Thursday, April 30, 2009

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

first time that a swine flu has been detected in humans. ... Evidently, no one is a world expert.

The World Health Organisation is awaiting formal confirmation from US authorities the new swine flu virus has spread significantly between people, a sign that could indicate an "imminent" influenza pandemic.

Confirmation infected people in two countries are spreading the new disease to their families or contacts in a sustained way would meet the World Health Organisation's criteria for declaring a phase 5 alert on its scale of 1 to 6.

"We've never had a situation like this in the world. It's the first time that a swine flu has been detected in humans. ... Evidently, no one is a world expert."

But a Seattle-based risk assessment firm, Veratect, whose clients include corporations and nonprofit organizations that operate internationally as well as some foreign governments, says it noticed something was wrong in late March.

It issued a warning to its clients on April 2 of what it said could be a worrying new flu strain in southern Veracruz state.

Veratect's chief scientist, James Wilson, said in a posting on his private blog, Biosurveillance, that the company noticed something amiss on March 30, when a lawyer fell seriously ill in Ottawa after returning from Mexico.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. airports and border agents waved people through Monday with little or no additional screening for Mexico's deadly swine flu — a far more muted reaction than the extreme caution elsewhere around the world. ...

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The swine flu epidemic entered a dangerous new phase Monday as the death toll climbed in Mexico and the number of suspected cases there and in the United States nearly doubled. The World Health Organization raised its alert level but stopped short of declaring a global emergency. The United States advised Americans against most travel to Mexico and ordered stepped up border checks in neighboring states. The European Union health commissioner advised Europeans to avoid nonessential travel both to Mexico and parts of the United States.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine Flu shakes up markets

Stocks, Grains, Peso Drop on Swine Flu; Treasuries, Yen Gain By Daniel Hauck

April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Stocks declined around the world, while the yen, dollar and Treasuries gained as the swine flu outbreak spread. Mexico's peso fell and grain prices retreated.

The Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Index of European shares dropped 1 percent, led by airlines on concern that the disease will reduce travel. Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index slipped 1.8 percent. The yen climbed more than 1 percent against the euro and the peso slid more than 3 percent against the dollar. Corn fell the most in a week on speculation the outbreak may curb demand for pork and animal-feed grains.

The spread of swine flu from Mexico to as far as New Zealand prompted concern of a pandemic, snuffing out a rebound in stocks that has pushed the MSCI World Index up 27 percent since March 9. Shares also fell and Treasuries rose after Lawrence Summers, director of the White House National Economic Council, said the U.S. economy will continue to contract "for some time to come," in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

"As if we didn't have enough to contend with," Sydney- based Greg Gibbs and London-based Andy Chaytor, strategists at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, wrote in a report today. "It's just what we need now, a flu pandemic in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression."

Yields on 10-year Treasury notes dropped five basis points to 2.95 percent. The yen strengthened to 126.94 per euro from 128.66 last week. The dollar advanced to $1.3151 per euro, from $1.3242.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

April 28th Secret Debt Meeting




Departmental Offices; Debt Management Advisory Committee Meeting


Notice is hereby given, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App. 2, Sec.

10(a)(2), that a meeting will be held at the Hay-Adams Hotel, 16th

Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, on April 28, 2009

at 10:30 a.m. of the following debt management advisory committee:

Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of The Securities Industry and

Financial Markets Association.

The agenda for the meeting provides for a charge by the Secretary

of the Treasury or his designate that the Committee discuss particular

issues and conduct a working session. Following the working session,

the Committee will present a written report of its recommendations. The

meeting will be closed to the public, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App. 2,

Sec. 10(d) and Public Law 103-202, Sec. 202(c)(1)(B) (31 U.S.C. 3121


This notice shall constitute my determination, pursuant to the

authority placed in heads of agencies by 5 U.S.C. App. 2, Sec. 10(d)

and vested in me by Treasury Department Order No. 101-05, that the

meeting will consist of discussions and debates of the issues presented

to the Committee by the Secretary of the Treasury and the making of

recommendations of the Committee to the Secretary, pursuant to Public

Law 103-202, Sec. 202(c)(1)(B). Thus, this information is exempt from

disclosure under that provision and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3)(B). In

addition, the meeting is concerned with information that is exempt from

disclosure under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(A). The public interest requires

that such meetings be closed to the public because the Treasury

Department requires frank and full advice from representatives of the

financial community prior to making its final decisions on major

financing operations. Historically, this advice has been offered by

debt management advisory committees established by the several major

segments of the financial


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community. When so utilized, such a committee is recognized to be an

advisory committee under 5 U.S.C. App. 2, Sec. 3.

Although the Treasury's final announcement of financing plans may

not reflect the recommendations provided in reports of the Committee,

premature disclosure of the Committee's deliberations and reports would

be likely to lead to significant financial speculation in the

securities market. Thus, this meeting falls within the exemption

covered by 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(A).

Treasury staff will provide a technical briefing to the press on

the day before the Committee meeting, following the release of a

statement of economic conditions, financing estimates and technical

charts. This briefing will give the press an opportunity to ask

questions about financing projections and technical charts. The day

after the Committee meeting, Treasury will release the minutes of the

meeting, any charts that were discussed at the meeting, and the

Committee's report to the Secretary.

The Office of Debt Management is responsible for maintaining

records of debt management advisory committee meetings and for

providing annual reports setting forth a summary of Committee

activities and such other matters as may be informative to the public

consistent with the policy of 5 U.S.C. 52(b). The Designated Federal

Officer or other responsible agency official who may be contacted for

additional information is Karthik Ramanathan, Acting Assistant

Secretary for Financial Markets (202) 622-2042.


Dated: April 2, 2009.

Karthik Ramanathan,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets.

[FR Doc. E9-8020 Filed 4-8-09; 8:45 am]




DB makes 6 billion on trading

Deutsche Bank Trading Rebound Seen Leading Return to Profit

By Jann Bettinga

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Bank AG, Germany's biggest bank, may report record trading revenue at its securities division in the first quarter as credit markets stabilized.

Buying and selling bonds, currencies and commodities probably boosted trading revenue, excluding writedowns, above the 5.07 billion-euro ($6.7 billion) record in the first three months of 2007, people familiar with the matter said. The rebound will propel earnings at the Frankfurt-based bank, which posted a 4.8 billion-euro loss in the final quarter of 2008, analysts said.

Credit Suisse Group AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced first-quarter results in the last two weeks that beat analysts' forecasts as trading revenue surged. Deutsche Bank may report first-quarter net income of 804 million euros, according to the median estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.

"We expect a very good result if you strip out the writedowns," said Dirk Becker, a Frankfurt-based analyst at Kepler Capital Markets who recommends buying the stock. "Trading should benefit from wider spreads, higher bond issuance volumes and market-share gains."

Deutsche Bank spokesman Michael Golden declined to comment before the release of earnings on April 28.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

World leaders miss the target, depression deepens Gerald Celente False Flag Recovery pt ¼


One of the few upsides to this devastating downturn, as I suggested a few weeks ago, is the clarifying effect it has had on our understanding of how our economy actually works--and for whom. Each passing bailout debate seems to reveal something new about the broad fraud American capitalism has become, just how rigged our system is in favor of the favored few and just how critical (and hypocritical) Washington has been in subverting and perverting our supposedly free markets. ...

The theory is controversial, to say the least, and many economists give it short shrift. But to hear Mr. Gordon tell it, the Kondratieff Cycle is real, it's in its "winter" phase, and the outlook for the next several years as a grim as it gets. "We are in a 15-year deflationary depression that will be worse than 1929-32," he warned. There will be a collapse in real estate prices - as much as two-thirds in the U.S. World trade will collapse. Government revenues will dry up and they will be unable to provide needed services. Pension plans will fail. The Dow will bottom out at around 1,000. Feel depressed yet?....
World leaders miss the target
By Henry C K Liu

Leaders attending the Group of 20 second Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy in London on April 2, echoing the first such gathering in Washington in November 2008, continued the tradition of superficial posturing for political theater on global television, while missing the real target - that is, the need not so much to revive dysfunctional trade that has collapsed from its own internal contradictions, but to redefine the predatory terms of international trade created by dollar hegemony.

The big question in our own mind is the depth of complicity and the motivations of the government, the media and major institutions in continuing to support this financial corruption through silence or participation.


Is the US Russia? The question seems provocative, if not outrageous. Yet the person asking it is Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and a professor at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In an article in the May issue of the Atlantic Monthly, Prof Johnson compares the hold of the "financial oligarchy" over US policy with that of business elites in emerging countries. Do such comparisons make sense? The answer is Yes, but only up to a point....

"To restore the wealth lost in the current financial crisis, the Treasury would have to monetize some $30 trillion of toxic assets, almost ten times what the Geithner Treasury is currently contemplating, and twice the size of current U.S. annual GDP. Add to that about $10 trillion of value lost in the collapse of commodity prices and another $10 trillion in real property values, and we have a wealth loss of $50 trillion." ~ Henry Liu, Asia Times via Mike Whitney...

Monday, April 13, 2009

informational capital is uniquely important

Capital, Not Toasters, Dr. Krugman



Ann Rutledge | Apr 13, 2009

It wasn't Dr. Krugman's hate-mail treatment of securitization that made my brain go tilt.

(I say this even though we concur with Barry Ritholz's reasoning in his blog article, "Paul Krugman is Wrong About Securitization." )

What really got to me was the reference to toaster giveaways. [Excerpt Only]

Toasters! Sylvain paid $5 for ours -- used -- twenty years ago, and it works just fine, thank you very much. A new toaster would not motivate any of my friends or family members to open a bank account. Nor anyone in my daily life: postman, hairdresser, restaurant manager, butcher, bus driver. I do not think any of the octogenarians who called us last year to ask if their pension plans were in imminent danger of going bust would take solace in a toaster, either.

(What a sad commentary on the general state of trust in American institutions that is -- that people looking for truthful answers would turn to strangers quoted in a newspaper!)

The depositor has gone the way of the toaster. After expenses, interest and taxes, few Americans in their earning years have any income left over to put in a savings account, and retirees can't live on deposit interest either. But something else is going on, too. Trying to make ends meet in our service economy has turned most of us into unwitting entrepreneurs. The average working American knows the meaning of the phrase "ownership society," because an increasing share of the operating and financial risks in our economy have been foisted on us by commercial entities seeking infinite returns through endless expense management, not genuine growth. As we reach the limit of self-reliance in an economy that is stacked against us, working Americans are coming dangerously close to realizing that we are the real capitalists; that it is our energy, optimism and ideas that feed the growth of the economy.

And capitalists do not need toasters. We need capital.

Working Americans need access to funding at a fair cost of capital -- meaning at rates that reflect the value of what we produce and the reliability with which we repay our financial backers. Small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs need access to finance, no different than corporate CFOs. We need to be able to respond to business opportunities and, at the same time, plan for the provision of care and education for our children, who are the future intangible wealth of the economy. Yet we have far fewer resources at our command than CFOs, and we are the first to be taxed by the government or be saddled with hidden taxes by the banks.

Let's not kid ourselves. A 70s-style banking system cannot serve the American small business owner any better today than it did in the 1970s. Nor can a 70s-style education system, which failed us in math and science, enable us to thrive in an information-based economy. By now it is abundantly clear that our economy cannot be pumped up by consumption. We have consumed ourselves and our environment to death, literally.

Economic revival requires that the tables be turned: ordinary Americans need to be treated with respect as the capable producers we are, or can be, not the mindless consumers that we are expected to be. For this inversion to take place, the economy must be re-engineered to listen, think, judge, respond, take responsibility and above all adapt, through the use of informational feedback. In an economy that rewards responsible resource allocation and renewability, informational capital is uniquely important because its value increases – rather than being depleted -- through utilization.

All of which brings me back to securitization: the only form of credit extension that can realign the incentive structure so as to reward value creation by transforming data into informational capital and using it as a partial substitute for monetary capital.

That is what securitization was before the banks set out to sabotage it. Sylvain and I watched the abuses begin in earnest after 1998 and the failure of Long-Term Capital. It took about a decade to completely dismantle the securitization market by subverting its rules, which were not well known outside the circle of practitioners. Because ignorance kept the easy money machine well-lubricated, everyone had a hand in its destruction, including the people whose best interest it was not to destroy it: investors, regulators, finance professors, journalists and ordinary Americans who were allegedly too dumb to understand it.

Supposedly, the economic crisis is going to teach the American consumers a lesson or two about their spendthrift ways: more second-hand toasters, and fewer plasma TVs funded by the "home ATM." But what about the people who got off scot-free with our equity? What have they learned?

And more importantly, when can we expect the return of a real economy?

We are used to being taxed. We accept the necessity of sacrifice. Yes, there is pride and honor and a sense of due accountability in the label "taxpayer." At the same time, we have a right to expect that the economy we help finance has incentives in place for our children to live secure, wholesome, meaningful lives. Because we live in a commercial society that regulates itself through information, raising the incentives means raising the standards on informational disclosure, which will have the effect of lowering the barriers to entry for anyone who demonstrates the ability to generate that which others value.

As a good faith gesture towards the re-establishment of the economy on a fairer footing, we ask the government to acknowledge that we are being made the lenders of last return in the attempt to restart a baking system that, as yet, we have no reason to trust. We deserve to know precisely how big our transfers of wealth are going to be. And then, we'd like reasons to believe we will never be asked again.


Originally published at the R&R Consulting website and reproduced here with the author's permission.

Artificial Intelligence to tackle rogue traders Artificial Intelligence to tackle rogue traders

As the Credit Crunch continues to affect the worldwide markets the need for efficient methods to combat financial fraud has become more important than ever. Now researchers at the University of Sunderland are working on a smart computer that they believe will be able to detect insider trading fraud within the stock exchange almost instantly.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Angry citizens sharpen their pitchforks

April 12, 2009

As many as two hundred mostly mature and educated demonstrators yesterday flaunted witty, well-crafted signs of outrage against the Obama adminstration's bailout of banks, calling for failed banking institutions to be broken up, nationalized and regulated...

Washington's mayor, Adrian M. Fenty, has proposed a "streetlight user fee" of $4.25 a month, to be added to electric bills, that would cover the cost of operating and maintaining the city's streetlights. New York City recently expanded its anti-idling law to include anyone parked near a school who leaves the engine running for more than a minute. Doing that will cost you $100.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Upcoming Black Swan Of Black Swans

The Incredibly Shrinking Market Liquidity, Or The Upcoming Black Swan Of Black Swans

Posted by Tyler Durden at 3:40 PM

"Anyone who is doing anything sensible right now is either losing money or is out of the market entirely." These are the words of a quant trader, who is seeing something scary in the capital markets. ...

The big issue is of course the financial sector reform process. Some of my colleagues expressed great satisfaction with the progress made by the G20. But progressing down a blind alley is not something to be pleased about. I have yet to hear a single responsible official in any industrial country state what is obvious to most technocrats who are not currently officials: anything too big to fail is too big to exist. ...

But we're not at the beginning of the end. I'm not even sure we're at the end of the beginning. All of these pieces of upbeat news are connected by one fact: the flood of money the Fed has been releasing into the economy. Of course mortage rates are declining, mortgage orginations are surging, and people and companies are borrowing more. So much money is sloshing around the economy that its price is bound to drop. And cheap money is bound to induce some borrowing. The real question is whether this means an economic turnaround. The answer is it doesn't....

The job ax is falling hard on men in general. For men over 20, the unemployment rate is 8.8 percent; for women, it is 7 percent. In the mid-1970s, by way of comparison, the figures were nearly opposite. In today's market, the sectors that are shedding employees—construction, manufacturing, industry—have a higher proportion of male workers, many of whom do not need advanced degrees for their jobs. These industries are being hit not simply by the current crisis but by the combined effects of technology and globalization....

Friday, April 10, 2009

Banks all pass stress test – everyone gets a star

Philosopher John Gray: 'We're not facing our problems. We've got Prozac politics'

The philosopher John Gray is riding high as one of the few thinkers to have predicted the current economic chaos. Here, he tells Deborah Orr how we got into this mess – and how we might get out of it ....

The empire's facilitator

Beneath his seemingly boundless charisma and charm, Barack Obama has always been an utterly ruthless politician. He has been a compromiser who has danced with the darkest forces of political and criminal power, while winning over common people; a consensus-abiding chameleon and a "pragmatist." Obama is the true model of what George W. Bush only claimed to be: "a uniter, not a divider."

The signs were clear from the early days of the presidential contest that Obama was, like every presidential candidate, a handpicked puppet... (bow)

Big banks have reportedly passed the "stress tests." But the Treasury doesn't want them to talk about the results in their forthcoming earnings report. Will they keep their mouths shuts—and can regulators force them?.....

Criticism continues to grow about the Geithner Plan, which is just a refurbished version of the original Paulson Plan. The consequences of this plan's failure — operational or political — could be severe. ...

This is a microcosm of what the Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP) is intended to do: create an incentive for investors to pay $90 for a bet that is only worth $50. It is bad economics and bad public policy and it is probably fraudulent. Congress should act pre-emptively to halt Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's latest scheme.....

The 20th century is well behind us, but we have not yet learned to live in the 21st, or at least to think in a way that fits it. That should not be as difficult as it seems, because the basic idea that dominated economics and politics in the last century has patently disappeared down the plughole of history. This was the....

Monday, April 6, 2009

Fed QE analysis by mainstreamers

Earlier, during the downturn in the equities market between December 1999 and September 2002, approximately $10 trillion of equity was erased. But a measure of financial system performance, the Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods BKX index of financial firms, fell less than 6% during that period. In the current downturn, the value of residential real estate has fallen by approximately $3 trillion, but the BKX index has now fallen 75% from its peak of January 2007. The financial sector has been devastated in this crisis, whereas it was almost completely unaffected by the downturn in the equities market early in this decade.

How can one crash that wipes out $10 trillion in assets cause no damage to the financial system and another that causes $3 trillion in losses devastate the financial system?

The Fed has already started this process by starting to purchase $300 billion of Treasury Notes. This has pissed off China. They see the endgame.

Resistance is Futile.


Why Obama's Stimulus Package Is Doomed to Failure

by Antal E. Fekete,

Professor of Money and Banking

San Francisco School of Economics

March 30, 2009

The year 2006 was the watershed. Late in that year the marginal productivity of debt dropped to zero and went negative for the first time ever, switching on the red alert sign to warn of an imminent economic catastrophe. Indeed, in February, 2007, the risk of debt default as measured by the skyrocketing cost of CDS (credit default swaps) exploded and, as the saying goes, the rest is history.

The Radicalization of Ben Bernanke

He is throwing trillions of dollars at the financial crisis. What happens if his gambles don't pay off?