Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Government Shutdown Day 9: Wall Street Still Skeptical or In Denial

As is usually the case with the Wall Street racketeers traders, they continue to play their stock and options games despite the shenanigans going about in Washington DC.

One can hardly blame them, because if the government were to actually shut down or default on debt obligations (a very low probability of that ever happening, despite scare tactics by liberal news outlets), the businesses they routinely trade in and around would become even less-encumbered by laws and regulations and gain even more outsized market share than many already have.

It's the oddity of the Wall Street/Washington connection: The crooks on wall Street don't really need the criminals in Washington; they more or less use them, via campaign contributions, to enact legislation that either enhances their market/tax/competitive position or cripples others who might think about competing with them. Washington politicians have become so overly dependent upon Wall Street and their highly-paid K Street lobbyists for campaign and other favoritism money and gifts that they will do just about anything to please them, including shutting the entire federal government down, thus removing themselves from their vaunted positions of power. As foolish as that may sound, that's exactly what the politicians in Washington are doing at the present time.

They probably don't need to worry, however. The elections are bought and sold by the power brokers on Wall Street, the results easily manufactured to produce any outcome they desire via their control over the electronic voting machines.

If all of this sounds like the stuff of conspiracy, well, that's because it is. Big business, the media and the federal government have been in bed with each other so long, it's almost incestuous. Politicians have long ago given up on the idea of representing their geographically-assigned constituents; they are aligned with special interests and businesses who best line their pockets.

And that is why nothing much happened today in Washington or on Wall Street, though behind the scenes, bond markets are beginning to look a little worried, stretched, and, in some cases, like at the low end of the yield curve, inverted, which, as anyone with historical knowledge will readily affirm, is a 100% sure sign of an oncoming recession.

That's somewhat of a bad joke, since many people believe we're already in a recession, having never recovered from the financial tsunami that came about in the fall of 2008. There's a distinct term for what heppens when a recession occurs within an ongoing recession.

It's called a depression, and ours is just about to get started.

Not to be overlooked, President Obama officially nominated Janet Yellen - known as the most dovish of the dove-laden Federal Reserve board of governors - to be the next Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. Good riddance to Ben Bernanke, and thanks for fu--ing up our country.

And, yes, the number of new highs was eclipsed by new lows for the second straight session. Hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen. This is going to be one wild ride!

Dow 14,802.98, +26.45 (0.18%)
Nasdaq 3,677.78, -17.06 (0.46%)
S&P 500 1,656.40, +0.95 (0.06%)
10-Yr Bond 2.65%, +0.01
NYSE Volume 3,566,030,500
Nasdaq Volume 2,159,485,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2541-2985
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 60-137
WTI crude oil: 101.61, -1.88
Gold: 1,307.20, -17.40
Silver: 21.89, -0.552
Corn: 443.50, +1.75

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