Quantitative Easing

What Has Gone Wrong With Oil Prices, Debt, & GDP Growth?

It would be nice if we could figure out a way to make our economy last forever, but it is doubtful that we can. Ultimately, the battle between diminishing returns and increased complexity seems likely to be settled in a way that causes the economy to collapse.

Wall Street Responds To Mario Draghi's "Big Shock"

The European Central Bank’s decision to taper bond purchases is a shot in the arm for the euro, analysts say, and as Bloomberg reports, while policy makers say they may still expand the size or duration of quantitative easing, investors may be inclined to be skeptical.

What Time Will The ECB Tip Its Hand

With traders' fingers poised over the buy (and to a lesser extent) the sell button, waiting for the ECB to lay out the mechanics of its QE extension with or without tapering, the question is what time is more important: the 1:45pm CET (7:45am ET) statement release or the 2:30pm CET press conference. Courtesy of Bloomberg here are some thoughts on which time will be more relevant. 

Global Equity Euphoria Prepares To Meet Mario Draghi

There’s seemingly no stopping the equity side of the “Trumpflation” trade in what may be developing into an epic year end blow-off top. The euphoria which took the S&P 500, Russell 2000 and the Transports to all-time highs yesterday, and the Dow to less than 500 points away from 20,000 carried over into Asian stocks (+0.8%) as they followed bullish trend, while European stocks rose for a fourth day.

Longest Winning Streak For Global Stocks Since September On Monte Paschi Bailout Hopes, ECB Optimism

Global stocks extended the longest winning streak since September, with Asia up 0.8% and Europe rising 0.7% while bonds and credit markets strengthened amid hopes that the European Central Bank will prolong quantitative easing, while optimism an Italian bailout of Monte Paschi will prevent European bank contagion, has pushed European financial stocks higher. US equity futures were little changed.

Global Bonds Lose $1.7 Trillion In November, Worst Monthly Meltdown On Record

Less than two months after Ray Dalio warned about a potential wipe out in the bond market, he has been proven right: the November surge in global yields has resulted in the worst monthly loss in the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Total Return Index, which lost 4% in November, a record drop, and equivalent to $.17 trillion in losses. The index’s market value fell $2.8 trillion over past two months.

'Austrians' At The Fed?

Most financial journalists are not good, and in fact are wedded to a pro-Fed, pro-state ideology that subconsciously permeates everything they write. They are hopelessly unobjective, the naive products of their education and training. The world needs real diversity of thought and opinion, not the fake kind being discussed at the Fed.