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How The Middle Class, Or The New Rentiers, Is Stuck Between Deflation And Hyperinflation





"In 2010, the authorities seem to have only two choices: allow defaults, which lead to deflation and
tremendous stress to the political system and public order; or inflate so that debts lose their
significance, which eventually leads to hyper-inflation and tremendous stress to the political system and
public order. Growth is a theoretical way out of this dilemma, but with shrinking populations and
increased regulation, Europe cannot manage this option. The US might, but the way will be difficult.
Cascading defaults will strip away many entitlements upsetting the rentiers and those who had planned
to become rentiers in the future. Countries that choose to allow defaults will see their currencies rally
as there will be a shrinkage of currency outstanding increasing the value of the rest, but collapsing
equity markets will test their resolve at every turn. We rentiers will be lucky if we can enjoy our dotage." John Taylor, FX Concepts

 
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Guest Post: The Path To Hyperinflation





As we’ve discussed recently, persistent deflationary forces do not augur for a repeat of Japan circa 1990s or the US in the 1930s. Instead, because of the inability of governments to finance their current and future debt burden (there is a dearth of domestic savings and global capital), deflationary forces will ultimately lead to severe inflation or hyperinflation. In today’s missive, we explain how this will happen but in various stages.

 
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Hugh Hendry Warns To "Prepare For Hyperinflation"





The endlessly entertaining Hugh Hendry, who gave Jeffrey Sachs a royal beatdown yesterday and pretty much discredited the Columbia professor for life, is back in this interview with Money Week's Merryn Webb, in which he once again is not afraid to make "bold" statements. Such as that hyperinflation is pretty much inevitable, that China is the functional equivalent of the Next fashion chain in the 1980s, that instead of listening to idiots on TV who just talk their high beta books, investors should buy the largest and safest stocks. Interestingly, Hendry actually suggests a viable way to fix America's problems, which would require China to write off its US debt, thus "securing the health and vitality of China's biggest customer." Alas, we don't think it would be sufficient, as China holds about $1 trillion of US debt (at least officially). For the Hendry plan to work, debt repudiation would have to go viral, with all banks, US and European, writing down foreign debts as well. Of course, this would bring about the crash of the financial system overnight which is why it won't happen. And yes, it still will crash, as the financed assets are bled of all their cash flows, but at least the grind into systemic bankruptcy will be slow, painful (for the middle class) and very drawn out. As for hyperinflation, Hendry's view coincides with that of Zero Hedge: "the current deflationary shock will deepen and then create "political legitimacy to go nuclear with hyperinflation" via the printing press."

 
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Perspectives From Rosenberg On Hyperinflation As A Loss Of Faith In A Currency





In today's note by David Rosenberg, the economist quotes a reader letter which provides a unique perspective on how hyperinflation arises: it is not so much a monetary supply/demand phenomenon, as it is one of faith in a currency, any currency. With the world stuck with the USD as a reserve currency, the question is how much more monetization and QE (and make no mistake, the Fed will be forced to do more of both of these activities) needs to occur before people give up on the greenback. And for all those who question what could possibly take the place of the dollar as the world reserve currency, we would like to point out that any country that has a massive stockpile of resources, an even more massive producing class (as opposed to consuming), a clean sovereign balance sheet, and a society hell-bent on being far more capitalist than the US, would likely make a great target. One specific country in Asia comes to mind. However, this will not occur before the next global economic collapse as century-old habits are difficult things to break. Once the economic reset button is pushed half way once again, and the US-China vassal linkage is broken, look for fund flows to redirect promptly across the Pacific.

 
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MELTUP - "The Beginning Of US Currency Crisis And Hyperinflation", The Viral Video





Must watch hour long video from Inflation.us that is now making the viral rounds, explaining what everyone on this website understand, in simple language. Please forward to your friends and neighbors. Inflationist or deflationist, the facts behind this video are undeniable. It is time for the truth about our economy to break through the propaganda machine.

 
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Hyperinflation As A Debt Repudiation Device? No According To UBS, Yes According To Recently Declassified IMF Paper





Some time ago UBS economist Paul Donovan claimed that hyperinflation as a policy tool to inflate away a staggering debt load (for those of you who have missed all the recent musings by SocGen's Edwards and Grice, this is precisely the situation the developed world countries, not to mention the STUPIDs, find themselves in right now) is unworkable due to the impacts this type of concerted action would have on broader markets. "The idea that governments can readily inflate their way out of their debt problems is a misnomer — arising, perhaps, from confusion between the fate of the individual bondholder and the response of the collective market... [M]odern governments can not rely on markets to remain collectively indifferent to inflation. Inflation will raise the nominal cost of borrowing (of course) but through the inflation uncertainty risk premium it will also add to the real cost of borrowing." Yet a recently declassified paper by the IMF's Guillermo Calvo "Is Inflation Effective for Liquidating Short-Term Nominal Debt?" (a document which was previously not for public use) comes to a frighteningly different conclusion, one which could imply that the last weapon in the Fed's, and the administration's arsenal, could very well be just this heretofore unthinkable "bazooka approach" previously thought only possible in such developing countries as Korea and Venezuela.

 
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Guest Post : Stretch To Farthest Point Known - Thoughts on a Hyperinflation Event





Let’s assume for a moment that Goldman Sachs is wrong. After all, at most points in time and space, predictions tend to fail—except the lucky ones. So it’s good to think through scenarios that one would consider extremely remote. Active risk management means low probability / high catastrophic outcome tail events must be hedged, and as importantly, gain exposure to those pesky Blacks Swans in ways that lead to advantage. To accomplish this, it helps to obtain a quantitative sense of their impact, to get a “feel for the cloth” as an wise former boss of mine used to say. So let’s try here.

What if the Fed more than succeeds in reflating and the end result is hyperinflation? As remote a possibility as I think this is, they really could print a way to another, completely different type of economic destruction. All they have to do is print proactively, not reactively.

 
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Key Theme In Interview With ShadowStats' John Williams - (You Guessed It) Hyperinflation And The Death Of The US Economy





Q: "What can we do to avoid hyperinflation? What if we just shut down the Fed or something like that?:

A: "We can't. The actions have already been taken to put us in it. It's beyond control. The government does put out financial statements usually in December using generally accepted accounting principles, where unfunded liabilities like Medicare and Social Security are included in the same way as corporations account for their employee pension liabilities. And in 2008, for example, the one-year deficit was $5.1 trillion dollars. And that's instead of the $450 billion, plus or minus, that was officially reported." - John Williams

 
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Has John Williams' Hyperinflation Thesis Been Delayed As Core CPI Comes In Flat?





Recently, an extended analysis by Shadow Stats' John Williams evaluated the risk of a hyperinflationary episode as one which has the potential to come as soon as next year. Somewhat in support of this theory yesterday's read of PPI came in above consensus, indicating that inflation may indeed be coming. Yet today's CPI data, whose core read came in at 0.0%, may have just poured a whole lot of cold water over Williams' thesis. Nonetheless, at the end of the day Williams may be right: the question remains - if and when the excess reserves start hitting the broader currency (as the Fed is scared shitless to withdraw liquidity on its own), we may experience a transition from deflation to inflation so rapid, that is has no historic analog. At the end of the day deflation will likely be the name of the game for quite some time, until such point as "Man of the Year" Bernanke finally flips (the turbo print switch on), and any pretence of prudent monetary policy is thrown out of the window. At that point, look for the stock market to promptly go to 36,000 followed by an even faster drop to 0, all the while the dollar gets hyperdeflated (Zimbabwe redux). With the Administration set on not losing the midterm elections by a landslide, don't expect much in terms of economic experimentation at least until 2011. At that point, all bets will be off as the Fed will likely have at most 2 more years of shelf life before both its, and thus Wall Street's, life support are forcefully yanked out.

 
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Saved By 12 Zeroes; Zimbabwe Gets Creative in Battling Hyperinflation





In what may not be the most effective way to battle hyperinflation, Zimbabwe Central Bank governor (now that is a misnomer) Gideon Gono is making "its foreign exchange more transparent" and cutting 12 zeroes from the currency, i.e. a trillion to one exchange conversion.

 
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Whither Hyperinflation





It seems there are two sorts of people out there right now: those who say that no matter how much money the government throws at every problem it will never result in hyperinflation, and those that say that hyperinflation is now an inevitability regardless of what actions are taken fr

 
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Whither Hyperinflation





It seems there are two sorts of people out there right now: those who say that no matter how much money the government throws at every problem it will never result in hyperinflation, and those that say that hyperinflation is now an inevitability regardless of what actions are taken fr

 
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