201410.30
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Beneath The Noise

Most of what accounts for GDP is nothing but noise, leaving only a few major indications about what the economy is doing (or not doing). Prior to 2008, that wasn’t much of a problem as GDP by and large seemed to correlate well with other estimations of economic progress, and even our own intuitive perceptions….

201410.28
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Durable Goods Cycles

The unfortunately established narrative for all economic accounts in 2014 relates (still) to depressing winter earlier in the year and “better” from there. At first glance, the latest figures on durable goods seem to be following that idea, though a “rough patch” has perhaps developed over the past two months. A wider context, however, is…

201410.27
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Europe ‘Forgets’ To Stress Gov’t Bonds

The problem with European monetarism is not that it is trying to swim against the tide of fragmented “markets” and national boundaries that represent very real hurdles in terms of legal and systemic bottlenecks. For the most part, everything that the ECB has tried, including a great deal that predates the bright spotlight on Mario…

201410.21
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Less Than Burgers

With all of the credit market fireworks that leaked into stocks, the pace of economic reassurance from “authorities” has been rather steady and a bit more emphatic. Despite the attempts at managing perceptions, there has been very little actual success in persuading. In many ways this is like the unfolding ebola drama in that there…

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…

201410.17
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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….

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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”…

201410.15
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Eurodollars Changing Minds?

The good news for global “markets” is that the eurodollar curve suggests some further relief from the persistent “tightening” that has gripped the “dollar” system since July. The bad news is that the curve is now less enthralled with the idea that the FOMC might actually raise rates as they say they will. That includes…