We have not seen so many financial trouble signs all come together at one time like this since just prior to the last major financial crisis in 2008. It is almost as if a “perfect storm” is brewing, and a lot of the “smart money” has already gotten out of stocks and bonds. Could it be possible that we are heading toward another nightmarish financial crisis?
So writes Michael Snyder (theeconomiccollapseblog.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled 18 Signs That Global Financial Markets Are Entering A Horrifying Death Spiral.
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Snyder goes on to say in further edited, and in some places paraphrased, excerpts:
A lot of people believe that we will never see another major financial crisis like we experienced in 2008…and that this type of “doom and gloom” talk is foolish. [Unfortunately,] it’s those kinds of people that did not see the last financial crash coming and are choosing not to prepare for the next one even though the warning signs are exceedingly clear. Let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst, and right now things do not look good at all.
You can see it coming, can’t you? The yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries is skyrocketing, the S&P 500 has been down for 9 of the last 11 trading days and troubling economic news is pouring in from all over the planet. The much anticipated “financial correction” is rapidly approaching, and investors are starting to race for the exits.
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The following are 17 signs that global financial markets are entering a horrifying death spiral…
#1 The yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries [keeps rising]…
#2 Rapidly rising interest rates are spooking investors and causing them to pull money out of bonds (primarily foreigners and specifically those from China and Japan) at a very rapid pace…
#3 Thanks to rapidly rising bond yields, some of the largest exchange-traded bond funds such as
- The $18 billion iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond fund (ticker: LQD) is down 7.9% since May 2nd
- The 3.7 billion iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) has plunged 15.9% during the same period
- The iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond fund (IEI) has fallen 3.2% since May 2.
are getting absolutely hammered right now.
#4 In recent weeks we have witnessed the largest cluster of Hindenburg Omens that we have seen since prior to the last financial crisis.
#5 George Soros has bet a tremendous amount of money that the S&P 500 is going to be heading down.
#6 At this point, the S&P 500 has fallen for 9 out of the last 11 trading days.
#7 Margin debt has spiked to extremely dangerous levels. This is a pattern that we also saw just before the last financial crash and just before the dotcom bubble burst…
#8 The growth rate of new commercial bank loans and leases is now the slowest that it has been since the end of the last financial crisis.
#9 According to a shocking new report, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are masking “billions of dollars” in losses. Will they need to be bailed out again just like they were during the last financial crisis?
#10 Wal-Mart reported very disappointing sales numbers for the second quarter. Sales at stores open at least a year were down 0.3%. This is a continuation of a trend that has been building for years.
#11 U.S. consumer bankruptcies just experienced their largest quarterly increase in three years.
#12 The velocity of money in the United States has hit another stunning new low.
#13 The massive civil unrest in Egypt threatens to disrupt the steady flow of oil out of the Middle East…
#14 European stocks just experienced their biggest decline in six weeks.
#15 The Japanese national debt recently crossed the quadrillion yen mark, and many are expecting the Japanese financial system to start melting down at any time.
#16 In Indonesia, the stock market is “cratering”.
#17 In India, the yield on their 10 year government bonds has skyrocketed from 7.1 percent in May to 9.25 percent now.
As the coming months unfold, keep a close eye on the “too big to fail” banks both in Europe and in the United States. When the next great financial crisis strikes, they will play a starring role once again. They have been incredibly reckless, and as James Rickards told Greg Hunter during an interview the other day, we are in much worse shape to deal with a major banking crisis than we were back in 2008… stating “You’re going to have a banking crisis worse than the last one because the banking system is bigger without the resources because the Fed is tapped out.”
We never even came close to recovering from the last financial crisis and the last recession and now the next major wave of the economic collapse is coming up quickly. I hope you are taking this time to prepare for the approaching storm, because it is going to be very painful.
[Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.]
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