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  • Nation's largest banks all pass Fed's 'stress tests'

    06/23/2016 10:48:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 5:36 PM EDT | Ken Sweet
    The largest U.S. financial institutions have enough armor to withstand the turmoil of a major and prolonged national and global recession, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The central bank’s annual “stress tests” show that the 33 largest financial institutions — including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo — all hold more capital than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis. They also hold enough capital that, even if faced with billions of dollars in losses from loans as a result of an economic crisis, they would continue to function. The stress tests were created in the...
  • With a British adieu to EU, it's farewell to a Fed rate hike for now

    06/24/2016 5:34:39 AM PDT · by mykroar · 15 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 6/23/2016 | Reuters
    The U.S. Federal Reserve, already undecided on when next to raise interest rates, now has one more reason to wait: Britain's vote on Thursday to leave the European Union. Not that the Fed needed another reason. Weaker-than-expected growth in U.S. jobs in recent months had already forced U.S. central bankers to put off a rate hike at their meeting last week.But while data due early next month on June U.S. payrolls growth could help clear up doubts about the strength of the labor market, the political and economic consequences of Britain's exit from the EU will take months or years...
  • Maybe Janet Yellen Hasn't Changed, But We Have

    06/24/2016 4:04:42 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 11 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | June 24, 2016 | Jeffrey Snider
    Janet Yellen has been doing a lot of talking lately, with more and more attention paid to the words she says and the contexts in which she delivers them. Maybe, then, it just seems as if the Fed Chair is speaking more, since it may be just as likely that she isn't doing anything different and that it is us who have changed. The fact that the FOMC has failed to follow through but for that one time in December is very likely the cause. Two years ago, Yellen spoke a lot of words but they were familiar, unnoticeable noise...
  • Memo To Fed: Keep Your Foot Off The Brake

    06/17/2016 6:40:34 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 2 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 6/15/2016 | Editorial
    Economy: Federal Reserve policymakers are now unanimous: Forget about a hike in interest rates for now. Our only question is, what took them so long? Just a month ago we were told repeatedly that a Fed rate hike was "baked in the cake." After all, jobs seemed to be growing smartly, consumers were perking up, and Fed data showed net wealth at near-record levels. Then reality intervened in the form of a 38,000-job gain for May — a shockingly big shortfall, considering the consensus for 160,000 net new jobs. Then, despite President Obama's jawboning, British voters look increasingly likely to...
  • A Challenge to Much That You Believe About the Fed

    06/15/2016 5:38:56 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 15 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | June 15, 2016 | Harry Binswanger
    John Tamny, of Forbes and RealClearMarkets, has penned a highly original and stimulating look at the economics of money and banking: Who Needs the Fed? I sang the praises of his remarkable Popular Economics when that came out, and now this just-published book has me singing them again, in a new key. Let me note up front that there are substantial parts of this book with which I, so far at least, disagree. I have exchanged some emails with Mr. Tamny on these issues and nothing has been resolved. This is a not A Bad Thing: it can be actually...
  • Book Review: Who Needs The Fed? by John Tamny

    06/12/2016 12:25:49 PM PDT · by BUSHdude2000 · 9 replies
    Big Jolly Politics ^ | 5/31/2016 | Steve Parkhurst
    Review by Steve Parkhurst: Who Needs The Fed?: What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money, Credit, and Why We Should Abolish America’s Central Bank, is not a dense economics book like the macro or micro economics of our youth. This book is written much more clearly than those old textbooks, and is actually interesting. The many rather short chapters make their case and then move along to the next. Tamny’s utter disdain for the Fed is both evident, and humorous along the way. But his book is not an angry diatribe, instead it is a fact-filled, example-laden...
  • Is the Fed Outright Buying Stocks/Futures to Prop Up the Markets?

    06/08/2016 9:21:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07 June 2016 | Phoenix Capital
    “Someone” is getting desperate. Throughout the last week, anytime stocks have begun to correct or drop, “someone” has bought S&P 500 futures to prop the market up. Anyone who’s been involved with the markets for a while knows the difference between real buyers and manipulation. This is manipulation plain and simple. Look at all those “V” rallies. Three days in a row stocks opened DOWN and someone immediately stepped in and began buying aggressively. Another tell-tale sign of manipulation: the buying halts almost the moment stocks get to 2,100 on the S&P 500. At this point the manipulation ends. And...
  • Is Janet Yellen in the hot seat after poor jobs report?

    06/07/2016 4:48:19 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 6, 2016 | John Crudele
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made her usual bipolar remarks yesterday in a speech: Last week’s employment report was disappointing... ...Yellen... ...sounded like a politician and basically said nothing. I’m now going to tell you how Yellen’s comments will sound ... YELLEN: “Good afternoon everyone. FYI, this is a freakin’ OMG moment for us at the Fed. President Trump is bustin’ our cajones, and I’m pretty sure it’s because the Fed is being run by a dame. “The economy? I bet you want to know what the economy is doing. I could tell you this and tell you that. But...
  • Alan Greenspan Warns That Venezuelan Style Martial Law Will Soon Come To The US

    05/31/2016 10:32:00 AM PDT · by blam · 70 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-31-2016 | Jeff_Berwick
    May 31, 2016 Jeff_Berwick It seems barely a day passes now without some big name person warning of imminent collapse. The latest is Alan Greenspan. In an interview on Thursday he told Fox News that Venezuela is now under martial law and that “America is next.” He said that what was happening in Venezuela was inevitably going to take place in the US. I agree with this. In fact, we said this exact thing just last week with our article, “Venezuela Descends Into Chaos… Europe and US Next.” Funny enough, a few brainwashed sheeple said we were crazy for saying...
  • Official: Global Markets Seem Ready for an Interest Rate Hike

    05/30/2016 9:12:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    VOA ^ | 05/30/2016
    A U.S. Federal Reserve Bank president said Monday the global markets seem to be poised for an interest rate hike this summer. James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, said his outlook was not "too surprising" since signs are pointing to a second quarter rebound in the U.S. gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S. Bullard's remarks, made at an international conference in Seoul, South Korea, follow revised data Friday from the U.S. Commerce Department that the economy expanded faster than previously thought in the first three months of...
  • How Republican Senators Failed GOP voters once again

    05/26/2016 3:29:20 PM PDT · by Tom Jefferson · 16 replies
    Bear to the Right ^ | May 25, 2016 | Gary Aminoff
    Last Friday, May 20, 2016, something happened in the U.S. Senate you won’t hear about in the mainstream media. You can read about it here. Gary Aminoff comments in the following short video.
  • China Wants U.S. Clues On Fed Rate Hike Timing

    05/26/2016 4:26:47 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/25/2016 | BLOOMBERG NEWS
    Chinese officials plan to ask their American counterparts in annual talks next month about the chance of a Federal Reserve interest-rate increase in June, according to people familiar with the matter. The Chinese delegation will try to deduce whether a June or a July rate rise is more likely, as the nation’s policy makers prepare for the potential impact on financial markets and the yuan, the people said, asking not to be named as the discussions were private. In China’s view, if the Fed does lift borrowing costs, a July move would be preferable, the people said. A People’s Bank...
  • After 8 Years Of Radical Moves, The Fed’s Still In A Box

    05/24/2016 4:54:13 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 23 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/20/2016 | TERRY JONES
    When the economy stumbles, can the Fed still catch its fall? A growing number of economists, market analysts and investors worry that the answer is no. The Federal Reserve’s radical approach to monetary policy since the financial crisis, they believe, has confounded its ability to do anything about a potential downturn — or an unexpected shock to the economy. Worse, others argue that by staying with a zero interest rate for so long, the Fed has put itself into a box... ...the dilemma. The post-financial crisis economic recovery still looks shaky. The Atlanta Fed’s widely followed GDPNow number, a timely...
  • Janet Yellen Doesn’t Hold Sway On Fed, Throwing Investors A Curve

    05/22/2016 8:36:15 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 4 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/19/2016 | JED GRAHAM
    There are two possible explanations for why markets so badly misjudged how close the Federal Reserve is to resuming interest-rate hikes. One possibility is that investors misread Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s speech on March 29 asserting that “caution is especially warranted” when it comes to raising rates with global risks so high and policymakers so low on conventional ammunition to counteract a downturn. Yet it seems much more likely that markets received the surprisingly dovish message as it was intended and responded just as Yellen hoped, easing global stresses that had grown as the dollar’s rise exacerbated pressure on China...
  • Hillary Clinton to support Federal Reserve change sought by liberals

    05/17/2016 6:09:38 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2016 | Ylan Q. Mui
    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said she would support changes to the top ranks of the Federal Reserve, an issue recently championed by progressive groups amid debate over how long the central bank should keep supporting the American economy. The Fed is led by a seven-member board of governors based in Washington and a dozen regional bank presidents based across the country, from New York to Kansas City to San Francisco. The governors are nominated by the White House and approved by the Senate, but regional bank presidents are selected by their boards of directors, whose occupants are chosen by...
  • Fed may need more powers to support securities firms during crises: Dudley

    05/08/2016 6:45:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 May 2016 | Lindsay Dunsmuir
    The U.S. Federal Reserve may need more powers to provide emergency funding to securities firms in times of extreme stress in order to deal with a liquidity crunch, New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley said on Sunday. "Providing these firms with access to the discount window might be worth exploring," Dudley said in prepared remarks at a financial markets conference in Amelia Island, Florida organized by the Atlanta Fed. The discount window is a credit facility through which banks borrow directly from the U.S. central bank in order to cope with liquidity shortages. The Fed currently has limited ability...
  • Eight "New Normal" Charts That Are Insanely Abnormal--and Dangerous

    05/07/2016 11:30:27 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 03 May 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Anyone questioning the sustainability and rightness of The New Normal is immediately attacked by the mainstream-media defenders of the crumbling status quo. Not only is everything that broke in 2008 fixed, everything's going great globally, and anyone who dares question this narrative in a tin-foil hat conspiracy nut or simply an annoyingly doom-and-gloomer who recalcitrantly refuses to accept the positive glories of official statistics: low unemployment, rising valuations of stock market Unicorns, etc. But the New Normal is anything but normal; all the readings of artificial life-support and manipulation are off the charts. If the New Normal were indeed a...
  • Wealth Confiscation for the Digital Age: the New “Cash Tax”

    05/11/2016 1:35:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 10 May 2016 | Brian Hunt
    “Negative interest rates” have become a phenomenon with economists and the media. But I’m writing to tell you something about negative interest rates you haven’t heard. You certainly won’t hear about it in the mainstream press. What’s coming at you is a historic event. It’s something our grandchildren will hear stories about, much like the Great Depression or the Cold War. It could send the price of gold much higher in the coming years. If you know what’s coming, it could mean the difference between having lots of free cash in retirement and barely getting by. And please remember this...
  • Trump: U.S. can never default because it prints money

    05/09/2016 6:09:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 183 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/09/2016 | Nick Gass
    Donald Trump assailed the media on Monday for what he said was a misrepresentation of his comments on debt, rejecting the notion that he would have the United States default on his debt. "I said if we can buy back government debt as a discount. In other words, if interest rates go up and we can buy bonds back as a discount, if we are liquid enough as a country we should do that. In other words, we can buy back debt as a discount," the presumptive Republican nominee said in a telephone interview on CNN's "New Day." Those who...
  • The Fed Will Go Dovish On the Way Back to Zero [ECON STINKS = NO RATE HIKES IN 2016]

    04/15/2016 4:21:59 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | April 15, 2016 | Peter Schiff
    The Winter of 2015-2016, which came to an end a few weeks ago, has been officially designated as the mildest in the U.S. in 121 years according to NOAA. While this fact will certainly add a major talking point in the global warming debate, it should also be front and center in the current economic discussion. The fact that it isn't is testament to the blatantly self-serving manner in which economic cheerleaders blame the weather when it's convenient, but ignore it when it's not. If economists were consistent (and that's a colossal "if"), the good weather would be taken as...
  • Obama 'pleased' with Fed's Yellen: White House

    04/11/2016 2:45:20 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 11, 2016 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is happy with the job done by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, with whom he is meeting on Monday to discuss regulatory issues and world economy, the White House said. "The president has been pleased with the way she has fulfilled what is a critically important job," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing.
  • Yellen backs ‘gradual’ rate hikes, says U.S. is not in a bubble

    04/10/2016 5:24:43 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr 8, 2016 | Michael S. Derby
    NEW YORK — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen offered an upbeat view of the U.S. economy Thursday and affirmed the central bank’s next step is likely to raise interest rates. But the central-bank chief didn’t say when she wants the Fed to boost borrowing costs again. “We think a gradual path of rate increases will be appropriate” given the progress the economy has made and is likely to continue to make, Yellen said as part of a panel discussion involving all the living chairs of the Federal Reserve past and present. She was joined on stage at the International House...
  • We Have a Fiscal Problem, Not a Monetary One

    04/01/2016 4:05:23 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 27 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | April 1, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    Speaking before a packed audience at the prestigious Economic Club of New York, Fed chair Janet Yellen basically announced that there would be no rate hikes for quite some time - maybe once before year end, maybe not. Her key point was that the global economy is worse today than it was in December, back when the Fed took its target rate up a quarter point. I think she's right. I also think she is paying more attention to forward-looking, inflation-sensitive financial and commodity-market prices. This is good. Very good. Yellen cited shrinking inflation spreads in the Treasury bond market,...
  • Fed Admits it is the World’s Central Bank – not just the USA Central Bank

    03/30/2016 7:20:38 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 13 replies
    armstrong economics ^ | Mar 30, 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    Janet Yellen signaled that the Fed is grappling with the problem I have been warning about: the dollar has become the de facto currency and the Fed is indeed becoming the world’s central bank. Yellen has admitted that everyone is lobbying the Fed to surrender its domestic policy objectives for international ones. This is precisely what took place in 1927. Yellen stated that the Fed should worry less about inflation domestically than about global growth risks. She pointed to the slowdown in China and depressed commodity prices, but Europe is a real basket case. She used the words that “caution...
  • Feds Propose to Fine Schools for Not Following Michelle's Lunch Directives

    03/29/2016 8:42:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/29/2016 | Michael Walsh
    They say it's broccoli, and they say the hell with it. But Big Brother is watching you, kids: The federal government is taking steps to fine schools that do not comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposed rule Monday to codify parts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama. The regulation would punish schools and state departments with fines for “egregious or persistent disregard” for the lunch rules that imposed sodium and calorie limits and banned white grains.It can't happen...
  • The Fed, the Dollar, and Oil

    03/23/2016 5:03:26 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    financial sense ^ | 03/22/2016 | Matthew Kerkhoff
    Five consecutive weeks of gains makes it hard to argue that we’re in a bear market. While it may not seem like much has changed since the markets last swooned, a few key developments remain supportive of stock prices.In particular, a shifted stance on monetary policy, change in the trajectory of the dollar, and recovery in oil prices have turned sellers into buyers.The Fed Last Wednesday the Federal Reserve confirmed what many had anticipated going into the latest FOMC meeting: that the Fed would have to back off of its four-rate-hike plan for 2016.For some time now, the Fed’s...
  • Market calm has eerie parallels to pre-swoon August

    03/24/2016 5:58:20 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | 24 Mar 16 | Alex Rosenberg
    Stocks haven't done much in a while. Wednesday marked the eight-straight day that the S&P 500 had closed less than 1 percent above or below its prior closing price. Ominously, the last time the market staged this long a period of quiescence was in early August — shortly before stocks took a gut-wrenching tumble. Now, as then, "we are at a precarious position," Erin Gibbs of S&P Investment Advisory said Wednesday on CNBC's "Trading Nation." "We're trading at fairly high valuation and earnings growth doesn't look that good, so any big shocks — disappointment from China, any movement from the...
  • A Confused Fed Will Soon Dismiss Rate Hikes Altogether

    03/24/2016 3:59:50 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 31 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | March 24, 2016 | Peter Schiff
    The Federal Reserve's years-long campaign to sheepishly back away from its own policy forecasts continued in earnest last week when it officially reduced the four expected 2016 quarter point hikes, suggested back in December, to just two. Given the deteriorating economic outlook, I believe there can be little doubt that the Fed will soon complete the capitulation process and remove all expectations for additional hikes this year. Even before that happens, savvy observers should have already concluded that the Federal Reserve is stuck in the monetary mud just as firmly now as it has been since the dawn of the...
  • Fed leaves rates unchanged, lowers economic forecasts

    03/16/2016 11:41:27 AM PDT · by John W · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Match 16, 2016 | Steven Mufson
    The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged today and lowered its economic forecasts after a turbulent start to the year in financial markets and lackluster U.S. growth persuaded the central bank to reassess the timing and magnitude of its plan to raise rates. The Fed maintained its target for interest rates at a range of 0.25 to 0.50 percent to give the U.S. recovery more time to get on a stable track without making recovery more difficult for the rest of the world, where growth is flagging. Only one member of the Federal Reserve's open market committee dissented...
  • Fed Rates Seen On Hold; But Yellen May Signal June Gloom

    03/16/2016 3:24:57 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 7 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | March 15, 2016 | ED CARSON
    The Federal Reserve is expected to keep interest rates unchanged at the end of its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, but policymakers may signal fresh monetary action in the next few months, perhaps in June. The Fed will issue its policy statement at 2 p.m. ET, along with new economic forecasts. Fed Chairwoman will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. The central bank raised rates for the first time in nearly a decade in December. But financial market turmoil, perhaps partially fueled by that December move, along with weaker economic data spurred policymakers to hold off on further tightening...
  • Central Banks Have Signed Their Death Warrants

    02/28/2016 8:35:01 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    Daily Reckoning ^ | February 22, 2016 | David Stockman
    Central Banks Have Signed Their Death Warrants During the past year U.S. consumption spending for health care rose by 5%. Spending at restaurants and bars were up by 9%, while spending for gasoline and other energy products was down by 22%. This was Mr. Market at work--millions of households reallocating their spending in response to relative price changes. It had nothing to do with a macroeconomic abstraction called "weak demand". Actually, the medical care component of the CPI rose 3.3% last year. Housing and shelter were up by 3.2%, while gasoline prices were down by 7.3%. It all added up...
  • The World's Biggest Banks May Very Well Grow Even Larger

    02/23/2016 7:11:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | February 23, 2016 | Eleanor Bloxham
    Ever since the financial crisis, many outside the wealthy elite (sometimes referred to as populists) have argued that the largest banks are too big and too risky. Minneapolis Federal Reserve president Neel Kashkari recently echoed those beliefs.Yet if a new Federal Reserve proposal goes through, Wells Fargo and other large banks might get even bigger and riskier, adding billions to their balance sheets that could increase the banks’ risk profiles.The Federal Reserve says the proposal, which specifies the amount and kind of debt that systemically important large banks must hold, could help make sure that those banks can be wound...
  • Federal Reserve Chair Yellen Grilled About Negative Interest Rates By Congress

    02/17/2016 9:41:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 02/17/2016 | Owen Davis
    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen faced what may have seemed like an absurd line of questioning on Capitol Hill this week: Has the Fed considered negative interest rates? It's not a fantasy. At central banks around the world, negative benchmark interest rates have become the new normal, leading to some unusual paradoxes. In Denmark, instead of paying interest on their mortgages, many borrowers have been receiving payments from banks on their home loans. On the flip side, some Swiss bank customers have had to pay banks to keep cash in savings accounts. Yellen told Congress Thursday, following negative moves by central banks in Europe and elsewhere, the Fed has...
  • The Mystery of the One Bank: its Owners?

    02/16/2016 8:41:52 AM PST · by amorphous · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 16 Feb 2016 | Jeff Nielson
    Roughly 2 1/2 years ago ; readers were introduced to a paradigm of crime, corruption, and control which they now know as "the One Bank". First they were presented with a definition and description of this crime syndicate. That definition came via a massive computer model constructed by a trio of Swiss academics, and cited with favor by Forbes magazine . The computer model was based upon data involving more than 10 million "economic actors", both individuals and corporations, and the conclusions which that model produced were nothing less than shocking. The One Bank is "a super-entity" comprised of 144...
  • Will crash of 2016 be worse than 2008? Interview with Charles Ortel

    02/13/2016 7:15:33 AM PST · by Randall_S · 19 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 13, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Will the crash of 2016 be worse than 2008? Central banks have failed to solve the crisis, and instead have taken on more debt than any time in history. At the same time, western institutions are welcoming in Islamic money. Does this mean Sharia-compliant finance? Listen here: http://usatransnationalreport.org/2016/02/13/usa-transnational-report-february-13-2016-guest-charles-ortel/ While European banks, such as Deutsche Bank, falter, what does this mean for the U.S. economy? And what does the future look like? Charles Ortel is an investor and writer interested in economics, geo-politics, history, travel and just, lasting peace. He has done extensive research on the fraudulent activities of the Clinton...
  • ‘Blames World’ "...the Fed is the author of its own failures..."

    02/12/2016 4:24:59 AM PST · by expat_panama · 13 replies
    New York Sun ^ | February 11, 2016 | Editorial of The New York Sun
    If Ben Bernanke's epitaph is going to be "We could raise interest in 11 minutes if we have to," what will be written on his successor's tombstone? How about "Blames World." That is the headline up today on the Drudge Report. It links to a dispatch of the Agence France Press on Janet Yellen's growing concerns over a worsening financial situation less than two months after she raised interest rates as a sign of confidence in the improving economy. What an opportunity for Senator Ted Cruz... The story, pegged to Mrs. Yellen's semi-annual testimony yesterday to the House Financial Services...
  • Here Is The Exchange That Left A Stunned Janet Yellen Looking Like A Deer In Headlights

    02/10/2016 7:51:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/1016 | tyler durden
    For nearly one year, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy has been Janet Yellen's nemesis over the ongoing probe into Fed leakage of material inside information via Medley Global and any other undisclosed channels, one which has seen subpoeans be lobbed at the Fed which has been doing everything in its power to stall said probe, and which cost Pedro da Costa his job when he dared to ask questions at a Fed presser that were not precleared by his WSJ "Fed mouthpiece" peers. Today, during Yellen's appearance before the House Financial Services committee, Duffy finally had enough, and in a heated...
  • Gold Surges Back Into The Green After $1.2 Billion Morning Plunge

    02/05/2016 12:47:53 PM PST · by amorphous · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Tyler Durden
    After someone decided to dump $1.2 billion notional in gold futures this morning as the jobs data hit - sparking a $20 tumble in the precious metal - it appears stock sellers are greatly rotating to the safety of bullion (over bonds)...
  • Is The Fed "Seriously Considering" Negative Interest Rates?

    02/04/2016 9:57:02 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 36 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | February 4, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The Fed may "seriously consider" negative rates after moving rates back to zero, reintroducing forward guidance and making "stronger pleas" to Congress for fiscal policy action as there are complications for money markets, according to BofAML strategist Mark Cabana. This would not be a total surprise as Mises Institute's Joseph Salerno warns recent Fed commentary suggests they want to test-drive negative interest rates... In 2016, the Fed's annual stress test on banks will include a scenario in which the interest rate on the three-month U.S. Treasury bill becomes negative in the second quarter of 2016 and then declines to -0.5%,...
  • Fed stress-tests negative interest rate idea

    02/02/2016 8:53:37 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 20 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | Feb. 2, 2016 | Richard Beales
    The Federal Reserve started raising official interest rates in December. But in the stress tests that large U.S. banks have to undergo, the central bank is hypothesizing that short-term Treasury yields could drop below zero. The European Central Bank and, since Friday, the Bank of Japan are trying it with policy benchmarks. Though negative U.S. interest rates are for now only in the Fed's worst-case scenario, they are becoming a plausible downturn assumption.
  • Lawrence Kudlow: Fed Freaks Out About Markets It’s Unable To Read

    02/02/2016 3:57:48 AM PST · by expat_panama · 33 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Feb. 1, 2016 | LAWRENCE KUDLOW
    Early in the new year, on Sunday, Jan. 3, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer delivered a hawkish speech to the American Economic Association. Completely misreading the economy, which is woefully weak while inflation is virtually nil, Fischer strongly hinted that the Fed would be raising its target rate by a quarter of a percent every quarter for the next three years. The next day, Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 1.5%. In the week that followed, the broad index fell 6%. The week after that, it fell over 2%. During that two-week period, the Dow Jones dropped 1,437 points....
  • EXCLUSIVE: Secret Fed Docs Show Obama Misled Congress, Public During Debt Limit Crises

    01/31/2016 6:45:38 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/16 | Richard Pollock
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York officials secretly conducted real-time exercises during the 2011 and 2013 debt-limit crisis that demonstrated the federal government could function during a temporary shutdown by prioritizing spending, even as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew publicly claimed many times that such efforts were "unworkable," according to a new report by the House Financial Services Committee obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The staff report, to be released Tuesday, charges that Lew and other Obama administration officials deliberately misled Congress and the public during the federal budget and debt limit showdowns in both years. The committee will...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Secret Fed Docs Show Obama Misled Congress, Public During Debt Limit Crises

    01/31/2016 10:11:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/16 | Richard Pollack
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York officials secretly conducted real-time exercises during the 2011 and 2013 debt-limit crisis that demonstrated the federal government could function during a temporary shutdown by prioritizing spending, even as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew publicly claimed many times that such efforts were “unworkable,” according to a new report by the House Financial Services Committee obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The staff report, to be released Tuesday, charges that Lew and other Obama administration officials deliberately misled Congress and the public during the federal budget and debt limit showdowns in both years. The committee will...
  • 5 Things to Watch at the Fed Meeting

    01/27/2016 3:07:28 AM PST · by expat_panama · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 Jan 2016 | Ben Leubsdorf
    The Federal Reserve this week will update its assessment of the U.S. economy and could take note of recent volatility in global financial markets. But any move or definite signal on interest rates is extremely unlikely. All the action will come in Wednesday’s policy statement, due out at 2 p.m. EST, since Chairwoman Janet Yellen isn’t scheduled to hold a press conference and officials won’t release updated economic projections until March. Here are five things to watch out of the two-day policy meeting that starts Tuesday. 1 Flexible Messaging The Fed won’t raise its benchmark federal-funds rate on Wednesday... 2...
  • Will the Fed have to undo its rate hike?

    01/20/2016 8:49:58 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1-19-2016 | Ron Insana
    Well, I guess we can rule out another rate hike in January. That's what economists are saying, not that anyone seriously believed that the Federal Reserve was going to engage in back-to-back hikes after promising that rates would go up only gradually in the months ahead. With Wall Street off to its worst annual start in history, stock prices have been but one indicator that the economy could slow in the weeks and months ahead. That should give the Fed pause. Stocks, of course, have not been the only market-based gauge to suggest that both the domestic, and global, economies...
  • Fed Sent Record $97.7 Billion in Profits to U.S. Treasury in 2015

    01/12/2016 8:49:57 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    wsj ^ | 1-11-2016 | BEN LEUBSDORF
    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve handed over a record $97.7 billion in profits to the Treasury Department in 2015, according to preliminary figures released Monday.
  • The Deflation Monster Has Arrived

    01/16/2016 10:19:48 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 115 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 16 Jan 16 | Tyler Durden
    As we’ve been warning for quite a while (too long for my taste): the world’s grand experiment with debt has come to an end. And it’s now unraveling. Just in the two weeks since the start of 2016, the US equity markets are down almost 10%. Their worst start to the year in history. Many other markets across the world are suffering worse. If you watched stock prices today, you likely had flashbacks to the financial crisis of 2008. At one point the Dow was down over 500 points, the S&P cracked below key support at 1,900, and the price...
  • Atlanta Fed Waits Until The Close To Reveal 0.6% Q4 GDP Estimate

    01/15/2016 2:17:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1/15/16 | tyler durden
    With less than half an hour until the close, we asked the Atlanta Fed - the most accurate predictor of GDP - which was scheduled to post an update of its Q4 GDP NowCast following today's ugly economic data, if it was was planning on releasing its latest Q4 GDP estimate before or after the close, something it usually does just before noon.
  • Federal Reserve will pay banks $12 billion in 2016

    12/24/2015 10:30:21 AM PST · by Toddsterpatriot · 15 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | Dec 24, 2015 | Jared Blikre
    In 2016, the Federal Reserve will pay at least $12.2 billion to U.S. and foreign banks to keep the money created via its quantitative easing programs out of the economy. If the Fed raises rates as expected next year, the amount nearly doubles to $23.1 billion. From 2008 to 2015, the Fed purchased over $4 trillion worth of bonds to stimulate growth in the economy. Risk markets responded, as is demonstrated by the close correlation between the S&P 500 and growth of the Fed's balance sheet through its bond purchases.
  • 'Fediculous!' Why the Fed's Loose Money Sank the Economy

    12/17/2015 5:30:29 AM PST · by xzins · 27 replies
    CBN ^ | 12-17-2015 | Stephen Moore
    Nothing is more bungled in Washington than the role of money in our economy- and that's saying a lot. Almost no one understands how our dollar policy works, and those that say they do are the ones who screwed things all up. The Fed has today bid farewell to seven years of its zero interest rate policy. Hooray. Wall Street is petrified because investors have become hyper-dependent on this zero rate scheme and the floods of dollars injected into the economy just as an addict craves crack cocaine. But the high from easy money, just as with any hallucinogenic drug,...