globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / By Mike “Mish” Shedlock / October 23, 2014
Lack of significant improvement in payments by IBEX companies to suppliers is yet another another sign there isn’t much of a recovery in Spain.
La Vanguardia reports Late Payments by Ibex Companies Hits €47 Billion, 169 days (nearly 3 times the legal time limit). Ibex is the name of the Spanish stock market exchange.
Via translation from La Vanguardia. <
Delinquency of the Ibex 35 exceeds 47 billion euros and the average payment is 169 days late, almost three times the limits set by law, according to the latest report of the Platform Multisectoral against delinquency (PMcM), made from the data published by the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV).
blog.milesfranklin.com / By Andrew Hoffman / October 23rd, 2014
It’s very early Thursday morning, in a historically manipulated financial world that has become an utter vortex of propaganda, ignorance and complacence. As David Stockman put it yesterday, “there is a PPT, and it is the Federal Reserve.” More broadly, the world’s “financial leaders” have become addicted to rigging everything from stocks to economic data to media coverage; as often as not, completely oblivious that what they are doing is not only wrong and ill-fated but destroying the lives of millions – if not billions – of people. Yes, we like to portray “TPTB” consistently as if they are all sociopaths like Jamie Dimon – or for that matter, lesser “VIPs” like Jeffrey Christian. However, many are simply weak-minded, intellectually-challenged, or too ensconced in a status quo benefitting their interests. As I wrote three years ago in “Human Nature, Part II”…
Approximately 61% of U.S. murder cases are prosecuted, nearly all with a FINANCIAL motive. Family, friends, and colleagues are the most likely to be murdered, nearly always with MONEY – either directly or indirectly, as the central issue; and nearly all of the 39% of unsolved murders are drug-related, i.e. due to MONEY. Ditto for white collar crimes, such as the ones perpetrated by Washington and on Wall Street – as well as civil cases, such as the ones my wife and I watch constantly on “Judge Judy.” Plain and simple, if financial gain is possible, by hook or crook, the average person will rabidly pursue it, particularly those in the greatest amount of need.
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/23/2014 10:10
Remember Europe’s “austerity”, or rather as we dubbed it, fauxterity?
Of course, how could you forget: after all everything that is wrong with Europe is blamed not on government corruption and the complete lack of reform, enabled so gloriously by Goldman’s custodian of Europe’s money printer who would do “whatever it takes” to mask Europe’s sad reality that without reform the continent is doomed, but on the intolerable, insufferable imposition of hated, loathed austerity on Europe’s insolvent nations. After all, how on earth are they all supposed to get out of their debt-induced depressions if they have to, gasp, cut their debt!
So yeah, we get the propaganda. What we don’t get is whether everyone in Europe is completely incapable of reading simple numbers, is atrocious at math, or simply doesn’t understand the definition of austerity.
According to the just released government debt data for Q2 2014 where we find that, in a very peculiar definition of what austerity supposedly means in Europe, total debt to GDP for the Euro Area rose once again, from 91.9%, to a new all time high of 92.7%, or in absolute terms from €9.15 trillion in government debt to €9.26 trillion.
corbettreport, Published on Oct 23, 2014
James Corbett appears on “Breaking The Set” with Abby Martin to discuss his documentary film, “Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve.” James and Abby discuss what the Federal Reserve is, why it must be opposed, and how best to end the current system of debt servitude.
gata.org / by Jamil Anderlini via Financial Times, London / 2014-10-23 02:03
Financial Times, London
Tuesday, October 22, 2014
BEIJING — China will officially launch a new $50 billion Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank on Friday as it steps up its challenge to global financial institutions like the World Bank that it feels are dominated by America and its allies.
But only 20 mostly small economies, many of them effectively client states of China, will become founding members of the bank at Friday’s ceremony in Beijing after Washington lobbied furiously to stop other countries from signing up.
When it first unveiled its plan to establish the bank last year, Beijing extended a broad invitation and several European states, as well as Australia, Indonesia, and South Korea initially showed interest.
But thanks to pressure from the US — conveyed by US diplomats in Beijing, Washington, and other capitals — none of these countries will join the bank at this stage, although some are hoping to be involved later.
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/23/2014 09:54
But the world has been printing such great PMIs? And the US is the new engine of global growth? So how did US Manufacturing PMI just print 56.2, 3 month lows, and its biggest miss since August 2013? Following China and Europe’s lead, US is latest PMI print with collapsing New Orders (57.1, down from 59.8, lowest since January), Output, and New Export Orders. This is the biggest 2-month drop in US PMI since May 2013.
RT, Published on Oct 23, 2014
Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the looming crisis as investors chasing yield have piled into obscure and less-liquid assets leading to sell-offs in the more liquid markets during panics as investors sell what they can. They also discuss Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac and the FHFA (Federal Housing Finance Agency) lowering bank obligations on buybacks in order to spur more subprime lending. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Mitch Feierstein of PlanetPonzi.com about financial markets on the precipice.
wallstreetonparade.com / By Pam Martens and Russ Martens / October 23, 2014
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Outside the New York Fed, September 17, 2012
What the New York Fed attempted to pull off this past Monday with its full-day conference for the execs of wayward Wall Street banks was a public relations stunt to switch the national debate from its culture to Wall Street’s culture. Styled as a “Workshop on Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry,” the event came less than a month after ProPublica and public radio’s “This American Life” released internal tape recordings made by a former New York Fed bank examiner, Carmen Segarra, revealing a regulator with no bark or bite.
ProPublica’s Jake Bernstein wrote that the tapes and a confidential report by an outside consultant demonstrated the New York Fed’s “history of deference to banks.”
But there is far more to this story. Wall Street banking executives, who elect two-thirds of the Board of Directors of the New York Fed and have frequently served on its Board, have structured the institution to be its sycophant. Consider the fact that Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, sat on the Board of the New York Fed from 2007 through 2012 as the regulator failed to follow through on three separate staff recommendations that JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Office undergo a thorough investigation, as reported this week by the Federal Reserve System’s Inspector General.
JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Office in 2012 finally owned up to losing $6.2 billion of bank depositors’ money in wild bets on exotic derivatives in London.
thecommonsenseshow.com / by Dave Hodges / October 23, 2014
The Internet is filled with revelations of how the global elite want to depopulate humanity by 90%. Landmarks such as the Georgia Guidestones are top of the evidence list for proof of this agenda. There is an emerging body of evidence that the Georgia Guidestones are a correct representation of this idea.
Thanks to Ted Turner for making it clear what the globalists truly desire.
Where ever you find a bold new initiative related to the plans of the global elite, you will find documentation arising from various think tank organizations in support of these goals. With regard to the coming forced subjugation of the American population to the “stack and pack” megacities, two important papers, the 3-D: Infrastructure for California’s Future and the National Academy of Public Administration’s “Memos to National Leaders: Partnerships as Fiscal Policy”, jump to the front of the line in espousing the megacities concept. On August 27, 2014, I exposed the megacities concept in revealing something called the America 2050 plan. Anyone
The enslavement of America and one has taken center stage and it is called “America 2050“. The plan for America 2050 is to herd Americans into 11 megacities consisting of six million people each totaling 66 million people. Under this plan, there are no provisions for any other population developments. After reporting in the August 27, 2014 article, I thought the target date for the implementation of the megacities plan would be the year 2050 as indicated in the title of the organization which is behind the planning (the article can read here).
http://fox2now.com, by Chris Hayes, Updated at 12:58am, October 23, 2014
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – In a recent statement, Michael Brown’s mother asked that her son not be part of self-serving business or political actions as she pleaded that he be remembered for the good. A reported assault and theft this past weekend may dramatically underscore that sentiment.
It happened Saturday night, October 18th, at about 8:15 pm in the parking lot of Red’s BBQ. It`s the corner of Canfield and West Florissant, just blocks from where Michael Brown was shot and killed.
Police sources tell us Brown`s Grandmother, Pearlie Gordon, along with Brown`s Cousin Tony Petty, were selling t-shirts and other Michael Brown merchandise.
A police report describes a car pulling up and several people getting out. One of those people, was reported to be Michael Brown`s Mom, Lesley McSpadden. A witness described McSpadden yelling ‘You can`t sell this s%$&” One of the relatives, who was selling, reportedly demanded McSpadden show a document proving she had a patent.
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/23/2014 09:21
Curious why Q3 revenue at the NBCUniversal segment of which CNBC is part of at Comcast remained unchanged at $2.255 billion compared to ($2.239 billion in Q3 2013), and why advertising revenue actually dropped by a lofty 4.6% in the quarter compared to a year ago?
Let’s find out from the source, shall we. Here is the explanation from the company’s earnings release:
For the third quarter of 2014, revenue from the Cable Networks segment increased 0.7% to $2.3 billion compared to $2.2 billion in the third quarter of 2013, reflecting a 5.1% increase in distribution revenue, partially offset by a 4.6% decline in advertising revenue,primarily due to a decline in ratings.
You mean… this?
financialsense.com / By Nick Cunningham / 10/22/2014
Slumping oil prices are putting pressure on U.S. drillers.
The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the prior week. There are now 1,590 active oil rigs, the lowest level in six weeks.
“Unless there’s a significant reversal in oil prices, we’re going to see continued declines in the rig count, especially those drilling for oil,” James Williams, president of WTRG Economics,told Fuel Fix in an interview. “We could easily see the oil rig count down 100 by the end of the year, or more.”
Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead predicted that U.S. drilling companies could begin to seriously start removing rigs from operation if prices drop to around $75 per barrel. Some of the more expensive shale regions will not be profitable at current prices. For example, the pricey Tuscaloosa shale in Louisiana breaks even at about $92 per barrel.
But that also reflects the high costs of starting up a nascent shale region.
[Read: Plunging Oil Prices a Game-Changer for Major Pipeline Projects]
Much of the shale basins that are principally responsible for America’s oil production will not feel the effects of low prices as quickly as many are predicting.
Better-known shale formations, such as the Eagle Ford in South Texas, can break even at much lower prices. That’s because exploration companies have become familiar with the geology and fine-tuned drilling techniques to specific areas.
trueeconomics.blogspot.com / by Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev / Thursday, October 23, 2014
Latest data for residential properties price index for Ireland is out, covering September. Instead of repeating all the analysis provided elsewhere, here is a look at quarterly data series and longer-term comparatives.
Firstly, on quarterly basis, Q3 2014 ended with index averaging at:
- 79.1 in Dublin, up strongly on Q2 2014 reading of 72.0. This brings property prices to the levels of Q2 2010 or on pre-crisis comparative basis close to Q4 2002 (80.8). Year on year prices in Q3 2014 stood 23.9% above Q3 2013 reading, which is a modest increase on Q2 2014 y/y increase of 21.2%.
- Outside Dublin, index read 71.4 in Q3 2014, marking a rise of 5.8% y/y. In Q2 2014, y/y increase was 2.2%. Outside Dublin prices are currently trending at the levels comparable to Q1 2012 (71.2) and on pre-crisis basis – at the levels between Q2-Q3 2001
- National prices index is at 76.9, up 14.4% y/y and this compares to a rise y/y of 10.6% in Q2 2014. National prices levels are around Q2-Q3 2011 averages and on pre-crisis basis these are up at the levels of Q2-Q3 2002.
Chart to illustrate:
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/23/2014 08:51
If even George Soros is getting concerned and writing Op-Eds, then Putin must be truly winning.
Here are the highlights from what the Open Society founder has to say about the “existential” Russian threat in a just released Op-Ed:
Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it. I attribute this mainly to the fact that the European Union in general and the eurozone in particular lost their way after the financial crisis of 2008.
[Europe] fails to recognize that the Russian attack on Ukraine is indirectly an attack on the European Union and its principles of governance. It ought to be evident that it is inappropriate for a country, or association of countries, at war to pursue a policy of fiscal austerity as the European Union continues to do.
thewealthwatchman.com / OCTOBER 22, 2014
While we’re on the topic of Russia, my brothers, I thought it would be an excellent time to go through some of the newest, crucial headlines from that land, with an eagle eye. These headlines are striking affirmations, that further validate that what we’ve been saying here at the Truth HQ, is 100% on the money! There can be no doubt that an alliance, called the BRICS, is positioning itself to be the new anti-globalist, anti-Western central banking force in the world.
In fact, there are well-respected voices within the Kremlin, who’ve now called upon the leaders of the East to step up the game-plan of the BRICS, and turn it from a mere trade and economic union, to an overtly, D.C.-blocking, anti-dollar alliance.
Rest assured that with each passing day, every new brain-dead sanction that D.C. and Brussels hurl at Russia, is actually just another fresh log on the fire, incinerating their own power.
The West is descending into tyranny and poverty, while the East is making strides toward financial and economic liberality, and at “double time”. It’s self evident that these preparations are being enacted, in order to live as best they can, in a post-dollar world.
If roughly half the world’s population is making those preparations, then doesn’t that behoove each of our brothers here to do the very same? In fact, to all you preppers out there, each time you read the words “East” and “preparation”,your spidey senses should be tingling. You should instantly tell yourself:
If Moscow is doing it…
If Beijing is doing it…
infowars.com / by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | OCTOBER 23, 2014
Theater production depicts armed siege on Aussie Parliament
The day after a gunman attacked the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, the Australian government is facing increasing criticism over its funding of a theater production entitled ‘Kill Climate Deniers’ which depicts an armed siege on the Australian Parliament carried out by eco-terrorists.
Authors of the production are set to receive a $19,000 government grant, via the ACT Arts Fund, to stage the play.
While the production company initially revealed that the plot centered around environmentalists breaking into a “major institution,” and demanding, “immediate cessation of all carbon emissions and the immediate transformation of the Australian economy away from any reliance on fossil fuels,” it later emerged that the storyline depicted “an armed siege of the Australian Parliament by a group of eco-terrorists.”
Commentator Andrew Bolt labeled the government’s funding of the play an “outrage,” asserting the production exemplified how, “The left is the natural home of the modern totalitarian – and of all those who feel entitled by their superior morality to act as savages.”
The production’s authors denied that they were advocating violence in pursuit of drawing attention to claims of man-made climate change, although some of the material on the Aspen Island Theater Company’s website (now removed) seemed to suggest otherwise.
financialsense.com / WALTER DONWAY / 10/21/2014
In the United States, if we hold a referendum, so voters may speak directly and decisively on a question, it always is at the state level, and, lately, most often addresses the legality of gay marriage, the decriminalization of marijuana, getting tough on illegal immigrants, or some other grave matter.
You never will guess what the Swiss, by giving more than 100,000 signatures in support of a Swiss People’s Party referendum, will be deciding in a nationwide vote on November 30. They will vote on whether or not the Swiss National Bank (the equivalent of the U.S. Federal Reserve) should be prohibited from selling its precious metals, including gold; should be required to hold at least 20 percent of its foreign reserves in gold; and should hold its gold within the country.
Can you imagine a more gnomish matter? It seems that just 10 years ago, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) had the highest per capita gold holdings in the world. And the Swiss liked it that way. But, taking advantage of a time when the world economy was calm and prosperity comfortable, Switzerland in a national referendum in 1999 authorized the bank to sell 50 percent of its gold reserves. Through 2008, the bank sold hundreds of tons of gold—always too cheaply, because the price of gold kept climbing.
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/23/2014 08:39
Having reached multi-year lows last week, this week’s 17k rise to 283k (albeit noise), missing expectations for the first time in 6 weeks, is the biggest weekly rise in initial jobless claims since early August. Of course that’s irrelevant as all the time there is no hiring, there is no firing and the 4-week average (less noisy) dropped to its lowest since May 2000 – though we are sure Fed heads will not be reassured by this data as they focus attention on inflationary expectations (having ‘fixed’ employment). Continuing Claims dropped to cycle lows – the lowest since Dec 2000.
First miss in 6 weeks and biggest weekly rise in almost 3 months… but trend is in tact
acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / October 23, 2014
Will They Ever Learn?
Europe’s economies are once again on the verge of a downturn, which in the euro area may as well mean “another crisis”. The establishment has lost the confidence of the voting public some time ago. The leader of France’s statist brain trust, Francois Hollande, enjoys the lowest approval rating of a French president ever, at 13%. If an election were held tomorrow, Marine Le Pen of the Front National would probably win it.
In that sense, Jean-Claude “we lie when occasion demands it” Juncker, the new EU commission president isnot entirely wrong when he states that:
“Citizens are losing faith,” he said in remarks to an assembly to which many new Euroskeptic members were elected in May. “Extremists on the left and right are nipping at our heels. “We are last-chance Europe. Let’s seize this chance.”
So what does the grandiose plan to rescue Europe consist of? Simple: let’s throw money at the problem:
“Designated European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Tuesday for a 300 billion euro ($409 billion) public-private investment programme to revive the European economy, create jobs for the young and stimulate growth over the next three years.
The money should be mobilised from existing budget resources, the European Investment Bank and the private sector, without changing the bloc’s strict rules on budget deficits and debt reduction, he told the European Parliament during a debate on his confirmation to head the EU’s executive.
caseyresearch.com / Alex Daley / September 23, 2014
Do you have a smartphone?
Does it already do pretty much everything you’d like it to?
Now suppose you could upgrade to a “phone” that had a storage capacity of 100 terabytes—enough to record virtually your entire life—and a week’s battery life per charge: would you buy it?
You don’t have to decide right this minute, because such a device is not here yet. But it’s probably coming in the not-too-distant future. Because of memristors.
That’s a photo of Hewlett Packard CTO Martin Fink as he presented the object of his company’s #1 research project to an audience back in June. This announcement sent shock waves through the computer industry. HP has decided to roll the dice big time.
So what is that little square gizmo in Fink’s hands, and how does HP propose to make use of it? Simple. It’s a memristor-based chip, and with it HP intends to do nothing less than revolutionize the technology of computing.