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Daily Digest 9/17 - Stable Yen Key For Japan Businesses, Fracking Causing Earthquakes in NM

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 9:06 AM

Economy

Joe Hockey dismisses Australian property bubble claims as 'lazy analysis'

“It is just an easy mantra for international commentators and for analysts based overseas to just say, well you know there’s a bit of housing bubble emerging in Australia,” Hockey told a Bloomberg event in Sydney on Tuesday. “That is a rather lazy analysis. I don’t see at the moment any substantial risk.” He also dismissed suggestions the property bubble was “credit-fuelled”.

Costa Rica Rating Cut to Junk as Deficit Keeps Widening

Costa Rica’s credit rating was cut to junk by Moody’s Investors Service as the Central American country struggles to contain a widening deficit and foreign companies from Intel Corp. to Bank of America Corp. trim operations.

Moody’s lowered the credit rating to Ba1 from Baa3, putting the $50 billion economy in the same high-yield, high-risk category as Morocco and Portugal.

UK house prices hit new record as London average breaks £500,000

The average price of a British home stood at £272,000 following three consecutive months of double-digit price rises. Most of the UK's regions saw house values jump above their pre-financial crisis peaks, fuelling concerns that much of the UK's recovery has been fuelled to a large degree by a booming housing market.

Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes

Experts say fracking and wastewater disposal may also be linked to the soaring number of earthquakes rocking Oklahoma, which has already surpassed last year's record-breaking 222 "felt" earthquakes, defined as those strong enough to rattle items on a shelf.

BOJ's Kuroda says stable yen key for Japan businesses

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said stable yen moves are crucial for the country's business sector, nodding to complaints from some companies that rising import costs from sharp yen declines were starting to hurt their bottom line.

China Provides 500 Billion Yuan Liquidity to Five Banks

“This is like ‘printing money’ as base money is created,” Shen Jian-guang, Hong Kong-based chief Asia economist at Mizuho Securities Asia Ltd., said in an e-mail. “The immediate impact is similar to an RRR cut of 50 basis points to all banks.” RRR is banks’ required reserve ratio; cutting it increases the amount they have available to lend.

U.S. Stocks Rise While Oil Rallies as PBOC Adds Stimulus

Global central banks from Japan to Europe and the U.S. have kept interest rates low and provided additional liquidity during a five-year bull market. The Fed is on track to end its monthly bond-buying next month. The move by China’s central bank today comes after increasing signs that growth is slowing in the world’s second-largest economy.

Italian bank lending falls for 28th straight month in August

Gross bad loans at Italian lenders continued to rise, totalling 172.3 billion euros ($223 billion) in July from 170.3 billion euros a month earlier.

Ruble Drops to Record as Russia Sanctions Fuel Dollar Shortage

The ruble fell to a record for a fourth day as sanctions over the Ukraine crisis exacerbated a foreign-currency shortage in Russia, while the government canceled its ninth straight debt sale.

Puerto Rico to pay $9.7 mn to restructuring consultant

The state-owned company, which is on the brink of bankruptcy, generates and distributes electricity on the island......Burdened with a $9 billion debt, PREPA recently was unable to pay $671 million to its bondholders, and negotiated with them for an extension until March to reorganize its finances and come up with the payments.

San Diego sidewalks in bad shape

Those flaws are among an estimated $2 billion in infrastructure problems in San Diego that city officials hope to fix in coming years by devoting more money to road repair, building upgrades, playing field maintenance and sidewalk renovations.

Italian economy may contract this year - economy minister

Padoan said the fall in government bond yields would save Italy 5 billion euros in debt servicing costs in 2014, partly offsetting the impact of the shrinking economy on public finances.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 9/16/14

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This is your math on drugs. Please just say no.

"With just one month left in the budget year, the deficit totals $589.2 billion, 22 percent below last year's 11-month total."

==========================================

Date............................................Total Public Debt Outstanding

09/14/2012..............................16,045,783,217,833.70
09/16/2013..............................16,738,502,722,145.90
09/15/2014..............................17,760,739,788,762.62

 

 

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With U.S. Oil Supply Climbing, Some Call For End To Export Ban

I heard this NPR story on the radio yesterday and just about choked...
http://www.npr.org/2014/09/16/348745001/with-u-s-oil-supply-climbing-some-call-for-end-to-export-ban

An oil drilling boom that has made the U.S. the world's leading oil and petroleum product producer has some people urging an end to the four-decade ban on exporting domestic crude.

Some in the oil industry are launching a campaign to lift the ban, and they hope to win over a skeptical public...

Export restrictions date back to the 1973 Arab oil embargo. Countries upset over U.S. support for Israel used their oil as a political tool. They agreed to reduce production 5 percent a month. The embargo lasted for five months. Oil prices quadrupled — there was rationing and long lines at gas stations. In response, the U.S. banned oil exports as part of a plan to insulate the country against supply and price shocks.

Attorney Jake Dweck began working in the energy law and policy field around that time. Now he's part of a campaign to lift the export ban. "Over the past six years or so, we've lived through a phenomenal oil revolution that has made the U.S. the No. 1 oil producer in the world," he says.

That revolution was made possible by technologies like hydraulic fracturing, and it was unexpected. Refinery owners thought they'd be processing heavier oil that comes from other countries — not the light, sweet crude produced here. So they built refineries for heavy crude. Without the capacity to refine the lighter crude, drillers want to export it."

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Lets export as much oil as possible

Let us encourage the export of oil because this will lead to an end of this phony shale oil boom. Look at the exponential rise in oil production which occurs just prior to the rapid downfall. We will be so addicted to oil that we will pay what ever to get our oil. This rapid rise in price will give rise to dramatic inflation and a dramatic rise in price of gold. Counterfeit money gives rise to rediculous mal investments--viz this shale oil fiasco. It really has got Houston bubbling!!! House prices are going up like London England.

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Lets export as much oil as possible

Let us encourage the export of oil because this will lead to an end of this phony shale oil boom. Look at the exponential rise in oil production which occurs just prior to the rapid downfall. We will be so addicted to oil that we will pay what ever to get our oil. This rapid rise in price will give rise to dramatic inflation and a dramatic rise in price of gold. Counterfeit money gives rise to rediculous mal investments--viz this shale oil fiasco. It really has got Houston bubbling!!! House prices are going up like London England.

Regards

TexasCanuck

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RE: Lets export as much oil as possible

Amen to that. The only way out now is through. Step on the gas over the cliff, let's get'r dun.

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