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The recent banking crisis in the United States has led to widespread concerns of a looming credit crunch and the negative effects that it will have on American families and businesses as well as the economy as a whole.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently told the media that she expects banks to be more cautious in the aftermath of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. She said: “We already saw some tightening of lending standards in the banking system prior to that episode, and there may be some more to come.”
Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said at a news conference that the turmoil in the banking sector is “likely to result in tighter credit conditions for households and businesses, which would in turn affect economic outcomes.”
The chief economist of Citibank, Nathan Sheets, has also warned that the nation could be headed for a credit crunch as well as a recession in the next few months in the wake of the bank collapses and the Fed’s monetary tightening.
As for when he expects this to happen, Sheets noted: “That’s something that will unfold in [the] coming months and quarters, and could indeed make that recession that we’re expecting somewhat longer than it would be otherwise and somewhat deeper.”
In a credit crunch, banks are significantly less likely to lend money, making it more difficult for people to make the types of large purchases that tend to require loans, such as homes and vehicles. Less credit would also be available for businesses.
This slowdown in economic activity could see mass layoffs on top of those we have already seen in recent months as well as business failures and consumers defaulting on debts. If the credit crunch continues, financial institutions may become even stricter in their lending standards, spurring a downward spiral some believe will be one of the biggest problems facing our nation in the next six months.
In this type of environment, those who seek to apply for a loan or extend their credit could well encounter tighter lending requirements. This is bad news at a time when standards are already tightening, with several banks recently tightening qualifications for credit cards, home equity lines of credit and car loans by raising the minimum accepted credit score and interest rates and reducing credit limits.
There are many signs of a major economic downturn throughout the country, with Disney laying off thousands of workers, Bed, Bath and Beyond closing its doors entirely, and Walmart closing multiple stores throughout the country.
How can Americans prepare for a potential credit crunch?
Although there is not much we can do to stop what is most likely coming, people who are anticipating a need to borrow money in the near future should start taking steps to make sure their credit is as good as possible. This may mean reducing your credit utilization rate, reviewing your credit report and disputing errors on it, and being sure to pay debt payments like credit card bills on time every month. Meanwhile, businesses that have loans that are approaching the end of their term should roll it over or refinance it as soon as possible rather than waiting.
Experts are also advising Americans to make sure they have cash on hand to cover emergency situations, such as a period of joblessness or a full economic collapse. Of course, that is easier said than done at a time when inflation remains high and many people are struggling to cover the rising costs of everyday goods and groceries.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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