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Bernanke Set To Unveil Number Larger Than "Eternity"

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It was just over a month ago that the Chairsatan formalized the incorrect named QE 3, aka the open-ended QEternity, whose purpose, for now, was to increase the Fed's balance sheet by $40 billion/month in new MBS purchases. Well, according to MarketWatch, whose previously unheard of Greg Robb is seemingly vying for the role of Jon Hilsenrath, Ben Shalom is preparing to unveil a number bigger than eternity: " After historic changes last month, Federal Reserve officials this week will discuss a possible expansion of the size of its third round of bond buying and better ways to guide markets about future policy actions." Just because $40 billion per month in new flow is apparently not enough, and because the market is now well below the level it was when "QE 3" was announced.

Of course, reading the fine-print indicates nothing new, and merely confirms what we said the same day QE3 was announced: "... the central bank will consider whether to expand its bond-buying at the end of the year to take account of Treasury purchases under its Operation Twist plan that finishes at year-end." In other words, instead of ending Twist, which it can't as this is an incremental $45 billion in long-end "flow" added to the market each month, the Fed will merely roll it into an unsterilized program, that will expand the Fed's balance sheet not by $40 but by $85 billion per month. Of course, those who look at the Balance sheet in terms of ten year equivalents, know this all too well already, and know that there is no way that the Fed will halt Twist in just two months without replacing it with an unsterilized program, for the simple reason that the Fed's holdings of sub 3 year debt are on the verge of running out.

From MarketWatch:

There are no pressures on the Fed for immediate action on these two fronts, economists said.

 

“I think they are reasonably comfortable with the market reaction [to QE3] and the way the economy has turned out,” said Michael Hanson, an economist with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

 

Robert DiClemente, chief U.S. economist at Citigroup, noted that, in the wake of QE3, Citi’s financial-conditions index has reached its most accommodative reading since the Fed began easing more than five years ago. “At its current reading, the financial-conditions index is consistent with above-trend growth in final demand, an important prerequisite for stronger hiring and meeting policy goals,” DiClemente wrote in a note.

 

At the moment, the Fed is buying $45 billion of long-term Treasurys each month under its Operation Twist program, with the purchases offset by sales of shorter-term securities. Many economists think the Fed will decide to expand QE3 by that amount, and with Treasurys instead of MBS. But the announcement is not expected to come until its December meeting.

In other words, nothing new as this is precisely what we explained would happen on September 13. However, it is good to know that with each passing day the Fed is boxing itself ever more into a corner, as there is no way on this earth that Bernanke will be able to unwind a $5 trillion balance sheet (which is what it will be in 2 years), without destroying every last trace of the equity (and likely) other capital markets, unless there is a concurrent bout of hyperinflation.

And here is how the Fed's total assets will hit $5 trillion as Zero Hedge demonstrated before.

 


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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:51 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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$40 billion a month is already not big enough? We are totaly fucked.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:55 | Link to Comment FoxMulder
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QEternity + 1

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:06 | Link to Comment max2205
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LoL loudly...fools

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:11 | Link to Comment TheSilverJournal
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All those hoping for a dip in equities and silver will get crushed. The market is about start front running the next addition to QE.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:22 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Print til it hurts bitchez...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:00 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Gold, bitchez.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:55 | Link to Comment Muppet of the U...
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I'd say long nooses and small, throwable rocks, but I'm pretty sure GMOs are going to wipe out the population before then... *facepalm.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 23:00 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Is infininity bigger than eternity?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:01 | Link to Comment Jake88
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it's nothing different than already indicated

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:16 | Link to Comment TheSilverJournal
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Tell that to the balance sheet.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:20 | Link to Comment WmMcK
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Cardinality increment, bitchez.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:49 | Link to Comment Parabolic
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QEternity + Infinity

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:02 | Link to Comment surfersd
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Romney wins 322 ev to 221 - QEternity in December - Fiscal cliff fixed --- Markets to the Moon!!

Phew, dodged that bullet, 2013 is going to be a partayyy!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:55 | Link to Comment Tyler Durden
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It is not $40 billion a month. It is already $85 billion a month as the matching UST sale of $45/month on the short end is completely meaningless and riskless. Bernanke will merely formalize this on January 1, 2013.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:57 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Certainly, $85 billion is NOT ENOUGH.  - Paul Krugman

Debt begets debt begets peace, as seen in the EU Nobel Peace Prize. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:05 | Link to Comment El Viejo
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so when does the panicked bond selling begin???

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:20 | Link to Comment Orly
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That's what I'm saying.  Either the memo has already gone out detailing the time and place or these bond boys must have big brass balls.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:47 | Link to Comment El Viejo
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Bernanke's replacement's replacement's ... will telegraph for months. Relax

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:49 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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What are you talking about Orly?  Most os the 401k sheeple are parked in bonds and most of the rates are not even negative (yet and yes some are).  So plenty of more buying can be done.  Apparently, lots of people want to pay Uncle Sam to lose their retirement. - "Winning"

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:56 | Link to Comment Orly
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I'm talking about stocks going into the tank and the 10-yr. yield barely budging and even rising slightly today.  Nothing makes any sense any more.

It's either that everyone has their eye on everyone else, waiting like at the OK Corrall for Ike to blink before all hell breaks loose, or somebody knows something somewhere.  The markets seems very much relaxed, don't you think? A little too much so?  Don't you think that's just a bit strange?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:11 | Link to Comment derek_vineyard
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stocks have never tanked here.....they almost did at 666

review the nekkei to see what 'tank' means and what 30yr JGB's yield

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:25 | Link to Comment Orly
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Okay.  Please allow me try again, calmly and without hyperbole or sarcasm...

For having such a rapid sell-off of equities and each earnings announcement seeming to get worse as the season progresses, doesn't it seem odd to you that global equity markets are as stable as they are and the bond market is completely ignoring it and is, in fact, trading anathema to what would be considered a "normal" pattern?

I know things haven't been "normal" for quite some time.  What I mean to say is that the markets are more abnormal than we have seen previously.

What it means to me is that there could very well be a major announcement at the close of Wednsday's Fed meeting in which the Fed announces a massive program of asset purchases, which are more than likely to not fit under the previously understood purview of the Federal Reserve.

Like when you're out in the woods and things are just too quiet...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:35 | Link to Comment poor fella
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something's up

People don't affect the markets - the 'markets' have become numbers and people react TO them. Even if that's not entirely true - the forces that move markets have become increasingly more influential to the point that it must be hidden (i.e. Goldman's special software that could manipulate markets in the wrong hands).

At the highest level, since 'debt' is all that matters, there isn't a whole hell of a lot to watch. As long as speculation, consumerism, war, income disparity, and 'keeping up with the Joneses'" remains Global Policy - things are looking quite well. That's one of the many reasons a bad job market is great. Low wage pressures along with the limited possibility of Main Street to pay down debt (moving against the Fed) in a substantial way due to insecurities and necessity to save (or help family and friends - ALL consuption positive).

It's interesting that fascism surrounds our lives but I haven't seen the Fascist Party on any of the polls. Might be good to join early. Turn in your neighbors before they turn you in... and all that.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:34 | Link to Comment Orly
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Well, suppose we're on a time-warp hunting trip and we're tracking a load of sauropods through the swamps of Iowa back in the day.  You've seen the tracks of the T-Rex the past couple of days, so you're a little edgy.

In a clearing, you can hear maybe twelve of them- big mammas- surrounding the herd, all hissing and squealing, trying to frighten them into a tighter circle; to wait for the attack and separate a fat one from the rest.  Except with all the hiss and thunder, no one moves.  They keep on eating grass and drinking the water from a river delta, nuzzling up to each other.

You hear it and are scared out of your freaking mind but not one of the Apatosaurs reacts in any way, shape or form.

That kinda weird.  That's what I'm talking about.

Freaky kinda weird.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:03 | Link to Comment poor fella
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At least that would be natural, in a cull-the-weak, slow, old, fat, etc. sorta way.

We went through the 'new technology' phase in financials.

Similar to:

old growth forrest  --->  meet steam engine and saw (now the old trees worth naming fit on one page)

shark ---> meet shark-finner (millions of dead fish for nothing)

buffalo ---> meet Bill (Oh, sorry, guess there weren't unlimited buffalo)

tuna ---> meet satellites and factory ship (million dollar tuna coming soon as they approach extinction)

business ---> meet private equity 'harvester' (Too much capital JUST SITTING THERE, should be in my POCKET!)

ma-n-pa pension ---> meet hedge fund manager (who cares, it's covered by govt sponsored pension insurance)

 

Those first to the party made all the money.. Now the wannabe's, once they saw how it was done, are standing around waiting for sloppy seconds. Too bad it would take decades of productivity and healthy economies to rebuild the surplus that was wrested away with the help of the government/private revolving door.

This is the 'weird quiet' Bernanke hears when he goes home and sits in silence. Completely expecting things to blow the F'ING hell up, and surprised that he goes to work each morning. Does he hear the voices of crowds in the night and relieved it's only the t.v. downstairs and not an actual riot?

THAT kinda weird!!!?

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:27 | Link to Comment TheSilverJournal
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The US situation isn't comparable. The Japanese had a huge export economy with a ginormous savings rate, whereas the US is hugely dependant on imports.. and savings?...what does save mean?

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:20 | Link to Comment A is A
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This is a thing of the past. Japan's savings rate is basically 0 now and they just reported a huge trade deficit for Sept. They are screwed just like the rest of us.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:58 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Yep, no doubt.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:04 | Link to Comment FL_Conservative
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If you ask me, it looks like we're back to the same old verbal masterbation.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:07 | Link to Comment GolfHatesMe
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Once you have had $100 Billion per month you can't go back. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment machineh
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That's enough Krugmanrands to fill the Grand Canyon.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:06 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Correct, now where can I exchange these FRNs for SDRs?  certainly those will be as good as gold. < sarc off >

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 07:21 | Link to Comment Anasteus
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I would like to figure out how the heck is then possible that gold is falling so rapidly. I do not tend to attribute it wholly to JPM.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:57 | Link to Comment Calvinvtw
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I make $82h while I'm traveling the world. Last week I worked by my laptop in Rome, Monti Carlo and finally Paris…This week I'm back in the USA. All I do are easy tasks from this one cool site. check it out, www.Zoo33.com

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:57 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

You know, you can just masturbate on a webcam in your bedroom and not have to travel the world.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:32 | Link to Comment machineh
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Yeah, he should be ashamed of pimping out his mom (she's a virgin).

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:06 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Simon Black ~ Is that you?... How's PANDORA treating you?...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:02 | Link to Comment e-man
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Come back on this site when you're making $85 B an hour.  In the meantime, here's a site you can post on, where robot readers will be interested in your $82/h: http://www.cnn.com

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:03 | Link to Comment Tommy Gunner
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Better to post on CNBC.com - where all the muppets are

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:13 | Link to Comment DosZap
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I make $82h while I'm traveling the world. Last week I worked by my laptop in Rome, Monti Carlo and finally Paris…This week I'm back in the USA. All I do are easy tasks from this one cool site. check it out, www.Zoo33.com

 

Simon?, is that you?.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:05 | Link to Comment resurger
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big fucking time

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:07 | Link to Comment jomama
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40b.  that's only $4.23 a person a day for everyone in the US.

no big deal, right?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:45 | Link to Comment CPL
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For only dollars a day you can take care of a starving american and make sure they get the nutrition they need.

 

Oh Sally Struthers where are you to eat cake and market this tragedy.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:13 | Link to Comment HurricaneSeason
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It's no big deal because we borrow $1.5 trillion in new debt each year and the interest on the national debt is only a few hundred billion a year. Clear sailing for the next 10 years if interest rates don't go up.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:42 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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And when it does, kaboom overnight.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:34 | Link to Comment Mentaliusanything
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Not at all, you can just print your interest payments. Your creditors will love the smell of New money.

When it ends I want to be sitting in front of (but not to close to) Bernanke as he pukes up his guts.

Then I'll offer him a loaded revolver. Its the humane thing to do.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:29 | Link to Comment q99x2
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The FED is totally fucked. I'm good.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:42 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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Well no, the US runs $100 billion deficits per month...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:39 | Link to Comment omniversling
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Infiternity

(...bitchez)

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 22:06 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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$40 billion a month.  That's nothing.  The end of the Altair IV empire came when the Krell built the biggest printer ever: literally they could print "10 to the power of infinity" as Dr. Morbius was heard to say.  We're a long ways off from that yet.

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:55 | Link to Comment CheapPanderingCrony
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"Ben Shalom," pointing to his jewish ancestry; classy.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment The Shootist
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That's his middle name. Just like Mitt Romney's real name is Willard, and Barack Hussein Obama,  twat.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment john39
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the irony is too rich to pass up...   the guy who was/is the public face of the FED, the institution that played the front line role in imploding the United States, which spread misery and suffereing around the world...  has the middle name "Shalom"?  kinda like barry obomber getting the Nobel Peace prize.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:06 | Link to Comment Tommy Gunner
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And his bosses are Dimon and Blankfein.  Read this http://www.scribd.com/doc/8634450/Germany-and-the-Jews-by-Benjamin-H-Fre...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:04 | Link to Comment WTFx10
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Zionist Jewish ancestry. Worse than Nazi's, since most do not believe they exists and they are in total control.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:55 | Link to Comment chinaboy
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Satan indeed. He and his cohorts are going to destroy capitalism at the roots.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:25 | Link to Comment blindman
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they destroy more than isms, they destroy people
and places, then tell you it is god's work.
then you believe them

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:53 | Link to Comment Al Gorerhythm
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You for got Liberty.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:45 | Link to Comment blindman
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apologies

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:55 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Just in time for Halloween!  We could all knock on the door of the Federal Reserve this witches' hour.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:56 | Link to Comment kito
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no no no.....romney will replace the bernank with a volcker type.......all will be fine.....romney said so.......

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Of course, in April of 2011, he didn't want to focus on the Fed.  Come on, Ben is a student of monetary police and is doing the best job he can!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6JDooqBcjg

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment fuu
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Mmmm turkey.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment catacl1sm
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Yeah! Higher rates to reign in inflation! Wait.. that'll do what to national debt interest payments? Oh, dear...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:11 | Link to Comment AndrewJackson
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And there in lies the problem. This is the main reason chairsatan will continue to his ploy to control 100% of all treasury issues and bring on hyperinflation. He would rather screw everyone than have (investors/banks/governments) take the painful medicine involved in the corrective depression.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:39 | Link to Comment catacl1sm
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It ends the same either way, collapse. This method allows them to steal all of the 'wealth' and buy up real assests with it. I'm not sure how they'll maintain control of said assets (land) without a heavy fighting force. Rome was able to continue it's expansion by giving land to soldiers, but that beget the problem of continually needing to expand and protect a continually expanding border. cycles...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:34 | Link to Comment reload
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Stupid Romans,

30,000 drones would have fixed it.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:58 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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Ladies, what do you make of this?

 

The Myth of the Money Multiplier-Steve Keen

 

''I am sure I will be told that actual bank operations are far more complex than this, and that is true. But at a very parsimonious level, I think this post captures the basic principles of how banks endogenously create money, why the Central Bank has no choice but to accommodate that behaviour, and why as a result it will be a cold day in Hell before Ben Bernanke’s printing press causes inflation. Other factors are far more likely to do that long before the Federal Reserve’s pushing on a string has any impact.''

 

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/money-supply-economic...

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:25 | Link to Comment El Viejo
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:42 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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So what? I guess being dishonest about inflation is okay with you?

Let me guess, you are a deflationist and "strong doelarr" bull?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:54 | Link to Comment El Viejo
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So the charts I linked to above were dishonest??

I'm not a anything. I try to take each issue as it comes.

See rip van w.. below:

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:55 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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Come on man,

"it will be a cold day in Hell before Ben Bernanke’s printing press causes inflation"

 That is misleading and dishonest analysis.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:56 | Link to Comment El Viejo
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Bens printing goes right to the FED penalty box. Would like to chat more, but gotta commute.

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:11 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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Inflation is running somewhere near 8-10%. What are you talking about?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:58 | Link to Comment resurger
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hey bay!

I guess what the article ment is that when u create bubbles and they pop (Deleverage) that prevents a hyperinflation. which is true to some extent, becuase u know that the modus opernadi is CTRL+P to reinflate.

however, not everyone is in the business of equity and bonds, and who gets it the average joe!

but what its missing in my view is that at some point you will eventually lose the trust and the credit in the system (Of course before the US populace , the other countries)

example - Germany demanding their gold back and an audit, was that teh canary in the gold mine!

And fuck the dolllllllllar, its only good in the back markets.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:45 | Link to Comment catacl1sm
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We're "under-consuming"? What a quaint idea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underconsumption

 

You're a douche and a paid shill. The money the Fed has created is simply sitting on bank balance sheets to shore them up against deflating asset values (MBS's and shit like it). When it is release and velocity picks up, hyperinflation has a good chance of taking root.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:58 | Link to Comment HegelianDialectic
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Viejo...No one is buying your straw man BS. Your article linked is complete malarky. Go hang out with Mish and his pals. Great job trying to muddy the waters though. Go back to your BLBS job would ya, we have serious problems to contend with and deflation is not one of them

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:16 | Link to Comment Orly
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Deflation is the problem.  That is beyond obvious.  Otherwise, Dr. Bernanke wouldn't be wasting his time with all these shenanigans.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:43 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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There is nothing wrong with falling prices (deflation).

That isn't whats going on. Good grief. Are you drinking the Bernank's Kool Aid?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:49 | Link to Comment Orly
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That's exactly what is happening.  If home prices, with normal interest rates, were allowed to fall to where normal people could afford them, then there would be deflation in that asset class.

Banks wouldn't like that.

All manner of games are being played to make sure that house prices do not deflate, lest the banks (wink, wink...) would lose a ton of money and lose future income become of the lower cost of interest to the new homeowner (nudge, nudge...).

Get it now?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:01 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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TBTF don't give a rats arse about falling house prices.

Harare Ben is relieving them of any conection to housing values via the mbs purchasing.

The FedRes will not sue them like the ordinary RMBS ivestors are/will more.

There cess pool of fraud, and its contingent liabilies,  is being backfilled by the FED.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:25 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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I get it alright, but you sure as hell don't. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:42 | Link to Comment Orly
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K.  Try it this way.

In order to create a "wealth effect" by re-inflating the stock market and get people to spend money and ostensibly heal the global economy, the Fed has to allow the banks to release all that pent up money they have in the form of various junk.  Otherwise, stock prices go down, no one feels any richer and there will be no spending going on.

If stock prices go down, there will be massive deflation in that asset class and the banks wouldn't like that, so...

____________

Seriously, it is so obvious.  Let me ask you...

If not trying to re-inflate delfating asset classes, then what is the Fed trying to accomplish by trading junk from the banks for real credit?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:13 | Link to Comment Matt
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Looks like mad deflation in Detroit; should be able to live there for $20 per month, if houses are under $6000:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGESPpI9MsM

The reason prices fall so low? As I see it, the municipalites want backtaxes owned to be paid, becuase they cannot afford to take writedowns since they already listed the taxes as revenues before they recieved them.

What is the Fed trying to achieve? I think it is trying to save the banks from themselves. With hundreds of trillions in CDS, if anything goes down, it all goes down. The problem is that since the 2008 crises, the banks have been piling on more risk rather than lowering it. Why would they do that? Because a bank is not a single, rational person, it is a hive of individuals all trying to make bonuses, with no concern for the future viability of the bank as a whole.

The Fed has a dual mandate, but it is not quite the same as declared:

1) target inflation at 1 to 3% based on CPI

2) prevent the TBTF banks from collapsing.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:47 | Link to Comment Mentaliusanything
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Yes Orly that is the game that cannot be allowed to be played. Deflation destroys the asset holders. That will never be allowed.

only one problem that faces Ben Bernanke is .... you cannot create demand, you can only accomodate it but if the Plebs won't drink it your going to see this blow up in your face.

The game of Monopoly ends when the Banker hold all the assets and cash and the "players" are illiquid.

Then comes reset

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:09 | Link to Comment Mentaliusanything
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http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=november%2021%202002%20ben%20bernanke%20speech&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.federalreserve.gov%2Fboarddocs%2Fspeeches%2F2002%2F20021121%2Fdefault.htm&ei=St6FUJ7vL6eviQezmYCoAw&usg=AFQjCNGJBmuEdQ7GWrXPLWYzzX59R2OxQA

The Bernanke Doctrine is being followed to the Letter. Profit from it. He has shown you his plans and he is not going to stray from it. The sickness of a Narcissist is that they never accept they are wrong. and so it goes

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:10 | Link to Comment HegelianDialectic
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What the fuck is wrong with you DCG, go spew that bullshit on Politico or Huffington Post.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:28 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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Steve Keens work has been posted on ZH many times in the past.

 

I never said i agreed with it as it makes no sense to me, but WTF do I know?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment El Viejo
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With the boomers retiring when do you think there will be any aggregate demand in the foreseeable future??

I like Keen.  +1

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:52 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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If they can retire, they still ned to support the kids living in the basement.  Let me guess, you think they won't go anywhere or eat anything as well.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:12 | Link to Comment Rip van Wrinkle
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What he means by inflation is 'wage inflation'. He's spot on.

 

What you mean is price inflation which, on the basics of life, is going parabolic. You're spot on.

 

The result? Serfdom.

 

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:58 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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who gives a shit. really. who the fk bought this market today? retail? if not then who. what a bunch of dumb shit.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment malikai
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Retail are the ones dumb enough to have been selling into this.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:07 | Link to Comment CrashisOptimistic
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There is no retail.  Nor will there be ever again.

There are only computers.

For retail there is farmland, and in the end that will be the only thing with value.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:43 | Link to Comment malikai
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First by tax, then by regulation, and finally by force, farmland too will be destroyed by this self-consuming system.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:07 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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85 bil unsterilized forever. this should make for a difficult gold market going forward.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment TheSilverJournal
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Min. $85B/month. It'll be increased again before summer begins.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment Orly
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You mean later this week...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:02 | Link to Comment Ineverslice
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aapls for EVeryone!

what the fuck...

Dear God, Pls let me live long enough to see the stampede towards the exit and.....

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:29 | Link to Comment viahj
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ever experience both dread and relief at the same time?  i haven't, yet.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment Pairadimes
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Fuck you, Bernanke!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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US debts and unfunded liabilities grow by $8.4 trillion a year.  To achieve perfect balance, Bernanke has to buy $700 billion a month - then all our problems will be solved.  We can even send 50 tons of gold to Germany per year. And afford new wars with Syria and Iran. Not to mention 30,000 drones to achieve total domestic peace and harmony. And banksters getting their multimillion dollar bonuses.  We can also afford a billion or two for stalwarts like Blankfein (doing God's work) and Jamie Dimon (It's a free fucking country).

Maybe a debt forgiveness of $10 trillion will also do the trick.

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:02 | Link to Comment newworldorder
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Another worthwhile article Tylers. Great for us to know but for the great unwashed - not so much.

This will not have any impact on the majority of our fellow citizens. They do not care that the FED has a balance sheet, and much less what is in it and at what amount. As long as the Great Oz does what he does behind the curtain, who cares?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment razorthin
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Fukk you Asshole Chairsatan.  You should be smart enough to know that a vigilant new breed of "dumb money" is waiting to get its price to transfer into retirement equity funds.  Price discovery applies even in a phony market.  Go ahead and hang yourself.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:04 | Link to Comment FuzzyDunlop21
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Suck my dick and cock Bernanke

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:31 | Link to Comment edifice
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You have two? Yikes...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:37 | Link to Comment machineh
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He's luckier than a two-dicked dog.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:05 | Link to Comment SmoothCoolSmoke
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Buck Fernankie realizes the QEternity crap has cost him his most important market levitating weapon......the rumor of more QE to come!  So, he' s get'n that fixed.   What a MoFo.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:49 | Link to Comment catacl1sm
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You're right, the rumor of QE was way more effective than actual QE. He blew his wad before people even thought he was just crying wolf. Dumbass.

 

and. FUCK YOU BERNANKE

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:09 | Link to Comment Aegelis
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In Algebra II, High School, I witnessed an amazing thing.  With our graphics calculator, our teacher has us put in a function that started at 0 and go to 'infinity' but over time it came back from 'infinity' and returned to 0.  To this day I have a hard time wrapping my head around how, but this article helps demonstrate how we can borrow to 'infinity' then end up with nothing.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:05 | Link to Comment resurger
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lol this is becoming a fucking joke!

Am serious, a JOKE!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:14 | Link to Comment jomama
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funnier still, most americans don't even know/don't care.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:06 | Link to Comment ziggy59
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Ben got the idea from Buzz Lighyear ..
Tto Infinity and Beyond

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:08 | Link to Comment Xue
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Here is what Dr Evil has to say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTmXHvGZiSY

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:09 | Link to Comment Kaiser Sousa
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dow just recovered 100 point loss in the last hour of trading....

all completely normal and explainable...

FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:14 | Link to Comment malikai
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Actually it is completely normal and explainable.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:20 | Link to Comment Kaiser Sousa
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Explain away then....

and while ur at explain how the pattern has been consistently played out over the last 2 years...

then explain the coincidence at how fucking bernanke explicitly states he wants to force muppets into the debt coupon dollar denominated equities and days like today...

u have the floor....................

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:31 | Link to Comment Orly
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QE 4.5 will be announced on Wednesday.  They're going to buy up everything in sight and wouldn't surprise me if there was something to do with converting muni-bonds to fed paper?

Don't know, jus' sayin'.  But it's going to be big.  If my charts are correct, the EURUSD should shoot the moon and come to a rest about 1.384.  Make sense?  Absoultely not but the charts don't lie and something ginormous is in the offing and soon.

Either that, or they're going to allow the collapse of the EURUSD pair to its normal channel about 1.16 but for some reason, they are absolutely terrified of this happening, so it ain't gonna happen.  Seriously, I wish I knew why there is a morbid fear of the Euro dropping below 1.24.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:05 | Link to Comment resurger
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i have studied that pattern in Normatology 101

yup, its normal.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:09 | Link to Comment devo
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Benjamins Bernanke

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:10 | Link to Comment Misean
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I'm long 0's.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:11 | Link to Comment sosoome
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"Eternity" doesn't seem to last long anymore.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:14 | Link to Comment Misean
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Neither does a Benjamin.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment edifice
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Aaaand, it's gone...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Orly
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You're very clever.

;)

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:13 | Link to Comment mr. mirbach
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Bernake rumors more bank bailouts and the DJIA ramps more than 100 pts from the day's low to close green? 

 

Inconceivable...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:13 | Link to Comment This is the end
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The stealing will continue...until it cannot. They will print, threaten to print and promise to print devaluing our money to prop the system up...until they cannot. Today is another powerful message to us all that the end is not here yet.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:13 | Link to Comment loveyajimbo
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Judas, is this clown the Anti-christ?!!??  Or is it Obama?  Twin satan's whelps... with Geithner as a demonic weasel imp and Holder as the devil's douchebag??  Ms. Cutter as the Bride of frankenstein... and "creepy" Crawley as the devils dietician...  Excuse me, I need more meds...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:15 | Link to Comment jomama
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you'd need meds to believe those fairy tales about demons and angels.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:16 | Link to Comment ptoemmes
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Maybe a GOOGolplex?

And I learned that GOOGleplex is GOOG HQ!  Imagine that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googolplex

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:16 | Link to Comment This is the end
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I liked the nice message with AAPL to anyone doubting the Fed these days. You want to take AAPL down we will take it right back up every tick you sent it down. With these sociopaths running things (Bernanke, Draghi) they take it personally like anyone is actually shorting against them. Listen to Draghi threaten the markets when he speaks.....it is like an adult threatening little 3 year olds not to mess with him. Dude, no one is shorting anymore it is just there is no one left to buy except you. You have met the enemy and it is you.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:44 | Link to Comment machineh
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Bernanke's got a 'Print$$$' app on his new iPad mini.

So he doesn't have to go to the office when he gets those panicky 2 a.m. calls from Draghi.

Bernank can print in his bathrobe, from the privacy of his boudoir. iMagic!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:46 | Link to Comment lotsoffun
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you got to give him a lot of credit.  he's got EVERYBODY behind him.  this isn't a DSK situation.  nobody got nothing on this guy.  he's clean as a whistle - he's 100% doing everything he can to help america.  what does the say, what does that tell you.  everybody is behind him.  and who ever is running the show, he's the wizard at the curtain.  obama is peanuts, monkey food.

bennie is on the face of it running the USA

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:16 | Link to Comment debtor of last ...
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You will get your foodstamp bitch. In due time.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment Voltaire
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Ben shalom and all these political and financial criminals should be hanged high. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:46 | Link to Comment machineh
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Isn't 'shalom' the hebrew word for 'charlatan'?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:49 | Link to Comment knukles
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Shalom is going down the black high risk slippery slope drunk on one ski.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:20 | Link to Comment Caracalla
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I loaded up on AGQ this morning

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment SillySalesmanQu...
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Where's my QE Ben?!!!  Oh... I forgot... I am not a bank. FUCK YOU Ben Bernanke.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment Arthur Two Shed...
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This will not eternity well.

 

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment RobinHood73
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Thsi is beyond ridiculous. The ramps are in direct correlation to the level of policymaker desperation: Its like , a 2.5% ramp wont get the muppets to bite, maybe 4% is the magic?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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You have to wonder how stupid the market participants are. Ben is doing everything except shouting out on tv....; " look you stupid fuckers can't you see I intend on blowing up the dollar?!" I guess that's his next move.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:42 | Link to Comment Antifederalist
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WORD

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:39 | Link to Comment lotsoffun
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the market participants are still believing that this ok because they are believing us dollar will still be the best game in town - compared to owning lira, or drachma, or irish punts.  or whatever.  and still seems to have the biggest military to back it up.

go ask any of the big empires how that worked out for them in the long term.

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment blindman
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eternity is a state of mind, quantity is
merely a subdivision of pizza slices. where the
two meet, you can have anchovies or broccoli,
there is always a choice.
but seriously, the fed has no choice, it must
destroy the dollar while publicly being the
keepsake of its integrity, big time circus tent
shit, after all, these are professionals we
entrust to keep us safe and sound. pedigreed
and all with famous names and all....
enjoy the show and the treats but be sure to
remove yourself from the grounds before they
set it on fire or begin the "load out".
.
Jackson Browne - The Load Out / Stay - Live 1978
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtuvXrTz8DY

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:38 | Link to Comment drivenZ
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The balance sheet and MBS included unwinds itself for the most part since they're amortizing securities. The question is whether the traditional securitization and financing markets will pick up the slack. The fed is trying to keep things(housing prices, stocks etc) above stall speed. And so far they've done it but who knows what's around the corner. If the fiscal cliff/slope hits they will have to step up the purchases, no doubt.   

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:47 | Link to Comment sbenard
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Last week, in their quarterly review, Drs Van Hoisington and Lacy Hunt showed a compelling series of charts that showed nearly perfect correlation between QE and inflation of food, energy, and S&P 500 futures prices. When QE ended, they declined again. They then showed a second chart that showed a nearly perfect inverse correlation between QE and disposable incomes. With each QE, inflation soars and the cost of that inflation impoverishes the middle class.

Bubbles Bernanke is sewing the seeds of inflation the likes of which we haven't seen since the Volcker days -- and like much worse. One wonders if the Chairsatan has a dark desire to destroy rather than just an interminable hubris that leads to irreparable harm!

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