Posts Tagged ‘fractional reserve’

“Sound principles of banking are identical to sound principles of warehousing any kind of merchandise, whether it’s autos, potatoes, or books. Or money. There’s nothing mysterious about sound banking. But banking all over the world has been fundamentally unsound since government-sponsored central banks came to dominate the financial system.  Banking all over the world now operates on a “fractional reserve” system.  A banker can lend out a dollar, which a businessman might use to buy a widget. When that seller of the widget re-deposits the dollar, a banker can lend it out with interest again. The good news for the banker is that his earnings are compounded several times over. The bad news is that, because of the pyramided leverage, a default can cascade.

In 1934, to restore confidence in commercial banks, the U.S. government instituted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) deposit insurance….  FDIC insurance covers about $9.3 trillion of deposits, but the institution has assets of only $25 billion. That’s less than one cent on the dollar.” -Doug Casey