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Think 2008 Was Bad? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

acting-man.com / Bill Bonner / July 28, 2014

Deflecting Attention, Greenspan-style

Alan “Bubbles” Greenspan is back in the news. At 88 years old, his mind is still sharp as a tack. He still sees his own interests clearly. And he is still clever enough to distort the facts to suit them.

The Coming Crash Is Simply the Normalization of a Mispriced Market

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014

The correlation between the Fed’s monetary heroin production and the stock market will break down as the market normalizes. In the spirit of calling things what they are, longtime correspondent Harun I. explains that market crashes are simply distorted/mispriced economies attempting to normalize. [...]

Steen Jakobsen on “Zero Bound Bubbles” and the “Vital Flaw in Pimco’s Bullishness”

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:54 AM

Steen Jakobsen, chief economists and CIO of Saxo Bank has some interesting observations on the illusion of low interest rates and the vital flaw in Pimco’s bullishness at a market peak.

Please consider From Here to Eternity in the Age [...]

Rates Should Only be Used to Blow Bubbles

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / June 3, 2014

Headline for Reuters …

A recent report on Reuters cites various Fed officials on the topic of bubbles, with the headline “Fed officials say rates should not be used to fight bubbles”. This is the headline we have attempted to fix above, since by inference, [...]

Citi On Bubbles, Broken Feedback Loops, & Bricks-On-Elastic

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 05/17/2014 18:49

Normally, prices are self-limiting, notes Citi’s Matt King: yields rise – inflows hit – prices rise – yields drop – outflows hit – price drops, and back to yields rising. But, it appears for now that we are in a positive feedback (or hyperbolic) loop, where – [...]

When The Real Cost is Hidden, Making Good Decisions Is Impossible

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

When good decisions are no longer possible, bad decisions are inevitable.

If we had to summarize the response of the Federal government and the Federal Reserve to the structural financial crisis of 2008-2009, we could say that both institutions went all-in to [...]

5 Things To Ponder: Heterogeneous Contemplations

streettalklive.com / Lance Roberts / Friday, 09 May 2014

As another week passes by the markets have made no real movement in months. News flow, outside of Yellen’s testimony, was also rather slow as first quarter’s earnings season begins to come to a close. However, there were a few articles that I read [...]

Low interest rates are delivering asset price bubbles all over the world and this will end in disaster and high gold prices

arabianmoney.net / 07 March 2014

It is hard to argue with somebody who has recently benefited from an asset price bubble, especially if they have just realised the gain by selling. But when this asset price gain is only achieved at the cost of forcing down the return on all assets then you have [...]

Fed’s Fisher Admits Stocks Are At “Eye-Popping Levels”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/06/2014 08:22 -0500

While Janet Yellen fell back on the ubiquitous central banker statement that she “would do all that [she] can” it was Dallas Fed’s Richard Fisher who raised the most eyebrows yesterday. In a speech in Mexico City, the central banker said he wasconcerned about “eye-popping [...]

Felix Zulauf Warns Of “Another Deflationary Episode” As “The Mother Of All Bubbles” Pops

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 02/15/2014 17:01

“There is a valuation problem with most global equity markets – the most with the US,” warns Felix Zulauf in the following brief clip, adding that sentiment “is extremely one-sided,” but the classic bear-market-inducing recession, he notes, is not on the immediate horizon. Instead, he warns, other [...]

What the Crisis Taught Us: More Bubbles! We Need Bigger Bubbles to Combat Deflation!

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Friday, January 31, 2014 1:40 AM

The Monetarists are out in full force warning about pending deflation.

First it was Christine Lagarde with her message about the deflation ogre (see Christine Lagarde Warns of Lord Voldemort, Hopes to Put Deflation Ogre in a Bottle).

Next on the list, [...]

The Fed’s Solution to Income Stagnation: Make Everyone a Speculator

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014

The elimination of low-risk interest income in favor of risky speculative credit/asset bubbles has led to a monumental misallocation of capital and the institutionalization of perverse and highly corrosive incentives. The stagnation afflicting advanced economies has several fundamental causes. 1. The dynamic between rising [...]

It’s a Lose-Lose-Lose Deal for America: How Real Estate Bubbles Push Rents Higher

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014

Central Planning pushing housing prices higher is not win-win–it is lose-lose-lose. The Status Quo views real estate bubbles as a “good thing”: as home prices rise, the homeowner’s collateral (equity) rises, creating both a psychological “wealth effect” (now that we’re richer, we can afford [...]

Meet “Smart Restaurant”: The Minimum-Wage-Crushing, Burger-Flipping Robot

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 01/12/2014 22:05 -0500

With a seemingly endless line of talking-heads willing to ignore essentially every study that has been undertaken with regard the effects of raising the minimum-wage; and propose what is merely populist vote-getting ‘benefits’ for the ever-increasing not-1% who benefitted from Ben Bernnake’s bubbles [...]

Debunking Real Estate Myths – Part 3: Supply and Demand

acting-man.com / Ramsey Su / January 7, 2014

Employment and Demographics

Of all the myths in real estate, price equilibrium based on supply and demand is the most misunderstood. Once again, policy makers were, and are, basing policy decisions on concepts dreamed up by the academic world that have little to do with reality.

The [...]

What Happens When The Giants Unwind?

zerohedge.com / by Andy Xie / 12/31/2013 17:40 -0500

China and the United States, the primary sources of economic stimulus since 2008, will begin to unwind their stimulus in 2014. The Fed’s announcement of its first reduction in quantitative easing and China’s rising interbank interest rate are signals of what is to come. The [...]

A Fed-Sponsored Currency Collapse There’s No Such Thing As “Good Money”

outsiderclub.com / By Jason Simpkins / 2013-12-20

We’re used to seeing the Fed abuse the dollar, but now it’s going after other currencies, as well…

From Canada to Brazil to Indonesia and even to Australia, currencies around the globe are beingcrushed by the Federal Reserve.

How? Well, the Fed’s expansive monetary policy [...]

Larry Summers On Why “Stagnation Might Be The New Normal”… And Bubbles

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 12/16/2013 08:20 -0500

Larry Summers, who was nearly picked by Obama as the next Fed Chairman before for some inexplicable reason the Economist lobby deemed him “hawkish” and that he would put a halt to the Fed-Treasury cross monetization complex, is no stranger to providing hours of entertainment [...]

The Fed Turns 100: A Survey of the Critics

mises.org / By Gregory Bresiger / Thursday, December 05, 2013

End America’s central bank because it caused the crashes of 2008, 1987, and 1929 and will blunder again.

That’s what many critics are saying about the Federal Reserve System (the Fed), which turns 100 on December 23. They note that on the Fed’s watch [...]

Shiller Worried About “Boom In US Stocks… Bubbles Look Like This”

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 12/01/2013 12:39

On the heels of his recent appearance pouring cold water on Jim Cramer’s housing recovery exuberance, recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Shiller unloads another round of uncomfortable truthiness (presumably on the basis of his future-proofing tenure guaranteed by the Nobel). “Bubbles look like this,” [...]

Are Bubbles Caused by Psychological Problems?

mises.org / By Frank Shostak / Tuesday, November 19, 2013

According to the popular way of thinking, bubbles are an important cause of economic recessions. The main question posed by experts is how one knows when a bubble is forming. It is held that if the central bankers knew the answer to this question [...]

Bubbles and central banks – is there a connection?

cobdencentre.org / By Dr Frank Shostak / 12 November 2013

According to the popular way of thinking, bubbles are an important cause of economic recessions. The main question posed by experts is how one knows when a bubble is forming. It is held that if the central bankers knew the answer to this question they [...]