The ECM & March 14th


Armstrong Economics Blog/ECM Re-Posted Mar 15, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

There are so many events that took place on the ECM turning point it is hard to cover them all. Aside from the fact that this target will most likely also see the first interest rate rise by the Fed signally that this trend has changed, the SEC came out in full force warning about count-party risks and that brokers need to collect full margins as they see a host of companies that were in Russia taking major losses just as Blackrock on its emerging market investment portfolio. Do not forget that Blackrock is a money manager and the loss in one fund cannot be covered by taking money from another separate fund. Hence, the bigger they are, the harder they do fall and we must be mindful of a crisis that can easily appear based upon a run on one entity.

We have bond markets crashing and the stocks have continued to decline in many areas because of the profound damage the Biden Administration has done globally that nobody in Washington seems to even comprehend. We are facing shortages in everything from aluminum cans to paper cups which now even Starbucks is discontinuing.

Then the London Metals Exchange (LME) for the FIRST time in history imposed a fixed price range for trading Nickel after extreme volatility in prices triggered a rare market shut down last week. The LME halted nickel trading and canceled trades after prices doubled on March 8 to more than $100,000 per tonne in a matter of hours. Naturally, they have blamed short-covering by one of the world’s top producers. Nevertheless, we are looking at a permanent disruption to world supplies and August looks to be exceptionally challenging ahead.

The LME also imposed 15% limits on other base metals including aluminum, copper, lead, tin, and zinc. This is the FIRST time in its 145-year history the LME has ever placed limits on outright contracts. This conflict in Ukraine has driven the prices of commodities higher from food to industrial metals with many reaching record highs supply from Russia has declined. Russia is a key world producer of aluminum, copper, and nickel. The price swings in Nickel last week saw the price jump more than $18,000 on Monday and then over $50,000 a day later which has sent the LME into a crisis adopting the suspension of trading.

What is unfolding is that the arrogance of the Neocons and their personal hatred of Russia and China has run its course. They are now setting in motion the decline and fall of the West. A crisis is unfolding. This crisis of commodities that our computer has been forecasting for this wave 2020-2024, is actually helping to undermine the world economy and shifting even the use of the dollar internationally. Saudi Arabia has agreed to accept the Chinese Yuan in return for oil. That is the start of this shift and this too took place on this turning point. The seizure of private Russian assets was such a profound violation of international law, that international capital realizes that the SWIFT system is now political and no longer trustworthy. The very foundation of the G7 has been undermined by the seizure of Russia’s FX reserves.

The United States has also announced a ban on Russian oil and, along with other Group of Seven (G-7) nations, moved to end Russia’s normal trade relation status, making it more difficult for Russia to do business with the West. While the US points to the collapse of the Russian Ruble and the Russian stock market remaining closed as evidence of the effectiveness of sanctions, they have not understood that they have severed the entire world economy and this has ended the dominance of Western multinational companies. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed confidence to reporters Tuesday that Russia will “find a way to eliminate” its economic dependence on the West. Indeed, we are already seeing signs that China is following the same directions. This is not a one-sided victory for the Biden Administration. They have completely destroyed the world economy in precisely three years. Decades of building international trade and trying to create free trade agreements of the past several administrations are now completely destroyed.

While Psaki told reporters that: “We’ve made President Putin’s war of choice a strategic failure,” she had better look at the catastrophic collapse unfolding in the world economy. We have the Neocons to thank for this for all they have seen is hatred for Russia and China. They have NEVER been for peace and they have always needed an enemy. The press will not report the truth that there is rising discontent among Ukrainians against Zelensky when he was elected to reduce tensions with China but has done nothing but try to create World War III. Zelensky has finally admitted that Ukraine will not join NATO – something he cause a war over which violated the principles of the 2014 Minsk Agreement.

It has been the military that has been throwing cold water on this thirst for war driven by the Neocons who run their own government within the government regardless of the administration’s objectives. This time the Neocons have gone to war too far and have placed in harm’s way, not just the Ukrainian people, by the future of the world all for their personal hatred. This is why our model shows the Decline & Fall of the West post-2032. Our politicians have allowed the Neocons to run their own secret agenda whereas the American people are tired of their endless wars.

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