Banana Republic Corruption

The Fed and the Treasury Are Juicing the System for the 2024 Election

By Graham Summers, MBA

The Fed and the Treasury are juicing the markets to help the Biden administration with its 2024 re-election bid. And their actions are going to result in a massive crisis hitting some time in 2025.

The Fed is supposed to be politically independent, but everyone knows that is a fairytale.  The Bernanke-led Fed introduced QE 3 a mere two months before the 2012 election to help the Obama administration. Moreover,  former Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fisher admitted that the Powell-led Fed intentionally raised rates in December 2018 (triggering a stock market crash) to hurt the economy under former President Trump.

Put simply, anyone who tells you that the Fed doesn’t play politics hasn’t been paying attention. And it is clear that today’s Fed led by Jerome Powell and today’s Treasury led by Janet Yellen are actively juicing the markets and economy to help the Biden administration with its claims that the economy is booming and everything is great.

Case in point, the Fed is talking about easing monetary conditions at a time when the stock market is at all-time highs and financial conditions are LOOSER than they were when the Fed first started raising rates!  Why do this? To keep stocks higher for the election.

The Fed is not the only one in on this scheme. 

The Treasury is pulling out all the stops to help the Biden administration. Typically, the U.S. runs a massive deficit during recessions in order to cushion the economic contraction. Today the U.S. economy is technically still growing… and the Biden administration is running the U.S.’s largest deficit as as percentage of GDP in history (outside of World War II).

Put another way, the U.S. is running emergency levels of social spending at a time when the economy is still growing. And this is adding trillions of dollars in new debt to the U.S.’s liabilities  every year.

The U.S.  owed $28 trillion in debt when Joe Biden was sworn into office in 2021. It owes $33 trillion today.  And the pace of debt issuance is speeding up, not slowing down: the U.S. has added $2 trillion in debt in the last 12 months alone. You can thank Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for signing off on this insanity.

Worst of all,  the above items are happening for political purposes. There are ZERO fundamental reasons for the Fed and the Treasury to be implementing the above policies. But in today’s world of political corruption and systemic abuse of power, it’s simply how things are.

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Posted by Phoenix Capital Research in Banana Republic Corruption, Central Bank Insanity

I Have a Serious Question For You

Who are you going to believe… the mainstream shills, or your own eyes and wallets?

The economic data in the US is telling us that the economy is booming. GDP growth is roaring at annualized rate of over 4%. Unemployment is collapsing, with over 300,000 new jobs being created last month. And inflation has been tackled, falling from a peak of nearly 9% to 3% where is sits today.

The mainstream media parrots these data points as if they were facts. There’s only one problem… if any of this were true, the Biden administration’s approval rating would not have just hit a new low of 37%. You can’t argue that the economy is doing great, but the President is doing an awful job at the same time. So one of these items (the economic data or the President’s approval ratings) is false.

It’s not the approval ratings.

The economic data in the U.S., particularly any economic data that is politically important (GDP growth, inflation, employment) is now largely fiction. And I don’t mean “fiction” as in there are honest mistakes being made because things are complicated; I mean fiction as in the bulk of the data is invented in a spreadsheet by a government beancounter.

Case in point,  we are told that in January the economy added 353,000 jobs. As ZeroHedge notes this happened in a month in which the economy actually LOST 63,000 full time jobs and gained 96,000 part-time jobs. Yes, somehow the economy “created” 353,000 jobs while losing 96,000 full time jobs.

Some added food for thought about the true state of the economy.  As I write this, the U.S. is adding over $2 trillion in debt every year.  The below chart needs no explanation. This is obviously NOT going to end well.

Why is the U.S. adding so much debt?

Because the Biden administration is running the largest deficit as a percentage of GDP outside of WWII. Yes, the deficit is larger today than it’s been during any recession in the last 100 years. Surely this must be because the economy is roaring!

If all of the above items make your head hurt, consider the added insanity that financial institutions and fund managers actually invest trillions of dollars based on this stuff.  And people wonder why no one ever sees a crisis coming in advance!?!?

Don’t fall for this stuff. There’s a lot of money to be made in the markets based on these lies, but it takes a lot of work and insight!

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Posted by Phoenix Capital Research in Banana Republic Corruption, The U.S. is an Emerging Market

Welcome to 3rd World USA!

By Graham Summers, MBA

We continue to receive signals that the U.S. is an emerging market.

One of the hallmarks of emerging markets, particularly banana republics, is that politically connected businesses are treated like royalty while everyone else gets screwed over.

This theme was on full display last week when JP Morgan reported its “outstanding” results. JPM reported record Net Interest Income that was boosted by the fact that the bank was given First Republic’s profitable assets for pennies on the dollar. 

But who picked up the losses? After all, First Republic failed!

You did. So did I and the rest of the public. 

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which is part of the government that taxpayers fund, absorbed most of First Republic’s losses. Oh, and the FDIC also gave JP Morgan a $50 BILLION line of credit as part of the deal. 

How sweet was this deal?

JP Morgan immediately reported a one time gain of $2.6 billion as soon as the deal closed. And it is expected to make $500 million per year from the assets it bought for pennies on the dollar.

These kinds of sweetheart deals that benefit the connected while burdening everyone else are common in emerging markets. To be clear, the U.S. has had them for a long time as well. But they only reached “3rd world banana republic” levels after 2008 once the Wall Street bailouts went from being the exception to the rule.

Indeed, things have become so egregious as far as fraud, waste, and abuse are concerned that the head of the Small Business Administration (SBA) didn’t even bother showing up to a hearing on fraud related to COVID-19 loans.

By the way, the fraud in question is $200 BILLION.

Sweetheart deals that favor the connected and screw everyone else? Administration officials who don’t even bother showing up for meetings concerning hundreds of billions of dollars in government funded fraud? 

These are 3rd world, banana republic type issues. The fact that the U.S. can’t go a week without some new example of this stuff tells us just how far down the toilet the system has gotten.

aving said that, this kind of tectonic shift represents a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. Some investments are going to produce fortunes. Others will lose money for years… if not decades. And those investors who are positioned correctly for this will thrive while others struggle.

We recently outlined a unique “of the radar” investment that will outperform in this new economic landscape in an investment report called Billionaire’s “Green Gold.”

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Posted by Phoenix Capital Research in Banana Republic Corruption

Do You Like Bananas? Our Fed Does.

By Graham Summers, MBA

Yesterday’s article caused quite a stir. 

If you missed it, my main point was this: the U.S. is now an emerging market. And it’s getting downright embarrassing.

Last week our Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, arguably the most important financial figure in our country, and the person in charge of managing the U.S. dollar/ financial system, groveled in front of China’s Vice Premiere He Lifeng during her visit to China

Ms. Yellen bowed repeatedly to the Vice Premiere, groveling much as an emerging market financial official would kowtow to his or her counterpart from a more developed, superior nation upon which the former’s nation relied for aid/ support/ assistance.

See for yourself. And mind you, this is one of NUMEROUS bows.

I wish this was the worst thing about the current state of incompetence for financial/ economic leaders in the U.S., but unfortunately, it’s not. 

No, far worse is the fact that our central bank, the Federal Reserve, or the Fed for short, has become a political entity, as is often the case in emerging markets/ banana republics.

Let me explain.

The Fed, as per its Dual Mandate, is meant to focus on just two things: inflation and employment.

That’s the law. And for most of the last 100+ years, the Fed did focus on these issues above anything else.

No longer.

The Powell Fed is a den of corruption, incompetence, and political activism. In the last few years we’ve witnessed:

1) Scandals in which senior Fed officials were caught trading around Fed announcements. This is insider trading on a banana republic level!

2) The Fed ignoring literally HUNDREDS of signals that inflation was out of control… while still printing over $1 trillion per year and paying billions of dollars to banks.

3) The creation of the worst inflationary storm in 40+ years, all due to Fed incompetence (how did the Fed’s 400+ Economics PhDs and 150 research associates miss that inflation had arrived in 2020-2022!?!)

4) Fed Presidents pushing social justice issues openly in speeches. It’s one thing for them to discuss these things in private. It’s something else entirely for them to push for policies to address climate change, social justice, and other item as FED OFFICIALS.

5) The Fed testing the banking system for “Climate Change Risks.” Mind you, this is the same Fed that didn’t see the regional banking crisis coming, resulting in several of the largest bank failures in history.

All of the above would be downright hilarious, if the damage they inflicted on ordinary Americans wasn’t so devastating.

Let me be blunt here…

Few if any of us got rich during the pandemic. Multiple Fed officials did by trading on insider information. By the way, this continues today, with at least one Fed President caught actively trading during Fed “black out” periods when it’s illegal to do so. He wasn’t fired or forced to resign either.

Similarly, inflation has taken a heavy toll on Americans. And yet, NONE of the Fed officials who ignored the countless signals that inflation was appearing in 2020-2022 have been fired. And why would they? These are politically connected academics who haven’t worked in the private sector in years, if ever!

Again, the U.S. is an emerging market. All the signs are there: abject corruption, incompetence, politicizing everything, etc. The U.S. that existed from the 1940s until the mid-’00s is gone forever. And most of us are now on our own to navigate this new environment.

The only good thing that will come from this is that if you know how to invest in emerging market regimes, you can stand to make a fortune in the coming years.

Indeed, this kind of tectonic shift represents a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. Some investments are going to produce fortunes. Others will lose money for years… if not decades. And those investors who are positioned correctly for this will thrive while others struggle.

We recently outlined a unique “of the radar” investment that will outperform in this new economic landscape in an investment report called Billionaire’s “Green Gold.”

It details the actions of a family of billionaires who literally made their fortunes investing in emerging markets. And they just became involved in a mid-cap company that has the potential to TRIPLE in value in the coming months.

Normally this report would be sold for $249. But we are making it FREE to anyone who joins our Daily Market Commentary Gains Pains & Capital.

To pick up your copy, swing by:

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Posted by Phoenix Capital Research in Banana Republic Corruption, The U.S. is an Emerging Market