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Depending on whether it catches on, we may at a later stage upgrade the forum page. Please be aware that if several links to outside sources are posted at once, the posts sometimes need to await approval (this is also to guard against spam). As a workaround, it may therefore sometimes be better to not post too many links at once in a single message.


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Euro Hysteria At A Fever Pitch

Monday was so chock-full with at times bewildering news items that one hardly knows where to begin. We decided therefore to focus on what one might call a case of official hysterics. The increasingly dubious mental state of the personae dramatis indicates that it would be reasonable to expect their unhinged mental disposition to influence  decision making at the highest level.

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A Debt Agreement Is In The Works – But Does It Really Matter?

Reportedly, Congress has now agreed on a plan to raise the US debt ceiling, or is close enough to agreement to make it a mere formality (at the time of writing anyway), which if true should remove this particular 'trigger event' from consideration for the markets.

In all likelihood this will lead to a number of  short term trend reversals, but it remains open to question whether some of the recent short term trends aren't the beginning of new medium term trends. As we noted last week, our impression was that stocks and bonds were mostly driven by the recognition that the economy is softening rather than the debt ceiling debate, as it has in any case been deemed unlikely that an agreement wouldn't be arrived at in a timely fashion. Some markets like e.g. gold and the 'save haven' currencies (i.e., the yen and the Swiss franc) were probably supported by the debt ceiling debate and t-bills came under pressure as money market funds investing in t-bills experienced large outflows last week (this underscores that there is indeed a difference between money and credit instruments, even the 'near cash' ones).

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…  in a 2:45 long video

Clarke and Dawes, in inimitable fashion, make the debt crisis accessible to everyone, by explaining exactly what the problem is. A friend sent us this video earlier today, and we felt we had to help spreading it, since it really hits the nail on the head. There's nothing that says we can't laugh while the ship sinks – it's better than pulling out one's hair (or what's left of it, depending).


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      What? No Austrian Prescription? Bloomberg Reporters Cannot Believe It This is truly funny. Ahead of the FOMC decision, Ron Paul, who is well-known as an an implacable critic and enemy of the Fed and a fan of the Austrian School of Economics, was interviewed at Bloomberg as to “what the Fed should do”. What makes it so funny is that the Bloomberg reporters seemingly cannot believe that Austrian economists simply have no “prescriptions” for the Fed. They keep pushing Ron Paul for...
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