I find it extremely perplexing that I have been the only one to report that there is a secret meeting in London where Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University and Willem Butler the chief economist at Citigroup will address the central banks and advocate the elimination of all cash to bring to fruition the day when you cannot buy or sell anythhing without government approval. When I Googled the issue to see who has picked it up yet, to my surprise Armstrong Economics comes up first. Others are quoting me, and I even find it spreading as the Central Bank of Nigeria, but I have yet to find reports on the meeting taking place in London when my sources are direct. Continue reading
Joe Lavorgnia, chief economist at Deutsche Bank, criticized the Fed’s strategy and sees broad “collateral financial damage” once interest rates eventually edge higher.
“They have the pedal pressed so far down, I just think it’s going to end so badly,” said Lavorgnia on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” on Friday. He was commenting on the Fed’s strategy of near-zero interest rates. Continue reading