• Tim Knight from...
    06/30/2015 - 21:19
    Hyperventilation can't hold a candle to the good feelings of helping out a fellow traveler here on our little planet.

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"Unleash The Bullard": S&P 500 Plunges To 3-Month Lows, Nears Red For 2015

Not "off the lows"...



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"Of What Use Is A Gun With No Bullets?", BIS Says Central Banks Defenseless Against Coming Crisis

Risk-taking in financial markets has gone on for too long. And the illusion that markets will remain liquid under stress has been too pervasive. But the likelihood of turbulence will increase further if current extraordinary conditions are spun out. The more one stretches an elastic band, the more violently it snaps back. Restoring more normal conditions will also be essential for facing the next recession, which will no doubt materialise at some point. Of what use is a gun with no bullets left?



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Dow Tumbles To Overnight Lows, Down 650 Points From "Greece Is Rescued" Highs

But risk was contained? Greece didn't matter... Once Europe was closed the selling would stop?



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Massive Greek "No" Protest In Front Of Parliament - Live Feed

With the ATMs running dry and lines forming at gas stations and grocery stores, Greeks are understandably restless and have once again gathered en masse in Syntagma Square.



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VIX Bursts Above 17.5 As Sleep-Walking Markets Awake

Mainstream media-ites continue to believe that a long period of low volatility is a sign of market health. In fact it is quite the opposite. A sleep-walking market is a reflection of complete disregard as to risk. Markets enter such periods of complacency when there has been a long uptrend, with periods of very low volatility reflecting where the market has come from, not where it is going. Such periods are far more likely to be a sign of an impending trend reversal than of a continued uptrend.



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Greek Contagion Uncontained: Portugal Bond Risk Spikes Most In Over 7 Years

Portuguese bond risk spiked a massive 49bps today. Early efforts to limit the contagion failed and Portuguese risk went out at its highs of the day and the biggest spike in risk since March 2008. Yes we know Draghi has a big bazooka but so does China... and how did that work out?



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ECB Strikes Back: Threatens With Greek Deposit Haircut If And When ELA Found To Be "Illegal" On Wednesday

The threats are flying fast and furious now. Moments after the WSJ quoted a Greek official as saying that Greece will not make its IMF bond payment, the ECB struck back when Bloomberg reported that the ECB would review the legality of Greek aid should there not be a deal, i.e., on July 1 post an IMF default. According to Austrian central bank Governor and ECB member, Ewald Nowotny, on Wednesday’s governing council meeting the central bank will decide whether it can continue to provide emergency support for Greece once current bailout program expires June 30, as the Wiener Zeitung originally reported.



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Chinese Regulator Blames Ongoing Market Crash On "Rumors", Demands Traders "Act Rational"

After soaring exponentially over 100% in the past 12 months, amid spiking margin debt for illiterate farmers and housewives, Chinese regulators appear upset that their stock market 'wealth creation' model is failing hard. CSRC just released a statement clarifying why it is happening ("clearly profit-taking"); who is to blame ("The Government hopes investors can make independent judgement; Don't believe or follow negative rumors against Chinese economic development,"); and what to do next - Buy because it has "ample liquidity to meet investor needs." The regulator ends with a stunner - demanding investors "act rationally."



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Varoufakis Reveals Europe's Stunning Denial Of Greek People's Right To Vote

We are watching the total collapse of Democracy and the birth of a new era – Economic Totalitarianism from Arrogant people who are totally clueless beyond their own greed for power and money.



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Russia Promises "Economic And Military" Aid To Syria As US Refloats Assad "Chemcial Weapons" Trial Balloon

The Syrian "chemical weapons" narrative is back and with it is the confirmaton that Russia will not leave the US dictate middle eastern borders unilaterally. Syria's foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow on Monday that top ally Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country. "I got a promise of aid to Syria - politically, economically and militarily," Walid al-Moualem said at a televised news conference in Moscow after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.



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Project "Make Everyone German" Has Failed...

Eurocrats have spent untold billions of other people’s money to save face, just so they wouldn’t have to admit that Project “Make Everyone Germany” has failed. But what they never acknowledged was that no matter how much they extend and pretend, the disease will always reach its crisis. And this financial disease is going to slay the patient. History is very clear on this point: debt kills.



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Systemic Turmoil, Structural Reform

In the natural course of things, structural reform can occur, but that natural course entails some degree of disorder and loss.



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European Bank Risk Spikes Most In 5 Years To 19-Month Highs

Europe's Senior Financial credit index traded a stunning 20bps wider at the open to 97bps before giving a little back and holding at around 90bps. This is the biggest spike in European bank risk since May 2010... and is the highest level of risk since December 2013. Is faith in central bank omnipotence faltering?



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Dow Tumbles 200 Points - Gives Up 2015 Gains

Trannies touched unchanged and instantly reversed but Dow Industrials only managed a modest bounce of opening lows. However, the momo did not last and there's no Nike to save the day today - The Dow is now down over 200 points and has tumbled back into the red for 2015.



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Greek 10Y Bonds Collapse - Yield Tops 15%

Greek stocks may be closed and the bond market super-illiquid but traders are willing to dump GGBs at almost any price for now. 10Y Greek government bonds are spiking over 400bps and have topped 15% for the first time since December 2012.



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