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Market Liquidity Conditions Are Still Loose As A Goose

zerohedge.com / Via Global Macro Monitor / Jul 16, 2017  Since the Fed began raising interest rates in December 2015,  financial market liquidity conditions have loosened considerably.   Recall our post,  Orwellian Monetary Policy,  which we wrote in May. “Tightening is Easing” Since U.S. monetary policy began tightening in December 2015, the Fed has added liquidity to the […]

HSBC Forced To Ban Bankers From Trading Stocks In Their Personal Accounts

HSBC has a shaky relationship with regulators.  Back in 2012, the bank admitted that it helped Mexican drug cartels launder money and did business with Iran and other sanctioned nations. To avoid charges, it signed a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the U.S. Department of Justice which required it to improve its internal controls and […]

EURUSD, Bund Yields Plunge After ECB Tells Market ‘You Misjudged Draghi’s Comments’

Just as we warned was likely (how many times have we seen this game played), The ECB has come out this morning to explain to the market that the reaction to Draghi's hawkish speech yesterday was entirely mistaken. The reaction is clear – EUR and Bund yields are tumbling. Vice President Vitor Constancio scrambled to set the […]

Bill Blain: “The 1-, 4- And 10-Year Cycles Top Out Mid-August At Which Point Be Very Afraid… Or Something Like That”

By Bill Blain of Mint Partners, Blain’s Morning Porridge – June 28th 2017 Uncertainty, confusion, a Tech-sell off.. but are things as bad as they seem? “Now I got mortgages and homes, I got stiffness in my bones, ain’t no beauty queens in this locality…” As we reach towards month end and the half-year, markets […]

How The Fed Helps The US Spy On Foreign Governments

It's widely known that the Federal Reserve has been tasked by Congress with a "dual mandate" to maintain stable consumer-goods prices, low unemployment and – oh yes – buoyant equity prices. However, as Reuters revealed on Monday, the central bank has another legally binding obligation that might upset some of its clients: Helping the US […]

Matt King Is Back With A Dire Warning: “A Significant Un-balancing Is Coming”

Earlier this week we discussed a chart from Citi’s Hanz Lorenzen, which we said may be the “scariest chart for central banks” and showed the projected collapse in central bank “impulse” in the coming years as a result of balance sheet contraction, and which – if history is any indication – would drag down not […]

“Nothing Else Matters”: Central Banks Have Bought A Record $1.5 Trillion In Assets In 2017

One month ago, when observing the record low vol coupled with record high stock prices, we reported a stunning statistic: central banks have bought $1 trillion of financial assets just in the first four months of 2017, which amounts to $3.6 trillion annualized, “the largest CB buying on record” according to Bank of America. Today […]

Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: The Top 25 U.S. Banks Have 222 Trillion Dollars Of Exposure To Derivatives

The recklessness of the “too big to fail” banks almost doomed them the last time around, but apparently they still haven’t learned from their past mistakes.  Today, the top 25 U.S. banks have 222 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.  In other words, the exposure that these banks have to derivatives contracts is approximately equivalent […]

What, Bid-Rigging at Foreclosure-Crisis Auctions?

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Apr 19, 2017 No crisis can be let go to waste. The Foreclosure Crisis, spawned by the Financial Crisis and the Housing Bust, became a veritable money machine for some folks. And it just keeps on giving. This one is still happening in the Bay Area of California where home […]

The banking industry abuses its customers worse than United Airlines

sovereignman.com / Simon Black / April 17, 2017 Last week the Internet was ablaze with disgust after a man was physically dragged off a United Airlines flight. What’s amazing, though, is that there are countless cases of another industry abusing its customers in far, far worse ways than the airlines. I’m talking, of course, about the banking […]