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Rumours of an Unexpected Fed Discount Rate Hike Dampen Stocks

Rumours of an Unexpected Fed Discount Rate Hike Dampen Stocks

Courtesy of JESSE’S CAFÉ AMÉRICAIN

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Bloomberg reports that rumours of a surprise Fed Discount Rate hike circulated trading desks earlier today, helping to depress stock prices in the land of lotus eaters, almost darkening the colour of the biggest winning streak since August 2009.

The rumour reportedly originated with traders in Chicago. It was so ludicrous that one has to believe that it was indeed started there. You expected something original on the day after St. Patrick’s Day? The Fed just raised the discount rate, symbolically I should add, at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Oh that’s right, it is options expiration and a quad-witch nonetheless. Is the Chicago Board Option Exchange trying to whistle up some action? Are traders struggling to find an easy trade with the forces of the High Frequency Terminators so ably thinning the herds of small specs?

Why is Wall Street like the Planet of the Apes? Because the gorillas have all the weapons, nets, and horses, and ride around all day shooting the human beings.

There are those of us who remember the disrepute and revulsion in which the US markets were held by the public back in the dark days of the 1970′s in the aftermath of the 72-74 bear market. The pit crawlers spent the day throwing paper airplanes at one another, the Dow languished sub-1000, and the brokers talked about the ‘return of the small investor to the markets.’

It took the bull market of the 1980′s and Reagan’s voodoo economics and laws about IRAs and 401K’s to bring the public back in for a wash and rinse by the Street.

Just another day in the Pax Dollarous.
 

 


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