Moral Hazard

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Protections On Student Loans

Just days after reports emerged that student loan defaults are soaring, the Trump administration has revoked rules put in place by Obama that barred student debt collectors from charging penalty fees on past-due loans...that should take care of that pesky 'moral hazard' problem...

Debunking The Big Lie

There is no such thing as good monetary policy. There is no such thing as effective monetary policy, or monetary policy that does no harm. There are only the times when most people see no overt symptoms, when they don’t realize the damage being done.

European Rally Fizzles, S&P Futures Turn Red As USDJPY Slides, Bunds Strongly Bid

What started off in familiar fashion, with Asian stocks rising, and Europe hitting multi-month highs and US futures in record territory has stumbled in recent minutes following a continued rush for safety in short-dated German Bunds (the 2Y is now trading at -0.92%) and ongoing selling in the USDJPY, which has pushed Stoxx 600 back to unchanged, and S&P futures to modestly red for the session.

Servitude In America's Plantation Economy

The only possible output of low social capital is rising inequality.We have a choice. We can continue loving our servitude in our Plantation Economy, or we can choose another model and another mode of production.

Central Bankers Are Losing Faith In Their Own Alchemy

"The idea that paper money could replace intrinsically valuable gold and precious metals... was both revolutionary and immensely seductive. It was in fact financial alchemy - the creation of extraordinary financial powers that defy reality and common sense. Pursuit of this monetary elixir has brought a series of economic disasters - from hyperinflation to banking collapses."

The Details Behind Trump's Deal With Carrier Revealed

In the end, UTC agreed to retain approximately 800 manufacturing jobs at the Indiana plant that had been slated to move to Mexico, as well as another 300 engineering and headquarters jobs. In return, the company will get roughly $700,000 a year for a period of years in state tax incentives.

Trump And Draghi May Bring A Return Of The "European Solvency Crisis": Barclays

Since Drahi's infamous "whatever it takes" warning in the summer of 2012, European bond yields have been a one way street lower, and until the recent Trumpflation rally, had tumbled to all time lows, in many cases well below 0%.  There are two catalysts, however, that may be ending Europe's QE-driven free ride, and according to a recent report by Barclays, their names are Donald Trump and Mario Draghi.

Do You Believe In QE Miracles?

"This is a very artificial market," warns Allianz' Mohammed El-Erian, and while markets are expecting an ever increasing pace of central bank buying of assets, their policies are no longer working...

Bill Blain: What The BOJ Just Did Is "Recipe For Disaster"

"I rather suspect the horrible truth will soon be out. The last 7 years of extreme monetary experimentation has created a mutant economy... where the only beneficiaries have been holders of financial assets. Investors have been loath to invest in real plant, infrastructure or jobs because the returns look so limited by artificially low rates."

"It's Never Different This Time" PIMCO Warns "The Tides Of Risk Will Flow Eventually"

The old Wall Street expression is “They don’t ring a bell at the top.” This snarky adage is usually employed by those saddened financial managers who ride a successful investment to a peak and then watch in horror as it reverses course to a level below their cost basis. A pity this notion is misguided, since the market frequently “rings the bell.” It is just that most market participants are not listening. Perhaps they should be listening now.

Why You Should Enroll In The Chartered Central Bank Watcher (CCBW) Program

Has the financial world stopped making sense to you?  Frustrated by markets that go up day after day? Does buying up negative-interest-rate bonds seem like an idiotic task?  Well not when you have central banks involved, so stop your whining about “fairness” and “fundamentals” and get on board the liquidity train by enrolling in the Chartered Central Bank Watcher (CCBW) program.

The US Real Estate Big Picture... A Thesis In Moral Hazard

Given central banks are all in and have no credible ideas (or credibility period), a NIRP driven speculative new housing bubble (for a population that is barely growing...hello China?) seems most likely.  If you haven't already, get busy front running the next moral hazard moonshot and then stay tuned.  Because as you read this, central bankers are already devising their next (even more destructive) "plan".