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UK is mini me of US.
Or US is the MaxiMe of UK -- The United Kingdom's pound sterling was the primary reserve currency of much of the world in the 18th and 19th centuries. Take a guess what happened to change that...
Two World Wars?
Winston Churchill - the most incompetent Chancellor of the Exchequer of all time.
A good read is on the French Revolution, I think they were more valiant back then and still could not control paper currency.
King, Bernanke and their sponsors are going to ride the monster until the monster manages to eat itself.
Geez, if its gonna work so well and be executed so flawlessly, one has to wonder why we had to suffer through all those recessions of years past. Thank goodness the big brains up there have this whole economic downturn thing licked. UP UP AND AWAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
"It will be different this time" is right up there with "The check is in the mail".
Or the classic "don't worry, it will be fine."
Famous last words.
I think Sheila Bair's recent video message pretty much sums up the whole debacle, complete with head bobbing and "no matter what happens".
I think Merv and the boyz are just marking time till the (inevitable) changing of the guard next May. Until that point, there is no way in hell that the taps are getting turned off and Merv will find himself out in the gutter if he even trys.
This is the policy equivalent of buying a penis extender from the back of a laddie mag (and will have the same result).
The more I read stuff like this I become ever more certain that these folks (Chopper Ben, Turbo Tim, their immediate predecessors and foreign counterparts) either have absolutely no idea what's going on and are just filling the ether with Hopeium OR they know exactly what sort of collapse is staring us in the face and are praying they can manage to kick it down the road to the next administration because they know there's almost nothing they can do about it.
The music is going to stop, eventually. All that needs to be determined is on who's watch.
“Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” – Rahm Emanuel ...
If there's any justice in the world that quote from Rhambo will go down with "Peace in our day!" in the imfamous quotes hall of shame.
The best action is no action. But of course, if that was the case, we didnt need these politicians or the feds to be around in the first place. Much like IT people working in your company. Honestly they dont do much, but when there is trouble, they are your saviors. However, you dont know if they were the real culprits who created the problem. The fact is, the problem created a situation where they are seen as smart and important. Thus, the government entities obviously created this panic to solidify their importance to the society.
Munchausen at Work
I love those fuzzy charts the BoE produce
I'm forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air,
They fly so high, nearly reach the sky,
Then like my dreams they fade and die.
Fortune's always hiding,
I've looked everywhere,
I'm forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air.
the hammers lament - now we all share their pain.
PLEASE....don't disgrace West Ham
This is planned anyway...the Olympics are in London 2012 so they need a weak sterling for external investment and tourism.
The trouble is that a currency sometimes doesnt stop where you want it to...
Some historian write that that the Weimar Republic did have hyperinflation as a policy end goal, as protest suicide and also to inflate away the indemnity.
No, the indemnity was not based in marks, so it did not shrink with the mark. The French occupied the Ruhr because Germany was not meeting it's obligations.
It started as a deliberate policy to provide cash to pensioners and returning soldiers and got out of hand.
The German stock market kept going up (in nominal terms) as a relative store of value. Something to think about if anyone is tempted to bet against this market (or gold) before the Fed turns off the spigot.
The UK is an embarrassment of what it means to be an empire.
The UK may be embarrassing but is it an empire?
And the Pope is an embarrassment of what it means to be muslim.
The best report I've read for a long time on this site. How on earth will devaluing your currency boost your economy? Because of exports? But to whom will you export? To China? Come on, there's only so many Rollers and Mercs they can buy, and apart from that, they produce anything else themselves. To Euroland? To an Export- driven economy like Germany? Say no more Say no more....
All the growth in jobs are education and health. So, the next marvelous innovation will be to export these trained women elsewhere - like China. From what I've read they're ready to take claim of North America anyway - some of their Obama cabinet contemporaries insist on a primary claim because their great27-grandparents discovered NA before Columbus. I'm too busy surfing the internet to worry about putting on deoderant these days anyway - stack 'em deep!
And concerning hyperinflation, we'll see a default long before the circulation of paper $10,000 USD. Their scheme will work until it doesn't. Our only hope is to Kon Tiki it to their island retreats and root 'em out before the next part of the cycle begins.
"We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need."
"Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvet is? Is it essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then?"
Yup, BoE's interest rates at the lowest in its 300-odd year history, Quantitative Easing (sorry, printing money out of nothing) at unprecedented levels, unemployment back to levels before Labour came into power in 1997, house price rises (or lack thereof) still being used as the yardstick of personal wealth...
We're on the road to recovery. Not.
Contrary to popular belief, a strong currency is not necessarily bad for a country. Most people do not take into account the flip side of the coin - it actually makes imports cheaper resulting in proportionately cheaper exports down the line (for some reason people tend to unduly focus on immediate nominal increases in export prices - perhaps this bias has been fostered by the government sponsored media to give them another excuse to rape and pillage their citizens via currency debasement...er..."making exports cheaper"). What really matters is the human ingenuity and hard work comprising the economy.
Nevertheless, global competitive currency devaluation games have begun in earnest. May the worst debaser win!
Contrary to popular belief, a strong currency is not necessarily bad for a country.
Who woulda thunk it, growing richer (i.e. more purchasing power) is way better than becoming poorer.
And a strong currency improves your vacation options too.
Don´t know if many in the u.s are aware that germany never had a housing bouble?
Sweden hasn't had one either, a bubble that is. But I bet you my grandmother, another 6 to 12 and pop she goes. More European countries will follow suite.
Yet another country that is certain that the only way to get out of a hole is to grab a bigger shovel.
Short gilts is the only sovereign debt short I really like.
Plainview - you wouldn't rather wait until after the election? I know its a long shot but David Cameron and his aristocratic pals might actually raise taxes, cut spending and ease the printig presses back from the red line on their rev-counter.
raise taxes even MORE? Not sure they can go much further, there's only so many of us working to support the rest sitting around on their ass doing sweet FA.
Would have thought that the great hope Cameron would just take a knife to the massive public sector that sits around and generates nothing but paper.
I seriously hope he is more Thatcher than Obama.
Hyperinflation always born out of Govt policy.
You seem to want Fascism faster than we do but we won't be too far behind,I think.
Britain is pretty screwed however our housing market didn't take the nosedive that the US did and is now heading back on up. Okay, its still unaffordable, 25% of the 20% of mortgages with an LTV of over 75% are already in difficulty but we are still hanging in there and not a huge number of people are underwater because it didn't fall as much as expected. Even the poor idiot bastards that bought second homes in France and Spain are getting a respite (in their nominal little minds) due to Euro strength, assuming they didn't take out an unhedged mortgage, so we might just crawl out the other side of this sh*t.
As for the UK market, most of it is foreign, far flung and involves getting poor people to dig shit out of the ground so I suspect it will stay pretty strong as long as the China numbers are good.
you said it yourself: still pretty unaffordable...and as for Foreigners buying, as far as I know Britain doesnt stop at the borders of Mayfair, and that is where the foreign interest stops (ok, let's say within 10 miles of Mayfair...)
I was contemplating buying and moving to the UK, but sorry, at 50% tax and the prospects of them rising me and many other rational thinking human beings probably will shelve their plans of moving there
'and is now heading back on up. Okay, its still unaffordable,'
did you reread that before you pressed return?
What we are seeing is a giant game of chicken to determine which of the Western nations is left standing. Both UK and US are printing to see who will outlast the other. The victor gets to be THE master of the derivative universe.
Someone asked a question of Mervyn King about if he was worried they were creating another bubble..
he replied by commenting that prices were a lot lower that before
(so this is typical of them.. the fact the companies aren't earning or they are valued at astronomical valuations is not important... the 'price' is much lower that is was before!)
I did some reading in UK papers this weekend after G20 and basically they want asset values to go up
That is the GOAL of the central bankers
in their world they can do that, which will magically flow into the real economy and they will know when to stop. They are just that good.
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