Foreign Central Banks
Pickpockets are getting needy again ...
Yesterday, the Fed disclosed that liquidity swaps have remained at 0 for the eleventh week in a row. This is not unexpected, as it is in line with the Fed's statement of eliminating emergency liquidity facilities (and the CB liquidity swap lines are among these). Of course, there is no way to truly verify whether or not the Fed is syphoning off US money to once again bail out foreign central banks as the Fed is shrouded in secrecy, and while we have to figure out just what exchange Bernie Sanders concluded with Chris Dodd, on the surface we are disappointed that the socialist is not sticking with his initial much stronger language for Fed transparency. Furthermore, we know all too well that the Fed would never lie to the US population, right - just look at the chart below, which discloses the Fed-determined values of Maiden Lane I-III. Somehow, the combined value of these three Bear/AIG rescue facilities have surged to one year highs in the last week. This is somewhat stunning as we reported a week ago that the Fed is about to be crammed down on its Red Roof portfolio holdings due to initiatied foreclosure proceedings. We have no figured out why REITs have been defying gravity for the past year - according to the Fed and the FASB, foreclosures are now a valuation enhancing process. How could we be so blind not to realize this.
Overnight 1,135 was a relatively obvious resistance on the bounce. We briefly traded through on the NFP release but it remains resistance hee. Technically my preference we remain to the downside as the wave pattern is not complete and there was no divergence on the lows in terms of momentum. 1,113 is the support to obsrve on the day, and on a break there is a risk of retesting the lows and the medium term support at 1,040 which will be key. All eyes on 1,135 and 1,113 for now.
What do you think ... good bill or bad bill?
Support the Sanders-Feingold-DeMint-Leahy-McCain-Vitter-Brownback Federal Reserve Transparency Amendment to the Financial Reform BillSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 04/28/2010 11:40 -0500
Enough with the Federal Reserve mafia syndicate and its endless array of bailouts, under the table deals, cronyism, politicized monetary decisions, and rampant theft of America's wealth already. We endorse the Sanders-Feingold-DeMint-Leahy-McCain-Vitter-Brownback Federal Reserve Transparency Amendment to the Financial Reform Bill. If the Fed's clowns won't end their endless rape of America, it should at least be fully transparent for all to see.
Caterpillar had what was perceived as a blowout quarter even though its Q1 2010 earnings were well below Q1 2009. As Karl Denninger summarizes: "Machinery sales were down 1% from a year ago - but I thought a year ago was the depths of the recession and we have been recovering since? So how do we get a negative year-over-year comparison? Worse, in North America (that's here!) machinery sales were down 15% with dealer inventories half of year ago levels. That is, not only is heavy equipment not selling, dealers don't think it will be in the near future either. So how did we get big increases? Asia, up 40%. Yep, that matters, and it's what drove the results. Engine sales were even worse, off 28%, and even in Asia they were down, in that case 15%." Yet what everyone is focusing on is the projected future so bright, all the sell-side analysts (note, they are called "sell" side) gotta wear shades. One caveat: as CAT itself points out, the future will be so bright only if the Fed and foreign Central banks continue their monetary lunacy. The WSJ recaps the earnings call: "The company raised it outlook for 2010, though revenue declined on
continued weakness in developed economies, especially the U.S. and
Europe. It cited concerns about central banks withdrawing stimulus too
soon." So let's get this straight: the company's actual top line results were worse than a year ago (and after firing everyone, the firm was hard pressed not to report better EPS), and its entire bet on the future, which is what is causing its stock to spike, is purely a function of Ben Bernanke's mood on any given day, or what "Firm Directive" his GS masters may have slipped him that morning. That sounds like a brilliant investment thesis. We will buy two big earth excavators right now and a whole lot of CAT calls to go with that.
The Greatest Shell Game Ever Continues As The Whole World Is Now Insolvent; Updated Thoughts From Chris Martenson On The Upcoming US Funding CrisisSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 04/08/2010 11:08 -0500
The shell game has continued this long without the bond market calling the bluff, and I am baffled by the extent to which the other world central banks have both enabled and participated in this game. Part of the explanation behind this unwavering support for the dollar and US deficit spending by other central banks lays in the fact that other Western and Eastern governments are equally insolvent. It's possible that they feel they really have no choice but to play along, because the alternative would be to inflict a vicious and deeply unpopular austerity program on their own country, while everybody else is partying on thin-air money. Who's going to be the first to do that? Nobody, that's who.
On April 15 the Treasury will issue its report on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies. Following a massive push by politicians and economic pundits alike, the probability that China will be branded a currency manipulator is extremely high, if not certain. Following the last few days of adverse developments in the Google censorship saga, it is unlikely that China will accept that particular title with a wink and a smile. And while China was previously named a currency manipulator in the past, the last time this occurred was in 1994. To say that a lot has changed since then is an understatement. What happens after April 15, 2010 is anyone's guess, although for some perspective of the bullish cash, here is Goldman with their range of expected consequences. Of course, what is good for Goldman is bad for Goldman's clients so keep that in mind, especially since this is a sell-side piece.
GATA Presents New Evidence Of The Fed's Gold Price Supression Scheme, Combing Through Oddly Unredacted FOMC MinutesSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 03/14/2010 17:36 -0500
GATA's Adrian Douglas has done a tremendous job of combing through dozens of hundred-plus page FOMC transcripts, and has compiled numerous quotes by assorted FOMC-related personnel, including former Chairman Greenspan, which provides yet another piece of evidence, demonstrating the persistence of the Fed's gold price suppression scheme. As Douglas puts it: "My thinking was that if an organization is so inept at covering up that detailed transcripts were retained, then perhaps it is also inept at completely redacting sensitive and incriminating information. What I found is quite astounding and serves as documented evidence by the Federal Reserve itself that it manipulates the gold market." We present the relevant quotes dug up by Douglas, whom we applaud for his effort, together with his very relevant commentary, which once again exposes the Fed's covert gold price suppression intentions.
Our pal Barney Frank puts his foot in his mouth, again.
I asked Chairman Bernanke about Federal Reserve agreements with foreign central banks and if he had had any conversations about bailing out Greece, which he flatly denied. However, he recently announced that the Federal Reserve will be looking into Goldman Sachs’ derivative agreements with Greece. Goldman Sachs, as we know, has “too big to fail” status with the Fed, so it is conceivable that any Greece-related catastrophic losses at Goldman Sachs will once again be passed on to taxpayers. - Ron Paul
Since everyone is expecting it, maybe it won't happen?
Chairman Frank, Ranking Member Bachus, and other members of the Committee, I am pleased to present the Federal Reserve's semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.
Although the recession officially began more than two years ago, U.S. economic activity contracted particularly sharply following the intensification of the global financial crisis in the fall of 2008. Concerted efforts by the Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, and other U.S. authorities to stabilize the financial system, together with highly stimulative monetary and fiscal policies, helped arrest the decline and are supporting a nascent economic recovery. Indeed, the U.S. economy expanded at about a 4 percent annual rate during the second half of last year... Etc
Cliffnoting the just released Bernanke testimony in praise of the printing presses. Lots of theory, no forward looking calendar. "At some point" in the future liquidity will be tightened. But not yet. Not yet.
Interest rates have to soar to unimaginable levels to attract recalcitrant investors, or the plunge in spending sends us into a postponed Great Depression II.
There will be no Prince Charming riding in on a white horse this time. Back out the Fed as the buyer of last resort, and where are we? The $3.8 trillion budget Obama budget isn’t encouraging me to back off from this ledge. Be a peach and bring me some MRE’s, a five gallon bottle of water, and a case of 9 mm ammo, will you?