Fed leaks lead to billions on Wall Street balance sheets

My collegue at The New York Post, John Crudele, wrote on Monday about how the New York Fed President Bill Dudley, back in 2011, was meeting with the Street during “quiet periods” at the Fed. Crudele FOIAed Dudley’s calendar to see who is was lunching with during the tumultuous time in 2011.The quiet period is […]

Conspiracy of Dunces: Central bank manipulations in crisis

On Monday we discover further evidence that the Bank Of England in 2008 was pressuring banks to manipulate the LIBOR rates lower as a result of the financial crisis. At the time Mervyn King was the Governor of the Bank of England and his staff were said to be questioning UK banks — including Barclays […]

Trump’s Syrian bombing wakes quiet markets

The Trump Administration’s launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria Thursday night, sent shivers through the energy markets. The strike on an airfield believed to be housing sarin gas was the first deliberate attack on Syria was in respond to the killing of 70 people with the gas allegedly done by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad […]

Equities see “known unknowns” as bullish

Let’s say it is safe to say that the level of animosity in Washington will lead to divided government for the foreseeable future, despite the Republicans holding a sliver of power within Congress. That premise can only be good for equities as investors see gridlock as a means to remain with the status quo. Markets […]

Stocks soar despite anemic GDP

As the first quarter ends Friday we see that while sentiment has exploded, economic growth is muted. On Thursday the feds released the third revision (not the final revision since it will be changed again and again) of GDP for the final quarter of 2016 and the year. The latest revision of Q4 showed growth […]

Brexit means entering the bond market

The equity market churn with a volatility that’s almost nonexistent is creating huge moves in the bond pits. As stocks move in a range for the last week or so and the VIX moving toward single digits, the 10-year note is trading at 2.3%. This is about where it was right after the election when […]

Prime Minister May signs EU divorce papers

British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the EU divorce papers on Tuesday. Brexit has officially begun as foreign exchange response seems to be muted as both the pound and euro traded off slightly against the dollar. US equities and bonds were also nonplussed by the much-anticipated move by the Brits. City of London bankers from […]