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    10/21/2014 - 18:16
    Want to live near the 0.1% and their problems? May I present to you 258 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California, which is located within walking distance from my house and is a mere $1,800,000 (well...

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"We Are From The Government And We Are Here To Get Rid Of Ebola"

With Ron Klain now not expected to start his reign as Ebola Czar until Wednesday (we assume he has some other deadly pandemic virus to take care of before switching over), The White House has just one message for the world...



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Santelli & Schiff: "A Messy Exit Is A Given... Ending QE Will Plunge US Into Severe Recession"

"Markets are slowly coming to grips with reality is not going to be as easy as everybody thought," Peter Schiff tells CNBC's Rick Santelli, noting the pick up in volatility across asset classes recently. What The Fed clearly does not understand, Schiff blasts, is that "you cannot end quantitative easing without plunging the US into a severe recession." Because of the Fed's extreme monetary policy and the mal-investment that flows from it, Schiff says, "The US economy is more screwed up now than it's ever been in history." Most prophetically, we suspect, Santelli agrees that "a messy exit is a given," and Schiff believes they know that and that is why QE4 is coming simply "because it hasn't worked and they can't admit it's been a dismal failure."



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The Tragedy Of NATO: "Beware Foreign Entanglements"

Due to the inherent problems with collective security alliances – tragedy of the commons fed by socialism and moral hazard – nations should enter into them with great caution. George Washington’s farewell address has never sounded more prescient: Beware foreign entanglements.



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The Fed's Comfort Zone (In 1 Simple Chart)

Communication... Transparency... Optimal Control? Or Schizophrenia, Paranoia, and Mass Confusion?



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Apple Beats Top And Bottom Line, Repurchases Record $45 Billion In Stock In Fiscal 2014

With the AAPL EPS whisper number pointing to an EPS somewhere about 10-15 cents above the EPS consensus of 1.30, moments ago AAPL did not disappoint and reported Q4 EPS of $1.42, a solid 12 cent beat to expectations, a comparable beat to the top line beat, with $42.12 billion in revenue, also well above the $39.9 Bn estimate. The gross margin of 38% was right on top of expectations. In terms of product breakdown, AAPL sold 39.3 million iPhones, above the 38 million expected, with Mac unit sales of 5.52 million also above the 4.84 million expected, with only iPad sales of 12.3 million missing the 13.0 million estimate.



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Will Our Private Savings Be Sacrificed To Pay Down The Public Debt?

Many nations have gone through periods in the past where they've had very high levels of government debt. There are four traditional ways of dealing with that... decades of austerity, defaulting on government debts, inflating away the value of debt by rapidly destroying the value of currency, and government's favorite - "financial repression" - a process that is complex enough that the average voter never understands how it works, thus allowing governments to use this potent but subtle method of taking vast sums of private wealth, year after year, decade after decade, with almost no political consequences.



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Stocks Green Despite Big Blue; Greenback & Black Gold Red

If only stock indices only included stocks that were green... IBM's 80-point weight on the Dow disappointed some but that was no problem for the index-pushers who needed the S&P 500 to tap its 200DMA. The only thing that mattered to stocks today was EURJPY... and that managed to get the S&P 500 'almost' to its 200DMA (but noit quite) and ensure a green close for the Dow. The USDollar slipped lower all day (-0.4%) led by EUR and GBP strength. Gold ($1245) and silver gained on the day but even with a weak USD, oil and copper dropped (with oil very volatile). US Treasury yields drifted lower by 1-2bps (thin trading) decoupling from the post-European close exuberance in stocks. HY credit decoupled from stocks initially (post-Europe) but as stocks ramped so did spreads and VIX continues to run ahead of stocks (under 19 today) as it appears hedges are being lifted. Of course, AAPL was a big help, up over 2% pushing back towards its magical $100 ahead of this evening's results. S&P futures volume was dismally low.



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Going Into Q3, Hedge Funds Have Never Been More Bullish

Based on quarterly 13F filings and estimated short positions of the equity holdings of 909 funds, BofAML calculates that hedge funds raised net exposure to a new record high of $683bn at the beginning of 3Q 2014, while reducing cash holdings to a record low of 3.5%. Gross exposure rose to 190%, or 207% if ETF positioning is considered, which is back to the 2007 peak... In other words, hedge funds have never been more bullishly positioned (just as large speculators had never been so bearishly positioned into last week's bond-short capitulation).



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Houston, We Have A "Fracking" Problem

The problem for a city like Houston (or many others like it), with deep ties to the production and oil, is a "shock" from a supply/demand reversion could bring the economic "boom" quickly to an end. We are certainly not saying that the "wheels are about to come off of the cart." However, we do suggest that there is a potential for a very negative shock in the energy space given the extreme complacency that current exists. History suggests that true "miracles" are few and far between as most tend to just "illusions of hope."



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Obama's Latest Speech About The Economic "Recovery" Results In Mass Audience Exodus

Yesterday, Obama made a rare campaign trail appearance in Maryland where he spoke in support of Democratic candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, proceeded with his usual bulletin of reading fabricated economic data off the teleprompter in which he highlighted improvements in US unemployment (if not the 46.5 million people on foodstamps or the 93 million Americans out of the labor force), a rebounding housing market (just as the bouncing dead cat is once again dead), the benefits of health insurance (if no mention of the disaster for small businesses that Obamacare now definitively is) a resurgent manufacturing sector (just don't look at this chart) even if he did point out the unfairness of families having "two folks working", and... a mass audience exodus followed.



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Living The Grecovery Dream: Two Jobless Parents, Two Kids, One Cat All Living In A Car

Squeezed between steering wheel, handbrake, door and dashboard, Katerina reads in her history book, takes notes for school. Next to her, on the driver’s seat, cat Eddy stares right in the camera lens. It may look like a cute snapshot on a sunny day, if it wasn’t for a sad detail: a withering spring stuck in a roll of toilet paper.  A distinctive memory of a former normal life that turned into a grim reality for a family of four.

 



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Beware The Putrid Stream Of Terrified "Liquidity"

"Did a few loose strands of Ebola seep into the organs and tissues of global finance last week? The US equity markets sure enough puked, the Nikkei bled out through its eyeballs, all the collagen melted out of Greek bonds, and treasuries bloated up grotesquely on a putrid stream of terrified “liquidity” that led two Federal Reserve proctologists to maunder about the possibility of a QE-4 laxative, out of which, in due time, will surely gush explosive bloody fluxes of deeper financial sickness."



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RANsquawk Week Ahead - 20th October 2014



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"The Economic Outlook Keeps Getting Better And Better" Says Fed President Who Last Week Unveiled QE4

"I’ll be honest: These speeches get more and more enjoyable as time goes by because the economic outlook keeps getting better and better. Instead of gloom and doom with a scattering of hopeful notes, things are now pretty upbeat, with only a couple of standard economist’s caveats thrown in....  So the message is that things are getting better. We’re on track to end our asset purchases and we’re preparing for the time the economy can sustain an end to accommodation. We’ll want to see improvements in unemployment, wages, and inflation, and we’ll be driven by the data. But all in all, it’s good news—with just a few of those requisite caveats thrown in."



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The Artists' Road To Serfdom: The Commoditization Of Creative Content

This is the net result of commoditization: there's no premium for commoditized capital, labor, goods, services or content.



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