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Marc Faber Fears 1987 Redux As "Markets Will Punish Interventionists"

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"Regardless of what the markets do near-term, a correction is overdue," Marc Faber tells Bloomberg TV's Betty Liu. From discussing Europe's 'apparent' stabilization - "anything can go up when you print money"; to US equity exuberance - "a correction is overdue and February is a seasonally weak month"; Faber sees no change from Geithner's handover to Lew as he opines: "The only thing I know is one day the markets will punish the interventionists, the Keynesians and the monetary policy that the Federal Reserve and ECB has enforced because the markets will be more powerful one day. How will this look like? Will the bond market collapse or equity markets become a bubble, which would be embarrassing for the Fed's sake if the U.S. market became a gigantic bubble and at the same time the economy does not recover."

 

 

 

Faber: on whether he agrees with George Soros that Europe has been stabilized:

"It has been stabilized for now, but the big question as he said is the imbalances have not been solved and these could come back and harm the markets and the euro at some point in the future. In terms of stock markets, I have advocated one year ago between April and June of last year to buy European stocks in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France because they were extremely depressed. Since then, the markets have rallied very sharply. Greece is up from the lows by 100%. That tells you anything can go up when you print money."

On whether he's getting out of European markets:

"Not really because we made the secular low roughly one year ago, but I have argued that it is the time right now to reduce equity positions. I think the markets are at the difficult juncture between overbought and a euphoric state. I am not ruling out that they could go up somewhat more like in 1987, going up 40% between January and August, but we also fell 40% in two months' time. So the gains were wiped out quickly. In March of 2009 we are close to 1500. We had already a huge bull market, and a lot of the good news has been discounted already."

On whether there will be a correction on the S&P:

"I think regardless of what the markets do, near-term, a correction is overdue and usually February is a seasonally weak month…It will be interesting to see how the correction unfolds."

On why he's not going big on any short in the market:

"The problem with shorting the markets nowadays is that you have this huge intervention by governments. Look at bonds of Italy Portugal and Spain--they rallied last year, there was a huge profit opportunity, and I admit that I missed it, but the profit opportunity came about as a result of government intervention. I feel the markets are -- some people say it is intervention. I can call it manipulation. If manipulation continues, you do not know how far they will go. The only thing I know is one day the markets will punish the interventionists, the Keynesians and the monetary that the Federal Reserve and ECB has enforced because the markets will be more powerful one day. How will this look like? Will the bond market collapse or equity markets become a bubble, which would be embarrassing for the Fed's sake if the U.S. market became a gigantic bubble and at the same time the economy does not recover."

On Tim Geithner's legacy and whether anything will change under Jack Lew:

"I doubt there will be much change. To be fair to Mr. Geithner, he inherited a colossal mess. he is involved in politics and he has to listen to what the politicians want to do. He did an ok job. Where it is not ok is that basically nobody that has committed financial fraud or contributed to the fraud was prosecuted."

 


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Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:08 | Link to Comment gjp
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or equity markets become a bubble, which would be embarrassing for the Fed's sake if the U.S. market became a gigantic bubble and at the same time the economy does not recover

Um, news flash Mr. Faber, that horse left the barn a long time ago.  The Fed and everyone involved in this repeated scam should be deeply embarrassed.  But they're too busy patting themselves on the back and laughing in disbelief that it worked again.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:42 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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The Bernank is like Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk, with his "virtuous circle" macroeconomic theory representing Nathan Johnson's ashtray, paddle game & remote control, as all he "needs." 

Shit could be falling down & collapsing, and burning, giving off thick streams of smoke, comets and fiery asteroids crashing everywhere, and as long as the equity "markets" post daily 1/2 % gains continuously and forever, The Bernank is vindicating the "virtuous circle" macroeconomic theory.

Ashtray, Paddle Game & Remote Control - That's All I Need

The Bernank is desperately clinging to his "virtuous circle" macroeconomic theory as the shot clock to 2014 runs down.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 22:41 | Link to Comment Banksters
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Bernank and his minions know that we are in the event horizon of the exponential function.   If wages don't follow the next credit doubling, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.  However, if they do, then BOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

 

Wash rinse repeat.   The fucker is doomed.   

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:09 | Link to Comment JuicyGrabs
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Sleepy head eye job meets Mr Obvious.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:10 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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The market will crash when they want it to..  it is a tool like mob muscle

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:09 | Link to Comment Cursive
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Two things are driving this market upward:

1.) The few remaining bears are still being squeezed.

2.) Newly converted bears have been trained to BTFD.

Once this underbrush of kindling has been burned off, there will be nothing left to this rally and, with all of the roots gone, will have ensuing mudslides once the rain starts.  Of course, this could happen before or after SPX 1600, so it's not like it good "investment" advice.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:12 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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Ben prints 85 bil a month and you have legions of 401ks that force the workers hand to buy small selection..

 

the manipulation is set for quite a while

 

 

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:39 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Let me provide the LameStream Media (compliments of the New York Times) narrative as to why the equity "markets" are now back at their nominal year 2000 levels (try not to laugh; really):

 

Breaking News 4:04 PM ET

S. &. P. 500 Closes Above 1,500

 

Stocks Near New Heights as Small Investors Regain Faith

By NATHANIEL POPPER 10 minutes ago

Americans seem to be falling in love with stocks again.

 

After millions of people all but abandoned the market after the 2008 financial crisis, individual investors are pouring more money than they have in years into stock mutual funds. The flood, prompted by fading economic threats and better news on housing and jobs, has helped propel the broad market to within striking distance of its highest level ever.

**This section was since edited, and earlier read that:

Money pouring into stocks in the last three weeks through mutual funds — the common investor’s way to play the market — has helped put the broader market within sight of its highest levels ever.

 

You see? Equity markets are rising to their year 2000 levels (not the Naz, though) not because of the 85 billion per month (a clean trillion per year; hey! That's about the size of the deficit!) POMO pump, but because the "little guy" is buying "stawks" hand over fist.

I hope that conclusively & permanently establishes the foundation for this secular bear "market" rally (now in a dead heat with that which took place from 1930 to 1933, prior to that fiat-juiced bottom from falling out).

Oh, I almost forgot, fundamentals and compelling P/E & P/S ratios on stawks such as PCLN, CMG, AMZN & CRM are also deeply attractive to "value investors."

Thank you.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:35 | Link to Comment espirit
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I know it will a tenuous wait at best, but positioning for May is probably what they're setting up the shearing corner for.

Should the rampalooza continue on, prepare the best you can.

The fall is going to hurt everyone...bad.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 22:59 | Link to Comment ZeroAvatar
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This is going to be epic, and it's nigh at hand.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 01:10 | Link to Comment CheapBastard
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Interestingly, the Chinese never regained faith in the stock markets seeing too much fraud. Instead, they have their money either; 1) in cash; 2) in some form of RE; or 3) in hard assets such timber or PMs.

 

Shanghai index never recovered and in HK people were so punked being sold Lehman MiniBonds (worthless althugh rated AAA by NYC rating companies) they moved away from the makets also.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 01:50 | Link to Comment AgAu_man
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They are being smart and shrewd: converting tertiary (fiat paper) 'assets' into primary and choice secondary assets.

So are the Top TPTB players for their own private portfolios. So should you.

When the Harvest is over, it's over.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:24 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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"Invest in things you can stand in front of and defend with an AR-15"  Ann Barnhardt 2011

"Buy some gold or silver each month, become your own Central Bank" Dr. Marc Faber

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 09:30 | Link to Comment King_of_simpletons
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The Modus Operandi is "Pretend, propagate, propagandize, ignore, blare, deceive" that the economy is doing great and that small investors are jumping in. The mom and pop guy who reads this article won't want to miss the boat and will probably plunk his hard cash into this ponzi scheme. In the end bubbles always end in misery for the participant. The media does a great disservice in this country. Instead of exposing schemes and fraud in real time, they earn awards examining scams in performing postmortem. That's the way this system is set up. Glad that more people are not falling for this outright lie and cash see through all this BS.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:53 | Link to Comment SeattleBruce
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"The media does a great disservice in this country."

The lack of curiosity about the fraud markets, and any kind of convictions for the massive fraud stemming out of 2007/8 is most telling.  What use are they any longer?  Thank God for the blogosphere.  Learn, act and network on it while you can!

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:10 | Link to Comment Bubble
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But they fixed it all by telling us it was fixed.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 23:21 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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recovery summer, green shoots!!!

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:11 | Link to Comment CPL
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BULLISH!

 

For a day more I think.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:12 | Link to Comment Spitzer
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I want in her loop.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:13 | Link to Comment StoleYourMoney
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This will be called the QE Bubble!

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:13 | Link to Comment de3de8
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Betty Liu is hot!

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:06 | Link to Comment chubbyjjfong
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I do like that interesting, extra chunky SILVER chain around her neck, very provocative indeed.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:38 | Link to Comment BlueCheeseBandit
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That was jewelry? I thought she lost her locker key at work and had to find another way to deal with her bike chain.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:28 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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Solid would be too heavy, maybe hollow links?  Most likely hollow and plated.  BTW bike chain jewelry looks like slave wear.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 00:22 | Link to Comment Real Estate Geek
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deleted.

 

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:17 | Link to Comment AldoHux_IV
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  1. did anyone else read his comments in his accent?
  2. i disagree the markets will ever be bigger/more powerful than the interventionists and thus price levels don't really matter-- if the general assumption is that the markets are pricing in hope and giving benefit of the doubt than it will get just that and continue to go up as data points can be subjective
  3. faith is the real bubble and thus the loss of it in the system and the emergence of alternative ones is really what will punish such reckless and morally corrupt ways
Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:16 | Link to Comment knowless
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so, is his german or french better, his english always sounds a little broken to me.. any interviews in other languages of merit?

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:46 | Link to Comment knowless
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found some for myself again.. godfuckingdammit.

deutsch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DGimA7_HIk&list=PLmqAcrih6Q4DVDp6fNF9Z4h...

francais:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBLnZsQb8uM

 

 

compare shit people. even if you only know one speek.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:03 | Link to Comment knowless
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he does the same shit across language. he carrries the Affect. underlined "A" and they all talk specifically about the amreican stock market.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:29 | Link to Comment Titus
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Who can fucking understand Swiss German except the Swiss anyway? The reason a spouse of a Swiss national has to wait 10 years before getting citizenship is it takes at least that long to comprehend Swiss Deutsch.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:21 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 You Germans And Limies! I s Cameron going to leave the (EU)?   I like Cameron, and I hope his referrendum works!

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:28 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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populist talk. England never wanted to join the euro so can't get external help for it's financial problems and can only print for itself destroying the pound.
They need help from Europe and this is the blackmail tool.
Remember Greece?

they also wanted he Cosa Nostra Union and got a shitload of money to stay in.
So did spain...
And so will England.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 02:03 | Link to Comment AgAu_man
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Look, I like England and the Brits. However, let's be intellectually honest: without the EU, its Commonwealth, or the US-Commonwealth, they'd be in far worse shape than they are.

Spent too much time there and know too many British expats in North America to be bamboozled by their Gov.UK or their propaganda.

You should know that their advertising (propaganda) industry is ahead of Madison Ave.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:45 | Link to Comment Pope Clement
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me too Yen- Heard the speech in the middle of the nighr and it seemed to have a Churchillian air....

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:27 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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IT WILL NEVER GO DOWN OR MY NAME ISN'T HINDENBURG!!!
NOW LET'S ENJOY OUR TRIP TO LAKEHURST AND NEVER TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN!!!

A cookie anyone?

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 23:11 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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classic. equities believe it or not haven't been in a bubble...certainly since the tech wreck...but i would argue insofar as the West is concerned "not since the 1920's." i'm sorry but i just don't see the truly insane valuations...ala Japan in the 80's or China in the 90's...where 1000 p/e's were NORMATIVE. Nope..."the Western Way" is to speculate wildly in real estate first ("never making more of it") and commodities (especially gold) second. the latter is TERRIBLY small and hence easy to manipulate in ANY direction save oil and natural gas. The former obviously is big since it has the total involvement of Government "to the upside." (that would be price AND direction.) go ahead...hide your real estate bubble from Government officials. sorry but i'll take a railroad stock over Manhattan real estate any day. not only do a i get a house on wheels...but a get a commodity kicker as well. i still like plain old arable land...but that's because should a "solar powered plane" become real then why do a need an airport anymore? let alone a highway system. what suddenly becomes VERY valuable is...simply put "ten acres that i own and that can double as a air-port." this technology is NOT fantasy but is real...and once it becomes available for say 20,000 bucks...sorry but it's game over for the "Big Oil/Big Government cabal" that's been ruling the Western World going on 70 years now. the irony that oil is fundamentally a worthless product should be lost on no one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power-to-weight_ratio

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 23:25 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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I'll take oil, and you can have LULU.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:34 | Link to Comment CrashisOptimistic
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How can any of these comments make sense when HFT is 80% of volume?

Computers don't care about any of this stuff.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:32 | Link to Comment Osmium
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I think I will bring this rally to a screeching halt by buying a few S&P calls on Monday.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 08:53 | Link to Comment Go Tribe
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SELL da calls.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:39 | Link to Comment FLUSA.com
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Real Estate Update....I have a house with a sinkhole on it and 5 offers on it...within 3 hours of listing it.  Carry on....

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:45 | Link to Comment espirit
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I live on the coast, and we don't have no stinking sink holes.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 00:42 | Link to Comment Real Estate Geek
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San Francisco's on the coast.  (For now.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlGs9222JqU

(An incredible 90-second video.)

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:46 | Link to Comment Hohum
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But what will really crash this market?  What Bernanke is doing has NEVER been done before.  We know the 85 B isn't going to new loans; we know stocks are going up, up, and away and UST bond prices about level so far in 2013.

What will be the catalyst, traders?  I think it's when oil gets a wee bit too expensive.  What say you?

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:41 | Link to Comment espirit
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Bee Bee's not monetizing the debt... personally.

My question is... What respected leader will eventually tell the truth?  Or is it really over?

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:53 | Link to Comment cowdiddly
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i'LL TAKE gLOOM AND dOOM OvER cHOOOOOM ANYDAY.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:04 | Link to Comment jomama
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where have i heard this before...?

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:17 | Link to Comment new game
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clueless i say. i sit hear and observe knowing that as the dollar is debased and the stock must go up based on the dollars purchasing power.

but i buy pm s, because i have played the market for almost thirty years and don't want to care a shit about what the fuck

all them stock fucks do and care.

some day i will wake up and my pm s will be worth more than inflation would have rewarded me and my hair will not be

silver gray and my face will not have deep worry lines...

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 22:06 | Link to Comment belogical
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Boy, she cut off the minute he mentioned fraud

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 22:27 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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That was the only thing that I took away from that video. It was all interesting , but the moment she did that I forgot the rest of the interview.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 22:31 | Link to Comment HoaX
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I´m sorry but his remarks about Europe are just off:

From discussing Europe's 'apparent' stabilization - "anything can go up when you print money"

Sorry Marc but Europe is fuckin tightening the money supply right now, not printing more, unless you mean the UK (which doesn´t have the Euro but the GBP), FED and BoJ . The Euro is the one major currency not engaged in a race to the bottom at the moment.

Next he says:

I have advocated one year ago between April and June of last year to buy European stocks in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France because they were extremely depressed.

And two sentences later:

Look at bonds of Italy Portugal and Spain--they rallied last year, there was a huge profit opportunity, and I admit that I missed it.

So Marc thought peripheral European stocks were depressed but he failed to buy the fucking bonds of these countries at record yields?  

The only thing I know is one day the markets will punish the interventionists, the Keynesians and the monetary that the Federal Reserve and ECB has enforced..

If he was talking about BoE here, especially when looking at Camerons latest EU-referendum speech and their index finger pretty much fixed on the CRTL-P button, sure. As I said before though, ECB balance sheet is tightening, not expanding at the moment and Draghi only had to threaten unlimited OMT to bring yields down, the Bernank could learn a lesson there. Did Spain take it? Will they take it any time soon? Don´t think so Marc.

 

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 23:59 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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The ECB is full steam ahead with the printing.

Do you actually think this isn't the case and has not been the case, and is the only reason (as in exclusive reason) why the EU hasn't actually come apart at the seams as of yet?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 00:03 | Link to Comment HoaX
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They are? Show me their expanding balance sheet in comparison with the FED then?

You´re behind the curve today.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 00:32 | Link to Comment jimmyjames
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They are? Show me their expanding balance sheet in comparison with the FED then?

*************

The Euro printing makes the Fed look fiscally responsible

http://www.acting-man.com/blog/media/2012/04/CBs.png

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 11:21 | Link to Comment HoaX
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If you don´t mind I prefer official sources over some dudes blog, no offense.

But first, a link to a recent zerohedge article with FED/ECB balance sheet correlation in a handy little graph, shows immediately that Euro balance sheet expansion is no way comparable to FED: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-25/banks-return-%E2%82%AC137-billi...

And then the Eurozone aggregated balance sheet of Euro Area monetary institutions, now 2012 data is only until November and as above article points out, it has been tightened more recently. Let´s compare the Balance sheet of Nov 2011 to November 2012 though: http://www.ecb.int/stats/money/aggregates/bsheets/html/outstanding_amoun...

Nov 2011 Total (In billions): 33,393.7

Nov 2012 Total (In billions): 33,344.4

Cheers.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:58 | Link to Comment jimmyjames
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If you don´t mind I prefer official sources over some dudes blog, no offense.

*************

No offense here either-but-if you're going to post something "official" then you should at least read what it represents-

Your ECB balance sheet data states--

'Aggregated balance sheet of euro area monetary (financial institutions) "excluding" the euro system

Cheers

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1. Prior to the start of the global financial crisis, the balance sheets of the Fed, the ECB and the BoJ as a percentage of nominal GDP stood at 6.5%, 14.0% and 21.7%, respectively

2. By September 2012, the Fed, ECB and BoJ balance sheets as a percentage of nominal GDP had grown to 17.8%, 32.4% and 31.5%, respectively.

Overall, the ECB has led in terms of balance sheet expansion followed by the BoJ and then by the Fed.

http://www.efxnews.com/story/15537/ecb-balance-sheet-expansion-outpacing-fed-and-boj-eur-positive-goldman-sachs

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:25 | Link to Comment jimmyjames
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Here's a good explanation of how ECB balance sheet expansion works-

 

 http://www.acting-man.com/?p=12870

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:42 | Link to Comment HoaX
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Interesting stuff, reading it now. I´m not trying to be a smartass here by the way, in the end we´re all in this together after all.

Right, I read it all and I think it´s a matter of when you start looking. There is no doubt The ECB balance sheet has expanded rapidly following the economic crisis, we also have to understand that the Euro as such only exists since late 1999, the ECB being established in 1998 by the Treaty of Amsterdam. The Fed has been established in 1913.

Now regarding my first comment, I was looking at data from the past months, compared to data from the past years (your line). When you look at the way FED balance sheet expansion is going compared to ECB balance sheet expansion (as pointed out on the zerohedge article in my previous comment as well) no way is the Fed right now not expanding its balance sheet while the ECB is indeed tightening. Here is another graph from the FT which points to this (you might have to log in to their site to see it though). http://ftalphaville.ft.com/files/2013/01/ECB-Fed-balance-sheets-SG.png

For those that can´t see the graph, ECB balance sheet hit around 3.1trn Euros around July 2012, before Draghi held his famous speech that he would do anything to save the Euro. After July 2012 the ECB balance sheet has flatlined for a while before starting to slowly tighten around Oktober, dropping even further now with the LTRO repayments. The Fed as far as I know is still expanding its balance sheet as we speak.

Is the ECB balance sheet compared to GDP (Eurozone GDP is around 9.5trn Euros for 2012, EU GDP above 13trn Euros) still very high? Of course, I´m the last one to argue that, but as stated by me, it is indeed tightening and has done so for the past months, being accelerated by the LTRO payoffs. We have to see how much of this money flows into MRO´s and the like though but that data as far as I know isn´t available at the moment.

Anyway, that is how I came to my conclusion that the ECB at the moment is indeed tightening its balance sheet.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 07:16 | Link to Comment falak pema
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thats the question I asked ZH yesterday and the reply was in one of their posts: Comparison of ECB to FED BSheets.

3186305

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 08:22 | Link to Comment BigDuke6
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While digesting these comments I've been sipping an 18 yr old Bunnahabhain (scotch)
My god , it's like being whipped in your undies with tarry ropes on a Scottish beach as the salty sea spray laps at your ankles
Very nice!
Print away , scotch gets cheaper with every billion

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 09:00 | Link to Comment falak pema
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you sound like Andy Murray will when he plays Djoko tomorrow for the crown in Aussie land : Pain and whipping, to win that chalice! 

Bunna Bunna to you too! 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 09:20 | Link to Comment BigDuke6
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A jock who plays tennis

Like an Indian rugby player, I've known a few....

More of the bottle tomorrow old pal

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 11:23 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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You're thinking of Sam Groth (160mph serve)...the reincarnation of Roscoe Tanner.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 09:21 | Link to Comment BigDuke6
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Dup

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 11:18 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Mmm...that Islay stuff sure is peaty (of course, the entire UK is one glorified bog, if we're honest).

Ahoy me hardies! ;)

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 23:23 | Link to Comment CheapBastard
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Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation

 

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s lame-duck session.

 

“It’s absolutely bad news for taxpayers,” said Dan Rutherford, the Republican state treasurer.
Illinois received its bottom-of-the-pack ranking when it fell from an “A” rating to “A-minus.”

 

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-illinois-credit-ra...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 01:07 | Link to Comment Arthur
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yep Illinois is a mess.  Moved out of state a year ago andhave watched as things only get worse.

 

 

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 11:15 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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At some point, they'll admit that its bad news for pensioners too.

Don't worry my proletariat brethren, we're getting screwed just as badly in 401k land!

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 23:25 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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And at the end Faber says "No one who committed the fraud was prosecuted."

Exactly. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 01:26 | Link to Comment Joe moneybags
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Marc Faber is one of those people who is famous for being famous, like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. Somewhere he achieved just enough notoriety to get on the T.V. talking head shows, where he goes into his bear/gold bug act.  Almost any ZHer could do the same thing, except we don't have the ponytail, and underage concubines hidden in our back rooms (well, maybe some here do have at least a blow up doll and old Hustler magazines).  At any rate, here he is again, saying absolutely nothing new, nor presenting a different perspective.  Yawn.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 06:36 | Link to Comment absente reo
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Almost any ZHer could do the same thing

 

 

You're right, but it goes further than that.  Because not only could "any ZHer do the same thing" as Faber, "any ZHer could do the same thing" as most of the assemmbled so-called experts who line up on these shows day after day after day to give us their penetrating insights as to what is going to happen in the markets.

At the end of the day, everybody has his opinion, and like a stopped clock everybody will be right at some point, which is pretty much all you can say about most of, probably all (because who gets it right all of the time?  even most of the time?  Only a long term bull can say that, over the very long term, he is always right) of the talking heads that we see on CNBC, Bloomberg, etc.  I speak of analysts, fund managers, investment managers.  Fuck it, it doesn't matter who you are, you have no better insight with all your back-rooom boys than the rest of us with merely a broadband connection and an affliction for bad news.  Bill Gross gets big calls wrong, but that doesn't stop him being the big cheese (alonside El Erian) at PIMCO.  Jim Rogers gets things wrong.  Soros gets things wrong.  Hugh Hendry gets things wrong.  Faber gets things wrong.  Schiff gets things wrong.  They all fuck up, but they do it with other people's money and are none the worse for it.  That's probably what winds people up....there's a lot of jealously going on (and sure, who wouldn't be jealous) because all we see are a bunch of egotistical incredibly well paid fuckwits (I'm not calling any of the aforementioned fuckwits by the way...I speak here in general terms about the typical CNBC bulltard brigade) whose calls are no better than our own, but who get to parade themselves on TV and draw huge salaries whilst all the while making money in fees on assets under management regardless of how often or even whether they get their macro calls right. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 01:36 | Link to Comment neutrinoman
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Exactly. Faber is Swiss BTW not German.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 11:13 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Faber is a garden gnome.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 04:41 | Link to Comment silverdragon
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The US is out of silver Eagles and now the Canadians are short as well.

Nice red flag to the Silver bulls.

Guess everyone is just gunna pile in Silver again.

Sonner or later normal people will question why the price keeps going down even when their is no supply.

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 05:19 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 The markets are on the cusp of major pain. Mark my words...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 06:11 | Link to Comment falak pema
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more on the increasing chasm between the Oligarchy run "markets" and the people fed "economy" :

If our statist leaders, crony polticians of old, now get bold and want to burn those Oligarchs in the bonfire of statist "repentence" for having led the capitalist world astray it is inevitable to see the Oligarchs "knee jerk" and say : we have enuff fire power in Caymanista Land/City to burn your statist asses (and they do).

This is now developping into a sterile war of "religions" :  On the one hand : Statist, populist "neo fascist" (soon to become "militarist"?) leaders  now eyeballing the free marketeers of libertarian values in the name of "world stability" and talk of inevitably nationalising the banks and chilling the markets, via opacity and price fixing, the Krugman/BEN/Draghi brigade,  to create a centrally planned economic ice age; where they will eke out of the system the past folly of the financialised world; all the while building a new world reich of politically controlled continents, a vast top down engineered model of Keynesian FDR mantra world order.

On the other : the free market Oligarchy that wants markets to dominate all statist plays and unashamedly says 1% pyramid is good for world as it allows permanent and recurrent creative destruction, the essence of captial growth and innovative primacy. 

Both logics are wrong if pushed to their  extremist culminating Everests of hubris and intransgent mind sets; the sin of man in essence. Short term selfish reasoning and long term statist planning from the same elitist viewpoint: Stalin and Rockafella eyeballing each other at the world poker table. 

That is the lesson of history. Popes and Kings, Guelphs and Ghibellines, Crusaders and Jihadists, Romans and Barbarians, have proven time and time again that war and intransigence leave us always with the ruins of Troy and both civilizations destroyed. We need to find holistic solutions to complex recurrent problems. This world belongs neither to the Czars-- even when they capture religious dogma and universal deity-- nor to the financial/industrial Oligarchs. We the people have to avoid both Charybdis whirlpool of statism and Oligarchy hard rock of elitist greed and "me first" mayhem. But alas we are a blind species in the current context; the people...

Especially as our ability to destroy ourselves and our planet have grown exponentially since the industrial age. 

The bottom line is that this sterile debate at the top of Pax Americana, new Roman construct  now harbouring both trends in its own folds (the irony of past actions), does not address the issues from the viewpoint of 99% of the world population. Which only spells one thing : the demise of the construct like that of old Rome.

New beginnings, new empires...Sisyphus plays on. 

We are in a destructive spiral for current world order. And we don't have the weapons of popular power to neutralise either camp. Ulysses was a legend that lives on. 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 10:53 | Link to Comment j0nx
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YAYA. How long everyone been saying that for? 5, 6 years now? And here we are all these years later with a manipulated market still in full swing. These guys can keep the fraud going wayyy longer than anyone can bet against them.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:11 | Link to Comment edifice
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If Japan can do it for a generation, who knows how long the FED can go...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 11:12 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Fabertardz!!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 11:25 | Link to Comment SmoothCoolSmoke
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MSM is certainly onboard with the 'improving economy' theme.  Friday night Brain Williams' lead story was the the improving economy.  The "proof"?

The housing pick-up and, THE STOCK MARKETS ARE NEAR ALL TIME HIGHS.

Bernankie must have popped a boner over that report.

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 11:36 | Link to Comment bugs_
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End the interventionisting!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 12:28 | Link to Comment Pseudolus
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I cant watch MF with a straight face since Christmas

Hmmm....toy? Just as i supsected....

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:10 | Link to Comment edifice
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Hah! That's great!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 12:51 | Link to Comment Venerability
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I don't know if "markets will punish interventionists," but I sure as heck think China will figure out ways to punish Japan.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:00 | Link to Comment Nassim
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Funny how when he starts talking about fraud, the interview comes to an end.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 22:41 | Link to Comment deebee
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markets don't have morals

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