Basel III: How The Bank For International Settlements Is Going To Help Bring Down The Global Economy

A new set of regulations that most people have never even heard of that was developed by an immensely powerful central banking organization that most people do not even know exists is going to have a dramatic effect on the global financial system over the next several years.  The new set of regulations is known as “Basel III”, and it was developed by the Bank for International Settlements.  The Bank for International Settlements has been called “the central bank for central banks”, and it is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.  58 major central banks (including the Federal Reserve) belong to the Bank for International Settlements, and the decisions made in Basel often have more of an impact on the direction of the global economy than anything the president of the United States or the U.S. Congress are doing.  All you have to do is to look back at the last financial crisis to see an example of this.  Basel II and Basel 2.5 played a major role in precipitating the subprime mortgage meltdown.  Now a new set of regulations known as “Basel III” are being rolled out.  The implementation of these new regulations is beginning this year, and they will be completely phased in by 2019.  These new regulations dramatically increase capital requirements and significantly restrict the use of leverage.  Those certainly sound like good goals, the problem is that the entire global financial system is based on credit at this point, and these new regulations are going to substantially reduce the flow of credit.
The only way that the giant debt bubble that we are all living in can continue to persist is if it continues to expand.  By restricting the flow of credit, these new regulations threaten to burst the debt bubble and bring down the entire global economy.

Not that the current global financial system is sustainable by any means.  Anyone with half a brain can see that the global financial system is a pyramid scheme that is destined to collapse… but Basel III may cause it to collapse faster than it might otherwise have. [Read more...]

Jim Sinclair: Father Forgive Them, For They Really Do Not Know What They Have Gone & Done

Jim Sinclair has sent subscribers another alert this afternoon regarding the delay in the implementation of the Basel III requirements, which were set to make gold a Tier I asset- making the metal equal with cash or treasury bonds for capital liquidity requirements. 

Sinclair states that the entire reason that Basel III has been delayed is because the Western financial system simply does not have the ability in terms of real liquidity to meet the new requirementsSinclair states that the Western financial system cannot meet the requirements now, they will not be able to in 2 years, and that his conclusion regarding Obama’s appointment of Citi derivative dealer to the position of Secretary of the Treasury isFather forgive them because they (our esteemed leaders) really do not know what they have gone and done.

Sinclair’s full alert is below: [Read more...]

Eric Sprott: Gold: Solution to the Banking Crisis

tier1.gifOur friend Eric Sprott has released his latest Markets At a Glance newsletter titled Gold: Solution to the Banking Crisis.

If the Basel Committee decides to grant gold a favourable liquidity profile under its proposed Basel III framework, it will open the door for gold to compete with cash and government bonds on bank balance sheets – and provide banks with an asset that actually has the chance to appreciate. Given that US Treasury bonds pay little to no yield today, if offered the choice between the “liquidity trifecta” of cash, government bonds or gold to meet Basel III liquidity requirements, why wouldn’t a bank choose gold? From a purely ‘opportunity cost’ perspective, it makes much more sense for a bank to improve its balance sheet liquidity profile through the addition of gold than it does by holding more cash or government bondsif the banks are given the freedom to choose.

Sprott’s Full Letter Below:

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Fed Delays Basel III Rules Indefinitely

The Fed issued a statement Friday morning that they are delaying the implementation of the Basel III capital rules which were to go into effect January 1st. 
Apparently JPM and Goldman whined that they were not ready for the implementation of the new rules, so they have been postponed indefinitely.  Is anyone surprised?

Full Federal Reserve statement below:

U.S. regulators on Friday delayed the effective date of a global agreement on greater bank capital buffers reached in response to the financial crisis of 2008. [Read more...]

Gold to Regain Full Status As Financial Asset in January As Basel III Rules Kick In

Kitco News’ Daniela Cambone has released an interview with Scotia Bank’s VP of Commodities Patricia Mohr on the Basel III regulations going into effect on January 1st 2013, in which gold will be reclassified as a tier 1 asset.  As gold regains full status as a financial asset (meaning along with cash and treasuries, gold will be able to be used to meet margin calls), the metal should see substantial new demand from the banking sector.

Full interview below: [Read more...]