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Elite View: The Yo-Yo Economy

Euro zone rot spreads to Germany, China mending … The euro zone’s biggest member Germany is being sucked into the bloc’s worsening economic quagmire, business surveys suggested on Wednesday, as similar data signalled the slowdown in China may be abating. The slump that began in Greece and spread to other smaller euro zone economies was clearly gripping the core in October, marking the worst month for the 17-member bloc since it emerged from recession more than three years ago. – Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: Things go up and down.

Free-Market Analysis: There are problems with Germany but the good news regarding China brings us back to emotional parity.

This seems to be the gist, the dominant social theme of this Reuters article. We’re supposed to be depressed about Germany but excited about China.

The idea the Reuters article (above) is advancing is that the world is involved with a number of different economic trends. We are given to believe from such reporting that there is no specific direction, and thus no extensive conclusions to make.

This is surely a kind of power elite meme. Reuters, a mainstream media conglomerate is eager to provide us with a serial comprehension of economics rather than a holistic one. Here’s some more from the article:

Markit’s Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which polls around 5,000 businesses across the 17-nation ………………………….

full article at source: http://www.thedailybell.com/28198/Elite-View-The-Yo-Yo-Economy

Let Central Banking Lose Its Franchise, Not Its Independence

At Jackson Hole, a growing fear for Fed independence … Increasing political encroachment on the Federal Reserve, particularly from the Republican Party, could threaten the central bank‘s hard-won independence and undermine confidence in the nearly 100-year old institution. That was the pervasive sentiment among economists gathered at the Fed’s annual monetary policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. – Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: If we don’t have a central bank, what have we got?

Free-Market Analysis: Here at the Daily Bell, we have simple questions that we ask regularly about central banking: How much money is enough, and how do central bankers know it?

The answer is that central bankers DON’T know how much money is too much. Only the market can inform us of the volume and value of money.

The market can do this two ways: via the pricing of gold and silver and the pricing of competitive currencies.

These two money facilities, probably initiated together, can provide us with the market signals to let us know how much money needs to be in circulation.

The system we have now is one of monopoly fiat tender. Taxes are paid in monopoly paper money and gold and silver are not minted by the government and therefore are hard to place in circulation.

The system is stacked toward the use of paper ticker money printed

full article at source: http://www.thedailybell.com/4242/Let-Central-Banking-Lose-Its-Franchise-Not-Its-Independence

U.S. Bond Market, The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on Mankind

By: Rob_Kirby

A few years ago, when J.P. Morgan grew their derivatives  book by 12  Trillion in one quarter[Q3/07] – I did some  back of the napkin math – and figured out how many 5 and 10 year bonds the  Morgue would have necessarily had to transact on their swaps alone – if they  are hedged.  The bonds required to hedge the growth in Morgan’s Swap book were 1.4 billion more in one day than what was mathematically available to the entire domestic bond market for a whole quarter?

Put simply, interest  rate swaps create more settlement demand for bonds than the U.S. issues.

This is why U.S.  bonds “appear” to be “scarce” – which the bought-and-paid-for mainstream  financial press explains to us is “a flight to quality”.  Better stated, it’s a “FORCED FLIGHT [or  sleight, perhaps?] TO FRAUD”.

Assertions that netting “explains” this incongruity are a NON-STARTER.   Netting generally occurs at day’s end – the math simply does not even  work intra-day.

Further  Evidence of Gross Malfeasance in the U.S. Bond Market

Back in 2008, at the height of the financial  crisis, folks are reminded how the Fed and U.S. Treasury were unsuccessful in  finding a financial institution to either acquire or merge with Morgan Stanley.  Unfortunately, Morgan Stanley’s financial  condition has continued to deteriorate:

Analysis: How Morgan Stanley sank to junk pricing

REUTERS | June 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

(Reuters) – The bond markets are treating Morgan Stanley like a  junk-rated company, and the investment bank’s higher borrowing costs could  already be putting it at a disadvantage even before an expected ratings  downgrade this month.

Bond rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has said it may cut  Morgan Stanley by at least two notches in June, to just two or three steps  above junk status. Many investors see such a cut as all but certain

full article at source: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article35164.html

Treasuries and Derivatives Blow Up? So Where Do You Go …

By Anthony Wile (Daily Bell)

Here’s some interesting news along the lines of “man bites dog.” According to a recent Reuters article, US financial advisors are actually growing leery of US Treasury bonds.

This is almost unheard of and one could certainly make a case that it is a sign of most unsettled times. Ordinarily, financial advisors, especially those in the US, are disposed to provide Treasuries for most every ill.

They are seen as repositories of value, security and liquidity – and this perspective has been preached relentlessly to the average US consumer.  And yet now we now find a much different perspective, being reported by Reuters:

It’s the newest market riddle: where do you go for safety when the traditional option could be in a bubble?

With fiscal problems in Europe once again leading to sharp drops in global stock markets, many investors are seeking out stable assets that can both protect their principal and generate an income stream to keep up with inflation.

full article at source: http://www.thedailybell.com/3883/Anthony-Wile-Treasuries-and-Derivatives-Blow-Up-So-Where-Do-You-Go

Spain’s Collapse is No Little Thing

A logo of the Standard & Poor's AA- rating

A logo of the Standard & Poor's AA- rating (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By the Daily Bell

S&P cuts Spain’s credit rating by two notches to BBB+ … Standard & Poor’s cut Spain’s sovereign debt rating Thursday by two notches, warning that the government’s budget situation is worsening and that is likely to have to prop up its banks. S&P cut the country’s rating to BBB-plus and added a negative outlook, saying it expected the Spanish economy to shrink both this year and next, raising more challenges for the government. Esther Barranco, a spokeswoman for the Economy Ministry, told Reuters: “They haven’t taken into consideration the reforms put forward by the Spanish government, which will have a strong impact on Spain’s economic situation.” S&P also said that eurozone-wide polices were failing to boost confidence and stabilize capital flows, and that the region needed to find ways to directly support banks so that governments were not forced to take on those burdens themselves.” – UK Telegraph

full article at source: http://www.thedailybell.com/3838/Spains-Collapse-is-No-Little-Thing

Comment:

The dictates from Berlin regarding the Austerity measures are causing enormous hardship on people and it is also strangling any attempt by the same people to conduct business. The cost base is out of whack with local economies .We are forced to use an overpriced currency. Anywhere else in the world if you take on austerity you also devalue your currency .This has the effect of bringing down the cost of creating employment for foreign companies and with this advantage in time you offset the effects of the austerity by supplying new employment opportunities and thus create demand in the domestic economy .We have now gone through four years of severe austerity in Ireland and things are only getting worse. Austerity alone is not working !

There is no demand in the local economy, fear has taken hold and people are holding on to every penny they have for fear of getting their P45 someday. There are no realistic job opportunities for people in their 40, and without any massive investment by the government in up-skilling or re-education, things are looking bleak to say the least .We need massive investment in people and not in Banks. The faceless moneymen are now controlling the corridors of power in Brussels and democracy is losing ground.

In Ireland we are under the power of puppets that have no say in the running of our country. Even the latest text in the referendum we are about to vote on has had no Irish political input it was dictated from the ministry of finance in Berlin. The sham of going to the polls and been told we are an independent nation is an insult to the dead of 1916 who fought for an independent republic. The spineless politicians in government are nothing more than collaborators for the new masters of Europe in Berlin,

They deserve to be hounded out of office and jailed for their treachery!

 

Creating More Debt to Solve the Crisis

By Bill Bonner

Readers who expect an early end to this Great Correction are going to be  disappointed. There is no sign of it reaching its conclusion anytime soon. Just  the contrary…there’s no end in sight.

The Great Correction seems to be going along just as you’d expect. Or, just  as we’d expect.

Here’s the latest from Reuters:

Home prices fell more steeply than expected in  November, and consumers turned less optimistic in January, highlighting the  hurdles still facing the bumpy economic recovery.

The S&P/Case-Shiller composite index of  single-family home prices in 20 metropolitan areas, released on Tuesday,  declined 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, a bigger drop than the 0.5  percent economists expected.

Read more: Creating More Debt to Solve the Crisis http://dailyreckoning.com/creating-more-debt-to-solve-the-crisis/#ixzz1lDtdDvZo

Europe plots deep Greek writedown

A draft statement from an emergency euro zone summit on  Wednesday, obtained by Reuters, outlined two options to leverage the 440 billion  euro ($600 billion) fund designed to shore up heavily indebted states and thwart  market attacks.If the draft is adopted with little change, the second summit in four days  will have sketched broad intentions but failed to produce a detailed master plan  to scale up the fund, recapitalize banks and reduce Greek debt to a sustainable level.

full article at source:http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/26/us-eurozone-idUSTRE79I0IC20111026

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