ECB Dollar Swaps With New York Fed Jump To Highest Since 2009, Surpass Recent Liquidity Crisis Highs

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Following the LTRO and the recent spate of successful bond auctions (until today's tailing Spanish issues that is) European liquidity was supposed to be fixed, with 3M Libor dropping for weeks in a row, right? So perhaps someone can explain to us why the ECB's FX swaps with the New York Fed (reported by the European central bank 9 days in advance of confirmation by the Fed) just rose to a post-crisis flare up high of $89.3 billion, up from last week's $84.5 billion (the increase a function of new 7 and 84 Day swaps, each getting 10 and 17 participating banks, respectively), more than any other time in 2011, 2011, when the liquidity crisis was rampaging, and in fact the highest since July 2009. So: what is fixed again?

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Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:33 | 2119663 PaperBear
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Benjamin Fulford on American Freedom Radio 1-31-12

Some suspect that this is COINTELPRO.

Ben says that Sicily is on strike. This is the second source that has said this and there has not been a thing about it on the corporate news media.

Ben says the physical economy is being isolating from the financial economy which makes me wonder if this is why the Baltic Dry Index has fallen off a cliff recently.

Ben says the dark cabal may try to hit the eastern coast of the USA with a tsunami by sinking Las Palmas.

Ben talks about the prospect of a new monetary system but I think Ron Paul has the correct idea in that government needs remove all obstacles to gold and silver circulating as currency and the bill he has introduced is called Free Competition & Currency Act, HR 1098 – see

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:36 | 2119678 CPL
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It's in the MSM, it's just back page news next to the obituaries and buried under fist fulls of other ignored news.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:42 | 2119712 LeBalance
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who is benjamin fulford? ::

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:12 | 2119836 SMG
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Fulford does report hearsay that turns out to be wrong sometimes, but it's still interesting to read it.

That site you posted is baloney though, but thanks for playing.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:42 | 2119716 Dr Bob
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Fulford? Really? The guy is a fraud. He is about as credible as Lindsey Williams.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:34 | 2119666 trav7777
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nothing is, bitchez.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:34 | 2119667 Cognitive Dissonance
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Anyone who looks at that chart (and dozens of others) and does not think we are in bizzaro land needs to lay off the drugs for a few days. :)

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:36 | 2119681 CPL
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Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:54 | 2119743 hedgeless_horseman
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The Euro is fixed.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:37 | 2119683 Ralph Spoilsport
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Wouldn't more drugs help? The sheeple need to be reassured.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:44 | 2119709 Cognitive Dissonance
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I just refilled my Viagra script and I can reassure you that my raging erection is not distracting me in the least. Promise.

Now where did the spouse wander off to?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:44 | 2119724 Ralph Spoilsport
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Lulz....Tally Ho CD!

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:24 | 2119890 Shizzmoney
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If more people smoked weed, we wouldn't be in this mess.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:41 | 2119707 LawsofPhysics
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Yep.  Installing more 8 foot fence on a number of my properties.  Meeting with my employees and tenants on a more regular basis. Preparing, hunkering down.  Anyone who has run a business for the last ten years in the real economy (not the paper bullshit one) knows margins are cut back as far as they can go.   Dependable employees and friends will be worth their weight in gold and silver moving forward.  Hedge accordingly.  So will dependable power and water sources for that matter.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:54 | 2119761 Dr. Richard Head
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Our margins are higher than ever and we are seeing a third straight year-over-year of double digit growth.  We've increased employee compensation by over 20% across the board and have increased staffsize by over 30% in one year.  Then again, we are in the data mining business. 

There isn't a greater need for our service, just pulling market share from competitors as consolidation in our industry quickens.  I know we are the exception to the rule of the crumbling US economy though.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:04 | 2119796 Stack Trace
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I get more business too as competitors whither on the vine. However, the business increasingly stinks with bad margins and shorter projects.

Just witnessed a colossal lay-off at one of my the hundreds just in the Dallas location.

Things aren't pretty but at least we all have Facebook to commiserate with one another.

On another prices are way up again at my local market.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:28 | 2119914 ReactionToClose...
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to preceding 3 posts .... thanks ... very insightful to hear the anecdotal impressions.

Since Fall of 2007, the teeter-totter has gotten more dramatic, volatile and sometimes violent in it's actions as the various governments & 'elites' try to 'manage' (firewall or contain) the cumulative damage (way more than just the Fall 2008 credit crisis .... some argue this goes all the way back to the New Deal and the 'isms' - socialism/fascism/communism, but more clearly link this to the late 1960s for a start ... 2008 was the torpedo that hit the badly designed ship's magazine).

We are in a damaged ship in a patch of icebergs ...... maybe we get through ... maybe we do not ... no one knows or can foretell such a thing.  These are arguably first time instances & experiences for humanity collectively ... there is no roadmap to the safe exit.

But we all know, those with cumulative experience, that in such situations your 'principles' are what will either save you or get you through when you have no template to revert to for guidance.  And personally, I think we in modernity have done everything we could do to toss over the side our heritage and cumulative societal wisdom (the baby has been tossed out with the bathwater) in our fallacy of mindlessly embracing technology as the, in-and-of-itself, solution to our woes & needs.

In Chinese historical parlance , 2012 is the Year of the Dragon ... which suggests that this is the 'make or break' year economically/financially.  We shall see .....  

Last ... never forget a Creditanstaldt experience to start the deflationary liquidity absorbing financial death run ...... could it come out of Europe, the current likely candidate like 1931, or might it be in the USA or China or ....?


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:12 | 2120113 seek
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This sounds similar to my brother's recycling business. He took a big hit in '08 and early '09, and then things recovered as competitors went out of business; it down to him and one other, but business started to tank again back in August. He just recently relocated to a small building and cut his last employee -- the fascinating part being that the landlord funded the move and waived deposits, as he was the last tenant remaining in his building and the landlord wanted to turn it over to the bank!

My business took a 30% hit at the end of '08, and 2011 was a record year for me -- not because of growth, but because many of my customers (quite a few of which are subject to the two-minute hate here daily) decided to pay me for 2012 during the last three days of 2011. Over 20% of my annual billings for the year showed up via ACH deposits in those three days -- the obviously know 2012 is going to suck badly and were pushing expenses into 2011 to make 2012 look better than it really is.

Every manufacturing client I have as cut their forecast for annual growth almost in half since this time last year.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:39 | 2119971 LawsofPhysics
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What do you manufacture?  Our poultry side is up, so is the cotton and soybean part.  If you simply push paper, go fuck yourself.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:07 | 2120085 Dr. Richard Head
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HR service based provider to companies across every spectrum of industry domestically.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:24 | 2120171 QQQBall
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I am always busy and since November I have been swamped - I am booked 6 weeks out. When CRE values go up I'm busy and when they come done I am busy. I always try to get the "asset management" stuff that has to be valued every 6 to 12 months. I get a steady flow of those deals and have definitely gotten a reach-around from the low rates supporting the sale and refi markets.  Fees are weak and expenses are up, margins are squeezed big-time, but I work out of a home office and my IC sec'y is in another state. I work hard, live below my means and save and invest. No debt, low expenses, financially independent - been at it almost 30 years; not my first day in skool. 


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:41 | 2119708 Global Hunter
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If more people smoked some herbs more people would understand what is happening.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:46 | 2119730 mess nonster
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African Herbsman!....


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:56 | 2119767 Global Hunter
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I really wish my ZH handle was Steppin Razor alas I signed up as Global Hunter (an inside joke only understood by me).  Thank Jah for the reggae music

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:48 | 2119732 Ralph Spoilsport
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True, but too many reef smokers get complacent and dare I say, sheep-like.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:55 | 2119765 Cognitive Dissonance
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Dude, just chill out man.

And don't bogart that joint my friend. Pass it over to me.

(Not that I would know anything about that.)

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:04 | 2119775 hedgeless_horseman
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I do not enjoy transacting business with people who are high.  We Americans are dumb enough as it is.  Just try to get a stoned American to follow instructions or give you accurate information.  Have you ever been in a position as a professional where you absolutely must deal with someone high on coke?  And your job is to make them understand your position?  Good luck.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:06 | 2119798 Ralph Spoilsport
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Agreed. People who are high on the job are assholes. If you can't wait till you get home you really do have a drug problem. I hated doing business with alcoholics who came to work drunk, sneaked swigs from a bottle all day, and kept it up until they were caught passed out in the mens room. Then the company pays for drying them out. Repeat ad nauseum.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:01 | 2119781 Ralph Spoilsport
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I've probably smoked more reef than everybody on ZH combined. Of course I started a lot earlier. My only drug problem is that most of my suppliers died of old age.  :-0

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:39 | 2119965 Cognitive Dissonance
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Your suppliers didn't die. They just became primary dealers for the Fed. :>)

They saw the wisdom of an unlimited "money" supply from the Fed and switched career paths.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:42 | 2119980 ATM
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I doubt it and I will give you a negative arrow for even suggesting such blasphemy.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:36 | 2119677 Everybodys All ...
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The Federal Reserve is simply funding auctions in Europe ...

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:46 | 2119727 Quinvarius
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Some day the Euro shorts will figure out who is really printing all the money.  Not that it matters too much.  All paper money is the same thing as long as these swap agreements and central banker cooperation are taking place.  The magic of the FOREX ponzi system is that anyone can print anyone else's digital money.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:37 | 2119687 disabledvet
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Everyday these clowns watch Satan come for yet another soul...and everyday they cannot even fathom "i'm coming for you in due course as well."

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:37 | 2119689 achmachat
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Yet another proof that the fiat experiment is basically dead.... and still there's no panic buying into whatever is real assests??!

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:44 | 2119993 ATM
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Be thankful that is hasn't happened - yet. It gives you a chance to fill your larder.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:47 | 2120004 ATM
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Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:38 | 2119690 DormRoom
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It's working for now.. wealth effect via stock market rally in effect. 


you can't short given CB hard on for intervention.


We are in a liquidity trap.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:39 | 2119694 Ralph Spoilsport
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And a currency war.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:43 | 2119721 LawsofPhysics
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been in a currency war for 30+ years dude, the real trade wars are just getting started.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:38 | 2119693 qussl3
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This shit will only stop when EUR and USDs cant be traded for real goods.

Gonna be a damn long while, considering the sheeple.


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:51 | 2119751 tarsubil
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You are thinking that change will be gradual. It will occur so quickly that it will be like a light switch being turned to the 'on' position. Punctuated equilibrium.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:41 | 2119976 Raymond Reason
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Right.  There has to be a trade-off for exporting inflation via the reserve status.  Foreigners can jump ship more easily than the US citizens.   Then the inflation comes home to roost. 

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:40 | 2119700 Global Hunter
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IMO this is why the USA, UK and Israel need their war with Iran

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:44 | 2119718 Nepenthe
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Shocked. Absolutely shocked. No one could see this coming.


Convienently, this was released before Stammerin' Ben's testimony.  (Raises eyebrow)

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:44 | 2119725 mess nonster
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What is fixed...

Elections, courtesy of Israeli electronic voting and vote counting machines, RNC/DNC collusion.

Media- if you like Kim kardashian, you're in heaven.

War- you'll learn to like it- or else!

Food- GMO is the way to go!


Your Wagon- for all the obvious reasons




Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:45 | 2119726 lizzy36
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No worries.

Cramer said we are in a new bull market. Apparently Facebook is going to bring the marginal buyer of stocks back into the market. He did admit that stocks have been a horrible place to be over the last decade, which begs the question of why he was pumping them the whole time if they were such a terrible place to be.

Of course expecting introspection for Cramer is like expecting Bernanke to show restraint with policy (never going to happen)

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:51 | 2119753 Everybodys All ...
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Pathetic ... No one with any sense believes this market besides the ex Goldman clown Cramer. No matter how much he may yell and scream.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:48 | 2119736 mess nonster
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Why do people even watch that idiot? Oh, duh.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:48 | 2119737 max2205
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