As Americans are trying to deal with the inflationary environment, credit card debt has been rising – now topping $1 trillion for the first time in history.
As I have been stating here for a VERY long time, when there is too much debt to be paid, it won’t be paid. And, since banks have debt as assets, when debt goes unpaid, banks fail.
Eventually, inflation will give way to an ugly deflationary environment. In the meantime, we will probably see stagflation – rising consumer prices and falling asset prices.
History teaches us that when governments overspend and central banks over print, eventually reality sets in.
Ever since 1971, when the US Dollar became a fiat currency, and new currency has been created by loaning it into existence.
For many years I have written about how economic data is often ‘massaged” (or manipulated?) to make the reported numbers look more favorable.
Ever since the time of the Great Financial Crisis, I have written about the topic of bubbles.
Debt has consequences. As does currency creation to temporarily mask the economic effects of excessive debt.
Over the past couple of years or so, every American has felt the effects of this dollar devaluation first-hand as consumer price inflation has driven the price of nearly every necessity higher.