- Adapting our behavior is a must at this point. We really don't have the option not to.
- The number of claims on real wealth is increasing. How much of the "real wealth" do you own?
- Our economy is now truly a confidence-based system. What will be the fallout when that confidence falters?
- What are the key knowns & unknowns we need to be addressing now?
What is completely unknown at this point is what will happen to our very complex and interwoven financial system when it finally comes to grips with the idea that old-style growth is never coming back. One worrisome idea is that it will experience something akin to cardiac arrest and simply break down one day.
Maybe this will happen, maybe not. I will note that the degree to which the central banks have set themselves up as the ultimate saviors of the system has both an upside and a downside, and it is the downside that worries me the most at this point.
While all the trillions of dollars of intervention have stabilized the system, which I consider to be a good thing, the downside is that the central banks have placed themselves in a position where they had better succeed. If not? Then we discover just how important confidence is to a monetary system built, owned, and operated on trust. My guess is "very."