Chris Whalen

Bitcoin, Blockchain, And Bank Of America

"The growing pile of public debt in the US is why price stability will never be part of the mix... and is why dollar-alternatives like bitcoin, imperfect and even fraudulent as they may be, will continue to capture the attention of those seeking to escape the economic tyranny of fiat paper money..."

The Cost Of Delusion - Asset Prices & Monetary Policy In An Irrational World

"The lesson for investors is that much of the picture presented today in prices for various assets classes is an illusion foisted upon us all by reckless central bankers. Yellen and her colleagues seem to think that they can spin straw into gold by manipulating markets and asset prices..."

The Volcker Rule & The London Whale: "Dear Big Media, Get A Clue"

"The episode involving the London Whale illustrates how difficult it is to learn the truth about the inner working of large banks.  Big banks profit by exploiting information and conflicts found between the world of credit and the world of securities. But the London Whale episode also shows in graphic terms why the Volcker Rule prohibitions against banks trading for their own account need to be preserved and strengthened."

Europe's Banking Dysfunction Worsens

Investors who think that Europe is close to adopting an effective approach to dealing with failing banks may want to think again....

Bitcoin: Fake Asset Or Security?

What the success of bitcoin says about the world of dollars, euros and yen is unsettling at a number of levels, but then again, bitcoin is ultimately just a brilliantly designed virtual market that, initially at least, promised security and anonymity.  Whether those qualities can endure as the audience grows is a very intriguing question that investors need to consider.

How Dumb Is The Fed?

"Nothing comes from nothing. Fake money produces fake prosperity. Take away the fake money… and the fake prosperity goes “poof,” too. Which is why the Fed will never, voluntarily, stop manipulating prices. It can’t let the markets return to “normal” price discovery. Because the markets are likely to discover prices a lot lower than Dow 20,000."

US Equities: Unwinding The Yellen Leveraged Buyout

"Corporate credit spreads are the key indicator to watch, both in terms of the economy and the financial markets.  It’s a game of financial musical chairs. Ray Dalio, Janet Yellen and all of us are dancing.  When does the music stop?"

Chris Whalen: "The Dollar Super-Cycle Ends"

It seems that many market indicators such as the dollar and LIBOR suggest a market that is either schizophrenic or dysfunctional.  Our guess is the latter...