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Confusing Capitalism With Fractional Reserve Banking, by Frank Hollenbeck

August 14, 2014

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Fractional reserve banking isn’t a part of a true free market capitalist system. It is intervention into the free market that Government, through the court system, has sanctioned. The Government sanctions it because it is how they fund the growth of government without the people knowing it is going on. People understand getting taxed, but understanding fractional reserve banking isn’t quite that easy. This article by Frank Hollenbeck titled, Confusing Capitalism With Fractional Reserve Baking, at mises.org, does a great job in explaining fractional reserve banking and it’s consequences. Here are some excerpts form the article explaining how fractional reserve banking came about.

“In the past, we had deposit banks and loan banks. If you put your money in a deposit bank, the money was there to pay your rent and food expenses. It was safe. Loan banking was risky. You provided money to a loan bank knowing funds would be tied up for a period of time and that you were taking a risk of never seeing this money again. For this, you received interest to compensate for the risk taken and the value of time preference. Back then, bankers who took a deposit and turned it into a loan took the risk of shortly hanging from the town’s large oak tree”

“During the early part of the nineteenth century, the deposit function and loan function were merged into a new entity called a commercial bank. Of course, very quickly these new commercial banks realized they could dip into deposits, essentially committing fraud, as a source of funding for loans. Governments soon realized that such fraudulent activity was a great way to finance government expenditures, and passed laws making this fraud legal.”

A key interpretation of law in the United Kingdom, Foley v. Hill, set precedence in the financial world for banking laws to follow:”

 

Foley v. Hill and Others, 1848:

“Money, when paid into a bank, ceases altogether to be the money of the principal; it is then the money of the banker, who is bound to an equivalent by paying a similar sum to that deposited with him when he is asked for it. … The money placed in the custody of a banker is, to all intents and purposes, the money of the banker, to do with it as he pleases; he is guilty of no breach of trust in employing it; he is not answerable to the principal if he puts it into jeopardy, if he engages in a hazardous speculation; he is not bound to keep it or deal with it as the property of his principal; but he is, of course, answerable for the amount, because he has contracted, having received that money, to repay to the principal, when demanded, a sum equivalent to that paid into his hands.”

In other words, when you put your money in a bank it is no longer your money. The bank can do anything it wants with it. It can go to the casino and play roulette. It is not fraud legally, and the only requirement for the bank is to run a Ponzi scheme…..”

“The primary cause of the financial panics during the nineteenth century was this fraudulent nature of fractional reserve banking. It allowed banks to create excessive credit growth which led to boom and bust cycles. If credit, instead, grew as fast as slow moving savings, booms and bust cycles would be a thing of the past.

“Banks will always be able to use new technologies and new financial instruments to stay one step ahead of the regulators. We continue to put bandages on a system that is rotten to the core. Banking in its current form is not capitalism. It is fraud and crony capitalism, kept afloat by ever-more desperate government interventions. It should be dismantled. Under a system of 100 percent reserves, loan banks (100 percent equity-financed investment trusts) would be like any other business and would not need any more regulation than that of the makers of potato chips.”

How many people would you have to ask to get the right answer to this question; Is the money you deposit in a bank yours, or the banks? They won’t believe you when you tell them it’s the banks money, and they probably won’t understand why, even after you explain it.

In a previous article titled, Keynes Was Correct In 1919 (here), I quote John Maynard Keynes from his book, The Economic Consequences Of The Peace, he said,  “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”

Keynes knew how difficult it is to understand money creation by the Fed through Fractional Reserve Banking.

Related ArticleThe Faults of Fractional-Reserve Banking, by Thorsten Polleit, at mises.org.

Related ArticleFractional Reserves and Economic Instability, by John P. Cochran, at mises.org.

 

 

 

 

Let The Counterfeiting Continue! The Fed Is Stuck In Their Feedback Loop!

September 26, 2013
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The Case Against the Fed by the author Murray Rothbard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peter Schiff does his impression of a salmon swimming against the current in the video below. Of all the “experts” in the video, he is the only one who understands the trap the Fed has snared itself in. Does he have the ability to predict the future? Don’t be awed by his crystal ball gazing because he understands the Austrian Business Cycle Theory (read and watch video here), and the other “experts” probably have never heard of it,or if they have they don’t understand it. The Fed has electronically printed massive amounts of counterfeit money, and has artificially kept interest rates below what they would be in an unhampered market. Scarce resources, labor, and capital, have been misdirected into activities that wouldn’t stand up under normal market conditions. The only thing that keeps these activities viable is the fact that the Fed continues to inject counterfeit money into the market. If the Fed quits electronically printing counterfeit money, there will be a liquidation of these nonproductive activities, similar to what happened in the 08 collapse. The Feds only political solution, which means a solution that saves their skin, is to keep counterfeiting so they don’t get blamed for the collapse. They don’t understand that stopping the counterfeiting is the only cure for the artificial inflationary boom they created when they injected billions of electrically counterfeited money into the economy in the first place.

In this post, Incremental Steps to The New Normal, I say the Fed hopes their taper, no taper, strategy will get them out of the mess of their own making. Here are a couple of quotes by Ludwig von Mises, and Murray Rothbard from an article below.

Ludwig Von Mises: “Credit expansion is the government’s’ foremost tool in their struggle against the free market. In their hands it is the magic wand designed to conjure away the scarcity of capital goods, to lower the rate of interest or to abolish it altogether, to finance lavish government spending, to expropriate the capitalists, to contrive everlasting booms, and to make everybody prosperous.”

Murray Rothbard: “What makes us rich is an abundance of goods, and what limits that abundance is a scarcity of resources: namely land, labor, and capital. Multiplying coin will not whisk these resources into being. We may feel rich for the moment, but clearly all we are doing is diluting the money supply.”

Here are some short articles and videos showing what a fine mess the Fed has gotten us into.

The Treasury Secretary On How Unstable US Government Finances Are, at economicpolicyjournal.com

Is Bernanke Looking For A New PR Director? at economicpolicyjournal.com

Albert Edwards Asks You To Spot The Difference, (There Isn’t One) at zerohedge.com

Druckenmiller Blasts, “The Biggest Redistribution of Wealth From The Poor To The Rich Ever“, zerohedge.com

The Fed’s Reflexive Catch 22 In One Sentence, at zerohedge.com

Five Years Of Hard Work By The Federal Reserve, at zerohedge.com

Bill Bonner Announces His Candidacy For The Federal Reserve Chairmanship, at economicpolicyjournal.com

David Stockman Warns ” ‘Calamity Janet’ Yellen Has No Clue” at zerohedge.com.

Baupost Summarizes Today’s “Investment Process” in 50 Words, at zerohedge.com

This is from, “Is Bernanke Looking For A New PR Director?”

Richard Ebeling: “How The Fed Goes Bust”, Interview on RT’s Prime Interest.

August 15, 2013

Economics professor Richard Ebeling is interviewed on a show called Prime Interest, which is produced by RT, formerly known a Russia Today. It is a Russian based television network that is a non-profit organization funded by the federal budget of Russia. It is hard to believe you have to go to Russian television to find an Austrian economist give an outstanding analysis of how the Federal Reserves policy of low-interest rates, and electronically printing counterfeit money, created the artificial economic boom that led to the 08 bust, and how this same policy has them in a box from which there is probably no escape. They have to keep counterfeiting money or their will be a huge correction. Because they injected ever-increasing amounts of counterfeit money, in order to keep the correction from happening in 08, the inevitable correction will be much worse, and more painful, than if they would have let the correction run its course.

The interview starts at 2:48 and ends at 13:50, and is well worth it. He also talks about his interactions whth F. A. Hayek and Murray Rothbard two of the three most well-known Austrian economists, the other being Ludwig von Mises.

You can’t find this on American television news. Is American television the new Pravda? Pravda, which means “Truth”, was the state news paper of Russia.

Related Article – Federal Reserve Money Injections Since 00 Haven’t Worked As Advertised, at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article – Dallas Fed President Fisher Points To The Feds Real Problem, at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article – Real Savings vs. Counterfeit Savings, at austrianaddict.com.

Group Politics Hides The Relevant In The Trivial, Benefiting Politicians

July 22, 2013
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Divide-and-conquer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SELF IMPOSED BORDERS

I read an article in the LA Times titled, “British Choice Of Churchill On 5-Pound Note Leaves Women Out”, by Henry Chu, in which women are upset that Winston Churchill’s image will replace Elizabath Frys on the five-pound note starting in 2016. They’re saying “It’s another instance of women’s contributions being wiped out”. Because we have accepted the political model that each of us belongs to a different group; whether it’s men or women, white or black, rich or poor, old or young, gay or straight, union or non-union, democrat or republican, etc, etc, etc, we think of every politically contrived situation as an us versus them zero sum battle. These self-imposed borders become an imaginary ideological prison that we can’t reason our way out of. This prison prevents us from understanding that the true battle is between each person individually, vs. the only entity that can take individual liberty away, Government. This entity of Government exists only (more…)

Real Savings vs. Counterfeit Savings

July 19, 2013
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Savings (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

RESULTS OF COUNTERFEITING

In a previous post titled, Financial Markets Move When The Puppet Master Speaks, we talked about some of the consequences the Fed creates, when it electronically counterfeits money and injects it into the economy. Some of these are 1) the misallocation of scarce resources into activities that can’t be sustained when the counterfeit money injections are halted, and 2) people’s real production is being redistributed to the first receivers of the counterfeit money (which is known in my world as theft). What’s the difference when real savings enter the market as opposed to counterfeit savings? Lets see what happens, but first let’s talk about money.

WHAT IS MONEY? (more…)

Financial Markets Move When The Puppet Master Speaks.

July 15, 2013
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FINANCIAL MARKET MINIPULATION

The stock and bond markets were sent soaring last week when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said more Fed stimulus was needed (read here). Three weeks ago Mr. Bernanke hinted that the Fed might start to taper its money injections and the stock and bond markets had a sell off. In an article I wrote on July 1, titled Incremental Steps To The New Normal, I said, “The sell off in the stock and bond market, the week of June 20th, at a hint by Ben Bernanke that he might ease out of Quantitative Easing in the not too distant or distant future, is evidence that the financial markets are a bubble activity blown up by the Fed’s double edge sword of printing counterfeit money and artificially lowering interest rates. We witnessed more evidence the following week when first Quarter GDP numbers were revised down. This started a rally in the stock market because investors know that if there are bad aggregate numbers, the Fed will keep electronically printing money…” . It’s not difficult to predict how investors will react to economic data, because they understand what the Fed will do in response to this data. (more…)

Some Heavy Lifting To Start The Week.

July 8, 2013
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The Ponzi Scheme (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These are two articles each one having a video in which many of the economic realities we talk about here are discussed in slightly different ways. The first is an article titled Opportunity Squandered: We Blew It, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com, and the other is titled,You Are In The Ponzi Scheme Whether You Realize It Or Not, by Monty Pelerin’s World, at ecoomicnoise.com.

I know your  most precious resource is time, and each of you only has a certain amount of time set aside  to read and be kept up to date on what is going on. Set some time aside to read the articles, but more importantly listen to the interviews. One is CHS talking with Gordon T. Long, and the second is an interview with John Robino and Gordon T. Long. Both talk about how the printing of counterfeit money, combined with artificially low-interest rates starts in a direction that F.A. Hayek said “leads to serfdom and poverty”. (more…)

Incremental Steps To The New Normal

July 1, 2013

A bubble.BERNANKE SPEAKS, THE STOCK MARKET REACTS

The sell off in the stock and bond market, the week of June 20th, at a hint by Ben Bernanke that he might ease out of Quantitative Easing in the not too distant or distant future, is evidence that the financial markets are a bubble activity blown up by the Fed’s double edge sword of printing counterfeit money and artificially lowering interest rates. We witnessed more evidence the following week when first Quarter GDP numbers were revised down. This started a rally in the stock market because investors know that if there are bad aggregate numbers, the Fed will keep electronically printing money. Money going into the market is what drives the overall market upward. Understanding how these two sides of the Fed’s interventionist coin creates the artificial prosperity that eventually has to be liquidated, is very difficult because of the abstract nature of what is involved. We have been trying to explain these abstract concepts, in a variety of ways in order (more…)

Government Plunder Sows The Seeds Of It’s Own Destruction.

June 17, 2013
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GOVERNMENT IS TOO BIG

Have we finally reached the point that we can all agree that Government is too big? The latest scandals, concerning Government overreach, should be driving this point home for everyone to see no matter how politically partisan a person may be. But the republicans and the democrats have done a great job of making this a game between two teams, each having a loyal following who will defend their favorite team no matter what the members of the team do. As long as the banner of their favorite team is flying high they let corruption, power grabs, and abuses of individuals rights slide.  The normal solution for any corruption or illegality in Government is to put a new angel in the position that was previously occupied by a fallen angel [aka devil]. This will not cure the problem, it will only temporarily take care of the symptom, but the underlying problem is still there. The underlying problem is (more…)

The Fed’s Policies Are Counterproductive.

February 4, 2013

Host Lauren Lyster interviews Jim Grant on The Daily Ticker in this video from economicpolicyjurnal.com.

Here is a quote from the article, “…the Fed intends to buy 85 billion, with a B, in securities every month. What you might ask is where does it get that money. It creates it, it didn’t exist before the Fed materialized it through the very humble action of a keyboard and a computer, that’s the way it does it. But notice that this money is coming into the system without any commensurate increase in production. This is money in search of mischief, and it is likely to find it. The Feds actions are counterproductive.”

If the Feds injecting 85 billion counterfeit dollars a month into the economy (QE3,4), since September, is considered counter productive, how much more counter productive was QE1 and QE2’s injection of 2.3 trillion total dollars since 2008. An even better question is (more…)