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  • The FDIC will propose tomorrow that major bank execs have 50% of their bonuses deferred for at least three years to help curb excessive risk taking. After three years, the execs can receive varying amounts of their deferred pay depending on the performance of the company during that time.   [View news story]
    THE U.S. STOCK MARKET IS RIGGED

    Does the United States still have a stock market? Not really. In a real market, when there are more sellers than buyers, prices decline. And vice versa of course. That is called "price discovery"; or used to be. Since January of 2010 investors have withdrawn a net total of 81 billion dollars from U.S. stocks and funds, this week marking the 33rd consecutive week of outflows, while stock prices have staged a missile launch upward that started in mid-July. Floyd Norris of the New York Times confirms that outflows have remained at record high levels over the last four years. Some of the funds withdrawn resulted from industry insider selling, and much of that was re-invested in commodities and emerging markets. But a substantial amount, according to Charles Biderman, CEO of Trimtabs, was withdrawn by middle-class Americans to pay monthly bills.

    In an unprecedented interview on CNBC, Biderman stated that the Federal Reserve is no longer denying the fact that it has been rigging U.S. markets nor is the Fed making any effort to hide it. An unrelenting and counter-intuitive rally has ensued, with stock prices gapping up at 4:00 AM night after night and never looking back. Even before the Fed initiated its POMO (Permanent Open Market Operations) injections of outright treasury buys in a program euphemistically titled "Quantitative Easing 2" (a.k.a printing money out of thin air) the Fed's daily zero percent loans of taxpayer money to Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan were used almost exclusively to buy stocks - and then sell them again within minutes or even seconds. Investment banks use high frequency trading computers (HFTs) programmed to essentially steal money, one penny at a time, from any retail investor foolish enough to believe he could make money by trading or investing in stocks. Their computers, operating at speeds no human with a laptop could match, front-run orders, ensuring a profit on every trade. Wall Street investment banks have the right, unlike everyone else, to trade in increments of 1/1000 of a penny, allowing them to deny order fills by keeping the price 1/1000 of a penny below the bid. It is one of many questionable and even illegal practices engaged in by what the internet bears cartoons refer to as the "the Goldman Sack" and "the JP Morgue". The web cartoons have gone viral, as they say, and served to educate the uninitiated in the grand-theft-stock-market game being run by the Fed and the Wall Street gangs. The website ZeroHedge.com has, over the last year, published several articles by traders who have monitored ongoing price fixing and HFT computer games. Institutional broker, Gene Noser says that HFT trading systems threaten to destroy the entire capital market system. "[They] are unregulated, often under-capitalized, and provide no redeeming social function. As I see it, they exist to extract value from real investors one fraction of a penny at a time, over and over again."

    The upshot of all of this is that while the economy has seen virtually no benefit from the Fed's massive liquidity injections, Wall Street's top bankers continue to enjoy annual bonus payments in amounts ranging from 24 to 111 million dollars. Trading records show that "the Sack" and "the Morgue" have earned profits in almost every single trading day in the last three quarters. How can that be? It can be because those two banks are the market makers, setting the prices, and then betting on the very prices they themselves set. Las Vegas casinos are pikers next to these guys, since casino profits are limited by law. Not so for the Wall Street gang. The big money players are not buying common stocks these days in any case. They make private equity deals and trade off-market and off-hours in something known as a "dark pool", a cyberspace location I have always pictured as a black hole in space. As George Carlin famously said, "It's a club, and you ain't in it".

    From a technical point of view, traders expected a washout low in stocks last August. It never happened, as that was the moment when "the Ben Bernank" fired up his printing presses and digitally created billions of fictitious US dollars with which to buy stocks and bonds. The last time that a central bank in a western democracy printed money this wantonly was in Wiemar Germany. And most of us know how that ended: hyperinflation that produced the image of a wheelbarrow full of paper money required to buy a loaf of bread. In 2010 America, commodity price rises are showing up in higher grocery bills and gas prices, higher education costs and health-care costs, but so far nothing as dramatic as Zimbabwe's multi-thousand percent inflation. Could it still happen here? It could. There is a lag of 12 to 18 months for liquidity to show up in consumer prices, so we cannot know what prices will look like a year from now. Gold prices have risen steadily throughout the Bernanke liquidity rush, with silver showing parabolic gains over the last six months. Whether those price rises reflect a loss of faith in governments or a fear of inflation, the end result is the same. Our currency is being deliberately devalued, at a time when we are dealing with record job losses and wage depreciation.

    For the moment, the dollar is holding up because of Moody's serial downgrades of some European government debt, most recently Portugal's bonds. Euro problems could cause the dollar to rise by default over the next two to three months. But at some point attention will turn back to the Fed's POMO operations, and the dollar could suffer a precipitous decline with little warning.

    The POMOs are scheduled to continue with money printing of between one and 19 billion dollars - that is per day - through June of 2011. Where will the U.S. economy be when QE2 ends? It will be where it is now, as the Fed's money printing, while raising the costs of essential food and energy, has had no notable effect on job numbers or salaries. What it does do, with every uptick in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is increase the wealth of those who are already wealthy.
    Feb 6, 2011. 02:10 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank of America (BAC) agreed to pay $410M to settle lawsuits claiming the bank had deceptively managed client accounts, resulting in excessive overdraft fees. Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) were named in related lawsuits.   [View news story]
    Naz hacked?

    THE U.S. STOCK MARKET IS RIGGED

    Does the United States still have a stock market? Not really. In a real market, when there are more sellers than buyers, prices decline. And vice versa of course. That is called "price discovery"; or used to be. Since January of 2010 investors have withdrawn a net total of 81 billion dollars from U.S. stocks and funds, this week marking the 33rd consecutive week of outflows, while stock prices have staged a missile launch upward that started in mid-July. Floyd Norris of the New York Times confirms that outflows have remained at record high levels over the last four years. Some of the funds withdrawn resulted from industry insider selling, and much of that was re-invested in commodities and emerging markets. But a substantial amount, according to Charles Biderman, CEO of Trimtabs, was withdrawn by middle-class Americans to pay monthly bills.

    In an unprecedented interview on CNBC, Biderman stated that the Federal Reserve is no longer denying the fact that it has been rigging U.S. markets nor is the Fed making any effort to hide it. An unrelenting and counter-intuitive rally has ensued, with stock prices gapping up at 4:00 AM night after night and never looking back. Even before the Fed initiated its POMO (Permanent Open Market Operations) injections of outright treasury buys in a program euphemistically titled "Quantitative Easing 2" (a.k.a printing money out of thin air) the Fed's daily zero percent loans of taxpayer money to Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan were used almost exclusively to buy stocks - and then sell them again within minutes or even seconds. Investment banks use high frequency trading computers (HFTs) programmed to essentially steal money, one penny at a time, from any retail investor foolish enough to believe he could make money by trading or investing in stocks. Their computers, operating at speeds no human with a laptop could match, front-run orders, ensuring a profit on every trade. Wall Street investment banks have the right, unlike everyone else, to trade in increments of 1/1000 of a penny, allowing them to deny order fills by keeping the price 1/1000 of a penny below the bid. It is one of many questionable and even illegal practices engaged in by what the internet bears cartoons refer to as the "the Goldman Sack" and "the JP Morgue". The web cartoons have gone viral, as they say, and served to educate the uninitiated in the grand-theft-stock-market game being run by the Fed and the Wall Street gangs. The website ZeroHedge.com has, over the last year, published several articles by traders who have monitored ongoing price fixing and HFT computer games. Institutional broker, Gene Noser says that HFT trading systems threaten to destroy the entire capital market system. "[They] are unregulated, often under-capitalized, and provide no redeeming social function. As I see it, they exist to extract value from real investors one fraction of a penny at a time, over and over again."

    The upshot of all of this is that while the economy has seen virtually no benefit from the Fed's massive liquidity injections, Wall Street's top bankers continue to enjoy annual bonus payments in amounts ranging from 24 to 111 million dollars. Trading records show that "the Sack" and "the Morgue" have earned profits in almost every single trading day in the last three quarters. How can that be? It can be because those two banks are the market makers, setting the prices, and then betting on the very prices they themselves set. Las Vegas casinos are pikers next to these guys, since casino profits are limited by law. Not so for the Wall Street gang. The big money players are not buying common stocks these days in any case. They make private equity deals and trade off-market and off-hours in something known as a "dark pool", a cyberspace location I have always pictured as a black hole in space. As George Carlin famously said, "It's a club, and you ain't in it".

    From a technical point of view, traders expected a washout low in stocks last August. It never happened, as that was the moment when "the Ben Bernank" fired up his printing presses and digitally created billions of fictitious US dollars with which to buy stocks and bonds. The last time that a central bank in a western democracy printed money this wantonly was in Wiemar Germany. And most of us know how that ended: hyperinflation that produced the image of a wheelbarrow full of paper money required to buy a loaf of bread. In 2010 America, commodity price rises are showing up in higher grocery bills and gas prices, higher education costs and health-care costs, but so far nothing as dramatic as Zimbabwe's multi-thousand percent inflation. Could it still happen here? It could. There is a lag of 12 to 18 months for liquidity to show up in consumer prices, so we cannot know what prices will look like a year from now. Gold prices have risen steadily throughout the Bernanke liquidity rush, with silver showing parabolic gains over the last six months. Whether those price rises reflect a loss of faith in governments or a fear of inflation, the end result is the same. Our currency is being deliberately devalued, at a time when we are dealing with record job losses and wage depreciation.

    For the moment, the dollar is holding up because of Moody's serial downgrades of some European government debt, most recently Portugal's bonds. Euro problems could cause the dollar to rise by default over the next two to three months. But at some point attention will turn back to the Fed's POMO operations, and the dollar could suffer a precipitous decline with little warning.

    The POMOs are scheduled to continue with money printing of between one and 19 billion dollars - that is per day - through June of 2011. Where will the U.S. economy be when QE2 ends? It will be where it is now, as the Fed's money printing, while raising the costs of essential food and energy, has had no notable effect on job numbers or salaries. What it does do, with every uptick in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is increase the wealth of those who are already wealthy.
    Feb 5, 2011. 08:56 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Federally Funded Friday - Bernanke Says More Free Money!  [View article]
    The Fed, Goldman Sachs and JPmorgan

    Another sign of the growing investor interest in fast-food chains: Goldman's (GS) P-E arm is reportedly nearing a deal to buy closely held Apple American Group, the largest franchisee of U.S. Applebee's restaurants.

    THE U.S. STOCK MARKET IS RIGGED

    Does the United States still have a stock market? Not really. In a real market, when there are more sellers than buyers, prices decline. And vice versa of course. That is called "price discovery"; or used to be. Since January of 2010 investors have withdrawn a net total of 81 billion dollars from U.S. stocks and funds, this week marking the 33rd consecutive week of outflows, while stock prices have staged a missile launch upward that started in mid-July. Floyd Norris of the New York Times confirms that outflows have remained at record high levels over the last four years. Some of the funds withdrawn resulted from industry insider selling, and much of that was re-invested in commodities and emerging markets. But a substantial amount, according to Charles Biderman, CEO of Trimtabs, was withdrawn by middle-class Americans to pay monthly bills.

    In an unprecedented interview on CNBC, Biderman stated that the Federal Reserve is no longer denying the fact that it has been rigging U.S. markets nor is the Fed making any effort to hide it. An unrelenting and counter-intuitive rally has ensued, with stock prices gapping up at 4:00 AM night after night and never looking back. Even before the Fed initiated its POMO (Permanent Open Market Operations) injections of outright treasury buys in a program euphemistically titled "Quantitative Easing 2" (a.k.a printing money out of thin air) the Fed's daily zero percent loans of taxpayer money to Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan were used almost exclusively to buy stocks - and then sell them again within minutes or even seconds. Investment banks use high frequency trading computers (HFTs) programmed to essentially steal money, one penny at a time, from any retail investor foolish enough to believe he could make money by trading or investing in stocks. Their computers, operating at speeds no human with a laptop could match, front-run orders, ensuring a profit on every trade. Wall Street investment banks have the right, unlike everyone else, to trade in increments of 1/1000 of a penny, allowing them to deny order fills by keeping the price 1/1000 of a penny below the bid. It is one of many questionable and even illegal practices engaged in by what the internet bears cartoons refer to as the "the Goldman Sack" and "the JP Morgue". The web cartoons have gone viral, as they say, and served to educate the uninitiated in the grand-theft-stock-market game being run by the Fed and the Wall Street gangs. The website ZeroHedge.com has, over the last year, published several articles by traders who have monitored ongoing price fixing and HFT computer games. Institutional broker, Gene Noser says that HFT trading systems threaten to destroy the entire capital market system. "[They] are unregulated, often under-capitalized, and provide no redeeming social function. As I see it, they exist to extract value from real investors one fraction of a penny at a time, over and over again."

    The upshot of all of this is that while the economy has seen virtually no benefit from the Fed's massive liquidity injections, Wall Street's top bankers continue to enjoy annual bonus payments in amounts ranging from 24 to 111 million dollars. Trading records show that "the Sack" and "the Morgue" have earned profits in almost every single trading day in the last three quarters. How can that be? It can be because those two banks are the market makers, setting the prices, and then betting on the very prices they themselves set. Las Vegas casinos are pikers next to these guys, since casino profits are limited by law. Not so for the Wall Street gang. The big money players are not buying common stocks these days in any case. They make private equity deals and trade off-market and off-hours in something known as a "dark pool", a cyberspace location I have always pictured as a black hole in space. As George Carlin famously said, "It's a club, and you ain't in it".

    From a technical point of view, traders expected a washout low in stocks last August. It never happened, as that was the moment when "the Ben Bernank" fired up his printing presses and digitally created billions of fictitious US dollars with which to buy stocks and bonds. The last time that a central bank in a western democracy printed money this wantonly was in Wiemar Germany. And most of us know how that ended: hyperinflation that produced the image of a wheelbarrow full of paper money required to buy a loaf of bread. In 2010 America, commodity price rises are showing up in higher grocery bills and gas prices, higher education costs and health-care costs, but so far nothing as dramatic as Zimbabwe's multi-thousand percent inflation. Could it still happen here? It could. There is a lag of 12 to 18 months for liquidity to show up in consumer prices, so we cannot know what prices will look like a year from now. Gold prices have risen steadily throughout the Bernanke liquidity rush, with silver showing parabolic gains over the last six months. Whether those price rises reflect a loss of faith in governments or a fear of inflation, the end result is the same. Our currency is being deliberately devalued, at a time when we are dealing with record job losses and wage depreciation.

    For the moment, the dollar is holding up because of Moody's serial downgrades of some European government debt, most recently Portugal's bonds. Euro problems could cause the dollar to rise by default over the next two to three months. But at some point attention will turn back to the Fed's POMO operations, and the dollar could suffer a precipitous decline with little warning.

    The POMOs are scheduled to continue with money printing of between one and 19 billion dollars - that is per day - through June of 2011. Where will the U.S. economy be when QE2 ends? It will be where it is now, as the Fed's money printing, while raising the costs of essential food and energy, has had no notable effect on job numbers or salaries. What it does do, with every uptick in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is increase the wealth of those who are already wealthy.
    Feb 5, 2011. 01:33 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Another sign of the growing investor interest in fast-food chains: Goldman's (GS) P-E arm is reportedly nearing a deal to buy closely held Apple American Group, the largest franchisee of U.S. Applebee's restaurants.   [View news story]
    Another sign of the growing investor interest in fast-food chains: Goldman's (GS) P-E arm is reportedly nearing a deal to buy closely held Apple American Group, the largest franchisee of U.S. Applebee's restaurants.

    THE U.S. STOCK MARKET IS RIGGED

    Does the United States still have a stock market? Not really. In a real market, when there are more sellers than buyers, prices decline. And vice versa of course. That is called "price discovery"; or used to be. Since January of 2010 investors have withdrawn a net total of 81 billion dollars from U.S. stocks and funds, this week marking the 33rd consecutive week of outflows, while stock prices have staged a missile launch upward that started in mid-July. Floyd Norris of the New York Times confirms that outflows have remained at record high levels over the last four years. Some of the funds withdrawn resulted from industry insider selling, and much of that was re-invested in commodities and emerging markets. But a substantial amount, according to Charles Biderman, CEO of Trimtabs, was withdrawn by middle-class Americans to pay monthly bills.

    In an unprecedented interview on CNBC, Biderman stated that the Federal Reserve is no longer denying the fact that it has been rigging U.S. markets nor is the Fed making any effort to hide it. An unrelenting and counter-intuitive rally has ensued, with stock prices gapping up at 4:00 AM night after night and never looking back. Even before the Fed initiated its POMO (Permanent Open Market Operations) injections of outright treasury buys in a program euphemistically titled "Quantitative Easing 2" (a.k.a printing money out of thin air) the Fed's daily zero percent loans of taxpayer money to Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan were used almost exclusively to buy stocks - and then sell them again within minutes or even seconds. Investment banks use high frequency trading computers (HFTs) programmed to essentially steal money, one penny at a time, from any retail investor foolish enough to believe he could make money by trading or investing in stocks. Their computers, operating at speeds no human with a laptop could match, front-run orders, ensuring a profit on every trade. Wall Street investment banks have the right, unlike everyone else, to trade in increments of 1/1000 of a penny, allowing them to deny order fills by keeping the price 1/1000 of a penny below the bid. It is one of many questionable and even illegal practices engaged in by what the internet bears cartoons refer to as the "the Goldman Sack" and "the JP Morgue". The web cartoons have gone viral, as they say, and served to educate the uninitiated in the grand-theft-stock-market game being run by the Fed and the Wall Street gangs. The website ZeroHedge.com has, over the last year, published several articles by traders who have monitored ongoing price fixing and HFT computer games. Institutional broker, Gene Noser says that HFT trading systems threaten to destroy the entire capital market system. "[They] are unregulated, often under-capitalized, and provide no redeeming social function. As I see it, they exist to extract value from real investors one fraction of a penny at a time, over and over again."

    The upshot of all of this is that while the economy has seen virtually no benefit from the Fed's massive liquidity injections, Wall Street's top bankers continue to enjoy annual bonus payments in amounts ranging from 24 to 111 million dollars. Trading records show that "the Sack" and "the Morgue" have earned profits in almost every single trading day in the last three quarters. How can that be? It can be because those two banks are the market makers, setting the prices, and then betting on the very prices they themselves set. Las Vegas casinos are pikers next to these guys, since casino profits are limited by law. Not so for the Wall Street gang. The big money players are not buying common stocks these days in any case. They make private equity deals and trade off-market and off-hours in something known as a "dark pool", a cyberspace location I have always pictured as a black hole in space. As George Carlin famously said, "It's a club, and you ain't in it".

    From a technical point of view, traders expected a washout low in stocks last August. It never happened, as that was the moment when "the Ben Bernank" fired up his printing presses and digitally created billions of fictitious US dollars with which to buy stocks and bonds. The last time that a central bank in a western democracy printed money this wantonly was in Wiemar Germany. And most of us know how that ended: hyperinflation that produced the image of a wheelbarrow full of paper money required to buy a loaf of bread. In 2010 America, commodity price rises are showing up in higher grocery bills and gas prices, higher education costs and health-care costs, but so far nothing as dramatic as Zimbabwe's multi-thousand percent inflation. Could it still happen here? It could. There is a lag of 12 to 18 months for liquidity to show up in consumer prices, so we cannot know what prices will look like a year from now. Gold prices have risen steadily throughout the Bernanke liquidity rush, with silver showing parabolic gains over the last six months. Whether those price rises reflect a loss of faith in governments or a fear of inflation, the end result is the same. Our currency is being deliberately devalued, at a time when we are dealing with record job losses and wage depreciation.

    For the moment, the dollar is holding up because of Moody's serial downgrades of some European government debt, most recently Portugal's bonds. Euro problems could cause the dollar to rise by default over the next two to three months. But at some point attention will turn back to the Fed's POMO operations, and the dollar could suffer a precipitous decline with little warning.

    The POMOs are scheduled to continue with money printing of between one and 19 billion dollars - that is per day - through June of 2011. Where will the U.S. economy be when QE2 ends? It will be where it is now, as the Fed's money printing, while raising the costs of essential food and energy, has had no notable effect on job numbers or salaries. What it does do, with every uptick in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is increase the wealth of those who are already wealthy.
    Feb 5, 2011. 01:30 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hackers have cracked their way into Nasdaq's computer network multiple times over the past year, sources say, leaving federal investigators scrambling to determine how and why. No damage has been caused, yet, to an exchange considered part of the nation's basic infrastructure.   [View news story]
    Hackers have cracked their way into Nasdaq's computer network multiple times over the past year, sources say, leaving federal investigators scrambling to determine how and why. No damage has been caused, yet, to an exchange considered part of the nation's basic infrastructure.


    THE U.S. STOCK MARKET IS RIGGED

    By Lila York

    Does the United States still have a stock market? Not really. In a real market, when there are more sellers than buyers, prices decline. And vice versa of course. That is called "price discovery"; or used to be. Since January of 2010 investors have withdrawn a net total of 81 billion dollars from U.S. stocks and funds, this week marking the 33rd consecutive week of outflows, while stock prices have staged a missile launch upward that started in mid-July. Floyd Norris of the New York Times confirms that outflows have remained at record high levels over the last four years. Some of the funds withdrawn resulted from industry insider selling, and much of that was re-invested in commodities and emerging markets. But a substantial amount, according to Charles Biderman, CEO of Trimtabs, was withdrawn by middle-class Americans to pay monthly bills.

    In an unprecedented interview on CNBC, Biderman stated that the Federal Reserve is no longer denying the fact that it has been rigging U.S. markets nor is the Fed making any effort to hide it. An unrelenting and counter-intuitive rally has ensued, with stock prices gapping up at 4:00 AM night after night and never looking back. Even before the Fed initiated its POMO (Permanent Open Market Operations) injections of outright treasury buys in a program euphemistically titled "Quantitative Easing 2" (a.k.a printing money out of thin air) the Fed's daily zero percent loans of taxpayer money to Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan were used almost exclusively to buy stocks - and then sell them again within minutes or even seconds. Investment banks use high frequency trading computers (HFTs) programmed to essentially steal money, one penny at a time, from any retail investor foolish enough to believe he could make money by trading or investing in stocks. Their computers, operating at speeds no human with a laptop could match, front-run orders, ensuring a profit on every trade. Wall Street investment banks have the right, unlike everyone else, to trade in increments of 1/1000 of a penny, allowing them to deny order fills by keeping the price 1/1000 of a penny below the bid. It is one of many questionable and even illegal practices engaged in by what the internet bears cartoons refer to as the "the Goldman Sack" and "the JP Morgue". The web cartoons have gone viral, as they say, and served to educate the uninitiated in the grand-theft-stock-market game being run by the Fed and the Wall Street gangs. The website ZeroHedge.com has, over the last year, published several articles by traders who have monitored ongoing price fixing and HFT computer games. Institutional broker, Gene Noser says that HFT trading systems threaten to destroy the entire capital market system. "[They] are unregulated, often under-capitalized, and provide no redeeming social function. As I see it, they exist to extract value from real investors one fraction of a penny at a time, over and over again."

    The upshot of all of this is that while the economy has seen virtually no benefit from the Fed's massive liquidity injections, Wall Street's top bankers continue to enjoy annual bonus payments in amounts ranging from 24 to 111 million dollars. Trading records show that "the Sack" and "the Morgue" have earned profits in almost every single trading day in the last three quarters. How can that be? It can be because those two banks are the market makers, setting the prices, and then betting on the very prices they themselves set. Las Vegas casinos are pikers next to these guys, since casino profits are limited by law. Not so for the Wall Street gang. The big money players are not buying common stocks these days in any case. They make private equity deals and trade off-market and off-hours in something known as a "dark pool", a cyberspace location I have always pictured as a black hole in space. As George Carlin famously said, "It's a club, and you ain't in it".

    From a technical point of view, traders expected a washout low in stocks last August. It never happened, as that was the moment when "the Ben Bernank" fired up his printing presses and digitally created billions of fictitious US dollars with which to buy stocks and bonds. The last time that a central bank in a western democracy printed money this wantonly was in Wiemar Germany. And most of us know how that ended: hyperinflation that produced the image of a wheelbarrow full of paper money required to buy a loaf of bread. In 2010 America, commodity price rises are showing up in higher grocery bills and gas prices, higher education costs and health-care costs, but so far nothing as dramatic as Zimbabwe's multi-thousand percent inflation. Could it still happen here? It could. There is a lag of 12 to 18 months for liquidity to show up in consumer prices, so we cannot know what prices will look like a year from now. Gold prices have risen steadily throughout the Bernanke liquidity rush, with silver showing parabolic gains over the last six months. Whether those price rises reflect a loss of faith in governments or a fear of inflation, the end result is the same. Our currency is being deliberately devalued, at a time when we are dealing with record job losses and wage depreciation.

    For the moment, the dollar is holding up because of Moody's serial downgrades of some European government debt, most recently Portugal's bonds. Euro problems could cause the dollar to rise by default over the next two to three months. But at some point attention will turn back to the Fed's POMO operations, and the dollar could suffer a precipitous decline with little warning.

    The POMOs are scheduled to continue with money printing of between one and 19 billion dollars - that is per day - through June of 2011. Where will the U.S. economy be when QE2 ends? It will be where it is now, as the Fed's money printing, while raising the costs of essential food and energy, has had no notable effect on job numbers or salaries. What it does do, with every uptick in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is increase the wealth of those who are already wealthy.
    Feb 5, 2011. 01:16 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Today was not a strong start for President Obama if the strong connection between jobs and elections holds up in 2012. Since 1960, the unemployment rate has topped 7% during four presidential elections, and the incumbent party lost three of them. The economy needs to add 215K/month for the rate to drop below 8% by election day.   [View news story]
    THE U.S. STOCK MARKET IS RIGGED

    By Lila York

    Does the United States still have a stock market? Not really. In a real market, when there are more sellers than buyers, prices decline. And vice versa of course. That is called "price discovery"; or used to be. Since January of 2010 investors have withdrawn a net total of 81 billion dollars from U.S. stocks and funds, this week marking the 33rd consecutive week of outflows, while stock prices have staged a missile launch upward that started in mid-July. Floyd Norris of the New York Times confirms that outflows have remained at record high levels over the last four years. Some of the funds withdrawn resulted from industry insider selling, and much of that was re-invested in commodities and emerging markets. But a substantial amount, according to Charles Biderman, CEO of Trimtabs, was withdrawn by middle-class Americans to pay monthly bills.

    In an unprecedented interview on CNBC, Biderman stated that the Federal Reserve is no longer denying the fact that it has been rigging U.S. markets nor is the Fed making any effort to hide it. An unrelenting and counter-intuitive rally has ensued, with stock prices gapping up at 4:00 AM night after night and never looking back. Even before the Fed initiated its POMO (Permanent Open Market Operations) injections of outright treasury buys in a program euphemistically titled "Quantitative Easing 2" (a.k.a printing money out of thin air) the Fed's daily zero percent loans of taxpayer money to Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan were used almost exclusively to buy stocks - and then sell them again within minutes or even seconds. Investment banks use high frequency trading computers (HFTs) programmed to essentially steal money, one penny at a time, from any retail investor foolish enough to believe he could make money by trading or investing in stocks. Their computers, operating at speeds no human with a laptop could match, front-run orders, ensuring a profit on every trade. Wall Street investment banks have the right, unlike everyone else, to trade in increments of 1/1000 of a penny, allowing them to deny order fills by keeping the price 1/1000 of a penny below the bid. It is one of many questionable and even illegal practices engaged in by what the internet bears cartoons refer to as the "the Goldman Sack" and "the JP Morgue". The web cartoons have gone viral, as they say, and served to educate the uninitiated in the grand-theft-stock-market game being run by the Fed and the Wall Street gangs. The website ZeroHedge.com has, over the last year, published several articles by traders who have monitored ongoing price fixing and HFT computer games. Institutional broker, Gene Noser says that HFT trading systems threaten to destroy the entire capital market system. "[They] are unregulated, often under-capitalized, and provide no redeeming social function. As I see it, they exist to extract value from real investors one fraction of a penny at a time, over and over again."

    The upshot of all of this is that while the economy has seen virtually no benefit from the Fed's massive liquidity injections, Wall Street's top bankers continue to enjoy annual bonus payments in amounts ranging from 24 to 111 million dollars. Trading records show that "the Sack" and "the Morgue" have earned profits in almost every single trading day in the last three quarters. How can that be? It can be because those two banks are the market makers, setting the prices, and then betting on the very prices they themselves set. Las Vegas casinos are pikers next to these guys, since casino profits are limited by law. Not so for the Wall Street gang. The big money players are not buying common stocks these days in any case. They make private equity deals and trade off-market and off-hours in something known as a "dark pool", a cyberspace location I have always pictured as a black hole in space. As George Carlin famously said, "It's a club, and you ain't in it".

    From a technical point of view, traders expected a washout low in stocks last August. It never happened, as that was the moment when "the Ben Bernank" fired up his printing presses and digitally created billions of fictitious US dollars with which to buy stocks and bonds. The last time that a central bank in a western democracy printed money this wantonly was in Wiemar Germany. And most of us know how that ended: hyperinflation that produced the image of a wheelbarrow full of paper money required to buy a loaf of bread. In 2010 America, commodity price rises are showing up in higher grocery bills and gas prices, higher education costs and health-care costs, but so far nothing as dramatic as Zimbabwe's multi-thousand percent inflation. Could it still happen here? It could. There is a lag of 12 to 18 months for liquidity to show up in consumer prices, so we cannot know what prices will look like a year from now. Gold prices have risen steadily throughout the Bernanke liquidity rush, with silver showing parabolic gains over the last six months. Whether those price rises reflect a loss of faith in governments or a fear of inflation, the end result is the same. Our currency is being deliberately devalued, at a time when we are dealing with record job losses and wage depreciation.

    For the moment, the dollar is holding up because of Moody's serial downgrades of some European government debt, most recently Portugal's bonds. Euro problems could cause the dollar to rise by default over the next two to three months. But at some point attention will turn back to the Fed's POMO operations, and the dollar could suffer a precipitous decline with little warning.

    The POMOs are scheduled to continue with money printing of between one and 19 billion dollars - that is per day - through June of 2011. Where will the U.S. economy be when QE2 ends? It will be where it is now, as the Fed's money printing, while raising the costs of essential food and energy, has had no notable effect on job numbers or salaries. What it does do, with every uptick in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is increase the wealth of those who are already wealthy.
    Feb 5, 2011. 11:37 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Wireless (VZ -0.7%) halts online iPhone (AAPL +0.6%) sales after what CEO Dan Mead calls "the most successful first day sales in the history of the company... And when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story." (PR)   [View news story]
    I am keeping my Droid X Apple Iphone has to many glitches and slow download speeds.
    Feb 4, 2011. 10:23 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed is unlikely to raise rates for at least another 12 months because the U.S. economy isn’t generating enough growth to lower unemployment, Pimco's Bill Gross says. The Fed probably wants to see the economy adding jobs at a rate of at least 200K/month before considering rate hikes, Gross believes.   [View news story]
    And, students out of college, who don’t file unemployment.
    Feb 4, 2011. 10:20 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Jan. Nonfarm Payrolls: +36K vs. consensus of +136K, +121K (revised from +103K) in December. Unemployment 9% vs 9.5% expected. Avg. hourly earnings +$0.08. to $22.86.   [View news story]
    Hard to believe they can get away with not including long term unemployed. I wonder what the real number is?
    Feb 4, 2011. 09:22 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Market preview: Stock futures hold steady, with benchmark S&P +0.2%, after the weak jobs report seems largely discounted due to bad weather. Traders say earnings reports generally look solid, and the economy is seen as slowly moving forward. Most European and Asian bourses are up. The dollar and crude oil rise, while Treasurys and gold slip.   [View news story]
    Hard to believe they can get away with not including long term unemployed. I wonder what the real number is.
    Feb 4, 2011. 09:20 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jan. ISM Non-Manufacturing Index: 59.4 vs. 57 expected and 57.1 prior (>50 denotes expansion). Prices index rose to 72.1 from 69.5. Employment rose to 54.5 from 52.6. New orders rose to 64.9 from 61.4.   [View news story]
    Unreal the price index went up 2.7 points! Here comes inflation and $3.50 per gallon at the pump.
    Feb 3, 2011. 10:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization Food Price Index rose for the seventh straight month, +3.4% from December, and reached its highest level since records began in 1990. Sugar prices +5.4% M/M, cereals +3%, oils/fats +5.6%, dairy +6.2%.   [View news story]
    According to Ben, inflation what inflation? Its under control!
    Feb 3, 2011. 10:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Initial Jobless Claims: -42K to 415K vs. 423K consensus. Continuing claims -84K to 3,925,000.   [View news story]
    Figures for continuing claims do not include the number of workers receiving extended benefits under federal programs. The number is bogus.

    Here is a number for you.

    Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps -- the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment
    Feb 3, 2011. 08:55 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • “We are seeing a fundamental level of price inflation, higher than the 1980s and 1990s," says General Mills (GIS) CEO Ken Powell. As for food companies passing along higher costs, “you have to play all your other cards first," says Nestle (NSRGY.PK) CEO Paul Bulcke.   [View news story]
    Mr Bernanke, he's a liar. LOL just watch!

    www.zerohedge.com/arti...
    Feb 2, 2011. 12:58 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jan. ADP Jobs Report: +187K vs. +143K expected and +247K prior (revised from +297K). "Strength was evident within all major industries and across all size business tracked in the ADP Report."   [View news story]
    This report has no credibility. The cartoon section of the newspaper has more!
    Feb 2, 2011. 10:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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