Posted by Larry Doyle on February 20th, 2013 9:45 AM |
There is not even one credible individual in the world today who would believe that we do not still operate under a “too big to fail” model for our banking industry.
We now know that “too big to fail”also means “too big to regulate” and “too big to prosecute.” Free market capitalism is dying a slow and steady death in the process.
Might we ever get out from under the heavy burden of this model? We can only hope. Yet I awaken this morning and vomited my coffee as I read in the WSJ,
Should the government backstop even more of the financial system than it already does?
Sure, if you love a mix of crony capitalism and socialism, wave it in, right? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on January 18th, 2013 7:12 PM |
If anybody thinks that the governors of the Federal Reserve have any degree of foresight on the economy, the following transcripts from 2007 are a MUST read. One governor, (yes one and it was not Ben Bernanke), displayed real foresight and expressed real concern on what likely lay ahead on our economic landscape. Who was it? The one I recently highlighted as calling for the breakup of our TBTF megabanks. That would be Dallas Fed governor Richard Fisher.
After reading this release provided by the WSJ, you may doubt the Fed’s collective capability in managing the economy.
Posted by Larry Doyle on September 17th, 2012 7:33 AM |
I guess I could write this morning about the NYSE being fined by the SEC for facilitating front running. I could also offer more commentary on global banking institutions that now seem to realize a little thing called “reputation” actually matters. Perhaps I could offer insight on how the Fed’s recently announced “QE-infinity” is directed as a further bailout of the banks and the red-headed stepchildren commonly called Fannie and Freddie.
But let’s put those topics off for another time. Today, let’s address why your wallet is significantly lighter every time you go fill your vehicle’s tank. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on May 7th, 2012 4:49 AM |
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.” — Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President.
A week or so ago thanks to a regular reader, I highlighted an amazing speech given inside the New York Federal Reserve by Robert Wenzel, editor and publisher of the Economic Policy Journal. Wenzel took the Fed to the cleaners in his remarks which I welcomed highlighting in writing R. Wenzel: Federal Reserve An Unmitigated Failure.
Wenzel is certainly one of very few who have ventured into the inner sanctum of the Fed, laid it to waste, and then been able to talk about it. What more might this financial Indiana Jones have to say about the all powerful Federal Reserve? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on April 13th, 2012 9:09 AM |
UPDATE: This commentary written in mid-April 2012 should be read in conjunction with the following:
May 14th Review: Bloomberg Bombshells re: JP Morgan $2B Loss
May 12th review: $2B Loss? What Went Wrong at JP Morgan?
May 11th review: JP Morgan Whale: “Thar She Blows”
Reports are swirling around Wall Street and the global markets about massive credit bets on the books at JP Morgan.
A JP Morgan trader in London, Bruno Iksil, has been nicknamed ‘the whale’. Iksil reports ultimately to Achilles Macris, JPM’s chief investment officer in Europe and Asia. Bloomberg had an interesting discussion this morning about Iksil, Macris, JPM, and these positions. Let’s watch and learn… (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on April 2nd, 2012 5:53 AM |
Freedom makes all things possible, right? No question.
Information is everything, correct? Also true.
As we pursue the American dream, our ability to access information in order to assess risks and opportunities is paramount to our ultimate success. I personally find this truth to be self-evident. Melding these two basic principles, at this point in our nation’s history, how free is information? Obviously, not all information is free and accessible. In matters of national security, our interests are served by protecting plenty of information.
However, what about other basic information in regard to Uncle Sam’s interactions and exchanges on Wall Street? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on March 6th, 2012 8:48 AM |
What is that eerie silence emanating from Wall Street lately? No, it’s not the quiet on the floors of the equity exchanges in the midst of anemic trading volumes. It is also not the empty echoes emanating from trading desks once bursting with activity.
The eerie silence to which I allude goes to the price fixing at the very core of how our Wall Street banks fund themselves in the overnight market. Sounds ominous, no? Let’s navigate and enter the world of Libor based funding. What is Libor? ……………….. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on January 5th, 2012 9:58 PM |
Housing and labor remain the cornerstones of our economy. In fact, the health of our labor market follows that of housing just like night follows day.
The near term prospects for both housing and labor remain decidedly challenging. The success of assorted federal programs to support housing so far have obviously been underwhelming.
That said, there are rumblings emanating from Washington that the Obama administration may end run Congress while unilaterally launching a massive program to support housing via Freddie/Fannie orchestrated refinancings.
Will this program be the ‘rabbit’ which Obama and team pull to prop the economy and their re-election chances in 2012? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on August 10th, 2011 5:47 AM |
Have you ever officially read a Federal Reserve statement?
Many market participants rip apart Fed statements within seconds of release looking for key words or phrases to decipher the path of future Fed policy.
Often reading a Fed statement is like reading a Tarot card as the ‘great and all powerful Fed’ provides sufficient obfuscation in order to cover a whole slew of bases.
Yesterday’s Federal Reserve statement struck me as far different from those in the past as it left very little to interpretation. (more…)