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Gundlach Sees Munis Dropping Another 15-20%, "By The Time All Muni Shoes Drop It Will Look Like Imelda Marcos' Closet"

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DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach appeared on CNBC earlier, and among other things, the muni market was discussed. It appears that the fund manager whom many consider to be roughly in the same ballpark as Howard Marks when it comes to fixed income investing is very much in Meredith Whitney's camp when it comes to his outlook on muni market prospects. Asked by Faber if he believes that munis are ultimately going the way subprime securities did, Gundlach responds "If by that you mean lower, the answer is yes. If you mean crashing, I am agnostic on that." And for all those who love taking out their actuarial tables and their historical default data to refute what is simply common sense, Gundlach has a few words as well: "I don't think you need to know what the default rates are going to be, or need to know how low low is, munis are going to go down. There are going to be other shoes to drop. There might be so many it looks like Imelda Marcos' closet when all the shoes drop because all the states have to deal with this stuff.... Between here and the endgame lies the valley and the valley is full of fear. And I think the muni market is going to go down by at least 15 to 20%. At least." As for Kaminsky relentless advocacy of munis, this time coming out with the always disingenuous "hold to maturity" defense, Gundlach simply made a mockery of that whole spiel: "You know what the definition of an investor? It is a trader who is underwater. People say they hold to maturity until they get scared and sell. It gets scary when the prices start to drop. The fear factor here is going to be palpable." This is probably the single smartest statement ever made on CNBC, where for once a guest actually replied with what is elsewhere known as common sense, instead of ivory tower economic theories that work everywhere but in the market (yes, stocks just like housing can only go up, until they can't). Aside from that cue the congressional subpoena.

And while Gundlach is bearish on munis and pretty much everything else, with an S&P 500 target of 500 "if deflation wins", the ironic thing is that the one asset class he likes, noted in reference to the disclosure on Zero Hedge that PIMCO has sold everything, "now we know who's gonna buy them when the Treasury stops. PIMCO."  Perhaps. But that will occur at least 100 basis point wide of here. Otherwise Gross would obviously not be selling into the recent drop.



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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 15:59 | 1033866 Cdad
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Drag him before Congress and mind wash him...immediately!


Additionally, where is the commentary from the Ministry of Truth [CNBC] about how money is rushing into T bills, and therefore is moving out of equities?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:22 | 1033933 Pladizow
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How does the layman play this and short the Muni's?

Is there an ETF?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:28 | 1033946 Concentrated po...
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I don't think there is a short muni ETF.  If you want to short muni's just short one of the CEF's with a lot of leverage in it.  The closed end funds will trade way below NAV if people start panic selling.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:52 | 1034019 The Count
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dont play this game at all. they change the rules whenever it suits the big guys. 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:48 | 1034201 Michael
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If we abolish the Federal Reserve Corporation, The federal government can borrow money from itself at 0% interest and pay no fees to Wall Street. Real Winning!

Form now on if everyone on ZH refers to the Fed as the "Federal Reserve Corporation", we will raise public awareness with these simple words and the public will learn to hate them more.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 22:39 | 1035020 cranky-old-geezer
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If, if, if, if, if. 

I'm so tired of seeing "if", "should", "could", "would" on ZH, a site about financial reality, not fantasy.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:51 | 1034020 The Count
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dont play this game at all. they change the rules whenever it suits the big guys. 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:00 | 1034050 TooBearish
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MUB u can short dat

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:27 | 1034143 IQ 145
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 The layman plays this by buying Silver; fear and bad news are great drivers for the metals. Silver returns more buying power for you than Gold. "Some" leverage is built in, as well. The metals markets will "over-react" to actual news of a series of defaults and haircuts.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:40 | 1034180 Panafrican Funk...
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10% drop seems more reasonable to me, it's already been kinda "crashy" since October.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:01 | 1033871 TradingJoe
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And now "we Know" where QE3 will go, eh?!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:12 | 1033906 serotonindumptruck
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QE3 = BABs2

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:55 | 1034022 jus_lite_reading
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Yes. Two great articles I read recently stated 1) the Fed WILL go ahead with QE3 as the other option if they don't is deflation which they won't have and 2) Greece is 5 minutes away from bankruptcy. I feel bad if your name is Leo Kakalakas or you're Greek living in Greece. When Greece falls, they'll be forced out of the EU and that will send the whole country into chaos IMO. GET YOUR GREEK OLIVE OIL NOW!


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 21:38 | 1034854 Buck Johnson
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This guy told the truth, their are so many hidden problems in the states that even the Federal govt. doesn't want to bail them out.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:04 | 1033877 DonnieD
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Hey Jeff, there's some Jr. Congressman looking to make a name for himself on line 1. He asked if you're available in a couple weeks.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:03 | 1033879 trav7777
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50-state BKs mean a lot of Wisconsins

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:06 | 1033885 bob_dabolina
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QEIII announced and Munis rally 65% as Ben buys all issuance over par and with reckless abandon.

Nothing goes down ever again....nothing.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:13 | 1033910 InconvenientCou...
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pimco might have a different view?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:49 | 1034005 EscapeKey
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The US Dollar?

Or will Ben attempt to buy Dollars in the open market using... freshly printed Dollars (!), in an attempt to prop up DXY?

That's such a mad plan... it might just work in today's environment.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:05 | 1033887 LostWages
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Shoes to drop?  Does this include the Bernank's pumps?

Make sure none of those stiletos pop the stock bubble.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:07 | 1033894 bugs_
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Nice quip using Mrs. Marcos like that Gundlach - way to go!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:09 | 1033898 string
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Nice Imelda Marcos SCUD.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:09 | 1033900 Josh Randall
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State of California = too big to fail, FAIL

City of Detroit = too crappy to save

Bus Drivers, Teachers, Firefighters, Police, Animal Shelters/City pounds, all will get decimated. But you can guarantee the tax assessors office will be adding headcount.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:13 | 1033913 I am a Man I am...
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my muni bond portfolio was up this past month, anyone know how many defaults we've had this year??  anyone??  a decent muni is yielding a whopping 2.4%.  this guy is clueless on the muni market

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:37 | 1033953 Rob Jones
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Assuming an inflation rate of 2% that gives a real interest rate of 0.4%. I personally believe that inflation is higher than 2% so the real interest rate may really be negative. And you have default risk and the risk that interest rates may rise if QE ends. They don't seem like a screaming bargain to me. Just saying...

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:33 | 1033962 traderjoe
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And Brent Crude is up 2.x% today? Silver/gold up... So, how are your muni's holding their purchasing power? Perhaps against the fraudulent CPI...

And just you wait. Just like the Auction Rate Securities, when the rush to the exits comes the TBTF banks will pull their bids and the market will freeze up. 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:43 | 1033990 Johnny Lawrence
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You can actually get more than 2.4%.  I'm seeing 2.8% to 3.2% from some very high-quality issuers.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:30 | 1034156 IQ 145
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 Congratulat ions; you're only losing 3.5% of your capital to inflation; but this year will be worse, of course.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:52 | 1034018 EscapeKey
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We're not stopping you.

Investing in muni bonds? I might be drunk, but not stupid.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:18 | 1034113 tsx500
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.....patience   .........

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:15 | 1033915 JW n FL
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Either you are waiting until term.. or crying the whole way until then about income loss.. in most cases.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:15 | 1033918 Mr. Poon
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Does laughing at the Imelda Marcos reference date me?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:17 | 1033923 william the bastard
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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:27 | 1034137 youngman
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To move it up a decade or two...he could have used Rue Pauls closet....the transvestite

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:17 | 1033919 Cleanclog
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Additional problem in muni's is secondary market liquidity if you're looking for a bid.  About 1K names trade reasonably, and 14K can take a lot of time and no tight spreads.

Word to the wise, watch out for the VRDO resets when their letters of credit don't find renewal at current rates and fees.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:19 | 1033927 Rob Jones
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My mother owns a ton of munis and she is getting worried. She complains that they don't pay very much interest (all the high-interest ones have been called) and the risk of default looks to be increasing. And interest rates may soon go up if no QE3 is announced. I think she is very close to pulling the trigger and selling a bunch of them.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:42 | 1033985 43 Steelie
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I honestly don't get what the downside is to selling here. I did the same with all of my parents munis in June of last year. Maybe the yield goes even lower, but on a risk vs. return basis, why take the chance?

Deflationists will argue that in terms of capital preservation, earning 2-3% tax free for the next few years will be a huge win. But as we all know, how the hell will most of these municipalities be able to service their debt in a deflationary environment?

I'm sure many distressed debt hedge funds will make a killing trading munis in the near future...just not a grandma with a 5-10 year time horizon.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:22 | 1033935 GOSPLAN HERO
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"Purging is at last at hand. Day of Doom is here. All that is evil, all their allies; your bankers, your leaders, those who would call themselves your judges; those who have lied and corrupted the Earth, they shall all be cleansed."  -- Thulsa Doom

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:35 | 1033964 Dr. Richard Head
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I have been reading much as it relates to this, not religious texts, and I look forward to that being the case.  At times, I feel so defeated and spent in the fight, but then I get a fresh breath every now and again.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 22:02 | 1034907 zaknick
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This will be a spiritual reckoning for the decadent, genocidal scum who rule the world and their lemmings (read: redneck "drug warriors" + assorted buffoons).

Strike them down mighty Thor, make them eat shit for decades with the mark of the bankster on their foreheads: 666

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:25 | 1033938 Misean
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"Between here and the endgame lies the valley and the valley is full of fear."

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
"Forward, the Light Brigade!
"Charge for the guns!" he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:30 | 1033947 bigking12345
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wait until $50 billion in fake state backed tobacco bonds go bust.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:38 | 1033978 Johnny Lawrence
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Man, between ZeroHedge and all the big brokerage firms, are there any reports that are actually bullish on bonds?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:44 | 1033989 Robot Traders Mom
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You're still the ace degenerate!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:43 | 1033993 Johnny Lawrence
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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:34 | 1034168 Robot Traders Mom
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On a serious note, David Rosenberg is overall bullish on bonds. David Kotok is overall bullish. There are also many others...Look how many people went after Meredith Whitney! My thought, trading bonds, is that there are very few that are actually bearish. Too many kool-aid drinkers that think bonds, especially munis are the buys of a lifetime right now.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:40 | 1033980 AntiMort
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'There's a report out that PIMCO sold all their treasury's.'

This was an exclusive here.  See, they read ZH over there.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:43 | 1033994 Sudden Debt
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And here in Europe all the countries are looking into moving federal budgets into regional once just like the US states models...

If you see something is doomed from the begining, COPY IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN!


But it does protect the union against defaults just like the US. A state can go bust an get a reset while the rest can carry on.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:46 | 1033999 simon says
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Sorry TD, I don't buy it.  Letting quasi-sovereigns like Munis fail will undo the support that Treasuries and MBSs have received from the Fed.  The Fed/Treasury will support AAA Munis (and maybe lower) for sure - they will just take their time to blink - so maybe we will see rising yields, but no failure.  Will wreak havoc on inflation of course, but that's what real money is for.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:52 | 1034024 43 Steelie
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Dennis Lockhart (Atlanta Fed President) told me directly in a room full of people that they would not be buying Munis...

So in other words, I'm sure you will be right and they will start buying in the near future.

The logistics of it become much more complicated than by buying agency and Federal debt though since each municipality is a completely different profile. I'm guessing it would take another TARP style program.   



Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:05 | 1034068 Temporalist
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Yes they'd have to pick and choose and that would be extremely difficult I can just imagine the municipalities lining up to plead their case of worthiness: "Please Mr. Central Bankster let us live!"

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:27 | 1034139 prophet_banker
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according to financial reporter Ellen Brown, all that has to happen is refinance with 6month or less maturity, and use tax's as collateral, and the Fed already has the mandate to buy local and state muni's, just not the political will.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 18:25 | 1034321 gabeh73
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At first thought I assumed the Fed would jump in this muni market no problem. However, after further thought I realized that letting the munis blowup would be used as justification to expand the federal government(or at least state) and this is something that is a 100% lock goal at all times for TPTB. So ya, I believe Lockhart...they won't be saving the munis.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:12 | 1034091 william the bastard
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Supporting the municipalities is a different equation than supporting their creditors.

Under neither TARP nor GM were the creditors seemingly the primary concern of either administration (with the exception of the GS-AIG relationship of course). That may be the best lesson of the previous exercise not to mention a new found public disgust at such conduct.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 18:02 | 1034239 MsCreant
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You are NOT a straight up troll. You just hassle bugs.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:46 | 1034002 spekulatn
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Mr. G knowz his market.


Great stuff ZH.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:47 | 1034003 10kby2k
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Considering munis have had a nice rebound....15-20% isn't news. 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:49 | 1034007 max2205
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new don't do jail time if you have over  $500,000,000

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:49 | 1034010 The Count
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Glad to hear there are at least a couple sane people left on this planet.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:50 | 1034012 Johnny Lawrence
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Really?  Just about everyone and their mother are bearish on bonds.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:51 | 1034016 baby_BLYTHE
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Market is green, you cannot make this up.

CNBC said it is the greatest bull market run in the last 50 years!

So much for "Double-Dip" talk.

Do you remember what Ben said in 2009?

How about that Hindenburg?


Who the fuck am I supposed to believe? I am not a multi-millionarie like the rest of you.

I bought Gold and Silver thinking the dollar was going to collapse!

What is coming!?!?!

time to go on record, folks!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:01 | 1034048 cosmictrainwreck
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b_B, first you have plenty of company (non-millionaires); secondly, timing is everything.... I'll give you benefit of my hard-earned (costly) experience: if things aren't "working out" [yet] for you, then extend your time-frame. Still gotta stay alert, because the "it" events occur suddenly - such as latest run-up in silver

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:25 | 1034133 goldsaver
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BB, I dont know about you, but I bought the bulk of my silver at $17. I would venture that I am keeping my purchasing power quite well, thank you. As for the rest of my preps, I would rather have them and not need them than need them and not have them. Hell, I have moved into a new phase of prepping with purchasing large 1000 Ltr water tanks and Im working on a greenhouse setup. Worst case scenario, I'll save a bundle on fresh food and water for my regular garden / fish pond (I am going to be collecting rain water off my gutters in the tanks). So, Im pretty happy with my returns so far and expect the savings to continue into the future.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:42 | 1034187 baby_BLYTHE
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"don't know about me"?

I memorized my SS# the otherday  (As a state government employee I am required to know it by heart).

Would you like me to provid that?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:54 | 1034027 Hulk
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video hits a minute nineteen and then starts over at the commercial. Tried twice now...

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:55 | 1034028 John Law Lives
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Tyler, I sometimes wonder if this is what you want to happen.  Maybe you think you are going to be some badass in the "Mad Max" world you seem to think is coming.

It is patently absurd to lump munis together as one asset class when proclaiming the whole lot is tainted.  Investing in muni bond funds is perhaps a bad idea (imo) these days.  That does not mean there are not munis that are well worth purchasing.  General Obligation bonds issued by certain US states (for example) simply can not be compared to munis issued by Vallejo, California (for example) re. the degree of risk they present.  Bonds issued by municipalities and states must be evaluated on their own merit.  Yes, there really are some munis that deserve AAA ratings.  It is incumbent upon the investor to do his/her own DD before purchasing any security.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:56 | 1034037 baby_BLYTHE
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SO Bernanke saved us from another Great Depression? his thesis was correct?

The worst is behind us?

If so, The laws of Marco Economics have been re-written. The Austrian school was wrong.

Obama will win a second term (easily). So much for his "radical" policies.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:13 | 1034097 John Law Lives
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<<< SO Bernanke saved us from another Great Depression? his thesis was correct? >>>

I never said or implied any such thing.  I have been outspoken against Bernanke's reckless agenda.

<<< The worst is behind us? >>>

I doubt it, but I hope it doesn't end with a rash of bondholders getting wiped out.

<<<  Obama will win a second term (easily). So much for his "radical" policies. >>>

I have never declared myself Republican or Democrat.  However, I did not vote for Obama, and I won't vote for him next time.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:08 | 1034464 Billy Bob
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Dear John


Sorry.. you sound like an offended Muni Bond broker. 


Experience demonstrates that a AAA bond may pay at the end (maturity) while a BB bond may not.  But when the SHTF, all us old hands know that when the bids disappear for BB bonds, they also disappear for AAA bonds.  It will be up to the guys holding cash who will begin to bid for the better quality bonds as they sort through the mess that will be the Muni bond market.  It is true that those bids for the AAA bonds will be higher than the bids for the BB bonds, but even the seller of the AAA bonds will suffer substantial losses.

If your response is that the AAA bond hold may not have to sell, see the above comments re: Fear!



Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:44 | 1034560 John Law Lives
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Dear Billy Bob,

<<< Sorry.. you sound like an offended Muni Bond broker. >>>

Sorry, but people who think that might try removing the proverbial wax out of their ears and the proverbial birdshit out of their eyes.

I am a retired engineer.  I do not trade munis.  I buy high quality munis and I hold them to maturity (or until they are called).  I don't care if the market value fluctuates day to day.  I only care that the municipalities that issued the bonds will make their regularly scheduled interest payments and then return my capital upon maturity (or when the bonds are called).  I have owned munis since the 1980s.  I have never lost $1 in principal on muni bonds from default, and I have never had any munis that didn't pay their regularly scheduled interest payments ... ever.  I slept real well during the last several market crashes.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:17 | 1034109 GOSPLAN HERO
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Obama is a Hero of Soviet Economic Central Planning!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 23:04 | 1035115 cranky-old-geezer
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SO Bernanke saved us from another Great Depression? his thesis was correct?

Nope, didn't save us from anything, just stretched it out.  Less immediate pain, more long-term pain, doesn't sound like any improvement to me.

The worst is behind us?

Nope, just postponed ...and postponing it makes it worse when it does happen.

If so, The laws of Marco Economics have been re-written. The Austrian school was wrong.

Nope, 2 + 2 still = 4.  Laws of macro economics are laws of mathematics, they don't change.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:26 | 1034058 EscapeKey
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I doubt anyone wants to see what we've got in store, but personally, I am absolutely sick and tired of this continuous line of lies and deception so prevalent in the MSM. It doesn't take much more than 10 seconds to scratch the headline and find IT in reality is a sugercoated version of a much worse scenario than anyone cares to tell you.

We all know the current situation will end in deflation and/or severe inflation (at the very least). It would be nice if TPTB started treating us as adults and/or would stop thinking they can get away with their continuous lies, whilst constructing exit shoots for their connected friends to escape through, when the inevitable shit hits the fan.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:31 | 1034158 John Law Lives
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Yes, they tell lies.  The sad thing is so many Americans are indifferent (and many are uninformed), so the MSM and TBTB get away with it.  Let's hope that trend doesn't continue.

I have told many people how much I admire this website.  I have no idea what the viewership is on ZH, but I think the site is great.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:32 | 1034160 LFMayor
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I was sick and tired too, but you're idea of exit "shoots" cheered me up immediately!

That's exactly what they need :) 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:50 | 1034211 EscapeKey
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Heh, in reality it's me failing to spell "chute" correctly...

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:10 | 1034087 Temporalist
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JLL asking for what will come is not the same as asking for the worst case scenario.  Hoping for the best and preparing for the worst is rational and one can be optimistic that sanity will prevail and greed will lose out.  Is asking for markets that aren't manipulated and for banksters and politicians that created and abetted a fraudlent system a Mad Max world?

The Great Depression wasn't Mad Max; bad things happen every day around the globe such is life.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:24 | 1034131 John Law Lives
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<<< Is asking for markets that aren't manipulated and for banksters and politicians that created and abetted a fraudulent system a Mad Max world? >>>

Of course not.  I want to see banksters and fraudsters and Chairsatans locked in a cage.

As an observer, it seems obvious to me that Tyler is heavily biased against muni bonds as an investment class.  I think anyone would notice that if they are objective when reading the articles he publishes and his comments.  How do you think municipalities will raise money for schools, water treatment plants, roads and bridges, and other public works projects if not through offerings of muni bonds?  I would advise that any investor do their DD before buying any asset class, but not all municipalities are Vallejo, CA.  If someone thinks this particular asset class is headed for annihilation, they must think Mad Max is on the near horizon.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:47 | 1034204 Temporalist
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I disagree it can just be like any asset class that goes out of favor.  It will sink and rise again some day.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 18:02 | 1034234 John Law Lives
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You believe that while some muni bonds are good investments and some are bad investments, the whole asset class is tainted?  I don't.

Thu, 03/10/2011 - 12:44 | 1036776 Temporalist
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It's about market perception it's not about what I think.  People run when there is a scare it doesn't matter the reason or fundamentals.  I don't expect rationality when munis start to get beaten down.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:32 | 1034534 lincolnsteffens
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I want to see those guys not only locked in a cage, but in the worst shit hole Federal prisons. There they can drink coffee water out of a tin cup, butter their Wonder Bread with margarine or bacon grease, chew on canned over cooked vegetables and try chewing on the small bits of tough grizzled meat they'll be lucky to get if Bubba doesn't grab it off their plates. :) That would make me put on my happy face.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:52 | 1034583 John Law Lives
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Some people believe that one arrest and conviction and sentencing of one high profile Wall Street executive would send shockwaves throughout the corrupt lot of them.  I want to see somebody do hard time in prison for their crimes.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:32 | 1034523 MrSteve
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A perfectly valid reason for lumping all muni bonds together is the recent example of the housing collapse. When enough of a certain class of assets declines, the rest decline with it.  Tipping point, critical mass, phase change, crack up, rupture, collapse; any of these new to you? Or the classic: when there is a police raid on a whorehouse, they arrest all the girls. The bears as just as indiscriminate as the police when they conduct a raid.

Assuming the market will discriminate and not mark down the "good" bonds is to deny the term "panic" or "crash". The actions are not "reasoned".

Now is the time to get widows and orphans out of munis, if not months ago. Better a year too soon than a day too late, if you are talking survival mode.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:49 | 1034575 John Law Lives
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<<< A perfectly valid reason for lumping all muni bonds together is the recent example of the housing collapse. When enough of a certain class of assets declines, the rest decline with it.  Tipping point, critical mass, phase change, crack up, rupture, collapse; any of these new to you? >>>

I purchase General Obligation (GO) bonds issued by the State of Texas (for example).  How do you suppose those muni bonds which defaulted in Vallejo, California impact the value of GO bonds issue in Texas?  I am all ears awaiting your explanation.

Bonds issued by different municipalities need to be evaluated on their own merit.  I do not own bond funds.  I only buy individual bonds from specific municipalities (or states).  I do not buy munis issued by Vallejo, CA or Newark, NJ or any other such municipality that is obviously strapped and poorly managed.

Good luck.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:55 | 1034030 Groty
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If munis are about to be shellacked, then The Bernank is going to keep printing. Bill Gross's actions suggest there will be no QE3, so he obviously does not agree with Gundlach's analysis. One of these guys is going to be really wrong.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:24 | 1034507 Rainman
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Maybe they are both right. But this time QE3 must come on the tail end of an " event " due to the building political heat. Be patient. It will come when Krugman & Co strike up the band to not let that "event" scuttle the " growing recovery ". 

Bernank won't get out front on the next round....he will be forced "reluctantly" haha by the unexpected event. Eventually he has no choice but to start it up again for elections a mere 20 months away. Propaganda always runs into a stale date for the incumbent in an election year. 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:59 | 1034047 Jim in MN
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Tiny, friendly correction for this post: if you're going to use a quote in the headline and then boldface the quoted material in the body of the post, make sure the words match.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:01 | 1034049 emsolý
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Erin would have kicked him off the show for "being rude"...

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:08 | 1034075 baby_BLYTHE
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Erin is smart, but rather dull on the personality side.

Btw, is that how Bill Gross' voice got so high? kicked in the crotch?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:14 | 1034096 william the bastard
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Fat wallet pinching the wrong nerves.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:12 | 1034089 trendybull459
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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:21 | 1034120 litoralkey
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When Meredith first pointed out the obvious, I mentioned the Tragedy of the COmmons game theory idea that the first state that defaults will get off with the least pain.  People pointed out that the first state will be crucified to appease the market gods, and it's the second state that will get off scot free as the dam breaks just afterwards.


SO here is my new general outline of future events:

  1. The first State to default will be excoriated.
  2. The second State to default will get off scot free.
  3. The third State to default will be forcibly taken over through resurrected Reconstruction era laws.
  4. After that, there won't be "States" as currently conceptualized by Muni bond market participants as the backstop will be total.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:48 | 1034130 baby_BLYTHE
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Meredith??? I love Meredith Whitney! She is pretty and incredably intelligent... Hard to believe she is old enough to be my mommy!

Check out the follow and read the first page of comments.... People are waking up! :)


It would be so cool if Fight Club were real and ZH were in it!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:21 | 1034122 GOSPLAN HERO
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Soviet economic central planning is the way and the light, comrades.

Buy Wisconsin munis and Greek bonds!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:27 | 1034148 youngman
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One good thing is that they are not selling to many new now they can spend all their revenues on paying off the old my dreams

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:34 | 1034167 Highrev
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From what I'm seeing here, there, and maybe everywhere, it looks like the memo has gone out.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:41 | 1034188 RobotTrader
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Poor Gundlach is another dead body among the bears littering Bernanke's Omaha Beach.

He's been screeching for months about this calamity and that, but so far, the top performing sectors off the March 2009 lows have been:

- Financials

- Consumer Discretionary

And despite:

- 12% U6 unemployment

- Millions on food stamps

- Millions of 99'rs

- Imploding housing prices

- $105 crude and skyrocketing food prices

- Various PIIGS countries on the brink of default

- Assorted geopolitical wildfires in the Middle East

- Record snowstorms, solar flares, and volcano eruptions


The XRT is still pinned near 2-year highs!!

Just this year alone, SBUX, WFMI, LULU have completely pounded the perma-scroomer stocks like NEM, GOLD, AEM, KGC, TRE, GSS, etc.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:53 | 1034207 baby_BLYTHE
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So, no "double-dip" ?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 18:07 | 1034253 Richard Head
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Gundlach's a bond fund manager, dumb shit.  He's not buying Starbucks or Newmont.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 18:10 | 1034264 Infinite QE
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As a 4'9" guy Robot, do you wear flats all the time or do you have some pump heals as well in your shoe closet?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 18:33 | 1034364 Rob Jones
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As they say: "Don't fight the Fed." Bernanke has been like Santa Claus. But it appears to me that if the Fed is really serious about fighting inflation, then QE must end. What happens when Santa shows up and demands his gifts back? He becomes the Grinch.

If QE ends, then interest rates may go up because the Fed will no longer be buying debt. And if QE continues, the resultant inflation will push up interest rates. Either way, I don't think I would want to be holding bonds.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 23:20 | 1035201 Ned Zeppelin
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RT's gotta point, but the good times have to end sometime. Maybe he's crawling over the dead bodies on Bernanke's beach before long. 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:44 | 1034196 Atomizer
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Is it possible that PIMCO mapped out their plan on Feb 23 broadcast?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 19:45 | 1034563 Seasmoke
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hopefully all those shoes are thrown at Bernankes face

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 20:03 | 1034616 onealpha
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Here is the after interview.  Very telling.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 21:35 | 1034845 HistorySquared
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More Double Line :

States have defaulted 

  • “America in 1841, when a now-forgotten depression pushed eight states and a desolate territory called Florida into the unthinkable: They defaulted on debts.”
  • Congress rejected a plan for bailouts in 1843, with one saying it would “cause recklessness and extravagance,” rewarding poor behavior.
  • When the defaults began in January 1841, investors dumped state bonds, pushing yields above 12% in early 1841, and to nearly 30% by 1842

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 22:13 | 1034936 prophet
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Jeffrey Gundlach is most probably in the top echelon of credit investors.

According to a 2/21/2011 Barron's cover story he is working with Chicago based RiverNorth to prepare to scoop up closed end muni funds at huge discounts.  I am planning to learn more about that and perhaps put some money to work there. 

btw, DoubleLine is launching a new Multi-Asset Growth Fund.   

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 23:16 | 1035189 Ned Zeppelin
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Gross's move out of treasuries is something to be seriously pondered over.  He sees rates going up. Economy cannot tolerate this, and alot of loans will go bellyup. Maybe the big boys have everyone where they want them, and it's time to execute The Big Short. This time, it's personal. 

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