What do inflation and the way money enters the world have in common?
of money is created by banks out of thin air
of which is used for speculation
of the population does not know these facts...
In 2012 in Frankfurt, in a survey with a thousand citizens, the question was asked: “Who makes and distributes money? The vast majority of respondents thought that either the central bank or the government put the money into circulation and decided who got it. But what does inflation have to do with the financial system?
This is the reality
Banks create new money when they make loans. Before the loan, this money did not exist. 97% of the money in today’s economy exists as bank deposits, while only 3% is physical cash. The money that banks create is not the paper money that bears the logo of the European Central Bank. It is the electronic deposit money that lights up on the screen when you check your balance at an ATM. Currently, this money accounts for over 97% of all money in the economy. Only 3% of the money is still in this old-fashioned form of cash that you can touch.
Do you think it is right for the commercial banks to do this? Because there is no law that authorises them to do so!
What is one of the negative side effects for the environment of this illicit activity? The failure of a bank is not due to new circumstances, but, like every banking crisis, has the same cause over and over again! Banks lend significantly more than they have deposits. These loans, in turn, go most often for non-productive and also very profitable purposes, such as oil pipelines, chemical factories for pesticides, technologies for genetically modified plants or simply speculation with food. As soon as one of the deals goes wrong, it becomes public sooner or later. Customers start withdrawing their (real) money. Liquidity deteriorates. The crash accelerates as more and more people find out about it. The bank run is inevitable….
The banks do not only generate new money by:
- Loans but also through
- Payouts of wages and bonuses,
- Purchase of real estate and
- Other assets
As a result, rents are rising and affordable housing is becoming scarce. The bankers are not only driving up the prices of real estate. Another consequence of lending is the interest and compound interest effect. The borrower has to pay the interest in exchange for either increasing production or forcing other competitors out of business. According to some calculations, up to 30% of the price of each product is for interest repayments to the bank. This is another way inflation can occur.