The Debtor’s Prism, by Lance Roberts

You can get so used to debt and opiates that you can fool yourself into thinking the highs they produce are normal. From Lance Roberts at realinvestmentadvice.com:

As noted by Robert Schroeder:

“Last week, the debt hit $21 trillion for the first time, rising from the $20 trillion mark it notched on Sept. 8. The debt is guaranteed to go higher, with President Donald Trump having signed a debt-limit suspension in February, allowing unlimited borrowing through March 1, 2019. Economists expect wider deficits to result from the tax cut Trump signed in December.

While a trillion-dollar increase over roughly six months isn’t unprecedented — there was one in 2009, during the Great Recession, and another in 2010 — it’s certainly fast.”

Excessive borrowing by companies, households or governments lies at the root of almost every economic crisis of the past four decades, from Mexico to Japan, and from East Asia to Russia, Venezuela, and Argentina. But it’s not just countries, but companies as well. You don’t have to look too far back to see companies like Enron, GM, Bear Stearns, Lehman and a litany of others brought down by surging debt levels and simple “greed.” Households too have seen their fair share of debt burden related disaster from mortgages to credit cards to massive losses of personal wealth.

It would seem that after nearly 40-years, some lessons would have been learned.

Apparently not, as Congressional lawmakers once again are squabbling on not how to “save money” and “reduce the federal debt,” but rather “damn the debt, full speed ahead with spending.”

Such reckless abandon by politicians is simply due to a lack of “experience” with the consequences of debt.

To continue reading: The Debtor’s Prism

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4 responses to “The Debtor’s Prism, by Lance Roberts

  1. Tell that to the countries wrecked by hyper inflation. Following this is massive social and political change, never predictable. Just as Napoleon followed the French Revolution and Hitler followed Weimar, you will see revolution in Venezuela within three years. Most of the world will follow within 20.

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  2. Great article! I think that it is important that we are aware on what is happening in our country or surrounding including the financial status of it. I think that this article is definitely informative. Thanks for sharing this article.

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  3. I also believe that one of the cause of financial crisis is the excessive borrowing. I think that when we don’t stop this habit, we’ll definitely still suffer due to financial crisis. Thanks for sharing this very interesting article.

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