To say there are haves and have-nots and two major political camps does not distinguish this era from any other. But despite this surface similarity to previous eras, there is a palpable zeitgeist that the nation is bifurcating into two camps which no longer overlap or communicate using the same cultural signifiers and symbology. There is also a growing awareness that the divide between very wealthy and the middle income households has widened into an enormous canyon of inequality
You know the U.S. has hit rock bottom not so much when the official mouthpiece of the Chinese politburo accuses America of being the "biggest villain in our age", but when more and more Americans think it may be 100% correct.
UPDATE: The pre-open ramp has been totally flushed in stocks and VIX has exploded
Much as the world of business media would like the world to work in a 'great rotation' like way; in reality the markets - all of them - ebb and flow on the back of leverage, repo, and liquidity. At no time in the recent past has that been more evident than in the last few days as every asset class in almost every ragion of the world is rediced in price by a market of angry liquidity-addicted carry traders demanding moar as their dealer wonders off into retirement. Overnight saw an early rise in Japan (and China) evaporate into a collapse, that spilled over further into Europe, and now the US. Despite a sudden rampaplooza across FX and equity markets in the pre-open, things do not look pretty as the great rotation is replaced by the great unwind.
The Irish people, who sacrificed their sovereignty and billions of Euros, are waking this morning to a stunning revelation that the bailout to save Anglo-Irish was engineered by the Bank's leadership to game as much money as possible from the central bank. The Irish Independent has secret recordings from the period in 2008 - below - that show senior management luring the State into giving it billions as they admit the EUR 7 billion number was "picked out of my arse." The bottom-line is that the bank knew they were in trouble and so decided to game the Central Bank and their regulators knowing that once the State began the flow of money, it would be unable to stop: "If they (Central Bank) saw the enormity of it up front, they might decide they have a choice. You know what I mean? They might say the cost to the taxpayer is too high . . . if it doesn't look too big at the outset... if it looks big, big enough to be important, but not too big that it kind of spoils everything, then, then I think you have a chance. So I think it can creep up... [once] they have skin in the game." Will there be an Irish Spring as the conspiracy theory of the banking bailout now become conspiracy fact?
Words, once spoken, are no longer your own. Words, strung together, may be the most powerful spells in our kingdom. Two speeches, one in America and one in Europe buoyed the world. One speech made in America has now ended the experiment. No magic wand was needed. The world had deluded itself that it would never come to pass; but, the real pain of induced withdrawal from the central banks' monetary creation is upon us. The words cannot be taken back. The meat is minced!
Uncle Warren appears unhappy with the humiliating can of whoop-ass Hong Kong unleashed on his favorite crony banana republic. So he has retaliated in the only way he knows: Moody's.
- HONG KONG BANKING SYSTEM OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE BY MOODY'S
- MOODY'S CITES CONCERNS ON PERSISTENT NEG REAL INTEREST RATES
- MOODY'S CITES POTENTIAL HK 'PROPERTY BUBBLES' - this one is really good.
But the best reason is:
- MOODY'S CITES HK BANKS' GROWING EXPOSURES TO MAINLAND CHINA
Yup. Moody's just figured out Hong Kong has exposure to... China. Of course, Hong Kong's downgrade of US foreign policy to laughably pathetic, outlook hilarious on Sunday, was a complete coincidence.
Is headed for the moon... in yield terms that is. Because if Bernanke's hope was that the handoff from buyers to sellers would be a smooth one, he may want to conference in Kuroda and get some advice on what happens when the bond market is halted limit down.Good thing Bernanke is not a real hedge fund, or else the $35 billion intraday P&L crash (so far), and $250 billion in the past two months, may raise a few eyebrows.
To all the dozens of journos who bought tickets on Aeroflot's flight from Moscow to Havana just so they can instagram Snowden sitting in 17A using countless creative photofilters, we hope said purchase was refundable, because the plane took off and the famous NSA whistleblower was not on it.
- Stocks Fall With China in Bear Market as Bonds Decline (BBG)
- Russia defiant as U.S. raises pressure over Snowden (Reuters) ...
- and sure enough: Kerry Warns Hong Kong and Russia on Snowden (WSJ)
- Slow-Motion U.S. Recovery Searches for Second Gear (WSJ)
- PBOC Sees ‘Reasonable’ Liquidity in China’s Financial System (BBG)
- Italy's Berlusconi faces verdict in underage sex trial (Reuters)
- Fed Monetary Course Difficult for a Bernanke Successor to Alter (BBG)
- Another China central bank worry; companies push into lending (Reuters)
- Gold Miner Writedowns at $17 Billion After Newcrest Fallout (BBG)
- Snowden Faces Often-Posed U.S. Fugitive Question: Where to Run? (BBG)
Lots of sellside squeals this morning following the epic bloodbath in China, where in addition to what we already covered hours ago, has seen at least five companies (China Development Bank, Shanghai ShenTong Metro, China Three Gorges Corp., Doosan Infracore China Co. and Chongqing Shipping Construction Development) delay or cancel bond offerings as the PBOC's admission of capital "misallocation" is slowly but surely freezing both bond and stock markets. And while the plunge was contained first to China, then to Asia, then to Europe (where the Spanish 10 Year once again surpassed 5% as expected following the carry trade unwind), with the arrival of bleary-eyed US traders the contagion is finally coming home. In a redux of last week, 10 Year yields are shooting up, hitting as high as 2.63% a few hours ago, while equity futures are now at the lows of the session. It could turn very ugly, very fast, especially if the Hamptons crowd were to actually read the stunning BIS annual report released on Sunday, which not even Hilsenrath explaining "what the BIS really meant" will do much to change the fact that the days of monetary Koolaid are ending.
In keeping with its firm Christian values, after Hong Kong slapped the US on one cheek yesterday when it allowed a passportless Snowden to leave the country for Moscow, the US has now turned the other cheek. And RUssia's Vladimir Putin was happy to oblige with a perfectly placed uppercut. As the WSJ reports, the Kremlin said Monday that it won't intervene in the case of former U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden and that Russia had no advance knowledge of his arrival from Hong Kong on Sunday. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that a decision about holding Mr. Snowden and sending him back to the U.S. to face charges wasn't a matter for the Kremlin."Snowden did nothing illegal in Russia. There are also no orders for his arrest through Interpol to Russian law enforcement agencies," an unnamed security official told the RIA-Novosti news agency." Of course, the NSA which is actively intercepting every Russian (and global) form of communication, knew all about this long ago...
The Shanghai Composite, which had largely been able to weather the recent dramatic shocks to both liquidity and the economy, finally threw in the towel and crashed. Moments ago the Shanghai Composite fell 5.5%, the biggest intraday slide since August 2009, and dropping below 2,000 for first time since December.
"Can central banks now really do “whatever it takes”? As each day goes by, it seems less and less likely... Six years have passed since the eruption of the global financial crisis, yet robust, self-sustaining, well balanced growth still eludes the global economy. If there were an easy path to that goal, we would have found it by now. Monetary stimulus alone cannot provide the answer because the roots of the problem are not monetary. Many large corporations are using cheap bond funding to lengthen the duration of their liabilities instead of investing in new production capacity...Continued low interest rates and unconventional policies have made it easy for the government to finance deficits, and easy for the authorities to delay needed reforms in the real economy and in the financial system... Overindebtedness is one of the major barriers on the path to growth after a financial crisis. Borrowing more year after year is not the cure...in some places it may be difficult to avoid an overall reduction in accommodation because some policies have clearly hit their limits." - Bank of International Settlements