Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In two tweets, the collapse of Venezuelan economy

Two tweets, one from November 21 and one this morning this morning, November 30

(word play on Chavez promising that his revolution would last with him at the helm until the year 2012, his version of the thousand years Reich).

The Venezuelan currency on the black market lost 50% of its value in not even ten days. Note that in October it was hovering at 1100 and this afternoon it has already crossed the 4200 barrier. Thus we can say that the depreciation over a month is around 75%.  I do not think that historically Venezuela's currency has experienced such a drop in such a short time.

Economist will have all sorts of fancy explanations to give you. The regime will speak of a terrorist attack on Venezuela by the imperialism, refusing to consider that the Fidel Castro, finally croaked, model is the guilty party. What I am going to tell you is what this means at ground zero, the one of yours truly.

It means that with the hyperinflation setting in with our two paycheck combined we may not be able to cover food and medical expenses of my SO, even with insurance.

It means that assuming that I can find and purchase raw material to keep producing it would be so expensive to produce that no one will be able to afford me (or no one else for that matter).

It means that considering that national food is insufficient we will not be able to purchase imported food.

It means that come February, when the full effect of this is felt, I may be out of a job, out of food, out of medicine for the SO. And it will not be a question of price and money in the bank. Simply, the shelves will be barren.

Why o why?

Well, it all started when the regime decided to pass a national budget without approbation by the National Assembly. As expected, once creditors were told that nothing outside of a National Assembly vote would be recognized as debt, then loans stopped. Oil prices did not go up. Plus other well known factors of a dysfunctional economy. Conclusion? Bankruptcy and a dollar that goes from 1000 to a USD to 4000 in about a month time.

It is just that simple folks, truly. An absolute lack of confidence in the regime.

The worst thing of all is that there is little that can be done at this point, the damage is too deep. A mere relaxation on price controls or currency exchange will not do. We are like in Eastern Europe circa Berlin Wall collapse. The regime tried for so long to avoid an economy bang that it created the conditions for a nuclear economic bang. Now we need to do, SIMULTANEOUSLY, removing currency control, removing price controls, negotiate with the IMF some sort of bridge loan to help the poorest people to eat.

And all of this is only possible with a change of government. It is not even a matter of sharing responsibilities with the opposition, it is too late for that (and I have my doubts about the opposition wanting to reach office now, but that is matter for a future post).


  1. Cross your fingers: oil price went up 5 dollars today.


    un articulo de esos que no explica nada.

    La unica explicacion es que Clinton-Obama tenia una arreglo con los Saudies...contra Putin y contra los "deplorables" y su boom economico basado en petroleo de esquisto.

    Words fail me...habia leido bastante sobre este conspiracy theory y resulto ser verdad.

  3. ja. Y Maduro creera que fue por él.

  4. Charly12:11 PM

    And those turkeys are printing new Bs 500 bills when, if they had a bit of brain they should print 5 million Bs bills in anticipation of the next year (or next six months?).

  5. And all of this is only possible with a change of government. Well said...

  6. Good news for Venezuela:
    1. Oil is up to over $50 USD for Brent.

    Bad news:
    1. December 01, 2016 - DolarToday 4600
    2. Oil production by PDVSA keeps falling due to mismanagement and under investment
    3. Drumpf@

  7. Does immense CORRUPTION ring the bell?

  8. Boludo Tejano1:45 PM

    And all of this is only possible with a change of government.
    As the GOV's policy has been to not change anything from what Chavez allegedly set in stone, in spite of vastly changed economic conditions since 2014, it is impossible to envisage the GOV implementing even a small fraction of the above needed changes.

  9. Anonymous5:41 PM

    Forget Oil prices going up much higher long term. Fracking at $ 50 - 60 will be profitable again and fill the gap supply shortage caused by the Saudi cuts. And once Trump is in power, he will allow offshore drilling, so in a short time the gap is met. OPEC no longer sets the oil prices thru production cuts or increases, the USA does.

  10. This is really bad news. 75% depreciation in 30 days! 30 DAYS! I'm stunned. Wow.

    Venezuela is about to turn the corner and will reach Zimbawe's land of hyper-inflation in 2017.


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