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Fed Minutes: "Easing May Be Needed If Recovery Falters"

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Key highlights:


Actually, nothing new in the minutes which are largely a rehash of the official statement already released. The key paragraphs:

The Committee also stated that it will regularly review the size and composition of its securities holdings and is prepared to adjust those holdings as appropriate to promote a stronger economic recovery in a context of price stability. Several members indicated that additional monetary policy accommodation could be necessary if the economic recovery lost momentum or the downside risks to the forecast became great enough.


Committee members discussed the desirability of providing more clarity about the economic conditions that would likely warrant maintaining the current target range for the federal funds rate and those that would indicate that a change in monetary policy was appropriate. Doing so might help the public better understand the conditionality in the Committee’s forward guidance. The Committee also discussed the relationship between the Committee’s statement, which expresses the collective view of the Committee, and the policy projections of individual participants, which are included in the SEP. The Chairman asked the subcommittee on communications to consider possible enhancements and refinements to the SEP that might help better clarify the link between economic developments and the Committee’s view of the appropriate stance of monetary policy.


The need to compensate for a substantial period during which the policy rate was constrained by the zero bound was also cited by a few members as a possible reason to maintain a very low level of the federal funds rate for a longer period than would  otherwise be the case.

The minutes - link.



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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:04 | 2432316 razorthin
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Gold on

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:09 | 2432336 razorthin
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What, doubt me?  You should have been watching the mining index leap faster than everything else on the release.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:11 | 2432352 clones2
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Will someone please tell me when this "recovery" is supposed to start....

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:19 | 2432414 candyman
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Government gone wild since the "recovery" started


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 16:34 | 2432975 NotApplicable
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Wait a minute, I thought the faltering was the recovery?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:56 | 2433969 Harlequin001
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Ah, now I get it, the faltering's in full recovery.

Now it makes sense...

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:43 | 2432515 Chaffinch
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It will start, for you, as soon as you start believing their phoney statistics.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:47 | 2432537 Sam Clemons
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Or if there was a "recovery," did the easing actually enable it?  Could it have been just due for a cyclical rebound?  Could it have been because of $30bbl oil at the depths of the recession?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:09 | 2432353 ihedgemyhedges
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I guess by using the word "recovery", they were not referring to disposable household income ex-government transfers.............


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:13 | 2432372 DeltaCharlie
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Minutes also stated that one Fed member wanted QE now! .... Would that be Ben Bernanke! Then, yes, gold on!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:30 | 2432456 Aziz
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I think Charles Evans.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:36 | 2432488 Marginal Call
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Down 21 points.  Buying op.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:37 | 2432493 stocktivity
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one of these times, the QE bullshit won't work

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:06 | 2432318 Aziz
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It kind of sickens me how markets are trading FOMC minutes instead of fundamentals. 

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:06 | 2432324 guinea
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Welcome to the Politburo Economy.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:07 | 2432328 GeneMarchbanks
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That is fucking absurd. Like Camus level absurd. +1 Good sir.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:07 | 2432334 tallen
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Since when has the market ever traded on fundamentals?!? Hahahaha

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:14 | 2432377 tmosley
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Prior to the S&L crisis, more or less.  Prior to 1913 nearly absolutely.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:22 | 2432425 LawsofPhysics
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At least some of the outcomes from the S&L crisis were bank failures, and a number of bankers, politicians, and persons of power going to jail.  Absolutely no satisfaction for savers and responsible behavior this time around.  Where is Jon Corzine?

PMs shining more than ever.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:08 | 2432338 Desert Irish
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Why bother trading on fundamentals when just rumours of QEIII will apease the masses......

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:10 | 2432357 resurger
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The New Normal, Sir.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:12 | 2432367 Deep79
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The scary thing is we have 0% interest rates, record stimulus, SP sitting at 1330 as i write and the "Market" needs more QE. We are done people. QE or no, it's over, and we are just hanging on by a thread. I am still of the belief that the next QE will be the final nail in the coffin. That is why FED is so hesitant to launch it.



Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:22 | 2432435 barroter
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Agreed.  If the Free Market can't get off the  gov't respirator and breathe on it's own...perhaps time to yank the intubation tube altogether.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:31 | 2432475 youngman
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And what is really scary is we are watching live in Greece, Italy; Portugal; and Spain....exactly how we are going to will be the people vs the elites...they are lying...the people are begining to realize it...and they are changing their parties to the extremes...

What I am more worried about are the countries and people not in the Western world.....what are the Arabs doing..the Russians..the Chinese...the Asians..South Americans....are they going to bail out the western world or are they going to change ships and start their own "other world economy"...

I know you are going to say.."bu but but...we are 9/10 of the worlds economy" or something like that.."and they can´t leave us".....well in 10 years we will be not...and they are thinking long term....we are thinking the next election...

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 19:42 | 2433461 Iwanttoknow
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Youngman,very perceptive.people in those countries may be incline to tell us to fuck off and liberate ourselves.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:45 | 2432533 Chaffinch
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You're dead right Aziz. Didn't markets used to be something to do with the efficient allocation of capital to the best companies?

Now they are a sick joke.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:50 | 2432555 Sam Clemons
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Makes you wonder why they couldn't just say, "we are going to buy everything and print money for everyone" and the stock market would go up indefinitely, we'd all be rich, and streets would be paved with gold.  

I guess not enough people in the world truly believe there is no such thing as a free lunch. 

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:06 | 2432319 Tim Knight from...
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"MOST FOMC PARTICIPANTS SAW GRADUAL DECLINE IN JOBLESS RATE" - - did the others forget their spectacles?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:09 | 2432341 surf0766
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No the others knew the jobless rate number was BS.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:08 | 2432326 Conman
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Oh yeahhhh - I put my hand up on your hip when i dip you dip we dip.

BTFD in effect!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:06 | 2432327 Tsar Pointless
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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:09 | 2432329 midgetrannyporn
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Like there was ever any doubt. They will use unemployment as an excuse to goose banker bonuses again. QE to the moon bitchez.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:13 | 2432331 Dr. Engali
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Come  print already. I'm eager to pay off my mortgage with an ounce of Gold...better yet print enough so I can pay it off with an ounce of silver.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:08 | 2432342 the not so migh...
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Thats new and different.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:17 | 2432403 Practical Irrat...
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"If recovery falters" meaning if the banks want more crack they will have to lower the markets and show worse economic numbers.  The banks will let the market down.  The Feds will continue to fake the numbers but now with a bias toward the negative.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:19 | 2432409 tiwimon
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What recovery? For a recovery to falter, there has to be an recovery and beyond Wall Street there has been NO recovery

Oh I see clearly now, not our recovery, you and me and joe sixpack on Main St, this is about Wall Street's miragical recovery which is faltering

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:09 | 2432345 pupton
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What just crushed silver???

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:09 | 2432350 ArrestBobRubin
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What, or who? I wonder....

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:13 | 2432378 fonzannoon
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What is continuing to crush silver?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:21 | 2432422 tmosley
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Paper crumbles easily when it rests on nothing.

More resilient when it rests on a base of 1000toz metal bars.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:22 | 2432424 pupton
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Well I am finally convinced that I am going to buy the dip here.  Just picked up 100 oz from NWT Mint @$28.58 each delivered (3 months from now unfortunately).  If we lose support under $26 I guess I'll have to scratch my head and double down around $22 or whereever it lands.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:41 | 2432514 ArrestBobRubin
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That Sir is what we call staging in and is a brilliant strategy from here as low as they choose to drive the paper price. Nice work.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:56 | 2432587 ArrestBobRubin
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Ag has gotten smacked after each of the last 4 FOMC meetings. Where nothing meaningful is said. It's perception management (The Fed Speaks, Tremble in fear all ye PM owners) and revenge for the times before that where PM's shot higher anytime the degenerate bankster BS Bernanke opened his fool mouth. Just b/c he's totally mock-able does not mean this Khazarian Kraz-ela may be mocked!

It's also a terrific way to make huge money for your friends (who're on the email notification list) while robbing honest investors. And not a single Iranian anywhere in the mix.... which is just so odd really, as it is they who are clearly our biggest, most deadly threat. Umm... right?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:18 | 2432698 mayhem_korner
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the more Ag is crushed, the more the TPTB fear gauge is spiking

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:11 | 2432355 Appleseed
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i buy 3 100z bars of silver, check zerohedge, BAM fed wants to easzzz
HAHAHAHHAA   all the way to the bank baby

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:10 | 2432356 SILVERGEDDON

Yah, like Ahhnold says " Yah, you pump it up, Benny! "  " To Infinity..............And, Beyond! " Way to go, fucking asshats.

Bullish on gold,silver, lead, copper, brass, charcoal, sulphur, saltpeter.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:13 | 2432364 ArrestBobRubin
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"Easing May Be Needed If Recovery Falters"

"Blood May be needed during open-heart surgery"

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:11 | 2432368 kaa1016
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This market is going to tank. Correlations are going to one. Go long vol...

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:11 | 2432370 pupton
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By the way, is the FOMC coding a message that further carnage will be required in the markets before any action?  What levels must things sink to?


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:13 | 2432371 TWSceptic
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We may need to print money if not printing money is no longer required.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:13 | 2432382 Global Hunter
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I had to read that 3 times to get it lol.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:46 | 2432531 resurger
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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:14 | 2432373 Madcow
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blah blah blah = deflation, deflation, deflation.

Money talks, bullshit walks.


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:16 | 2432389 fonzannoon
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Is it worth it of gold goes to 1200 if AAPL takes a ride down to 400 with it? I say Yes!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:15 | 2432390 catacl1sm
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That little bump from the FOMC minutes didn't last long. MORE MINUTES, PLEASE!!!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:21 | 2432430 Iam_Silverman
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"That little bump from the FOMC minutes didn't last long."

I saw that too.  It's like the halflife of effectivity of FOMC statements is getting shorter and shorter.  They may have to actually DO something one day.....even if it's only symbolic.


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:16 | 2432391 citta vritti
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the easings will continue until morale improves

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:15 | 2432392 Bill D. Cat
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They need to kill the markets to save the markets .

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:16 | 2432396 kralizec
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How are the presses doing?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:18 | 2432399 SilverCoinLover
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Well, that was fun. The Fed minutes gave the market a hard-on for about...ten minutes!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:18 | 2432404 in4mayshun
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"Blah Blah, Blah Blah blah-blah-blah....

(We'll tell you what were thinking the day after we do it.)

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:19 | 2432406 q99x2
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"Easing May Be Needed If Recovery Falters"

Your words are a vaporous rumor that puffs up but does nothing.

You might have to try the Drones, DHS, TSA and so on this time.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:19 | 2432410 Monkeyfister
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It must be nice to have "High-Roller VIP" status at the Casino.


It's extra awesome to have an ATM next to the roulette table that regularly spits out free money from the Fed, Treasury, or the deposits and investment accounts of your clients to let you keep on doubling down.

Lucky them.

The rest of us, down here, just get to suck on it.


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:19 | 2432417 GOSPLAN HERO
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The Fed is printing $100 billion each month?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:19 | 2432420 JLee2027
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Why even publish these Communists? A modern day Pravda, that's all they are.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:23 | 2432426 MFL8240
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The US clowns are back in the news!  Sure inflation is very low if you dont buy anything.  I have come to the point where I beleieve nothing that comes from anyone that has any connection to this goverment.  It is sickening to watch this intentional deception.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:22 | 2432433 junkyardjack
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What recovery? I'm confused now...

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:26 | 2432440 Kokulakai
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They've been blowin' recovery up our azz for a year

Regardless of reality, if the Fed wants this to be recovery... it is.

Key statement in my opinion:

"if agreement is
not reached on a plan for the federal budget, a sharp
fiscal tightening could occur at the start of 2013."


Now, what is Bohner threatning?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:32 | 2432477 walküre
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Cash is King.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:49 | 2432557 engineertheeconomy
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It was up until about 5 minutes ago. Now 100 oz bars are king

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:04 | 2432634 walküre
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Mittens Romney's mandate is to buy up all American assets for his overlords on the cheap with a strong US Dollar.

Romney's mandate is to do a ROLL UP of the American, heck maybe the global economy.

Vicious Wall Street Style.

Diluted currency won't go very far in that strategy.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 16:54 | 2433048 DosZap
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Now, what is Bohner threatning?

Exactly this....................ZERO more $$$$$ for Benny, unless matching cuts to go with it.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:31 | 2432474 dexter_morgan
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Ooooh, PM buying dip ahead!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:32 | 2432481 Snakeeyes
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Bernanke hints, the world goes crazy.

Elizabeth "The Duke of Hazard" said that credit should be relaxed ... again. Didn't the US just get nuked by doing this?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:38 | 2432490 Bastiat009
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Whatever the news, gold is crashing.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:37 | 2432496 guinea
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The thing is all the state government pensions are tied to stock market performance. Hence the number one priority of this administration is to pump up the equity markets.  These pensions need 8-10% returns to stay solvent as they are woefully underfunded.  You the taxpayers get to hold the bag of shit.  This is what happens when you have Democrats "negotiating" with public sector unions on the taxpayers' behalf.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:38 | 2432498 Clowns to the l...
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They're easing all right. Easing that red hot poker right up the everyday American's ass.

They just needed a little rally to keep things perky in the face of global financial chaos until the Failbook IPO.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:47 | 2432548 surf0766
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It is like watching the ball drop on New year's .

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:38 | 2432500 TonyCoitus
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A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.  Hopium, hospice, burial.  Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:52 | 2432572 Sans-culottes
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Move along nothing to see here but failure from Benny Boy...Why are you not distracted with American Fed=Failure

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:54 | 2432575 DavosSherman
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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:55 | 2432581 warchopper
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Here is a quote from Krugman which essentially says the Fed is ineffective:

"It took a gigantic sacrifice to get inflation down, with no real sign that the Fed’s credibility made any difference."


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:45 | 2433800 All Out Of Bubblegum
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Besides Krugman and Bernanke, who else thinks the Fed has cred?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:00 | 2432613 KandiRaverHipster
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meanwhile all the newly printed money is FedEx'd out of the country

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:03 | 2432628 ArrestBobRubin
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Sound and Fury, signifying nothing.

Except another 4% hit on silver to accompany FOMC day. What a fanatastic buy price they gave me, thank you guys and gal!

Please do it again next month fellas, I'm really in no hurry over here. And I know you are.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:09 | 2432651 q99x2
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Its only words and words are all I have to ramp the market todaaaaay.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:13 | 2432668 earnyermoney
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How much do these jackals earn for producing the same minutes for every meeting?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:12 | 2432670 moonman
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If at first you don't succeed...try try again.

The FED version:

If at first you don't succeed try the same exact thing again, then try something a little different and if that doesn't work just try the first thing again.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 16:10 | 2432888 Frastric
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Big question; are the Fed talking about GDP recovery or DOW recovery? Probably DOW recovery... Inflation whoring bastards.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 16:28 | 2432952 Bicycle Repairman
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You got that?  If the recovery falters, they'll print.  If deflation gets serious, they'll print ^2.  They may pause, but the endgame is spelt P.R.I.N.T.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 16:51 | 2433036 HungrySeagull
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They are gonna not just print but build a great gleaming city.

Never mind the rot and stink down here among the roaring thunder of the presses.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:07 | 2433241 MrBoompi
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My personal recovery has been weak of late, so Mr Fed, can you please add a couple of zeros to my accounts too?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:44 | 2433795 All Out Of Bubblegum
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I used to have an uncle that went to AA and drank after meetings. He always told me he was in recovery.

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