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Tag Archives: Bernanke

Is the stock market really “rigged?”

I remember sitting in my car in college listening to Howard Stern on the radio before class sometime in 2000. Howard and his crew were talking about the stock market which was roaring. The Tech Bubble was in full effect. The sky was the limit. If you weren’t in the market you were losing out. It was a similar vibe to the Housing Bubble which would emerge only a few years later.

Stern took a call from a listener.

The caller, who sounded like he might have been on the tail end of a serious bender explained in candid terms that he was affiliated with some unsavory characters and that he and his unsavory friends were manipulating the market up. He said there was little under the prices of many of the stocks which were rising at breakneck speed.

In a few months we would see how right that caller was.

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Presidents should be able to declare economic emergencies: Bernanke

Has this guy not done enough damage? Is he bored? Yes, let’s let the president declare economic martial law. I don’t see how that could be a disaster at all. No way that would be abused. Why bother with even involving Congress at all? It only has the power of the purse after all. (The president by design does not have this power.)

Shoot, why don’t we declare presidents to be kings and just get it all over with. Enough of this Constitution thing.

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Bill Black: Why and how Holder let all the big bank CEOs off the hook (Video)

“Responsibility remains so diffuse, and top executives so insulated that any misconduct could again be considered more a symptom of the institution’s culture than a result of the willful actions of any single individual.” -Eric Holder on why he “could not” prosecute anyone in the top echelons of the big banks. What a guy.

Bill Black is no ideologue. He is someone who is committed as far as I can tell to legitimate justice in massive system of financial fraud we know today as “banking.” No doubt he and I would disagree about the size and power of government generally and probably about the fundamental nature of money itself. However, he helped prosecute the case against bankers during the S&L crisis and he is extremely knowledgeable, not to say was also effective.

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Fed Ending QE Is Not the End of Easy Money (And welcome to “easy oil.”)

The bankers are all sighing with relief. It looks like they weathered yet another fit in the markets.

Is there a “Yellen put” in place? Yes. But more accurately it is a “Federal Reserve put.” It’s been around for quite a while. We don’t have real prices. We don’t have a real market.

Also one thing which is not really discussed often in depth is the degree to which the petrodollar plays into all of this. Oil goes down in price, the dollar typically goes higher (and vice versa,  also oil is priced in dollars on the world market) and lower fuel prices juice the American economy. It may be that fracking, and the oil supply it has created (along with a Saudi Arabia which has turned on the spigots, likely to hammer the economies of Russia and Iran who are both hurt by a Saudi created glut) is actually the most important “monetary” tool right now.

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Modern central bankers have things upside down, This is why they fail

Money isn’t wealth. It measures wealth the way a ruler measures length, a clock measures time and a scale measures weight.

Boy is this true, but so many people, including the supposed shamans at the Fed  fail to grasp (or choose oddly to ignore) this basic concept. Dumping “money” into the economic system isn’t going to make the economy grow, it will only make the money currently in the system worth less.

It’s not quite that simple. But it’s nearly that simple.

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To get real jobs back why don’t we consider real money?

Say what you want about gold but it has held its value for thousands of years. The fiat dollar? Well let’s just say its been a steady march toward becoming trash.

If we want a high value economy, if we want high value jobs, we should have “high value” money. Sound money. Gold backed money. We should have money which can’t be eroded at the whim of our central bank.

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Memo to the Political Class: You Can’t Be a Hero and a Thief

Washington and the Fed think they can plan out society. That they can manipulate the levers of the economy to elicit positive outcomes (mostly for them). That leaving the world to the “whims of the marketplace” is madness. That dispassionate managers (no one is dispassionate, especially political managers) can and will make the world anew. There is no God. Government is God and it will giveth and taketh as it pleases.

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Influential Economist Warns, Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: “This Won’t End Pretty”

Truly it will not end well if people keep buying into the simple minded notion that the government is somehow their friend. That the state will mete out justice on behalf of the “people.” That somehow by expanding the power of the politicians life will be made better.

The government is to be tolerated. There are things it must do. But it is not your friend unless you are in the political class. Most of us are not.

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End the Fed: “We do not need ‘monetary policy’ any more than we need a paintbrush policy, a baseball bat policy, or an automobile policy.”

Indeed we don’t. But we are so conditioned to the idea that the cost of renting money fundamentally should be determined by a central bank that most don’t think anything of monetary policy. When the economy tanks, the Fed’s supposed to ease, when the economy gets too hot it’s supposed to raise rates. This is what we were all taught in our macroeconomics courses. Makes sense…I guess.

Actually not at all. These fluctuations, the business cycle, are created by the world’s central banks.

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