Things That Make You Go Hmmm... Like The Fed's Misplaced Confidence

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"Where does [The Fed's] confidence come from?" demanded Stanley Druckenmiller recently.

Grant Williams has an answer:

Their “confidence” comes from a series of academic models and a lifetime spent studying ntheoretical finance and then applying it to real-world situations, often with disastrous effect.

The day these people admit to themselves (let alone to the public) that what they have believed to be foolproof doesn’t actually work, is the day they render pointless their entire lives’ work.

The alternative to grappling with hard realities — in this case to continue waltzing down the path of Keynesian folly — is, sadly, far more palatable. Eventually, though, the markets have a habit of demonstrating, beyond any reasonable doubt, that natural forces are far more powerful than the whims of a few academics. And that is, I fear, what we are setting ourselves up for.

Elk Theories — observations which are not, actually, theories but rather simply minimal accounts — are commonplace amongst today’s breed of central bankers, and for the time being there are no obvious signs of their legitimacy being challenged.

But that could change in a heartbeat. Should all the Elk Theories currently being espoused (yes, Messrs. Carney & Kuroda, I left you out of this week’s edition, but I haven’t forgotten you) be simultaneously recognized for what they are, then we will see some fireworks.

If Yellen would stop clearing HER throat long enough, her own Elk theory would, I strongly suspect, sound like this:

This theory, which belongs to me, is as follows... (more throat clearing) This is how it goes... (clears throat) The next thing that I am going to say is my theory. (clears throat) Ready?


We are absolutely convinced beyond any doubt whatsoever that we can, through the manipulation of interest rates and the theft of savings, extricate the world from its growth-free, post-2008 malaise and at the same time extricate ourselves from our $3.5 trillion dollar balance-sheet expansion.


We are quite certain that we can manipulate headline inflation to exactly where we need it to be and that any aberration can be blamed on the weather without so much as a whimper from the investing public.


We believe that bubbles are impossible to see until they burst, and we believe that we have played no part in generating the bubbles which have periodically plagued the world over the last several decades.


We know beyond question that holding interest rates at artificially and ridiculously low levels for several years will have no ill effects on the economy whatsoever; and we can assure you, with the utmost conviction, that we will be able to complete the taper without any damage being done to the equity markets.


That is my theory and what it is too.

Like those of Draghi, Yellen’s theories are nothing more than minimal observations which hardly stand up to scrutiny but for the fact that she has stated something which IS true currently.


Full Grant Williams letter below...


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Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:03 | 5038724 Newsboy
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I'm confident that if I say this lie convincingly, I'll keep getting paid the big bucks.

Some people can lie without reservation. Sociopaths. GW Bush types.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:10 | 5038740 worbsid
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"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period" 

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:24 | 5038783 nmewn
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"Jobs saved or created!"

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:50 | 5038836 Da Yooper
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"Where does [The Fed's] confidence come from?"


Can you spell delusional boys & girls ?


I knew ya could

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 20:14 | 5039027 NoDebt
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Yeah.  If people were rational, they would look back on the last few decades and say "hey, wait a minute here!"

But they're not.  They WANT to believe somebody knows what's happening, what the future holds and how to modify it to their desires.

The Fed knows this well and plays the part to a tee.  They are the Wizard of Oz.  All knowing, all seeing, all powerful and more than just a bit of a fraud if you look behind the curtain.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 08:02 | 5039908 BrosephStiglitz
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Agreed.  The central bank function is purely political in nature.  They dabble in markets under the disguise of doing common good in order to provide a financial return for their stakeholders in the good times, and a safety net in the bad.

It seems to me that most of the political organizations which surround banking and finance are full of ignorant theorists, cunning liars (career politicians), or profiteering con-artists and the latter two groups are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 06:51 | 5039841 grekko
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Is that good for Yellen's shrink as well?  Does Obamacare cover straight jackets?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:14 | 5038749 B2u
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Ah....Hope and Change....

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:01 | 5040060 doctor10
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Even if Draghi hasn't admitted it yet-it looks like the IMF already acknowledges and is planning for the inevitable


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Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:09 | 5038735 Seasmoke
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you forgot the very first word..................... SO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:09 | 5038736 Fuku Ben
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It's all smoke and mirror

There's smoke coming out of Yellen's eyes, arse and every other orifice in her body

And the mirrors are so she can see around her big floppy gunt and check how its coming out downtown

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:12 | 5038743 TheSecondLaw
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In summary:  This will work, and if it doesn't, it's not my fault.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:12 | 5038746 B2u
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I have learned I can predict with 100% accuracy that it will be dark at night.  For those who live near the North Pole and South are on your own.    

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:15 | 5038755 Reaper
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The sheeple were trained to trust in their government, their central bank and Yellen, by extension. Who is the greater fool, the sheeple who trust Yellen, or Yellen who trusts in herself? Delusion with money always ends badly.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:14 | 5038756 Cattender
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um... no. i am NOT confident that they KNOW what the hell they are doing...

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:17 | 5038763 Cycle
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The day these people admit to themselves (let alone to the public) that what they have believed to be foolproof doesn’t actually work, is the day they render pointless their entire lives’ work.


This also applies to the global warming modelers and the foreign interventionists.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:36 | 5038811 Escrava Isaura
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How about religion?

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 06:48 | 5039840 grekko
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Will somebody please shoot Isaura and put him out of my misery?  Besides, he looks like Michael Jackson.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:38 | 5038815 Escrava Isaura
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How about family?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:45 | 5038827 Escrava Isaura
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How about the indoctrination camps? I mean, education?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:18 | 5038771 Atomizer
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Individuals not participating in the Ponzi, what a shock. We need a index to gauge daily activities. 


Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:20 | 5038777 nmewn
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"If we all stop believing in the lie. we'll all die!" - with apologies to Jesse Jackson & Paul Krugman for quoting somewhat out of context ;-)

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:26 | 5038791 Duc888
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It's all a game to those at the top.  They can go "clickity, click, click" and deposit ones and zero's into each others accounts for ever.  Only assholes work for a living, the smart people "skim".


Even the Orange Lady Lagarde never pays incnome taxes.


See how this works?



Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:30 | 5038797 kchrisc
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"Things That Make You Go Hmmm... Like The Fed's Misplaced Confidence"

I am confident that the Fed will continue to steal.


"My guillotine likes to say of banksters, 'Great taste, less filling'."

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:38 | 5038809 Caviar Emptor
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Alarming news for the Fed: the state of the yuppie is in grave peril today.
Billionaires got richer, those falling off the rails were kept from starvation.
But without legions of wannabe baby billionaires, buying useless crap from the four corners of the earth to stoke their egos, the core engine of the economy is in a deflationary state of gradual contraction.
Oh they tried hard to get 'em going again: CNBS still produce "reality" shows telling us how in LA, 20-something "real estate brokers" are raking it in moving multi-million dollar homes, doing the deals from their massage tables over smart phones. Remember "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" anyone? One long infomercial that defined and stimulated the decade of excess and greed. Everyone could claim a small piece of it and feel like a Jillionaire Yuppie! Ahhh it was so easy back then....
But today nobody but the 0.001% feels legitimately rich. And another turn of the biflationary screws makes all but the oligarchs feel poorer much faster than mere inflation or stagflation ever did. Rising costs and sinking incomes will do that.
Without the yuppie dream, this economy is just in a chronically sour state.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:42 | 5038819 Escrava Isaura
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"doing the deals from their massage tables over smart phones."

I want that too! Can I have that?

I need it!

It will help the economy.... I promise.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:12 | 5038897 Caviar Emptor
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Yes, there's a lurking yuppie in all of us

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:20 | 5039170 OldPhart
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I'm not smart enough to use a smart phone.  I'm still keeping my's much cheaper.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:42 | 5038822 Chippewa Partners
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Money ain't nothin but the chicks are free.............well, they were.  

Wishing all of you an EBOLA free weekend.............

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:44 | 5038823 VWAndy
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Playin dumb! Thats My schtic damit.

As if they did not know. They knew.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:52 | 5038832 Sudden Debt
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They are beyond other options.
The industry is going after 2 decades of shipping it all abroad.
The bureaucracy is now to big and steams like a mamoth tanker without brakes.
The lobbying has created all the rules to destroy any potential competition thus making sure no new economies can be created.
The passion for our nation has been replace with disregard for our leaders.
The empire will not be gone directly, it might even take 2 more decades but it will crumble, no question, and everything that's happening... We deserve it as nobody cares about the future but his own.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:00 | 5038868 Skateboarder
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What is this world in which I live, where a "lawmaker" is given apathetic approval to do whatever it pleases?

The echoes of the liberty and community that my forefathers once enjoyed, still flows through me.

A human by itself is alone. It can master the secrets of the universe, but it has no one to share it with. That is why we cherish each other, and in times past, community.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:09 | 5038893 Escrava Isaura
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Skateboarder, you said: "What is this world in which I live, where a "lawmaker" is given apathetic approval to do whatever it pleases?

Are you talking about the "The Founding (Lawyers) Fathers"?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:30 | 5038939 Skateboarder
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No, I am talking about the mindsets of people in today's world.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 20:34 | 5039072 Escrava Isaura
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Well, I would strongly recommend that you get ‘curious’ about how US was created. Then, how this British colony became an Empire.

It will change your mind set… to say the least

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 06:43 | 5039836 grekko
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Go back to the pit prepared for you.  -Gandalf

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 06:42 | 5039835 grekko
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I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.


Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:12 | 5038896 Escrava Isaura
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Sudden Debt: 2 more decades to crumble

I hope you are right
Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:58 | 5039616 Carpenter1
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Why? You like watching slow deaths? Or you figure you'll be one of the last ones standing, either way you're on the wrong forum. 

Everyone will be better off the second this vampiric system dies, even if you think you've got it made cause you make 6 digits and have benefits. You're still a slave and have no idea how good things could be when we put a dagger through the heart of this debt based, system of enslavement. 

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 06:39 | 5039832 grekko
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Two thumbs up!

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:00 | 5038862 MASTER OF UNIVERSE

Elk's Club Theories is a better characterization given that the club members all read from the exact same script too.
Yellen says the same shit as Bernanke, Geithner, Summers,
Greenspan, Rubin, Paulson, et cetera. When do they say anything different from the old Elk's Club battle cry for
more pharmaceutical FED money-pump printing and government certified FED usury?

President Andrew Jackson nailed it.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 06:37 | 5039831 grekko
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Yep!  Andy "I Killed the Banks" Jackson.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:48 | 5038960 Yen Cross
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  I've got CONfidence leaking out of every orifice...

It's old, and likely, the figures are even moar exaggerated. Tyler really opened my eyes with this chart.



Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:56 | 5038986 Spungo
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Janet Yellen is further proof that life isn't real. She's just like a character from South Park.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 20:17 | 5039011 Yen Cross
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  Mr.Yellen that crazy crossdressin "Incubus Bitchz" that tried to get married to chef?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 20:55 | 5039119 q99x2
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Arrest her. Don't let her escape (although it looks like she already did).

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:19 | 5039167 Billy Shears
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Band of treasonous charlatans! I do so hope people wake up and these internationalist banksters are shown the door; and by that I mean with foot firmly planted in ass.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:55 | 5039259 Billy Shears
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I'll say it again, Janet Yellen and Jamie Dimon seperated at birth. Take a good look around the eyes... .

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 20:03 | 5042007 Who was that ma...
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Yeah, and they both have a dick.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:09 | 5039285 e_goldstein
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Things that make you go Hmmm...
Like is Mr Yellen post or pre-op? 

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