Jim Grant: "Central Banks Have Over-Egged The Financial Pudding"

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The anchoring bias in the world's major sovereign bond markets (most notably those that have printing presses) is tremendous. As Jim Grant notes during this interview with Lauren Lyster, the blind indifference to the possibility of rising interest rates now is extremely similar to the indignance to the possibility of interest rates falling during the 1970s and 80s. In a broad and insightful few minutes Grant sheds a critical light on the similarities between then and now and fears that our unshakable confidence in the ability of the PhDs running our world monetary policy is false and that the market will eventually win out. The fear that is dominant among central bankers is indeed that of deflation and there is little to no fear of inflationary concerns and notes that there is a less than small probability that the world falls out of love with the US government's financial position. The truly humbling lesson of cycles past, he notes, is that they don't issue a press release (or ring a bell) at the turning point. "Things can remain seemingly excessive, until you turn your back and the reversion to some sort of mean begins." Grant believes we are approaching that, if not having already begun, that path back to reasonableness in interest rates. Grant continues with a discussion of potential income-generating ideas, his views on Bernanke's miscalculcations and most recent regime shift, the concerning idiocy of Japan (who seemingly can "neither procreate, nor re-inflate"), MMT 'price controls', and the path to total central planning.


The interview with Grant starts around 3:00 in with a discussion of the market's psychological similarities to the 1970s and 80s...

...at around 9:00 Grant explains some ideas on generating income via leveraged loan funds

...at around 11:45 Grant considers Bernanke's regime shift (with a critical insight that "The Thing You Want To Measure Somehow Disappears When You Try To Measure It" - to wit inflation's anchor during the 2000s when house prices were going sky-high...

...at around 17:00 Grant discusses the craziness of world central bankers and especially Japan with their new leader (about to be elected) - quote of the day "The Japanese, seemingly, can neither procreate or reinflate"

...at 20:00, Grant reflects on the endgame and Bernanke's proverbial helicopter drop and how Japan is the leading indicator

...at 21:10, Grant addresses the MMT crowd... and extends on at around 23:00 to discuss the path to broad-based central-planning - which has all too much in common with what we used to call 'Red China'


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Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:42 | 3067005 Lets_Eat_Ben
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Of all the bow tie wearing, pencil-necked economists, Jim Grant is my favorite.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:52 | 3067018 MillionDollarBoner_
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Yeah...Jim way outgeeks all the geeks I know !:O)

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:05 | 3067041 knukles
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That chick don't have a pencil neck bowtie...


Huh, I wasn't listenin'...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:09 | 3067058 Jack Sheet
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She was expecting a pencil dick instead....,

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 18:01 | 3067178 economics9698
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Here is a blog I just finished showing the relationship between spending, taxes, and deficits.  It ties into this nicely and the graphs are split up into 1947-71 and 71-2012 so you can see a before and after of the Bretton Woods system.


Couple of good charts in it Tyler needs to use.



Sun, 12/16/2012 - 00:41 | 3067984 TwoShortPlanks
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Every time I see her I feel like giving the ferret a run.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 11:15 | 3068480 c-rev with a twist
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Ha ha I was thinking the same thing.  Who cares about Jim Grant.  More Lauren!

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 19:41 | 3067399 A Nanny Moose
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She has a great yield curve.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 21:42 | 3067660 Urban Roman
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Had to watch just to see the LLLL

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 06:54 | 3068304 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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pert and perky for sure but she needs a nice long strip of duct tape for her piehole

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 11:57 | 3068549 Argos
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Extremely annoying voice.  She should invest in some voice lessons.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 20:01 | 3067440 Cash2Riches
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Central banks are leading us over the edge.


Five Gold & Silver Mistakes.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 21:44 | 3067664 ball-and-chain
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Ron Paul loves Jim Grant.

In fact, he wanted to make him FED Chairman before gradually doing away with the institution.

I don't know much about the guy.

I assume he loves gold.

Everyone loves gold.



Sat, 12/15/2012 - 22:37 | 3067756 TWSceptic
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You'd be lucky to look as good as he does at his age.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:47 | 3067009 NoTTD
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As Hemingway noted, one goes bankrupt slowly, then suddenly.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:01 | 3067039 Jason T
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whenever I think of Hemingway now, I think of his charactor from Midnight in Paris.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh-MCQsZ5eE 

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 21:29 | 3067627 NoTTD
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Actually, I think of Woody's short story, "A Twenties Memoir".

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:46 | 3067010 Motorhead
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Jim Grant is a chick magnet.  Often with Deirdre Bolton, and now the luscious Lauren Lyster.

I haven't seen Dick "Oy Vey" Bove' lately.  That's a good thing.


Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:01 | 3067024 MillionDollarBoner_
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I hate to burst your bubble but Dierdre is not so much chick as turkey nowadays...

Edit: naw, don't down arrow me, dude! Dierdre is okay but that Caroline Hyde...Wooooh Woooh !:O)

And what about Erin? Bring back Erin!!!

Okay...time for bed...:O)

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:02 | 3067042 knukles
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Liz Clayman

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:06 | 3067050 Motorhead
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Most def!

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 13:53 | 3068826 Spitzer
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Im not into these big corn fed mid-western hoes.


Betty Lue or Susan Lee for me. Yes , I am a rice king.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:13 | 3067068 Jack Sheet
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Maria Barfaroma

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:16 | 3067078 Motorhead
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I bet she loves tequila shooters.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:02 | 3067034 MillionDollarBoner_
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Rumor has it she got that stomach virus from eating a bad hairy clam...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:37 | 3067126 Jack Sheet
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good one - wonder what she dished out for dessert!

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:03 | 3067046 knukles
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Nothin ta see here, go back to work, peasants.


Yeah, anodder one uh dem coincidences.

Fuckin' things happenin' daily seems these days.
Talk about horseshit...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:37 | 3067128 Jack Sheet
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Could it be that you are a trifle inebriated?

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 20:04 | 3067447 boogerbently
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I'm certain the incident left her with complete amnesia concerning all things BENGHAZI.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 21:30 | 3067632 ZeroAvatar
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Yeah, she's close to retirement, so she's gotta get her 'Disability' claim started.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 21:30 | 3067634 NoTTD
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"Help! I've fallen and I can't testify about Benghazi!"

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:55 | 3067026 buzzsaw99
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Hey Grant, the squid has some interest rate products to sell you. ;)

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 18:27 | 3067235 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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He is about to get an Eaten Vance fleece in the mail.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 19:47 | 3067393 CrashisOptimistic
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It is amazing to me how consistent ZH posters and commenters both, embracing the concept that we left normal long behind and this all uncharted territory, somehow forget all that when talking about bonds.

Look, guys, the Bernake Put is on bonds, not stocks.  He Has Explicitly Said He Is Buying Bonds.  He is a guaranteed bid under them.  Why would the price fall?  He owns them all.  Who else can sell?  No one.  If no one can sell, and he's buying, how can the price fall?

It can't.  That's why rates this time last year were about 2%, and now they're 1.7%.  30 bps reduction in rates and if you held bonds you made big money.  There's no reason to think that doesn't continue 2013.  In fact, even more so.  He's buying more in 2013 than he did in 2012.  

Besides all of which, as regards crowded trades and contrarianism, has anyone seen any CNBC guest in weeks, or months, who was NOT saying SELL TREASURIES?

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 20:10 | 3067460 boogerbently
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Chicken littles that lost their A$$ since '09 have been in the "safety" of Treasuries, missing the entire climb up.

Interest rates CAN'T go lower. When they rise, these same "less than inflation" collecting morons will pay the penalty to leave that "safe" investment early, to chase the higher % "safety" of Treasuries. Completing the ONLY strategy possible to LOSE money between late '08 and now.

"Man is the only animal that can be skinned more than once."

Mark Twain

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 09:13 | 3068351 Widowmaker
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I don't see your point.

Most of those you describe ain't coming back to the fraud factory ever again.

Market(s) are dead, and fiat "money" is right behind.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 10:55 | 3068456 Landrew
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Let's see there are about 10 trillion worth of bonds the FED doesn't own! That's how the price goes down. Or the Chinese or Japanese sell their bonds the price goes down. 

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:56 | 3067032 PGR88
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"Banks have over-egged the financial pudding."

Everybody likes pudding!  What a pleasant way of saying we are all FUCKED!

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 19:45 | 3067407 A Nanny Moose
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If ya don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:22 | 3067091 falak pema
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AS if they had a choice... If the shadow banking shadow is as big as Charles Hugh Smith says here :

Essays in Fragility: Shadow Banking, Housing Inventory and Liabilities | ZeroHedge

Keep printing to suck in that casino play until hell freezes over...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:30 | 3067109 kito
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So what is grants point? No currency crisis? no hyperinflation? The world will still have faith in u.s. financial instruments? No end to the dollar reserve reign?? I dont see much beef from him.................

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:41 | 3067133 fonzannoon
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Grant was out pumping GM last I saw....

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 18:23 | 3067227 Yen Cross
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 You guys getting back to normal Fonz? Been on the road/ 

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 19:11 | 3067328 kito
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fonz I feel as if more and more of the alt-pundits that zh covers are starting to dilute their previously bold and dire messages.....it may be subtle.....but thats what im picking up........

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 19:26 | 3067363 fonzannoon
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I still listen to schiff. His last few video blogs and his radio show he is back to his old self. He had smoke coming off his head last week. He does have a precious metals aspect to his business.  Maybe that has something to do with it. I do believe that a lot of these guys have started watering down their message. Bill Gross is the worst offender. Santelli is right there with him. I personally think these guys realize all it takes is one firm to start selling bonds and this thing collapses. These firms also know that they would be committing mass suicide so they must all have made some pact not to. I still have no idea if we have 3 months, 3 years, or an orwellian nightmare of decades of this ahead.

I'm hangin in Yen. Glad Kito is back. He always had a different take than I did and I see merit in it. It's good to compare notes.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 02:04 | 3068141 Non Passaran
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Noticed that, too.
It seems it's becoming likely the world can continue in footsteps of Japan for at least a decade. In the meantime they're turning the world into a police state.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 18:22 | 3067214 OneTinSoldier66
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He said he thought interest rates were going to start, beginning, to rise. I would say, that, he didn't exactly state what he thought that portends though.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 19:22 | 3067355 Yen Cross
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Kito/ ya playin the Santelli CNBS Merc Exchange(comment) to the umpteenth level? Get a grip man!

 Too much money without velocity= stagflation    So I'm upvoting you kito

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:37 | 3067127 davidsmith
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The problem with Grant's analysis is that we are much further along in fascist corporatism than he realizes.  Oooops!

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