Plutocracy, rule by the rich, is not named for Pluto, god of death, but his spoiled son, Plutus, the personification of wealth. The juxtaposition of a dead economy and bank billionaires makes this lineage apt.
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James G. Rickards is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis, Inc. and co-head of the firm’s practice in Threat Finance & Market Intelligence. Mr. Rickards is a seasoned counselor, investment banker and risk manager with over thirty years experience in capital markets including portfolio management, risk management, product structure, corporate finance, regulation and operations.
Mr. Rickards’s career prior to Omnis spans an over 30-year period during which he was a first hand participant in the formation and growth of globalized capital markets and complex derivative trading strategies. He has held senior executive positions at “sell side” firms (Citibank and RBS Greenwich Capital Markets) and “buy side” firms (Long-Term Capital Management and Caxton Associates) as well as technology firms (OptiMark). Mr. Rickards has been a direct participant in many of the most significant financial events over the past 30 years including the 1981 release of US hostages in Iran, the 1987 Stock Market Crash, the 1990 collapse of Drexel, and the LTCM financial crisis of 1998 in which Mr. Rickards was the principal negotiator of the government-sponsored rescue. He has been involved in the formation and successful launch of several hedge funds and fund-of-funds. His advisory clients have included private investment funds, investment banks and government directorates. Since 2001, Mr. Rickards has applied his financial expertise to a variety of tasks for the benefit of the US national security community and the Department of Defense.
Mr. Rickards is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey and various Federal Courts and has held all major financial industry licenses including Series 3, Series 7, Series 24, Series 30 and Series 63. He has been a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by bar associations and industry groups in the fields of derivatives and hedge funds and is active in the International Bar Association. He has been the interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Politico and on CNBC’s Squawk Box, as well as Fox, CNN, NPR and C-SPAN and is an OpEd contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Mr. Rickards is a graduate school visiting lecturer in finance at Northwestern University and the School of Advanced International Studies. He has recently delivered papers on econophysics at the Applied Physics Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mr. Rickards has published numerous articles in the fields of cognitive diversity, network science and risk management. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Shariah Capital, Inc., a firm specializing in Islamic finance and is also a member of the International Business Practices Advisory Panel to the CFIUS Support Group of the Director of National Intelligence.
Mr. Rickards holds an LL.M. (Taxation) from the New York University School of Law; a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; an M.A. in international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC; and a B.A. degree with honors from the School of Arts & Sciences of The Johns Hopkins University.
The sovereign debt crisis has crossed a threshold. It's no longer about economics. It's about math and a complex system whose dynamics tell us there is little time to avoid catastrophe and almost no exit. Going forward, elections and policies will matter less as the debt plague takes hold and dictates hard outcomes.
Recent positive GDP numbers lay bare the extent to which the supposed recovery is based on government paper-hanging and wishful thinking and is, in the end, non-sustainable. The New Depression began in 2007 and will run through 2011 or longer depending on policy. Semantic back flips, such as calling our condition the Great Recession to avoid using the word depression, will not change this fact.
One of the most successful pieces of propaganda ever is the myth that the Federal Reserve exists to protect the dollar. Like all great myths it unifies its believers and shields them from the facts. But facts are stubborn things, as John Adams observed, and it is a fact that since the creation of the Federal Reserve the dollar has lost 92 percent of its purchasing power. If you had a nickel and three pennies in your hand, that's what's left of the dollar since the Fed took charge. Imagine if the Fed were in charge of air safety and 92 percent of the flights crashed on takeoff. That's how well the Fed has done its purported job.