Earl, this articl exemplifies the old maxim "garbage in, garbage out." It's impossible to produce intelligent -- or even useful -- analysis from flawed (phony, fraudulent) data.
While there is plenty of "garbage" to choose from here, I plucked out this one line:
...in a world where many central banks are running nominal GDP significantly above nominal interest rates.
Virtually ALL Western economies are SHRINKING right now. It's only the massive lies they tell about inflation which (automatically) pump-up the GDP numbers -- from negative to positive.
Thus while interest rates are near-zero (or absolute zero in the U.S.); GDP is less than zero. So when this clown talks about being "moderately optimistic" about the "current growth cycle"; there isn't any growth.
This means that 100% of this analysis is entirely useless, since it's based on an economic FANTASY.
Listening to people like this would be like getting vacation advice from a travel consultant who confuses the Arctic with the Equator -- and advises people to bring along a thick parka for their tropical vacation.
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Earl, I should add that I'm not commenting in any way on the quality of the analysis itself.
This was why I made a point of using the "garbage in/garbage out" maxim. I stopped looking at the analysis once I saw what he was accepting as data. Lots of smart people (for one reason or another) use flawed data.
Of course one possibility is always that he's part of the propaganda machine, in terms of being a knowing conspirator rather than just an ignorant dupe. However with only this information available my suspicion is "dupe". What we have to realize is that many of these "respected businessmen" simply cannot conceive of a world where some/most/all of their treasured, white-collar institutions are anything less than how they are portrayed.
Ben Bernanke is the wisest human being on the planet.
The U.S. economy is an eternal juggernaut.
The U.S. dollar will always be the reserve currency.
But here we get back to zealotry. It is the dogmatic faith of these people which can short-circuit even otherwise-fine intellects.
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