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Michael Pento continues:


“This is exactly what I said regarding that all important meeting:  ‘…the ECB may finally assent to purchasing PIIGS’ debt in unlimited quantities and duration.  However, if the ECB holds the line on interest rates and refuses to monetize distressed debt the crisis will intensify greatly.  In the latter case, bank failures will ensue and European money supply growth rates will plunge.  Meanwhile, commodities prices will fall along with equity values across the globe.  A deep recession would result from the eventual default of over two trillion Euros in debt.’


I believed the odds of the ECB already having reached the conclusion that they would have to monetize trillions of Euros worth of insolvent Eurozone debt were quite high.  But Mario Draghi and the rest of his cohorts at the European Central Bank decided they could hold off on taking such a dramatic step.  And the results of his inaction were swift and sure. 


Gold prices dropped over 10%, from $1,750 down to $1,570 per ounce and the S&P 500 posted this month’s first weekly loss.  U.S. energy producers dropped 4.9% in just the last week and industrial stocks like Caterpillar and Alcoa tumbled nearly 10%.  European stocks as a whole also took it on the chin last week falling nearly 3%.


Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of the decline in global markets.  The real problem stems from decades of excess money supply growth, asset price appreciation and debt accumulation in the developed world economies.  Therefore, a deflationary depression—which is, in fact, a healthy period of reconciliation--is needed to bring those conditions back to sustainable levels....


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“And so far, Mr. Draghi should be applauded for his efforts to prevent an inflationary collapse of the Euro currency and the European economy.  In fact, what would be best for Europe in the long term is an explicit default on the debt.  However, my belief is the government and central bank is in the beginning process of defaulting on its debt through implicit default (inflation).


In the case of Europe, unlike our Fed, their central bank has only one mandate and that is of low inflation.  Therefore, it does seem logical that the ECB’s ability and willingness to monetize debt is slightly more onerous than his counterpart, Ben Bernanke, in the U.S. But the crucial point for investors is that the longer the ECB holds off on massive debt monetization the lower global stocks and commodity prices will fall. 


The dollar should continue to rise because currency investors just don’t know which European country will stay in the Eurozone.  It makes a huge difference for the value of the Euro if it continues as EU (17) or a currency that just has the Northern countries included.


There is little doubt that the end game for Europe and the U.S. will be an implicit default on their debt through massive money printing and that will lead to gold rising in all currencies. However, in the interim; the U.S. dollar will rise and markets in general will fall until the ECB acquiesces into such action.” 


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