As momentum builds in the developing deflationary spiral, we are seeing increasingly desperate measures to keep the global credit ponzi scheme from its inevitable conclusion. Credit bubbles are dynamic - they must grow continually or implode - hence they require ever more money to be lent into existence. As the peak of a credit bubble is reached, all these necessary factors first become problematic and then cease to be available at all. Past a certain point, there are hard limits to financial expansions, and the global economy is set to hit one imminently.
After finding what appears to be a slam dunk case of fraud, provable by even the most mediocre civil litigator, we uncover DB apparently preparing for much more of the same. DB stakeholders, Caveat Emptor!
...the revelation of a default event exposes the vast gap between 'real' asset values (upon liquidation or bankruptcy) and the artificially supported 'prices' seen in bond markets. In the 30 year life of the so-called junk bond market, the chasm between reality and central-planner-created markets has never been wider.
In America today, we are enjoying a standard of living that we do not deserve. We consume far more wealth than we produce. The only way we are able to do that is by going into debt. Debt takes future consumption and brings it into the present. In other words, we are damaging the future in order to make the present a little bit better.
"The only thing keeping the US out of recession is the US consumer (see chart below). It is difficult to say consumption is driving the economy forward ? rather it is like a woodwormridden crutch creaking under the strain of holding up a deadweight economy. This recovery ? the fourth longest in history ? is surely nearing its end."
There is one commodity that Wall Street always has in abundance, “optimism.” When it comes to earnings expectations, estimates are always higher regardless of the trends of economic data. The problem is that the difference between expectations and reality have been quite dramatic.
If there is a reason why traders walk into their office every day in a state of zombified daze, no longer able to trade various asset classes based on fundamental data or incremental news flow, there is a simple reason for that: global central bank liquidity injections have never been greater, and as of this moment, have surpassed all previous post-financial crisis central bank intervention.
September will be quite a busy month for investors since there are around 30 major central banks meetings scheduled. Since the Bank of England’s last policy announcement, the total monthly amount in global official quantitative easing has reached almost $200 billion, which corresponds, for the purpose of comparison, to Portugal’s annual GDP in 2015. Long-rumoured and oft-discussed, QE infinity is now a reality.
In a move that is certain to spark another round of what much of the left-of-center media has dubbed "unfounded conspiracy theories" about the health of Hillary Clinton, overnight President Obama’s former physician, Dr. David Scheiner told CNN that he believes Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should have a neurological examination due to her history of brain injury.