Archive for 2011

The Sun Chairman, What’s Future Is Prologue, And Why The Second French Revolution Is Coming To America

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

For our closing post of the day we once open the floor to Sean Corrigan who proves that just when we thought all historical comparisons to the current deplorable economic miasma have been used up, a new one springs up, this time perhaps the one most indicative not so much of the past but of the future. Indeed, if history is any indication, and it is, America’s catastrophic and untenable position is worse than even that of one Louis XIV, better known as “The Sun King”, whose rule set the stage for the downfall of the French monarchy and which ultimately culminated with the French Revolution of 1789. For arguably the best indication of historical parallels to the present, and yet another confirmation that there really is nothing new in this world, especially in the world of central planning of monetary affairs, we present the following summary of the practices of Louis XIV which is verbatim applicable to the actions of the current central planning cartel: “The administration of the finances appears to have practised a subtle and ingenious tactic… [and] by modifications in the monetary unit, attempted to influence economic phenomena. Changes… were made to prepare for the issue of loans or to audit the circulation of the treasury notes, or to regulate exchange, to modify the balance of trade… to effect a redistribution of wealth, to influence the price level of commodities, perhaps to attenuate economic crises and famines…

It may come as a surprise to some that the very same type of central planning that Bernanke, and his central banking brethren, are trying to inflict (and failing) upon the world, was the same that was attempted on so many occasions in history, most poignantly, and catastrophically in the late stages of the French monarchy. Needless to say the attempts by one man to control a far simpler French economy well over two centuries ago failed, yet ironically, not even then did the economy reach our current level of collapse. Which begs the question: how long until our own “Sun Chairman” finally forces the hundreds of millions of great unwashed out of their hypnotic trance following the realization that their “equity” in the great American experiment, their pensions, lifetime accrued benefits, retirement funds, and of course savings, have been completely wiped out, and…
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Guest Post: Bernanke Pledges To Screw Your Grandmother For At Least Two More Years

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform

Bernanke Pledges To Screw Your Grandmother For At Least Two More Years

“A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank.” - Ron Paul

  

I wonder what goes through Ben Bernanke’s mind as he sits in his gold plated boardroom in the majestic Marriner Eccles building in Washington DC and decides to screw grandmothers in order to further enrich Wall Street bankers. He just pledged to keep interest rates at zero percent for two more years. Ben is a supposedly book smart man. Does he have no guilt or shame for what he has wrought? How does he sleep at night knowing he has created bloody revolutions around the globe due to his inflationary zero interest policy? People are dying because he has decided that an elite group of Wall Street bankers who recklessly brought down the worldwide financial system in 2008 deserve to be kept alive and enriched at the expense of the many.

He uses words like transitory to describe inflation. Even as the price of gold reveals his lies he continues to promote policies that will lead to the demise of the USD and our economic system. There is only one way to counter his lies – truth. With a corporate fascist government run by the few for the benefit of the few, telling the truth is treason as stated by Ron Paul:

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.”

The storyline being sold to you by Bernanke, his Wall Street masters, and their captured puppets in Washington DC is that deflation is the great bogeyman they must slay. They make these statements from their ivory jewel encrusted towers as the real people in the real world deal with reality. The reality since Ben Bernanke announced his QE2 policy in August 2010 is:

  • Unleaded gas prices are up 45%.
  • Heating oil prices are up 46%.
  • Corn prices are up 71%.
  • Soybean prices are up 26%.
  • Rice prices are up 13%.
  • Pork prices are up 31%.
  • Beef prices are up 25%.
  • Coffee prices are up 38%.
  • Sugar prices are up


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Yahoo! Moving Higher on Business Insider Blog Post

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Time Warner Cable (TWC) is in talks to purchase Carlyle Group’s Insight Communications for about $3 billion, according to Bloomberg sources. A deal could be announced as early as Monday.

New York based Insight is the ninth-largest U.S. cable operator, with 680,000 customers in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Carlyle took Insight private in 2005.





Time Warner Cable Close to $3B Deal for Insight Communications -Bloomberg

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Time Warner Cable (TWC) is in talks to purchase Carlyle Group’s Insight Communications for about $3 billion, according to Bloomberg sources. A deal could be announced as early as Monday.

New York based Insight is the ninth-largest U.S. cable operator, with 680,000 customers in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Carlyle took Insight private in 2005.





At 50x Leverage And 2% Tier 1 Capital, Is SocGen Truly A Paragon Of Balance Sheet Invincibility?

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

The fact that European banks have just a tad more leverage compared to their US cousins has been well-known for quite some time. One need merely to look at the chart from our February 2010 post to see how American financial institutions stack up relative to European ones as a %-age of host country GDP. This issue came to a very violent head last week when market participants finally realized the painfully obvous, namely that even without direct Greek exposure (and there certainly is a lot of that), SocGen is simply not a viable business model for the long-run courtesy precisely of its tremendous leverage. And unfortunately, while SocGen’s CEO was quick to appear on any TV station that would have him and deny rumors of the bank’s viability, he had little if anything to say about the bank’s actual solvency and leverage. Alas, therein lies the rub. As the attached table created by Jean-Piette Chevalier demonstrates, SocGen is back at the leverage it had back in 2007 at just over 50x. As a reminder, not even Lehman was this bad when it blew up (and that excludes the beneficial boost from Repo 105). In other words, SocGen has a Tier ratio of 2.0%… a number which the bureaucrats at Basel will have no choice but tell the bank must go up. And go up it will… assuming SocGen can issue €84 billion in new capital to pad its equity (on €19 billion of market cap… mmhmmm). Of course, in order to raise capital, SocGen would have to admit that the market was, in fact, correct in its assessment that the bank was undercapitalized, which would then send the stock even lower, and so forth, chicken or egg style. While we doubt any of this is new to the market, we doubt the response will be one of buying euphoria. Luckily, the only thing that can send the price tumbling now is actual selling, as opposed to shorting. And as we all know, nobody could possibly sell stocks: after all it is simply the evil shorters who are responsible for every market collapse in history, never the long idiot money which never did its homework, and suddenly becomes the last bagholder standing and first to bail from what is obviously a disastrously…
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Eurobonds Ruled Out; Eurobong Still In Play

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Not even minutes after we finished ridiculing Springer/Die Welt‘s attempt at propaganda spin whereby eurobonds were actually presented as not only good for Germany, but about to be “instituted” (and fully expected the immediate response to be one of refutation via official channels), here comes the FT with the official denial: “Germany and France are ruling out common eurozone bonds to solve the bloc’s current debt crisis, in spite of renewed pressure ahead of a meeting of chancellor Angela Merkel and president Nicholas Sarkozy on Tuesday. Wolfgang Schäuble, German finance minister, made clear in an interview with Der Spiegel, that Berlin remains opposed to such a policy. “I rule out eurobonds for as long as member states conduct their own financial policies and we need different rates of interest in order that there are possible incentives and sanctions to enforce fiscal solidity,” he said. So, uh, Die Welt’s prognostication that “The federal government is now willing, if necessary, to accept a Eurobond transfer union” is about, oh, 100% wrong? Oops. As for those expecting an announcement of a eurobond on Tuesday following the latest round of “emergency” Merkel-Sarkozy, we suggest you put down the Eurobong: “Senior French officials also played down speculation that any firm announcement on jointly issued bonds would be issued after meetings when Ms Merkel comes to Paris on Tuesday. “Eurobonds would require a much more determined integration of budgetary policy,” one said. “We do not have that today. It could be a long-term project, but you cannot have eurobonds and at the same time national economic and budgetary policies.” Translation: “there is this thing called elections coming, and some of us career politicians, who have no idea how to do anything actually valuable for society, and still have not plundered enough in the form of bribers, pardon, lobby money, are not insane enough to propose that German and France foot the bill for the entire European bailout.” Even though that is precisely what they will do via the EFSF. And we certainly expect yet another round of eurobond rumors the next time the EURUSD tumbles by 200 pips in the span of 10 minutes (which courtesy of the broken FX market as described by Sean Corrigan earlier, is roughly every several hours).

More from the FT:


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The Four Bad Bears: Another Update

Courtesy of Doug Short.

During the Great Financial Crisis, I updated this chart series on a daily basis. I retired it over a year ago but have posted occasional updates on request. With the market selloff of the past few weeks, I continue to receive frequent requests for updates.

So, here again are the Four Bad Bears.


 

 

Since inflation is a favorite topic on this website, I’ve also updated a set of charts to facilitate a comparison of the nominal and real declines. See also my logarithmic scale view of the “Four Bad Bears” comparison.

For charts of S&P 500 bear market and recoveries since 1950, see this series.

 

 

For a better sense of how these cycles figure into a larger historical context, here’s a long-term view of secular bull and bear markets, adjusted for inflation, in the S&P Composite since 1871.

For a bit of international flavor, here’s a chart series that includes the so-called L-shaped “recovery” of the Nikkei 225. I update these weekly.

These charts are not intended as a forecast but rather as a way to study the current market in relation to historic market cycles.

 

 

 

 






Guest Post: The Market From The Eyes Of An 8 Year Old

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

From Peter Tchir of TF Capital Markets

The Market From The Eyes Of An 8 Year Old

After two incredibly volatile weeks, where more Americans now know the ticker symbol for Gold (GLD) than its Periodic Table Symbol (AU), I’m just not sure what to write.  Trying to make sense of it all is hard enough, and by this time on a Sunday, what hasn’t already been written?  I guess I could have tried to write something title “Circular reasoning and cognitive dissidence in the markets” , but that seemed fairly complex.  Instead, maybe looking at the past couple of weeks through the eyes of a child, is a better idea. 

Son:  Dad, do you FINALLY have time to go fishing?

Me:  Sure, sorry about this week, but it’s been just crazy in the markets.

Son: Sure, but you always say that.

Me:  No, really, it has been crazy ever since the debt ceiling weekend.

Son:  Debt ceiling weekend? /raises eyebrows/  What is a debt ceiling?

Me:  It is a limit on how much the government can borrow, and the market was really concerned about it.

Son:  Ah, the market was worried we were borrowing too much?

Me:  No, that we couldn’t borrow more to pay our debts.

Son:  How is borrowing more the same as paying debts?

Me:  It’s complicated, but we needed to borrow more or else we might have been downgraded.

Son:  What’s a downgrade?

Me:  Its something the rating agencies do, you don’t need to worry about it, since its complicated.  But anyways we raised the limit and could borrow more, so everyone should have been happy.

Son:  Don’t you tell me to save and not borrow?  That borrowing for stuff you don’t need is bad.

Me:  Well, yes, but some people think that it’s different for governments than people or families.

Son:  But why is it good for me to save, but bad for the government to save?

Me:  You wouldn’t understand.

Son:  Okay, so what happened.

Me:  Well, one of the rating agencies downgraded us.

Son:  For taking on more debt?

Me:  No, because our politicians can’t agree.

Son:  Don’t you always say politicians never agree?  And what does that have to do with debt?

Me:  It’s all complicated, someday maybe you will understand, but then it got…
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The Media Admits To Ignoring Ron Paul

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Why? Because if "the unelectable one" were to become president, the financial kleptocratic, oligarchic status quo, which just so happens is the big legacy media’s biggest advertising base, would be wiped out overnight. Next up: big media becomes very small media. The clip below from CNN explains it all.

As for the reason why Bachmann took first, one picture speak a thousand words:

h/t John and Travis





 
 
 

ValueWalk

The Weighted Average Cost Of Capital - When it goes up, prices go down. It's going up...

By PeakProsperity. Originally published at ValueWalk.

When I was fresh out of college in the mid-90s, I landed a job at Merrill Lynch. I was an “investment banking analyst”, which meant I had no life outside of the office and hardly ever slept. I pretty much spoke, thought, and dreamed in Excel during those years. Much of my time there was spent building valuation models. These complicated spreadsheets were used to provide an air of quantitative validation to the answers the senior bankers otherwise pulled out of their derrieres to questions like: Is the market under- or over-valuing this company? Can we defend the acquisition price we’re recommending for this M&A deal? What should we price this IPO at?

Back then, Wall Street still (mostly) believed that fundamentals mattered. And one of the most widely-accepted methods for fundamentally valu...



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Ford CEO Expresses Interest In Working With Trump; Says Less Regulation Is Key To Saving U.S. Jobs

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With Carrier setting the precedent for what future negotiations with the Trump administration may look like, Ford CEO Mark Fields has come forward to layout potential policy changes that would be important to preserving auto jobs in the United States.  Not surprisingly, per an interview with Bloomberg, Fields' opening "ask" focused on less restrictive fuel economy standards, new currency-manipulation rules to promote free and fair trade and corporate tax reform.

Ford Motor Co. was a target of Donald Trump’s criticism on the campai...



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Pirate Party Given Chance to Form Government in Iceland: Best Wishes to Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Courtesy of Mish.

Iceland has been without a ruling government since snap elections on October 29. None of the seven parties or alliances could could form a majority.

The conservative Independence party had first shot and failed. The Left-Green Movement had second chance and failed.

Now it’s the Pirate Party’s chance, led by Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

The Guardian reports Iceland’s Pirate Party Invited to Form Government.

Iceland’s president has invited the anti-establishment Pirate p...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

Stock/Bond Ratio back at 2007 highs, different results this time?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below looks at the S&P 500/Govt Bond (TLT) Ratio over the past 12-years

CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE

The S&P 500/TLT ratio is now back at 2007 levels. Double Top or Breakout Time.

Do find this interesting at this time, bullish sentiment on $TLT now stand around the 10% level, which happens to be the same level it was in mid 2007!

Different this time???  Always fun friends!!!

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Market News

Breaking News And Best Of The Web

Courtesy of John Rubino at Dollar Collapse

OPEC agrees to cut output. Oil jumps, stocks rise, gold falls. The political focus shifts to upcoming Italian, French and Austrian elections, all of which could go against the establishment. India’s war on cash may turn into war on gold. Political class still searching for an explanation (see “Best of the Web”). Trump’s cabinet takes shape, with mostly old and a few new faces.  

Best Of The Web

A new look – NYSE margin debt and the market – Financial Sense

The guys from ‘Government ...



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Chart School

Semiconductors Hit Hard

Courtesy of Declan.

Internet troubles have limited me tonight, but the one chart I want to show is the near 5% loss in the Semiconductor Index.  Having escaped relatively unscathed from recent day's selling it was a whirlwind of action for the index today.


This had obvious consequences on the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq did relatively well to suffer just over a 1% loss.  However, there were 'sell' triggers for On-Balance-Volume and Directional Index. There was also an acceleration in the relative underperformance of the index to the S&P. ...

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Members' Corner

Second Hand Stink?

Courtesy of Nattering Naybob.

In what seems to be a recurring scatological humor theme, aka our "Toilet Thursday's" or "Thursday's in the Loo" of the past few weeks, we follow up on The Story of Poo-Pourri.

In Second Hand Stink?, men are not so subtlety reminded that an odiferous fog wafting from the bedroom loo, can indeed kill the moment. 

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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of November 28th, 2016

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Digital Currencies

Largest US Bitcoin Exchange Is "Extremely Concerned" With IRS Crackdown Targeting Its Users

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Last Thursday we reported that in a startling development seeking to breach the privacy veil of users of America's largest bitcoin exchange, the IRS filed court papers seeking a judicial order to serve a so-called “John Doe” summons on the San Francisco-based Bitcoin platform Coinbase.

The government’s request is part of a bitcoin tax-evasion probe, and se...



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Mapping The Market

The Most Overlooked Trait of Investing Success

Via Jean-Luc

Good article on investing success:

The Most Overlooked Trait of Investing Success

By Morgan Housel

There is a reason no Berkshire Hathaway investor chides Buffett when the company has a bad quarter. It’s because Buffett has so thoroughly convinced his investors that it’s pointless to try to navigate around 90-day intervals. He’s done that by writing incredibly lucid letters to investors for the last 50 years, communicating in easy-to-understand language at annual meetings, and speaking on TV in ways that someone with no investing experience can grasp.

Yes, Buffett runs an amazing investment company. But he also runs an amazing investor company. One of the most underappreciated part of his s...



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Biotech

Epizyme - A Waiting Game

Reminder: Pharmboy is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

Epizyme was founded in 2007, and trying to create drugs to treat patient's cancer by focusing on genetically-linked differences between normal and cancer cells. Cancer areas of focus include leukemia, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and breast cancer.  One of the Epizme cofounders, H. Robert Horvitz, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2002 for "discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death."

Before discussing the drug targets of Epizyme, understanding epigenetics is crucial to comprehend the company's goals.  

Genetic components are the DNA sequences that are 'inherited.'  Some of these genes are stronger than others in their expression (e.g., eye color).  Yet, some genes turn on or off due to external factors (environmental), and it is und...



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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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Click here for the full report.




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