As the world continues to become more and more unstable, people continue to live life as if everything is going along just fine. Banks, however, are aware of just how unstable the globe is financially. The IMF has warned policy makers to prepare for massive ‘runs’ on the banks. Can that really happen?
The IMF has come out and said, "The extended period of monetary accommodation and the accompanying search for yield are leading to credit mispricing and asset price pressures, increasing the chance that financial stability risks could derail the recovery."
So what does that mean? Glenn explained on radio that it means prepare for a run on the banks.
Below is a transcript of this segment
Glenn: Here's what's happening. We have a shadow banking system. And we've told you about this, that the way we do banking credit, the way we are not shoring up the assets that our banks claim they have, it's all bogus. It's all bogus. You know, we thought we were in trouble and we thought we would clear this up. We didn't clear this up after 2008. We made it much, much worse. We're going to be doing a show on this later this week. But how we have made this much worse than it was in 2008. And so now there's a growing share of liquid credit in mutual fund portfolios. What does that mean? That means your mutual fund says it has all of this stuff, but it's a illiquid.
In other words, if they had to liquidate it-- you don't have money -- for instance, how much are you worth? Well, what you're supposed to do is say, how much money do you owe and then separate that from how much money do you actually have and then you'll see if you're upside down or not. If you actually have anything. And then how much of that is liquid?
So in other words, let's say you have your house paid for. You're really fortunate. You have your house paid for and your car paid for. Okay. Those are assets but they're not liquid assets. Those aren't things that you can actually go and say, hey, I need some money. Okay. Well, here you go. Here's the money. No, I have to sell my house or sell my car and so it's only worth what I can get for it at that time. And there's no fast way to get out of that. Let's say the credit -- the banking system starts to fail. And everybody says, who has a mutual fund, your 401(k), you start to fail and you say, okay, well, I got to get my money.
Here's the problem. The mutual funds are illiquid, meaning they can't get that money. They don't have access to that money. There's not enough money. It's growing illiquid. And so you can't go in and get your money at the bank. You can't turn it in. And so what's going to happen is they'll have to close these mutual funds and say, wait, wait, wait, do your Jimmy Stewart. But you don't understand how this works.
So that's what -- that's what they're saying. So now they're saying, you better prepare for runs on the bank, because when it starts to happen, and people start to say, well, I need my money, the banks are going to say, well, it's not here. It's not here. And that will make them run to their other bank, not their mutual fund, not their 401(k), but they'll start pulling money out from anything that they have, which will drive the price of housing town, drive the price of assets down, because everyone will be selling.
PAT: And in a savings and loan like with the Jimmy Stewart movie, it's -- it's suppose to be that way. Because you sign an agreement with them at the beginning that, okay, if you ever want to get your money back, you sign this agreement and then there's a certain period of time the bank has to return your money --
GLENN: That's why he said in the movie --
PAT: That's why he says, you sign right here and you'll is have your money in 20 days.
GLENN: That's what you -- that's --
PAT: And they didn't care because it was a panic and they want their money now. With a bank, though, you're suppose to be able to go get your money because it's suppose to be cash.
GLENN: Here's the problem. Here's how bad the banking system is. In our business if I were only 30% liquid in my business, if -- if I had crushing debt that everything was 70 or 80% a liability, and I didn't have -- I didn't have any real cash or any real assets, if it was all leveraged assets, I wouldn't be able to do business. I just wouldn't be able to do business. And I don't know -- I don't remember the ratio, but I think it's like 70/30 for average businesses. 70/30 you have to have the hard assets. And that's a healthy business. The banks are like at 10 and 20%. And that's raising it up from where it was. So the banks are not even doing business like regular businesses would do business. Any business would go out of business if we did business like the banks do business.
So now what they're doing is they're doing a run. Now, this is the first real international war game that they have ever done that we know of like this. And they're doing it this week. And what they're doing is if the banks fail in Spain, what happens to the banks in Germany? And if the banks fail in Germany, how do we shut things down so it doesn't spread to England? And if it goes to England, how do we shut it down so it doesn't come to America?
And they're going to do these things and they're trying to try to make everybody feel better but it won't work because it's all a shell game.
Now the International Monetary Fund is now warning a run on the bank -- this is the quote. Expect runs -- prepare for runs. Now, that's what you're reading if you're reading a website like Zero Hedge, which if you -- it will make your head hurt, because anybody who reads Zero Hedge, the way I've just tried, and everything else, I'm making their head explode. But I don't claim to have an expert on any of this stuff. I barely can keep my head above water on this stuff. And I read Zero Hedge and I only get about 30% and only understand about 30% of it. But that 30% is enough to give you the indication of the truth of what's coming.