Archive for October, 2009

Facing a total breakdown of financial markets

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Full story here from The International Forecaster. I guess he’s not watching CNBC (well, neither is anyone else)– they said the economy was out of a recession. Just tell that to the 20% unemployed and 18.8 million vacant homes…

“This is another victim of the FDIC Friday Night Financial Follies.

Early Friday morning, state and federal agents walked into the Bank of Elmwood and closed the failed 49-year-old independent bank after a year of struggling to improve a bleak financial situation, officials announced Friday. (more…)

N.Dakota state bank the envy of Wall St.

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Full story here.

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“The Bank of North Dakota is the only state-owned bank in America—what Republicans might call an idiosyncratic bastion of socialism. It also earned a record profit last year even as its private-sector corollaries lost billions. To be sure, it owes some of its unusual success to North Dakota’s well-insulated economy, which is heavy on agricultural staples and light on housing speculation. But that hasn’t stopped out-of-state politicos from beating a path to chilly Bismarck in search of advice. Could opening state-owned banks across America get us out of the financial crisis? It certainly might help, says Ellen Brown, author of the book, Web of Debt, who writes that the Bank of North Dakota, with its $4 billion under management, has avoided the credit freeze by “creating its own credit, leading the nation in establishing state economic sovereignty.” Mother Jones spoke with the Bank of North Dakota’s president, Eric Hardmeyer. (more…)

DeTocqueville on Democracy in America

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Deep thoughts for today:

DeTocqueville in Democracy in America:
“When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education and their experience of free institutions, the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint at the sight of the new possessions they are about to obtain. In their intense and exclusive anxiety to make a fortune they lose sight of the close connection that exists between the private fortune of each and the prosperity of all. It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold…These people think they are following the principle of self-interest, but the idea they entertain of that principle is a very crude one; and the better to look after what they call their own business, they neglect their chief business, which is to remain their own masters. “

Debt clock

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Hold on to your lunches here:

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

World currencies join the race to the bottom

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Full story here from Bob Chapman.

“The G-20 finance ministers meet in Scotland on November 6th and 7th, and they will all be bleating about the fall in the dollar. France started this week, and the others will follow. Their currencies are rising in value and they do not like it.

We expect other nations to follow, Mexico and Brazil in imposing a 2% tax on incoming funds and others will print their currencies and buy dollars to reduce the value of their currencies and at the same time buy US Treasuries that are decreasing in value. That will neutralize any benefit from the exercise. In addition, they will all scream for a strong dollar policy. By the time the meeting begins the dollar should be between 71 and 72 on the USDX, the dollar index. The weaker dollar means dollar debt will be cheaper to pay back. The big question is how long will it take for the dollar to fall to 40 to 55? (more…)

The vampire squid is everywhere

Monday, October 26th, 2009

The Goldman Sachs vampire squid shows its tentacles again:

The NYS Health Commissioner is Dr. Richard Daines, his wife Linda, is manager of private client services at Goldman Sachs. The squid is everywhere.

The state health commissioner, Dr. Richard F. Daines, through the State Hospital Review and Planning Council, issued a regulation on Aug. 13 ordering health care workers to be vaccinated by Nov. 30 or face fines.

Judge Halts Mandatory Flu Vaccines

 

Will the dollar remain the world’s reserve currency in 5 years?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Full story here.

“Menzie Chinn, co-author of The Economic Integration of Greater China, teaches economics at the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin.

Whitney: What is the present composition of reserve holdings in central banks, and has there been a substantial falloff in US dollar reserves in recent years? Are central banks ditching the dollar? (more…)

Are you ready for the next crisis?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

This piece is from Paul Craig Roberts via Counterpunch.org.

“Evidence that the US is a failed state is piling up faster than I can record it.

One conclusive hallmark of a failed state is that the crooks are inside the government, using government to protect and to advance their private interests.

Another conclusive hallmark is rising income inequality as the insiders manipulate economic policy for their enrichment at the expense of everyone else.

Income inequality in the US is now the most extreme of all countries. The 2008 OECD report, “Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries,” concludes that the US is the country with the highest inequality and poverty rate across the OECD and that since 2000 nowhere has there been such a stark rise in income inequality as in the US. The OECD finds that in the US the distribution of wealth is even more unequal than the distribution of income. (more…)

US $ attacked by central bank Lilliputians

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Full story here from Jim Willie.

“The US Federal Reserve continues to talk about their urgent Exit Strategy. My theory is they will be doing mostly talking and almost no doing. The nations that talk the least will be hiking interest rates the most, like Australia. The United States might be dead last in hiking interest rates. The credibility of the USFed will in the process continue to be harmed much more than already, which is rock bottom. The Dollar Carry Trade and the lost Petro-Dollar advantage will work to destroy the USDollar as the global reserve currency. The USFed will have to resort to unusual means to keep the world ‘interested’ and ‘involved’ in the USDollar at all. When they lose interest and involvement, the US$ will descend into the Third World. The USDollar will then be forced to find its true value, based on its own merit. (more…)

The next financial crisis hits Wall St.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Full scoop here from Pam Martens via Counterpunch.org. Cue Britney Spears’ song “Toxic“. Perhaps I’ll have to make my own version of the video where she’s passing out junior tranches of CDO’s to pudgy businessmen as they pass out in their seats. So, when do we finally admit it’s a hideous sham, and not worth a dime? Two words: Debt jubilee.

“The financial tsunami unleashed by Wall Street’s esurient alchemy of spinning toxic home mortgages into triple-A bonds, a process known as securitization, has set off its second round of financial tremors.

After leaving mortgage investors, bank shareholders, and pension fiduciaries awash in losses and a large chunk of Wall Street feeding at the public trough, the full threat of this vast securitization machine and its unseen masters who push the levers behind a tightly drawn curtain is playing out in courtrooms across America. (more…)