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Jack Crooks: Hawks Unleashed Could Rock The Markets

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Posted by Jack Crooks - Currency Currents

on Friday, 03 November 2017 07:15

Tuesday 31 October 2017

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Hawks unleashed could rock the markets

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Run pug run; hawks are in the house!!

The chief hawk in this narrative is Stanford Economics Professor John Taylor ( JT );  aka the creator of the Taylor Rule for monetary policy. Should President Trump pull a surprise out of his hat this week ( Would it be a surprise if President Trump didn't surprise??), and appoints JT head of the US Federal Reserve Bank the market will most likely get rocked in a big way as the monetary hawks emerge from their well guarded cages..

According to the Taylor Rule, the current target for the fed funds rate should be about 2.94%% instead of the paltry 1.15%% it is now. Mr. Taylor's appointment wouldn't suggest an immediate 200 basis point rate hike from the Fed; but it would suggest future rate hikes will be faster and more furious than now anticipated.

Thus , here is how the market would likely react:



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Why Is Bitcoin a Big Deal?

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Posted by Of Two Minds - Charles Hugh Smith

on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 06:32

Centralized banking and all other forms of intermediary rentier skims are presented as solid. If history is any guide, these supposedly solid entities may well melt into air.

Why is bitcoin considered such a big deal? Why has it grabbed so much mind-share, and why is it skyrocketing? And why is the cryptocurrency sector going bonkers?

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The short answer is that cryptocurrency is the first major innovation in money in 300+ years, back when central banks first emerged in the late 1600s as centralized clearing houses for international payments and sole issuers of national bank notes/currency.
(Those who trace central banking to the Bank of Amsterdam's founding in 1609 might say it's the first major innovation in 400 years.)
Why is it an innovation? There are four basic reasons:
 
1. It's a form of private-sector issued money. It is not issued or controlled by any government or central bank.
 
2. It is structured in a completely different manner than conventional central-bank issued currency: it is a digital form of money that is issued as payment for those who maintain the database (the blockchain) on their privately owned computers. Since the blockchain is distributed over numerous computers, it is decentralized and distributed rather than centralized.
 
3. It enables trusted transactions between parties without requiring the services of an intermediary, i.e.a bank which acts as a trusted clearing house for transactions.
 
4. In the case of the first cryptocurrency, bitcoin, its issuance of tokens (coins) is limited by its design to 21 million coins. No central authority can issue more bitcoins, nor does the structure of the bitcoin blockchain allow for further issuance.
 
To grasp the significance of these four characteristics, we have to go back to the early history of modern capitalism.
 

 



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Monetary System Currency Reset

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:58

QUESTION: G’day guys.

Thanks for a great seminar in Hong Kong!
I’m reading through your 1 world currency report and find it very interesting, going back to primary school teachings about barter systems and some funny monetary acceptances that have been in place many years ago. Like 14.5 kg copper plates as a currency only back in the 1600’s in Sweden. Or 1-ton barrels of tobacco. Very interesting and tough to carry in your wallet.The major teaching I received from the Hong Kong Seminar was to look at the currencies (something I’ve had plenty of lessons dealt over the years trying to trade) in regard to products and assets in the many different countries around the world.
My question now we are seeing bitcoins and possibly diamonds and other mediums we are not yet aware of yet replacing gold as a new vehicle to move cash or wealth into a better-performing countries assets.
With the collapse about to occur in Europe and Britain included monetary wise. Instead of buying gold in relation to USD one should buy gold against the Euro’s or Pounds when the time is right?
Or has a gold lost its lustre today and the contagion to gold may not occur to the extremes that have occurred in the past?
Will Europe money tell the story? The smart money is moving to the DOW. Will it return to gold when the people lose their confidence?
Thanks for the interesting and new way of looking at the markets Marty. I’m doing better with Socrates though still a novice.
Take care and wish I was coming to the next conference. Hope it’s a beauty.
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ResetANSWER: Gold has lost its movability aspect as they hunt money for taxes. Twenty years ago you could hop on a plane with a briefcase of gold with no problem. From that perspective, gold has lost its international portability. This is obviously why people are turning to diamonds, rare ancient coins, and the like – movable assets. We are even witnessing real estate starting to decline now in New York City. The high-end real estate market (not the low-end) was making new highs as big money was trying to get off the grid. Realtors were reporting to us that the majority of such high-end deals were all for cash – no mortgages.

Gold would certainly be a better hedge against the Euro than the dollar in the short-term. It has outperformed the dollar because you always have to look at the currency. However, money will NEVER shift from the stock market all into gold. Everyone has their pet investment in what they feel comfortable. Gold is a retail product – not institutional. The Institutions can trade ETFs, gold stocks etc., but they will never take possession of gold.

What we are facing in truth is a currency reset. That means that ALL tangible assets rise against the currency in whatever country we are talking about. The goldbugs always hate the dollar and many of them have turned away from gold and into cryptocurrencies.

You will always have people who will prefer stocks, others gold, and others real estate. That is just the way it is. To each their own.

...also from Martin Armstrong:

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Victor Adair: The Sept 8 Key Turn Date

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Posted by Victor Adair - Live From The Trading Desk

on Monday, 30 October 2017 12:49

The US Dollar rally: accelerated this week. I’ve been short other currencies against the USD since early September and took partial profits this week even thought I think the USD rally has more to go. Double click chart for larger version

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Diverging monetary policy: between the USA and other countries has been a key FX driver. On the September 8 Key Turn Date the 10 year treasury yield was at its lowest level since Trump’s election...but since then it has rallied to 5 month highs. Real yields have also been rising. The 2 year Treasury yield is at a 9 year high. Part of the reason for rising American interest rates (and a rising USD) is that traders are positioning for a more hawkish Fed. US Financial conditions are the easiest in 20 years...paving the way for the Fed to keep tightening.

Fed Chair: Fed Governor Powell is the front runner to replace Yellen but Trump might surprise markets and nominate both a Chair and Vice-Chair (Powell and Taylor?)



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Fragmenting Countries, Part 1: Catalonia Is Just The Beginning

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Posted by John Rubino - Dollarcollapse.cm

on Monday, 30 October 2017 06:46

Picture a life where you do most of your shopping through Amazon.com and the local farmers’ market, most of your communicating through Facebook and Instagram, much of your travel via Uber, and much of your saving and transacting with bitcoin, gold and silver. 

Do you really need an immense, distant, and rapacious central government? Maybe not. Perhaps your region or ethnic group would be better off forming its own independent country.

p05lckhhThis question is being asked — and answered — in a growing number of places where distinct cultures and ethnic groups within larger nations now see their government as more burden than benefit. The result: Secession movements are moving from the fringe to mainstream. 

In just the past couple of weeks, Iraqi Kurdistan and Spain’s Catalonia declared their independence. Neither succeeded, but the fact that they felt free to try illustrates how times have changed. 

This is fascinating on a lot of levels, but why discuss it on a gloom-and-doom finance blog? Because secession is about the messiest event a country can experience short of civil war. And few things are more financially disruptive for an already over-leveraged society than potential dissolution. 

Today’s fiat currencies depend for their value on the belief that the governments managing them are coherent and competent. Let a major region break away and plunge a debtor country into political/civil chaos and the markets will abandon its currency in a heartbeat. Note the sense of panic in the following article:

EU TURMOIL: Finland preparing to go against Spain and RECOGNISE Catalonia’s independence

(Express) – FINLAND could be the first country to officially recognise Catalonia as a republic state, in a move that would put the Scandinavian country in direct opposition to the European Union (EU).


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