The Most Ingenious Invention in The History of Finance
The comments below are an edited and abridged synopsis of an article by Egon von Greyerz
We are now in the final stages of a journey that will be seen by future historians to be as unreal as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Just as Alice called the Mad Tea Party the stupidest tea party she had ever been to, the last 100 years could be called the Craziest Extravaganza in history.
Although the story was written 150 years ago, had Alice dropped down the rabbit hole to the current fantasy world, she would have called the current kings and queens (government heads and central bankers) a giant house of cards. Because we are now at the end of a tea party that, in the last few decades, has become increasingly extravagant.
Von Greyerz discusses who’s picking up the tab for history’s biggest tea party; the most ingenious invention in the history of finance; the second-most ingenious invention in the history of finance; and Alice in Horrorland.
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