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.
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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.
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.
Japanese corporations no longer even try to invest in Japan, but they’re falling all over each other grabbing the Bank of Japan’s freshly printed dough to invest it overseas.
Finally we know why French government debt and French stocks have performed so well, despite the crummy economy, and why France has been spared so far the fate of Cyprus: the fiasco won’t happen suddenly in France, the bank reported. It will be slow and torturous.
The first official warning shot was fired before an all-out assault on the dollar system begins. Not by a Putin advisor that can be brushed off, but by Alexey Ulyukaev, Russia’s Minister of Economy and former Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank. A major escalation.
By John Ward: I understand from Whitehall sources that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney “does not believe the UK recovery is real.” Amazing how sometimes a sympathetic voice emerges to tell you, you’re on the right track. Now, in an odd manner, it's confirmed.
How long before the dollar surrenders its status as world reserve currency and number-one payment currency to the Chinese yuan and to that other currency everyone loathes?
Abenomics, a democratically elected economic religion, was to save Japan. But the plan has already gone to heck. Not in small increments over the years with minor ups and downs, but in relentless month-to-month leaps whose viciousness surprised even the deep cynic in me.
Danièle Nouy, chair of the ECB’s newfangled bank regulator that doesn’t exist yet, had a term for it: “do whatever has to be done” so that the banking sector “is seen as sound and safe and transparent.” Is seen as.... Smoke and mirrors.
The ECB’s money-printing and bond-buying promise, lovingly dubbed Outright Monetary Transactions, became the bailing wire and duct tape that has kept the Eurozone together to this day. Turns out, it’s illegal under the EU treaties and unconstitutional in Germany.
Kudos to the Bank of Japan. Its heroic campaign to water down the yen has borne fruit. The people may not have noticed it because it’s not indicated on their bank and brokerage statements, but 20% of their magnificent wealth has gone up in smoke in 2013.
By Don Quijones: "We will not be taking any questions on the specifics of the Spanish situation."
By John Ward, The Slog. A joint paper by the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada outlines plans to abolish default and to bail-in customers. Inside the mind of the Central Banker, there lurks an obscenely inverted demon.
According to Japan’s state religion of Abenomics, devaluing the yen would boost exports and cut imports. The resulting trade surplus would jumpstart the economy and induce Japan Inc. to invest at home. It would save Japan. But the opposite is happening.
Argentina's Drunken Devaluation Just A Hiccup Before Throwing Up, Passing Out, Waking Up On Floor To Face Reality
By Bianca Fernet, Argentina: Historically speaking, Argentina is really only unquestionably the best at one thing: creating and then surviving economic crises.
The Piranha of Portugal: Greatest Counterfeiter Of All Time (Or: Any Real Difference Between Keynesianism And Counterfeiting?)
Bryan Taylor, Chief Economist, Global Financial Data: Who was the greatest counterfeiter of all time? Governments have done more to destroy their own currencies than all counterfeiters put together, but “government” is not the correct answer.