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Market Reaction To FOMC Minutes

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UPDATE: Minutes after the post - Stocks getting ugly now, catching down to VIX and USD's move

Bonds were sold instantly as the more hawkish comments from the FOMC hit - as was Gold. The USD rallied and stocks dipped modestly. Once that initial knee-jerk settled, stocks have gone largely sideways to modestly lower, Treasury yields have pushed back towards the day's highs as the USD strength and Gold weakness are tracking each other perfectly for now. Unfortunately, this is not helping the price of Oil - which is higher post-FOMC. Notably, while this is clearly being viewed as hawkish for bonds, commodities, and the USD, stocks appear unphased - but it seems VIX is soaking up the equity uncertainty for now (VIX +1.1 vols at 13.40%) indicating considerably more concern than the market itself (for now). The 'bond-like' Utilities sector is the most pressured (as rates rise) for now.

USD Up (inverted), Gold Down, Treasury yields Up, Oil Up, Stocks Flat...


But VIX not happy...


and Utes are hurting more as rates rise..


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Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:43 | 3260742 kliguy38
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sell that barbarous me

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:12 | 3260793 TruthInSunshine
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Let me provide the real FOMC transcript as a public service:


Esther George:  Gee Ben, aren't you seeing what I'm seeing out there? This will end badly.


William Dudley:   What do you want him to do, stop printing?


Elizabeth Duke:   Maybe we can try to thread the needle & buy some more time?


Sarah Bloom Raskin:   Whatever do you mean?


Jeremy Stein:   You know, increase both the frequency of more hawkish statements and influence public perception that a greater number of us are becoming more hawkish, or at least less dovish.


James Bullard:   You mean try and talk the suicide markets down? [At this point, Bullard is spontaneously laughing out loud] Hey, Dudley, why don't you buy some CRM?


Eric Rosengren:   Sounds good to me, let's do it. 


Ben Bernanke:   Should we take a vote?


James Bullard:   Fuck you Bernanke. I'm hungry. Let's eat.
Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:25 | 3260921 NotApplicable
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Tickle me algos?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:59 | 3260813 spastic_colon
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why do I keep hearing the theme song to Kelly's Hero's in my head?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:04 | 3261081 TruthInSunshine
Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:27 | 3261178 spastic_colon
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+1 well many metphors, so little time

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:11 | 3260853 Banksters
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File this under:  The fed is trying  to have its cake, eat it, shit it out, and eat it again.


Oil down  Check

Gold down Check

Bernake still a shit eating fuckstick    Check x4



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:14 | 3260867 The Proletariat
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Just remember, Zionists, according to their religion, are forbidden to charge eachother interest.  Nothing will change until the bernanke is removed....

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:53 | 3261047 Kirk2NCC1701
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Assuming for a moment that your statement is correct, by implication... What does that say about the followers of Jesus?  Rhetorical question:  Are they looking out for each other like Zionists are, or are they too busy being their "bitches"?  Are they really "Christians" (genuine followers of Jesus), or more like indoctrinated and zombified followers, who act like a sheep or peasants?

Don't you wish that these "Christians" would look out for each other also, the way these 'Zionists' do?  Are you mad at the 'Zionists' for looking after their own, or mad at these "damned Christians" who are not looking after their own?  Just sayin'.  Hope you can handle the cognitive dissonance w/o needing to go into attack mode.  Like Truman said:  It's not my enemies, but my (so-called) 'friends' that keep me up at night.  Cheers.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:05 | 3261085 akarc
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Yeah but he got four upticks for mentioning "zionist". You didn't get any for telling the truth? Now there is some cognitive dissonance.  I got a beard, I'm prob guilty too. 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 19:43 | 3261579 The Proletariat
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I never said "Christians" were not "Zionists" so I do not understand what your talking about.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:26 | 3260925 NotApplicable
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That's sustainable, no?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:28 | 3260936 Banksters
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Al gore seems to be doing ok.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:27 | 3261172 knukles
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Eat more talk less.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 18:06 | 3261317 Stock Tips Inve...
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The Fed knows that a bad move can ruin all the work done in recent years. Surely we will see the guy Ben and his friends juggling again.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 20:08 | 3261643 MFLTucson
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A perfectly timed fraud so people will sell to the gangsters before the crash!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:43 | 3260746 docj
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Notably, while this is clearly being viewed as hawkish for bonds, commodities, and the USD, stocks appear unphased

Of course - nothing is allowed to "phase" stocks. At least not negatively.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:01 | 3260792 spastic_colon
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just setting up for another jawboned, VIX crushing ES bounce to new highs over the next few days


PS - ........."Stocks getting ugly now".......really?  stocks won't be "ugly" until they cross ES 1200

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:27 | 3260928 NotApplicable
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Meanwhile, they've got the positive direction covered with their QE4EVA Warp Drive.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:43 | 3260747 McMolotov
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Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:51 | 3260785 HelluvaEngineer
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Er, McMarket.  Everything soon to be on the Dollar Menu.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:58 | 3260809 McMolotov
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Once the hyperinflation begins, it'll be the Fiddy Dollah (Hollah Hollah) Menu.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:43 | 3260749 Xibalba
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fuckers and their computers 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:45 | 3260756 Karlus
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We are so close to 1500....While I dont love falling knives, I also feel like if you waited this long to pull the ripcord and buy, it might be time to make a big splash bet...

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:31 | 3260952 NotApplicable
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My bet is that they'll use your account holdings leveraged 200 times against you, rehypothetically speaking.

And if you happen to win anyway? Bank holiday.

All exits will be sealed. The only winning move is not to play.

The DTCC cartel thanks you for your participation, as they couldn't game anything without those of you who insist there's risk-free value to be had by picking up that penny near the steamroller.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:28 | 3261181 knukles
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"rehypothetically speaking"

Now that's serious funny.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:47 | 3260767 electricgorilla
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No QE from the Fed and Gold Plummets. I was never bullish on Gold and still am not. If anything Silver over Gold. Difference between tangible Dollars and Digital Dollar's. The fed can easily destory digital dollars but not tangible ones. The Fed can't physically print tangible money and put it into the real economy the way it can print digital money. The value of the physical tangible dollar doesn't begin to truly lose value to me until real ppl are not willing to accept it. I'm not seeing that. 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:52 | 3260788 maskone909
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BREAKING NEWS: FED hoarding 3D printers for printing tangible assetts

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:09 | 3260848 jimmyjames
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I was never bullish on Gold and still am not


Then obviously you were wrong for 12 years and now you think because gold is back testing the Aug 2012 breakout (normal bull market action)--that you have credibility now-

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:09 | 3260851 Clint Liquor
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"The Fed can't physically print tangible money and put it into the real economy the way it can print digital money."

Have you ever heard of SNAP cards? The idea that there is a difference between digital money and 'tangible' money when describing FRNs is absurd.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:34 | 3260961 NotApplicable
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Not to mention paper checks, or other forms of monetized paper one can trade.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:51 | 3260783 JustObserving
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It seems that the Fed leaks its minutes to its favorite customers earlier.  They seems to know what is coming and start shorting precious metals a week earlier.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:55 | 3260798 Confundido
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really? I didn't know....thanks for sharing.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:56 | 3260802 tecno242
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Apparently Bill Gross isn't one of his favorite as Gross recommended everyone load up on TIPS and other inflation protected assets just a week ago.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:35 | 3260968 NotApplicable
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But did he?

I'd say Bill is talking his book.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:56 | 3260803 Cognitive Dissonance
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Of course they did. Desperate measures by desperate men are called for. Give me ramming speed Scotty.

<Politicians and banksters to the lifeboats.>

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:36 | 3260973 NotApplicable
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*prays for dry-rot*

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:52 | 3260786 helping_friendl...
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BTFD? Or is it different this time?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:53 | 3260789 Cognitive Dissonance
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I'm smelling a cognitive dissonance brewing.

<Sorry.......that was just my feet.>

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:03 | 3260834 akarc
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IT only looks like cognitive dissonance. It looks as though even the fed can no longer suspend reality

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:40 | 3260989 NotApplicable
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We're well beyond the point of no return, so there's little left to lose. Slowly letting the bad news out now is what they call "managing expectations."

Next thing you know, the "fiscal hawks" will be demanding even more QE, while the "doves" will be lining up at the altar of the IMF.

All they lack is an appropriate sacrifice. Gee, I wonder where they'll find one...

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:59 | 3261070 resurger
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hhh :)

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:56 | 3260800 Whatta
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How is the fed gonna EVER raise rates/cease QE

If they do the market will tank, whatever wealth effect will cease and the economy will be in the shitter again.

ALSO...all of these pension funds (Public and Private) that are counting on unrealistically high returns will be even worse off if the FED pulls the plug...the government via the FED will be the only backstop again for We The Freaking People.

They can't cease printing...ever...till it go BOOOOM!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:57 | 3260807 tecno242
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you are correct..

and the longer they wait.. the bigger the boom when they do.

that's why Japan is a zombie economy with debt that's 250% of GDP

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:10 | 3260855 Sandy15
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It should be at the point of ........BOOOOM now!!!!!!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:43 | 3261006 NotApplicable
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Too soon. TINA is yet to arrive at the theater, let alone take the stage. When you see the puppets start arguing over HOW the IMF will save us (rather than IF), you'll know the regime's end is near.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:57 | 3260805 WhiteNight123129
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Today the most knee-jerk sell-off in Gold in the history of the world.

The Fed prints it will affect the long term price structure. The Fed stops printing because inflation starts to come in.

So indeed Soros has been buying the cause the Printing, but the Fed will not keep printing once the newly monetary units start to show off in teh economy.

So the masses will buy the Gold when they see the inflation. Sell your Gold at that point.

The Problem with Gold is that if you take out the 1998-2002 episode, the Gold probably was 400 USD per ounce. The Monetary base has been multiplied by 5 times since 1998, so we have a new target base for Gold at 2,000 - 2,100 this is assuming no expansion of the monetary base.

When the Fed is forced to raise rates aggressively it is because inflation is getting unnoyingly high, sheeple buy the consequence, you sell.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:00 | 3260822 maskone909
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thats right dawg long TMV JGBD just hope my paper will have some fkn value

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:45 | 3261013 NotApplicable
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Well, you can always wipe your ass with it. Some find value in that.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:03 | 3260831 WhiteNight123129
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* This assuming no expansion of the COVERAGE of the monetary base.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:10 | 3260856 maskone909
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yeah thats the prob. isnt the base always covered historicaly? i figure its just a matter of
timing it right.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:52 | 3261046 WhiteNight123129
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We need panic of inflation for the base to be fully covered. I think we will have a tiny bit of that when inflation prints 5%, I would sell quite a bit of my Gold.

When inflation kicks at 5% you will see people jittering about inflation and a lot of people fearing that the Fed can not raise rate agressively because it would make the system collapse.

Both would be wrong. The stagflation will come, expansion of monetary base brings higher price levels, either with South America Gold or with Fiat. ALWAYS. BUT, that being said, the Fed will raise rates very agressively and it would not create a crunch. Why?

The Banks have a huge increase in excess reserves, and deposits to loans have rose massively as a result.

Second, while raising rates would choked the economy, unlike with an boom fulled on credit, moving from 4 to 6% can make teh difference between bankruptcy or not. However remember that we have a boom in stock prices and bonds driven by money. Base money does not go bankrupt. Raising rates from 4 to 6% is just a higher bribe to reward base money for note entering teh economy too fast. Once you lower teh wall of interest rates. This base money enters the economy again.

Go Stop Go 70s style as Soros describes at 11 minutes here.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 01:52 | 3262391 Lord Of Finance
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 "Short Treasuries, And do not sell your gold yet. . ."  +  If you take out the 1998-2002 episode.


Good Job.

We will soon have a repeat of the 1978-1982 episode. With interest rates to the moon and gold adjusting for inflation, then a whole lot more. It took gold 2 years to peak, which was in 1980. It will happen that fast, and then look what happened after.


That time, all ended well. We had Reagan and there was "morning in America".  But that time, the economy had real growth. Low debt. Strong manufacturing, AND top creditor status for uncle sammy. This time, it will end different. This time, we have Obama, and there will be "mourning in America".

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:58 | 3260811 maskone909
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funny how no more QE is actually fucking bullish as a motherfucker for gold and silver. INT RATES will shoot up like crazy am i the only one who sees it this way?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:00 | 3260818 tecno242
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rates shooting up and pull out of QE would cause a plummet in the veolicty of money and a major deflationary event.

all assets would decline.. cash would be king

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:02 | 3260830 maskone909
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howcan the M2 go any lower than present? higher int = no more gov borrowing = game over.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:07 | 3260844 tecno242
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if all assets are in decline.. bond prices falling (yields rising), stocks falling, commodities falling, real estate prices falling.. etc..

cash hoarding would begin.  Why would a bank loan money to anyone when they believe the value of the asset they are loaning money for is going to decline going forward?

credit would collapse, not because of lack of capital available, but because of willingness to loan money for anything.

printing money at that point would be like spraying a hose into the ocean

higher rates would also, as you said, collapse the governments ability to pull forward future demand via deficit spending

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:17 | 3260878 maskone909
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when the goverment cant borrow = the end. all of the other u mentioned ia irrelevent. bond collapse= worthless paper

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:21 | 3260901 tecno242
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not entirely true..

they can still spend = to revenue.. they must have balanced budget..

but admittedly, the economy will be hit extremely hard by higher rates and reducing the deficit to zero, so revenue will decline further limiting available spending

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:27 | 3260924 maskone909
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revenues and a balanced budget are oxymorons in terms of ponzi schemes(usa) **edit i know thats not the most cerebral accademic argument but this essentially what we are dealing with.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:41 | 3260916 WhiteNight123129
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The Government is not borrowing, it is receiving freshly newly printed money.

Treasury issues Treasuries.

Pimco buys from existing bank deposit.

Pimco sells to Fed. Fed prints newly minted money for that.

you can eliminate the the Pimco buys and Pimco sells, they cancel each other.

You are left with Fed prints new money and gives it to the Government.

Teh Governements injects the newly printed money in the economy (Keynes) the prices rise. (Ask yourself if Potosi silver mine base money had no impact on prices).

Since the Gov gets taxes as a percentage of GDP, the nominal taxes are inflated. The debt is fixed. Debt to GDP decreases. Et voila.



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:55 | 3261271 NihilistZero
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"Teh Governements injects the newly printed money in the economy (Keynes) the prices rise."

If anything what scraps are filtering into the real economy from .gov is just keeping things from tanking.  If those SSI rolls don't increase who's going to rent all these new SFH's at inflated prices?  The speculators are causing the inflation in commodities but the FED's goal is still to prevent deflation (or in reality the return to the mean after the Nutty inflation of th3 2000's) or delay it enough for the member banks to clean their books as much as possible.

They'll succeed in saving the banks (as always) but the sheeple specuvestors who thought the FED was on their side are going to get fucked very hard, no vaseline :-)

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:40 | 3260902 WhiteNight123129
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M2 is a mixture of money and credit.

Money today is bills and excess reserves of banks at the Fed. Historically since teh Spanish Cargo Gold from South America. You pump up the base money you have price revolution.

The Fed is doing deleveraging by not touching the credit side of the ratio but the base money denominator.

If you are in the XIX century you had no money induced inflation but swings bewteen credit overheating inflation (moderate) to deflation. Swings back and forth but long term flat price because the flat quantity of money.

So let us assume we are in 1873, we have a massive credit crunch, and instead of seeing price drop 20-30% a very large meteorite of Gold falls in an inhabitated place.

First the deflation stops (Like today) but then since the amount of base money (Gold) has been multipled by 5, at the next upturn, you have a revolution in prices.

Unfortunately this is almost fully priced in teh Gold and Silver, so the momentum is to check what has been the expansion of money. The next exit point is when the inflation kicks in, then the sheeple who were completely out of hte Gold buy. You seel to them.



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:07 | 3260845 WhiteNight123129
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Incorrect, you are mixing the cause and the consequence. The bonds will plummet because of inflation, this in turns makes teh curve steeper and pushes more base money to work. At that point the Fed has to invert the curve 70s style, or the newly printed base money enters the real economy too quickly.

The reason the stock market and bond market is booming is because the economy sucks? Why? Because the Fed has to fight the deflation with newly printed money. Once the newly printed money reaches the real economy, you have a price revolution. The length of time prices are multipled by 5 since 1998 (monetary base multiplied by 5) depends on how aggressive the Fed is with short term interest rates to prevent the dropping of Long Bond yield to make the curve too steep and get a self-reinforcing inflation expectation rising -- steeper curve, more of hte newly printed dollar jumping in the circulation.


Check Georges Soros interview at 11 minutes.



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:13 | 3260862 tecno242
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we are talking about what happens if the FED tries to pull QE... not if they ramp it up even more and manage to spark inflation.

in both cases, rates would go higher

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:30 | 3260939 WhiteNight123129
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The Fed has maintained a flat curve just long enough to patch up the banks. Once the banks are not systemic they do not care anymore.

If the base money starts to create inflation (historically it ALWAYS Resutled in inflation).

Ask yourself why since 1933 we do not have the green stuff on the chart (the deflation).

Because today we either have credit expansion induced inflation, but when it turns sour and we should have deflation, we prevent that with MONEY inflation (the powerfull stuff). As a result no more red marks.

Check this chart.

So since 1933, tail we have moderate create inflation, head we have no deflation because we expand the monetary base but later we have to deal with inflationary effect once the deflation forces which were cancelling the money printing are gone.

Also, if the long bond goes down because inflation rises, the curve is steeper, which pushes further idle base money into circulation.

The conduits for base money are the stock market JPM morgan gambling with excess reserves and the US goverment hiding the fact they receive newly minted money and injecting that in the circulation.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:47 | 3261026 NotApplicable
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"Once the banks are not systemic..."

"On a long enough timeline..."

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:49 | 3261030 tecno242
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There's no inflation outside of energy and commodities because wages are flat.  Nor will there be any inflation as long as wages are flat.

Wages are flat because the FED's ZIRP policy won't allow for capital formation for investment and allows zombie corporations that should have died long ago and been replaced with newer and better inovation to continue to muddle along w/ abnormally low interest loans.

This is all an historical annomaly.

The FED is trapped where they must keep printing just to maintain status quo.  Any sort of shock could screw them at this point.

I don't think you can use historical models for what will happen going forward as a result of this.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:47 | 3261246 Ned Zeppelin
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Agree. We're not in Kansas anymore. Should I buy stocks? Well, is Ben printing? No other reason needed, apparently. They suggest they'll stop QE (ha-ha) and it has the same effect in the other direction.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:56 | 3261057 WhiteNight123129
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Not if it starts with the long bond.

The long bond yield rising would make the curve steeper, which always pushes base money to work in teh economy.

That is accelerating the velocity.

The Fed would REACT to that if it gets too fast by raising the short end of the curve to make the curve flater (making the velocity lower).

First the long bond yield rising will stimulate teh eocnomy. Teh Fed could not allow that as long as banks were systemic and housing not stabilized.

When both are stabilized, they do not care is the curve gets a bit steeper.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:59 | 3260814 ekm
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Listen to me people:



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:00 | 3260819 Dr. Engali
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If anybody thinks they will ever stop printing they are nuts. The Bernank needs some deflationary breathing room and the commodities are giving it to him.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:04 | 3260838 ekm
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Only temporarily.

Flush out a couple of primary dealers (non US ones I'd say), crap the market and re-start printing.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:31 | 3260950 WhiteNight123129
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Even under a Gold standard, the delfaiton is self-corrected. We prevent deflation by printing money, after 7 years the deflationary forces stop but the base money is still there. What happens? Stagflation.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:16 | 3260820 ebworthen
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So the market seems to think that the FED might actually cut back on QE, and by the look of PM's - raise rates (?).

What the hell are the FED and the Treasury going to do if rates go up?  Default?  Confiscate ("convert") IRA's and 401K's?

Are we simply going to go to $30 Trillion in debt, $60 Trillion? $120 Trillion?  $240 Trillion?

I hate buying Gold at $1,625 then seeing it at $1,595, but this is WAR, after all.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:45 | 3261015 WhiteNight123129
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The reason the Fed stops is beacuse prices are rising. Price rising because of base money expansion ALWAYS works eventually ALWAYS in history.

So then prices of everything rises, including wages. THat makes the debt softer. If your salary is up 30% and the new pair of pants is up 35%, sales taxes have increased 35%, the Gov receives 35% more dollar (that they injected first in the economy) the debt is fixed.

This is inflate away explained. Base money does that. First it prevents the massive deflation which should have occured, next when deflation forces recede (and they always recede even under a GOld standard), then you have to deal with the redundant currency units which create stagflation.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:01 | 3260824 Piranhanoia
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Chickens.  Chickens pecking in the barnyard.  They have a dog and Foghorn Leghorn to watch out for them, so their little world is safe and secure.  Blind and ignorant, yes.  Nothing more important than pecking.  Their own little world of pecking at anything that moves or doesn't move, doesn't matter.  Their job is to peck.  They peck dirt, crumbs, feed and shit.  Doesn't matter,  they eat it.

It's these peckers that run the pretense of a market.  They don't even care if they are being fed shit.  They just have to peck.  Peck or pot, peck or pot.  Peckers,  its what isn't for dinner.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:05 | 3260836 yabyum
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Today was one of those special days if you play the junior miners. I'am sitting in a pool of my own blood, from the ass rape that has occured, even stalwarts like Hecla took a beating. Now one more faliing knife perhaps????

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:07 | 3260843 buzzsaw99
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I doubled my money. That is I took it out, folded it in half, and put it back in my pocket. How'd you goldbugz make out today?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:18 | 3260888 fuu
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I can't fold it.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 21:09 | 3261812 FreeMktFisherMN
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actually gold is malleable.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:18 | 3260883 ebworthen
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It's not a loss until you sell at a loss.

How long can you wait?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:06 | 3260841 Edward Fiatski
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The Bri'ish Pound is getting POUNDED at the moment. LOL English peasants better start stocking up on beans for the next winter, starting from this day.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:09 | 3260850 SilverMaples
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Simple enough, another way of saying it is that we'll keep doing QE but now we won't account for it at all ... everything can be solved by the PPT and market breakers isn't?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:10 | 3260852 Bunga Bunga
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So does it mean FED has no bazookas anymore and we are all fucked?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:12 | 3260858 Edward Fiatski
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Didntya hear? It's all getting better, so we're going to scale down QE. /sarc

Nah, FED has to wait for ECB & BOE to impode their currencies further, before more printing can be resumed.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:26 | 3260909 Bunga Bunga
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Draghi is going to print away the election outcome on Monday?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:13 | 3260860 Hongcha
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Covered my SPY short.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:44 | 3261008 helping_friendl...
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Are you mad! The fun is just getting started. The first of many margin calls has been launched, margin buyers will sell gold to cover, gold will go down w/ S&P. Players will now go short. and make, another, fortune riding the S&P down.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:18 | 3260881 akarc
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How much cash are the banks holding? And how much are they making today? Those 2% who create all the jobs are going Jeez those poor workers, what shall I do?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:18 | 3260887 SillySalesmanQu...
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Plunge Protection Team in 3, 2, 1,.."Turn those down arrows up, turn red into green before the close, must keep S & P above 1500 and Dow above 14,000, must remain calm and stay BULLISH" That is all.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:23 | 3260907 Dr. Engali
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No they need a little fear in the market so the shorts jump on this move. Then the Bernank will squeeze them out.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:37 | 3260941 SillySalesmanQu...
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 +1 You are probally dead on with your observation Dr. E.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:37 | 3260977 AlphaHunter001
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squeeze them out of what, gold? LOL


the Fed doesn't give a damn about gold, they care primarily about housing as that's the part of the economy most sensitive to monetary policy.


and as you have to agree, housing has had a very strong rebound over the past couple of years, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs.


you hold onto your 'valuable' gold while I'm taking my profits in the stocks I've bought over the past couple of years

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:01 | 3261071 NotApplicable
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For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his purchasing power, all while paying taxes on the "gains?"

You're playing a dead-cat bounce in a fake market, yet brag about it. The idea that housing has rebounded in any real sense is ludicrous upon its face. Without Benron & the Boys, there would not be anyone stupid enough to extend credit for even more empty houses.

I dare you to extract the free-money from the equation in order to see just how much real demand is out there. My guess? Lowest in recorded history. I'm watching houses sit on the market for years now, and the only "sold" signs I ever see are due to foreclosure auctions. (which I laugh heartily at, given some broker is that desperate to shiny up the facade of a market)

But hey, if it gives you confidence in the "recovery..."

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:24 | 3261124 Dr. Engali
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Who the fuck said anything about gold? The bears jump on every market down tick thinking "this is it" and the Bernank squeezes them out. Your post is nonsensical.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:21 | 3260898 fuu
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Look ma, no margin.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:24 | 3260912 ghostzapper
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I'm setting the over/under at 1.5 for the number of Fed Doves that give a speech tomorrow reassuring the cheerleaders that all is well and they will print into perpetuity. 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:23 | 3261149 knukles
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So we're gonna hear one and a half Fed governors?
Business as normal.
Whatcu think Mr Governor?
W l , I t i k a t h e b n m r e t n f r a b t a p s e.

Uh, thank you, sir.

N P o l m .


(on the bottom of the screen there'll be somebody doing sign language and another, Ebonics.  No problem, get it N P o l m?)

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 19:44 | 3261581 Induced Coma
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Thanks for a good laugh. I come for the articles and stay for the comments. 


Its been said before, I'm plagiarizing.



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:32 | 3260949 AlphaHunter001
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Some of these comments are truly funny. So first everyone is mad at the Fed for adding liquidity, then they're mad at the Fed for discussing taking away liquidity?


Isn't that what everyone is complaining about, too much liquidity/money printing? So by them taking it away, that should make everyone happy.


I don't see why anyone is surprised, we're clearly in the 9th inning for monetary stimulus in the US. With the number of jobs increasing at a stable rate (See ADP data for more accurate picutre) the economy clearly doesn't need additional liquidity.


Plus, if gold couldn't move up over the last year, what's the logical dirction when they start to pull back next year and over the next decade? Yup, $400 here we come



Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:34 | 3260966 RSBriggs
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MDB, is that you?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:53 | 3261049 RationalPrepper
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The Fed's way of begging Congress to act on the sequester?  Cause a market mini-panic so they kick the can yet again?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:58 | 3261065 GFORCE
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Took a long on the VIX today in a 2xETF early morning... Sweet!!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:01 | 3261073 MFLTucson
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The American clown show led by none other than Ben Bernanke.  Go ahead Ben and end the QE and a depression will ensue as will chaos, riots and a collapse of America.  Go ahead you clown, show us what you are made of but first tip off all your Jewish friends so they can short the circus and steal more money from the American people.  This is despicable con! End QE and who buys are bonds the fucking man in the moon?  Great job taking Gold down Ben, I like the way all your friends on wall Street already knew what was coming.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:52 | 3261259 AlphaHunter001
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what do Jews have to do with this move today? racism = ignorance


i don't see the point of racist comments with no facts or logic, simply anger from someone who's obviously long a market that's going down (gold/silver)


anger is never profitable of healthy. remember, your life is built from your mind, no one else is to blame. take responsibility and stop blaming others for your own mistakes.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:08 | 3261093 casaananda
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I sure as hell won't buy any bonds. Nor any stocks except maybe some miners, which are beat all to Hell. Meanwhile, my stack remains and I ain't selling any of it. Not giving some asshole the opportunity to buy my PMs here.


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:11 | 3261107 groundedkiwi
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And just off Reuters, talk about easing of sanctions, but no trade in GOLD.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:16 | 3261129 Tombstone
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Just another fake sell-off as Benny inadvertently hits the sell button instead of the snoozer.   Bulls, it is a lock that we will not see two days in a row of selling as it is against all things centrally planned.  Market to rally strong on Wednesday and recapture its pie-in-the-sky problemo.  And besides, not to worry, as all bad news has been declared invalid by The Dictator and CNBC.  So, continue to puke up your gold and bonds and regurgitate the proceeds into stocks, which are undervalued by any measure and by Goldman, the king of soothsayers.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 18:22 | 3261365 Just Ice
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You way overslept...

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:43 | 3261236 Ned Zeppelin
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More jawboning to test market reactions. . . yep our yammering nonsense still works. 


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 18:02 | 3261300 electricgorilla
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You guys have to much faith in the Fed. Can everyone continue to believe that central planning will keep this market going ever higher forever. BTFD works until it doesn't. Will this selloff continue. I don't know. I do know that eventually this charade will have to come to an end. 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 19:07 | 3261478 Curt W
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CNN monet headline,  FED sinks stocks after signaling may remove stimulus sooner than expected.

How is printing money and giving it to the banks stimulus?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 07:10 | 3262565 MyBrothersKeeper
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It just goes to show you how fragile the public psyche is.  Wait until something really "happens".  The end game is when the sheep stop believeing the propaganda....we are still a long way from that in my opinion, but if we get some kind of extrenal shock that can't be ignored, the capitulation will come swiftly.

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