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Bloodbath tomorrow in the stock market?

2010-05-20 Zerohedge.com

Bloodbath tomorrow in the stock market?

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/bloodbath

The correction, soon to be crash, is here: the market had a bigger relative open to close move today than it did on May 6. We closed at the day’s lows on massive volume, despite definitive central bank intervention, regardless whether it was the SNB, the ECB, or the Fed. The central planners have lost control of the market, and all thanks to the inevitable collapse of hyper capitalist Keynesianism coming out of the formerly most communist country in the world. A day of ironies. And it’s not over. Futures are already down another 4 handles. The correction is coming, and it will be a bloodbath. The Fed can not push rates lower. It will print. It is inevitable. It is our destiny.

Update: Futures now 7 handles lower. 46 point move in ES: that is almost a 5% move in the S&P for now.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Record 40 Million, 1 in 8 on Food Stamps

2010-05-14 Mish’s Global Economic Blog

Record 40 Million, 1 in 8 on Food Stamps
from Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock)

Hello recovery, where art thou? Month after month, the number of food stamp recipients hits news records.

Please consider Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record.

Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps — the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment that dates from December 2008 and the U.S. recession, according to a government update.

Enrollment has set a record each month since reaching 31.78 million in December 2008. USDA estimates enrollment will average 40.5 million people this fiscal year, which ends Sept 30, at a cost of up to $59 billion. For fiscal 2011, average enrollment is forecast for 43.3 million people.

Snap, Crackle, Pop

It’s no longer supposed to be called “food stamp” program but rather SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

No matter what you call it, another 260,000 are on it than last month. However, data is way lagging. A quick check of my calendar says it’s May. The SNAP data reported Friday, May 7 is from February.

Excuse me for asking, but how hard is it to count the number of people in a program getting free benefits? Is it really so difficult that it takes months to count?

Here is an interesting tidbit from the article, “Research suggests that one in three eligible people are not receiving benefits.”

My quick math suggests approximately 53 million people could be receiving SNAPs but only 40 million are.

Note: 53 million was arrived at by taking 1/3 of 40 million and adding it 40 million. Another possible intrepretation, perhaps more likely, is 40 million is 2/3 of 60 million.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Investments, Lending, Real Estate | Leave a comment

The Fed “Owns Credit-Default Swaps … On Debt Owed by California and Nevada. So the Fed Would Profit If One of Those States Defaulted on its Debt.”

2010-05-13  Washingtonblog.com

What about this one folks…….. “The Fed also owns credit-default swaps — basically, insurance policies that pay off if a borrower defaults on a loan. It holds swaps on the debt of Florida schools, and on debt owed by California and Nevada. So the Fed would profit if one of those states defaulted on its debt.”

Full Article and Comments Here

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Ron Paul: Euro Bailout Will Lead To Currency Collapse

2010-05-10 PrisonPlanet.com

As Europe is bailed out to the tune of nearly $1 trillion dollars, Congressman Ron Paul warns that the constant monetization of debt, allied with taxpayer-funded bailouts, will inevitably lead to runaway inflation and the collapse of paper currencies.

Under the terms of the Federal Reserve’s credit swap deal with the EU – in addition to an additional IMF bailout of which U.S. taxpayers will be picking up 20 per cent ($57 billion dollars) of the tab, Paul pointed out that not just taxpayers but “anybody that buys anything” will be funding the European bailout because of the attendant inflationary consequences.

“The prices are going up already, producer prices are going up, the cost of living will go up so everyone in American will suffer and eventually the whole world will suffer because we cannot carry the whole world with our dollar,” Paul told Fox Business, adding that eventually people will lose confidence in the dollar.

The Congressman agreed with the host that the bailouts would lead to the crash of paper currencies, noting that last week’s stock market turmoil was accompanied by gold acting as a currency rather than just reacting to the value of the dollar.

Full Article Here

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

   

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