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Little Known Ways The Federal Reserve Punishes American Savers And Supports Conspicuous Consumption

 

The Federal Reserve is one of the most mysterious organizations in the world.  What they don’t hold back on however is their intentions for the American saver.  They are one of the biggest key players in the financial bailouts yet very little is ever discussed about this organization on national or even cable television.  The actions taken by the Fed during the grand financial bailout are subtly punishing American savers.  Policy will dictate market action.  The Fed is trying to corner American savers so they are left with two options, both risky and problematic in the long-term.  The American middle class is slowly sliding into oblivion thanks to the Federal Reserve and their favorable banking bailouts.  Our economy is largely driven by massive consumption.  Saving money especially in more traditional savings accounts is good for you, but not necessarily the economy.  This is the paradox of thrift and the Federal Reserve is determined to punish savers and pave the road to conspicuous and financially dangerous consumption.  The Fed agenda is clear and this is what American savers can expect for years to come.

 

Agenda

Contrary to what is being poured out over the airwaves the Federal Reserve wants you to spend every single penny you have.  The Fed has grown its balance sheet by a factor of three since late 2008 thanks to major financial bailouts:

federal reserve balance sheet 2012

If the crisis is now over, why is the Fed balance sheet still near peak levels?  That is because the Fed is still holding onto trillions of dollars of toxic loans likely backed by residential and commercial real estate.  We say likely since we do not have a full accurate view of what is on their books.  So why does this mean the Fed wants you to spend every green dollar in your wallet?  First, since we now live in a debt based money system, access to debt has become a new form of pseudo-wealth.  As the Fed takes on more debt it slowly debases the value of the currency thus making your dollars worth less and less as each day goes by.  Don’t believe this?  Just look at the US dollar chart for the last few decades:

us-dollar-index-chart-2012

The dollar has lost over 50 percent of its purchasing power since the 1980s thanks to actions taken by the Fed.  You might say, well I’ll simply put my money away in a savings account to avoid the evils that come from inflation.  That is unlikely to help as well:

savings rate

The typical savings account in the US is paying slightly above zero percent and is basically a brick and mortar mattress. By simply keeping your money in a savings account you are losing value as the dollar debases and inflation rears its ugly head.  This is not accidental but a purposeful strategy set up by the Fed.  They want you to spend or stuff your money into the extremely volatile stock market.  Good luck competing with connected banks with purchased politicians or battling it out with high frequency trading boxes.

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