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Goldman Cuts Q3 Growth Forecast In Half, Sees Q3, Q4 GDP At 1.0%, 1.5%, Presents Jackson Hole Event Walk Thru

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Sorry Goldman, in the race to downgrade the US to 0.0001% above contraction, you are still well behind The Fonz in coolness. Frankly, following your December 2010 report you are not even cool enough to pass off for Richie Cunningham. But your third downgrade of US GDP in a month, this time slashing Q3 and Q4 GDP is surely a valiant attempt at regaining some of the Fonz pre-Jersey Shore panache. Keep at it. Another year of being just thiiiiis much behind the curve, and atoning for your shark jumping adventures, and you may be cool again. From a just released report by recent addition to the Goldman economics team (supposedly Jan was too busy elsewhere) Zach Pandl: "In light of the downshift in the data this week, we are cutting our second-half growth forecasts further. We now expect GDP growth of 1.0% in Q3 and 1.5% in Q4, both down from 2.0% previously. These changes reduce our forecasts for full-year 2011 GDP growth to 1.5% from 1.7%. Exhibit 1 shows the details." Now: who will join Zero Hedge in calling for negative GDP in Q3 and most likely Q4 (absent QE3; with QE3 the BEA will mysteriously find another 4-5 GDP percent hidden under the carpet). Far more importantly, Goldman once again explains what to expect at next week's Jackson Hole. We say importantly, because while Goldman is about as clueless at most at predicting the future, when it comes to monetary policy, Goldman determines it. So it is always useful to pay attention: after all Hatzius "predicted" the QE2 announcement roughly about a year ago to the dot.

On cutting GDP:

From already quite low growth rates, it appears that the US economy is losing further momentum. According to our Current Activity Indicator (CAI), underlying growth was about 1.5% (annual rate) as of July, and several major indicators for last month— nonfarm payrolls, retail sales, industrial production— were surprisingly strong. However, timelier survey- based data have turned down sharply, and weakness in the hard statistics seems likely to follow with a lag.


It is true that data on August activity is still relatively limited at this point. But of the major indicators released so far, one was weak (the Empire State index) and two were exceptionally weak (Consumer Sentiment and the Philadelphia Fed index). The most positive signal has come from jobless claims, which are roughly unchanged from last month and down from the spring. The survey data could potentially have been biased downward by volatility in financial markets and the contentious debate over the debt limit. But we do not want to take that argument too far: these are important cyclical indicators, and they are pointing to even weaker growth ahead. Updating the model from last week's US Economics Analyst with the latest data on equity prices and housing starts and an estimated value for the August ISM gives a probability of about one-third that the economy is currently in recession.


In light of the downshift in the data this week, we are cutting our second-half growth forecasts further. We now expect GDP growth of 1.0% in Q3 and 1.5% in Q4, both down from 2.0% previously. These changes reduce our forecasts for full-year 2011 GDP growth to 1.5% from 1.7%. Exhibit 1 shows the details.

And on what to expect next week:

Will Bernanke Move Mountains?


Against this challenging backdrop, Chairman Bernanke will deliver his address to the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole Conference next week.2 Given rising recession risks, worsening financial market conditions, and the FOMC’s surprisingly aggressive moves at its last meeting, investors are probably right to be focusing intensely on the event. We expect his speech to contain three main elements: 


1. Discussion of the dimmer growth outlook. The statement from the last FOMC meeting made clear that the committee made a significant change to its growth forecasts. The statement said that growth had been “considerably slower” than expected this year, that temporary factors “account for only some of the recent weakness”, and that “downside risks to the economic outlook have increased”.


The speech will be an opportunity for Bernanke to describe the Fed’s revised view in more detail. While he is likely to be downbeat about recent developments, we expect that he will still argue that the conditions for an acceleration later this year and in 2012 remain in place. The last post-meeting statement said    the    committee    “anticipates    that    the unemployment rate will decline only gradually”, which hints at a slightly above-trend growth outlook.


Recent comments from other Fed officials have been moderately constructive on growth. For instance, Cleveland Fed President Pianalto said earlier today that she expects growth of about 2% this year and 3% in 2012. New York Fed President Dudley also said this week that recent data were “at worst mixed”, and that growth will be “significantly firmer” in the second half. With annualized GDP growth in the first half of 0.8%, this is not an especially optimistic view, but it suggests Bernanke could sound positive relative to the current market consensus.


2. Defense of earlier policy actions. Weakness in growth and renewed questions about Fed easing have naturally raised questions about the effectiveness of its tools. We expect that Bernanke will address this issue directly in his speech, as he did in Congressional testimony last month. At that time, Bernanke argued that quantitative easing (QE) was effective in reducing the risk of deflation, emphasizing the rise in market- based measures of inflation expectations. He also said QE was helpful in “shoring up economic activity”.


It may be difficult for Bernanke to lean on these arguments today. The weakness in activity—and especially the downward revisions to GDP in late July—casts doubt on the claim that asset purchases have stimulated growth, at least in the eyes of many observers. Inflation expectations remain around levels consistent with the Fed’s target, but if higher inflation expectations are the only impact from QE, it would make little sense to ease now.


We think Bernanke will stick to a few main points. First, he will probably reiterate that the Fed’s expectations for the impact of QE were low, and therefore that slow growth does not necessarily imply that QE failed. At last year’s Jackson Hole speech he said that “central bankers alone cannot solve the world’s economic problems”; a repeat of this type of language seems likely. Second, he could argue that securities purchases ward off the tail risk of deflation, and that if the economy slipped into recession, deflation risk would return. Third, we think he could again list the many studies about QE and their quantitative estimates of the impact on growth. Emphasizing the positive effects of past asset purchases would implicitly help justify further action. 


3. Review of the easing options. The Fed has three main easing tools: 1) communication; 2) asset purchases; and 3) cutting the interest rate on excess reserves. At the August meeting, it exercised option #1 by making a conditional commitment to keep the funds rate low until mid-2013. Option #3 is often mentioned but in our view is unlikely for several reasons. That leaves only option #2, asset purchases.

We believe Bernanke’s Jackson Hole speech will include a detailed discussion of the potential for more easing through large-scale asset purchases. A variety of indicators suggest many investors already expect more QE. For instance, a recent CNBC survey shows that more than $300bn of purchases may already be priced in. The sharp decline in forward real rates is also partly related to QE expectations, in our view (Exhibit 2).5 Based on our conversations with clients, we believe investors would be very surprised if the speech did not include a discussion of asset purchases.


We see two main reasons why Fed officials may prefer to change the composition of the balance sheet as a first step. First, as we showed in Monday’s US Daily, if used aggressively this could have a sizable impact. For example, if the Fed were to sell its Treasury securities that mature over the next two years and buy securities in the 10- to 30-year part of the curve—apportioning them based on amounts available in the market—it could take a similar amount of duration risk onto its balance sheet as in QE2 (around $350bn in 10-year equivalent terms, or 80-90% of QE2). The policy could be scaled up further by weighting purchases toward even longer maturities, or by changing the mix of the mortgage portfolio.


Second, policies that keep the size of the balance sheet (and excess reserves) unchanged may be less controversial among politicians and the broader public. A detailed discussion of possible changes in balance sheet composition seems a likely component of the Jackson Hole speech.


Bernanke may of course also discuss conventional QE. Arguments in favor of this approach include a less complicated exit strategy—if securities mature faster, the Fed may not need to sell actively—and potentially a larger impact on confidence and expectations. We do not think Bernanke will signal anything more unconventional, such as a higher inflation target, price level targeting, or a long-term interest rate target.6 However, these ideas may turn up in the FOMC minutes published on August 30. 


While listing the easing options looks probable, Bernanke is very unlikely to pre-commit to taking action next week. This is a monetary policy decision, and any announcement would come at an FOMC meeting. In addition, core inflation continues to accelerate, and Fed officials seem to have a rosier outlook than our forecast or the consensus. While we expect additional QE and the odds are rising at the margin, it is not yet a done deal.

Remember: central bank policy only works when it is a surprise.


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Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:42 | 1579841 lolmao500
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Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:57 | 1579889 markmotive
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It's amazing how fast stories and outlooks change.

I'm still waiting for the mainstream to admit that gold is not in a bubble. To hit the bubble peak of 1981, based on this metric gold would neet to hit $7250!!

When my mom tells me she wants to buy gold...that's when I know it's over.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:12 | 1579924 Oro
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My mom asked about it today. I believe we have along way to go!

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:17 | 1580112 Caviar Emptor
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My mom is a gold bug. We ain't seen nothing yet

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 15:04 | 1581708 mkkby
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Mark Motive -- After your mom put her clothes back on, she asked the football team about internet stocks.  So I guess the nasdaq was never a bubble.  Sorry, that was just too tempting :)

The fed doesn't want to seem predictable or giving in to pressure.  Since everyone is anticipating a QE announcement next week, it won't happen.  They'll try to make it a surprise some other time.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:16 | 1579936 Sequitur
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What do you mean over? Frankly, nothing is over until the Eurozone is resolved (and I think that will be implosion of the banks and the sovereign debt, with a massive rush to safety). Germany will not bail out its WWII enemies.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:30 | 1580146 Arius
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What Germany couldnt achieve through military Wars in either World War I and World War II, is surely accomplishing it peacefully through World War III.

Germany might never be allowed AGAIN to develop as a threatening big military power, but they have managed to be a mighty economic ruthless superpower!

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:49 | 1580203 HungrySeagull
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We are probably already in the early stages of a full blown WW3 shooting era.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 02:38 | 1580388 FlyPaper
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I seriously doubt the Germans are looking at European nations as their old enemies.  That generation is nearly gone (as it is in the US).   The German culture is fairly thrift oriented; and they still have the sting of the Weimar disaster.  I doubt that very few people are willing to bail out their neighbors for their stupidity in managing their finances; hence I think the Germans will bail out their own banks (or perhaps their depositors) in order to stabilize their economy; but I will be surprised as hell if they will sign up to bail out countries in order to save the Euro and I'll be even more surprised if they agree to bail out their banks at 100%.  

Implying that the Germans of today hate their old enemies seems rather unjust.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 05:22 | 1580527 gwar5
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Not about hating, it's about access and acquisition to resources to maintain lifestyles. 

"Countries don't have feelings, they have interests."

"It's not personal, it's strictly business." -- Michael Corleone

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 00:07 | 1580240 mayhem_korner
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Think about it...the price of gold has to rise in real terms for it to catch up with the 1981 highs.  So if the dollar is continually de-based, the equivalency price will keep going up. 

What would the equivalent price need to be if the DXY was at 30?

It may never catch up!


Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:43 | 1579843 Spitzer
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"he could argue that securities purchases ward off the tail risk"

Tail risk again... Isn't that why he said people buy gold, because of "tail risk" ? So gold should fall by purchasing securities....Hmmmm.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:51 | 1580031 Pancho Villa
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Reducing tail risk... Is that in any way related to covering your ass?

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 11:12 | 1580980 RSloane
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Direct correlation!

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:48 | 1579855 DormRoom
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The US has always gone into a recession with GDP growth of < 2%, since WWII.  Third revision Q1 GDP was .08%.  First revision Q2 GDP was 1.7%.  We are likely in a recession right now, but bank economists won't say so, until their trading desks finish unwinding.


Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:14 | 1579930 oblonsky
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the funny thing about recessions is that if you tell people long enough that we're not in recession, it's actually possible that you prevent the recession from occurring. it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. if people think we won't enter a recession they may be willing to spend more, consider buying that house, car, whatever. but if you tell people "we're entering a recession" many people will put off those same purchases, and, lo and behold, the prediction will come true. 

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:15 | 1580102 WonderDawg
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Wrong on many levels. Business cycles demand recessions, they are a natural occurence in a healthy business cycle.

Also, we (humans) are hard-wired to move along a mood spectrum with optimism on one end and pessimism on the other. As we move across the spectrum, bull markets and bear markets occur. Socionomics postulates that these natural "mood swings" are the root motive of business cycles.

Whatever the case, you can't wish a recession away.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:19 | 1580115 Caviar Emptor
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Yup. The recession is all in our heads

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:26 | 1580138 WonderDawg
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I left out a pretty important aspect of the socionomics theory: humans in a society collectively move from optimism to pessimism and back and forth again, in an endogenous instinct related to the primal herding impulse. This is the root motive for business cycles. That's the theory in a nutshell, as it applies to the economy.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:36 | 1580172 Caviar Emptor
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So..maybe the government should distribute free Prozac

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:48 | 1580199 WonderDawg
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Fuck that, just legalize weed.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 00:09 | 1580241 Caviar Emptor
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We're on it. 

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:48 | 1580200 HungrySeagull
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Free Zanex to reduce anxiety so they can make better trades.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:47 | 1579861 onlooker
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""Now: who will join Zero Hedge in calling for negative GDP in Q3 and most likely Q4""  Hey, I'll join you in what ever the hell you wanta do or go. Just toot the horn, I'm packed.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:53 | 1579875 lunaticfringe
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Wanna carpool?

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:08 | 1579914 Drag Racer
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I hope GDP does go negative. GDP calculation is a joke. Less Gov. spending means a drop in GDP. People saving instead of wasted spending means a drop in GDP. Less financial shenanigans means a drop in GDP. What's not to like...


can we get back to 'real' production now? I'm getting a bit tired of this made in China crap.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:36 | 1580171 OldPhart
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That's a butt-ugly chart.

Notice how that gaps from the 90's forward?

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 05:09 | 1580521 gwar5
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Nice chart. That's the go-to place for real data.


Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:16 | 1580107 WonderDawg
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I'll take it a step further and say that when the final revisions are in, Q2 was negative.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 05:07 | 1580520 gwar5
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Isn't GDP already negative priced in those debasing nominal USD? 

Isn't that the problem, and we're just shuffling paper money around on the plate with the fork?

It's Gross and Domestic, but there's no Product.


Sat, 08/20/2011 - 10:42 | 1580896 RSloane
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Well said.

Sun, 08/21/2011 - 19:07 | 1584273 IQ 145
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I join. Considering inflation it is negative now.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:49 | 1579864 Cheesy Bastard
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Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:52 | 1579872 lunaticfringe
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If the Fed leaves interest rates near zero for two years, why the fuck do we need them at all? Can't we just lay them off? At least for a couple years?

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:57 | 1579887 Drag Racer
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and across the street we see...

JP Morgan’s off-Balance Sheet

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:05 | 1579909 digalert
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Hey Golden Slax

Ya gonna join S&P with a USA downgrade?

How about Moodis analyst admitting you're all liars?

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:22 | 1579951 Mister Minsk
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Goldman who?

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:28 | 1579964 YesWeKahn
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Another down day Monday?

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:35 | 1579979 Long-John-Silver
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I can't remember which talking head on CNBC said it but DOW 8,000 was not an unreasonable drop unless Europe crashes. 

He continued by saying if Europe did crash and they all started printing their own money again things would get really ugly like Gold becoming real money again.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:39 | 1579987 Sequitur
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Eurozone will crash. German press advised citizens to buy gold weeks ago. The Eurozone experiment is over, the only way out is default.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:43 | 1579967 sitenine
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No growth you say?  Et Tu, Brute?  GS, you were so faithful for so long, doing God's work and all.  Too bad, now you will surely be cut out of the will.


OT: I've seen a few stories on this new IBM chip:

We could soon invent a 'being' far smarter than we are.

Wouldn't it be a bitch if the first words it spoke were, "We're so fucked."?

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:46 | 1580019 papaswamp
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Skynet needs the troops....the T-1

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:47 | 1580196 OldPhart
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Worse is when it says "Humans are now fucked."

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:38 | 1579985 Ass to Mouth
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Goldman is an ATM queen.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:41 | 1579999 papaswamp
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So who will be the first to declare a neagtive GDP? Bets anyone?

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:48 | 1580198 Yen Cross
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I respect you PaPa..  You are a trader of class!  

Yen Cross

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 22:53 | 1580037 Seasmoke
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oh yes the fix is in, but i dont think they get away with it this time

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:03 | 1580060 Mark Noonan
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So, about three months in to the actual recession they should cut it to 0.5% growth?

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:05 | 1580067 mendigo
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so they have revised their "forecast" (almost in hind-sight) and think that it is likely that bernanke will probably say some things about bank policy

i wonder what might be said about europe - surely our banks are whining about their exposure 

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:07 | 1580075 Milton Waddams
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I picture Bernanke hunched over this report while furiously scribbling notes on what to include in his upcoming speech.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:43 | 1580184 VegasBob
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I'd rather see Bernanke on the gallows with a black hood over his head, and then watch as his sentence is carried out for the crimes of fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, grand theft and perjury.

Sun, 08/21/2011 - 19:13 | 1584285 IQ 145
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He better work on the gulping and twitching; aside from that, I think he should include bunny rabbits, little puppys, and pretty white clouds in a gentle blue sky. Just my suggestion, of course.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:22 | 1580117 John Law Lives
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More good news;

4 more banks seized on August 19, 2011

First Choice Bank, Geneva, IL
First Southern National Bank, Statesboro, GA
Lydian Private Bank, Palm Beach, FL
Public Savings Bank, Huntingdon Valley, PA

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:22 | 1580119 Caviar Emptor
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A recession as defined by NBER is an irrelevant formality at this point. 

No knowledgeable people are in any doubt that we're in a depression. So the word "recession" and "double-dip" are inappropriate to the situation.

Bottom line, we never had an expansion. It's not a normal business cycle. It's just the next leg down in a cascading series of economic contractions. 

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 01:12 | 1580326 James T. Kirk
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No kidding. Welcome to the Brave New Depression, an existential economic "state" defined by our collective willingness to assume (or not assume) more debt. We are SO brainwashed by the very terms and concepts of macroeconomics. Orwell can't hold a candle to the Manchurian tag team of the Bernak, the Squid, and the Messiah.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:46 | 1580193 Yen Cross
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Let's break this chart into NY/London/  Sydney- Tokyo.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 00:02 | 1580222 tom a taxpayer
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"Based on our conversations with clients, we believe investors would be very surprised if the speech did not include a discussion of asset purchases." Translation: Give us the juice or we crash the markets. 

Perry isn't the only one to issue threats to the Fed Chairman. Goldman Sachs just issued a threat to Bernanke.


Sat, 08/20/2011 - 16:24 | 1581885 mudduck
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Yes. How much did the fed overpay the PDs on their QE2 purchases? I mean at 5% of 600 bil. is 30 bil. 30 billion here, 30 billion there, pretty soon you're talking real bonus money. So sure Goldman would love to get between the fed and the general market to help 'facilitate' (front run), any balance sheet changes the fed wants to make.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 00:33 | 1580281 Yen Cross
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Sat, 08/20/2011 - 01:28 | 1580346 iNull
Sat, 08/20/2011 - 01:32 | 1580350 lizzy36
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Friday shits and giggles.

From WSJ Feb 2011:

The 51 economists polled—not all of whom answer every question in the survey—expect gross domestic product will be 3.5% higher in the fourth quarter of 2011 than a year earlier, up from the 3.3% increase they projected in last month's survey. That would be the largest increase since 2003. They look for GDP to expand at a 3.6% annual rate in the current quarter, accelerating from the 3.2% rate recorded in the final months of 2010.

As a reminder the economy expanded at 0.4% in Q1. Brilliant. Many of those useless economists got 7 figure bonuses for being 90% wrong. And they are the ones currently drafting economic policy for the United States. No wonder this clusterfuck continues.

"We're in a lot different place from last year," said Goldman Sachs's Jan Hatzius, who last year was one of the most bearish economists on Wall Street, but now is among the most optimistic on growth."


Sat, 08/20/2011 - 01:42 | 1580364 tom a taxpayer
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Economists rank below fortune tellers in forecasting.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 03:00 | 1580418 sherryw
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Ja! The fortune tellers told that August 9,10,11,12 and 12 had 'bad transits' happening to the chart of the USA. Now they are saying that August 26 or thereabouts is a once in 29.5 years reality check. What would they know?

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 08:57 | 1580725 Ned Zeppelin
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There's no downside to forecasting growth. Smells like team spirit, after all.  Go the other route, and you're a curiosity, a naysayer, an outlier. Simple as that. Mark Zandi is a great example of a PC lousy prognosticator who has to keep "revising" his forecasts down. Putz. 

Sun, 08/21/2011 - 19:17 | 1584304 IQ 145
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"We're in a lot different place from last year,"---translation; now they're paying me to tell the opposite lie.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 03:24 | 1580443 Miss anthrope
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I love how you can tell where Goldman will be meeting.  It is 400% higher than any other of the other hotels in town!.  Goldman I'M SURE already booked the whole place.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 09:13 | 1580735 tom a taxpayer
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Jackson Hole's Four Seasons Resort named in honor of banksters Four Seasons:

Summer of Fraud, Fall of Markets, Winter of Lies, Spring of New Sprouts of Fraud.


Sat, 08/20/2011 - 10:37 | 1580877 King_of_simpletons
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I believe the fourth one is called "Green Shoots" with spring being implicit.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 05:56 | 1580540 buzzsaw99
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interest on excess reserves, what a scam! welfare bitchez!

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 06:35 | 1580574 DrStrangelove
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The US debt service cost exceeds total federal revenue around 15.5%. 




good article called

"This is a stick up, everybody get your interest rates on the floor and give me the money!"




lol golden!!!

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 08:05 | 1580667 Downtoolong
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We think Bernanke will stick to a few main points.

“Hey, did you hear the one about the Rabbi, the Priest, and the banker walking into a bar? See, I don’t do exactly everything Goldman tells me to!”

Ben Bernanke

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 08:29 | 1580696 partimer1
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GDP in Q3 will be -1%, Q4 will be -0.5%.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 10:48 | 1580913 RSloane
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I am inclined to agree with you, and by inclined I mean laying on the floor sucking on a wine bottle and hoping this nightmare ends soon.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 08:52 | 1580720 turkey george palmer
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 they will want to preempt the filght into gold after the word is out about what the fed does, so that is why the margin rates are going up.   who said don't fight the fed.

  short gold monday,

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 09:50 | 1580777 Eireann go Brach
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I think if I seen Bernanke on the street I would punch him in the face, then when he lay on the floor screaming like a girl, I would tell my 6 year old kid to kick him in the nuts as hard as many times needed until Bernanke screams "ok, ok, no more QE"

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 11:04 | 1580960 CapedCrusader
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Short gold, long financials.  Sorry ladies.  The psychology is too extreme.



Sun, 08/21/2011 - 19:24 | 1584322 IQ 145
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Yes, very likely. I just took the $25000 profit from my Dec. Si. Contract an hour ago; not going to go short the metals right now; but I agree it's not unreasonable. I'm already long BAC from $7.37. We'll see how that works out. If I don't get stopped out, I have an eleven dollar target on that. I like to perform like JP Morgan, who said, "I sold too soon". I love selling too soon.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 11:24 | 1581019 PulauHantu29
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Until (and unless) we boost manufacturing--if that is even possible-- we will sink further into oblivion.

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 12:09 | 1581138 SmoothCoolSmoke
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As for Jack(ass)sonHole - short the knee-jerk pop.  The odds of Ber-shankie pulling the same market pumping rabbit ouf his hat as last year seem long indeed to me. 

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 13:36 | 1581400 caerus
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my favorite thing about jackson hole million dollar cowboy bar

edit:  the barstools are

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 14:26 | 1581622 ThirdCoastSurfer
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"negative GDP in Q3...absent QE3; with QE3 the BEA will mysteriously find another 4-5 GDP percent hidden under the carpet"

Spot on, but why does no one question why?

QE alone accounts for very little of any hidden/sequestered GDP. 

It is so clear that the endless call for QE is just so much economic blackmail by those who have the corporate and economic power to control the discussion and the means. 

Screw 'em. They need to be weened to get away from sitting on their hands and force them to get to work. 

They have the most material wealth to lose, they'll be the ones who actually repair the economy as a result. 

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