Sunday, May 26, 2019

Tag: Credit

Trump Allies Urge Fed to Cut Balance Sheet and Revive Credit

Bond investors may have another reason to worry after Donald Trump's election last week: Some of his allies are not fans of the Federal Reserve’s big balance sheet of bonds and want the central bank to shrink it. They argue that the Fed's debt portfolio has damaged the economy by...

Bonds bloodied as Trump spending plans spur dollar

Routs in global bonds and emerging markets intensified, while the dollar climbed with base metals as investors positioned for the wave of fiscal stimulus that Donald Trump has pledged to unleash. The yield on 30-year Treasuries rose to the highest since January, with last week’s record debt selloff bleeding into...

With Trump’s election, is stimulus spending back on Washington’s agenda?

Has John Maynard Keynes just won a ticket back to the White House? Keynes was the British economist who advocated government deficit spending to stimulate moribund economies. And that seems to be the principle undergirding the $1-trillion infrastructure construction plan that President-elect Donald Trump proposed shortly before election day. Trump...

Donald Trump believes the United States can get $1 trillion in new roads –...

Inside two weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump has finally released a plan to pump $1 trillion of new infrastructure spending into the U.S. economy. He says it won't cost taxpayers a dime. Trump's economic advisers have embraced a modified version of a theory some liberal economists have been pushing for...

Why is Deutsche Bank now the biggest worry in the financial world?

What’s going on with the banking industry? Since the credit crunch in 2008, banks have been struggling to adapt to their new environment. Low interest rates coupled with meagre yields in the financial markets mean banks can generate fewer profits from the deposits they collect, the loans they dole out,...

UN fears third leg of the global financial crisis – with prospect of epic...

The third leg of the world's intractable depression is yet to come. If trade economists at the United Nations are right, the next traumatic episode may entail the greatest debt jubilee in history. It may also prove to be the definitive crisis of globalized capitalism, the demise of the liberal...

Get ready for the mother of all stock market corrections once central banks cease...

Global stock and bond markets have been all over the place of late. Rarely have investors been so lacking in conviction. Confusion as to future direction reigns, and with good reason after the spectacular returns of recent years. For how much longer can stock markets keep delivering? Is there another...

China facing full-blown banking crisis, world’s top financial watchdog warns

China has failed to curb excesses in its credit system and faces mounting risks of a full-blown banking crisis, according to early warning indicators released by the world’s top financial watchdog. A key gauge of credit vulnerability is now three times over the danger threshold and has continued to deteriorate, despite pledges by Chinese...

The Coming Bond Bubble Collapse

In this week’s podcast, Michael Pento, fund manager and author of The Coming Bond Bubble Collapse, explains how the United States is fast approaching the end stage of the biggest asset bubble in history. He describes how the bursting of this bubble will cause a massive interest rate shock that...

China Is About to Get Serious With Bad Debt

China's banks, which dialed down fundraising efforts this year even as bad debts swelled, are making up for lost time. Both lenders and the companies set up to acquire their delinquent assets are bolstering their finances. China Citic Bank Corp. last month announced plans to raise as much as 40...

Hanjin Shipping Upsets Global Trade After Seeking Protection From Creditors

South Korean container carrier stops accepting new cargo as U.S. ports block its ships. South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co., one of the world’s largest shipping lines, stopped taking new cargo and U.S. ports began turning away its ships after it filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. The move, coming at a...

The Federal Reserve is living in a fantasyland

The Fed has failed. Indeed, only the world-historical disaster engineered by the nincompoops at the European Central Bank has made America's central bank — the Federal Reserve — look remotely good lately. For eight straight years, under Republican and Democratic leadership, the Fed has behaved like nothing has changed since the...

Biggest China Banks Grind Out Meager Profit Gains as Loans Sour

China's biggest banks are grinding out meager profit gains as they grapple with pressure from loans going bad. Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. on Friday posted a 0.5 percent increase in net income in the second quarter from a year earlier. China Construction Bank Corp. reported earlier in the week...

Stock Buybacks Are Driving Companies Into Debt

The bond market should be concerned about stock buybacks, but not because of their bullish effect on share prices. Instead, bondholders should be anxious about where the cash to pay for them comes from. It isn’t widely appreciated that the money has been borrowed in the credit markets, and...

What will $12 billion IMF loan cost Egypt?

CAIRO — On July 28, Egyptian Finance Minister Amr El Garhy announced that Egypt would seek a $21 billion loan package to fill the budget’s financing gap. Of this amount, $12 billion would be in the form of a loan from the International Monetary Fund — Egypt is in the...

Putin: Nyet to Neo-liberals, Da to National Development

After more than two years of worsening economic growth and an economy struggling with 10.5% central bank interest rates that make new credit to spur growth virtually impossible, Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally broken an internal factional standoff. On July 25 he mandated that an economic group called...

Corporate debt seen ballooning to $75 trillion: S&P

Corporate debt is projected to swell over the next several years, thanks to cheap money from global central banks, according to a report Wednesday that warns of a potential crisis from all that new, borrowed cash floating around. By 2020, business debt likely will climb to $75 trillion from its...

Venezuela’s Inflation Is Set to Top 1,600% Next Year

Food shortages, weak oil prices and economic mismanagement has forced the government to declare a state of emergency. While most advanced economies struggle to lift inflation, none would want Venezuela‘s situation: Consumer-price inflation is forecast to hit 480% this year and top 1,640% in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund. A shortage of medical...

When Energy Loans Go Bad: Why America’s Largest Bank Is Sliding

Following yesterday's stronger than expected results from JPM, today Wells Fargo - America's largest bank by market cap - is having a far less pleasant day, trading down 3%, on what superficially was disappointing earnings. What was the problem? There were several. First, net income slid to $5.6 billion, or $1.01...

Bank of England Signals August Stimulus as Rate Kept at 0.5%

The Bank of England left its key interest rate at a record low and signaled it’s readying stimulus for August as the economy reels from Britain’s decision to quit the European Union. The nine-member Monetary Policy Committee, led by Governor Mark Carney, voted 8-1 to keep the benchmark at 0.5...

Consumer Credit Jumps $19 Billion In May Thanks To New All Time Highs In...

The latest consumer credit report confirmed what we have now known for years: revolving credit remains stagnant at best, with just $2.3 billion in credit card debt added in May, a modest rebound from last month's $1.4 billion but certainly nowhere near pre-crisis monthly increase levels. Why not? Because...

Alan Greenspan wants the US to go back on the gold standard

"Under a gold standard, the amount of credit that an economy can support is determined by the economy’s tangible assets, since every credit instrument is ultimately a claim on some tangible asset. The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the...

China Bank Bailout Calls Grow Louder as Markets Seen Vulnerable

Predictions of a Chinese banking system bailout are going mainstream. What was once the fringe view of permabears and short sellers is now increasingly being adopted by economists at some of the world’s biggest banks and brokerages. Nine of 15 respondents in a Bloomberg survey at the end of last month,...

S&P Strips U.K. of Triple-A Credit Rating

Credit rater cuts the country’s debt by two notches; ratings outlook is negative. Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings stripped the U.K. of its pristine triple-A credit rating on Monday, following through on its warning that last week’s vote to leave the European Union threatens the country’s constitutional and economic integrity. The...

BRICS Bank inks strategic cooperation deal with China Construction Bank

The New Development Bank (NDB) launched by the BRICS countries on Wednesday signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Construction Bank, the country’s second-largest lender. “The NDB, as per its mandate, is building partnerships with major banks in its member countries. Cooperation with CCB is important for us, given the key role it...

Saudi Arabia said to weigh bond sale of up to US$15b

Saudi Arabia is considering selling as much as US$15 billion of bonds this year in what would be the country's first foray into international capital markets, people with knowledge of a matter said. Encouraged by Qatar's record issue last week, Saudi Arabia is weighing a sale of at least...

For sale: Greek islands, hotels and historic sites

As privatisation agency chairman, Stergios Pitsiorlas is seen as the right man to expedite disposal of a growing list of assets. In Greece today, government power comes with few trappings. Unable to tap capital markets and dependent wholly on international aid, the debt-stricken country’s senior officials are acrobats in a...

Is China on a Path to Debt Ruin?

There's still a chance to avoid the worst. It depends on how bold the government is willing to be. In the first quarter of 2016, Chinese debt rose to 237 percent of GDP — a level comparable to that of the U.S. or the Eurozone and yet much larger than...

Companies drowning in debt despite almost $2 trillion in cash

That American companies have been wadding up huge amounts of cash is no secret. What may be less well-known is that they're also accumulating debt at a much faster pace. Total debt among more than 2,000 nonfinancial companies swelled to $6.6 trillion in 2015, dwarfing the $1.84 trillion in cash...

Massive Bailout Needed in China, Banking Analyst Chu Says

Charlene Chu, a banking analyst who made her name warning of the risks from China's credit binge, said a bailout in the trillions of dollars is needed to tackle the bad-debt burden dragging down the nation’s economy. Speaking eight days after a Communist Party newspaper highlighted dangers from the build-up...

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