Mr. Gross and I talk about similar analytical frameworks. He targets debt, while talking about market routine that commenced back 1981 with Treasury bonds yielding 14.5%. Gross believes that the fantastic Credit Cycle has about run its course. 2.134 TN, or 66% of GDP. 1.382 TN, Total Equities amounted to 43% of GDP.
3.516 TN, or 109% of GDP. 36.152 TN, or 208% of GDP. 36.457 TN, or 209% of GDP. 72.608 TN, or an unprecedented 417% of GDP. I must say I don’t choose to come off as some wacko extremist, which perhaps helps clarify why I highlight the thoughts of market gurus such as Bill Gross and Stanley Druckenmiller. From my analytical perspective, we’re in the “Terminal Phase” of a historic global experiment in electronic “money” and Credit, in “activist” monetary management and in financial structure.
Getting somewhat closer to Bill Gross’s parlance, we’re in the endgame of the historic experiment in market-based finance. And in a 35-calendar year Super-Bubble, it’s only fitted that the endgame has things turning extraordinarily chaotic: Policy measures turn steadily desperate, throwing gas on manic and unhinged marketplaces progressively. 19.401 TN. After beginning at 178%, Total Securities finished the nineties at 341% of GDP. There have been key developments during the nineties that remain fundamental to understanding today’s complex Bubble predicament. So keep pounding away I’ll. The proceed to “activist” monetary management under the prolonged reign of chairman Greenspan was paramount.
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The intense “asymmetrical” rate slashing providing a robust backstop for risk-taking, including leveraged securities speculation certainly. Less obvious, the Fed’s early-nineties yield curve manipulation – covert bank recapitalization – provided extraordinary opportunities to benefit from securities leveraging. There’s another momentous development forgotten over the full years. After “decade of greed” eighties excess, the post-Bubble backdrop was one of an impaired banking system highly.
The cost savings & loan industry had collapsed. The Texas banks were wiped out. Even some major financial institutions (Citibank!) We’re in big trouble, especially after the collapse of the seaside real estate Bubbles (East and West, commercial and residential). Greenspan required extraordinary measures, implementing “activist” policymaking that the Fed believed was justified because of mounting risks of economic melancholy and deflation. They’ve been fighting this bogeyman on / off now for 25 years. There’s great irony in the free-market proponent Alan Greenspan morphing into the father of centrally planned “activist” monetary management.
To be sure, this transformation changed the background. Central to Greenspan’s thinking was the view that it was imperative to both recapitalize the bank operating system and spur market-based Credit enlargement. It had been the Fed’s role to ensure system reflation – an activity left mainly to the GSEs, fledgling securities, and derivatives markets and rapidly growing broker/seller and hedge account industries (“Wall Street finance”). It was thought that the upshot of safeguarding the banking system’s capital base will be a sounder economic climate and a stable economy.
This view was closely related to the (Friedman/Bernanke) view that a lot of the Great Depression might have been avoided had the Fed recapitalized the bank operating system after the crash. Moreover, Greenspan noticed an economic climate where various risks (i.e. Credit, duration, and liquidity) were dispersed throughout the “marketplace” as better quality than the traditional model of risk accumulating at highly leveraged banks. Central to this doctrine is that markets behave and rationally – I efficiently.e. self-adjustment around an equilibrium level, instead of unstable markets prone to self-reinforcing Bubbles and excess. This specious premise had New Age central bankers pleased to intervene to backstop tottering markets and never have to fret upside dislocations and Bubbles.
From an insurance plan standpoint, market-based Credit demonstrated phenomenally seductive. For just one, the Fed then controlled history’s most powerful monetary transfer mechanism: system Credit, risk-taking, and wealth could all be spurred along simply by contemplating a 25 bps reduction in the funds rate. At the same time, you can rest on a fresh Paradigm notion that markets were uniquely capable of properly pricing and allocating finance (along with real resources).
Moreover, it was easy through the nineties to forget the flourishing market in GSE securities, corporate bonds, ABS, and an array of derivative products when traditional methods of boom-time bank excess were generally absent. Market-based Credit ended up being unbelievably enticing – for market participants, bankers, and central bankers.