Wall Street is a perfect case study in how an industry deteriorates in a mixed economy. From Bill Bonner at bonnerandpartners.com:
LOVINGSTON, VIRGINIA – Stocks show little movement. Investors are waiting for something to happen.
Corporate earnings have been going down for nearly three years. They are now about 10% below the level set in the late summer of 2014.
Unleashing Wall Street
Why should stocks be so expensive?
Oh, yes… because the Trump Team is going to light a fire under Wall Street.
But they must be wondering about that, too.
Raising up stock prices – as we’ve seen over the last eight years – is not the same as restoring economic growth and family incomes.
And as each day passes, the list of odds against either seems to be getting longer and longer. As the petty fights, silly squabbles, and tweet storms increase, the less ammunition the administration has available to fight a real battle with Congress or the Deep State.
“Goldman Stock Hits Record on Bets Trump Will Unleash Wall Street,” reads a Bloomberg headline.
Goldman Sachs is a pillar of the Establishment, with its man, Steve Mnuchin, heading the Department of the Treasury. So a win for Goldman is not necessarily a win for us.
“Unleashing” suggests a win-win deal, as in allowing the financial industry to get on with its business. But there are different kinds of “unleashings.”
Some things – like Dobermans – are kept on a leash for a good reason. Unleashing the mob… or a war… might not be a good idea, either.
Untying Wall Street from bureaucratic rules is at least heading in the right direction. But it will only benefit the Main Street economy if Wall Street is doing business honestly, facilitating win-win deals by matching real capital up with worthy projects.
Deep State Industry
That, of course, is what it is NOT doing. It is a Deep State industry aided and abetted by the Fed’s fake money.
To continue reading: Should Trump “Unleash” Wall Street?