In January Bloomberg reported that Tim Geithner called the CEO of Standard and Poor’s after the company downgraded US debt to explain that the move would have “ramifications” for the company. Now S&P finds itself embroiled in a lawsuit driven by the Justice Department which S&P says is punishment for the downgrade.
Take this with a grain of salt, but it is an interesting chart for sure.
The economic tide has been going out for quite a while, but the pace has just quickened in emerging markets – big time. Things have become quite unsteady and no one knows whether the current instability will trigger something broader in the developed economies. China is slowing. Japan has horns locked with China economically and increasingly politically. Europe is catching its breath before another wave rolls through.
Is anyone, anyone, surprised by this?
Where do modern economic bubbles come from? They come from the world central banking system, chiefly the Fed, the prime mover of crony capitalism.
Ben told us today that he’s not ready to stop rocking the QE just yet. The stock market celebrated. More manna from the Fed! Hurrah!
Now sing it with me – “Ain’t no party like a Bernanke party, ’cause a Bernanke party don’t stop!”
Ah yes it’s good to drink from the punch bowl.
Remember when S&P downgraded US debt? Boy, some people weren’t very happy about that. The public just might get the idea that this country was headed in the wrong direction financially. And that dear readers is clearly not the case. I mean Washington has told us over and over that there is nothing to worry about.
Art Cashin the dean of the NYSE floor stopped short of saying that out and out manipulation was happening in Japanese after markets trading.
Not bad. The economy must be just killing it! No? Well…Then why is the market ripping and roaring? You say they’re handing out free chips at the Fed window and the cards are stacked for the players? Oh excellent. That seems like a good way to run an economy. Pass me a martini.