Now that the Fed is pulling back from its money-printing binge, the IMF, the global bondholder bailout outfit, is starting to panic.
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Politicians and Eurocrats have already taken credit for the recovery, and a whirlwind of backslapping has ensued – prematurely, it turns out.
I was interviewed by Jorge Nascimento Rodrigues for "Janela na web" (a Portuguese site) and the printed edition of Expresso. After what I said, he might never interview me again :-]
The European economy has been on a phenomenal roll since 2012, according to the soaring Stoxx 600 stock index. Recessions, unemployment fiascos, toppling banks, collapsing auto sales... they didn’t exist. But what the heck is wrong with this picture?
By David Stockman: The ECB launches QE in financial drag by purchasing the kind of “toxic-waste” that took down the US financial system; but it proclaims it’s not “monetizing” any stinking sovereign debt! What it’s really up to is snookering the German sound-money camp.
Boeing got more orders in the first quarter than archrival Airbus. So at the ILA Berlin Air Show, Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier spoke up against this ridiculous injustice. True to his Frenchness, he exhorted the ECB to do what central banks are supposed to do.
By David Stockman: The monetary plumbers keep banging money market rates to zero, thereby ignoring what the money market rate really is in a financialized, debt-ridden system: the price of hot money, the single most important price in all of capitalism.
Smart Russians are voting with their bank accounts, dumping rubles at the fastest rate since the financial crisis, and yanking dollars and euros out of banks at a record pace. So where do the teetering banks go to refill these holes? Where the dumb money is: German savers.
By David Stockman: In a decade or two, nearly 40% of the Japanese population will be retired; and the single-risk it should never take is to induce a collapse of its currency, and the resulting sharp inflation of its import bill for virtually all its energy and industrial materials.
Our Man In New Zealand: We Haven't Yet Had To Push The Big Central-Bank Button Labeled “Panic & Self-Destruct”
By Lee Hughes, New Zealand: The future down here is so bright, I gotta wear shades. And it looks set to continue for a while. A nice change from the shitty decades when I grew up and couldn't wait to go to ... the US! Now I'm sooo glad I'm here in Godzone.
New Zealand’s central bank didn’t follow the Fed’s lead in monetary policy that favors capital over labor, Wall Street over savers, at any cost.
The miracles performed by Abenomics – an economic religion touted with blinding exuberance around the world – and the endless wonders performed by the Bank of Japandemonium, are now coming home to roost.
By Dr. Bryan Taylor: Europe was on a bimetallic standard, not a Gold Standard, from the Middle Ages until World War I. Gold triumphed in the 19th century because bimetallism had failed. This should have been taken as a sign that the gold standard too would inevitably fail.
There is nothing like a wealthy central bank chief admitting that he wants to, one, help governments default gradually on their debts; and two, cut the real wages of workers. An honesty the Fed never dared to exhibit when it inflicted waves of QE on American workers.
By Don Quijones: The story is now playing out across Europe’s bailed-out nations. The losers are by and large the poor and middle classes, while the beneficiaries are the same as always: the world’s largest multinational corporations and banks.
A report from the asset management and investment banking division of Groupe BPCE, the second largest bank in France, predicts what daredevil voices at the maligned margin of financial analysis have worried about for a while: another global financial panic.
This year has been lumpy for stocks around the world. Gone are the wild rallies followed by mild rallies interrupted by minor downticks, followed by more rallies. That’s so 2013. It's as if on December 31, someone turned off the spigot. But in Japan, it turned into a rout.
Head of EU’s Newfangled Bank Regulator: Markets Are Dumb, Pumps Stocks Of Teetering Banks To Keep them From Toppling
It's not often that a bank regulator proclaims stocks of teetering banks are undervalued because markets are too dumb to value them correctly. That’s what Danièle Nouy, chair of the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism just proclaimed. She has a motive.