Martin Armstrong’s Armageddon scenario looms as Fed has now lost control: $5,000+ gold anybody?

Posted on 21 September 2015 with no comments from readers

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The man who forecast $5,000+ gold prices for 2016 back in 2009 (click here), and whose cycle model predicts a big disruption in global financial markets at the close of this month, has spoken out against the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates on hold last week.

‘There is a lot of speculation about why the Fed seems so reluctant to ‘normalize monetary policy’, he writes on his website. ‘There are of course the typical domestic issues that there is low inflation, weak wage gains in the face of strong job growth, a hike will increase the Federal deficit and then there is the argument that corporations that now have $12.5 trillion in debt.

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‘All that is nice, but with corporate debt, our clients are locking in long-term at these levels, not funding anything short-term. Those clients who have listened are preparing for what is to come unlike government which has been forced to shorten the average duration of their debts blind to what happens when rates rise, which will be set in motion by the markets – not Yellen.

‘The Fed is really caught between a rock and a very dark place. Yes, they have the IMF and the world pleading with them not to raise rates for it will hurt other debtors who borrowed excessively using dollars to save money.

‘The Fed is also caught between domestic policy objectives that dictate they MUST raise rates of they will bankrupt countless pension funds and international where emerging markets will go into default because commodities have collapsed and they have no way of paying off this debt that has risen to about 50 per cent of the US national debt.

‘By avoiding the normalization of interest rates (hikes), the Fed has encouraged government to spend far more than they realize because money is cheap. This will eventually light the fire under the economy helping to fuel the sovereign debt crisis. There appears to be no hope for the Fed and they will be forced to raise rates only when they see asset inflation in equities. Then they will have no choice.’