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China Throws More ‘Stimulus’ At The Wall

By |2019-08-27T12:31:19-04:00August 27th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Earlier this year, Chinese authorities reduced the VAT tax the government charges auto manufacturers. Intended to boost consumption, the levy was reduced from 16% to 13% in the hope automakers would pass along the savings to consumers. Many if not most manufacturers did. The results were immediate, and fleeting. In the month of March 2019, [...]

The Fingerprints of Bumbling (China)

By |2019-08-21T17:46:46-04:00August 21st, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

For a cabal of superpatient supergeniuses, the Chinese tend to play with fire quite often. According to many, the Communists have perfected the art of technocracy and are merely waiting out the impetuously free West. The dollar system will destroy itself (there’s the kernel of truth) allowing a perfectly positioned China to swoop in and [...]

China’s Superplan; Or, The Familiar (Dollar) Disorder of Bumbling Failure

By |2019-08-20T12:06:39-04:00August 20th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Always aspiring to technocratic greatness, China’s Communist Party is set up to run like clockwork. It’s supposed to go off in predestined fashion, a course programmed into the vast apparatus by highly proficient experts. It is, or is supposed to be, comforting that order and control over the complex main spheres of daily life can [...]

That Can’t Be Good: China Unveils Another ‘Market Reform’

By |2019-08-19T13:16:07-04:00August 19th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The Chinese have been reforming their monetary and credit system for decades. Liberalization has been an overriding goal, seen as necessary to accompany the processes which would keep the country’s economic “miracle” on track. Or get it back on track, as the case may be. Authorities had traditionally controlled interest rates through various limits and [...]

Why You Should Care Argentina More and More Looks Like Argentina

By |2019-08-13T18:01:01-04:00August 13th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Why don’t you fight the Fed? Sure, central banks and governments give off the impression that they are in control. The idea is repeated as if a fact. We are led to believe they let markets play around in their contained spheres but should anyone get out of hand authorities are there like referees to [...]

China Repo: Vulnerability or Bottleneck, Risk Aversion and Collateral

By |2019-08-12T16:41:07-04:00August 12th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Toward the end of June, Chinese RMB money markets seemed like they had weathered the worst of it. One month earlier, in late May, regulators had seized Baoshang Bank Co. sending waves of uncertainty rippling through markets in China and around the world. Authorities were quick to declare “nothing to see here”, blaming the bank’s [...]

The Real Power Behind Currency Wars

By |2019-08-06T16:28:08-04:00August 6th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It’s another one of those things that just blows up the whole convention, another pretty clear sign that the mainstream has it all backward. We are seeing it play out right now with China. The Chinese are being accused of unfair currency manipulation, the sort of “competitive devaluation” that fills whole chapters in the Keynesian [...]