David Rosenberg

Gold Surges As Curve Butterfly Funds Stocks Higher

Earlier rumors of a liquidation-based selling have proven to be false, as gold has surged by over $12 from the day's lows to its highest level in months. Elsewhere, the new carry correlation trade confirms it is truly the 2s10s30s butterfly that is the new source of funding for stocks, and for spiking HFT momentum. And the big institutions who have now gamed the latest funding pair, continue to sell into the HFT bid, as stocks rise purely as a side effect of a normalization in the butterfly wings, and never on any actual fundamentals, which as David Rosenberg once again demonstrated earlier, continue to get worse and worse. But remember: GM has to IPO today, and Geithner can't possibly do it on a downtick, let alone a red close. Also, we have another POMO tomorrow as the Fed once again prepares to give a blank check to the PDs to ramp the S&P another 3% higher. All in all, another day in Central Planning.

Since June, Banks Have Bought $83 Billion In Government And Agency Bonds

It is good to know banks are doing something with that $1 trillion + in excess reserves. And yes, "reinvestment" is technically considered doing something. David Rosenberg explains that since American citizens are now broadly considered unworthy of crediting (and since those same consumers would rather have a steady income and/or a job before taking out a loan), banks are now merely riding on the increasingly flattening treasury wave.

David Rosenberg Vindicated

...And proud of it. He also provides his latest investment basket recommendation: "So, while I continue to advocate underweight positions in equities, a bar bell between basic materials and defensive dividend stocks is a prudent strategy, with the overall emphasis in the asset mix tilted towards bonds, especially the BB sliver or that part of the higher quality non-investment grade space that currently has the greatest unexploited potential for spread compression and capital gains."

Here Is The Simple Reason Why QE Is Unnecessary

As the following chart from David Rosenberg demonstrates, consumers are retrenching, and "just saying no" to both residential and consumer loans. Earlier, we also showed that Small Businesses also contracted, demonstrating that credit demand is collapsing at every vertical of US society. As such, QE, or ever cheaper money, has and always will be a "push" phenomenon, for which there is simply no demand, in a society that has trillions more of deleveraging to undergo. And banks realize that with retail investors not participating in the stock market, and thus having nobody to offload risky exposure to, using reserves to bid up risky assets will merely result in more pain down the road once profit taking time comes and everything goes bidless. As such, as debate over the utility of QE is moot. The only question is what the Fed's persistent desire to debase the dollar will do the perception of monetary aggregates (i.e., the stability of the dollar) and whether the demand for alternatives (such as gold) will offset the need to liquidate said alternatives as a last-ditch source of capital to cover margin calls in a deflationary vortex. Everything else is smoke and mirrors.

Shock And Yawn: BofA's David Bianco Proves He Is "Smarter" Than Goldman By Raising His S&P EPS Estimates

Jan Hatzius' recent downgrade of the US economy, and the subsequent downgrade of the S&P by such formerly gruntled optimists as Goldman's David Kostin, has completely failed to register with permabullnut gallery. Case in point: the Bank of America strategist who was supposed to replace David Rosenberg, yet has become his own satirist caricature, David Bianco, has decided to go completely the other way, by actually rising not only his 2010 S&P estimates, but also 2011, and even, hilariously, 2012, this despite other such landed economist Ph.D's (from reputable institutions) as the San Fran Fed warning that there is a "significant" risk of a double dip in 2 years (yes, that's the Fed warning about a re-recession, not some rational, realistic, coherent human being), thus once again proving that his true worth is whatever CNBC pays him for his daily appearances in the Cheerleader Session block (which has now dropped out of Nielsen tracking due to complete lack of public interest in vapid propaganda). And for those who claim idiocy can not be captures in words, we disagree. To wit "Some dismiss our target because a deflationary shock could collapse current EPS. Others argue that EPS will be flat for years. We disagree; we think exceptionally low interest rates support real estate values and EPS will grow through foreign investment. The S&P has the best of the DM and EM world, low rates and healthy growth." Speechlessness ensues. What follows is propaganda so scary, it is good. If Bianco really believes this, we hope BofA provides free psychiatric sessions for its employees.

Vacation Thoughts From David Rosenberg

It appears those truly concerned with the proper functioning of the market can never truly sit still (especially when, as today confirms, it merely keeps on breaking little by little until it goes poof once again as not even one quadrillion of fake stuffed quotes can keep the market up any longer). Case in point: David Rosenberg, who should be on vacation, yet posted this typically delightful breakdown of the bullshit action in stocks when juxtaposed with the ever deteriorating reality.

Top 10 Most Read Posts In The Past Week

These are the Top 10 most read posts of the prior week:

  1. Marc Faber: Relax, This Will Hurt A Lot
  2. Ever Wondered How You Know You Are In A Depression? David Rosenberg Explains
  3. Guest Post: Gold Swap Signals the Roadmap Ahead
  4. "It's Not A Market, It's An HFT 'Crop Circle' Crime Scene" - Further Evidence Of Quote Stuffing Manipulation By HFT
  5. Jim Rickards Compares The Collapse Of The Roman Empire To The US, Concludes That We Are Far Worse Off
  6. LBMA Closes Off Public Access To Key Bullion Bank Trading Data
  7. S&P Priced In Gold: Comparison Between The Great Depression And Now
  8. Warren Pollock Warns Of Emergency Drug Shortage As EMTs Told To Go To "Alternate Protocols"
  9. China Calls Our Bluff: "The US is Insolvent and Faces Bankruptcy as a Pure Debtor Nation but [U.S.] Rating Agencies Still Give it High Rankings"
  10. Already Bought A 3D LCD In Anticipation Of QE "Instarefi" 1.999? You May Want To Consider A Refund


Ten Things That Would Turn Rosie Bullish, And A Realistic Read On Today's GDP Data

One of the world's most realistic people (which for some reason the permabulls take as an indication of extreme bearishness: which is fine - after all they themselves live in an imaginary world populated with market marking unicorns and benign computer programs), David Rosenberg has shared ten things that would make him bullish. Alas reading through these gives one the impression that Hades would first turn endothermic before any of these actually were to come true. And for some more practical views from Rosie, we also include his spot on interpretation of today's GDP data.

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While I tremendously respect David Rosenberg, his article on Wednesday on inflation and deflation is a confusing mishmash of Keynesian ideas which are clearly wrong. But in the end, despite his struggle with concepts, he may have the market timing right.

David Rosenberg On What Happens When The Glorious 30 Year Great Bull Market In Bonds Comes To An End

From David Rosenberg's Wednesday letter: "The primary purpose of this comment is to suggest what things may look like when the Great Bull Market in Bonds, which began in 1981 with 30-year Treasury Bonds yielding 15.25%, finally comes to its glorious end. For starters, I think it is safe to say that the bull market in bonds will end reasonably close to the point in time that inflation (or deflation) bottoms. This is because we have determined that by far the major economic factor that correlates consistently with the direction of market-determined interest rates, at least for long term Treasury Bonds, is CPI Inflation (headline and core)...So what will be the cause of the next secular uptrend in inflation or hyperinflationary shock? It pays to look back at history. Prior to the inflation of the 1970s-early 1980s, periods of very high inflation were primarily associated with war. Increased credit demands to fund the war effort combined with the drop in productivity that goes along with blowing everything up is an inflationary stew." Alas, never before in the history of US society have we been at the point when noted economists, financiers, and socialites so frequently and openly compare the fate of our society to that of the Roman empire in its last days, when the Roman emperors, oblivious of personal harm, would debase the currency on a daily basis, and hike taxes, with the end result being the collapse of the empire itself. As we will demonstrate shortly, we ourselves may be getting quite close. And in those uncharted waters of the global economy and, in fact, civilization as a whole, where the central bankers fight for the very survival of the status quo on a daily basis, we are confident that prudence on long bond and inflation rates will be first to be jettisoned as the kleptocratic oligarchy fights to avoid the pitchforks and guillotines for at least one more day.

David Rosenberg Looks At The Sugar High Light... And Picks The Dark

Whereas Alphaville presents several statutory observations by David Rosenberg as to a variety of reasons over which one "could" be bullishly inclined based on a goal seeked read of the data (if one so chose), his daily letter is once again capped with yet another bearish summation: the bad news more than drowns out all the positivity, even if that means that another double dip is practically priced in.