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Category Archives: Monetary Policy

The Rise Of Zombie Companies (And Why It Matters)

Authored by Daniel Lacalle via The Mises Institute, The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has warned again of the collateral damages of extremely loose monetary policy. One of the biggest threats is the rise of “zombie companies.” Since the “recovery” started, zombie firms have increased from 7.5% to 10.5%. In Europe, BofA estimates that about […]

As D-Day Looms, The Maturity Of ECB’s Bund Purchases Drops Again

With every passing month, the ECB gets closer to its (QE)D-Day: the day when it runs out of bonds to buy, which according to recent calculations could take place in just a few months unless the ECB taper its bond purchases soon. In its latest monthly purchase, the ECB revealed that, according to Bloomberg calculations, […]

Yanking The Bank Of Japan’s Chain – “It’s Basic Math, Stupid!”

Authored by EconomicPrism's MN Gordon, annotated by Acting-Man's Pater Tenebrarum, Mathematical Certainties Based on the simple reflection that arithmetic is more than just an abstraction, we offer a modest observation.  The social safety nets of industrialized economies, including the United States, have frayed at the edges.  Soon the safety net’s fabric will snap. This recognition […]

“It’s Time For Markets To Catch On” – Central Bankers Warn ‘Investors Are Too Complacent’

Authored by Lena Komileva, originally posted at The Financial Times, The US Federal Reserve raised rates for the third time in six months in June, even though inflation had stayed below its 2 per cent target for much of the past decade. Why? The justification lies with the return to “economic normalisation” (a more normal […]

Greenspan Fears Imminent Stagflationary Slump, Warns The Bubble Is In Bonds Not Stocks

Former Fed chair Alan Greenspan blasphemously warned a year ago of an "imminent crisis": "This is the worst period, I recall since I've been in public service. There's nothing like it, including the crisis – remember October 19th, 1987, when the Dow went down by a record amount 23 percent? That I thought was the […]

The Fed’s Monetary Tantrum Will Push The Economy Into Outright Deflation

Via MauldinEconomics.com, It is increasingly evident that the US economy is not taking off like some predicted after the election. President Trump and the Republicans haven’t passed any of the fiscal stimulus measures we hoped to see. Banks and energy companies have got some regulatory relief, and that helps. But it’s a far cry from […]

AUDUSD Slides Back Under 0.80 After RBA Warns Over Strong Exchange Rate

The AUDUSD has faded overnight gains and was trading near session lows after the RBA kepts its interest rate at 1.5% as expected and previewed last night, however in an echo of last week’s comments from Lowe, the central bank flagged that a stronger AUD was expected to contribute to subdued price pressures and was […]

Schwab: “New Accounts Are At Levels We Have Not Seen Since The Dot Com Bubble” As Millennials Rush Into Stocks

We can now officially close the book on the “cash on the sidelines.” One week ago, we reported that in the latest weekly survey of Bank of America high net worth clients, the cash allocation had fallen to an all time low of just 10.4%, below the previous record low of 11% in April 2007 […]

BofA: “The Longer This Continues, The More The Current Regime Echoes 2004-2007”

There is no getting away from it: in what has become a long-running tradition, every day brings a new explanation (or at least attempt) to the current low-vol regime from a major bank, and today it was (again) Bank of America’s turn to explain why the VIX, and cross asset vol in general, both continue […]

John Mauldin: “One Of These 3 Black Swans Will Trigger A Global Recession”

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com, Exactly 10 years ago, we were months way from a world-shaking financial crisis. By late 2006, we had an inverted yield curve steep to be a high-probability indicator of recession. I estimated at that time that the losses would be $400 billion at a minimum. Yet, most of my […]