Good Luck Getting Your Money Out When the Next Crisis Hits
Submitted by Phoenix Capital Research
Why is it that when a banking crisis hits, everyone acts surprised?
The reason is actually quite simple: everyone at the top of the financial food chain are highly incentivized to keep quiet about the problems.
Central Banks, Bank CEOs, politicians… all of these people are focused primarily on maintaining CONFIDENCE in the system, NOT on fixing the system’s problems. Indeed, they cannot even openly discuss the system’s problems because it would quickly reveal that they are a primary cause of them.
For that reason, you will never and I repeat NEVER see a Central banker, Bank CEO, or politician admit openly what is happening in the financial system. Even middle managers and lower level employees won’t talk about it because A) they don’t know the truth concerning their institutions or B) they could be fired for warning others.
Please take a few minutes to digest what I’m telling you here. You will not be warned of the risks to your wealth by anyone in a position of power in the political financial hierarchy (with the exception of folks like Ron Paul who are usually marginalized by the media).
Moreover, when the Crisis DOES hit, it will be much, much harder to get your money out.
Consider the recent regulations implemented by SEC to stop withdrawals from happening should another crisis occur.
The regulation is called Rules Provide Structural and Operational Reform to Address Run Risks in Money Market Funds. It sounds relatively innocuous until you get to the below quote:
Redemption Gates – Under the rules, if a money market fund’s level of weekly liquid assets falls below 30 percent, a money market fund’s board could in its discretion temporarily suspend redemptions (gate). To impose a gate, the board of directors would find that imposing a gate is in the money market fund’s best interests. A money market fund that imposes a gate would be required to lift that gate within 10 business days, although the board of directors could determine to lift the gate earlier. Money market funds would not be able to impose a gate for more than 10 business days in any 90-day period…
Government Money Market Funds – Government money market funds would not be subject to the new fees and gates provisions. However, under the proposed rules, these funds could voluntarily opt into them, if previously disclosed to investors.
In simple terms, if the system is ever under duress again, Money market funds can lock in capital (meaning you can’t get your money out) for up to 10 days.If the financial system was healthy and stable, there is no reason the regulators would be implementing this kind of reform.
As Zerohedge noted earlier today, the use of “gates” is spreading. A hedge fund just suspended redemptions… meaning investors cannot get their money out. Expect more and more of this to hit in the coming months as anyone who is has bet the farm on the system continuing to expand gets taken to the cleaners.
The solution, as it was in 2008, will not be to allow the defaults/ debt restructuring to occur. Instead, it will be focused on forcing investors to stay fully invested at whatever cost.
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