Posted: August 29, 2016 in Uncategorized
Finally we have the Federal Reserve speech that kept the market on suspense (or sleep) for the previous take.
No major news…but still a few interesting takes.
Chairman Yellen said that the economy is improving and now, still data dependent, there is scope for another rate increase.
So we could have a rate increase in September, but I am a bit skeptic about it as it is very close to the Presidential election.
There is quite a strict correlation between stock market behaviour in the quarter before the election and the outcome (Good Market favourable to Clinton/Obama) – so she could want to avoid being seen as partisan.
One of the important take outs instead her call for fiscal policy to do more.
What is fiscal policy? It is Government – so is she asking the Government to intervene as the Fed is reaching the limits of what it can do for the economy?
I personally think so and she is calling for help from the politicians. And i think she will get it next year.
Not because the politicians are listening to her – but because Brexit, Trump, Le Pens (the rise of populism as the media call it – or just democracy as it should be) are scaring to death the establishment.
Posted: August 28, 2016 in Uncategorized
Directly from the CIA.If you ever doubted the conspiracy theories around the creation of ISIS by the Bush Administration (maybe not really willing but at least culpable).
Incredible that Bush, Colin Powell etc have not gone to jail.
Posted: August 26, 2016 in Uncategorized
Now you know what was all the fuss about rounds of meetings with Russia and Iran.
Turkey was seeking the agreement (or better said non-intervention) of Iran and Russia (and so the Syrian elected Government) to partially invade Syria to get rid of Islamic State by its border (actually in reality the Islamic State was going to be overtaken by the Kurd – and Syria wanted to prevent it).
As everybody agrees there is not too much to worry (aside the fact that accident can happen). Also, after the after-coup Turkish purges, the Turkish military is severely weakened s command structure.
This intervention also explains why last week for the first time since 2013 the Syrian Government Army attacked the Kurds.
And also it sheds light on why the Iranians are so aggressive against the US ships in the Gulf – as Iranian sides with the Syrian Government and the US with the Kurds – it is showing that Iranians are not quite happy of this US involvement (as the Turks and Russian).
A game of chess, Middle East style
Posted: August 23, 2016 in Uncategorized
There is an imporant meeting in Italy at the moment. Italian PM Renzi will be begging Merkel for leniance and tax breaks as the Italian Referendum is looming.
The Italian Constitutional referendum (to transform the Italian system in a more similar to France election system) is backfiring.
It was called when PM Renzi was at the top and the opposition was in tatters.
Now the anti Euro party has the same support of the one of PM Renzi. Already Renzi is backtracking saying he will not resign (probably he will have to resign if the referendum fails…but the old powers will try to get a technical government to avoid elections till 2018).
The Referendum could be held anytime after 2 October, but Renzi will try to buy time…so probably it will be on early December.
The other funny fact is that Renzi went to the French system as Front Nationale can be defeated in a second round as the anti right wing citizens will vote for anyone else than Front Nationale. In Italy M5star as no such leaning…so it could backfire as everyone undecided could vote against the status quo of the Government.
In a sense PM Renzi tried to get more stability…and got more instability.
What is sure that Italy, since the Euro, is one of the few European country is zero growth.
Posted: August 22, 2016 in Uncategorized
There is a clear push by media to push the Clinton agenda.
I alreaady reported quite a few week ago that the polls answers got modified to make error in answers go to Clinton.
Also poll reporting for Trump (like the recent Los Angeles Times Trump 47 vs Clinton 45) are under reported
It does not mean that Trump will win, but do not trust the polls. Like Brexit this elections will be very close and will be won or lost in October
Posted: August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized
More bad problems for the Pro Euro
The first data post Brexit show a great just of retail. UK sales +1.2% (expectations +0.2%)….but what is more important that is all store types signaled an uptrend.
The UK Pound is sharply up.
It is early to say…but this is shaping up badly for the German European Union.
With Brexit, All the scaremongering can be proved wrong…and more people will want to abandon Europe.
As the Battle for Britain (1940) in the Second War World, Brexit is a pivotal moment.
By 2020 the Fourth Reich (European Union) will be history.As the the Third Reich.
As the Third, it will go down in history as a period of poverty and economic collapse….and hopefully we go back to the”1950-1960″ recovery which were the best times ever. Well, we are getting even the 1950s Cold War…which again is perking up…then they say history does not repeat!
Posted: August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized
Only last week I put a post that you need to stay clear of the top 20 as the banks and Tesltra have finished their rise…and today Moody’s (one of the main research house) downgraded the outlook for Australian banks from stable to negative, citing diminished profitability and increased sensitivity to shock.
Still the capital structure is improved, but the easy money (also for investors is finished).
So again….stay away from the index. There are still great opportunities…but much harder to find