by Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show:
The world is on the verge of a global economic meltdown. What does that mean? The simple answer is that it will not be long until every modern country is consumed by hyperinflation resulting in the crash of most of the paper currencies on the planet. This will result in an economic shutdown. Starvation will become commonplace. Unrestrained violence will occur and eventually the world will slip into World War III.
I literally have at my finger tips two dozen economic indicators which demonstrates that total and global economic collapse is at hand. In the interest of brevity, I will only highlight two of these indicators and if these were the only indicators, an economic collapse would still be in our collective futures.
The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is absolutely the best measure of global economic health. The BDI is used by economists as a leading global economic indicator because it predicts future economic activity. The BDI, uses the U.S. dollar as a benchmark and measures the global supply and the corresponding demand for commodity shipments among bulk carriers. Commodities, in the form of raw materials like grains, lumber, coal and precious metals form the backbone of the BDI. Over time, the BDI is the best indicator of global economic health because, unlike the futures market, the BDI does not engage in speculation as it provide near real time data on what and what is being shipped. The determinations made by the BDI are such an accurate indicator of economic activity because businesses don’t book freighters when they have no cargo to move. In short, the BDI is the world’s financial blood pressure measure. The BDI is said to be one day away from reaching its all-time low. Ultimately, what the BDI tells economists is that we are headed for a depression that will make 1929 look like a picnic. The BDI has fallen on 43 of the past 47 days.
Let’s look at this issue through the lens of common sense. If raw materials are not being transported in sufficient numbers as the BDI is beginning to indicate, what will happen to manufacturing? To the cognitive dissonance crowd, please take off your rose colored sunglasses and honestly answer this question, what does low BDI mean to manufacturing? Low BDI means low manufacturing, period! In turn this means less finished products coming to market. Please note that the BDI includes grains in its analysis. With fewer grains being shipped to market to be packaged and distributed to your grocery outlet, this will lead to severe food shortages. This is not fear-mongering, this is simple Economics 101.
When the full effect of this impending train wreck is felt, there will not be a government in the civilized world that will be safe from assassination. I know, some of you will say that this will never happen. Well, let’s take a look at what Paul Craig Roberts is saying about the conditions in Greece.
European Union Economic Crisis
Two days ago, the Euro declined 1.3% in one day versus the dollar, leaving many European banks fearing that the bottom is falling out of the European Union’s economy. Business Insider’s Sam Ro stated that Greek banks can no longer exchange Greece’s lowly-rated government bonds for money in the European Union. In other words, the European Union just announced the Greece’s money is worthless. What keeps an economy, in distress, rolling on day after day? The reasons are purely psychological. One Greek accepts Greek bank notes from another Greek because they have confidence that the paper currency can be exchanged for goods and services. When Greek citizens loses confidence in their ability to flip the paper money in exchange for goods and service, the Greek economy will totally collapse. The European Union’s recent decision to not honor Greek paper currency has set into effect a series of dominoes which will culminate in the Greeks not having a paper currency for daily use. Unless the European Union reverses their position, the Greek economy could be days away from total collapse. And under these highly volatile circumstances, anarchy would ensue.
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