The problem in the banking system is pretty simple, for ten out of the last fourteen years, mortgage rates have been well below the effective Fed funds rate today, which is 5.1%. So, bank assets are yielding very, very low-income streams to banks. Alternatively, you can go out right now and get over 5% on a risk-free ultra-short-term treasury note. No liquidity risks, no duration risks, nothing. This week on Retirement Lifestyle Advocates radio, our guest, Michael Pento, talks with your host, Dennis Tubbergen, about the banking crisis and the Fed’s next move.
Michael Pento is the President and Founder of Pento Portfolio Strategies with more than 27 years of investment experience. He was the portfolio creator and consultant to Delta/Claymore’s commodity portfolios that raised more than $3 billion, distributed through Claymore/Guggenheim’s sales network. He produces the weekly podcast “The Mid-Week Reality Check” and is the author of the book “The Coming Bond Market Collapse.”
When you look at the FDIC insurance programs that insure bank deposits, the deposit insurance reserve fund has about 170 billion in it to ensure $11 trillion of bank deposits. However, the idea that the insurance fund is there just to protect small depositors is very misleading. The primary duty of a modern central bank is to ensure the integrity of the commercial banking system; that means that all depositors must be protected. Our guest this week on Retirement Lifestyle Advocates radio is Mr. Alasdair Macleod. He shares a brilliant perspective on the banking industry and the future of Western currencies in his conversation with your host, Dennis Tubbergen.
Alasdair Macleod is the head of research at Gold Money Holding, a well-respected author, and a noted expert in world economics. Mr. Macleod has been a celebrated stockbroker and Member of the London Stock Exchange for over four decades. His experience encompasses equity and bond markets, fund management, corporate finance, and investment strategy.