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Jamie Dimon said he would fire any employee trading bitcoin for being “stupid” and Prince Alwaleed belive it is a bubble and Enron in the making

I wrote about Bitcoin four years ago. At that time it was only a digital currency that no one knew something about. Now it is on the way to be mainstream. The price have skyrocketed thanks to a massive campaign.

Bitcoin was registered in August 18, 2008. It follows the ideas set out in a white paper by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. The first bubble started in October 3rd, 2010. The BTC price was only $0,06. Then the price crashed down to $0,01, and a massive buying frenzy started. Now, the price is just below $6,000.

Some people love it, and some people dont. One of those who dont like bitcoin is JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon. He said he would fire any employee trading bitcoin for being “stupid.”

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed do agree. They are both joining the long line of skeptics saying bitcoin is a bubble, and Prince Alwaleed said “I just dont belive in this bitcoin thing. I think its just going to implode one day. I think this is Enron in the making,” Alwaleed told CNBC.

He also said “It just doesnt make sence. This thing is not regulated, its just not under control, it`s not under the supervision” of any central bank, he said.

My computers are full of bitcoin ads. It says; “millions are buying bitcoin.” Some pro`s in the mainstream media are telling people to invest in bitcoin and specially hedge funds and other traders in Norway.

The Swedish government has successfully auctioned off some bitcoin a few days ago, collecting more than the prevailing market rate in the sale. The 0,6 BTC, along with an equal amount of bitcoin cash, which was not previously disclosed, were sold by the Kronofogden during a week-long auction for a total of 43,000 kroner.

Kronofogden is not the first government agency to sell seized bitcoin. A few weeks ago, the U.S department of Justice formally took possession of $48 million it accrued through the sale of 144,336 bitcoins since the closure of the Silk Road dark market.

China`s big government and banks have banned Bitcoin, and its growing popularity in China may have caused the government to begin to perceive it as a threat to local currency, especially as Chinese investors bought up bitcoin a bet against the yuan last year.

China is home to vast and lucrative cryptocurrency mining operations for both Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocoins. Three Chinese exchanges like Bitfinex, OkCoin and BTCC, made up over 45 percent of the global market share over the last two months.

Co-founder and CEO of BTCC, Bobby Lee said it must be fake news because the exchange was operating normally.

Many supporters belive that Bitcoin is the future. Those who endorse it are of the view that it facilitates a much faster, no-fee payment system for transactions across the globe. It is not backed by any government or central bank.

Bitcoin can be exchanged for traditional currencies; in fact, its exchange rate against the dollar attracts potential investors and traders in currency plays. Another reason for its popularity is that they can act as an alternative to national fiat money and traditional commodities like gold.

All this is a huge competition to banks and central banks, and can make instability.

To make it short; the market crashed in 1929 and Ben Bernanke have studied it for a long time. When the market crashed in 2008, Ben Bernanke started to stimulate the economy with its QE program. He «printed» money. In other words; he saved the world.

Crypto currencies are not regulated and if crypto currencies is the future, we can already now predict how it can end if the market is crashing……

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President Donald Trump is nearing a decision on whom to pick to lead the Federal Reserve

Fed Chair Janet Yellen`s job is coming to an end. She took over the job from Ben Bernanke who started to «print» money. Four years is over and President Donald Trump have a few but strong candidates on his table.

President Donald Trump had a meeting with Standford University economist John Taylor and according to a White House official, Mr Trump is nearing a decision on whom to pick to lead the Federal Reserve.

 

 

John Taylor is one of the candidates and Janet Yellen is the other one. Other candidates are Fed governor Kevin Warsh who is on Trumps shortlist. Current governor Jerome Powell and Trumps economic adviser Gary Cohn is also on the list.

Mr Trump has scheduled a meeting with Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Thursday.

Ms Yellen`s four-year term as chairwoman expires on February next year and Mr Trump will meet her to discuss the possibility of nominating her for a second term as central-bank chief. Mr Trump is considering offering Yellen the chance to stay in the job, but will announce his nominee before leaving for a trip to Asia next month on November 3.

John Taylor said he agree with the Fed`s strategy to remove economic stimulus, and the Fed policy rate is now set at 1 percent to 1,25 percent. What the right thing to do about the rate is a matter of debate among economists, also among Taylor and his camp.

John Taylor is a Ph.D economist with a strong expertise in monetary policy and institutional leadership which is key attributes for the Fed Chair, and this is probably why Taylor is one of the biggest favorite for Mr Trump.

Donald Trump is planning to cut the taxes and monetary policy is therefore critical and important.

Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke started the QE program after the financial crisis in 2008, and Fed governor Warsh was against further monetary stimulus in 2010 with unemployment above 9 percent and inflation decelerating.

Ben Bernanke is an expert on the stock market crash in 1929, and called Warch`s political and markets savvy «invaluable,» according to Bloomberg.

Central banks are often independent from other policy makers. This is the case with the Federal Reserve and Congress, reflecting the separation of monetary policy from fiscal policy and the latter refers to taxes and government borrowing and spending.

The Federal Reserve has what is commonly referred to as a «dual mandate»:

  • to achieve maximum employment (around 5 percent unemployment), and
  • stable prices (2-3 percent inflation).

In addition, it aims to keep long-term interest rates relatively low, and since 2009 has served as a bank regulator. Its core role is to be the lender of last resort, providing banks with liquidity in order to prevent the bank failure and panics.

The central bank of the United States is the Federal Reserve System, which Congress established with the 1913 Federal Reserve Act.

Central banks are inherently non-market-based or even anticompetitive institutions. Many central banks, including the Fed, are not government agencies, and so are often touted as being politically independent.

Monetary policy consists of the actions of a central bank, currency board or other regulatory committee that determine the size and rate of growth of the money supply, which in turn affects interest rates.

There are two types of monetary policy; expansionary and contractionary.

Expansionary monetary policy increases the money supply in order to lower unemployment, boost private-sector borrowing and consumer spending, and stimulate economic growth.

Contractionary monetary policy slows the rate of growth in the money supply or outright decreases the money supply in order to control inflation, while sometimes necessary, contractionary monetary policy can slow economic growth, increase unemployment and depress borrowing and spending by consumers and businesses.

An example would be the Fedral Reserves intervention in the early 1980s: in order to curb inflation of nearly 15 percent , the Fed raised its benchmark interest rate to 20 percent.

This hike resulted in a recession, but did keep spiraling inflation in check.

Mr Trump is planning to cut taxes and build more and better highways, and this is fiscal policy, which is trying to control inflation, stabilize business cycles and to improve unemployment rate. Sooner or later, we all know that the recession will come.

The tools will then be fiscal policy and the government will start to lower tax rates to try to fuel economic growth. If people are paying less in taxes, they have more money to spend or invest, and increased consumer spending or investment could improve economic growth.

On the other side; too much spending could increase inflation.

 

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Health-care bull

The stock indices are up and the fear goes down. Vix is down 4,7%, trading at 12,92. People are bullish and now it is time for the companies to deliver. The sentiment is still very high, so it will be interesting to see the companies economical numbers and their earnings growth.

2013 was an extremely good year in the stock market, but I don`t think 2014 is going to be the same. We did not see a big correction last year. It all went up. But this year will probably be different. It is headed for some corrections and this year will be more volatile than last year.

Three rounds of QE have helped the indices to increase and reach a new all time high. The S&P 500 is up 173% from its twelve-year low in 2009. Janet Yellen will replace Ben Bernanke as a FED chairman on Jan 31. Janet Yellen won Senate confirmation (56-26 votes) to become the 15th chairman of the FED.

The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index is up 1,4%. Health-care shares in the S&P 500 is up 0,3% in 2014, and this is the most among the ten main industries. Investors are waiting for the Fed minutes today, and news about the job report on friday. This is important news that can drive the market.

Today, we will know what outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke really want to do with the gradual tapering of $10 billion a month. Today`s minutes will tell us that this was a narrower view to some few FOMC members or not.

Follow the oil price now. This is a risky bet. The oil price can plunge and Opec can face huge problems. If this is the scenario, I think it will be very good news for the U.S consumers. Who want cheaper gasoline?

Middle East is the key and U.S Secretary of State John Kerry are working with difficult cases like Shia-dominated government in Baghdad, the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), Al Qaeda’s fast-growing franchise operating in Syria, Sunni groups marginalized by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s authoritarian policies, Egypt, Tunisia and energy producers like Nigeria, Venezuela and Russia.

I mention this because it all affects the oil price, and what`s happend in this areas can change the game very fast. This is a big risk in 2014. So, the happenings can drive the oil prices up or down. It depends on whats happening?

The unemployment data from EU yesterday was disappointing. In Italy the unemployment rate is at the all-time high of 12,6% (for November), and for the broader EU unemployment, the rate is now at 12,1%. Just below its record 12,2%. The unemployment rate is U.S is just above 7%.

It looked like we had a game changer in November – December last year, but take a look at the chart below. CRB have turned around and are still declining. It is below 50 MA and I will wait for this to turn up again.

New today: ADP Non-Farm Employment Change at 8:15am, Crude Oil Inventories at 10:30am, 10 Year Note Auction at 1:01pm, FOMC Meeting Minutes at 2:00pm.

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Rally!

Yesterday, I was sitting in front of the TV…..eh…… in front of my computer, watching live streams with Chairman Ben Bernanke. He did not disappoint the markets. The DOW was up +1,84% and the S&P 500 was up +1,7%. What a rally!!!! Ho ho ho.

They are not going to taper now in December, but plan to start tapering in January next year. There was two good news yesterday: 1. The Fed will cut back it`s bond purchases by $10 billion, and 2. The interest rates could remain low even if unemployment drops below 6,5%. This is music in investors ears!

Gold went in the opposite direction and didn`t like the news from the Fed. Gold is now trading near the critical $1200 level. I have written about this critical level before, and this is the break even level for the mining companies.

The mining companies doesn`t earn money if the price goes below $1200. It will be very exiting to follow the gold price in the future. Watch out for this level and see if this level holds. The news yesterday was bearish for the gold, but bullish for the dollar.

A lot of investors and money makers have lost a lot of money in their gold investments since 2011 and that is because they didn`t recognize and adapt to the changing trend. We are in the same situation right now, where a lot of people don`t really know what is to come in 2014. Will we see a rally in gold?

As you can see from the gold chart, we are at a stage one basing phase. 150 and 200 moving averages is slowing down and start to go sideways. This will go on for about 6-12 months. So, now you know when to expect the gold bull market start again.

In this one phase stage, a market goes both up and down and it looks like it goes nowhere. Many people are getting frustrated and start to give up and others that is not in the market stops paying attention to the market. After a bear market, a stage one basing phase will follow and make a new way for a real bull market.

We have seen many bubbles like the internet bubble, housing bubble and the market crash in 2008. Now, it seems like a new bubble is on the way. The Fed are on the way to build a dangerous federal government debt bubble.

It can be avoided by reducing the Congress spending deficit. But in the budget deal last week, they increased the government spending. All this money printing have been a disaster for the U.S.

In Mars next year, we have seen a bull market lasting for five years. What do you think will happen to QE if the economy slows again? Goldman Sachs predict the domestic GDP growth to hit 3% next year (1,7% in 2013). I hope he has right. I look forward to 2014.

News today: Unemployment Claims at 8:30am, Existing Home Sales & Philly Fed Manufacturing Index at 10:00am.

Markets up

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