http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml/etf_headlines/etf_headlines/ETF-in-Focus-GXC-March-11-2013.html en US Futures Tumble After Latest Abysmal Chinese Economic Data, Crude Surge Stalls http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-01/us-futures-tumble-after-latest-abysmal-chinese-economic-data-oil-volatility-continue <p>Just like the last time when Chinese flash PMI data came out at the lowest level since the financial crisis, so overnight when both the official Chinese manufacturing and service PMI data, as well as the Caixin final PMI,s confirmed China's economy has not only ground to a halt <strong>but is now contracting</strong> with the official manufacturing data the lowest in 3 years and the first contraction in 6 months, stocks around the globe tumbled on concerns <em>another major devaluation round by the PBOC is just around the corner </em>(especially following the unexpected strenghtening in the CNY in the past week which has cost China even more billions in reserve outflows) with the drop led by the Shanghai Composite which plunged as much as 4% before, the cavalry arrived and bought every piece of SSE 50 index of China's biggest companies&nbsp; it could find, and in a rerun of yestterday sent it to a green close, with the SHCOMP closing just -1.23% in the red. So much for the "no interventions" myth. We wonder which journalist will take the blame for today's rout.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2015/08/SSE%2050%20.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2015/08/SSE%2050%20_0.jpg" width="600" height="263" /></a></p> <p>Despite the latest attempt by Chinese authorities to smooth the drop, Asian equity markets traded lower as the rout in global stocks continued which saw US stocks post its worst month since May 2012 (S&amp;P 500 -0.8%). <strong>Nikkei 225 (-3.8%) traded in negative territory in the wake of weak CAPEX (5.6% vs. Exp. 8.8%) figures, while ASX 200 (-2.1 %) is dragged lower by weakness in large banks</strong>. JGBs traded higher following the stellar 10yr JGB auction where b/c was at its highest in a year. RBA kept official cash rate unchanged at 2.00% as expected.</p> <p>In Europe, stocks traded lower since the open in Europe (Euro Stoxx: -3.0%), following on from a negative session for Asian equities, <strong>with indices further weighed on by the latest manufacturing PMIs, which generally printed lower than expected (EU Manufacturing PMI 52.3 vs. Exp. 52.4). </strong>On a sector specific break down, materials are the session's laggard amid the latest indication out of China that the country is facing an economic slowdown.</p> <p><strong>US equity futures were down 40 points at last check</strong>, having traded well lower only saved in the last few minutes by yet another violent rebound in the USDJPY, and oil which after crashing 4% earlier has also managed to recoup nearly all losses on even more speculation someone in OPEC is willing to be the first to cut production and push prices higher (hint: nobody will).</p> <p>Fixed income markets have seen choppy price action in Bunds , with the German benchmark falling during the European morning as it grappled with supply and risk-averse related factors, before paring the losses ahead of the North American open to trade relatively flat, however continuing to underperform its US counterparts, with T-Notes firmly in the green.</p> <p>Safe-haven related flows were particularly evident in FX during the European morning, where broad based JPY gains saw USD/JPY fall by around 150 pips to break below the 120.00 level, with EUR/JPY breaking below its 100DMA line. At the same time, the resulting USD weakness (USD-Index: -0.4%) supported EUR/USD, which also benefited from the un-wind of carry trade positions.</p> <p>Elsewhere, commodity sensitive currencies such as AUD, CAD and RUB continued to come under pressure , amid the decline in energy and base metal prices, with WTI and Brent crude futures trading lower by over USD 1.50 heading into the NYMEX pit open after sharp gains seen yesterday.</p> <p>Going forward, market participants will get to digest the release of the latest US manufacturing PMI, ISM manufacturing and the release of the latest US API crude oil inventories report after the closing bell on Wall Street.</p> <p>In commodities, WTI and Brent crude futures traded lower amid renewed concerns of a slowdown in China, as well as a paring of the aggressive advance yesterday, which rounded off their largest 3 day gains since 1990. This comes with some market participants downplaying the significance of the OPEC report yesterday. Subsequently, however, oil managed to stage a substantial rebound from the lows and at last check was trading entirely based on what some momentum algo thought it was "worth."</p> <p>The metals complex has generally seen weakness today, with most metals lower as a result of Chinese concerns, with the exception gold, which has seen a bout of strength today on the back of USD weakness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Overnight Media Digest</strong></p> <ul> <li>Chinese Caixin Manufacturing PMI ebbed lower to print in contractionary territory, while the official figure printed its lowest level in 3 years and 1st contraction in 6 months</li> <li>Stocks traded lower since the open in Europe, following on from a negative session for Asian equities, with indices further weighed on by the latest manufacturing PMIs</li> <li>Today's highlights include the latest US manufacturing PMI, ISM manufacturing and the release of the latest US API crude oil inventories report after the closing bell on Wall Street</li> <li>Treasuries rally as stocks, oil and industrial metals fall on weak China eco data; China also said to make banks trading FX forwards hold reserves. </li> <li>PBOC will mandate a deposit of 20% of sales to be held at zero interest for a year on financial institutions trading FX forwards, according to six people familiar with matter</li> <li>U.K. manufacturing growth slipped to 51.5 in August from 51.9 the prior month; firms cites strong pound, weak euro area sales, China’s economic slowdown, Markit said</li> <li>Australia left interest rates unchanged Tuesday as a declining currency cushions the impact of lower commodity prices and a weaker outlook for key trading partner China</li> <li>Greenlight Capital, the investment firm led by David Einhorn, fell 5.3% in its main hedge fund in August as volatility in oil and Chinese stocks rattled markets</li> <li>$63.625b IG priced in August, $10.185b HY deals. BofAML Corporate Master Index holds at +169; reached +172 last week, widest since Sept 2012; YTD low 129. High Yield Master II OAS -2bp to +570; reached +614 last week, widest since July 2012; YTD low 438</li> <li>Sovereign 10Y bond yields mostly lower. Asian and European stocks side, U.S.equity-index futures decline. Crude oil and coppper lower, gold gains</li> </ul> <p><strong>US Event Calendar</strong></p> <ul> <li>9:45am: Markit US Mfg PMI, Aug F, est. 52.9 (prior 52.9)</li> <li>10:00am: Construction Spending m/m, July, est. 0.6% (prior 0.1%)</li> <li>10:00am: IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism, Sept., est. 47.1 (prior 46.9)</li> <li>10:00am: ISM Mfg, Aug., est. 52.5 (prior 52.7); ISM Prices Paid, Aug., est. 39 (prior 44)</li> <li>Wards Domestic Vehicle Sales, Aug., est. 13.7m (prior 13.92m); Wards Total Vehicle Sales, Aug., est. 17.3m (prior 17.46m)</li> <li>1:10pm: Fed’s Rosengren speaks in New York</li> </ul> <p><strong>The balance of the overnight wrap comes as usual from Jim Ried</strong></p> <p>Well today we're all coming back from a summer holiday and ushering in September. It was clearly one of the most tumultuous Augusts in recent memory but one that ended on the stronger side with Oil climbing into bull market territory after a 3-day rally continued yesterday. We'll go through a performance review of the month and YTD at the end and publish all the usual charts and table in the pdf. We'll also repeat the week ahead that Craig published yesterday at the end for those out yesterday. Craig also fully reviewed the weekend's Jackson Hole news, so for a recap see yesterday's EMR.</p> <p>It’s been a less than impressive start to September in Asia this morning where equity bourses have taken another tumble following some more soft PMIs out of China. The official manufacturing PMI for August fell 0.3pts last month to 49.7, in line with expectations but down from 50 last month and the first sub-50 reading since February. The Caixin measures have shown similar pain with the manufacturing PMI reading coming in at 47.3 (vs. 47.1 expected), down 0.5pts from last month and signaling the sixth straight month of contraction in the sector and to the lowest print since March 2009. With also a fall for the Caixin services reading to 51.5 (from 53.8), the composite print has declined 1.4pts to 48.8 and below 50 for the first time this year.</p> <p>The Shanghai Comp has declined 1.06% into the midday break on the back of the data, although paring earlier losses of more than 4% with the move coming despite a report from the China Securities Regulatory Commission saying that it would encourage companies to increase dividends and stock buy backs in a bid to support the equity market. There’s also been declines for the Shenzhen (-2.85%) and CSI 300 (-1.24%), while the Nikkei (-2.26%), Hang Seng (-0.47%), Kospi (-1.02%) and ASX (-1.33%) have all followed suit. Oil markets have tumbled nearly 3% following yesterday’s rally while S&amp;P 500 futures are over a percent and a half down as we go to print. EM FX markets are generally trading stronger meanwhile, supported by a strengthening of the Yuan fix this morning by the PBoC by the most (+0.22%) since November. The AUD is little moved meanwhile after the RBA kept rates on hold as expected.</p> <p>Looking back at the price action yesterday, despite the strong surge in Oil it was a weak end to the month in equity markets. A late rebound in oil stocks failed to stop the S&amp;P 500 from closing down 0.84% and in the process marking its biggest monthly slide since May 2012. The DOW (-0.69%) and NASDAQ (-1.07%) saw similar declines yesterday with those indices having their worst months since May 2010 and May 2012 respectively. It was a similar story closer to home where the Stoxx 600 (-0.38%), DAX (-0.38%) and CAC (-0.47%) taking similar legs lower with the falls yesterday coming on the back of more weakness in Chinese equity markets and the comments from Fischer over the weekend which left investors mulling over a higher probability of a September Fed move.</p> <p>That probability edged up to 42% yesterday from 38% on Friday, although still tracking below the 54% we saw earlier this month. On this theme, yesterday DB’s Peter Hooper reiterated his September liftoff view but noted that the call is very close at this point. Peter believes that there are three key factors which will drive the outcome; fundamental economic developments and prospects (including upcoming data), financial market conditions and thirdly Fedspeak. In his view the strongest case for delaying is uncertainty about inflation prospects, however this is somewhat offset by progress in the labour market. On top of this, recent financial turbulence and global uncertainties make this a close call and caution may dictate accumulating more evidence in the wake of market gyrations. Looking forward, Peter notes that assumptions for a good August employment report, no significant weakness in the August CPI report and markets settling down following the equity volatility of late should help support his September call. However, should these assumptions prove wrong, then the schedule could well slip to December or even 2016.</p> <p>Back to markets yesterday. 10y Treasury yields surged higher in the last couple of hours of trading, finishing 3.7bps higher at 2.219% and over 8bps off the day’s lows as the Oil complex rallied late in the day. Indeed, Brent finished the session 8.19% higher at $54.15/bbl, over $10 higher than Wednesday’s closing price with the three-day rally of 27% the most in 25 years. WTI (+8.80%) had a similar move higher, closing at $49.20/bbl. Yesterday’s extension of gains is largely being attributed to hints of a potential softer stance from OPEC after reports that the cartel may be ready to talk with other crude exporters to reach ‘fair and reasonable prices’. Also contributing to the price action was the latest US oil output data from the EIA which showed production in June fell to 9.3m barrels a day after peaking at 9.6m in April while the WSJ reported a Kremlin aide as saying that Russia President Putin is set to discuss ‘potential mutual steps’ to stabilize global oil prices with Venezuelan President Maduro on Thursday.</p> <p>Elsewhere, data flow in the US was a touch on the weaker side yesterday. The August Chicago PMI reading declined 0.3pts to 54.4 (vs. 54.5 expected) while the details revealed some declines in the new orders and production components, as well as the employment, offset by a significant bounce in inventories. The ISM Milwaukee for August also came in below consensus (47.7 vs. 50 expected) although it was up slightly from the 47.1 in July. Meanwhile there was another negative reading for the Dallas Fed manufacturing activity index which fell to -15.8 (vs. -4.0 expected) from -4.6 in July. The reading marks the 8th consecutive negative print while the six-month outlook fell to 3.4 from 18.8 in the prior month.</p> <p>Despite the slightly softer readings in the US yesterday, dataflow in Europe was slightly more upbeat. The August headline CPI reading was left unchanged at +0.2% yoy after expectations for a fall to 0.1%, while the core was also left unchanged at +1.0% yoy (vs. +0.9% expected). German retail sales for July were strong meanwhile, with the +1.4% mom print ahead of expectations of +1.0% and together with upward revisions to June seeing the annualized rate come in well above consensus estimates (+3.3% yoy vs. +1.7% expected). European sovereign bond yields were little moved following the data however the leg up in Oil helped push the bulk of the region higher later in the session with 10y Bunds closing up 5.6bps at 0.795% and the periphery around 4bps higher.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="400" height="300" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/china%20traders%20happy_1.jpg?1441104872" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-01/us-futures-tumble-after-latest-abysmal-chinese-economic-data-oil-volatility-continue#comments B+ Bond Carry Trade Chicago PMI China CPI Crude Crude Oil Dallas Fed David Einhorn Equity Markets fixed High Yield Market Conditions Markit NASDAQ Nikkei NYMEX OPEC Price Action Shenzhen Volatility Yuan Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:52:46 +0000 Tyler Durden 512681 at http://www.zerohedge.com Russian Military Forces Arrive In Syria, Set Forward Operating Base Near Damascus http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/russian-military-forces-arrive-syria-set-forward-operating-base-near-damascus <p>While military direct intervention by US, Turkish, and Gulf forces over Syrian soil escalates with every passing day, even as Islamic State forces capture increasingly more sovereign territory, in the central part of the country, the Nusra Front dominant in the northwestern region province of Idlib and the official "rebel" forces in close proximity to Damascus, the biggest question on everyone's lips has been one: would Putin abandon his protege, Syria's president Assad, to western "liberators" in the process ceding control over Syrian territory which for years had been a Russian national interest as it prevented the passage of regional pipelines from Qatar and Saudi Arabia into Europe, in the process eliminating Gazprom's - and Russia's - influence over the continent. </p> <p>As recently as a month ago, the surprising answer appeared to be an unexpected "yes", as we described in detail in "<a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-28/end-draws-near-syrias-assad-putins-patience-wears-thin">The End Draws Near For Syria's Assad As Putin's Patience "Wears Thin</a>." Which would make no sense: why would Putin abdicate a carefully cultivated relationship, one which served both sides (Russia exported weapons, provides military support, and in exchange got a right of first and only refusal on any traversing pipelines through Syria) for years, just to take a gamble on an unknown future when the only aggressor was a jihadist spinoff which had been created as byproduct of US intervention in the region with the specific intention of achieving precisely this outcome: overthrowing Assad (see "<a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-23/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-us-created-isis-tool-overthrow-syrias-president-assad">Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad</a>").</p> <p>As it turns out, it may all have been just a ruse. Because as <a href="http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4696268,00.html">Ynet reports</a>, not only has Putin not turned his back on Assad, or Syria, but the Russian reinforcements are well on their way. Reinforcements for what? Why to fight the evil Islamic jihadists from ISIS of course, the same artificially created group of bogeyman that the US, Turkey, and Saudis are all all fighting. In fact, this may be the first world war in which everyone is "fighting" an opponent that everyone knows is a proxy for something else.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4696268,00.html">According to Ynet</a>, <strong>Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state. </strong></p> <p>And just like the US and Turkish air forces are supposedly in the region to "eradicate the ISIS threat", there can't be any possible complaints that Russia has also decided to take its fight to the jihadists - even if it is doing so from the territory of what the real goal of US and Turkish intervention is - Syria. After all, it is a free for all against ISIS, right?</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4696268,00.html">Ynet</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>According to Western diplomats, <strong>a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. </strong>The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for all intents and purposes, <strong>as a Russian forward operating base.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>In the coming weeks thousands of Russian military personnel are set to touch down in Syria, including advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft.</strong> </p> </blockquote> <p>The Israeli outlet needless adds that while the current makeup of the Russian expeditionary force is still unknown, "<strong>there is no doubt that Russian pilots flying combat missions in Syrian skies will definitely change the existing dynamics in the Middle East.</strong>"</p> <p>Why certainly: because in one move Putin, who until this moment had been curiously non-commital over Syria's various internal and exteranl wars, just made the one move the puts everyone else in check: with Russian forces in Damascus implicitly supporting and guarding Assad, the western plan instantly falls apart.</p> <p>It gets better: if what Ynet reports is accurate, Iran's brief tenure as Obama's BFF in the middle east is about to expire:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Western diplomatic sources recently reported that a series of negotiations had been held between the Russians and the Iranians, mainly focusing on ISIS and the threat it poses to the Assad regime. The infamous Iranian Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani recently visited Moscow in the framework of these talks. <strong>As a result the Russians and the Iranians reached a strategic decision: Make any effort necessary to preserve Assad's seat of power, so that Syria may act as a barrier, and prevent the spread of ISIS and Islamist backed militias into the former Soviet Islamic republics</strong>. </p> </blockquote> <p>See: the red herring that is ISIS can be used just as effectively for defensive purposes as for offensive ones. And since the US can't possibly admit the whole situation is one made up farce, it is quite possible that the world will witness its first regional war when everyone is fighting a dummy, proxy enemy which doesn't really exist, when in reality everyone is fighting everyone else!</p> <p>That said, we look forward to Obama explaining the American people how the US is collaborating with the one mid-east entity that is supporting not only Syria, but now is explicitly backing Putin as well.</p> <p>It gets better: Ynet adds that "<strong>Western diplomatic sources have emphasized that the Obama administration is fully aware of the Russian intent to intervene directly in Syria, but has yet to issue any reaction... </strong>The Iranians and the Russians- with the US well aware- have begun the struggle to reequip the Syrian army, which has been left in tatters by the civil war. <strong>They intend not only to train Assad's army, but to also equip it. During the entire duration of the civil war, the Russians have consistently sent a weapons supply ship to the Russian held port of Tartus in Syria on a weekly basis</strong>. The ships would bring missiles, replacement parts, and different types of ammunition for the Syrian army<strong>.</strong>"</p> <p>Finally, it appears not only the US military-industrial complex is set to profit from the upcoming war: Russian dockbuilders will also be rewarded:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Arab media outlets have recently published reports that Syria and Russia were looking for an additional port on the Syrian coast, which will serve the Russians in their mission to hasten the pace of the Syrian rearmament.</p> </blockquote> <p>If all of the above is correct, the situation in the middle-east is set to escalate very rapidly over the next few months, and is likely set to return to the face-off last seen in the summer of 2013 when the US and Russian navies were within earshot of each other, just off the coast of Syria, and only a last minute bungled intervention by Kerry avoided the escalation into all out war. Let's hope Kerry has it in him to make the same mistake twice.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="640" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/russian%20mig%2031.jpg?1441070887" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/russian-military-forces-arrive-syria-set-forward-operating-base-near-damascus#comments Middle East Obama Administration Reality Saudi Arabia Turkey Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:59:30 +0000 Tyler Durden 512679 at http://www.zerohedge.com US & China Stocks Are Plunging After PMI Hits 6.5-Year Low, PBOC Strengthens Yuan Most Since Nov 2014 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/china-strengthens-yuan-most-nov-2014-after-pmi-hits-3-year-low-pboc-offers-hope-stra <p>Following China&#39;s official PMI print at a 3-year low, <strong>Caixin&#39;s PMI collapsed to 47.3 - the lowest sinec March 2009</strong>. Despite another CNY150bn liquidity injection<em> (but the biggest strengthening of Yuan since Nov 2014 and a financial conditions tightening in FX trading), </em><strong>China, US, and Japanese stocks are plunging... <u>SHCOMP -4%, Dow -280, NKY -340</u></strong></p> <p><strong><u>Carnage!</u></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china12.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china12_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 448px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>China -4%</u></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china8.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china8_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 309px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Dow -280...</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china9.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china9_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 386px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NKY -340</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china10.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china10_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 386px;" /></a></p> <p>Japan is now getting worried:</p> <ul> <li><strong>*ASO: CHINESE ECONOMY HAS BIG IMPACT ON JAPAN ECONOMY</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>Blood on the streets again in China...</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china11.jpg"><strong><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china11_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 313px;" /></strong></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/gartman-goes-stock-prices-have-long-way-fall-im-confused-still-buying-stocks-7-days">None of this should come as a surprise to anyone as we noted earlier...</a><br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Stop acting surprised <a href="http://t.co/BxbmCk0Wfx">pic.twitter.com/BxbmCk0Wfx</a></p> <p>&mdash; zerohedge (@zerohedge) <a href="https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/638542241460563972">September 1, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p><p>*&nbsp; *&nbsp; *</p> <p>And as we detailed earlier...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/man-responsible-chinas-stock-market-crash">Having <strong>exposed the culprit for all of its economic and market woes</strong></a>, China is likely going to have problems explaining why its economic plague is still spreading (with <strong>South Korean exports collapsing</strong> and Japanese Capex growth slowing) and China&#39;s <strong>official manufacturing PMI slipped into contraction for the first time in 6 months (to 3 year lows)</strong>. Amid the face-saving clean-air of Parade Week, the appearance of awesomeness must prevail and following the <strong>worst quarter since Lehman</strong>, stocks are<strong> indicated lower</strong> despite having received some &#39;help&#39; into last night&#39;s close. PBOC proxies push &#39;hope&#39; as a strategy for stock stability (<a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/dow-futures-tumble-150-points-oil-drops-3-ahead-china-pmi">even as US markets and oil are re-collapsing</a>) as<strong> margin debt drops to an 8-month low</strong> - still double YoY though. <strong>PBOC fixes Yuan 0.22% stronger- the biggest jump since Nov 2014 - as it injects another CNY150bn via 7-day rev.repo.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>China&#39;s bubonic economic plague is spreading...</p> <ul> <li><strong>S. KOREA EXPORTS DROP BY MOST SINCE 2009, FALLING FOR 8TH MONTH</strong></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china2.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china2_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 315px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>So guess who wil lbe next to devalue!</strong></u></p> <p>*&nbsp; *&nbsp; *</p> <p>But <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/man-responsible-chinas-stock-market-crash">having arrested the culprit for all of China&#39;s market and economic woes</a>, following the <strong>worst 3-month slide in stocks since Lehman</strong>...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china1.jpg"><img height="303" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china1_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And with Parade Week under way, the propaganda continues...</p> <ul> <li><strong>*PBOC ACADEMIC URGES ATTENTION ON STOCK MKT STABILITY: SEC TIMES</strong></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://epaper.stcn.com/paper/zqsb/html/epaper/index/content_728889.htm">Which, he writes,</a> means <strong>market expectations should be optimistic about the economy as they were during the bull market... even though there seems to disconnect between economic fundamentals and the stock market, while the gap between the link, it is the reflection of the policy</strong>.</p> <p>Which roughly translated means - <strong><u>In China, hope is a strategy.. and if you are anything but hopeful you are arrested.</u></strong></p> <p><u><strong>But then China PMI hit...</strong></u></p> <ul> <li><strong><u>*CHINA MANUFACTURING PMI AT 49.7 IN AUG. - 3 Year Low - The Official PMI in contraction for first time in 6 months.</u></strong></li> <li><strong>*CHINA NON-MANUFACTURING PMI AT 53.4 IN AUG.</strong></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china4.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china4_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 315px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>&quot;Both domestic and external demand are weak,&quot;</strong></em> said&nbsp;<a data-destination="bbgp://people/profile/15893041" data-rte-autocap="false" data-rte-autocorrect="false" data-rte-spellcheck="false" href="bbgp://people/profile/15893041" spellcheck="false">Tommy Xie</a>, an economist at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. in Singapore. <strong><em>&quot;Market sentiment is bad and it&rsquo;s too early to say the Chinese economy is bottoming out.&quot;</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Don&#39;t forget - Hope fills the gap.</strong></u></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china3.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china3_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 313px;" /></a></p> <p>So having switched its focus to more economic-growth-focused measures than stock-levitation, $100s of billions later, the economy keeps sliding.</p> <p>Of course, there is always the unofficial Caixin print at 2145ET to baffle everyone with bullshit.</p> <p>*&nbsp; *&nbsp; *</p> <p><strong>There is some good news... </strong>The delveraging continues:</p> <ul> <li><strong>*SHANGHAI MARGIN DEBT BALANCE FALLS TO LOWEST IN EIGHT MONTHS</strong></li> <li>Outstanding balance of Shanghai margin lending fell to 673.1b yuan on Monday, lowest level since Dec. 25.</li> <li>Balance dropped by 1.5%, or 10b yuan, from previous day, <strong>in a 10th straight decline</strong></li> </ul> <p>But then again, we are not sure if we are allowed to mention that. And in any case -<u><strong> just to screw things up completely, China is goping full subprime in the real estate market...</strong></u></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><span>China may strengthen property loosening and <strong>reduce down payment ratio on commercial mortgage loans if property investment remains weak, </strong>analysts led by </span><span>Ning Jingbian</span><span> write in note.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Move to<strong> boost mkt confidence in short term,</strong> though real policy effect may be impaired due to caps on housing provident fund loans</span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span>Yeah - because loosening standards and lowering upfronts worked out so well for America&#39;s already inflated housing market.!!</span></span></p> <p>Asian equity markets are not happy...</p> <ul> <li><strong>*JAPAN&#39;S NIKKEI 225 MAINTAINS LOSS AFTER CHINA PMI; DOWN 1.5%</strong></li> <li><strong>*CHINA FTSE A50 STOCK-INDEX FUTURES FALL 1% AT OPEN</strong></li> <li><strong>*CHINA SHANGHAI COMPOSITE SET TO OPEN DOWN 1.5% TO 3,157.83</strong></li> <li><strong>*CHINA&#39;S CSI 300 INDEX SET TO OPEN DOWN 2.1% TO 3,296.53</strong></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china6.jpg"><strong><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china6_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 316px;" /></strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china7.jpg"><strong><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china7_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 312px;" /></strong></a></p> <p>After two days of stronger Yuan fixes, PBOC goes crazy and drastically strengthens Yuan...</p> <ul> <li><u><strong>*CHINA SETS YUAN REFERENCE RATE AT 6.3752 AGAINST U.S. DOLLAR</strong></u></li> <li><u><strong>That is the biggest single-day strengthening since Nov 2014...</strong></u></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china5.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_china5_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 304px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We are not sure of the implications yet but it seems like a tightening of financial conditions:</p> <ul> <li><strong>*PBOC SAID TO MAKE BANKS TRADING FX FORWARDS HOLD RESERVES: RTRS</strong></li> <li><strong>*PBOC FX FORWARD RESERVE RATIO SAID TO BE 20% FOR NOW: REUTERS</strong></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Charts: Bloomberg</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="967" height="504" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20150831_china11_0.jpg?1441074651" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/china-strengthens-yuan-most-nov-2014-after-pmi-hits-3-year-low-pboc-offers-hope-stra#comments China Equity Markets Housing Market Japan Lehman Market Sentiment Mortgage Loans Nikkei None Real estate Reuters Twitter Twitter Yuan Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:21:30 +0000 Tyler Durden 512678 at http://www.zerohedge.com The Oligarch Recovery: Low Income Americans Can't Afford To Live In Any Metro Area http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/oligarch-recovery-low-income-americans-cant-afford-live-any-metro-area <p><a href="http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2015/08/31/the-oligarch-recovery-low-income-americans-cant-afford-to-live-in-any-metro-area/"><em>Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,</em></a></p> <p>We were told we needed to bail out Wall Street in order to save Main Street. Well the results are in…</p> <p><strong>Wall Street has never done better, and Main Street has never done worse.</strong></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/low-income-workers-have-nowhere-to-live-new-report-shows_55de2b29e4b029b3f1b17e4c?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592&amp;kvcommref=mostpopular">the<em> Huffington Post</em></a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong><em>Low-income workers and their families do not earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American communities, according to a new analysis of families’ living costs published Wednesday.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The analysis, released by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, is an annual update of the think tank’s Family Budget Calculator that reflects new 2014 data. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/">Family Budget Calculator</a>&nbsp;is a formula designed to determine the income “required for families to attain a secure yet modest standard of living” in 618 different communities across the country that the U.S. Census Bureau defines as metropolitan areas. The formula uses data collected by the government and some nonprofit groups to measure costs of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, “other necessities” like clothing, and taxes for families of 10 different compositions in these specific locales.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>The updated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/">Family Budget Calculator</a>&nbsp;shows that even the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country are beyond the reach of millions of American families with incomes above the official federal poverty level</strong>. The official federal poverty level for a family of two parents and two children in 2014 was $24,008, according to the EPI.&nbsp;But the least expensive metropolitan area in the country for this family type is Morristown, Tennessee, where a family needs an income of $49,114, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s budget calculator.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The Economic Policy Institute also estimates that minimum-wage workers — who almost universally earn less than the federal poverty level — lack the income needed to make an adequate living in any of the communities surveyed, even if they are single and childless. The think tank notes that this includes minimum-wage workers living in cities or states with a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, or&nbsp;<a href="http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/faq/what-are-annual-earnings-full-time-minimum-wage-worker">$15,080 a year</a>&nbsp;for a full-time worker.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Even families with incomes closer to the middle of the earnings spectrum lack the means to maintain an adequate standard of living.</strong> The nation’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.census.gov/library/publications/2014/demo/p60-249.html">median household income</a>&nbsp;was $51,939 in 2013 — the most recent year in which data were available — not much higher than the cost of living in the relatively inexpensive Morristown.</em></p> </blockquote> <div> <p>Where’s our hero when you need him?</p> <p><img src="http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Screen-Shot-2015-08-20-at-3.21.02-PM.jpg" alt="Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.21.02 PM" width="487" height="499" class="alignnone wp-image-26487" /></p> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="475" height="465" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20150831_bern.jpg?1441071240" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/oligarch-recovery-low-income-americans-cant-afford-live-any-metro-area#comments Census Bureau Main Street recovery Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:20:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 512680 at http://www.zerohedge.com Is This Man Responsible For China's Stock Market Crash? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/man-responsible-chinas-stock-market-crash <p><a href="http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/is-this-man-responsible-for-chinas-stock-market-crash/"><em>Authored by Shannon Tiezzi, originally posted at TheDiplomat.com,</em></a></p> <div class="postBody"> <p><strong>If Chinese authorities are to be believed, we finally know the cause of the country&rsquo;s stock market woes: a single reporter.</strong> In a video segment aired by China&rsquo;s state television broadcaster, journalist Wang Xiaolu confessed to fabricating a &ldquo;sensationalized&rdquo; story about the stock market and claimed responsibility for having &ldquo;caused panic and disorder&rdquo; among China&rsquo;s investors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_wang.png"><img height="197" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_wang.png" width="386" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At issue is a story Wang wrote for <em>Caijing </em>on July 20, in which <strong>he reported that China Securities Regulatory Commission was looking to end interventions designed to prop up share prices.</strong> CSRC <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/business/international/chinese-stocks-plummet-in-shanghai-and-shenzhen.html?_r=0" target="_blank">denied the report</a>, which was removed from <em>Caijing&rsquo;s </em>website last week. CSRC blamed Wang&rsquo;s piece for a massive drop in the stock market in late July, which sparked market woes that continue today.</p> <p><em>Caijing, </em>a financial and business newspaper in China, often pushes the envelope of state-sanctioned media coverage. It has been particularly active in publishing investigations into the finances and business connections of officials suspected of corruption.</p> <p><strong>Wang was arrested on August 25 for &ldquo;fabricating and spreading false information about securities and futures trading.&rdquo;</strong> A <em>Xinhua </em>report said that Wang had confessed to writing a false report on China&rsquo;s stock market. <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-08/31/c_134570739.htm" target="_blank">According to <em>Xinhua</em></a><em>, </em>Wang admitted that his story &ldquo;caused panics and disorder at stock market, seriously undermined the market confidence, and inflicted huge losses on the country and investors [sic].&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>On Monday, <em>CCTV</em> aired a <a href="http://news.cntv.cn/2015/08/31/VIDE1440981721362381.shtml">video confession</a> from Wang, in which he said he was &ldquo;deeply sorry&rdquo; for his actions. </strong>&ldquo;At such a sensitive time, I should not have published a report that negatively affected the market,&rdquo; Wang said, saying he had &ldquo;caused great losses to the country and to investors&rdquo; all for the sake of &ldquo;sensationalism.&rdquo;</p> <p>Reporters Without Borders condemned Wang&rsquo;s arrest in a statement issued on August 28. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>&ldquo;Suggesting that a business journalist was responsible for the spectacular fall in share prices is a denial of reality,&rdquo; the international non-profit&rsquo;s secretary general Christophe Deloire <a href="http://en.rsf.org/china-china-makes-reporter-pay-for-fall-28-08-2015,48267.html" target="_blank">said in the statement</a>. &ldquo;Blaming the stock market crisis on a lone reporter is beyond absurd.&rdquo;</em></strong></span></p> <p><strong>Chinese authorities have warned media outlets not to speculate on (or devote too much coverage to) the stock market troubles.</strong> The high-profile scapegoating of Wang is likely designed to send a stern message to other journalists thinking about following in his footsteps. And journalists aren&rsquo;t the only ones being encouraged to keep quiet: China&rsquo;s Ministry of Public Security also said that it had <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/world/asia/china-punishes-nearly-200-over-rumors-about-stocks-blasts-and-parade.html" target="_blank">punished 197 people</a> for spreading online rumors about the stock market crash, the deadly explosions in Tianjin, and China&rsquo;s upcoming military parade.</p> <p><strong>Meanwhile,<em> Xinhua </em>also reported that a CSRC official, Liu Shufan, is under investigation for insider trading and accepting bribes. </strong> Four senior executives at Citic Securities, China&rsquo;s largest brokerage firm, are also under investigation for insider trading. All five men have confessed, <em><a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-08/31/c_134570739.htm" target="_blank">Xinhua </a></em><a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-08/31/c_134570739.htm" target="_blank">said</a>.</p> <p>Chinese markets endured another roller-coaster-ride of a day on Monday, with both the CSI300 index and the Shanghai Composite Index dropped more than four percent before rising again in the afternoon. Both indexes fell by around 12 percent over the month of August, <em><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/31/us-markets-hongkong-china-stocks-open-idUSKCN0R003F20150831" target="_blank">Reuters</a></em><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/31/us-markets-hongkong-china-stocks-open-idUSKCN0R003F20150831" target="_blank"> report</a><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/31/us-markets-hongkong-china-stocks-open-idUSKCN0R003F20150831" target="_blank">ed</a>, and have lost almost 40 percent of their value compared to mid-June 2015.</p> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="386" height="197" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20150831_wang.png?1441057842" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/man-responsible-chinas-stock-market-crash#comments Caijing China Corruption Insider Trading Market Crash Newspaper Reality Reuters Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:05:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 512672 at http://www.zerohedge.com Exposed: The New American Way Of Life http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/exposed-new-american-way-life <p>It's enough to make you cry... <strong><em>or scream.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_america.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_america_0.jpg" width="600" height="574" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://hopelesslysane.blogspot.com/2015/08/its-enough-to-make-you-cry_31.html"><em>Source: The Lonely Libertarian</em></a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="180" height="39" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20150831_scream.jpg?1441046457" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/exposed-new-american-way-life#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 512664 at http://www.zerohedge.com "It's The Gun's Fault!!" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/its-guns-fault <p>Presented with no comment...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_msm.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_msm_0.jpg" width="600" height="453" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2015/08/28/134777"><em>Source: Townhall.com</em></a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="693" height="523" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20150831_msm.jpg?1441058124" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/its-guns-fault#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 512673 at http://www.zerohedge.com The Age Of Voodoo Finance http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/age-voodoo-finance <p><a href="http://www.alhambrapartners.com/2015/08/31/the-age-of-voodoo/"><em>Submitted by Jeffrey Snider via Alhambra Investment Partners,</em></a></p> <p><strong>The Jackson Hole gathering may end up providing at least some clarification, but not even close to the manner in which everyone seems intent on inferring.</strong> With Janet Yellen&rsquo;s notable absence, there isn&rsquo;t the same sort of celebrity about what would have been the media hanging upon every word; that is, after all, what the Federal Reserve has become, <em><u><strong>not an organ of stability or even expertise but a public relations effort aimed squarely at trying to convince everyone possible that it is</strong></u></em>. Given the unique circumstances at the moment,<strong> the real issue is not whether they might raise rates but just how much systemic misdirection has already been revealed even to the least attentive of people.</strong></p> <p>The retreat at Jackson Hole goes back more than thirty years to the early 1980&rsquo;s and Paul Volcker&rsquo;s apparent affinity for fly fishing. It had started more as a very quiet and exclusive affair but for the first time this year there were outside and competing conferences held at the same time in the same place. That configuration, I think, speaks volumes about finally understanding the broad, general terms of what monetary policy actually is.</p> <p>Apparently, right next to the main central banker conclave, a left-wing group was meeting ostensibly not to target the Fed and its Wall Street bias, <strong>perceived or not, but rather to urge it <em>against</em> <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/the-fed-jackson-hole-retreat-activists-interrupt-213154" target="_blank">ending ZIRP</a>.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;The economy has not fully recovered and interest rates should not be raised when racial disparities exist,&rdquo; said Shawn Sebastian, a policy advocate for the Fed Up Coalition of the Center for Popular Democracy, pointing to continued higher-than-average unemployment rates for black Americans&hellip;</p> <p> </p><p>As Fed officials hear from central bankers from Switzerland and Chile Friday, they are doing so practically next door to a workshop called &ldquo;Do Black Lives Matter to the Fed?&rdquo; sponsored by Sebastian&rsquo;s group, which wants rates to stay low until wage growth and unemployment improve, especially for minorities.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>The Fed Up Coalition is a grab bag of union activists and community organizers, the very sorts that propelled the crude communism of Occupy Wall Street almost five years ago. </strong>This is not to say that there might be differences in what becomes embraced on the heavily governmental wing, but for a few generations it had been that Wall Street and &ldquo;money&rdquo; were upon the &ldquo;side&rdquo; of free market set against those government means of redistribution.</p> <p><strong>Even the Fed itself, especially under Yellen, has taken up &ldquo;inequality&rdquo; as a major emphasis with the same lack of self-awareness that it has operated with for decades.</strong> This, however, is not really much of a change as the institution has been the same side of the coin going back to the reformation after the Great Inflation; the ruse about free markets was always that, as monetary policy has never been anything else other than redistribution by other means.</p> <p><strong><u>The crude history of the Great &ldquo;Moderation&rdquo; gives away the charade, as at the end of the 1970&rsquo;s there were no more charms in &ldquo;demand side&rdquo; economics.</u></strong> Even the great &ldquo;liberals&rdquo; of the day had renounced Keynesianism with full vigor, setting up the &ldquo;supply side&rdquo; as the great answer to the decade and a half malaise of redistribution experimentation (with the &ldquo;inflation&rdquo; part coming as the Fed was <a href="http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2012/09/14/we_may_be_in_for_another_malaise_worthy_of_great_99881.html" target="_blank">monetizing it all</a>). It was so unquestioned that George HW Bush accused Ronald Reagan of risking more &ldquo;inflation&rdquo; by including tax cuts for individuals rather than exclusively limiting to the business end; that was the infamous &ldquo;voodoo economics&rdquo; that Bush proposed, the historically-invalidated redistribution of the &ldquo;demand side.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The idea of &ldquo;supply side&rdquo; economics has come to mean, I think, more about tax cuts in general than anything of a true set of economic ideas.</strong> That isn&rsquo;t surprising given politics playing out over more than thirty years, but for me it really comes down to redistribution vs. markets. There is always going to be some of both in any economic system, the question is really about the balance especially at setting the marginal economic changes. In that sense, tax cuts have to be seen in the broader framework of a market-oriented approach rather than their own ends.</p> <p><strong>What was most devious about monetarism is that it snuck in way under the radar as if it were among those market schemes. </strong>A lot of that has to do with the secrecy with which monetary policy was carried and why that was so, but mostly it was Paul Volcker who had, starting in 1979, given the Fed &ldquo;market&rdquo; credibility that in hindsight was obviously overstated. It is taken as convention that Volcker &ldquo;defeated&rdquo; the &ldquo;demand side&rdquo; inflation by placing the US into recession twice. Thereafter would be the &ldquo;supply side&rdquo; revolution of &ldquo;Reaganomics.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Almost straight away you can see that wasn&rsquo;t really true; after all, how in the world could this market approach during the Great &ldquo;Moderation&rdquo; end up with <em>serial</em> asset bubbles? It never really was truly an embrace of the market format, especially at the Federal Reserve which had already begun to explore means of intruding further and further.</strong> The &ldquo;exploitable&rdquo; Philips Curve, which had engendered the start of the Great Inflation was monetary policy intent on &ldquo;aiding&rdquo; fiscal redistribution (in the form, firstly, of the &ldquo;Great Society&rdquo; and even Vietnam), had been replaced, at first in an effort to understand what went wrong, by &ldquo;rational expectations.&rdquo; Instead of redistribution by taxation through the Treasury, it was to be monetary redistribution by financialism that wasn&rsquo;t at all truly a market effort.</p> <p>In May 1982, the Fed was debating stabilizing markets over what Volcker termed a &ldquo;rinky dink&rdquo; firm that had caused trouble for several Wall Street dealers. Rather than let actual markets work out and deal out the discipline, the Fed met in an almost emergency setting where Volcker, the assumed champion of free markets, was already on the side of monetary interference.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>VOLCKER Ultimately, if there&rsquo;s no other solution, we might just have to stabilize this market for a period of time. At least I can see that as a possible scenario. So, I just took this very preliminary step of keeping in touch with the market if it really goes off. I think the next step, if the market comes under more pressure, is that we&rsquo;ll just have to go in openly and buy some bonds. That is very insufficient knowledge, but it about summarizes what I know, frankly. The other lenders involved in this particular short-selling operation are apparently major security houses in New York. There is a group of 7 or 8 of them; they&rsquo;re all well-known firms. They should be able to withstand the loss if things ever settle, so far as we know about the loss. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it won&rsquo;t send ripples of very deep concern all through the market.</p> </blockquote> <p>The very tone and nature of Volcker&rsquo;s methodology is quite recognizable, isn&rsquo;t it? Here, in 1982, was the very Fed that we see right now being crafted in secrecy&nbsp;<em>apart from Wall Street which was very much in the loop </em>(as Volcker says above, &ldquo;I just took this very preliminary step of keeping in touch with the market if it really goes off&rdquo;). Too big to fail had been embraced in other forms before, even in the 1970&rsquo;s, but this was very different as it applied not to individual firms but the whole &ldquo;market.&rdquo; <a href="http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2015/08/28/donald_trump_is_the_result_of_the_feds_next_year_recovery_101798.html" target="_blank">As I wrote further</a> about this voodoo history, this was perhaps the central point of this coming &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; age:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>This was just a minor episode of primitive &ldquo;too big to fail&rdquo; in its view of &ldquo;market stability&rdquo; as a primary function of policy &ndash; <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>which opens up the entire so-called market to a central bank determining wholly on its own what counts as &ldquo;stability&rdquo; and even where that applies to which &ldquo;market.&rdquo;</strong></span> &hellip;The Fed was, by the early 1980&rsquo;s, making plain where its priorities were taking policy and why. Almost at the same moment the &ldquo;supply side&rdquo; of economics removed the Keynesian destructiveness from the mainstream the &ldquo;demand side&rdquo; had already re-entered the back door of the open Fed.</p> </blockquote> <p>Once taking the technocratic reins, they have only increased the applications in exactly those terms &ndash; deciding, particularly through the Greenspan era, to &ldquo;stabilize&rdquo; not just minor bond market perturbations but whole asset markets and actually the entire economy. &ldquo;Filling in troughs without shaving off the peaks&rdquo; is exactly this kind of mission creep, where the Fed took it upon itself to &ldquo;stabilize&rdquo; the world, all done by <em>monetary redistribution</em>.</p> <p><em>As if to emphasize this point beyond any of my own descriptive capabilities, by the time of the dot-com bubble, monetary models and modes of mathematical incorporation had turned back once more toward Keynesian thinking about the mechanics of the economy; the monetarists had not removed the &ldquo;demand side&rdquo;, far from it, they only changed the primary manner in which it was to be &ldquo;stabilized&rdquo;, going from taxes and treasuries to central banks and financial factors. <strong><u>The voodoo of technocratic redistribution had never actually disappeared, it went underground faking free markets.</u></strong></em></p> <p><u><strong>I believe that is why we are starting to see another re-alignment at least in perceptibility.</strong></u> The Fed isn&rsquo;t much fooling anyone about being dedicated to actual markets, at least not to the degree it was taken in the years before 2007. As it is, if you look closely, it has become quite openly hostile to them just as Samuelson and Solow were writing about in 1960. <strong>That is why I termed that period of the Great &ldquo;Moderation&rdquo; the <a href="http://www.alhambrapartners.com/2015/06/12/what-comes-next-part-1/" target="_blank">third age of economic socialism</a> because it was entirely redistribution in the monetary part that had taken over from the fiscal part which had so utterly failed as to be universally rejected in bipartisan fashion. </strong>But rather than give way to the free market rebirth as is commonly cited (again, how could free market discipline lead to not just a single asset bubble but rather a series of them globally?) it was just the same voodoo system with different actual incantations.</p> <p><strong>This political re-alignment is simply another view to what is certainly the end of that third age.</strong> Central banking has run itself aground and there isn&rsquo;t much hiding anymore either that fact or the means by which it has been operating all this time. Hopefully we can yet get it right, that there won&rsquo;t be any more underground subversion disposed of the same inevitable failings; markets actually work whereas technocracy only ends up with totalitarian (read: unresponsive) disruptiveness and decay. <strong>The argument for the technocratic approach, under more honest discussion, has always been that it might achieve less robust growth on the upswings but would be absent the violence and messiness of a purely market regime, a more stable and steady platform as an almost utopian piety.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.alhambrapartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Three-AGES.jpg"><img alt="Three AGES" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-30818" src="http://www.alhambrapartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Three-AGES.jpg" style="width: 601px; height: 154px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>By 2015, it is beginning to dawn quite widely that instead the redistribution in this form isn&rsquo;t different at all from the last, delivering instead the same or worse violence and instability only <em>without any</em> of the economic growth.</strong></u> Already, the lines are being drawn in ways in which to go back exclusively to the 1960&rsquo;s and 1970&rsquo;s as if it has been markets the problem all along. Properly understanding what has happened is the only in which to understand how to break out of it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="166" height="140" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20150831_voodoo.jpg?1441057275" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/age-voodoo-finance#comments Bond Central Banks Crude Fail Federal Reserve Janet Yellen keynesianism Monetary Policy Paul Volcker Recession Switzerland Too Big To Fail Unemployment Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:40:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 512671 at http://www.zerohedge.com Dow Futures Plunge 240 Points As Oil Drops 4% Ahead Of China PMI http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/dow-futures-tumble-150-points-oil-drops-3-ahead-china-pmi <p>Just when you thought it was safe to listen to the stability-preaching talking heads,<strong> crude futures are sliding and US equity futures are tumbling as Asia opens</strong>. Worse still <strong>XIV (VIX inverse ETF) has tumbled to fresh lows with a 24 handle</strong> in the after-hours market, suggesting more downside for stocks. With all eyes on China PMIs - <em>though, there is little need for a weak PMI to be present for China to unleash moar measures, and a strong PMI will be scoffed at</em> - it seems, the end-of-month rip-fest is fading fast...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Oil is sliding back..</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs.jpg"><img height="374" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p>As Goldman explains,</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>within the context of the global oil market balance, rising OPEC and elevated non-OPEC ex. US production leave the global oil market still oversupplied with a decline in US production in 2016 increasingly likely to halt the build in inventories.</strong> For example, OPEC production rose by 485 kb/d between April and June as US production declined by 316 kb/d.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a result, <strong>we reiterate our view that oil prices have to remain low, with our near-term WTI forecast of $45/bbl, to rebalance the oil market by late 2016</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>but US equity futures are tumbling... back to Thursday JPM crash levels...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs6.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs6_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 388px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Front-month VIX futures surge back to Monday&#39;s highs...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs5.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs5_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 296px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As XIV tumbles... well below the scene of Friday&#39;s crime...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs2.jpg"><img height="322" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs2_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And VXX nears Monday&#39;s flash-crash highs...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs3.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/08-overflow/20150831_Futs3_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 322px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For if we learned one thing last week, it is the suddenly-illiquid ETF tail wagging the dog underlying assets that creates the big air pockets in today&#39;s markets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Charts: Bloomberg</em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1363" height="911" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20150831_Futs4.jpg?1441067562" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/dow-futures-tumble-150-points-oil-drops-3-ahead-china-pmi#comments China Crude OPEC Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:24:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 512677 at http://www.zerohedge.com Brazil Throws In Towel On Budget; Citi Compares Fiscal Outlook To "Bloody Terror Film" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/brazil-throws-towel-budget-citi-compares-fiscal-outlook-bloody-terror-film <p>Late last week, Brazil officially entered a recession as the economy contracted 1.9% in Q2, a quarter in which Brazilians suffered through the worst stagflation in over ten years.&nbsp;</p> <p>What was perhaps worse than the GDP print however, was budget data for July which was meaningfully worse than expected. "On a 12-month trailing basis the consolidated public sector recorded a 0.9% of GDP primary deficit in July, worse than the 0.6% of GDP deficit recorded in December and, therefore, increasingly distant from the new unimpressive +0.15% of GDP surplus target," Goldman noted.</p> <p>We summed the situation up as follows:<strong> “<a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-28/no-recovery-you-brazil-officially-enters-recession-goldman-calls-numbers-disquieting">No primary surplus for you!</a>"&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.3em;">And while analyzing LatAm fiscal policy doesn’t make for the most exciting reading in the universe,<strong> this particular budget battle is critical for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that Brazil’s investment grade credit rating might just depend on it and to the extent the country is forced to concede that it will not, after all, hit its primary surplus target this year, junk status could be just around the corner.</strong> Needless to say, if Brazil is cut to junk, that will do exactly nothing to help the country combat a bout of extremely negative market sentiment tied to Brazil’s rather prominent role in the great emerging market unwind.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Sure enough, government sources have now confirmed that embattled President Dilma Rousseff - whose political woes are making it nearly impossible to pass legislation designed to plug gaps - <strong>will now submit a 2016 budget proposal that projects a deficit.</strong> Here’s <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-30/brazil-s-rousseff-is-said-to-give-up-on-plan-to-revive-cpmf-tax">Bloomberg</a>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong><em>The Brazilian government will send to Congress Monday a budget proposal for 2016 that projects a primary deficit instead of the previously expected surplus, according to two government sources familiar with the matter.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>President Dilma Rousseff had earlier abandoned the idea of reviving the so-called CPMF tax on financial transactions after a backlash from politicians and companies, said the sources, who asked not to be named because the negotiations aren’t public. <strong>The goal now is to send a budget proposal that is more aligned with the reality of a sharp economic slowdown, according to the sources.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Rousseff was alerted by Vice President Michel Temer in the past couple of days that the current political crisis would make it hard to convince the Congress to pass measures such as the CPMF tax. The government had planned to include the revenue collected from the tax in the budget proposal to be sent to lawmakers on Monday, one of the sources said. The president met with some ministers on Sunday to discuss the new budget proposal, according to the source.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Although, as one analyst <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/31/markets-emerging-latam-idUSL1N1160Q420150831">told Reuters</a>, "the rating agencies are trying to bend over backwards to give Brazil the benefit of the doubt," there's only so much they can do, especially considering the fact that no one likely wants to set a precedent of being behind the curve as we enter what may end up being an outright emerging markets crisis. And a bit more color <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-31/brazil-cuts-2016-budget-forecast-to-deficit-as-austerity-slips">from Bloomberg</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em>The government foresees a deficit next year excluding interest payments of 30.5 billion reais ($8.4 billion), or about 0.5 percent of gross domestic product, Budget Minister Nelson Barbosa told reporters in Brasilia on Monday. That compares with a target of 2 percent at the beginning of the year and a revised objective of 0.7 percent announced in July.</em> </p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The revision reflects the growing political headwinds Finance Minister Joaquim Levy faces in winning congressional approval for austerity measures and pushes Brazil’s credit rating closer to junk status, said Italo Lombardi, senior Latin America economist at Standard Chartered Bank. The government over the weekend scrapped plans to revive a tax on financial transactions following opposition by congressional leaders.</em> </p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"Politics are making Levy’s life very difficult," Lombardi said by telephone. <strong>"It’s a big red flag and rating agencies would need to show a lot of patience to not downgrade Brazil."</strong></em></p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user92183/imageroot/2015/08/BrazilCDS.png"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user92183/imageroot/2015/08/BrazilCDS_0.png" width="600" height="316" /></a></p> <p><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user92183/imageroot/2015/08/BRLUSD_0.png" width="600" height="312" /></p> <p>And that, as they say, is all she wrote for Brazil's investment grade rating. </p> <p>We'll close with the following rather colorful analysis from Citi:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em>Morning Friends, A Nightmare on Elm Street - one of the scariest movies of my childhood, where Freddy Krueger (a burnt serial killer) used to haunt and execute his victims in their own nightmares, was the origin of asleep nights for many kids of my generation... Well, before I tell you the Nightmares on Via Palacio Presidencial (Brasilia) and what is keeping players asleep, let me voice you that as in any bloody terror film, the villain never dies and the sequels are worse than the initial film. So, the American villain (Fed September Lift-off) is alive, as Vice Chair Fischer suggested over the weekend, sounding less dovish than expected. Also, the Chinese anti-hero (fear of slow growth) never dies, with Korea`s Industrial Production bringing additional woes. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>As the film says: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>1&amp;2 - Freddy's coming for you!</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>3&amp;4 - Better lock the door…</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>In the meantime, in our (un)beloved country, there is something scarier than Freddy Krueger: our growth / fiscal outlook. </strong>The Growth scenario is haunting and executing our policymakers, with limited ability to halt such negative vortex and took our economic team to revise our GDP forecast to -2.7% (-1.7% previous) in 2015 and to -0.7% (-0.2% prior) in 2016. Mr. Market will price a -3% GDP growth figure in 2015… This damaging growth scenario will undermine the political capability to implement any fiscal austerity measure and will undermine the already bloody fiscal situation. <strong>With no growth and no fiscal measures, the primary fiscal figure for 2015 &amp; 2016 will be scarier than Freddy Krueger &amp; Jason together… Our view is that the 2015 primary fiscal print will be a deficit of -0.7% GDP (-0.3% previous) and &nbsp;-0.1% GDP (+0.3% prior) deficit in 2016. Wires are mentioning that the government will send a draft budget proposal with a primary DEFICIT of 0.50% GDP (+0.70% primary SURPLUS target), with the proposal of reintroduction of the financial tax transaction being defeated and President Dilma not approving further spending cuts. </strong>The Nightmares on Via Planalto Presidencial must be keeping a lot of kids asleep.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Rates are trading 10/51bps wider on back of such bloody fiscal news as Players are pricing the downgrade from the Investment Grade level before year end. As the film says: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>1&amp;2 - Freddy's coming for you!</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>3&amp;4 - Better lock the door…</em></p> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="541" height="331" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user92183/imageroot/BrazilTeaser_0.png?1441066059" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/brazil-throws-towel-budget-citi-compares-fiscal-outlook-bloody-terror-film#comments Brazil Gross Domestic Product Investment Grade LatAm Market Sentiment Rating Agencies Reality Recession Reuters Stagflation Standard Chartered Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:15:31 +0000 Tyler Durden 512676 at http://www.zerohedge.com