Goldman Sachs summarizes the key events in what promises to be a most exciting week: "The Eurogroup Finance Ministers are meeting Sunday night and Monday (June 19-20), while a G7 conference call on Greece is scheduled for Sunday night as well. Germany has already softened its position regarding private sector participation in a second Greek support package. More headlines with respect to the Greece rescue can be expected in the coming days. The upcoming week will also be marked by the EU summit of Heads of State towards the end of the week. Beyond Greece the two key events are the FOMC meeting and press conference, which will be interesting, given the Fed currently faces a challenging deterioration in the growth-inflation trade-off. Finally, cyclical data disappointed last week, further adding evidence of a "soft patch" with the Philly Fed and the U of Michigan consumer confidence reports printing below consensus. Next week, we will find out whether European survey data and US durable goods orders confirm this trend of cyclical deceleration or whether they point to cyclical divergence across the Atlantic."
Indeed, the next Crisis is coming. And it will make 2008 look like a picnic. Why? Because this time around the Crisis will involve entire countries, rather than just banks (see Greece today). It’s going to be really REALLY bad. And I would argue that 99% of people are completely ignorant of it.
It is Friday night, which means that any bad and self-discrediting news from Goldman Sachs are due any minute. Sure enough, the squid does not disappoint: "Following another dose of disappointing economic data, we have cut
our Q2 growth estimate to 2% (annualized) from 3%. We also have issued a
preliminary forecast for the manufacturing ISM in June of 52.0. At this
point, we still expect a bounceback in Q3 and beyond, but will need to
see significant improvement in the data over the next few weeks to
maintain that view." Zero Hedge's own ISM outlook is for a 48 print. And as we will comment on later, as JPM's Michael Feroli demonstrates, the fate of the economic pick up in Q3 is all up to car sales surging by about 58% on an annualized basis as predicted by IHS. Good luck with that. As we said yesterday, we expect Goldman to lower its H2 outlook to under 2% within a month, most likely following the next ISM miss and the disappointing NFP report due out in 2 weeks.
Despite their many differences, the economies of China and the U.S. share a number of key traits: both are corrupt, rigged, crony-Capitalist, rely on phony statistics and propaganda and operate with two sets of rules: one for the Elites, and another for the masses. Given these similarities, it's no wonder that the wheels are falling off both economies. There are some key differences, of course, which will make the crashing of China's boom all the harder. China's leadership likes to do things in a big way, and so its campaign of "extend and pretend" over the past three years has been unprecedented. This isn't just the consequence of a Command Economy overseen by a Central State; the "extend and pretend" boom was fueled by stupendous borrowing by local governments and private enterprise as well. This flood of money has severely distorted China's economy, yet the imbalances are now normalized. When a system become this precarious and imbalanced, it can best be modeled by stick/slip destabilization: blaming the last grain of sand that destabilizes the entire pile for the collapse is to ignore the real cause: the entire system is unstable. Here are a few factors which are widely misunderstood or discounted by the mainstream financial media.
Does it seem like we’ve been here before? A barrel of Brent Crude (the truest indicator of worldwide oil scarcity) sits at $118, up from $75 per barrel in July 2010 – a 57% increase in eleven months. In the U.S., the average price of gasoline is $3.69 per gallon this week, up 37% in the last year and up 100% in the last 30 months. The pundits and politicians are responding predictably. They blame the Libyan revolution, the dreaded speculators and that old fallback – Big Oil. When the Middle East turmoil began in earnest in January, gas prices had already risen 15% in three months, spurred by increased worldwide demand and by Ben Bernanke’s printing press. Congressmen have reacted in their usual kneejerk politically motivated fashion by demanding that supplies be released from the Strategic Oil Reserve. Congress has a little trouble with the concept of “strategic.” They also have difficulty dealing with a reality that has been staring them in the face for decades. Politicians will always disregard prudent, long-term planning for vote-generating talk and gestures.
Manipulation is the beating heart of Federal Reserve and Central State policies. The centrally planned economy has failed to respond as expected, and so the response is to put more cocaine-laced pellets in the feedbox and encourage the poor starved rat inside the cage to press the bar labeled "debt" to get another pellet of addiction and highly profitable enslavement. Welcome to Manipulation Nation, a.k.a. the unlimited debt experiment. Think rat cage, one bar to press, and unlimited cocaine-laced pellets.
- Fed Officials Discuss Explicit Inflation Target (Bloomberg)
- No Fed Shift Seen at June Gathering (Jon Hilsenrath)
- China Developers’ Outlook Lowered to ‘Negative’ by S&P as Credit Tightens (Bloomberg)
- SEC probes Merrill CDO sale (FT), Is Andrew Ross Sorkin already drafting explanation how Merrill was not, repeat NOT short anything? Or is Bank of America just not a Dealbook sponsor?
- The Economy Is Now Immune to Keynesian Crack (Peter Schiff)
- Rosenberg '99%' sure of U.S. recession (Forbes)
- China Inflation Heading for 6% Shows Danger for Wen Extending Rate Pause (Bloomberg)
- White House wants business to aid in debt cap fight (Reuters)
Contagion Risk Increases – Euro Falls As Moody’s May Cut Rating On 3 Large French Banks Exposed To GreeceSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 06/15/2011 07:20 -0400
The euro has fallen on international markets as the European sovereign debt crisis is deepening and appears to be reaching a dangerous denouement. European stock markets are also weaker due to serious divisions in Greece and in the EU as to how to resolve the Eurozone debt crisis and prevent contagion. Moody's has placed three large French banks on negative review based on their exposure to Greece. The problem looks increasingly intractable meaning that contagion appears more likely every day. Gold is higher against the euro, pound and Swiss franc and lower against the U.S. dollar, the yen, Kiwi and Aussie dollar. Demand continues to be very strong especially from China and India where the World Gold Council said that there is a “tidal wave” of “gold demand coming”. The dollar is firmer despite yesterday’s stern warning from Bernanke that America’s credit rating is at risk. Bernanke urged policy makers to again increase the debt ceiling – this time to over $14.3 trillion – in the hope that this will prevent a U.S. downgrade.
Bill Gross released a very troubling tweet earlier:
Why is it odd? Because as David Rosenberg predicted two weeks ago when he expected that Operation Twist could be coming back with the Fed "capping" the 10 Year, Bill Gross, who has Larry "Fed Expert Network" Meyer in his ear and thus knows better than most what is coming, is predicting some "Twisting" though not at the 10 Year mark, but at the very short end. This is very disturbing. Because as we suggested at the end of May, QE3 will in reality be Operation Twist 2...
We know our readers are excited to watch a speech headlining the Chairsatan and moderated by Steve Liesman. Which is precisely what will happen at 2:30pm at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget ("bipartisan group of budget experts concerned about this nation's fiscal future."). You can watch the webcast live below. The full chairsatanic speech can be found here.
Bernanke told the Japanese Central Bank what to do eight years ago. It is the same playbook for America today. It didn't work for Japan. It won't work for the USA either.
Today's Economic Data Docket - Less Retail Sales And More Producer Price Increases Lead To Better StagflationSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 06/14/2011 07:56 -0400
The heavy economic data week begins with Retail Sales, expected to come negative, a drop from April, and PPI, expected to post another solid gain in the past month. In the meantime NFIB small business optimism declined in May, as expected.
Gold Robust Over $1,500 As Stagflation Deepens And Greek Default Risks Eurozone Break Up And Financial ContagionSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 06/14/2011 07:42 -0400
Stagflation Threatens Major Global Economies - Inflation in China at 5.5% and UK at 4.5%. Another fundamental factor supporting gold prices and likely to lead to further gains are the increasing signs of stagflation in major global economies. UK inflation data released this morning shows that inflation remains high at 4.5%. The Bank of England expects inflation to reach 5% later this year prior to falling but the Bank’s credibility is increasingly strained as inflation has now exceeded the BoE’s target of 2% for 34 of the last 40 months. British savers and pensioners are suffering from negative real interest rates and this continues to make gold an attractive diversification from a devaluing pound. There appears to be a gathering “perfect storm” of deepening inflation, slowing economic growth and double dip recessions, stagflation, sovereign debt crisis in many major western economies and the risk of sovereign and banking contagion.
As stock markets massively turned the corner in the recent weeks, most sectors are looking into the abyss again. Even gold stocks were put out with the garbage, while the price of gold keeps leveling aloft $1,500. What’s the deal with these golden equities?!
Exclusive: In Q1 Bernanke Spurred Inflation By Successfully Offsetting The Ongoing Collapse Of The Shadow Banking SystemSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 06/13/2011 23:10 -0400
While the rest of the economic world was staring transfixed at the ongoing collapse in American home equity disclosed by the most recently Z.1, we were busy analyzing the as always far more important liability side of the ledger. After all, the quarterly Z.1 update provides the only undisputed update of the state of the Shadow Banking system, or more specifically, Shadow Liabilities. Not only that, but it also fully exposes the periodic changes in the "overt" Commercial Banking system's liabilities. The results as always hold some very dramatic surprises, although those who read and understood our recent expose on the surge in foreign-banks' cash courtesy of the Fed spike in reserves, may have a sense of what is coming. In a nutshell, and not very surprisingly, Shadow Liabilities dropped once again, and for the 12th consecutive quarter (or 3rd year in a row), although the $81 billion decline was the smallest since the $604.9 billion rise (the last one recorded) in Q1 2008. The drop since then is now a total of $5.1 trillion, and the total now stands at $15.8 trillion, a far cry from the all time high of $20.9 trillion just before the 3 years of consecutive declines. That the shadow system continues collapsing is no surprise: after all with the securitization machine dead, and the nationalized GSEs (with $6.6 trillion in liabilities) unable to relever there is little marginal debt that can be accrued to the shadow banking system. Yet oddly enough, despite drops across most other shadow liability verticals, there were some very strong performers, with Open Market Paper seeing the biggest surge since Q2 2007 at $74 billion. Though what was most surprising (or least, considering that it is Bernanke's only role now, as we have said since last July, to reflate the conventional banking system liabilities, and thus assets, through QE) is that traditional liabilities of Commercial Banks exploded by $424 billion in Q1, more than offsetting the drop in the shadow banking system, and leading to a $343 billion jump in the liabilities of the consolidated financial system. To all those wondering, here is your answer where the inflation in Q1 came from. Yet the biggest stunner in the data set is just where the biggest jump in commercial bank liabilities came from. Jumping from $19.4 billion to $232.4 billion over the quarter, accounting for two thirds of the Q1 "inflation" was... interbank liabilities due to foreign banks. And there you have that foreign bank smoking gun again...