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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Market "Chicken Little's" Maybe Wrong?

What Is About To Crash - The Markets, The Economy? Neither, Even If Greenspan (Who?) Says So!

It's late spring, and the Chicken Littles are back. They don't fly but they do cluck. Ever since the US economy again showed barely any growth for the first quarter of the year, and even before, there was no end to the nay-saying commentators that jumped to cable TV attention by declaring that finally, after five straight springs of false predictions of trading or commercial collapse due to this or that - this was going to be the year that everything finally falls apart, like the Titanic after it came upon the iceberg!

Indeed, the metaphor of "chickens coming home to roost" - mostly in terms of the US Federal Reserve's "highly accommodative" monetary policy - was a common theme. Ignoring the strong economic growth in the second and third quarters of 2014 (4.6% and 5%), the strongest back-to- back quarters since 2003 with a respectable 2.2% in the fourth quarter, the Wall Street Journal and a commentator for The Hill proclaimed it was time for the Fed to acknowledge that its policy of low interest rates had not worked to stimulate the economy, even though it had repressed inflation to below the 2% target. To its critics, the Fed has failed to promote economic growth, even though three million net new jobs have been produced in the last 12 months, because productivity measures remain slack and wage growth remains subdued. Read More

Then There Are Investment Gurus -  Dr. Doom

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bond Bubble Game To Collapse

Bond Bubble Will Explode Violently

"There is also a lack of liquidity in bond markets because central banks have removed all the supply. Investors don't want to buy new debt with negligible yields, but also don't want to sell if central banks are providing a perpetual bid. Therefore, there is no trading outside of institutions front running the central banks’ purchases—again, as long as there is no inflation". - Excerpt

Central banks are incapable of saving economies or creating growth. The only thing a central bank can do is create inflation. These market manipulators set forth on a journey seven years ago to save the world by engaging in massive monetary manipulation, euphemistically called Quantitative Easing (QE), and a Zero interest rate policy known as (ZIRP).
As I could have told them before they started, all this easy money will fail to create viable growth. The economy, held back by massive debt levels, initially clocked in at 0.2% for the first quarter. This number is set to be revised down to negative territory due to a huge increase in the trade deficit during March. And the second half isn't setting up to be much better either.

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But the Fed was successful in re-inflating the housing and equity bubbles and also creating another new massive bubble in the bond market. Read More.


Yesterday a skeptical reader didn't think that a conspiracy existed. Not all conspiracies are deliberate. Some occur by either accident or sheer stupidity. This one was sheer stupidity.

How do we know? First, except for real estate there has been little capital formation in the real economy creating  high value jobs to replace those shipped to China. Two, who in there right minds would set up such a mathematical financial trap where asset values are devastated mathematically with the slightest move in rates.Three, no real new innovation outside of social media for pre-teens - and fourthly, major raw material resource shortages, including fossil fuels are on the near-term  horizon. 

Lastly, there are national  real estate and financial bubbles around the world that are analogous to Japan in the 80's and 2007. Go figure? 

In short, this is now a key component in the much larger geopolitical game and that sets the stage for global conflict when the raw material shortages articulate themselves fully.

So much for neoclassical economics!

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May 21, 2015 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Beware Liquidity Drying Up Global Bond Markets

Liquidity Mirage Causes Volatility

 in government bonds

At the moment, volatility in the government bond market continues to be a huge theme in the market and one that investors need to consider and address.  Whatever the initial causes of the adjustment in relative and absolute yield curves and there are plenty of potential culprits – Federal Reserve rate expectations, European Central Bank quantitative easing, inflation forecasts etc. – the subsequent severe volatility has been without doubt exacerbated by the lack of liquidity.

What is particularly worrying is that this lack of liquidity is occurring in global government bond markets, which are deemed to be the most-liquid fixed-income sectors.  To highlight this issue, Bloomberg reported that on ICAP's BrokerTec platform's (an electronic trading system for FI markets) April volumes fell 14 per cent from a year ago and were the lowest in six years. Read More.


Sooner or later the bond market will run out of bigger fools as inflation is much higher than reported by governments while investors are losing principal with negative real returns. In essence we are seeing a global debasement of all currencies under present policies.

When the bonds crash they will bring down the markets too. Time has come to unload those highflyers that have no earning because they can drop like a stone from dollars to pennies, all in the blink of young girl's eyes.

International Offices
May 19, 2015 

Monday, 18 May 2015

ALERT: Titanic Economy WARNS Top Global Bank

HSBC WARNS: The World Economy 

Faces a 'Titanic Problem'

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HSBC chief economist Stephen King is already thinking about the next recession.
In a note to clients Wednesday, he warns: "The world economy is like an ocean liner without lifeboats. If another recession hits, it could be a truly titanic struggle for policymakers."
Here's King (emphasis added):
Whereas previous recoveries have enabled monetary and fiscal policymakers to replenish their ammunition, this recovery — both in the US and elsewhere — has been distinguished by a persistent munitions shortage. This is a major problem. In all recessions since the 1970s, the US Fed funds rate has fallen by a minimum of 5 percentage points. That kind of traditional stimulus is now completely ruled out. Read More

Remember When?  ... Once More...


Since 2008, we have been warning so-called global industry captains that their is a HUGE economic iceberg in our path .Now the HSBC Titanic "does not" think that we if  just re-arrange the deck chairs we can avoid its certain fate. For sure, the band plays on -

"Once more... " 

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May 16, 2015

Friday, 1 May 2015

MARKET ALERT: Huge Panic Sale German Bunds Spooking Investors

Bund yields rise above 0.30 percent as sell-off continues

(Reuters) - German benchmark Bund yields rose above 0.30 percent on Thursday after their biggest jump in two years the previous day, as poor market liquidity exacerbated the impact of easing deflation fears and improving economic data in the euro zone.
Data showed on Wednesday that German annual inflation accelerated faster than forecast in April, crucially remaining above zero for the second month running, while private lending in the euro zone rose for the first time in three years in March.

That was a first sign that the European Central Bank's trillion euro asset-buying programme may already be having an impact on the economy and caught most investors unawares as they were positioned for further falls in bond yields. Read More.

Previous Warnings Go UnHeeded? 


#1 Investing Rule - watch the the Bonds, because when the bond market crashes it will bring upon the unprecedented collapse in stock markets, real estate and other asset values ever witnessed by our species. And, it is governed by mathematical absolutes - enough said.

International Offices

May 1, 2015

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