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Two Days Ahead Of More QE, JPM Finds That World Is Already "Drowning In Liquidity"

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A few days ago, the BOE's Andy Haldane, rightfully, lamented that the apparent "solution" to the exponentially growing level of complexity in the financial system is more complexity. Alas, there was little discussion on the far more relevant central planning concept of fixing debt with even more debt, especially as the US just crossed $16 trillion in public debt last week, right on schedule, and as we pointed out over the weekend, there has been precisely zero global deleveraging during the so-called austerity phase. But perhaps most troubling is that with 2 days to go to what JPM says 77% of investors expect with be a NEW QE round (mostly MBS) between $200 and $500 billion in QE, the world is, also in the words of JP Morgan, drowning in liquidity. In other words, according to the central planners, not only is debt the fix to record debt, but liquidity is about to be unleashed on a world that is, you guessed it, already drowning in liquidity. The bad news: everything being tried now will fail, as it did before, because nothing has changed, except for the scale, meaning the blow up will be all that more spectacular. The good news: at least the Keynesians (or is it simply Socialists now?) out there will not be able to say we should have just added one more [    ]illion in debt/liquidity and all would have worked, just as our textbooks predicted. Because by the time it's over, that too will have happened.

From JPM's Michael Cembalest:

It has been a strange year. If you were concerned about the global economy this year, you were right:

  • Leading indicators of manufacturing, such as new orders, are weakening just about everywhere
  • Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese exports are slowing sharply; China may be growing at only 6%
  • European growth is ~0%, with the periphery in recession. Germany business surveys also fading
  • Last week’s US jobs report was weak across the board (payrolls, work week, labor force participation and wages)
  • US capital spending trends are slowing (e.g., capital goods orders ex-aircraft)
  • Countries like Brazil are showing signs of industrial fatigue due to an overly strong currency in 2010-2011
  • The US election does not look like it will bring clarity to the US fiscal/debt ceiling divide (polls show Democrats keeping the White House and Republicans keeping the House of Representatives)
  • US housing is staging a modest recovery, but it’s not a game-changer given its smaller contribution to employment
  • Corporate profits are high, but the trend in EPS revisions is negative and profits growth is slowing

However, global equity markets have done well, up 13% so far in 2012. The bottom line: with the world drowning in liquidity, the right portfolio moves this year have been to take advantage of low equity valuations, look through all the economic weakness and expect that continued monetary stimulus will  eventually bear fruit. We have done some of that but not as much as we might have, and as things stand now, global equity markets have outperformed what I had expected. The world’s Central Banks have made it clear that inflating their way out is preferable to the alternatives, an environment that is conducive to risky assets that are priced very cheaply, until and unless they lose control of inflation.

For those confused, Cembalest only added "unless" out of political courtesy, because as even the Fed itself admitted last night, first via St. Louis Fed's James Bullard and soon everyone else, the Fed has finally been exposed as being nothing but a puppet tool of politicians, who in turn have always been sponsored muppets of Wall Street (Who can possibly forget Chuck Schumer telling Bernanke to "get to work Mr. Chairman"). In other words, we now know politicians run not only fiscal, but monetary policy. How to hedge against this apocalyptic proposition? Simple. Cue Kyle Bass: "Buying gold is just buying a put against the idiocy of the political cycle. It's That Simple."

It really is.


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Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:17 | 2778703 Dareconomics
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:53 | 2778825 Theosebes Goodfellow
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This is my take on Dareconomics:

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Look at me, I'm an econimic sage after having read ZH.


Really Dare, get an avatar before trying to get people to go to your site. Also, If you do have a "take" of the Fed QE, just post it, even if you have to cut and paste it from your blog. Geeesh....

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 18:45 | 2780098 Element
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And there was also the Central Bankster brain-trust saying that their tools do work, they just need to be, "...much more aggressive using them".

When in a hole ... stop ...

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 02:11 | 2780552 Muppet of the U...
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There is only 1 "take" on fed printing.  One day there will HAVE to be a new currency, b/c this one is printed into oblivion and is based on the petro dollar accord.  pure and simple.

in the intermediate period, there will be a monumental transfer of wealth into hard commodities such as art, land, and metals. 

That is why we buy precious metals.  pure and simple. 

There is no take on printing.  only money makers and idiots.


Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:21 | 2778715 Lost Wages
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Is JPM buying stocks or bonds? :)

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:32 | 2778757 urbanelf
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Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:34 | 2778761 Stock Tips Inve...
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You have to stay awake. The markets are starting to show signs of life. Whether up or down. What matters is to do so in circumstances in which we can benefit. And that's just what I think will happen.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:21 | 2778718 Dixie Rect
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Long: government issued dunce caps

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:21 | 2778719 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Cue Kyle Bass: "Buying gold is just buying a put against the idiocy Fascist intent of the political cycle. It's That Simple."

Calling it idiocy is being way too kind. Fascist sounds much more accurate.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 18:47 | 2780101 Element
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Both are are great comments actually.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:23 | 2778723 Everybodys All ...
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The world is drowning in debt. There you go I fixed it just so people don't get confused even though we know liquidity is code for debt in central bank circles.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:24 | 2778726 Sudden Debt
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here in Belgium, our politicians want to force banks to give at least 4% on deposits. in that way the banks need to lend money out to pay for the interest of the accounts.

it sounds sound to me.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:50 | 2778813 alangreedspank
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Maybe. But how did it go last time the government forced banks to do something ?

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:57 | 2778832 Haole
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So, for instance, "governments" ultimately forced bankers to depose democratically elected politicians and replace them with more bankers in Greece, Italy and Spain? 

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:16 | 2778914 alangreedspank
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And also forced banks to lend money to people they wouldn't have otherwise, hence, partly why the housing bubble.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:26 | 2778736 Haole
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"...the Fed has finally been exposed as being nothing but a puppet tool of politicians..."

Uh, isn't that backwards?

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:52 | 2778823 alangreedspank
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No, the Fed is the bread and butter of politicians wanting to promise 'free' stuff to their consituents. The Fed is here to buy their debt and provide the liquidity.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:33 | 2778993 THX 1178
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Why does the Fed have shareholders then? Why does the Fed take a profit? Why was it chartered by bankers and industrilaists. Sure it gives politicians a way to pay for things without raising taxes. The banker-shareholders like this too. VP Rockefeller... government isn't controlled by banks, it IS BANKS.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:26 | 2778738 q99x2
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Yes but they need that money to buy the weapons and infrastructure to kill us with.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:32 | 2778756 Cognitive Dissonance
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We needed to kill you in order to protect you.

Vietnam redux..........

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:56 | 2779107 Ying-Yang
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eugenicubonics bitchez

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:32 | 2778741 yogibear
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Have to keep the stock market going up. Bernanke and the Fed should just have an index added to thier balance sheet where takes  the countrfieted money and just buys all the stocks with printed money.

It would give the boys on Wall Street happy and create future favors for NY Fed Dudley and Goldman Sachs.

Bernanke is buying everything,  

Higher and higher and higher debt ceilings. Larger and Larger student loans, more food stamps and entitlements.

More and more and more debt.

Why work? Just have Bernanke print and send everyone his printed money. People would spend it.

For Bernanke, Dudley, Yellen, Draghi and the rest of the Central Banksters any fiscal resposibility has been thrown out. It's just print until something sticks.

Like throwing crap on teflon. If your throw enough, it may stick but you may be buried in it.




Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:26 | 2778742 knukles
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Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:27 | 2778746 Bartanist
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Obviously the problem is NOT insufficient available debt, it is too much available debt, too little value creation and that big sucking sound that comes from the banks and government.

When banks feel they deserve a cut of ALL assets created in the world, simply for creating money out of thin air (and distributing it) and government thinks they deserve a cut of all economic activity in the world, just because they have the physical power to beat, kill or imprison anyone with impunity; then IMHO there are serious fundamental flaws in the system.

Value creation is not valued correctly and bully power (money or physical coersion) is over-valued.

Someday the grown-ups will need to take over for the kids and sociopaths.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:27 | 2778747 Pasadena Phil
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When your old car with a worn-out engine starts sputtering, step on the gas! If it works once, step on the gas again! Don't worry about flooding the engine. We'll burn that bridge once we get there. One problem at a time.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:31 | 2778750 Tortfeasor
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Paradoxically, the solution to obesity caused by too much potato chips, too much soda, and too much icecream, is more potato chips, more soda, and more icecream.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:31 | 2778751 Winston Churchill
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That debt can only  keep increasing in value Ben,just like you said of housing.

De je vu all over again.

So many bubble, and one big prick.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:32 | 2778758 Robslob
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Gold will tank along with everything else when the system blows...a small problem of course will be "sold out" when that comes to pass.

So it isn't really about is about purchasing power and regardless of whatever banker dictated price gold ends up at it will still have purchasing power...the dollar, not so much...

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 14:33 | 2779263 KickIce
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When the system blows there will be war. or due to war.  Anyway, doesn't matter, everything tanks except food, fuel and firearms/ammo.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:35 | 2778766 Al Huxley
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If they stop giving the money to the fucking banks and give it to me instead, I promise to spend it and not just leave it parked at the FED.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:36 | 2778770 Robslob
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+ $16 Trillion

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:41 | 2778778 Dr. Engali
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I promise to buy plenty of precious metals which will summarily be lost in an unfortnate boating accident.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:03 | 2778854 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs Cog says the problem behind all my boating accidents is that I need a bigger boat.

I think it might be something else.

Boating accident

h/t to WilliamBanzai7 for this image.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:19 | 2778930 Colonel Klink
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When this thing sinks, everybody better be ready to SWIM BITCHEZ!!

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:23 | 2778946 ptoemmes
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Equal weighted ballast in the bow might work, e.g. another fat long as you igone the water rushing over the gunwales.

Come to think of it...yet another metaphor for the end game of adding more debt.



Where's the beer?



Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:46 | 2779059 Cognitive Dissonance
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In the belly already. Just finishing up the ham on rye before heading to shore.

Another load of PMs deposited in Davey Jones' locker.'_Locker

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:33 | 2778995 Dr. Engali
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Hilarious...thanks for the chuckle.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:38 | 2779017 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs Cog says I'm too fat so no more nookie until I can see my nooker.

I think she's serious this time. :)

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:40 | 2779029 Dagny Taggart
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Perhaps now would be a good time to consider the organic and sprouts darkpocalypse diet lol? Just sayin...

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:55 | 2779101 Bay of Pigs
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Hey Dagny, You still over at Turds joint or have the Mods banned you like me? LOL.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 14:01 | 2779136 Ying-Yang
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invest in a tool called the pecker periscope.. then all ahead full

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:10 | 2778887 knukles
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A 3 pointer for describing exactly the fucking problem with the way the Federalies are attempting to manage out of a Liquidity Trap.
Should the money be given to The People, The Consumers who comprise 70% of GDP/economic activity, the money WOULD GET SPENT thereby goosing the PT portion of MV=PT as opposed to simply pushing V downwards.

That is exactly what was meant by Dumping Money from a Helicopter in the first fucking place.  Not giving it to the Banksters at 0% for the positive carry of a life time which even they can screw up.

See... just credit everybody's 401(k) with cash back to pre-crash levels, give everybody a free (Gubamint grant for doing fuck all nothing, like welfare all around) $10K and it'll get spent, come hell or high water.
And if somebody says "Oh booyah, we can't do that, it'll be inflationary with all than additional cash floating about", then don't do another QE or just go the fuck ahead and raise reserve requirements to sterilize the shit.

Wake the Fuck Up!  We're already handing out that kind of money to the financial elite, anyhow.


Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:37 | 2778772 SRVDisciple
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Keynesian economics requires the ignorance of the masses.  Only if the tractor-parts-builder in Kansas who starts to see his business heading off of a cliff is unaware that uptick/stabilization in business is due to gummit printing will he operate as if nothing is wrong. He will hire, spend, and plan for growth. If he knows that his few extra sales are due to a Bernanke Bandaid, then he will continue to act as if business is really down and will play things close to the vest.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 17:54 | 2779958 sessinpo
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Keynesian economics requires the ignorance of the masses.


Very true. That also applies to just about all forms of government and ideology that discourages individualism and individual freedom, something socialist fear and detest. You know, the anarchist and trouble makers when actually the opposite is true. I won't intrude upon you and you don't intrude upon me. In fact, we might become friends and through cooperation, make something great. Oh yea, I forgot, Obama said we don't build things. My bad.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:38 | 2778773 SemperFord
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But silver is sooo much cheaper!

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:39 | 2778776 Dr. Engali
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"The good news: at least the Keynesians (or is it simply Socialists now?) out there will not be able to say we should have just added one more [ ]illion in debt/liquidity and all would have worked,"


They won't be able to say that with any credibility ( not that they have it now) but that won't prevent them from saying it anyway.


Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:42 | 2778781 resurger
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We will have "Unlimited Interventions" untill the S&P touches 1,500+

Ben Bernanke

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:43 | 2778782 CrimsonAvenger
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See, this is why I don't give a shit about QE - it's the difference between drowning in 30 feet of water or 29 feet.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:43 | 2778784 fresno dan
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Oh, you zero hedge commenters, what with your reality and sustainability.

We're in this pile of sh*t because we stopped making loans for new  houses. 

·                     But ask yourself a few questions: In such a system, what metric is used to say, Oh, determine who gets a loan for a house, and how much should the loan be for?
If home prices are continually rising, due to the amount of credit available to buy houses, and rising house prices justify ever bigger loans to buy ever more expensive houses, what stops this process?
A lack of new suckers. That is why I am proposing the fresno dan economic recovery program: NEWSUCKERS
Novel economic work stimulus utility cumulation* kabuki expansion recovery statute - - MerriamWebster tells me "cumulation" is a perfectly cromulent word

What!??!?!  - The Federal Reserve is already doing that?  No wonder I only make 53 cents a day collecting pepsi cans in a shopping cart and The Bernanke makes a bundle...

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:01 | 2778862 Theosebes Goodfellow
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+1 for using the word "cromulent" in a sentence.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:51 | 2778817 Cognitive Dissonance
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Two Days Ahead Of More QE, JPM Finds That World Is Already "Drowning In Liquidity"

Premature ejacQElation?

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:52 | 2778818 muppet_master
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Alignment of the stars = the cons are telling you that its never been a better time to buy casino stocks.  = SELL NOW spx @ 1435!!!!


1)  A “breather from eur 1.28 is perfectly NORMAL” says director of…ok yes perfectly normal to go back to sub 1.20



2)  This fool says he sees “green shoots” = shredded money if you buy high @ spx 1436…wait for dead cat bounce FROM SUB spx 1000.


3) this fool still bullish @ spx 1437



and my fav shoe shine boy mark hulbert..his record:  1) oct 2007 djia @ 14.2k and he said: “gonna go to 16k” 2) when citibank @ $38 in 2008 he called it a its at sub $2.50 or so !! LOL !!


4)  hulbert said on fri spx 1438 (the TOP):  “The stock market’s strong showing, especially in light of the good news out of Europe on Thursday, is making some investors want to kick themselves for “selling In May and going away”


of course 5/1/12 spx @ 1412 he said: “May doesn’t have to be bad for stocks” = me short !!


6/2/12 after Fri’s close he said watch out for an AVALANCHE of sell orders on 6/4/12 Monday spx @ 1270 = me PANIC COVER MY SHORTS


Freakinggenius”…I have the links in a Word file…if anybody requests them (5/1 and 6/2 links from Hulbert’s “majestic” casino calls…ROFLMAO !!!!

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:54 | 2778829 mademesmile
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Obama's next speech:


" Greeting fellow Americans. We are getting out of the biggest depression since WWII. It's taken everyone, pulling together, to move this country in the right direction. Almost everyone. As you know, the banks have been given access to a huge amount of money, but they aren't spreading the wealth. They refuse to make loans available to hard working Americans, even though the small business people need funding. There are people who are renting because the banks refuse to give them a loan so they can buy that American dream, and become homeowners. Because of these bank failures, the government has decided to bypass banks and make loans directly to the people. If you meet the qualifications, you will receive a $100,000 loan AND a $5,000 stimulus check, just to get the economy moving again. You know who to vote for. Forward!

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:07 | 2778886 phyregold
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Maybe i missed it but where the hell is the part they say 2 days until liftoff?

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:23 | 2778938 Colonel Klink
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I didn't know you could drown in confetti?

Who knew!

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:42 | 2779035 Quinvarius
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But the banks are not solvent.  The people who have been printing the money have only been printing it for bank solvency purposes.  They will not stop.  The ponzi scheme needs to lever up more, get some free money, or die.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:44 | 2779048 Meesohaawnee
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im just so fucking sick of this QE bullshit this sounds like a good week to just take a break. I cant stand it anymore. I cant stand these self serviing fucks who keep trying to tell me its good. More and more its ill get back to all this if or whenever we get to a "market".. literally  my ears cant take the phrase QE anymore. god make it stop.....

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 15:50 | 2779532 Savyindallas
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I'd like to ram a magic bullet QE shit crusie missile up Bernanke's ass -then it can head straight to Wall street and bounce off the Goldman sachs building and head striaght for the halls of congress--leaving a trail of shit all over these pusillanimous criminals.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:54 | 2779095 xtop23
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The morgue doesnt want outright QE because it might implode their shorts in metals? Just a thought.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 14:11 | 2779187 walküre
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Who says the banks aren't passing on ZIRP to the people?

New cars at 0% can be had everywhere....

All you have to do is drive it off the lot, lose 30% of the purchase price right then and make thousands of dollars in payments per year until the shit is paid off.

Sorry, you can try to flip cars like you flipped houses but it's just not the same...

Here's my economic recovery plan.

GIVE IT AWAY. QE the shit out of Detroit and GIVE THE CARS AWAY FOR FREE. Get people in new cars / trucks or whatever and start a boom in manufacturing of new cars / trucks. There will be waiting lists! Japanese and German car makers will not benefit.

Why is it so fucking difficult for the AMERICAN political class to get their head around GIVING THE PEOPLE a renewed sense of economic optimism. How many cars are we talking? How much money would that cost? Who cares! We print it!

Then GIVE AWAY HOUSES. Just watch how that would STIMULATE the construction and manufacturing businesses!


Mon, 09/10/2012 - 14:37 | 2779283 loveyajimbo
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Wonder if Uncle Ben will pay the full 100% value being claimed on the honest banker books for the toxic MBS bonds they are dying to unload on the public... if he does, and they are, in fact, worth maybe 50% in the real world... another royal ass screwing to John Q...  this stimulates the economy or creates jobs?!?!!?  And Uncle tom Obummer never considers bring back Glass-Stegall, or forcing the NASB to revise the incredible rules allowing bankers to value their shit at whatever they want... Is this piece of corrupt offal really running for a 2nd term?!?!?

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 15:42 | 2779506 lolmao500
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Liquidity? I'm not drowning in liquidity. Big banks are. Everybody else? Not so much.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 19:37 | 2780234 silverserfer
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drowning in liquidity?

fuck jpm. arogant no good cock licking, reacharound circle jerk, salad tossing, anus sniffing banking dirtbags. die.


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