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The One Chart To Explain The Real Effect Of QE3

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Much has been written over the course of the last few days/weeks about what Bernanke could do, has done, and the efficacy of said actions. Inflation, unintended 'energy' consequences, debasement, financial repression, scarcity transmission mechanisms all come to mind but realistically they are all just symptoms of what is really going on. As the following chart from Barclays shows, the real effect of LSAPs is to suppress the signaling effect of macro data from the real economy. During periods of extreme monetary policy, the stock market's beta to macro-economic data surprises is dampened massively - and hence the forced mal-investment and mis-allocation of funds occurs. However, given the now open-ended nature of QE3, this may change with the 'good news/bad news' logic leading to a stronger market (higher beta) response (since all bad news is automatically attenuated by QEternity and thus all the good news is out there).


Via Barclays:

An important driver of this attenuated market response to economic news was the sense that important elements of the monetary policy framework were ‘in play’, and that policy was likely to respond if the economy weakened sufficiently, but not otherwise. In this context, bad economic news may not seem so horrible, if it is perceived to raise the probability of a market-friendly monetary policy response. In the run-up to June 2011, the question facing investors was whether the Fed would allow QE2 to end in June, in accord with the Fed’s stated intention. More recently, the question has been whether the Fed would put a more aggressive policy in place. But the ‘good news/bad news’ logic was much the same.


It seems to us that this logic will not, however, remain operative in the months to come, since the policy frameworks recently announced by both the Fed and the ECB have no stated end date on which markets can focus (as did QE2), and are not likely to be materially adjusted in response to economic data for some months to come. Economic news may have been a ‘good news/bad news’ story in the recent past. But now that the monetary policy responses to economic weakness are in place, markets have had the good news.

In the future, bad economic data will be, well, just bad, and good news will be unambiguously positive. This should lead to a stronger market response to economic data in the weeks and months to come.


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Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:06 | 2801128 malikai
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They have made themselves impotent.

Rejoice, slaves!

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:21 | 2801163 Cursive
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Like Wotan, waiting in Valhalla, sullen and carrying his broken spear around, waiting for the cleansing fire that will consume all of the gods.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:30 | 2801186 Hedgetard55
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Ragnarok, bitchez!  :~)


Yes, Ben has essentially cut the pricing transmission lines, it is like cutting off the nerves in your hands, now you can put them in a fire and not feel it. Insane and criminal.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:42 | 2801212 Urban Roman
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It's transitory.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 21:41 | 2801969 markmotive
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"Rates will start rising towards the middle of 2010"

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 09:39 | 2802906 Diet Coke and F...
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So is humanity.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:46 | 2801225 SWRichmond
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Mises explained all of this in 1920 (that is, what happens when price mechanisms are thwarted).

Economic Calculation In The Socialist Commonwealth


Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:16 | 2801535 trebuchet
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bollox that beta curve is not real effect that is BArcap trying to sell hedging products and ETFs; the beta correlated with a lot of stuff


"oh look  QE3 relates to BETA  (very badly deifined beta) roll up and hedge now."

Fink and Blackrock- BCG trying to dump ishares on the public before banks flog a new round of mortgages....

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 20:14 | 2801670 Dead Canary
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Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)


Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:07 | 2801131 DUNTHAT
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ASSET Manager LONGS is where the manipulators are classified bt the CFTC.  Interesting.  Too Bad we couldn't get daily/hourly quantities on these Bastards.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:07 | 2801133 LawsofPhysics
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Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:14 | 2801147 Black Forest
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Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:11 | 2801137 The Shootist
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New all time highs for gold?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:23 | 2801305 Think for yourself
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Well, I don't know about that, but in due time, definitely.

However I feel bad about the USD. And as I live in Panama without a bank account, I get paid in USD cash. I hate holding it,  but I haven't been able to find a PM dealer lately, so I'm over 70% cash (USD)... not even 30% PM. Tomorrow I'm making a border run to convert at least 50% of my USD in Costa Rica Colones, diversify a bit.

Now, I'll probably do it either way (can't be worse than being 100% USD, and as it is my neighbour country it is the best option aside from PM), but since my understanding of economics is still very cursory compared to any trader, I'd like to do something I don't do often, that is, to ask this board for reference. How you feel about the CRC as a currency - I've heard talk of it being considered as undervalued - and how do you feel about Costa Rica as an economy in the current environment?

Thanks in advance!

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:41 | 2801354 Freebird
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Wrong border...

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 18:00 | 2801393 Think for yourself
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I'd definitely do it with Colombia, but it is over 10 hours on the road plus a day in a speedboat away, each way (or 2 flights whose cost will eat most of the money I want to convert anyway). On the other hand I can get to Costa Rica in 2 hours and for a less than 4$.

Considering my time, money and work constraints, the choice is to either sit on a wad of USD or convert part of it in Colones.

Are you implying that it is a bad idea to convert USD in CRC? Why? Or just stating that it would be a better idea to convert into colombian pesos? 

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 18:23 | 2801439 flacon
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Could you buy PM jewelery?



Sun, 09/16/2012 - 18:32 | 2801456 Think for yourself
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Yes but no... Premiums are just too high, at least at the scales I'm working with (converting about 1 grand). It's quite hard to buy PM jewelry for less than 3x price of materials, and 2x price of materials is a really good deal. It needs to be from a trustable source and/or quality needs to be verified, yet it when pressed to sell it it will be hard to get 1x materials price. ..

Given more time, I'd just keep looking for another bullion dealer, but shit is destabilizing quickly and October is right around the corner. That's why I felt the need to get out of USD, fast. I don't want a process that takes weeks or more and just wake up with my dick in my hand - my ressources are very limited, which is why I must ensure to allocate them wisely.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:50 | 2801591 dwayne elizando
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Buy necessities. Beans, rice, salt, sugar, toothpaste, shampoo, etc etc.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 20:02 | 2801620 kito
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No need to stock up on anything, ray dalio says we are deleveraging beautifully and koo says no biggie...we are just japan....we are all overreacting...its just a little debt, it will all get worked out...gosh what was I thinking......

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 20:11 | 2801661 Think for yourself
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Already done. I'm a migrant backpacker, though, so although I will sometime sit still for a few months to a few quarters, I need to be able to get on the move and so these are not proper investments. A safety net, sure; whenever I arrive in a new location and know that I will be staying for more than a few weeks, I'll buy supplies for a month right away if not more.

Also, being in rural, food producing regions of central america severely lessens the imperative of these supplies compared to western urban centers depending on just-in-time logistics.

But I've got a move planned in a month, so more supplies is not an answer for me. Otherwise, considering the current conditions I'd make sure to have supplies for 6 months or more! Hence the original question: does you believe the CRC is well or badly positioned to deal with the upcoming USD upheaval?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:09 | 2801524 Captain Benny
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I'd recommend skipping Costa Rica and going to Nicaragua.  Its a little less economically tied to the united states.... they certainly have less interest in long term dollar ties.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 20:02 | 2801621 Think for yourself
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Thanks for that honest feedback. I've been thinking the same thing. I currently have an apprenticeship lined up on an experimental permaculture project in Costa Rica, so I think I might stay there for a while (moving from Panama in a month). But I'm essentially a backpacker so am very flexible and could head to Nicaragua if it does not work out, but when shit gets real I'll probably be heading for Ecuador/Bolivia, not Central America.

The question right now was more one of whether the currency is perceived as a secure investment (return of capital, not return on capital) and if the economy itself is resilient. You seem to say that Costa Rica is too dependent on the US? 

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:54 | 2801599 Treeplanter
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Costa Rica has long been less corrupt and less oppressive than the rest of CA  That gets reflected in the economy. ships PMs overseas and are reliable.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:11 | 2801140 TrustWho
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If inflation becomes the story, real or perceived, private business margin management becomes more problematic. Labor inflation is highly unlikely; therefore disposable income will fall and demand for all good and services will drop. In the next 6 - 9 months, corporations will see their top and bottom line, IN REAL TERMS, will fall.

Inflation adjusted bonds and physical commodities will soar. Idiots may buy equities, and may win in the short term, but Daddy Bernanke has forced a very narrow focused mindset. 

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 21:24 | 2801923 jerry_theking_lawler
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its already happening. we are cutting costs, postponing hiring, regulating inventory/cash conversion, etc. it is coming, and coming quickly.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:12 | 2801142 q99x2
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That makes things easy. Now the hard part - where to get the money to BTFD.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:12 | 2801143 wandstrasse
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Freedom is slavery.

War is peace.

Ignorance is strength.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:02 | 2801516 TrustWho
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As long as you have Happy Thoughts, NEW WORLD ORDER baby!

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 20:02 | 2801610 tarpuranus
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Hey WallStreet...

Those words don't even rhyme

Try to make a point

go at it one more time

else fly this joint

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:14 | 2801148 Conman
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Someone needs to tell the algos that bad news is bad. They are still stuck on frontrunning QE mode.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:15 | 2801151 TheSilverJournal
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Won't bad news just mean print more? After all, they're committed to print until unemployment improves...which will be never...and it will continue to get worse and worse. That's a lot of printing.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:24 | 2801174 Dr Benway
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I think the article is trying to say that this manipulation is now priced in due to the fed tying itself to the wheel, so the bad news will no longer bump the stock market, as it previously did due to the perverse indirect effect on fed policy.


But yeah you are right, even though QE is unlimited in duration, they can still increase the rate of printing to achieve one last hit off the pipe, and the final endgame of parabolically increasing money supply

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 05:03 | 2802479 Sheeple Shepard
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Tying itself to the wheel with its face glued to the rear-view mirror and a brick on the accelerator, what can possibly go wrong?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:29 | 2801182 LMAOLORI
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Yes it will bad news is good news now for the elite's how's that for chair satan propaganda.

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist"   

Baudelaire, Charles

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:16 | 2801153 Tenshin Headache
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I love it. Let's hope that gets picked up and firmly embedded in the finance vocabulary. Captures the situation nicely in one word.


Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:22 | 2801170 Cursive
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@Tenshin Headache

I've got to give credit to David Rosenberg for "BernanQE."

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:25 | 2801164 timbo_em
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They (Barclays) use the word market way to often.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:21 | 2801165 Yen Cross
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We don't need no stinking charts. The effects were felt "immediately" via inflation!

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:23 | 2801171 Djirk
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sorry kids, but it is not about unemployment or even the Burnyankee put. There is no way the US gov can meet the liabilities of Social Security and Medicaid or cover the liabilities of the shadow banking system. The only way to save political face is to inflate away these liabilites and destroy the QEinfitiny and beyond!

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:25 | 2801177 divedivedive
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Please help me understand. How does the Fed's purchasing of MBS's on the secondary market directly affect the US equity prices. Let's say WFC offers up a few billion of its inventory. There is no commitment on the part of WFC to do anything with the proceeds of that sale right ? Is there an implied assumption or requirement that they will do something humanitarin with those funds ? Aren't they just going to turn around and open more branches on more street corners ?



Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:40 | 2801204 Dr Benway
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In your example, giving cash to WFC in return for shitty assets raises the share price of WFC, at least temporarily until the cash is vaporized. QE is a huge gift to financial institutions, nothing remotely 'humanitarian' about it.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:45 | 2801221 divedivedive
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Exactly - so there is a very small group of beneficiaries of QE3 and they are sll holders of MBS's. If you put aside BAC and JPM why should QE3 cause any of the other 28 DOW stocks to rise ? 

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:55 | 2801229 Dr Benway
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It frees up funds so the the financial insitutions can buy other stocks and commodities and blow up some more bubbles.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:12 | 2801270 divedivedive
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Ok that makes some sense. I guess we should see an appreciable increase in volumn then if the money gets put to that use.

Switching topics - Given these MBS purchases - should we see the "St Louis Adjusted Monetary Base" start rising ? Is that a good way to track the Fed's spending on these securities ?


Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:20 | 2801293 Dr Benway
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Hey an even simpler way to look at it: Increase the number of dollars, and the price in dollars of everything rises.


Not sure about the appropriate metric to track Fed spending on this. Do you mean track spending between disclosures, as I am assuming they will have some regular disclosure how much they bought?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:40 | 2801350 divedivedive
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Sorry - I'm just full of questions tonight. Since these MBS's are to be purchased on the secondary market can it be assumed that the sellers will receive (no more than) a fair market value for these securities ? How will the value of these securities be determined ? What I'm asking is - what are the chances they will take even a tiny haircut ?

And I'm sure this is a particularly silly question to ask on ZH - is there any chance that the Fed will have a source of funds for these securities other than printing ? Can Operation Twist be unscrewed let's say ?



Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:55 | 2801600 Papasmurf
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There is no viable price discovery on MBS, so they will be paid more than fair market value.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 18:23 | 2801365 itstippy
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The FED will only buy Agency MBS: Fannie, Freddie, Ginnie, and FHA.  Those MBS already have the explicit backing of the US Treasury, so they're not "toxic".  They're liquid.

The toxic MBS out there (non-agency; old Wamu & Countrywide crap) will remain on the banks', insurance companies', and pension funds' books, marked to model.  To unload the bad mortgages within them the banks and mortgage servicers have to restructure the loans to conform to GSE standards and unload them on the GSEs.  If that were easy to do they'd have done it already.

QE3 is all about the FED creating money and feeding it into the financial system via one of its very limited transfer vehicles.  They can't lower interest rates any further.  All they can do is print money and use it to buy Treasuries or Agency MBS.  They can't fling it out of helicopters (much to Bernanke's chagrin).  They're fucked, basically.

We shall see the longterm effect on equities in time.  If corporate profits suck going forward, and I suspect they will, who will buy equities?

Bernanke's "reducing unemployment" bullshit is a canard.  He knows he's fucked.  He made Time Magazine's Man Of The Year for "saving the financial system".  It's finally becoming clear to all that the financial system is deeply flawed, it's based on illusion and fraud, and it needs fixing not saving.

Dabble in equities if you will; enjoy in Great Moderation.    

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:15 | 2801534 TrustWho
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Agency backed MBS is the toxic assets, because of the gov't guarentee. With the guarentee, wall street bundled shitty loans into CDOs with triple A rating. Prior to this buble, all bubbles were only regional/local, so if the housing prices continued to advance, even a default was still money good; thus logic of triple A rating on completely fraudantly loan documentation. Damn, where is Linda Green?

In fact, GSEs are having success making the mortgage banks buy back this shit. I will bet this was an element that made daddy Bernanke buy this shit to save the banks!

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 20:10 | 2801642 Withdrawn Sanction
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QE3 is all about the FED creating money and feeding it into the financial system via one of its very limited transfer vehicles. They can't lower interest rates any further. All they can do is print money and use it to buy Treasuries or Agency MBS.

In Bernanke's famous speech "Making sure IT doesn't happen here," the "it" he was referring to is of course deflation.  He proceeded to outline a number of steps, including asset purchases as a way to forestall deflation.  His strong but unstated assumption was that velocity held constant.  If it did/does, then rising prices in response to rising money/credit pops out of the monetarist's kit bag like magic.  If, on the other hand, velocity stalls, his expansionary policy is neutered.  Velocity has resumed dropping after a brief period of stability in 2009/10; meaning, households and businesses are drawing in their horns DESPITE increased money/credit from BB.

I understand BB's policy selection (not that I like or approve of it, but I understand it) .  His only tool is a monetary hammer.  Unfortunately not every problem is a nail amenable to a monetary solution.  Giving banks fresh cash for bad debts does not get rid of the bad debts from the system, it only changes the identity of the bad debt bag-holder.

Really, when you think about it, it's a pathetically savage philosophy...if we just print more little green strips of paper (or their electronic equivalent), all will be well.  Really?  That's your answer, BB?



Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:33 | 2801191 Yen Cross
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 If the Fed. was smart, they would retract- and let due process, run it's course! 

  The fed. is so fixated on inflating $ supply. Why not take/reduce "alpha", and force banks to spend all that "ghost cash" on their balance sheets.

     Shit! Channel stuffing worked in the " auto sector"/sarc.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:40 | 2801206 All Out Of Bubblegum
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Understanding Bitcoin by Trace Mayer of Run To Gold:


Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:26 | 2801311 malikai
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Listening to him now. Not a bad explanation. He could do better to keep it more simple for the unitiated.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:41 | 2801355 All Out Of Bubblegum
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Agreed, but it's a complex topic. Took me a day or two of study to wrap my head around. Trace does a good job overall.

The thing he really needs to reinforce is that it's a peer-to-peer (P2P) system, like bit torrent. Bit torrent can't be taken down by the Powers That Be because it's P2P. They'll have an even harder time with bitcoin.

Bitcoin is the mammal to the dinosaur of centralized economic control. 

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 18:06 | 2801409 malikai
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I would focus on trade facilitation and foreign exchange.

Why pay shitty fees to get rediculous spreads at western union or wherever? Or, why do the same to buy from that retailer in the foreign country?

Utility, bitchez.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 18:13 | 2801423 All Out Of Bubblegum
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I remember back in the 80s/90s when we were hearing about all of the proprietary networks that we'd have in our homes to do shopping, watch movies, etc. Then TCP/IP (the internet) came along and upended those proprietary schemes. Even Microsfot had to retool Windows 95 because the internet took it by surprise.


For decades, the Money Powers have been scheming to create their own proprietary Global Money Network, to which we'd all be beholden. Bitcoin will do the same thing to those schemes that TCP/IP did to the old, now forgotten, proprietary networks.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:43 | 2801218 flyingpigg
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", and good news will be unambiguously positive."

I don't think so. Bernanke said he will print money until employment improves. Imagine we get a good NFP number. It might stop QE3...bearish!

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:43 | 2801219 insanelysane
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Do you guys want the good news or the bad news?  Well actually the good news is that there is more bad news.  Continue printing at will.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:49 | 2801232 insanelysane
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The end game from the Fed is this.  The majority of voters are the baby boomers.  At the moment a majority of baby boomers are only single digit years away from retiring.  These boomers are thinking that the world is going to shit, food and gas going through the roof, but hey my 401k plan and stock plans are going gangbusters.  The Fed is no longer counting on the old school "wealth effect" where people felt good because the stock market is up.  That decoupled over the last couple of years.  The new "wealth effect" is for people to say well I'll have enough to retire on even if I retire early.  The Fed needs to ctrl-p because if the stock market tanks, all of those retirement plans move towards 0, and then the rioting begins.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:59 | 2801249 LawsofPhysics
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Right, so the U.S. is essentially Japan in the 80's.  How has that worked out again?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:17 | 2801262 Yen Cross
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  White faced {Geishas} are non existant!

  Bukkake Queens

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:02 | 2801253 mt paul
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same crap different generation


the debts of the past

are forwarded to 

the next generation ...

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:05 | 2801258 babylon15
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what next generation?  nobody had any kids.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 20:16 | 2801681 Withdrawn Sanction
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I do.  And I've given them a "Return to Sender" stamp for the bill when it comes from my generation.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:12 | 2801267 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Question :

The FED has launched QE nth because ?

1) It has a dual mandate and "inflation" is low, while unemployment is high, therefore it is conducting non traditional monetary policy at the zero interest rate boundary.

2) It is an arm of the State Department / Pentagon, and will buy every single UST which the Chinese hold since the Chinese have threatened to sell USTs. All your USTs are belong to US.

3) It is an arm of the US Treasury, and will buy every Treasury that the US Government auctions, with printed money of its own, effectively monetizing the debt and inflating away any residual balance of government debt.

4) It is an arm of Fannie / Freddie / Wall Street and will buy every mortgage bond in the market, effectively monetizing the housing bust by clearing every bad mortgage in the land and having it land on the FED's balance sheet.

5) The Chairman blew a sprocket.


Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:06 | 2801522 chump666
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The Fed are out of control, it is pure madness, a method to their madness?  Maybe global conflict could be the primer why both the Fed and ECB are now "unlimited".

But this is bad, Iran can mess with the oil pumps, China can now get a green light to start major navel pressure in the South China Sea.  Inflation riots/pain in the west, note OWS just re-started.  Arabs losing their marbles more etc etc etc.

As for markets, big swings, momo time is finished.  That is it.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:39 | 2801565 Bear
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Words well chosen BB launches an SP-Rocket

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:31 | 2801320 hooligan2009
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lets make qe3 a little clearer. qe3 is targeted at agency backed securities.

agencies borrow money to on lend to indiviudals in the form of mortgages. these agencies then sell securities to banks, effectively borrowing money so that they now own almost every house in the USA that has a mortgage. this is communism.

fraudie and funny (oops, i just cant stop doing that) i mean freddie and fannie are the device by which this state owned housing stock is accomplished and are federal agencies. these agencies are the same as the federal reserve.

fraudie owns 2.1 trillion of mortgages with $75 billion of accumulated realised losses (not marked to market, so a 5% unbooked loss would add another $100bn or so in accumulated realised losses).

funny owns c. 3trillion with 72 billion of accululated losses (apologies for the non official source)

their combined balance sheets are 5 trillion and are double that of the Fed's SOMA holdings of which 843 billion are agency mrotgages.

the Fed is going to buy $40 billion a month on top of its 843 billion in holdings already. it will take these securities from the current owners. remember when the chinese cashed up and exchanged their fraudie and funny holdings for treasuries when they smelled a rat, just prior to these agencies going bankrupt (oops placed in conservatorship)?

the action of the Fed Reserve of buying 40 billion a month is to remove agency mortgage backed securities (agency MBS) from the banks, both in the US and, importantly, from German landesbanks who are just as broke as the other Japanese, British, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch (et al). 

without this exchange of us dollar cash for MBS, large banks everywhere, would have to sit on agency MBS and wait for the losses to mount and the negative convexity to play out. 

make no bones about it, this is the next stage in the ongoing bailout of banks at the expense of the people taking out mortgages in the US in the first place (and having to pay charges - not interest rates - local city taxes and insurance, repat not interest rates) and suffering mounting losses on mortgage portfolios that are not marked to market in the second place. 

by the way, what happened to the obfuscation of title via MERS?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:54 | 2801382 divedivedive
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Was there any sort of market for these securities before Bernanke spoke this week ?  Wasn't PIMCO already purchasing them ? 

Is the Fed targeting the banks which hold these securities or the agencies or both ?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:45 | 2801575 trebuchet
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hooligan i've been saying it too. 


this is bank bailout straight off the top and all they going to do is write more crap and flip it to the fed.... unless they are really broke and just keep on deleveraging

or buy good shit using funny money for crappy mortgages.. AAPL + gold

like ecb ltro, end up with stigmata

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 21:34 | 2801946 tom a taxpayer
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Here's what is happening to MERS.

State court ruling deals blow to U.S. bank mortgage system: MERS

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 05:46 | 2802493 hooligan2009
hooligan2009's picture no more MERS registrations for now, bit no cleat title for any mortgage prior to last year, plus the MERS team are rebranding to make it legal. I still can#t see where the States are getting their money from registration of title fees. This is low hanging fruit for the States who are all pretty broke from what I can make out.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:57 | 2801390 Curt W
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The Bernank can't come out and say this but...

He is trying to bring jobs back by de-valueing the dollar to the point that it will be cheaper to pay Americans Dollars than the Chinese Yaun.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 18:39 | 2801473 css1971
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Now that's still a long way down.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:47 | 2801580 trebuchet
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yup, lower dollar, higher house prices who woudda thunk it can happen in the same market at the same time?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 17:58 | 2801391 DeficitAlchemist
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We have gone from once of morphine use once off to save us (QE1), to opiates for our bad days by arrangement to make us feel better (QE2) , to continous heroin on tap without prescription to just stay alive.

This is bound to end well!

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 18:07 | 2801411 XtraBullish
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The exact moment when the ZH-ers start talking about investment opportunities I will sell every ounce of gold and silver and short the shit out of the S&P but for now, and as this superb website continues to trumpet the Bear's Siren, and as long as the commenters continue to gnarl and gnash their teeth over the multi-year highs in the S&P, stocks will continue to rise. You can never underestimate the replacement power of stocks within an inflationary conflagration and unlike the 70's, this is now a GLOBAL re-flation with ex-Goldman bankers in charge of central bank policy around the world. You don't want to fade rallies in an environment like this. There are simply no Paul Volckers' to be found anywhere, anymore....

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:35 | 2801563 Bear
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"The exact moment when the ZH-ers start talking about investment opportunities" ... I've heard many a ZH'er talk about a real solid opportunity ... ES at 666

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:01 | 2801514 chump666
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"markets have had the good news" Meaning?

Huge amounts of volatility is about to hit markets, fat swings and juicy slaughter.  Hedge funds will lap this up.

The Fed and ECB (in their crazed wisdom) are most likely front running a looming war.  Equities hate war, oil, USD, USTs do really well.  But stocks could be stripped mined to a major low.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:32 | 2801554 Bear
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Why does this make sense? Since QE3 announcement:

ES up 2.1%

GC up 2.6%

Si up 7.3%

HG up 4.1%

Thinner markets more short covering?

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 19:41 | 2801569 Mamzer Ben Zonah
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So QE really IS like heroin, in this case dulling the sensorium of the market.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 01:10 | 2802329 Elmer Fudd
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You didn't print that, the government did. 

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 09:05 | 2802798 Shizzmoney
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Benjamin Bernanke LIED To The World About QE3 & Unemployment & Reggie Middleton Calls Him On It

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