In a few moments Mitt Romney will unleash fire and brimstone on the frontrunning republican candidate, accusing Donald Trump of being "a phony and a fraud", in the clearest indication yet of just how panicked the establishment is. Watch the speech live below, while keeping an eye on Trump's own twitter comments annotating Romney's speech with what is certain to be very colorful language.
The massive indulgence in debt, what the Austrians refer to as a “credit induced boom”, has now reached its inevitable conclusion. This is one of the primary reasons why economic growth will continue to run at lower levels going into the future. We will witness an economy plagued by more frequent recessionary spats, lower equity market returns and a stagflationary environment as wages remain suppressed while costs of living rise. Correlation or causation? You decide.
Fed President and Assistant Treasury Secretary Says What Everyone Knows: We Need to Break Up the Big BanksSubmitted by George Washington on 02/16/2016 15:07 -0400
Top Economists, Financial Experts and Bankers Say Giant Banks Are Hurting Economy
"Unfortunately, I am far more skeptical that these tools will be useful to policymakers in the second scenario of a stressed economic environment. Given the massive externalities on Main Street of large bank failures in terms of lost jobs, lost income and lost wealth, no rational policymaker would risk restructuring large firms and forcing losses on creditors and counterparties using the new tools in a risky environment, let alone in a crisis environment like we experienced in 2008. They will be forced to bail out failing institutions—as we were."
DB's Jim Reid today writes that "Markets are crying out for a circuit breaker at the moment." There is just one problem: nobody knows what this circuit breaks would and should be, or if it would even work.
Central Banks Are the PROBLEM, Not the Solution ... the DISEASE, Not the Cure
Charlie Munger On Trump As President: "Anyone Who Makes Money Running A Casino Isn't Morally Qualified"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/10/2016 16:29 -0400
Earlier today Munger, the vice chairman at Berkshire Hathaway Inc., dismissed Republican Donald Trump’s qualifications to be president, during the annual meeting of his Daily Journal Corp. As reported by Bloomberg, Munger, 92, responded to a question whether a person who couldn’t make money in the gaming industry would be a good fit for the top office in the U.S. “Well, he did make money for quite a while,” Munger said. “My attitude is that anybody who makes money running a casino is not morally qualified.”
These are trying times. Fortunately, Narayana Kocherlakota is a "courageous" man with "daring" solutions.
“You are in a position to make 20 percent to 30 percent on your position in the fund. Why wouldn’t you buy in at Libor-plus to leverage that up?”
How overoptimistic are Wall Street forecasts year in and year out? On average, forecasts were wildly bullish, even with the gains in recent years with results no better than a coin toss as to whether the S&P came in above or below the average forecast. Nonetheless, every year had one thing in common: Not once did a consensus predict a down year.
Free Corzine!!! Hasn't he already served enough time?
See For Yourself ...
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Americans today are blissfully distracted by their iGadgets, plotting out their holiday shopping strategies, leasing new cars, eating out, and buying advance tickets to the new Star Wars movie. They don’t see the wicked winter squalls ahead which will try their souls. We are experiencing the lull before the storms, but the storms are surely coming. The potential for catastrophe is high and burying our heads in the sand is not a strategy.
The Federal Reserve has been telegraphing to markets that they are going to raise the fed funds rate by 25 basis points next month at its December Fed Meeting.