Category Archives: Wall St.

Bernanke’s Economy

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Bad news for the economy is good news for Wall Street these days.

Yesterday Bernanke announced it was too early to taper off on his greenback spinning wheel. He’ll continue to pump $85 billion per month into the sluggish economy through quantitative easing. The magic money is conjured up when the Fed buys Treasuries and mortgage backed securities.

The sorcerers on Wall Street were pleased and stocks hit record highs.

First Rodeo

 

 990516 lores treasury rubin summersObama’s not the first president to be mocked as a rodeo clown. I hope he’s not the last. Drew this on in 1999.

Rumpelstiltskin

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Rumpelstiltskin spun gold out of straw. Fed chief alchemist Bernanke spins dollars out of…I have no idea. But Wall Street somehow got the idea that he was thinking of not doing it any more and didn’t like it one bit.

 

Eric Holder’s Wars

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 Eric Holder’s Justice Department sued Standard and Poor’s for giving bad advice. That bad advice consisted of high ratings the company gave for mortgage backed securities leading to the 2008 meltdown.

Jack Lew, the president’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, worked for Citigroup’s subprime department during the time leading up to the 2008 meltdown. Lew was rewarded with  a nearly million dollar bonus following  Citigroup’s government bail-out.

In an effort to divert attention from Lew (okay I made that up), the White House released Justice Department documents justifying the killing U.S. citizens without judicial review. I didn’t make that up.

Facebook

The Facebook IPO is a train wreck so far. There were problems at NASDAQ with the launch but Gordon Crovitz in the WSJ says people just don’t click Facebook ads enough. Then there’s this:

Why did Facebook go public?

They couldn’t figure out the privacy settings either.