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Peak Empire 2.0

Based on the lessons of history, all empires collapse eventually; thus, the probability that the US empire will collapse can be set at 100% with a great deal of confidence. The question is, When? (Everyone keeps asking that annoying question.)



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As Eric Holder Supports "Wholesale Change" In Ferguson PD, This is What Is Happening In Philly

Eric Holder has voiced his strong support for "wholesale change" in the Ferguson Police department adding that it is "pretty clear" and "appropriate," coming on the heels of a possible resignation of Chief Thomas Jackson (who happens to be white) and potential dismantling of the department. One wonders what will happen in Philadelphia after this clip of a not-white police officer abusing a black civilian reaches Holder's 'old' desk...



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The Fed's "Other" Taper: Printing Of New $100 Bills Tumbles By 85% In 2014

When we last looked at the amount of $100 bills printed by the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, we were a little concerned because it appeared that the Fed's infatuation with growing bank reserves had finally spilled over into the physical money printing arena, after a record 4.4 billion $100 bills were printed just a year after the Treasury had, at the Fed's request, printed another 3 billion of the new banknotes. In retrospect this wasn't a case of the Fed wishing to unleash Weimar upon the US - at least not yet - but merely part of the ongoing process of replacing old $100 bills with the new "plastic" ones. This amounted to over $750 billion in new $100 bills alone being unleashed on the market, well over half of the entire amount of US paper currency in circulation.



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Globalization = Permanent Instability

Globalization continually creates imbalances that fuel a perpetual instability that gradually impoverishes every sector other than global capital.



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Santelli Slams The Fed As "Weak-Data"-Dependent; Lacy Hunt Warns "We're Not On The Right Path"

Confirming Rick Santelli's perspective on the unending 'easiness' of the Fed, Hoisington Investment Management's Lacy Hunt states unequivocally that "The Fed will not raise rates in 2015," and warns that the US economy and monetary policy "are not on the right path," in this excellent brief interview. Santelli slams the Fed's asymmetric policy, coining a new phrase that Yellen is only "weak-data"-dependent and Hunt confirms that "by its past policy errors, the Fed has put itself out of business," enabling massive build ups of debt, warning that "debt is an increase in current spending in lieu of future spending," and confirms the truth that rather than deleveraging, "the world is significantly more leveraged now than in 2008."



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Putting The Fallacy Of QE Into Perspective

"Remember, the Fed has injected into the market nearly 4 Trillion dollars. That’s $4,000,000,000,000.00. To put this into perspective... the equivalent in dollar amounts to have purchased 510 B-2 Stealth Bombers, 72 Nimitz Class Air Craft Carriers, 120 Ohio Class Submarines. and still have Two TRILLION or so left in my pocket left to spend." As far as what we have to show for all this spending at the end of QE this month? Who knows, but I do know – we didn’t even get a lousy T-shirt.



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Every Bond Bear's Worst Nightmare In 1 Simple Chart

"Everyone" knows that yields have to rise when the Fed tightens, right? With yields so low, "everyone" knows that bonds are the worst investment if The Fed begins to hike rates, right? Wrong! As the following chart from Goldman Sachs shows - over the last 32 rate-hike cycles, 10Y bond yields have compressed after the rate-hike cycle begins... So be careful what you wish for on Fed tightening!



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The Annotated "Hillary"

A litany of lies...



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Goldman Cuts 2015, 2016 EPS Forecasts On "Diminished Global GDP Growth" Just As Fed Surprises With Hawkish Outlook

It is perhaps the definition of irony that just two hours after the Fed issued a surprising statement that was so bullish on US growth it is as if the past month never happened, as if Williams and Bullard never threatened with QE4 just because the market almost entered a correction, and that made Goldman's chief economist Jan Hatzius to a express "modest hawkish surprise" that the very same bank, Goldman, whose alum is in charge of the NY Fed (leading to hours of secret tapes exposing the white glove treatment Goldman gets at the Fed), just announced it was cutting its 2015 and 2016 EPS forecasts "diminished global GDP growth and lower crude prices."



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Martin Armstrong Rages "Government Is Corrupt & Rotten To The Core"

Government is corrupt and rotten to the core – it is honorable only for brief shinning moments when the dark clouds leave a crack.



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Buyers Focus On Dollars, 30 Year After Fed, Stocks Shrug

Stocks slid slowly lower into the FOMC statement, then tumbled as no matter how hard talking heads tried they could not find a silver lining in the hawkish tone reflected across near universal sell-side confirmation. Stocks tumbled, commodities tumbled, and the USDollar surged but the Treasury curve flattened dramatially as 30Y was well bid and the rest of the curve offered (2Y surged higher in yield). The last few minutes saw the ubiquitous levitation to VWAP which lifted Small Caps briefly into the green briefly and stocks all ended higheer from the FOMC statement. By the close, the USDollar was up notably, stocks lower, gold down 1.5%, oil up over $82, and the Treasury curve flattened dramatically (5Y +8bps, 30Y -2bps).



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Life Lessons To Derive From QE And Stress Tests

QE destroys societies, economies and financial systems, it doesn’t heal them. So maybe it’s a touch of genius that the great powers of global finance have first pushed Keynes into the academic world and then academics like Bernanke and Yellen into positions such as head of the Fed, making everyone blind to the fact that what they think is beneficial, including many who think they’re real smart, actually hurts them most. This whole thing is so broken and perverted it’s getting hard to understand why anybody would want to continue clinging on to it. But then, what does anybody know? 95%+ of people have been reduced to pawns in someone else’s game, and they have no idea whatsoever.



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And The Biggest Beneficiary Of QE3 Is...

When it comes to the Fed's QE3 generosity, what was the bottom line? Here is the answer.



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Treasury Curve Flattens Despite Yesterday's Record-Setting Steepener Trade

The spread between 30Y Treasury yields and 10Y yields tumbled 4-5bps today post-FOMC back to its flattest in 4 weeks as hawkish sentiment sparked bond-selling out to 10Y and buying at the long-end. The reason this is notable is that yesterday, as Nanex details, there were two "monster" sized trades in 10Y and 30Y Treasury Futures putting on a significant steepening bet.



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First Sell-Side Responses To FOMC Trickle In: "This Should Be A Risk Off Trade"

"The dove dissenting says it all," trader quips. "Fed comes in with a bit of a Hawkish tilt as it rids of key policy line around labor market..." If they are only fighting inflation now, they have less ability to enact more dovish policy. I think this should be a "risk off" trade.



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