Who You Gonna Believe?

I don’t believe it. … You can’t predict a weak number, but August tends to be weak consistently, and it tends to get revised up consistently. I think the trend is still north of 200,000. Every other data point is pointing to stronger growth, not weaker growth. Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s after last .. read more

Did Eonia Just End the ECB’s Recovery Fiction?

What should most troubling to investors of all stripes and locales is that what is going on in Europe is almost exactly the same as what is taking place in Japan. Despite nearly all outward appearances, Japan and Europe have far more in common than differences, at least where it counts. The Japanese have finally .. read more

Attending the Exits, Part 2

There are several misconceptions about the US$ as the world’s reserve currency, including the use of the hegemony qualifier. Part of that stems from a very persistent lack of understanding about what actually took the place of the gold exchange standard after Bretton Woods (which itself is misunderstood as it replaced other forms of exchange .. read more

The Greater the Stock Bubble, the Less Monetary Theory Holds

The actual total accumulated balance for margin debt in reported stock accounts fell in July from June’s record amount. But even with a decline in stock-related debt investors moved even further toward complacency, as declines in free credit and available cash more than outpaced the drop in margin. As a result, net worth has never .. read more

The Jackson Hole Snoozefest

The stock market rallied hard into Janet Yellen’s speech Friday at Jackson Hole, expecting some epiphany I suppose about the future course of monetary policy. What we got instead was Labor Market Dynamics And Monetary Policy, the purpose of which I can only suppose was to bore the market to death. Economics is not the .. read more

Gold, Bonds and Global Repositioning

There is a growing bid for safety in almost every corner of the globe at this moment, save for a few outliers. Even the 10-year JGP sits at 50 bps today despite the spike in consumer inflation engineered by the Bank of Japan’s QQE. Of course, with BoJ buying up almost everything in sight, that .. read more

They Used to Deny Bubbles Even Existed

Shorter version on secular stagnation and Jackson Hole equivocation on QE’s end: “We had to blow bubbles because that’s the only way to get the economy to grow, and now we have to start thinking about the inevitable consequences of that.” As does the bond market. There is nothing yet, however, to break the rationalization .. read more

The Anniversary: No Going Back

It is hard to believe that this past weekend marked the seventh anniversary of the paradigm shift in global financial function. Everything that has occurred in the years since can be traced to those days in August 2007 when money markets broke down for the first time. Even the current, though measured, move away from .. read more