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Today the man who has become legendary for his predictions on QE, historic moves in currencies, and major global events warned King World News that Greece is the model for a catastrophe that is about to engulf the entire world. He also discussed the $113 trillion problem.
Egon von Greyerz: “Eric, Greece is a country that is an example of not just the problems in the EU and the eurozone but also the problems in the world. Since 2006 Greek debt is up by 50 percent to 320 billion euros. During the same time, Greek GDP has fallen by over 20 percent….
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“Greece should never have joined the EU and certainly not the eurozone with the euro as their currency. Historically, culturally, economically, Greece does not belong in the same group as say Germany.
The result of this unhappy union has created a financial wreck that’s been kept from sinking by the troika, which is the IMF, the EU and the ECB. The troika has mistakenly done all they can to keep Greece afloat. But it makes no sense whatsoever to prop up a bankrupt nation with more debt when they can’t repay any of it at any time.
Greece does not have and will not have enough money to pay the interest, much less the principal. But the troika is desperate to give Greece more money, even if they are only posturing temporarily. And the troika knows that they have no intention of helping Greece or the Greek people. Any money given to Greece will go mainly to the banks that financed Greece in the first place.
The $113 Trillion Problem
And herein lies the problem, not just for Greece but for most of the world. The powers that be have overseen a staggering $113 trillion increase in total debt worldwide. The global debt load has increased dramatically from $87 trillion to $200 trillion just since the year 2000. This means that global debt has more than doubled in 15 years.
Greece Is The Model For A Catastrophe That Is About To Engulf The World
So it’s not just Greece that is required to continually increase its debt in order to remain afloat. Most countries, particularly in the West, have the same problem. Greece is just a model of the catastrophe that is about to engulf the world. But central banks, governments and Nobel Prize winners refuse to recognize the problem. They know that if they allow Greece to fail today, it will be Spain and Italy next, and then Portugal, France and eventually the entire financial system.
What we have to remember, Eric, is that a Greek default would not just lead to 320 billion euros disappearing from the system because the lending banks and institutions are all levered up to 50-times that amount. But even if we only take a figure of 20-times leverage, it would mean that over 6 trillion euros would disappear out of the system.
But the carnage wouldn’t stop there. A lot of the world’s $1.25 quadrillion of derivatives would be directly affected by a Greek default. This would have a dramatic impact on interest rates, credit risks and volatility in the system. We would see disastrous losses in the global derivatives market.
There Is No Way The System Can Be Saved