Financial analyst Rick Ackerman says the mother of all market meltdowns is a sure thing. It is just a question of when, and when it starts, it will simply implode at a stunning pace. Ackerman explains, “We’re in a situation now where any day something can happen. I think that the black swan will be something like the stock market starting down for no apparent reason. That in itself would trigger the implosion, and I think the only thing that is propping up the markets now is the mentality of . . . how bad can things be if the stock market is trading within shooting distant of all-time highs? I think the stock market is the main buttress of this enormous hoax that has been going on with easing (QE or money printing).”
Ackerman says when the end game finally crescendos, it will be stunning and quick. Ackerman contends, “It will be literally overnight. There are investors who say I’m smart and I’m nimble, and I’ll be out of this at the first sign of trouble. I think the first sign of trouble will be a little bit too late. You will wake up one morning, and something will have happened in the Asian markets that cause the U.S. markets to open way below their circuit breakers or threaten to break the dam. It could all happen overnight, and I think it will. It’s the nature of the markets.”
Ackerman says everything will shut down or be wiped out when the next crash explodes. Things like banks, brokerages and pensions can and will all go poof in a cloud of smoke. Ackerman goes on to say, “I don’t think anything will be left standing in the smoldering ruins. It’s very hard to imagine, but it is really going to be a complete disaster that is commensurate with the scope and scale of the lies we have been telling ourselves for so long. There are people who say you Chicken Little, doomsday, sky-is-falling guys almost seem to want the system to implode. I think the only way we get back to honest business is for a collapse to wipe away all the lies.”
One of the biggest lies comes from the Fed when it repeatedly keeps threatening to raise interest rates. Ackerman has been calling BS on a Fed rate hike for years and still contends, “I haven’t merely said the Fed wouldn’t raise rates. I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops. The answer to the question when will the Fed raise rates is never, and I am going to stick by that. That forecast has held up for nine years. So, it’s looking pretty good.”
One of the very big problems with a rate rise is not just the increased interest payments on the federal debt, but also with derivatives in the hundreds of trillions of dollars which could destabilize the financial system. Ackerman explains, “It’s a global thing. We would be ratcheting up the interest payments on a quadrillion dollar derivatives market and, as you can imagine, that would unsettle a lot of arrangements. . . . I am going to stick with lower interest rates with the whole world slipping into recession.”
(There is much, much more in the video interview.)
After the Interview:
Ackerman recently wrote about the constant threats of a Fed rate hike and the most recent head fake in September 2015. Ackerman said, “This latest little piece of kabuki can only add to the credibility of our own forecast, which is that the Fed will never raise rates. Okay, we were being facetious when we first made that prediction a couple of years ago; never is indeed a long time. But what kind of odds would you take to wager that there will be no rate hike for at least another ten years? You could probably get thirty-to-one from economists, editorialists, pundits and other useful idiots who never seem to tire of telling us that a rate hike is imminent. Realize that you would be within a year of collecting on the bet if you’d made it back in 2006, when the last rate hike was announced.”
Ackerman has some free information on the home page of RickAckerman.com. He also has a subscription service with a two week free trial you can find here.
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