When I got into the industry more than 50 years ago, finance was an adjunct to the real economy.
Basically it was used to finance real growth. But today it’s become the dominant factor in the world.
That is, finance is running the world and the real economy is kind of a sideline. It’s the adage about the tail wagging the dog.
But in this instance the tail is swinging the dog around the room and banging it off all four walls until it’s comatose.
And that’s basically what’s happening to the real economy -- it’s going to be comatose before this is over. -- John Embry