Paul Bodsky, QB Asset Management, July 2012: Global debt load – “staggering.” When creditors fail, banks lose.

A LOOK BACK – July 2012:

Globally, there is approximately “$100 trillion in bank assets” (bank assets are primarily comprised of their loan base).  And for the U.S. those bank assets (loans)are about “$20 trillion held in the U.S. and abroad.”

The “Base Money” (which is “currency in circulation plus bank reserves held at Central banks”) behind those massive loan levels amounts to a mere “$8.5 to $9 trillion dollars.”  This degree of leverage in the global banking system means that currently, “We are in a baseless monetary system,” according to Brodsky.

More from Brodsky:  “The marketplace forces deleveraging, and there are two ways to deleverage. One is to let credit deteriorate on its own in the marketplace. And the other is to manufacture new currency or bank reserves. Those are the only two ways to deleverage a balance sheet.

What policy makers do not want to see is bank asset deterioration. That would lead to all sorts of bad things. You would see banks fail. You would see bank systems fail. You would see debtors fail and it would just feed on itself in an accelerating fashion. And so monetary policy makers have no choice but to deleverage in the other way, which is to colloquially print money; to manufacture electronic credits and call them bank reserves.

And to the degree that that extends into the private sector where debtors begin to fail en masse, that would increase failures of the bank assets in turn. And it would end the mortgage bond securities market, for example, and the leveraged loan markets, and end the private sector shadow banking system. So it does not work for anybody to have credit deteriorate. The only way to deleverage an economy is as we are saying: to create new base money with which to do it.”

Brodsky Summary:  “What policy makers do not want to see is bank asset deterioration. That would lead to all sorts of bad things. You would see banks fail. You would see bank systems fail. You would see debtors fail and it would just feed on itself in an accelerating fashion. And so monetary policy makers have no choice but to deleverage in the other way, which is to colloquially print money; to manufacture electronic credits and call them bank reserves.

And to the degree that that extends into the private sector where debtors begin to fail en masse, that would increase failures of the bank assets in turn. And it would end the mortgage bond securities market, for example, and the leveraged loan markets, and end the private sector shadow banking system. So it does not work for anybody to have credit deteriorate. The only way to deleverage an economy is as we are saying: to create new base money with which to do it.

The point here is you can either monetize debt or you can monetize (sell) assets. Or you revalue an asset on the balance sheet already of the Treasury or the Fed. And obviously that asset, we think, is gold. And that is the monetary asset that they have always reverted in the past. And that is the one we think that currencies, currently baseless currencies will be devalued against.

And so that we think is the mechanism that is ultimately going to play out whether in the marketplace or through some policy administered devaluation. Currencies are going to be devalued and that is where we sit right now. Timing this is impossible. We think the amount it would have to be devalued by, getting back to your original question, has got to be the amount of or something close to the amount of the gap (tens of US$ trillions) between bank assets and bank reserves. So it is a significant number.”

Full article / podcast from Peak Prosperity:  http://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/79208/paul-brodsky-central-banks-are-nearing-inflate-or-die-stage?utm_campaign=weekly_newsletter_3&utm_source=newsletter_2012-07-07&utm_medium=email_newsletter&utm_content=node_title_79208

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