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"Das Leben ist voller Leid, Krankheit, Schmerz – und zu kurz ist es übrigens auch ..." --Woody Allen

...  There is a further problem: the great majority of investors and the giant investment funds are, all of them, invested in bonds, on which they realized great profits when interest rates began to fall. But if all the big investors are owners of bonds, who are they going to sell their bonds to when they wish to liquidate them and get into cash? These investors are going to suffer big losses, because the prices of bonds will have to collapse. This is going to take place the moment that the investors think that the trend in interest rates is no longer down, but up.

Banking systems are investors in bonds, and bonds make up an important part of their assets. In Europe, if the assets of the banking system fall by only 4%, then the whole European banking system is bankrupt. A collapse in bond prices caused by rises in interest rates would be deadly for the whole European banking system, and if Europe collapses, the rest of the world would have to follow suit.

Interest rates will have to rise, sooner or later; central bankers tremble when they see the slightest sign that interest rates are ticking up. Obviously, the FED and ECB cannot even think of raising interest rates; they are trapped and wait in dread for the deluge of bond liquidation when the $223 Trillion debt cloud hanging over the world turns into a cloudburst.

Baby Frog: Mama, who is smarter- a chicken or a frog? Mama Frog: We are of course!!
Baby Frog: How do you know? Mama Frog: Well, who ever heard of Kentucky Fried Frog?
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Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them!

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