reply to post by tyfon
I wonder how many dollars are left after all the debt is cancled out.
Or is this a net figure?
All of it? Just like if I have $100 dollars, but owe $1,000. If you just cancel out my $1,000 debt then I still just have the $100.
If you actually pay the debt though, that's another story. There would be almost no money left. Most of our money is created through debt and
fractional reserve banking and doesn't actually exist. For example if I deposit $1,000 in the bank, the bank will reloan part of that money out, say
$900 of it. But my account will still say I have $1,000 in there even though there's only $100 left.
Then the borrower will either put it in their account or buy something with it and the person they bought it from will put it in their account. Now
their account says they have $900 also.
Now if you add my account and his account together what do you have? $1,900 floating around the economy. At least on paper right? Then his bank will
reloan part of it again and you'll have something like $2,700. But it only exists on paper.
Eventually the original $900 loan has to be paid back and the only way to do that is take $900 out of the economy and return it to the bank. When you
do, it basically disappears. The guy you got it from, say your boss, his account goes down $900, but when you pay the loan back, mine doesn't go up.
It still just says I have $1,000 in it.
And where did I get my $1,000 in the first place? Someone somewhere borrowed that also at one point and time and eventually that debt has to be repaid
and that has to be taken out of the economy.
As loans get paid back, all the virtual money sort of vanishes. That's what happened during the housing crisis. When the bubble popped everyone
stopped taking out loans, and since that's where our money comes from, there wasn't no money anymore.
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