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Gundlach Is Not A Fan Of Socialism, Thinks Apple Is "Over-Bought"

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After last week's presentation, DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach (having rotated his spec play from Long Nattie, Short AAPL - which was a winner - to Long SHCOMP, Short SPX) committed the cardinal sin in a great interview this morning with CNBC's Gary Kaminsky. The apocryphal 'new' bond guru noted that he is against big government, doesn't like risk assets at these levels, believes QE will end in higher rates (adding that he would not be surprised to see 10Y yields 100bps higher by the end of the year), but most abhorrently: "the obsession with Apple is a truly remarkable social phenomenon - the stock is over-believed and over-bought. There is NO exit for the Fed, QE3 will be ineffective, and it is more likely that the Fed buys all the Treasury bonds that exist." Two must-see clips covering why buy-and-hold is completely dead thanks to government intervention to his preference for secured credit funds (where have we heard that before?) to the huge risks in buying financial stocks and the vulnerability of risk-assets - as the world realizes the circular financing reality of Europe.


A lot of truthiness in these interviews and for once a CNBC host who is not trying to drag the conversation back to 'yeah, but which stock would you buy...'

Part 1... Treasuries, Volcker, Big Government, and Apple...


Part 2... Bonds, QE, and Banks...


FYI - AAPL vs Nattie post-recommendation.. has had its big moments...




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Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Precious
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Up and up, round and round it goes, to infinity.

All a company has to do anymore is get listed in the primary ETFs for the sector.  After that, automatic daily up with the funds.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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The Bernank will use all of his resources and tools to prop up Apple. It is 20% of the Naz on a weighted basis. Allowing Apple to fall 15% would be the equivalent of letting 50 Lehman's fail, and we can't tolerate such events in the new, better-er, centrally planned, non-free market & completely pre-ordained economy.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:39 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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It ain't just apple. It's stocks in general. If the Bernak can convince everyone there is no need to own gold because gold can't even keep up with the indexes then he will keep this bubble blowing to infinity.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:51 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Lord Krugman has written his latest missive whereby he again endorses the wisdom of reflating the equity bubble, despite his past denials that he ever advocated for Greenspan's inflating the housing bubble in 2002.

That's sooooooooooo Krugman.


....printing fiat, inflating bubbles & pretending it's economic growth, for the common good...

Hating on Ben Bernanke, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times



"...stocks will rise, increasing wealth, and the dollar will fall, making U.S. exports more competitive"


Bubbles, bubbles, that's his thing, K-R-U-G-M-A-N.


But hey, it worked in Japan:


Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:01 | Link to Comment GetZeeGold
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An AAPL a day.....keeps the Krugman away.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:35 | Link to Comment Nothing To See Here
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If the Federal government can force you to buy health insurance for your own good, they surely can force you to buy iPhones for your own good AND that of your country.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:37 | Link to Comment Nothing To See Here
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Paul Krugman = columns of mass destruction

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:23 | Link to Comment Manthong
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“I don’t like to see the markets being so grossly manipulated”

“As my friend Jim Grant says: “We’re living in a hall of mirrors””.

 “You really don’t know what investors think because the price discovery is being destroyed by government intervention"

“I don’t like what the Fed is doing”

Well, that just about says it all.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:26 | Link to Comment Nothing To See Here
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Those are the best segments. But what makes it more interesting is the reaction from the CNBC talking head...

Gundlach : "I don't like to see the markets being so grossly manipulated by the government"

Talking head : "Duly noted. So, what do you propose the government do to fix this?"

Gundlach : "Didnt you ear what I said?"

Talking head : "Well yes of course. Now to my more important question, how can the government intervene to save the markets and the economy?"

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:52 | Link to Comment Chump
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Did that exchange really happen?  Can't watch the vids ATM, so did that really happen?  If that really happened I need to call my doctor immediately to increase my valium dosage, so please respond forthwith.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:23 | Link to Comment Nothing To See Here
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Calm down buddy. Did not happen exactly like that. Just gives an idea of the mood...

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:37 | Link to Comment Chump
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Oh I'm calm/venting.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:48 | Link to Comment Debtonation
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Maybe we'll export all our food, since that's one of the most valuable things the US produces.  We could export so much we won't have anything to eat, but who cares, we'll all be rich!

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:40 | Link to Comment redpill
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AAPL is like a bright shiny yellow piece of corn in a steaming pile of shit.  No one knows how it made it through the digestive process and it makes you want to vomit looking at it, but somehow it's still there.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:59 | Link to Comment Fredo Corleone
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Indeed, the hourly rate earned by those in the employ of Apple's PRC manufacturing facilities is likely equivalent ( in dollar terms ) to the price of a can of Niblets.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:25 | Link to Comment redpill
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Which is why Apple has gone out of their way to cut down on the suicides; funeral expenses are out of control!  Much cheaper to just continue paying them pittance to make electronic goodies that somehow they've managed to convince legions of trendy metrosexuals that they absolutely must purchase, using their TBTF bank credit card no less, so they can sit at Starbucks and tweet to their platonic girlfriend about how horrendous the beading was on that one dress on Project Runway.


Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:42 | Link to Comment ChubbNut
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Dude....just listen to yourself...

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:03 | Link to Comment resurger
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TIS: AAPL will end up on the Fed's balancesheet 100%

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:14 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Not 100%, but your point remains--


Israel [Central Bank] to begin buying shares of AAPL
Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:09 | Link to Comment whatsinaname
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So if (as I believe) the BOJ has been doing the equivalent of QE for 15-20 years then is the BOJ almost the owner of the entire Japanese bond market ? Anybody know if this is true ?

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 18:15 | Link to Comment Doublescythe
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If you are short or underinvested $AAPL, there is one simple word for you - STUPID.

This company nets $1B in free cash flow almost EVERY day.

Short at your own peril.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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I liked how he said the fed has no exit strategy. They will end up owning 100% of treasury bonds. His recommendation based on that was obviously gol......cambells soup?

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:42 | Link to Comment Precious
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The Fed will own 100% of nothing.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:53 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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The Fed will own the taxes that anchor the bonds, the means of tax collection, and a billion dum dums to secure said taxes.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 19:50 | Link to Comment Law97
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100% of treasury bonds will eventually amount to 100% of nothing.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:56 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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I have shelves and shelves of Cambells soup in my basement....does that count?

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:55 | Link to Comment silverserfer
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that expired in 2006?

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Just remember.............over-bought can most certainly become even more over-bought long before it becomes over-sold.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:02 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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I agree with you there. The problam with Apple is they generate a ton of cash and they don't have a huge multiple. Having said that if they don't do something beyond adding an extra row of icons soon that cash generation advantadge might could slip through their fingers.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:55 | Link to Comment gmrpeabody
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The halls of ZH are littered with the bodies of those who were absolutely SURE the crash was here and now.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:26 | Link to Comment Manthong
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 “become even more over-bought”

You mean “ become more over-boughter”.?

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 22:54 | Link to Comment butchee
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I think you mean even more-er overboughter-est

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:34 | Link to Comment Hedgetard55
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Priced in gold it HAS CRASHED. Priced in nominal (meaningless) dollars, it is flat since 1999.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:57 | Link to Comment Nobody For President
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Exactly Dr. E.  Apple right now reminds me of Microsoft in the 80's - riding higher than hell with unstopable products and marketing. 

But the iPhone 5 is just a follow-on product - maybe a very good one very well marketed, but what is coming down the pike in Apple that is the next iPod, iPad, iPhone iWhatever that once again creates and then owns an entire new market segment?

But they can coast a long, long way on the current momentum - I would not short that beast just yet.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:41 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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At the rate the FED is currently monetizing, Wall Street can afford to push AAPL up $3/day if it wants.   True, AAPL is an "obsession", but I would not contemplate a short AAPL except on some QQQ rebalancing news (could come soon), poor iPhone5 initial sales (also could come), or a dud product release (cough, mini iPad, cough).  

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:07 | Link to Comment fuu
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"If this were a movie, the lights would have dimmed and all the activity in the room frozen. 300 renminbi is US $ 45. And that was the initial offer price given to a bewildered foreigner in China, no haggling. I felt a literal shock.

I bought the device and did some more research. This was a 7-inch tablet, Wi-Fi only with all the attributes of a good tablet. Capacitive touchscreen. Snappy processor. Front facing camera. 4GB of internal memory and an expandable memory slot.

I later found out that these devices are now all over the supply chain in Shenzhen. At volume, say 20,000 units, you can get them for $35 apiece. My device ran full Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and had access to the full Google API, including Gmail, Maps, YouTube and Google Play (not quite sure how that works either)."

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:36 | Link to Comment Manthong
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“Who made it?.” My stock answer is “Who cares?”

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:57 | Link to Comment fuu
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Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:40 | Link to Comment ceedub
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Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment ChubbNut
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Cool....thanks for your worthless comment.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:13 | Link to Comment Chump
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The Dude does not abide your groundless assholeishness.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:41 | Link to Comment Duke of Con Dao
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that Romney camp is full of dumb jackasses... his team called the Dream Team by Brooks of the Times back in Jan. 2012

doesn't look so dreamy now... 

the minute I heard Obama's 'You didn't build that' speech I had a mash-up out the door within 24 hours....

YouTube - "Howard Roark, You Didn't Build That!" says President Obama


nothing against William Bonzai but this is much harder to do compared to a Photoshop 45 minute whack-up!

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:50 | Link to Comment Inthemix96
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Duke of con dao,

Sorry mate, the first of these thousand plus videos you posted was mildly chucklable.

Now they havent been funny since.  Fuck off mate, you are doing everyones head in.  And I mean that in a nice way mind, get something better to do.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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OT: will Kass and Bidermann still remain short after the S&P 500 crosses 1500 on Friday?  

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:48 | Link to Comment Deep79
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why by friday?



Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:55 | Link to Comment tu-ne-cede-malis
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Option expiration perhaps?

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment RobinHood73
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CNBC HUMPS AAPL Every 30 seconds. Curious who pays for the CNBC advertising shortfall? Of course it is overbought. It is total brainwashing hype. If they sell 200 million iphone its worth like 80 bucks a share in NPV. The shares have added like 130 in 4 weeks.

Incidentally, no one talks about the erosion in gross margins: with costs per phone like 35-40 bucks more , they have to sell like 15% more phones just to break-even on a cashflow basis. And this is before the retail raises and Foxconn issues,etc. They are on a treadmill that eventually blows up 

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:56 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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Exactly right Robinhood. Nobody talks about margins at all. I don't see how input costs can not affect margins bigtime going forward. So I guess we just keep watching earnings miss after earnings miss and btfd....retarded.

Who the hell can afford to keep trading up these apple products anyway? Somone on here the other day said Apple could lie their ass off about their sales and no one would call them on it anyway....that's probably right.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:57 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:46 | Link to Comment resurger
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Dont talk to me on shortning before i see S&P 500 @ 1500

Let the bulls take this shit higher


Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:47 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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Apple Slave Corporation Inc. : fuck em and anyone who buys their products.

In other news :

- IDF launches surprise live-fire drill in Golan Heights

- Former Syrian general: Assad planned to transfer chemical weapons to Hezbollah

- India on Wednesday test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic missile Agni-IV with a strike range of about 4000 km from a test range off Odisha coast.

- Japan has deployed 50 patrol ships to the area in the East China Sea. (or about 20% of their patrol ships or 10% of total navy)

- A total of 326 billion euros ($425 billion) was pulled from banks in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece in the 12 months ended July 31, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The plight of Irish and Greek lenders, which were bleeding cash in 2010, spread to Spain and Portugal last year.

Banco Santander SA (SAN), Spain’s largest bank, lost 6.3 percent of its domestic deposits in July, according to data published by the nation’s banking association.

- Military report says Turkish jet downed in Syrian missile attack

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:39 | Link to Comment piceridu
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you forgot...and Oil down

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:00 | Link to Comment Robot Traders Mom
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Sidebar: Has anyone seen my son trolling around here, lately? I was talking to a couple fellow ZH'ers yesterday and none of us have seen him for awhile... I assume he's over on the CNBC blogs. 

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:03 | Link to Comment EvlTheCat
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I was just going to ask you if you had chained him up in the basement and forgot about him.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:07 | Link to Comment Tippoo Sultan
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Try Yahoo! Finance. Doubtful if Sonny set up shop on Motley Fool, as it is a pay to post service - and his winning trades have been, well, painfully untimely.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:12 | Link to Comment “Rebellion to t...
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Word is he's giving, against his will, I hope,  Jon Corzine, Jamie Dimon, and Bernanke funny massages at their local gay bar.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:14 | Link to Comment Robot Traders Mom
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Yeah, that's the rumor at least...I wouldn't doubt it, knowing my son. 

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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RT is found at Wall Street Bears site regularly under his usual name, and at Yahoo Finance where he uses a different (I assume his real) name: hint, first name is Scott.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment fuu
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Try the forums at, he got banned here again, or at least his account is access denied.

Bottom line is we have seen an outright collapse in the "Peak Energy" argument. No wonder the GUMS are spending wildly.
RobotTrader - Wed, Sep 19, 2012 - 12:13 PM (Views: 24)
Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment malikai
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I was worried. I thought I saw him on a carton of milk the other day..

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:11 | Link to Comment “Rebellion to t...
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Apple brand, of late,  is one of those strange, rare occurrences where a great many people world wide feel the need to have this product. And I may add it is a good product.  The stock price reflects this.  That being said, Apple is for all intent and purposes a luxury brand manufacturer, or a very expensive toy company.  Those who know better know that all good things come to an end.  Steve Jobs' untimely death, competition, or a product pipeline running out of new, or good ideas, will cause problems in the not too distant future and will send this high flying company spiraling back to reality.

I'll bet any one who wants... a nickel that Apple stock price will see $300.00 before $1,000.00, even with the help of that asshole Bernanke.  

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 23:54 | Link to Comment Almost Solvent
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Not taking the bet, but what you speak of is a major crash that I don't see in the next year. At the rate Apple is rising with all those fools sleeping outside the Apple Stores, $1,000 is within sight.


The pension & hedge funds stuffed with Apple would implode if it dropped to $300 - remember that it's algorithims trading Apple, not people.


This fucker can fly way closer to the sun before its wings melt  . . .

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:25 | Link to Comment edifice
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Apple has been overbought and in iBubble territory for months. No news there.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:29 | Link to Comment i love cholas
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In poker theory, advanced players use several levels of thinking ie. what do i have, what does he have, what does he think i have, what does he think that i have that he thinks that i have, etc. Gundlach and other great thinkers are always game theorizing situations, which a lot of investors do not do. They just want CNBC to tell what to buy and what is "hot".  Great video(s)

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 13:32 | Link to Comment Go Tribe
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I'm still waiting for the S&P to hit 500 this year, which is what he predicted. Something seriously odd about this guy.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment rsnoble
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Damage control is already on this one sighting Apple to $1650 on the main finance pages.  I mean I guess it's possible in the land of $400 burrito companies and unlimited digital zeros.  I have a sneaking suspicion that global events will derail Apple long before that target, well unless somehow they pass a new law that it's illegal for war to affect stock prices. LMFAO.  Hell, why not?

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment AndrewJackson
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This guy is spot on about the FED. They will own all treasury bonds. For the government debt, does it really matter what interest rates are or how much the deficit is when the fed buys everything? This is why the government and mbs bond market has completely lost any relevance to show true supply/demand. Every single bond/stock/fx market and all derivatives related to them are bunk. The only honest markets left on the planet are commodity markets, especially gold. When the collapse happens, the fireworks will play out in au. Keep stacking

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment AndrewJackson
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Double post.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment WhiteNight123129
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Gundlach is the man.

Higher rates in the Treasuries is relief, it will scare the corporations sitting on cash and this cash will enter the circulation in wages. The solution is for the rich and corporations to spend their money, this is the only place which can help the deleveraging. Rich and Corporations should be taxed unless they spend their cash. If they spend no taxes, if they refuse to dishoard their dollars, they get taxed. They have benefited from the leveraging, time to pay back. I am not for confiscation, but we need to inject cash in the economy where it is. It is not coming from the Gov, it is not coming from consumers, it has to come from the Rich and the Corporations. If they take the initiative and do their duty in investing and spending, give them a tax relief. But if they do not spend their income, wack them up.

Higher rates and steeper and the long bond starting to go the opposite direction is success, it means stagflation starting, not crack up boom. Crack up boom is real assets up and wages stagnant, stagflation is real assets up and wages up. Let go and help Gundlach, Gundlach is a patriot, shorting the long bonds is bad for financial assets but good for wages.

The irony is that the only way the Fed can prevent deflation is by buying assets, and that pushes prices of the stuff they buy up, but really, if the Long bond was at 4% and nominal GDP at 4.5% the Fed would love, the corporations would be stuck with capital eating stagflation, capital accumulated in the leverage phase suck out of the circulation would be dishoarded and converted back in the circulation, unemployment goes down, and nominal wages start to go up with commodities instead of not moving.

As soon as Europe prints free and clear, the safe heaven rally into treasuries is gone. The Fed is fighting the European knee jerk flow into USD and long bond all it can. As soon as the printing press starts for good measure in europe, that is it, long bond yields up for good. Deflation killed, welcome stagflation, bye bye crack-up boom threat.





Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:52 | Link to Comment Remington IV
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Back to the porn tapes , Gundlach

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:53 | Link to Comment twh99
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Gundlach is an idiot.  He is the one who 3 months ago was shorting AAPL and lost his ass.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 16:40 | Link to Comment walcott
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The Innocence of Appl Shareholder video


Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:16 | Link to Comment WhiteNight123129
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5% dividend paying plantation stocks in Malaysia bitches, it does exist! This will beat Campbell soup hand over fist. Tobacco paying nice DVD, and commodities.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment stant
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white appl cult, dont fear the reaper

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