Bill Black: Why The Banksters Are Winning

Without effective prosecution, the banks are untouchable
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1:42 PM

Bill Black, expert on Wall Street control fraud, returns to discuss the gross abuses of power rampant in our financial, political and judicial systems. In his estimation, regulation and enforcement of financial crimes have been completely gutted and de-fanged -- intentionally by corrupt politicians, and unintentionally by inept ones. All while the Justice Department turns a blind eye. » Read more


Gretchen Morgenson: Wall Street Really Does Enjoy a Different Set of Rules Than the Rest of Us

What type of system might work better for our interests?
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 9:43 AM

Gretchen Morgenson has earned a Pulitzer-winning career from exposing abuse and conflicts of interest on Wall Street. In this interview, she confirms that there is indeed a second set of rules enjoyed by our elite financial institutions, largely unfettered by the constraints that apply to the rest of us. » Read more



All Hail Our Banking Overlords!

We work for them, plain & simple
Friday, July 17, 2015, 3:39 PM

You really have to be paying attention to see what’s truly going on these days. The keepers of the system, that is the banking elites, now openly control everything -- though you'd never know that by listening to the media. » Read more



Off The Cuff: We Pledge Allegiance, To The Banks...

It's the banks' world. We just live in it.
Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:45 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • We Live To Serve The Banks
    • Greece is now a nation of slaves for the banking system
  • Instability Risk Is Sky-High These Days
    • When central planners lose control, it's going to be bedlam
  • As Ever, Access To Resources Will Determine Everything
    • We're seeing the resource-poor countries now faltering first
  • Debt-based Money
    • As long as we have it, we'll never be free


Off The Cuff: The Ghosts Of 2008 Have Returned To Haunt Us

Not only are the same risks still here, they're bigger
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 3:18 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Nomi Prins discuss:

  • The Ghosts Of 2008
    • Are suddenly returning en masse to haunt us
  • Growing Central Bank Insecurity
    • Beginning to realize that they've cornered themselves
  • The War On Cash
    • Central planners continue to tighten restrictions
  • No Solutions For The Status Quo
    • A massive reset is the best we can hope for

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They're Coming For Your Cash

Liquidity-starved banks will take your savings via bail-ins
Friday, July 3, 2015, 11:19 AM

Executive Summary

  • The banking system runs on liquidity
  • Banks will do anything to keep it flowing -- including raiding their depositors
  • The risks of a global liquidity crunch are dangerously high today
  • Why extracting physical cash from the system is highly advised

If you have not yet read Part 1: In A World Of Artificial Liquidity – Cash Is King available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

It's All About Liquidity For The Banks

Liquidity is the buzz-word that central banks used to justify their policies of keeping short term rates at zero (give or take) percent and buying bonds from banks in return for giving them more of it. Central banks say their primary responsibility is to balance full employment with low inflation, but that’s just code for being able to keep the largest banks solvent in times of emergency by all means possible. This current emergency has lasted nearly seven years and counting.  

Here are my laws of liquidity behavior:

The first law of liquidity – when it is most needed, it will be least available.

The second law of liquidity – the easier it is to get, the less value it holds for the recipient.

The third law of liquidity – the harder it is to find, the greater its systemic cost.

Banks gain on multiple fronts from “accommodative” monetary policy with respect to their liquidity needs. First, they can borrow money at next to nothing. Second, they can hoard that extra cash under the guise of complying with capital reserve requirements and get brownie points for passing stress tests because they are holding the cash or high quality assets bought with the cash, that central banks provided them to begin with. Third, they can sell bonds they don’t want or need at full value to central banks, and afterwards mark similar bonds at higher levels than the market would otherwise value them.

This is all shell-game finance. It is why people should be diligent about... » Read more



The War On Cash: Officially Sanctioned Theft

How banks & the government are diminishing your savings
Friday, June 12, 2015, 11:07 AM

You’ve probably read that there is a “war on cash” being waged on various fronts around the world. What exactly does a “war on cash” mean?

It means governments are limiting the use of cash and a variety of official-mouthpiece economists are calling for the outright abolition of cash. Authorities are both restricting the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from banks, and limiting what can be purchased with cash.

These limits are broadly called capital controls. » Read more



Off the Cuff: It Takes A Pillage

How financial system fraud has worsened post-2008
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 3:21 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Nomi Prins discuss:

  • It Takes A Pillage
    • How Wall St fraud has only worsened since 2008
  • Moral Hazard
    • Central banks are enabling the bad actors
  • The War On Cash
    • What the implications of ZIRP and NIRP are
  • Get Ready For Volatility To Return
    • Market gyrations from here are baked in the cake


The Future Of Interest Rates

The Fed faces an increasingly bad set of options
Friday, April 17, 2015, 2:36 PM

Executive Summary

  • Why the Fed may no be able to raise rates from here
  • Will the Fed go to negative interest rates instead?
  • Why the next recession will limit the Fed's options greatly
  • Why it may well be too late for the Fed at this point to act

If you have not yet read Part 1: Has The Fed Already Lost? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

What If The Fed Isn't Actually Able To Raise Rates From Here?

Let’s start with a look at the history of the Federal Funds rate (the shortest maturity interest rate the Fed directly controls).  Alongside the historical rhythm of the Funds rate are official US recession periods in the shaded blue bars.   

Chart Source:  St. Louis Federal Reserve

Of course there is one striking and completely consistent historical commonality in the behavior of the Funds rate over time.  The Fed has lowered the Federal Funds rate in every recession since 1954 at least.  There are no exceptions.  You can see the punchline coming, can’t you?  Just how does one lower interest rates from zero to stimulate a potential slowdown in the economy?

Of course in the banking system... » Read more


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The Fed Is Destroying the World One Saver At A Time

Bernanke's new blog offers bloviating proof of that
Monday, April 6, 2015, 11:25 PM

I must confess to a deep-seated anger at just how insultingly stupid the world has become. As a sufferer of crisis fatigue I can be caught exclaiming You have got to be kidding me!!? several times per day, or perhaps shouting How dumb do they think we are?

Three choice outbursts came last week as I read Bernanke’s new blog and came across statements like this one: