Financial writer and analyst Bix Weir is not surprised by the Federal Reserve’s policies because it is all part of the long term plan. Weir explains, “The goal, since we went off the gold standard in 1971, has been to run the financial system as long and as hard as possible, sucking up all the benefits of fiat money, and there are very few attempts to slow this mess down. The idea is to put as much money as you can . . . until you have printed so much money the system implodes. This was a Nobel Prize winning paper in the 1960’s called “On the Road to the Golden Age.” It basically says if you have this freedom and flexibility with the monetary system, run it as hard as you can until people stop accepting the unbacked fiat money, then crash the system and go back to something safe and sound after it all blows up. . . . What they need is a big enough bubble so when it crashes, it take out all the derivatives, the malfeasance of the banks, the good guys and the bad guys and all the things going on behind the scenes. They need the bubble so big, and that’s what they are doing right now is blowing the bubble so big everybody feels the effect of a crash.”
When is the next crash coming? Weir says it will all unwind before “the end of this year.” Weir contends, “The decision will need to be made this year. The banks will, once again, come to Congress and say we need money for a bailout. That decision will be made by the U.S. people, not by Congress, not by the Fed and not by the banks. It’s going to come to the people, and I believe they will say no to bailouts.” Continue reading »
While the world was focused on the content of Yellen’s Thursday speech in Amherst for clues on whether the Fed Chair would back off her disturbingly dovish outlook on the world, what was the real surprise was the delivery: as we showed previously, there was a very troubling 100 second interval at the very end of the 50 minute, 5,000+ word speech, in which the 69-year old Yellen suddenly seemed unable to read the words on the page, was rereading the same phrase over and over, paused for long stretches at a time, and then had a violent reaction that forced her to end her speech prematurely. Watch it again below.
“Yellen faltered at end of her speech. Last page was agonizing. I don’t think she felt well but she seemed better when she left the stage.”
“…the federal funds rate and other nominal interest rates cannot go much below zero, since holding cash is always an alternative to investing in securities. … the lowest the FOMC can feasibly push the real federal funds rate is essentially the negative value of the inflation rate. As a result, the Federal Reserve has less room to ease monetary policy when inflation is very low. This limitation is a potentially serious problem because severe downturns such as the Great Recession may require pushing real interest rates far below zero for an extended period to restore full employment at a satisfactory pace.“
Moving on, but it only gets better because suddenly, out of the blue, a new Treasury bond market analyst emerges: none other than disgraced former CIA head David Petraeus, who somehow avoided treason charges when it was revealed that he had a mistress to whom he had leaked confidential material resulting in his prompt termination from the CIA, only to reemerge several years later…. as a Treasury market expert (as well as being recently hired by KKR, of course, just so the private equity company can scrub all of his formerly confidential knowledge before giving him the boot in the nearest future).
CNN introduces him as follows: “Petraeus is one of America’s brightest minds on matters of national security. He served as a top military commander in charge of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming director of the CIA in 2011.”
Leaving aside the laughable assertion of the first statement, after reading some of his comments we can only imagine he, as a member of the “intelligence community”, is a devoted subscriber of the abovementioned “Strategic Intelligence” newsletter.
Because here is the one statement from Petraeus that we read, read again, then kept rereading for one simple reason…
“There is no shortage of customers for the purchase of U.S. Treasuries,” said Petraeus…. “Given the relative strength of the U.S. economy and the prospect of the Fed raising interest rates at some point in the months ahead, I suspect there will continue to be very keen interest in U.S. Treasuries,” Petraeus said.
… everything in it is dead wrong. Continue reading »
“And just like that Weimar 2.0 is born.“
Last Friday, we posted what we thought was a watershed report by Australia’s largest investment bank Macquarie, one which openly called for central bank funding of fiscal spending, aka “helicopter money”, by directly monetizing treasuries. Ironically, the bank made the call despite admitting that it would not work in the long run, leading to even more stagflation and deflation. This was the gist:
As velocity of money globally continues to fall, conventional QEs have to become exponentially larger, as marginal benefit declines. If public sector is not prepared to step aside, what other measures can be introduced to support nominal GDP and avoid deflation? Continue reading »
In the chart below I’ve indexed real median personal income against real corporate profits (before tax w/o adjustments) to the beginning of 2009, the point at which central bankers implemented trickle down economics to rescue Americans from the largest gov/banking policy induced disaster in the history of the world. Let’s have a look at the results of the bankers trickle down strategy….
Go figure eh…. Anyone think moar QE is the answer?? We just won’t know unless we keep on trying I suppose… says Ms. Yellen and the Business Roundtable (click to see many of the very faces of those that reached their shifty little hands into the ass of the golden goose and pulled out trillions of printed dollars but left trillions in debt obligations for your grandchildren). Continue reading »
“As interest rates go more negative, market participants will have increasing incentives to make payments quickly and to receive payments in forms that can be collected slowly. This is exactly the opposite of what happened when short-term interest rates skyrocketed in the late 1970s: people then wanted to delay making payments as long as possible and to collect payments as quickly as possible…. if interest rates go negative, we may see an epochal outburst of socially unproductive—even if individually beneficial—financial innovation.”
The Federal Reserve yielded to international pressure making the very same mistake that it made during 1927.
Back then, there was a secret meeting and the Fed agreed to lower US rates to try to help Europe and thereby deflect capital inflows back to Europe.
The exact opposite unfolded in the aftermath and even more money abandoned Europe and flowed directly into the US share market.
Sep 5, 2015
In this special episode of the Keiser Report from New York, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the never seen before triple category four hurricanes heading for global financial markets caused by injection of too much hot air from central bankers. In the second half, Max interviews Gerald Celente about Rule 48, volatility and invasions.
Tags: Banking, China, Collapse, Economy, Fed, Federal Reserve, Gerald Celente, Global News, Government, Janet Yellen, Max Keiser, Obama administration, Politics, Ponzi schemes, Stock Market, U.S., Wall Street
– It Really Is As Simple As That (ZeroHedge, Sep 8, 2015):
Six years after we first explained the only thing that matters for this “market”, JPMorgan finally figured it out, and in doing so proudly joined the ranks of the “tinfoil hat, conspiracy theorists” unable to grasp the finer nuances of the Magic Money Tree theory.
Now, who else can’t wait for the Fed’s first rate hike in nearly a decade?
– The IMF Just Confirmed The Nightmare Scenario For Central Banks Is Now In Play (ZeroHedge, Sep 4, 2015):
The most important piece of news announced today was also, as usually happens, the most underreported: it had nothing to do with US jobs, with the Fed’s hiking intentions, with China, or even the ongoing “1998-style” carnage in emerging markets. Instead, it was the admission by ECB governing council member Ewald Nowotny that what we said about the ECB hitting a supply brick wall, was right. Specifically, earlier today Bloomberg quoted the Austrian central banker that the ECB asset-backed securities purchasing program “hasn’t been as successful as we’d hoped.”
Why? “It’s simply because they are running out. There are simply too few of these structured products out there.” Continue reading »
– “It’s A Tipping Point” Marc Faber Warns “There Are No Safe Assets Anymore” (ZeroHedge, Sept 2, 2015):
Markets have “reached some kind of a tipping point,” warns Marc Faber in this brief Bloomberg TV interview. Simply put, he explains, “because of modern central banking and repeated interventions with monetary policy, in other words, with QE, all around the world by central banks – there is no safe asset anymore.” The purchasing power of money is going down, and Faber “would rather focus on precious metals because they do not depend on the industrial demand as much as base metals or industrial commodities,” as it’s now “obvious that the Chinese economy is growing at nowhere near what the Ministry of Truth is publishing.”
Faber explains more… “I have to laugh when someone like you tries to lecture me what creates prosperity”
Some key exceprts… Continue reading »
– Ron Paul Rages “Blame The Fed, Not China” For The Stock Market Crash (The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Aug 30, 2015):
Following Monday’s historic stock market downturn, many politicians and so-called economic experts rushed to the microphones to explain why the market crashed and to propose “solutions” to our economic woes. Not surprisingly, most of those commenting not only failed to give the right answers, they failed to ask the right questions.Many blamed the crash on China’s recent currency devaluation. It is true that the crash was caused by a flawed monetary policy. However, the fault lies not with China’s central bank but with the US Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve’s inflationary policies distort the economy, creating bubbles, which in turn create a booming stock market and the illusion of widespread prosperity. Inevitably, the bubble bursts, the market crashes, and the economy sinks into a recession. Continue reading »
– The Great Unwind, China Begins Dumping Treasuries (Sprott Money):
Behind the scenes is an event unfolding that has the market shaking in its boots. Yet you don’t hear this discussed by the mainstream media, let alone investment bankers.
The reason? It is an event that has been talked about throughout China’s rise to prominence. It has been pondered and feared by Western bankers and politicians. The event I am talking about is the dumping of US treasuries by China. Continue reading »
– What China’s Treasury Liquidation Means: $1 Trillion QE In Reverse (ZeroHedge, Aug 27, 2015):
The size of the epic RMB carry trade could be as high as $1.1 trillion. If China were to liquidate $1 trillion in reserves (i.e. USTs) in order to stabilize the yuan in the face of the carry unwind, it would effectively offset 60% of QE3 and put around 200 bps of upward pressure on 10Y yields. So in effect, China’s UST dumping is QE in reverse – and on a massive scale.
– Peter Schiff Warns “The Fed Is Spooking The Markets, Not China” (Euro Pacific Capital, Aug 24, 2015):
Fasten your seat belts, this ride is getting interesting. Last week the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 1,000 points, notching its worst weekly performance in four years. The sell-off took the Dow Jones down more than 10% from its peak valuations, thereby constituting the first official correction in four years. One third of all S&P 500 companies are already in bear market territory, having declined more than 20% from their peaks. Scarier still, the selling intensified as the week drew to a close, with the Dow losing 530 points on Friday, after falling 350 points on Thursday. The new week is even worse, with the Dow dropping almost 1,100 points near the open today before cutting its losses significantly. However, no one should expect that this selling is over. The correction may soon morph into a full-fledged bear market if the Fed makes good on its supposed intentions to raise interest rates this year. Have no illusions, while most market observers are quick to blame the sell-off on China, this market was given life by the Fed, and the Fed is the only force that will keep it alive.
The Dow has now blown through the lows from October 2014, when fears over life without quantitative easing and zero percent interest rates had caused the markets to pull back about 5%. Back then when market fear began spreading, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard publically issued a few choice words which reassured the markets that the Fed stood ready to reignite the QE engines if the economy really needed a fresh dose of stimulus. By the end of the year the Dow had rallied 10%. Continue reading »
From the article:
“Said differently, the risks of the world being at or near the end of its long-term debt cycle are significant.”
Leading to the conclusion that “We Believe That the Next Big Fed Move Will Be to Ease (Via QE) Rather Than to Tighten“
– Forget Rate Hikes: Bridgewater Says QE4 Is Next; Warns World Is Approaching End Of Debt Supercycle (ZeroHedge, Aug 24, 2015):
In a just released letter to clients, the head of the world’s largest hedge fund delivers one of his usual sermons about the economy as a perpetual motion machine, affected by central banks, and where interest rates are supposed to boost asset returns by being below “the rates of return of longer-term assets.”
None of that is terribly exciting and it is in fitting with what Bridgewater has said for a long time (incidentally, it is curious that just over the weekend, the FT released a piece in which a “US asset manager warns over risk parity” which is what Bridgewater’s bread and butter is all about). Continue reading »
– In Less Than 10 Years, The Federal Reserve Has Driven Millions Of American Women Into Prostitution (ZeroHedge, Aug 24, 2015):
Hookernomices: In less than 10 years, the Federal Reserve Has Driven Millions of American Women into Prostitution
Mainstreaming Prostitution: Beginning last year, the Bank of England included prostitution in GDP measurements. According to the Office of National Statistics, prostitution generated $9B a year, adding 0.7% to the UK GDP. They aren’t alone: Sweden, Norway and a few other European countries already include it. And if you can measure it, you can tax it. And legalization is necessary for measurement.
Prostitution is legal in most of the developed world. In fact, of the G20 countries, prostitution is illegal in just 5: China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and, of course, the United States.
Mainstreaming Prostitution US-Style: Seeking Arrangement Continue reading »
– This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen: Crashing Inflation Expectations Suggest Imminent Launch Of QE4 (ZeroHedge, Aug 23, 2015)
From the article:
“Is it any wonder that with “personal finance experts” such as these, that the personal finances of America have never been worse?”
– Americas “Most Trusted Personal Finance Expert” Demands Another Fed Bailout (ZeroHedge, Aug 22, 2015):
Back in August 2007, just as the quant funds had their first taste of what the upcoming collapse would look like and when the Fed for the first time realized that the subprime woes were “not contained” despite what Ben Bernanke had promised previously to Congress, financial comedy TV’s best known mascot, Jim Cramer had a meltdown on CNBC following Bear Stearns’ CFO admission that the fixed-income market turmoil was the worst in 22 years, ranting how the Fed “knows nothing” and how it should promptly bail out the financial system.
Little did Bear Stearns know that less than 9 months later it would no longer exist, but not before the same Jim Cramer proclaimed Bear Stearns was “fine” and is not in trouble when it was trading at $62/share. A week later the company was insolvent and was handed to JPM for a forced take-out at $2/share.
Fast forward 8 years when we just witnessed the biggest weekly market rout in 4 years and largest VIX surge in history, and when – like clockwork – the financial “experts” come crawling out demanding, you guessed it, another Fed bailout.
Here is Suze Orman, self-described as “America’s Most Trusted Personal Finance Expert“ who, hilariously enough, in a Twitter conversation with none other than financial comedy’s prime mascot made it quite clear how she feels about the market rout: Continue reading »
– How Western Governments Will Steal Your Land, Part I (Sprott Money, Aug 19, 2015):
This was a difficult piece to write, and an equally difficult piece to title, because the people who most need to see this message are simultaneously the least-likely to read it. How do you steal anything? Boiled down, there are only two procedures: doing so via brute-force (i.e. robbery), or doing so by deception (i.e. fraud).
This is primarily a warning about the latter form of stealing, although ultimately there will be brute-force employed, for any who attempt to resist the mass-foreclosures and mass-evictions which are now imminent. To explain how your land will be stolen from (most of) you – by fraud – first requires a brief lesson in economics, conducted via a simple, hypothetical scenario. Continue reading »
“Evidence in support of Bernanke’s view of the channels through which QE works is at best mixed. There is no work, to my knowledge, that establishes a link from QE to the ultimate goals of the Fed inflation and real economic activity. Indeed, casual evidence suggests that QE has been ineffective in increasing inflation.”
– After 6 Years Of QE, And A $4.5 Trillion Balance Sheet, St. Louis Fed Admits QE Was A Mistake (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2015):
As you’re no doubt aware, the Fed is fond of using the research departments at its various branches to validate policy and analyze away bad economic outcomes. For instance, earlier this year, the San Francisco Fed came up with an academic justification for the now infamous double seasonally adjusted GDP print – they call it “residual seasonality.” Then there’s the NY Fed, where researchers recently took to the bank’s blog to explain why, despite all evidence to the contrary, Treasury liquidity is “fairly favorable.” Continue reading »
– Dollar Tumbles As Fed Rate Hike Suddenly Looking Very Uncertain To Goldman, Bank Of America (ZeroHedge, Aug 12, 2015):
After China’s shocking currency devaluation, which some more conspiratorially-minded observers have concluded was China’s retaliation to the west for the IMF’s recent snub that pushed back China’s evaluation for inclusion into the SDR to some indefinite point in 2016, the only question on everyone’s mind is whether the Fed will delay or outright cancel any imminent “data-dependent” rate hikes as a result of the implicit tightening of monetary conditions thanks to China, and the dramatic appreciation of the USD which would not have taken place without China.