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Which South Park episode is this?
Bill

Bill,
I think it’s a secret Democratic plot to re-elect Trump…
Either that or…
It’s the secret Russian operation called “Let Them Speak”
JB

 

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Jim & Bill,

As I have said to listeners every Saturday, this is the plan!

Dave

This Is The Same Pattern The Fed Followed Before The Great Depression
August 9, 2019

Authored by Brandon Smith via Birch Gold Group,

There is immense confusion surrounding July’s Federal Reserve meeting and the rather insane aftermath that has been spurred on in the trade war. The Fed’s latest rate decision of a mere .25 bps cut was seen as “disappointing”, this was then followed by Jerome Powell’s public statements making it clear that this was only a mid-year “adjustment”, and that it was not the beginning of a rate cutting cycle and certainly not the beginning of renewed QE. This shocked the investment world, which was expecting far more accommodation from the Fed after 7 months of built up expectations that the central bank was about to unleash the stimulus punch bowl again.

The question that very few people are asking, though, is why didn’t they? What is stopping them? Everyone from daytraders to the president wants them to do it, yet they continue to keep liquidity conditions tight. In fact, they even dumped another $36 billion in assets from their balance sheet in July. Why?

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Jim/Bill,

Can’t help but wonder what people are thinking.

“Germany’s yield curve is negative all the way out to 30 years”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-07/german-banks-cutting-nose-spite-face

And many other global debt markets, including the U.S, are currently or expected to go negative.

“With more than $15 trillion in debt trading with a negative yield, there doesn’t seem to be any better alternative to gold,”

https://www.kitco.com/news/2019-08-08/Gold-Silver-Precious-Metals-Daily-News-Briefs.html

That sort of leaves out getting any sort of return in the debt markets.

In fact, you have to PAY to keep your money there.

That, by definition, in NOT an investment.

The stock market appears toppy to say the least, especially with the spectre of global recession hanging overhead, especially with widespread currency wars in vogue and Central Banks losing all control.

 “If Trump’s administration considers intervening in the U.S. dollar to bring it down, expect to see another steep rally in the yellow metal price,” Sayed states.

https://www.kitco.com/news/2019-08-08/Gold-Silver-Precious-Metals-Daily-News-Briefs.html

Gold’s surge is a message:  Central Banks are out of control;

..gold is a measure of faith in central banks that everything is under control.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-08/golds-surge-message-central-banks-are-out-control-not-inflation

Perhaps someone can direct me to alternative that doesn’t guarantee to lose me money?

Aside from precious metals, of course.

This looks like a no brainer if I ever saw one.

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

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Jim/Bill,

This is not a trading event, but a seminal one!

“the bank stated that it sees the U.S. dollar losing its status as the world’s dominant currency, and consequently depreciating in value.”
 
“To us, this makes sense: gold is a stable source of value with thousands of years of trust among humans supporting it,” he said.

All I can say is WOW!  The powers that be are revealing themselves.

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

Ditch the Dollar, Buy Gold and Other Currencies: JP Morgan
August 06, 2019

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(Kitco News) – Investors should diversify away from the U.S. dollar and increase their exposure to other major currencies and gold, according to a report from JP Morgan.

In a recent market note, the bank stated that it sees the U.S. dollar losing its status as the world’s dominant currency, and consequently depreciating in value.

“There is nothing to suggest the dollar dominance should remain in perpetuity,” the note said. “In fact, the dominant international currency has changed many times throughout history going back thousands of years as the world’s economic center has shifted.”

JP Morgan attributed the dollar’s decline to China’s emerging role as an economic power, a trend that can be traced back to after the Second World War, as China “has been at the epicenter of [a] recent economic shift driven by the country’s strong growth and commitment to domestic reforms.”

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Jim/Bill,

This period, the era of global interdependence under the guise of capitalism, will go down in books as the greatest heist in history! Allow me to explain.

Anybody who believes the actions of Central Banks are for the good of the people, needs their head examined.

This is all being done to support the banking community’s balance sheets and profitability.

Case in point……

With interest rates in the U. S. near zero and actually negative across the board in Europe, does anyone see mortgage rates dropping to around 1%? Or credit card interest dropping from the current 15-24% rate? Or home equity rates dropping from the current 6-7%?

Fat chance.

And to boot, now people have to PAY banks to store their money!

That tells you everything.

Now we can look forward to weaker currencies because of lower rates and more importantly, weaker economic growth, possibly leading to massive global recession.

The exorbitant rates being charged by the banks will do nothing to alleviate the financial pressure people are under. Housing will not recuperate, spending will continue to decline, debt will continue its exponential rise.

How could this not happen under these conditions?

Unless there is a trickle down effect from the banks to the populace, nothing will change. Of course, can you blame the banks for not wanting to prevent margin expansion?

Just remember, its all coming out of our pockets.   One day, history will note that this period will mark the greatest robbery of the American public in the history of mankind.

Now all your need is hyperinflation so the 1%, after they have picked our pockets of every last dollar, can pick up assets for fractions of a penny on the dollar. It won’t be long now.

Know the meaning of wealth preservation.

It’s spelled G-O-L-D.

Google it before it’s too late.

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

Entire German Curve Drops Below Zero For First Time Ever
August 2, 2019

Somewhere, Albert Edwards is dancing a jig as the ice age he predicted will grip the world, appears to finally be here.

While global equities are sharply lower today following the end of the US-China trade ceasefire, it’s nothing compared to what is going on in the bond market, where one day after the 10Y US Treasury plunged a whopping 6% to 1.832% – the biggest one day drop since Brexit – to the lowest since the Trump election…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Courtesy of Wolfgang.

Jim

Chief Economist Loses It After Historic Rate Cut, Slams Fed In Epic Rant
July 31, 2019

The following epic rant from MUFG chief economist Chris Rupkey hardly needs any commentary, as it is about as close to a perfect reaction to the idiocy unleashed by the Poiwell Fed as can get.

Congratulations to all of you down in Washington who have lowered the boom on interest rates today. We guess you must be feeling pretty proud of yourselves. US central bank policymakers have learned nothing from the experience of low interest rates in Japan or Europe. The economies of Japan and Europe aren’t going up like a rocket ship and it is doubtful economic growth will see any greater liftoff here in the good old USA.

Go ahead and eliminate interest rates. Wall Street is already eliminating thousands of jobs in sales and trading and more rate cuts mean reduced margins and less volatility and thousands more will be told to go. Hedge interest rate risk. What interest rates?

Countries with low rates have economies with low growth. The Fed’s decision today is like in the days when doctors bled their patients to heal them. Fed officials made a very unwise decision today and buckled to the president’s demands by manufacturing reasons to cut interest rates despite a strong economy with no recession signs apparent anywhere out on the horizon.

The stock market may be partying today, but it will wake up with a huge hangover tomorrow as the Fed alters the way the country saves and spends and borrows and invests forever. I think they are probably proud of themselves, but they should really be more ashamed.

The Federal Reserve threw away their independence today and with each future rate cut they will gradually eliminate their relevance to the economy forever.

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Courtesy of JB.

Jim

UBS To Start Charging Rich Clients With Negative 0.75% Interest Rate
July 31, 2019

For years, European banks were leery of passing on the ECB’s negative -0.40% deposit rate to their clients for fears of deposit flight and other unintended consequences, in the process being forced to “eat” the difference and impacting their interest income.

However, after five years of NIRP, and with the ECB set to unleash even more negative rates in the immediate future, one bank has finally taken a stand: according to the FT, UBS plans to charge a negative interest rate on wealthy clients, those who deposit more than CHF 2 million with the largest Swiss bank.

While several, mostly smaller, banks in Switzerland and the eurozone already pass on the cost of negative official rates to corporate depositors, most large players have refrained from doing so with individual clients. But with the ECB expected to adopt a “lower for longer” stance as soon as the next central bank meeting, starting in November, UBS Switzerland will charge -0.75% a year on individual cash balances above 2 million Swiss francs, the same rate as the SNB’s rate.

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Jim /Bill,

This is a turning point.

Dave

Bretton Woods Is Dead: What Next?
July 27, 2019

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has publicly admitted something normally reserved for backroom discussion in the circles of Europe’s governing elite at an event honoring the 75th anniversary of Bretton Woods (the conference which created the foundations for the post WWII world order).

At this event, Le Maire stated ever-so candidly that “the Bretton Woods order has reached its limits. Unless we are able to re-invent Bretton Woods, the New Silk Road might become the New World Order”.

He went onto state that “the pillars of that order have been the International Monetary Fund and its sister institution, the World Bank since their inception at the Bretton Woods conference in  New Hampshire in 1944.”

Were a radical transformation not undertaken immediately, then Le Maire laments “Chinese standards on state and on access to public procurements, on intellectual property could become global standards”.

The finance minister’s statements reflect the growing awareness that two opposing systems operating on two conflicting sets of principles and standards are currently in conflict, where only one can succeed. Yet as much as he appears to be aware of the forces at play between two systems, Le Maire fails miserably to identify what the Bretton Woods System was meant to accomplish in the first place, or what type of “radical transformation” is needed to save Europe from the collapse of its own speculation-ridden system.

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Yes Wolfgang, as we have said all along…it is all about credit!

Bill

Jim/Bill,

My stomach turns when I see this.

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

“Credit Card Splurge” Suggests Imminent Storm
July 25, 2019

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com,

You’d think that the drop in yields and a Fed about to cut rates would’ve brought about some relief to credit card bills. No Sir.

And you might think that the highest interest rates on credit cards ever would deter consumers from loading up on additional credit card debt. Oh no.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedal to the metal and the cumulative picture spells trouble.

Look at the data.

Here are credit card interest rates versus the Fed Funds rate:

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Jim/Bill,

If anyone believes this, I’ve got a bridge to sell them.

 

 

 

 

 

A significantly higher dollar, climbing every day, will cut the legs out from whatever profitability corporations still have.

-International firms lose big time with the repatriation of profits.

-On the domestic front, a high Dollar means foreign companies drop prices and kill our hometown corporate margins.

No way Kudlow can let the Dollar climb indefinitely.

Trump won’t allow it.

Of course, gold doesn’t give a hoot.  It still keeps climbing in the face of a stronger Dollar

It sees the light in what’s coming.

Dwindling economic activity, eventually requiring massive intervention.

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

Dollar Surges After Kudlow Says White House “Ruled Out Any Currency Intervention”
July 26, 2019

Update: Politico reports that Trump rejected Navarro’s options for devaluing the dollar, with CNBC’s Kayla Tausche reporting that Trump convened a cabinet-level trade meeting on Tuesday to discuss ideas to weaken dollar – including capital controls and active “jawboning” by officials on TV – however, the meeting broke with a decision not to intervene, and Navarro “didn’t get through 10% of his presentation,” per one official. But, as Tausche adds, “anti-interventionists worry they can’t keep Navarro and Pres. Trump at bay.”

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In the past month there has been extensive speculation whether the Trump admin, as part of its desire to devalue the dollar against other currencies whose central banks are engaging in aggressive devaluation campaigns of their own, would pursue currency intervention as first Bank of America suggested last month, only to be followed by virtually every other research analyst, and culminating with a take from Standar Chartered’s Steven Englander who said that “The US Can Intervene To Weaken The Dollar… But What Would It Buy?”

To be sure there was ample reason for such speculation, not the least as a result of Trump’s own July 3 tweet in which he said that “China and Europe playing big currency manipulation game and pumping money into their system in order to compete with USA. We should MATCH…”

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