Peter Schmidt has written extensively about the “Confederacy of Dunces” that helped bring about the financial collapse of 2008 and their “fatal conceit.” By fatal conceit, he means the arrogant belief that because of their superior intellect and education, they have the wherewithal to micromanage the economy.
One of the members of Schmidt’s “confederacy of dunces” is Lawrence Summers. He served as a senior Treasury Department official during the Clinton Administration and was at the center of enormous and easily discernible blunders in judgment that directly led to the crisis. But he has never taken ownership for the role he played and he continues to pontificate about economic issues.
In the following article, Schmidt uses Summers recent comments about one of Pres. Trump’s potential Federal Reserve Board nominees to highlight the fatal conceit of central planners.
The conventional wisdom is that demand for gold and silver has been somewhat tepid over the last couple of years. In fact, global gold demand grew by about 4% in 2018 and was in line with the five-year average. Much of that growth was due to a surged in demand through the fourth quarter as stock markets tanked, and concerns about debt and the global economy grew.
We tend to be pretty short-sighted when we look at market trends. Most investors focus on the day-to-day gyrations. As a result, we often completely miss significant long-term trends. For instance, investment demand for gold and silver has increased dramatically in the decade since the financial crisis.
If you look at past financial and economic crises, what is the common denominator?
That’s why we talk so much about debt on these pages.
Sept. 15 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.
Many investors undoubtedly remember that day clearly. But as Jim Rickards pointed out in a recent article at the Daily Reckoning, that day was actually the culmination of a long meltdown. Investors should have seen it coming. In fact, they could have seen it coming had they been paying attention.
So, are we in the midst of a similar slow-motion meltdown today?
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
On the one hand, things in the economy look pretty good. The mainstream pundits sure seem to think so. They fill the financial news shows with daily doses of good cheer. But is everything really sunshine and roses? Or should we be holding some opposing ideas in our minds as well?
Saturday, Sept. 15, was the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. Many people consider it the seminal event of the 2008 financial crisis.
In his latest podcast, Peter Schiff said as we look back at the anniversary, we should realize that the next crisis is going to be worse. In fact, the next economic hurricane is going to be a category five.
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In this episode, I talk with Peter Schmidt about the dunces of Washington and Wall Street.
As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, some things don’t seem a whole lot different. Everybody is optimistic, and as Peter Schiff noted in his most recent podcast, ignoring all of the warning signs.
We’re seeing a lot of warning signs people should be worried about, but again they’re dismissing them, much the way they did 10 years ago You know, we’re getting close to the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis. Remember, the whole thing started in August of 2008. Here we are August 2018, 10 years later. I think we’re heading for an even bigger crisis and the same people are even more clueless.”