Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint: Crushed by Credit and Deceived by Debt — How to Revive the Global Economy
Product Author Bios
Tony Crescenzi (Newport Beach, CA) is Executive VP, Market Strategist, and Portfolio Manager for PIMCO. He was previously chief bond market strategist at Miller Tabak, where he worked for 23 years, creating the firm's asset management division and serving as chairman. His books include Investing from the Top Down; a recent fourth edition of Marcia Stigum's classic The Money Market, and The Strategic Bond Investor, Second Edition. He appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg, has guest-hosted The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, and taught at Baruch College's executive MBA program for ten years.
During the Great Depression, legendary British economist Keynes advocated using government money to fill the economic void until consumer spending and business investment recovered. But what happens when governments can't do that anymore? You've arrived at "The Keynesian Endpoint": when the money has run out before the economy has been rescued. That's where we are. Exhausted balance sheets leave policy makers with few viable options to bolster economic growth; increasingly, they point leaders and citizens towards brutal choices that were previously unimaginable. Meanwhile, investors struggle to navigate volatile markets overwhelmed by sovereign debt—and, as they do, they lose tolerance for fiscal recklessness.
In the U.S. and around the world, debt-fueled spending programs devised to cure the global financial crisis are now morphing into poison. In Beyond The Keynesian Endpoint, PIMCO Executive Vice President and market strategist Tony Crescenzi illuminates the mounting sovereign debt crisis, dissects each of the many scenarios now swirling around it, and reveals the profound implications for governments, investors, and the world economy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reaching the Keynesian Endpoint 1
Chapter 1 Beware the Keynesian Mirage 9
Chapter 2 The 30-Year American Consumption Binge 39
Chapter 3 How Politicians Carry Out Fiscal Illusions, Deceive the Public, and Balloon Our Debts 81
Chapter 4 The Biggest Ponzi Scheme in History: The Myth of Quantitative Easing 113
Chapter 5 How the Keynesian Endpoint Is Changing the Global Political Landscape 141
Chapter 6 Age Warfare: Gerontocracy 153
Chapter 7 The Hypnotic Power of Debt 187
Chapter 8 When is being in Debt a Good Thing? 217
Chapter 9 The Investment Implications of the Keynesian Endpoint 229
Chapter 10 Conclusion: The Transformation of a Century 271
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