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The market is rigged? No : ‘Plunge protection’ behind market’s sudden recovery

The “plunge protection team” (PPT) used to be something which was whispered about. Now it’s openly discussed in the New York Post. Hell will become a frost covered plain before the New York Times  will ever mention the PPT of course.

As I have written before, there is an understanding among traders post-2008. If the market heads into a nose dive the Fed will intervene. It will actively buy futures (and likely whatever else it has to) in the market to buoy the market.

The PPT is kind of like the Israeli nuclear program. No one acknowledges it officially but almost everyone thinks it exists and as such this impacts markets.

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Is the fix in? ‘Stunning’ Fed move put bottom under stocks: Traders

This fundamentally has been the bet of traders of all kinds for the past 3 1/2 years or so. If things get too bad in the markets the Federal Reserve will come to the rescue. The belief is that the Fed is bigger than the market. That come what may the shamans can offer a “wink and a nod” and all will be well. That is what these guys think they saw today.

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No Happy Ending for Investors in Central Bank Fairy Tale

Ah yes, all the hokus pokus is less magic and more smoke and mirrors. Some of us have said this for a long time. But in the wake of Japan falling back into recession, Europe’s continued depression, China’s slowing, and the ongoing troubles in the United States one gets the sense that on some level the grand poobahs of central banking are just tired. The act can only go on for so long. Sooner or later it has to end. Really the Bank of International Settlements, the central bank of central banks turned on the lights earlier this year.

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Peter Thiel: We are in a government bubble of massive size (Video)

I mean sure, but what does “massive” really mean? He could have said “super-duper colossal” bubble and that would have been way worse right? It’s not until we’re in super-duper bubble territory that we need to worry? Right?

Um, right?

Gee, where’d everybody go? I have some stocks and bonds I need to sell.

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Elizabeth Warren: When Going Got Tough, Obama Admin ‘Picked Wall Street’

Given that she supported renewing the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Boeing’s bank, one of the most egregious examples of crony capitalism there is, Ms. Warren also chose to support Wall Street. Additionally, her baby the Consumer Financial Financial Board is (illegally?) housed within the Federal Reserve (not subject to Congressional funding oversight) and has become a lobbyist mill already.

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CNBC: Home prices headed for a triple dip

Nothing in housing is fixed. The market is still broken. It might even be worse than before 2008. Government activism (via Fanny and Freddy and most importantly the Federal Reserve) screwed up the market initially and caused the Crash. Yet some in the fever panic thought activist government was the answer to the housing crater caused by government activism.

It wasn’t.

In order for housing to get back to something close to healthy prices needed (need) to crash more. This would have let young buyers in at sustainable levels (even if credit was tight initially) which would have then pushed blood through the real estate sector. Not zombie blood like we have now. But real honest to goodness economic vitality.

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The (all too) Sane Case for Auditing the Fed

By far the most secret and least accountable operation of the federal government is not, as one might expect, the CIA, DIA, or some other super-secret intelligence agency. The CIA and other intelligence operations are under control of the Congress. They are accountable: a Congressional committee supervises these operations, controls their budgets, and is informed of their covert activities. It is true that the committee hearings and activities are closed to the public; but at least the people’s representatives in Congress insure some accountability for these secret agencies.

It is little known, however, that there is a federal agency that tops the others in secrecy by a country mile. The Federal Reserve System is accountable to no one; it has no budget; it is subject to no audit; and no Congressional committee knows of, or can truly supervise, its operations. The Federal Reserve, virtually in total control of the nation’s vital monetary system, is accountable to nobody – and this strange situation, if acknowledged at all, is invariably trumpeted as a virtue. – Murray Rothbard from (the original) Case Against the Federal Reserve

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