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Mr. Market: Get It Through Your Head, The PSI DOESN’T Matter





This entire deal is just stupid. And all it’s done is alert Spain and Italy to the fact that handing over fiscal sovereignty and implementing austerity measures in exchange for bailouts is a waste of time. Indeed, Spain just woke up and smelled the coffee. And it's told the EU to "shove it."

 


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There is No Such Thing as Sterilized QE... The Fed is Going to Disappoint.





Remember, just last week Bernanke told Congress that no more QE was coming. Also remember that the Fed has been largely using verbal and symbolic interventions to prop up the market rather than actual money printing or new monetary policies (Operation Twist 2 only shuffles the Fed balance sheet; it doesn't actually inject more money into the system).

 


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The Greek Deal, Even if It Goes Through, Accomplishes Nothing of Note





 

German leaders, particularly Merkel and Schäuble see the writing on the political wall: that both Greece and France are likely going to find themselves with new leadership that is pro-socialism, anti-austerity measures, and most certainly anti-taking orders from Germany. Thus, Germany must be aware (as the EU, IMF, and ECB are to some degree) that it is ultimately fighting a losing battle by participating in the bailouts. Indeed, Schäuble even went so far as to recently call Greece a “bottomless pit” where money is wasted (having just participated in Greek bailouts that exceed the entirety of Greece’s GDP, I have to admit he does have a point here). So while a “deal” may have officially been struck for Greece, there are deep underlying tensions that could bring proceedings to a crashing halt at any point.

 

 


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China Won’t Save the Day For Europe… or Anyone Else... It Will Collapse Just as the USSR Did





The Chinese population is beginning to realize that the Government is losing control. People are willing to go along with a regime as long as they can “get by” under it. But as soon as it becomes impossible to survive… then situations like Wukan happen. There will be a LOT of Wukans in the coming months and years in China. Whether it’s by inflation or an economic contraction brought about by Europe’s collapse (Europe is China’s largest trading partner), civil unrest and “mass incidents” will be on the rise in the People’s Republic as the Chinese realize that the current system and the supposed wealth it will create for them are in fact a giant fraud.

 

 


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The Mainstream Media Still Doesn’t Get the ECB Greek Debt Swap





 

We’re fast approaching the end of the line here. It’s clear that the EU is out of ideas and is fast approaching the dreaded messy default they’ve been putting off for two years now. Indeed, Greece is just the trial run for what’s coming towards Italy and Spain in short order. NO ONE can bail out those countries. And they must already be asking themselves if it’s worth even bothering with the whole economically crushing austerity measures/ begging for bailouts option. Which means… sooner or later, Europe is going to have to “take the hit.”

 


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You Cannot Build a Strong Economy or a Bull Market on Fudged Numbers and Lipstick





Having spent this money, your next concern becomes avoiding popular outrage as sooner or later folks will find out that this money was practically given away and that everyone else got a raw deal. Let’s say that you just spent a large sum, to the tune of several trillion Dollars, bailing out various businesses that were literally run into insolvency by shortsighted and greedy business practices. 

 


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Austerity Measures Only Lead to More Bailouts.... So Who's Going to Bailout the ECB When It Goes Bust?






Europe is broke. Completely and totally broke. The whole notion of bailouts and debt swaps is pointless here, you’re talking about systemic failure due to the entire financial system being overleveraged and based on spending patterns that are unsustainable in any way.

 

 

 


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Why Is the Financial World So Messed Up?





 

Why is the financial world so messed up? Because it’s run by Central Bankers. And those folks view money very differently than the businesspeople who create businesses, jobs, and wealth.

 

 


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Either Greece is Forced Out or Germany Walks… Either Way a Collapse is Coming





Germany is in a great squeeze. On one side the ECB and G20 want Germany to step up with more money to save Europe. On the other hand, German CEOs, voters, and even the courts, are increasingly wanting out of the Euro. This is not a situation that gives one much confidence that Germany will stick around for too much longer. It is my view Germany is going to do all it can to force Greece out of the Euro before March 20th (the date that the next round of Greek debt is due) or will simply pull out of the Euro (but not the EU) itself.


 


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The G20 PLayed Its Hand… Will Germany Go “All In”?





 

Will Germany go “all in” on the Euro experiment? I doubt it. In fact I’ve found the “smoking gun” the little known act that Germany has recently implemented that proves the country has a Plan B that involves leaving the Euro with minimal damage.

 

 


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Greece (and the PIIGS) Are a MAJOR Problem... Even for the Strongest German Banks





Consider that when we include the rest of the PIIGS countries, Deutsche Bank’s “actual” exposure (as downplayed as it might be) is still 35 BILLION Euros, an amount equal to 60% of the banks’ total equity.

 


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Just What Is the REAL Exposure to Greece? Pt 1





The financial world is awash with theories as to how significant the Second Greek Bailout is. I’m far less concerned with this (the Bailout accomplishes nothing of import and only puts off the coming Greek default by a short period). Instead, I think it much more important to ascertain the true exposure to Greek sovereign debt. And what better place to start than the banking system of the one country that is playing hardball with Greece during this latest round of negotiations: Germany.

 


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The Triumvirate of Wall Street/ the Fed/ and US Politicians is Crumbling Pt 2





One thing is for certain, the litigation is beginning to shift from minor players to major players at the core of the Financial Crisis. Investors take note, this is a major shift and needs to be monitored as it will have major implications for market dynamics going forward.

 


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Greece is Not Lehman 2.0... As I'll Show, It's Much Much Worse





When Greece defaults, the fall-out will be much, much larger than people expect simply by virtue of the fact that everyone is lying about their exposure to Greece.

 


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Inflation, Stealth Inflation, and How to Maintain Your Purchasing Power Against Both





 

Make no mistake, inflation is creeping into the system in a big way. And the Fed will not raise interest rates to fight it until it’s far too late. Debt levels are simply too high for the Federal Government and US corporations, particularly the large banks which the Fed has been doing everything it can to prop up.

 

 


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