Following The BoJ's utter collapse from omnipotence to impotence, it seems the rest of the world is losing faith in Central Banks "control," as nothing says The Fed knows nothing like the collapse of Fed credibility to... nothing...
"The dovish surprise is if she explicitly removes March from the hiking calendar (which would be Draghi-esque in front running the FOMC), broadly hints at a delay or expresses concern on downside risk to long term inflation or structural stagnation. The intention would be to show US households, business and investors that the Fed has their back... It is unlikely, however, that pointing to negative rates or QE4 would work, as investors are increasingly skeptical that more of the same policy mix would be effective in hitting final goals."
With stock markets from every continent plunging (Japan most recently), it should be no surprise that MSCI's world index has entered a bear market - dropping over 20% from its April 2015 record highs. However, as Gavekal notes, while much of the drag on global stocks is from collapsing emerging markets, the average developed market stock is down 23% in the past year.
"I Don't Trust Deutsche Bank" David Stockman Unleashes Truth Bomb: "When The Crunch Comes, Bank CEOs Lie"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/09/2016 - 21:44
"I don't trust Deutsche Bank. I don't trust what they're saying. And there's reason why the banks are being sold all across the world... because people are realizing once again that we don't know what's there [on bank balance sheets]."
"People [are] saying that we can't make a go of it and mail the keys to the bank. In the big cities, not so much because the average sale prices haven't really dropped much, we haven't seen the pain yet. But Calgary is getting pretty tight."
Another night, another utter bloodbath in AsiaPac. Japanese markets are plunging (NKY down 600 from US session close and NKY is down 2200 points from post-NIRP highs) along with USDJPY as Kuroda readies himself to face parliament (and Abe says he "trusts Governor Kuroda.") Once again banks leading the pain. Australia is also in trouble, after admissions of cooked data sent stocks lower pushing the ASX 200 into bear market territory.
Then we must be "peddling fiction..."
"So back to the original question WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. Simple? Recognize the problem. It is not oil, it is not in the banks..it is a run on central bank liquidity, especially dollar based and there needs to be much more ($) liquidity.... Cash shd be charged interest -- put the micro chip in large denom notes/tax cash withdrawals.. encourage spending not saving."
Now, even the Wu-Tang Clan has become a liability for America's most hated biotech entrepreneur. “In a complaint filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Jason Koza said he never allowed his fan art depicting Wu-Tang members to be used in packaging for the hip-hop group's ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,’ the sole copy of which Shkreli bought,” Reuters reports
All signs are that things are in fact in danger of getting out of hand...
With the "generals" finally meeting their reality-maker, investors appear to be questioning the DotCom bubble-like highs as momentum collapses. "Exuberance has turned to panic pretty quickly," notes one asset manager and after a very rapid plunge in recent days, options traders are piling into protection at a pace not seen since Q4 2008.
John Fraser, the nation’s top economic bureaucrat, told a parliamentary panel in Canberra Wednesday that he held discussions on the employment figures with the chief statistician this week. There were some “technical issues” in October and November that may have made the employment figures “look a little bit better than otherwise would be the case,” he said. The technical issues relate to “rolling off” of participants in the labor survey.
New knowledge is always surprising, and it naturally disrupts "business as usual." So those earning money from business as usual must suppress the disruption arising from new knowledge to maintain their incomes/profits.
On Tuesday, in the latest sign that Swedes are becoming increasingly fed up with their government’s policy on refugees, more than a dozen people were arrested for planning an attack on an asylum center. Apparently, the men were plotting to use “axes, knives, and iron pipes” against a refugee shelter in Nynashamn, which is located some 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Stockholm.
You know it's serious when the denials begin. Speaking in a Bloomberg TV interview, Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn explained how "US banks took their medicine early," adding that "some European banks have been slow getting recapitalized." Having thrown his 'competitors' across the ocean under the bus, Cohn then unleashed his comments with regard Goldman's own spiking credit risk - demanding that "no one should question the viability of US banks."