How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio

How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio

How the economic machine works, in 30 minutes. The economy works like a simple machine. But many people don’t understand it — or they don’t agree on how it works — and this has led to a lot of needless economic suffering. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to share my simple but practical economic template. Though it’s unconventional, it has helped me to anticipate
and sidestep the global financial crisis, and has worked well for me for over 30 years. Let’s begin. Though the economy might seem complex,
it works in a simple, mechanical way. It’s made up of a few simple parts and a lot of simple transactions that are repeated over and over again a zillion times. These transactions are above all else driven by human nature, and they create 3 main forces that drive the economy. Number 1: Productivity growth Number 2: The Short term debt cycle and Number 3: The Long term debt cycle We’ll look at these three forces
and how laying them on top of each other creates a good template for tracking economic movements and figuring out what’s happening now. Let’s start with the simplest part of the economy: Transactions. An economy is simply the sum
of the transactions that make it up and a transaction is a very simple thing. You make transactions all the time. Every time you buy something
you create a transaction. Each transaction consists of a buyer exchanging money or credit with a seller for goods,
services or financial assets. Credit spends just like money, so adding together the money spent
and the amount of credit spent, you can know the total spending. The total amount of spending
drives the economy. If you divide the amount spent by the quantity sold, you get the price. And that’s it. That’s a transaction. It is the building block
of the economic machine. All cycles and all forces
in an economy are driven by transactions. So, if we can
understand transactions, we can understand
the whole economy. A market consists of all the buyers and all the sellers making transactions for the same thing. For example,
there is a wheat market, a car market, a stock market and markets
for millions of things. An economy consists
of all of the transactions in all of its markets. If you add up
the total spending and the total
quantity sold in all of the markets, you have everything
you need to know to understand the economy. It’s just that simple. People, businesses, banks and governments all engage in transactions
the way I just described: exchanging money and credit
for goods, services and financial assets. The biggest buyer and seller
is the government, which consists of two important parts: a Central Government
that collects taxes and spends money… …and a Central Bank, which is different from other buyers
and sellers because it controls the amount of money
and credit in the economy. It does this by influencing
interest rates and printing new money. For these reasons,
as we’ll see, the Central Bank is an
important player in the flow of Credit. I want you to
pay attention to credit. Credit is the most
important part of the economy, and probably the least understood. It is the most important part
because it is the biggest and most volatile part. Just like buyers and sellers
go to the market to make transactions, so do lenders and borrowers. Lenders usually want to
make their money into more money and borrowers usually want to
buy something they can’t afford, like a house or car or they want to invest in
something like starting a business. Credit can help both lenders and borrowers get what they want. Borrowers promise to
repay the amount they borrow, called the principal, plus an additional amount, called interest. When interest rates are high, there is less borrowing
because it’s expensive. When interest rates are low, borrowing increases
because it’s cheaper. When borrowers promise to repay and lenders believe them, credit is created. Any two people can agree
to create credit out of thin air! That seems simple enough
but credit is tricky because it has different names. As soon as credit is created, it immediately turns into debt. Debt is both an asset to the lender, and a liability to the borrower. In the future, when the borrower repays the loan,
plus interest, the asset and liability disappear and the transaction is settled. So, why is credit so important? Because when a borrower receives credit, he is able to increase his spending. And remember,
spending drives the economy. This is because one person’s spending is another person’s income. Think about it,
every dollar you spend, someone else earns. and every dollar you earn,
someone else has spent. So when you spend more,
someone else earns more. When someone’s income rises it makes lenders more willing
to lend him money because now he’s
more worthy of credit. A creditworthy borrower
has two things: the ability to repay and collateral. Having a lot of income in relation to his debt gives him the ability to repay. In the event that he can’t repay, he has valuable assets to use as collateral that can be sold. This makes lenders feel comfortable lending him money. So increased income allows increased borrowing which allows increased spending. And since one person’s spending is another person’s income, this leads to more increased borrowing and so on. This self-reinforcing pattern leads to economic growth and is why we have Cycles. In a transaction, you have to give something in order to get something and how much you get depends on how much
you produce over time we learned and that accumulated knowledge raises
are living standards we call this productivity growth those who were invented and hard-working raise their productivity and their living
standards faster than those who are complacent and lazy, but that isn’t necessarily true over the short run. Productivity matters most in the long run, but credit matters most in the short run. This is because productivity growth doesn’t fluctuate much, so it’s not a big driver of economic swings. Debt is — because it allows us to consume more than we produce when we acquire it and it forces us to consume less than we produce when we pay it back. Debt swings occur in two big cycles. One takes about 5 to 8 years and the other takes about 75 to 100 years. While most people feel the swings, they typically don’t see them as cycles because they see them too up close — day by day, week by week. In this chapter we are going to step back and look at these three big forces and how they interact to make up our experiences. As mentioned, swings around the line are not due to how much innovation or hard work there is, they’re primarily due to how much credit there is. Let’s for a second imagine an economy without credit. In this economy, the only way I can increase my spending is to increase my income, which requires me to be more productive and do more work. Increased productivity is the only way for growth. Since my spending is another person’s income, the economy grows every time I or anyone else is more productive. If we follow the transactions and play this out, we see a progression like the productivity growth line. But because we borrow, we have cycles. This isn’t due to any laws or regulation, it’s due to human nature and the way that credit works. Think of borrowing as simply a way of pulling spending forward. In order to buy something you can’t afford, you need to spend more than you make. To do this, you essentially need to borrow from your future self. In doing so you create a time in the future that you need to spend less than you make in order to pay it back. It very quickly resembles a cycle. Basically, anytime you borrow you create a cycle.? This is as true for an individual as it is for the economy. This is why understanding credit is so important because it sets into motion a mechanical, predictable series of events that will happen in the future. This makes credit different from money. Money is what you settle transactions with. When you buy a beer from a bartender with cash, the transaction is settled immediately. But when you buy a beer with credit, it’s like starting a bar tab. You’re saying you promise to pay in the future. Together you and the bartender create an asset and a liability. You just created credit. Out of thin air. It’s not until you pay the bar tab later that the asset and liability disappear, the debt goes away and the transaction is settled. The reality is that most of what people call money is actually credit. The total amount of credit in the United States is about $50 trillion and the total amount of money is only about $3 trillion. Remember, in an economy without credit: the only way to increase your spending is to produce more. But in an economy with credit, you can also increase your spending by borrowing. As a result, an economy with credit has more spending and allows incomes to rise faster than productivity over the short run, but not over the long run. Now, don’t get me wrong, credit isn’t necessarily something bad that just causes cycles. It’s bad when it finances over-consumption that can’t be paid back. However, it’s good when it efficiently allocates resources and produces income so you can pay back the debt. For example, if you borrow money to buy a big TV, it doesn’t generate income
for you to pay back the debt. But, if you borrow money
to buy a tractor — and that tractor let’s you harvest
more crops and earn more money — then, you can pay back your debt and improve your living standards. In an economy with credit, we can follow the transactions and see how credit creates growth. Let me give you an example: Suppose you earn $100,000 a year and have no debt. You are creditworthy enough to borrow $10,000 dollars – say on a credit card – so you can spend $110,000 dollars even though you only earn $100,000 dollars. Since your spending is another person’s income, someone is earning $110,000 dollars. The person earning $110,000 dollars with no debt can borrow $11,000 dollars, so he can spend $121,000 dollars even though he has only earned $110,000 dollars. His spending is another person’s income and by following the transactions we can begin to see how this process works in a self-reinforcing pattern. But remember, borrowing creates cycles and if the cycle goes up, it eventually needs to come down. This leads us into the Short Term Debt Cycle. As economic activity increases, we see an expansion – the first phase of the short term debt cycle. Spending continues to increase and prices start to rise. This happens because the increase in spending is fueled by credit – which can be created instantly out of thin air. When the amount of spending and incomes grow faster than the production of goods: prices rise. When prices rise, we call this inflation. The Central Bank doesn’t want too much inflation because it causes problems. Seeing prices rise, it raises interest rates. With higher interest rates, fewer people can afford to borrow money. And the cost of existing debts rises. Think about this as the monthly payments
on your credit card going up. Because people borrow less and have higher debt repayments, they have less money leftover to spend, so spending slows …and since one person’s spending is another person’s income, incomes drop…and so on and so forth. When people spend less, prices go down. We call this deflation. Economic activity decreases and we have a recession. If the recession becomes too severe and inflation is no longer a problem, the central bank will lower interest rates to cause everything to pick up again. With low interest rates, debt repayments are reduced and borrowing and spending pick up and we see another expansion. As you can see, the economy works like a machine. In the short term debt cycle,
spending is constrained only by the willingness of lenders and borrowers to provide and receive credit. When credit is easily available,
there’s an economic expansion. When credit isn’t easily available,
there’s a recession. And note that this cycle is controlled primarily by the central bank. The short term debt cycle typically lasts 5 – 8 years and happens over and over again for decades. But notice that the bottom and top of each cycle finish with more growth than the previous cycle and with more debt. Why? Because people push it — they have an inclination to borrow
and spend more instead of paying back debt. It’s human nature. Because of this, over long periods of time, debts rise faster than incomes creating the Long Term Debt Cycle. Despite people becoming more indebted, lenders even more freely extend credit. Why? Because everybody thinks things are going great! People are just focusing on what’s been happening lately. And what has been happening lately? Incomes have been rising! Asset values are going up! The stock market roars! It’s a boom! It pays to buy goods, services, and financial assets with borrowed money! When people do a lot of that, we call it a bubble. So even though debts have been growing, incomes have been growing nearly as fast to offset them. Let’s call the ratio of debt-to-income the debt burden. So long as incomes continue to rise, the debt burden stays manageable. At the same time asset values soar. People borrow huge amounts of money to buy assets as investments causing their prices to rise even higher. People feel wealthy. So even with the accumulation of lots of debt, rising incomes and asset values
help borrowers remain creditworthy for a long time. But this obviously can not continue forever. And it doesn’t. Over decades, debt burdens slowly increase
creating larger and larger debt repayments. At some point, debt repayments start growing faster than incomes forcing people to cut back on their spending. And since one person’s spending is another person’s income, incomes begin to go down… …which makes people less creditworthy
causing borrowing to go down. Debt repayments continue to rise which makes spending drop even further… …and the cycle reverses itself. This is the long term debt peak. Debt burdens have simply become too big. For the United States, Europe and much of the rest of the world this happened in 2008. It happened for the same reason it happened in Japan in 1989 and in the United States back in 1929. Now the economy begins Deleveraging. In a deleveraging; people cut spending, incomes fall, credit disappears, assets prices drop, banks get squeezed, the stock market crashes, social tensions rise and the whole thing starts to feed on itself the other way. As incomes fall and debt repayments rise, borrowers get squeezed.
No longer creditworthy, credit dries up and borrowers can no longer borrow
enough money to make their debt repayments. Scrambling to fill this hole, borrowers are forced to sell assets. The rush to sell assets floods the market This is when the stock market collapses, the real estate market tanks and banks get into trouble. As asset prices drop, the value of the collateral borrowers can put up drops. This makes borrowers even less creditworthy. People feel poor. Credit rapidly disappears.
Less spending › less income › less wealth › less credit › less borrowing and so on. It’s a vicious cycle. This appears similar to a recession but the difference here is that interest rates can’t be lowered to save the day. In a recession, lowering interest rates works to stimulate the borrowing. However, in a deleveraging, lowering interest rates doesn’t work because interest rates are already low and soon hit 0% – so the stimulation ends. Interest rates in the United States hit 0% during the deleveraging of the 1930s and again in 2008. The difference between a recession and a deleveraging is that in a deleveraging borrowers’ debt burdens have simply gotten too big and can’t be relieved by lowering interest rates. Lenders realize that debts have become too large to ever be fully paid back. Borrowers have lost their ability to repay and their collateral has lost value. They feel crippled by the debt – they don’t even want more! Lenders stop lending.
Borrowers stop borrowing. Think of the economy as being not-creditworthy, just like an individual. So what do you do about a deleveraging? The problem is debt burdens are too high and they must come down. There are four ways this can happen. 1. people, businesses, and governments cut their spending. 2. debts are reduced through defaults and restructurings. 3. wealth is redistributed from the ‘haves’ to the ‘have nots’. and finally, 4. the central bank prints new money. These 4 ways have happened in every deleveraging in modern history. Usually, spending is cut first. As we just saw, people, businesses, banks and even governments tighten their belts and cut their spending so that they can pay down their debt. This is often referred to as austerity. When borrowers stop taking on new debts, and start paying down old debts, you might expect the debt burden to decrease. But the opposite happens!
Because spending is cut – and one man’s spending is another man’s income – it causes incomes to fall.
They fall faster than debts are repaid and the debt burden actually gets worse.
As we’ve seen, this cut in spending is deflationary and painful. Businesses are forced to cut costs… which means less jobs and higher unemployment. This leads to the next step: debts must be reduced! Many borrowers find themselves unable to repay their loans — and a borrower’s debts are a lender’s assets. When borrowers don’t repay the bank,
people get nervous that the bank won’t be able to repay them so they rush to withdraw their money from the bank.
Banks get squeezed and people, businesses and banks default on their debts.
This severe economic contraction is a depression. A big part of a depression is people discovering much of what they thought was their wealth isn’t really there. Let’s go back to the bar. When you bought a beer and put it on a bar tab, you promised to repay the bartender.
Your promise became an asset of the bartender. But if you break your promise
– if you don’t pay him back and essentially default on your bar tab – then the ‘asset’ he has isn’t really worth anything. It has basically disappeared. Many lenders don’t want their assets to disappear and agree to debt restructuring. Debt restructuring means lenders get paid back less or get paid back over a longer time frame or at a lower interest rate that was first agreed.
Somehow a contract is broken in a way that reduces debt.
Lenders would rather have a little of something than all of nothing. Even though debt disappears, debt restructuring causes income and asset values to disappear
faster, so the debt burden continues to gets worse. Like cutting spending, debt reduction is also painful and deflationary. All of this impacts the central government because lower incomes and less employment means the government collects fewer taxes. At the same time it needs to increase its spending because unemployment has risen. Many of the unemployed have inadequate savings and need financial support from the government. Additionally, governments create stimulus plans and increase their spending to make up for the decrease in the economy. Governments’ budget deficits explode in a deleveraging because they spend more than they earn in taxes. This is what is happening when you hear about the budget deficit on the news. To fund their deficits, governments need to either raise taxes or borrow money.
But with incomes falling and so many unemployed, who is the money going to come from?
The rich. Since governments need more money and since wealth is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small percentage of the people, governments naturally raise taxes on the wealthy which facilitates a redistribution of wealth in the economy – from the ‘haves’ to the ‘have nots’.
The ‘have-nots,’ who are suffering, begin to resent the wealthy ‘haves.’ The wealthy ‘haves,’ being squeezed by the weak economy, falling asset prices, higher taxes, begin to resent the ‘have nots.’ If the depression continues social disorder can break out. Not only do tensions rise within countries, they can rise between countries – especially debtor and creditor countries. This situation can lead to political change that can sometimes be extreme. In the 1930s, this led to Hitler coming to power, war in Europe, and depression in the United States. Pressure to do something to end the depression increases. Remember, most of what people thought was money was actually credit. So, when credit disappears, people don’t have enough money. People are desperate for money and you remember who can print money? The Central Bank can. Having already lowered its interest rates to nearly 0 – it’s forced to print money. Unlike cutting spending, debt reduction, and wealth redistribution, printing money is inflationary and stimulative. Inevitably, the central bank prints new money — out of thin air — and uses it to buy financial assets and government bonds. It happened in the United States during the Great Depression and again in 2008, when the United States’ central bank — the Federal Reserve — printed over two trillion dollars. Other central banks around the world that could,
printed a lot of money, too. By buying financial assets with this money, it helps drive up asset prices which makes people more creditworthy. However, this only helps those who own financial assets. You see, the central bank can print money but it can only buy financial assets. The Central Government, on the other hand, can buy goods and services and put money in the hands of the people but it can’t print money. So, in order to stimulate the economy, the two must cooperate. By buying government bonds, the Central Bank essentially lends money to the government, allowing it to run a deficit and increase spending on goods and services through its stimulus programs and unemployment benefits. This increases people’s income as well as the government’s debt. However, it will lower the economy’s total debt burden. This is a very risky time. Policy makers need to balance the four ways that debt burdens come down. The deflationary ways need to balance with the inflationary ways in order to maintain stability. If balanced correctly, there can be a Beautiful Deleveraging. You see, a deleveraging can be ugly or it can be beautiful. How can a deleveraging be beautiful? Even though a deleveraging is a difficult situation, handling a difficult situation in the best possible way is beautiful. A lot more beautiful than the debt-fueled, unbalanced excesses of the leveraging phase.
In a beautiful deleveraging, debts decline relative to income, real economic growth is positive, and inflation isn’t a problem.
It is achieved by having the right balance. The right balance requires a certain mix of cutting spending, reducing debt, transferring wealth and printing money so that economic and social stability can be maintained. People ask if printing money will raise inflation. It won’t if it offsets falling credit.
Remember, spending is what matters. A dollar of spending paid for with money has the same effect on price as a dollar of spending paid for with credit. By printing money, the Central Bank can make up for the disappearance of credit with an increase in the amount of money. In order to turn things around, the Central Bank needs to not only pump up income growth but get the rate of income growth higher than the rate of interest on the accumulated debt. So, what do I mean by that? Basically, income needs to grow faster than debt grows. For example: let’s assume that a country going through a deleveraging has a debt-to- income ratio of 100%. That means that the amount of debt it has is the same as the amount of income the entire country makes in a year. Now think about the interest rate on that debt, let’s say it is 2%. If debt is growing at 2% because of that interest rate and income is only growing at around only 1%, you will never reduce the debt burden. You need to print enough money to get the rate of income growth above the rate of interest. However, printing money can easily be abused because it’s so easy to do and people prefer it to the alternatives. The key is to avoid printing too much money and causing unacceptably high inflation, the way Germany did during its deleveraging in the 1920’s. If policymakers achieve the right balance, a deleveraging isn’t so dramatic. Growth is slow but debt burdens go down. That’s a beautiful deleveraging. When incomes begin to rise, borrowers begin to appear more creditworthy. And when borrowers appear more creditworthy, lenders begin to lend money again.
Debt burdens finally begin to fall. Able to borrow money, people can spend more. Eventually, the economy begins to grow again, leading to the reflation phase of the long term debt cycle. Though the deleveraging process can be horrible if handled badly, if handled well, it will eventually fix the problem. It takes roughly a decade or more for debt burdens to fall and economic activity to get back to normal – hence the term ‘lost decade.’ Of course, the economy is a little more complicated than this template suggests. However, laying the short term debt cycle on top of the long term debt cycle and then laying both of them on top of the productivity growth line gives a reasonably good template for seeing where we’ve been, where we are now and where we are probably headed. So in summary, there are three rules of thumb that I’d like you to take away from this: First:
Don’t have debt rise faster than income, because your debt burdens will eventually crush you. Second:
Don’t have income rise faster than productivity, because you will eventually become uncompetitive. And third:
Do all that you can to raise your productivity, because, in the long run, that’s what matters most. This is simple advice for you and it’s simple advice for policy makers. You might be surprised but most people — including most policy makers — don’t pay enough attention to this. This template has worked for me and I hope that it’ll work for you. Thank you.


  1. Thank You. Seems to me understanding this should be a minimum criteria for any politician to qualify as a candidate. So why isn't it?

  2. Most of the credits are created by the banks and central banks out of thin air while we toil hard all of our lives for these issuances like hungry wolves

  3. -Create money out of thin air
    -Charge sovereign states for it at interest
    -Not 1 in 100 of the population pick up on the scam.
    Central bankers -genius!

  4. Past 75 to 100 year cycles is no guarantee of future 76 too 100 years cycles. Same with 7 year cycles. Robotics, AI, massive increases of energy, high tech, social interconnectedness, recycling, and knew knowledge and 3rd world growth, interest rates going to zero and below is having disruptive and unforeseeable results on economics. Economics evolved. Old traders never die they just lose their Edge.
    But you had Your day Ray.

  5. You’re supporting and cheering for your short positions in the markets. You’ll get squeezed out like a blackhead. Good luck.
    Look at all these zombies that are thanking you as you manipulate their insecurities for your benefit. You’re not building your house in heaven son. Good much again.

  6. It is not possible for income to rise faster than debt since you must first create the debt in order to have the money to spend into someone else’s income unless you run a trade surplus.

  7. Why borrow when you can print. Why charge taxes when you're already charging interest. WHY DENY BENEFITS. WHEN YOUR ALREADY CHARGING FOR THEM. ON AND ON .

  8. 14:55 "incomes have been rising" What? Certainly not for the vast majority of citizens they haven't, not in REAL TERMS and not since the mid 1970s ! ALL of the extra income resulting from the productivity gains we have all made, since that time has been gifted to shareholders. Which is why we see 16:49 working people having to turn increasingly to credit/debt (after mid 1970s) just to maintain same standard of living. See also: more evidence of the great wages rip off:

  9. 23:21 im not sure if the government has increased taxes on the rich in the 2008 financial crisis. In today's world the top 1% of the population owns 50% of the world's wealth, and the top 10% owns 85% of the world's wealth. 23:50 china = creditor. US = debtor. hence china-US trade war 28:00 since 2008 we havent seen income growth, our real wage now is lower than 10 years ago

  10. Ray Dalio and Bill Gross always struck me as a little fishy, their weak education backgrounds and weird company culture and Transcendental Meditation cultism, yet the financial media uncritically fawns over them when the reality could be just another Madoff story.

  11. I know minimal stuff about economy but, is this keynesianism? I would like to see a similar video like this bit about the austrian school if somebody knows

  12. great video, good explanation of a balanced economy, with financial institutions not being entities that remove large amounts of income from the economy in ways that are not borrowers repaying their loans. But what if that's not the case? What if financial institutions do create income sinkholes, and then do not bring these assets back into the economy?

  13. Ah. The old elitist idea that poor people are only poor because they are complacent and lazy. How many Americans are there working two jobs just make ends meet? Maybe they need a third, because they're being too lazy. Who needs sleep anyway?

  14. BS. The only way to be lazy and get rich is to be a bank! Otherwise you experience mood and financial swings making you drink! So you produce more puke!
    Of course you can become a good lier and become a politician where you sell lies, bank on their trust and blame others for their failures. So as along as you are seen as sympathetic to their suffering, you can stay in office and get paid for being lazy, telling lies and blaming others. Then you can start a non-profit that will pay you to be a board member as well as for being the Charity Chief Executor. So you write a few books blaming more people and retire with government benefits, book proceedes & savings as well as becoming a news consultant and celebrity for which TV Shows can pay you to just show your face on their show. Also Schools, Businesses and Charities will pay you to speak at their events. So how can all this actually be explained by this video? And why is the money that goes into the central bank and pockets of investors that pay cash for everything ? Of course Insurance can help with crisis issues but Lawyers have to typically syphon money out of the economy so they can pay for stuff with cash as they vacation with the insurance agents and doctors! Go figure!

  15. But why doesn’t the fed manage interest rates to avoid the cycles? They facilitate bubbles, and when they need interest rate stimulus in a recession, they hit 0%

  16. 28:13 “If debt is growing at 2% because of that interest rate”
    Can someone please explain what does this mean exactly and how it works?
    The actual amount of debt (principal) doesn't grow according to rates, rates just affect the interest payments, correct?

    One of the best video ever on the economy by the way!

  17. How about not getting into dept at all? Taxes are more than enough in my opinion; no one but the government really knows where it all goes, but I would like to know? since I was born into the indentured servitude, I feel it should be my right to know!
    Credit is just capitalism at its finest!

  18. Hi Ray, I really enjoyed this video. Is long term debt primarily driven by real estate mortgages? What long term debt made up the 30's de-leveraging?

  19. But in 2019 its a whole different beast. The top 1% of the 1% have more wealth than half the nation. The government cant just "tax" this and redistribute the wealth. You really think billionares who have their money hidden away in other countries will just give it up??

  20. This is mostly nonsense.

    If you divide the total amount spent by the total quantity sold you get utter nonesense. Please explain to me what is 3 loaves of bread plus 5 Ford Mustangs? What exactly is this ‘price’ which emerges from this division? What is it the price of?

    I gave up on this simply because this gentleman does not fully understand the ideas he claims explains the dynamics of an economy.

  21. Any "interest" or "inflation" which is not ZERO is a total, unforgivable CRIME.
    And this wisdom is of course older, than the Old Testament (which does not make it wrong,
    it's just a few things it mentions casually, which are actually important..).
    I am not a religious guy. But I do know the Evolutions and natural selections…., that you ENFORCE,
    by the RULES of GAMEPLAY etc, which are set in place!

    And good Companies do not grow by credit, but by reinvesting Profits, little by little (!).

  22. I agree this a well thought out and articulated piece. But apparently everyone in Ray Dalio's economy are white males according to the illustrations.

  23. Don't get fooled,, this is just a tool invented by the ellite of the US banks who are striving to control the worlds economy by spreading fear. Here is the russian explanation:

  24. There is only one most infamous party in this apparently no problem economy mumbo jumbo you talk about, that is the savers.
    Since the introduction of credit in the economy savers are punished either during deleveraging either during growth.
    One day there will be no way to deleveraging “beautifully” and that’s when we will slit each other throats.
    But ehi! You can drive your fuckin yacht away right? See you when you harbour.

  25. 3 Rules (lessons):
    – Don't have debts rise faster than income (don't spend more than you make)
    – Don't have income rise faster than productivity (don't cheat yourself)

    – Do all you can to raise your productivity (be more, do more, create more VALUE = success always)

  26. Debt based currency systems are straight out of Carl Marx's Das Capital.
    This video is accurate if you only watch the first 3 minutes.

  27. This idea of "beautiful deleveraging" is so Utopian … its the wet dream of Keynesian economic and just like real dreams it's only a creation of you mind that cant manifest in real world.

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  29. I'm an engineering major and never understood economics. This video has completely changed my perception.
    Thanks Ray!

  30. For a video that is 6 years old and an educational topic, I am so pleased to go through comments and see a variety of dates. 4 years, 7 months, 1 week, 3 days, 3 months. All positive, all informational. I finished the intelligent investor recently, had a great run with options for a year then got rocked after 2 days. Re assessing my knowledge and my plan moving forward with my investing. I

  31. It's all very well explaining how the system works for the banked but it doesn't work for anyone all of the time, everyone most of the time and never will for half the world's (unbanked) population who don't even have access to it and may even be better off without. That's why decentralized applications like Bitcoin were invented to replace it. You cannot lend money at interest and ever get it all back without printing more unbacked Federal Reserve Notes as all currency is a debt instrument, thus creating an exponential debt bubble affectionately called an 'economic cycle' in brainwashed parlance in order to somehow validate the obvious insanity of it. The only possible outcome is to enslave the entire planet and so the question must arise as to the original intent of the creation of The Federal Reserve and all central banks around the world, coincidentally owned by the same families throughout history. If you disagree with that statement and call it a conspiracy theory, quit your job tomorrow and see how far you get living outside the system, starting from nothing and relying on basic human goodwill. See how many family members will help you out for more than a few days. See how many people walk past you in the street as you sit with your hand out once you become a burden for not going along to get along. See how far your newfound moral conscience gets you when you realise that your gain is someone else's loss and can't participate any longer. Move to Venezuela or Zimbabwe and see how far central planning and socialism got them.

  32. The "Central Bank" (The Federal Reserve and the US Mints, a privately owned Rothschild companies) is directly responsible (with their fees and interest on all transactions) for the  "short term debt" and "long term debt" in the US (and their other company banks in all but a few countries (that matter). (Do any of these names sound familiar?) Cuba, North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria…

  33. The only problem I have with his explanation is where he states, "To fund their deficits, governments need to either raise taxes or borrow money." The is true for an immediate funding. But what is not said is that the government could also cut out a lot of fat by releasing much of their control in cutting "less necessary" and unnecessary costly programs. Although this should be first on their list it's usually not even looked at because the bloated government does not want to relinquish any kind of control plus it would be an admission of fault and all the egos in government would not allow that either. This increased spending by the government can also add to the overall economic deficit and definitely adds to its acceleration.

  34. "Income needs to grow faster than debt grows." this is a very powerful statement and if we just apply this to our lives we'll experience a lot of good living and better life quality.

  35. i don''t understand cycle thing. if i'm spending money that i borrowed i m helping someone else pay there debt. half society spends money that they don't have and other pays back loans with that money, so in next cycle half's of society just switch roles, video shows like we all borrow and repay at same time witch is not true. Am i stupid? can someone explain this to me?

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