Editor Global Money Trends magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2010
In a taped interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired on December 5th, Federal Reserve chief Ben “Bubbles” Bernanke tried to brainwash the American public, into believing that “Quantitative Easing” (QE), is absolutely necessary in order to prevent further losses of jobs, and tried to assure his listeners that he has the skills to keep inflation under control. The US-jobless rate would have risen far higher, “something like it was in the Depression, at 25%,” — had the Fed not provided tens of trillions in loans to Wall Street banks and other financial companies, he said.
Two-years ago, the Wall Street Oligarchs played the central role in the greatest financial scandal in the history of the world, – one which wiped out tens of trillions of dollars in wealth, nearly bankrupted giant corporations and entire countries, and plunged the world into the deepest slide in global trade since the Great Depression. Huge profits were made in sub-prime mortgages, based on a Ponzi scheme of exotic financial derivatives and sliced packages. When it came crashing down, the public treasury was looted to cover the financial aristocracy’s losses.
Since then, the Fed has carried out QE-1 between March 2009 and March 2010, in which it bought $1.45-trillion in mortgage-backed securities and $300-billion in Treasuries. Together with pegging interest rates at zero-percent, weakening the US-dollar, and flooding the stock markets with cheap credit, – the Fed enabled US banks and S&P-500 companies to record bumper profits, even as they slashed jobs and capital spending, and suffered revenue declines.
With QE-1, the Fed channeled interest free money into the coffers of the Wall Street Oligarchs, which in turn, was used to buy higher yielding Treasury bonds. In a single stroke, the Fed monetized the US-government’s debt, and at the same time, bankers earned double or triple the interest rate at which it was borrowed. They pocketed billions under the scheme. Wall Street banks also bought high-grade corporate and junk bonds, and emerging market bonds, to fatten their profit margins. At the end of the day, QE-1 was utilized to recoup the gambling losses of the financial aristocracy, and created fertile conditions for driving-up equity markets.