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Congress Is Blowing It On Financial Reform (Again): Where Are The Limits On Leverage?

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Congress Is Blowing It On Financial Reform (Again): Where Are The Limits On Leverage?

Courtesy of The Daily Bail

Nothing about the single most relevant factor in the blow-up.

Leverage.

Until 2004 (quick refresher) our investment banks had a leverage limit of 12:1.  After Paulson led the multi-year effort to sway the SEC to drop these rules entirely, allowing 5 banks to utilize unlimited leverage, all 5 became effectively insolvent within 4 years.

It’s the most important factor in explaining how this banking crisis was so devastating compared to previous blow-ups, and why it was so widespread — European banks were (and remain) even more leveraged than our own.

And, it’s the easiest part to fix.  Just turn the rule back to pre-2004.

There are only 2 possibilities.

  • Congress is completely, undeniably, captured by Wall Street and so they did not allow leverage limits to make their way into either the House or Senate bill?  OR
  • Congress is so flipping stupid that no one thought to propose a leverage limit?

The obvious answer is ‘captured’, but the more I consider it, the second choice of ‘just plain stupid’ is not out of the realm of possibilities. 

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I wrote this short post Friday night; I read this morning that Blodget had a similar thought:

  • Raise capital requirements, forcing the banks to use their tremendous profits to build big cushions against future problems instead of paying huge bonuses.  Given the forced bailouts of last year, why on earth should banks be allowed to pay out normal compensation ratios for the next few years?  Why shouldn’t they be forced to keep this money on hand for a rainy day?
  • In a just world, the way out would be to finally make the bank bondholders pay for their stupidity, converting bank debt to equity and correcting the error made last time.  In the heat of another crisis, however, the government will likely be terrified at the thought of rocking the boat and will fight tooth and nail to give bondholders another free pass.  If this proves politically impossible, the government might actually have to let some firms fail, or risk being run out of town.  And because we have yet to create a system in which banks CAN fail in an orderly


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Geithner Invokes Chicago Cubs’ Battle Cry: “Wait Till Next Year”

Geithner Invokes Chicago Cubs’ Battle Cry: "Wait Till Next Year"

Courtesy of Mish

Geithner admits banks are overleveraged but in his Orwellian world, deleveraging is the wrong thing to do because "the world is fragile".

Please consider New bank capital, leverage limits coming in 2010: Geithner.

Government officials will not set new capital and leverage standards for financial institutions until next year, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday.

"The world is a little fragile; people aren’t willing to take enough risk now, and we don’t want to do anything that would push people to delever," Geithner said to Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace at an event in Washington hosted by the Atlantic magazine in partnership with the Aspen Institute and the Newseum. "We’ll have the agreement on the numbers, but it won’t happen until next year; in the absence of fragility."

Geithner acknowledged that existing bank-capital restrictions were "too low and easily evaded."

"It’s going to take a while to come out of this because we are saving more money, something we have to do," he commented. "Growth is going to be slower coming out of this, and it is a reasonable expectation that this is going to take a while."

"It’s not a tenable situation for the government to be in the business of running large parts of the economy, and we won’t do it," Geithner said.

Geithner finished speaking the same way he always does, with a lie.

"We won’t do it" is a blatant lie. The government has its direct hand in autos, banks, insurance companies, stock brokers, home builders, and the entire mortgage industry.

The first thing any regulator in his right mind would do would be to dissolve Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA. Instead, leverage was increased to allow loans up to 125% of assessed value and the mortgage lenders of only resort are the GSEs and the FHA.

It was idiotic to take over AIG yet the government did. Cash for clunkers was economic idiocy but the government did that too. Ditto for screwing GM bondholders in favor if the union. We had to do those things under the guise "things were too fragile".

"We’ll have the agreement on the numbers, but it won’t happen until next year; in the absence of fragility."

Chicago Cubs Battle Cry

It’s October, and


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California Troubled Utility Proposed $2 Billion Rate Hike To Fund "Wildfire Safety"

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

One month after the stock and bonds of troubled California Utility Pacific Gas & Electric cratered after the company hinted of a liquidity crisis as a result of mounting legal obligations following California's destructive Camp Fire, shocking and infuriating its investors...

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May defiant, Macron contrite amid crises that threaten the EU's stability

 

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May defiant, Macron contrite amid crises that threaten the EU's stability

Courtesy of Helen DrakeLoughborough University

By some freakish alignment of political firmaments, both Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron have lived the week from political hell. Both the British prime minister and French president face challenges to their very survival as national leader.

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Dow Theory Concerns? Transportation Stocks Make New Lows

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The bull market is experiencing its first real test since the 2014/2015 stock market correction. Volatility is high and key sectors are heading lower.

One such sector is the Transportation Sector(NYSEARCA: IYT) and select stocks.

The age-old Dow Theory call for the Industrials and Transports to lead the market (and confirm each others moves). Currently, both are struggling. But the Dow Transports are on the precipice of a major breakdown. Looking at the chart below, you can see that the Transportation Sector ETF (IYT) is attempting to break down below its 12-month trading range and 9-year rising support line.

If the market doesn’t reverse higher soon, this break down will send a negative message to investors about the economy… and the broader stock market.

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Crypto Bull Tom Lee: Bitcoin's 'Fair Value' Closer To $15,000, But He's Sick Of People Asking About It

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Listening to the crypto bulls of yesteryear continue to defend their case for new new all-time highs, despite a growing mountain of evidence to suggest that last year's rally was spurred by the blind greed of gullible marginal buyers (not to mention outright manipulation), one can't help but feel a twinge of pity for Mike Novogratz and Wall Street's original crypto uber-bull, Fundstrat's Tom Lee.

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Economic Data Scheduled For Friday

Courtesy of Benzinga.

  • Data on retail sales for November will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
  • Data on industrial production for November will be released at 9:15 a.m. ET.
  • The flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index for December is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
  • Data on business inventories for October will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the recent week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Blue Wave with Cheri Jacobus (Q&A II, Updated)

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Cheri Jacobus is a widely known political consultant, pundit, writer and outspoken former Republican and frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, CBS.com, CNBC and C-Span. Cheri shares her thoughts on the political landscape with us in a follow up to our August interview.

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Weekly Market Recap Dec 09, 2018

Courtesy of Blain.

Bears are certainly showing the type of strength we haven’t seen in a long time.   A week ago at this time futures were surging on news of a “truce” for 90 days between China and the U.S. in their trade spat.  But the charts were still not saying lovely things despite a major rally the week prior.   And by Tuesday, darkness had descended back on the indexes, with another gut punch Friday.    A lot of emphasis was put on a long term Treasury yield dropping below a shorter term Treasury.

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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

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Vilas Fund Up 55% In Q3; 3Q18 Letter: A Bull Market In Bearish Forecasts

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

The Vilas Fund, LP letter for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018; titled, “A Bull Market in Bearish Forecasts.”

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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. 

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