Larry Summers

Larry Summers Wants To Give You A Free Lunch

According to Summers, with this low growth and low interest context, government debt levels no longer matter. In other words, federal governments have free reign to massively increase deficit spending and run-up federal debts, because, on balance, the fiscal stimulus will pay for itself. But who are we to question Summers’ unique qualifications - for example, unlike Summers, we’ve never lost $1.8 billion of other people’s money.

The Elites Have Lost The Right To Rule

They came from the dark, corrupt and hopelessly deranged policies of the status quo. The same status quo that remains in power to this very day. The sooner we rid ourselves of this societally cancerous tumor the better, because the longer it takes to move on to something else, the more negative that something else is likely to be.

What Happened With LTCM Is Now Happening Across The Political And Economic World

What happened with LTCM is happening right now across the political and economic spheres in virtually all nations. You have a collection of self-assured, arrogant “experts” running the world into the ground with their policies. As I said earlier, I have no problem with experts. I have a problem when experts are permitted to operate with zero accountability. The EU represents such technocratic immunity better than any other institution in the Western world.

The New "Hope"

What you think about the market doesn’t matter. What everyone thinks about the market (the consensus) doesn’t matter. What matters is what everyone thinks that everyone thinks about the market, and the way you get ahead of this game is to track the “Missionary statements” of politicians, pundits, and bankers made through the four media microphones where the Common Knowledge of markets is created: The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, and CNBC. Today the investment hope that has crystalized into an investment theme is the notion that soon, just around the corner now, perhaps as a result of the next mystery-shrouded meeting of the world’s central bankers, perhaps as a result of the U.S. election this November, we will enjoy a coordinated global infrastructure spending boom.

It Takes A Village To Maintain A Dangerous Financial System

“The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.”

The Shift To A Cashless Society Is Snowballing

Love it or hate it, cash is playing an increasingly less important role in society. In some ways this is great news for consumers. The rise of mobile and electronic payments means faster, convenient, and more efficient purchases in most instances. However, there is also a darker side in the shift to a cashless society. Governments and central banks have a different rationale behind the elimination of cash transactions, and as a result, the so-called “war on cash” is on.

More Obama Job Distortions Loom: Overtime Pay Threshold Doubled

Not satisfied with economic distortions resulting from the redefinition of full-time employment to 30 hours for Obamacare purposes but 32 hours for every other purpose, President Obama is back at it. Today, by executive order, Obama doubled the threshold for overtime pay to $47,476 a year. The Labor Department estimates the ruling will affect 4.2 million workers.

Bill Clinton Confirms "Wants Economic Role" In Hillary's Administration

Is this why stocks are slipping? Following Hillary's hint last night that she would like to put her husband in "charge of revitalising the economy, because you know he knows how to do it," Bill confirmed the farce this morning, admitting he has asked for an "economic role" in his wife's adminstration. As Yves Smith so eloquently noted, after having institutionalized the neoliberal economic policies that have enriched the 1% and particularly the 0.1% at the expense of everyone else, Hillary Clinton wants to give the long-suffereing citizenry an even bigger dose. Good luck America.

LendingClubbed: Stock Plummets On News Of A DOJ Grand Jury Subpoena As Accusations Fly

"On May 9, 2016, following the announcement of the board review described elsewhere in this filing, the Company received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)... In the five business days since we announced our review and resignation of our CEO, we have experienced a slowdown in a significant amount of investment capital...  The identified material weakness is the result of the aggregation of control deficiencies related to the Company’s “tone at the top,” which manifested in three primary areas described further below."

Yes, The Dollar Should Be Backed By Gold...

A certificate for sound money, and quite a bit of it too. Our benevolent modern-day social engineers would be appalled: not only is this a certificate for gold, it is one for 10,000 smackers worth of the stuff! Only über-turrsts could possibly have use for such a thing... it clearly embodies way too much freedom and responsibility for the average tax serf. If you’re not convinced, ask Larry Summers, and if that doesn’t help, think about the children!

Canada Goes Full-Krugman, Jacks Up Borrowing And Spending, Confirms Gold Sale

In his youth, Morneau completed graduate studies at the London School of Economics and INSEAD in France, where, as Talleyrand would have said: “He learned nothing and forgot nothing.” The result, as might be expected, was a Canadian budget that was pure Keynes/ Krugman, with a bit of Larry Summers thrown in.

NIRP Hail Mary

Negative interest rates are a tax! Not a traditional tax paid to the government, but an expense paid, on savings. Years of policy designed to encourage spending and discourage savings is likely reaching the end game; the point where those exhibiting prudence must be punished to keep the game going.  At some point, and likely soon, central bankers will be forced to realize the efficacy of lowering interest rates is vanishing and is hindering achievement of their goals. When this occurs a paradigm shift in the way monetary policy is conducted will likely occur. Investors that understand this dynamic, and what it portends, will be in a much better position to protect and profit from the asset price adjustments that lie ahead.

Will The Fed Follow The BoJ Down The NIRP Rabbit Hole?

At this point, one wonders why any central banker would chase down the NIRP rabbit hole only to find themselves the protagonist in the latest retelling of "Krugman in Wonderland," but alas, the experiment continues. The only question now is this: will the FOMC take the plunge? Here's a chronological list of Fed NIRP commentary.