Krugman Dementia Alert: Former Enron Consultant Says Jim Rogers "Has Been Absolutely Wrong About Everything"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/06/2010 14:50 -0500
While we approach the topic of Paul Krugman with the same eagerness one approaches a clogged up, never cleaned, bathroom at a frat party that is about 50 years past its due date, (pretty much like Keynesianism) this one just put us over the top. In his latest pointless drivel on the economy, instead of reverting to his usual mode of praying to John Keynes, bitching at those who dare call for accountability and the punishment of all those, such as Krugman, responsible for what is now a $4 trillion taxpayer monetary bailout tab, and begging for trillions, then quadrillions, then quintillions, then an infinite amount of money, the Op-Ed writer has instead decided to start a mudslinging campaign against none other than Jim Rogers, the co-founder of George Soros' Quantum Fund, who has been pretty much spot on with his calls for decades.
When the crisis began in the US in 2007, many commentators called it a “Minsky moment” or even “Minsky crisis”, after the late economist Hyman Minsky who had developed what he called a “financial instability hypothesis” over the years after 1960 and to his death in 1996. Minsky was my PhD dissertation advisor and I had already used his approach to analyze the Saving and Loan crisis. Unlike the typical explanation that invokes Minsky's theories, I recognized that Minsky did not simply provide a “euphoric bubble” approach. Rather he argued that the transformation of the economy and especially its financial system from “robust” toward “fragility” took place over a very long span of time, indeed, over the entire postwar period. The increasingly frequent and severe crises, as well as the growth of fraud as practically normal business practice were a consequence of that transformation. Hence, we should not call this a Minsky moment or crisis but rather a Minsky half-century.
Part four of David DeGraw book "The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III.”: "Now that we have an understanding of how the Global Banking Intelligence Complex ran operations through BCCI, let’s look at how some of BCCI’s key players kept operating after the bank was finally shut down. As discussed in the last chapter, during the 1980s and early ’90s, the CIA worked in partnership with BCCI in what was, at the time, the agency’s largest covert operation ever, pumping an estimated $10 billion into funding the Afghan Mujahideen. Through this operation, Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network was formed. Bin Laden had accounts in BCCI and ran CIA/BCCI-funded camps."
1 of the 2 Administrative Judges at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Vowed NEVER to Let a Complainant Win. He's Kept His Promise for 20 YearsSubmitted by George Washington on 10/20/2010 17:59 -0500
Is America a great country or what?
It's worth stepping back on occasion to consider the progress that has been witnessed in particular academic fields. Astronomy took a giant step forward centuries ago when it finally realized the sun was at the center of the solar system. Geology adapted to the fact of a round earth. The continuous evolution of Physics boggles the mind. Engineering perpetually pushes into new frontiers. And how does Economics compare...
A free market and laws against criminal fraud are both necessary. Indeed, they are interrelated and mutually self-reinforcing.
Buried in the recently passed Dodd-Frank financial reform bill are massive financial rewards for turning in your boss. Turning in Goldman Sachs could have earned you a reward of $500 million. Wall Street firms are bracing themselves for an onslaught of claims, legitimate and otherwise, by droves of hungry gold diggers looking for an early retirement.
No problem can be fixed before a solution is formed. No solution can be formed until the underlying problems are clearly identified. The officials in charge of fixing the economy have not articulated the underlying problems. Worse, many of these officials - directly or indirectly - created or contributed the underlying problems. It is shear lunacy to expect that the people who screwed up the economy have any chance at fixing what they destroyed.
I Told You Housing Was Going to Take a Downturn for the Worse. I’ll Tell You Something Else, We Are in a Housing Depression! It’ll Get Worse Until Market Forces Rule Over Government Bubble Blowing!Submitted by Reggie Middleton on 08/24/2010 10:31 -0500
That long title should convey my message quite well...
New Jersey (and several banks for that matter) got the luck of the Irish as they were able to pull an Enron accounting trick without any consequences after settling a related suit with the SEC.
My take as to what really happened between the HP board, Hurd, and Fisher.
Is something (abnormally) fishy in the state of precious metals manipulation? GATA's Adrian Douglas (recently famous for facilitating the emergence of whistleblower Andrew Maguire) seems to think so, after his observation that the LBMA has decided to block "access to statistics relating to the trading activities of its member bullion banks. This information has been available to the public since 1997 but as of this week it is available only to LBMA members." His conclusion: "There is a cover-up of back-door injections of liquidity of physical gold, and the LBMA now is trying to conceal trading information. I interpret the LBMA's move to secrecy as a sign that the opportunity to get real metal is closing fast." Read on for his argument...
A New Normal world is likely to
be one with frequent flips between “risk on” and “risk off” days. With
so much profit and loss riding on tail events and so little profit and
loss tied to the cluster of outcomes near ex ante means,
repositioning will likely be more frequent. This is because many
investors lack conviction in their understanding of the true
distribution, so that each passing day provides an opportunity to learn
or unlearn how likely the relevant tail events are. Positioning
for mean reversion will be a less compelling investment theme in a world
where realized returns cluster nearer the tails and away from the
mean. James Carville said twenty years ago that he
wanted to be reincarnated as the bond market because the vigilantes had
so much clout over policymakers. But in the New Normal world, he might
wish to be reincarnated as the Asian equity markets because they are
where traders in Europe and the U.S. look to see if it is a “risk on” or
“risk off” day. With so much money chasing fewer assets with known
return distributions, and with reliable investment rules of thumb
scarce, frequent flips between “risk on” and “risk off” days will likely
be a continuing symptom of the Knightian uncertainty that still, to
some extent, hangs over global financial markets.
- Richard Clarida, Pimco
In September 2009 it appeared like there may be some hope for CNBC yet. The channel had just received its latest import in the face of one Simon Hobbs, whose first appearance on the station involved him making a total mockery of the ridiculous momentum chasers on Fast Lost Money. Unfortunately, in the subsequent 9 months, it appears the GE Goebbels crew visited Mr. Hobbs in the deep of the night, resulting in an ideological and propaganda transformation that makes Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde look tame by comparison, and is more reminiscent of Jeff Goldblum walking through a teleport device. Luckily, today Delta Advisors' Michael Pento proceeded to provide a smackdown of the currently unrecognizable Simon Hobbs that only rivals his own friendo treatment of TV's best-tanned man, Joe Terranova, back in 2009. We hope, for Simon's sake, that he takes this opportunity, to finally get his act straight.
“We will have a financial crisis again — it’s just a question of the frequency,” said the economist Kenneth Rogoff, who, with Carmen M. Reinhart, wrote a terrific book titled “This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly.” The title says it all. We’ve been through this before and will go through it again.