A year and a half ago, it seemed as if financial industry layoffs had already begun to slow.
But it turns out that’s not quite true.
In fact, the number of job losses has slowed by half.
This is because, as the Financial Times reported last month, the US Federal Reserve is poised to cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in nearly 20 years.
That means that, if the Fed continues to hike rates, we will have fewer jobs than we otherwise would have, at least on the surface.
And the reason for this is because we are losing jobs in financial services, the Times reported.
And what’s going on in financial markets is largely due to a failure of central banks to adequately address the risks of financial bubbles, according to economists at the Institute of International Finance.
This failure to act will result in financial bubbles that eventually burst and kill tens of millions of people.
And these bubbles will continue to grow and, ultimately, kill us, as well.
But the bigger question is, how are we supposed to make money in the future without becoming increasingly reliant on the financial system for credit?
And that’s where we need to start.
In this video, the Financial Institutions Institute (FII) lays out the four key elements that will make us better off as a society.
In addition to getting us back on our feet, they also discuss the next steps we need in order to make this happen.
Paying our debts and mortgages.
Reducing the number and severity of our debt obligations.
Building more sustainable business models.
A smarter, more resilient financial system.
1) Paying debts and mortgage.
The world is drowning in debt.
As the World Bank put it in a recent report, by 2020, the world will have more than $1.4 trillion in outstanding loans.
That’s more than triple the amount in 2008.
This ballooning debt is largely caused by the inability of governments to make interest payments on their debt, the World Wide Fund for Nature wrote in a 2015 report.
The IMF has called the problem the Great Recession of Debt.
We owe more than we can possibly repay and are being forced to pay a lot more than is needed to keep up with our obligations.
What’s even worse is that this ballooning, unaffordable debt is growing at a much faster rate than the economy.
The United Nations recently estimated that by 2020 there will be $16 trillion in “debt service debts” for people around the world.
These debts are made up of all the debts people have, ranging from mortgages to credit cards to auto loans.
According to the UN, debt service debts are expected to grow by 30% in the next 20 years, rising to $50 trillion by 2025.
That would leave the world in dire need of $5.2 trillion in debt service by that time.
It’s important to recognize that debt service is a debt.
But when it comes to interest payments, we should be paying it on time, instead of borrowing from it.
And this is exactly what governments need to do.
The United States, by far, has the highest debt service ratio in the world, the IMF noted.
And even though interest payments are made on time and on the correct terms, this debt service will be unsustainable over time.
The US will need to dramatically reduce the size of its debt over the next decade in order for it to pay its bills on time.
This can be done through a combination of debt forgiveness, a reduction in interest rates and a reduction of the amount of payments made to the government.
Reducing the severity of debts.
As part of the IMF’s report, it also looked at what is called the “reducing severity” of debts, or the amount that can be forgiven over time in order not to exceed the amount owed to creditors.
For instance, if you owe $5,000 in interest on a $20,000 mortgage, you can forgive it over time with interest rates that are less than one percent per year.
If you owe 10% of your income on a home loan, you could forgive the interest over time at the rate of 0.5%.
If you want to buy a home and pay your bills on the spot, you would need to repay more than your entire mortgage over time, the report stated.
By reducing the severity and complexity of debt, governments are also better positioned to ensure that their debts are repaid over time without compromising their ability to create wealth for their citizens.
In other words, governments can focus on making sure that their debt is not a burden on their citizens and not be a burden to the economy as a whole.
The key is to make sure that debt is paid off on time through proper and transparent payment plans, so that debtors can’t use their money to buy luxury items or to buy their childrens soccer team.
2) Reducing risk