201412.18
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Switzerland ‘Fights’ The Russian Problem, But Russia’s Problem Is As Brazil

Indonesia has been here before, playing a key role in fomenting the Asian “flu” in 1997 and 1998. As it turned out, the slide in the rupiah last year, caught up in the taper drama of US “dollar” tightening, was just the initial phase of what looks to be shaping up as a protracted “dollar”…

201412.17
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Woe the ‘Dollar’

It seems Charles Dickens had a flair for 21st century economics all the way back in the 19th century. Writing in his book Little Dorrit (thanks to W Krauss for the reminder) he observed that credit systems tended to be, “…a person who can’t pay, gets another person who can’t pay, to guarantee that he…

201412.16
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TIC Confirmation of October

With the latest TIC data in hand it looks more and more like “dollar” problems started in the interior and spread outward. What I mean by that is eurodollar banks were the first to see or cause disruption which radiated outward into other currencies and credit systems. That would seem to confirm (for me, anyway)…

201412.16
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True To Its Word, PBOC Confuses Economists’ Bubble Expectations

It is really amazing how condensed events have become once the economic and financial world shifted off its axis in August 2007. What used to be conventional wisdom about monetary affairs before then has long since been forgotten to the point that “emergency” measures that appeared in the months thereafter now pass for “normal.” However,…

201412.16
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Supply Indeed

After months of hearing about how the fracking “miracle” is totally, fully and comprehensively responsible for the drop in oil prices there is finally penetrating reality. After the continued disruption in the Chinese economy as well as the close onset of recession in Europe, plus full-blown recession in Japan and Brazil, all that is left…

201412.15
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No ‘Dollar’ Resolution

The growing sense of an economic cliff is based on three major factors, all of them in massive markets as opposed to manipulated and ill-suited statistics. The most obvious are oil prices and the UST curve (and related curve mechanics) as they have turned to prices and shapes not seen since the worst of the…

201412.14
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A Considerable Period

con·sid·er·able 1. Worth consideration; significant 2. Large in extent or degree Merriam-Webster It was six years ago this month that the Federal Reserve cut the Fed Funds rate to its current target range of 0 – 0.25%, essentially cutting the interbank lending rate to zero. The upper end of that range hasn’t been a problem,…

201412.12
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Global Credit Markets Have Proclaimed An End To The Recovery

The amount of credit market fireworks this week is only surpassed by those of October 15. Everywhere you look, credit markets are not just growing bearish but, as I said earlier in the week, bearish in comparison with past crisis periods. The past few days have surpassed even that observation, making credit now a fast-moving…

201412.12
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Chinese Data Confirm PBOC ‘Reform’ And Related Rejection of US Recovery Idea

With Chinese industrial production in November “unexpectedly” weak, coming in at the second lowest rate since December 2008, Pavlov’s dogs are barking again much louder in the direction of the PBOC. It’s not as if this is a one-time dip in production levels, as the weakest growth rate was achieved only a few months ago…