• Phoenix Capital...
    10/30/2014 - 10:10
    The Fed has ended QE. And it won’t be launching a new program anytime soon. So when this rally ends and stocks collapse, the Fed won’t be coming to the rescue.

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Unlike Ebola Patients, The Markets After QE Can't Be Quarantined

"Western economies have lost the ability to generate real new wealth of the type that their debt-based monetary systems require for ongoing operations (such as paying interest on old debt). I suspect the subject will force itself on the national consciousness in the year ahead as one company after another in the shale oil regions craps out on a shortage of available investment capital. That’s the inflection point where fake wealth is unmasked for what it really is: crippled capital formation. The disappointment from that looming event will thunder through our society." In the meantime, the distractions are many and powerful.



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Sterne Agee Warns, The Correction Hasn't "Fixed" Anything

The 76% retracement S&P 500 rebound was so quick and so steep that Sterne Agee's Carter Worth warns it "suggests that the mentality that fosters complacency and excess in the first place, remains in effect. And that means, of course, that nothing has been corrected." As Bloomberg reports, Worth adds that uptrends have been broken worldwide and rebounding stocks are back to "difficult" levels where sellers may re-exert control.



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Quantitative Easing Is Like "Treating Cancer With Aspirin"

Shortly before leaving the Fed this year, Ben Bernanke rather pompously declared that Quantitative Easing "works in practice, but it doesn’t work in theory." There is, of course, no counter-factual. But to suggest credibly that QE has worked, we first have to agree on a definition of what "work" means, and on what problem QE was meant to solve. We think the QE debate should be reframed: has QE done anything to reform an economic and monetary system urgently in need of restructuring? We think the answer, self-evidently, is “No”.



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Artist's Impression Of President Obama's Midterm Election Campaign

Just a few short weeks ago, Maryland Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown had a 16 point lead over Republican small businessman Larry Hogan in the state's Gubernatorial debate. Things have slipped since then. Following last week's dismal appearance by President Obama stumping for Brown - which saw crowds streaming out of the event leaving bleachers empty, his lead has collapsed  to just 2 points (according to apossibly partisan leaked poll reported by The Daily Caller)... We suspect the growing unwelcomeness of the president on the campaign trail looks a little like this...



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Is This The Reason Twitter Is Tumbling After Hours?

While overall Twitter's just released Q3 numbers were more or less in line as expected, with Q3 EPS printint at just a penny, the same as expected on $361 million in revenues, $10 million higher than the $351 million expected, and even EBITDA of $68 million beat estimates of $52.8 million, the stock after hours has tumbled by some 12%. And while the headline data appear normal, it is one of the gimmicky, non-GAAP "twitter-specific" indicators that the company came up with just to validate its growth story that appears to be the cause of the drop afterhours, namely TWTR's Timeline Views/MAU, which declined across the board, and were down in both the US and Worldwide not only Y/Y (by -6% and -7%, respectively), but also down compared to the second quarter.



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Stocks End Unch As ECB Rumor Trumps Quadruple Whammy Data Miss

Despite the best efforts of ECB QE rumor-mongering, US equities could do no better than end unch (though Trannies are no rallying on lower oil prices). The early tumble on a quadruple whammy of bad macro data (misses for Service PMI, Dallas Fed, Pending Home Sales and IFO) was ramped into the European close and beyond after Reuters dropped a QE-headline. The initial jump in stocks was ignored by bonds but once they recoupled, bonds, stocks, and JPY moved in sync for the rest of the day on low volumes and extremely low liquidity.Treasuries rallied from overnight weakness to close very modestly lower in yield. Early weakness in oil (under $80) was rapidly recovered as despite USD weakness (-0.2% on the day), gold, silver, and oil ended down modestly (and copper higher after the cornering news). VIX continues its path of ignoring recent equity exuberance ending the day modestly higher.



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Errors Found In The ECB's "Confidence-Boosting" Stress Test

Just when you thought the humor out of the central bank that just released a stress test whose adverse scenario did not even assume the most likely Eurozone outcome, i.e., deflation, couldn't get any better, moments ago we learned that the test, which was supposed to restore confidence in Europe's banking system and in the oversight and regulatory abilities of Europe's central bank, had "errors and inconsistencies" which forced the ECB to "briefly remove from its website" the results of Italy's most insolvent bank, Monte Paschi, "after discovering an error in its key capital ratio", a bank which based on the ECB's (faulty?) failure assessment was halted countless times earlier today after crashing so hard the regulator had to ban selling it short. Again.



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What Happens When You Run Out Of VIX To Short?

You just short some more...



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Can't Find Any Inflation? Here's A Place To Start

Lately, there has been much anguished consternation, especially among the tenured US economics professors (primarily those who make 6-digits or more per year) and of course, the Federal Reserve where as we revealed last week, at least 113 government workers make $250,000 (excluding bonuses) and thus all are confined within the cozy cocoon of America's "1%ers", about the so-called complete disappearance and collapse in inflation. So to help these ivory tower-confined individuals in their holy grail to rediscover the inflation that is more than felt by the rest of America, here are two simple charts.



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Caption Contest: Bart Chilton Salutes You

Here is Bart Chilton at the World Federation of Exchanges' 54th Annual Meeting (where he is defending HFT) telling his critics precisely what he thinks of them.



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Why The Fed Will End QE On Wednesday

This week we will find out the answer to whether the Federal Reserve will end its current quantitative easing program or not. Today was the last open market operation of the current program, and our bet is that it will be the last, for now. Here are three reasons why we believe this to be the case.



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"The Fed Must Stop Pandering To Markets" Or Face The Unintended Consequences

The Fed needs to "let the market cry itself to sleep," warns Triple T Consulting’s Sean Keane, and can't "keep pandering to each selloff because traders fear that the lights are going to be dimmed." The Fed is "accentuating a distortion in the markets" that's already having "unwelcome and unintended consequences."



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In Historic Shift, NATO-Member Poland Is Moving Thousands Of Troops To Its Eastern Border

In the first sign that, just in time for winter, the tentative European jawboning alliance against Russia is collapsing (since the "costs", sanctions and other economic means inflicted upon the Kremlin ended up backfiring and pushing Europe into a triple-dip recession instead), earlier today Poland announced that it will move thousands of troops toward its eastern borders, i.e., Ukraine, in what AP dubbed a "historic realignment of a military structure built in the Cold War."



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The Market's Unsustainable Bounce: Fast, Furious, & Prone-To-Failure

Keep in mind that even terribly hostile market environments do not resolve into uninterrupted declines. Even the 1929 and 1987 crashes began with initial losses of 10-12% that were then punctuated by hard advances that recovered about half of those losses before failing again... The 2007 top began with a plunge as market internals deteriorated materially, increasing day-to-day volatility, and a tendency for large moves to occur in sequence." Investors should interpret recent market strength in its full context: we’ve observed a fast, furious advance to clear an oversold “air-pocket” decline.



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Copper Surges After Report Mysterious London Buyer Has Cornered Up To 90% Of Market

Copper prices are surging this morning (in the face of Goldman's recent warnings of a plunge), jumping 4 handles apparently on the heels of a WSJ story in which LME admits that a single buyer has snapped up more than half the copper held in London Metal Exchange warehouses, giving it control over a crucial source of supply and raising concerns among traders about the potential for higher prices. What is more remarkable is, as WSJ reports, on several occasions in the last month, this buyer held as much as 90% of the world’s copper stored in LME-licensed warehouses. Though no confirmation has been given traders suggest the firm cornering the copper market is Red Kite Group, a London hedge-fund manager that focuses on metals trading.



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