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150 Years Of Global Monetary Policy Summed Up In One Word (And 1 Chart)

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/20/2014 21:00

“Zero…”

With all the “talk” of diverging paths of monetary policy… one could be forgiven, if glancing at the chart above, for thinking the inevitable endgame of Keynesianism is very much at hand as first The BoJ, then The Fed, then Europe all enter ZIRP… and […]

The Damage Caused By the Oil Bear Will Spread Far and Wide

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Michael E. Lewitt / December 21, 2014

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning – Only the News You Can Profit From. To view original, click here.

Oil prices continued to fall this week but stock markets shrugged off the disarray this continued to cause in global markets after Janet […]

Oil Price Crash Triggered by the Fed? Amazing Chart

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / December 21, 2014

The oil price plunge accelerated with the end of QE-3 Correlation is not causation. Just because two things occur at the same time doesn’t mean that one causes the other. I get that.

But when the Fed buys $3.6 trillion in assets with freshly created […]

GoldSeek.com Radio: Peter Schiff & Fabian Calvo, and your host Chris Waltzek

news.goldseek.com / By Chris Waltzek / 21 December 2014

Peter Schiff – Summary:

Peter Schiff and the host decipher the latest FOMC meeting statement on Wednesday in real-time. Dovish comments indicate that the anticipated rate hike will be postponed for the time being. Expect increased global financial-market volatility, resulting from the Fed’s attempt to […]

“Save us, Oh FED”

tfmetalsreport.com / By Dr Jerome / December 20, 2014

I was on an anniversary vacation (27 years) in lovely Sedona Arizona yesterday, named after Sedona Schnebly whose hospitality and kindness was renowned in the early 1900s, when I noticed the headline on the USA Today weekend edition praising the FED for saving the stock markets. […]

Mortgage Rate: 3.8% for 30 Years

teapartyeconomist.com / by Gary North / December 19, 2014

The rate of price inflation (median CPI) was up a tiny 0.1% last month. The CPI was down by -0.3%.

The 30-year mortgage rate is at 3.8%

There is no “inflation premium” in the mortgage rate today. This sends a signal: “Don’t worry about price inflation. […]

The “Dumb Money” Flees Junk Debt, Market Quakes

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / December 20, 2014

The phenomenal Fed-triggered feeding frenzy in stocks on Wednesday and Thursday was paralleled in the junk-bond market. Energy related junk bonds had gotten shredded over the past couple of months, as the price of oil has collapsed. The sell-off started spilling over to non-energy junk […]

The Keynesian PhD Brigade Strikes Again: Sweden’s Riksbank Joins The ZIRP Mania

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / December 19, 2014

Folks, it’s a tyranny of the PhDs. Recently, the central bank of Sweden was subject to a withering tirade by that oracle of Keynesian rubbish, professor Paul Krugman, who accused it of “sado-monetarism” for leaving the Swedish economy exposed to the mythical economic disease of […]

Archaea Capital’s 5 Bad Trades To Avoid Next Year

zerohedge.com / Excerpted from Achaea Capital’s Latter to Investors on 12/19/2014 21:50

Blind faith in policymakers remains a bad trade that’s still widely held. Pressure builds everywhere we look. Not as a consequence of the Fed’s ineptitude (which is a constant in the equation, not a variable), but through the blind faith markets continuing […]

The Fed Is “Confused & Confusing”

zerohedge.com / Via Scotiabank’s Guy Haselmann / 12/19/2014 14:51

Too Clever By Half

Yesterday I received an email from a well-known hedge fund manager which in its entirety read as follows: “At the end of the day, the Fed is confused and confusing, so if you spend too much time addressing their comments you end […]

The FED’s Christmas Present to Big Banks

teapartyeconomist.com / Zach Carter via huffingtonpost.com / December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Christmas came early for Wall Street this year. The Federal Reserve on Thursday granted banks an extra year to comply with a key provision of the Volcker Rule, a move that gives financial lobbyists more time to kill the new regulation before it […]

US Oil Rig Count Tumbles Most In Over 5 Years,”Demand From Oilfield Customers Dropping Rapidly”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/19/2014 13:24

“Unequivocally” not good. Following last week’s surge in initial jobless claims for ‘Shale’ states, Baker Hughes confirms rig counts continue to tumble. The last two weeks have seen the total US rig count fall the most since 2009 (and Canada down 9.3% this week alone). Seemingly […]

Banks Win Again – They Have Delayed (Repealed) the Volcker Rule

armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / December 19, 2014

The NY money center Banks won again in Washington, the second time in a single month. They succeeded in repealing Dodd-Frank and have now succeeded in repealing the Volcker Rule, which it is officially put on “delay” that will be permanent. The Federal Reserve has […]

A Crash Course in Money (Part IV)

The Occidental Grill & Seafood – ideal powers-that-be spotting spot. Photo credit: occidentaldc.com

acting-man.com / By Bill Bonner / December 19, 2014

Powers-That-Be-Spotting

The Dow rose 288 points on Thursday, or 1.7%. Gold was flat, despite further dithering from the Fed on when it will raise interest rates.

Last night, we dined with the […]

US In a Sweet Spot!

news.goldseek.com / By Puru Saxena / 19 December 2014

BIG PICTURE – The world’s prominent central banks are pursuing an accommodative monetary policy and this bodes well for the stock market. Remember, when it comes to investing, monetary policy trumps everything else and the risk free rate of return determines the value of every asset. […]

Fed grants banks a reprieve from Volcker Rule, their second win this month

gata.org / By Jesse Hamilton and Cheyenne Hopkins / 2014-12-19 01:26

By Jesse Hamilton and Cheyenne Hopkins Bloomberg News Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — Banks, adding to their wins in Washington this month, got a reprieve from the Volcker Rule that will let them hold onto billions of dollars in private-equity and hedge-fund investments […]

Daily Pfennig: Central banks keep the liquidity flowing

caseyresearch.com / Chuck Butler / December 19, 2014

In This Issue.

* Global central banks keep the spigots wide open… * A mixed bag of data for the US… * Oil stabilizes a bit giving petro currencies a boost… * Gold holds around $1,200…

And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.

Central banks keep […]

Gold: The Year Ahead

news.goldseek.com / By Jeffrey Nichols / 18 December 2014

NEW YORK (December 11, 2014) – Jeffrey Nichols, Senior Economic Advisor to Rosland Capital, had the following comments today:

After some three years of disappointment, 2015 promises to be a good year for gold investors.

While the near-term price outlook remains uncertain, I feel fairly confident […]

“Fed To The Rescue” – The Plunge Protection Team Makes The Front Page

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 12/19/2014 09:26 -0500

In October it was Jim Bullard’s “QE4″ hint that sent the stock market on an all-time record-breaking run of gains, which no lesser institution than the central banker’s central bank – The BIS – lamented “the markets’ buoyancy hinges on central banks’ every word and deed.” […]

David Stockman: Energy Crunch Will Morph Into a Replay of the Housing Crash

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / By John Morgan at MoneyNews / December 18, 2014

The spiraling energy meltdown is the new housing crash, according to David Stockman, White House budget chief in the Reagan White House.Just as the 2007-09 housing plunge did not put a dime into consumers’ pockets — even though average home prices tanked by about […]