Stop In the Name of Love

This is the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) Chairwoman, Janet Yellen.

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She probably doesn’t dance like she used to, but she still gets around.

Pick your favorite caption to go with this photo.

1. I have 5 grandkids.  How many do you have?

2. You know the cop on the Monopoly board that sticks his hand out and says, “Go to jail”?  Well, I am nothing like him.

3. Congress, you silly old goats, will you stop harassing me?

4. Let’s make a deal.  I will not increase interest rates for 5 months in exchange for less harassment.

5. We give you five five mints in one. You know, five money printing presses in one country.

You have to hand it to Janet, she has a nice smile.

Have a great day!

 

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Central Bank of Central Banks Warns Of Crash

The Bank for International Settlements, BIS, warns that silence is NOT golden.

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The BIS has been warning for years of the dangers of very low interest rates.

“A common mistake is to take unusually low volatility and risk spreads [aka silence] as a sign of low risk when, in fact, they are a sign of high risk-taking,” said Claudio Borio, head of the monetary and economic department at the BIS.

Borio added that the last time uncertainty was this low was in 2007 just before one of the largest forecast errors the economics profession has ever made [aka Great Recession].

Now the BIS has warned the world again.  This time with specifics.

The BIS said 55% of collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) now being issued are based on leveraged loans, an “unprecedented level”. This raises eyebrows because CDOs were pivotal in the 2008 crash. “Activity in the leveraged loan markets even surpassed the levels recorded before the crisis: average quarterly announcements during the year to end-September 2014 were $250bn,” it said.

See the following link for more information.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/low-volatility-is-a-sign-of-high-risk-taking-bis-official-says-2014-09-14?siteid=nwham

Does the BIS have to get out its big guns to make its point?