• Tim Knight from...
    12/21/2014 - 09:37
    The five remaining equity bears on Earth are all saying the same thing: "We'll get 'em in 2015." To which I ask: why? What's going to change?

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Reggie Middleton's picture

On Your Mark, Get Set, (Bank) Run! The Dominos of Serial Lehman 2.0 (x 4) In The EU Are Falling Into Place At A Quickening Pace





NPAs and devalued sovereign debt infect bank balance sheets, which are bailed out by sovereigns who assume too much debt for the bailouts, thus dropping the value of their bonds, further stressing bank balance sheets, thereby increasing the need for bailouts. Wash-Rinse-Repeat. Hey, he who panics first, panics best!

 
thetrader's picture

News that Matters





All you need to know by www.thetrader.se

 
williambanzai7's picture

DeBT CeiLiNG CeLeBRaTioN!





There's a drunken debt party going on right here...

 
EconMatters's picture

Top 8 Cities by GDP: China vs. The U.S.





Essentially, growth is not the problem for China, but nor is it the solution.

 
Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The Fiat Crack Addict is Convulsing and Headed Straight for The DTs





Consider those power and money hungry people who want more and more. It is not the quantity that matters because the rush from the control and power is no longer fully realized or experienced since long ago they became desensitized and essentially dead to the world you and I occupy.

 
ilene's picture

High-Stakes Histrionics





From the televised speeches of Obama and Boehner, to the hard-line tactics of the Tea Party, to the pitiful cobbled-together agreement the House put together late Friday - there has been no shortage of grandstanding, posturing or spouting of rhetoric.

 
Bruce Krasting's picture

Going Postal





Watch for a big cry of, "Success!!" from DC. I think the markets will fade the politician's glee.

 
Leo Kolivakis's picture

Smoking Some Bad Debt Dope?





I want everyone to take a deep breath and stop inhaling all that bad debt dope...

 
Miles Kendig's picture

Disorderly Conduct





Resolved for a moment or not it's time to give this chasm in American political and economic life a closer look from a decidedly off South Main Street USA perspective.

 
williambanzai7's picture

To DeFauLT, or NoT To DeFauLT





SHAKESPEARE NOTE

Whether 'tis nobler at this time to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous financial misfortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of rising debts

 
Luc Vallee's picture

Policy for a Balance Sheet Recession





Economists will long debate the efficacy of our traditional policy response but, whatever the results so far, there are constraints that place severe limitations on the effectiveness of such policy going forward. The US deficit and the trajectory of US spending is unsustainably high and, as the late economist Herbert Stein famously observed, “what cannot last, will not do so”. Any further fiscal stimulus risks pushing US finances past the tipping point, which would be a reckless gamble. At near zero short term interest rates, traditional monetary policy has become impotent, QE has been ineffective and the Fed has entered uncharted waters with its massive increase in the monetary base, risking inflation once private sector deleveraging ceases and velocity picks up. So neither traditional remedy is available any longer.

With US unemployment lodged stubbornly above 9%, what is to be done? Our policymakers, economists and commentators appear trapped in the confines of a paradigm that is no longer viable. Is there any other policy that might help spur recovery, or must we become resigned to waiting it out?

 
Bruce Krasting's picture

On More QE and the Recession that won’t end





The recession still has not ended, but Bernanke's hands are tied by inflation.

 
EconMatters's picture

A U.S. Sovereign Credit Downgrade Is No Laughing Matter





Sen. John kerry comments that the Chinese "are laughing all the way to the bank" on a downgrading of US Treasury securities.  China owns about 8% of the U.S. debt, so does that mean the rest of 92% debtors, including the U.S. taxpayer, would also be "laughing"?  

 
thetrader's picture

What Happens When A Paper Currency Fails?





Hyperinflation.....

 
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