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How can we avoid the next financial meltdown?

How the rich get richer – money in the world economy

I strongly recommend this excellent and thorough TV report produced by Germany’s public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).

The starting point is the map of the current situation: exploding real estate prices, zero interest rate and a rising stock market – the rich are getting richer. What danger lies in wait for average citizens? The fiscal policies of the central banks are causing an uncontrolled global deluge of money. For years, the world’s central banks have been pursuing a policy of cheap money. The first and foremost is the ECB (European Central Bank), which buys bad stocks and bonds to save banks, tries to fuel economic growth and props up states that are in debt. But what relieves state budgets to the tune of hundreds of billions annoys savers: interest rates are close to zero.

This substantial piece of work goes beyond the surface and makes concrete and logical suggestions on how to remedy the situation.

The bottom line is that the interests of the financial industry have determined developments in politics and society for far too long and it’s high time we did something about it.

Two things are for certain:

  • The sick financial system is going to cost us a lot of money.
  • The current deregulated financial system is very likely to lead to the next disaster.

As the report states, we need a different system, but it would be enough if we just returned to what we had: highly regulated financial markets and a banking sector under control and whose purpose was to serve people and companies.

It reminds us that we have to reign in the world’s financial system, but exactly the opposite is happening in the United States under Donald Trump.

To make the system safer for people like that envisaged by the Swiss initiative —the report you can watch below provides further details about it— could be one building block.

It moots that states have to reduce their massive debts since it’s the only way we can curb this deluge of money and break through the spiral of loans. The presenter goes on saying that we need international debt conferences where states mutually waive their debts. At the end of the day, It’s us, the people, who foot the bill.

The report also puts new ideas forward, namely, that big banks must cover their loans with more of their own capital than they do today, that we need to have a global tax on financial transactions and that money needs to go to places where it benefits society… for our future’s sake.

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