The next ten years or so may be the worst time to be a creditor in the whole history of the world. From Nick Giambruno at internationalman.com:
Four thousand years ago, the rulers of ancient Babylon discovered a technique to stave off violent revolts.
In ancient times, there was a tendency for people to become hopelessly in debt to their creditors. Eventually, they would rise up and cause instability that could threaten the entire ruling system.
The rulers of the ancient world recognized this dynamic.
Their solution was to enact widespread debt cancellation—a debt jubilee.
Debt jubilees acted as a societal pressure release valve when there were no other options.
The practice spread in the ancient world and became codified in different civilizations.
For example, the Book of Leviticus recognizes debt jubilees as the end of a 49-year biblical cycle—seven cycles of seven years.
I think this ancient practice will make a big comeback soon as debt reaches unbearable levels today.
In fact, the debt jubilees have already started… and the investment consequences will be profound.
It’s important to note that debt jubilees do not magically create new wealth. They simply redistribute it.
Debt jubilees are government decrees that amount to a massive wealth transfer with big winners and losers.
President Biden’s recent student loan forgiveness is the first stage of a modern debt jubilee of biblical proportions.
It was unprecedented. Unilateral executive action of this size has never occurred during a time of peace. Moreover, Congress, not the president, is supposed to make spending decisions of this magnitude.