The western media – especially any mainstream U.S. news source – has made it a habit to blame the world’s problems on Russia and China. The U.S. economy is aces – when the U.S. stock market drops it’s China’s fault.
Bloomberg published a report yesterday which presented China’s commodities futures market as the world’s most speculative mania:
What started as a logical bet — that China’s economic stimulus and industrial reforms would lead to shortages of construction materials — quickly morphed into a full-blown commodities frenzy with little bearing on reality. Bloomberg News
But let’s put China’s commodities trading frenzy in the context of the stock that I estimate is the biggest corporate Ponzi scheme in U.S. history:
AMZN trades at a trailing GAAP p/e of 562x. I use the term “GAAP” here quite loosely because there’s GAAP and then there’s Jeff Bezos GAAP. It trades at 23x book value, 30x tangible book value and 40x EBITDA. Bezos claims that AMZN threw off a couple billion in “free cash flow” for Q1. Yet, if this is a provable fact, how come AMZN’s cash balance declined $3.4 billion from the the end of Q4 2015 to the end of Q1 2016? Someone is not telling the truth…
It did not hit me until this morning (this was well before the Zerohedge article reporting a similar concept later in the day) that the reason the SEC and Congress do not open an investigation into Amazon’s accounting is because Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post. That’s a very powerful weapon to dangle in front of a Washington, DC politician or bureaucrat.
AMZN stock hit an all-time high today because some chode from a Wall Street bucket shop issued a “buy” with a price target of $1,000. The analyst did not have any specific fundamental reasons for why the stock was worth $1,000/share. But then again, I’ve never seen anyone besides this blog and a few others attempt to hold these Wall Street hand-puppets to any reasonable degree of accountability.
The Bloomberg article references the the Dutch Tulip bulb mania of the 1600’s and the internet bubble of the late 1990’s in the U.S. when referencing the frenzied activity in the Chinese futures markets. How convenient for Bloomberg to overlook that the fact that the greatest investor fraud of all-time is domiciled right here in America.
Yes, I suppose just like Bloomberg’s assertion that Chinese commodities futures “started off as a logical bet,” at time in its infancy as an online book reseller Amazon’s stock was a logical bet. But fueled by Fed money-printing, regulator-enabled fraudulent accounting and extreme investor greed, Amazon stock is the embodiment of a financial system that is completely corrupted to the core.