• Sprott Money
    05/05/2016 - 06:02
    Why is a Deutsche Bank mouthpiece suggesting “negative retail deposit rates or perhaps wealth taxes”? The answer is to (supposedly) stimulate our economies.

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The Real Numbers Behind America's Phony Recovery





Today is the big day. Investors are on the edges of their seats, waiting to find out what the Fed will do. Taper? No taper? Or maybe it will taper on the tapering off? Investors don't seem worried... Most of the reports we read tell us the economy is improving. Unemployment is going down. Meanwhile, manufacturing levels are rising. Compared to Europe, the US is a powerhouse of growth and innovation, they say. Compared to emerging markets, it is a paragon of stability and confidence. But wait... What if all these things were delusions... statistical folderol... or outright lies? What if the true measures of the economy were feeble and disappointing? What if the US economy was only barely stumbling and staggering along? As Rick Santelli so uncomfortably asked, "What is Bernanke afraid of?"

 
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Silver & Gold Surge On POMO; DeMark Tells Santelli "Big Move Coming"





Despite numerous "13s", infamous technical analyst Tom DeMark tells Rick Santelli, the Fed's liquidity pump has negated every one of these 'potential sell' signals and stocks have "unusually" kept going. DeMark goes on to note several analogs and trendlines that look extremely familiar; warning that the convergence of all these signals is notable and suggest "something comparable to 1929". Unable to get a word in edgeways, Santelli is more intrigued by DeMark's call on precious metals as he notes with downside limited, there is "a big move coming" for gold to the upside in 2014. Precious metals prices started to accelerate as POMO started (and again when it ended) and are extending the gains post DeMark (Silver +4% from early lows).

 
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Santelli & Stockman Blast "Festering Fiscal" Budget Deal "Betrayal"





Former OMB director David Stockman rages to none other than Rick Santelli that the budget deal is a "betrayal and a joke" and "the final surrender of the House Republican leadership to beltway politics." The dismal reality - that little to no one in the mainstream media will dare utter - the budget adds $70 billion to spending this year and next year, and "then they're going to pretend to save it in '22 and '23." Stockman blasts, "they've not only kicked the can down the road, but kicked it into low-earth orbit." The only hope of getting our fiscal house in order was if House Republicans stand up, and Stockman warns "will trigger an enormous negative reaction from Tea-Party Republicans." The truth hurts...

 
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Santelli Slams The Jobs Manipulation Scandal: "American Media, You Can Do Better"





Along with Zero Hedge and Jack Welch, CNBC's Rick Santelli was among the most vocal "jobs truther" in the run-up to last year's election - and suffered the same snark from the mainstream media at such conspiracy theories as to suggest the most important number in the world could be (or would be) manipulated. One year on, we now know the truth and as Santelli rages "if we knew then, what we know now," the world could be a very different place, as "all outcomes could have changed." Santelli raged at the time, "things just didn't feel right," and he was right, perhaps, as he concludes in the brief clip below, the American media "must do better."

 
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The October 2012 Pre-Election Jobs Report Was Faked





On Friday October 5, 2012, the BLS released what was arguably the most important report of Obama's first term: the final jobs number, and unemployment rate before the November 2012 presidential election. As so many predicted, it "plunged" from 8.1% to 7.8% allowing the president to conduct countless teleprompted speeches praising the success of his economic recovery. It also served as the basis for the infamous Jack Welch tweet: "Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers" and prompted the pro-Obama media to quickly brand all those who questioned it as conspiracy theorists...  Well, as it turns out over a year later, the conspiracy theorists were once again, spot on: the Bureau Of Lies And Subterfuge manipulated the most important jobs report in Obama's career.

 
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4 Things To Ponder This Weekend





As we enter into the two final months of the year, it is also the beginning of the seasonally strong period for the stock market.  It has already been a phenomenal year for asset prices as the Federal Reserve's ongoing liquidity programs have seemingly trumped every potential headwind imaginable from Washington scandals, potential invasions, government shutdowns and threats of default.  This leaves us with four things to ponder this weekend revolving around a central question:  "Does the Fed's Q.E. programs actually work as intended and what are the potential consequences?"

 
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Santelli Stunned As Nobel Winner Fama Explains Fed Unwind "Is No Big Deal"





If ever there was a few minutes of television to confirm the deep-seated disconnect between reality and the ivory-tower academics pulling the levers behind the curtain, CNBC's Rick Santelli just exposed it. For once, simple questions were enough to allow none other than Nobel-Prize-winning economist Eugene Fama to show Santelli (who did his best not to explode in incredulity) that the "smartest people in the room" just don't get it (just as they didn't get it in 2007). Santelli was gracious and polite as he asked what the great professor's thoughts were on QE... (and the entire brief clip is worth watching in its entirety) but his conclusion is perhaps the most stunning (and left Santelli almost silent)... when asked the impact of the Fed 'Tapering' or even selling down its $4 trillion in assets, Fama calmly says "it's basically a neutral event... It's No Big Deal!" Indeed, professor, that is so clear...

 
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If You Believe In The Recovery, Do Not Look At This Chart





Just a few moar years of unlimited open-ended quantitative money printing and we are sure this will all be fixed...

 
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Spot The Wealth Effect





Things are getting better; the nice man on the TV said so...

 
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A Libertarian View Of The "Grand-Standing" Over Government Shutdown





"It's really just politics as usual," notes Mark Thornton in this brief perspective-giving clip that seemingly confirms the grandstanding idiocy of our politicians that Rick Santelli pointed out earlier. Thornton notes, "Congress has been acting irresponsibly for years," enabled by an always-willing-to-lend Federal Reserve that provides no incentive for fiscal responsibility (that a gold-standard could provide). Thornton also notes that despite the fear-mongery, "it's not really government shutting down," as 'essential features of government' will remain active.

 
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Santelli Exposes The Gaping Hypocrisy Of The "Rubber-Stamping" Politicians





Unfortunately for almost every politician in the US, the way-back machine is fully functional in our new technologically miraculous normal. These are "strange times," CNBC's Rick Santelli notes, as he begins to systemically destroy the credibility of all the gaping wide mouths of the politicians (on both sides of aisle) that doth protest too much over the debt-ceiling debate. Santelli is breathless in his rage at the hypocritical comments of the Democrats based on their views from 2006 (when "W" was in the White House) as they decried the "rubber-stamping" of fiscal irresponsibility (raising the debt ceiling) of the Republican Congress. His ire raises as he shines a light on Harry Reid (Dem.) and Charles Grassley (Rep.) among others.

 
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Summing It All Up In One Cartoon





"The new normal..."

 
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Rick Santelli Exposes The "Wimpy" Economy





Earlier this week, we followed up the CBO’s publication of its 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook with a chart that we believe should have been included. But what would Rick Santelli say? Only Rick would think to mix our debt projections with cheeseburgers and a magnifying glass. Here’s his entertaining "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a cheeseburger today" take on our chart...

 
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Hilsenrath Spots "The 2016 Problem" Facing The Fed





As we warned here exactly one month ago, the tapering discussion may be merely a "sideshow to a previously undiscussed main event: the Fed's first forecast of 2016 interest rates." Now, the Fed's mouthpiece-at-large has decided we can handle the truth and the WSJ's John Hilsenrath explains the dilemma - The Fed's updated economic projections could show an economy that appears back to normal by 2016, but their projections of where short-term interest rates will be could show rates still quite low by then. Their challenge: How to justify the low interest-rate plan when their own estimates suggest an economy regaining its health. Crucially, Hilsenrath adds, as the economy improves, the Fed is trying to shift its emphasis from bond buying, which has uncertain costs and benefits, to the low-rate pledge. How will the Fed square an economy near full employment with a federal funds rate that remains historically low? "There is an inconsistency there," said John Taylor - apparently confirming what Rick Santelli asked before - "What is the Fed afraid of?"

 
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Santelli Rants Against The Intellectual Arrogance Of The "Intellectuals"





The American public is "just too darn stupid to get it." That is the message that CNBC's Rick Santelli hears from the mainstream media when discussing polls that suggest US citizens are against a rise in the debt ceiling. Perhaps, as he exclaims, "we should only poll the Harvard and Princeton professors," since they have such a good grasp of reality. But, it is the "giant leap of faith" that the Fed can really move unemployment and keep the economy humming along to support the level of equities that has the Chicagoan irate. Congress - listen up - he explodes, "70% of Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling, and 55% oppose it even if it means default." With the mid-terms not so far away, Santelli warns, "Americans know exactly what they want and they are not getting it from the current Congress."

 

 
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