Archive for 2010

Global Financial Crisis for Dummies: Why the Abandonment of the Gold Standard is Responsible for the World’s Sovereign Debt Crises

Courtesy of smartknowledgeu

The below article is an extremely well written, thoughtful and lucid article written by Hugo Salinas Price, a Mexican businessman that has argued for the necessity of Mexico to return silver to a monetary status as well as returning to the use of a gold standard. I am submitting this important piece for those that have been re-educated at the world’s top economic schools and consequently disseminate thoughtless propaganda regarding the reasons for massive unemployment worldwide and today’s global sovereign debt crises. I am also posting this article for the unthinkers out there that fulfill the role of the “loyal dutiful wife” (this applies to both men and women out there) and always believe only what they are instructed to believe by bankers and governments. I consider the below a MUST READ for anyone that wishes to avoid wealth destruction within the next five years as the fiat currency game of musical chairs will undoubtedly result in the world’s citizens left as the odd man out, standing without a chair, when the music ends.


The Gold Standard: Generator and Protector of Jobs, by Hugo Salinas Price

 

The abandonment of the gold standard in 1971 is closely tied to the massive unemployment the industrialized world has suffered in recent years; Mexico, even with a lower level of industrialization than the developed countries, has also lost jobs due to the closing of industries; in recent years, the creation of new jobs in productive activities has been anemic at best.

The world’s financial press, in which leading economists and analysts publish their work, never examines the relationship between the abandonment of the gold standard and unemployment, de-industrialization, and the huge chronic export deficits of the Western world powers. Might it be due to ignorance? We are reluctant to think so, given that the articles appearing in the world’s leading financial publications are written by quite intelligent analysts. Rather, in our opinion, it is an act of self-censorship to avoid incurring the displeasure of the important financial and geopolitical interests that are behind the financial press.

In this article we discuss the relationship between loss of the gold standard and the present financial chaos, which is accompanied by severe “structural imbalances” between the historically dominant industrial powers and their new rivals in Asia.

 

World trade before 1971

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Don Coxe Dissects Gold, As “The Oldest-Established Store Of Value Moves To Center Stage”

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

From Don Coxe of BMO, Basic Points – Summer’s Storms and Norms

The Oldest-Established Store of Value Moves to Center Stage

Who needs gold?

Over the decade that we have been advocating exposure to gold and gold mining stocks, we have been routinely subjected to basic skepticism: why gold? Isn’t it irrelevant?

If the dollar doesn’t look good, I can buy the yen.

If the yen looks bad, I can buy the euro.

Besides, what good is gold? Other commodities are useful and, in most cases, absolutely necessary.

But gold hasn’t been needed for central banking for nearly a century, and, apart from jewelry or for providing Mafiosi with a convenient vehicle for storing their wealth, it doesn’t fulfill any purpose that sound paper money can’t do better. (This, of course, assumes the availability of sound paper money.)

In answering a question about gold’s rather dramatic return to store of value status with the portfolio managers of one of Canada’s largest public sector pension plans, we took a new tack:

“The longest-established text-based religion in the West is about the God of Jacob—His works and His worship. For roughly five thousand years, a believer summed up his credo by saying, ‘I believe in God.’

“But when this credo arrived, it had to share space with an alternative belief system that was around for thousands of years before the Judaeo-Christian era began. A believer in this system summed it up, ‘I believe in Gold.’”

Two systems—similar professions of faith. Neither could prove to a skeptical rationalist why its tenet was valid.

As we have thought about this space-sharing and competition between spiritual and temporal beliefs, we have mused that large-scale skepticism about both of them occurred only recently. Darwinism, paleontology, and astrophysics combined to drive the Old Testament explanation of history out of the temples of scientific learning. Keynesianism came along to drive gold from the temples of the central bank money-changers in favor of the printed paper promises of politicians.

Why is gold back among serious, respectable investors?

Why is it now available through ATMs in the gold market of Abu Dhabi?

Is it a return of inflation?

How could that be, when, as the wise David Rosenberg routinely scoffs, “What inflation?”

Indeed, Canada reported its first negative CPI in 44 years, the US, its biggest…
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Chinese Yuan: Bent But Not Bowed

Courtesy of asiablues

By Dian L. Chu, Economic Forecasts & Opinions

The currency issue has been a constant tension in relations between the United States and China. Many analysts had expected the Chinese central bank to announce a one-off revaluation in the yuan to appease critics of the exchange rate policy.

However, on Sunday, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has ruled out the one-off revaluation that US politicians had sought. This was seen as a largely political move to deflect criticism of its fixed exchange rate ahead of the G20 meeting next week.

For now, Analysts still expect the yuan to slowly rise. Meanwhile, the decision should not have come as a surprise as there are several major risks (discussed below) should China implement a faster yuan move as favored by many.

Yuan-Dollar Peg Since 2008

China allowed the yuan to rise by about 20% beginning in 2005, but halted two years ago to help Chinese manufacturers weather the global financial crisis. Since then, the yuan’s value has been pegged to the dollar at an exchange rate of roughly 6.83 to $1. (Chart 1)

Many Western economists estimate the yuan is still undervalued by 25% to 40%. International pressure has been growing this year for China to end the linkage, because it tends to make Chinese exports cheaper, and is seen as giving them an unfair advantage in global markets.

Major Risk # 1 – Exports & Employment

China has long resisted pressures on yuan revaluation as China is still largely dependent on its export to deliver growth. Some government officials have warned that any further appreciation of the Chinese currency risked driving exporters out of business. .

Data showed that Chinese exports leapt 48.5% in May on a year-on-year basis, widening China’s trade surplus to $19.53 billion in May. But officials said the profit margin on many Chinese export goods was less than 2%.

The Economist also noted that several studies suggest that China’s exports would fall by about 1.5% when its trade-weighted exchange rate, adjusted for inflation, strengthens by 1% (Chart 2). However, The Economist argues that at the same time, the currencies of China’s neighbors and rivals might rise thus limiting the damage to its competitiveness.

Separately, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) cited…
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Crossing a Dangerous Threshold

Crossing a Dangerous Threshold

Courtesy of Michael Panzner at Financial Armageddon 

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Although it might seem like I’m beating a dead horse with my frequent updates on the troubles south of our border — see "No Glossing Over This Story," "As Bad As Ever," "Not So Sweet Lies," "Deteriorating Fast," "Failed State in Our Own Backyard" and "Morphing Into an Economic Problem" -- the reality is that things seem to be getting worse with each passing day. In fact, based on the following Human Events commentary by Roger Hedgecock, "Mexican Drug Cartels Control Parts of Arizona," some would say that events have crossed a dangerous threshold.

The United States is ceding parts of Arizona to the Mexican drug cartels. So says Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu.

In a press conference ignored by the American national media, the sheriff described how his deputies were outmanned and outgunned by the cartel smugglers who increasingly operate using military tactics and weapons. The result, said Sheriff Babeu, was that a wide corridor of Arizona from the border North to the outskirts of Phoenix is effectively controlled by the cartels. "We do not have control of this area," the sheriff said.

At the same time as the sheriff’s ignored press conference, the national media did cover assurances from the Obama Administration that crime was down at the border; that the border had never been safer. This ludicrous propaganda was based on selected crime stats from San Diego, Phoenix, Austin and San Antonio. The new reign of terror on the border in Arizona was airbrushed out of the picture.

Here’s the real picture Obama does not want you to see. Warning signs were posted this past month by the federal government 80 miles North of the border on the South side of I-8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend urging U.S. citizens not to camp or hike in the "Active Drug and Human Smuggling Area" because "Visitors May Encounter Armed Criminals." Here is a picture of one of those signs:

Border

Think about it. A part of America is off limits to U.S. citizens because it is now controlled by an army of foreigners.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife staffers report that the 3,500 acre Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in this area is closed to U.S. citizens as well and is


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SP Futures Up Sharply on Hopes of Chinese Yuan Strengthening

SP Futures Up Sharply on Hopes of Chinese Yuan Strengthening

Courtesy of JESSE’S CAFÉ AMÉRICAIN

While the SP 500 stock futures are indeed up about 15 handles, you’ll forgive me if it seems like the rationale for this rally at a key resistance point is as thin as its volumes, or the integrity of its governance, and as contrived as the great reformer himself.

It looks like a fade, but we’ll have to wait for tomorrow. Sometimes the trading desks and hedge funds like to probe higher in thin trade to find out where the stops are, and their position size, to determine the cost of a breakout, or a breakdown. You know, like the flash crash which the US capital allocation system most recently enjoyed.

US STOCKS-S&P futures surge at open after China’s yuan move
NEW YORK
Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:14pm EDT

NEW YORK June 20 (Reuters) – S&P 500 stock index futures rose sharply at the start of trade on Sunday as investors bet China’s announcement over the weekend to make the yuan more flexible will lift sales at U.S. multinationals over the long-term.

The rise suggests indexes will open higher on Monday and follows a strong start of trade for the Australian dollar and euro as China’s move signals more yuan appreciation and was taken as a vote of confidence in the global economic recovery’s staying power.

The revaluation will effectively increase the purchasing power of Chinese buyers and "the best bet would be for commodity-based companies and consumer goods companies," said Tom Sowanick, chief investment officer at Omnivest Group in Princeton, New Jersey earlier on Sunday.

S&P 500 futures SPc1 jumped 13.80 points to 1123.90 and were well above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.





What Renminbi Float? PBoC Leaves USDCNY Unchanged, Weakens Yuan Versus Euro

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

Somebody forgot to give the PBoC the memo about that whole “PBoC eliminating the dollar peg” thing. According to the just released fixing by the Chinese Central bank, the USDCNY today was at 6.8275, the exact same as Monday. And adding just a little insult to injury, the PBoC devalued the CNY against the EUR by juar under 300 pips: from 8.4538 to 8.4825. That’s ok though, the HFT brigade already has its wax on, er, risk on, no volume marching orders.





Guest Post: Gold Bubble? What Bubble?

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

Submitted by Toby Connor of Gold Scents

We continue to hear pundits describe gold as a bubble. Certainly it will turn into a bubble before this is all over but we are hardly in the bubble stage yet. In order for a bubble to form you need the public to come into an asset class. The public is pretty dim and it can take 15-20 years before they “catch on”. It took 18 before they noticed the tech bubble.

Once they do start to “get it” we will have about a year to a year and a half as gold enters the parabolic stage before the bubble pops. See the Nasdaq chart below from late 98 to March of 2000.

At gold’s top, half of your neighbors will be buying gold (not selling like they are doing now).

At the top there will be lines outside the the local coin dealer waiting for the next shipment of gold to come in.

At the top 7 of 10 billboards you see driving down the highway will have something to do with precious metals.

At the top the guy standing next to you in the grocery store will tell you how many thousands of dollars he made last month off his gold coins.

At the top everyone will have become convinced the dollar is toilet paper and will only continue to decline until it has become worthless.

At the top the population will believe that we have to go back on a gold standard. By the way, a gold standard never stopped any country from debasing its currency. In ancient Rome they clipped some of the gold out of the coins. Roosevelt confiscated and arbitrarily revalued gold in the 30′s. A gold standard will not prevent a government from trying to get something for nothing by debasing the currency.

At the top stocks will be universally hated and gold universally loved. In reality, stocks will at that time, represent true value. Much more so than a shiny metal with virtually no industrial uses.

At the top smart money will eventually come to their senses and realize that true value (profitable companies making the necessities for life on Earth) are being given away for pennies on the dollar to purchase a shiny metal that really has no intrinsic value.

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Oil Spill: Belgians Shouldn’t Feel Too Bad, The U.S. Wouldn’t Go Dutch Either

Courtesy of asiablues

By Dian L. Chu, Economic Forecasts & Opinions

There has been some new information since June 8, when I quoted a Belgian newspaper--De Standarrd--that the Jones Act may have caused a delay in the oil spill rescue by forbidding foreign vessels and personnel to work in the U.S. Gulf.

As it has turned out, the Belgian companies shouldn’t feel too bad, the U.S. government also turned down an official offer by the Dutch government as well. 

According to Houston Chronicle--quoting Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston--three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, the Dutch government offered to help by providing ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and proposed a plan for building sand barriers.

The [Dutch] embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” Visser said

However, almost seven weeks later, our government has reconsidered.  As Houston Chronicle reports, “U.S. ships” were being outfitted earlier this month with four pairs of skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed “within days.” 

Each pair of booms supposedly can process 5 million gallons of water a day, removing 20,000 tons of oil and sludge.  (Math Q of The Day: Multiply these numbers by 50 days.)        

The sand barrier proposal by the Dutch was initially rebuffed as well, but later accepted by the U.S. government. BP has begun paying about $360 million to cover the costs.

Now, Christian Science Monitor says today that

The Coast Guard Friday “redoubled” efforts…by calling in more skimming boats and equipment from the Netherlands, Norway, France, and Spain after previously telling one Dutch official “Thanks, but no thanks,” to an offer of help.  That revelation comes as Florida lawmakers beg for more skimmers….Meanwhile, US marine interests complain that up to 1,500 US-flagged skimmers sit idle, and should be used first.

There are conflicting statements from Adm. Allen saying, “To date, nobody has come for a Jones Act waiver,” and Coast Guard Captain Roger Laferriere, the second-in-command, that both Allen and President Obama had worked to waive the Jones Act to allow more foreign vessels to attack the spill. 

Furthermore, there are reportedly requests and legislative filing from Florida Attorney General and Sen., Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R) of Texas to waive the Jones Act, to hasten oil spill efforts, and to welcome more high-tech foreign clean-up boats.

So, it seems confusion has steadily built around the exact US skmmer strategy and…
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Roubini: China’s Decision to Unpeg Yuan May Backfire On The U.S., Yuan May Weaken

Roubini: China’s Decision to Unpeg Yuan May Backfire On The U.S., Yuan May Weaken

Digital composite of Tiananmen Gate of Heavenly Peace and one hundred Yuan banknotes

Courtesy of The Shocked Investor 

"Be careful what you wish". Professor Nouriel Roubini says that China’s decision to unpeg the Yuan could mean the yuan will weaken against the U.S. dollar. That would be the opposite of that the U.S. wants.

China announced that it will slowly and gradually make the yuan "more flexible" after two years of being locked. According to the Reuters report, it was "the move that the U.S. government and others around the world have long been calling for". Not so says Roubini. "This is the first significant signal in years of a change in Chinese currency policy."

‘Since they have not changed the previous range for the band — plus or minus 0.5 percent — most likely on Monday China will allow the renminbi vs U.S. dollar to move,’ said Roubini.

[T]he renminbi would have to be allowed to depreciate relative to the dollar, a paradoxical outcome.

Roubini adds: "Even if the Chinese were to allow a gradual renminbi appreciation relative to the U.S. dollar, the size of such appreciation would be modest over the next year, not more than 3 or 4 percent as the trade surplus has shrunk, growth is likely to slow down on China and labor/employment unrest remains of concern to the Chinese."

Reuters says that Roubini’s comments mirror those of Li Daokui, adviser to China’s central bank on Saturday. He told Reuters in Beijing that the yuan could depreciate against the dollar if the euro falls sharply against the U.S. currency. 

Source: China forex move could thwart U.S. hopes – Roubini

 


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Investor Sentiment: Equities Need To Rise On Own Merit

Courtesy of thetechnicaltake

 

The major equity indices have forged a bottom over the past two weeks as the cycle of greed and fear plays out. As expected, investor sentiment has turned neutral. Consequently, short covering is unlikely to be the fuel that propels prices higher, and with the fundamental outlook questionable, it is reasonable to wonder what the fundamental driver will be that propels prices higher. In essence, equity prices will need to rise on their own merit.

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Investor Sentiment 6.20.10





 
 
 

Zero Hedge

Bloomberg System Goes Down Ahead Of US Open

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

For the second time in a few months, the Bloomberg Terminal system appears to be down and is causing panic across Wall Street ahead of the US market open...

Traders are not happy...

When Bloomberg panels go down 8 minutes before the open...... pic.twitter.com/pqoQoyoBHj

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Triple Breakout Test In Play For S&P 500!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Is the rally of late about to run out of steam or is a major breakout about to take place in the S&P 500? What happens at current prices should go a long way in determining this question.

This chart looks at the equal weight S&P 500 ETF (RSP) on a daily basis over the past 15-months.

The rally from the lows on Christmas Eve has RSP testing the top of a newly formed falling channel while testing the underneath side of the 2018 trading range and its falling 50-day moving average at (1).

At this time RPS is facing a triple resistance test. Wil...



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Brexit deal flops, Theresa May survives -- so what happens now?

 

Brexit deal flops, Theresa May survives -- so what happens now?

Courtesy of Victoria Honeyman, University of Leeds

As the clock ticks down to March 29 2019, all of the political manoeuvring, negotiating, arguing and fighting is coming to a peak. In the two and a half years since the 2016 EU referendum, views on both sides have hardened and agreement still seems as far away as it was the day after the referendum.

With Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement disliked by all sides, and voted down by an unprecedented majority in the House of Commons, everyone is wondering what can and should be done next?

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Digital Currencies

Crypto-Bubble: Will Bitcoin Bottom In February Or Has It Already?

Courtesy of Michelle Jones via ValueWalk.com

The new year has been relatively good for the price of bitcoin after a spectacular collapse of the cryptocurrency bubble in 2018. It’s up notably since the middle of December and traded around the psychological level of $4,000... so is this a sign that the crypto market is about to recover?

Of course, it depends on who you ask, but one analyst discovered a pattern which might point to a bottom next month.

A year after the cryptocurrency bubble popped

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D.E. Shaw Investment Calls For Leadership Change At EQT

By ActivistInsight. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Elliott Management has offered to acquire QEP Resources for approximately $2.1 billion, contending the oil and gas explorer’s turnaround efforts have done little to lift the company’s share price. The company responded and said that a thorough review of the proposition is imperative in order to properly act in the best interests of shareholders, “taking into account the company’s other alternatives and current market conditions.” The news came only a month after Travelport Worldwide agreed to sell itself to Siris Capital Group and Elliott’s private equity arm Evergreen Coast Capital for $4.4 billion in cash and two months after Athenahealth was bought by Veritas and Evergreen for $5.7 bi...



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Insider Scoop

UBS Says Disney's Streaming Ambition Gives It A 'New Hope'

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Related DIS Despite Some Risks, Analysts Still Expecting Double Digit Growth From Communications Services In Q4 ...

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Chart School

Weekly Market Recap Jan 13, 2019

Courtesy of Blain.

In last week’s recap we asked:  “Has the Fed solved all the market’s problems in 1 speech?”

Thus far the market says yes!  As Guns n Roses preached – all we need is a little “patience”.  Four up days followed by a nominal down day Friday had the market following it’s normal pattern the past nearly 30 years – jumping whenever the Federal Reserve hints (or essentially says outright) it is here for the markets.   And in case you missed it the prior Friday, Chairman Powell came back out Thursday to reiterate the news – so…so… so… patient!

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reinforced that message Thursday during a discussion at the Economic Club of Washington where he said that the central bank will be “fle...



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Why Trump Can't Learn

 

Bill Eddy (lawyer, therapist, author) predicted Trump's chaotic presidency based on his high-conflict personality, which was evident years ago. This post, written in 2017, references a prescient article Bill wrote before Trump even became president, 5 Reasons Trump Can’t Learn. ~ Ilene 

Why Trump Can’t Learn

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Biotech

Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

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Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

Bacteriophage viruses infecting bacterial cells , Bacterial viruses. from www.shutterstock.com

Courtesy of John Bergeron, McGill University

Today, the scientific community is aghast at the prospect of gene editing to create “designer” humans. Gene editing may be of greater consequence than climate change, or even the consequences of unleashing the energy of the atom.

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Mapping The Market

Trump: "I Won't Be Here" When It Blows Up

By Jean-Luc

Maybe we should simply try him for treason right now:

Trump on Coming Debt Crisis: ‘I Won’t Be Here’ When It Blows Up

The president thinks the balancing of the nation’s books is going to, ultimately, be a future president’s problem.

By Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay, Daily Beast

The friction came to a head in early 2017 when senior officials offered Trump charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the nationa...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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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).

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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