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so we can be lied to some more about how great things are...or not as bad as they look, even when we see it, up close, all around us...
can we get this over with, please...
Well as long as there are players in the game, the game will continue. If you want it to stop, stop playing the game. But, I don't see that happening as the zombies continue to follow the news, the charts and prophecies of those that claim to have a clue.
How many times have they been tilting this game to see the desirable outcome - against all rules - and how many times can they continue to do that before the machine freezes?
"The frustration from seeing the ball follow a path towards the gap between the flippers can lead to the player physically tilting the machine (in an attempt to guide the ball towards the flippers). However, in doing so, some games will flash the word "TILT" and freeze the flippers, causing the ball to be lost for certain. The metaphor here being over-aggression due to frustration leads to severely detrimental gameplay."
Its a game only to keep the US military going strong. We still have a few countries left in the Mideast to conquer, and most of Africa. We are working on both simultaneously. After strongholds are in place, they'll likely let the collapse happen here and abroad. Funny how a muslim-related prez in elected to conquer the muslims lands abroad. They either finish these wars in a year, or it continues beyond 2012 with Obama at the helm again. Either way, the US military is the world's policeman and until the jobs done the charade will continue, including the levitating of the markets. I can't believe how shortsighted people are in this regard. Most think this is about global economic markets when nothing can be further from the truth. Its about world domination.
The real Westminster Kennel Dog Show is in Europe. The other factors don't mean much. They will move the markets a little here and there. Nothing scares the stock and bond markets like the incompetence in Europe and what it would mean if they don't throw good money after bad money. I'm still in awe that their big plan is to recapitalise the banks to "fix" the problem.
1. Recap the banks and try to avoid a world explosion of contagion in the banking sector... No guarantee this will even work. A 2 trillion dollar backstop. Best case scenerio. Buying maybe a year or so until the next explosion.
2. Let Greece fail and face up to the fact that the Euro has failed. This obviously is the best scenerio. But there are too many politicians, the imf, the european commision who implemented the Euro. So they won't ler er' fail.
Both options are a joke and equate to a failed euro. Im not even that smart and I know this. Im shocked when economists talk this junk up and stock markets rally on this garbage. They will at best buy themselves one year.
I think they do already mostly buy themselves now. That's why the movements make no sense.
Right this second it's risk on. Like donkey kong. Rally on Wayne. Rally on Garth.
It's a good week to own gold and sleep well.
You have that right. And a couple of miners might be a good choice. We shall see.
See ya in the morning.
For those who still find the ongoing number of bank failures interesting, here is the link (reports on Fridays, after everyone has gone home). http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/banklist.html
Troika? Are percentiles, open for discussion?
Meltup in -4 3 2 oh nevermind
Q3 2.5% eh.
Q1 0.4. Q2 1.3. What changed?
Not funny Q.?
"US Q3 GDP: We expect 2.5%"
That sounds a bit optimistic.
Everything in that list sounds optimistic, even the "no change" "consensus".
the chairsatan ordered it for the europeon halloween punch
Ben opened nothing... That is the Question...?> Did you read the two Fed statements last week?
I call every one out!
you R o-u-t, BiCheZ!
Market will be up 5% tomorrow
although we konw the bias of this web site already, i am still amazed by how the site focuses solely on negtive news - it seems that it thinks it can talk the market down. saw the posting about EURUSD opeing lower and posted something against it. Now please someone post the future is up big???
CNBC disgusts me because it wants to talk the market up but dude this site is just as biased -- kind of funny.
I do enjoy some postings though.
you seem like a dude who likes to take things at face value.
live and let live.
I have a lot o respect, for some good people.
No Names. Let's trade this week right!
Most significant news item the last few weeks is the Hegelian dialectic being employed by the Fed. Hawks out first, exclaiming that further easing is susceptible to 'pushing-on-a-string syndrome' and is potentially inflationary, doves out later making the case for massive unsterilized MBS purchases. Though in August I thought QE3 was coming, I'm beginning to think the 'synthesis' the Bernank is looking for is actually fiscal in nature, with Operation Twist being the monetary facility that makes it possible.
Tarullo is right about one thing - housing is the albatross hanging around the U.S. economy's neck. And so far, QE and HARP haven't done much to get it going.
I think the Bazooka will be here shortly, in the form of an unprecedented home loan modification program. The exact details no one can know, but I think it will allow underwater homeowners who cannot currently refinance their homes to do so, perhaps without having to shorten the duration of their mortgages. For argument's sake, say it's up to the value of the underwater part of their mortgage.
The Twist then takes on a considerably more important role than lowering long-term rates (allowing those who benefit least from refinancing to do so, more importantly buoying the still MASSIVE amount of toxic MBS held by FANNIE/FREDDIE/Countrywide), effectively monetizing the underwater part of peoples' mortgages. From the Fed's perspective, this could be THE panacea.
The kicker is we have 40-50k troops coming home, many of whom have been away for a long time and are in relatively good financial positions (rel good meaning net credit better than -100%...). Really interesting....potential game changer and could spark a paradigm shift in markets and even the real economy over the short to intermediate term (though costs will surely outweigh benefits in LR. I'm an Austrian economist, please see note below...). The day after Tarullo's comments, markets acted in a very QE-fashion. But QE as we've known it is not coming. Could be the ultimate wolf in sheep's clothing.
Would love to hear peoples' thoughts on this. Think it could be done without legislation (i.e. through FHFA mandated relaxing of refi standards)? If not, could congress get something like this through?
For the love of Science though, please don't comment on how this will expedite the implosion of the U.S., effects of a discontinuous rate increases, generally crazy conspiracy theory talk. I'm aware and agree with most of it, but am firmly of the belief that when it comes to markets, what everybody's looking for doesn't tend to materialzie. And, for better or worse, we're a long way off from our day of reckoning. USD doesn't lose reserve status for years thanks to the EUR crisis, which will take as much time to truly 'resolve' itself to the point of EM CBs' liking.
astute observations, but i can't help but wonder what the actual percentage of people underwater still paying the mortgage on their loans can be?
additionally, troops coming home with good credit doesn't mean much if there are no jobs. my cousion who served two tours in the army still hasn't found a job, and it's been over a year.
there is still the issue that housing is grossly overpriced, and with millions of homes in shadow inventory, the only ultimate solution that i can see is for the prices to correct. big time.
p.s. i wouldn't bet the farm on not losing reserve status simply due to europe's woes.
I know more than a few folks with credit scores in the 800+ range that can't get banks to call them back on refi's right about now, and I have a few friends returning from foreign wars that ain't any where close to that: They can even go into the banks.
Seems the banking business has the same problem as the insurance business, as the average redneck; "Yes, we have no banana's, our gorillas ate them all..."
How high can you stack a nine-deck shoe in a light breeze?
Housing issue: Refer to Demographics.
The dialectic used is not "Hegelian" in the least. Rather, it is yeshivan pilpulism. Know the technique, hedge accordingly.
@jomama - completely agree that troops returning doesn't help the jobs issue in a direct way, but injecting the kind of equity into lower/lower-middle/middle class households that this program would could have a huge impact on the jobs market (reduced slack, increased mobility, and an actual wealth effect). And a bail out for Main Street might be the only legislation that has the chance of passing this ridiculously divisive congress.
Re shadow inventory, again, completely agree. Market needs to clear (most efficient way would be a deflationary contraction, but come on, we all know that's not going to be allowed to happen...), and perhaps artificially suppressing rates like this manipulates the NPV of projects to buy up and destroy/repurpose some of that inventory to a meaningful extent. We have a pledge on s-t rates, and it looks like l-t rates will be incredibly low for some time as well. Interesting to see GE Capital made a substantial commercial real estate loan ($800B) for the first time since '08. That, Bill Gross' activity (I can't imagine him making a potentially career-ending bet if he had any doubt the gov't was going to act after his horrendous short treasury trade), and still enormous reserves of sovereign wealth funds leaves open at least the possbibility for progress on this front. But yea, vacant 80,000 units off Rt. 80 in FL definitely pose a huge problem...and I'm not convinced gov't has the cojones to burn it down...
Hadn't really considered the impact of your first point. Not sure how this kind of a program would deal with them.
My position on reserve status is one of timing...I agree that it's a matter of when, not if. Shouldn't have included that in the post, but as it pertains to this, I bet it's a serious consideration for the Fed, as in their opinion the European sovereign mayhem makes it less of an acute threat. In the l-r, I bet they're counting on Europe eventually resolving itself (even if through Civil War...lol), and the dollar devaluing precipitously, to help the 'global re-balancing' and bring manufacturing to America. Having the arrogance to think you can fine-tune the economy is truly priceless...
Markets all around the world LOVIN' Summit details. Melt-up continues.
next week the world gets a basic math lesson... anything that costs alot of money
is very good
Here is a nice trend to follow in the future :
Cheap Solar Panels Are Bad For Solar Panel Companies But Great For U.S. Energy
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cheap-solar-panels-boom-2011-10#ixzz1bgpeQNUY
The high costs that for years made it impractical as a mainstream source of energy are plummeting. Real estate companies are racing to install solar panels on office buildings.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cheap-solar-panels-boom-2011-10#ixzz1bgpzxhIX
@NAH : is this an example of your thesis or a response as we move down the cost curve? Time frame is essential to understand capital and return on investment. And getting out of the Mid-East peak cheap oil stranglehold. MEGA strategic challenge to western world; as to the new developing world.
Australia Q3 CPI: We expect 3.5%yoy, in line with consensus after 3.6% in Q2.
Lets see what impact their new carbon tax has.
I really don't know a hell of a lot about all of this, but as I look at Operation "Twist" as floated by our banking and political "elite," and I use the term loosely, in trading short bonds fer long'uns' (I'm a redneck from Texas, and a long bond is usually a marriage that lasts through four double-wide foreclosures, a domestic disturbance call and at least two instances of perforating said home with .38 holes), I see that perhaps HeloBen is just greasing the skids with low long term interest hold down as a way to drop dollars from the heavens over the continent on the other side of the pond when the rotted pig being readied for the spit, complete with lipstick and a nice brown sugar glaze, falls off said spit into the inferno of debt financed countries that have more zero's in wealth on computer screens than actaully exists on terra firma.
It would be sweet if the Laffer curve really worked here: Lowering taxes, increases revenue, which would imply that zero taxes would mean inifinte supplies of money for governments to pay out in mob-based interest rates, which in turn made more zero's appear on their terminals.
As Ann Richards used to say, "That dog won't hunt..."
I'm sure someone out there is going to find yet another interesting way to spin dog turds into gold here. It's just a short trip in verbage here from "debt" to "equity."
And as I think about that, I'm reminded of the picture I've seen of a giant earth mover: "Fuck the harpoons, Man the giant fuckin' saw thing."
Dig baby, dig. First rule of holes; when you're in one, quit digging. But for these "elite," it's always looking for the bottom, while staring at the upside.
Meanwhile, I'll be patching some holes in my double-wide and having some Jack. I'm pretty sure it will look good through my Jack goggles on any station that's "print to fit" news.
Huzaa and clink. Where'd I put my gun...
I forgot to mention in my post previous, a Texas rule for guys like me standing around with shovels: If you're holding one, you're probably standing on someone else's hole, albeit you'll be the one removing it's contents.
Cool Hand Luke, I love you brother; and I have a large pipe cutter, in case anyone wants to go to Chicago and start cutting down parking meters.
Huzaa, and take that you frigging SWF's, I'll have my day in your hole.
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