Commodity ETFs: Toxic, deadly, evil
Commentary: Warning: next crash dead ahead, bigger than dot-coms, subprimes
The warning screams at you: "Do Not Buy Commodity ETFs!" Yes, this Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover reads like National Enquirer or a flashing neon sign on the Vegas Strip.
And just in case you didn't get the warning, B/W repeats it twice more, on the cover: "Do Not Buy Commodity ETFs ... Do Not Buy Commodity ETFs." Then, as if afraid you still won't get it, they scream even louder: Commodity ETFs are "America's worst investment."
Worst? Add toxic, deadly, evil. Commodity ETFs are rapidly becoming a malicious virus breeding chaos in the global markets pricing all commodities: food, farm lands, metals, oil, natural gas, livestock, water and other natural resources are the assets under commodity derivatives and their ETFs, pricing that's now controlled more by Wall Street speculators than the weather, adding wild swings in volatility and trillions in global derivative risks.
And once again the usual suspects, the Goldman Conspiracy of Wall Street Banksters, are in the lead.
Commodity index ETFs now a lethal WMD threat to Earth's survival
But far more chilling is BusinessWeek's warning of future consequences. Remember Bill Gross's "New Normal?" As future returns drop, investors are chasing riskier deals, like commodity ETFs: "Passive buy-and-hold investors at one point in mid-2008 held the equivalent of three years of production of soft red winter wheat. Wall Street's success in attracting those buyers boosted demand for futures contracts, which helped determine what consumers would pay for baked goods. Wheat prices jumped 52% in early 2008, setting records before plunging again, and sugar more than doubled last year even as the economy slowed." Warning: Capitalism's competitive pricing model is dead.
And if all these warnings from the likes of Bogle, Gross, Bloomberg Markets and BusinessWeek seem a bit hysterical, remember how hysteria drove past bubbles: dot-coms in 1999, subprimes in 2007. Euphoria blinds investors to dangers lurking in every bubble. And today that risk is magnified as 21st century bubbles are blowing bigger, more powerful and more dangerous, adding the new risk of nuclear "food fights."
Commodity-index ETFs are a global threat far more dangerous to the world than nuclear attacks from terrorist nations. Nuclear WMDs have the power to wipe out major urban areas killing tens of thousands instantly, like Japan in 1945, leaving massive scars across humanity for many decades.
And yet, as Funk puts it: "Heilberg's bet on chaos is beginning to play out on the streets." The toxic trail of commodity ETFs is already proving to be deadly, starving thousands worldwide, while the new Capitalists of Chaos only see incredible profit opportunities, as they make huge bets that they'll get even richer in the next round of catastrophes, disasters, poverty, starvation and wars.
Bottom line: Commodity ETF/WMDs are mutating into a toxic pandemic fueled (and protected by) the insatiable greed of banks, traders and politicians whose brains are incapable of giving up their profit machine, won't until it implodes and self-destructs. The Wall Street Banksters have no sense of morals, no ethics, no soul, no goal in life other than getting very rich, very fast. They care nothing of democracy, civilization or the planet.
They are in a race to become the richest man in the world, to control more assets, more commodities, more rights, more land, more money than Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Carlos Slim combined. It's a contest and the other 6.3 billion humans on the planet are just profit opportunities (and collateral damage) in the dangerous high-stakes games played by the new Capitalists of Chaos ruling the world.
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