean taken.  But no not direct confiscation, but I can see them being forced into "War Bonds" "America Bonds" or some other lame name.  The cycle up and down hurts people, but the masses are spread out into asset classes, can sheer off flesh but to eat the whole beast must shove it into one asset class to devour.

Like being in stocks will protect to a degree from dollar death.  Being in bonds protects from market crash.  So without a forced consolidation the only way to take it would be to crash market and keep it down while devaluing the currency.  To difficult.  Besides when get taste of austerity and the gov will say "It we don't tap the 401ks then no more SS.  but don't worry, you'll still have your 401k, we just need it for liquidity".  The words will be different as they have expert speech writers but that will be the gist of it.

cosmictrainwreck's picture

wonder if you care to speculate on relative probability of "buy bonds" enforced on self-managed IRA in a trading account vs. 401(k); which is taken out first?

Shameful's picture

I would guess same time. Now they might not hit self directed IRA, but I figure they would just "shock and awe" the whole field. And I mean ROTHs to, can't let the plumb escape.

They're going to asset strip, so why leave chairs in the place before you burn it?

Dr. Porkchop's picture

It's a hard truth, but the younger generations will become quite sick of footing the bill for Grandma and Grandpa's retirement when they know they'll never see a dime. We're headed for a future where everyone will need to pull their weight.

Shameful's picture

Bull!  Some have actually put enough away to fund a retirement without SS.  But of course it will be looted off them to make them more dependant on the system.  System robs a person their whole life and then finishes it off by stealing the little nest egg they put together for the twilight years.

It won't be about pulling old weight, it will be about putting down the old.  "Well we can't afford to keep Grandma around anymore so we had to put her down"  And don't think it will stop there.  Need to justify ones existence to stick around.  After all have to be austere in the planned society.

"I've seen the future brother; it is murder" -  Leonard Cohen, The Future

centerline's picture

Population deflation.  Pushing up daisys is going to be a common career in the near future.  Unfunded liabilities are just smoking craters at this point.

Shameful's picture

Don't get down to 500 million from here without a lot of deaths.  It's just a matter if it's a quick death or a slower unwind.  A mass kill off, vs sterilizing the public for example.


Those unfunded liabilities will never be met in real terms, might have dollars tossed at them but lwho knows what it will be worth at the time.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

Yes.. People who worked hard to put something away for the future will hopefully be able to see their savings be put to use for them... Unfortunately i think most gambled their future on the housing bubble. I'm in my mid thirties and i doubt there will be a retirement for me.

Shameful's picture

Oh I agree most don't have much set aside, but there is a lot of money in there in the aggregate and it will be taken.  The taking the 401ks is a good wealth grab as well as making those who could be independent dependant on the system.  You think there is a hue and cry about touching SS now, wait till after the retirment assets are looted.  It will literally be a battle of life or death.  After all does walmart need that many more greeters?

Dr. Porkchop's picture

That's not to say that every old person will cast aside by a certain age.. different support systems will come about. The home economy will become much more important again. The extended family will make a comeback. The older generation will take on certain duties to free up the working generation to allow the survivial of the unit. There will be a lot more people involved in the production of food. A lot of skills will have to be relearned.

Also I think the fraternal organizations will make a comeback. Social capital will be very important.

Shameful's picture

Sadly no.

Look at how families treat each other now. Will they come together to provide for those seen as a burden or wish them to be "die for everyone's good". This is not the vulture of our fathers or grandfathers. Look around you, turn on your TV.

You can argue that the older gen can watch kids, well kids are slowly getting phased out as people are forced to run on the debt treadmill for school.

I'm willing to bet a lot of the old will simply be cast aside. Not all of them, but a number that should shock the conscience. Though in some way it is their fault. They participated in the ponzi hoping ti cash in, but turns out they guessed wrong. How much better would things be if our parents or their parents had stood up to the building of this system?

Neoisolationist's picture

I don't see this sort of legislation (to seize 401K/IRA) making it through the US House of Representatives, even under dire circumstances. I can only see this as coming from an Executive Order. Anyone disagree?

BigJim's picture

I don't even see it as necessary, when they can just diminish the relative value of everyone's pension pot through massive (and under-reported) monetary inflation. They're already doing that now, and congress can't/won't do anything about it until the sheep wake up and vote in representatives who will end the Fed.

Which is why educating the masses on this subject is so important.

Chuck Walla's picture

And now the real purpose of "Health Care Reform" is revealed. Just a vehicle for the Fabian Eugenicists.  Kill the useless, except the elite, of course.

Calculated_Risk's picture

Patriot Bonds, for godsakes think of the children!!!!!!

cranky-old-geezer's picture

The uberclass will not be so crude as to forcibly confiscate anything.

What part of "exchanged (against your will) for government guaranteed annuity" do you not understand?

markmotive's picture

A ponzi scheme building upon another ponzi scheme.

The EU kicked the can down the road a year we're at the end of the road.

NoClueSneaker's picture

Ben bernake will be delited that his most succesfull german franchiser Peer Steinbrück again on the board. No probs withs burning everything down to the ground. RMB soon :-P Ehm, DOW 42.000 ?

Dr. Porkchop's picture

Just like Goodfellas. When you can't squeeze another dime out of the joint, you blow it out.

centerline's picture

FRN's = explosives.  Party on.  BB needs alot more still.  Nothing worse than blowing the joint with too few explosives and have wounded people rolling around whining.  Got to kill em all.  Lots and lots of explosives needed.  Never enough really.

Calmyourself's picture

Ha, thats good, burn it down for the insurance money. 

First executive order 36544521 will be issued:  All insurance settlements paid to the Federal Government will be paid in .999 fine gold, fixed it.

samsara's picture

"After all why keep up the facade after all the wealth is sucked out of the US"


"The illusion of freedom [in America ] will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." ~Frank Zappa



Its the Vatican Stupid's picture

Who (in their right fucking mind) would <junk> Frank Fucking Zappa?!?


Jesus Christ we're fucked...

BigJim's picture

Even Zappa's instrumentals upset the sheep.

lynnybee's picture

S.O.B. BANKERS !   when the hell do we riot !   damn gangsters/banksters have done enough ruination & damage since 1913 ~~ it's time to take them on !  take them out !   I'M NOT TOLERATING THIS ANYMORE !   If I have to stand on the sidewalk by myself with my own protest sign & covered in a sandwich board, I'm doing it !    Extricate yourselves from the system & make yourself as small as possible, second-hand goods all the way, & GET RIGHT WITH GOD & FAMILY !  

takinthehighway's picture

Easy, honey...


Your last sentence gives excellent advice, but please, maintain a low profile for now. Our turn at bat is coming...

Trillax's picture

Agreed. I'm just surprised at how fast the momentum keeps building -- 'an object in motion..' and all that, but the speed is increasing.

PenchantForHoarding's picture

It's getting late... perhaps a non-caffeinated beverage would be best...

samsara's picture


Pace and Peace.

Calm your heart.  The game has been going on for a while. We are in the last quarter and the 2:00 warning has rang.

Live your last statement.  If that guy who burned himself up in Tunisia did it last year or two years ago, nothing would have happened and it would have been a waste.

For everything there is a season.  Don't be a statistic.  And don't have an ulcer.  It would only make them laugh.

KARMA babe.


cranky-old-geezer's picture


Aw STFU, of course you'll tolerate it, not a fucking thing you can do about it.

hambone's picture

Shut the fuck up - the worm is turning.  Don't know when but soon critical mass will spring and all those like Lynnebee will be ready...just as they were in MENA.

Be ready and receptive rather than a roadblock.

Malachi Constant's picture

Don't know when but soon critical mass will spring

Ah, my thoughts, exactly. I am now wondering, what can propel the plot when everyone with a brain is sitting and trying to be as inconspicious as possible? What will be the signal, if no one with a brain is making the first step? Pulp Fiction toaster, anyone:

Escapeclaws's picture

There are those who claim that MENA rebellions were engineered by the CIA. Do you think the CIA is planning the same thing for the US?

BigJim's picture

The CIA are just a (-nother) paramilitary wing of the bankster cabal.

The sad thing is, I doubt even 1% of the CIA realise their function in the broader scheme of things. They're just 'keeping America safe'.