Tag Archives: Wall Street

  • Blog
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    4 Factors Signaling Volatility Will Return With A Vengeance

    Buckle up. It's going to get bumpy.
    by Nomi Prins

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 1:43 PM

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    No one could have predicted the sheer scope of global monetary policy bolstering the private banking and trading system. Yet, here we were – ensconced in the seventh year of capital markets being buoyed by coordinated government and central bank strategies. It’s Keynesianism for Wall Street.

    The unprecedented nature of this international effort has provided an illusion of stability, albeit reliant on artificial stimulus to the private sector in the form of cheap money, tempered currency rates (except the dollar – so far) and multi-trillion dollar bond buying programs. It is the most expensive, blatant aid for major financial players ever conceived and executed. But the facade is fading. Even those sustaining this madness, like the IMF, are issuing warnings about increasing volatility.

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    For Heaven’s Sake: Hedge!

    If you're not positioned defensively by now, you're nuts
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, May 1, 2015, 2:58 AM

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    Last fall, I wrote an article titled Defying Gravity that warned of the absurd price levels that stocks and bonds had risen to. Less than a month later, the stock market abruptly dropped by 7%. Those who didn't seek safety in advance were left licking their wounds, panicked not knowing if the painful down-draft was over.

    So here we are roughly six months later, and the same warning bells are ringing — just louder this time.

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    On the Path To War

    Putin plays chess, the "markets" play Tic-Tac-Toe
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:25 PM

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    The US is clearly now pushing Russia towards war. But if you read the signs correctly, Russia has been preparing for exactly this outcome for many years.

    Out of several reasons that US power brokers specifically — but western power brokers more generally — are deeply unhappy with Russia right now is that Russia is committing a cardinal sin: it is openly, brazenly calling for an end to dollar dominance and has moved aggressively with China to achieve that aim.

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  • Podcast

    David Stockman: The Collapse of the American Imperium

    A perfect storm of policy failures
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:47 PM

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    David Stockman, former director of the OMB under President Reagan, former US Representative, best-selling author of The Great Deformation, and veteran financier is an insider's insider. Few people understand the ways in which both Washington DC, The Fed, and Wall Street work and intersect better than he does.

    He's extremely concerned by the "perfect storm" he sees of concurrent failures in US policy across foreign, monetary, economic, fiscal fronts:

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  • Blog
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    The State of the Deep State

    The monster in America’s closet
    by JHK

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:43 PM

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    We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called Deep State lately. What to make of this shadowy monster? Some observers link it to the paranoid fantasy called the New World Order, a staple of political talk radio (and a hobgoblin I don’t believe in). 

    I like to say that I’m allergic to conspiracy theories because human beings are generally too inept to carry out schemes at the grand scale, as well as being poor secret-keepers. Insider knowledge is almost always swapped around, even in secretive organizations, often recklessly so, because doling it out confers status, tactical advantage, and sometimes money for the doler-outer. But the Deep State isn’t a secret. It operates in plain sight.

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    Have We Reached Peak Wall Street?

    An argument its dominance is in decline
    by charleshughsmith

    Monday, March 31, 2014, 11:14 PM

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    Though the mainstream financial media and the blogosphere differ radically on their forecasts—the MFM sees near-zero systemic risk while the alternative media sees a critical confluence of it—they agree on one thing: the Federal Reserve and the “too big to fail” (TBTF) Wall Street banks have their hands on the political and financial tiller of the nation, and nothing will dislodge their dominance.

    But what id Wall Street’s power has peaked and is about to be challenged by forces that it has never faced before? Put another way,what if the power of Wall Street has reached a systemic extreme where a decline or reversal is inevitable?

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  • Insider

    The Implications of a ‘War of Elites’

    Will we be collateral damage?
    by charleshughsmith

    Monday, March 31, 2014, 11:14 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The Deep State, and its dawning realization that Wall Street is a foe vs an ally
    • Why Wall Street's threat to the dollar hegemony is of such concern
    • History gives us many examples to predict a 'war of elites' (e.g. Wall Street vs the Deep State) is highly likely
    • Who will lose? And what implications will it have for the rest of us?

    If you have not yet read Have We Reached Peak Wall Street?, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part 1, I sketched out why the financial sector—the Fed, Wall Street and “too big to fail” banks—pose a strategic threat to the nation, as their policies threaten one key foundation of American pre-eminence, the U.S. dollar.   Should money and credit creation cause the dollar to lose its reserve status, the nation would lose the fundamental advantages that go with being able to print a reserve currency.

    I then suggested that the Deep State might eventually wake up to the strategic threat posed by a self-serving financial sector, and this would lead to a showdown between the financial Elites and the Deep State.

    The Systems-Level view: the S-Curve works on Wall Street, too

    Long-time readers know that I often refer to systems-level dynamics, one of which is the S-Curve, which traces the rise, maturation and decline/crash of systems both natural and human-designed. An astonishing array of systems has been found to follow an s-curve, from the spread of infectious diseases to financial bubbles.

    Why would Wall Street be uniquely immune to these systemic forces? I submit that Wall Street’s power has topped out and is about to decline precipitously, just like any other system which has over-reached by sucking its habitat dry.

    I think we can chart Wall Street’s S-Curve thusly…

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  • Podcast

    Michael Shuman: The Benefits of Deploying Investment Capital Locally Vs Wall Street

    Better returns, stronger communities
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, March 23, 2014, 10:01 AM

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    The Federal Reserve and other central planners have worked overtime to lead the world back to "recovery" from the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. Using one of their main signaling indicators, they've succeeded: stock market indices are hovering near all-time highs.

    But, as has been often discussed here, are we really better off for it?

    Recent survey data from Bloomberg show that 4 out of 5 Americans don't feel any more financially secure as a result of the stock market rescue. 62% believe the country is headed in the wrong direction:

     

     

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  • Blog
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    Why 2014 Is Beginning to Look A Lot Like 2008

    The similarities are stacking up
    by charleshughsmith

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:06 PM

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    Does anything about 2014 remind you of 2008? 

    The long lists of visible stress in the global financial system and the almost laughably hollow assurances that there are no bubbles, everything is under control, etc. etc. etc.  certainly remind me of the late-2007-early 2008 period when the subprime mortgage meltdown was already visible and officialdom from Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan on down were mounting the bully pulpit at every opportunity to declare that there was no bubble in housing and the system was easily able to handle little things like default

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  • Insider
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    The Time For Shorting the Market Is Approaching

    The dashboard of warning signals is getting bright
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:55 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • Why stocks may average 0% return (!) for the next decade
    • The depressing data in
      • Retail sales
      • Housing
      • Manufacturing
      • Consumer confidence
    • Why the time to short the market is looking near

    If you have not yet read The Stock Market's Shaky Foundation, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    To be sure, there is one piece of fundamental information that has supported equity prices; and that’s corporate earnings.

    Those have vaulted to new highs, despite the weak economic recovery, on the back of ultra-cheap borrowing (which reduces interest costs which are deducted from earnings), government deficit spending, and low household savings:

    While the parabolic rise in corporate earnings is quite impressive, they are also historically unprecedented and certainly unsustainable. 

    When we look at the same chart seen above but on a percent change yr/yr basis we see that they have been slowing down remarkably and aren't that far above the zero mark…

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