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Politics / Market Manipulation Feb 05, 2011 - 12:32 PM GMT

By: Jesse

Politics

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe weather ate the recovery.

Now we know why the Wall Street demimonde had been pimping the unemployment number as 'the key number to watch' as compared to actual jobs added earlier this week.  Although at the time they never really said why.


The weather was too bad for people to go to work, but it didn't matter when it came to registering for unemployment benefits. And over 500,000 unemployed people apparently disappeared in snow drifts, and are no longer counted in the labor force, thereby improving the percentage of remaining people who do not have jobs.   It's a shrinking denominator thing.

So, there are plenty of new jobs out there. The people just could not get to them because of the snow.

Even J. Bradford DeLong,  stalwart Democonomist from Berkley, was a little put out by this report.

"I want a trained professional to analyze this. It is not unusual for the series to do something odd around Christmastide. It is not unusual for the series to diverge. Not this much."

And Brad is not the overly fussy sort, because a few years ago he said that Alan Greenspan had never made a policy decision with which he disagreed.

The trained professionals trotted out on financial television say that this means that the recovery is here. Wait until you see next month's numbers. Yada-yada. And it is time to buy stocks.

Here is my own trained professional opinion of how to analyze this report, and Obama's economic policies in general.   We can't stop here. This is bat country!

O tempora. O mores. O Bernanke. O Bama.

From the Cafe commentary on 2 Feb:

"Now it is fairly well known that the unemployment rate is a less important metric, since people stop being counted as unemployed when no longer receiving unemployment benefits, or when they take a menial low paying job. And in a prolonged downturn you can therefore have improvements in the unemployment rate without any real improvement in overall unemployment like the labor participation rate and the median wage, which are the key indicators of a sustainable recovery.

So it makes me wonder what antics the government and the pigmen might have up their sleeve to rattle the swill bucket for mom and pop to get back into stocks, and most likely once again at a top."

Here is another trained professional opinion from another era:
"...there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, and on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live. Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This nation is asking for action, and action now."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, 1933


By Jesse

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Comments

JEK
09 Feb 11, 14:20
Market Manipulation

It is so frustrating to me to see what I consider to be clear market manipulation and then to hear it vehemently denied. I have come to the conclusion, that the essentials that used to drive the market have been replaced by a master puppeteer who is toying with market logic. Isn't that what Obama promised when he took office, stating that he was tired of Wall Street dictating what happens on Main Street. How better to accomplish that goal than to make the market irrelevant. How does one accomplish this? Easy, when you have hundreds of billions in a slush fund. When the news is bad, simply inject megabucks. When it is good, back off and regain some of the spent bucks from the bad news day. If all else fails, simply print more money.


B.
09 Feb 11, 20:08
Manipulation? Depends what you think QE does.

"They" tell us QE makes mkts go up and economic activity increase, why do folks believe them? - even very wealthy hedge fund managers - that's the manipulation. Mkts go up and the economy accelerates all because the central bank cash some folks out of the governments bonds? Now there's a tall tale......


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