Dr Willie has advised us that Morgan Stanley appears to be on the ropes. I’ll weigh in with my observations and some ‘on the ground’ suggestions.
MS failure? That would explain the 600 CPAs hired at $500 an hour to dive into an unnamed bank on Wall Street. No one has named the bank or banks that received a hypo from the Fed in the last month. It was $800 million and this is the first time since 2008 that the Fed has done a hypo. Someone was real short on liquidity.
If you are in the umbra of MS your money will be gone ala MFG, protected by the 7th Circuit court ruling that your money used as collateral is now the property of the creditor.
IF YOU ARE THE FIRST OUT YOU GET THE BEST DEAL: If you are in the penumbra your money is at complete risk given the new rules in the MMA market that are designed to prevent bank runs. The southern Euro tier countries have limits that range from $400 to $1,500 max withdrawals a day coupled with draconian currency and PM border controls. If your money is in the bank you will not be able to get to in.
Spain has seen 5% of its bank deposits flee in July. The bank run is a full blown race to exits. Remember this one fact. IF YOU ARE THE FIRST OUT YOU GET THE BEST DEAL.
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SILVER: The Achilles’ Heel
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Gold nearly touched $1700 Friday on speculation Ben Bernanke and The Fed will soon publicly announce QE3.
While additional QE impacts the price of gold from a demand side standpoint with traders and investors acquiring the asset in order to protect themselves from currency devaluation and debasement, gold’s supply side might have just experienced a black swan event, as 12,000 South African gold miners have followed their platinum miner counter-parts by going on strike from Gold Fields.
Gold Fields is the world’s 4th largest gold mine, and the strike is costing the firm 1,660 ounces of gold a day in lost production according to Gold Fields’ spokesman Sven Lunsche.
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Introduction: John Butler is a Marin County native who studied economics, history, philosophy and international politics at university before embarking on a career in the financial industry. He worked for over 15 years as an interest rate, currency and commodity strategist at major investment banks in North America and Europe prior to founding his own independent investment and advisory firm, Amphora Capital. While at Lehman Brothers in the mid-2000s, he was ranked #1 for Interest Rate Strategy in the Institutional Investor Survey. He currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer of the Amphora Commodities Alpha Fund and is the publisher of the popular Amphora Report investment newsletter, featured on a number of prominent financial websites. John is also the author of The Golden Revolution: How to Prepare for the Coming Global Gold Standard, published by John Wiley and Sons (2012). A frequent speaker and presenter at investment conferences and seminars around the world, his research has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boerzenzeitung and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among other publications.
Daily Bell: Give us some sense of how you got interested in finance.
John Butler: My original interest in finance was as an underappreciated aspect of history. Nothing important happens in the world that is not financed in some way, yet the sources and methods of financing for international trade, industrial expansions and innovations, wars, revolutions, political campaigns, colonialism, imperialism, etc., generally do not feature prominently in the history books.
While studying toward a PhD in International Economics and Finance, I learned much about what academia is really like and decided I was better suited to the real world of practical finance. And so I headed off to Wall Street and took the best job I could find.
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Two weeks ago we showed dramatic footage as striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana South Africa platinum mine were fired upon by local the local cops, killing dozens of protesters in the process. Aside from the implications of what happens when the establishment loses control and desperate workers revolt with complete disregard for their own safety, the strike has crippled the world’s third largest platinum maker, and has cut daily production of the precious metal by 2,500 ounces. Since then the Lonmin situation has remained critical, with just 6% of the South African company’s workers turning up for work last week. In the meantime, the strike bug has gone airborne, and has now impacted Gold Fields, the world’s fourth largest gold mine. From the FT: “Some 12,000 workers at a gold mine operated by Gold Fields have gone on strike, in the latest industrial strife to hit South Africa’s mining industry. Sven Lunsche, a spokesman for Gold Fields, said the wild-cat strike was not directly related to the crisis at the Marikana platinum complex, where 44 people have been killed in violence after rock drill operators downed their tools to demand higher wages on August 10. But he acknowledged that “the atmosphere in the mining industry is very volatile at the moment and this may have had an indirect impact on the situation”. The bottom line: “The strike was costing the company 1,660 gold ounces of production a day, Mr Lunsche said.” In other words in addition to the fear of a resumption in money printing by central bankers, the gold price will now have to deal with the added fear that supply disruptions just may hamper China’s stealthy hording attempts to become the world’s biggest holder of physical gold, or at least at sub $2000/oz prices.
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Fresh on the heels of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the Democratic wing of the one-party bird is set to begin their own three-day circus party in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. As is the case every year, both parties either have or will be accompanied with the symbols of freedom that every American has come to know and love – militarized police, random checkpoints, warrantless searches, and a virtual lockdown of the entire area surrounding the convention.
Of course, while the average person who lives, works, and produces in the general area is subjected to, at best, a major inconvenience of their daily routine and, at worst, a gross violation of their Constitutional rights under a police state crackdown, many of the more upscale attendees of the DNC will enjoy what amounts to royal immunity as they skirt about town and partake of some of the finest women (or men) and drugs that money can buy.
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On the heels of the spectacular surge in gold and silver, Egon von Greyerz and Dan Norcini update King World News listeners on the critical developments taking place in both markets. Norcini discusses the crucial changes in the COT structure, but first, Egon von Greyerz, of Materhorn Asset Management out of Switzerland, had this to say about Bernanke’s speech: “On the one hand he says we shouldn’t expand the balance sheet further because that isn’t good for the finances of the Fed. But on the other hand, and this is the important statement at the end of his speech, he talks about daunting economic challenges that confront our nation.
He talks about the stagnation of the labor market, which is in particular a ‘grave concern.’ Then, his final statement, is the most important thing for the Fed is to support economic growth and job creation. Then he says, ‘Taking due account of the uncertainties and its policy tools, the Fed will provide additional policy accommodation as needed, to promote a stronger economic recovery.’”
Egon von Greyerz continues @ KingWorldNews.com
The murder of striking miners reveals that the deep apartheid pattern of the labor market, particularly in the mining industry, has not changed.
AUDJPY is getting smacked hard in this evening's admittedly thin trading given the US holiday. China's double-whammies of PMI data (both official and HSBC versions - with the latter revised lower from Flash to its lowest level since March 2009) and some weak Aussie retail sales data is weighing very heavily on the critical carry trade pair. S&P 500 futures traded down in line with AUDJPY from Friday's close but once the China PMI came as weak as it was so the 'Good is Bad', the PBoC have to do something crowd started buying and dragged ES up a few points. Juxtaposing these dismal macro data was a better than expected China Services PMI and Aussie manufacturing index - as the Schrodinger 'economy is good and bad' headlines continue to confound. For the 'bad-is-good' crowd who see stimulus as the solution, we offer three words 'steel overcapacity' and 'malinvestment' and a must-read story from Reuters on the Chinese turning on themselves...