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Russia Prepares For GDP Surge As Consumers Scramble To Spend Their Plunging Rubles

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/16/2014 13:40

In the most ironic twist of all amid the “currency crisis” enveloping Russia, we suspect the world’s central bankers will be looking on jealously as The CBR manages to achieve precisely what The BoJ and The Fed are desperate to achieve. In raising inflation expectations, The FT […]

Moscow Hikes Interest Rates to 17% from 10.5% in Emergency Middle-of-Night Action

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / December 15, 2014

I commented earlier today, that you do not defend a currency by foolishly wasting foreign reserves. The Russian central bank came to the same conclusion.

In an emergency middle-of-the-night central bank action, Moscow Lifts Interest Rates to 17%.

Russia has lifted its key interest rate […]

Interviewed by Thomas Fazi for ONEURO: Greece, the EUROZONE and the prospects of a SYRIZA government

yanisvaroufakis.eu / by yanisv / December 15, 2014

Thomas Fazi has just interviewed me for ONEURO on Greece and the Eurozone two months before a possible Greek election. Before the interview is published in Italian, here is the Q&A in its English original…

There’s a lot of talk about Greece’s supposed ‘recovery’, a sign of […]

This Is Why the Oil-Price Crash Will Maul the US Economy

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / December 15, 2014

The plunge in the price of oil that began in July acts like a tax cut, it is said, and will boost spending by consumers and businesses, and thus goose the US economy. Among the voices propagating this view is the UBS macro strategy team. It […]

China will Adjust Monetary Policy Shortly

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / December 15, 2014

Developments in the coming days will likely push the People’s Bank of China into easing monetary policy the near-term. Many have been looking for a follow up move since the PBOC surprised the market on November 21 by cutting interest rates for the first time in […]

Fairytales From The Eccles Building: 15 Reasons Fed Policies Belong in Fantasyland

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / By James Rickards / December 14, 2014

Don’t ever think for a minute that the central bankers know what they’re doing. They don’t. And that’s my own view, but I’ve heard that recently from a couple central bankers. I recently had spent some time with one member of the FOMC, the Federal Open […]

The Curse Of Keynesian Dogma: Japan’s Lemmings March Toward The Cliff Chanting “Abenomics”

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / December 12, 2014

According to Takahiro Mitani, trashing your currency, destroying your bond market and gutting the real wages of domestic citizens is a sure fire ticket to economic success. Yes, that’s what the man says,

“I have no doubt that the economy is in a recovery trend if […]

Fitch Downgrades France To AA: Full Text

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/12/2014 16:13

And the final punch in the gut on this bloodbathy Friday some from French Fitch which just downgraded France from AA+ to AA.

From Fitch

Fitch Downgrades France to ‘AA'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings has downgraded France’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings […]

“Massive Correction” In Energy Stocks Coming; Why The US Won’t Bail Out Its Oil Industry

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/11/2014 14:52

Having predicted oil prices below $80 in 2014 at the beginning of the year, Saxobank’s Steen Jakobsen has a leg or two to stand on when he warns of a “massive correction” in energy stocks andthe drop in prices will rapidly become a headwind for the US […]

Russell Napier: This Has Never Happened Before Without A Drop In Stock Prices

zerohedge.com / From Russell Napier, of The Solid Ground via ERIC / 12/11/2014 12:21

It Can’t Happen Here, Can It?

The Solid Ground has long flagged the importance of falling inflation expectations when nominal interest rates are so low. The Fed cannot lower nominal rates, so its control over real rates of interest rests […]

Here Are America’s Most Levered Energy Companies

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/10/2014 13:42

Instead of beating an already dead horse so it looks like the Japanese (and soon, European) economy, and commenting even more on what the oil price collapse will mean for America’s energy producers (and Investment as a component of GDP) we decided to bypass the foreplay and […]

What The Fed’s Shift From “Considerable Period” To “Patient” Means

zerohedge.com / Via Goldman Sachs’ Jan Hatzius on 12/08/2014 19:30

1. The stellar 321,000 payroll gain, the strong ISMs, and the surge in the Philly Fed have pushed our current activity indicator (CAI) up to 4.4% for November so far, from 4.3% in October. In contrast, real GDP is on track for much slower growth […]

“Cash-Strapped” Venezuela Stares Into The Abyss… And Its Default Risk Goes Parabolic

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/08/2014 16:3

Some two weeks ago (when Venezuela CDS was trading at only 2300 bps) we previewed what – with almost absolute certainty – would be the first “casualty of the crude carnage” – Nicholas Maduro’s little socialist paradise that couldn’t: Venezuela. As a reminder, back then we […]

Japan’s Latest GDP Drop: Proves, Again, Keynesians Don’t Know Difference Between Healthy Growth And Destructive Redistribution

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by Jeffrey P. Snider / December 8, 2014

Like the initial or preliminary GDP report in Japan for Q3, the first revision caught almost every economist totally the wrong way. Expectations were for upward re-figuring which should have been taken as a contrarian signal. And sure enough, December’s revisions to Q3 GDP […]

Oil Crash Comes Home To Roost: ConocoPhillips To Slash 2015 CapEx By 20%

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/08/2014 12:05

With every single hollow chatterbox repeating that crashing oil prices are “unambiguously good” it is clearly the case that the opposite is true. And sure enough, the first indications that the crude price crash is about to lead to some serious pain in the US came first […]

6 Reasons 2015 Will Be Defined By Market Volatility

financialsense.com / by Alex Christensen via globalriskinsights.com / 12/08/2014

Markets spent most of 2014 calmly moving up, but 2015 may be a different story.

Outside of a brief surge in volatility in October, markets were complacent throughout 2014. Even with geopolitical crises popping up in Iraq and Ukraine, an accelerating US economy and low interest […]

Pope Finds 100s Of Millions Of Euros “Tucked Away”; Freezes Ex-Vatican Bank Heads Assets

zerohedge.com /by Tyler Durden on 12/07/2014 21:21

It’s a miracle… The Vatican’s economy minister has said hundreds of millions of euros were found “tucked away” in accounts of various Holy See departments that were previously not counted on the city-state’s balance sheet. “In fact, we have discovered that the situation is much healthier than it […]

Nikkei Slides Back Below 18,000 On Deeper-Than-Expected Recession, Record Bankruptcies

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/07/2014 21:05

Remember when that absolute disaster of a Q3 GDP print hit Japan and the world of talking-heads proclaimed… “yeah, but.. capex revisions and stuff and things will make it all better” or some such nonsense? Well that’s exactly what it was – utter nonsense. Going entirely the […]

Are We Reliving The 1930s?

zerohedge.com / by Neil Howe via Forbes.com / on 12/07/2014 12:31

At the close of last week’s G20 Summit, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron warned that we’re on the verge of another global recession, citing problems like looming deflation, falling prices, and rising protectionist sentiment. This list evokes a sense of déjà vu: […]

Chinese GDP Surpasses USA (*when Measurement Adjusted)

acting-man.com / Keith Weiner / December 5, 2014

Only Number Two?

A story has been echoing around the financial news for a few weeks. One article about it, It’s official: America is now No. 2 by Brett Arends at MarketWatch, came to my attention. Arends asserts that the Chinese economy is now larger than the […]