As usual, credit (money) is being lavished on the parasitic elements of the economy while the productive sector is being starved. A report from James Turk’s Free Gold Money Report draws upon a Wall Street Journal article (Lending Falls at Epic Pace) which includes two charts that make that plain. Here they are below along with a couple quotes. –t.h.g.
“So if the banks are not making loans, what are they doing with depositor money?
Well, they are still lending, but not to businesses and consumers. They are lending to the federal government.
Banks don’t lend directly to the federal government of course, but buying US government paper accomplishes the same thing in the end.”
“Instead of depositor money being used to stimulate economic activity in the private sector by lending to businesses and consumers, the banks are helping to fund the growing federal deficits. This re-allocation of resources has a negative long-term impact on the economy. Depositor money is not being used for productive purposes like building manufacturing plants and making other investments that will create jobs and grow the economy. It is being spent by the government, which consumes in the present and does not invest for the future.”