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Has The U.S. Fed Lost Its Mojo?

By Mike Whitney After 6 full years of zero rates and extreme pump-priming that flushed more than $10 trillion dollars into global markets, the Federal Reserve decided that even the slightest uptick in its benchmark Fed Funds rate would trigger enough destructive volatility in emerging markets that it would be better to postpone the rate hike … Continue reading

Will The Fed Have To Save Emerging Markets With QE4?

By Charles Hugh Smith The risk-off tide is rising, and sand castles of QE will only hold the tide back for a brief period of apparent calm. A funny thing happened on the way to permanently expanding global markets: unintended consequences. Borrowing cheap, abundant U.S. dollars seemed like a good idea when the dollar was declining, … Continue reading

China Cuts Interest Rates To Record Low As Stock Market On Cusp Of Bear Market

China’s Central Bank has cut interest rates to a record low and has lowered the reserve-requirement ratios (RRR) for some lenders as Beijing seeks to revive the country’s sluggish economy which is poised for the slowest economic growth in twenty-five years. The interest rate cut by China’s Central Bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), is the fourth cut … Continue reading

Super Taper Tantrum: Can Latin America Weather The Coming Economic Storm?

By Gillian Tett Five years ago, Guido Mantega, then the Brazilian finance minister, warned that the United States seemed to have embarked on an international currency war. Many shared his opinion: when the Federal Reserve introduced its policies of quantitative easing, it weakened the dollar to such an extent that it sparked numerous complaints from emerging … Continue reading

The Rich Get Richer: Titanic Stock Bubble Fueled By Buyback Blitz – OpEd

By Mike Whitney Why are stocks still flying-high when the smart money has fled overseas and the US economy has ground to a halt? According to Marketwatch: “For the eighth week in a row, long-term mutual funds saw more money flowing out of U.S. stocks and into international stocks, according to the Investment Company Institute……For the week ended … Continue reading

China Cuts Interest Rates For Third Time In Six Months As Economy Continues To Slow

China’s Central Bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), has cut interest rates for the third time in six months on Sunday as it looks to spur its slowing economy which is poised for the slowest annual rate of expansion in 25 years. The PBOC cut its benchmark one-year lending rate by 0.25 percentage points to 5.1 percent, and cut its one-year deposit … Continue reading

China To Inject $62 Billion In FX Reserves Into Policy Banks To Boost New Silk Road Project, Caixin Says

China’s Central Bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), will reportedly inject $62 billion of its foreign exchange reserves into two state-owned policy banks in order to support its New Silk Road project, which is aimed at creating infrastructure in order to boost connectivity between Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The PBOC will inject $32 billion to China … Continue reading

Emerging Market Corporate Bonds Face Increased Volatility, Liquidity Squeeze, Fitch Warns

Emerging market (EM) corporate bonds have been dealing with a surging U.S. dollar, a collapse in global energy prices, and a likely hike in U.S. interest rates, which are underscoring growing liquidity risks, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings published on Thursday. The rapid appreciation of the U.S. dollar, potential hikes in U.S. interest rates later in 2015 and the … Continue reading

Why China Should Get Rid Of The Renminbi-Dollar Peg

By Dr Guonan Ma The Chinese economy is simply too big to remain tied to the once useful monetary anchor of the renminbi–US dollar peg. It is time to let it go. The Chinese renminbi depreciated 2.5 per cent against the US dollar in 2014. It was the largest annual fall since 2005, when Beijing timidly … Continue reading

China Has Wide Range Of Policy Tools, Ready To Step Up Measures If Growth Slows: Premier Li

Despite an ease in economic growth, China still has a wide range of policy tools at the government’s disposal to boost economic growth, aiming to achieve a better-quality of economic development, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday following the conclusion of China’s annual parliamentary session, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. China has a lot of room to maneuver its … Continue reading

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