Gimme Capital!

With the world growing hungry for cash, consumers may be destined for years of high interest rates

If capitalism has triumphed around the world, where will all the capital come from? That question is the latest to embroil the quarrelsome community of economists, raising fears that the victory could lead to a shortage of funds that will slow growth in the U.S. and abroad. With so many countries hungry for capital, say these experts, the demand will drive interest rates up. The increases in turn could choke off investments for new homes, plants and machinery. "This is the first time since the outbreak of World War I that every nation on this planet has a capitalist economic system...

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