Financial writer Bill Holter says you can forget what the experts says about “containing” the Greek debt crisis. Holter contends, “Contained is famous last words. This cannot be “contained.” Greece is the canary for the entire world. The western world is Greece. The western world is massively in debt. There are derivative losses all over that place that are being hidden, and Greece is what sets off the realization that there are losses and the chain has broken.”
Holter goes on to say, “You have to understand that there are layers to this. The German banks, the French banks, the Greek banks and many of the various European countries’ banks hold Greek debt. They also hold Spanish debt, Italian, debt, Portuguese debt and etcetera. . . . It’s carried on the books of these banks at 100 cents on the dollar. . . . The problem arises if Greece defaults and truth comes out that, oh my gosh, the debt is only worth 50 cents on the dollar or 50% or 10%. Then these banks have to write down the loss, and that blows a hole in their balance sheet. . . .Greece is broke, and they are going to down sooner or later. Greece is insolvent and broke and when their bonds get valued in portfolios . . . those loses are going to have to be realized. That’s what this has all been about and not realizing the losses.”
As far as the value of the dollar, well, it all comes down to trust. Holter says, “The U.S. is no longer trusted. Can you imagine . . . the AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) being formed and Israel, France, Germany, and the biggest one is Britain, and them joining in 2008? No way. . . . It’s self-preservation, but I also believe that our allies are choosing sides.”
Holter warns there is a big reset for the U.S. dollar coming sooner than later. Holter says, “You have to ask yourself, what is the dollar going to be reset against? My thought is the Chinese have every reason to argue to reset gold higher because they have gold. . . . Any country that had gold, their gold would be revalued higher. If they hold gold in reserve means their reserves would be revalued higher. If everybody else is showing their gold, it would force the U.S. to show its gold. Mathematically, I don’t see any way the U.S. does have the gold. . . . I do know that, at some point, there will be a massive short squeeze in gold once the derivatives chain breaks. Once Greece defaults, or some bank defaults and the derivatives chain breaks, there is going to be a massive outburst of I want my gold, and I want it now. This will be the biggest short squeeze in the history of history.”
On what Harry Dent said about gold recently, Holter says, “The danger is that he’s scaring people into selling their insurance. He’s scaring people into selling gold, and that is your insurance and gold is money. I think Dent is right, that we will have a $100 trillion plus of wealth evaporate. Walmart and Target will not even be open. Try going to Walmart with your dollars, there won’t be anything on the shelves.”
Holter predicts, “We will be in marshal law by this time next year,” and adds, “There is something wrong and there is a storm out there, and the historical safe haven for all-time has been gold. The hope is to reset the system without crashing it, but I am not sure it can be done. There is just too much debt outstanding. I think everything will be reset, and China will lead the reset.”
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