Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The last 14 months have seen the biggest slump in small business confidence since the financial crisis. Despite being told about how great the recovery is by authorities, at 92.9, NFIB's optimism index has collapsed to its lowest in 2 years with weakness across the board - from hiring plans to capex spending to real sales expectation. There are two 'people' to blame for this according to NFIB's chief economist - The Fed ("dithering") and Obama ("disinclined to act favorably to small business.")
Indeed, what party other than the BOJ could be buying negative coupon debt? The answer is exactly why the coming financial crash will be so severe and long-lasting. To wit, it is front-runners expecting to cop a capital gain, and then get out before the house of cards collapses. That’s what might otherwise be called an ambush. The trillions of speculator dollars crowded into trades of this type throughout the global financial markets will never get through the narrow door of liquidity that remains in the casinos. The dotcom and the post-Lehman meltdowns were only the rehearsal.
it is one thing to note the obvious, it is different to have proof that Fed members have a clear ideological bias. Thanks to recent Fed appointee Lael Brainard, we have just that.According to Bloomberg, recent Treasury staffer and current Fed Governor Lael Brainard gave $750 in three contributions to Clinton’s campaign between November and January, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Two hedge funds are tired of the problems plaguing airline United Continental. So they are hoping to elect their own board members --- and they've enlisted the help of former Continental CEO Gordon Bethune.
Experts argue that while some tech firms could be driven overseas, smaller companies face weakening their own product's security to comply with "backdoor" demands for data.