A very inconvenient chart. Inconvenient for the Fed – it turns their rhetoric upside down.
By David Stockman: The world’s official economic institutions are run by people who believe in monetary fairy tales. The 70 words from IMF head Christine Lagarde are par for the course. She asserts that “low-flation” is the obstacle to economic growth in Europe.
Russia doesn't need sanctions for its economy to slither into trouble. Last year, growth slowed to 1.3%, worst in four years. This year started out even shakier. The current entanglements are knocking the economy into outright recession, and fast.
By Abigail Field: Today, Congress started the process of enacting the “GE Loophole.” If Congress did nothing, billions more would flow into the treasury, enough to cover the $10 billion tab for extending unemployment benefits.
By Tim Parker: You’d think Google’s stock split would have activist investor Carl Icahn making a lot of noise; the power play preserves the unchallengeable control the company's leaders have over the company. But Icahn has been quiet.
Everything is rigged. Stock markets, forex, interest rates, gold, silver, oil.... After battling that rigged world all day, you finally get to take that first big gulp of beer to heal the wounds, knowing that it’s the one thing that hasn’t been rigged against you. Or so you'd think.
“Why worry if the price can only go up” – Societe Generale’s Head of Quantitative Equity Research. Now even after companies cut earnings-per-share estimates, their stocks go up. Because everyone believes that everyone believes that....
March auto sales trickled out today. Beneath the wondrous hype about how they’d finally exceeded expectations, after they’d been perfectly awful for five of the prior six months, was a doozie. And the media, which normally fawns all over Tesla, covered it with a blackout.
By James Burgess: In the Lone Star state, famous for oil and gas, the wind industry hit a new record for power generation – and leads the US by far in installed capacity.
Sunday, when no one was supposed to pay attention, PayPal sent its account holders an innocuous-sounding email with the artfully bland title, “Notice of Policy Updates.” PayPal didn’t want people to read it – lest they think the NSA is by comparison a group of choirboys.
By Bianca Fernet: “Head in hands” photos or “plunging value” graphs that are traditionally displayed when markets fall were selected to accompany news that Argentine warrants tied to GDP crashed when the government revised 2013 GDP growth down to 3%.
By Michael Lombardi, Profit Confidential: There are two important facts about our rising national debt that don’t get a lot of mainstream attention (and I certainly don’t hear politicians talking about them).
Margin debt is a crummy predictor of a crash. But it has a bone-chilling habit of peaking right around the time stocks do crash. In the last fifteen years, it spiked three times: during the final throes of the bubbles that imploded in 2000 and 2007; and now.
By Don Quijones: It was the first nationally coordinated grassroots response to repressive social and economic policies and widespread corruption of Spain’s ruling political caste. But it descended into violence – as the government is playing a dangerous game.
The word dollar didn’t even come up when the Bundesbank signed the agreement with the People’s Bank of China. President Xi Jinping and Chancellor Angela Merkel looked on. It was serious business. Everyone knew what this was about. No one had to say it.
By David Stockman: China, the greatest construction boom and credit bubble in history, has gone mad building, borrowing, speculating, scheming, cheating, and stealing. The source of this outbreak is monetary madness with a red accent.
By Nick Cunningham: That the US could unleash a flood of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to drive down prices has been pushed for weeks, most recently by George Soros, but has been dismissed as not a serious option. Then Obama went to Saudi Arabia.
This winter, polar vortices sent the price of natural gas into dizzying spikes and plunges, head fakes, and whiplash-inducing turnarounds. But now winter is petering out, and we’re left with a peculiar situation.
By David Stockman: The Fed prints $4 trillion and the national debt jumps $9 trillion in six years. We’re now in month 57 of the expansion, beyond the average 53 months – already on borrowed time. Now comes Professor Krugman proposing to “do something.”