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  1. almostcajun

    Wednesday updates

    Old Chinese Proverb: GIGO Dump the Gurus
  2. almostcajun

    Whenever i get mad at you, you never get upset?...

    He must have false teeth. This could only happen in Moose Country. Please put on your underwear Mr. Moose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. There he goes again. Antlers in the tree tops. He's everywhere, the Moose is everywhere.
  4. almostcajun

    Getting a Gun...

    After reviewing the book "Antlers in the Treetop" by who Goosed the Moose, we now know Moose 57 has really lost it. Put your underwear back on Mr. Moose. Please!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Jane and Arlene at the Nursing Home ...

    Snow Globe went to the book store the other day to buy a book about moose. It just so happened that Moose 57 had seen a book on the shelf at the same book store that he recommended to Snow Globe. The title was "Antlers in the Tree Top" by "Who Goosed the Moose". She latter said it was a very interesting read.
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    Adam Montana Weekly 5 July 2017

    We searched the world over and thought we had found TG, She met another and OPPPPS she is gone again.
  7. Right on Bros. We got plenty gator holes in da swamp to stuff dem Liberal Dems da, da. Send em on down.
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    The story of three trees

    Anyone can count the apples on a tree but only Yahawaha G_d can count the apples in a seed.
  9. Philip, I'm having the same problem. Glad I'm not the only one with this problem. Thanks
  10. UPDATE 1-China's yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies Friday September 30, 2016 22:30 (Adds China central bank statement, details on IMF fixing currency amounts) BEIJING, Oct 1 (Reuters) - China's yuan joins the International Monetary Fund's basket of reserve currencies on Saturday in a milestone for the government's campaign for recognition as a global economic power. The yuan joins the U.S. dollar, the euro, the yen and British pound in the IMF's special drawing rights (SDR) basket, which determines currencies that countries can receive as part of IMF loans. It marks the first time a new currency has been added since the euro was launched in 1999. The IMF is adding the yuan, also known as the renminbi, or "people's money", on the same day that the Communist Party celebrates the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
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    Adam Montana Weekly 28 Sept 2016

    Thanks Adam, we wait and we wait, and suddenly, something good is about to happen.
  12. almostcajun

    Adam Montana Weekly 14 September 2016

    Thanks Adam. Gumbo and crawdad's waiting for you in The Bayou State Come on down
  13. almostcajun

    Testing! Are we back online?

    I didn't know it was Duck and Goose weather already. Thanks Adam
  14. WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of financial regulations that would force companies to disclosure more information about their owners, part of an effort billed as a crackdown on tax evaders and money launderers. ADVERTISEMENT Administration officials announced the new rules as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress to pass legislation that would further enhance transparency in the U.S. banking system and help law enforcement track down secret owners. "Illicit financial activity is a critical concern for the United States and our partners around the world," Lew wrote in a letter to congressional leaders Thursday. "Additional statutory authority is necessary to put the United States in the strongest position to combat bad actors who seek to hide their financial dealings and evade their tax responsibilities." Lew's letter came as Treasury finalized the so-called "customer due diligence" rule dictating how banks to keep records on who owns the companies that use their services. A second proposed rule would close a loophole that allows a narrow class of foreign-owned companies to avoid reporting to the IRS. The administration's push came after the leak of the "Panama Papers," a trove of financial records that detailed the breadth of international tax dodging through offshore, secret accounts. Experts noted the U.S. is emerging as a top tax haven to rival Switzerland or the Cayman Islands, as U.S. laws allows banks to promise foreigners secrecy. Treasury also sent new legislation to Congress that would require companies to know and disclose their owners to the IRS and to allow law enforcement to access that information. Lew also urged senators to ratify eight tax treaties that have languished in the Senate. The treaties, he told lawmakers, are critical "to ensure fair and full enforcement of our tax laws." Lew also pushed lawmakers to pass legislation requiring U.S. bank and other financials to collect and disclose more detailed information about foreign account holders — information it requires foreign banks to disclosure about Americans to collect, but doesn't reciprocate.
  15. Jim Rickards: The Fed just ‘trashed the dollar’ to help out China From Jim Rickards, Editor, Currency Wars Alert: The currency wars started in 2010 with the weak Chinese yuan. Barely a week went by without Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner complaining about Chinese currency manipulation and the weak yuan. By 2011, China was doing better and the U.S. was stuck in a rut of low growth coming out of the 2008–2009 recession. This necessitated a weak dollar to give the U.S. economy a lift in the form of higher exports, more jobs in the export sector and more inflation due to higher import prices. That’s the basic currency wars formula — lower export prices to create jobs and higher import prices to get inflation. Currency wars involve devaluation of your currency as a form of monetary ease. Devaluation is what you do when you can’t get growth any other way. The problem is that not everyone can devalue against everyone else at the same time. It’s a mathematical impossibility. So you have to take turns. It was China’s turn in 2010 and the U.S.’s turn in 2011. The dollar hit an all-time low in August 2011. Right on cue, real U.S. GDP grew 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2011 — the highest quarterly growth rate since the end of the recession in 2009. This was good news for the U.S., but another one of the five families was suffering — Japan. Japan needed help desperately, and set out to get it by continuing the currency wars. In December 2012, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an economic program to revive Japanese growth. This was called “Abenomics,” and it had three “arrows,” which were monetary policy, structural reform and fiscal policy. Monetary policy was explicitly intended to cause a weak yen. This worked. The yen rapidly fell from 90 to 124 to the dollar. This gave the Japanese economy a lift in 2013, just as the cheap dollar gave the U.S. a lift in 2011. While China, the U.S. and Japan had taken turns with a cheap currency from 2010–2013, Europe was suffering with a strong euro. This was the period of the recurring Greek sovereign debt crises. Europe also had two recessions along the way. By 2014, it was time for the cheap euro. This was accomplished in two stages. In June 2014, Mario Draghi and the ECB moved to negative interest rates. Then in January 2015, Draghi introduced “euro QE” which was an expanded form of money printing. The euro promptly fell to an interim low of $1.05 in January 2015, and has fallen close to that level several times since. As was the case with the other devaluations, the European economy got some relief. We stopped hearing about the Greek crisis after the summer of 2015. This history shows that the currency wars from 2010–2015 proceeded in an orderly way. Each one of the five families got some economic benefit (China in 2010, the U.S. in 2011, Japan in 2013 and Europe in 2015). Although the currency wars were ongoing, they were being managed successfully by the five families. This is how the Mafia operates when there’s peace; everyone gets along with everyone else, even with an undertone of mutual distrust. But in the summer of 2015, a new war broke out among the five families. China went rogue and tried to cheapen its currency without consulting the others in advance. On Aug. 11, 2015, China launched a shock 3% devaluation of the yuan in one day. We all know what happened next. U.S. stock markets plunged. By late August, stock investors were staring into an abyss. The Federal Reserve immediately backed off its plan to hike rates (so-called “liftoff”) in September. The rate hike was put on hold, and a relief rally in U.S. stocks began. The same thing happened from December 2015 to January 2016. This time, the Fed went ahead with the liftoff by hiking U.S. interest rates 0.25% on Dec. 16, 2015. China used the Fed’s rate hike as air cover to cheapen the yuan again. This time, they did it not on a shock basis but on a stealth basis. China moved the yuan lower in small steps day after day. Markets were not fooled. Market participants could see yuan was going down and immediately discounted further devaluation. Once again, U.S. stock markets crashed in response to a Chinese devaluation. From Jan. 1, 2016 to Feb. 11, 2016, U.S. stocks had their worst start to any year in history. And entered full-blown technical correction territory, close to a technical bear market. The Fed rode to the rescue again. Officials such as New York Fed President William Dudley gave a series of dovish speeches, and the Fed took a March interest rate hike off the table. Once again, U.S. stocks began a relief rally. From mid-February to mid-April, the damage of the January meltdown was undone and stocks recovered, thanks to the Fed. But the game was getting dangerous. How many times could the Fed bail out the stock market? How long would the Chinese play with fire by devaluing the yuan? In fact, China needed a cheaper yuan. The Chinese economy is the second largest in the world. It’s coming in for a hard landing. Years of wasted investment, asset bubbles, debt accumulation and corruption were coming home to roost. The Chinese yuan had been getting stronger since 2011 as the U.S., Japan and Europe took turns cheapening their currencies. It was China’s turn for a weak yuan. Enter the Secret “Shanghai Accord”… This was the state of play as the heads of the five families gathered in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 26 of this year. Technically, this was a G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank officials. But formal G-20 and IMF meetings are used to conduct informal private meetings on the sidelines. The G-20 meeting in Shanghai was the perfect cover for a “sit-down” of the five families, led by the boss of bosses — Christine Lagarde. The U.S., China, Japan, Europe and IMF all agreed that China needed some relief. The world’s second-largest economy cannot go down without taking most of the world with it. For that matter, the U.S. was weakening also. Real GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 was an anemic 1.4%. The estimate for the first quarter of 2016 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is 0.3%, close to recession levels. Not only are both quarters extremely weak, but the trend is downward. The U.S. looks like it is heading into a recession. Even if a technical recession is avoided, this weak growth in the world’s largest economy has ripple effects that will drag down the global economy. With China and the U.S. both weakening, it was time for another change in the currency wars. The problem was how to weaken the Chinese currency without crashing global stock markets. Lagarde did not want a repetition of what had happened in August 2015 and January 2016. The purpose of the sit-down in Shanghai was to come up with a plan to give China relief without causing a global panic. The “GDPNow” real-time forecast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shows U.S. growth in the first quarter of 2016 at 0.3%, very close to recession levels. Traders were obsessively focused on the yuan/dollar cross rate (the ticker symbol for this is CNY/USD). If CNY/USD could somehow be left undisturbed, markets might not notice immediately what was being done. The solution was to take action in the U.S., Europe and Japan while China did nothing. This was the heart of the Shanghai Accord. Europe and Japan would both tighten policy and strengthen their currencies. The U.S. would ease policy and weaken the dollar. China would maintain their dollar peg so CNY/USD would be unchanged. A stronger euro and yen is the same thing as a weaker yuan, from China’s perspective. China has a larger combined trading relationship with Europe and Japan than it does with the U.S. Relief for China from a strong euro and strong yen is significant. At the same time, a weaker dollar means a weaker yuan if the peg is maintained. China is just “along for the ride” as the Fed trashed the dollar. That’s the essence of the Shanghai Accord. China does nothing but gets a major devaluation in the currency wars, and no one notices because CNY/USD is steady. Voilà. Regards, Jim Rickards P.S. My research leads me to believe there will soon be another “surprise” devaluation of the dollar. And I’ve told my Currency Wars Alert readers the very best way to profit from what I see coming. Get all the details right here.

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