Losing sucks. It hurts.
If you could avoid the pain of losing, would you? If you could avoid the pain today, but suffer some consequence in the distant future, would you?
How about when your kids want some sweets?
The death of price
A core principle of free markets is the operation of the pricing mechanism. Prices of goods and services are self-regulated by the open market and by consumers.
Laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government or other authority, and from all forms of economic privilege, monopolies and artificial scarcities.
US is not free and it is getting less free
Give up the bad habits that rob kids of mental strength
In 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success Amy Moring outlines the following things:
- Condoning a victim mentality
- Parenting out of guilt
- Making their kids the center of the universe
- Allowing fear to dictate their choices
- Giving their kids power over them
- Expecting perfection
- Letting their kids avoid responsibility
- Shielding their kids from pain
- Feeling responsible for their kids’ emotions
- Preventing their kids from making mistakes
- Confusing discipline with punishment
- Taking shortcuts to avoid discomfort
- Losing sight of their values
More citizens believe the US government can prevent (or at least postpone) pain
- They don’t want asset prices to go down
- They don’t want the stock market to go down
- They don’t want wages to go down
- They don’t want to have to pay a high interest rate for money
- They want unlimited borrowing
Fed zero rate to 5 years to feed through to corporates
Eventually, zero interest rates fed through to companies
Buybacks were one unintended consequence of zero interest rates
Some large companies operating with little or no equity thanks to buyback
Fed attempted to stamp out free-market pricing of risk in the high yield bond market
- Citizens look to their central government to save them
- Everyone has increased dependency on the state as workplaces are closed
- Expect the US (and others) to use this opportunity to increase federal government power
- The government is doing everything in its power to avoid citizens feeling pain, which leads to mispricing of risk
- Even though it’s getting riskier, you’re getting paid less to take on risk
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