The world’s leading governments have become decidedly fascist and are rapidly heading in a totalitarian direction. There are a number of facets to this development, all of them disturbing: The elimination of personal privacy, the creation of capital controls, confiscation of wealth, the conversion to electronic banking as the sole form of currency, international taxation standards and the creation of a police state.
Vice chairman of the FDIC, Thomas Hoenig stated that “while the largest U.S. banks have increased capital since the  crisis, their capital is still lower than the industry average and inadequate for bank resiliency.”
Distortions in financial markets keep growing, as central banks all over the world are desperately intensifying monetary pumping. What is currently happening in various bond markets as a result of this and other interventions is simply jaw-dropping insanity. It is not so much that it defies rational explanation – in fact, all of these moves can be explained. What makes the situation so troubling is the fact that investors seem to be oblivious to the enormous risks they are taking. They are sitting on a powder keg.
The stock of infamous pharma rollup Valeant peaked almost exactly one year ago. Since then it has been one relentless, first slow then precipitous drop, which wiped out more than 90% of the company's market cap, forced the CEO to resign, led to various Congressional hearings and civil lawsuits after it became a symbol of all that is wrong with corporate America, and brought the company to the verge of a technical default. That was the good news: Now the bad - Valeant is now under criminal investigation.
Following yesterday's muted action which saw the S&P500 close unchanged, it has been more of the same listless trading overnight, with US equity index futures little changed as the Nikkei fell on the back of a stronger Yen, while government bonds rose and European stocks reversed early gains following the BOE failed bond monetization operation. Crude oil dropped for a second day after Saudi Arabia told OPEC that it pumped a record 10.67 million barrels of oil a day,
The biggest (unspoken of) bubble in the world, just got bubblier. Following the lowest 10Y China government bond auction yield since records began in 2004, a surge of foreign inflows (seeking yield) combined with domestic flight-to-safety from the increasingly default-ridden corporate bond sector has sent China's government bond yields to 2009 lows.
While California may have the highest per capita debt, it also has the lowest default rate across the entire US. Which is incidentally where it also was in the years 2003-2005, just before its default rate exploded after the subprime bubble burst.
“Radical monetary policy begets more radical policy... It seems to me, at some point, markets or voters will put a stop to this.” If and when that time comes, Grant notes that investors will be looking for physical stores of wealth, explaining "the case for gold is not as a hedge against monetary disorder, because we have monetary disorder, but rather an investment in monetary disorder."