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The Coming Bond Market Collapse: How to Survive the Demise of the U.S. Debt Market

The Coming Bond Market Collapse: How to Survive the Demise of the U.S. Debt Market

Michael G. Pento

ISBN: 978-1-118-45715-3

Mar 2013

320 pages

$19.99

Description

The coming financial apocalypse and what government and individuals can do to insulate themselves against the worst shocks

In this controversial book a noted adherent of Austrian School of Economics theories advances the thesis that the United States is fast approaching the end stage of the biggest asset bubble in history. He describes how the bursting of the bubble will cause a massive interest rate shock that will send the US consumer economy and the US government—pumped up by massive Treasury debt—into bankruptcy, an event that will send shockwaves throughout the global economy. Michael Pento examines how policies followed by both the Federal Reserve and private industry have contributed to the impending interest rate disaster and highlights the similarities between the US and European debt crisis. But the book isn't all doom and gloom. Pento also provides well-reasoned solutions that, government, industry and individuals can take to insulate themselves against the coming crisis.

  • Paints an alarmingly vivid picture of the massive interest rate shock which soon will send consumers and the government into bankruptcy
  • Backed by a wealth of historical and economic data, Pento explains how the bubble was created and what the U.S. can do to mitigate the impending crisis
  • Provides investors with sound strategies for protecting themselves and their assets against the coming financial apocalypse
  • Explains why retirees, in particular, will be at risk as real estate prices decline, pensions weaken, and the bond bubble bursts

Introduction xi

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1: As Good as Gold? 1

The Great American Money Machine 4

“Dad, Where Does Money Come From?” 8

The Implications of a Fiat Currency 11

Notes 14

Chapter 2: The Anatomy of a Bubble 15

The Great Depression—A Historical Comparison 19

Two Decades of a Bubble Economy 25

Does CDO Rhyme with Tulip Bulb? 29

Today’s Bubble in Bonds Rhymes with the

Debt-Fueled Real Estate Crisis 31

Notes 33

Chapter 3: Bernanke’s Hair-of-the-Dog Economy 35

Austrian Trade Cycle Theory versus

Keynesian Toys and Candy 36

“End This Depression Now!”—The Game Show 41

“I’m Not Addicted to Easy Money . . . and I Can Stop at Anytime” 50

No Way Out—Starring Ben Bernanke . . . 56

The Thirty-Year Party in the Bond Market 62

Notes 65

Chapter 4: Deflation Phobia and Inflation Philos 67

Fed Busters 69

Common Fed-lore Myth 1—The Myth of the Deflationary Death Spiral Monster 69

The Truth about Price Deflation 72

Fed-Lore Myth 2: Japan Proves that

Debt and Deflation Go Hand-in-Hand 77

Myth 3: The Keynesian Fed-Lore of the Phillips Curve 86

Myth 4: You Can Rely on Government Statistics 92

Myth 5: The Fed Was Created for Your Benefit 100

Notes 101

Chapter 5: The Bubble Reality Check 103

The Investor Reality Check 104

The Interest Rate Reality Check 110

The Teaser Rate on U.S. Debt—Reality Check 115

Banker Reality Check 119

The China Reality Check 127

Washington’s Addiction to Debt—Reality Check 134

Notes 140

Chapter 6: The End of an Empire 141

The End of a Monetary System 145

The Economic Laws of Debt 152

U.S. Debt—This Time It’s Different 153

Is Austerity a Bad Thing? 157

Where Will All the Money Go? 160

The Bell Is Ringing for the Bubble in the Bond Market 163

Banana Ben to the Rescue 167

The Cost of an Empire 169

Notes 173

Chapter 7: Real World Europe 175

The Creation of the Euro 176

Greece 183

Dr. Hayek vs. Dr. Keynes 190

Dr. Keynes and Dr. Hayek and

America’s Bout with Hyperinflation 195

I’ll Take Currency Debasement for $40 Billion . . . a Month 200

Final Jeopardy 203

The Canary in the Coal Mine 204

Notes 205

Chapter 8: The Debt Crisis 207

From Pioneer to Penurious . . . 207

The Sixteenth Amendment . . . The Beginning of the Slippery Slope 209

Mexican Debt Crisis 215

The Asian Contagion 218

Russian Debt Crisis 220

The Debt Crisis Fallout 223

What Would It Look Like Here? 225

It Can’t Happen Here? 233

I Don’t Want to Be Right 238

Conclusion 247

Notes 248

Chapter 9: What Can the Government Do to Mollify the Debt Collapse? 251

The Principles of a Free Market 252

Solution 1: Allow the Deleveraging Process to Happen 257

Solution 2: Strengthen and Stabilize the U.S. Dollar 260

Solution 3: Allow Interest Rates to Rise to the Supply of Savings versus the Demand for Money 262

Solution 4: Balance the Budget 264

Solution 5: Aggressively Reduce the Amount Of Regulatory Burden 270

Solution 6: Simplify the Tax Code 273

Solution 7: Fair Trade and a Free Trade 276

Solution 8: Overhaul Education 277

Conclusion 278

Notes 283

Chapter 10: How to Invest Your Money Before and After the Bond Bubble Bursts 285

What to Own When U.S. Debt and the Dollar Collapse 289

Notes 294

About the Author 295

Index 297