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The widespread riots, looting, and indiscriminate arson may have subsided in Baltimore, but the violence has not. As The Washington Post reports, "from mid-April to mid-May, 31 people were killed, and 39 others were wounded by gunfire. Twice, 10 people were shot on a single day."
According to Tobin's Q, which compares stock prices to the replacement value of companies' underlying assets, equity markets have become detached from reality to a degree only witnessed on two occasions in history: the tech bubble and 1929.
As far as the Central Banks are concerned, this is a good thing because if investors/depositors were ever to try and convert even a small portion of this “wealth” into actual physical bills, the system would implode (there simply is not enough actual cash).
Shape Of Greek Endgame Emerges: IMF Discussed "Cyprus-Like" Plan After Tsipras Warned Of Looming DefaultSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 05/18/2015 09:46 -0400
The IMF discussed a "Cyrpus-like" take it or leave it solution for Greece last week, FT reports. With the countdown to outright insolvency down to two weeks, PM Tsipras will meet EU leaders in Latvia on Thursday to make one last push for a last minute deal. Meanwhile, the fate of the Greek banking sector hangs in the balance as the ECB has come under fire for the monetary financing of the Greek government.
Ten Members of the U.S. Congress – along with 32 of their staff members – received secret payments from Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company to travel to Baku in 2013, to cover the cost of travel, including souvenirs of “silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs.”
Explaining all that is wrong with the fraudulent US "jobs recovery" using the case study of Japan.
In recent months Goldman's chief equity strategist David Kostin has been getting increasingly "toppish" if not outright bearish on stocks. In his latest report he now openly warns that "the market will rise to 2150 by mid-year but fade after the Fed raises interest rates in September for the first time in nine years." As a result Goldman's "year-end forecast is 2100 and its 12-month target equals 2125." Which is where it closed on Friday. In other words, sell in May and come back until next May.
In a remarkable step up the cyber attack accusation ladder compared to last year's attempt to blame North Korea for cyber-sabotaging James Franco and Seth Rogen, the US now claims a sophisticated network of Chinese hackers has been stealing sesnsitive data from Penn State's engineering department for two years. Meanwhile, officials say China may be sending in "legions" of operatives disguised as graduate students to steal US military secrets.
The Economist is a quintessential establishment publication. Keynesian shibboleths about “market failure” and the need to prevent it, as well as the alleged need for governments to provide “public goods” and to steer the economy in directions desired by the ruling elite with a variety of taxation and spending schemes as well as monetary interventionism, are dripping from its pages in generous dollops. The magazine has one of the very best records as a contrary indicator whenever it comments on markets. While gold hasn’t yet made it to the front page, but the Economist has sacrificed some ink in order to declare it “dead” (or rather, “buried”).
Reading like his name-sake's horror novels, HSBC's Chief Economist Stephen King unleashes a torrent of truthiness about the Titanic-like economic ocean liner that is headed for an iceberg except this fragile ship doesn’t have lifeboats.
The ECB warns Athens that Greece is rapidly approaching the "end game", as Tsipras sticks to 'red line' rhetoric. Meanwhile, FinMin Varoufakis claims the country will pay wages and pensions this month, but a leaked IMF memo indicates Greece will default on June 5 if it does not strike a deal with creditors by the end of the month.
Fraud is endemic in the financial system today. We know that the currency, stock, bond, and even commodity markets have ALL been manipulated by Investment Banks or Central Banks.
“the creepiest thing David Cameron has ever said.”
"To critics who warn that pumping trillions of dollars into the economy in a short period is bound to drive up inflation, today's central bankers point to stagnant consumer prices and say, 'Look, Ma, no inflation.' But this ignores the fact that when money is nominally free, strange things happen, and today record-low rates are fueling an unprecedented bout of inflation across asset prices."