Experts warn the next recession will be 'worse than the Great Depression' and predict it will hit US within two years
This is just scare talk designed to get its authors publicity. Prophecies are almost always wrong and this one is based on conventional economic thinking. But conventional economic thinking failed already in the Obama years. Obama spent vastly more than he raised in taxes (around $9 trillion), which should have set off roaring inflation -- except it didn't -- no-one knows exactly why.
And Trump's tariffs should have led to a depressed economy -- except that they didn't.
And if the worse comes to the worse, Trump may be bold enough to declare a debt jubilee, which would really rev up the economy, with Wall St and China the big losers -- whom no-one would mourn. I have covered the issues of a jubilee previously
The next recession could put the 2008 financial crash to shame if two experts' predictions about the worldwide debt of $247trillion are correct.
Expected to hit the United States within the next two years, the impact has been compared to the severe worldwide economic crisis which started 1929 and last until 1939.
'We won't be able to call it a recession, it's going to be worse than the Great Depression,' economic commentator Peter Schiff, told the New York Post. 'The US economy is in so much worse shape than it was a decade ago.'
Economic commentator Peter Schiff (left in 2013) and Murray Gunn (right) head of global research at Elliott Wave International believe the next crisis will be worse than 2008
It means by the time President Donald Trump's first term should come to a close, the country – which saw debt more than double to $21trillion over a decade - could be a dire situation.
This is despite the lowest unemployment rate in a generation, tax cuts for businesses and the Dow hitting record highs.
Low wages are thought to be a factor in the slowing down of economic recovery.
'Obviously, there is a whole lot of optimism — but there is a very good chance the US economy is in recession within the next two years,' Schiff continued. 'This is already the second-longest economic expansion in history.'
The Post reports that he was wrong in the past when he said the US Federal Reserve would 'fail in its roundabout quantitative easing campaign to 'reflate' housing and stocks in the wake of the financial crisis'.
However another expert supports his prediction that the economy is more trouble than we realize.
'Should the [US] economy start to shrink, and our analysis suggests that it will, the high nominal levels of debt will instantly become a very big issue,' Murray Gunn, head of global research at Elliott Wave International warned.
He notes that household debt in America currently outdoes what is was in 2008 and is around $13.3trillion.
As part of that mortgage lending is near what was it was 10 years ago at more than $9trillion.
Student loans have more than doubled compare to a decade ago, going from $611billion to around $1.5trillion today.
Auto loans have also outdone the 2008 figure at $1.25trillion and credit card balances are akin to what was just before the big crash.
They blamed central bankers using cheap money financial free economies for the reason global debt is now $247 trillion compared to $177trillion in 2008.
'We think the major economies are on the cusp of this turning into the worst recession we have seen in 10 years,' Gun said about the debt that's two-and-a-half times the size of the world's economy.
'People will look to central banks to help them out, but the authorities will be found wanting,' Gunn continued.
'Our prediction is that central banks will go from being feted for 'saving the world' in 2008 to being vilified for being impotent in the coming deflationary crash.'