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A Visual History Of All Asset Bubbles

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Maybe not all, but certainly the vast majority of the most popular asset bubbles since before even the Tulip Mania of 1637 (including the Kipper and Wipper currency debasement of the German 30 years War, circa 1621, which is appropriately enough deja vu in contemporary retrospect, only the war is missing). While it may be worth noting that all the bubbles to the right of center have been central-bank induced (except for that amulet bubble of 2006, although even that is likely debatable), we will not note it as it is quite obvious even without us highlighting this simple fact. One can only imagine what would happen to asset prices - all of them - when the world's central banks, which are now collectively and voluntarily "all in" on reflating the biggest asset bubble of all time across all asset classes, decide to close the liquidity spigots (if ever).

Source: Goldman

 


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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:49 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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where's the treasury bubble?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:04 | Link to Comment Croesus
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ANY SECOND NOW:

rajat_bhatia will be gracing this thread with his presence, to ask:

"Where is the Gold Bubble?"

 

 

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:06 | Link to Comment rajat_bhatia
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Wow! Change your name brother! Call yourself 'The Oracle'

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:08 | Link to Comment Croesus
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Just for that, I actually upvoted you.

But you're still a dumbass.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:13 | Link to Comment rajat_bhatia
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LOL, And I thought you intelligent and were being sarcastic with this comment

 

"If going long on physical Gold is wrong, then I don't want to be right."


Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:19 | Link to Comment Croesus
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@ Rajat_bhatia:

No, I was being 100% serious. The barbaric relic has treated me well.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:26 | Link to Comment Manthong
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I did not see the fall of the Roman Empire up there when the middle class was driven out of the city by taxation and into the welcoming arms of Alaric.. but that’s OK  a) it’s happening again now and b) we will get the same result.

 

geezus..somewhere a village is missing it's idiot.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 22:22 | Link to Comment markmotive
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Love the graphic - one of the best books on the subject is this: A Short History of Financial Euphoria.

Another one on the biggest bubble of them all - the rise of private credit creation and fiat money - is called "Web of Debt" by Ellen Brown.

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2013/04/interview-with-ellen-brown-author-...

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:24 | Link to Comment rajat_bhatia
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How well? enlighten me, what have you really got out of the gold you've held?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:32 | Link to Comment Manthong
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:47 | Link to Comment Croesus
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@ Manthong:

LMFAO!

 

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 08:06 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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and look, they've even got a key ring...

nice..

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:49 | Link to Comment 11b40
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Gimme' 3

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:46 | Link to Comment Alpha Monkey
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Make it solid 24k and I'm there.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 22:14 | Link to Comment Manthong
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gotta' Love it :-D

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:50 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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 'Pop! Go the Weasels'...thanks to the banks.  I'll stick with things that I can hold...

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:52 | Link to Comment Ban KKiller
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I saw an asset bubble in my bathtub. It didn't end well. 

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:59 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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It killed your dog too?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:06 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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I hope you weren't smoking...

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:51 | Link to Comment John Law Lives
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1720 ... John Law Lives

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:52 | Link to Comment cdntrader
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Well, actually, the human race is THE biggest bubble the earth has seen!

http://www.jayhanson.us/David%20Price3.gif

Any timeframe before it bursts, anyone?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:01 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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You're fear mongering with a hand-picked graph to show extreme compression followed by a sudden rise. There is no population ""bubble."" Everyone on Earth, standing shoulder to shoulder could fit inside Jacksonville Florida. Twice. We have plenty of room.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:13 | Link to Comment msmith9962
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That would be fine if we only needed the land under our feet to survive and everyone got along ok.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:16 | Link to Comment masterinchancery
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But not if everyone wants to be upper middle class.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 23:04 | Link to Comment Herd Redirectio...
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Actually, if planned obsolescence is abandoned as the dominant paradigm we could do alright for ourselves on this planet.  They said the East Germans made a light bulb that didn't go out. The materials were scarce in E. Germany, and they couldn't afford to make shitty lightbulbs.  The engineers from West Germany laughed at them, saying "How many of those will you sell?"

It just shows you how much things can change with a simple change in mindset.  No more usury, no more fiat currency, no more gov't ponzi, no more fractional reserve banking, not more laws, but actually enforcing the ones that we have...  Right now the justice system is two-tier, depending on how many lawyers you can afford.

1 lawyer = 1st tier justice system. 

2+ lawyers = top tier = do what you want

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 00:54 | Link to Comment Raging Debate
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You forgot no lawyer Herd. No lawyer = an expensive and long payment plan.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:13 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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What's this "we" stuff! You got a mouse in your pocket?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:29 | Link to Comment cynicalskeptic
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problem is food, water, energy - resources n general on  a planet with an expanding population, expanding WANTS and limited resources.  No way possible for the whole world to exist at even a lower middle class US standard of living - small house, appliances, car, etc.....

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:37 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Feel free to alleviate yourself and us of worry by hanging yourself.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 23:46 | Link to Comment cdntrader
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"Everyone on Earth, standing shoulder to shoulder could fit inside Jacksonville Florida. Twice. We have plenty of room."

 

Yeah ! And we have plenty of resources, food and wealth for everyone... Current famines and class warfares are so overrated ! 

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:54 | Link to Comment stopcpdotcom
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Must be West Ham supporters:

I'm forever blowing bubbles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvuOtlpSAeY

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:02 | Link to Comment blindman
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de Nile is not just a river in Egypt.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:06 | Link to Comment Major Major Major
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Correct, it also flows through Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment W74
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And South Sudan.  You need to update your map sir.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:02 | Link to Comment econprof70
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On this topic, thought you folks might appreciate this chart:

http://www.macrotrends.org/1311/asset-price-bubbles-since-1976

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:16 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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Easy there... that's quite a bit of chart porn!

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:13 | Link to Comment Caracalla
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I'm such a fool.  Been losing money the past two years stacking phyzz silver and could of made a killing on Netflix     :-(

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment Alpha Monkey
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I'll go with that, but only cause I think you shoulda been stacking gold.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:15 | Link to Comment rosiescenario
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Bubbles are a reflection of humans' herding behavior carried out to periodic extremes, or expressed differently, they are momo investments on steroids.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:17 | Link to Comment Unprepared
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My gf's assets are bubbly too and hope they don't pop any time soon. All that $85/week balance sheet expansions had to go somewhere, right?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:19 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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You're getting a good deal there. That's no bubble at $85 a week!

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:18 | Link to Comment GrinandBearit
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2009-2013:  Fiat/debt/bonds bubble

2013: Bitcoin bubble

 

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:29 | Link to Comment pitz
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Uranium bubble?  Hardly.  There was no hoarding of uranium.  Nobody was buying uranium on credit.  Uranium producers' stocks barely only doubled or tripled -- not the large outsized gains you'd expect from a real bubble.  If Uranium was a bubble back in 2007, then I can think of many other asset classes, including gold, oil, potash, etc., that qualified for 'bubble' status far more. 

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:21 | Link to Comment W74
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So then housing was never in a bubble because it "barely only doubled or tripled" over the course of a decade or more?  What makes something a bubble then?  Your criteria isn't size, so is it that housing was bought on credit? Is it because people speculated in it rather than use it for it's intended purpose? What's the criteria here?

Side Note: Rhodium shot up 1000% or more for a couple months.  Look into that, it can happen to anything.

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 02:22 | Link to Comment Jack Napier
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I was going to say, no love for rhodium in the infographic? That was a nice bubble there. They forgot Apple too.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:35 | Link to Comment CURWAR2012
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No gold bubble because the scale by which all other bubbles are measured is gold, not paper

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:41 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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All the way back to the Thirty Years War.

I'll have to re-read the Three Musketeers Trilogy:  "The Three Musketeers", "Twenty Years After", and "The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later".

God those are fantastic books, I recommend the Oxford World's Classics editions.

Same with "The Count of Monte Cristo".

Lots of political and financial shenanigans, just like today.

Worth every page.

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 01:01 | Link to Comment Raging Debate
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Your a wise man Ebonworth. Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat. I like to read and am doing just fine as well :)

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:08 | Link to Comment 22winmag
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I wonder if the student loan bubble will top them all in the number of related suicides.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:16 | Link to Comment W74
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Fewer Liberals?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 23:04 | Link to Comment Herd Redirectio...
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US Dollar, the biggest current bubble.

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 00:01 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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How about the youth unemployment bubble of Spain and Greece? The invalid pension bubble of the USA? I was also going to say the firearms bubble in the USA until I remembered that that might come in handy for popping the government bubble.

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