Thank You Netanyahu! You Did The World A Big Favour - By Matthias Chang (27/3/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 March 2015 08:28

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Janet Yellen Give'em The Old Razzle Dazzle - By Peter Schiff (27/3/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 March 2015 08:27

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How Japan Rigs Its Stock Market: BOJ Plus State Pension Fund Now Owns 37 Trillion Yen Of Equities - By Nikkei (26/3/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 March 2015 07:14

TOKYO — The Bank of Japan is emerging as the nation’s second-largest stock investor, with its portfolio topping 10 trillion yen ($82.7 billion) in market value this month.

When it launched quantitative and qualitative easing back in April 2013, the BOJ decided to purchase an annual 1 trillion yen in exchange-traded funds linked to Japanese equities. Last October’s additional easing boosted this to 3 trillion yen.

The central bank’s portfolio has a book value of around 5.7 trillion yen. But soaring share prices have lifted its market value past the 10 trillion yen mark — nearly 2% of the tally for all Tokyo Stock Exchange shares.

The figure makes the BOJ second only to the Government Pension Investment Fund, whose portfolio boasted a market value of 27 trillion yen as of December’s end.

Although the central bank does not disclose details of share-buying operations, it frequently steps into the market and buys 30 billion yen to 40 billion yen worth of stocks when equity prices falter in the morning. Its purchases Tuesday reached 35.2 billion yen, underpinning a market that showed signs of a morning struggle. The bank has carried out 20 such operations so far this year.

“The BOJ’s role of providing support to the market is giving investors a sense of security,” says Junichi Makino of SMBC Nikko Securities.



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ABCs Of The Coming Credit Crunch? - By Staff & News Analysis (25/3/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:09

The Daily Bell

Dominant Social Theme
: Markets go up and down. Not to worry.

Free-Market Analysis:
This is a good analysis of what could go wrong with world markets (especially Western and US ones) and why ... It touches on a number of memes: Sort through them to better understand what's taking place, or what could take place – and could not.

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Maybe it's too quiet. Last week, Ray Dalio, the founder of the $165bn (£110bn) hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, wrote a widely-circulated note warning his clients that the US Federal Reserve risked setting off a 1937-style crash when it starts raising interest rates again.

Dalio provides us with a grim forecast here, and also offers us a question. Can even a modest rate increase destabilize markets worldwide? Are they that fragile? And what about vaunted central bank interference in the market place, not to mention the "plunge protection team"?

With all the buying power at its disposal, does not the Fed along with other central banks have the wherewithal to conquer any sudden downturn at least in the short term?



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The World's Next Credit Crunch Could Make 2008 Look Like A Hiccup - Is This Why Central Bankers Are So Scared Of Raising Interest Rates? - By Ben Wright (25/3/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:06

The Telegraph, UK

A solar eclipse, a super moon, the FTSE 100 breaching 7,000 and the US Federal Reserve speaking in tongues - truly some kind of financial apocalypse must be nigh. Well, maybe.

We are certainly living in strange times. An unprecedented monetary experiment is coming to a staggered end and no one knows the potential repercussions - a plague of frogs cannot be entirely ruled out.

For the time being, the markets remain sanguine, expecting, for example, a gentle increase in the Bank of England’s main interest rate to just 1.5pc by the end of the decade. And, who knows, maybe the markets are right.

But maybe it’s too quiet. Last week, Ray Dalio, the founder of the $165bn (£110bn) hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, wrote a widely-circulated note warning his clients that the US Federal Reserve risked setting off a 1937-style crash when it starts raising interest rates again.

Then, as now, the central bank had spent years printing money in order to help the American economy recover from the 1929 crash. But the side effect was a stock market bubble, which promptly burst when the Fed prematurely increased rates. Mr Dalio is worried about a repeat performance: “We don’t know - nor does the Fed - exactly how much tightening will knock over the apple cart.”



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