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Danielle DiMartino Booth: Don't Count On The Powell Fed To Rescue The Markets

The new Fed Chair may break from his predecessors
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 4:29 PM

The recent gut-wrenching drop in asset prices began on the first day of the job for new Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.

How is Mr. Powell likely to react to a suddenly sick-looking market? Will he step in forcefully to reassure investors that there's a "Powell put" in place as a backstop?

To address these questions, former analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Danielle DiMartino Booth, returns to the podcast this week. In her opinion, having studied Powell's previous statements, she thinks those expecting him to continue the market support his predecessors provided will likely be quite disappointed.

Powell appears to be no large fan of continued quantitative easing, and has long been on the record as concerned about the eventual pain its unwind will cause. He very well may resist riding to the market's rescue at this time, allowing natural market forces to finally have their way: » Read more

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2017 Year In Review

Markets fiddle while Rome burns
Friday, December 22, 2017, 4:15 PM

Every year, friend-of-the-site David Collum writes a detailed "Year in Review" synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This year's is no exception. As with past years, he has graciously selected PeakProsperity.com as the site where it will be published in full. It's quite longer than our usual posts, but worth the time to read in full. A downloadable pdf of the full article is available here, for those who prefer to do their power-reading offline. -- cheers, Adam

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“He is funnier than you are.”

~David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital, on Dave Barry’s Year in Review

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Off The Cuff: The Schizophrenic Fed

Rates are going higher. No they aren't. Yes they are. No...
Friday, July 14, 2017, 12:59 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss:

  • No Rate Hike After All?
    • Yellen sings a dovish tune this week
  • Wait, Wasn't The Fed Just Warning It Would Tighten?
    • Yep. It was talking tough up until now
  • Why Can't The Fed Make Up It's Mind?
    • Because it's in a box. Jawboning is all it can do at this point
  • The Next Fed Head
    • A complete transformation may be in store soon

Chris and Axel unpack the latest guidance from the Fed issued this week. For those listening, the Fed's inconsistency is understandably infuriating. One week it's warning about tightening ahead, the next it's telling folks rates are just fine where they are.

Axel, who has more inside access to current & past Fed officials than anyone we know, feels that the Fed is simply trying to walk a tightrope it knows will one day snap. At this point, it's trapped. It needs to normalize rates, but doing so will crash the markets. So it's using the only tool it has -- confusion -- to keep the system fooled that everything is under control. Of course, one day the ruse will be discovered. But until then, the Fed will obfuscate, vacillate, prevaricate -- whatever it can do to keep the status quo in place for one more day...

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The Time Thief

How the Fed steals from tomorrow (and today, too)
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 10:14 PM

Recently, the Federal Reserve has been on a mission to boost stock prices and make sure that no financial crises ever happen again.

They’ve been doing this by explicitly propping up financial markets (and, I believe, suppressing others) in ways that enrich the speculator class generally, and the big banks specifically. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: No More Financial Crises "In Our Lifetime"

Did Janet Yellen really just say that???
Friday, June 30, 2017, 2:04 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris discusses:

  • Market Jitters
    • What will happen if the central banks turn off the money?
  • No More Financial Crises "In Our Lifetime"
    • Did Janet Yellen really just say that???
  • Our States Are Falling Into Bankruptcy...
    • Illinois, Connecticut, Maine & more
  • While The Banks Get Even Fatter
    • Income from excess reserves to rise to $50 Trillion by 2019

This week, Chris takes a moment to share his thoughts in depth on where we are in the global debt saga. The overhang is getting worse, growth is not riding to the rescue as hoped, and the central banks are running out of both smoke and mirrors to keep the game continuing. Should the $200 billion monthly bonanza of central bank liquidity start decreasing -- as is now being increasingly discussed -- expect markets to go south quickly.

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Why The Markets Are Overdue For A Gigantic Bust

It's just not possible to print our way to prosperity
Friday, June 9, 2017, 7:38 PM

As much as I try, I simply cannot jump on the bandwagon that says that printing up money out of thin air has any long-term utility for an economy.

It's just too clear to me that doing so presents plenty of dangers, due what we might call 'economic gravity': What goes up, must also come down. » Read more

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Why This Market Needs To Crash

And likely will
Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:12 PM

Like an old vinyl record with a well-worn groove, the needle skipping merrily back to the same track over and over again, we repeat: Today's markets are dangerously overpriced.

Strange as it may sound, it's our opinion that the sooner a major market correction happens, the better. Crash now while there’s still chance of picking up the pieces afterwards and making something useful from them. The longer we push off the inevitable fall, the more destructive it will be and the more difficult it will be to recover from. » Read more

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Banks Are Evil

It's time to get painfully honest about this
Friday, March 17, 2017, 8:05 PM

I don't talk to my classmates from business school anymore, many of whom went to work in the financial industry.

Why?

Because, through the lens we use here at PeakProsperity.com to look at the world, I've increasingly come to see the financial industry -- with the big banks at its core -- as the root cause of injustice in today's society. I can no longer separate any personal affections I might have for my fellow alumni from the evil that their companies perpetrate.

And I'm choosing that word deliberately: Evil. » Read more

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Fight Cage

It's time we stop being the victims in this experiment
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 12:51 PM

To my eye, society is fraying apart. People are confused, angry, isolated, and increasingly willing to fight each other. Formerly peaceful resistance is turning into violence. Our baser emotions like fear, anger -- rage, even-- are now bubbling at the surface.

It's entirely reasonable for people to be experiencing such emotions right now. But in most cases, their anger is misdirected. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: Multiplying Market Oddities

Rising rates are creating cross-currents everywhere
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 8:15 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss:

  • Impact Of A Trump Presidency On The Markets
    • What will the most likely trends be?
  • Plummeting Bond Prices
    • Good or bad?
  • The Unbearable Lightness Of Stocks
    • Rising prices in the face of rising interest rates
  • Gold's Prospects
    • Inflation? Higher rates? What will it mean for gold?

Axel and Chris address the increasing sell-off in the bond market, which can also be described as the sudden rising of interest rates. In an over-indebted financial system as ours, rising rates will make it more expensive to service the outstanding debt, placing increasing headwinds on economic growth. Right now, the stock market is ignoring that -- instead, it's pricing for perfection. Axel warns that this "oddity" will need to correct soon, one way or the other.

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