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Apocalypse 401K: Billionaire Economist Issues Warning

A billionaire economist has warned that the coming Federal Reserve interest rate hikes will lead to the stock market plummeting by 20 percent.

Ray Dalio, founder of the Bridgewater Associates investment company, joined predictions that the central bank would increase interest rates by another historical 75-percentage points, and that the year would end with interest rates at 4.5 percent.

It would be nearly double from the current range of 2.25 and 2.5 percent, which Dalio wrote would plunge stocks by a fifth as Wall Street’s three major indexes have already seen a more than 9 percent drop this past month.

Dalio added that the negative forecast would impact all levels of the economy, including American’s 401ks, which will see a significant drop along with the stock market.

‘This will bring private sector credit growth down, which will bring private sector spending and, hence, the economy down with it,’ he wrote.

The Federal Reserve has been ramping up interest rates this year after keeping them near zero during the pandemic in order to combat historically high inflation rates.

In June and July, the central bank raised interest rates up by 0.75 percent, the highest in more than two decades, and many economists predict the Fed will make a third, consecutive 0.75 percent hike in the coming weeks.

Many have predicted that the hikes will tip the economy into a full recession next year, which the country is technically already under after reporting negative GDP growth in the first two quarters of 2022.

And with a recession, comes a stock market crash that will take a huge hit on retirement accounts.

Since the latest report at the end of the second fiscal quarter in June, that average 401k balance stood at $103,800, down almost 15 percent from the previous quarter and down 30 percent from 2021.

And things have only gotten worse on Wall Street amid the interest rate hikes.

In the last month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by more than 3,000 points, or 9.34 percent.

The S&P 500 also fell by 9.58 percent, of 410 points, in the past month, with the Nasdaq taking the biggest hit and falling by 12.18 percent, or 1,644 points.

The S&P 500 is heading for its biggest annual loss since the 2008 Great Recession.

Despite open fears of a recession, Christopher Waller, governor of the Federal reserve, backed the central bank in making another 75 basis-point move, during a speech in Austria last week.

‘I support a significant increase at our next meeting on September 20 and 21 to get the policy rate to a setting that is clearly restricting demand,’ Waller said.

He said that the Fed will continue to take ‘significant steps’ to control policy and added that rate hikes may continue into early 2023.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell had already kept the option open for the increase, which is supported by many bankers in a desperate attempt to control inflation.

  • Mjrtoo says:

    This is the entire plan, and many Americans don’t understand that…

  • southersgolfer says:

    So here is my thought. I am not much of a finacial expert by any means so maybe someone can explain this to me. This is not the first time this has happened. As the article stated, we went through this in 2008 and I remember that very well. So why, considering what is happening around us, doesn’t the fed manipulate interest rates as the predictions start in an attempt to slow things down gradually? As the article states, we could plunge into a full recession as a result by doing this. Have we learned nothing in the last century?

  • Louis Galmarini says:

    When JFK was elected POTUS in 1960, he had 3 things going against him:

    1). He wanted to get out of Viet Nam – Many people still don’t know we were sending ‘advisors’, (read: CIA operatives), there as early as 1958. What was their mission? To see whether the conflict in Viet Nam could be used as a long term ‘cash cow’ for big industry, (Dupont, etc.). Kennedy wanted NO part of it.

    2). He wanted to get the U.S. back onto the gold system. FDR had taken a good %age away during the depression.

    3). But the one thing that got him killed was this: HE WANTED TO END THE FEDERAL RESERVE. Why? Because he knew the centralized banking system we have is NOT for the good of the people. Only good for a very chosen few who not only set interest rates, but also control how much money is in circulation, and how much can be loaned…at an interest rate THEY set FOR THEMSELVES.

    Every elected politician knows this is the one item that you DO NOT talk against or try to eliminate. IT WILL GET YOU KILLED.

    • BarbUltraMaga says:

      @Louis – Your post is spot on. Amazing – tho it shouldn’t be, considering how history is purposely NOT taught – that so many have never learned that Vietnam did NOT begin under Kennedy.

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