One of the biggest benefits I get from writing newsletters (Mining Stock and Short Seller’s Journal) is that I get “grassroots Main Street” intel from subscribers. This has led to some invavluable insights into the housing market and the general economy all over the country.
Yesterday I received this email:
Heard from a friend east of the Atlantic that things are worse than are even being reported by alternative media. I bet the only thing the banks would like more is if the Chinese took another week off! I also heard next week could be big trouble.
My friend’s employer is a financial institution in Europe – you can probably guess which country. Words used were “chaos” and “possible shutdown.” Advised to buy silver as much as possible.
I tried to pull more info out of him but he was understandably compelled to pass on generalities in order to protect the identity of his friend.
Having said that, the information is consistent with what is unfolding at Deutche Bank. It also dovetails with the systematic take-down of gold. I’ll have more on that later today. Interestingly, the media attention has focused on DB. But the stock market is telling us that Credit Suisse has huge balance sheet problems as well:
Both DB and CS have significantly underperformed the benchmark bank index since early March. The index is composed of U.S. Too Big To Fail and super-regional banks. With all the “smoke” coming from DB, it’s entirely possible that Credit Suisse is either inextricably tied to the fate of DB via a perilous derivatives counterparty relationship or CS has catastrophic problems of its own that swirling around but receiving less media attention.
The reality is that all of the U.S. Too Big To Fail banks are also inextricably tied to DB through OTC derivatives counterparty relationships. DB was excessively aggressive in underwriting exotic energy-related derivatives both in the U.S. and Canada (this comes from an inside source of mine), which means that JP Morgan and Citi, specifically among several others, are tied to DB’s fate.
As detailed here, Deutsche Bank received two bailouts from the Fed and the Government approaching $100 billion in 2008: U.S. Taxpayers Bailout DB. Without question, this is because the big U.S. banks are tied at the hip to the fate of DB.
I have no doubt that Fed is using its resources to help the German Government and the ECB keep DB propped up for now. I also have no doubt that there are huge hidden financial bombs at DB that the Fed et al will be unable to locate before they detonate. I would suggest that notion is reflected in the warning above passed on to me yesterday.
That’s incorrect. My brother lives a block from the Beach in Ormond Beach Florida, the land area to which Mathew has gotten closest. He lost a tree but no house damage. Power has been intermittent. For Florida this is not a catastrophic storm.
My folks live in Boca Raton and for that area the storm was a non event.
Might wish to read that again, Hal…
Why the takedown of metals during a market crisis? Is it purely a liquidity thing, or a bid to keep appearances up?
Andy McGwire’s explanations are as good as any:
John Embry says yes:
(Hopefully this comment doesn’t get choked in spam-detection filter, due to the number of links in it; but really needed to post them all.)
Needless to say, will be eagerly watching on late Sunday afternoon/Sunday night to check how the Shanghai market opens & operates.
Meanwhile, it does appear Julian Assange has finally come thru posting transcripts of Hitlery’s Goldman Sachs speeches. It’ll take part of Saturday for me to digest the true extent of what he has really leaked.
AND like a clockwork, THE MOST dangerous development (which I’m sure Paul Craig Roberts will agree with):
It appears that United States and Russia are officially at war with each other. I can’t believe it has come to this. US State Department put out an official press release on Friday accusing Russia of high level political interference. Gravity of making such an official statement can’t be dismissed lightly.
Especially in light of this Russia development: Again, I think about purchases of physical precious metals during such tumultuous times. I don’t care if they were made at artificially depressed prices, or even before the biggest slamdown. As long as some purchases were made, it’s all good. Even if some people might have missed out on the big drop due to completely running out of funds, as long as they made some purchases since the Deutsche Bank crisis accelerated, in the big picture they haven’t lost anything. It’s all good. These are quite extraordinary times during the lifetimes of majority of people alive today.
I have stopped paying my Capital One credit card now for more than 6 months. To this day they have not sent me to collection nor have they defaulted me . They randomly send email to remind me to pay my min balance lol
Boy things have changed , they used to send you to collection after 2 missed payment
They are not going to get a penny ever, Give m gold and Silver