Wednesday, February 11, 2015

This man tells it like it is about the economy

Steve Ricchiuto is Managing Director of Mizuho Securities USA, the local arm of the Mizuho Financial Group in Japan.  With assets of over $2 trillion (!), Mizuho is not exactly a small player on the international financial markets;  and it's not the sort of corporation to install a dummy as the head of its US operation.  This man knows what he's talking about.

Here he is on the air with Simon Hobbs and Sara Eisen of CNBC.  The meat of his remarks begins at 1m. 27s. into the clip, but watch the whole thing anyway.

In case you missed it:

"There is no acceleration in underlying economic activity. There’s this wrong concept that I keep on hearing about in the financial press about the acceleration in economic growth. It isn’t happening. We had a horrible retail sales number, we had a horrible durable goods number, we’re likely to have a very disappointing retail sales number coming forward, this month we have a strong payroll number we say everything’s great – it’s not great. It’s been the same thing for the last five years, there’s no improvement in the economy. After a string of dismal data on durable goods, retail spending, and inventories, we get a good jobs number and everyone saying the economy’s good. It’s not good."

Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.  Those who want warm fuzzy pious platitudes instead . . . let them listen to the Administration, the Fed and the mainstream media.  That's all we ever hear from them.

The other day, fellow blogger The Silicon Graybeard pointed out:

The earliest prices I can recall for a gallon of gas were around 20 cents a gallon: "19 and 9" because Florida prices always ended in that 9/10 of a cent.  Today's silver price of $17.05 says one of today's greenbacks is worth about 8.11 cents of 1964 silver.  In other words, one of today's dollars isn't worth a 1964 dime.  Today's gas price of about $2.15/gallon would cost 17 1/2 cents back in 1964.  Maybe the prices I remember weren't from 1964; but gas is basically the same price it was in 1964, measured against a standard.  Higher gas prices aren't from "peak oil", they're from worthless dollars.

There's more at the link.

That puts Mr. Ricchiuto's remarks into a different, but no less scary context.  All the so-called 'growth' we're seeing in the economy isn't really growth at all:  it's the effects of inflation, multiplied by the exponential growth in debt (about which we've also spoken recently).

Scary times.



Old NFO said...

Yes it is... Stagflation is another term that is starting to be bandied about... sigh

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I use a date of about 1970 since it is after silver coins and was about when a dime equals the dollar of a couple years ago. I work at a college and they can't believe what a dime could buy back then. I can't really do it anymore as the dollar has begun to sink below the 10 cent mark on many items. Another thing that I give as an example of how much money was worth in the past is that we used to get coins that were worn slick, even cents that were 50 years old, you could hardly see the dates. Coins were used like paper money is now. A 20 dollar bill was a huge amount of money. I use these examples to get to the students just how our government has destroyed the dollar.

Anonymous said...

Sadly this is poised to send the former USA into a massive orgy of ethnic cleansing . Armed revolution as former "citizens" attempt to exterminate anyone connected to government , banking, or big money in any slightest way, and ending in ether in the breakup of north America or Zimbabwe on a massive scale. Too many people believe that Government is the enemy of the human race, and sooner than later a lot of heavily armed pissed off people are going to act on that belief.

Anonymous said...

The website www dot shadowstats dot com recalculates the government economic figures and their numbers show the economy is in bad shape.

Grog said...