When Fed commissioner Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed’s purchase of mortgage securities might be reduced if the economy continued to improve, he gave early warning to the 1% that they should cash out of the market and use one of their off-shore tax shelters to keep their money safe.
As a result, the market lost billions of dollars in the last two days when many wealthy investors cashed out. The market doesn't look much better today.
I contribute the recent loss in the stock market directly to the one-per centers.
This was not a case of middle-class investors cashing out their 401K’s because the penalty is too much to cash out a 401K. It was not a case of investors moving their investments around because that would have had no net change impact on the market. It was an outright removal of investment cash by selling while prices are still good. The group of investors who can do this without tax consequence are the wealthiest people in America. Other investors may soon follow in this selling frenzy now that the trend is sounding alarm bells.
Middle-class workers who try to save some of their pay in 401Ks have the most to lose.
In 2007 we saw the serious financial collapse of the market as millionaire’s and billionaire’s who had the freedom to remove their dollars from the market did so at a rapid-fire pace. In that disaster middle-class Americans lost up to 50% of their savings in 401K’s.
After only the last two days, the market has lost up to 5% of its value. The trend seems to be continuing today. If it continues to lose at this rate it will only take a month to repeat the 2007 disaster.
Do the wealthy believe that Bernanke’s security purchase program is really improving the employment situation? Is that what is worrying them? Of course not! They are the job creators, so they should realize that increasing jobs only happens when there is an increase in product and service demand. That is not happening. So what are they worried about?
They worry that Bernanke may be starting to realize that any increase in the economic outlook or jobs for America is really not due to his policies. They are getting the idea that Bernanke will end security purchases even if the job situation and the economy does not improve.
Up until now, Bernanke’s policies have kept interest rates low and made it easy for investors to purchase stocks and bonds without fear. The stock market usually does very well when interest rates are low and investors feel confident. This undoubtedly favors the wealthiest investors.
By removing that investor guarantee, Bernanke has decreased the certainty of profiting in the stock market. And one thing the 1%’ers love more than anything is profit. So they are willing to trash the rest of America and start the collapse of the market in order to preserve their beloved cash.
I expect that this free-fall in the stock-market will persist in the upcoming weeks as more and more of the wealthy catch on to what many of them have already deduced. They will remove their cash from the market, shelter it off-shore and just wait it out. When the market bottoms out, they will be ready to pounce on some really cheap stocks and the whole cycle will repeat itself. That's how you make millions and avoid the financial crisis.
And for the millions of baby-boomers who are retiring, or about to retire, they can thank the wealthy for the additional burden that they will have in their old age as they try to find ways to stretch their greatly reduced nest eggs. Even when the market comes back eventually, we will have lost whatever time it takes and this lost time will stunt financial growth.
I hope I am wrong.