Negative Interest Rate Insanity Is Behind Western Europe’s New Tallest Skyscraper

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04-04-19 09:23:00,

Authored by Jesse Colombo via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

Business Insider published a piece on April 1st about plans to build Western Europe’s tallest skyscraper…in a small, rural Danish town with just 7,000 residents. After I posted it on Twitter, many of my followers thought it was an April Fool’s joke due to how absurd the idea is. Even I had to do a little research to confirm that it wasn’t a joke, but it is indeed a true story –

A 1,050-foot skyscraper soaring out of the earth isn’t exactly what you’d expect to come across in a corner of rural Denmark, and yet one may soon become a reality.

The fast-fashion giant Bestseller just secured final approval from the council of Brande, Denmark, to build its eponymous tower in the town of just 7,000 citizens.

When built, the Bestseller Tower, designed by the Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, will be the tallest building in Western Europe, beating out the Shard in London by 34 feet.

“We are very pleased that the plans have now been approved by the city council and we are extremely proud and humbled by the amount of support our project has received, especially locally. It is important for us to underline that the city council’s approval is merely one of the preliminary steps of a long journey,” Anders Krogh, Bestseller’s project manager, said in a statement.

Though the fashion company has long outgrown its roots in Brande — the owner, Anders Holch Povlsen, is Denmark’s richest man with a reported net worth of $7.2 billion — it’s hoping that the new building development will put the Jutland town on the map.

“It will be a landmark,” Krogh added in the statement. “But it will also function as an architectural attraction benefiting hotel guests, students and other users of the building.”

After reading that piece, what immediately came to mind was the fact that the construction of skyscrapers (especially record-breaking ones) is a common hallmark of economic bubbles.

During an economic bubble, credit is cheap and readily available, asset prices such as stocks and real estate are rising rapidly,

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The Dangers of Negative Interest Rates and a Cashless Economy | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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14-01-19 10:30:00,

By Richard M. Ebeling

The recent gyrations in the stock market and the uncertainties surrounding American trade policies with China and other parts of the world have raised the question of when the next recession will inevitably follow the current economic recovery from the 2008-9 financial crisis. In the face of a future economic downturn, some economic policy analysts are already making the case for central banks to use negative interest rates to dampen and shorten the impact of any economy-wide decline in output and employment that may be ahead.

Not surprisingly, much of the speculation concerning the power of government to mitigate, if not prevent, an economic downturn surrounds the usual debates over the potentials of monetary and fiscal policy. Harvard University economist Kenneth Rogoff, in a recent article, “Central Bankers’ Fiscal Constraints” (January 4, 2019), downplays the efficacy of taxing and spending tools, and highlights, instead, the continuing crucial role of monetary policy and interest rate manipulation.

The Limits on Implementing Fiscal Policy

With nominal interest rates in the United States and some other places around the world still at historical lows (even in the face of recent Federal Reserve rate increases), Rogoff points out that many central bankers hope that more direct fiscal policy will carry the weight of countercyclical activities in the face of any serious recession that may come.

But he points out that in the American system of government, there is little immediate flexibility to enable agreement upon and introduction of tax cuts or spending increases that might be effective in holding back the recessionary trends in a timely fashion. Fiscal changes must work their way through and be passed by Congress, then signed by the president, and finally implemented by various government agencies. The entire process normally can take a long time, during which a recession could get increasingly worse.

Besides, the political and ideological conflicts and controversies among Democrats and Republicans have become even more divisive in recent years. Thus, Rogoff says, any agreement about who should benefit from any tax cuts and on what programs increased government spending should be directed would not be easily or quickly resolved. All this would prevent fiscal policy from taking the lead in fighting the next recession.

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Zentralbanken: Doch negative Zinsen und Besteuerung von Bargeld durch RFID-Chips? | www.konjunktion.info

Zentralbanken: Doch negative Zinsen und Besteuerung von Bargeld durch RFID-Chips? | www.konjunktion.info

27-02-18 04:01:00,

Bargeld ist in den Augen seiner Befürworter gerade deshalb so wichtig, weil es die Privatsphäre schützt, die Anonymität gewährleisten und die vollkommene Negativzinseinführung verhindern kann. Aber gerade dieser Umstand ist den Notenbanken ein Dorn im Auge. So kommt nachfolgender Vorschlag in diesem Kontext nicht überraschend:

Goodfriends Idee war es, Magnetstreifen in die Scheine zu stecken. Jedes Mal, wenn das Geld an eine Bank zurückgegeben wurde, würde das Geld zu einem vorher festgelegten Preis besteuert. Das würde Einzelpersonen davon abhalten, Bargeld zu horten und ein Hindernis für Zentralbanker bei der Festlegung negativer Zinssätze zu beseitigen.

(Goodfriend’s idea was to insert magnetic strips into the bills. Each time the cash was returned to a bank, the money would be taxed at a pre-determined rate. That would discourage individuals from hoarding cash and remove one obstacle for central bankers in setting negative rates.)

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Marvin Goodfriend – Businessinsider – Bildquelle: Screenshot-Ausschnitt www.businessinsider.com

Dabei ist der im Zitat erwähnte Goodfriend nicht irgendjemand. Marvin Goodfriend ist ein Insider der US-Zentralbank Fed, Ökonom und wurde von Donald Trump im November 2017 als Mitglied für das Federal Reserve Board of Governors nominiert. Goodfriend kann auf eine lange Liste von Anstellungen im Dunstkreis der Zentralbanken, Elite-Universitäten und der US-Regierung blicken. In klassischer Drehtürmanier bekleidete er auf allen Seiten zahlreiche Positionen. Goodfriends Aussage kann als Beleg gewertet werden, dass die Zentralbanken nach wie vor alles daran setzen, den einfachen Bürger und dessen Geldflüsse überwachen, kontrollieren und letztlich im Sinne des Systems “vereinnahmen” zu wollen, um anonyme Käufe, klassische Sparanlagen und Geschäfte zu einem Relikt vergangener Tage zu machen.

Goodfriends Hinweis auf “negative Zinsen”, die “Anreize für die Banken” schaffen sollen Geld freizügiger zu verleihen bzw. als “Anreiz für Unternehmen und Privatpersonen” ihr Geld zu investieren und auszugeben anstatt es zu sparen und Gebühren dafür bezahlen zu müssen, belegt, dass zur Realisierung umfassender Negativzinsen das Bargeld entweder abgeschafft oder – alternativ – monitor- und trackbar gemacht werden muss.

Marvin Goodfriend gilt als Advokat sowohl negativer Zinsen als auch für diese trackbare Form des Bargeldes. Und jener Marvin Goodfriend wird alsbald eine der wichtigsten Positionen im US-Zentralbankensystem inne haben. Letztlich propagiert er eine andere Form der Quantitativen Lockerung (Quantitative Easing,

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