Jim Rickards: Why The IMF Aims To Be The Central Bank of the World

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Forget the Commission of Audit report, Australian stocks hit a six year high this week. But what is that telling us? As always, it depends on who you ask. Market veteran Phil Anderson gives you his take below. But to begin today’s Daily Reckoning,we start with a small homage to the power of the stock chart in the first place.

If you a happened to catch the March 22nd edition of the DR, you’ll know our colleague Phil brought an experienced and sceptical eye to the look of Malaysian Airline System before Flight 370 went missing. The stock broke lower before the plane disappeared. Phil’s reasoning: the market knew something was going to happen.

Phil had seen that before: airline stocks that started going lower for no reason before the 9/11 terror attacks. Phil came to the same conclusion in 2001 as he did in 2014 based on the charts alone. Maybe this explains one of his trading rules: don’t buy anything that has to defy gravity. 

We bring it up because we now have confirmation that Phil was right in 2001, at least. Jim Rickards new book, The Death of Money, doesn’t leave any doubt about that. Rickards suggests Osama bin Laden knew by September 5, 2001 that the attacks on the US would occur six days later. That left four trading days. Here’s Rickards:

At least one channel was blinking red before 9/11, telling the world that disastrous events involving airlines were imminent. That channel was the pinnacle of the U.S. financial establishment – the New York Stock Exchange. As the terror clock ticked away, market signals rolled in like a tsunami. A normal ratio of bets that a stock will fall to bets it will rise is 1 to 1. On September 6 and 7, options bets that United Airlines stocks would fall outnumbered bets it would rise by 12 to 1.

Based on public knowledge at the time, such a ratio was inexplicable. Makes you want to check the stock price of your airline before you fly, right? After 9/11 Rickards became involved in a project to detect insider trading related to possible terror attacks. Here’s one small conclusion we took from that: there seems to be plenty of bog standard insider trading going on all the time. That brings to mind Bill Bonner’s memorable line: be as suspicious of public markets as you are of public toilets. 

Jim Rickards is suspicious, of course, on the entire monetary system, which is what The Death of Money is about. Jim sat down for an interview with your regular editor Greg Canavan after the World War D investing conference. They covered the outlook for gold, China and the wider financial system. It’s an excellent half hour that any subscriber to a Port Phillip Publishing service can see. But what they didn’t get to is the IMF.

Rickards devotes an entire chapter to the IMF in The Death of Money. It’s creeping mission is to be the central bank of the world. Of late, Rickards argues the chief aim of the IMF has been to prop up the euro.  Implied here: the IMF is protecting banks who made loans in euros from being paid back in devalued drachmas and the like.  As of May 2013, 45% of loans were to Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Ireland.

Rickards goes on:

Another 46% of loans and commitments were extended to just two countries: Mexico, whose stability is essential to the United States, and Poland, whose stability is essential to both NATO and the EU. Less than 10% of all IMF lending was to the neediest economies in Asia, Africa, or South America. Casual visitors to the IMF’s website should not be deceived by images of smiling dark skinned women wearing native dress. The IMF functions as a rich nation’s club, lending support to those nations economics interests.

That of course brings us to the US$17 billion IMF bailout of Ukraine announced this week. Rickards suggests this wasn’t a traditional swing loan for a country in need of short term financing. Ukraine has no hope of repaying its external debt. This was an economic warfare tactic against Russia. And as Phil Anderson never tires of pointing out, there’s nothing like a savage downturn to allow the World Bank and IMF to move in and start dictating terms.

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Callum Newman is the editor of The Daily Reckoning and Associate Editor of Cycles, Trends and Forecasts. He also hosts The Daily Reckoning Podcast. Originally graduating with a degree in Communications, Callum decided financial markets were far more fascinating than anything Marshall McLuhan (the ‘medium is the message’) ever came up with. Today Callum spends his day reading and researching why currencies, commodities and stocks move like they do. So far he’s discovered it’s often in a way you least expect. To have Callum’s thoughts and insights on the current state of the currency, commodities and stock markets delivered straight to your inbox, take out a free subscription to The Daily Reckoning here.
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slewie the pi-rat
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of course, the IMF is a total spook-show, like everything else. Russia and other ‘less powerful’ [G20] countries have been trying to dis-lodge the iron grip of ‘voting’ control from ??? and their reasons were well-documented prior to what is now trending as the Ukraine ‘coup de twat’, but the US Congress seems in no hurry to go along and has ‘tabled’ the issue, administratively. the weaponry is evident but the MSM seems reluctant to portray the IMF as a bankstering arm of NATO, in spite of alleged IMF control of… …{…wait for it…}… …the Doomsday Debt Device. with the… Read more »
Harquebus
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The precursor to the oil wars.

Jason
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The IMF is another corrupt globalist cartel peopled by fools who think the global economy can grow forever. It is time the IMF and all those who suck on it’s tits like tapeworms should take a look at the real requirment for global economic growth-cheap oil and how it is becoming ‘expensive’ oil as the planet passes the peak and goes down the supply cliff.
2015-2016 US shale will start falling and that will herald the confirmation of global peak oil which will make the IMF redundant.

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