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Stocks, Euro Surge On Another Central Bank Intervention Announcement: ECB Ready To Buy Italian, Spanish Bonds

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More central bank intervention headlines, and the euro and stocks, which earlier were plunging without a floor, surge:

  • ECB ready to buy Italian and Spanish bonds if Berlusconi commits to bring forward specific reforms according to sources
  • ECB expects Italy to fast-track welfare reform, fiscal rule for bond purchases according to sources close to talks
  • EU leaders applying intensive pressure on Berlusconi to make an announcement according to sources

Said otherwse, open the QE floodgates. Globally. Central banks now control it all. Net result, a 100 pip surge in the EURUSD, and a halt to the market plunge. For at least a few more minutes...

Good luck to anyone trading this lunacy.

And from Reuters:

The euro jumped against the dollar on Friday, hitting session highs, after sources said the European Central Bank said it is ready to buy Italian bonds if Italy commits to accelerate economic reforms to bring down the country's debt.


On Thursday, traders were disappointed that the ECB were buying Portuguese and Irish bonds instead of Italian and Spanish debt. Investors are currently focused on Italy and Spain, as they feared these two countries would follow Greece's footsteps in seeking a bailout.


The euro rose as high as $1.42470 <EUR=EBS> and was last at $1.42137, up 0.8 percent.


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Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:19 | 1527218 spartan117
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Ball's back in your court, Fed.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:20 | 1527231 bigdumbnugly
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yep.  expect the overhand kill spike in return.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:39 | 1527338 Highrev
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The Euro plunging without a floor?

Tyler, what chart are you looking at? What time frame would that be?

Time to breathe deep and relax a bit.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 16:57 | 1528232 Highrev
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Anyone who gave me a negative tick have the courage to respond as to what chart the man was referring too? Because if you go beyond the 1 minute it's extremely hard to make the case for "plunging" (and that means that you need courage to respond, or you need to be a fool, or both).

But to hide behind an anonymous negative tick without saying anything simply leaves you in the coward category.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:20 | 1527224 vote_libertaria...
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Damn, and I thought my VIX call lottery tickets were going to pay off.



Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:44 | 1527380 jus_lite_reading
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HAHA good one

BUT the question is, WHO wants to "invest" in a fake stock market run entirely by a notion of if more QE fake fucking monopoly money is injected or not? THAT is not investing and THAT is why the end I promise is so near we can all taste it. Those of us who have 20-30+ years in finance know what is coming...

Soooooo happy I am out of stocks and into tangible assets!!!!!!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:52 | 1527413 Maniac Researcher
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Who here has actually been in Italy for any length of time recently? [working not tourist-ing] I'd like to compare experiences with those who aren't armchair asshats for a change..


The rest of you must whistle when you walk - talking out of your asses as much as you do.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:18 | 1527507 camoes
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I lived in Northern Italy for six months as grad student. Perfect country to live if you have money and/or as a tourist. Everyone is friendly and nice, but everytime you try to do business they try to screw you over and find it normal to do it.

I have several italian friends, the sucessful ones left Italy to work in other EU countries like Germany, France, UK or they work for multinationals.

Serbice is crap there, can't find a restaurant open between 14:00 and 18:00, supermarkets and stores close at evening and weekends, which was plain stupid since it was a tourist town.

They all act like they are self-entitled and deserve the easy life without working hard, etc. Nepotism is legal and official, the postman's job passes from father to son (yes it's true). They're very racist as well, I'm caucasian so never had any trouble, but when I hanged out with my indian/pakistani/black friends/colleagues I could feel the racism overflowing.

I think with this crisis they will learn to treat foreigners much nicer cause they will depend on their goodwill to spend their money there and won't be able to live on goverment's paychecks...or all Italy will become like Naples and they're screwed

Once at the carbineri (police) we had to get some papers that the university requested (residency status) and they treated my indian colleague like garbage, only after I complained and gesticulated very angrily and threatened to go talk with the university directors (that's the only way they will respect you) they started to treat him nicely and get the papers.

My landlord tried to screw me over several times trying to overcharge (the same in restaurants).

Besides this, it's a lovely place, food, people, the women are very nice and friendly, easy to get laid if you can speak the language. But I would never live there if I had to work for an Italian company unless they had a multinational culture.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:52 | 1527643 camoes
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BTW, when I first went to Italy, the atmosphere reminded me when I visited Buenos Aires, when I was a kid, BEFORE THEY WENT BANKRUPT and thought of themselves developed world and european. Now Argentina is plain cheap, but again, would not work there for an argentinian company, only would live there if I don't have to work or work for a multinational (even then, would not enjoy to have to deal with local business).

Spainish seem more hardworking and humble, I'd think they have more chance recovering than Italy, public service there like public transportation, schools seemed more efficient and better than Italy. Tip: don't get sick in Italy, their hospitals are opinion

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:20 | 1527226 JW n FL
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Jim Grant on Bloomberg - 20th June 2011

On Money Market Funds and why looking for yield in Europe is a BAD BET FOR ALL!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:31 | 1527302 Cleanclog
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Precisely.  Also why the whoosh after Europe closed.  Europe wants cash so selling in our markets where liquidity greater.  Counterparty risk fears greatly heightened in Europe and constricting trading volumes there.  Want cash through weekend and through next week.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:46 | 1527389 JW n FL
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Cyber Threat Resembles Pre-9/11 Terror Threat, Says Former CIA Counterterrorism Chief

Government leaders don't understand the gravity of the threat of cyber attacks or the implications, ex-CIA official tells Black Hat attendees.


On Aug. 4, BIDS saw volume hit 136 million shares, its fifth day with more than 100 million shares traded since the dark pool first passed that milestone on July 21. BIDS' average daily volume in July was 72 million shares, up from about 65 million shares in June. (BIDS double counts its volume, a standard practice for dark pools.)



Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:20 | 1527227 rokakoma
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Seriously, these guys never learn? The US is doing this QE stuff for years now, with NO real results. Why the heck do they still think this is a solution to anything?


Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:22 | 1527236 EscapeKey
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Because it IS a solution as far as the big banks are concerned.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:28 | 1527284 Deepskyy
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Who cares about those working (or not working) serfs.  As long as the stock market is rising and coked up day traders can pretend to be rich and powerful the bankster cartel (who are rich and powerful) is happy. 

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:29 | 1527287 jus_lite_reading
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They dont give a fuck if you or I have to pay $40 for a gallon of gas so long as Xmas bonuses are flowing this year.... they KEEP pushing the buttons you know and soon very soon it will be.... lights out


Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:41 | 1527369 SheepDog-One
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Theyre going to blow a main breaker soon.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:05 | 1527461 Cdad
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Imagine the level of stupidity involved in ramping up th Euro on this news?

Like everything else in this market, it defies "all things that actually make sense."  The eurodollar should be collapsing.  I suspect that will be the trade by the close.

Thanks criminal syndicate known as Wall Street for perverting every single thing you touch.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:07 | 1527467 jus_lite_reading
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Is it just me or does it feel like the markets are ready to implode?? WTH VIX IS INSANE!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:18 | 1527510 Cdad
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Sell the VIX.  Now...but again, and maybe in 10 minutes and 12% lower...screaming buy.

And yes...the market is about even on the odds...up or down by an absurd amount...and that is because this is no longer a market of anything.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:40 | 1527612 SheepDog-One
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Just wild brainless kneejerk swings based upon whatever news no matter how ridiculous.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:32 | 1527307 Ghordius
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"Because it IS a solution as far as the big banks are concerned."

Exactly. The Squid and the other TBTF will now go to party for the weekend and on Monday they will re-start their campaign: "the death-zone can't work this way!!" GIVE US THE EUROBOND, we are the TBTF and need fresh underlying for our BETS. We have to churn and generate fees and make more CDS bets". And don't forget the EuroTax...

Hail the Squid, may he eat up all the TBTF banks and die of indigestion...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:42 | 1527363 Caviar Emptor
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Not just banks: corporate welfare is huge. All that "cash on the balance sheet" was a freebie. The can issue stocks and bonds whenver they want. Then they build their golden parachutes

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:34 | 1527320 Papasmurf
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What do you mean no real reasults?  They've reduced my savings purchasing power, swept <my> wealth into the banking elite even though I'm not a borrower, taken ownership of millions of state owned homes and doubled the price of food. 

Itally and Spain agreeing to structural reforms. 

IMF making more Shylock deals. 

This has been a huge success for some. 

Intention seems very plain.  Like a rolling blackout, this will sweep through the globe, finally landing on US shores unless resistance is met elsewhere that can't be overcome.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:51 | 1527408 Forward History
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People think it is a war on the poor or middle class. It is deeper than that. This is a war on the thrifty, the responsible, the savers. We are rogue elements impossible to ever have full control over, so the best way to deal with us is to whittle us down to nothing.

The price of redemption and acceptance back into the system is easily met...simply kiss the King's ring and accept your gummit check.

Do you confess?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:18 | 1527511 earnulf
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You acknowledge that it is a war.   Like every war this government has fought since WW II, they don't understand their enemy.    Fighting a "conventional" war against Unconventional forces hasn't worked since Vietnam.    The target is changing it's MO, it's face if you will and going off-grid.   Sure is hard to tell who the enemy is when they don't wear a uniform annoucing themselves.    

William Wallace understood.    Freedom!

Sat, 08/06/2011 - 09:18 | 1530124 TruthInSunshine
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Forward History

People think it is a war on the poor or middle class. It is deeper than that. This is a war on the thrifty, the responsible, the savers. We are rogue elements impossible to ever have full control over, so the best way to deal with us is to whittle us down to nothing.

The price of redemption and acceptance back into the system is easily met...simply kiss the King's ring and accept your gummit check.

Do you confess?




Outstanding comment.

However, I may just add that:

Blessed be the savers in PMs, for they shall inherit thy earth.

Baby Jesus could have said that; that's how genuine it is.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:21 | 1527233 Fox-Scully
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Did we just have a flash surge in the Dow?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:26 | 1527263 Tortfeasor
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Flash smash in ZH daily traffic!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:21 | 1527235 Frank N. Beans
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they had to say anything to stop the stock plunge.


Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:27 | 1527275 buzzsaw99
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the politicos always comply with the bankstas extortion demands.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:45 | 1527383 SheepDog-One
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Do anything to create panic for QE, as long as they rescue all stock plunges? Where are they showing need for QE then?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:13 | 1527486 Frank N. Beans
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that's what I was wondering, too.  Bernanke wanted to wait for our markets to crash deeper, but I guess Europe could not wait any longer.  That may present a problem for Bernanke. Maybe Bernanke will announce there will be no QE3 -- now THAT would hurt our markets.   THEN, later, he can announce QE3.


Fri, 08/05/2011 - 14:16 | 1527726 Karl Tashjian
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Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:22 | 1527237 Gubbmint Cheese
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Spanish bonds in Andalucia... the shooting sites in the days of '39...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:27 | 1527271 SmoothCoolSmoke
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  1. C(l)rash!   Oh yeah.
Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:52 | 1527415 JOYFUL
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Viva Lorca, y los bodas de sangre que llegan pronto! 

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:22 | 1527238 Archimedes
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Does not matter. Knee jerk reaction by mindless bots. EU is broke and everyone knows it. Commence selling in 3, 2, 1...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:22 | 1527239 Kina
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Central banks are now just masturbating. They think there is anybody else there except themselves. There is nothing left, they are playing with themselves fantasising that they have a market.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:38 | 1527342 Version 7
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Very well put.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:23 | 1527240 Cursive
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Endgame 1.0.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:23 | 1527241 Tic tock
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So who was buying Europe before?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:23 | 1527243 slaughterer
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Now back to your regularly scheduled market decline...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:23 | 1527244 LookingWithAmazement
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QE and a surging euro - ???

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:43 | 1527367 KickIce
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Hey, we had to acquire more debt to keep our AAA rating.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:24 | 1527540 LookingWithAmazement
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Yeah, and austerity leads to a crisis :)

Desperate people grabbing watered down euros. What a world we live in.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:23 | 1527247 machineh
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' if Berlusconi commits to bring forward specific reforms according to sources '

Such as sticking to adult-age call girls and soft drugs only at bunga-bunga parties?

The good old days are gone for good ...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:40 | 1527352 Ghordius
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No, nothing impossible! You can't take his girls and parties away, this would be even stupid to ask...


What they want is what he can deliver: Austerity, a balanced budget, cost cutting, improvements in the tax collection system, etc.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:20 | 1527520 earnulf
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How long before the banksta's ask the same of the Good Ol' US of A?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 16:33 | 1528176 Ghordius
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Well, it looks like never... your leadership seems to want a good 'ol inflation. I'd say 15% next year, for six or seven years.

It will be fun to see what hurts more...   8-(

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:24 | 1527249 docj
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It's a race to the bottom for all the CBs of the world.

Not idea who will "win", but we already know who will be the losers - roughly 6.8B of them.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:24 | 1527250 Hansel
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Where does the ECB get the money?  Is this a "balance sheet expansion"?  And are governments now funded solely by the willingness of central banks to print fiat?  Why can't the governments print on their own?  Also, despite this announcement, still no money has changed hands.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:43 | 1527366 Ghordius
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Of course this is a balance sheet expansion, what else?

This is what CBs are designed for.

In a few years the ECB might be at the same point where Bernanke started...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:45 | 1527384 Reptil
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Good Question. I think it's a bluff to carry this thing over the weekend.

Yes they can print on their own, Ireland did. At this moment that could be going on, actually.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:50 | 1527634 viahj
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someone is liquidating MBS

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:27 | 1527252 falak pema
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Merkel is sticking her neck out vis a vis the eurosceptics, now a rising tide in Germany. But she is stuck, as they need the EU market to show growth. Mercantilia! 

Will ECB be given carte blanche to buy bonds à gogo? Lets see...We are heading slowly but surely towards Euro bonds, but that needs fiscal harmonisation. Lol, that's a tough one with 26 + perticipants. 

But then the EU, politically fronted exercise, drags its feet on economic logic, only moves under extreme pressure, like now. 

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:24 | 1527253 Kina
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Must be time for Ireland to put its head up over the wall again.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:24 | 1527254 Raynja
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How could I have forgotten that admitting defeat is bullish

Here a piig there a piig everywhere a piig

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:24 | 1527255 tim73
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Excellent. Former enemies of Germany, Americans and Brits are doing everything they can to build up a nice Empire for Germany. Germania bitches! Without a single shot being fired! The backroom armchair modern day German Rommels are laughing all the way to the bank. :) Ze Plan is working, mein Fuehrer!  

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:25 | 1527257 Fox-Scully
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Algorithims (Girls) gone wild

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:29 | 1527573 GoinFawr
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C'mon baby, flash me your mnemonics.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:26 | 1527265 slaughterer
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Good move on the part of the ECB to take care of this fast and front run the opposition from Berlin.  Most German politicians are soaking up the good times on Mallorca and Sardegna and will not be able to prevent this extension of liquidity.  I am sure Berlusconi will be eager to make the reforms.  This, and GS signalling QE3, will bring us back into a bear market rally to 1280 next week.  Covered, went long, ready for QE3. 

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:27 | 1527268 economessed
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If markets and economies are the expressions of all hopes and fears of humans, then this is an end-state, as confidence in the market and economy is severely waning.

This can't be fixed by 10,000 more lines of C++.  No confidence = game over.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:27 | 1527269 Kina
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Revolution in Germany to exit the euro. cant be too far away. Germans must scratching their heads as teh watch Merkle give the country's future away.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:33 | 1527311 rsnoble
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Who does that fucking whore think she is?  I'm sick and tired of so-called elections and always ending up with a goddamn puppet tool of the elites.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:45 | 1527376 hedgeless_horseman
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Who does that fucking whore think she is?

A champion for German exporters, and an expert driver in the Global Race To The Bottom.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:37 | 1527346 Caviar Emptor
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With birthrate down by a shocking 15%, Germans are going nowhere

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:28 | 1527272 oogs66
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the market is totally broken

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:27 | 1527274 kito
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Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:28 | 1527278 tahoebumsmith
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BAC stick save at 12:00 pm when the 7.99 circuit breakers went off.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:28 | 1527279 Ecoman11
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The Italians won't take this lightly like the Greeks. They're much more rebellious.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:50 | 1527403 Rodent Freikorps
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The cannoli ration will be raised to two cannoli from three cannoli.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:25 | 1527280 Vincent Vega
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Seems the only question left for the Bernank is the size of the QE. I'm guessing it will be at least $1.5T

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:33 | 1527315 economessed
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per month.

There.  I finished your second sentence.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:44 | 1527375 slaughterer
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I heard something in the area of only $700B, like last time, but Roubini puts it lower at only $200-300B.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:48 | 1527396 SheepDog-One
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$700 billion wouldnt even impress the banksters....further down the spiral we go.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:57 | 1527438 Vincent Vega
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Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:25 | 1527281 youngman
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Look at Brasil......tanking...oh oh....the Latin miracle is about to end I think...and I live in Colombia....

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:34 | 1527326 kito
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be happy, colombia is rapidly improving. all of your riffraff have moved into ecuador.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:26 | 1527285 TruthInSunshine
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This makes complete sense.

Printing another 880 trillion euros to bail out Italy & Spain, is EUR positive.

It's the new math.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:39 | 1527344 Deepskyy
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Even one of the cheerleaders at Blowhorn tried to point out the problem with this plan.  "Where is the ECB going to get this money?"  I suppose he was trying to get the guest to admit that the ECB was printing money.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:42 | 1527362 TruthInSunshine
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The ECB & EU (and IMF) are going to borrow it from The Bernank & Geithner, or China, or maybe Iceland...



Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:48 | 1527391 Highrev
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Complete sense is right.


But you've left out the critical half of the equation:

financial rescues (i.e. restructuring) + economic reforms = success

bailouts (i.e. redistribution) + more of the same = failure


Tell me now, who is doing what, and I'm sure you'll agree that it does make COMPLETE SENSE.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:41 | 1527613 Strider52
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Remember when 'trillion' was a big number?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:26 | 1527286 painequalschange
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Why are gild and silver miners getting blowtorched the last 2 days?


Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:31 | 1527317 vast-dom
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Excellent Question. 


I was wondering the same.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:35 | 1527329 homersimpson
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forced margin calls

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:37 | 1527337 Saxxon
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As General Jim likes to remind us, when the whorehouse gets raided the piano player gets thrown into the paddy wagon with the rest.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:57 | 1527390 GoinFawr
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Well to be fair it's not like he was playing at that venue for the money...


OTOH, if we are thinking of the same 'General':

"As strange as it sounds right now, soon you will begin to see the bearish cabal on mining shares looking for cover where gold will be sold for correct precious metals shares."

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:30 | 1527293 Rusty_Shackleford
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Boy, is there anything CB's CAN'T do?


Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:31 | 1527298 John McCloy
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We sure are going to find out shortly.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:58 | 1527441 Rusty_Shackleford
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I'd sure like to know where they got all the money to do all the wonderful things they do.  They must have really big safes.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:30 | 1527294 John McCloy
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  They can just keep doing this forver right..What could possibly go wrong.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:30 | 1527295 IEVI
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When you have sociopaths running the game this is the result.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:31 | 1527296 Version 7
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Show us the ECB's balance sheet. Just show us.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:29 | 1527300 vast-dom
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<--- Bernank announces QE3        AT        Jackson Hole

<--- Bernank announces QE3     BEFORE    Jackson Hole



Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:39 | 1527361 SheepDog-One
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The way I figure it, DOW needs to be below 10K for there to be call for emergency and more QE. No ones scared of anything right now.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:52 | 1527414 alien-IQ
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I'm starting to get the feeling that the Bernank will not be announcing QE 3 anytime soon. and that's what will push the market off the cliff.

When everybody is expecting (and pricing in) more just have to question conventional "wisdom".

just my .02

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:55 | 1527437 SheepDog-One
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I agree, now theyre just trying to have it both ways for as long as driven by hourly rumors and expectations alone.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:00 | 1527445 Lord Welligton
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After it has already begun.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:31 | 1527303 pods
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I am a bit foggy on currency markets, wouldn't a move like this bankrupt traders?  Currency is normally traded levered correct?  Being on the wrong side of this means time to call Sally Strothers and take some courses on gun repair.


Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:32 | 1527306 Catullus
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Come on, Germans. Fuck the ECB. They won't power share with you. Bunch of frenchie bullshit. Let them eat it.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:32 | 1527308 Nascent_Variable
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In response to this announcement, Spain and Italy have reportedly pledged to restructure their economies to focus on the private sector and wealth production, while scaling down their massive government bureaucracies...

Oh wait... They're just going to keep doing the same shit that got them in trouble in the first place.  Nevermind.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:36 | 1527335 Caviar Emptor
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pledged to restructure their economies to focus on the private sector and wealth production, while scaling down their massive government bureaucracies...

Translation: Corporate and financial sector welfare, covered by cuts in social services and public projects

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:41 | 1527357 Spastica Rex
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Globalism = welfare for the rich, indentured servitude for everybody else.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:45 | 1527385 Caviar Emptor
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You got it, bor. Just wait til you hear about the new "Tax Reform" package they've cooked up here in the US! Tax cut bonanza for big incomes covered by cuts in dedcutions for middle incomes!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:32 | 1527310 gookempucky
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Looks like the currency/credit derivatives market has gone into overdrive the past 10 minutes as it is taking 19miilion in derivatives to create 1 million in GDP per minute-----if you havent barfed your guts out on this roller coaster then you are not a carbon based unit.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:37 | 1527314 jmc8888
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Fuck your people over, and we'll buy up some of your fraudulent debt. (forward bill to Germans)

What a deal.

Happy days are here again!

Glass-Steagall is a law that deserves to be enacted worldwide (on a sovereign approved one by one basis)

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:33 | 1527316 Caviar Emptor
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How to mask a global Great Depression in 3 EZ steps:

-Print Money, Print Money, Print Money

Corporate welfare keeps up appearances by subsituting for demand: you build inventory and burn it back down. Social welfare keeps up appearances by quelling political anger over mass unemployment and prevents your offices from being burned down. You also feed a huge financial secotr, paid to keep robots trading stocks with each other all day long. And you will never have inflation or deflation: because the ongoing depresison actually destroys underlying demand, keeping necessities just barely affordable but always rising in price. 

It's a win win!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:34 | 1527322 jal
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Here are my thought.


Cash is King


There will be some behind the door "printing"


The ECB might balk at the scale of purchases required to shift Italian and Spanish yields. But it will be months before the beefed-up European Financial Stability Facility can buy bonds. 




The stockpiling of cash could be a sign of worry among European banks of troubles they fear could come. U.S. regulators are watching the European situation, especially because of the exposure of U.S. money-market funds to European banks.


If U.S. dollar funds become scarce for foreign banks, they potentially could use a swaps program between the Federal Reserve and the ECB as a source of funding. Under this program, the Fed makes U.S. dollar loans to the ECB, which can in turn lend dollars to European banks that need dollars. The program was used heavily during the financial crisis, but as of July 27 it had been untapped.


Large international companies are sitting on trillions of excess cash. They are just waiting for the right opportunities to swoop down and gobble their weaker competitors. This dip in the stock market is a buying opportunity for those companies.


They are lobbying the US to allow all of their overseas profits to be repatriated -- tax free -- so that they can feed off the near dead.


CHINA --- a lender of last resort.

It must get involved or suffer the consequences of an uncontrolled crash.



Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:33 | 1527331 GiantWang
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We'll loan you more money if you promise to stop borrowing money.  Good plan, Europe.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:34 | 1527593 MichaelG
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Whilst I fully agree, I couldn't help being reminded of recent US legislative action that was getting a headline or two towards the beginning of the week.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 15:10 | 1527898 JimBowie1958
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The insanity is global, but pointing it out over there does not imply its ok over here.

We are as crazy as the Greeks, if not more so.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:36 | 1527336 Subprime JD
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1168 is the near term bottom

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:38 | 1527341 monopoly
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And they sell gold and miners. Broken markets all!!!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:39 | 1527345 Kina
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JUst grab your gold and silver. This is going to be the biggest piig's breakfast in human history.


What if the fucking point of bailing out now, then later, then later and again and again .... these people trying to start WW3?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:40 | 1527349 SheepDog-One
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Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:43 | 1527370 Spastica Rex
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Damn -- and it's looking closer and closer. Nukes will be great for population culling, but how to mediate the after effects? Bizzaro world.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:47 | 1527395 Caviar Emptor
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The war will start in Cyprus ....then spread 

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:54 | 1527420 Use of Weapons
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That;s an easy one to answer,7340,L-3748014,00.html

Buffalo, NY – June 30, 2011 -- Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBLI)1  ) today announced that it received a $1,531,034 increase (including option) in the development portion of the Company’s existing contract, awarded on September 16, 2010, from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Chemical Biological and Medical Systems (CBMS) Medical Identification and Treatment Systems (MITS) to fund additional development activities for CBL502, a medical radiation countermeasure.

  • 1. note that link is incorrect - code is CBLI
Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:40 | 1527347 oa92000
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just curious, what are you buying or selling now?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:40 | 1527368 alien-IQ
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My guess would be either:
A) One way tickets to no extradition countries and a few top quality fake passports.


B) Canned food and shotguns, baby...canned food and shotguns.

but that's just my guess...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:44 | 1527378 Spastica Rex
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Dried foods are much lighter and less voluminous. Legumes and grains.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:48 | 1527399 kito
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they wont help if you cant boil them spas. be sure to stock up on plenty of ready to eat packs. especially if youre on the run from the mob.....

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:56 | 1527429 fuu
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If you can't find water to soak your beans you re pretty fucked anyway.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:03 | 1527455 Rusty_Shackleford
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F-ing A.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:57 | 1527434 Reptil
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Water filters!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:08 | 1527471 thadoctrizin
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A bottle of clorox is a necessity for survival packs. About 5-10 drops per liter will make most water drinkable

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:40 | 1527348 Rodent Freikorps
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Anyone keeping track of how many of these friday afternoon announcements turn out to be vapor?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:10 | 1527474 FeralSerf
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It's how you haul a ton of canaries in a half ton truck.  You need to beat on the cage now and then to keep a bunch of them from roosting.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:40 | 1527350 alien-IQ
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"if Berlusconi commits to bring forward specific reforms"

somehow, I don't think they mean "if he stops banging 18 year old supermodels".

Prepare for riots...Italian Style:-)

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:38 | 1527353 sbenard
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What a strange world in which Wall St sees the announcement by another central bank that it will print money to buy debt as a good and reassuring sign! Kicking the heroin can has become literally reflexive!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:41 | 1527356 JBAndersen
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Euro-TARP, please let this be the end of the insane European political project we're suffering under.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:41 | 1527359 Quintus
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Reuters is reporting that the European Central Bank is demanding that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi commit to fast-track specific welfare reforms and a constitutional amendment enshrining a fiscal rule before it will buy Italian bonds. Some would argue that Italy needs help sooner rather than later.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:58 | 1527442 Reptil
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I think the robots missed that word "before".

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:42 | 1527364 RobotTrader
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Looks like we will run back up to the 200-day, that will be the next place to re-short.

10 out of 11 down days in a row, VXO over 40, and all those panic TICK readings is probably a washout for now.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:45 | 1527386 Spastica Rex
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You? Again?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:50 | 1527404 lieutenantjohnchard
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so you've gone two days ago from the buying opportunity of a lifetime to time to short again. lol!

robottrader: the ultimate dumb money indicator.

next thing you know he'll tell us he sold his silver, and bought gold even as he bashed his own interests ad infinitum ... oh wait. he did. lol!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:52 | 1527417 SheepDog-One
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Really Robo thats how it looks? Well what about you crowing about being all in at 12,700 and everyone else better be too for the big guaranteed debt ceiling deal run up? That just a wash on your paper trading? Gee, go long Eberhard Eraser Company Robo.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:02 | 1527451 alien-IQ
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how did your prediction of a new 52 week high on the SPX after the debt deal got passed work out for you and why in the world do you think this idiotic prediction is going to work out any better?

Wishing will not make it so.

If you spend your life chasing "Bulls" got to expect to step in shit...often.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:02 | 1527454 kito
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robo, your tarot card charts are worthless garbage. they predict nothing in a world where movement is based on the mouths of central banks.  

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:44 | 1527371 curbyourrisk
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Global day of Jubilee on the way....For sovereigns....not us tax paying debt slaves.


Mark my words.  It will happen.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:44 | 1527373 Captain America
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Very happy the flash crash, this year, has taken two weeks to choreograph.  I fired the PPT boys from last year and brought in some ol' chums from the pre-online brokerage days and they brought their rotary phones with them.  Ahhh, the world was such a simple place in '87.  Who says you can never go back?

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:44 | 1527374 CrashisOptimistic
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The lesson, the only lesson, of the past 3 years.

Governments will take any action, including murder, to keep the system going so that they retain power.

Anytime there is crisis, there will always be government intervention.  

Only one thing will stop it.  Oil.  You will not like a world of $60 oil.  It will be a world with no airplane flights.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:47 | 1527393 bbq on whitehou...
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ECB has no choice they must buy as much as the rollovers require. Not doing so will kill the euro.

Of what will they buy such debt with?  Leveraged defaulted notes and crashing assets? Or freshly printed notes?

Germany will say one thing and do the opposite there is no way Germany kicks up the cash. Name backing only from them.

Sooner or later words will no longer work, but we have been saying that forever. i think this has years more to play out 3-5 maybe.

Some are cashing out now but this can go on for a long time.  Still great drama.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:48 | 1527398 snowball777
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"Je suis un chien Andalusien..."

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 13:06 | 1527463 caerus
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debase the currency bitchez!

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:50 | 1527405 monopoly
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Margin selling abating now. Miners well off the bottom. Added more. And there goes Timmayys crap dollar. Most of them are crap. What a disgusting govt. we have. This is about as wild I have seen it except for the few times market was bidless.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:52 | 1527409 Gubbmint Cheese
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unreal.. look at this rally.. what a joke.



Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:55 | 1527430 TruthInSunshine
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This clearly and decisively proves that the banksters do not need their heroin..,.I mean QE.

Can someone ask The Bernank?


Hey Bernank, this means QE doesn't need to be fed to your bosses....errr....I mean Wall Street, right?

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