We’ve been reporting a lot in recent months on both negative interest rates and the war on cash. Back in February when Japan also joined the “negative interest rates club”, John Malden stated:
“Conspiracy theorists will love this Bank of Japan timeline:
Jan 21 – Kuroda emphatically tells Japanese parliament he is not considering NIRP.
Jan 22 – Kuroda flies to Davos.
Jan 29 – Kuroda enthusiastically embraces NIRP and promises more of it if needed.
So, whom did he talk to in Davos, and what did they say to change his mind?”
Who indeed? This article looks at what might have gone on in some of the backrooms in the recent global elite gathering in for the World Economic Forum in Davos…
“It’s a big club and you ain’t in it!”
I’m often reminded of these words, spoken by the great comedian George Carlin, when I read about the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
That’s where the global power elite gather to discuss the big issues of the day. The most important world leaders attend. As do the CEOs of the largest companies, leaders in the mainstream media and top academics. Central bankers attend, too, along with a wide assortment of celebrities.
Three types of meetings happen in Davos, according to the BBC:
The biggest and most important deals take shape in these secret meetings. And this year, I think there was one secret meeting with huge historical significance.
I think world leaders decided to dramatically escalate the War on Cash, making it easier for them to impose negative interest rates.
Negative interest rates mean the lender pays the borrower for the privilege of lending him money. It’s a bizarre, upside-down concept.
Negative rates could not exist in a free market. They can only exist in an Alice in Wonderland economy created by central bankers.
Think of it as “punishment interest.”
That’s a common term in Germany for negative interest rates. I think it’s an apt description.
Punishing savers is exactly what central bankers—who are really central economic planners—would like to do. They think stinging savers with negative interest rates will encourage them to spend now. It’s effectively a tax on saving money.
Central planners just want you to spend money. Even if you have to go into debt to do it. Consumption based on fear of negative interest rates is somehow supposed to “stimulate” the economy.
However, their harebrained scheme is not working. Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden all have negative interest rates. But consumer spending is not being “stimulated” in those countries. It’s totally (and predictably) backfiring on the central planners. And it’s easy to see why.
Negative interest rates make it harder to save. Put $1,000 in your bank account at the beginning of the year, and it becomes $950 by the end of the year. And that’s not even accounting for inflation.
This scenario scares people. It doesn’t induce them to spend.
Producing more than you consume and saving the difference has always been the basis of prosperity. Prudent saving and thriftiness are supposed to be good things. However, negative interest rates destroy the incentive to save. That’s just one of the reasons it’s such a toxic concept.
But there’s another important reason to fear negative interest rates…
If you don’t like the sting of negative interest, you can withdraw your money from the bank and stash the cash under your mattress. The more it costs to store money at the bank, the less inclined people are to do it.
Of course, this is not the outcome central economic planners want. It puts a natural limit on how far down they can drive interest rates.
Their solution to this “problem” is to push the world closer to a cashless society. That cuts off your main escape route from punishment interest.
Central planners are doing this by phasing out larger denominations of currency notes, which makes large cash transactions impractical. Some are outright prohibiting cash transactions over a certain amount. France recently made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal, down from the previous limit of €3,000.
Statist economists even advocate declaring all dollar bills with a serial number ending in “9” invalid.
These are just some of their methods. They all make it inconvenient or illegal to use cash. This forces people to use electronic payment methods more and more, which, of course, is what the U.S. government wants.
It’s exactly like Ron Paul said: “The cashless society is the IRS’s dream: total knowledge of, and control over, the finances of every single American.”
For weeks, Haruhiko Kuroda, the head of Japan’s central bank, repeatedly denied plans to adopt negative interest rates.
Kuroda was at the January 20–23 summit in Davos.
A few days later, on January 29, he decided to impose negative interest rates in Japan for the first time ever. Something must have changed his mind.
I don’t think this was an isolated incident. I’m quite sure global leaders secretly discussed ramping up the War on Cash in Davos.
There was a flurry of related activity during and immediately after Davos. Here are some of the most noteworthy incidents:
The writing is on the wall. The War on Cash is accelerating. And it’s setting the table for negative interest rates in the U.S.
That should not surprise anyone. Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve, recently said, “Potentially anything—including negative interest rates—would be on the table.”
It’s time to protect yourself from negative interest rates and the War on Cash…before it’s too late. You don’t want to find yourself unprepared when negative interest rates hit you.
The War on Cash and negative interest rates are obvious signs of desperation. They are huge threats to your financial security.
Central bankers are playing with fire and inviting a currency catastrophe, just like they have done so many times in the past.
The sad truth is most people have no idea what really happens when a currency collapses, let alone how to prepare…
We think everyone should own some physical gold. Gold is the ultimate form of wealth insurance. It’s preserved wealth through every kind of crisis imaginable. It will preserve wealth during the next crisis, too.
But if you want to truly save yourself from the consequences of all this stupidity, there’s more to do…
How will you protect your savings from the War on Cash and negative interest rates?
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