Friday, March 20, 2009

Today's must read article

One article showed up in my inbox today which is an excellent read. It has some solid information describing the differences between a Recession and a Depression mixed into the overview. Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates and manager of what is now the world's biggest hedge fund, believes we are in the middle of a global depression.... or a 'D-process' as he calls it.

Inside the world's biggest hedge fund

"Most people, says Dalio, think that a depression is simply a really, really bad recession. But in reality, the two are distinct, naturally occurring events. A recession is a contraction in real GDP brought on by a central bank tightening monetary policy, usually to control inflation, and ends when the central bank eases. But a D-process occurs when an economy has an unsustainably high debt burden and monetary policy ceases to be effective, usually because interest rates are close to zero, and the central bank has no way to stimulate the economy. To compensate, the value of debt must be written down (risking deflation) or the central bank must print money (a trigger of inflation), or some combination of both."