Posts Tagged ‘Hoenig’

Notes From Underground: Merkel set to stand firm in the face of an electoral setback

March 28, 2011

Chancellor Merkel has said that there will be no shake-up in the ruling coalition even as the CDU/FDP suffered at the voting booth as the German electors have grown tired of the vacillating vixen of Berlin. The German chancellor has wavered on EU BAILOUTS, NUCLEAR ENERGY and even deserted her allies in its ill-conceieved intervention in Libya. So a leader who has not stood fast nor firm is telling Germany that after the election defeat she will stand firm. Now we all ought to be nervous. I hope that Germany will be firmer in honoring its committments to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) than Merkel has been to adhering to some form of political principles.

Also, it was interesting that President Obama declared victory in the Libyan campaign and handed over control of the operations to NATO. Is France a member of NATO this week? The U.S. and its allies have entered a dangerous period in its intervention in¬†LIBYA. As I wrote just after the Egyptian rebellion, the real game changer will be Syria. The Assad Regime has severely suppressed the incipient demonstrations as expected. Secretary of State Clinton was asked if the U.S. and its allies would intervene to halt the slaughter of Syrians–as it claimed to be doing in Libya–Madam Secretary stated that Syria was not Libya because Bashar Assad had promised visiting U.S. legislators that he was bent on reform. Therefore, the reform-minded Syrian president is not a candidate for the military reprisals.


Notes From Underground: NBER plays TOMMY; BENNY turns on the monetary jets

September 21, 2010

In what must be the results of being rendered deaf and dumb by the credit implosion of the last 36 months, the National Bureau of Economic Research has declared that the recession has ended. It must be great to be an employed economist. In what world do these analysts live and the bigger question is why does it matter what they declare?


Notes From Underground: FED decides tomorrow and the envelope please …

September 20, 2010

Another FED meeting and another day when the parsers of FED SPEAK get to dissect the nuances that the media uses to fill the void of that vapid wasteland. The current rally in the EQUITY markets will give the FED Board of Governors the needed cover to maintain the extended period language and appear that it is above politics.


Notes From Underground: CNBC-CME Trader Sounds Off

June 24, 2010

Yra Harris on CNBC

Click on the image to watch me discuss Wednesday’s FOMC statement and the never-ending tennis match.