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World economic turmoil should scare living daylights out of us: Westpac

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posted on Nov, 30 2011 @ 06:17 PM
World economic turmoil should scare living daylights out of us: Westpac

THE economic turmoil in Europe and the US is nearing "catastrophic" proportions, one of the nation's leading banks warned yesterday, as it predicted a plunge in the dollar to less than US80c and three interest rate cuts next year.
James Shugg, Westpac's London-based senior economist, said the bank was preparing to slash its global growth forecasts from 3.2 per cent to 2.5 per cent for next year, to adjust to the deepening financial chaos in Europe.

And he called on Wayne Swan to abandon his "meaningless and unnecessary" commitment to a balanced budget by 2012-13 and instead consider new economic stimulus spending to buffer the Australian economy.

Mr Shugg said a halving of world economic growth rates in just two years was a sign of "really abnormal" financial circumstances.

"I've never been as scared about the outlook for global economy, and particularly in Europe, at any time in my past 25 years as an economist,"
he told a Westpac conference in Rockhampton, Queensland, yesterday.

"I've started smoking; I can't get to sleep at night. Markets are freezing up, banks are losing access to credit and funding; things are even worse than you are reading about.

"It is now a serious and considerable risk that we will see a collapse of European financial markets, one or more of the 17 members leaving the euro (currency) and the euro(zone) split up.

"This should scare the living daylights out of (everyone) . . . it's a global catastrophe and there are going to be impacts felt here in Australia."

Mr Shugg signalled Westpac was preparing to dramatically revise its view of the European economy, unless a political breakthrough was made in the next few days, from being in a slight recession to an economy shrinking by 4 per cent next year.

But he warned that if the EU split and its nations jettisoned the central euro currency the European economy could contract by as much as 10 per cent.

This dire scenario would collapse European financial markets, cause entire European states to fail and signal the start of a "real global catastrophe".

But Mr Shugg said the global crisis was not confined to Europe. He believes the US is "glossing over" its financial figures and is close to another recession or may have "nudged" into one.

He warned that the fallout for Australia would be profound, particularly if the signs of a Chinese slowdown were realised.

He said commodity prices would drop and the Australian dollar weaken, forcing the Reserve Bank to ease monetary policy and lower interest rates.

One of the points that Shugg raises is a very legitimate one with regard to Australia, because all the while our politicians and economists boast about the resilience of the Australian economy, our comparative lower exposure to Europe, it remains heavily dependent on China. If it wasn’t for China buying up our minerals, Australia would be in a far different position with regard to its economic performance.

How could the global financial system not suffer a major blow in the event countries in the EZ default or another major credit crunch occurs? The sudden launch of major world central banks to inject liquidity into the market and China reducing reserve ratios to spur loans is indicative of how dire and urgent the situation has become.
Btw I had to register to access this article in full, but it was for free on a three month trial.

posted on Nov, 30 2011 @ 07:22 PM
Europe will be OK for now, because our beloved "Helicopter" Ben Bernanke has just guaranteed to "provide liquidity" to European banks. Translation: Trillions more in bailouts to foreign banking cartel members and the final tab will be put on the American taxpayer, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

I don't think we'll see hyperinflation because all the money is just shuffled back-and-fourth between the banksters - the money never sees the light of day in the real economy and therefore is not chasing the same goods and services. We will, however, suffer a decades long slog into 3rd-worldom the likes of which have never been seen in the U.S.

Once the misery index is at 99% of the general pop, the "solution" the globalists will sweep in with is a total-control, world tyranny and the people will be begging for it.

posted on Nov, 30 2011 @ 07:49 PM
Bit of background for those who don't live in Australia.
Westpack is one of four major banks which have majority
share of the banking sector in our country. Although these
thoughts have been articulated before buy others a leading
ecconomist from one of these banks wouldn't be talking out
of turn, this would be a sanctioned convasation, if major banks
are talking like this, we should be buying canned food, and alot
of it.

posted on Nov, 30 2011 @ 08:57 PM

Originally posted by wondera
we should be buying canned food, and alot
of it.

Don't mention that to anyone! Here in the US now, if you've stored more than 7 days worth of food, you're branded a potential "terrorist".


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