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It's an earning recession!
2019 Sept 21

I learned two new concepts this week. The first one: we are in an earning recession, which means that the average of the most powerful public US companies (SPX again!) have seen their profit go down for two quarters in a row. The second one: the FED mandate, which until now was known to be "to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long term interest rates" seems to have wobbled. The FED did lower the interest rates (by 0.25%) this week, announcing that it did so because of the big companies earning recession... Hello???

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Whirlpool!
2019 Sept 14

This week, the European Central Bank lowered its interest rate. Again... From previously -0.4% to now -0.5%. Those on a variable mortgage indexed on Euribor are having a laugh and a free mortgage... What more? The ECB also gave guidance that until probably at least mid-2020, the rates will stay the same or be lower... Meanwhile, the King of USA is wondering why the FED does not compete on this race to the bottom...

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Invalidation
2019 Sept 07

This past week was everything about invalidation of risky events. No deal Brexit? Invalidated... Italians having to go back to the polling stations and elect a new far right government? Well, invalidated too... Chinese trade war? Invalidated, at least for now... SPX going down the hole. Yes you guessed it. Another one which got invalidated!

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Silver lining
2019 Aug 31

A little friend called Silver is sending us warning signs. It only does this when feeling distressed about the world economy and the risk of either conflict, recession, downturn, or other gremlins... So when it sends its signal, you have to listen...

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Take insurance against very powerful men
2019 Aug 24

One one side, you have the powerful Central Bankers who print money like there is no future consequence. In 8 years at the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi never ever raised interest rates, having for consequence the abnormal 30 years german bond paying negative 0.11%. Yes, you have to pay the German state to lend them money over 30 years. Or the negative mortgage in Denmark as we saw recently. On another side, you have the powerful Kings of their competing empires...

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Get paid monthly interest when taking a loan
2019 Aug 16

A bank in Denmark is offering negative rate mortgages. What does it mean? You take up a 10 year fix rate mortgage with them, and they pay you 0.5% per year for the privilege of asking them money. They also have in store a 20 years mortgage for 0% interest. Yes, free money over 20 years...

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