Today the former Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Economic Policy and former member of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets issued a disturbing and even frightening warning to King World News to expect more government theft going forward. While in the White House, Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren served as financial market advisor in the White House and functioned as the liaison between the White House and the Federal Reserve.
Dr. Malmgren formerly headed the Global Asset Management business for Bankers Trust in Asia, out of Hong Kong, and was also Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust Company, and former Head of Global Investment Strategy at UBS. Dr. Malmgren was also a senior consultant to Deutsche Bank, and currently advises the largest sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, and pension funds in the world. Below is what Dr. Malmgren had to say in the third and final of a remarkable three part interview series which has now been released on King World News.
Dr. Malmgren spoke about government theft going forward: “Look, we are in a world where every major industrialized government doesn’t have the funds to deliver on the promises they’ve made to the public. So they are going to reach for the public’s cash in different ways….
“Some of it is through higher taxes. Some of it is what I would call ‘expropriation,’ although taxation and even inflation are a version of that. But for example, Portugal, about a year ago, announced that they were nationalizing three of Portugal Telecom’s pension funds and placing the assets on the government’s balance sheet so that the government’s balance sheet would look better for the purposes of negotiating with the EU.
Now, were those pensioners expropriated? Yes. It made page 14 of the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, as if it was a non-event. But I think what we saw in Cyprus, a really overt expropriation, we are going to see that come in lots of different forms (going forward). Some of it will be obvious like Cyprus. Some of it will be subtle like Portugal, but what’s sure is that it’s happening.”