Monthly Archives: July 2013

Doublewood: Japan’s Aso (sic)

Among Japan’s hereditary politicians, Abe and Aso (“A&A”) are the current Tweedledum and Tweedledee.   Brought up on military-purist values and revisionist history by their fathers and the numerous uncles and in-laws in their sheltered cacoons, they now occupy the number one and number two positions of the government.  Just like their fathers, uncles, in-laws and fellow black/white gloves before […]

Update: Stocks Advance On GDP/ADP Report Before Fed Statement

Markets are making a push into record territory again this morning, after two better-than-expected economic prints came out ahead of the open. The market, however, remains largely range bound, as the S&P 500 has traded in record territory between 1,675 and 1,700 going on 14 days in a row now. As of 11:05AM, the S&P […]

Doublewood: Will America Sleep?

With Japanese prime minister Abe’s conservative right-wing party winning majority control over both houses of parliament after this past Sunday’s upper house electoral victory, our assessment of relations with Japan has reached a critical cross-road.  A reminder of a similar judgment call in the history of miscalculations may be apt. Churchill and JFK In 1938, Winston Churchill wrote […]

Doublewood Analysis: China Working Quietly To Buy Up Gold?

doublewood: I have been tracking China’s gold reserve for some years.  There is no secret that China is buying as much gold as she can since 2008.  But there is only so much available in the world for sale, and the amounts that central banks sell are usually announced.  So I cannot come out with […]

Premier Li Keqiang

By statistical elimination, most senior leaders in China have to be very smart these days to get to where they are.  Li Keqiang is known to be, not only very smart, but also very street-wise.  For example, in a recent visit to a public housing project to inspect the occupancy rates and living conditions, he swept around […]

Gold Technical Breakdown

Bernanke did not say anything hawkish at all today, yet the gold market is weaker this afternoon, off well over -1%. The main reason for the weakness continues to be further technical pressure. If you’ll notice below, the recent downward wedge pattern and subsequent breakdown in April resulted in a fairly strong resistance band in […]

Update: Markets Pause During Bernanke Q&A

The markets are pausing at the moment at all-time highs, as investors listen in to the Q&A portion of Bernanke’s testimony. Despite a slew of earnings reports out today, the main area of focus continues to be global central bank policy. Central Bank Actions Today: Fed –  Bernanke is currently testifying before the House Financial […]


Audio Podcast Here:  Squawk 7-15 WEEKLY MARKET UPDATE This week, investors will continue to focus on second-quarter earnings reports, as the Dow and S&P 500 re-approach their all time highs. Investors will also be looking on Wednesday for comments by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in his semiannual testimony before Congress on the schedule for cutbacks […]

Update: Global Rally On Bernanke Assurances

Bernanke’s “dovish” comments yesterday sparked a global market rally overnight/today, with Asian stocks ending strong (China – best day of the year, Korea – best day in 1.5 years) and European markets higher across the board (led by the DAX at +1.1%). Here in the U.S., both the DJIA and S&P 500 are flirting with […]

Fed Tapering: What Does It Mean?

Fed Tapering: What Does It Mean? (Peter Tran, 7/9/2013) What is Tapering? Does Tapering really mean monetary policy tightening? The central bank’s task is a juggling act to balance out different policy objectives. The main policy objectives are: (a) price stability [inflation], (b) stable currency, (c) controlling asset price inflation / deflation [a well functioning […]

New York Times

“Balanced” Coverage = Not Pissing Off The Establishment

In another phenomenal piece by Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi focusing on the doublespeak and intellectual gymnastics used to justify drone warfare, many valuable tidbits are revealed about the way the mainstream American news media function – that is, not as critics of establishment power, but as its agents in the management of public perception. Anyone […]

Doublewood: What Snowden Revealed

Just as I was thinking that what Edward Snowden would reveal was nothing new, something shocking has come to light! He told us that we have been hacking the shit on China, while accusing China of doing it to us.  That should be a known-known, and nothing out of the ordinary in terms of our belief […]

Liberty Blitzkrieg

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus

Hidden Forces

"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." - Voltaire


"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." - Voltaire

Touch Stone Connect

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