Bursting Gas Bubble 60 Light Years Across. Courtesy of ESA
The housing bubble which burst in 2007 or so was the biggest bubble of all time.
Many argue that the bubble in U.S. bonds has surpassed the housing bubble as the largest ever.
Of course, given that the derivatives market is more than a thousand trillion dollars, and that is is backed by thousands of times less collateral, a good case can be made for arguing that derivatives are the biggest bubble.
But if you really think about it, the largest bubble in history is fraud, because it includes all of the above and more.
Low interest rates - in turn - are caused by quantitative easing and the government's general zero interest rate policy.
And how did the government sell these programs? That they were necessary to help the economy and create more jobs.
But in reality, zero interest rate policy is just another stealth bailout for the big banks. And quantitative easing only helps the super-elite ... and hurt the economy and the little guy (Bernanke knew back in 1988 that QE doesn't work for its advertised purposes.)
In other words, the government's low interest rate policies were based upon a fundamental misrepresentation as to their purpose and probable effect.
Indeed, experts say that all bubbles are enabled by fraud.
But there are signs that the fraud bubble is collapsing.
Trust is falling to all-time lows as to many government and private institutions. Why? Because institutional corruption is so rampant that it is becoming obvious to everyone from Joe Sixpack to amateur and sophisticated professional investors.
While liberals tend to distrust big corporations and conservatives tend to distrust the federal government, we all agree that the malignant, symbiotic relationship between the two is the root problem. Indeed, when government and corporatism merge, it is hard for anyone to trust what is going on.
And the people lose all trust in the system.