Financial Review

Catch a Falling Star

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-12-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:20 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 2 = 17,612 SPX – 1 = 2038 NAS + 14 = 4675 10 YR YLD un = 2.36% OIL – 1.19 = 76.75 GOLD – 2.80 = 1161.10 SILV – .04 = 15.76 Stocks have been on a run lately, with the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 hitting record highs yesterday, and the Dow Transports closing at a new high today. Yesterday, the S&P 500 marked its 40th new closing high of the year, versus 45 in 2013. The last five-day streak of record highs was in May 2013, and the next longest was eight days in June 1997. The Dow also hit a record yesterday, marking 6 consecutive record highs, its longest since June. The S&P 500 has closed above its 5 day moving average for the 19th consecutive session, a streak that has only occurred seven times in the past 20 years. And today did not reverse the trend. Typically, after a rally like this you might expect a pullback; not necessarily a correction, but a pullback; a pause to catch your breath. And so, now would not look like a good time to buy, but you also haven’t seen a signal to sell, at least not yet. Meanwhile, the advance has been so straight and fast that it hasn’t left any support levels in its wake. You might look at S&P 2000 as a round …

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Financial Review

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-04-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 17 = 17,383 SPX – 5 = 2012 NAS – 15 = 4623 10 YR YLD – .01 = 2.34% OIL – 1.31 = 77.47 GOLD + 2.90 = 1169.20 SILV – .11 = 16.13 Election Day 2014! We should all be very, very happy. Forget about red and blue, we can all count our blessings because the campaign ads on radio and TV are going away. There is one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over in a few hours. Say hallelujah! Or you could say that it’s amazing that anyone bothers to vote given that our choices are between tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber. Still, I went to the polls today, early, and I cast my ballot. I was the only voter voting. In a few hours we’ll get the results. And the most likely result is that not much will change, despite the drama and despite hundreds of millions to persuade you. It takes a fortune for a politician to get beat these days, but most of the money isn’t real, it’s magic money that doesn’t belong to anybody, or at least nobody is willing to admit they spend money on politics. We’ve got the best politicians money can buy. The present split Congress is the least-productive in US history. Regardless of the election’s outcome, the 114th Congress is unlikely to be any more …

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Author Interviews

Erin Arvedlund

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/ERIN_ARVEDLUND_10-19-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSListen to the author interview. Click the banner to buy the book. Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy That Swindled Investors Out of Billions by Erin Arvedlund “Gaming the LIBOR—that is, fixing the price of money—had become just that: a game. Playing it was the price of admission to a club of men who socialized together, skied in Europe courtesy of brokers and expense accounts, and reaped million-dollar bonuses.” In the midst of the financial crisis of 2008, rumors swirled that a sinister scandal was brewing deep in the heart of London. Some suspected that behind closed doors, a group of chummy young bankers had been cheating the system through interest rate machinations. But with most eyes focused on the crisis rippling through Wall Street and the rest of the world, the story remained an “open secret” among competitors. Soon enough, the scandal became public and dozens of bankers and their bosses were caught red-handed. Several major banks and hedge funds were manipulating and misreporting their daily submission of the London Interbank Offered Rate, better known as the LIBOR. As the main interest rate that pulses through the banking community, the LIBOR was supposed to represent the average rate banks charge each other for loans, effectively setting short-term interest rates around the world for trillions of dollars in financial contracts. But the LIBOR wasn’t an average; it was a combination of guesswork and outright …

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Financial Review

Monday, April 28, 2014 – But Our Bankers Aren’t Oligarchs

But Our Bankers Aren’t Oligarchsby Sinclair Noe DOW + 87 = 16448SPX + 6 = 1869NAS – 1 = 407410 YR YLD + .01 = 2.67%OIL – .03 = 100.57GOLD – 7.50 = 1297.30SILV – .16 = 19.67 This should be an interesting week. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee, the FOMC, will meet to determine monetary policy; a statement will be issued Wednesday. On Friday, we’ll have the monthly jobs report. The market is jittery. The Dow fell 140 points on Friday, rose 139 on Monday morning, and gave it all back Monday afternoon, then recovered at little at the close. Investors are worried about the Ukraine crisis, the Fed’s tapering, peak earnings, high PEs, low GDP, inflation, deflation, and of course, their own shadows. So far, the stock market has merely been sluggish to start the year; no big crash, no big gains. Last week, the big 3 indices were down a little, while the indices are in negative territory year to date, that could change with one good week of trading. After doubling or tripling since 2009, stocks aren’t cheap any more. Companies, meanwhile, are finding it harder to keep raising earnings in a period of soft economic growth. This makes investors more cautious, but because speculative excess still hasn’t reached the extremes of past bubbles, and because the Federal Reserve is determined to sustain the recovery, there is less fear of a big decline. The Fed has started slowly rolling back its quantitative …

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Friday, March 14, 2014 – The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life by Sinclair Noe DOW – 43 = 16,065SPX – 5 = 1841NAS – 15 = 424510 YR YLD – .01 = 2.64%OIL + .81 = 99.01 GOLD + 10.90 = 1383.00SILV + .29 = 21.56 In economic news, the early-March consumer sentiment index fell to 79.9. That’s down from a final February reading of 81.6 but the latest number is within the range of numbers posted since November. A separate report from the Labor Department shows the producer price index dropped o.1% last month. The PPI measures inflation at the wholesale level. Final demand for goods rose 0.4% in February. Final demand for services dropped 0.3%. Producer prices excluding volatile food and energy costs fell 0.2%. In the 12 months through February, producer prices increased 0.9%, the smallest one-year gain since May 2013. Inflation is not a concern. The economy is still too sluggish to generate inflation. There are two big news stories of the day: Flight 370 and Ukraine. We don’t know anything about either. A total absence of actual information about the missing Malaysian flight is not in any way hindering 24 hour news coverage of the story. Facts have given way to fantastic fantasizing about everything from terrorism to hidden island airstrips to alien abductions. The news networks have been gathering tons of erroneous and conflicting reports which they immediately pass to their viewers. They must think we’re all morons. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov wrapped up …

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Monday, February 10, 2014 – Set the Tone

Set the Tone by Sinclair Noe DOW + 7 = 15,801SPX + 2 = 1799NAS + 22 = 414810 YR YLD + .03 = 2.69%OIL + .12 = 100.00GOLD + 7.90 = 1276.00SILV + .07 = 20.18 A little bit of follow up to last Friday’s jobs report, which you recall came in at 113,000 jobs added in January and the unemployment rate dropping to 6.6%. There was a huge discrepancy between the household survey and the business establishment survey; the household survey showed 616,000 new jobs. The household survey can be a bit volatile and is considered less reliable. There is also a discrepancy between the establishment survey and a couple of earlier reports from ISM and ADP. The Institute for Supply Management services index came in at 56.4% in January, indicating a strong month for service jobs. The ADP, or Automatic Data Processing, employment report indicated 160,000 private sector service jobs were created in January, or about 100,000 more jobs than the government reported. It will be very interesting to watch revisions to the jobs report next month. The major stock indices just loved the lousy jobs report, and this is a head scratcher for many people. Why would bad news on jobs be good news for stocks? Well, a weak job market gives employers the upper hand because most workers will accept lower wages, which translates into higher profits for corporate America. I know that is short sighted because the workers are also customers, but in the …

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013 – The Defining Challenge

The Defining Challenge by Sinclair Noe DOW – 24 = 15,889SPX – 2 = 1792NAS +0.80 = 403810 YR YLD + .05 = 2.83%OIL + 1.25 = 97.29GOLD + 19.00 = 1244.30SILV + .54 = 19.82 December can be a cold, cold month. At least that’s how the equity markets are starting the month; four losing sessions. Part of this might be the big institutional investors, the big hedge funds and money managers, looking around and realizing the market is up 30% or so, and that would be a good year, so why no lock in a few profits. No need to worry about the budget battle in Washington; no need to worry about the Federal Reserve surprising people with a premature taper; no need to worry about a strong jobs report on Friday. In this crazy market where good economic news gets traders worried about the Fed taking away the punch bowl, today we had some reasonably decent economic news and another drop in the markets. Let’s start with the economic reports. ADP, the payroll processing firm, has a monthly report on private jobs; they issue the report just before the monthly official government report on jobs, the BLS non-farm payroll report. The ADP report is not great at predicting the government report, but its one of the better guidelines we have. Today, ADP reported companies added to their payrolls by a net 215,000 in November, and they revised the October number higher to 184,000. Manufacturers, builders and other …

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Monday, August 05, 2013 – ISDAfix

ISDAfix by Sinclair Noe DOW – 46 = 15612SPX – 2 = 1707NAS + 3 = 369210 YR YLD + .04 = 2.64%OIL – .38 = 106.56GOLD – 9.70 = 1304.80SILV – .18 = 19.81 We’ve talked on several occasions about the various banking scandals that have cropped up over the past couple of years. It’s a long list and includes everything from municipal bond rigging to robo-signing, predatory loans to insider trading, derivatives stuffing to energy price manipulation including oil markets and electricity markets. Last year we heard about what appeared to be the biggest scandal, at least in dollar volume; the Libor rate rigging scandal. The scandal surrounding the London interbank offered rate (Libor), against which it’s estimated more than $300 trillion worth of products are priced, everything from derivatives to mortgages to credit cards and … well almost everything that might be bought or sold, has become a symbol for the brazen arrogance with which some in the financial industry have pursued their own interests. Libor rate rigging has cost individuals as well as municipalities, including Baltimore, Houston, San Diego, Sacramento, and others; maybe even Detroit. The US municipalities claim that they lost money when they received lower interest rate payments than they should have, or had to pay artificially inflated rates because of the alleged manipulation. In other words, the banksters ripped them off coming and going. In London, the Libor investigation is ongoing and they’ve recently announced plans to make charges, possibly criminal charges within …

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Monday, July 08, 2013 – Nothing Recedes Like Progress

Nothing Recedes Like Progress by Sinclair Noe DOW + 88 = 15,224SPX + 8 = 1640NAS + 5 = 348410 YR YLD – .07 = 2.65% OIL – .17 = 103.05GOLD + 13.50 = 1238.30SILV + .18 = 19.18 Took a little break for the Fourth of July, so we have some catching up to do. Friday morning the jobs report showed the unemployment rate holding steady at 7.6%, even as the economy added 195,000 jobs. Better than expected but not good enough; possibly proving the adage that nothing recedes like progress, or at the very least we know that the path of progress is neither swift nor easy. More than 8 million people are working part-time for economic reasons; nearly 3 million are working in temp jobs; more than 4 million are in the ranks of the long-term unemployed; more than one million are considered discouraged, they’ve just given up I suppose. If the labor market holds steady and job creation continues at the current rate, the unemployment rate will dip below 7 percent sometime in mid- 2014; by which point the majority of American workers will be part-time. We really should be adding more than 300,000 jobs a month, not fewer than 200,000. As the Economic Policy Institute points out, we would need more than five years of job growth at this rate to get back to the level of unemployment that prevailed before the Great Recession. Still, the 195,000 new jobs should boost expectations for growth and inflation, …

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Deficits, Militarization, Privatization, Financialization by Sinclair Noe DOW – 126 = 14,995SPX – 13 = 1612NAS – 36 = 340010 YR YLD + .03 = 2.23%OIL + .38 = 95.76GOLD + 10.20 = 1389.40SILV + .10 = 21.89 Pretty much all markets looked a little weak today, except maybe precious metals, but its hard to call that market strong right now. Quantitative easing, the $85 billion per month shelled out by the Federal Reserve, comes down to the purchase of two kinds of securities: Treasury paper and mortgage-backed securities. The Fed buys the Treasury paper from the federal government and the mortgage-backed securities from commercial banks. The first is a direct form of monetization (money printing); the second is an indirect form since a good portion of those funds is in turn also used by the banks to purchase Treasury paper. The two together comprise the bulk of what appears on the Fed’s balance sheet as “reserve bank credit”; that figure stands at just over $3.2 trillion; up about $2.4 trillion since late 2008. At first glance, it looks like reserve bank credit and the gold price are correlated, but what is really going on with this tandem is that they are both being pushed by the same force – a bad economy. It causes the Fed to print money and investors to buy gold. The government reported Wednesday that the US budget deficit widened in May by $139 billion. But the annual deficit stayed on track to finish below …

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