This page has been archived and commenting is disabled.

Art Cashin On High-Frequency Signing, The Death Of Securitization, And Fleets Of Fed Helicopters

Tyler Durden's picture


Some thoughts on affidavit-stuffing from Art Cashin, which are oddly comparable to our own.

Foreclosure Fiasco Ferments Further – When I wrote last week about the emerging problems in foreclosures, I opined that the problem could get much bigger and more complicated. Boy, has it ever.

Wednesday morning, my good friend David Kotok, dropped by the NYSE to be interviewed, along with Rod Smyth of Riverfront Investment Group, on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street. Before they left, they dropped by to say hello. The conversation quickly turned to the foreclosure fiasco.

It was noted how quickly this had morphed from a potentially isolated processing problem at a single institution (GMAC) to an industry-wide disaster that may threaten the very concept of securitization.

That would be a major problem since at the top of the bubble, it was estimated that nearly 80% of all credit came from securitization. That’s a hole that no fleet of Fed helicopters can fill.

The problem is even being politicized to some degree. Speaker Pelosi and several associates called on the Justice Department and other regulators that the banks be “held accountable for their practices”.

There are fears that the murky comingling of mortgage packages may take months or even years to unravel. In one case, as many as four separate entities claimed title to the same piece of property.

With foreclosures virtually frozen, a surreal new world seems to be evolving. Delinquent homeowners live in the house but make no payments. The banks/mortgage holders get no payments but are still liable for things like property taxes. Could this morph into TARP II?

Before we got each other more depressed, we exchanged greetings and went our separate ways wondering if the “new normal” was morphing into the “new abnormal”.

And some other thoughts from the nimble cocktail-napkin charter:

Put That On Mute – The dollar remained weak against the Euro but in a far more muted manner than we saw Tuesday.

That, in turn, produced a more muted reaction in the various asset classes that are influenced by the dollar/Euro.

Therefore, gold rose slightly, oil rose slightly and the Dow rose slightly. (The Nasdaq fell after a warning from Equinix put a dark cloud over cloud computing.)

Traders spent the day watching the stock market slavishly follow the currency movements. They assume the high level of nearly instantaneous correlation means the high frequency folk may have linked their algorithms to the Euro.

The only oddity of note was that the S&P still appeared to be restrained by the 1159/1163 resistance band that had contained it in Tuesday’s rally. Tuesday’s high was 1162.76. Yesterday, the high was 1162.33. The bulls will have to break above this smartly or risk turning the ball over.

Tempering Tepper – Back on the last Friday in September, David Tepper came on CNBC and said that the Fed’s commitments and actions made the stock market a near lock-in buy. The market listened carefully and a powerful rally ensued.

Yesterday, Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital came onto CNBC and headed down a different road. Courtesy of CNBC, here are a few of the points he made:

“You can't get lost in whether I should own stocks or bonds, you should expand your horizons.”

“I actually own some stocks. I do, I own a few. But you're asking me if I would buy stocks here in general, I wouldn't. There are much better things for you to own. I think productive assets are better.”

He suggested commodities, especially the precious metals.

For example, Bass cited the performance of metals. Although equities have been up within the last few weeks, the metal complex of commodities during the same time period—Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium—"as a group if you were to equally weight them are up about 75 percent," he said.

Aside from stocks, one of Bass' biggest concerns is the Federal Reserve's effort to boost the economy.

“I also think with what we've been hearing from the Fed and what we've started to hear the Fed wants to print another trillion bucks. We have a monetary base of $2 trillion today and we're gonna print another trillion—what if that doesn't work?”

"When you start printing money—as such a huge percentage of the monetary base—and the Fed itself has admitted in the last couple days in speeches that they don't know what they're doing. They just hope what they're doing works."

When you are experimenting with such a fragile system and fragile thought, according to Bass, there are two important variables:

"Nominal amount of currency in the system versus the goods and services approaches. If you have $100 dollars in the system and you print 10, you didn't devalue the currency by 10 percent, you devalued it by 15. And you go print another 10, and you don't devalue that by like say nine percent, it devalues it by 20 more. So there is a nonlinearity between the amount of money in the system—the quantitative side of things and the qualitative aspect of people's belief in the underlying currency."

Bass turned to the connection between Fed action and the stock market. "So when you talk about what's going on, yes they are trying to ignite equities, they are also trying to change expectations in people," Bass said, adding, "you don't have the confidence to go spend. You still have 25 million people out of work."

"I personally don't know how you're going to create sustained growth if there is no certainty on taxes and you are literally printing a trillion dollars," he concluded.

Bass also pointed to the risk of hyper-inflation if the Fed’s attempts to expand the money supply suddenly go awry.
While Bass’s sober assessments didn’t have the same instant impact on the market that Tepper’s had, nevertheless, they inspired a good deal of buzz on the floor. It puzzled some that two such brilliant men saw the probabilities so differently.

Cocktail Napkin Charting – As noted above, the S&P has remained contained by the 1159/1163 resistance. Should it continue to test and fail at this area, it could raise the specter of topping. That, in turn, could resurrect talk of those two cycles we discussed a few days back.

For today, the napkins suggest the initial resistance is 1159/1163 then they look to 1172/1176 followed by 1181/1184. Support looks like 1149/1153 with fallbacks at 1138/1141 and 1130/1133.

Trivia Corner

Answer - "I.O.U." stands for "I owe unto" as in I owe unto Priscilla.
Today’s Question - Who was the first President to have both parents out live him?


- advertisements -

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:50 | 631998 Jim in MN
Jim in MN's picture

Fed Hawk Down

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:55 | 632015 john_connor
john_connor's picture


Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:29 | 632079 Jim in MN
Jim in MN's picture

Better call in another Fed Hawk to cover the first one


Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:39 | 632338 Hephasteus
Hephasteus's picture

Irene. No central bank get's left behind.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:44 | 632123 Battleaxe
Battleaxe's picture

Placebo 2!

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:25 | 632535 RighteousRampage
RighteousRampage's picture

It's a TARP!

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 13:03 | 632682 Battleaxe
Battleaxe's picture

Fed set to announce FUCT: Federal Unrestrained Currency Tampering program.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:51 | 632005 Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh's picture was just gang raped and kicked to the curb in a matter of minutes.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:56 | 632018 firstdivision
firstdivision's picture

If you think gold got gang raped, check out Platinum.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:58 | 632165 hbjork1
hbjork1's picture


It is Al Nobel's fault.

They just gave the chemistry prize for a "palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling" reaction pathway that is expected to find broad application in making of difficult to synthesize pharmaceuticals. 

PALL is actually up.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:02 | 632037 LoneStarHog
LoneStarHog's picture

Watch the PERCENTAGE of change and not the AMOUNT in pennies/dollars.  So far the percentage of change is minuscule.

Sun, 10/10/2010 - 23:20 | 640181 sullymandias
sullymandias's picture

You're right, the percentage change is minuscule compared to the dollar amount!

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:52 | 632008 firstdivision
firstdivision's picture

Nice sell off after that open with futures up 7+.  We are defo in a massive resistance and seems to be lots of sells willing to dump at these levels than buyers.  Fed should of had a POMO today.  I am sure Brian Sack is busy figuring out what he can buy to prop this carcass up.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:21 | 632009 Bob
Bob's picture

This lawsuit sums up much of the securitization fraud liability very nicely:

Note the filing date of April 28, 2010.  The word has apparently been out for quite a while now. 

Note also that it is a Qui Tam (False Claim) action filed by a single individual on behalf of the state of Tennessee.  While Qui Tam is federal law, originating with Lincoln, in this case it is filed in State Court under TN's Qui Tam statute.  The guy who filed this against all the bankster institutions stands to make at least $2500 per violation of law . . . on 1M violations in TN alone!  Sure, he may only get 30%, but . . .

We don't have to wait for the government--at any level--to go after the banksters.  If you have knowledge, say as a realtor, mortgage rep, county clerk office secretary, filing clerk at a bank, anything at any level, you too can file . . . and get fabulously rich for pushing the courts to do the right thing. 

Who could ask for anything more?  Realistically, I mean.  Only the Fed can fart dollars, after all. 

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:54 | 632405 mrcmmm
mrcmmm's picture

This is part of why I think it is big, very big.  The same investment banks that are going to be the targets of the homeowners, the state and federal tax authorities, false claim suits, and state and union pension fund investors, are ALSO the ones having to deal with the CRE maturity cliff that starts ramping in, oh, nine months.  It's like that Calvin and Hobbes cartoon where he's got the family minivan, the train, the airliner and the fuel tanker all heading for a cataclysmic event.   Fed might have a plan for throwing another $1T+ at the banks to handle the impact of either RRE or CRE, but not another $1T+ to handle both.  Why would one not short JPM, DB, WFC by the truckload at this point?  Or am I being naive about the lengths the Fed can and will go?  And even if it what?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:04 | 632456 Bob
Bob's picture

I ate my shorts last year and lost my appetite.  My impression is that trading on a collapse won't be allowed.  I would expect Barry or a proxie to close the markets if a "systemic risk" appears a second time. 

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:54 | 632013 Kina
Kina's picture

Of course, the criminals are at it again. Will be interesing to see how long it stays down.


Never fear, when SHTF the regulators and minipulators will have their own special necktie party.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:58 | 632024 RaymondKHessel
RaymondKHessel's picture






Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:27 | 632076 tecno242
tecno242's picture

Nothing has to give..

there's enough money being montetized to push up everything.

Mr. Bubble is creating a bubble in everything.

screw that one sector bubble crap.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:53 | 632401 Vampyroteuthis ...
Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Yep, everything is a giant bubble.... until one day it is not. They can keep on buying things at inflated asset values, but in the end someone will need to purchase products whether it be commodities or products from companies. Then, we will have the panic and collapse.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 13:30 | 632760 tecno242
tecno242's picture

yup pretty much it.

and Tyler, I love you.. but you should pay attention to this..

when the bubble spider web collapses... The collapse will destroy all the printed monetized dollars too.  Cause all the dollars that are printed are being put into assets. 

When those asset prices collapse, all that created money just goes poof.

Gold will succomb to the same fate as all other assets, as the monetary base is severely contracted.

at some point we'll probably see 10 trillion in US denominated assets go poof in less than 6 months.

The US Dollar will first gain tremendous value as asset prices are destroyed.

That will be followed by the economy tanking and at some point, the US dollar going from extremely highly valued to nothing very quickly as the realization hits that the US will default as the economy tanks.

so why keep buying gold at 1300.. when you'll probably be able to buy it at 500 before the dollar collapses.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 17:22 | 633728 Slartebartfast
Slartebartfast's picture

so why keep buying gold at 1300.. when you'll probably be able to buy it at 500 before the dollar collapses.

Listen to what's coming out of your pie hole for a second.  Buy gold for 500 what?  Dollars?  No way buddy.  The dollar is going to zero worth.  Nothing!  You say it yourself.  Gold will be worth something.  Dollars - nope.  I know of a guy that bought a 40 acre ranch during the great depression for 4 ounces of gold.  "But gold was confiscated!"  Only from the stupid and lame.  Those with sense flipped of Frankie the Limper and kept their gold.  It was worth PLENTY in private barter, and it will be again.  So stuff your mattress with your dollars.  You can use if for toilet paper later.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:30 | 632080 firstdivision
firstdivision's picture

I will tell you what gave, it was the markets connection to reality.  Fed manipulation equates to a correlation of 1 on everything.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:59 | 632028 frankTHE COIN
frankTHE COIN's picture

I'm going to get into my Fiat and drive across country.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:06 | 632044 snowball777
Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:00 | 632032 Jeffrey Lebowski
Jeffrey Lebowski's picture

Im patiently waiting for the MERS system to blow itself, and the securitzation business to hell.... I mean, how can it not ? 

I can seen invetsment bankers swinging from lamp it just me ?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:18 | 632050 snowball777
snowball777's picture

They pissed on YOUR RUG?!

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 14:50 | 633205 Greyzone
Greyzone's picture

No, they committed crimes, including, if you bother to open your eyes and look, aiding and abetting Al Qaeda in avoiding US laws intended to deny financing to that organization. So they've not only committed fraud, they've actively engaged in treason and assisted in the execution of American troops abroad. You can argue all you want about whether we need to be over there or not (I'd prefer not) but legally, under the law, assisting the enemy is treason and the potential punishment for treason is death.

So yeah, let's hang 'em all and let God sort 'em out.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:01 | 632035 snowball777
snowball777's picture

Fuck securitization. When it morphed from a way to spread risk into a way to HIDE risk, it became a (pun!) liability.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:52 | 632141 Careless Whisper
Careless Whisper's picture

illegal foreclosures are... illegal

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:02 | 632036 43 Steelie
43 Steelie's picture

It's a stretch to call Tepper "brilliant".

"Savvy gambler" or "Ballsy trend spotter" are far more accurate. 

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:14 | 632046 Hype Alert
Hype Alert's picture

Speaker Pelosi and several associates called on the Justice Department and other regulators that the banks be “held accountable for their practices”.

Hey Pelosi, here's an idea...  let's hold congress accountable for their actions!

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:22 | 632055 snowball777
snowball777's picture

Isn't this approach a bit biased in favor of Pugs, since they haven't been big on 'actions' lately?

Except for possibly turning out Rangel to pay his debt to society in the East Village as a tranny hooker, what did you have in mind?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:37 | 632094 Hype Alert
Hype Alert's picture

Rangel is a great example of corruption in the system.  A tool with one last purpose.


I'm for returning to the foundations of the country instead of this self-serving bunch and if that means, and it probably does, removing everybody and replacing them I'll start in November.  It's not a lost cause yet, but it's getting close.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:20 | 632051 goldmiddelfinger
goldmiddelfinger's picture


Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:22 | 632059 pemdas
pemdas's picture

"...I think productive assets are better.
He suggested commodities, especially the precious metals."

Gold a productive asset?  You lost me there.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:23 | 632061 Hype Alert
Hype Alert's picture

Why are people only talking about foreclosures??  If the banks can't foreclose on the property because of an unclear title/paper trail, why should anyone make more payments on their mortgage?  The problem isn't just with foreclosures, it's everything that's been through securitization.  The foreclosure process is just exposing that most mortgages are toxic.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:24 | 632064 centerline
centerline's picture


Here it comes.  No wonder there has been a media blackout on mortgagegate.  

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:31 | 632083 centerline
centerline's picture

As speculated on here, this mortgage/securitization fiasco could very well be the next "tanks in the street" situation.  Guaranteed that the banker gun is to the head of our corrupt politicians right now.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:36 | 632092 centerline
centerline's picture

This crap is going to either going to go big or go out with a whimper.  The outcome will depend solely on whether or not our legal system has any shred of integrity left.  Or if it is as captured as the balance of the system.  The wildcard here is that most lawyers are the same middle-class folks that are taking a beating.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:36 | 632096 Kina
Kina's picture

You have to think there will be point at which Americans will object to being ganged raped in turn by Banks and Congress.

Congress seems quite happy to sell Americans down the drain so long as their bribe-masters are kept in the money.

Hope they televise the revolution.


Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:58 | 632163 Thunder Dome
Thunder Dome's picture

Ignorant public is the problem moreso than the banksters and politicos.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:59 | 632169 Rusty Shorts
Rusty Shorts's picture

WTF, these scumbags can rot in hell.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:17 | 632229 aheady
aheady's picture

I can't take any more of this shit.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:40 | 632082 His Dudeness
His Dudeness's picture

1st time, short time.

Those math problems are TOUGH!

Bring the junk...

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:37 | 632103 Robslob
Robslob's picture

This makes perfect sense too me if you think it through.

1) Allow rapid fire foreclosures

2) Banks take properties

3) QE 2.0 will provide funds for speculation on low cost housing

4) Banks "cover" their losses buy selling to property speculators

5) People get screwed.

This event could actually "delay" QE 2.0 as banks need those speculaters...maybe I am wrong?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:44 | 632124 Restcase
Restcase's picture

If the banks can't foreclose on the property because of an unclear title/paper trail, why should anyone make more payments on their mortgage?

If you paid off the mortgage, you'd get title. If there's a clear enough paper trail to give title, then this current legal situation is just a hiccup.

If titles are seriously fouled, however, may I suggest an exciting new career in title lawyering? 

After the Mexican War, there was a parallel gold rush of title lawyers to California and they did very well for the rest of their lives. IIRC Pres. Buchanan appointed Edwin Stanton AG because of his expertise in land/title law and the need to manage the overwhelming backlog of cases.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 14:07 | 633003 blindfaith
blindfaith's picture

If your mortgage was created in the last 10 years, it is likely that it was chopped up and is inside many CDS. 

Theproblem exists for the guy who pays off the mortgage... be it a sale, short sale, or payoff...if every party who has a slice of that notedoes not sign off, the title is NOT clear.  The same "robo-signers" signing the paperwork in question are signing the paperwork for all the good standing mortgages too.   They have no idea if all parties are signed-off, nor do you, the buyer, or real estate agent, or the title company.  ANY paperwork recorded in the public records which is not traced and verified as a "sign-off" is a cloud on the title, and it can show up at any time now or in the future.  Make no mistake, this is what makes third world property such a danger to buy.

Don't be surprised if you start seeing the Banks issuing a disclaimer that they can not verify the accuracy of the 'sign-off', and that in turn means the title can not be transferred with all rights defended ( aka warranty deed).  Next step is a 'special warranty or masters deed' issued by a judge or sellers quit claim deed, neither of which is a quality deed and defendable.

The political powers need to make some serious examples out of the banks involved. Where is the Department of Justice and the FBI...this is interstate fraud. This is not just about money scheems this time, it is about the fundamentals of LAW, filing false documents, lieing to judges, and selling property they do NOT legally own.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:49 | 632132 Ratscam
Ratscam's picture

@ El Duderino

more private lessons in math or another white russian?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:53 | 632147 Rodent Freikorps
Rodent Freikorps's picture

Someone put me some knowlege.

If I pay off my mortgage to the bank who does not have title, what do I own?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:10 | 632209 the grateful un...
the grateful unemployed's picture

yeah its like you paid the wrong guy. suppose the bank which takes your payments goes under, and the people who bought the MBS on your property demand payment, you lose all your equity??

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 14:20 | 633073 blindfaith
blindfaith's picture

Unless you live in Georgia (a lein theroy state) your title belongs to you ( title theroy states).  It is theNOTE, the promiss to repay, it is a lein on your title ( not unlike your property taxes if you don't pay them...someone has the right to collect by selling your property). 

You can pay off the Note to the "servicer", the guardian who is supposed to pay the holder of the note.  Here the servicers (the banks) do not know who all the parties are who have a claim on that NOTE.  They say they have paid them, but they can not verify payment because they have no signatures from the interested parties, only "someone" with the bank who claims the parties have been paid.

The banks have broken the fundemental trust with the public.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:56 | 632155 Thunder Dome
Thunder Dome's picture

Obummer will soon sign legislation to make this all go away.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:03 | 632180 Grand Supercycle
Grand Supercycle's picture

Updated FTSE weekly chart:

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:04 | 632190 Kina
Kina's picture

Sorry but I think America is fucked, for Americans I mean. You are all well and truly food stock for Coroporate America with Congress as the cowboys herding the stock.

It seems most decisions are made for the benefit of a few at the expense of the populace.


You need more Tea Party, Coffee Party, Bannana Party etc to get the grubs out.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 14:28 | 633107 blindfaith
blindfaith's picture

find me just ONE honest person in ANY party and I will vote for them.   Don't kid yourself, the tea party is just as self-servicing as the dem. and rep.  Serve ONE term and you have an income and health benefits for life.

NOT ONE idea or plan to fix anything, just "we're gona fix washington" bs over and over.  Well, THEY ALL say that and go home rich.  The tea party started out with Lipton tea bags and now they order their tea from Jim Rodgers' prime tea leaf plantations in Vietnam sent overnight Fed-Ex.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:14 | 632223 poorold
poorold's picture

from my local MLS...wait till the inventory of homes for sale comes out next month and it shows a huge drop...the main stream media will be giggling about another green



"The news media have recently reported that some of the bank property foreclosure filings around the country may have legal defects. These defects in the cases may require additional court action to resolve the procedural issues and title problems. A number of lenders have halted new foreclosure court proceeding and are now reviewing past cases, looking for irregularities.
Some of our REALTOR® members, that market bank REO properties, have been instructed to remove their listings from the MLS, while these issues are being addressed. REALTORS® have been complying, and you will notice an increase in the number of Withdrawn properties on the daily Hotsheet reports. REALTORS® that receive these instructions from their sellers are urged to comply as quickly as possible to get these properties out of the MLS system."

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:28 | 632292 Bob
Bob's picture

Hot potata, hot potatah

Nobody wants to be revealed as complicit.  Sorry, guys, a day late and, you'll find, many dollars short. 

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:17 | 632226 Dr. Richard Head
Dr. Richard Head's picture

I brought up, in the smoking room outside our office, these fraud foreclosures and I gathered a collective roll of the eyes from those who were not involved in the conversation. 

WTF is wrong with these people?  They say it's a conspiracy theory and there is no way this is happening in our great country.  FUCK 'EM.  Hope they like living on the streets.  

I just wonder when it will be time for me to default on my mortgage which is current, but underwater?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:31 | 632275 Bob
Bob's picture

Damn, that's gotta be discouraging--you expect more from fellow smokers! 

I would suggest getting together some people whose titles were not properly registered with your local authorities and pursuing the Qui Tam route I note above. 

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:48 | 632279 Everyman
Everyman's picture

NO.  I DO NOT SURRENDER.  My liberty, MY LIFE is mine.  Government will find a war if they come to my house.

You guys really need to "man up" a bit.  Frankly I am a little disappointed for this esteemed group here.  You guys have been on the cutting edge of this economic scandal mess from the get go.  DON'T GIVE UP HERE.

NO it is not pretty, but do you want to become the masses??  DO you stand for individualism and individual liberty?  IF not then you should just shut up then, because you have been chattel too long to concern me, or to have an opinion for that matter.  Remember that the First Amendment of Freedom of expression is for "Free Men".

I thnk Karl Denniger is correct with his posting today.  AMerica nas changed and will not "rise to the occasion" to fight inequity, and will "go along with the path of least resistance.  Suth the pity.

Here is Karl's post:



Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:27 | 632285 the grateful un...
the grateful unemployed's picture

time for the Socialists to abolish all private property. Corporations may rue the day they got the same Constitutional rights as individuals, those rights also imply the right to assigned liability

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:28 | 632286 Everyman
Everyman's picture

BTW, This is why we have the "Right to KEEP and BEAR ARMS".  To portect YOU from the GOVERNMENT.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:38 | 632319 carbonmutant
carbonmutant's picture

"When you start printing money—as such a huge percentage of the monetary base—and the Fed itself has admitted in the last couple days in speeches that they don't know what they're doing.

They just hope what they're doing works."

There is no plan folks.... Why are you standing in line?


Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:37 | 632327 Miles Kendig
Miles Kendig's picture

WOW.  So Art believes a situation becomes a "new abnormal" only once the market becomes aware of it and not when the instant event/s actually form and activate the catalyst.  Interesting. 

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:27 | 632544 hbjork1
hbjork1's picture


Most of the "talking heads" on the boob tube need to stay with the political flow so as not to be prematurely excluded from this source of income.  Cashin's perspective is more credible than many but the business commentary on TV is fundamentally event following entetainment.  

IMO, id wishes tend to creep in and modify the perspective of even those people that would like to be honest commentators. 



Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:56 | 632417 Vampyroteuthis ...
Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

That would be a major problem since at the top of the bubble, it was estimated that nearly 80% of all credit came from securitization. That’s a hole that no fleet of Fed helicopters can fill.

Helicopter Ben can keep his printing presses on overdrive. Deflation will be the result over the next few years. ~$4 trillion in money printing is nothing in comparison to the $56 trillion in debt our nation has accumulated.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:58 | 632424 liberal sodomy
liberal sodomy's picture



SPY unchanged.  2008 redux.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:12 | 632465 MarketFox
MarketFox's picture



Rule #1


Never believe public media...

Especially money managers holding positions....


Public media is just a tool ...for the payers or eyeball catchers....

ie Buy my media....affect my price in my direction....

Public media is a joke....and acts like a pimp for whoever pays up....



Thu, 10/07/2010 - 15:45 | 633420 ella
ella's picture

"In one case, as many as four separate entities claimed title to the same piece of property."  And here is the real problem for securitzation. Assurance of ownership lies in the recording of deeds, mortgages and assignments at the local level.  With the new system, they decided to skip this process (save a few bucks).  Now it is difficult to know who owns what.  And difficult to know who is supposed to collect and disperse payments.

But then why would the masters of the universe bother with a silly thing like law?

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!