READ: China’s Risky Play in the U.S. Deb t Market Caixin Online 07-31-14
08/03/2014 - U.S. & China Financial Repression Is Preventing Their Economic Recovery China’s Risky Play in the U.S. Debt Market
08/02/2014 - More Financial Repression To Pay Down Debt
READ: Asset Forfeiture – How Cops Continue to Steal Americans’ Hard Earned Cash with Zero Repercussions libertyblitzkrieg.com 07-28-14
08/01/2014 - The Typical Household During Era of FINANCIAL REPRESSION Now Worth a Third Less
New money is being re-directed to pay increasing debt loads as corporate profits come primarily at the expense of reduced income growth while inflation crushes real disposable income.
DECLINING FINANCIAL WEALTH FOR MOST AMERICANS SINCE 2001
“The housing bubble basically hid a trend of declining financial wealth at the median that began in 2001” — Fabian T. Pfeffer, the University of Michigan professor who is lead author of the Russell Sage Foundation study.
“For households at the median level of net worth, much of the damage has occurred since the start of the last recession in 2007. Until then, net worth had been rising for the typical household, although at a slower pace than for households in higher wealth brackets. But much of the gain for many typical households came from the rising value of their homes. Exclude that housing wealth and the picture is worse: Median net worth began to decline even earlier.”
07/30/2014 - FINANCIAL REPRESSION HAS BEEN AGGRESSIVELY PURSUED SINCE THE DOTCOM BUBBLE IMPLOSION
07/29/2014 - Fund managers now have the Legal Right to ‘suspend redemptions’ by the you on your Money Market Funds
SEC Approves Tighter Money Fund Rules – Plan Allows Money Funds to Temporarily Block Investors from Withdrawing Money in Times of StressWSJ
SEC Votes Through Money Market Exit Gates Zero Hedge
HIDDEN TAX INCENTIVES
In conjunction with Wednesday’s release, the U.S. Treasury department is expected to relax certain accounting burdens on the reporting of gains and losses “to ease the transition to a floating share price”.
CREDIT RATINGS REMOVED
Separately, the SEC voted unanimously to re-propose a plan, originally floated in 2011, to purge references to credit-rating firms embedded in the SEC’s money-fund rule. The change is a requirement of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law that requires federal agencies to scrub their rule books of references to credit ratings, forcing them to find new measures to help investors assess creditworthiness.
07/27/2014 - “Relying upon Macroprudential Supervision to prevent financial instability provides an artificial sense of confidence!?”
READ: The Danger of Too Loose, Too Long With an improving labor market and an uptick in inflation, the danger now is to wait too long to tightenRichard W Fisher 07-27-14 WSJ
“I have grown increasingly co. ncerned about the risks posed by current monetary policy. First, we are experiencing financial excess that is of our own making. There is a lot of talk about “macroprudential supervision” as a way to prevent financial excess from creating financial instability. But macroprudential supervision is something of a Maginot Line: It can be circumvented. Relying upon it to prevent financial instability provides an artificial sense of confidence”.
“There are some who believe that “macroprudential supervision” will safeguard us from financial instability. I am more skeptical. Such supervision entails the vigilant monitoring of capital and liquidity ratios, tighter restrictions on bank practices and subjecting banks to stress tests. All to the good. But whereas the Federal Reserve and banking supervisory authorities used to oversee the majority of the credit system by regulating depository institutions, depository institutions now account for no more than 20% of the credit markets”.
Mr. Fisher is president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. This article is excerpted from his speech on July 16 at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Low interest rates and abundant availability of credit in the nondepository market, the bond markets and other trading markets have spawned an abundance of speculative activity
“The Fed has been running a hyper-accommodative monetary policy to lift the economy out of the doldrums and counteract a possible deflationary spiral. Much of what we have paid out to purchase Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities has been put back to the Fed in the form of excess reserves deposited at the Federal Reserve banks. As of July 9, $2.517 trillion of excess reserves were parked on the 12 Fed banks’ balance sheets, while depository institutions wait to find eager and worthy borrowers to lend to. But with low interest rates and abundant availability of credit in the nondepository market, the bond markets and other trading markets have spawned an abundance of speculative activity. ” — Fabian T. Pfeffer, the University of Michigan professor who is lead author of the Russell Sage Foundation study.
07/24/2014 - Which Is Better For Getting People To Understand The Economy’s Problems?
A Classic Comedic Metaphor? from
In his latest Hmmm, Grant Williams* makes the analogy of an episode from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, to the ‘line’ we are being fed by the Fed & other central banks .. highlights the example of Europe where the central bank has encouraged the buying of bond of bankrupt countries – “we’ll make sure you don’t lose money” – financial repression European-style .. “European banks loaded themselves to the gills with peripheral European debt as part of the quid pro quo with Draghi, but making free carry off the desperate central bank is hardly what used to pass for banking. Remember when banking used to be about things like making loans?” This is a thoughtful piece with graphs to substantiate the commentary. Don’t miss it.
Click on “Hmmm July 28” to download the report (may have to provide your email address), or hit “View Fullscreen” far below next to the ‘S’ icon to enlarge the viewing .. John Mauldin, Best-Selling author and recognized financial expert, is also editor of the free Thoughts From the Frontline that goes to over 1 million readers each week. For more information on John or his FREE weekly economic letter go to: http://www.frontlinethoughts.com/learnmore .. permission granted by Grant Williams to us to post the below, courtesy of www.vulpesinvest.com funds.
Get a load of the first one that shows European banks are not lending to people anymore. On the second one, understand that above 0 means the math of it all is getting worse, even with austerity.
07/22/2014 - Opinion – Macropru is credit rationing by another name
The Bank of England has been flashing an amber light for months about the complacency shown by low market volatility, but in house-price obsessed Britain, mortgage excess is the focus of its worry. Last month it became the first of the major central banks to set out to try to control credit using non-monetary tools: in the jargon, “macroprudential measures”. Ms Yellen has been highlighting macropru as the first line of defence against bubbles for a while.
The problem SEEMS simple central bankers. Central bankers want money to lubricate the real economy, not to flow into pointless leverage of existing assets. Higher rates could reduce the incentives to leverage, but at the cost of damage to the real economy. Their solution is to set up barriers inside the banks to direct the flow.
If central bankers ever get serious about using macropru to control bubbles, it will mean limits on more than just mortgages. The obvious place to start is with the froth in junk bonds and the leveraged loans used by private equity houses. It is interesting, therefore, that the Fed’s monetary policy report last week emphasised that the central bank is “working to enhance compliance” with leveraged loan underwriting and pricing standards. If it becomes harder for private equity groups to gear up, they can afford to pay less to buy companies, cutting back one source of demand for shares. READ MORE
The real danger comes if central banks try to use macropru as a semi-permanent way to keep interest rates lower than normal, as Mr Napier fears. In this case investors will face a double setback: they will not be treated as part of the “real economy” deserving of funds, while state-directed allocation of assets has a terrible history of supporting duds, hurting growth.
07/22/2014 - Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) Asset Reallocation
Bank Of Japan Prepares To Buy Nikkei-400 ETF To Boost Stocks 07-09-14 Zero Hedge
07/21/2014 - Japan’s Plan By Its Central Planners For Financial ‘Repression’ Of The People: Central Bank To Buy Bonds, Pension Funds To Buy Stocks
Japan is moving to get its pension funds to sell Japanese government bonds (JGB) to its central bank, then use corporate governance & regulatory changes to force the pension funds to buy stocks
.. “A return to more normal JGB interest rates of above 3% – which will prove loss-making for present holders such as the BoJ – is not likely for at least two years. Part of the Bank of Japan (BoJ)/Ministry of Finance (MoF) strategy of encouraging Japanese private sector portfolio shifts away from JGBs into equity-type assets is that the BoJ can bear such losses far more easily than other investing institutions. One of the most important moves concerns redeployment of assets held by the $1.2tn government pension investment fund (GPIF), where decisions are imminent on investing more in domestic equities rather than government bonds.”
07/20/2014 - WHAT FINANCIAL REPRESSION LOOKS LIKE IN JAPAN
07/19/2014 - BOE’s Carney Leads Push For Bail-Ins – China and Japan Against
07/18/2014 - POTENTIALLY INCENTING BANKS “NOT TO LEND” IS THE EPITOME OF FINANCIAL REPRESSION
07/18/2014 - Europe Between Financial Repression and Regulatory Capture
“Government agencies have been frequently described as being at the mercy of the financial sector, often allowing financial interests to hijack political, regulatory and supervisory processes in order to favoring their own private interests over the public good”
.. & the opposite:
“Governments, which have often been portrayed as subverting markets and abusing the financial system to their benefit, either in order to secure better financing conditions to overcome their own financial difficulties, or with the objective of directing credit to certain sectors of the economy, ‘repressing’ the free functioning of financial markets and potentially the private interests of some of its participants.”
07/16/2014 - FINANCIAL REPRESSION IS AGGRESSIVELY BEING IMPLEMENTED TO STOP FALLING REAL US GROWTH RATES
07/15/2014 - FINANCIAL REPRESSION HELPS IBM HIDE THIS
07/13/2014 - Causing Inequality through Increasing Property Taxation
The Coming US “Tax Overhaul” Has a Different Goal In Mind than the Public Thinks!
INCREASED LOCAL PROPERTY TAXATION IS COMING AS FINANCIAL REPRESSION TRANSFERS DEBT TO RESIDENTIAL OWNERS
07/11/2014 - Modern Financial Repression Grounded
According to Mises, the problem is not low consumption but low saving.
The Center for Financial Studies in Frankfurt reports on a recent talk given by Thorsten Polleit:
READ MORE: Thorsten Polleit on the “planned chaos” of money
A Core Tenet is the De-Incentive & Discouragement of SAVINGS
We had CAPITALISM:
SAVINGS was reinvested as CAPITAL INVESTMENT
We now have CREDITISM:
CREDIT is created and spent on CONSUMPTION
According to Mises, the problem is not low consumption but low savings
07/02/2014 - Expropriation is Back on the Policy Table as Global Economic Woes Worsen
07/02/2014 - Regulators Ready Money-Fund Rules
Regulators Ready Money-Fund Rules 07-10-14 WSJ
FINANCIAL REPRESSION REGULATIONS WILL PREVENT YOU FROM EXITING YOUR MONEY MARKETS (CASH) AT TIME OF TURMOIL
Yellen called for what she termed:
“A more robust macroprudential approach.”
In fact she used that word macroprudential no fewer than29 times. For those not fluent in Fedspeak, what she meant is that we can deal with financial instability through increased regulation procedures
Monetary Policy and Financial Stability – Remarks by Janet L. Yellen Chair Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
The 2014 Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture International Monetary Fund Washington, D.C.
July 2nd, 2014
*YELLEN: `WE HAVE MUCH TO LEARN’ IN MACROPRUDENTIAL OVERSIGHT
*YELLEN: MACROPRUDENTIAL RULES SHOULD BE MAIN STABILITY DEFENSE
*YELLEN: STABILITY BEST PROMOTED BY MACROPRUDENTIAL OVERSIGHT