U.S. Debt Crisis To Cause ‘Fall of Rome’ Warns Analyst Who Forecast Thai Crisis

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  1. U.S. Debt Crisis May Cause ‘Fall of Rome’ Scenario, Duncan Says
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    By Patrick Rial

    Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) --
    U.S. budget deficits will continue to pile up in the next decade, eventually reaching an unsustainable level that may result in an economic collapse, according to Richard Duncan, author of “The Dollar Crisis.”

    The U.S. has little chance of resolving its deteriorating financial position because the manufacturing industry continues to shrink, leaving the nation with few goods to export, said Duncan, now at Singapore-based Blackhorse Asset Management.

    In “The Dollar Crisis,” first published in 2003, Duncan argued that persistent current account deficits by the U.S. were creating an unsustainable boom in global credit that was destined to break down, resulting in a worldwide recession.

    “The bad news is at the end of a 10-year period we’re still not going to have fixed the problem,” Duncan said in an interview in Hong Kong yesterday. “Eventually it will lead to high rates of inflation well down the line and really destabilize things to the point where there may be irreparable damage. A kind of ‘Fall of Rome’ scenario.”

    The federal budget deficit will total $1.6 trillion this year, while combined shortfalls are forecast to total $9.05 trillion in the next 10 years, according to projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    The U.S. has run a current account deficit every year since 1982 except one, with a peak of $788 billion in 2006. Foreign purchases of U.S. debt has propped up the dollar and allowed a credit-fueled spending boom by the nation’s consumers, according to Duncan.

    Falling Wages

    U.S. workers are now likely to face declining wages and that may create a political backlash against free-trade policies, he said. The nation’s jobless rate jumped to a 26-year high of 9.7 percent in August, while wages logged a 2.6 percent increase from the previous year.

    “As unemployment remains above 10 percent well into the foreseeable future, it won’t be long before Americans start voting for protectionism,” Duncan said. “That’s going to be bad because protectionism will mean world trade will diminish and will overall reduce global prosperity.”

    Once the U.S. debt burden becomes too large and the government can no longer sell debt to the public the Federal Reserve will likely step in and monetize it, resulting in high levels of inflation, he said.

    Economic Crisis

    The MSCI World Index plunged by a record 42 percent last year as the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. triggered a credit crunch that forced financial institutions to post more than $1.6 trillion in losses and writedowns.

    As an analyst, Duncan began warning of imbalances in Thailand’s economy in 1993 that eventually led to the devaluation of the baht in 1997 and a regional economic crisis. The nation’s SET Index dropped as much as 88 percent from its 1994 peak to a low in 1998.

    Prior to joining Blackhorse, Duncan was the head of investment strategy at ABN Amro Asset Management. He has also held positions at James Capel, Indosuez W.I. Carr and Salomon Brothers.

    To contact the reporter for this story: Patrick Rial in Hong Kong at prial@bloomberg.net.
    Last Updated: September 22, 2009 21:10 ED

  2. The incredible shrinking manufacturing export sector.

    You really oughtta find out if these guys know a hawk from a handsaw before you quote them.
    Wind's southerly where I am, at least for today.
  3. That is not a fundamental problem - first because it is greatly exaggerated - second because it is easy to fix on a 5 year timeframe.

    The only thing lacking is the political will to do it.
  4. Those are short term blips.

    U.S. manufacturing is being blown out on a long or intermediate term trend chart.
  5. Wha??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Those are long term charts.
    The blips are the shrinkages.
    Go back to the last really big recession on those charts: manufacturing was half what it is today back in 1980.
    One half.
    The manufacturing sector isn't shrinking, and neither are manufacturing exports.
    Those are the facts.
  6. There is another parallel between Roman Empire and contemporary U.S.A. is that small cliche of people deciding who is in charge of state offices: Praetorian army (Empire body guards) in Ancient Rome vs. international bankers in U.S. Obama, himself was born to a Jewish mother thus a Jew by Jewish tradition, was helped by this financial crisis, which was suspiciously staged. Each time John Macain was getting too close during election, bad economic news came out from the Fed; Obama's Jewish heritage was concealed from American voters by banker-controlled media during the election.:mad:
  7. zdreg


    proof or link that proves he had a jewish mother.?
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  9. OK... I gotta hear this... I'm all ears.
    #10     Sep 24, 2009