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Germany says Nein and Ja

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / April 14, 2014

Germany appears to have capitulated. The Bundesbank has dropped its opposition to extraordinary measures, like ending the sterilization of the SMP bond purchases, and has even dropped its visceral opposition to QE, if it can be structured properly to keep within the ECB’s mandate.

As Jurgen [...]

Japan To Downgrade Economic Assessment In April, So More BOJ QE Right? (Spoiler Alert: No)

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/15/2014 13:23 -0400

Moments ago the Nikkei strategically leaked a report that the Japanese cabinet office, quite expectedly, will downgrade its economic assessment in its April report. “Expected” because as we reported, discretionary spending following the sales tax hike, has gotten crushed. Also not unexpected, the USDJPY took the [...]

The Real Purpose of QE

news.goldseek.com / By Darryl Robert Schoon / 15 April 2014

It’s Not Employment

Free markets are a function of supply and demand whereas capital markets are a function of credit and debt

The bankers’ ponzi-scheme – which began with the distortion of free markets in 1694 when the Bank of England began issuing [...]

US Stocks Are 50% Overvalued … It’s Time to Get Out

acting-man.com / Bill Bonner / April 15, 2014

Buy Them When They’re Cheap

The Dow fell 143 points on Friday. Gold was just about flat. Why the fall in stock prices? Many reasons were proposed, but no one knows for sure. There may not be a reason at all. Stocks don’t need a reason to [...]

ECB policymakers plot QE road map

gata.org / By Claire Jones, Financial Times, London / Sunday, April 13, 2014

A European Central Bank policy maker has offered hints on how the eurozone’s monetary guardians would embark on an asset-buying, or quantitative easing, programme to stave off low inflation.

Benoit Coeure, a member of the ECB’s executive board who is seen as [...]

ECB embraces QE faulty logic

cobdencentre.org / Detlev Schlichter / 11 April 14

Editor’s note: this article, under the title “No end to central bank meddling as ECB embraces ‘quantitative easing’, faulty logic” appears on Detlev Schlichter’s site. It is reprinted with kind permission.

The 2nd edition of his excellent Paper Money Collapse is available for pre-order.

“Who can print [...]

ECB Action: Just a Question of Time?

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / April 10, 2014

The Managing Director of the IMF and the chief economist are making no bones about it. More action by the ECB is inevitable. It is “just a question of timing,” says Lagarde and “sooner was better than later”, chimed Blanchard, the chief economist.

The market [...]

Market Report: Better tone to precious metals

goldmoney.com / By Alasdair Macleod / 11 April 2014

Gold and silver prices gained modestly over the week, during which the latest FOMC minutes were released. These were generally read to be more dovish compared with the previous month.

FOMC members appear from the minutes to be confused. The previous month’s conclusion, that if it [...]

For The First Time Since QE, BTFD Fails For The S&P

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/10/2014 19:30 -0400

Last week BTFD failed for the Nasdaq and that class of talking-heads that we like to call asset-gatherers promulgated that there was no need to worry… this is a small segment of the market dragging down a high-beta index, rotate to bigger caps. The S&P has [...]

Battlefield $20 Silver

blog.milesfranklin.com / By Andrew Hoffman / April 10th, 2014

Today is one of those days where I intend to achieve my goal, as there are simply too many important topics to be broached. Frankly, it is awe-inspiring to watch the daily machinations of global money printing, market manipulation, and propaganda destroying the lives of countless [...]

Let QEdom Ring!… Or The One In Which Jamie Dimon Quotes Martin Luther King

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/10/2014 09:50 -0400

When one thinks of the bailout-taking, London-Whale-suffering, regulatory-fine-paying, pay-rise-taking CEO of JPMorgan, the first analogy is not the philosophical similarities between Jamie Dimon and Martin Luther King. But, according to Dimon’s letter to shareholders below, he feels injustice has been done and quotes MLK on the [...]

Is the US or the World Coming to an End?

paulcraigroberts.org / By Paul Craig Roberts / April 9, 2014

2014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States.

Two pressures are building on the US dollar. One pressure comes from the Federal Reserve’s declining ability to rig the price of gold as Western gold supplies shrivel and market knowledge of [...]

Real Estate And The Federal Reserve Effect

acting-man.com / Ramsey Su / April 9, 2014

‘QE’ Becomes Ineffective

Case Shiller recently reported their 20 cities index went up 13.2% year over year. This was followed by FHFA’s 7.4% appreciation based on agency loans. Corelogic reported a 12.2% increase compared to a year prior and 24 months of consecutive year over year increase. [...]

Guest Post: Welcome To The Casino

zerohedge.com / By Shane Obata via Triggers / 04/08/2014 21:09 -0400

Fundamentals are always important over the long term. That said, it has become quite clear that company financials are not what’s moving this market. As you’ll see in the following chart, QE has been boosting the S&P 500 since 2009.

READ [...]

Ignore The Lies and Protect Your Wealth

blog.milesfranklin.com / By Andrew Hoffman / April 8, 2014

It’s early Tuesday morning, and I’m sitting in one of the most peaceful places imaginable the Denver airport at 5:00 AM, where I’m the only sole in sight. This evening, Miles Franklin is hosting a “Protect Your Wealth” dinner in Minneapolis, Minnesota where Andy Schectman and [...]

Comedy Of Forecast Errors: Here Are The IMF’s Latest Projections Of Economic Growth

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/08/2014 10:03 -0400

Another quarter, and another attempt at predicting the future by the people whose predictions have become the biggest butt of all economics jokes, even more so than Paul Krugman columns.

We are talking, of course, about the IMF’s World Economic Outlook update.

It is here [...]

When Even “Erudite” Economists And Journalists Blast QE

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/08/2014 08:48 -0400

Are you saying it took the highbrow economist cadre five years to figure out and agree with what we first said in 2009, and for which we received endless ridicule, abuse and accusations of fringe insanity? Yes. We are saying that.

First, from the “erudite” economists [...]

What Will It Take To Prevent A 2008 Redux?

Zero Hedge

milesfranklin.com / By Andrew Hoffman / April 7, 2014

It’s Monday morning, and rarely do I feel so challenged in picking a single topic to write of; as the weekend’s “horrible headline” list is as long as at any time in recent memory – regarding a variety of terrifying topics from the [...]

EU QE? … The Centre Cannot Hold

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / April 07, 2014

The real reasons why Draghi flirts with QE … The fear is that money raised from quantitative easing in the eurozone will just be used to prop up banks that need to be allowed to fail The real reasons why Draghi flirts with QE Mario Draghi’s [...]

Tapering QE: And Then Some!

gold-eagle.com / Mark J Lundeen / April 6, 2014

QE-3 began in September 2012 with the Federal Reserve committing itself to the purchase of $85 billion dollars a month of US Treasury bonds and illiquid mortgages from its favorite financial institutions – the big NY banks. And why not? They own the Federal Reserve. In [...]

Calm Before the QE Storm

blog.milesfranklin.com / By Andrew Hoffman / April 4th, 2014

On his weekly podcast, Andy Hoffman discusses Japan’s sales tax increase, QE, China…

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Can the Jobs Data Give the Dollar Another Leg Up?

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / April 3, 2014

The US dollar is consolidating yesterday’s gains that were scored largely in response to Draghi’s revelation that QE and a negative deposit rate were discussed at the ECB meeting. The greenbacks gains have brought it to important technical levels. This is around $1.3700 for the euro, [...]

Excess Liquidity Keeps the Global Economy Afloat

dailyreckoning.com / By Richard Duncan / April 3, 2014

Central bank forward guidance and communication are all fine and good, but it is liquidity that moves the markets. When liquidity is plentiful asset prices tend to rise and when it is scarce asset prices tend to fall. What investors require, therefore, is a simple way [...]

Debt Rattle Apr 4 2014: The Fed Desecrates The Constitution

John Vachon Liquor store, Palacios, Texas May 1943

theautomaticearth.com / By Raúl Ilargi Meijer at 3:34 pm / April 4, 2014

An amusing discussion is firing up ever more about what the ECB should do in the face of a – perceived or not – deflation threat. Many voices are clamoring for immediate [...]

Central Banks Have a New Trick Up Their Sleeves… Will the Markets Buy It?

gainspainscapital.com / By Graham Summers / April 4, 2014

The global Central Banks are relying increasing on verbal intervention.

The reasoning here is very simple: actual monetary policy is proving to have marginal effects. In the US, every new wave of QE has had less and less impact on the stocks.

I mention stocks specifically [...]

A Good Question…The Blame Game

blog.milesfranklin.com / By Bill Holter / April 4th, 2014

While reading in the comments section of a Zero Hedge article I came across the following question/quote regarding U.S. response to the situation between Russia and Ukraine:

“Why, pray tell me why, US is shooting itself in the foot?

Maybe this is [...]

ECB “Models” €1 Trillion QE

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/04/2014 10:21 -0400

When in desperate need to crush your currency (being bought hand over fist by the Chinese), so urgently need to boost German exports, since you are unable to actually do QE as per your charter, what do you do if you are Mario Draghi? Well, you [...]

Daily Nugget – Royal Mint’s 70 year old silver

therealasset.co.uk / by Jan Skoyles / Apr 4 2014

Later today the US March non-farm payroll data will be released. The gold price has dropped lower ahead of the release, as it seems to do every month. This latest reading is expected to be the strongest seen for several months. The payroll data is [...]

Gold price keeps gains after Fed QE hint, US jobs data in focus

fastmarkets.com / Eddie van der Walt / April 3, 2014

The gold price clung to gains made in the previous session on Thursday morning after a Federal Reserve official hinted at a pause in the unwinding of its quantitative easing programme.

Spot metal was last $1,289.35/1,290.15 per ounce, down just 75 cents on Wednesday’s [...]

ECB Does Nothing. Yada, Yada, Yada

marctomarket.com / Marc Chandler / April 3, 2014

In the face of falling, inflation and weakening financial conditions, despite the end of the economic contraction, the ECB stands pat and only offers a reiteration of its threat of some unspecified action if needed. Draghi did tweak his remarks a little, such as committing to [...]