Monday, September 14, 2015

It All Comes Down To This...

The real risk for the Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates at zero and the deflationary feedback from the collapse in commodity prices, and the Chinese economy trips the U.S. into a recession. Given that "QE" programs have no real effect on boosting economic growth, the Fed would be left with virtually no "effective" monetary policy tools with which to stabilize the economy. For the Fed, this is the worse possible outcome.

Citi Just Made "Global Recession In 2016" Its Base Case Scenario

48 hours - that's how long it took Citi's chief economist Willem Buiter to issue a report which was just as dire as Daiwa's, but because Citigroup is much more reliant on keeping it traditionally bullish clients as happy as possible, one had to read between the lines to get to the bottom line.  This is Citi's punchline: "A global recession starting in 2016, led by China is now our Global Economics team's main scenario. Uncertainty remains, but the likelihood of a timely and effective policy response seems to be diminishing."

VIX Has Not Done This Since The USA Was Downgraded

The VIX term structure has been inverted (spot higher than 3rd futures) for 17 days - that is the longest period of backwardation since August 2011, when uncertainty soared around the USA credit rating downgrade. In fact, much of the VIX term structure is higher today than it was at the peak of the crisis on Black Monday as both government shutdown and Fed rate hike fears dominate the forward curve...

UniCredit To Fire 10,000 As EU Bank Pink Slip Pandemonium Continues

First it was Deutsche Bank, and now UniCredit. "Italy's biggest bank by assets, is planning to cut around 10,000 jobs, or 7 percent of its workforce, as it seeks to slash costs and boost profits, a source at the bank told Reuters on Monday," Reuters reports.

China Churn & Fed Fears Spark Sleepy Stock Slippage

Guest Post: Eastern Europe's Crisis Of Shame

As thousands of refugees pour into Europe to escape the horrors of war, with many dying along the way, a different sort of tragedy has played out in many of the European Union’s newest member states. The states known collectively as “Eastern Europe,” including my native Poland, have revealed themselves to be intolerant, illiberal, xenophobic, and incapable of remembering the spirit of solidarity that carried them to freedom a quarter-century ago. 

The Fed Shouldn't Worry About Losing Credibility: It Already Lost It

It appears that the Fed no longer cares about doing the right thing for a very simple reason - the Fed no longer is worried about losing credibility. As the following chart showing the results of a survey of 150 institutional RBS clients and investors confirms, two -thirds already believe the Fed has lost credibility.

The American Dream deferred

Looking at the 4 horsemen of middle class destruction. Student debt, household income, low wage jobs, and FIRE economy dominance.

The angst that is being manifested in the political arena is largely being brought on by economic uncertainty.  There is a general underlying anxiety of living in a United States with a weakened and invisible middle class.  We are heading directly into that scenario with both eyes fully wide open.  Many of the new jobs added since the Great Recession ended have come in the form of low wage employmentLow wage jobs are largely made up by lower wages of course but also, a lack of employment security and rising healthcare costs are forcing families to shoulder a larger financial burden as employers shift costs directly onto them.  The problem with rising costs is reflected by stagnant income growth for households.  Adjusting for inflation, American families are making what they did in the 1980s.  Our young workers looking for better opportunities go to college but then leave with an insurmountable level of student loans.  This debt burden delays household formation and puts a clamp on consumer spending.  Finally, it would seem for the last couple of decades, the only segment of the economy thriving is that of the financial and banking sector.  In other words, the American Dream that once rewarded hard work in mass is becoming a mere mirage in the midst of crony capitalism and financial speculation.
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Clinton Crash Continues: Hillary Loses Majority Support For First Time

The massively-funded Hillary Clinton campaign to run for President goes from worse to worserer. As The Hill reports, Clinton's support has fallen 21 points since July, from 63 to 42%, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday, dropping below 50% for the first time.

Goldman Sachs - Perpetuator Of The Fed's Jihad Against Savers

One of these days, the people of main street will rediscover their torches and pitchforks. But until they do, Goldman has apparently invented still another ruse to keep the Fed doing Wall Street’s bidding, and to thereby keep its wretched jihad against savers fully in force.

The Fate Of The Bursting Tech Bubble Is In The Hands Of Just One Company

For the first time in over two years, without and with the contribution of AAPL, the IT sector will post a year over year decline in EPS. As for earnings excluding AAPL, forget it: "the estimated earnings decline for the Information Technology sector is -0.4%. Excluding Apple, the sector would report a year-over-year decline in earnings of -5.9%."

One Registered Democrat Rages

"It’s the whole disgusting circus parade of identity politics, and PC witch-hunting, and trans-sex drum-beating, and girl-lugging-a-mattress-around-campus idiocy, and blame-it-all-on-Whitey whinging, and drone-strike-du-jour warfare, and out-of-control NSA surveillance monkey business, plus throw in the outrageous scams of “civil forfeiture” under a president who was supposedly a professor of constitutional law — the list of Democratic-sponsored absurdities and turpitudes gives me the vapors."

Egyptian Military "Accidentally" Kills 12 Mexicans Having A Barbecue After Mistaking Them For ISIS

"The tourist group of 22 had parked their four four-by-four vehicles off road for a barbecue near the Bahariya oasis, a tourist site in the western desert, when army aircraft suddenly began shelling them from above"...

Just send a bunch of prostitutes (mostly young men) to the White House and Capitol Hill and the problems will disappear...

A Panicked Brazil Promises Billions In Austerity, Does 180 On Budget After Downgrade

On the heels of a painful S&P downgrade, Brazil now says it plans to enact some BRL26 billion in primary spending cuts for the 2016 budget on the way to achieving in a primary surplus that amounts to 0.7% of GDP.

"Ineffective & Reckless" Fed Is An "Engine of Disaster"

In short, activist Fed policy is both ineffective and reckless (and the historical data bears this out), and that the Federal Reserve has pushed the financial markets to a precipice from which no gentle retreat is ultimately likely. Similar precipices, such as 1929 and 2000, and even lesser precipices like 1906, 1937, 1973 and 2007 have always had unfortunate endings. A quarter-point hike will not cause anything. The causes are already baked in the cake. A rate hike may be a trigger with respect to timing, but that’s all. History suggests we should place our attention on valuations and market internals in any event.

"The Danger Is That It Bursts Just Like In The US": Sweden Goes Full Krugman, Gets Massive Housing Bubble

Never go full Krugman...

A Flock Of Black Swans

Major depressions do not occur overnight. They go in downward waves, interrupted at intervals by false recovery waves.  But the collapse will continue, unstoppably. Like any house of cards, once it begins to actually fall, no further Band-Aids will stop the inevitable. So, what might that trigger be?

The Tortoise? Or The Hair?

Maybe it is 'different' this time...

Iraq War Veteran Blows Whistle On Shameless Propaganda Being Taught At Police Academies

There is no “war on police” happening in America today. What is happening is a growing movement of people who want police accountability, profess a desire to reform the justice system so that we stop incarcerating people for the oxymoron of “victimless crimes,” and an end to the widespread thieving of the public without due process via a practice known as civil asset forfeiture.

Enough Already! Raise The Rate To 3 Percent

Everything is so wonderful that a rate hike would equate to saying the Fed has won. Seven years of ZIRP and a few selling periods when the Fed stopped POMO’s and QE injections, we can easily say with extreme confidence that the Fed won. And by won we mean didn’t ruin the system entirely. Except they did.

Stock Markets Wait for Fed Interest Rate Hike! Debt Would Quickly Crash System!

from The Money GPS:

Putin And Iranian Military Leader Have Secret Deal That Raises Big Red Flags

from Western Journalism:
Russia’s increased military presence in Syria is the result of a partnership between the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force and Russian President Vladimir Putin and reflects a strategy to carve up the Middle East to their liking, according to American and Israeli media reports.
Russian escalation alone resulted in two calls of concern in the past week from Secretary of State John Kerry to his Russian counterpart, Fox News reported.
“The Russians are no longer advising, but co-leading the war in Syria,” one intelligence official told Fox News, which reported that Russia’s escalation came on the heels of a late July meeting between Putin and Quds head Qassem Soleimani. The Quds Force is the international arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. It has been linked to terrorist activity in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
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Congress Fiddles While the Economy Burns

by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

Reports that the official unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1 percent may appear to vindicate the policies of easy money, corporate bailouts, and increased government spending. However, even the mainstream media has acknowledged that the official numbers understate the true unemployment rate. This is because the government’s unemployment figures do not include the 94 million Americans who have given up looking for work or who have settled for part-time employment. John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics estimates the real unemployment rate is between 23 and 24 percent.
Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, few in Washington, DC acknowledge that America’s economic future is endangered by excessive spending, borrowing, taxing, and inflating. Instead, Congress continues to waste taxpayer money on futile attempts to run the economy, run our lives, and run the world.
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The Coming Silver Shortage

from SilverSeek:
From the very beginning of my epiphany 30 years ago about a silver price manipulation on the COMEX, was the unavoidable conclusion that if prices were artificially depressed as I believed, then at some point a physical shortage must develop. If the price of any commodity were set too low for too long a period of time, then the dynamics of the law of supply and demand would eventually crimp supply and encourage demand to such an extent that a physical shortage must develop and end the manipulation.
I was never much of a geopolitical or monetary analyst or even a conspiracy theorist, as my background and interest was always in commodity supply and demand analysis.
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