How the rich get richer – money in the world economy | DW Documentary

  • Published on:  Wednesday, July 5, 2017
  • Exploding real estate prices, zero interest rate and a rising stock market – the rich are getting richer. What danger lies in wait for average citizens?

    For years, the world’s central banks have been pursuing a policy of cheap money. The first and foremost is the ECB (European Central Bank), which buys bad stocks and bonds to save banks, tries to fuel economic growth and props up states that are in debt. But what relieves state budgets to the tune of hundreds of billions annoys savers: interest rates are close to zero.

    The fiscal policies of the central banks are causing an uncontrolled global deluge of money. Experts are warning of new bubbles. In real estate, for example: it’s not just in German cities that prices are shooting up. In London, a one-bed apartment can easily cost more than a million Euro. More and more money is moving away from the real economy and into the speculative field. Highly complex financial bets are taking place in the global casino - gambling without checks and balances. The winners are set from the start: in Germany and around the world, the rich just get richer. Professor Max Otte says: "This flood of money has caused a dangerous redistribution. Those who have, get more." But with low interest rates, any money in savings accounts just melts away. Those with debts can be happy. But big companies that want to swallow up others are also happy: they can borrow cheap money for their acquisitions. Coupled with the liberalization of the financial markets, money deals have become detached from the real economy. But it’s not just the banks that need a constant source of new, cheap money today. So do states. They need it to keep a grip on their mountains of debt. It’s a kind of snowball system. What happens to our money? Is a new crisis looming? The film 'The Money Deluge' casts a new and surprising light on our money in these times of zero interest rates.

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  • Ian Edmonds

    Ian Edmonds

     6 hours ago

    The world is ill right now it pains me.
    Something has to change.
    I don't know what we need to do but it has to happen fast and hard.
    We need a leader to bring us to bear. It can happen now or soon but it needs to happen.
    I will follow that person.
    We will all follow that person.
    C'mon, We need you!
    Luv and Peace.

  • jacobrocks7


     8 hours ago

    Banks including the Fed and ECB are crooks

  • cat Stapleton

    cat Stapleton

     10 hours ago

    What happened to responsibility, Oh no, it has been overshadowed by the dreamworld of greed

  • Green Leaf

    Green Leaf

     11 hours ago

    Capitalism for the poor, Socialism for the rich.

  • Radley2612


     20 hours ago

    End the Fed/Central Banks and reward the public for their effort

  • Paul Rizzo

    Paul Rizzo


    Tell me if this sounds familiar. "Everyone is just borrowing from each other to make money but noone is creating value". Why did the fed say they started doing rep again?

  • Tina S

    Tina S


    the correct answer is fake people, fake money, fake news. If it was legal and legitimate they would not bragg about it so much knowing how many people suffer because of them. 2. For many it is not their money they have certain goals and plans that are not good. they work for the Governmant but we are not supposed to know. Like NGOs. North koreans are laughing for good reasons.

  • Happy Chuck Programming

    Happy Chuck Programming


    Financial heist

  • Happy Chuck Programming

    Happy Chuck Programming


    So true

  • GTA V Decoders

    GTA V Decoders


    find out Bill gates race and make a note of all the rich people and their race...then see which race wants dominance over the world written in their holy books!

  • The Grin Reaper

    The Grin Reaper


    Couldn't resist shoving Donald Trump in there, can ya. I hope the economy just collapses and the US drops the dollar and world goes back to the gold standard.

  • Kevin Beckenham

    Kevin Beckenham


    One day there will be there will be biggest crash never happen in history, worse than one that happen 1929 which lead to 1930's depression. Have we ever learnt yet ?

  • adrian lobo

    adrian lobo

     2 days ago

    nice one

  • the eye in the sky

    the eye in the sky

     2 days ago

    Invest in cardboard companies and recycling.thats where the money is these days.believe me

  • the eye in the sky

    the eye in the sky

     2 days ago

    Not quite in London! Panama papers too. Don't fprget.that.and that's even worse

  • the eye in the sky

    the eye in the sky

     2 days ago

    I wonder where are the politicians I all these corrupted system? 😂😂😂😂

  • TheSkruer


     2 days ago

    People that can't manage their dept spiral or have blow xxx ammount of income.. Should have their debts reduced to a manageable level, or cleared. This would mean that people that do get this can't get any new loans for 5-10 years. Excluding money for cars.

  • Leon Henry

    Leon Henry

     2 days ago

    So don't save, borrow borrow and borrow more until I can't pay it back because I have no savings, then declare bankruptcy and start over in a years time.

  • Mark Sargent-Bennett

    Mark Sargent-Bennett

     2 days ago +1

    Gimme some cheap money