Central Banks

Revenge Of The Rubes - Why The Days Of The Financial Elite's Rule Are Numbered

The truth is, it is the “European Project” which represents the darker impulses -  it is a tyranny based on a muddled brew of globalism, statism, financialization and the cult of central banking. It’s days are numbered because even the rubes can see that it doesn’t work, and that its massive internal contradictions are heading for a spectacular implosion. The British voters have decided to get out of harms’ way. Hopefully, there will soon be many other cases of the rubes in revolt.

"You Want To Own Gold" Marc Faber Warns "Brexit Is The Excuse For QE4"

“If Brexit is used as an excuse, the central banks will print more money, QE4 in the U.S. is on the way and the depreciation in the purchasing power of currencies will continue,” warned a vociferous Marc Faber said in a Bloomberg TV interview today from Hong Kong. "In that situation, you want to own some gold..."

August 15th - The Date Which Will Live In Monetary Infamy

August 15, 2016 will mark the 45th anniversary of President Nixon’s decision to close the gold window. U.S. citizens and the government are now beholden to the consequences of years of accumulated debt and weak productivity growth that have occurred since that day. Now, seven years after the end of the financial crisis and recession, these consequences are in plain sight. The Fed finds themselves crippled under an imprudent zero interest rate policy and unable to raise interest rates due to fear of stoking another crisis.

For Those Who Still Care About Fundamentals, A Troubling Chart

We realize that fundamental analysis, especially in light of recent events, is dead and buried, but for those few who still keep track, here is a troubling chart showing how fast the S&P's cash flow is sinking relative to its debt load. As Bank of America helpfully points out, the USA is now trading at 13x EV/EBITDA, a 90th percentile since 1995.

BofA: To Save Markets Central Banks Just Made Inequality And Populism Even Worse

"Today’s extraordinary monetary policy backdrop is likely adding to voter angst and exacerbating the theme of rising wealth inequality, rather than reducing it.  The irony of recent events is that the combination of risk-off sentiment and expectations of further central bank support has caused another surge in negative yielding debt…which will only compound the issues of wealth inequality and populism."

- Bank of America

"Panic May Have Passed... But This Is Far From Over"

Don’t read too much into the relief rally of the past 24 hours, warns Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore. While the initial panic may have passed, markets are very far away from having fully priced the impact of the referendum. For a start, there’s still little firm grasp of exactly what the impact will be...

Scandal Erupts At Euro Summit Over Scotland, While Draghi Says In "No Rush" To Ease Policy

Moments ago, a mini scandal erupted at the Euro summit, when in an attempt to infuriate the UK some even more, Juncker said that “Scotland won the right to be heard in Brussels." What he did instead is open a new Pandora's box, one which invites all secessionist movements in Europe to demand a comparable treatment. And, sure enough, just moments later, Spain's PM Rajoy immediately said that he opposes any negotiation by Scotland with the EU adding that "If the UK leaves, Scotland leaves."

Global Stock Surge Continues As "Investors Look To Central Banks For Support"

Why the ongoing rally? A squeeze, sure, and also month-end fund flows. But the fundamental driver remains one and the same, and we quote Bloomberg: "the relief rally endures as Asian and European stocks rally with crude oil amid speculation policy makers will use stimulus to blunt the impact of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, including a pause in the Federal Reserve’s tightening cycle. Investors are looking to policy makers for support."

In Gold We Trust, 2016 Edition

"...the increasing desperation of central bankers and their willingness to boost inflation at all cost is going to lead to a plethora of unintended consequences, all of which are likely to boost the gold price."

Why The ECB Thinks Brexit Is Not A "Lehman Moment"

"I think indeed the comparison does not apply because the reaction to Lehman as you may recall was that several markets froze... That was not the case this time." Actually... that's not exactly true is it!!

Odey Makes 21% In Past 2 Days, Nearly Wiping Out Abysmal Start To The Year

After a truly hair-raising first half to 2016, if not so much for billionaire Odey as for his LPs, he appears to have finally hit a home run with Brexit. According to  Bloomberg, Odey's "winning run continued with the flagship Fund up 21% in just two days." The days in question: Friday and Monday, when the market's reaction to the Brexit vote was nothing short of surreal

This Is What Draghi Said To Spark Speculation Of Another Global Central Bank Bailout

The head of the ECB avoided mentioning the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union but instead called for greater alignment of policies globally to mitigate the spillover risks from ultra-loose monetary measures.  “We can benefit from alignment of policies,” Draghi said at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal. “What I mean by alignment is a shared diagnosis of the root causes of the challenges that affect us all; and a shared commitment to found our domestic policies on that diagnosis."