The history of mankind is a struggle between the individual trying to retain freedoms and tyrannical governments trying to take it away from him. The EU was created to increase freedoms: the freedom of the movement of goods, capital, and people. As expected, it has devolved into an entity that does just the opposite...
There is definitely considerable negativity about central banking in the mainstream media these days. This is surprising, on the one hand, because central banking provides the foundation of the current economic system, worldwide. On the other hand, such negativity may be signaling far worse.
Donald Trump calls the NATO alliance a rip-off, a tripwire for World War III and “obsolete.” Hillary Clinton compares Putin’s actions in Ukraine to Hitler’s actions in Germany in the early 1930s. Looking for a four-year faceoff with a nuclear-armed Russia? Hillary’s the one!
More than $10 trillion of government bonds now trade at negative yields. And another $10 trillion or so worth of U.S. stocks trade well above their long-term average valuations. And there’s more than $200 trillion of debt in the world – with about $60 trillion added since the global financial crisis. All of this sits on the Fed’s financial applecart. Does Janet Yellen dare upset it?Nah. It will have to upset itself.
With traders already on edge in illiquid markets ahead of the Breferendum, one potential risk to sentiment today was the long-awaited decision by Germany’s powerful constitutional court whether Mario Draghi's OMT, or Outright Monetary Transactions, was constitutional. However, any lingering concerns were swept away when the Kardinals of Karlsruhe "reluctantly" ruled in favor of the one of the European Central Bank’s most important tools to fight financial crises, which however was caveated with six specific conditions.
Tuesday's overnight price action has been a continuation of yesterday's Brexit relief rally, as investors focused on the two latest polls favorable to Remain in Thursday's referendum (while ignoring the YouGov poll which gave Leave a small lead), and hoping the doom and gloom by George Soros will convince the undecideds to vote against Leaving. As a result, global stocks continued their advance while pound extending the biggest rally since 2008.
- "My 60 years of experience tells me the pound will plummet, along with your living standards. The only winners will be speculators" - George Soros - "All the evidence shows that Brexit would be a disaster" - Jacob Rothschild - "You cannot in the end protect people from the economic shock that leaving the EU would bring about." - George Osborne
A foreign army consisting of 31,000 soldiers from an anti-American alliance are conducting military “exercises” a few miles from San Diego. Hundreds of tanks converge on the Rio Grande, while jets from 24 countries converge in attack formation, darting through Mexican skies. It isn’t hard to imagine Washington’s response. Yet that’s precisely what has been happening on Russia’s border with the NATO alliance, as the cold war returns.
The Fed provides us with an illustration of how institutionalized cowardice has become worldwide. Rather than own up to the mess it has made, it hides behind a silly and superficial myth - that it can protect the economy with centrally planned interest rates. And now, thanks largely to its own mismanagement, the world is deep in debt, with far too many people all over the world who earn far too little income to support it.
With bookies' odds shifted by a mere GBP25k bet overnight, and decoupled from the only post-Cox death polls' "leave" bias, traders were focused on the release of new polls tonight... YouGov "Leave" +2pts; ORB "Remain" +7; and NatCen "Remain" +6
Mises argues that whenever the state meddles with the free market, it reduces the standard of living that had prevailed prior to any state intervention. Essentially, a Brexit will remove another layer of government intervention from the lives of Brits, and therefore there shouldn’t be any fear of a Brexit. On the contrary. A Brexit may hold the key to make Europe abandon a doomed course, bringing it to its senses and back onto the road of freedom and prosperity.
Update: It appears the catalyst for the flash-crash in Cable was headlines about Pro-EU campaign executive director Will Straw's "morally unacceptable" plot to use Jo Cox's death to make case for Remain and "call out" Brexit supporters...
GBPUSD just air-pocketed 100 pips - shortly after a very boring 2Y Treasury auction. The plunge from 1.47 to 1.4575 was extremely sharp.
Europe's Stoxx 600 index surge 3.7% today - the biggest rip since the bounce after August 2015's crash - as hope runs wild that The UK will stay in the zombified European Union. Spain and Italy are leading the surge, as are banks (especially UK banks)...
Is there a conspiracy? Perhaps. They would never investigate themselves anyway. What is clear, has been that the EU will collapse if Brexit is allowed. There is far too much at stake to allow this vote. The burning question will be, just how they cover it up and at what cost?