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Art Cashin On "The Folks Who Brought You 1.5% GDP and 8.3% Unemployment"

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Confused what the Fed may or may not do in 3 weeks? Join the club (although the answer at this point is a definite nothing especially with food prices soaring not only in the US but around the world). There are those - banks - who as we have said repeatedly are in desperate need not of promises of further easing, but of cold, hard, free, electronic reserves. Then there is everyone else who doesn't care what the Fed does because it will have no impact on the economy, but at least it may raise 201(k)'s for a little longer, preserving the myth that asset values may still increase, and feed the illusion of wealth. At least until the impact of the latest Fed (non) intervention fizzles. Then there is Art Cashin, who deserves to be heard, if for no other reason, than because he is the true Chairman (of the fermentation committee).

From UBS Financial Markets

From The Folks Who Brought You 1.5% GDP Growth And 8.3% Unemployment – It looks like the Fed's frustration may be growing palpable. They have cut interest rates virtually to zero (and pledged to keep them there for years to come).

They have run three separate quantitative easing programs. They have engorged the U.S. banking systems with excess free reserves to the tune of nearly $2 trillion.

And all that has left the U.S. economy sputtering just above stall speed and employment virtually frozen.

The Fed's problem is that all the newly created "money" has gone unspent and unlent. To repeat an analogy I have used to explain why there is no inflation – it is as though Bernanke dropped $10 million in newly printed bills on your lawn – and you are so worried you hid them in the garage.

That's the Fed's frustration. They have made trillions of dollars available but no one wants to borrow any of them or spend them.  More correctly, no one with a good credit rating wants to borrow them or spend them.

We think Eric Rosengren articulated that frustration and hinted at there next initiative to address it. We think Bernanke may flesh  it out in coming weeks and certainly at Jackson Hole.

Traders (both here and Chicago) think it may be an aggressive Operation Twist in mortgage backed securities (the original source  of the problem).

The goal would be to drive margin rates to dramatic lower levels not seen in history. The strategy would be to make mortgage money so cheap that folks would virtually have to refinance. Others, seeing such low rates might be induced to buy other bargain basement priced housing and maybe rent it as income property.

It would be a kind of end run around the traditional banking system, which has huge free reserves and a log-jammed lending system. The next couple of weeks could be interesting.


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Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:20 | 2691199 Jason T
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The disintigration will continue and there is NO POWER great enough to stop it.  We'll make the deal iwth the devil to print money (Faust) and that'll lead us to the road to hell.  

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:24 | 2691205 magpie
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That deal was made in 1913.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 14:20 | 2691734 Thomas
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Bernanke, that arrogant bastard, has the wisdom of the free market screaming in his face that a fucked up mix of inflation and deflation are what is being demanded by the market, but he somehow thinks he knows what the market SHOULD want. Consumers aren't borrowing because they can't afford to. They have spent their future in its entirety. Now it is time to hunker down for the long haul into death. The boomers think they are gonna work till they drop but everybody knows that you fire employees who are dottering. How does stocking shelves work with the oxygen tank in tow? Bernanke suffers Hayek's Fatal Conceit, and he is not gonna let go until he destroys the system. Do you really think you can take something so complex that organism metaphors are prevalent and think you can turn a knob or two to fix it? If you were a biologist, you would be redesigning elephants because they are just too fucking fat in your opinions.

Did I mention that Bernanke was arrogant? And, BTW, when was the last time he had a job in the private sector seeing markets up front and personal? Never? Really? Never? Have any of those twits at the Fed ever done anything outside the laboratory? Really? Never? 

I have a suggestion for the Fed governors. You have had enough metaphorical Koolaide for a lifetime. Now it is time to drink the real stuff. Damn, these guys piss me off some days.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:55 | 2691334 The trend is yo...
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If people can't afford a house or can't get financing due to poor credit at these ridiculously low rates, what will happen to housing prices when the rates actually go back to a still cheap 4.5% 30 year mortgage?   kaboom

The bottom is surely in

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:14 | 2691401 Larry Dallas
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No one is going to lend anymore like they did in yesteryear. Simply put, there is no private label securitization anymore. Everyone who originated then moved the paper off of their balance sheet as soon as they underwrote it. 

Now these banks are forced to be "storage companies" and don't want the risk.

Who's going to hold all of this paper? Perhaps the gov't. But I don't see that happening anytime soon. If the gov't becomes the secondary market, then maybe this will work.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 14:41 | 2691815 GernB
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By all means let the government hold the paper. Because if irresponsible lending got us into this situation then the obvious answewr is to perpetuate the irresponsible lending so as to avoid the system correcting. Markets don't work because they actually punish bad behavior. Instead we need to hold the paper and regulate the crap out of them. That'll fix it.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:23 | 2691442 Thisson
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Huh?  Real estate bottoms occur when interest rates PEAK, not when rates bottom. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:29 | 2691605 illyia
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That is a very interesting, and obvious, comment.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 14:20 | 2691748 pd45
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Housing can't recover for another 3 to 4 years. All those home owners who were/are underwater and BK'ed or simply delinquent had their FICO's ruined.  It takes 7 year of pristine credit history  to build thir FICO's backup to repectable level.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:22 | 2691201 vinu02
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Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:25 | 2691212 Ivanovich
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Thanks!  Gonna tell me what the weather outside my window is, too?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:41 | 2691490 Carl Spackler
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Yes, the weather outside your window is global warming. 

Now be a good sheep and do whatever the governing class needs you to do to enrich/entrench itself. /sarc/

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:24 | 2691206 azzhatter
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Have noticed a pretty increase in food items in the past 2 weeks- Milk up 6%, eggs 6% and beef around 8%. WTF

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:37 | 2691257 Temporalist
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You didn't "notice" anything.  Just keep your nose pressed to your ipad retinal display and pay no attention to the monkeys banging on the print key.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:11 | 2691394 Jonzey39
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I would say you are suffering from a similar "nose pressed to your ipad retinal display" syndrome if you have failed to notice the major drought taking place in the Midwest (USA).

Yields are going to be horrific and for many farmers close to 0. I'm sure that supply of food for an overpopulated planet has nothing to do with higher food prices. I suppose the fact that high fructose corn syrup is used as a substitute for sugar has nothing to do with it either.

In fact, I would dare you to go into your local grocery store and I suspect you will find that you will have more difficulty finding food without corn starch or high fructose corn syrup than food with it.

Furthermore, a great deal of livestock which are used to produce everything from eggs, to milk, to various meats are all derived many times from the supply of corn as well as feedstock.

I don't disagree that the printing of money has pushed commodity prices higher, but to totally ignore the drought and the impact its had on prices makes me wonder what video you were watching on your IPAD. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:58 | 2691534 Beam Me Up Scotty
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And why again are we making gas from food(corn)?  Talk about sheer lunacy.....

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:15 | 2691575 Bob Sacamano
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And don't forget, after a couple of years of record farm profits, we will need to create some federal emergency farm aid program to bail them out of a bad year. 

Folks -- good years are followed by bad years.  Droughts happen.  Stop the bailouts. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:22 | 2691591 mind_imminst
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I have been beating the blogging drum about this recently...corn prices are going up and yet we still have this stupid ethanol mandate. Not only will food prices go up, the price of gas will go up, because it is blended with the stupid, increasingly more expensive, grain ethanol. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:45 | 2691297 1100-TACTICAL-12
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People don't have the fucking credit score to refinance. late credit card payments and soforth, in this all jobs gone oversea's fucked up economy. i suspect the vast majority of people still in their homes would love to re-fi but do not have the credit score and are just trying to hang on. lower the credit scoe requirement and let people re-fi. my rate is %7.75 adn i can't re-fi and have about $80,000 equity according to the county apprasill. wtf

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:17 | 2691414 ZackLo
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Because the plan For Bernanke seems to be sucker everyone who HAS Equity above the age of 62 or if they could conveniently transfer the house to someone that's 62 to get one of these...

MBS QE or Twist will not fix this.....Only a washout and a repricing of the equity or assets that are left that haven't been diluted will work and overhauling the whole federal budget, Interest rates attract capital....if you get paid no interest why the fuck wouldn't you bury the shit in the backyard? or build some factories in a foreign country at a higher yield?....A lot of these big name corps have an effective zero cost of capital in nominal and real terms you can't compete against that.  as a consequence they all depend on ZIRP and higher prices otherwise their business models would crater...Back in the old days you had to "add value" to get higher prices now the fed has instituted a "no value tax" through ZIRP..

chase people out of good assets, corrupt the individuals creating the good assets by a constant flow of cheap funds , innocent people run into garbage, short said garbage, Rinse,repeat?

Fed policy for 100 years minus a couple blips of accidental prosperity....

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:06 | 2691549 azzhatter
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these fucking Ivy league scumbags are just addicted to saying we just have to get back to the good old days. Turns out they weren't so good but the cocksuckers refuse to see it. Fuck every last one of them with a pole axe, go Galt

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:18 | 2691423 Renewable Life
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Jesus Amen!!!!!!!
It's not about interest rates you fucking monkeys at the fed, it's about the 40 million jobs we have lost and outsourced over the last 25 years!!! And it's worse then it even seems, because those 40 million jobs that went to china, India, and elsewhere, created probably 150 million more jobs by way of upward mobility of the original 40 million people who now have incomes and opportunities they didn't have before!! Which is great for those people, and their Counties, but fucked for us!!!

These scumbag ivy league idiots on wall street and their federal stooges, are calling plays from an outdated, irrelevant play book written in the 30's!!! If it wasn't going to be so damn dangerous and devistating to our Country, it would be a really funny B movie!!!!!

If we don't get 20-30 million jobs back in this Country in the next two years, it's game over........ and the ONLY thing that would create that number of jobs that fast, is WWIII......... Uhhhh ohhhhh

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:34 | 2691470 DosZap
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Renewable Life

It's not about interest rates you fucking monkeys at the fed, it's about the 40 million jobs we have lost and outsourced over the last 25 years!!!


Ditto's dudeski, but THAT IS THE PLAN.

The entire goal of the globalist cabal, is to take America down to the levels and living stds of the rest of the world.

NOT bring them up to OUR old standards.

To do this they HAD to destroy the Middle Class.............Big O is doing a fine job in that regard.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 14:38 | 2691804 Overfed
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It's too bad that hardly anyone in this country of retards understands that. Even the ones who do get it, won't believe it.

We're getting fucked bukai-style by the greed and powerlust of the elites on one side, and the stupidity and laziness of the masses on the other.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 14:08 | 2691703 BlackSunshine
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Seriously, I read alot of strong commentary, but I don't see anything in the way of action by anyone on this board, except for maybe buying PM's.

What happened to pulling out all of your money out of the bank, striking, sit ins, one cares, the internet is the best thing for a government gone awry, it gives the sheeple the illusion that they have control.

I like the articles on ZH, but the commentary is all the same "Fed this, Fed that, etc..." more commentary, no action.

Ron Paul?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 20:02 | 2692608 Renewable Life
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I'm with you, what do you want to do??

I thought a million person march on DC would be nice, with one little extra nuance.... All million would be armed!!!!!!!

The imagery alone of a million armed citizens, marching on Washington DC to protest our loss of Sovereignty, Liberty, and Freedom, would last a generation!!!!

Call it the "Million Armed March" or "A Million Strong", that would get the MSM attention wouldn't???????

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:05 | 2691542 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Too bad.  Lots of people made horrible financial decisions when housing was going sky high too.  Turning their houses into ATM's so they could buy a nice new big boy truck with snowmobiles and jet skis and boats and 4 wheelers.  I don't feel sorry for any of these fuckers, they are a big reason we are where we are today.  Then alot of them have the audacity to strategically default on their underwater house and everything else they owe money on and leave the people who do make their payments holding the bag via reduced property valuations and higher property taxes.

Boo Hoo.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:50 | 2691316 Nadaclue
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It's been going on for the last four years but has been hidden. Same price for grocerys but qty's are reduced, then they got to the point where what was once a full box is now 2/3 full so they've had to reduce package sizes.

I'm surprised Milk and eggs have stayed so low for so long as any size changes would be immediately recognized. Beef on the other hand has gone rocket these last 18 mos. I used to be able to buy nice marbled Rib-Eyes @ 4.99 on sale, $6.99 regular. Now they are $6.99 on sale and $9.99 regular for what is poor quality choice meat. Sad times.

Hopefully this mass kill from corn shortages will flood the market with meats and I have to large sub zero freezers I can fill.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:08 | 2691382 DOT
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Adjustments to herds have been ongoing.

Pork Shoulder here in the Mid. is about $1.49/lb

Chicken (corn fed ) is today going at $0.49 to 0.79/lb

Stock-up when you can, if you think your freezers will have power.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:23 | 2691441 DosZap
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Chicken (corn fed ) is today going at $0.49 to 0.79/lb

Stock-up when you can, if you think your freezers will have power.

I have not seen chicken below $1.29# in months.And that is for Legs!.

Whole fryers are $4.00+.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:22 | 2691440 ParkAveFlasher
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On the topic of anecdote, Omaha Steaks (overpriced to begin with, but stick with me) prices their hamburger sets the same as last summer by dollars and number of patties, however they have reduced the patty sizes from 5oz to 4oz.  Of course, if they didn't sell 4oz patties last summer, so I imagine it's the type of thing that registers in the inflation calc as "data not available".  And that's how the Fed does you. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:36 | 2691475 Nobody For President
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Piker - gas just went up a dime a gallon overnight (~4%) here in North CA - one lousy little refinery fire...which really effects the price of the gas already in the underground tanks at the stations.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:11 | 2691564 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Its about replacement cost moron, not what you bought that load of gas for.  When gas prices go down, if you have high priced gas in the ground, you can't just lose money on it.  But if the competition across the street lowers their price because they got a fresh load at lower prices you are forced to lower your price or your won't sell your gas.  Now you are stuck with high priced gas in the ground that you can't sell.  Great business model isn't it.  Thats why stations that operate the way YOU think they would go out of business.  You have to make extra money on the way up to offset the losses you might make on the way down.

AND, gas stations are the ones who make the TINIEST part of the pie on gasoline.  Quit blaming them.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:20 | 2691586 Bob Sacamano
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Thank you BMUS.  Good to know someone understands how the world works. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 16:00 | 2692051 WoodMizer
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Quite right, the Gas station owners, I am friends with, claim to make 1 to 5 cents per gallon.  They make all their money on beer, sodas and cigs, with consumer sentiment as low as it is turnover on sodas and food must be struggling.  The loss of food income might incentivize the owners to hedge their losses by raising gas prices faster than they once did.  Of course it could also be due to the massive swings in gas prices we have seen since 2005, once burned twice shy.

Station owners are the middlemen least responsible for the premium on energy. 


Mon, 08/13/2012 - 12:42 | 2701046 Bob Sacamano
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Then they are poor operators (@ 1-5 cents).  Average margin is 10-12 cents per gallon over the long term (i.e., rolling 4 or 5 quarters).  Look at any publicly traded c-store gas data.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 16:06 | 2692081 WoodMizer
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What do beef, poultry, eggs and milk producers use for feed?

What have soy and corn prices done in the past three months?

What happened the cost of refrigerated shipping over the past 3 years?

Can't print food and energy, but you can use fuzzy math to shift blame.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 12:14 | 2694296 larz
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Pay no attention there is no inflation havent you seen the govt numbers? there hasnt been inflation for years just look at the numbers and I just bought an ipad for much less than last year and my house - man is that ever cheap - too bad the bank owns it oh well cant have everything i guess, my paycheck is going down steadily too wow inflation thats a good one

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:24 | 2691207 HD
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Wouldn't just be easier to send everyone a FED gift card redeemable for any goods and services in the United States? I know I'd feel better about endless reckless money printing if I could have some free Benny bucks to buy more useless crap.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:34 | 2691247 youngman
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They are doing that long as you vote Democratic...its called reperations

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:41 | 2691277 LongSoupLine
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...and a FEMA trailer too!

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:24 | 2691208 buzzsaw99
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the stock market and ny banker bonuses are the only barometers of success that the fed uses. everything else is an[sic] bs excuse to boost those two.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:25 | 2691214 bigwavedave
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Art needs to retire and brew his own beer. Did you ever hear that humming sound Art? That HFT sound. How much equity does Art own in HFT firms? My guess is a DUCK EGG ZERO. Retire. Or die trying. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:42 | 2691494 Nobody For President
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I cherish Art as one of the last of the human traders amid the cancerous growth of the HFT machines. He (and I) may be a dying breed, but if you welcome the current 'market', or even accept the sound of 'inevitablility' of total computerised trading, you are not dying - you are already dead.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 16:18 | 2692115 stocktivity
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Art is an institution who will never be replaced...enjoy him now while you still can.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:25 | 2691215 Cognitive Dissonance
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"We think Bernanke may flesh it out in coming weeks and certainly at Jackson Hole."

And that is why the markets are up. Everyone is trying to front run Jackson Hole.

Good luck with that.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:26 | 2691217 max2205
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Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:27 | 2691219 Winston Churchill
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Talking is the only thing the Fed can do.

They are boxed into a corner of their own making.

The "market' is staggering around like a drunk looking for a

hidden bottle in the landing cupboards.Forgetting he already drank it.

Whoops,theres the stairs.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:35 | 2691252 HD
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You paint quite a picture there good sir. A green arrow for your trouble.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:27 | 2691224 Satan
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An interest free loan is still expensive if what you intend to buy with it is over priced.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:41 | 2691276 ChacoFunFact
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Yes, that is the nature of installment purchases/installment debt. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:13 | 2691399 Winston Churchill
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In the UK its called the never,never.

Never worth what you paid for it ,and never yours till its worthless.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:29 | 2691234 Hype Alert
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Dallas Federal Reserve president Richard Fisher was on Bloomberg yesterday morning and flatly said, they had done their job.  They had fill the gas tank, but they can't make people drive it.  He also commented on the timing related to the election.  Monitary policy has done it's job, now it's up to fiscal policy and we know what that means. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:55 | 2691667 ElvisDog
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Don't take anything Fisher says publicly at face value. He is the designated Fed "bad cop" who talks tough in an attempt to convince the sheeple that the Fed is balanced, but behind closed doors the Fed doves always come out on top.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:30 | 2691237 Getting Old Sucks
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How many of you guys have read everything you just read above in ZH comments?  A long time ago too.  Why is it that all these experts are always late with their published views?  I'm talking about most of these guys and gals articles is old news, known to us already.  Perhaps they get their ideas from here?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 14:11 | 2691715 viahj
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markets trade on mass perception, not reality (fuck that forward looking equities theme crap) and there's money to be made in the arbitrage for anyone smart enough to know the difference.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:31 | 2691239 distopiandreamboy
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Why would any bank lend money at these rates?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:46 | 2691304 slewie the pi-rat
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coupla thingies come to mind:

  1. to ponzi up their phony baloney and related hypothecations for boilerplate angle-shots
  2. b/c they fuking love us
Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:09 | 2691386 duo
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The banks want to lend me money at 3.9% for a used car.  I was going to pay cash, but this is tempting.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:31 | 2691242 busted by the b...
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What does Art mean by "margin rates"?

What does MBS purchases imply for long Treasuries?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:56 | 2691337 Landrew
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A FULL 50% of the stock market is borrowed money. The margin rate is the rate at which you pay on the borrowed money from your brokerage firm. The mortgage money is funded and backed with long T-bonds 10-20 yr. bonds. The trap is funding long mortgages with short money, then you do not have a fixed cost of capital for loans. The big problem is there is no money to be made in mortgages other than points and fees. There just isn't enough spread to make any serious cash and that's the reason the trading desks have all the capital they want to gamble with. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:25 | 2691449 busted by the b...
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Thanks for your reply.  I wondered if he meant stock margin; I am well aware of that as I lost much of my life savings being over leveraged.  But I don't see how Op Twist buying of MBS would reduce the margin rate.  Or is that a separate easing action by the Fed?

Also, I'm thinking if he stops buying Ts and buys agency MBS or other MB paper instead, long T rates will rise substantially, no? 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:32 | 2691244 catch edge ghost
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There is no inflation.

Okay... I believe you.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:02 | 2691246 slewie the pi-rat
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ericR is a FED disinfo troll

the FED will keep the checks in the mail

other than that it is not up to the chairsatan of the FEDfomentation commune of smiling, friendly, and communitiy-oriented banksters, imo (and in his?  he wants the elections to just happen and for the pols to set the budget and spending and the FED will finance the Treasury, which is what slewienomics indicates we have been seeing for a year now = QEZIRP;  with stability a bankster priority BY LAW now, we also have a "reason" why everything is screwed down pretty fuking tight. too)

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:35 | 2691249 tiwimon
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"at least it may raise 201(k)'s for a little longer"


Not for my wife and I, we both cashed out our 401k's which became rollover IRA's after leaving our jobs, so two days ago after finally getting just back to where we were in 2008, at which time we stopped participating and watched what we had dwindle then finally rise like a phoenix out of the ashes.


Now we are taking the early hit on withdrawing what we had - but I'd rather have 90% of something than 100% of nothing (plus the hit at end of year - but whatever) - Its only a matter of time before .gov rapes retirement savings for funding - I agree with Barnhardt, see

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:08 | 2691381 JohnKozac
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tiwimon, when my sister retired she immediately rolled her 401 out of that company ...which shortly thereafter went bust. She put a quarter into SLV and GLD and some into a PIMCO fund. She took soem out to pay off her tiny mortgage balance.  Her SLV and GLD are both up over 250%. That's nice for her; she won't be living on cat food for senior years. I'm glad.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:36 | 2691420 tiwimon
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JohnKozac - we ditched our jobs in part to get them out of under our companies - same thing happened for us with our companies. And boy oh boy do I wish I had followed in your sister's path - actually someone here a few years ago mentioned this same thing - but my wife and I had a disagreement on doing it - I - liking to sleep in my own bed - gave in, since her father had her convinced the stocks would pull out - it did, but only enough to get us back where we were nearly 4 years ago (not counting early withdrawal...) 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:41 | 2691630 aerojet
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That's what she thinks right now--but that was the same thing all those people who bought bubble houses thought, too.  SLV and GLD, hmm, let's see, paper promises against the same hard assets leveraged by how much? 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:17 | 2691412 DosZap
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Now we are taking the early hit on withdrawing what we had - but I'd rather have 90% of something than 100% of nothing (plus the hit at end of year - but whatever) - Its only a matter of time before .gov rapes retirement savings for funding - I agree with Barnhardt, see



What do you intend to invest these funds in?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:33 | 2691465 tiwimon
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Our homes are fully paid for and we have invested in updating them, our two vehicles are paid for, we have no real debt other than two teens which are our largest expenditure! and taxes, insurance, medical and utilities. We live in a semi rural area that is somewhat isolated economically from the worst of whats been happening. For now - we will continue to invest in physical, real tangibles from beans, bullets and bandaids to finishing any dental or medical work we may need to additional items that may help to preserve our funds in assets like precious metals and land and homes for rentals. (and of course cash reserves for emergencies)


At this point, I just don't trust anyone or anything beyond what I can physically possess. The system is rotten, look at the story coming out right now of how unions at GM got their pensions fully  funded yet non union employees at GM had their pensions dissolved. Think anyone is going to stand up for what I earned besides me, myself and I? Especially when even at the top, they could care less - the fox runs the hen house, there is no justice, no right, only right to do wrong, and I cannot or do not want to be a part or a victim so I'm taking my toys and refusing to play anymore than I absolutely have to. I'm not alone in that, by far.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 14:46 | 2691828 pd45
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I envy your position. I would like to drop out also, but I can't. Though my mortage is  practically paid off and our retirement is set, I've two kids in school. And the way things are going, it I want to set aside a large chunks for them. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:36 | 2691256 rlouis
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Is anything dumber or more desperate than nominal GDP targeting?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:09 | 2691263 JohnKozac
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'Back to school' stuff is 80% discounted already and two store managers told me sales are still down. I guess they used up all their "free money" buying iPads and 50" plasma TVs.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:19 | 2691430 DosZap
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 I guess they used up all their "free money" buying iPads and 50" plasma TVs.


Checked prices on the quality brands big screens lately?.

Prices are up, 15-20%.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:29 | 2691459 ParkAveFlasher
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And Chinese rare earth embargo in 5,4,3,2...

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:38 | 2691264 adr
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The probelm with a loan is that it must be paid back with more money than was lent.

If you don't have any money to pay back a loan, you probably aren't going to take one out.

Unless somebody is stupid enough to give you a loan that you have no intention of paying back.

So loans are going to people that really don't need them and people who can't actually pay them back.

This is bullish for the stock market?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:39 | 2691267 loveyajimbo
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When the Jumbo jet has lost its engines and is plummeting towards the sea, with all the US sheep on board, there is great speculation as to what moves might be made to turn the plane around and land safely... sadly, the mechanics union (administration) was on strike, and for the last 3.5 years campaigning... so this will probably end badly.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:43 | 2691288 azengrcat
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The bernank could cut me a $10MM check.  I will stimulate the economies.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:46 | 2691291 RobD
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We are putting our house on the market tomorrow as a short sale. If it sales we will have zero debt. The real estate agent said that we will be eligible for a new mortgage in 2 years and I said oh you think the bottom will be in by then and he said no it is in already. I lol. No more debt for me, I'm done being a debt slave.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:53 | 2691330 Jena
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Congratulations!  Renting again after being a homeowner gives us a sense of freedom that we didn't anticipate.  (And when the dishwasher quit working...)

We still own rental property but that's different.  (Of course, when that dishwasher quits working...)

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:45 | 2691299 east paris trader
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what does every industry do when they can't move unwanted and overprice goods?  0% financing.  So tell me, how is any of this bullshit that wall street and fed is peddling different?  It's not.   If it had value, it would be moving off the shelves...

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:06 | 2691371 busted by the b...
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 Yes, the problem is lack of final demand.  That is why companies are sitting on hordes of cash and increasing dividends.  There are very few good capital investment opportunities left in our economy.   And that is why financial institutions are gambling in commodities, and who know what else, to make money and driving up prices for consumers. 


This has become a vicious cycle:  More "money" from Ben = more speculation in commodities= higher prices for food and gas = poorer consumers (less disposable income) = less final demand = less capital investment = more "money" from Ben = ad infinitum, until collapse or something else happens…


Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:40 | 2691487 ParkAveFlasher
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You can not manufacture a buyer.  You can finance a purchase, but you are selling to yourself.  You can not manufacture a buyer.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:53 | 2691328 DOT
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Why do I feel tempted to jack-up debt (mort. @2.875%) and buy some more coinage ?

My cost basis if I trippled up on my portable wealth would still be under $1300 .

I have always saved. I have never defaulted on a debt.   I am soooooo tempted.


Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:16 | 2691409 busted by the b...
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Perhaps you feel tempted because you are expecting inflation?

Loading up on debt and investing in hard assets could work out well in a high inflation environment as the value of the debt decreases and your hard assets increase. 

That is provided you don't lose your job along the way and can't pay back the debt. 

Or if inflation doesn't materialize because poltical power shifts after Novermber and Ben is forced to stop printing and austerity is adopted causing deflation instead.

Good luck with it.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:03 | 2691362 govttrader
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Loooks like we are turning Japanese...and they have been Japanese for a looooong time

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:04 | 2691365 russwinter
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Ease Ahead,  Hardly, a Need to Tighten.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:04 | 2691368 Jena
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Just to put this somewhere:  Anyone considering properrty in the San Diego area (I guess all of California, really) should inquire about the long-term tax issues of pending school bonds.  School districts in Poway, Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego just made really bad deals for future property owners:

"A school district north of San Diego, Poway Unified, borrowed $105 million over 40 years by selling a bond so unusual that the State of Michigan outlawed it years ago. Taxpayers in the area will end up with a nearly $1 billion bill at the end of this deal."

Read more:


Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:40 | 2691488 DosZap
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ANYONE moving to California ANYWHERE is asking for legal rape.

The poplation has dropped by 5 million over the past 10yrs, and WHY?.

For the reasons you outlined,they are insatiable Communists.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:49 | 2691651 Jena
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I agree, DosZap.  We'd be out of here too because any reasonable person can see the writing on the wall.  That being said there are things that keep us here (at least until we chew ourselves out of a couple rusty bear traps).  But we're one major step closer to freedom and that feels better.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:08 | 2691378 Dareconomics
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Cashin is a man in the know. When he opines on the Fed, we should listen.

I think the Fed will keep printing money until it becomes unsustainable. If Cashin is right, the beginning of the end is near. The Fed is running out of assets to buy (just like the ECB) in order to place more money into the system. Now it plans to buy mortgage bonds in a dual pronged attempt to simultaneously keep the bond bubble inflated while recreating the housing bubble. 

After the bond bubble bursts, the Fed will begin even more money printing to buy those assets in order to "stabilize" the markets (i.e. a backdoor bailout of the TBTF banks holding all of this paper).


Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:42 | 2691635 island
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In the end:  All the effort and all the programs are about the banksters: absolving them from their reckless follies, filling the holes created by their losses, and banishing risk from their vocabulary. 

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:11 | 2691380 Random_Robert
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The Federal Reserve can not "fix" the housing market.


The housing market is not fucked by lack of available financing or liquidity.


The housing market is fucked by a failure of the "appraisal" driven pricing system.


Pricing in the housing market has NOTHING to do with what the seller is willing to asky, and what the buyer is willing to bid.


Banks won't provide financing unless the house APPRAISES at some arbitrary number; and the appraisers that greesed the up-ramp in houseing between 2004 and 2007, are now slamming on the brake pedal every time the market tries to make an uptick.


I have the cash available to pay a 20% down, and sufficient fixed income available to carry the note on a 2nd home, and I have found houses I WANT to purchase, and that I am qualified to finance, and that I have made agreed upon transaction prices from the sellers...


Then the appraisers come in and say the house is "worth" only 60% of the price I KNOW I can afford to pay, and the bank stamps the loan application with a bed red "Fuck Off..."


Many of today's "appraisers" are the same retarded, fast-money chasing ass-jockeys that were working for boiler room mortgage lenders in 2006 and were feverishly originating shitty loans like the manic coke fiends they are...


Let prices return to the free market process where buyers meet sellers to complete a transaction, and all this bullshit will go away...


These fucking worthlessly arbitrated "markets"  piss me the fuck off.


Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:18 | 2691422 DOT
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The "appraisal" that counts is how fast can the bank pass the note to Freddie or Fannie.

You may be able to find a more solicitous Local "Lender".

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:24 | 2691424 spanish inquisition
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Economics saves the day

Ben's money drop is not getting people out to play.

He's mad.. gonna start throwing it, hard

     .. in bundles.

Gonna bruise you, cut you, make you mad.

Wanna pick it up and throw it back Hey.?. this is fun. Moneyfight!

Economics saves the day

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:23 | 2691443 SmoothCoolSmoke
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The Fed should just write a huge check to VISA, MC, Discover.  Pay off everyone's CC balance.....and let the spending begin.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 14:33 | 2691792 aerojet
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I never carry any balance.  Such an act would only help the irresponsible and anything you do to help those types of people is very short-lived because they will just fall right back into whatever debt trap they were in before you came along and freed them.  It's like drug addicts or alcoholics that get into treatment programs but then fall back into their old habits until it ultimately kills them.  There is no escape because it is a mentality that has to change and that's hard.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:47 | 2691513 Quinvarius
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If you take the point of view that the Fed actually does not give a shit about the economy, but only bank solvency, things make sense.

This is also the point of view that says massive money printing must continue because the banks are no where near solvent.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:52 | 2691523 ebworthen
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"Traders (both here and Chicago) think it may be an aggressive Operation Twist in mortgage backed securities (the original source  of the problem)."

More debt to solve a debt crisis - and nothing to encourage career employment and the value of the fiat (other than debasement).

If this is what a PhD does, Universities and Colleges may as well revive Alchemy and Necromancy.

Graduates of lead-into-gold will be gobbled up by the J.P. Morgue.

Necromancers to channel Keynes and FDR.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:10 | 2691562 AdrenalineTrade
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Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:27 | 2691601 onlooker
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---""Have noticed a pretty increase in food items in the past 2 weeks- Milk up 6%, eggs 6% and beef around 8%. WTF""-------

A cow that I sold for $2 a pound 4 months ago is now $1.50. Last year the same thing, but they went from Texas to central states that had grass. This year there is no grass there. Cows are going to slaughter. With herds destroyed, look for large increases in beef and other meat. It will take 10 years of good weather to rebuild cattle numbers and reasonable prices.

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 13:02 | 2724275 redd_green
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That is scary bigtime, Onlooker.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:28 | 2691604 skipjack
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"that folks would virtually have to refinance"


Sure.  Problem is, banks don't want to refinance someone who is trapped in a 7.75% mortgage with a mediocre credit score and/or underwater but still able to pay.  Let's see - getting a spread of 750 vs a spread of, say, 275 ?  As income-challenged as banks are, I'm pretty sure there's NO incentive to refinance your sorry ass, no matter how much equity you have in the house.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 21:03 | 2692752 Seek2survive
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"The strategy would be to make mortgage money so cheap that folks would virtually have to refinance. Others, seeing such low rates might be induced to buy other bargain basement priced housing and maybe rent it as income property"

The problem I have with buying a rental unit is if a person can't make a mortgage payment with such low interest rates and no money down then how can I expect them to pay me rent? 

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 12:50 | 2724216 redd_green
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Now's the time to buy Rentals.  

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 12:49 | 2724211 redd_green
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Getting back to the topic of the post (there was a post above there someplace!)   yeah Tyler, its all about velocity.  We got no velocity because we got no economy.    Tens of millions of high paying manufacturing and engineering jobs were thrown overseas, factories, and R&D centers closed, and  many bull dozed.   Who has a good enough job to pump that velocity back up?  

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