Interest Rates and the Insanity of the Economists:
Almost a year ago mortgage rates in America fell to below 4% their lowest rates in years.
Economists have told us that a major component of interest rates, if not the major component, is risk as reflected by the various rating agencies (Moody’s , etc.). This theory applies to private and governmental debt equally. But at no time in recent history has the risk to lenders of default on mortgages been greater. So what’s gong on?
Simple, risk has only a small part to play in setting interest rates, except when demand is highest. Then, it becomes a legal way to set prices to receive premium returns on certain loans.
So how does this translate to the governmental debt crisis in Europe and elsewhere?
We are told by these same economists that governmental default on debt will result in increased borrowing costs. Not true! The purpose of the so-called theory is to protect existing profits. Future interest rates will be set on demand irrespective of past events. While some banks my go out of business as a result of their unwise loans, the remaining banks will need to compete on interest rates to stay in business, as demand drops so will interest rates. This is more in keeping with traditional economic theory than what we are told about the impact of risk on lending.
And what will the result be if defaults occur? Well, probably the deadwood on Wall Street and the financial institutions will be walking the same unemployment lines as the industrial worker they have been so free to ridicule and fewer of the latter will be walking with them.
- Fixed Mortgage Interest Rates Remain Steady (loans.org)
- Auto Rates And Debt Downgrade (keystoneautoloans.com)
- Bank of England prints more money: Further £50bn of quantitative easing as interest rates held at 0.5% (scotsman.com)
- 30-Year Mortgage Interest Rate Plummets This Week (loans.org)
- Central banks worldwide cut key interest rates (usatoday.com)
- ECB to trim interest rates as economy slides (thehindu.com)