Deflation and Kondratieff Winter is About to Intensify

After the crash of 2008-2009, Kondratieff Winter has eased. Money supply expansion has resumed with more borrowers stepping upto the plate. QE1 and QE2 has added to the base money supply and saved the banks - for now. But financial changes can happen at lightning speed in a way we do not foresee. History books call the period after the War of 1812 “The Era of Good Feelings.”

America was a young nation that had a sense of purpose. National political strife was at a minimum; optimism was in the air. Major advances in technology and engineering brought the country turnpikes for easier travel and “The Canal Craze” for more efficient commerce. Once the Erie Canal became an obvious commercial success, imitators borrowed heavily to build more. Eventually the U.S. had constructed 4,500 miles of canals.

Alas, the railroads arrived and made canals obsolete. Canal investors were ruined.

Swift economic changes have happened throughout U.S. history. And they continue to happen still. Major economic changes come via technology: consider the automobile, telephone, radio, television, the computer and the Internet (to name a few). At other times, economic changes are systemic. The Next Major Economic Change May Come from the Credit Craze. Deflation is always accompanied by a preceding credit build-up.

The Era of Good Feelings came to a screeching halt when America’s first deflationary depression occurred from 1835 - 1842. Before then, credit had boomed. America’s second major deflationary depression was the Great Depression that began in 1929. That was also preceded by a credit boom. Today’s credit boom dwarfs those earlier examples.

The March 2008 Elliott Wave Theorist elaborates on the next potential shift in the financial markets.

Over the past 300 years the bigger the investment mania, the faster has been the ensuing collapse. The peaks of 1968 and 1835 led to deep bear markets of six and seven years, respectively. The wilder Roaring ‘Twenties, capping an 87-year rise, led to a deeper bear market, yet it was faster, lasting less than three years. The even more dramatic South Sea Bubble, which peaked in 1720, led to a still deeper bear market, yet it was even faster, lasting only two years. So given that the past ten years of topping has produced the craziest overvaluation, the largest number of bubbles and the most persistent period of market-related optimism ever, by a huge margin, I am more than ever expecting a swift resolution.

This excerpt is from an issue that published just a few months before the fastest financial changes to occur in the U.S. in the past 80 years.

The financial world doesn’t seem to feel major rumblings right now. And that’s why so many can be lulled into a false sense of financial security. Yet, EWI’s economic indicators suggest that the next slippage of the financial plates could unleash far more financial destruction than before. Now is the time to learn to prepare your portfolio by thinking differently
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One Response to “Deflation and Kondratieff Winter is About to Intensify”

  1. Yuvraj says:

    Schiff’s advice seems to be that one shulod invest in companies that either own or produce commodities in non-dollar countries. Commodities, because it’s an item that cannot be devalued, and non-US currency because that will hold up better than the $.I agree with you Keith that (for now, at least) Schiff called this one wrong on both counts.The commodities market has collapsed due to demand destruction. I dunno about you, but I’m not seeing very many Hummers and Viking ranges moving these days - so commodity demand is collapsing. Also not many roofers and plumbers driving to work to build houses, so no crude oil demand either. No surprises on the commodities front for me.On the $ vs. all other currencies I have been more surprised. I (and everyone else I suppose) was unaware that the Euro banks were in worse shape than their US counterparts. That pretty much blew the Euro out of the water as an alternative reserve currency. The Yen/Yuan aren’t ready for prime time as those economies are totally dependent on the US anyway for exports.I would say though that *right now* might be a good time to use Schiff’s techniques to profit from the economic collapse. There is value in the commodities and the strong dollar now allows you to get quite a lot more than earlier.

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