"We risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance"
- Rubén Blades

"You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it"
- Art Buchwald

"It's getting exciting now, two and one-half. Think of everything we've accomplished, man. Out these windows, we will view the collapse of financial history. One step closer to economic equilibrium"
- Tyler Durden

"It is your corrupt we claim. It is your evil that will be sought by us. With every breath, we shall hunt them down."
- Boondock Saints

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Federal Reserve

We are in the FEDs centennial year. It's no secret that finance is all a game of hide the debt.  Each year, we have a mass of indebted business students released into the working world with only the knowledge that has been beaten into their heads revolving around the discoveries of some other, perhaps smarter, people.

Without a sound foundation of knowledge gained through personal successes and failures this group falls victim to group-think and eventually believes the slogans propagated by the MBA, CFA, Ph.D's of finance that came before them.  An inability to counter the prevailing dogma with data has caused great pain to a country that was founded based upon the opposite of what it is in 2013...personal freedom, personal accountability, limited government, and power to the civilians.

In a mere 100 years the United States and other developed nations saw the creation of many devices that can simultaneously help and damage an individual's productivity (read ability to be an earner of an independent income).  While most of America became masters at hurling birds at pigs (there's a Huangpu joke in there), they were subjects to a rampant mortgage fraud focused solely on capturing profits immediately and unloading the liability.  When the game was finished, civilians were left on the street while the FED backed up the very bankers committing the fraud and was even public about its need to pretend they could value the amount needed to calm the markets prior to the $700 BN bailout.

The FED has perpetrated the largest on-going storyline of bullshit, that they are masters of the universe and know everything and anything about fixing whatever is broken.  No Ivy school degree could prepare anyone for what was faced in 2007/2008 and the fact that grown men and women are teaching yet another generation that finance is an exact science should cause concern to this society.  We have a cult of personality which revolves around the belief that because some has three letters after their name they are somehow smarter than you. 

In three charts that encompass the FEDs purpose, lets see how The Masters have done since their shady beginnings that fateful night on the 23rd of December 1913.

(h/t @Not_Jim_Cramer)