August 10; Emergency Calls, Reigning Confusion, and ‘Not My Job’

By |2017-08-10T17:08:34+00:00August 10th, 2017|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

In July 2012, the LIBOR manipulation scandal broke wide and before Congress then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used it to cleverly cover up for his crisis actions (more so inactions). He told the Senate Banking Committee that the LIBOR system was “structurally flawed” before intimating it had been that way for some time. Asked if [...]

Subprime Is Contained (and other notable statements declaring They Really Don’t Know What They Are Doing)

By |2017-08-09T18:44:37+00:00August 9th, 2017|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Ben Bernanke, then Chairman of the Federal Reserve, told Congress in March 2007 that subprime was contained. He will rightfully be remembered in infamy for that, but that wasn’t the most egregious example of being wrong. Even putting it in those terms risks understating the problem and why it stubbornly lingers. Being really wrong is [...]

You’ve Heard of Bear’s Funds, Why Not BNP’s?

By |2017-08-09T14:40:52+00:00August 9th, 2017|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

When Bear Stearns nearly failed, made to merge, in March 2008 it wasn’t really a surprise. Yes, markets were shocked by the demise of the ancient firm, one of the bulge bracket cartel which suggested surprise over the severity of it more than that things were going bad. For more than a year, starting in [...]

Draghi Knows The Truth, ‘Last Bullet’ Better As Threat

By |2014-12-04T10:36:52+00:00December 4th, 2014|Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

If “investors” have notoriously short attention spans, then surely those in and of Europe are making a case to be classified as something entirely new, different, and worse. It is now just one day shy of six months ago that the latest central bank schematic was unleashed to the universal cheer of “markets” and economists [...]

Draghi Hiding A Small Course of Abenomics?

By |2014-06-04T15:24:15+00:00June 4th, 2014|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The ECB is widely expected to cut rates again tomorrow, and may include a program to “encourage” securitization of loans to small and medium businesses (SME). For now, the idea is to reduce the “drag” on Europe’s purported recovery, as, once again, the central banking regime turns to debt as the one and only solution. [...]