The first part of the 7 minute video outline Bass' 3 key points on what needs to be fixed in the current financial system. As interesting, if not more, are his views on Japan and the United States sovereign debt issues - things we talk about all the time. Effectively, Japan defaults (or devalues its currency) in 3-4 years; the United States in 10-12... unless we do something about it. Can you imagine our leadership group "doing something".. until default is 3 months away? We are a reactive society who takes action not when the room we sit in is on fire, but only when the specific couch in said room is on fire. Which is why we herk and jerk from one crisis to another, of increasing size.
I cannot stress enough that all we've done in our "solutions" to this crisis is pass the cancer from the private sector to the public. And we're not the only country that has done this. The 2010's will be the decade of sovereign debt crisis in multiple countries - we all have the chance to be Argentina, Mexico, Thailand, or Venezuela now. But knowing that and knowing when it "matters" to the markets, is a whole different situation. The comment by David Faber (the interviewer) in this video saying "these things (sovereign debt) always seem to be years ahead and never seem to happen" is the exact same line of thinking when the first warnings of the housing bubble came in 2005. Or lines of thinking such as "housing prices can never go down across the entire nation because they never have in the past". Unlike the lemmings on financial entertainment TV we said that thesis would be proven a farce and it was [Jan 24, 2008: They Said it Could Never Happen. Ever.] Just because something HAS not happened in the past does not mean it CAN not happen - the past 2 years should make that very obvious.
As always we're early to this issue - if you care about your wealth, it is important to be aware of what is coming down the pike as 99% of the nation goes about its worker bee ways, oblivious to the bomb we (and quite a few other nations) now are sitting on... but hey, we "solved the crisis" and our oligarchs are back to business as usual (doing "God's work"). Throwing a few generations of Americans under the bus is a small price to pay - right Mr Bernanke?
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[Dec 13, 2009: Bond Vigilantes Prowling Europe]
[Dec 10, 2009: Ken Rogoff (Videos) - Sovereign Debt Defaults Likely in Next Few Years]
[Dec 10, 2009: Global News - Ireland takes Responsible Budget Steps, Spain the Next to Worry About]
[Dec 8, 2009: Greek Fiscal Situation Continues Slow Boil]
[Dec 1, 2009: Morgan Stanley Lists UK Sovereign Debt / Currency as Potential "Fat Tail" Risks for 2010]
[Nov 27, 2009: UK Telegraph - Greece Tests the Limits of Sovereign Debt as it Grinds Toward Slump]
[Sep 17, 2009: Ireland to Spend 28% of GDP to Suck up Banking Toxic Assets]