You think the stock markets are still really “markets?” Ha, ha, ha, ha, and ha.
With subzero rates Japan appears to be spinning toward a significant economic disruption either sooner or later. The Land of the Rising Sun appears to be digging a very deep hole for itself.
Japan is still the world’s 3rd largest economy after the USA and China so upheaval in Japan means global upheaval.
“We may not be seeing isolated bolts from the blue, but the signs of a gathering storm that has been building for a long time,” Borio said.
The above comes from the Bank of International Settlements in Switzerland.
In mid December we asked;
The winds sure did start to whip at the beginning of this year.
It is no small thing when one of the world’s great stock markets loses 1/20 of its value in a day. It happens though.
This is supposed to be some kind of surprise? A revelation? The central banks exist and have always existed FOR Wall Street and London.
Abenomics is failing. The world’s third largest economy is now in recession, yet again. The massive “printing” of yen has not helped as we (and many others) predicted it wouldn’t. The Japanese threw all in and now the country is staring at a stark winter.
Not the kind of economic boom the Keynesians were hoping for.
Look at it this way. If you are part of the vast, generally assetless or nearly assetless middle class you won’t have to watch the value of what you have decline. I guess that’s a good thing, sort of.
The world is slowing. China is in serious trouble and the ripples emanating from Beijing are becoming waves. The Keynesian experiment post-Crash is failing. (As the Austrian economists said it would.)
World markets are built right now on cotton candy and the rainbow dreams of central bankers.
The Fed will always be able to stop a crash. Just like how the prices of houses always go up?
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.
Mashing the buttons and pulling the levers.
Has anyone else noticed that the world has been in a depression since 2008? And NOW they’ve lost “control”?
I think that it’s funny that David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s former budget chief, starts his column with this sentence:
“This morning’s market is more erratic than Claire Danes off her lithium.”
Seems a little gratuitously mean. Accurate (?) perhaps but mean. But that is one of the things we like about the guy. His acid.
The yen debasement bus rolls on. Has a new tank of gas too.
Oil sends a shudder through the world economy. Japan goes for broke (probably literally) with the Japanese citizenry on board. China fears being sucked into a debasement black hole. Europe clings. We watch.
Japan, you gave us karate, Godzilla, walkmans (remember those?), sushi, Hello Kitty, and cars which didn’t fall apart. Though we fought you bitterly in World War II America came to love you more than any other country in the world with the exception of the United Kingdom (and maybe Australia, Canada doesn’t count). We hate to see you in your current straits. One, because we have a general affinity for the Land of the Rising Sun. But two, because we are riding the same bullet train here in the States,
See, everything’s cool.
It has failed. It has failed for over 2 decades now.
But I attach an interesting debate featuring Peter Boockvar (in the Abenomics is a disaster camp) and David Zervos (in the Abenomics is proof that Keynesian huja buja works camp). They are diametrically opposed and it is fun to watch.