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Intelligence? President Obama Missed ~60% Of His Daily Briefings

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Just days after President Obama infuriated some in the intelligence and defense communities with comments that “they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” The Government Accountability Institute, a watchdog non-profit organization, found that as of Sept. 29, the President had attended only 42.4% of Presidential Daily Briefs (PDB) during his first term and 41.3% during his second term. As one former official blasted, either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting.”

 

As RT reports,

?US President Barack Obama has attended only 42 percent of his daily intelligence briefings since assuming office more than five and a half years ago, according to a new study.

 

The Government Accountability Institute, a watchdog non-profit organization, calculated the number of times Obama has received daily oral intelligence briefings, or the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB). The group found that as of Sept. 29, the President had attended 42.4 percent of PDBs during his first term and 41.3 percent during his second term.

 

The report came days after Obama told 60 Minutes that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has “underestimated” the strength of Islamic State, the militant group currently the target of US-led airstrikes on its holdings in Syria and Iraq.

 

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said.

 

The statement infuriated some in the intelligence and defense communities. One anonymous former senior Pentagon official told the Daily Beast that Obama is surely getting valuable information about Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, from intelligence reports.

 

“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” said the former official who is familiar with jihadist actions in Syria and Iraq.

 

 

“It’s pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009,” an Obama national security staffer told the Daily Mail on Monday. “He gets them in writing.”

 

The staffer added that Obama has been warned of Islamic State for years.

 

“Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president’s daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have


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Gold, Global Growth, & The Schism In The High Church Of Bernanke

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Ben Hunt via Salient Partners' Epsilon Theory blog,

 

Everything under the sun is in chaos. The situation is excellent.
– Mao Zedong (1893 – 1976)

Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.
– Chinatown (1974)

Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption.
– W.V.O. Quine (1908 – 2000)

I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge.
– Herman Melville (1819 – 1891)

All -ism’s end up in schisms.
– Huston Smith (b. 1919)

What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual. As an Asian of Chinese cultural background, my values are for a government which is honest, effective and efficient.
– Lee Kuan Yew (b. 1923)

Two years ago, the new seven-member Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo – the most powerful political entity in the country – was introduced to great fanfare. All seven men walked on stage wearing a dark suit and a red tie, but to me the most striking aspect of their appearance was their hair. Yes, their hair. Their dark, immaculately coifed, powerful hair. Despite an average age of 65, not one of these men has EVER been seen in public without sporting a mane that would make their grandsons proud.

On the other hand, consider this handsome man, Bo Xilai. Once the princeling of princelings, the son of a Long March vet, Bo was enormously popular for his Redder-than-Thou politics and enormously rich from his mayoral “crackdown” on organized crime in Chongqing, a municipality with about the same urban population as New York City. To put Bo Xilai in a US context, he was richer than Michael Bloomberg and more politically ambitious than
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“Not A Good Sign” Argentine Stocks, Bonds Crash As Central Bank Chief Resigns

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Just a day after Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, in a televised speech, accused central bank employees of helping local bankers to speculate against the Argentine peso in hopes of forcing the government to devalue the currency, Juan Carlos Fabrega – the head of Argentina’s Central Bank – has quit. As WSJ reports, unable to borrow abroad due to a legal dispute with creditors, Mrs. Kirchner has relied on money printing to cover spending deficits at the expense of inflation that is thought to be around 40%; and it appears the sanity of Mr. Fabrega was too much to bear for Kirchner (and Kiciloff – who had reportedly clashed with the Central Banker also). The reaction – not good – the stock index collapsed over 8%, bond yields spiked and the black-market peso dumped to record lows at 15.65 to the USD (drastically worse than the 8.51 official peso rate).

Fabrega’s departure is “Not a good sign,” said Alberto Ramos, a Goldman Sachs analyst Alberto Ramos, Reuters reports. 

 

“Fabrega was perceived to be a moderating voice and someone that really understood financial market dynamics.”

As The Wall Street Journal reports,

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner replaced the head of the central bank Wednesday, marking the second overhaul of her economic team in less than a year.

 

Mrs. Kirchner named her top securities and exchange regulator, Alejandro Vanoli, as central bank governor after she accepted Juan Carlos Fabrega’s resignation, according to a statement posted on the presidency’s press website.

 

Mr. Fabrega’s resignation came a day after Mrs. Kirchner in a televised speech accused central bank employees of helping local bankers to speculate against the Argentine peso in hopes of forcing the government to devalue the currency. Argentina’s central bank has little autonomy from the federal government and the president in practice can hire and fire its senior executives at whim.

 

“You blame me for the flight of capital and the rising dollar, that’s fine,” said Kirchner speaking to Fabrega in the front row of her public speech. “I feel for the dollar losses and not another one should leave the country. Besides that, you continue to have a problem with the economy that I


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Ebola-Stricken West African Economies Are Crashing

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

We warned five weeks ago of the potential economic damage that the Ebola virus could do to West African economies, and now it appears The IMF, The World Bank, and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization have warned that Liberia and other West African economies, as WaPo reports, begun a frightening descent into economic hell. Fear that "that people would abandon the fields and factories, that food and fuel would become scarce and unaffordable, and that the government’s already meager capacity to help, along with the nation’s prospects for a better future, would be severely compromised" are no longer scenarios – they are real! Annual inflation rates have doubled, fuel sales are down 35%, Liberia's productivity is down 50-75%, and "micro-trade" financing is "completely depleted."

The IMF warns “In addition to exacting a heavy human toll, the Ebola outbreak is having a severe economic and social impact, and could jeopardize the gains from a decade of peace.”

With WHO and CDC expecting a worst case scenario now, the $809 million collapse in GDP across Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia is stunning…

 

As The Washington Post reports,

Three recent reports from international organizations that seem to bear out the worst-case scenarios of months ago: that people would abandon the fields and factories, that food and fuel would become scarce and unaffordable, and that the government’s already meager capacity to help, along with the nation’s prospects for a better future, would be severely compromised.

 

They are no longer scenarios. They are real. While these trends have been noted anecdotally, the cumulative toll is horrific.

 

The basic necessities of survival in Liberia — food, transportation, work, money, help from the government — are rapidly being depleted, according to recent reports by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

 

 

The International Monetary Fund said in a separate report that restrictions on public transport, internal travel and trade are burdening the country’s ability to distribute the food that is available.

 

The combination is driving up food prices rapidly, said the IMF even as “panic buying” is boosting demand, according to the World Bank. The IMF is projecting an inflation rate of


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How New Jersey’s Creeping Wage Hikes Are Crippling Mom-And-Pop Restaurants

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Another day, another unintended consequence of the socialist state’s eagerness to “make things better” for everyone, blowing up in its face.

For today’s anecdote we go to New Jersey where legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, D-Paterson which passed in the Assembly’s Labor Committee on a party-line vote last March, calls for an increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers. It would increase the federal minimum of $2.13 per hour to $3.39 by the end of this year and $5.93 by 2016.

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter wants an increase in the
minimum wage for tipped workers from the federal minimum of
$2.13 per hour to $3.39 by the end of this year. (Photo:
New Jersey Assembly Majority Office)

So far so good: after all, in isolation, it’s a tiny amount, and will hardly impact the employer, while it should boost the bottom line of minimum wage employees, leading to a win-win for everyone right?

Well, no, because nothing is ever “in isolation.” However, to grasp the practical implications of how minimum wage hikes flow through the system one needs to actually be a small business owner – the person paying the wage – not a politician, who may have the best intentions in mind (if only for one’s own bank account and delusions of grandeur) yet have zero practical understanding that such centrally-planned meddling in the free market always does more bad than good.

Case in point, the following story of Rob Pluta who owns and operates Leonardo’s II, an Italian eatery in Lawrenceville, New Jersey as recounted by The Daily Signal

Pluta wasn’t wild about the constitutional amendment New Jersey voters approved last year that raised the state’s overall minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 and linked annual increases to the Consumer Price Index. But he’s even more concerned about legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, D-Paterson. Sumter’s bill, A857, which passed in the Assembly’s Labor Committee on a party-line vote last March, calls for an increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers. It would increase the federal minimum of $2.13 per hour to $3.39 by the end of this year and $5.93 by 2016.

 

For restaurant owners, that’s even worse than it sounds, Pluta says. Under current law,


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David Tepper: Bill Gross “Who Cares?”, Regrets FNMA, Economy “Good”, Stocks Not Expensive

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

He's back. A month after Appaloosa's David Tepper explained the end of the bond bull market was here (and 10Y rates are now 5bps lower), the trend-following master-of-the-universe explained to Bloomberg TV's Stephanie Ruhle and Erik Schatzker how the departure of Bill Gross from PIMCO was "nothing… who cares?"; why "the US economy is pretty good", how junk bonds are at "fair value" and stocks are cheap as "multiples are not high." Finally he explains how he "wished he didn't have any investment" in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and clarifies in his billionaire-all-knowing-ness how he is sure the United States can contain Ebola.

Headlines:

  • *APPALOOSA'S TEPPER COMMENTS ON ECB ACTIONS IMPACTING BONDS
  • *TEPPER SAYS DRAGHI HASN'T DONE ANYTHING YET
  • *TEPPER SAYS DRAGHI HAS TO STOP THE NONSENSE
  • *TEPPER SAYS BILL GROSS EXIT MEANS NOTHING FOR MARKETS
  • *TEPPER SAYS BILL GROSS EXIT LONG-TERM NOT RELEVANT
  • *TEPPER SAYS U.S. EQUITIES INTERESTING ON MULTIPLES BASIS
  • *TEPPER SAYS U.S. ECONOMY PRETTY GOOD, STOCKS NOT HIGH MULTIPLES
  • *TEPPER SAYS HIGH YIELD IS AT MID-POINT OF FAIR VALUE
  • *TEPPER SAYS HE WISHES HE DIDN'T HAVE FANNIE, FREDDIE INVESTMENT
  • *TEPPER SAYS APPEAL FOR FANNIE, FREDDIE POSSIBLE

Full clip:

 

Excerpted Transcript:

On Bill Gross:

RUHLE: What does this Bill Gross exit mean for the market?

TEPPER: Nothing. Who cares?

On Draghi:

TEPPER: They haven't done any QE yet. So let them start some QE. But the beginning of the end was basically saying that when you create inflation and some inflation in the eurozone, then the bond market is going to start going down. If you don't create inflation in the eurozone of some sort or you don't stop the deflation, then that might not happen. But I do think that if they go in action, if they get in action, if they really get in action you will start creating inflation at some point in time. Until you do that, things will go where they go. And you can


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US Government Promises To Forgive Student Debt… If You Work For Them

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

He had a vision for what the state could be.

 

His vision was a state that was intricately involved in every person’s life from cradle to the grave.

 

It was responsible for their education, it was their place of work and source of income, and it would monitor and guide the entertainment for all of the society.

 

Life would be characterized by the government provision of care and support throughout. People would grow to rely upon the state in every aspect of their lives, and they would have no reason to seek out alternatives.

 

Eventually people would become dependent on the state’s survival for their survival. Thus their lives would then be dedicated to the ‘greater good’, with the individual existing simply for the state.

This terrifying vision of a dystopian society could only be the construct of an author like George Orwell or Ayn Rand, right? Something you would only see elaborated on the pages of fiction.

In fact, this was the vision of Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of Imperial Germany in the 19th century.

And this wasn’t just a dream. It was a strategy.

From government healthcare at birth to education in a government school, followed by a career in civil service, and a government pension in old age, the state was with you from beginning to end.

One of the most important stages in the life-long relationship between the state and the individual in Bismarck’s mind was through employment.

There you were directly working to support the government’s aims (for the greater good of course), while at the same time being wholly dependent on them for your survival.

This was the cornerstone of his plan for the strength of the empire—having a populace entirely dependent on (and thus committed to) the state.

“My idea was to bribe the working classes, or shall I say, to win them over, to regard the state as a social institution existing for their sake and interested in their welfare,” Bismarck explained.

You can be sure that Bismarck would approve of modern society.

Today in the Land of the Free, everyone is required to pay into the Social Security system, and over 90% of students go to…
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S&P 500 Snapshot: October Opens with a Selloff

Courtesy of Doug Short.

When it comes to monthly market volatility in the S&P 500, October tops the list, ranging from its 16.3% surge in 1974 to its 21.8% plunge in 1987. How will October 2014 stack up on the volatility scale? Time will tell. But the month certainly opened on a weak note, dropping 1.32%, the sixth largest one-day decline so far this year. The index closed a bit off its -1.52% intraday low at the start of the final hour of trading. The intraday range was at the 96th percentile of the 189 market days of 2014.

The selloff in equities was matched by a rally in Treasuries. The yield on the 10-year Note closed at 2.42%, down 10 bps from yesterday’s close.

Here is a 15-minute chart of the past five sessions

As we see on the daily chart, today’s selling came on increased volume.

A Perspective on Drawdowns

The chart below incorporates a percent-off-high calculation to illustrate the drawdowns greater than 5% since the trough in 2009.

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For a longer-term perspective, here is a pair of charts based on daily closes starting with the all-time high prior to the Great Recession.

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Concerted Bear Move

Courtesy of Declan.

Bears haven’t had too much to cheer as every sell off has been quickly reversed, but today they were given the run of the house. The Russell 2000 was the weakest index heading into today, and it was slapped with another big hit today. However, bulls probably have the best chance for a bounce trade in this index. The index saw a clear cut below the 200-day MA and 1,090, but a push above these levels tomorrow would set up a ‘bear trap’.


The S&P was pushed into a no-mans land: it’s no longer near support of 50-day MA or 1,987, and it has room to fall before it reaches August swing low and/or 200-day MA. Rallies from today will be sold into by shorts, with the 20-day MA likely to be the attack point. This will give weak rally opportunities for traders, although the Russell 2000 is probably the more attractive index in this regard.

The Nasdaq was the last index to break support, but it perhaps has the best support opportunities to lean on. The swing low at 4,325 will soon converge with the 200-day MA, and if the Nasdaq makes it back to this point it will offer a cover/long opportunity.

The Dow also took a big hit with a break of the 50-day MA, ending the consolidation trade between 50-day MA and 17,121. It’s downward target is the 200-day MA, which is above the August swing low.

A short opportunity may be available in the Nasdaq 100. Here the August swing low was part of the April-September channel, which was breached on today’s action. The next target down, after the August swing low, is the 200-day MA.

The best long standing short move has come from the Semiconductor index. Those who caught the ‘bull trap’ have been rewarded nicely. However, it will soon be dealing with converged support marked on the chart.…
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Deflation As A Precursor Of A Weimar-like Inflation

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Sprout Money.

Most people consider deflation the biggest enemy of the gold price, as gold is generally seen as an excellent hedge against inflation. Whilst this is generally correct, it doesn’t mean that a (short) period of deflation is a prelude of a crashing gold price.

As the very low inflation rate (and as there’s even official deflation in Italy and Belgium at this point in time), the European Central Bank is taking additional measures to pump several hundreds of billions of euros into the financial system which should theoretically boost the consumption pattern of the Eurozone citizens. It’s no secret the ECB wants the inflation rate to be ‘close to but not exceeding’ 2%, which is deemed to be the most sustainable number by several economists. At an inflation rate of 2% companies can increase their revenues fast enough, without the consumers being hit too hard.

The ECB has no problem to expand its balance sheet to the level of 2012, when the total balance was approximately 1000 billion euros higher than where it is today. On top of purchases of asset-backed securities, the ECB will directly pump cash in the banking system by making 400B EUR in 4-year loans available for the banks of the Eurozone at a cost of 0.15% per year. This should lead to an increased spending and increase the inflation rate as well, until the inflation rate is out of the danger zone and is hovering around the 2% mark again.

Not everybody in the board of the ECB is happy with this, and the president of the Bundesbank has openly criticized the ECB for causing inflation. In several interviews, president Jens Weidmann has stated that the ECB shouldn’t really intervene to actually create inflation. One would think that the governing council of the ECB would listen to a man whose country has experienced the worst inflation nightmare of all industrialized countries, less than 100 years ago.

If you look back at the official statistics of the horror-inflation during the Weimar-republic, it’s clearly visible that after a first bump of inflation there was actually a period of deflation before the snowball effect started to work. In a working paper, Steven Webb was able to gather all data from the period 1919-1923, and as you can see on the next image, the…
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This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

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Intelligence? President Obama Missed ~60% Of His Daily Briefings

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Just days after President Obama infuriated some in the intelligence and defense communities with comments that "they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria," The Government Accountability Institute, a watchdog non-profit organization, found that as of Sept. 29, the President had attended only 42.4% of Presidential Daily Briefs (PDB) during his first term and 41.3% during his second term. As one former official blasted, "either the president doesn't read the intelligence he's getting or he's bullshitting."

 

As RT reports,

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Another in what seems to be a small parade of scandals involving secretly recorded tapes of Federal Reserve regulators emerged last week. What a number of writers (including me) have written about regulatory capture over the past decade was brought out into the open, at least for a while. My brilliant young friend (40 seems young to me now) Justin Fox, editorial director of the Harvard Business Review and business and economic columnist for Time magazine, published a thoughtful essay this week, outlining some of the issues surrounding the whole concept of banking regulations.

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S&P 500 Snapshot: October Opens with a Selloff

Courtesy of Doug Short.

When it comes to monthly market volatility in the S&P 500, October tops the list, ranging from its 16.3% surge in 1974 to its 21.8% plunge in 1987. How will October 2014 stack up on the volatility scale? Time will tell. But the month certainly opened on a weak note, dropping 1.32%, the sixth largest one-day decline so far this year. The index closed a bit off its -1.52% intraday low at the start of the final hour of trading. The intraday range was at the 96th percentile of the 189 market days of 2014.

The selloff in equities was matched by a rally in Treasuries. The yield on the 10-year Note closed at 2.42%, down 10 bps from yesterday's close.

Here is a 15-minute chart of the past five sessions

As we see on the daily chart, today's selling came on increased volume.

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The Mexican Libertad: The Currency Solution?

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Mixed Economic Data, Ebola Scares Rattle Markets

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The CBOE Vix Index topped 17.0 and the highest level since early-August on Monday morning amid declines in U.S. equities to start the trading week. The volatility index is off its earlier highs to trade 5.0% higher on the session at 15.65 as of 11:30 am ET. Options volume on the VIX is hovering near 360,000 contracts, or just more than 50% of the average daily reading of around 660,000 contracts. Calls are far more active than put options, as evidenced by the call/put ratio up above 4.2 in morning trading, perhaps as some traders position for volatility to stick around.

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Sector Detector: Stocks fight off predictable weakness, but expect more downside

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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).

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Ebola is spreading too quickly for Ebola-vaccine makers to conduct typical studies of safety and efficacy on experimental vaccines. Instead, vaccines will be tested for basic safety, but then deployed with protocols devised now in order to test for efficacy essentially on the field. Testing has to be expedited because the situation in West Africa gets worse every day while there are no approved vaccines or other treatments.

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Well PSW Subscribers....I am still here, barely.  From my last post a few months ago to now, nothing has changed much, but there are a few bargins out there that as investors, should be put on the watch list (again) and if so desired....buy a small amount.

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