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  • Update: Why Did General John Allen Speak at DNC Convention For Hillary Clinton?….

    07/30/2016 2:06:30 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 49 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | July 29, 2016 | sundanc
    When you read this, sip slowly, dust off the way-back machine, and think about those who have surfaced visibly to support Hillary Clinton. Including “retired” U.S. General John Allen (retired in 2012), who was previously brought out of retirement to lead President Obama’s fight against ISIS in 2014. In order to understand the scope of the relationships it takes understanding the full back story. Stay with it….
  • RNC sees leverage over Trump

    02/25/2016 11:59:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/25/16 05:14 AM EST | Daniel Strauss
    Donald Trump has steamrolled toward the Republican nomination by lambasting all things political establishment, and now that establishment thinks it can convince their insult-wielding front-runner he needs them. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has begun stating in private meetings that the party has sway over its at times unwelcome front-runner because it has tools Trump will need to use to win a general election -- voter data and field, digital and media operations that a nominee typically inherits from the party infrastructure. Dangling access to these resources, Priebus thinks he can help steer Trump toward partywide policy goals and...
  • 'All about power and leverage' -- feds shut down major roadway, block access to graveyard

    10/10/2013 7:33:59 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-7-2013 | Todd Starnes
    Folks who live in the Great Smoky Mountains have just about reached their breaking point with the federal government. “It’s almost like they are pushing to see how far they can push before the American people say enough is enough,” said Ed Mitchell, the mayor of Blount County, Tenn. “We were founded on a declaration of independence. And they are about to push the people to the line again.” Nearly a third of Blount County is inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So when the federal government shut down the park, it also shut down one of the area’s...
  • It's Simple: Adjust Your Expectations Or Die

    07/05/2013 11:54:32 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 5 replies
    The Market-ticker ^ | July 5, 2013 | Karl Denninger
    There are a lot of hard-headed people out in the investment and banking world. Most of them are hard-headed because they have never known anything else. A few are a bit smarter -- they know that their business model is cooked if the underlying assumptions change and they're being intentionally dishonest in trying to grab the last few nickels in front of the steamroller, and to hell with you (their customer.) Then there are those who have it figured out and are attempting to find a way to adapt to what is going to happen. More than 30 years ago...
  • Reduce the Regime’s Leverage Over You: Get Off The Healthcare Grid

    02/23/2013 10:16:56 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    New Rhodesia Dispatch ^ | 2/20/13 | John deWitt
    A major element of surviving and thriving for an American Rhodie is identifying: in what ways and how strongly can the Regime exercise leverage over me and my Tribe? If the Regime can hurt you, that’s leverage. If you need the Regime, that’s also leverage. To that end, briefly consider the following facts: 1. In ObamaCare, the Regime created impossible-to-refuse incentives for all health care providers to acquire and deploy electronic health care record-keeping systems. 2. The Regime has built and deployed a gigantic server farm for the NSA in Utah capable of storing and searching virtually infinite quantities of...
  • Goldman Sachs And The Big Hedge Funds Are Pushing Leverage To Ridiculous Extremes

    01/20/2013 5:43:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    TEC ^ | 01/14/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Goldman Sachs And The Big Hedge Funds Are Pushing Leverage To Ridiculous Extremes By Michael, on January 14th, 2013 As stocks have risen in recent years, the big hedge funds and the "too big to fail" banks have used borrowed money to make absolutely enormous profits. But when you use debt to potentially multiply your profits, you also create the possibility that your losses will be multiplied if the markets turn against you. When the next stock market crash happens, and the gigantic pyramid of risk, debt and leverage on Wall Street comes tumbling down, will highly leveraged banks...
  • 1000x Systemic Leverage: $600 Trillion In Gross Derivatives "Backed" By $600 Billion In Collateral

    12/25/2012 7:55:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/24/2012 | Tyler Durden
    There is much debate whether when it comes to the total notional size of outstanding derivatives, it is the gross notional that matters (roughly $600 trillion), or the amount which takes out biletaral netting and other offsetting positions (much lower). We explained previously how gross is irrelevant... until it is, i.e. until there is a breach in the counterparty chain and suddenly all net becomes gross (as in the case of the Lehman bankruptcy), such as during a financial crisis, i.e., the only time when gross derivative exposure becomes material (er, by definition). But a bigger question is what...
  • 185 Economists to Congress: "Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Risk Economic Damage"

    12/13/2012 7:51:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Note:  The following letter is co-signed by 185 of the nation's economists including Dr. Sanjai Bhagat, Provost Professor of Finance, University of Colorado, and Contributing Editor to A Line of Sight.  http://sanjaibhagat.com  Further information is available from the National Taxpayers Union, click here.  An Open Letter to Congress: December 11, 2012Dear Members of Congress:As the nation approaches the so-called "fiscal cliff," we, the undersigned economists, urge Congress to carefully consider the relative merits of tax increases and spending restraint. Increasing taxes would likely slow or reverse our nation's fragile economic recovery and undermine long-term growth. Restraining the growth of expenditures,...
  • "Bain Capitalism": Mitt's Frankenstein is a Politically-Created Monster

    Bain Capital must seem like a Frankenstein monster to Mitt Romney's campaign. Like Mary Shelley's creature, it's stalking its creator just as he's about to claim the thing he loves most. But Bain Capital—and Bain capitalism—isn't Mitt's creation. It was sewed together from the corpses of dead ideals and shocked into life in Washington's political laboratories. Mitt's monster was created by a broken system that has let politicians in both parties create an artificial, destructive and exploitative form of pseudo-capitalism—and then get rich from it. Romney's campaign will survive, but the monster will go on destroying lives and dreams. Conservatives...
  • George Soros Handicapping American Energy

    03/02/2011 3:18:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 02, 2011 | Ed Lasky
    George Soros has been a brilliant investor over the years. As befits many hedge fund operators, he uses leverage to magnify his returns. But in his case, leverage has a double meaning. Leverage can refer to the debt Soros assumes when he makes his investments. But it can also refer to the practice Soros has engaged in, both overseas and in America, to use his money and influence to bolster his political power -- power that he then uses to boost returns on his investments. He is not just a hedge fund billionaire but a crony capitalist kingpin who puts...
  • Do sovereign debt ratios matter?(volatility & leverage matter more)

    07/22/2010 5:36:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    China Financial Markets ^ | 07/20/10 | Michael Pettis
    Do sovereign debt ratios matter? Jul 20th, 2010 by Michael Pettis Posted in Balance sheets, Banks, Financial crisis, History In the past few weeks I have been getting a lot of questions about serial sovereign defaults and how to predict which countries will or won’t suspend debt payments or otherwise get into trouble. The most common question is whether or not there is a threshold of debt (measured, say, against total GDP) above which we need to start worrying. Perhaps because I started my career in 1987 trading defaulted and restructured bank loans during the LDC Crisis, I have spent...
  • Obammam's Promise of Amnesty Causes Illegal Stampede Across US Border

    07/16/2010 1:45:04 PM PDT · by STD · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 2: Drugs, Guns and 850 Illegal Aliens By Janice Kephart, Bryan Griffith July 2010 Videos “Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 2: Drugs, Guns, and 850 Illegal Aliens” is the Center for Immigration Studies' second web-based film on the impact of illegal alien activity in Arizona. The Center's first video on the subject, “Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border: Coyotes, Bears, and Trails,” has received over 50,000 views to date. This new 10-minute mini-documentary raises the bar, featuring footage of both illegal-alien entry as well as gun- and drug-smuggling. At minimum, the inescapable conclusion...
  • Size doesn’t matter, says white paper on systemic risk

    03/01/2010 3:41:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 321+ views
    Risk ^ | 02/26/10 | Mark Pengelly
    Size doesn’t matter, says white paper on systemic risk Author: Mark Pengelly Source: Risk magazine | 26 Feb 2010 The idea of imposing a levy on large financial firms is a “flawed policy”, with economic costs outweighing any potential benefits, according to a recent white paper prepared by Washington, DC-based Nera Economic Consulting.! Such a process is not only subject to gaming by firms, but is conceptually flawed The white paper, which was prepared for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, is being distributed to members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs this week. Democrats...
  • Debts threaten to engulf Kuwait's investment industry, bankers warn

    02/22/2010 1:06:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 315+ views
    FT ^ | 02/22/10 | Robin Wigglesworth
    Debts threaten to engulf Kuwait's investment industry, bankers warn By Robin Wigglesworth in Kuwait Published: February 22 2010 02:00 | Last updated: February 22 2010 02:00 Most of Kuwait's multibillion- dollar investment company industry could be wiped out by debt repayments on the finance houses' leveraged investments made before the recession, senior international and local bankers have warned. Spurred by cheap credit, abundant liquidity and few other opportunities in the government-dominated economy, Kuwaitis have set up scores of investment houses to bet on international and regional real estate, private equity and stocks. At its peak, the industry had assets of...
  • Too interconnected to fail = too big to fail: What is in a leverage ratio?

    01/28/2010 11:59:32 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 290+ views
    VoxEu ^ | 01/26/10 | Daniel Gros
      Too interconnected to fail = too big to fail: What is in a leverage ratio? Daniel Gros 26 January 2010 Did allowing financial institutions to become “too big” play a role in the financial crisis? This column argues that being “too interconnected” is also a factor, and that US accounting standards should recognise gross derivatives exposure on the balance sheet to make this interconnectedness, and the resulting exposure, clear. By now there is general agreement that a financial institution can not only be “too big”, but also “too interconnected” to fail. But how do we measure what it is...
  • Student loan demand at record high

    01/21/2010 8:03:04 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 11 replies · 544+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 21, 2010 | Nick Zieminski
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - As lenders continue to curtail access to mortgages, credit cards and other types of loans, one area of the credit market is rapidly expanding: student loans. Unprecedented growth in student loans over the past two years is raising questions about whether a generation will be saddled with debt before it has even entered the workforce, according to data that the Equifax Inc credit bureau provided exclusively to Reuters. The number of U.S. student loan accounts has risen 29 percent to 69 million over two years, according to Equifax, while balances have jumped by $105 billion to...
  • Vietnam orders gold-trading floors shut by end-March (dangerously leveraged trades)

    01/03/2010 1:39:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 630+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 01/03/09
    Vietnam orders gold-trading floors shut by end-March HANOI: Vietnam, where many people see gold as a safe haven against economic uncertainty, has ordered public gold-trading floors shut by March 31 because they rest on a “fragile foundation”. The order affects about 20 gold-trading houses operated by banks and other firms, which have been running for more than two years, the state-run Vietnam News reported. Retailing of gold jewellery will still be allowed, it said. The gold-trading floors have offered heavily-leveraged trading in which investors pay a security deposit of only seven percent of the net asset value of their trades...
  • Hold the Champagne on China’s Economy (the 2nd act of Chimerica disaster)

    10/24/2009 7:36:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 676+ views
    AEI ^ | 10/22/09 | Michael Auslin
    Hold the Champagne on China’s Economy By Michael Auslin Thursday, October 22, 2009 Filed under: World Watch, Boardroom, Economic Policy Those who witnessed Japan's spectacular rise and fall in the 1980s should get a familiar feeling watching China these days. This month in Hong Kong, a single bottle of wine sold at auction for $93,000 to a Chinese buyer. No matter how good the vintage, that's not something to pop a cork over and celebrate. Those who witnessed Japan's spectacular rise and fall in the 1980s should be getting a familiar feeling watching China these days. In the eyes of...
  • Five Reasons the Market Could Crash This Fall

    08/05/2009 10:17:44 AM PDT · by arthurus · 10 replies · 2,207+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | August 04, 2009 | Graham Summers
    With all this blather about “green shoots” and economic “recovery” and new “bull market,” I thought I’d inject a little reality into the collective financial dialogue. The following are ALL true, all valid, and all horrifying… Enjoy.
  • Mr. Taleb Goes to Washington

    03/27/2009 6:52:20 AM PDT · by hripka · 432+ views
    Thebigmoney.com ^ | March 26, 2009 | Marion Maneker
    Nassim Taleb is an unlikely choice to play the Jimmy Stewart role in a 21st-century remake of the Depression-era classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1]. But the tale of a naive do-gooder who tries to remind a corrupt political class of its obligations was re-enacted this week when Taleb attended the Wall Street Journal's Future of Finance conference in Washington, D.C. A French- and Arabic-speaking former options trader with a taste for obscure Greek philosophers and the ambition to be seen as a literary figure, Taleb has grown famous for his book The Black Swan [2], which has sold...