2/21/2013 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…
It has been an exciting couple of days in the financial markets. We almost can’t bear to watch. From what little we can tell, the out-sized effects of short-term funds, which are jittery in nature, are determined to drive anyone who is taking a long view on the market mad.
Most of what passes as equity investing today is done with short-term funding provided by the Federal Reserve. No matter how much propaganda the Fed puts out promising to maintain their QE programs in full force or keep the pedal to the metal on ZIRP, it is an inescapable fact that funds at many of the Primary Dealers are short-term and can be pulled by the Fed on a whim.
Lately, between the sequester threat and the Federal Reserve meeting notes which can only be described as anti-inflationary propaganda, the short-term funds have been taking flight. How long this will last is anyone’s guess, but it is and always has been the Fed’s prerogative. Whatever market participants anticipate that they will do with the regards to the money supply flashes through the equity markets, as equities are essentially on the margin of visible economic activity.
Today we wish to bring two things to the attention of our fellow taxpayers, unfortunately both of them are somewhat ominous. They are nothing new, mind you, but as the warning signals of the next crisis and its probable outcome begin to appear on the horizon, we thought it best to keep interested readers informed.
First, Lee Adler over at the Wall Street Examiner, who performs a great service to the economic world by slicing through the economic propaganda to analyze the true data, shared this piece which is worthy of reading. It explains how the mountains of customer deposits are piling up at Commercial banks. If, and more probably when these deposits begin to be deployed in the real world, asset bubbles and inflation will begin to pop up in the US economy like lava flowing down the side of a volcano.
His article can be read here:
Bloomberg Reports Biggest Story of All Backwards As Fed Blows Dangerous Deposit Bubble
If Mr. Adler is correct, the Fed’s inflationary crazy train may be about to leave the station.
We are compelled to warn you that the next quote, from a piece by Jeff Neilson at www.gold-eagle.com, may be enough to make your blood boil if you are not one of the privileged classes (in other words, most of us) that he believes will likely benefit from the upcoming “Debt Jubilee,”
So what will our 21st century Debt Jubilee look like? With History’s most-corrupt governments, expect the most-corrupt “solution.” The debts of our governments, the Big Banks, and the wealthiest Oligarchs will be totally erased. We will be told they are doing this to “save us” from drowning in their (reckless/fraudulent) debts.
However, the Little People will face a somewhat different future. Their debts will be maintained at 100-cents-on-the-dollar. The bankers, politicians and Oligarchs (via their Corporate Media) will tell us that this is necessary to “protect the integrity of the System” (their System).
Think this level of perversity/injustice is impossible? We already have precedent. After the Wall Street banks had caused (created?) the Crash of ’08 (with their reckless fraud/gambling); and after they took their $15+ trillion from the U.S. government in assorted hand-outs, 0% loans, tax-breaks, and “loss guarantees” (i.e. more hand-outs); the Wall Street banksters kept their massive bonuses.
We were told this was because of “the sanctity of contracts.”
Then after this massive give-away; various U.S. governments began unilaterally hacking-and-slashing the wages, pensions, and benefits of their own workers – which had been freely/fairly negotiated in their own contracts. The reason? After giving $trillions to the bankers; the workers were told the government “couldn’t afford” to honor their contracts.
The sanctity of contracts is important, as all that men and women ultimately have in this world is their word. Unfortunately for most of us, we may soon find out just how much the government’s word is worth.
Stay tuned and Trust Jesus.
Key Indicators for February 21, 2013
Copper Price per Lb: $3.55
Oil Price per Barrel: $93.03
Corn Price per Bushel: $6.90
10 Yr US Treasury Bond: 1.98%
FED Target Rate: 0.15% ON AUTOPILOT, THE FED IS DEAD!
Gold Price Per Ounce: $1,577 THE GOLD RUSH IS ON!
MINT Perceived Target Rate*: 0.25%
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Inflation Rate (CPI): 0.0%
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 13,881
M1 Monetary Base: $2,384,300,000,000 LOTS OF DOUGH ON THE STREET!
M2 Monetary Base: $10,419,300,000,000