Posts Tagged ‘Alan Greenspan’

Notes From Underground: Hell Has Frozen Over. Greenspan and Harris Agree

December 7, 2017

Over the last 30 years I have not had much regard for Alan Greenspan. He has been wrong on many of the issues on which he has opined, not least his speech on home bias and his pleadings for U.S. homeowners to refinance their mortgages and use home equity as a piggy bank. But like Holden, I digress. In his CNBC interview Wednesday he was adamant that fiscal stimulus was ill-advised, but tax reform was necessary. He said Congress should use the reform to close tax loopholes and run budget surpluses while we are at some modicum of full employment. I agree with this and as Greenspan maintained, the beginning of this tax reform OUGHT to be the reconsideration of Bowles/Simpson. Greenspan also stressed “… the folks in Washington do not understand that reducing the size of the system portfolio is a necessary condition for normalizing the price of credit.” I also agree with this viewpoint. And, in regards to BITCOIN, Sir Alan explained you can’t create VALUE out of nothing.

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Notes From Underground: Old Friends Sat On A Park Bench Like Bookends (Simon & Garfunkel)

April 10, 2016

I’ve been staring at this image and keep thinking about the three living Fed Chairmen that sat on the stage April 7 and the fourth that was teleported from Washington, D.C. I was thinking about the replies to weak questions posed by the  moderator and better questions from the audience. I thought about the question I would have asked first. I would have asked each Fed Chair what they had thought about the role of GOLD in the post-Bretton Woods global financial system. Ben Bernanke famously opined that he didn’t understand GOLD but seemed very comfortable visualizing a role for BITCOIN. Yellen has never openly stated her concern about the barbarous relic. Back in the 1960s, Alan Greenspan wrote a serious paper for the Ayn Rand society on the important role of GOLD in a global system and more important for the impact of  GOLD for a democratic capitalist world.

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Notes From Underground: Let’s Deflate the Cult of Personality and Media-Inflated Infallibility

August 18, 2015

Some follow-through from yesterday: The DAX,Dow and Russell 2000 closed below their 200-day moving averages but it is early in the week so while a negative it is not definitive of any sustaining activity. Just another effort to be attentive to global developments. The Chinese markets were under assault last night, which led to a selloff in copper and silver prices although GOLD remained firm. Some analysts maintain that the selling in copper and silver was due to having meet margin calls with account collateral being liquidated. I have no argument with that analysis but if so silver should regain itself above 15.10 and GOLD should rise above its recent highs. If China’s recent market developments is the onset of global deflation the world’s central banks will be forced into renewed crisis mode and the precious metals will again be viewed as a “reliable haven.” Let the market be your guide for theory confirmation and have your technical levels ready especially for GOLD resistance.

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Notes From Underground: The Tail That Wags the Dog

May 5, 2014

The global financial system is in a difficult state as the world’s central banks react to equity markets as a guide to economic policy. Ben Bernanke has to assume some responsibility for this because of his August 2010 Jackson Hole speech about the importance of PORTFOLIO BALANCE CHANNELS. In an effort to get the “animal spirits” of investors flowing Bernanke pushed for a second round of QE to make interest rates so low that investors, insurance companies and pension funds would choose to buy equities and high yield corporate debt, taking on more risk so as to arouse the capitalist’s desire for higher returns. Once this path is trod and the FED is the bartender rather than the designated driver, the question arises about when the system is healthy enough to sustain increased growth without a continued monetary infusion.

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Notes From Underground: Getting To The Core Issue In Apple’s Dividend

March 19, 2012

Today, in an interview with Betty Liu on Bloomberg TV, I was asked about the “news” of the day, of course that being the APPLE decision to pay a dividend and buy back stock. Long-time readers of NOTES are aware that I am a believer in stock dividends as a way to return capital to the genuine owners of a corporation: THE SHAREHOLDERS. Ms. LIU wanted to know if the APPLE news was bullish for the EQUITY markets as the share price of the technological behemoth would drive all indices higher. As a GLOBAL MACRO analyst/trader/investor, I said that it was more bullish for capitalism in America.

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Notes From Underground: The Bank of Canada Holds Rates Steady, Or, Anything But European Debt

January 17, 2012

This morning the Bank of Canada (BOC) voted to keep rates steady as 1% as Governor Mark Carney voiced concern over the troubling situation in Europe. The BOC noted that weakness in the EUROPEAN ECONOMY could spread as more austerity is applied to the profligate peripheries. The Canadians are in a difficult situation as the growth in household debt is growing because of continued low rates and this is causing angst with economic policy makers. Finance Minister Flaherty noted that the Canadian government may have to find other ways to halt the increase in household borrowing. I am not a fan of Mr. Flaherty but it is nice to see a government actually thinking ahead of the problem and looking for ways to “LEAN AGAINST THE WIND.”

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Notes From Underground: And The Winner of This Year’s GREENSPAN MORAL HAZARD Award Is … JON CORZINE

November 1, 2011

Another day another crisis in EUROLAND, or the LA LA LAND of Wall Street, which we will know refer to as THE LAND OF MORAL HAZARD. The leaders of the Wall Street establishment have proven again that no risky investment is too big as long it is with OPM (other people’s money). Jon Corzine went all in on a bet on PIIG DEBT in an effort to increase the annual returns at MF GLOBAL. In a ZIRP environment, a clearing house has a difficult time making money because the earnings, which are the overnight float, are so extremely low. In order to generate greater earnings on the FLOAT, greater risks need to be taken so the need to purchase riskier sovereign debt becomes the outlet.

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Notes From Underground: Europe Steals A Page From Alan Greenspan

October 27, 2011

It was once reported that Alan Greenspan, the Maestro of solipsistic reasoning, once said, “if you understood what I said, I must have misspoke.” The markets think they understood the basics of the GRAND EUROPEAN PLAN, but after reading through the many releases, I am not sure how the bail concoction actually will be deployed. (more…)

Notes From Underground: Inflation sets on the BRITISH empire

February 15, 2011

The inflation data released by the U.K. showed that CPI has increased to 4 percent. The largest price increase was in INK costs as Mervyn King had to pen another letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer explaining the price increases maintained during the BOE’s inflation-mandated levels. King has placed himself in a difficult position as he has held rates steady in the face of rising inflation. Governor King’s stance is the same as Bernanke’s. The rise in prices are due to elements that the CENTRAL BANK cannot effect and the inflationary impact is acting as a drag on the consumer. Why ?

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Notes From Underground: TEGWAR and Bernanke puts out to sustain the Greenspan PUT

November 4, 2010

Ok.OK. We got it —the FED did not wish to anger Mr.Market so he presided over an 11-1 vote for the further Quantitative Easing by another $600 billion spread throughout the next eight months. It was interesting to see that the DOLLAR rallied at first and that GOLD and other commodities were sold off. The S&Ps and other equities tried to break but they realized that BEN BERNANKE is the greatest thing, well, since SIR ALAN GREENSPAN. It seems that the FED has totally fallen into the trap of perpetuating the wealth effect to keep the economy from falling into a deflationary  spiral. No matter how we look at this, the importance of EQUITY market gains is paramount as the FED believes that this is the key to unleashing the “animal spirits” that are necessary for capitalism to thrive.

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