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Nomi Prins-Federal Reserve Transition to Destruction - YouTube
via - http://schiffgold.com/interviews/former-wall-street-insider-some-form-of-bank-bail-ins-will-come-to-us-video/ ||&! QE and ZIRP bad policy, bank and market cuddeling. no mainstreet recovery! trickle-down failed. Private sector can not carry existing minimal momentum forward. policy has not helped people on the ground. // many bubbles created: junk bond/zombie corps, car loans, student loans, property, ... // transition to destruction, volatility is first sign. // market manipulation! // inflated financial system // rise in NPL! where how will they cover that? another bailout? or bail-in. taking depositors haircut. FDIC can't cover that all.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Bubble Machine Timeline: Visual Evidence Of The Fed's "Third Mandate" | Zero Hedge
The problem with rushing to combat any sign of economic or financial market turmoil by resorting immediately to counter-cyclical policies is that the creative destruction that would normally serve to purge speculative excess isn’t allowed to operate and so, misallocated capital is allowed to linger from crisis to crisis, making the next boom and subsequent bust even larger than the last.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The real truth about the 2008 financial crisis | Brian S. Wesbury | TEDxCountyLineRoad - YouTube
bankers are greedy & excess speculation, is the story. Fed controls short-term interest rate through interest rate setting/Fed meetings based on fundy of American economy, // NIRP (greenspan put) post dot.com, distorts market, decision makers decisions. housing bubble w help of NIRP after dot.com & home-ownership campaign in bush years (fiscal stimulus/subsidies) 2 push that "asset." Not "home" to live in. // banks got too big to fail (their balance sheet/lending book) as liabilities (toxic assets - real downside unknown (due to complexity and day to day changes during crisis years), like CDO/CDS etc) overtook book, overall, value. Banking being actually insolvent, but how insolvent one doesn't know. Thus bad bank idea. ACCOUNTING. // Paul Volker raised rates ... was able, because USA (private household, banks, corporates) were not in a balance sheet recession. Problem was endogenous. // Deregulation + Lax accounting contributed to GFC greatly, unable to value banks books.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS - Telegraph
Monetary policymakers have run out of room to fight the next crisis with interest rates unable to go lower, the BIS warns. [...] These low interest rates have in turn fuelled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have responded to with even lower rates. [greenspan put][dot.com and GFC were in part fuelled by inadequate rate setting and oversight] [...] [BIS also rejecting the notion of secular stagnation]. // &! BIS 'low rates hold back global growth' - http://www.ft.com/cms/s/12ded5aa-1be6-11e5-a130-2e7db721f996 // &! Rising interest rates pose new risk for banks: BIS - reut.rs/1Jgyft9 [...] but a "normalization" of borrowing costs would reverse the debt-fueled inflation of asset prices and hit banks' own loss-absorbing equity capital, the BIS said. "Just as falling yields have supported asset valuation gains in recent years, an eventual normalization would generate losses ... Banks' equity capital would shrink."
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
John Ralston Saul: The Collapse of Globalism - YouTube
the source of legitimacy is economics and only one source/type of economic thinking // TTIP & Co erase governments! // globalisation hailed promises, empty promises. // the more they say its inevitable, the more you know its the way out. // bailout for one side of society, and austerity for the others // no shared economic interest !!! rootless tax evaders global corporations are not stakeholders in country X // where does the power go? decision and policy making? to those with money and influence and network! - thus not the citizens // "we are in a post-globalist world" really? why is there then TTIP? Austerity is currently taking over the vacuum! // neoliberalism pouted and propagandated by fear induced monologues by Career Politicians (GFC) // money has no moral limits nor conscience !!! // great moderation and unfettered globalisation & financial realm (masters of the universe) - Alan Greenspan & Ben Bernanke >> extremes (ideology) break down (GFC) // austerity doesn't work!
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Alan Greenspan on what's wrong with the world economy - Newsnight - YouTube
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Breaking Bad Habits by Stephen S. Roach - Project Syndicate
Unable to facilitate balance-sheet repair or stimulate real economic activity, QE has, instead, become a dangerous source of instability in global financial markets. [...] There is good reason to believe that China’s new leaders are now determined to wean the economy off ever-mounting (and destabilizing) debt – especially in its rapidly expanding “shadow banking” system. [...] Financial markets are having a hard time coming to grips with the new policy mindset in the world’s two largest economies. [...] Breaking bad habits is hardly a painless experience for liquidity-addicted investors.
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july 2013 by asterisk2a
Gross Says Low Quality of Debt Threatens Monetary System - Bloomberg
Bill Gross said the lower quality of sovereign debt represents a threat to the global monetary system.
Investors should favor debt of nations such as the U.S., Mexico and Brazil, and emphasize intermediate maturities over the next few years, Gross said in his monthly investment outlook posted on the Newport Beach, California-based company’s website today. Equity investors should seek companies that produce stable cash flow and that are exposed to high growth markets.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/bill-gross-global-monetary-system-reaching-its-breaking-point

“The global monetary system which has evolved and morphed over the past century but always in the direction of easier, cheaper and more abundant credit, may have reached a point at which it can no longer operate efficiently and equitably to promote growth,”

The U.S. remains the ‘liquidity haven and a quality haven for the rest of the world, This is one giant deleveraging moment that will likely continue for a number of years.”
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june 2012 by asterisk2a
Recovery – Who are We Kidding?
In our assessment, what we see unfolding is the latest chapter in the tug of war between inflationary and deflationary forces. During the “goldilocks” economy of the last decade, investors levered themselves up. Homeowners treated their homes as if they were ATMs; banks set up off-balance sheet Special Investment Vehicles (SIVs); governments engaging in arrangements to get cheap loans that may cost future generations dearly. Cumulatively, it was an amazing money generation process; yet, central banks remained on the sidelines, as inflation – according to the metrics focused on - appeared contained. Indeed, we have argued in the past that central banks lost control of the money creation process, as they could not keep up with the plethora of “financial innovation” that justified greater leverage. It was only a matter of time before the world no longer appeared quite so risk-free. Rational investors thus reduced their exposure: de-levered. ...
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april 2012 by asterisk2a
A Wall Street Insider's Response To Greg Smith | ZeroHedge
In these businesses, in which the banks trade with professional, accredited investors, the customers are often as bloodthirsty as the banks. Yes, many could use a good salesman’s hand in furthering their interests, but as many – so many – seek the desk that’s sleeping that day and exact a predatory price. Many I’ve traded against gleefully relished it.

Wall Street is an arena where people go to find who’s sleeping and relieve them of their money.

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"Muppets" is a sound bite for the large audience

Wall Street has held themselves above capitalism’s consequences in a society which once prided itself on the concept of creative destruction.

Not one banking official of note has been tried for fraud.
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march 2012 by asterisk2a
Fed's Massive Stimulus Had Little Impact: Greenspan - CNBC
"There is no evidence that huge inflow of money into the system basically worked," Greenspan said in a live interview.
"It obviously had some effect on the exchange rate and the exchange rate was a critical issue in export expansion," he said. "Aside from that, I am ill-aware of anything that really worked. Not only QE2 but QE1."
Greenspan’s comments came as the Fed ended the second installment of its bond-buying program, known as QE2, after spending $600 billion. There were no hints of any more monetary easing—or QE3—to come.
Greenspan said he "would be surprised if there was a QE3"  because it would "continue erosion of the dollar."
QE  QE-2.0  Fed  benbernanke  alangreenspan  2011  stimulus 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
Alan Greenspan: The ultimate double agent | ForexLive
My pet Gordon Brown theory was that he was a descendant of Rob Roy or William Wallace and that he was secretly planning to bring down the UK from the inside. Funnily enough this theory never did take hold despite the mountains of evidence in my favour Now come the Greenspan conspiracy theories, like this in the Sydney Morning Herald, which state that Alan is in fact an old closet Libertarian who’s ultimate goal is the demise of the Fiat system. Well it’s more fun than reading some more RBA analysis!

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/uncle-sam-heading-closer-to-a-fresh-financial-meltdown-20110404-1cyil.html
gordonbrown  alangreenspan  conspiracy  greatrecession  financialcrisis  2008 
april 2011 by asterisk2a
Fraud Caused the 1930s Depression and the Current Financial Crisis | zero hedge
Professor William K. Black writes:

The original Pecora investigation documented the causes of the economic collapse that led to the Great Depression. It ... established that conflicts of interest and fraud were common among elite finance and government officials.

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James Galbraith recently said that "at the root of the crisis we find the largest financial swindle in world history", where "counterfeit" mortgages were "laundered" by the banks.

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The decisive role that "accounting control frauds" played in driving the current crisis is clear. The FBI warned of an "epidemic" of mortgage fraud in 2004 and predicted that it would cause an economic crisis if it were not stopped. The mortgage lending industry's own experts reported that "liar's" loans were "an open invitation to fraudsters" and fully warranted their name -- "liar's" loans -- because fraud was endemic in such loans.
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HISTORY RHYMES.
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october 2010 by asterisk2a
The Safest Bet During Uncertain Markets | zero hedge
Three reasons.



ONE: Commercial investment firms do not earn fees from their clients buying gold and silver. Thus, the reason they perpetually discourage it. Precious metals are the enemy of all fraudulent fiat money including the SDRs of the IMF and the financial derivative products of Wall Street. Consider this story in which HSBC ordered their clients to remove their gold from their vaults, all at their own expense.



TWO: Commercial investment firms do not educate their financial consultants regarding precious metals. Most of their consultants probably could not even properly explain something as basic as the difference between ounces of metals classified as resources and those classified as reserves and the significance of the different categories among these classifications. Having no
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may 2010 by asterisk2a
Blaming Rubin | Analysis & Opinion |
When he was in the Clinton administration, Rubin thought that absent a crisis, it would be politically impossible to pass new rules because of the intensity of the opposition from his former colleagues on Wall Street. He also faced disagreement from Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, who believed that markets were essentially self-regulating, and some skepticism from his own deputy at Treasury, Larry Summers. Rubin goes into this at length in his book, noting that Summers later ridiculed the kind of comprehensive margin requirements Rubin favored as “playing tennis with wooden rackets.” The three did agree, however, that a legally ambiguous effort by the Commodity Futures Trading Corp., then led by Brooksley Born, to regulate over-the-counter derivatives could have created dangerous market uncertainty.
robertrubin  hypocrisy  hypocrite  alangreenspan  larrysummers  regulation  reform  derivatives  billclinton 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
If We Broke Up Standard Oil, We Can Break Up the Giant Banks | zero hedge
Indeed, even the FDIC mentions Continental Illinois in the same breadth as "too big to fail" banks.

And William K. Black - the senior regulator during the S&L crisis, and an Associate Professor of both Economics and Law at the University of Missouri - says that the Prompt Corrective Action Law (PCA), 12 U.S.C. § 1831o, not only authorizes the government to seize insolvent banks, it mandates it, and that the Bush and Obama administrations broke the law by refusing to close insolvent banks. And see this. Whether or not the financial giants can be broken up using the PCA, no one can doubt that the government could find a way to break them up if it wanted.
toobigtofail  bank  banks  alangreenspan  larrysummers  FDIC  SEC  break-up  2010  law 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
Clinton Calls Advice He Got on Derivatives ‘Wrong’ (Update1) - Bloomberg.com
April 19 (Bloomberg) -- Former President Bill Clinton said his Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers were wrong in the advice they gave him about regulating derivatives when he was in office.

“I think they were wrong and I think I was wrong to take” their advice, Clinton said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program broadcast yesterday.

Their argument was that derivatives didn’t need transparency because they were “expensive and sophisticated and only a handful of people will buy them and they don’t need any extra protection,” Clinton said. “The flaw in that argument was that first of all, sometimes people with a lot of money make stupid decisions and make it without transparency.”

“Even if less than 1 percent of the total investment community is involved in derivative exchanges, so much money was involved that if they went bad, they could affect 100 percent of the investments,” Clinton said.
billclinton  larrysummers  robertrubin  derivatives  warrenbuffet  Lobbying  lobby  lobbyist  Fed  alangreenspan  GSE  mortage  housing  bubble  fanniemae  freddiemac 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Au Contrarian: Advice to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission: How to Question Alan Greenspan on April 7.
Frederick Sheehan is the author of Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession (McGraw-Hill, 2009).
alangreenspan  housing  bubble  GSE  freddiemac  fanniemae  ARM  mortage  usa  fiscal  policy  monetary  Fed  history 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Born Poor? | Santa Fe Reporter
Milton Friedman
Smith
“The founders of the discipline of economics, almost to a man—and they were only men—thought that the problem of distribution between classes—they used the word classes—was the key to understanding why nations grew or not,” Bowles says.

What Bowles sees as the essence of his profession—problems of wealth distribution—the Friedmanites see as the road to hell.
SamuelBowles  Gini-coefficient  TomHertz  MiltonFriedman  inequality  economics  employment  poverty  socialism  development  research  AdamSmith  wealth-distribution  AlanGreenspan  ElinorOstrom  nobelprize 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
The Reckoning - Citigroup Saw No Red Flags Even as It Made Bolder Bets - Series - NYTimes.com
The bank’s downfall was years in the making and involved many in its hierarchy, particularly Mr. Prince and Robert E. Rubin, an influential director and senior adviser.

Citigroup insiders and analysts say that Mr. Prince and Mr. Rubin played pivotal roles in the bank’s current woes, by drafting and blessing a strategy that involved taking greater trading risks to expand its business and reap higher profits. Mr. Prince and Mr. Rubin both declined to comment for this article.

-- with hindsight -- these people were the architects of this crisis.
Summers and Greenspan and Rubin were part of the Clinton administration, and Bush partly too.
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december 2009 by asterisk2a
Guest Post: Gold Is Rallying Because… « naked capitalism
It resists the attempts by the monetary authorities to debase it, because except for concerted attempts to suppress its price through non-profitseeking selling at key market points by central banks, and naked short selling by the global commercial banks in the paper markets, gold cannot be created and controlled by financial engineers like Ben Bernanke.
gold  2009  fiatmoney  benbernanke  inflation  monetary  policy  dollar  alangreenspan 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Trader Made Billions on Subprime - WSJ.com
The biggest winner looks to be John Paulson, a little-known hedge fund manager who smelled trouble two years ago.
Funds he runs were up $15 billion in 2007 on a spectacularly successful bet against the housing market. Mr. Paulson has reaped an estimated $3 billion to $4 billion for himself -- believed to be the largest one-year payday in Wall Street history.

Now, in another twist in financial history, Mr. Paulson is retaining as an adviser a man some blame for helping feed the housing-market bubble by keeping interest rates so low: former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
hedgefunds  hedge  subprime  Hedgefonds  JohnPaulson  alangreenspan  short-selling  recession  bubble  winner  loser  georgesoros 
october 2009 by asterisk2a
Brooksley Born, the Cassandra of the Derivatives Crisis - washingtonpost.com
A little more than a decade ago, Born foresaw a financial cataclysm, accurately predicting that exotic investments known as over-the-counter derivatives could play a crucial role in a crisis much like the one now convulsing America. Her efforts to stop that from happening ran afoul of some of the most influential men in Washington, men with names like Greenspan and Levitt and Rubin and Summers -- the same Larry Summers who is now a key economic adviser to President Obama.

She was the head of a tiny government agency who wanted to regulate the derivatives. They were the men who stopped her.
BobRubin  derivatives  creditcrunch  alangreenspan  larrysummers  CDS 
august 2009 by asterisk2a
The Ladies Of The Financial Crisis
Eleven years ago, then-CFTC chairman Brooksley Born campaigned tirelessly for someone -- she wanted it for her agency, but she would have been happy for anyone to have just done it -- to get the authority to regulate derivatives. Bill Clinton now openly admits that his biggest mistake was allowing Larry Summers, Bob Rubin and Alan Greenspan to spend three years bullying her out of the job, in a nasty battle that culminated in a conference call in which Larry Summers bellowed: "I have 13 bankers in my office and they say if you go forward with this, you will cause the worst financial crisis since World War II." It wasn't a particularly cerebral debate; as the Wall Street Journal observed at the time, "the nation's top financial regulators wish Brooksley Born would just shut up."
larrysummers  BobRubin  alangreenspan 
august 2009 by asterisk2a
RGE - The Great Preventer
He and the Fed made three major mistakes when the subprime mortgage crisis began. First, he kept arguing that the housing recession would bottom out soon (it has not bottomed out even three years later). Second, he argued that the subprime problem was a contained problem when in reality it was a symptom of the biggest leverage and credit bubble in American history. Third, he argued that the collapse in the housing market would not lead to a recession, even though about one-third of jobs created in the latest economic recovery were directly or indirectly related to housing. Mr. Bernanke’s analysis was mistaken in several other important ways. He argued that monetary policy should not be used to control asset bubbles. He attributed the large United States current account deficits to a savings glut in China and emerging markets, understating the role that excessive fiscal deficits and debt accumulation by American households and the financial system played.
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NourielRoubini  benbernanke  alangreenspan  recession  fed  monetary  policy  moralhazard  liquidity  liquidity-trap  inflation  dollar  bubble 
august 2009 by asterisk2a
Ex-Fed chief says economic downturn's end is near - News Wires - CNBC.com
Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan says the economic downturn is not quite over but that the end is nearing.

Greenspan says that the health of the financial system has improved significantly. He says the collapse of the financial system is "off the table" after the system teetered for a while.
alangreenspan  forecast  2009  recession  USA 
august 2009 by asterisk2a

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