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Bernanke: "QE2 Contributed To A Stronger Stock Market" As TrimTabs Predicts More QEasing Ahead

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During today's little CNBC circlejerk shindig, Ben Bernanke, in defense of his disastrous, and now deadly policies, once again confirmed that the (one and only) benefit from QE2 has been to boost stock prices. Oddly enough, there was no mention of surging energy, food and commodity prices. Nor did Liesman ask the Chairman about 43.2 million Americans on foodstamps, just as he did not ask the dictator of the centralized ponzi for his comments on why at last count 50 people in Tunisia were dead protesting, among other, record food prices and cost of living.

From Market Watch:

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that a
controversial $600 billion bond buying plan has contributed to a
stronger stock market. "Our policies have contributed to a stronger
stock market just as they did in March 2009 when we did the first
iteration of this program," Bernanke said at a Federal Deposit Insurance
Corp. forum on small businesses. "A stronger economy helps small
businesses more than larger businesses. Interest rates are higher but
that's mostly because the news is better. It has responded to a stronger
economy and better expectations." The $600 billion bond buying plan
follows a completed effort to buy $1.75 trillion in government bonds and
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed mortgage securities.

Obviously, none of this is news to anyone who realizes, as Zero Hedge readers have been told since 2009, that the Fed's one and only goal is to push stock prices higher in some fallacious linkage that the stock market is equivalent to the economy. But that's what happens when the person running the formerly free world is an academic historian with absolutely no real world experience.

And just to confirm this observation, we present Trim Tabs latest press release which states that the "Fed’s Quantitative Easing Works Wonders on Stock Market but Does Little for Economic Growth and Employment." Unfortunately it does a whole lot to make people all around the world cold, hungry, and increasingly angry and in increasingly more cases, dead:

Fed’s Quantitative Easing Works Wonders on Stock Market but Does Little for Economic Growth and Employment, According to TrimTabs Investment Research.

Economy Will Grow Slowly Until Structural Economic Problems Are Solved, and Market Participants Should Expect More Quantitative Easing in Second Half of 2011.

Sausalito, CA – January 13, 2011 – The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing programs have helped stock market participants, financial institutions, and large companies but have done little to address the structural problems of the economy, according to TrimTabs Investment Research.

“Quantitative easing is supposed to produce stronger economic growth and lower unemployment,” said Madeline Schnapp, Director of Macroeconomic Research at TrimTabs.  “While QE1 and QE2 have worked wonders on the stock market, their impact on GDP and jobs has been anemic at best.”

In a research note TrimTabs details the negative impact of the economy’s structural problems, including a depressed housing market, enormous state and local government budget shortfalls, higher energy prices, consumers who have muchless to spend than in 2008, and huge federal budget deficits that leave theU.S. vulnerable to the generosity of foreign investors.  As a result, the economy has been stuck in slow growth mode despite QE1 and QE2.

“GDP increased a modest 2.7% in the third quarter of last year,” noted Schnapp.  “We need GDP growth of 3.0% to 3.5% to significantly reduce unemployment. In addition, employment gains averaged only 94,000 monthly in2010, much less than the 150,000 per month needed to absorb population growth, and consumers collectively have $1.1 trillion less to spend annually than in 2008.”

TrimTabs also highlights a correlation between quantitative easing and equities.  Under QE1 the Fed bought nearly $2 trillion in mortgage-backed securities, Treasuries, and agency debt between March 2009 and March 2010, a period in which the S&P 500 soared 67%.  Stock prices then sank 13% in the following five months, and now they are up 20% since Fed Chairman Bernanke announced QE2 at the end of August 2010.

When QE2 ends in June, the economy is in danger of returning to slow growth mode unless its structural problems are addressed,” predicted Schnapp.  “We expect the Fed to engage in more quantitative easing until investors are no longer willing to loan money to Uncle Sam at low rates.

h/t Eric and Mark Mansfield


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Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:55 | 873876 LawsofPhysics
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damn, damn, that finite planet and its finite infrastructure and finite resources!

hedge accordingly.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:01 | 874235 Sudden Debt
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You've clearly never heard of alternal dimensional worlds. According to that theory, every event creates one and creates alternal universes ALL CONTAINING ANOTHER EARTH!

If only we had a device to get there and rob them blind...

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:07 | 874839 Arkadaba
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If only we had a device to get there ....

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:44 | 874423 theXman
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Do we really need a Ph.D. in eCONomics to figure out that when you create trillions of dollars, prices of almost everything go up?

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:55 | 873878 Id fight Gandhi
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Did he really say that making the stock market higher helps the economy and small businesses?

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:56 | 873881 banksterhater
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Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:00 | 873906 Spalding_Smailes
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Got Nvida, BankofAmerica, AIG ???

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:54 | 874195 cougar_w
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Those are not the economy. Trading their stock does not create an economy, either.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:14 | 874308 JW n FL
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Yes... Beta... no Alpha.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:15 | 874313 JW n FL
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Yes... Beta... no Alpha.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:01 | 873913 jus_lite_reading
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I'm convinced that BEnron Shalom Israel Bernank is Satan. No other individual could lie and operate under false pretenses while causing the certain destruction of the entire global finance system. Hedge accordingly indeed.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:13 | 873984 Jason T
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Did he ever add he also studied Rudy Von Havenstein?  

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:56 | 874206 cougar_w
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He did, and he found flaws in Von Havenstein's methods, which he is correcting for the ongoing model run. We'll get back to you once the experiment is over. If you are still around and still in condition to care.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:46 | 874428 velobabe
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his eyes are not that of a sly cougar, his eyes are of an Evil satan beast. they all have eyes of emptiness. these beasts are nothing less of a

satan wimp.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:07 | 873937 Confused
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Even better than that! 


"A stronger economy helps small businesses more than larger businesses."  


Does anyone really believe this guy?


Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:09 | 873960 shushup
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He keeps saying this in the hope that people will believe QE2 is responsible for the 78% rise in stocks so that as long as keeps doing QE people/traders/funds will keep buying stocks and he will look like a hero.

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 14:49 | 876821 Let them all fail
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Who cares what he said, this is called propaganda, not an interview

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:56 | 873879 banksterhater
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He comes right out and says he's watching the IWM everyday, basically! Mission Accomplished!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:56 | 873882 Id fight Gandhi
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And so qe3 will be needed so the stock market doesn't crash and people lose money and more jobs right? So it can never ever end.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:58 | 874220 cougar_w
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Flawless. Absolutely. Flawless.

You only gotta wonder why someone didn't come up with this sooner. It's like free money or something.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:47 | 874435 velobabe
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shelia B E A R is looking luscious, for a future hunt ress.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 18:36 | 874604 bonddude
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She didn't do her job for the "To small to protect/saves" like she did fot the "TBTFs."

interesting series

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:16 | 874863 Arkadaba
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Like the picture of Geithner too  in this article - narrowed eyes, frown line while reading Jack and Jill went up the hill ....

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:44 | 874949 knukles
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reading very slow due to speech impediment....
It's not nice to make fun of the handicapped.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:57 | 873886 NOTW777
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can we hear bens thoughts on food riots, soaring food prices, record food stamps, foreclosures and unemployment - what has QE2 done for those items

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:59 | 874224 cougar_w
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Ben: "I would be happy to address those issues, except they are not happening anywhere in the world that I personally know of."

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:58 | 873890 RobotTrader
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Wow, gold stocks are getting totally hammered into the bell.

Must be "pricing in" an end to QE pretty soon.

Poor General Jim really got busted over a boulder on that $1,650 prediction.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:01 | 873915 Id fight Gandhi
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No disrespct robo, but I'm in no mood for it today.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:01 | 873917 pat53
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There ain't gonna be no mo QE's. Enjoy this one cause thats all she wrote !!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:05 | 873930 mynhair
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What, no buy the dip?  Pick up any NEM yet?  It's holding....

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:10 | 873967 AccreditedEYE
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Frosty Sack is working a little harder today to keep Harry's and Robo's retirment fund in the green by the bell today.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:16 | 873931 Spalding_Smailes
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If only he purchased nvida geez' that was an easy call. They make the graphic chips for all the handhelds and tablets now with the new microsoft deal. Booyaaaa


Gold and the miners have done nothing since oct 20th ( miners = blowtorched )

If only general jim purchased AIG, BAC, NVDA, MIPS, SPRD, in december ( i did ) after gold started trading sideways .... Lol' Maybe another year or two of sideways movement like 2008-2009.


Turd told me 24 hours ago gold was going over $ 1,400.00 soon ??? WTF

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:05 | 873934 Sutton
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He loved it at 300, to be fair.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:09 | 873955 SheepDog-One
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Fuck you Robo and your stupid gold stocks!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:58 | 873896 jus_lite_reading
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That basturd should be tried for murder!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:59 | 873898 SpeakerFTD
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The guy is such an asshole.  I can't believe he is the most powerful man in the world.  

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:01 | 873918 jus_lite_reading
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I thought Obamie was! ;)

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:00 | 873907 Id fight Gandhi
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I hope the people of this country take back what's theirs soon.

Politics is a joke, its like two teams playing ball. Cheer for one or the other, but in the end they fuck you over anyway.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:02 | 873919 whatz that smell
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...fallacious QE.... blowing another bubble!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:02 | 873921 lead salad
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I am Ben's raging printing press.....


Time to buy the Silver.  Plus stock up the food pantry and ammo chest.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:03 | 873926 bob_dabolina
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You worthless P.h.D. You are worthless. I don't want a high stock market, I want to fill up my SUV and pay $25 not $100. I want to buy a house for what its worth not some bullshit price (which is I haven't purchased thanks to you) which is why I haven't hired anyone because your enabling of the U.S government is going to cause my taxes going up, either on paper, or via inflation. Which is why you have done nothing but stymie this recovery and caused decades of pain to come.


Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:13 | 873982 Mr Creosote
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Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:21 | 874016 Hedgetard55
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Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:31 | 874076 kornholio
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Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:12 | 874300 andybev01
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+ a single malt to go please.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:24 | 874890 Arkadaba
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Single malt will go through the stratosphere on these commodity prices - and they have been ramping over the past few years.  Ding! Make a chart on prices on single malt over the past decade? Any takers?

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:13 | 874303 andybev01
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+ a single malt to go please.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 18:28 | 874581 bb5
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you have a way of getting right to the point and driving it home! Well done.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:03 | 873928 Misean
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I think unemployment of young males under 25 is nigh unto 25%....

I'm gonna start explaining to everyone I meet that Ben B.S. Bernutty is responsible.

I'd like Benny Boy to have a sit down with some that have been made aware.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:30 | 874075 Id fight Gandhi
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I'm sure they'll make up a war to ship off the young men who can't find work. Better they hurt people over there and get hurt then be a burden here.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:04 | 873933 shushup
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Lies-man is a joke. The only person he'll give a hard time to is Santelli. Because he doesn't want Santelli telling people the truth on air. Everyone else gets a pass.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:21 | 874331 JW n FL
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Santelli, is a trader... his understanding of trading his market... maybe ok enough to earn a living. But anything like a total view? seriously... Santelli is the rally point?


Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:05 | 873936 goldmiddelfinger
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from Cap'n Obvious and his mate Toll Yaso

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:05 | 873939 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Ben Bernanke is human filth. Simple as. I hope his masters sell him out at the end of all this, they usually do when they no longer have any more use for their puppets.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:09 | 873959 Misean
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Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:07 | 873945 tony bonn
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bernankrupt, asshole and murderer extraordinaire, has much blood on his evil hands.....i would not want to be in his shoes on judgment day....there is much to be said for being a peon and cipher....

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:08 | 873950 Fortunes Favor
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More QE of course adds to the ever building bull market in commodities. Don't let day to day vol ruin perspective Phase Two of the secular bull market is in full swing @

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:10 | 873958 Bartanist
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Rachel Corey, as a young child reported that 30,000 people, mostly children, die every day from starvation. Rachel Corey, as a young woman, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer ... however that does not stop the message that the manipulation of world food supplies and prices kills people, mostly those least able to defend themselves, children.

The food riots that killed people in 50 people in Tunesia are nothing compared to what the Goldman manipulation of grain prices has caused. It is estimated that now thanks to Goldman' manipulation of grain prices as many as 50,000 people, mostly children, die of starvation every day.

Gods' work?

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:04 | 874258 lsbumblebee
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:10 | 873961 Kilgore Trout
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It is only a coincidence that "federal reserve bank" is an anagram for "berserk, fevered, anal".

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:24 | 874038 Mr Creosote
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"Lend bark fear severe"

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:32 | 874919 Arkadaba
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Decided to hit an online anagram program to figure out what the anagrams might be for Timothy Geithner. So far:


Herein Mighty Tot

My Hotter Nightie

Tighter Money Hit


Anagram maker:

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:10 | 873963 threefingerscam
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Situation reminds me of a construction crew drilling under a road, focused on the drill going into the ground facing the machine and not the direction of the drill, with no one looking behind them at the drill bit surfacing halfway across the road.  Oops.

When I (at age 8) pointed it out to them, they were pretty annoyed.

Too bad Ben is focused on the wrong things.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:11 | 873969 SheepDog-One
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Liesman is a freaking joke, Bernanke should be immediately arrested and tried for treason which should be a slam dunk, hell even I have his speeches on hand to prove the whole case!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:11 | 873970 LawsofPhysics
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Everyone saw that Vanguard is withdrawing its ETF on municipal bonds.  How do we play this?  Is this the next bailout?

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:14 | 873993 LawsofPhysics
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Is this another example of the financial sector printing more money and keeping it circulating among friends?  What the hell, some munis may be in trouble, but not all, I thought this was a free market.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:12 | 873977 Tic tock
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He's beyond insane

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:18 | 874004 mynhair
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LOL, a million shares of VXX at market just crossed.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:20 | 874014 RobotTrader
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Looks like a massive rotation out of PM stocks and into chip stocks.

Especially those that design chips for tablets.

Who would have thought that QE2 would have created a huge bubble in electronic gadgets used for social networking?

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:33 | 874085 Id fight Gandhi
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Let the jobless begin their mass purchase of crap they don't need at insanely marked up prices made by the Chinese who take more and more trade every month.

Like i said, I'm in no mood. Stay on topic.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:47 | 874159 SheepDog-One
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'Social networking gadgets' in a society of people so disconnected they cant have any actual personal relationships...I looked on and just shook my head at Christmas as everyone there was sitting around the fire, talking to imaginary friends on facebook and twitter. Totally collapsed society.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:52 | 874458 praxis
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That spike has all the characteristics of a wave 5 blow off top...I'm sure you know what usually happens next? 

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:21 | 874019 DUNTHAT
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The day before QE2 was announced I was perusing the NY Fed site and discovered a report in which the Fed asked GS and others how much QE they think will be needed. 

The answer they gave was 1.2 Trillion over 12 months.

I predict QE3 will be announced to start July 1, last for 6months, and be for 600 Billion.

Just like QE2.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:23 | 874030 Hollow_Point
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If QE2 is priced in and the market is forward looking, it must be QE3 (unless QE2 is never ending) melting it up. If Ben wants a strong market, Ben will get one.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:23 | 874034 banksterhater
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needs some babes Robo...

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:27 | 874039 mynhair
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Noooooooo! n Back down AVL!  Want 6.10!

Oh well, sell in the morning, and buy back afternoon worked until it didn't.

Still time tho......moving to 6.07 fer the hell of it.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:27 | 874044 Ferg .
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I really find it hard to believe that a man in such a prominent position can be so shortsighted  . Look at the equity mutual fund outflows and the volume for the S&P and DJIA . The small retail investors continue to abandon stocks and market participation has been in a steady downward trend since the 2009 lows . This " wealth effect "  primarily benefits large institutional investors , you know , the ones who took excessive risks and made awful investments but recieved hundreds of billions of public funds to cover their loses because of their systemic importance  ( the same ones who are taking huge commissions courtesy of the American taxpayer on POMO sales every week  ) .


Anyway , Ben's myopic approach to economic revival is truly appalling . Unemployment and underemployment are still very high . Fuel and food prices are rising . Growth is sluggish and housing is still in the pits . You'd expect more from over a trillion dollars worth of asset purchases . The only thing QE is achieving is inflation , international condemnation , a rise in the national debt and huge moral hazard . And I can't emphasize enough the importance of the latter .

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:27 | 874051 sbenard
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He's right. QE2 has contributed to the rise in the stock market. It just HASN'T contributed to PROSPERITY!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:27 | 874055 banksterhater
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Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:10 | 874289 lamont cranston
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No, No, No - I've said this before here - return him to his hometown of Dillon, SC. He is hog-tied to a back seat of a minivan with six screaming 7 year olds that rides up & down I-95, and every time they pass a South Of The Border billboard (about every 2 minutes) all six will scream to stop there. He is forced to do this 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. And has to eat the crapppy food there and get his picture taken with "Pedro".

I realize this might constitute cruel and unusual punishment but fits his crime.

PS -

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:36 | 874103 mynhair
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Picked up a token NEM at 56.46 in Robo's honor, cuz y'all give him/her/it so much CIT.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:39 | 874123 Kilgore Trout
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Ghastly sight on air

Liesman fellates Bernanke

Swallow at finish

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:46 | 874157 thepigman
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The joke's on bernank. As soon as

anyone becomes aware a market is rigged,

they want nothing to do with it. This

is exactly what happened in Japan. Now

they just laugh at their's for foreigners.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:51 | 874182 thepigman
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It's kinda funny. Since he lives in an

ivory tower, he expects folks to say:

"Thanks for rigging the market and

saving the world, Ben."  Meanwhile,

more folks leave it every day. LOL

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:53 | 874194 thepigman
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But...but....(sputter) I rigged the market for you

so you would do more shopping.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:02 | 874241 Mr Creosote
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And feel good about how much you saved on unnecessary purchases.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:54 | 874199 whatz that smell
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IF: stock(xyz)

AND: stock(xyz) skyrockets

THEN: upload chart

ELSE: activate robotroll


Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:56 | 874205 Sudden Debt
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America needs to export and create more financial crappy products for idiotic foreign "investors" so they can prove there GDP can even grow more the 3 to 4%.



Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:57 | 874208 dan10400
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1) pump up asset prices with QE 1-N
2) close to breaking point (hello austerity!), liquidate said assets.
3) let the tax paying sheeple pick up the tab.
4) declare deflation a good thing

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:59 | 874225 dcb
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Ok folks, I find your understanding of Ben and his actions to be a bit naive. first of all never look at what he says, it's meaningless. then look at our situation what are the options. he has to allow the big banks to earn money, they are bankrupt. hence he has to cover up for the feds massive regulatory failures, the banks need enough to pay for their liabilities with law suits, and he needs inflation to shrink debt loads. this is what Qe is all about. it has nothing to do with the economy. It in fact will do the opposite to the economy as decreasing wages are eaten up by higher food and commodity prices.

So we must assume he isn't stupid enough to keep doing something that doesn't work. which means that isn't what the real purpose of the thing is. the purpose is to cover up the massive regulatory fraud that is the fed, and the banks frauds. to cover up that they are bankrupt. that is the purpose of QE.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:04 | 874260 thepigman
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Yes, we know he's saving the world

(the banksters) in his own mind, but

we don't want to save them. F 'em.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:16 | 874314 Neurolama
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Fed is the "Forth Branch of Government"  I say this as well.

Fun, quick read.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 18:32 | 874590 buzzsaw99
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i expect more queasing too.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 18:52 | 874625 the rookie cynic
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Bernanke has to say what he has to say. He lies so you will go out and buy. He inflates so you can't save. I'd be surprised if QE2 is the last of it. Who's to say he can't do a lot of under the table inflating as well. The Fed excels at propaganda, censorship, false flags, and other subterfuge.

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 18:46 | 874635 asteroids
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Dear Ben: What has been the effect of QE on your dual mandates of full employment and stable prices? You really don't think the people are buying what you are selling eh?

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:07 | 874704 miker
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I agree with DCB's thought line.  You folks calling for you have any frigging idea what that would be like?  I agree that the Fed and corrupt politics have put us in this spot; but frankly I don't have any interest in shooting it out with my neighbors over the last can of beans.  I have an 11 year old daughter and want some semblence of a future for her.  To that end, Bernake is doing the right things to try and heal this thing over time.  Granted, there will be some undesirable outcomes for many but he has been fairly straightforward (ok, as straightforward as a Fed chairman can be) in what he is doing.  He's not lying but he's not being totally truthful either.  He can't or he'd scare the bejesus out of everyone and it would all end in the shitter.

If you're rooting for collapse of our system, you need to think twice.  If you don't want to participate in this Fed-engineered rally, don't....but I'm tired of hearing all this ranting and raving about it.   The hyperinflation ain't gonna happen folks.  There are way too many deflationary pressures.  Besides, creating a couple of trillion into a 15+ trillion dollar inventory isn't exactly Weimar.  At least not yet.


Thu, 01/13/2011 - 22:49 | 875186 StychoKiller
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Sorry to bust your bubble here, but the collapse is coming -- it's a mathematical certainty. :(

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:17 | 874735 youngman
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Lets say he has set his goal of 3-4% much QE will it take to get there....????

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:12 | 874850 onlymyopinion
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Big hat tip to TD & ZH for calling out in 09' Bernankes plan to push stocks higher.  From reading ZH for a couple months now, it doesn't seem like too many folks around here listened. 

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 22:50 | 875188 StychoKiller
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We listened/read just fine, but WE REFUSE to fight with HFT robots!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:28 | 874903 Buck Johnson
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What was done today on CNBC with those individuals was an attempt to calm down the markets, thats all and it backfired.  Leisman didn't ask them the pertinant questions and he was told not to ask them probably.  This was only to be a pep rally to let people know that nothing is wrong (even though there is foot riots everywhere and food inflation) and they are on top of it. 

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 01:29 | 875399 killben
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QE3 drumbeat begins ...


Fri, 01/14/2011 - 01:29 | 875400 killben
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QE3 drumbeat begins ...


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