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The financial system established in England after 1688, based on usurious lending to the state by private bankers, is reaching its final blowout in the form of a series of devastating bubbles and a massive bailout of the financiers with public money. But the issuance of money doesn’t have to be in the hands of a private consortium: another credit system is possible.

The half-dead zombie markets are feeding on the living

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2015

Eamonn McCann

Irish Times

27th August, 2015

As the China crisis ripples and rumbles across the world, markets everywhere have been afflicted by a bad case of the vapours. And when investors are anxious, they don’t invest. The diagnosis came from a qualified expert on Channel 4 News.

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Oil industry needs half a trillion dollars to endure price slump

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2015

GEAB

26th August, 2015

At a time when the oil price is languishing at its lowest level in six years, producers need to find half a trillion dollars to repay debt. Some might not make it.

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What would happen if everyone joins China in dumping Treasurys?

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2015

Zero Hedge

26th August, 2015

On Tuesday evening in “Devaluation Stunner: China Has Dumped $100 Billion In Treasurys In The Past Two Weeks,” we quantified the cost of China’s near daily open FX operations in support of the yuan. 

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China can ride out this crisis. But we’re on course for another crash

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2015

Seumas Milne

Guardian

It may not yet be the moment to get in supplies of tinned food. That was whatGordon Brown’s former adviser during the 2008 crash, Damian McBride, suggested on Monday as stock markets crashed from Shanghai to New York and $1tn was wiped off the value of shares in one day. But seven years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers brought down the global financial system and plunged half the world into a slump, it’s scarcely alarmist to see the financial panic as the harbinger of a new crisis in a still crippled world economy.

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Central banks have become a corrupting force

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2015

Paul Craig Roberts

Institute for Political Economy

23rd August, 2015

Are we witnessing the corruption of central banks? Are we observing the money-creating powers of central banks being used to drive up prices in the stock market for the benefit of the mega-rich?

These questions came to mind when we learned that the central bank of Switzerland, the Swiss National Bank, purchased 3,300,000 shares of Apple stock in the first quarter of this year, adding 500,000 shares in the second quarter. Smart money would have been selling, not buying.

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The left’s anti-European turn

Posted by seumasach on July 19, 2015

Cailean Bochanan

19th July, 2015

Just before the Greek referendum George Galloway tweeted:

“Greek Partisans will vote NO in Sunday’s referendum. There is European life after the Euro. No more bail-outs for bankers. Go for growth!”
Galloway would , of course, have been equally vehement in his opposition to the bail-out of the City of London in 2008. Well, actually, no. In statement made at the time he said:

“In the midst of this financial crisis which threatens us all, at last the government is taking action which may begin to shore up the banking system. I hope that it is not, as many in the City are saying, “too little, too late”. “It was essential the government propped up the banks’ capital base, it had to provide lending to banks that can’t borrow money from others to pay their debts. And we had to have a guarantee of bank debts, if we were not to see a full-scale financial panic and the collapse of the whole debit and credit system. But having put the money in, the government now needs to force the banks to pay the public back in return.”

Leaving aside the piety at the end this was simply a full endorsement of the bail-out. In an extraordinary but characteristic bit of sophistry Galloway was able to spin the bailout as a break from neoliberalism, as a break “from the outdated dogmas of free market economics.”

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Germany floats Greek euro “time-out” without more reforms

Posted by seumasach on July 11, 2015

Ekathimerini

11th July, 2015

The German government has argued that Greece could take a five-year “time-out” from the euro zone and have some of its debts written off if Athens fails to improve proposals it has made for a bailout.

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Greece: Obama leads from behind

Posted by seumasach on July 9, 2015

The idea that Obama is pushing Germany to bail out Greece in order to prevent Russia and China from doing so has become topical over the last few days. According to this article, Obama is not ding that but, rather, just sitting back again under the pretext of not wanting to alienate their main “ally against Russia”, Germany

Why Obama Is Leaving Greece To Fend For Itself Against Germany

Huffington Post

8th July, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is effectively sitting out the contentious talks over the festering economic crisis in Greece, despite increasingly extreme demands from the German government in the wake of last week’s Greek referendum.

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Chinese stock markets continue nosedive

Posted by seumasach on July 8, 2015

Guardian

8th July, 2015

Chinese stock markets tumbled again on Wednesday as investors shrugged off a series of support measures by Chinese regulators, including the central bank’s first public statement in support of the market since it cut interest rates in late June.

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Greece triggers the global crisis

Posted by seumasach on July 7, 2015

Cailean Bochanan

7th July, 2015

Coming at the end of a week in which the Greek people overwhelmingly reasserted their desire to remain in the Eurozone, the “No” vote can only be a result of Tsipras’ ability to convince them that their position in the Eurozone is safe, whatever happens. That now looks like a very shaky assumption and, I expect,  a brazen deception on Tspras’ part. It is particularly pertinent  to recall, at this point, that it was German Finance Minister, Schauble himself, who first proposed a referendum on proposals for Greece back in May and that this same Schauble had been arguing for Greek withdrawal from the euro in the face of the position of Angela Merkel. Merkel now looks on the way out if the latest take down on her by Spiegel is anything to go by. Could it be that, after a murky and convoluted process that has left everyone perplexed, Schauble has won?

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The global credit market Is now a lit powderkeg

Posted by seumasach on June 29, 2015

….And Markets Are Totally Unprepared

Investment Watch Blog

26th June, 2015

The financial markets have had a bit of a tough time going anywhere this year.

The S&P 500 has been caught in a 6% trading band all year, capped on the upside by a 3% gain and on the downside by a 3% price loss. It has been a back-and-forth flurry while the stock market up to this point has simply marked time.

We’ve seen a bit of the same in the bond market: after rising 3.5% in the first month of the year, the ten year Treasury bond has given away its year-to-date gains and then some.

2015 stands in relative contrast to largely upward stock and bond market movement over the past three years.  What’s different this year and what are the risks to investment outcomes ahead?
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