The world economy is hurtling towards a global crisis. The stock market turbulence, the economic rout hitting the emerging economies and the re-emerged political and banking problems in the Eurozone are first signs of the impending global depression. More is on the way.
Business cycle turning points are critically important now because the decrease in central bank liquidity (see below) leaves the “global growth narrative” as the only mainstay for asset markets. If this support vanishes, asset markets may follow the same chaotic path as in 1929. In 1929, the stock market of the US crashed from high valuation levels because the faith of investors in the ‘Roaring Twenties’ was broken. The Dow Industrial Average lost almost 29 % of its value in a week and the crash started a bear market; this ceased only in July 1932. From its peak, the DJIA fell by almost 90%.
It is all but obvious that the ability of the central banks to stimulate the economy ranges from miniscule (the Fed, the PBoC) to none (the ECB and the BoJ). When highly-levered and over-bought asset markets crash, there is very little the central banks can do. This means that when a recession hits, with very few means to stimulate, the asset crash that follows will turn into a banking crisis, which will turn into a global depression, as we explained in Q-review 2/2017,
We present how the businesses, households and investors can shelter themselves from the upcoming economic storm. The time to prepare for the coming ’economic storm’ is now!
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