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Monday, August 03, 2009

This is not the worst recession since the Great Depression

Stock market cycles tend to coincide, more or less, with broad trends in the credit cycle. When people borrow and spend it causes business profits to grow. The businesses then expand; they hire more people; they build more capacity.

Then, when the credit cycle turns, everything goes in the other direction. People stop borrowing and begin paying back. Sales decline. Unemployment grows. Profits fall. Credit contracts.

We are now in the early stages of a major credit contraction. This is not a pause in a credit expansion; it is a change of direction, a credit contraction with all that goes along with it – joblessness, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and so forth.

Bloomberg tells us that the numbers have already been revised – downward. “Worst recession since the Great Depression,” says its headline.

It is the worst recession since the Great Depression because it’s not a recession at all; it’s a depression. And the government is doing its level best to make it a great one.
-- from "Sticking With the Basics" by Bill Bonner

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