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Tag Archives: Bank of Japan

Central Bank Nastiness, Japan Swoons, Nikkei Down 6.4% Last Night

There is a chill moving through markets right now. The great central bank experiment of the last 5 years (the acute version) is misfiring again. As they say—you can’t get something for nothing, and the experiment which has failed the lower and middle classes of the Western world is now failing the monied classes. At least at this moment and in Japan. The markets which were feeling pretty good about themselves (for the most part, though Japan has had significant volatility recently) aren’t feeling so good.

The world is coming to terms with the possible end of QE, and like a heroin addict whose methadone prescription may soon run out, markets are getting very nervous.

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Retail Sales Drop Most in 9 Mos., Art Cashin Feels a Deflationary Wind. (Video)

Yesterday we talked about inflationary pressures in stocks and in housing. But the core of the world economy continues to struggle. We are printing like crazy here and in Japan, and equity markets, and to a very limited extent some housing markets, have trended up. But retail sales are trending down. Gold is trending down. Silver is trending down. Europe continues to trend down. China? Well it depends on the day. Things are pretty weird right now. And North Korea is throwing a nuclear tipped fit.

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