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Central Banks Join The Herd, Openly Buying Stocks In Record Amounts

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When tin-foil-hat wearing digital dickweed blogs first suggested that Central Banks were actively buying stocks, the mainstream media scoffed at the idiocy and un-independence of such an idea. However, it is clear the central banks themselves are now not only actively buying stocks but are activley encouraging it and propagandizing their efforts to lever this last policy tool left in the toolbox.

As Bloomberg reports, 23% of central bankers surveyed said the bank owns shares and plans to buy more. From the Bank of Japan to the Bank of Israel and with the SNB and the Czech National Bank now at over 10% allocation of reserves to stocks, is it any wonder there is an inexorable bid under the 'free' markets. Rick Santelli is rightly concerned that, "there is a danger that everyone is loaded in the same direction," asking what happens if all the Central Bank pump-priming does not work, given these equity valuations, "who gets caught holding the bag? What chairs are left when the music stops?"


Via Bloomberg,

Central banks, guardians of the world’s $11 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves, are buying stocks in record amounts as falling bond yields push even risk- averse investors toward equities.




In a survey of 60 central bankers this month by Central Banking Publications and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, 23 percent said they own shares or plan to buy them. The Bank of Japan, holder of the second-biggest reserves, said April 4 it will more than double investments in equity exchange-traded funds to 3.5 trillion yen ($35.2 billion) by 2014. The Bank of Israel bought stocks for the first time last year while the Swiss National Bank and the Czech National Bank have boosted their holdings to at least 10 percent of reserves.




“If reserves are growing, so are diversification pressures. Equities are not for every bank tomorrow, but more are continuing down this path.”




The survey of 60 central bankers, overseeing a combined $6.7 trillion, found that low bond returns had prompted almost half to take on more risk. Fourteen said they had already invested in equities or would do so within five years.




Even so, 70 percent of the central bankers in the survey indicated that equities are “beyond the pale.”




Some central banks, including the Fed in Washington and the Bank of England in London, have no mandate to buy stocks directly.




the SNB has allocated about 12 percent of assets to passive funds tracking equity indexes.




“Central banks are looking at assets that I wouldn’t have necessarily expected in times gone by,”

Finally, when all the central banks have bid up all stocks to just shy of infinity using electronic monetary equivalent 1s and 0s (which can be created to precisely infinity if and when needed), will the BOJ, Fed and ECB be forced to start shopping in the JCPenney 90%-off closeout rack next?


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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:18 | 3498186 Edward Fiatski
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But... but... but... the Moral Hazard of being able to conjure a Trillion USDs and buy tangible thinges with it... Ah, fuck it - no one gives a damn; 100 years & running.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:19 | 3498196 FL_Conservative
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The insanity is UFB.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:24 | 3498237 toys for tits
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In the near future they will begin buying intangibles to increase GDP.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:41 | 3498321 knukles
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Krugman's gottabe pulling on his Great Breasted Purple Throbber like there's no tomorrow.


Seriously, I thought that there was a bird named the Great Breasted Purple Throbber and this was what was delivered....


Come on, what could go wrong?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:44 | 3498355 redpill
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"Central banks, guardians of the world’s $11 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves"


These fucking fascists aren't guardians of anything.  Deliberately destroying the integrity of global stock markets is financial totalitarianism and is an act of war against the people of the world.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:48 | 3498377 fonzannoon
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Cramer told me to embrace the fraud.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:55 | 3498413 Boris Alatovkrap
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Central Bank is buy stock "openly"... How to parse!? Central Bank previously buy "secret"?! This cannot is have happy ending (except at SEC when agent is restore porn through anonymous proxy).

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:02 | 3498458 redpill
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Correct, the survey just means that 23% are actually admitting it now.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:25 | 3498613 Boris Alatovkrap
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Now Boris understand, 23% is admit to 25% of purchase. Nice to print money in wild abandonment and buy real asset with impunity.

Get popcorn and soda (Boris is get vodka and cabbage roll) - this is to be exciting to watch!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:58 | 3498799 BoNeSxxx
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Central Bankers and 'Risk' in the same sentence?  

LOLZ... there is no risk to the owners of the printing press.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 15:01 | 3499090 francis_sawyer
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When you're given the franchise to print joobux for yourself out of thin air... You can buy a lot of shizz...


It's especially nice if you have a bunch of joos who control MSM & keep your eyes trained in another direction, & an otherwise joo controlled legal system who aren't interested in prosecuting fellow joos... You know ~ because there's PROFIT involved...

Junk away...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:27 | 3498626 Boris Alatovkrap
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More question - sorry - Boris is forget, what is purpose of Central Bank!?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:48 | 3498737 ATM
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Purpose of Central Bank is to rob people of wealth and hand over to bureaucrats and autocrats, slowly at first and thena ll at once.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:58 | 3498801 SafelyGraze
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repeat to self: don't fight the CB . don't fight the CB

if we can persuade enough of you to front-run us on all our jawbone hints, then we don't have to actually take any action ourselves

you will do the heavy lifting for us

which is as it should be


G20 n friends

in the meantime, we still have to buy some of the equities and stuff though.

so bear with us! pardon our dust! under construction! 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:30 | 3498631 fockewulf190
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Phyzz. There is no other option. Get yours before it's all gone.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:25 | 3500015 mkkby
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To keep kicking the can, they really have no other choice.  If stocks go down, pensions fail and gov collapses -- at the state/local level at least.

If houses don't recover, banks/fannie/freddie stay insolvent.  Therefore, they must keep bonds at zero yield.

If gold goes too high, confidence in fiat dies.  So they have to keep naked shorting it.  No choice.

Primary dealers get their guaranteed profit.  Same as any gov contractor.  How to play?  Wait for major correction.  Go long.  Never short in any amount you can't afford to lose.  They will be attacked as enemy of the state.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:02 | 3498464 Manthong
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In for a penny.. in for a pound ..

But an early CB bet was in for a sheckel..

I’d be watching for sheckel exit.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:16 | 3498555 fonzannoon
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Bob pissonmeface just making it clear that the fed and ecb are not buying stocks. just other cb's. so other cb's are now frontrunning the fed with stock purchases?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:25 | 3498611 mckee
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Bob pissonmeface just making it clear that the fed and ecb are not "admitting to" buying stocks. just other cb's. so other cb's are now frontrunning the fed with stock purchases?



Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:37 | 3498667 NotApplicable
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Of course, the word Bob's looking for is "proxy."

Who needs to buy stocks when you can create a Rube Goldberg machine to do it for you?

Just think of what you could buy if you had a magic checkbook.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:48 | 3498742 ATM
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Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, DIng, Ding!!!!!!!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 03:38 | 3499059 Supernova Born
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What the fuck ever goes for banksters.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:05 | 3498489 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Didn't the democrats go beserk when W. Bush tried to let people invest a "tiny" portion of "their" social security in the stock market?   Now that Obama is president, its ok to GO ALL IN??

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:30 | 3498642 HardAssets
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The false paradigm of  'right' vs 'left', 'Dem' vs 'Repub' is a fraud.

It doesnt freakin' matter what the Dems or Repubs say - all of it is b.s. and not worth following or bothering with.  There will never be any solutions coming out of D.C.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:34 | 3498654 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Oh, I get that.  I was referring more to the average democrat sheep on the street.  The majority of J6P's were against any investment of SS in the stawk market, but this will be OK, because well, its OK.  Obama said so.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:08 | 3498510 FL_Conservative
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What, is Cramer looking for a hug?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:46 | 3498361 Dyhana
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It might be purple, but I highly doubt that it's big.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:59 | 3498443 Boris Alatovkrap
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Battery not include.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:25 | 3498239 GoldForCash
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Buying our stocks with the money we gave them. Worst than a ponzu.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:43 | 3498344 CClarity
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Jim O' niell of GS Chair fame, said he thinks its a good idea this morning. And that CentrL banks (I think he meant sov. wealth funds) should take l-t approach for good of the country's people and buy assets that are longer term in I outlook and then share the wealth gains with the people. Stocks, odd currencies, all okay by him. what next, tech inventories and ag land?
Ahem, the Fed is not of the people for the people. It is for its bank members.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:03 | 3498469 rqb1
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They love ag land.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:30 | 3498632 NoDebt
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Central banks are bond guys, at heart.  Now they're just going to start buying equities like they know what they're doing?  Good thing they have a printing press in the basement- they're going to need it.

"what next, tech inventories and ag land?"

Good point.  Yes, I think would be the answer to that question.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:34 | 3498660 astoriajoe
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Its all just spreadsheets and DCFs. what could go wrong?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:51 | 3498754 ATM
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Why wouldn't the CBs just go buy everything? They have the money.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:53 | 3498773 fonzannoon
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and why wouldn't you front run them knowing they were going to?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 15:08 | 3499121 NoDebt
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Exactly.  That's where I think this bull market has been getting it's endless bid.  Nothing's stopping it.  Not bad news and worse yet, not GOOD news.  This has to be at least in part front-running the central bankers on their equity purchases.

Would make sense since this behavior by central banks is RECENT.  Like in the last six months, perhaps.  Curiously, around the time the market starting pulling up off the November lows last year and hasn't looked back.

If you're powerful and connected all you need to do is ask your "inside guy" and the Fed (or elsewhere in the central bank world) what they're buying and selling and do the same.  The rest of us have to read what they did months later on ZH, scratching our heads why things were moving so strangely in the previous quarter/half/year. 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:27 | 3498628 Jekyll_n_Hyde_Island
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Blackrock is behind this - ad infinitum

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:35 | 3498657 dontgoforit
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Amen G-f-C! 

Too big to fail, grown large on notes of Bernank,

They hang us on a cross with our own nails - and rustily we sank.

They wipe our blood with fiat, rag-papered we expire,

They blame our demise on us, those dirty rotten liars. 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 15:43 | 3499295 ejmoosa
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Buying our stocks with the money we have yet to earn and will one day be expected to repay...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:39 | 3498328 smlbizman
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i am proud to be associated with the digital dickweeds.....

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:55 | 3498407 Dr. Richard Head
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ZH should issue PhD's based on number of comments and up votes.  I could finally be called a real doctor then.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:33 | 3498644 Jekyll_n_Hyde_Island
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A heirarchy would be nice.  I.E. someone like Disabled Vet would get the title Resident Dickhead for garnering over 200 down votes in a week, you'd have your troll classifications too, then we'd have McMolotov and the others Prime Chancellor, Chief Sno-Cone Provider, ad nauseum et al. 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:53 | 3498765 thecoloredsky
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Is it ok if I cruise to the PhD by using comments like "Fuck you Bernanke!" and the like? If thats cool, then I'd like to kickstart my career with.... wait for it....


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:47 | 3498378 Stoploss
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According to the COT for bonds, and gold's reaction, it would appear it is about to get ugly.

But hey, this time could be different!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:53 | 3498396 Gringo Viejo
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Somebody got to buy 'em. Everybody else tryin' to keep the cockaroaches from eatin' they food stamps.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:37 | 3498303 smlbizman
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you heard it...its over for gold...that most intelligent woman on cnbs says so......since thats that when  i take my metals up to the county recyling plant do i have to seperate or just dump them in with the water heaters?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:17 | 3498192 sansnobel
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Hang all Central Bankers of the world!!!!!!  Fucking theives!!!!!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:22 | 3498226 Ghordius
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do me a favour and lead by example before lecturing foreigners what to do or not to do

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:27 | 3498614 Apocalicious
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What part of "All" do you fail to understand? I see no reference to "ours" versus "yours" or "domestic" versus "foreign."


Noped, checked again - "all central bankers."

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:34 | 3498295 Pseudo Anonym
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soon the hofjuden will print enough judefetzen to purchase not only all tangible assets but our own living asses as well

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:31 | 3498639 assumptionblindness
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No need to worry. I am confident that all of their positions are safely hedged.

Just one question....aren't central banks only allowed to buy AAA govt. bonds?

Maybe I am just confusing the OLD rules with the NEW rules. My bad ;-(

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:26 | 3498193 hedgeless_horseman
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"there is a danger that everyone is loaded in the same direction," asking what happens if all the Central Bank pump-priming does not work...

It's a circle jerk!* followed by a pump-and-dump.




* I was on the fence about posting this very inappropriate pic, versus just a link, as it is so fucking appropriate

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:26 | 3498244 toys for tits
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A bunch of classless lowlifes.  

Not one of them has their pinkies raised.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:41 | 3498269 hedgeless_horseman
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"who gets caught holding the bag?

I don't know about scrotums; it sure looks to me like everybody is going to get ass-fucked before it is all over, with Bernanke providing the liquidity.

What chairs are left when the music stops?

Chairs, Rick?  Not sure, but everyone's stool will be pushed in. You can thank President Obama and his huge stimulus package!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:46 | 3498348 knukles
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It's only 0940 and ....



(Where the fuck did he find that picture?  There's something terribly wrong...)

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:50 | 3498376 hedgeless_horseman
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“diversification pressures...more are continuing down this path.”

So, gay is, or is not a choice?  What say you, Draghi?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:54 | 3498397 knukles
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If you want gay, have gay, by all means.

But now you've got me thinking....
Are they buying individual gay stocks expecting additional juice through alpha or the San-Fran Bathhouse Diversified Index?

 maybe that pic is why the Marines have outlawed tattoos.....
 must be Navy

yes, seamen

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:23 | 3498453 hedgeless_horseman
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70 percent of the central bankers in the survey indicated that "equities" are “beyond the pale.”

70% are liars!  Come out of the closet, it is 2013 for crying out loud. 

Has all of Congressman Barney Frank's hard work and embarrassment openly taking it long and hard for banks been for nothing? 

Get behind this great man, stand tall, and do not be embarrassed to give it your best!  Others have and have been well rewarded.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 16:11 | 3499421 knukles
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Hedge, you've got me speechless...
Quite frankly, I'm not too sure what to do the rest of today, now...


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:49 | 3498743 Jekyll_n_Hyde_Island
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I think Obama should grow a cock-duster. 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:41 | 3498692 NotApplicable
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I believe the bag holder is none other than the US Treasury.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:10 | 3498531 RafterManFMJ
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Not one of them has their pinkies raised.

The Ann Landers of homoerotica? ZeroHedge you attract the diversiest of the diverse and that's why love you.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 15:39 | 3499259 Disenchanted
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A daisy chain (def. #1) pic (NSFW) would have been a better option...besides that's not a circle.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 15:19 | 3499203 q99x2
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That's from awolmarines. There about 5,000 (no exaggeraton) homosexual marines in sexual acts on that site. Bobby Garcia a gross gay mexican paid them to be in his movies down at Camp Pendleton. The marines are treated so poorly and they have families that have so very little money it was not hard to get them to prostitute themselves.

I thought that during the Iraq war that Hussein would start dumping the videos on the troops to lower moral.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:19 | 3498195 fonzannoon
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The survey of 60 central bankers, overseeing a combined $6.7 trillion, found that low bond returns had prompted almost half to take on more risk. Fourteen said they had already invested in equities or would do so within five years


5 moar years 5 moar years!!!!!!!!!!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:28 | 3498252 toys for tits
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What happens when CB's participate in irrational exuberance? 



Now they'll never be able to spot it.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:32 | 3498276 fonzannoon
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That guy whiteshadow was right. They will crash this market up. up up and up. You will be mesmerized by it. You won't be able to hold back. You will buy into it. It will be glorious. Then it will be over in an instant.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:44 | 3498353 ParkAveFlasher
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Stock portfolios went stratospheric in Weimar Germany.

Obama is a young man still.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:46 | 3498360 centerline
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A blow off top like no one has ever seen.  Everyone will be cheering right up into the "oh shit" moment.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:42 | 3498706 dontgoforit
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Who's the one guy who's got the pin ready to prick the bubble?  That one guy (or group) will make a killing and our blood will be their feast (our dough will be their muffin) - (our years of work they will have for a farthing).

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:01 | 3498813 Meat Hammer
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Mass suicides and 401k statement-induced stroking out will greatly reduce the cost of Obamacare.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:44 | 3498718 NoDebt
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Toys- I'm less worried about them seeing or not seeing a bubble (they have been utterly blind to them thus far) and more concerned with this question: 

Since when did the purpose of Central Banks become earning some risk-adjusted rate of return?  That isn't their purpose.  They have no business building portfolios like they're some sort of giant hedge fund.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:54 | 3498411 HardAssets
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central banksters "taking on more risks"  ?

Thats like saying Mafia Vegas casino owners take on more risk

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:19 | 3498197 dracos_ghost
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Nope. Nothing can go wrong with this. Absolutely nothing. Nosiree Bob. Nosiree Jimmy. Nosiree Benny.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:19 | 3498198 maskone909
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imagine if all of that CB money went to the people instead????

would be super sweet

oh well

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:22 | 3498217 css1971
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It does... The people in their country club.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:02 | 3498431 HardAssets
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These evil criminals calculate it differently than we do.

'people' (like you & me)  =  milk cows/ sheep/ viruses - - - at best, toys to play with

banksters = God 


Imagine being in a place where all your life you have been given anything and everything you ever wanted. Your family has billions. So now all there is left is stroking your ego and power tripping. And you feel 'entitled' to get whatever you want and care about no one else.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:44 | 3498721 dontgoforit
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Good summary, HAssets!  I've never run in those circles - don't want to.  It's a sickness.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:43 | 3498712 NotApplicable
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What's so sweet about people getting money that is just an IOU from the same people? It's still a wealth redistribution scheme, and as such, could never amount to anything positive.

Circle jerk indeed!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:19 | 3498200 RaymondKHessel
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<--- Hyperinflation

<--- Default

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:20 | 3498206 fonzannoon
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where is the option for both?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:54 | 3498402 THX 1178
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Yeah whats the difference? Default or Default? Shit if'n we Hyperinflate who seriously thinks we ain't fitna pay awf our debts with useless terlet paper? Default is default.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:25 | 3498228 Caviar Emptor
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Nope, just more BIflation. Today a Citi analyst commented about the "shocking" uncoupling between the real and the financial economy. He was commenting about Spain with its 27% unemployment record. (Noce goong!) It's the end result of current central bank policies.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:33 | 3498281 fonzannoon
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I saw. They said the underlying economy was a bullish sign. Orwell just did another backflip.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:13 | 3498511 HardAssets
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IMO, now it has little to do with 'economics' at all.

Catherine Austin Fitts said one time that if one really wanted to learn how the system works, go to the store and buy some popcorn. Then go and rent the complete Godfather movie series. Spend the weekend watching all the movies one after another and you'll have a good education on how things really work today.

Michael Corleone: "All my life I was trying to get up in society... where everything is legal, but the higher I go the more crooked it becomes."

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:44 | 3498716 MachoMan
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That IS what economics is...  the political system is beholden to the economic system.  The economic system is an incredibly convoluted version of the jungle.  In the end, the economic system is beholden to the law of the jungle (albeit possibly rewarding different traits/attributes), regardless of the economic system we attempt to employ.  All of our descriptions, theories, philosophies, etc. are all directed towards describing pinpoints of time (e.g. capitalism), but virtually never the overarching mechanisms and trends.

The Godfather series actually addresses the nature of economics...  or, at the very least, our default state, which is often returned to given anything else requires cooperation, diligence, and intelligence (things humans can only seem to collectively muster in spurts).

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:38 | 3498673 MachoMan
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Bi-flation is merely cost push inflation...  and all of the symptoms of "bi-flation" eventually give way to inflation or deflation proper...  this is just a temporary stop on the timeline...  though, lube would be nice.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:47 | 3498373 madcows
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hey, wow, I was able to vote for both.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:31 | 3498918 Overfed
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First one, and then the other.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:19 | 3498203 firstdivision
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This is bullish.  It makes me have total confidence in the markets.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:20 | 3498205 Schmuck Raker
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"Central banks, guardians..."


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:19 | 3498207 InconvenientCou...
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Breaking equity markets hurts the lowest 80th% of listed companies. The alpha predators benefit. It's another wealth transfer.

Humans are batteries for the machines.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:20 | 3498210 css1971
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Bonds/Stocks I don't see how you lose.


Oh wait. hold currency. Like your ordinary person.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:09 | 3498848 Umh
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Then don't do that.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:23 | 3498220 fonzannoon
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paging ekm....paging ekm...please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:22 | 3498222 orangegeek
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Some June Puts should do the trick.


Hopefully the premiums aren't up in the tens of thousands.


LMFAO!!!!!  Moar gongshow please.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:24 | 3498234 youngman
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I wonder if they have a HFT Computer????  Do they short too????   this is the end game....they will be the last player..but what will it do to CNBC...will Bernanke be the only guy on TV every day interviewed as he is the only buyer left...and what about all those analists????? what will they spew about and where????? 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:26 | 3498242 bonzo112358
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At some point fundamentals do catch up.  Safeway(swy) is a good example today of what happens when reality meets momentum.  Of course I didn't have the nerve to pull the trigger on puts yesterday but if anyone did congrats on a great trade.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:47 | 3498739 NotApplicable
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All the winnings in the world won't amount to anything when your account gets Corzined.

The only "great" trade these days is OTC.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:27 | 3498254 Dr. Engali
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If all this shit doesn't prove that the market is about to be vaporized nothing will. I pity the sheep still in this thing when it's gone.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:29 | 3498265 fonzannoon
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Doc they sparked a gun debate and sent every gun and ammo flying off the shelves. They smashed gold down and sent every ounce flying off the shelves.

Do you get the feeling they want us armed to the teeth and in a total panic when they pull the plug? They could hang back in hiding with their munitions while we massively rectify the population bubble ourselves.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:46 | 3498331 Dr. Engali
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Fonz beyond a doubt there will be a great die off as the golden hordes exit the major population centers. My thoughts are that they have sufficiently divided the population to the point where we will wipe each other out then they will come in and mop up the rest....or at least they will try.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:55 | 3498409 centerline
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Self-liquidating unfunded liabilities.  Just need a crisis to make it happen.  Anything that hits electronic systems like EBT and ATM cards would do... a banking crisis, cyper attack, etc.


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:50 | 3498387 centerline
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Fonz, great questions.  I really have had to step back and wonder if the public is playing right into this.

The only other plausible explanation is just pure stupidy.  But, I have a hard time swallowing this because it is just too stupid.


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:58 | 3498426 fonzannoon
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I just watched Mark Cuban on CNBC. I have no idea why but I like Mark Cuban a lot. He seems extremely intelligent and pretty sincere. He said every excess dime he has right now is shorting the yen. To see him just playing along makes me think this will just go on and on. But then articles like this solidify how it is going to end, and it will be awful.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:05 | 3498483 centerline
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Nothing scares me more than seeing a vast majority line up on one side of anything. lol.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:08 | 3498515 rqb1
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Do you remember when he called WS a ponzi scheme?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:46 | 3498734 dontgoforit
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I envision it like a slo-mo train wreck happening just up the road.  You can see it coming, folks on the train are having a big time, but you know the end is just a cling-clang away.  Oh NO!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:28 | 3498255 GoldForCash
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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:29 | 3498257 fuu
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Check kiting writ large.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:29 | 3498259 Temporalist
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I'd like to recommend that they buy IPET. 

"Hey, if we all buy the price will only go up!"

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:29 | 3498262 bnbdnb
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Disappearing debt, coming to a Central Bank near you.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:32 | 3498272 kito
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wow, so cbs are buying gold and stocks hand over fist.....what a fubar-ed world we live in......................

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:49 | 3498745 NotApplicable
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Well, somebody's gotta put a little velocity behind those "reserves."

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:32 | 3498279 rosiescenario
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Makes complete sense....when you are TBTF all the risk you take either results in a profit for your bank or a problem to be born by everyone else.


If you were running a TBTF, you'd be stupid not to take that "gamble"....hell, you can bet on anything, but stocks are where you can lay down those really big bets and at the same time garner political approval from those folks that will make sure that you do never lose.


I sure would not do any shorting in this market, unless you are a Congressional aid and have some really good inside information....

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:46 | 3498349 forwardho
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Its not their $$

Why would they not gamble?

All they have to loose is the bonus if it fall apart.

Human nature unbridled from ethics.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:32 | 3498283 youngman
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Do you think they will have any political pressure is what stocks they buy GM and GE is okay...but Smith & Wesson is not????  green Solyandra/ Fisker is good...but Exxon is not...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:37 | 3498309 Everybodys All ...
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community organizing ...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:45 | 3498358 FreeMktFisherMN
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absolutely. See gun stocks getting crushed despite blowout earnings last quarter (and don't give me that 'buy rumor sell news' crap, as the gun companies have incredible demand/backloads, and need more investment if anything). And I suppose RGR's having no debt is a red flag, too, since they are not playing along with the Fed's induce-leverage game.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:47 | 3498733 MachoMan
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There was a short list of stocks that were bought in the 08/09 crash/fiasco...  harley davidson and mcdonalds come to mind.  Merica

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:33 | 3498287 Temporalist
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So now every company that the CBs own is too big too fail right?  I mean, they would never pick a loser and if they did...just buy more stock right?  Bail outs?  Is it raining motherfucking unicorns outside?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:35 | 3498290 earleflorida
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so, the free market system is by all standards officially DOA?!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:36 | 3498296 William Murderface
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You had me at "tin-foil-hat wearing digital dickweed blogs..."


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:35 | 3498300 Central Wanker
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The only asset class that is able to maintain its value without Fed's assistance seems to be precious metals.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:39 | 3498320 kito
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not true. if the world was run in a volker-esqe way (which it cannot at this point-impossible), gold would not be shining so bright...people are buying gold as a direct result of the fed's protection from their belief hyperinflation will rear its ugly head............................

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:41 | 3498332 WhiteNight123129
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Correct Kito

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:50 | 3498388 fonzannoon
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Kito you still think they are going to save the dollar?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:05 | 3498488 kito
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yes fonz, i do....the dollar means more to bernanke than the people.....there is no way out of matter what they do, it wont if the country goes down in flames one way or the other...why would bernanke take the dollar with it??? why destroy the currency along with the country????.....i believe the dollar itself wont be detroyed, only all assets that are fed by the dollar...a massive repudiation of debt that will leave physical cash longed for....although im starting to think gold will hold up if the farce that is comex actually defaults in plain view......along with everything else..................where is FRANCIS SAWYER, he had a question for me that i didnt answer....

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:12 | 3498518 Dr. Engali
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I'm willing to bet a ham sandwich that the dollar will be toast as it currently exists when this is all said and done. Of course I don't know how I'll collect short of us meeting for a beer and you paying with some pieces of silver.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:12 | 3498540 fonzannoon
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Assuming I can grow a fucking cucumber, put me down for a cucumber. I'm in with doc.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:19 | 3498575 kito
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alright, you are both on!!!! you say dollar as it is, please explain....we need some parameters in this bet..............

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:23 | 3498594 fonzannoon
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Kito the good news for you is that if me and Doc are right the chance of this bet getting settled is pretty slim.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:30 | 3498636 kito
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no way dude.....its on......i will walk to long island from new jersey if need be.....or at least take my bike....whats better?? throgs neck or whitestone????

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:33 | 3498650 fonzannoon
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Fine...I have a massive cyber attack shutting down the banking system. When the dust settles we have a new paper backed currency. My only question is, is this a global thing? One (developed) world currency? I'm not sure. In either won't be the good old USD

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:58 | 3498795 kito
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my guess is SDRS will become the worlds reserve currency...comprised of the currencies now plus gold and perhaps your cucumbers..........................

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:59 | 3498809 fonzannoon
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so where is your usd?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:08 | 3498844 kito
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safely tucked away in the bank where i have faith in the FDIC....hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahhaha.......................


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:01 | 3498810 kito
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you do realize there arent too many ways off your long island????? you have an escape pod???? its not really where id want to be if all hell breaks loose.......although there is plenty of fish nearby....................

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:03 | 3498820 fonzannoon
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There are fish on the north and south shore and plenty of farms out east. but with you bringing me cucumbers it makes it that much easier.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:24 | 3498897 Meat Hammer
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so if the country goes down in flames one way or the other...why would bernanke take the dollar with it???


IMHO, the BRICS will take the dollar down and THEN the country goes down in flames.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:37 | 3498306 bnbdnb
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Anybody else watch that series Continuum, and you were perplexed as to whose side you were supposed to be on?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:38 | 3498310 XRAYD
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Central banks will also be bying "royalties" futures of movies which are now going to be made part of GDP. The more they buy, the greater the GDP.  

Mission accomplished!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:39 | 3498313 fonzannoon
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I can't get it to play...but here it is, your moment of Zen

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:40 | 3498318 WhiteNight123129
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Those who know the effects of money printing will take money off the table from the stock market and spend on goods and services, short treasuries and buy soft commodities index and hard assets (including Gold) and go on the beach. At that point the Treasuries entre bear market and if enough inflation is created, game over, the cash has to be spent period or you lose it in your deposits.

For a while PIMCO and Fed were allies (to shape the curve in a way which helps banks and housing stabilize). At some point they will be enemies because the fed wants to organize and orderly inflate away with an orderly Gov bonds bear market in the style of Great Britain post world war II.


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:40 | 3498322 e m m
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There you have it, your central bank - government - corporations - money printing - taxation circle jerk.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:40 | 3498323 khakuda
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Central Bank equity purchases should be called by their real name:  COMMUNISM.  The government owns the means of production.

Print "money" out of thin air and buy up all the assets people worked for and created.  Then, dole out the vallue based on political factors, not individual contributions.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:39 | 3498327 Canadian Dirtlump
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Anyone hear about how the Israeli Central bank's position in AAPL worked out LOL!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:41 | 3498336 devo
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I think the "trade" here is to buy stocks, convert profits to pms, and lose them in a boating accident.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:41 | 3498339 yogibear
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No more real markets.

When will Obama, with the help of the Fed copy China?

Rebuild Detroit and other crumbling cities? Create more debt and have the Fed buy it up?

Then the Fed makes the debt disappears and wipes it off it's balance sheet.


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:42 | 3498340 DavidC
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Well, as central banks are PRIVATE institutions, I don't really care if they go tits up.


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