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Don’t Fight The Fed: Yellen Spoke, Junk-Bond Market Listened

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / July 23, 2014

The junk-bond market had been on a relentless tear since late summer last year, driving values to insane heights, with yields so low that they were reminiscent of Treasuries before the financial crisis.

But much of this junk debt is near [...]

The Implosion Is Near: Signs Of The Bubble’s Last Days

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / By David Stockman / July 14, 2014

The central banks of the world are massively and insouciantly pursuing financial instability. That’s the inherent result of the 68 straight months of zero money market rates that have been forced into the global financial system by the Fed and its confederates at [...]

Daily Pfennig: Going To Fantastico Friday Ville!

caseyresearch.com / Chuck Butler / July 11, 2014 5:48am

In This Issue.

* Dollar drifts again with weak bias to sell… * Treasury Trap widens! * Euro seems to shrug off Portuguese Bank problem. * Where has all the CAPEX gone?

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

Going To Fantastico Friday Ville!

Good [...]

CEO Of Europe’s Largest Insurer Pops The Utopia Bubble: “Nothing Is Solved And Everybody Knows It”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 07/11/2014 12:11

It’s one thing for a tinfoil fringe blog to repeat, month after month, that nothing in Europe has been fixed, that Draghi’s disastrous policies are merely concentraing and stockpiling even more unresolved problems – for now ignored courtesy of the gentle sprinkle of ZIRP, or [...]

Hidden Factors to Systemic Failure

news.goldseek.com / By: Jim Willie CB, GoldenJackass.com / 3 July 2014

The most amusing question asked of the Jackass by clients and other people is when the system is going to break down. My usual answer is 2008, which causes a strange reaction, since a past date. Then they are given a tactful tongue lashing [...]

UBS: The Secret Reason The Fed Is ‘Tolerating’ Bubbles

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / JUNE 30, 2014 AT 12:05AM

Swiss megabank UBS, one of the great beneficiaries of the Fed’s policies, ponders in its latest FX Comments how to deal with asset bubbles, “most importantly in housing markets,” a topic that is a “hotly debated issue among central banks.”

The Fed Rules, Metrics And Ratios Are Just For Decoration

testosteronepit.com / Wolf Richter / JUNE 19, 2014 AT 1:35AM

Fed Chair Janet Yellen did a superb job on Wednesday. Just about everything went up, and the S&P 500 hit another record high. Oh wait, the dollar didn’t. It ticked down to the rhythm of her words as they pealed through the universe. [...]

ZIRP Gains More Attention

news.goldseek.com / By Gary Tanashian / 12 June 2014

We have been talking about how there had been no bubble in US stocks and how the economy is doing just fine. We have also been talking about how the bubble is in policy and that the economy and stock bull market have [...]

Giant Sucking Sound: Russian Money Yanked From US Banks

testosteronepit.com / Wolf Richter / JUNE 5, 2014 AT 12:34AM

US Banks enjoyed more or less steadily climbing, or rather soaring, deposits by Russian institutions and individuals, having tripled in just two years to $21.6 billion by February, according to the US Treasury.

It may seem a bit counterintuitive that [...]

Part 1. The ZIRP Economy Unmasked: Zero Growth In Private Labor Hours Since 1998

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / June 4, 2014

Every now and again the apparatchiks who dutifully tend Washington’s statistical sausage factories accidently let loose a damning picture of what actually goes on inside. In that vein the BLS has just published the equivalent of a smoking gun. Namely, a study showing that in [...]

Repackaged Junk Has Never Smelled So Sweet: JPM Forecasts Record $100 Billion In 2014 CLO Issuance

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 06/04/2014 12:33

If the Fed is looking for definitive proof of bubble euphoria it should look no further than the CLO market: according to Bloomberg, so far in 2014, more than $46 billion of collateralized loan obligations have been raised, after $82 billion were sold in all [...]

Part 1. The ZIRP Economy Unmasked: Zero Growth In Private Labor Hours Since 1998

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / June 4, 2014

Every now and again the apparatchiks who dutifully tend Washington’s statistical sausage factories accidently let loose a damning picture of what actually goes on inside. In that vein the BLS has just published the equivalent of a smoking gun. Namely, a study showing [...]

Treacherous Market Conditions Ahead

zerohedge.com / From Scotiabank’s Guy Haselmann / 06/03/2014 17:45

Treacherous Market Conditions

Vanishing QE Matters

When the latest round of QE was announced in September of 2012, the economy was healing. Considerable progress had been made toward the Fed’s dual mandates and the FOMC was already providing extraordinary accommodation through two policy actions, ZIRP and [...]

“Buying Time” Doesn’t Fix Financial Crises, It Makes the Next One Worse

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / By CHARLES HUGH SMITH / JUNE 03, 2014

The strategy of “buying time so the financial system can heal itself” by protecting a systemically destabilizing financial sector has failed because it could only fail.

The core strategy of central states and banks to fix the Global Financial Meltdown of 2008 was [...]

The Big Hoax Of The Wall Street Hype Machine

testosteronepit.com / by wolf richter / SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014 AT 2:04AM

The S&P 500 index keeps bumbling from one all-time high to the next as corporations are issuing record amounts of debt to spend record amounts on buying back their own shares: $160 billion in the first quarter alone, according to CapitalIQ. [...]

Debt Rattle May 28 2014: Everything You Think You Own Has Been Borrowed

theautomaticearth.com / by Raúl Ilargi Meijer / May 28, 2014

Let’s take another look at debt. We’ve probably all gotten so used to huge debt numbers that we’re losing sight of what they actually mean. In the following article, Tyler Durden made me rethink both the debt issue and the perverse consequences of 7 years [...]

Ben & Janet’s Swell Housing Recovery: Sales Booming For The 1%; Heading Down For Everyone Else

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / May 28, 2014

The absurd deformation evident in the latest data on housing bubble 2.0 sticks the fork in monetary central planning. In the attached post, Wolf Richter provides a succinct display of existing home sales on an April YTD basis versus prior year for 30 [...]

Student Loans Soar To Record $1.111 Trillion, Up 12% In Past Year

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 05/13/2014 13:09 -0400

When the Fed releases its quarterly household credit report, the one item most focused on is the amount of mortgages outstanding and originated in the prior quarter, since courtesy of its monthly consumer credit updates we know that US households have largely given up [...]

Daily Pfennig: Yellen Says ZIRP Is Warranted!

caseyresearch.com / By Chuck Butler / May 8, 2014 8:35am

In This Issue.

* Currencies back to assaulting the dollar. * China prints very strong Trade Surplus! * ECB balance sheet shrinking. * ECB & Norges Bank meet.

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

Yellen Says ZIRP Is Warranted!

Good Day! . And [...]

JIM WILLIE: THE CLIMAX FINALE OF THE PETRO-DOLLAR TO ARRIVE IN 2014!

silverdoctors.com / By Jim Willie, GoldenJackass.com / APRIL 26, 2014

Some significant events are extremely likely to occur soon, which will change the American and Western landscape permanently. The confidence in the system will vanish quickly. The gold investors will be given a bolstered hope and much encouragement. The changes will hit like a storm, [...]

The Fed’s Farcical Forecast Fiasco

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/23/2014 08:16 -0400

The chart below, which summarizes 5 years of Fed “forward guidance” on that most critical of variables – the Fed Funds rate – proves two things:

i) there is nothing worse in this world than being a Fed Funds, or Eurodollar, trader, [...]

How Bill Ackman Scrambled To Acquire Over $3 Billion In Allergan Calls Knowing Valeant Would Submit A Bid

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/22/2014 09:29 -0400

In yet another page of the activist investor’s sleaze book, last night Bill Ackman showed that when it comes to unethical way to generate “alpha” he truly may have no equal, when we learned that together with serial-acquirer and emplyee terminator Valeant, Ackman’s Pershing Square would [...]

Two Years Later, Larry Fink Confirms Zero Hedge Was Right

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/26/2014 12:41 -0400

Almost exactly two years ago, on April 2, 2012, long before it became abundantly clear to even the most clueless CNBC hacks, we said that there will be no capex boom as long as corporate management teamsabuse ZIRP (and yes, it is all the Fed’s fault [...]

Gold’s Macro Fundamentals

news.goldseek.com / By Gary Tanashian / 26 March 2014

Excerpted from the 31 page NFTRH 283 (dated 3.23.14), which also thoroughly analyzed the precious metals and several other markets from a technical standpoint.

Gold’s Macro Fundamentals

This spike in short-term yields (2-year shown) is what harpooned gold last week and finally got it under [...]

Fed Changes the Rules to Maintain ZIRP

marketoracle.co.uk / By Michael_Pento / March 20, 2014 – 02:48 PM GMT

The New Chairperson of the Federal Reserve showed off her dovish feathers after the latest meeting of the FOMC. Ms. Yellen abrogated the threshold of 6.5% on the unemployment rate as the starting point for short term rate hikes and replaced it with [...]

ZIRP Up Next?

news.goldseek.com / By Gary Tanashian / 20 March 2014

Everyone expects Janet Yellen to be a rolling over, inflationist stooge just like they did Ben Bernanke. Bernanke came on board after Alan Greenspan had taken the Fed Funds rate up to around 5% if I remember correctly. Inflationists and gold bugs thought they had it [...]

The Deadly Undercurrent Of Deflation

gold-eagle.com / Cliff Droke / February 28, 2014

Despite the overall positive state of U.S. equities and the improvements in the retail economy, the stealth enemy known as deflation is still lurking in the shadows.

Consider the following graph of real disposable income, courtesy of Zerohedge.com. This shows the true underlying state of the real [...]

Fed Flails About To Squash “Misleading” (Very Inconvenient) Unemployment Measure

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / FEBRUARY 5, 2014 AT 4:06PM

The Fed has been using the unemployment rate, which dropped from 10% in October 2009 to 6.7% now, as incontrovertible proof that its heroic QE and zero-interest-rate policies were successful and that Chairman Ben Bernanke could ride off into the sunset with a [...]

‘Wealth Effect’: Spiffy Hotel Rooms For The 85 Richest Folks Who Own As Much As Poorest Half Of Humanity

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / JANUARY 21, 2014 AT 1:54AM

Now that a new report by Oxfam International duly informed us that the 85 unnamed richestpeople have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people combined, we want to know where they’re staying overnight when they come into town for [...]

Financial Repression 101

blog.milesfranklin.com / Andrew Hoffman / January 15th, 2014

Today, I’ll be writing of a topic that has gestated in my “future article” file for some time; i.e., the financial repression rapidly overtaking the Western world – but particularly, the “land of the free.” The catalyst for writing today was last night’s news that the Democrat-controlled [...]