The Looming $600 Trillion Derivative Crisis! Banks Have Been Trading Gold That Doesn’t Exist

 

The current situation has been taking a toll on financial institutions the world over. As the economy grounds to a halt, so do many of the daily transactions that keep money moving and ensure the balance of financial markets. As companies start massive layoff programs and furlough their employees, liquidity demand is rising to levels similar to those of long-forgotten bank rushes. In a bid to prevent widespread commercial bank failures and worldwide financial collapse, Central Banks are extending their liquidity facilities and slashing official interest rates. While this does help commercial banks with meeting their immediate needs for cash, it is nothing short of financial Armageddon for investment banks. However, because so many commercial and investment banks are intertwined, policy makers are faced with a situation where, no matter their decision, it will have a negative impact across the board. Whatever Central Banks do, or even if they do nothing at all, dire consequences will follow. In this scenario, their priority becomes damage control, as they try to choose the least harmful options in search of an appropriate balance. What would you do if you were a decision maker? Would you provide cash to hold off the collapse of commercial banks, or would you try to constrain money supply to save investment banks and financial markets?

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