New York, NY (PRWEB) June 24, 2012
In a recent Investment Contrarians article, editor Danny Esposito points out that everyone is talking about the European debt crisis where debt-to-GDP growth reached a record high of 87.2% at the end of 2011. However, Esposito believes everyone should be talking about Japan instead; its debt-to-GDP growth is a mind-boggling 220%.
According to Esposito, when Japan’s financial crisis hit back in 1989, it began a deflationary spiral that has persisted until today: over 20 years later. Japan’s GDP growth rate has not surpassed one percent for over 20 years.
Japan kept its banks alive and kept its massive government debt going by issuing bonds at very low rates to its citizens. The citizens bought the government debt receiving little money in return, but citizens’ lifestyles were unaffected, as the country experienced deflation.
Esposito says that the problem today is that more Japanese citizens are retiring. There are currently more retirees than there are workers to pay for those retirees.
Not only does this mean that tax revenues are falling, which further increases government debt, but also now the “family” is not large enough to continue buying the massive amount of government debt that needs to be issued, points out the Investment Contrarians editor.
This is forcing the Japanese government, for the first time in 20 years, to look outside of the country for someone to buy its government debt.
According to Esposito, the bond market sees 220% debt-to-GDP and says it is going to need much higher rates to take on that risk.
“…Bank of Japan has no choice but to print money to buy its own government debt, and that is exactly what it is doing now,” explains Esposito. “The problem is that, as it continues to print money, it will eventually lead—as history has shown—to hyperinflation.”
Esposito concludes that Japan’s time is up; it could be the first country to fall.
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The editors of Investment Contrarians believe the stock market and the economy have been propped up since 2009 by artificially low interest rates, never-ending government borrowing and an unprecedented expansion of our money supply. The “official” unemployment numbers do not reflect people who have given up looking for work and are thus skewed. They believe the “official” inflation numbers are also not reflective of today’s reality of rising prices.
After a 25- to 30-year down cycle in interest rates, the Investment Contrarians editor expect rapid inflation caused by huge government debt and money printing will eventually start us on a new cycle of rising interest rates.
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