Friday, August 31, 2012

Jobs, Scandals, Fed, & Global Economy: Radio Interview

On August 4, 2012, we discussed jobs and unemployment in the United States, the Fed and auditing the Fed, the Libor Scandal and how financial fraud by banks is not prosecuted in the United States but fined making it a cost of doing fraudulent business, and the general economy in the United States and the world on Saturday Session with Bishop.

Here is the podcast of the interview.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Kicking euro IED Down the Road & Global economy: Radio Appearance July 7, 2012

In a radio appearance on Saturday Session with Bishop on July 7, 2012, we talked about how the eurozone is no longer kicking a can down the road but it is kicking an IED down the road and when it explodes it will have global repercussions.

We discussed the Libor scandal and the banks involved.

We discussed US unemployment and how the Fed's warning on the "fiscal cliff" is not just about revenue but the need of the government to spend if continuing high unemployment is to be lowered.

We discussed how the Fed minutes from the preceding month which would come out in the week of July 9th would not show any inclination towards QE3 and would show concern about the potential economic impact of the eurozone currency crisis blowing up and the continuing threat of US fiscal contraction (the need for government to spend to address the unemployment problem).  And we were right on as the minutes show.  The Fed FOMC meeting statement in July continued its reluctance to do anything which might place it in a political cross fire during an election year.

Here is Part 1 of the interview.

Here is Part 2 of the interview.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Eurozone, Chinese banks, JP Morgan, and Facebook: Radio Interview on May 26, 2012

On Saturday Session with Bishop on May 26, 2012, we talked about the predictable unfolding of a currency crisis in the Eurozone, the growing presence of Chinese banks in the United States, the JP Morgan trading loss update, and the problems of the Facebook IPO:


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Eurozone, Bankia, Chinese Banks in US, and JP Morgan: Radio Interview on May 12, 2012

On the Saturday Session with  Bishop on May 12, 2012, we discussed the mounting problems of the Eurozone as exemplified by the imminent problems in Spain's banks as exemplified by Bankia, the effect on currencies, and the improper trading losses amounting to at least $3 billion by JP Morgan Chase bank:


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Radio Interview 2/25/2012: Greek Bailout, Europe, and Federal Reserve QE3

We were interviewed on Saturday Session with Bishop about Greece and the proposed bailout and how it forces Greece to relinquish its sovereignty.  The details of the proposed bailout, which would include new restrictive laws, more pension reductions and spending cuts, the prohibition against any Greek political action contrary to the bailout, and the requirement to make debt payments before any public spending in Greece would be allowed, and the need for resolution prior to March 20th, which is the date on which Greece must pay maturing debt.  Greece is already in technical default.  We discussed the imposed austerity programs and how they are making Greece's economy even more unsustainable.  We discussed how Greece will inevitably face the choice of default within the euro or default with abandonment of the euro which is a choice between economic slavery as a colony of the eurozone (Germany) with foreign EU/ECB technocrats running the Greek government or the harsh new beginning of freedom with a new sovereign currency which could devalue up to 80% after a fixed exchange from the euro to the new currency and the redenomination of  all Greek public and private debt into the new currency and the possibility of economic growth.

While it may appear that the United States has decoupled from the developing storm of Europe, the consequences of a currency union without a fiscal transfer mechanism, recession in Europe, eventual Greek default, and the pressure on European banks and other eurozone peripheral countries will have global consequences on financial liquidity and the world economy including the United states and China.

We also went over the minutes of the last Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in which most members are not inclined to initiate a QE3 unless disinflation reasserts itself and economic growth weakens in the future.

An MP3 of the interview is here.  The European situation and the tragedy of Greece have been unfolding in very predictable and obvious fashion for a few months.  Even Wolfgang Munchau has finally acknowledged that Greece needs to default.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Recession, Recession, Recession?

Last week, Lakshman Acthulan of ECRI gave an interview in which he discussed the slow growth in the United States and how economic indicators show we are heading for recession if we are not already in recession.

Watch the interview here.

John Hussman asked last week if we have avoided recession and he found little evidence of any meaningful reduction in recession risks and underlying recessionary pressures are unchanged.

Last week, Jeremy Grantham decried the lack of growth in the United States as a lack of political will to provide jobs, to repair infrastructure, to stop the declining effectiveness of education and training, and government's unwillingness to confront long term issues as well as the drastic decline in income equality.  The negative is overwhelming the positive and it is not only framing attitudes, but it has substantially restructured the middle class according to Dan Little and has created a much larger class of unemployed than the official figures, because they are not counted and no longer exist for statistical purposes.

Given the recession in Europe, much less the growing economic crisis in which Europeans think fiscal union is balancing budgets and punishing deficit countries rather than having a common Treasury with taxing powers which enables a proper fiscal transfer mechanism which is economically necessary in any successful currency union and in which Europeans think eurobonds are shared liabilities rather than an issuance of a common Treasury with taxing powers, and the slowing growth in China, recession risks are emerging globally and the an implosion in Europe could drive the world into a depression.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Blogging, Clients, and the Impending European Implosion

In the first week of October, it became obvious that what needed to be done in Europe to avoid a financial crisis which will become a global financial crisis will not only not be done -- it is being ignored and economic history denied in immoveable Orwellian terms.  The EU Summit was a colossal failure and, despite media reports to the contrary, nine countries, other than the UK which opposes the Treaty changes, must consult their parliaments and Ireland may need to seek public approval.  Since the euro has never survived a public vote, it will be interesting to see to what extent the EU will go to suppress any public vote in Ireland or elsewhere as it did in Greece prior to staging its coup d'etat and deposing the democratically elected government of Greece.

To hear more of my analysis, including my concern that the euro has become an enemy of democracy, of the European economic crisis, listen to my most recent radio interview here.

It became my duty to serve my consulting and advisory clients to get them to position themselves appropriately consistent with their business model and to rebalance individual portfolios defensively.   Anyone who has not taken by advice or implemented my advice: Good Luck.  Desired results require decisive and informed action.

Consequently, I have not been blogging despite have several large articles researched which I have not had the time to write.  I would like to write everyday.  However, I do not like to write just to write but when I have something substantive to say.  What little advertising is on this blog site is obvious and minimal.  The links --- all links --- within my blogs are substantive sources and often offer different views.  No links within my blogs are advertising, which I find a repugnant practice.  Blogging is not about making money; it is about ideas and communication and discussion.  Other bloggers, not all, have found my practice of link referencing sources, much as academic papers would be referenced, and providing extended reading material through those links as impediments to cross publication.  On the other hand, individual opinions without substantiation seldom rise to Proustian levels. It also means I do not close my mind to different viewpoints and attempt to remain true to the data and the developing macroeconomic environment.  I have never been a joiner of cliques and have been schooled in critical thinking in which no one's opinions, including my own, are sacrosanct.  If this offends others, so be it.

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