Taleb Says ‘Every Human’ Should Short U.S. Treasuries

TalebFeb. 4 (Bloomberg) — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of “The Black Swan,” said “every single human being” should bet U.S. Treasury bonds will decline, citing the policies of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and the Obama administration.

It’s “a no brainer” to sell short Treasuries, Taleb, a principal at Universa Investments LP in Santa Monica, California, said at a conference in Moscow today. “Every single human being should have that trade.”

Taleb said investors should bet on a rise in long-term U.S. Treasury yields, which move inversely to prices, as long as Bernanke and White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers are in office, without being more specific. Nouriel Roubini, the New York University professor who predicted the credit crisis, also said at the conference that the U.S. dollar will weaken against Asian and “commodity” currencies such as the Brazilian real over the next two or three years.

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Marc Faber's Must Watch 2010 Presentation

As someone once said, the only man who can tell a room full of people they are doomed and get a standing ovation, Marc Faber, gives a terrific hour long presentation to the Mises Circle in Manhattan on May 22, discussing the economy, interest rates, markets, why having massive output gaps (see previous post for Bernanke’s most recent dose of lunacy on the matter) and hyperinflation can easily coexist, why the Fed will never again implement tight monetary policy, why Greenspan is a senile self-contradictor, why Paul Krugman is a broken and scratched record, and the fact that pretty much nothing matters and we are all going to hell. Little new here for long-term economic skeptics, but a must watch for all neophytes who are still grasping with some of the more confounding concepts of our dead-end Keynesian catastrophe and not only why the world can not get out of the current calamity absent a global debt repudiation, but why gold is the asset to own, even though one must not be dogmatic and shift from asset class to asset class in times of tremendous currency devaluation (i.e., such as right now). 2010’s must watch Marc Faber presentation.

One thing we disagree with Mr. Faber on, is that Asian banks did not buy CDOs during the housing bubble – this is patently wrong. As a detailed perusal through the Goldman discovery will confirm, Goldman looked increasingly eastward, first to Europe, and then to Korea, Japan and Taiwan, when finding the dumbest money around to invest in monstrosities such as Timberwolf, Abacus and others. If Mr. Faber is investing based on the assumption that Asian banks are free of this relic of the credit boom, we urge him to promptly reevaluate his investment thesis as he will certainly lose money here.

7-Day Commercial Paper Rate Hits 18 Month Highs

The crunch in funding continues. There is $673 billion in Commercial Paper maturing over the next month and a half. The problem is that the rolling of all this paper will come at increasingly higher costs. Today the market for US 7 Day CP hit level of 0.61%. As the chart below indicates, the current CP rate is not only the highest in 2010, but higher than CP costs during the March 2009 market lows. More worrying is that despite the recent unprecedented volatility in daily rate swings, the trend is one of an accelerated increase. At this rate of increase, the Fed may soon need to put the CPFF program back in play.The most worrying is the implication 7 Day CP rates have for the FF rate: while 7 Day CP historically has tracked the Fed Funds tick for tick, over the past few months we have once again seen a major divergence between the two. In this closest proxy to short-term funding, the market is now notifying Bernanke that the Fed Funds rate is now about 36 bps off and increasing.

And the spread to the Fed Funds rate:

I Say Lower Rates Below 0%!

Richard Russell can write:

“The big advance from the May 2009 lows was a bear market rally. The good economic news of the last few months were a mixture of hopes, BS government statistics and rosy propaganda from bleary-eyed economists and the administration. There’s no point in my going over all the damage — the plunge in the NASDAQ, the crash in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index, the smash in the Morgan Stanley World Index, the gruesome fact that at 1071, the S&P 500 is 24% below its level of ten years ago. The damage in dollar terms is reported to be $5.3 trillion. That sounds to me to be a sh– load of money. And the tragedy is that our government has spent two trillion dollars in a vain attempt to halt or reverse the primary bear trend of the market. I said at the beginning, “Let the bear complete his corrective function.” One way or another, it’s going to happen anyway. Better to have taken the pain and losses — than to push the US to the edge of the cliff. Now with the stock market crashing, the national debt is larger than ever. In fact, it is so large that it can never be paid off, regardless of cut-backs in spending or increases in taxes. Had Obama or Summers or Bernanke understood this, they never would have bled the nation dry in their vain battle to halt the primary bear trend. As I’ve said all along, the primary trend of the market is more powerful than the Fed, the Treasury, and Congress all taken together. Our know-nothing leaders have boxed the US into a situation that is so difficult that, for the life of me, I don’t see how we’re going to get out of it. Well, there’s always one way — renege on our debt. Can a sovereign nation renege on its debt and in effect, declare bankruptcy? Sad to say, I think we may find out. One basic force that the world will have to deal with is deflation. This is the monster that Bernanke is so afraid of. To fight inflation is easy — you just raise interest rates and cut back on the money supply. But deflation is a totally different animal. Interest rates are already at zero. The money has been passed out by the trillions of dollars. The stimuli have been issued. What can Bernanke do in the face of deflation?” (more…)

On The Menu This Afternoon

All times GMT

1330  US Oct CPI expected 0.1% m/m, from +0.6%, ex food and energy exp +0.1%m/m unchanged

US Nov Empire state survey  expected -8.0 from -6.2

US initial claims (wk Nov 10) exp 375k from 355k

Canadian Sept Mfg sales exp=0.3%m/m down from +1.5%

1400  US Fed’s Lacker speaks on economic outlook

1500  US Nov Philly Fed Survey exp 2.0 from 5.7

1540  US Fed Evans speaking ati 15th annual banking conference

1820  US Chairman Bernanke speaks on Housing and mortgage markets

1945  US Fed’s Fisher speaks at State of West symposium

2130  US Fed’s Plosser  speaks at CATO Institute

2330 US Fed’s Dudley speaks at NY clearing house

Abu Dhabi Lecture: Short Summary

He began by explaining why extreme deflation scenarios are extremely unlikely under the Bernanke Fed, comparing the Fed chairman’s commitment to an anti-deflation strategy to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, a book that also clearly stated a policy program in advance but was not widely believed until it was too late.

Likewise Dr Faber believes Mr. Bernanke is committed to printing money and will in any case have very little choice because of entitlements and the US constitution. Thus he could see the S&P 500 dropping back from current levels to say 950 in this autumn but by then Fed monetary policy would be strongly inflationary and bring the market back up.

Dr Faber pointed out that with the US so deep in debt the Fed thinks it cannot allow asset prices to drop below a certain point because that would devastate the balance sheets of the banks with debt deflation. But he thinks in the long run this is just rolling up another crisis for the future that will destroy the US dollar and cause an even bigger financial crisis.

Declaring himself the ‘most pessimistic of forecasters, nobody is more pessimistic than me’ Dr Faber outlined a scenario in which the dollar has to be replaced by another unit after a future inflation, and holders of cash and bonds lose virtually everything in the process.

Job Losses Accelerate


Good morning. The long-awaited jobs report is out and it came as worse than expected (as Goldman predicted). 263,000 jobs were lost and unemployment rate came in at 9.8%. Futures were trading lower ahead of the report and have stayed that way since.

Other news include the World Bank’s warning of a wobble ahead for the global economy, a strong dollar is very important to Geithner, Bernanke suggests a Board of Regulators, Meredith Whitney says small business credit crunch continues and Comcast & NBC are apparently in deal talksAt 10:AM we have Factory Orders for August and news of the Chicago Olympic Bid will also come out today between 12:30PM to 1:PM EST.

Already this fall I had expected and written to have cautious approach.Now just will watch S&P 500.Below 1031 will take to 1014-1009 level and there after retest of 991 level.

Will update more about DOW ,Nasdaq Compostite and S&P very shortly.

Iam personally Bearish for Stocks/Commodity from last 15 days and will not buy anything.

Technically Yours

Anirudh Sethi



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