Bank of England
Confidence in central bankers is now hanging by a thread. Mario Draghi (and his fellow Goldman Sachs alum Mark Carney at the Bank of England, for that matter) might want to adopt a little humility before that thread snaps completely. It is always tragic when we filthy peasants stop banging rocks together momentarily to listen to the awe-inspiring intellects at the central banks, only to misunderstand them. Perhaps the real problem is one of overconfidence. Not our overconfidence. Theirs.
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- Obama in speech to nation vows to defeat 'new phase' of terrorist threat (Reuters)
- Clinton Urges Social-Media Intelligence Sharing in Terror Fight (WSJ)
- Obama urges tech, law enforcement to address social media used for plots (Reuters)
- NATO says won't send ground troops to fight IS (Reuters)
- Le Pen Scores Historic Victory in France's Regional Elections (BBG)
Over the last few months, in a prime example of currency failure and euro-defenders' narratives, Finland has been sliding deeper into depression. Almost 7 years into the the current global expansion, Finland's GDP is 6pc below its previous peak. As The Telegraph reports, this is a deeper and more protracted slump than the post-Soviet crash of the early 1990s, or the Great Depression of the 1930s. And so, having tried it all, Finnish authorities are preparing to unleash "helicopter money" to save their nation by giving every citizen a tax-free payout of around $900 each month!
When at first you don't succeed (having failed in their bid to draw physical gold from the 'cold, dead' hands of Indian citizens), find another group to exploit. As is standard operating procedure with government, if voluntarism fails, use coercion...
- Mario Draghi Is About to Become the World's Market Risk Manager (BBG)
- Five Things to Ask Mario Draghi From Negative Rates to QE (BBG)
- Leaving behind baby and bombs, couple sows panic in California (Reuters)
- Couple's motive in California rampage a mystery for police, family (Reuters)
- In Grim Ritual, Barack Obama Again Calls for Stricter Gun Control After Mass Shooting (WSJ)
- Islamic State Defeat Impossible Without Ground Force, Kerry Says (BBG)
- OPEC States Push for Output Cuts in Face of Saudi Opposition (BBG)
- Yellen, in back-to-back appearances, could close out era of zero rates (Reuters)
- ECB stimulus hopes keep Europe stocks at three-month high (Reuters)
- ECB to Test the Limits of Its Bond-Buying Program (WSJ)
- Watch for U.S. recession, zero interest rates in China next year, Citi says (Reuters)
- Euro’s Loss Being Yen’s Gain May Be Headache for BOJ (BBG)
- Yahoo Board to Weigh Sale of Internet Business (WSJ)
- Islamic State Prevents Civilians From Fleeing Iraqi City of Ramadi (WSJ)
- Global Stocks Edge Higher on Expected ECB Stimulus (WSJ)
- Moment of truth as Puerto Rico faces crucial debt payment (Reuters)
- Obama urges Turkey to reduce tensions with Russia, stresses support (Reuters)
- Russian Media Takes Aim at Turkey (WSJ)
- Support Grows for U.S. Commando Raids to Fight Islamic State (BBG)
- Yuan Drops as SDR Approval Seen Prompting PBOC to Reduce Support (BBG)
There was something for everyone in last night's much anticipated Chinese PMI data, with the official number sliding to the lowest in over 3 years, suggesting the PBOC will need to do more stimulus and is thus bullish, while the unoffocial Caixin print rising to the highest since June, suggesting whatever the PBOC is doing is working, and is also bullish. Not unexpectedly, global stocks decided to take the bullish way out, and have risen across the globe led by Asia, where stocks rose as much as 1.8%, Europe also green and US equity futures up 10 points as of this writing.
- Dollar rises versus euro, oil drops before ECB, OPEC meetings (Reuters)
- Smog chokes Chinese, Indian capitals as climate talks begin (Reuters)
- Obama: COP21 Paris Climate Talks Could Be ‘Turning Point’ For Planet (BBG)
- China plans to launch carbon-tracking satellites into space (Reuters)
- Scientists Dispute 2-Degree Model Guiding Climate Talks (WSJ)
- At NATO, Turkey defiant over downing of Russian jet (Reuters)
- ECB Left With No Choice But Action After Draghi's Priming (BBG)
There is a widespread global campaign to eradicate physical cash. And we’ve now got a connected insider confirming it.
"The equilibrium, for now, is QE infinity – but political risk could be the breaking point"...
Interest rates across the developed markets have been kept at emergency levels (and all time historical lows) for seven years. Do we think that allowing banks to access essentially free money is more or less likely to give rise to the sort of malinvestments that caused the financial crisis in the first place? If you believe that the answer is ‘less likely’, there is a job at your local central bank with your name on it.
- France, Russia strike Islamic State in Syria, EU aid invoked (Reuters)
- Pressure Grows for Global Response Against Islamic State After Paris Attacks (WSJ)
- Weakened Hollande Faces Election Backlash in Wake of Attacks (BBG)
- French Official Calls for Metal Detectors at Train Stations (NYT)
- Belgium Raises Terror Threat Level, Cancels Soccer Game vs Spain (BBG)
- Foreign Companies Scrap Paris Events After Terror Attacks (BBG)
Who would have thought terrorism is so good for stocks.