201410.20
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Back to Sleep

The reason I have been characterizing the ECB’s actions since this summer as “desperate” is entirely due to the fact they are simply redoing things and expecting everyone to simply assume they are acting anew. That may not be entirely the case with their obsession with Eonia (more on that below), but narrowing the corridor…

201410.20
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Maybe IBM Should’ve Bought The Whole ‘Cloud’ Rather Than Itself

IBM blames the cloud for its dismal results, but the fact is that IBM should own the cloud outright (figuratively, of course). If the business has changed so much in the past few years due to customer shifting, then why wasn’t IBM leading that process? Why are they now actually admitting what amounts to a…

201410.19
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A Closer Look: Market Cap

After a slow, stubborn march forward to the 2000 level, the S&P 500 Cap-Weighted Index ((IVV) has broken down in the last couple of weeks. Although not exactly a surprise, the index broke both moving averages on its way to support. If it wants to limit the technical damage, which is already pretty grim, the index…

201410.19
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Was That It?

Stocks fell last week for the fourth week in a row and there was the whiff of panic mid-week. Despite that losing streak the S&P 500 is only 6% from its all time high but the pain for the leveraged investing crowd (the misnamed “hedge” funds) appeared to hit a crescendo last week – at…

201410.17
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No Hiding From Credit, European Style

As much as there has been movement and drama in US credit, the same can be said of European credit. That is, of course, no surprise given the vast linkages between the two, but that does not necessarily diminish the European “flavor” of those home “markets.” Most attention is paid to Germany and its bund…

201410.17
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No Hiding From Credit Now

Yesterday, in the wake of some intense credit market drama, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard acknowledged the obvious. Quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bullard showed just how upside down these “markets” have become. “Inflation expectations are dropping in the U.S., and that is something that a central bank cannot abide,” Mr. Bullard said….

201410.17
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Coincident Timing For Terms of Next Housing ‘Boost’

The long-awaited “clarification” in GSE housing expansion is about due, and coincidentally it will be released at the same time other central agents are getting their work done.  So as the global economy falls into at least a changed mood out of complacency and disinterest, suddenly the ECB has its covered bond “purchase” finalized (as…

201410.17
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Liquidity Discrepancies Are Not A Particularly Welcome Signal

My colleague Joe Calhoun noted that the Wall Street Journal has documented further anecdotes about the credit market illiquidity this week. Corporate-bond investors have struggled this week to find trading partners for some large orders, causing unusual price drops and raising concerns that trading could freeze in future market turmoil. “Buyers just disappeared” early Thursday…

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Tangled Web Of The Asian Dollar And The Implications Of Altered Central Bank Thinking

The PBOC continues along with its path of “targeting” liquidity rather than “flooding” as has been done in the past. Expectations for Chinese action, however, seem to be resistant to getting that message. This is not something that is just now being applied, as if a sudden and unanticipated change in thinking. The entire default…

201410.16
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Another Reminder Gold Is Not Often As It Seems

The problem with being long gold, or even a fan of gold as anathema to central bank “flexibility” in central planning, is that you are often reminded the messiness of its modern nature. Gold as money, properly understood, meant money as property which is why physical metal fit so well for maybe all of “civilized”…