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Bernanke Speech Summary: Concerned About Inflationary Response To Additional Monetization

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The annual meeting at Jackson Hole always provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the economic and financial developments of the preceding year, and recently we have had a great deal on which to reflect. A year ago, in my remarks to this conference, I reviewed the response of the global policy community to the financial crisis.

Notwithstanding some important steps forward, however, as we return once again to Jackson Hole I think we would all agree that, for much of the world, the task of economic recovery and repair remains far from complete. In many countries, including the United States and most other advanced industrial nations, growth during the past year has been too slow and joblessness remains too high. Financial conditions are generally much improved, but bank credit remains tight; moreover, much of the work of implementing financial reform lies ahead of us. Managing fiscal deficits and debt is a daunting challenge for many countries, and imbalances in global trade and current accounts remain a persistent problem. On the whole, when the eruption of the Panic of 2008 threatened the very foundations of the global economy, the world rose to the challenge, with a remarkable degree of international cooperation, despite very difficult conditions and compressed time frames. And when last we gathered here, there were strong indications that the sharp contraction of the global economy of late 2008 and early 2009 had ended.

Most economies were growing again, and international trade was once again expanding.

This list of concerns makes clear that a return to strong and stable economic growth will require appropriate and effective responses from economic policymakers across a wide spectrum, as well as from leaders in the private sector. Central bankers alone cannot solve the world’s economic problems. That said, monetary policy continues to play a prominent role in promoting the economic recovery and will be the focus of my remarks today. I will begin with an update on the economic outlook in the United States and then review the measures that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has taken to support the economic recovery and maintain price stability. I will conclude by discussing and evaluating some policy options that the FOMC has at its disposal, should further action become necessary.

The Economic Outlook

As I noted at the outset, when we last gathered here, the deep economic contraction had ended, and we were seeing broad stabilization in global economic activity and the beginnings of a recovery. Concerted government efforts to restore confidence in the financial system, including the aggressive provision of liquidity by central banks, were essential in achieving that outcome. Monetary policies in many countries had been eased aggressively. Fiscal policy--including stimulus packages, expansions of the social safety net, and the countercyclical spending and tax policies known collectively as automatic stabilizers--also helped to arrest the global decline. Once demand began to stabilize, firms gained sufficient confidence to increase production and slow the rapid liquidation of inventories that they had begun during the contraction.

Expansionary fiscal policies and a powerful inventory cycle, helped by a recovery in international trade and improved financial conditions, fueled a significant pickup in growth.

At best, though, fiscal impetus and the inventory cycle can drive recovery only temporarily. For a sustained expansion to take hold, growth in private final demand-- notably, consumer spending and business fixed investment--must ultimately take the lead. On the whole, in the United States, that critical handoff appears to be under way.

However, although private final demand, output, and employment have indeed been growing for more than a year, the pace of that growth recently appears somewhat less vigorous than we expected. Notably, since stabilizing in mid-2009, real household spending in the United States has grown in the range of 1 to 2 percent at annual rates, a relatively modest pace.

Households’ caution is understandable. Importantly, the painfully slow recovery in the labor market has restrained growth in labor income, raised uncertainty about job security and prospects, and damped confidence. Also, although consumer credit shows some signs of thawing, responses to our Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices suggest that lending standards to households generally remain tight.2

The prospects for household spending depend to a significant extent on how the jobs situation evolves. But the pace of spending will also depend on the progress that households make in repairing their financial positions. Among the most notable results to emerge from the recent revision of the U.S. national income data is that, in recent quarters, household saving has been higher than we thought--averaging near
6 percent of disposable income rather than 4 percent, as the earlier data showed.3 On the one hand, this finding suggests that households, collectively, are even more cautious about the economic outlook and their own prospects than we previously believed. But on the other hand, the upward revision to the saving rate also implies greater progress in the repair of household balance sheets. Stronger balance sheets should in turn allow households to increase their spending more rapidly as credit conditions ease and the overall economy improves.

Household finances and attitudes also bear heavily on the housing market, which has generally remained depressed. In particular, home sales dropped sharply following the recent expiration of the homebuyers’ tax credit. Going forward, improved affordability--the result of lower house prices and record-low mortgage rates--should boost the demand for housing.

However, the overhang of foreclosed-upon and vacant housing and the difficulties of many households in obtaining mortgage financing are likely to continue to weigh on the pace of residential investment for some time yet.

In the business sector, real investment in equipment and software rose at an annual rate of more than 20 percent over the first half of the year. Some of these gains no doubt reflected spending that had been deferred during the crisis, including investments to replace or update existing equipment.
Consequently, investment in equipment and software will almost certainly increase more slowly over the remainder of this year, though it should continue to advance at a solid pace. In contrast, outside of a few areas such as drilling and mining, business investment in structures has continued to contract, although the rate of contraction appears to be slowing.

Although most firms faced problems obtaining credit during the depths of the crisis, over the past year or so a divide has opened between large firms that are able to tap public securities markets and small firms that largely depend on banks.
Generally speaking, large firms in good financial condition can obtain credit easily and on favorable terms; moreover, many large firms are holding exceptionally large amounts of cash on their balance sheets. For these firms, willingness to expand-- and, in particular, to add permanent employees--depends primarily on expected increases in demand for their products, not on financing costs. Bank-dependent smaller firms, by contrast, have faced significantly greater problems obtaining credit, according to surveys and anecdotes. The Federal Reserve, together with other regulators, has been engaged in significant efforts to improve the credit environment for small businesses.

For example, through the provision of specific guidance and extensive examiner training, we are working to help banks strike a good balance between appropriate prudence and reasonable willingness to make loans to creditworthy borrowers. We have also engaged in extensive outreach efforts to banks and small businesses. There is some hopeful news on this front: For the most part, bank lending terms and conditions appear to be stabilizing and are even beginning to ease in some cases, and banks reportedly have become more proactive in seeking out creditworthy borrowers.

Incoming data on the labor market have remained disappointing. Private-sector employment has grown only sluggishly, the small decline in the unemployment rate is attributable more to reduced labor force participation than to job creation, and initial claims for unemployment insurance remain high. Firms are reluctant to add permanent employees, citing slow growth of sales and elevated economic and regulatory uncertainty. In lieu of adding permanent workers, some firms have increased labor input by increasing workweeks, offering full-time work to part-time workers, and making extensive use of temporary workers.

Besides consumption spending and business fixed investment, net exports are a third source of demand for domestic production. The substantial recovery in international trade is a very positive development for the global economy; for the United States, improving export markets are an important reason that manufacturing has been a leading sector in the recovery. Like others, we were surprised by the sharp deterioration in the U.S.
trade balance in the second quarter. However, that deterioration seems to have reflected a number of temporary and special factors. Generally, the arithmetic contribution of net exports to growth in the gross domestic product tends to be much closer to zero, and that is likely to be the case in coming quarters.

Overall, the incoming data suggest that the recovery of output and employment in the United States has slowed in recent months, to a pace somewhat weaker than most FOMC participants projected earlier this year. Much of the unexpected slowing is attributable to the household sector, where consumer spending and the demand for housing have both grown less quickly than was anticipated. Consumer spending may continue to grow relatively slowly in the near term as households focus on repairing their balance sheets. I expect the economy to continue to expand in the second half of this year, albeit at a relatively modest pace.

Despite the weaker data seen recently, the preconditions for a pickup in growth in 2011 appear to remain in place.
Monetary policy remains very accommodative, and financial conditions have become more supportive of growth, in part because a concerted effort by policymakers in Europe has reduced fears related to sovereign debts and the banking system there.

Banks are improving their balance sheets and appear more willing to lend. Consumers are reducing their debt and building savings, returning household wealth-to-income ratios near to longer-term historical norms. Stronger household finances, rising incomes, and some easing of credit conditions will provide the basis for more-rapid growth in household spending next year.

Businesses’ investment in equipment and software should continue to grow at a healthy pace in the coming year, driven by rising demand for products and services, the continuing need to replace or update existing equipment, strong corporate balance sheets, and the low cost of financing, at least for those firms with access to public capital markets. Rising sales and increased business confidence should also lead firms to expand payrolls. However, investment in structures will likely remain weak. On the fiscal front, state and local governments continue to be under pressure; but with tax receipts showing signs of recovery, their spending should decline less rapidly than it has in the past few years. Federal fiscal stimulus seems set to continue to fade but likely not so quickly as to derail growth in coming quarters.

Although output growth should be stronger next year, resource slack and unemployment seem likely to decline only slowly. The prospect of high unemployment for a long period of time remains a central concern of policy. Not only does high unemployment, particularly long-term unemployment, impose heavy costs on the unemployed and their families and on society, but it also poses risks to the sustainability of the recovery itself through its effects on households’ incomes and confidence.

Maintaining price stability is also a central concern of policy. Recently, inflation has declined to a level that is slightly below that which FOMC participants view as most conducive to a healthy economy in the long run. With inflation expectations reasonably stable and the economy growing, inflation should remain near current readings for some time before rising slowly toward levels more consistent with the Committee’s objectives. At this juncture, the risk of either an undesirable rise in inflation or of significant further disinflation seems low. Of course, the Federal Reserve will monitor price developments closely.

In the remainder of my remarks I will discuss the policies the Federal Reserve is currently using to support economic recovery and price stability. I will also discuss some additional policy options that we could consider, especially if the economic outlook were to deteriorate further.

Federal Reserve Policy

In 2008 and 2009, the Federal Reserve, along with policymakers around the world, took extraordinary actions to arrest the financial crisis and help restore normal functioning in key financial markets, a precondition for economic stabilization. To provide further support for the economic recovery while maintaining price stability, the Fed has also taken extraordinary measures to ease monetary and financial conditions.

Notably, since December 2008, the FOMC has held its target for the federal funds rate in a range of 0 to 25 basis points.
Moreover, since March 2009, the Committee has consistently stated its expectation that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low policy rates for an extended period.

Partially in response to FOMC communications, futures markets quotes suggest that investors are not anticipating significant policy tightening by the Federal Reserve for quite some time.

Market expectations for continued accommodative policy have in turn helped reduce interest rates on a range of short- and medium-term financial instruments to quite low levels, indeed not far above the zero lower bound on nominal interest rates in many cases.

The FOMC has also acted to improve market functioning and to push longer-term interest rates lower through its large-scale purchases of agency debt, agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and longer-term Treasury securities, of which the Federal Reserve currently holds more than $2 trillion. The channels through which the Fed’s purchases affect longer-term interest rates and financial conditions more generally have been subject to debate. I see the evidence as most favorable to the view that such purchases work primarily through the so-called portfolio balance channel, which holds that once short-term interest rates have reached zero, the Federal Reserve’s purchases of longer- term securities affect financial conditions by changing the quantity and mix of financial assets held by the public.

Specifically, the Fed’s strategy relies on the presumption that different financial assets are not perfect substitutes in investors’ portfolios, so that changes in the net supply of an asset available to investors affect its yield and those of broadly similar assets. Thus, our purchases of Treasury, agency debt, and agency MBS likely both reduced the yields on those securities and also pushed investors into holding other assets with similar characteristics, such as credit risk and duration.

For example, some investors who sold MBS to the Fed may have replaced them in their portfolios with longer-term, high-quality corporate bonds, depressing the yields on those assets as well.

The logic of the portfolio balance channel implies that the degree of accommodation delivered by the Federal Reserve’s securities purchase program is determined primarily by the quantity and mix of securities the central bank holds or is anticipated to hold at a point in time (the “stock view”), rather than by the current pace of new purchases (the “flow view”). In support of the stock view, the cessation of the Federal Reserve’s purchases of agency securities at the end of the first quarter of this year seems to have had only negligible effects on longer-term rates and spreads.

The Federal Reserve did not hold the size of its securities portfolio precisely constant after it ended its agency purchase program earlier this year. Instead, consistent with the Committee’s goal of ultimately returning the portfolio to one consisting primarily of Treasury securities, we adopted a policy of re-investing maturing Treasuries in similar securities while allowing agency securities to run off as payments of principal were received. To date, we have realized about $140 billion of repayments of principal on our holdings of agency debt and MBS, most of it prior to the end of the purchase program. Continued repayments at this pace, together with the policy of not re- investing the proceeds, were expected to lead to a slight reduction in policy accommodation over time.

However, more recently, as the pace of economic growth has slowed somewhat, longer-term interest rates have fallen and mortgage refinancing activity has picked up. Increased refinancing has in turn led the Fed’s holding of agency MBS to run off more quickly than previously anticipated. Although mortgage prepayment rates are difficult to predict, under the assumption that mortgage rates remain near current levels, we estimated that an additional $400 billion or so of MBS and agency debt currently in the Fed’s portfolio could be repaid by the end of 2011.

At their most recent meeting, FOMC participants observed that allowing the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet to shrink in this way at a time when the outlook had weakened somewhat was inconsistent with the Committee’s intention to provide the monetary accommodation necessary to support the recovery.

Moreover, a bad dynamic could come into at play: Any further weakening of the economy that resulted in lower longer-term interest rates and a still-faster pace of mortgage refinancing would likely lead in turn to an even more-rapid runoff of MBS from the Fed’s balance sheet. Thus, a weakening of the economy might act indirectly to increase the pace of passive policy tightening--a perverse outcome. In response to these concerns, the FOMC agreed to stabilize the quantity of securities held by the Federal Reserve by re-investing payments of principal on agency securities into longer-term Treasury securities. We decided to reinvest in Treasury securities rather than agency securities because the Federal Reserve already owns a very large share of available agency securities, suggesting that reinvestment in Treasury securities might be more effective in reducing longer-term interest rates and improving financial conditions with less chance of adverse effects on market functioning. Also, as I already noted, reinvestment in Treasury securities is more consistent with the Committee’s longer-term objective of a portfolio made up principally of Treasury securities. We do not rule out changing the reinvestment strategy if circumstances warrant, however.

By agreeing to keep constant the size of the Federal Reserve’s securities portfolio, the Committee avoided an undesirable passive tightening of policy that might otherwise have occurred. The decision also underscored the Committee’s intent to maintain accommodative financial conditions as needed to support the recovery. We will continue to monitor economic developments closely and to evaluate whether additional monetary easing would be beneficial. In particular, the Committee is prepared to provide additional monetary accommodation through unconventional measures if it proves necessary, especially if the outlook were to deteriorate significantly. The issue at this stage is not whether we have the tools to help support economic activity and guard against disinflation. We do. As I will discuss next, the issue is instead whether, at any given juncture, the benefits of each tool, in terms of additional stimulus, outweigh the associated costs or risks of using the tool.

Policy Options for Further Easing

Notwithstanding the fact that the policy rate is near its zero lower bound, the Federal Reserve retains a number of tools and strategies for providing additional stimulus. I will focus here on three that have been part of recent staff analyses and discussion at FOMC meetings: (1) conducting additional purchases of longer-term securities, (2) modifying the Committee’s communication, and (3) reducing the interest paid on excess reserves. I will also comment on a fourth strategy, proposed by several economists--namely, that the FOMC increase its inflation goals.

A first option for providing additional monetary accommodation, if necessary, is to expand the Federal Reserve’s holdings of longer-term securities. As I noted earlier, the evidence suggests that the Fed’s earlier program of purchases was effective in bringing down term premiums and lowering the costs of borrowing in a number of private credit markets. I regard the program (which was significantly expanded in March 2009) as having made an important contribution to the economic stabilization and recovery that began in the spring of 2009.

Likewise, the FOMC’s recent decision to stabilize the Federal Reserve’s securities holdings should promote financial conditions supportive of recovery.

I believe that additional purchases of longer-term securities, should the FOMC choose to undertake them, would be effective in further easing financial conditions. However, the expected benefits of additional stimulus from further expanding the Fed’s balance sheet would have to be weighed against potential risks and costs. One risk of further balance sheet expansion arises from the fact that, lacking much experience with this option, we do not have very precise knowledge of the quantitative effect of changes in our holdings on financial conditions. In particular, the impact of securities purchases may depend to some extent on the state of financial markets and the economy; for example, such purchases seem likely to have their largest effects during periods of economic and financial stress, when markets are less liquid and term premiums are unusually high. The possibility that securities purchases would be most effective at times when they are most needed can be viewed as a positive feature of this tool. However, uncertainty about the quantitative effect of securities purchases increases the difficulty of calibrating and communicating policy responses.

Another concern associated with additional securities purchases is that substantial further expansions of the balance sheet could reduce public confidence in the Fed’s ability to execute a smooth exit from its accommodative policies at the appropriate time. Even if unjustified, such a reduction in confidence might lead to an undesired increase in inflation expectations. (Of course, if inflation expectations were too low, or even negative, an increase in inflation expectations could become a benefit.) To mitigate this concern, the Federal Reserve has expended considerable effort in developing a suite of tools to ensure that the exit from highly accommodative policies can be smoothly accomplished when appropriate, and FOMC participants have spoken publicly about these tools on numerous occasions. Indeed, by providing maximum clarity to the public about the methods by which the FOMC will exit its highly accommodative policy stance--and thereby helping to anchor inflation expectations--the Committee increases its own flexibility to use securities purchases to provide additional accommodation, should conditions warrant.

A second policy option for the FOMC would be to ease financial conditions through its communication, for example, by modifying its post-meeting statement. As I noted, the statement currently reflects the FOMC’s anticipation that exceptionally low rates will be warranted “for an extended period,”
contingent on economic conditions. A step the Committee could consider, if conditions called for it, would be to modify the language in the statement to communicate to investors that it anticipates keeping the target for the federal funds rate low for a longer period than is currently priced in markets. Such a change would presumably lower longer-term rates by an amount related to the revision in policy expectations.

Central banks around the world have used a variety of methods to provide future guidance on rates. For example, in April 2009, the Bank of Canada committed to maintain a low policy rate until a specific time, namely, the end of the second quarter of 2010, conditional on the inflation outlook.4 Although this approach seemed to work well in Canada, committing to keep the policy rate fixed for a specific period carries the risk that market participants may not fully appreciate that any such commitment must ultimately be conditional on how the economy evolves (as the Bank of Canada was careful to state). An alternative communication strategy is for the central bank to explicitly tie its future actions to specific developments in the economy. For example, in March 2001, the Bank of Japan committed to maintaining its policy rate at zero until Japanese consumer prices stabilized or exhibited a year-on-year increase.
A potential drawback of using the FOMC’s post-meeting statement to influence market expectations is that, at least without a more comprehensive framework in place, it may be difficult to convey the Committee’s policy intentions with sufficient precision and conditionality. The Committee will continue to actively review its communication strategy, with the goal of communicating its outlook and policy intentions as clearly as possible.

A third option for further monetary policy easing is to lower the rate of interest that the Fed pays banks on the reserves they hold with the Federal Reserve System. Inside the Fed this rate is known as the IOER rate, the “interest on excess reserves” rate. The IOER rate, currently set at 25 basis points, could be reduced to, say, 10 basis points or even to zero. On the margin, a reduction in the IOER rate would provide banks with an incentive to increase their lending to nonfinancial borrowers or to participants in short-term money markets, reducing short-term interest rates further and possibly leading to some expansion in money and credit aggregates.

However, under current circumstances, the effect of reducing the IOER rate on financial conditions in isolation would likely be relatively small. The federal funds rate is currently averaging between 15 and 20 basis points and would almost certainly remain positive after the reduction in the IOER rate. Cutting the IOER rate even to zero would be unlikely therefore to reduce the federal funds rate by more than 10 to 15 basis points. The effect on longer-term rates would probably be even less, although that effect would depend in part on the signal that market participants took from the action about the likely future course of policy. Moreover, such an action could disrupt some key financial markets and institutions. Importantly for the Fed’s purposes, a further reduction in very short-term interest rates could lead short-term money markets such as the federal funds market to become much less liquid, as near-zero returns might induce many participants and market-makers to exit. In normal times the Fed relies heavily on a well-functioning federal funds market to implement monetary policy, so we would want to be careful not to do permanent damage to that market.

A rather different type of policy option, which has been proposed by a number of economists, would have the Committee increase its medium-term inflation goals above levels consistent with price stability. I see no support for this option on the FOMC. Conceivably, such a step might make sense in a situation in which a prolonged period of deflation had greatly weakened the confidence of the public in the ability of the central bank to achieve price stability, so that drastic measures were required to shift expectations. Also, in such a situation, higher inflation for a time, by compensating for the prior period of deflation, could help return the price level to what was expected by people who signed long-term contracts, such as debt contracts, before the deflation began.

However, such a strategy is inappropriate for the United States in current circumstances. Inflation expectations appear reasonably well-anchored, and both inflation expectations and actual inflation remain within a range consistent with price stability. In this context, raising the inflation objective would likely entail much greater costs than benefits. Inflation would be higher and probably more volatile under such a policy, undermining confidence and the ability of firms and households to make longer-term plans, while squandering the Fed’s hard-won inflation credibility. Inflation expectations would also likely become significantly less stable, and risk premiums in asset markets--including inflation risk premiums--would rise. The combination of increased uncertainty for households and businesses, higher risk premiums in financial markets, and the potential for destabilizing movements in commodity and currency markets would likely overwhelm any benefits arising from this strategy.

Each of the tools that the FOMC has available to provide further policy accommodation--including longer-term securities asset purchases, changes in communication, and reducing the IOER rate--has benefits and drawbacks, which must be appropriately balanced. Under what conditions would the FOMC make further use of these or related policy tools? At this juncture, the Committee has not agreed on specific criteria or triggers for further action, but I can make two general observations.

First, the FOMC will strongly resist deviations from price stability in the downward direction. Falling into deflation is not a significant risk for the United States at this time, but that is true in part because the public understands that the Federal Reserve will be vigilant and proactive in addressing significant further disinflation. It is worthwhile to note that, if deflation risks were to increase, the benefit-cost tradeoffs of some of our policy tools could become significantly more favorable.

Second, regardless of the risks of deflation, the FOMC will do all that it can to ensure continuation of the economic recovery. Consistent with our mandate, the Federal Reserve is committed to promoting growth in employment and reducing resource slack more generally. Because a further significant weakening in the economic outlook would likely be associated with further disinflation, in the current environment there is little or no potential conflict between the goals of supporting growth and employment and of maintaining price stability.


This morning I have reviewed the outlook, the Federal Reserve’s response, and its policy options for the future should the recovery falter or inflation decline further.

In sum, the pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed somewhat in recent months, in part because of slower- than-expected growth in consumer spending, as well as continued weakness in residential and nonresidential construction. Despite this recent slowing, however, it is reasonable to expect some pickup in growth in 2011 and in subsequent years. Broad financial conditions, including monetary policy, are supportive of growth, and banks appear to have become somewhat more willing to lend. Importantly, households may have made more progress than we had earlier thought in repairing their balance sheets, allowing them more flexibility to increase their spending as conditions improve. And as the expansion strengthens, firms should become more willing to hire. Inflation should remain subdued for some time, with low risks of either a significant increase or decrease from current levels.

Although what I have just described is, I believe, the most plausible outcome, macroeconomic projections are inherently uncertain, and the economy remains vulnerable to unexpected developments. The Federal Reserve is already supporting the economic recovery by maintaining an extraordinarily accommodative monetary policy, using multiple tools. Should further action prove necessary, policy options are available to provide additional stimulus. Any deployment of these options requires a careful comparison of benefit and cost. However, the Committee will certainly use its tools as needed to maintain price stability--avoiding excessive inflation or further disinflation--and to promote the continuation of the economic recovery.

As I said at the beginning, we have come a long way, but there is still some way to travel. Together with other economic policymakers and the private sector, the Federal Reserve remains committed to playing its part to help the U.S. economy return to sustained, noninflationary growth.


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Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:02 | 548027 peripatetic86
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Bernanke Speech Bullet Point:  Dead

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:20 | 548095 A Man without Q...
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Bernanke to the world - if we're going down, we're taking you with us...

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:28 | 548129 Mako
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It's over.  There is no Wizard of Oz just like I have been saying.  All he is, is an old man behind the curtain putting on a show.

The system will continue to collapse and eventually liquidate.  Nothing Benny can do but trick the lemmings into marching a little further until the eventual doom.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:00 | 548222 Jake Green
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yeah mako, little by little the beast is dying

from what I've read, 1932 was a very miserable year, I think this time the world will take misery to a whole new level

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:05 | 548241 Mako
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The process will take many many decades this time, last time only took 2 decades. 

When the system dies, many unfunded non-performing lemmings are going to go with it. 

Yes, unfortunately I think it's going to get very nasty compared to the last time.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:11 | 548267 Mako
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"committed to playing its part to help the U.S. economy return to sustained, noninflationary growth."

Benny is confused... you are not going to have growth in the system without inflation.   Inflation is the increase of the money supply...  hahahaha.

The wizard of Oz is very confused...  the helicopters will never get off the ground. 

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:30 | 548329 Ripped Chunk
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Money supply has been contracting.

The banks are awash with liquidity but if they don't lend it out (and they aren't) then the money supply will not grow.

Starting to see more credit card offers in the mail.  But consumer debt continues to contract.


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:11 | 548430 Spitzer
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where have you been ? , the first helicopter run was in the Bush era.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:33 | 548614 VegasBD
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That movie (book) was written as a parody of monetary policy....

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:29 | 548131 israhole
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Just like Israel's "Samson Option":

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:37 | 548152 Turd Ferguson
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But not like Joel Rosenberg's "Ezekiel Option":

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:50 | 548393 Marley
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Keeping an eye on Dmitry' health this September?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:49 | 548650 midtowng
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Why do people still listen to this lying moron? He's never going to tell you anything that you don't already know.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:03 | 548028 snowball777
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Does anyone else hear the sound of snapping branches?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:05 | 548034 John McCloy
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They want that QE Ben. Gues they are going to have to take the markets down until they get it. They need their medicine baby. See you at S&P 800

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:05 | 548035 litoralkey
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10k Hat Off!


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:31 | 548333 Ripped Chunk
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+ ! Flummoxed! Good one.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:06 | 548041 Boilermaker
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Look at the market whipsaw back and forth as the PPT tries like hell to keep this contained.

My fucking god...give me a break.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:06 | 548042 Hansel
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What a dud.  They will print, but not until something bad happens.  SSDD.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:09 | 548050 Ragnarok
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The HP printer cartridges delivery is late do to all the sex and overbidding going on over there.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:07 | 548046 docj
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Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:10 | 548054 ejmoosa
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Not conditions for growth....but pre-conditions.

I think we are headed backwards.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:10 | 548056 cocoablini
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The world hangs on the word of a mentally disabled person. And this one person has the ability to test out his high school thesis of massive money stimulus at out expense. He also has the ability to destroy the western economy in perpetuity by getting all into a currency crisis and a deflationary debt spiral all at the same time. Astounding.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:36 | 548140 B9K9
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It sounds like you might still be at the denial stage. Unlike my Goodwin ripoff (... as an online discussion grows longer ...), the following postulate is original:

Every generation thinks its experiences are unique.

As evolved biological animals which can literally trace our heritage to yeast, there is a reason religion, faith & mythology have held (and continue to do so) such a strong influence throughout the ages: they provide critical competitive advantages to their adherents. That is, in eras of scarcity, those who succeed in adapting to ant-colony type networks have a higher propensity of survival.

The genes that govern subservience, and the ability to overlook the obvious, and the cultures which have developed in every corner of the globe to ensure conformance with this behavior, have been passed down to us for countless millenia. It takes tremendous analytical ability (and often that is not even enough) to see through the cloud of haze and clearly see reality.

Thus we have the situation where the entire world economy hinges on the actions of one man. Astounding? No, rather, completely predictable. In fact, ordained. It has always been this way, and it will always continue to be this way. So, rather than waste emotional energy on disbelief, grasp it eagerly as it confirms knowledge.

Anybody remember that line from Patton, where George C. Scott declares, "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!" From my perspective, this is exactly how I feel: it's exciting & exhilarating to watch & observe humanity basically commit suicide, right on schedule.

We cannot alter our destiny. Therefore, the wise individual would make the appropriate arragements to benefit from such an outcome. Sure, there are no guarantees, but either way, you still die.


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:13 | 548275 Seer
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Very few get it like you do, oh toothless dog ("benign canine"? sometimes I'm a bit slow) :-)

Nature operates in a world of deception.  And nowhere can this be more evident than in observing the top of the animal kingdom- humans, and within humans, their top dog- Bernanke.

Yes, amazing to behold!  My wife tells me how corrupt things are in the Philippines, and I tell her that it's much more so in the US, that in the US it's just highly polished: look, dancing bears!

And it's such a fine rope, and it fits around the neck so perfectly- my how we excel!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:31 | 548332 MachoMan
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The problem with the residual left by our boom/bust cycles is that "world killer" technologies (e.g. nuclear weapons, bioweapons, oil ruptures, industrial chemicals, etc.) have multiplied...  now, each boom/bust cycle carries a new urgency...  a new risk of complete and total annihilation...  my guess is that if we have enough trials, we'll succeed eventually.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 15:01 | 548847 Seer
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Yes, Pandora's Box.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:25 | 548313 sschu
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It is all so predictable.  Market dives until Benny shows up and gives a speech!  Then it really takes off, hooray! 

The headlines have already been written: Market surges on Bernanke comments!  Benny saves us all!  The Fed will make it all OK! 

Such propaganda.  Many who do not pay attention will feel the love.  But truly I think more folks are seeing thru the nonsense and lies … they see this ship taking on some serious water.  And they are going to be really unhappy when it all comes apart.


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:25 | 548593 tonyw
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We are no smarter than yeast, look how it booms when there is food then collapses in it's own waste.


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:11 | 548058 PeterB
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DXY 86 next week

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:11 | 548060 Boilermaker
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The DOW is bouncing 20 points per minute.  S&P miraculously stops falling dead-nuts at 1040.

Man, we are close to the end here....this shit has to stop.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:02 | 548537 NumberNone
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Bernanke and the Fed have unlimited cash and have been given the mandate to save the financial world as it is.  There is no deception beyond them or financial hole they are not willing to fill with cash.

The intelligent get this and see it for the madness that it is...but the Fed could give a shit about that.  In their game, failure would come with an incredibly high pricetag for the US and the world.  Nothing is off the table to prevent it.  They will be ruthless, pitiless, and merciless in what they have to do to accomplish their goals.  Which is exactly how I would want them to be to protect our financial well-being...except of course for the fact that they are the Fed and they had a big hand in getting us here. 

Maybe the house of cards will come tumbling down around them but it's also possible that they will be able keep adding cards and kick the collapse down the road to the next generation or two.  Hard to bet against them. 

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 14:52 | 548814 akak
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...but the Fed could give a shit about that.

The Fed couldn't give a shit.

If somebody doesn't care about something, they couldn't give a shit.  If they "could give a shit", that means that they actually care!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 16:32 | 549120 Al Gorerhythm
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They are all over gold and silver as well. Their ability to supply worthless IOU's in all markets, with no intention to deliver ( futures contracts, options, dark pool derivatives or simply, printed dollars) is limitless.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:12 | 548061 crzyhun
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We're driftin an driftin like a ship out to sea...old blues song say it all.


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:13 | 548064 yabs
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BN   7:00 *BERNANKE: I'm a c*nt and now  the market knows it

BN   7:00 *BERNANKE: But don't worry the PPT have our backs and no way will they let 1040 fall

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:14 | 548066 Boilermaker
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They just ran the DOW fucking green?

You HAVE GOT to be joking.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:23 | 548101 Turd Ferguson
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Apparently, the lack of immediate additional QE is being taken as a sign that things aren't quite as bad as feared.

This is utter nonsense. The Fed has finally realized that they are fucked. Painted into a corner. Can't tighten because it will destroy tax revenue and drive deficits exponentially higher. Can't do more QE because of inevitable inflation which will cause higher rates which will destroy tax revenue and drive deficits exponentially higher.

If the Commodore 64s of the world want to buy stocks today, let em. The Greater Fool Theory still reigns supreme.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:39 | 548365 Ripped Chunk
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++ !!!!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:01 | 548409 B9K9
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The Fed has finally realized that they are fucked.

TF, I'm surprised with you - you of all people should know the Fed always knew we were fucked. What, Mish, Denninger & a host of other bloggers were the only genii in the room? Only they could clearly discern reality, but Mr. 1600 SAT, 150+ IQ didn't "get it"? Puleeze.

It's all been a confidence game; all of it, the jaw-boning, the green shoots propaganda, etc. They threw up a Hail Mary with about 1 in a trillion chance of succeeding. If it didn't work, what's the difference if they never tried? Either way, game over and we lose.

People unfamiliar with US football can never quite seem to grasp how the last 2 minutes of a close game can almost take 1/2 hour. Since the March lows, Bennie & the Feds have tried every coaching trick in the book to eek out a last second win. Sorry, but the hand is very close to -0-, this one is going in the record books as an epic loss.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:21 | 548580 Turd Ferguson
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I'm no so sure, B9.

I think the arrogant band of pricks (Volcker, Greenspan, Bernanke) all believed that they had the magic touch. Their all-knowing faith in Keynesianism led them to believe that all problems could be solved by the magical manipulation of the money supply.

Its possible that, only now, they are beginning to realize how badly they've fucked up.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 16:50 | 549151 Al Gorerhythm
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C'mon Turd.  What if it were you who was given a printing press to play with, along with the moniker of "Legal" or "Official Money Printer"? Additionally, you are blessed with an assurance of "Don't concern yourself with any real security as backing." Are you telling us that you wouldn't know the immorality of the process? Are you telling us that you wouldn't apply the distribution strategy of "One for you, two for me"?

These bastards have been kissed on the dick by a fairy, and they know it.

Sat, 08/28/2010 - 11:19 | 550219 DavidC
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Interesting that you've included Volcker there, any particular reason? I'd have put him as one of the saner elements!


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:14 | 548067 sbenard
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This is very troubling, because he is committing to very aggressive anti-deflationary money printing; he's doubling down on the roulette wheel, implying that they will engage in monetization of the debt to whatever level it takes. He's risking EVERYTHING on a gamble!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:17 | 548083 william the bastard
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He was only ONE YEAR late to the initial ease. Come on whaddaya expect on this turn?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:39 | 548363 Ripped Chunk
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He has no options left. See TF's post 548101 above. Painted into a corner indeed!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:14 | 548072 Boilermaker
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OK, today takes the fucking cake...really.  Zimbabwe ain't got shit on Ben.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:42 | 548375 The Rock
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word to ben's mutha.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:14 | 548074 papaswamp
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So in other words...we are fucked.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:15 | 548075 Steak
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A yin and a yang

limit down (a dark deep playlist): 

down the boulevard (a light airy playlist): 

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:15 | 548076 william the bastard
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This market trades rationally, Oh Yeah.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:15 | 548077 bigdumbnugly
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confirming that i apparently know nothing about anything...

dow is rising

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:15 | 548078 juno9604
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Initial reaction in equiites looks like a knee jerk to lowered outlook from Big Ben but the rebound may be on the willingness of the FED to provide more QE if economic conditions support same. 

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:16 | 548079 yabs
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The world hangs on the word of a mentally disabled person. And this one person has the ability to test out his high school thesis of massive money stimulus at out expense. He also has the ability to destroy the western economy in perpetuity by getting all into a currency crisis and a deflationary debt spiral all at the same time. Astounding.


I know at least the worlds most pwerful people before actually looked like they commanded respect ie julius caesar, ghenghis

now the worlds most powerful man looks like a garden gnome


what a joke this world has turned out to be

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:19 | 548292 Seer
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"now the worlds most powerful man looks like a garden gnome"

Now, That's funny!  But... as full fledged member of the Garden Gnome Group -GGG- I have to have some concern that by associating Bernanke with us that you will unduly stigmatize all Garden Gnomes!


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:17 | 548080 hedgeless_horseman
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Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:17 | 548081 PeterB
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Flash crash coming

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:19 | 548089 Jim B
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Question of the day:  Is Washington bankrupting the US ___________

a. Intentionally

b. Simple incompetence

c. No worries, it can never happen

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:39 | 548158 Turd Ferguson
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its mainly (b) but some will use the circumstances to "fundamentally change the Unites States of America".

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:09 | 548252 Citxmech
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This eventuality was built into the system from the beginning.  Fractional reserve banking/debt-based money systems have to end - just like any Ponzi/pyramid scheme. 

I think TPTB have contingencies as they knew this was coming, but they are merely lifeboats to get them to the next game of musical chairs.    

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:20 | 548449 Alexandre Stavisky
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Remember we took that deliberate LEFT turn years ago.  To the Sinestra!



  • Not my original, but still good.  Thank the bold brotherhood


"You will all be caught

with your diapers down!                

That is a promise!                 

I make you this promise

on my mother's head!              

For right here, today. Standing on the very head of my mother,             

which is now on God's green earth,               

which everybody

who wasn't born in a fucking sewer               

ought to know and understand

to the very marrow of their bones!                

They will invade you

in your beds,        

they will snatch you from your hot tubs,                

they will pluck you right out of

your fancy sports cars!




There is nowhere,              

absolutely nowhere,          

in this God forsaken valley.          

I'm talking about from the range of my voice,

right here             

clear out to the goddamn Mohjave Desert              

and beyond that,     

clear out past Barstows       

and everywhere else in the valley all the way to Arizona.              

None of that area will be called the safety zone!                

There will be no safety zone!             

I can guarantee you

the safety zone            

will be eliminated.              


You will all be extradited

to the land of no return!          

It's a navigation to nowhere.          

And if you think

that's going to be fun,              

you've got another think coming.          

I maybe a slime-bucket,             

but believe me:

I know what the hell I am talking about.            

I am not crazy.




And don't say

I didn't warn you!              

I warned you! I warned all of you!"




Thought you were afraid of heights?




No, I'm not afraid of heights,

I'm afraid of falling.




Oh yeah, well just don't look down.


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:09 | 548261 ATTILA THE WIMP

A: Bilderbergers

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:19 | 548092 yabs
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how can this c*nt state this


playing its part to help the U.S. economy return to sustained, noninflationary growth.

yeah right and i'm a big pink elephant


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:23 | 548306 Seer
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Having "sustained" and "growth" in the same sentence should tell you something about this house of cards built upon the sands.

An elephant that's pink is far more believable.  Remember: there WERE no black swans!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:44 | 548497 SgtShaftoe
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This is hardly a black swan, or even a grey swan.  In a historical context it's a swan as white as fresh snow.  This has happened dozens of times in the last century, just not on this scale in a while. 

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 15:35 | 548969 Seer
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I was equating the "animal" "pink elephant" with the "animal" "black swan," the later which was assumed to NOT exist but later found to actually exist. It is more probable that we'd discover an actual pink elephant (absence of proof does not equal proof of absence)  than the encountering an ability, by the Fed or anyone else, to defy the laws of physics by achieving the ability of endless (physical) growth on a finite planet.

Let me know if you require further clarification.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:23 | 548587 Turd Ferguson
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Yabs: It looks like you cooked up your own "fat finger" Did you mean to type "cunt"?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:19 | 548093 Boilermaker
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Oh my god...this is a fucking joke of biblical proportions.

Honest to Christ...can they actually do this and not lost any remaining shred of credibility...?!

This is ape-shit insane.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:20 | 548094 Ragnarok
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I think Bernanke is an avid student of Sun Tzu and if the American people are the enemy than his implementation of deception is excellent.  Keep'em guess Ben!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:17 | 548567 cougar_w
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The fog of war. Get used to it. It's here to stay.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:21 | 548096 Horatio Beanblower
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Have you ever used the term - 'Bullets, bitches'?  Then this is for you...



"Environmental Protection Agency Reviewing Petition to Ban Lead Bullets" -


Where is your 'line in the sand'?


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:36 | 548128 Ragnarok
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Picked up another 1000rds of .308 last night.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:40 | 548160 Clayton Bigsby
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looks like they're going to make it more expensive to shoot the first guy coming thru the door

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:00 | 548223 SheepDog-One
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Ammunition will now be made from daisies and composted paper products.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:05 | 548239 docj
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And hemp.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:17 | 548444 molecool
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Fuck it - just throw cotton balls at the intruder - extremely painful.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:27 | 548319 NotApplicable
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So, in actuality, all murder victims really died of lead poisoning?

Who knew?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:28 | 548100 Paper CRUSHer
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Screw deflation.The Benzerker Fed just stated "we have all the necessary policy tools to fight disinflation".

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:32 | 548335 NotApplicable
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Then they'll take the fight to transinflation, and onto cross-inflation, and finally meta-inflation.

That's when they manage to bring the long run fully into short run land, making us all dead Keynesians, so to speak.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:23 | 548105 Cleanclog
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 "The possibility that securities purchases would be most effective at times when they are most needed can be viewed as a positive feature of this tool."


We will do whatever we feel like doing for no really good reason at all and we won't actually try to inform you or give an understandable explanation.  Just go shopping you f***ing consumers!  Did you forget that THAT is your patriotic obligation?  Do you want me to start another war?  Oh, you didn't know the Fed could do that?  We can do ANYTHING (ineffectively I might add - just waiting instructions from GS which has stock tanking.  We must fix that too)!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:24 | 548107 Voodoo-economist
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Just give Ben 6 more months... hes not the fastest thinker...

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:24 | 548108 read_invest
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why not give solution.. what he should do?!  people think they are smart by  because it's easy to criticize.. put yourself in his situation.. he is handling worst ever depression..   he has think about top to bottom.. not your bank

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:29 | 548327 Seer
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When the very system that you're trying to provide solutions for is running up against its theoretical limits -growth- anthing that DOESN'T include de-growth (contraction) will ONLY make the  system's failings worse!

I'd further state that people need to get it through their heads that nothing is static, and that, therefore, there are no "solutions," only temporary corrections.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 16:08 | 549053 Geoff-UK
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He could announce that there's no pain-free way out of this, but if govt would eliminate all wealth transfer payments and stop spending like a whore who just stole Eliot Spitzer's credit card, that'd be a good start to get us back to something.

Then again, he'd be fired the next day.

This of course presumes that he's working for us middle-class folks.../sarcasm off

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:25 | 548111 ejmoosa
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CNBC wants to know how we think Bernanke is doing...


From the numbers so far, I doubt many ZH's have cast a vote.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:59 | 548219 SheepDog-One
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The numbers are EXACTLY 50/50 right now for 'should Ben stay or should he go' poll. NAH its not a rigged CNBS poll at all Im sure.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:26 | 548119 israhole
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The Fed is full of shit.  Hang these fuckers!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:39 | 548121 Spalding_Smailes
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Market Going up .....




*****Buy Hurry!*****






Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:27 | 548124 Trifecta Man
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One risk of further Federal Reserve expansion of FRNs arises from the fact that, having much experience with this option, we do have very precise knowledge of the quantitative effect of changes in our financial conditions.  The Fed can't be trusted.  Roll the Greenspan obfuscation tape!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:28 | 548130 bigdumbnugly
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counting the number of "howevers" and "althoughs" after each point made in this speech, did he definitively say much of anything?

this is what all the bruhaha we heard about at the summit was about?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:11 | 548429 Trifecta Man
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11 howevers and 9 althoughs

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:29 | 548135 yabs
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by read_invest on Fri, 08/27/2010 - 19:54 #548108 why not give solution.. what he should do?! people think they are smart by because it's easy to criticize.. put yourself in his situation.. he is handling worst ever depression.. he has think about top to bottom.. not your bank yes and if he knew f*ck all about the depression he woulkd know the best medicine is to leave it be once a bubble bursts you can only make it worse by meddling just let the deflation do its work deflation is the cure not the disease

the disease was the credit bubble

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:39 | 548366 Seer
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"the disease was the credit bubble"

But.. THE disease is the growth bubble.  Growth is dead.  Bernanke, as the lead spokesperson for the global elite, cannot tell the unruly masses that the game is over because the elite are still loading into the lifeboats and are still possible targets: despite all the programming of the masses to turn their hatred toward dark-skinned peoples and non-Christians. Yup, the elites will never get their rocketships off this planet (either litteraly -NASA- or figuratively -the rapture).

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:34 | 548143 hugolp
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It seems to me that Bernanke is saying that he is going to wait until petrol goes down (and whatever follows petrol) before they start QE 2.0.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:34 | 548144 Henry Chinaski
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it anticipates keeping the target for the federal funds rate low for a longer period than is currently priced in markets.

I would offer the chairman the following advice:  Modify the Committee's communication so it rhymes.  For if it rymes it must be true. (apologies to Mogambo Guru)

We be keepin' dem funds rates down low, cause to pump dat bubble y'all gots to blow. 

That's the ticket.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:56 | 548210 SheepDog-One
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LOL +36,000

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:53 | 548514 Seer
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Ding ding ding!  Racking up the points! :-)

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:37 | 548151 sbenard
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Bernanke punted. But he's vowing money printing and monetization of the debt to whatever level it takes to ignite inflation. He's doubling down on the roulette wheel... and WE are all going to be the losers!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:38 | 548154 Kaiser Sousa
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great speech...

now i should sell my Gold & Silver - right?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:39 | 548157 mudduck
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Greenspan was nicknamed the maestro, what should Bewankes be? The bistro?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:21 | 548299 Trifecta Man
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the piethrow

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 14:58 | 548833 akak
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"The Fiatsco"

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:40 | 548159 Robert J Moran
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 "...we do not have very precise knowledge of the quantitative effect of changes in our holdings on financial conditions..."

TRANSLATION: We don't know what the F we're doing!  

VERY disturbing...

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:41 | 548162 Oswald Spengler
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I wonder whether the goyim could do any better?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:53 | 548200 SheepDog-One
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Fuk you, Khazar.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:36 | 548344 Shylockracy
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We shall see, after the revolution.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:49 | 548182 carbonmutant
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"...we were surprised by the sharp deterioration in the U.S. trade balance in the second quarter. "

They're supposed to have the best models in the world. That's not a good sign...

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:22 | 548583 cougar_w
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Scrying the future in goat livers is hard, it's messy work too. Try it some time.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 15:05 | 548868 carbonmutant
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That's pretty neolithic. I was hopin' for something a little more digital... :-)

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:51 | 548189 Ignatius J Reilly
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Ben is out of bullets.  He just handed the gun to Congress.  ... and Congress will shoot themselves with it.

I fully expect some stimulus package from DC.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:54 | 548205 SheepDog-One
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Send me $1,000 buck stimulus, congress! I'll spend it on ammo!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:53 | 548196 SheepDog-One
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Shalom Bernakes speech summarized- 'Blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda'

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:54 | 548204 Yorick7
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I'm sure I will regret this but......  What did you expect him to say?  WE'RE DOOMED! and run out of the room with his beard on fire?  The speech wasn’t that bad, a balanced but slightly too upbeat assessment of the economy, which by the way he has to do.  He was pretty straight forward about policy options and the thinking of the FOMC.  I think he made an effort to be more open than normal.  The market as usual has gotten ahead of itself wanting to see QE2 or die. 

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:07 | 548248 docj
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I'm pretty sure most of us here understand that.  Benron, Barry, Turbo Tiny Tim, etc. are all playing the parts they're paid to play.

Shouldn't stop us from calling bullshit bullshit though, right?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:09 | 548425 Yorick7
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What exactly about this speech was BS?  He admitted growth was weak, that the feds balance sheet is bloated and outlined their plans for the future to address both issues.  Personally I don't think it will work but how is what he said BS?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:08 | 548548 Seer
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Listen, the entire freaking premise that these folks are putting up is BS.  To witt:

Any mention of "stable economic growth" is FAIL right from the get-go!

I'd love to know what all these f*&k#@ are investing in.  But then again, perhaps not, as some of them might actually believe in the false premise.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:16 | 548562 docj
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What is "BS" is suggesting that monetary policy - a 90-plus year history of utter failure to the contrary - is going to save us.  Yeah, I know it's Benron's job to say this.

But it's BS.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 13:55 | 548669 Yorick7
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Ok fair enough, I've spent a lot of time wondering: whats the better answer to the problem then?  There is a lot of vitrol on this thread but no real alternative suggestions of how to solve the current problems.  I admit I don't have the answer.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 15:00 | 548844 akak
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Yorick, that is like asking for the "solution" to the problem of finding oneself airborne after one's car has crashed through the guardrail on the edge of a cliffside road.  Sometimes there is NO solution!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 21:47 | 549654 StychoKiller
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Time to "Grab some sky!"

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 21:16 | 549604 docj
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When you're free-falling from 30K-feet with a failed primary and tangled secondary parachute there really is only one solution - prayer.

I'm using that.  A lot.

My $0.02?  The vitriol is, in part, coming to grips with the realization that TPTB have almost certainly done this to us intentionally for the sole purpose of enriching themselves.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:00 | 548220 tmftdoyle
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bernanke is not only a lost in his box keynesian academic, but also a lying sack of sh@t. "conditions appeat to be in place for a handoff from stimulus and inventory builds to business and consumer spending". That sure is the message that i took away from the new orders component of the durables report. Consumer confidence and housing data sure support the idea that the consumer is revving up again. At least the wizard of oz had an interesting choice in wardrobe.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:04 | 548227 septicshock
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He has guaranteed that they will do whatever it takes to create inflation no matter the cost. That was his message loud and clear!!!

If jobs are not created, we can expect further money printing.

His goal was to provide confidence and the sneaky prick almost had me going with growing enthusiasm when he acknowledged what's going on in the real world pretty well.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:02 | 548228 carbonmutant
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"Incoming data on the labor market has remained disappointing. "-BB

"You'll get nothing and Like It!"

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:09 | 548257 carbonmutant
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"We decided to reinvest in Treasury securities rather than agency securities because the Federal Reserve already owns a very large share of available agency securities..."

Our sales teams are having a problem finding buyers for Timmay's Treasury paper...

Besides the GSEs are a black hole.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:09 | 548260 yabs
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no question

Bernenke IS the most dangerous man alive

lets hope he soon has a heart attack or saomething

If i was an American i would shoot him myself

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:10 | 548264 Something Wicke...
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I am Time's "Man of the Year." I do the bidding of walking eagle. The legend.


President BARACK OBAMA was invited to address a major gathering of the American Indian Nation two weeks ago in upstate New York .
> He spoke for an hour about his plans for increasing every Native American's present standard of living. He referred to his time as a U.S. Senator and how he had voted for every Native American issue that came to the floor of the Senate.
> Although President Obama was vague about the details of his plans, he seemed most enthusiastic and spoke eloquently about ideas for helping his "red sisters and brothers."
> At the conclusion of his speech, the Tribes presented Obama with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name, "Walking Eagle." The proud President then departed in his motorcade to a fundraiser, waving to the crowds.
> A news reporter later asked the group of chiefs how they selected the new name they had given to the President.
> They said "Walking Eagle" is the name given to a bird so full of shit it can no longer fly.


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:10 | 548265 Hall 9000
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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us....."

Bernanke - 2002 - wrote:

".... the U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost...We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:12 | 548272 Citxmech
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Can't wait to read Marc Faber's opinion on this cr*p. 


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:12 | 548273 Tic tock
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Interbank lending rates should rise, in a low interest world where bank capitalisation is king - it might be scary, but the alternative is to fuel very, very stupid behaviour.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:20 | 548295 Ned Zeppelin
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OMG. Such fancy words for "we have no idea what to do."

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:25 | 548314 ZeroPoint
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Silver is going up, up, up....

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:42 | 548322 Ripped Chunk
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Ben is fucked and he knows it. 

He should take a walk down to the Snake River while he's in Jackson. Put on some waders like he is going to go do a bit of fishing and just find a deep spot and go under.

Headline: "Federal Reserve Chairman drowns on fishing expedition in WY"


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:23 | 548456 molecool
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Finally - I was getting worried there would be no Nazi references in this thread.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:49 | 548509 Ripped Chunk
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???? Sorry, I don't get it.

Protestants probably drown in fishing accidents more than Jews do, no?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:28 | 548323 Mitchman
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The ramp of the market is so orchestrated to occur right after the speech you could have thought that Leonard Bernstein himself had come back from the grave to conduct it.  The heavenly choir is singing the song from the finale to Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the Song of Joy....

Hitler and his production crew would have been proud.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:37 | 548351 Hall 9000
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"There's a lady who's sure 
All that glitters is gold 
And she's buying a stairway to heaven 

When she gets there she knows 
If the stores are all closed 
With a word she can get what she came for 

And it's whispered that soon 
If we all call the tune 
Then the piper will lead us to reason 

And a new day will dawn 
For those who stand long 
And the forests will 
Echo with laughter

And if you listen very hard 
The truth will come to you at last... 

Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven - excerpts


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:48 | 548505 SRV - ES339
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My reply (Tuesday) to posts critical of my position the market is being played (taken down this week) to move investment to Treasuries through this high value auction week...

 "Sorry," but "gibberish" is accusing me of predicting the collapse of the dollar and bonds when I did no such thing. So let me try again... the bond and equity markets are being gamed to prop up the bond auctions, and equities... if nothing else, you have to admire the balancing act... for now.

Lets just see how equities do once this weeks auctions are done... anyone else smell "green shoots?"

Ben never disappoints... time to get back to the market ramp (time to get HAL warmed up)... until the next auctions!

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 14:17 | 548737 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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So would the Producers, singing, "Its Springtime, For Hitler".

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:28 | 548324 Hall 9000
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8/27/2010 11:09:27 AM - Globe & Mail - comments

 "....MM2 money supply has shrunk to negative, both absolute and trends, this is backstopping talk to go long real estate and stocks. Cheers and enjoy.  "I call your attention to these two articles I found interesting over the last couple of days: How Hyperinflation Will Happen in the US



Warning: they are freakin' long but I think they are a worthwhile read no matter your attitude toward the markets."


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:39 | 548370 bankonzhongguo
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Maybe a few more goyim and fewer money worshipers might do the trick;  At the Fed, the White House, Congress, the courts, the bar, your local bank and of course the unbelievable TV and newspaper.

Enjoy all of this while you can.  Teach your kids its all G_d's plan that the Choosen shall feed on gentiles like fish in the ocean, but that status changes when the Torah is abandoned.

"So what happened to the goyim?"

Rabbi: "Who cares."

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 11:59 | 548413 TraderTimm
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If you've seen my earlier comments on the indexes in general, you'll know that I am expecting a short-term bounce that can be re-shorted by Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Just a vapor-trace into the sky before we take another dive. Don't get discouraged about it. Longer term is still lower.

Good trading, hang in there!


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:02 | 548417 overmedicatedun...
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why anyone thinks ben is worried about anything other than his bank bosses and the continued rape of the taxpayer is beyond me at this point.

that is why each fed chair has made unintelligible speech a fine art.

they are not honestwho they work for to begin with so the lies become extreme BS and make His speech about equal to a drunk in DT's

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:06 | 548421 tom
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As expected: All's well! But if it's not I will push for more QE. But I'm warning you now, QE could go wrong, so don't blame me.

My heart was especially warmed by the valiant efforts described to improve lending conditions for small business.

"Outreach" (Dear bank manager, please respond to this survey, best regards, Ben)

"Specific guidance" (Hiya, Ben here, approve my cousin's husband's loan application or else.)

"Examiner training" (Okay everybody, let's do an exercise. Pretend I'm a small business owner and it's your job to decide whether I get a loan. What questions would you ask?)

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:13 | 548435 Hall 9000
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Analysis: Bernanke paves the way for QE2

 8/27/2010 11:22:00 AM - CalculatedRisk 


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:14 | 548438 LadyH
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So its a good thing that households are saving more but he also expects them to spend more and do that courtesy of "rising incomes" and "easier credit".

1. People who are inclined to be saving don't generally want credit no matter how easy that shit gets. Bank of America could dress that shit up in Vegas pasties and it still won't fly.

2. Rising incomes.  Yeah. Right. Not everyone manages a hedge fund Bennie.


Can I have what Ben is smoking please?

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:39 | 548471 Threeggg
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I am afraid they may be uncrating the "Black Swan"

Get ready for it

P.S. I think this market pump-up is to buy time.

They are trying to keep it aroung 10K (up 200 today down a couple of hundred next week)

expect some large plunges soon..............!


Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:37 | 548484 tahoebumsmith
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Pretty sad that the only thing that matters now is what Ben says. Economic data doesn't mean shit and the stock market Casino is nothing but a knee jerk reaction to what comes out of this idiot's mouth. When the dollar finally starts its decent we are done! Spend your money now while it's still worth something, you're just going to lose it anyway.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:58 | 548529 Stun Gun
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In all of this people seem to over look the social stresses in the real world that result from the decisions of these fools at the top.

As these stresses grow it would be wise to consider personal security products.

Forget gold, there are already those among us planning ways to relieve you of it and anything else they may carry off it the need arises.


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