I forgot that today is Friday! As always, I will be presenting the usual Friday night festivities, an extended one tonight as I am not motivated to write about fiance this evening except for one thought.
Something to Think About
As I am sure everyone knows, the small city-center of Dubai is trying to delay payments on debt which may or may not constitute a debt default. There was some degree of panic across the world markets on the news because after all, things like this don't happen in the midst of a robust recovery like the one we are told we are in. All eyes turned towards the US market open today to see how bad things were going to get.
Answer: Not bad at all.
Yes, the indices all ended lower by about 1%, but there was no real force behind the selling. It almost seemed staged; something like "this Dubai news is bad, we should sell off a bit to show a good face".
Here is my take on the whole thing. Over the last week we have seen severe credit/debt/currency stress headlines. Items include the Dubai issue, Greece CDS, Vietnam devaluing by 5%, and new increases in personal bankruptcy. None of these things make a difference even though they should. Why you might ask? The answer is very simple:
Everyone everywhere now firmly believes that there will not be any shock to the system that a government will not bailout.
Example, from Clusterstock today:
JP Morgan: Stop Freaking Out, The UAE Can Easily Save Dubai
No worries if the biggest waste of construction in the middle east is going down, the UAE government will step in and make HSBC (among others) whole. If not the UAE, any exposure JP Morgan may have would qualify under the "too big to fail" category and promptly be backstopped.
This is leading to a dangerous mindset. Market participant s are almost cocky right now and placing bets under the idea that one cannot lose. When I tried in vain to get Moral Hazard discussed over the last year and a half, this is what I had in mind. Want to finance a huge water park in the middle of the Sahara Desert? What? Nobody came to go on the slip and slide? The property is now worth only 30% of the old price? No worries, bond holders will be made whole and no lasting damage will be allowed to the banks.
Expect this to manifest itself in news ways as market players use the FED/Treasury pledge of never ending support to trade against.
Friday Night Entertainment
A bit of entertainment to start the official weekend.
"Picture pages, picture pages, time to get your picture pages, time to get your markers and your pencils!"
You Are Being Watched
see more Lolcats and funny pictures
Is this a beautiful princess?:
see more Epic Fails
I say NO.
Some more cinematic masterpieces.
From a discussion elsewhere I was reminded of the dark humor film "Heathers" which is a must see:
All the poker talk put me in the mind of "Rounders" widely regarded as launching Texas Hold Em into the stratosphere. Enjoy this scene:
"Not hungry?" Classic.
If you have not seen "Revolutionary Road" then you have not seen a modern classic:
Some music to end the show.
Housing Doom had a Johnny Cash song posted for Thanksgiving and that put "It Ain't Me Babe" on my radar. I really love the version form the film Walk the Line so check it out:
Now everyone knows Economic Disconnect is a huge hair band fan. Enjoy the power anthem "Somebody Save Me" from Cinderella:
I saw these guys live at a show in 1999 and they sound the same live as their studio album.
Another stellar live show performer is Depeche Mode. Take a listen to "Enjoy the Silence":
One of my favorite songs is Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer":
Nice HD version.
Last call! Final curtain call.
When Motley Crue had their big comeback album, "Dr. Feelgood" there where plenty of songs that got all the headlines. The best song on the album, in my opinion, is "Wildside" though it is not as well known:
NICE! Love this song.
Have a good night.