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US Banks Haven’t Behaved Like This Since 2009

By |2018-12-11T17:59:34+00:00December 11th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

If there is one thing Ben Bernanke got right, it was this. In 2009 during the worst of the worst monetary crisis in four generations, the Federal Reserve’s Chairman was asked in front of Congress if we all should be worried about zombies. Senator Bob Corker wasn’t talking about the literal undead, rather a scenario [...]

Eurodollar Futures: Powell May Figure It Out Sooner, He Won’t Have Any Other Choice

By |2018-11-19T12:52:06+00:00November 19th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

For Janet Yellen, during her somewhat brief single term she never made the same kind of effort as Ben Bernanke had. Her immediate predecessor, Bernanke, wanted to make the Federal Reserve into what he saw as the 21st century central bank icon. Monetary policy wouldn’t operate on the basis of secrecy and ambiguity. Transparency became [...]

Frozen In Time, The Wrong S-Curve

By |2018-11-05T17:26:29+00:00November 5th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

As usual, Paul Krugman starts out with a serious attempt at answers before detouring into his current profession. Dr. Krugman used to be an Economist, and a pretty good one too (for whatever that’s worth). Nowadays, he employs his New York Times column as a mouthpiece for really blatant politicking. It isn’t even so much [...]

COT Blue: A Short-term Path For Powell

By |2018-10-22T17:31:53+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

On December 12, 2007, the Federal Reserve announced its entry into emergency “non-standard” policy measures. In a belated attempt to “address elevated pressures in short-term funding markets”, the US central bank would begin auctioning reserve funds “against the wide variety of collateral that can be used to secure loans at the discount window.” The Term [...]

The Aid of TIC In Sorting Shorts and Shortages

By |2018-10-17T11:58:06+00:00October 17th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The Asians are selling their Treasuries again, which can only mean one thing. The mainstream media will offer all sorts of explanations as to why that might be and not a single one will be correct. China and Japan are offloading US$ assets primarily federal government debt for vastly different reasons. Their decisions spring from [...]

Oh Yes, It Started Out As A Mental Health Bill

By |2018-10-03T16:43:10+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

On March 9, 2007, Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy introduced HR 1424. At the time it was to be known as the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007. The bill contained five small sections intending to ensure equal coverage and treatment for mental health issues under insurance claims. It passed the [...]

China’s Industrial Dollar

By |2018-10-01T18:32:06+00:00October 1st, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

In December 2006, just weeks before the outbreak of “unforeseen” crisis, then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke discussed the breathtaking advance of China’s economy. He was in Beijing for a monetary conference, and the unofficial theme of his speech, as I read it, was “you can do better.” While economic gains were substantial, he said, they [...]

Monetary Hierarchy, Independence, And Shaming Greenspan Yet Again

By |2018-09-21T17:30:01+00:00September 21st, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

In June 2003, while discussing the vote that would take the federal funds rate to its then-lowest point, 1%, Alan Greenspan committed what may have been the greatest monetary sin of modern times. The focus for much of the discussion was Japan, that country’s central bank pioneering at that early date all the things the [...]

Eurodollar University: Dark Money

By |2018-08-24T16:28:31+00:00August 24th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Deutsche Bank wasn’t the only global institution under the gun of the US Justice Department. While the German bank settled for a record fine earlier this year, RBS was also hit. Theirs was an eye popping $4.9 billion settlement. The ostensibly British bank had already set aside $3.4 billion for the anticipated civil penalty, meaning [...]