From my recent conversations with emerging market portfolio managers, it is becoming quite clear that the enthusiasm investors had placed in Brazil as a domestic growth story earlier in the year is running thin. Buy why is the bloom coming off the rose? Some of the things portfolio managers are saying range from an experienced small-cap Latam buyer who said, “Inflation, Mantega going Don Quixote fighting wars that nobody creates other than themselves with high inflation. There is just no visibility,” to a large global fund manager who said, “I am in Brazil this week, it’s slowing down here for sure...” Banco Fator head of equity research Lika Takahashi made some very insightful comments this morning on this topic. In her view, there are couple of factors. First off, valuations in Brazil remain high. Especially considering that it’s likely the global slowdown coupled with high inflation domestically will crimp margins going forward, something she believes is not fully priced in yet.
Bernanke – “I’ve abandoned the dual mandate!”
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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
This is the birthing of a third political party that will launch major attacks politically against the Bankster’s international establishment.
This is not a phenomenon to dismiss in any way. It is a game changer just like Arab Spring, but the pressing question is to what?
What would a government of 99%ers look like and do? Hyper inflate of course.
Australian riot police break up ‘Occupy Melbourne’ protest; up to 20 arrested
By Associated Press, Published: October 20
MELBOURNE, Australia — Riot police in Australia’s second-largest city broke up a demonstration linked to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement Friday, after a group of around 100 people protesting corporate greed defied an order to vacate a plaza.
Between 15 and 20 members of the “Occupy Melbourne” group were arrested and around 20 people, including two police officers, suffered minor injuries in the scuffle, Victoria state Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana said. Several demonstrators screamed and cried as police dragged and carried them away from the city square, where protesters had been camped out for nearly a week.
The so-called “Occupy” movement began last month in New York, where people frustrated with America’s stubbornly limp economy have been camped out on Wall Street to protest corporate greed and social inequality. Since then, thousands of people have joined similar protests across the globe, including several cities in Australia. Most of the protests have been peaceful — with the exception of a rally in Rome that turned violent last week when protesters smashed bank windows, hurled bottles and set cars on fire.
Around 100 “Occupy” activists in Melbourne had been camped out in the square without incident since Oct. 15, many spending each night there in tents. But the Melbourne City Council finally said it had had enough, and warned protesters to leave by Friday morning or face trespassing charges.
Most activists ignored the eviction order, linking arms and forming a human chain while shouting, “This is a peaceful protest!”
Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
QE to infinity as there is no other functional option.
Fed’s Tarullo backs more MBS purchases
By Greg Robb
Oct. 20, 2011, 6:00 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Federal Reserve Board Gov. Daniel Tarullo on Thursday backed another large-scale purchase program of agency-backed, mortgage-backed securities to support the economy. In a speech at Columbia University in New York, Tarullo said that the purchases could help the housing market, which is “central to the slow pace of the recovery.” The Fed has already purchased $1.25 trillion of agency MBS in 2008 and 2009 as part of its $2.3 trillion of asset purchases, or quantitative easing. Tarullo said that a proposal to allow underwater homeowners to refinance their mortgages would increase the effect of an MBS purchase plan. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Thursday, Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren also said the Fed should consider more MBS. Tarullo added that he disagreed with some Fed officials who believe the central bank has done all it can to help the economy. “If we take account of the unusual nature of the current shortfall in fashioning policy responses, there is much that government policy — including monetary policy — can still do,” he said.
Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
Although consequences have not been the highlight of the recent past, this is serious business.
GAO Finds Serious Conflicts at the Fed
October 19, 2011
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 – A new audit of the Federal Reserve released today detailed widespread conflicts of interest involving directors of its regional banks.
“The most powerful entity in the United States is riddled with conflicts of interest,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said after reviewing the Government Accountability Office report. The study required by a Sanders Amendment to last year’s Wall Street reform law examined Fed practices never before subjected to such independent, expert scrutiny.
The GAO detailed instance after instance of top executives of corporations and financial institutions using their influence as Federal Reserve directors to financially benefit their firms, and, in at least one instance, themselves. “Clearly it is unacceptable for so few people to wield so much unchecked power,” Sanders said. “Not only do they run the banks, they run the institutions that regulate the banks.”
Sanders said he will work with leading economists to develop legislation to restructure the Fed and bar the banking industry from picking Fed directors. “This is exactly the kind of outrageous behavior by the big banks and Wall Street that is infuriating so many Americans,” Sanders said.
The corporate affiliations of Fed directors from such banking and industry giants as General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, and Lehman Brothers pose “reputational risks” to the Federal Reserve System, the report said. Giving the banking industry the power to both elect and serve as Fed directors creates “an appearance of a conflict of interest,” the report added.
The 108-page report found that at least 18 specific current and former Fed board members were affiliated with banks and companies that received emergency loans from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis.
It looks like the South African Mining stocks are ready to skyrocket:
In the following article, Fed officials are quoted making statements that open wide the door to more Quantitative Easing through “large-scale purchases of additional mortgage-backed securities.”
CIGA Richard B.
Fed official says more bond purchases may be needed
Federal Reserve’s Tarullo says Fed should considers buying mortgage bonds again to boost growth
Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer,
On Thursday, October 20, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — A voting member of the Federal Reserve’s policy-making committee on Thursday called for the central bank to consider buying mortgage bonds again as a way to spur economic growth.
Daniel Tarullo, a Fed governor, said Thursday that another round of purchases of mortgage-backed securities by the Fed could help the economy by further lowering interest rates, including mortgage rates.
Such a move would be an aggressive step by the central bank to provide support to the economy and boost the depressed housing market.
“I believe we should move back up toward the top of the list of options the large-scale purchases of additional mortgage-backed securities,” Tarullo said in his speech at Columbia University in New York. He noted that was something the FOMC first did in November 2008 and then in greater amounts beginning in March 2009.
German Bund sale undersubscribed as risky assets rise
Centralized governments, also known as debt junkies, are having trouble getting their fix. Short term trend changes US Treasuries and US Dollar confirm it.
U.S. Dollar ETF
U.S. Treasury Bond ETF
The wolfpack, already wreacking havoc in Europe, will turn on the world’s reserve currency when all the easy prey have been culled without drastic, preemptive monetary changes. Unfortunately, history says don’t count it. Central planners will be using their own verison of the broken arrow call when it happens.
Headline: UPDATE 1-German Bund sale undersubscribed as risky assets rise
By Kirsten Donovan
LONDON Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:11am EDT
Oct 19 (Reuters) – Germany saw poor demand for its 10-year bonds at an auction on Wednesday as a modest pick up in equities hit appetite for safe-haven debt and low yields failed to lure investors.
It was the second weak result in a row for Germany, with a 30-year bond sale last week also technically uncovered despite chunky cash inflows from coupon and redemption payments.
Shares and the euro were higher, and German Bund futures lower, before the sale on optimism policymakers will take major steps at a weekend summit to resolve the euro zone debt crisis.