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Stock-Markets

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Price Rigging and Financial Corruption. A Global House Of Cards / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

As most Americans, if not the financial media, are aware, Quantitative Easing (a euphemism for printing money) has failed to bring back the US economy. 

So why has Japan adopted the policy?  Since the heavy duty money printing began in 2013, the Japanese yen has fallen 35% against the US dollar, a big cost for a country dependent on energy imports.  Moreover, the Japanese economy has shown no growth in response to the QE stimulus to justify the rising price of imports.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Washington-Wall Street "Corruption Corridor" / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: There's a new twist in an ongoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe.

For months now, the SEC has been investigating whether anyone in the federal government leaked inside information to a Washington-based investment research firm.

While that was pretty juicy already, those investigators are now looking at up to 44 hedge funds that may have traded on that inside information.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

"Financialization" Will Ruin America. Unless We Do This... / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: There's a reason America is floundering economically. There's a reason for the ever-widening divide between the "haves" and the "have-nots" in the United States.

Our country is no longer a free market, capitalist republic.

America has devolved into a socialist plutocracy as a result of the "financialization" of the economy.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stock Market Manipulation and Technical Analysis / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Anonymous

It is no secret that the markets are manipulated.  Periodically, the question is asked if the Dow theory, cycles or any other technical methods can remain valid in a world of  extreme manipulation.   The short answer is, Yes.   While manipulation can have a temporary effect on the market by stretching a cycle, it cannot fix the underlying problem or negate the natural cyclical rhythm of the economy or the market.  In fact, history clearly shows that it is not nice to mess with Mother Nature in that the inevitable cyclical ebb and flow will have its way.  So, yes, the natural cyclical forces of the market can be extended through manipulative practices, but ultimately such manipulation only serves to make matters much worse in the end.  Thus, the efforts to manipulate, control the market and the economy and even the belief that they can be controlled is a cycle in itself. 

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nanex: The Stock Market Is Rigged, With Details / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

"A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does; a hypocrite does not shed the tears of a man of good faith. All falsehood is a mask; and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face." - Alexandre Dumas

The market is rigged. Oh no, this could not possibly be correct, say the trolls, shills, revolving door careerists, media carnival barkers, and conmen's assistants. They simply do not understand it!
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Stock-Markets

Sunday, July 06, 2014

How Wall Street Plays the Dark Pools Game / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Most people who are just "in the market" don't understand high-frequency trading and dark pools. And that's okay.

However, as I've been writing about over the past couple of years, apparently that unknowledgeable group also includes people whose job it is to understand these things, including institutional money managers, brokers, investors, and, evidently, most regulators... though I don't buy their ignorance one bit.

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Commodities

Friday, June 27, 2014

Why The COMEX Is Corrupt / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: GoldSilverWorlds

It is one thing to label the world’s most important precious metals exchange as the most corrupt; but perhaps quite another to prove it in terms beyond reasonable doubt. First, let me be clear in what I am asserting – the Commodities Exchange Inc. (COMEX), owned and operated by the CME Group, has come to control and manipulate the price of gold and silver, as well as copper, for the sole benefit of certain exchange insiders, most prominently JPMorgan.

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Economics

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cartels and Subsidies in Canadian Agriculture / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: MISES

Predrag Rajsic writes: Canada, a federal state consisting of 13 federal units — ten provinces and three territories — has a relatively long history of agricultural policy. While sometimes similar to American agricultural policies, there are key differences with Canadian agriculture that may help illustrate the economic costs of intervention in differing economies.

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Commodities

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Barclays Fined For Brazenly Manipulating the Price of Gold With the 'Dr. Evil Strategy' / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

“The whole purpose of propaganda is to make the obvious seem obscure, or offensive.” - Stefan Molyneux

In this case action was taken because a large option customer complained to Barclays, which in turn gave the trader up to the FSA. And so Barclays threw one of their traders to the regulators. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Stock-Markets

Thursday, May 15, 2014

There Are No Markets Anymore / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Raul_I_Meijer

It’s a fun day in finance so far today. Eurozone growth is not going anywhere, but there’s no lack of positive anticipations for the future. Is there ever? Q1 GDP in the Netherlands actually shrank to the tune of -1.4%, but they have a great explanation for that. It’s because of – drumroll, wait for it – … the mild winter! The weather can be used to explain anything and everything these days. Where the US economy was hurt by a harsh winter, the Dutch went down because their winter wasn’t harsh enough.

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Politics

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Flash Boys - Wall Street Has Always Been Corrupt Or About To Be Corrupted / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: James_Quinn

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair – I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked

“The U.S. financial markets had always been either corrupt or about to be corrupted.” - Michael Lewis, Flash Boys

I finished reading Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys take-down of Wall Street banks, hedge funds, government regulators and high frequency traders last week when I had spare time created by a weeklong denial of service attack on my website. It appears to me technology is being utilized more frequently as a mechanism for malevolence rather than a mechanism for good. The smartest guys in the room are figuring out ways to steal you blind in the financial markets, pilfer your personal information, spy on your electronic communications, and censor your right to free speech by taking away your ability to communicate freely on the internet. After reading Lewis’ maddening tome and experiencing the frustration of an attack that reached 50 million hits per day on my website, I’m reminded of two quotes from the brilliant dystopian visionary Aldous Huxley.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Worst Risk/Reward Trade on Wall Street / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: EconMatters

The Rigging

So a bunch of folks in Hedge Fund Land have this idea that they can force a bit of a squeeze in the bond markets, and all the sudden the boring old bond market has been on the media roadshow by firms trying to talk their book, and get others to follow suit, and go long the bond market.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Banksters Market Rigging Manipulation Is 'Pedal To The Metal' / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Andrew_McKillop

Financial Companies Will Do Almost Anything
Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the financial Southern District of New York City recently said: “Companies, especially financial institutions, will do almost anything to avoid tough enforcement action and....have a natural and powerful incentive to make prosecutors believe that death or dire consequences await”.

The US FERC-Federal Energy Regulatory Commission formally charged JPMorgan with massive criminal manipulation of US energy markets, especially in California and the Midwest, specifically to obtain tens of millions of dollars in over-payments from power grid operators in the period between September 2010 and June 2011.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, April 24, 2014

How High-Frequency Traders Use Dark Pools to Cheat Investors / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

While dark pools are not inherently bad, the abuse of dark pools by high-frequency traders has made it easier to exploit everyone else in the market, and increases the odds that a market downturn could quickly become a stock market crash.

So what are "dark pools," anyway?

Dark pools are off-exchange platforms that allow large investors, such as hedge funds and pension funds, to trade stocks anonymously. Dark pools arose in the late 1990s from a desire by these big players to conduct large-scale trades without tipping their hand.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fed Rigs Markets, Not the Flash Boys / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Michael_Pento

There’s been a lot of attention being paid to high frequency trading (HFT) as of late. The question has been raised as to whether or not HFT rigs markets. It is true that HFT adds nothing to GDP and is simply a legalized form of high-tech front running. However, the real problem with the stock market—and the economy as a whole—isn’t the fact that HFT skims pennies off transactions from institutional traders; but rather that the Fed has rigged interest rates and asset prices to the extent that investors can no longer distinguish reality from fiction.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Flash Crash, Rigged Markets - What’s the Frequency Zenith? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: John_Mauldin

By Grant Williams

WARNING: This week’s Things That Make You Go Hmmm... is going to run a little longer than usual, I’m afraid, so if you have some time to kill, strap yourself in for the ride.

Yes. I have read it.

For the last couple of weeks those have been the five words I have used the most — by a country mile.

The second most-used five-word combination during that time has been “I know, what a tool.”

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Manipulated Stocks Markets And The Empty Bag / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Well, stocks are down substantially over the past few days, with internet and biotech taking big hits, and we see people like Marc Faber and Dennis Gartman urging people to get out of stocks. Something’s definitely going on. Time for a bunch of charts. And let’s start with a few of the comparison ones that everybody loves to hate, where you overlay when time period on another, and suggest similarities between both periods. This first one was used by Tyler Durden as an illustration for Marc Faber’s latest doom message. By the way, Faber says the markets are figuring out that the Fed is clueless, and I’m not so sure about that, I think it’s more likely that the Fed is not trying to do what it says it is, and that what it does try it does very well. And if that includes a stock market bust, it won’t hesitate. But so, here’s 1987 and 2014:

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Stock-Markets

Monday, April 07, 2014

The Real Reason the Stock Market Is Rigged / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Everyone's talking about Michael Lewis' latest book Flash Boys and HFT (high-frequency trading) and whether the markets are rigged.

What they're not talking about is how the markets have been set up for institutionalized rigging.

I'm not kidding.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, February 24, 2014

A World of Manipulated Markets / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: James_Turk

“There are no markets anymore, just interventions.” — Chris Powell, Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee

Once upon a time, a handful of countries sometimes described as “capitalist” claimed to operate on the principal that consenting adults should be free to buy, sell, build and consume what they wanted, with little interference or guidance from the authorities. The idea, derived from Adam Smith’s 1776 classic Wealth of Nations, was that all of these self-interested actions would in the aggregate form an “invisible hand” capable of guiding society towards the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Coincidentally, the political framework for such a society was envisioned the same year on the other side of the Atlantic, when Thomas Jefferson penned in the American Declaration of Independence that in addition to life and liberty, there was a third inalienable right for every individual – the pursuit of happiness. The resulting “market-based” societies were messy but brilliant, producing more progress in two centuries than in the previous 50.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Financial, Gold, Stocks Markets Manipulation's Becoming More Extreme, More Desperate / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

In two recent articles we explained the hows and whys of gold price manipulation. The manipulations are becoming more and more blatant. On February 6 the prices of gold and stock market futures were simultaneously manipulated.

On several recent occasions gold has attempted to push through the $1,270 per ounce price. If the gold price rises beyond this level, it would trigger a flood of short-covering by the hedge funds who are “piggy-backing” on the bullion banks’ manipulation of gold. The purchases by the hedge funds in order to cover their short positions would drive the gold price higher.

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Commodities

Friday, January 31, 2014

Market Price Manipulation Awareness May Keep the Mainstream Away / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

If the new-found mainstream awareness of price manipulation of precious metals is embraced with anything close to the impact of LIBOR and similar scandals, the news may ultimately be a sweet sorrow.

The Financial Times is a long time staunch defender of the status quo and therefore, by default, negative and misguided toward precious metals. Recently, for the first time, the publication broke a story about price manipulation in the gold market.

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Politics

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Colossal Fraud - There are No Free Markets - Video / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Videos

Financial analyst Rob Kirby says, “There is colossal fraud and price control going on. There are no free markets.” Kirby goes on to say, “What we’ve seen over the last six months is a ramp-up in interest rate swaps to the tune of $12 trillion . . . . What the build in these interest rate swaps is achieving, it’s stemming the rise in interest rates.” Kirby, who has 15 years experience in trading derivatives, says these complicated derivatives overseen by the U.S. Treasury control the price of virtually everything. Kirby contends, “I refer to this as a price control grid.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Manipulations Rule The Markets / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

The Federal Reserve’s announcement on December 18 that beginning in January its monthly purchases of mortgage-backed financial instruments and US Treasury bonds would each be cut by $5 billion is puzzling, as is the financial press’s account of the market’s response.

The Federal Reserve conveys a contradictory message. The Fed says that improvements in employment and the economy justify cutting back on bond purchases.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 20, 2013

Federal Reserve Antics - I Don’t Know Whether to Laugh or Cry / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Profit_Confidential

Michael Lombardi writes: After yesterday’s Federal Reserve antics, we were taken by the reaction of one well-known writer, who said, “I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.” That is truly the most apt phrase for the current situation.

To sum up the bigger picture:

Almost 100 years ago to the day, the U.S. “subcontracted” money and the banking system to third parties. These third parties called themselves the “Federal Reserve” but, of the few unchallenged facts one can determine about the actual ownership of the Fed, it becomes clear they are neither “federal” nor a “reserve.”

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dark Pools of Capital Should Be Closed / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Bloomberg

John Thain--chairman and CEO of CIT Group, former CEO of Merrill Lynch and former CEO of NYSE--sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg Television's Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle on "Market Makers" yesterday. Thain said that there is too much fragmentation and insufficient transparency in the stock market and that dark pools should be eliminated.

Thain went on to speak about bank compensation, saying that pay and talent can emphasize risk management and that "the problem is bonus is a bad word these days."

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Politics

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

J P Morgan and Commodity Manipulation / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: BATR

The practices and methods of manipulating commodity markets, is a staple topic in financial journalism. Options, futures and exotic forms of derivatives, often put under the microscope, gives rise to calls for substantive regulation. One area of the commodity trade, seldom examined is that involved with physical commodities trading. With much fanfare, Under siege, JPMorgan to quit physical commodities, a Reuters announcement has many seasoned street professionals shocked.

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Commodities

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Goldman Sachs' "Warehouse Shuffle" Just Cost You $5 Billion / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: It's just another game for Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) - a "warehouse shuffle" that moves aluminum around while the big bank collects rent on the metal.

Although the rent on the stored aluminum - Goldman isn't allowed to actually own the commodity - is just pennies a day, the vast amount of the metal it has stored in its 27 Detroit warehouses and the "warehouse shuffle" strategy that enables it to extend the rental period for months on end adds up.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Barclays, Energy Regulators Versus Market Riggers / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Andrew_McKillop

WORLDWIDE PROBLEM
Hailed as Croatia stepping out of the shadows left by the break up of Yugoslavia and the ethnic cleansing war of the 1990s, and following 8 years of negotiations, on July 1st Croatia became the 28th member of the E.U. One of its first decisions was to join the little-heard-of CEER or Council of European Energy Regulators, as well as engaging in higher profile bargaining about which Croatian politician will become the 28th Commissioner of the E.C.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dark Pools of Liquidity Are a Big Problem for Free Markets / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Greg Madison writes: Everything runs on liquidity. Unless you know something I don't, that dollar bill in your pocket is just as likely to buy a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon today as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow.

Or you could sell 1,000 lbs. of gold - if you have that lying around - without fear of completely scuttling the global gold market. Your bank has to have cash, liquidity, lying around somewhere in the back if it wants to stay in business.

And in many cases, it's easy to see or verify this liquidity. It helps everyone feel better about doing anything.

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Currencies

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Banks Manipulating Trades and Rigging Benchmarks in Foreign Exchange Markets / Currencies / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

Are there any markets that have not been corrupted by lax regulation and Banks who have been emboldened in their insatiable greed by the lack of effective enforcement of the rules and equal justice for all?

It is somewhat ironic that this news comes on the revelation that Obama is replacing Gary Gensler, Chairman of the CFTC, for being too aggressive in seeking to regulate the Swaps markets and angering some foreign banks (read London trading operations of the big multinational banks). London has become a favored haven for corrupt financial practices.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Truth About "Dark Pool" Trading / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Well, this ought to be interesting - not for what might be revealed, but for what will likely remain in the shadows.

One of the weakest, least effective regulatory bodies around, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), is now saying they want to shed some light on "dark pools."

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Stock-Markets

Friday, May 24, 2013

Why Bernanke's Market Manipulation's Are So Brilliant / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Nothing lasts forever, apparently not even quantitative easing.

On Wednesday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke threatened to take away the massive punch bowl that's been spiked with easy money juice.

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Politics

Thursday, May 23, 2013

U.S. Bogus GDP Economic Growth Statistics - More Government Manipulation / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Gary Gately writes: America's about to become more wealthy - on paper, at least.

That's because the way the country's gross domestic product, or U.S. GDP, is measured will change significantly come July 31, enough to boost the closely watched economic barometer by 3%, or $400 billion.

That translates to the equivalent of about $1,500 more worth of goods and services per person in the United States.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Matt Taibbi: Everything Is Rigged - The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

“The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more, and tolerated by all.”

Tacitus

There are more scandals to come. Wall Street is now a pathological environment, and the City of London is as bad or worse.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, March 22, 2013

Confiscation, Market Manipulation and the Wars Against Everyman / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Confiscation — both direct and indirect forms — and market manipulation tend to go hand in hand when it comes to forecasting the silver market’s future.

Furthermore, ongoing silver pricing issues include the overwhelming concentration of silver shorts, as bullion banks act like producers and push paper prices lower without ever being forced to deliver physical metal into a futures contract.

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Companies

Monday, March 18, 2013

The "Blueprint" for Stock Market Manipulators / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: While they may have perfected the trading strategies that use retail investors as patsies to enhance their profits, Wall Street titans like Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) didn't invent them - that honor goes to a man named Richard D. Wyckoff.

You may not have heard of Wyckoff because he died in 1934. But the book he published in 1931, "The Richard Wyckoff Method of Trading and Investing in Stocks - A Course of Instruction in Stock Market Science and Technique," became the blueprint for Wall Street's big investment banks shortly afterward, and remains so to this day.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, March 17, 2013

How the Fed Controls the Stock Market / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DailyWealth

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: I don't think of myself as a conspiracy wacko...

But I do believe that the U.S. Federal Reserve controls the stock market... at least, to some degree.

Our True Wealth Systems computers fully back me up on this one... to the point where you could make a lot of money.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Oil and Gasoline Markets Rigged Far Worse Than LIBOR / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: EconMatters

UBS paid $1.5 Billion for manipulating Libor, and Barclay`s already paid the piper for manipulating the Libor rate. Well, it is about time the CFTC get its act together, and start going after the culprits who rig the oil and gasoline markets costing consumers and businesses a mafia tax by paying prices much higher than the markets should be priced based upon supply and demand fundamentals in the consumption marketplace.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Murky World of India’s Commodity Futures Markets, Excessive Speculation and Market Manipulation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKavaljit Singh writes: The recent guar trading scandal gives a peek into the murky world of Indian commodity futures markets and reveals how commodity exchanges are acting like casinos for speculators, moving away from their avowed objectives of price discovery and price risk management in an efficient and orderly manner.

Guar (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) is a drought resistant crop grown mainly in Rajasthan and parts of Haryana and Punjab. The sowing season for guar seed begins in July and the crop is ready for harvesting in October. Most guar farmers sell their produce to traders at the farm gate and nearby markets. A part of produce is also kept by farmers for seed, animal feed and fodder purposes.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 14, 2012

Why There’s No Jail Time for Wall Streeters / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Wall Street is a "protected" operation. Protected means cops are aware of illegal activity, but are paid off to look the other way and even protect businesses from potential harm.

So, if you're waiting to get back into the markets once the trash has been taken out, you're about to find out your wait may be a lot longer than you expected.

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Politics

Monday, September 03, 2012

Will Obama Manipulate the Dow Divisor, from Fiction to Reality? / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWim Grommen writes: Dow Jones Index to 58 points

After intensive consultation with his advisors, President Obama has decided to modify the formula used for calculating the Dow Jones Index. On January 1, 2013 the Dow Divisor will be changed to 30. The result of this change will be that the Dow Jones Index drops from the current 13,124 points to about 58 points. The underlying value of the 30 component stocks of course remains unchanged. With this modification to the formula Obama aims to make the large Dow fluctuations of recent decennia a thing of the past, and hopes that this will bring stability to the stock market. Banks, major investors and pension funds welcome this change in the Dow Jones Index formula.

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Politics

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Purpose of Market Intervention / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Alasdair_Macleod

Interventions in markets by governments and central banks are routine and we take them for granted. No one questions them, but they can create dangerous distortions. Their reason for intervening is to take price determination away from markets and consumers.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Market Manipulation, What Do Stocks Get That Credit and Bonds Don’t? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI’m sick of writing about Europe. The entire situation over there is such a complete and total disaster that you could literally write a 12-volume set about it. So let’s forget about it for a while and look at something else which is only slightly less depressing… the rest of the world.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What to Do When Every Market Is Manipulated, Hint: cut the strings / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Dr_Martenson

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you don't know who the sucker at the card table is, it's you. ~ old gambler's saying

What do the following have in common?

LIBOR, Bernie Madoff, MF Global, Peregrine Financial, zero-percent interest rates, the Social Security and Medicare entitlement funds, many state and municipal pension funds, mark-to-model asset values, quote stuffing and high frequency trading (HFT), and debt-based money?

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Are High Frequency Traders Rigging the Stock Market? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Doug_Horning

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoug Hornig, Casey Research writes: High-frequency traders (HFT) have no interest in any company whose stock they're trading.

They don't care about its earnings, what sector it's in, nor who's on the board of directors.

They neither know nor care how it fares in technical analysis, and they don't give a damn about its long-term prospects.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, August 03, 2012

The Bernanke Put is a Lie / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNow, about that Bernanke Put.

Many people believe that because Bernanke once talked about dropping money out of helicopters to fight deflation that he literally meant that he would do this if push came to shove. He didn’t. The whole thing was a bluff meant to prop up the markets: the famed Bernanke Put.

Truth be told, this bluff is probably the smartest thing Bernanke ever did. By threatening to leave a paperweight on the “print” button, he convinced the market and all of Wall Street that the Fed would always be there to step in and save the day.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Libor Interest Rate Manipulation Scandal In Full Perspective / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe article about the Libor scandal, coauthored with Nomi Prins, received much attention, with Internet repostings, foreign translation, and video interviews. To further clarify the situation, this article brings to the forefront implications that might not be obvious to those without insider experience and knowledge.

The price of Treasury bonds is supported by the Federal Reserve’s large purchases. The Federal Reserve’s purchases are often misread as demand arising from a “flight to quality” due to concern about the EU sovereign debt problem and possible failure of the euro.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Real LIBOR Scandal / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhatever can be said for and against Barclays and Bob Diamond, the story is in danger of exhausting itself at the wrong link in the chain. It has sidelined BubbleTV's around-the-clock coverage of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg's dog walker has been waiting in a studio sound booth for a week now.

The populace has been so successfully coached and beaten to a pulp that the source of interest-rate price fixing is not mentioned. That source is the Federal Reserve.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 13, 2012

Libor Interest Rate Rigging: The Tip of the Market Manipulation Iceberg / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGATA was born in the late 1990’s - primarily on the back of fundamental research by Frank Veneroso regarding Central Bank Gold Leasing.  Veneroso’s intellectual curiosity was aroused after being fed detailed data re: gold leasing by the Bank of England’s Terry Smeeton.  

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Extreme Danger Signs, U.S. Econcomy Galloping Recession, Brewing Gold Allocated Accounts Scandal / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn recent public articles, the USTreasury Bond bubble was described, supported by Interest Rate Swaps to produce artificial demand and to create an illusion of a flight to safety in toxic USGovt Bonds. A Black Hole phenomenon was described, which will suck the capital life out of most assets, celebrate the USTBond rally, and accelerate the recession in the USEconomy. Numerous endgame signals were described, all alarming in their own right, not a single signal being from the realm of normalcy. Extreme danger is the warning. This week consider just a handful of danger signposts, all screaming loudly of systemic breakdown. They are all deeply disturbing signposts that complement the endgame signals with a scattered pox of symptoms on the landscape. The Jackass is firm and rigid in maintaining that ugly forecast made in late 2008, dismissed by many as foolish and off the mark. No longer.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Big Banks are Amateurs When It Comes to Manipulating Interest Rates / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Washingtons_Blog

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWho Are The Biggest Manipulators of All?

People are justifiably furious over the big banks’ manipulation of hundreds of trillions of dollars of assets. This violates the banks’ most central function: loaning money based upon the going rate.

Indeed, the Libor manipulation is so serious that even mainstream economists are starting to call for heads to roll.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Stock Market Manipulation and Technical Analysis / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Tim_Wood

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs sort of a cycle in and of itself, the question of manipulation seems to periodically surface. When it does, I'm also always asked if the Dow theory or any other technical method is still valid because of all the efforts to manipulate the markets. The short answer is, Yes. While manipulation can have a temporary effect on the market, it cannot fix the problem, it cannot stop the inevitable and in the end it will only serve to make matters much worse.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

LIBOR Manipulation Leads To Questions Regarding Gold Manipulation / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: GoldCore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday's AM fix was USD 1576.50, EUR 1284 and GBP 1012.91 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1594.50, EUR 1293.29 and GBP 1026 per ounce.

Gold fell by $19.40 in New York yesterday and closed down 1.2% at $1,568.40/oz. Silver fell 1.8% or 50 cents to $26.84/oz.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How Long Will the Bidding Up of Asset Prices on Leverage Go On / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Tisch family's shipping venture (A Buyer's Market) jogged the memory. The August 26, 1985, issue of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, in which Jim Tisch discussed buying ships for less than 10% of the new construction price, included a mix of leveraged developments that appeared doomed. Some were. Some go on and on.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Libor Was a Criminal Conspiracy From the Start / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSo far, everybody who's said anything about the Libor rigging affair appears to have been lying. And if Nouriel Roubini can call for "somebody hanging in the streets", I can at least call for all the Libor liars to go to jail for it. AND lose all their money, benefits, pensions, everything.

And while we’re at it, why not also throw in jail anyone who suggests that Barclays "might not" have been the only bank rigging the rates. Might not? As if Barclays could have manipulated Libor significantly all on its own?! Against scores of other major banks reporting their daily rates?!

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Interest-Rates

Monday, July 09, 2012

Learning from LI(E)BOR / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: William_Bancroft

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe LIBOR scandal rolls on in the UK, eagerly observed by the rest of the world. This scandal has reached mammoth proportions and has become deeply political with politicians past and present rushing to tell the media: ‘nothing to do with me’.

What people in the UK seem most upset about is ‘the greed of bankers’, but I think what this feeling is really articulating is ire at the rewards for greed in an industry that enjoys an implicit state back-stop. Us Brits have little issue with the likes of Richard Branson, James Dyson or Alan Sugar earning large amounts of money; these individuals’ futures are properly governed by the success of the decisions they make.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 06, 2012

The Butterfly Effect, and The $650 Trillion LIBOR Manipulation? / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoes the flap of an electronic butterfly's wings in London or Tokyo set off a financial tornado in New York or Zürich? We strive for predictability, which eludes us more than ever before, yet we don't often stop to ask ourselves: Why? According to the butterfly effect, the slightest disturbance in one part of a system can trigger a chain of events that creates a hurricane in another part of the world.  Sometimes people can joke, laugh and be dismissive of the butterfly effect.  However, such effects are critical in shaping our thinking and our interlinked complex systems both man-made and natural. They predicate and have the capacity to modify our behavioural patterns and lifestyle almost immediately.  What is becoming clearer, and what we shouldn't ignore, is that the "inappropriate behaviour" in regard to the London Interbank Offered Rate or LIBOR manipulation by a "small number of traders" in reality has consequences far beyond the immediate concerns of those traders themselves. Traders who we have to assume were probably motivated more by their own immediate financial gain than by some grand conspiracy to disrupt the markets.  Yet, this is what they may have inadvertently done!

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Politics

Thursday, July 05, 2012

LIEbor Financial Crimes, Serious Fraud Office has Serious Questions to Answer / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLIEbor rate fixing is just one aspect of the mega financial crimes of the century that continue to be perpetuated by bankster's that earlier today were rewarded with another £50 billion of free money from their god fathers at the Bank of England.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Libor Interest Rate Manipulation Scandal Has Been Brewing for Years / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Barclays Libor manipulation scandal is the latest development out of a huge investigation in the global banking industry - one that would have started years earlier, if Money Morning's Shah Gilani was in charge of it.

You see, Libor rates are incredibly important. They're the benchmark, or "reference," rates for hundreds of trillions of dollars in loans.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Libor Exposure Of Banker Corruption, Bank Of England And U.S. Fed Both Implicated / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFew observers make the connection, but the current LIBOR scandal is a middle inning of two important events. The first is the demise of the Western banker leadership crew. The executives from the most powerful banks will be last to be deposed, all sharing an ethnic strain. The second is the open fracture of the Western financial system. Over the past few years, to be sure a great many people have grown tired of Jackass descriptions of corruption within the banking sector and financial system in general. Well, hear this: TOLD YA SO! The London Interbank Offered Rate scandal will erupt into an uncontrollable firestorm, hitting one chamber and then the next, with rapid contagion.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

MP's Fail to Hold Bob Diamond, Barclays to Account for Libor Fraud, Public Inquiry Needed / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe 3 hour Treasury Select Committee session has just concluded and clearly it has failed to live up to expectations as the politicians failed to hold Bob Diamond the ex-ceo of Barclays to account. The facts are that the FSA and the Bank of England are incompetent because it has taken the regulators 4 years to do only half a job.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Labour's Dirty Finger Prints All Over Bank of England LIBOR Manipulation Crime Scene / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe mainstream press has been busy during the past 2 days working itself up into a frenzy of reporting, despite the fact that they are in effect reporting a 4 YEAR old story, something that I have touched on many, many times over the years that LIBOR rates are MANIPULATED by ALL parties concerned as a consequence of a series of credit crisis earth quakes that took place following the collapse of Northern Rock (a year before Lehman's), as fear driven Labour government politicians put pressure on a Panicking and Incompetent Bank of England to loosen the reins on the bankrupting, insolvent banks who took the increasingly nervous nods, winks and nudges as a licence to defraud counter parties to interest rate derivatives contracts (usually other banks). Now four years later the mainstream press is using a magnifying glass on just one aspect of market manipulation that took place during the financial crisis that ultimately will lead all the way to Alistair Darling's and Gordon Brown's Downing Street doors.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, July 02, 2012

Silver and Financial Markets Are Manipulated, But So What? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSomeone sent this video clip to me in response to the things I have written earlier today.

I find the whole discussion absolutely remarkable when viewed from an objective, or at least a non-American and non-financial industry, point of point. The exceptionalism and denial in this is surprising to watch.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, July 01, 2012

If Bank of England Approved LIBOR Rate Manipulation, Will Mervyn King Resign? / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBankster's, such as Bob Diamond have just started to play their Ace card that they have held close to their chests for near 4 years now. That Ace card alledges that the Bank of England gave a nod and a wink to manipulate the LIBOR interest rates lower on several occasions during credit crisis extremes when the interbank lending market had effectively frozen.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Is The Stock Market Rally For Real…Or Just Part Of the Games Bankers Play? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: The markets are rallying, again. Will this time be different? Or is this just another head fake?

The truth is the current rally is not surprising given what's coming out of the G20 meeting, what's likely to come out of the Fed's Open Market Committee meeting today and Jamie Dimon's Congressional testimony yesterday.

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Companies

Friday, June 01, 2012

Facebook Thanks Heaven for Dumb Money! / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThank God for dumb money!

What would the world be without chumps? Suckers? Bagmen and patsies?

Who would buy a ladies handbag for $1,500? Or blue-jeans for $150? Who would buy an oversized show-off pickup…or a $4 million McMansion?

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Companies

Monday, May 28, 2012

Facebook - How Wall Street Really Works / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBaltimore, Maryland – How do you like those wimpy, whiney investors? They lose money in Facebook. Do they take their losses like men? Nope.

They rush to sue everybody! The investment banks who were midwifes to the birth of FB into the public markets weren’t playing fair, they say. They gave their best clients more and better info than they fed to the public.

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Open Market Manipulation of the Gold and Silver Futures Market By Banks and Producers / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Marshall_Swing

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe precious metals marketplace and even main street media is all abuzz about the 7,500 contract trade, in gold, on Monday, April 30th. Gold fell $15 in the space of a minute as many news outlets reported. Speculative traders think the trade could have been a fat finger. COMEX floor traders say otherwise and think the trade was deliberate just like any other trade because no one makes a trade of that size without specific instructions.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Risk of Investing in a Markets Full of Conmen / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDow up more than 100 points yesterday. Gold up $18.

Google…Apple…what more do you need to know?

“Blah, blah, blah…don’t you feel you’re wasting your time?”

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Commodities

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Criminal Manipulation of Food and Commodity Prices / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

Michael Greenberger of the University of Maryland has been an outstanding spokesperson for financial reform.  I have carried his interviews before.

He served on the CFTC with Brooksley Born in the late 1990's. This is how I first became aware of his opinions about regulatory matters.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

JP Morgan Metals Market Manipulation, Blythe Masters Lays an Egg / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn April 5, 2012, JPMorganChase commodity executive Blythe Masters appeared on CNBC, and she was questioned whether the bank is manipulating metals markets?

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Politics

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Blythe Masters Speaks Out On JPM and Market Manipulation / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

A number of people have asked me what I think about Blythe Masters' interview on CNBC in which she categorically denies that JPM is involved in anything but legitimate hedging of customer positions in the silver market.

I think a detailed description of all of JPM's hedging positions in the futures and derivatives market, and the related customers and bullion holdings, should be supplied to Gary Gensler's CFTC as government regulator so they can look them over.    That is what the CFTC has been asked by the people who pay them, the investing public, to do.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, March 09, 2012

How Big Money and Insiders Use Options to Manipulate the Stock Market / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Sam_Chee_Kong

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAnything that has to do with investments will be subjected to risk and return. Normally, the higher the risk the higher will be the return. Is there any investment that will provide you the opposite, where the potential risk is reduced while the return will actually increased? The answer is YES and it is through Options.

Before we delve into how ‘Big money and Insiders’ use options to manipulate the Stock Market, I think we should educate ourselves on the inner workings of the options market so that we as an investor will also can benefit from the versatility that options can offer.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Greatest Episodes of Market Manipulation's…Is Silver Next? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDon Miller writes: Market manipulation has a long and storied history.

From the Tulip Mania of the 1600s all the way to the recent housing bubble, market manipulators have employed a wide range of tactics to lighten the wallets of unsuspecting investors.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Failure to Rig Gold Market During Dollar Devolution, Manifest Destiny Derailed: Treason from Within / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSomething very unusual recently occurred in financial journalism.  If you are from or rely on the mainstream western financial press as your primary means of being informed – you surely wouldn’t have noticed – because this ‘oddity’ involved a real act of investigative journalism by one Lars Schall.

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Commodities

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Gold and Silver Market Manipulation Video / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAngie Miles interviews Janet Tavakoli. There’s a rich history of price manipulation in the commodities markets. Look for price anomalies as options expire tomorrow.

Many view gold as a currency alternative as central banks print money and debase their currencies.

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Commodities

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gold and Silver Market Price Manipulation, Look for Motive / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRegulators haven't been able to keep up with price manipulation in the commodities markets or any other market. Why do games persist? The short answer is because they can, and because they can be very profitable in the short run.

If you've Googled gold or silver, you've probably come across sites that are breathless about the possibility of manipulation of metals prices. The problem with the internet is that it's new, too new to capture the rich history of the financial markets. Manipulation of metals prices--and the prices of many other commodities--is an old tradition. Here's one example adapted from An Alchemists Road: My transition from medicine to business, by Dr. Henry Jarecki (Dr. Jarecki is currently Chairman of Gresham Investment Management LLC.), October, 1989. This publication is not available on the internet.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stock Market Manipulation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Tim_Wood

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMy research suggests that the secular bull market, which began at the 1974 low, peaked at the October 2007 high and that we have been in a bear market advance since the March 2009 low. According to Dow theory, all bull and bear markets unfold in 3 phases with important counter-trend moves separating each of the phases. As I have said all along, the rally out of the March 2009 low has been a bear market rally that should prove to separate Phase I from Phase II of the longer-term secular bear market that is now under way. Nothing has occurred to change this point of view. Since the rally out of the October low began, I have received a number of e-mails asking about manipulation and if "they" could prevent or if "they" have perhaps already prevented the phase II decline.

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Commodities

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dodd Frank Act Finally Cleans up the COMEX Commodities / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: George_Maniere

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the best parts of writing is that I get so many great ideas from my readers. The readers of this site are some of the smartest people I have ever spoken with. Even the people who have never traded bring a fresh and new prospective to the way I see the market.

Yesterday I was proved right and completely blown away by a post from a reader. I did some homework on other sites and the probabilities of his post being accurate are 80%.  So let’s get to it because I think you are going to like his thesis.

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Market Manipulation is Easy when Money is Free / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

A concept investors had much time to ponder is the long run value of investment capital.  To calculate seemingly abstract concepts, investors have very simple answers.  The rule of 72 gives us a guideline for the doubling of money, and net present value calculators are now found on every computer with a spreadsheet program.

Calculating the rate at which money can earn a return is simple.   Finding ways to generate that return is anything but.  Further, in this period of record low interest rates, the methodology of money making has never been so twisted.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Profitably Playing Market Manipulation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“In his latest interview with King World News, geopolitical analyst James G. Rickards says credit default swaps are fraudulent mechanisms by which the "too big to fail" New York investment banks like J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs loot the world with an implicit U.S. government guarantee, making them de-facto agencies of the government.”

“With credit default swaps, banks loot world with a government guarantee, Rickards says”

Chris Powell, gata.org, 7/16/11

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Commodities

Friday, July 22, 2011

Manipulated Markets, Dinosaurs, Dodo Birds and Wooly Mammoths / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBack on June 23, 2011 – the Washington Post and Bloomberg reported that the U.S. and allies were going to release 60 million barrels of crude oil from strategic reserves to REDUCE OIL PRICES - reasoning this was to replace alleged shortages caused by the removal of 1.5 million barrels per day of light sweet Lybian crude which had been removed from the market:

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Insider Trading: “You Can’t Regulate Uncertainty” / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn May 11, hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam was found guilty by a federal jury of engaging in a seven-year conspiracy to trade on illegal tips from corporate executives, bankers, and consultants. In a Conversations with Casey interview with Senior Analyst Louis James, here are Doug’s no-holds-barred musings on insider trading and the SEC.

Louis James: So, Doug, what’s your take on Raj Rajaratnam’s conviction?

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Politics

Monday, May 16, 2011

Is Insider Trading Really a Crime? / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA major piece of financial news last week was billionaire Raj Rajaratnam's conviction on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. Rajaratnam, founder of the hedge fund Galleon Group, was worth an estimated $1.8 billion in 2009. His conviction has pleased those who want the feds to crack down on "insider trading" and show the fat cats on Wall Street that they aren't above the rules.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rajaratnam Guilty On All 14 Counts of Insider Trading - Faces 19+ Years In Prison / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

"The tapes show he didn't believe the rules applied to him. Cheating became part of his business model."

"He" is a microcosm of a financial system in which the currency of fraud drives out honest price discovery and displaces productive activity, and large institutions game the markets on a daily basis with near impunity, while the public underwrites their steady gains and occasional but spectacular losses.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Warren Buffett and Wall Street Boys / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of my long-time New York friends said: "If you have three people working in a McDonald's there will be politics and grandstanding. Wall Street isn't much different." There's more fame, and the fortune is much greater, but he's on to something.

One of the reasons Warren Buffett has cultivated an image of trustworthiness is because his public persona seemed to be above it. Some contrast from my personal experiences may illustrate the point.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fed Launches the Most Fraudulent Market Manipulating Scheme Yet / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Reserve is up to its fraudulent games.  In this latest round of open market operations, the Federal Reserve is not only engaging in manipulation of the credit default swap market, but also paying off its allies in the ultimate scam of creating low-risk, high returns for hedge fund managers.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Murderers and Martyrs, Tide Goes Out on Buffett / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Janet_Tavakoli

At 12:40 Max Keiser talks to Janet Tavakoli about the tide going out on Warren Buffett, his reverse-moral suasion applied towards the rating agencies, et.al., his potential advance information of the September 2008 bailouts, GoldenWest/Wachovia/Wells Fargo, the SEC’s sleight of hand in bringing minor charges, while leaving massive securitization fraud unaddressed, i.e., enabling cover-ups.

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Commodities

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Amaranth Collateral Damage in 78 Trillion Dollar J.P. Morgan Chase Derivatives Book / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe purpose of this paper is to illuminate the real purpose of the obscene size of derivatives books amongst the world’s largest financial institutions.  Derivatives in strategic markets are controlled by governments through proxy banks and agencies using these instruments.  By sheer volume, the trading in paper “tails” wag the physical “dogs”.  When market volatility negatively impacts these large institutions they are given a pass by regulators and accounting protocols in the interest of national security and preservation of the status quo.  Moreover, this ensures the perpetuation of U.S. Dollar hegemonic power.  The following accounts outline how these instruments are used to project this power.

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Commodities

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Financial Scam Behind Rising Crude Oil and Food Prices? / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe global economy and its recovery, and the living standards of millions of plain folks, are now at risk from the sudden rise in oil and commodity prices.

Gas at the pump is up, and going higher. Food prices are following.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fed U.S. Treasury Bond Market Manipulating Fraud, How Long Can it Continue? / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have had this video on the manipulation of the debt markets by the Fed in the Matières à Réflexion links since last week, but moved it here on request because apparently many missed it, and did not understand its importance.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Understanding American Fascism, the Insider Trading Shows / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"I seen my opportunities, and I took 'em." ~ George Washington Plunkett (of Tammany Hall)

Oh, boy! A scandal among the rich – the very, very rich – and famous. Warren Buffett's would-be replacement got his hand caught in the cookie jar. He is no longer in the running in the Buffett-replacement sweepstakes.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Could There Really Be a Bernanke Put? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Sy_Harding

Back in 1998, the U.S. stock market had become overbought and was in a normal correction, while Asian markets were plunging due to a currency crisis. When on top of those situations, giant hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management collapsed, causing problems for some major banks, the U.S. Fed worried that the combination might send the U.S. economy into a recession. So it quickly and dramatically cut interest rates. The economy did not slow into a recession, and the interest rate cuts encouraged the stock market, which turned back to the upside and kept going into the 1999 bubble.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Yen Intervention, What a Manipulated Joke the Markets Are! / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: PhilStockWorld

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOf course, that’s why we love them, right?  But, sometimes, even when we’re playing along – the manipulation we see is so sickening, we still feel the need to declare SHENANIGANS!  

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Stock-Markets

Monday, February 28, 2011

Microcosm of the Market Manipulation in the US and the Repeated Failure of Ideology / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI am seeing this same sort of 'gaming the markets' across many markets and stocks that the author notes below, especially in those markets amenable to leverage and electronic manipulation such as indices driven by futures, options markets, and ETFs which more closely resemble carney games than investment vehicles.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Why the S&P is Rigged? One Chart Says It All / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Justin_John

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTry sending this to everyone and hopefully someone from FED will read it. They should finally know that we arent that stupid really and this time around, retail will not come in at PEAK to save the FED and cronies.

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Politics

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Financial Markets and the U.S. Orwellian Non Farm Payrolls Report... / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

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.

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Commodities

Monday, January 17, 2011

How the Cartels Ensure Diamonds Last Forever / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSreevathsa Karanam writes: Diamonds are considered a unique resource because the price level is always on the increase without any big swings, unlike other commodities, such as gold, whose prices fluctuate (sometimes violently) in the market.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bankers Secret Meeting to Control the World? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: PhilStockWorld

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRevisiting the massive global oil scam... Last year, Phil calculated that this $2.5 Trillion dollar operation was 50 times the size of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme.  "It's a number so large that, to put it in perspective, we will now begin measuring the damage done to the global economy in "Madoff Units" ($50Bn rip-offs).  That's right - $2.5Tn is 50 TIMES the amount of money that Bernie Madoff scammed from investors in his lifetime, yet it is also LESS than the MONTHLY EXCESS price the global population has to pay for a barrel of oil..." 

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Insider Trading? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: PhilStockWorld

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInterview with Larry Doyle at Sense on Cents, by Ilene 

Here's the hypocrisy of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority* (FINRA); it dumped a portfolio of Auction Rate Securities* (ARS) before the ARS market froze up in early 2008. People are asking legitimate questions and FINRA is refusing to answer. When FINRA wants its questions answered, it knows how to get the answers through its subpoena power. Why won't FINRA fess up and be transparent about its dealings in the ARS market?

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Companies

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Stocks Insider Selling, What Does It Really Mean? / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Dudley_Baker

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleResource shares have risen substantially in price over the last many months and it is not unusual to see insiders reporting substantial sells and taking some profits. If you see insider selling in a company that you own what should you do?

Corporate insiders would be defined as officers, directors and 10% plus shareholders of a company.  They are a group that investors love to love and love to hate.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stock Market Manipulation, Interest Rates and Dow Theory Bear Rally / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Tim_Wood

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI continue to believe, based on the evidence at hand, that the rally out the March 2009 low is a large scale bear market rally that should ultimately prove to separate Phase I from Phase II of the much larger and ongoing secular bear market.  But, just as I told my subscribers before that low was even made, the longer this rally holds up, the more dangerous it becomes.  Reason being, it becomes more and more convincing.  I also continue to receive questions asking whether or not the Dow theory or any other market discipline is still applicable in light of the manipulation.  

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

20 Years of Fed Stock Market Manipulation Revealed / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJeremy Grantham: "The Fed Has Spent Most of the Last 15, 20 Years Manipulating the Stock Market"

Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham - Chief Investment Strategist of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo- told CNBC last week:

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Commodities

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Crude Oil and Silver Curious Market Actions Warrant CFTC Investigation / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Static_Chaos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOnce again we find some strange activity occurring in these markets from a trading perspective, and it is time that the increased staff and resources of the CFTC enforcement division look into these two markets in particular.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Fed POMO Plunge Protection Team Stock Market Manipulation? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRumors are, the U.S. government "is propping up the stock market."

'By far, the most frequent question we've been asked recently at EWI's Message Board is this: "What is your take on the persistent internet chatter that the Federal Reserve is holding up the stock market via QE2, POMO, etc.? How can stocks ever decline again if the Fed is in control?" Here is an eye-opening chart that will help shed more light on this issue. Read more.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, October 29, 2010

Is the Fed Plunge Protection Team Manipulating the Stock Market? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRumors are, the U.S. government "is propping up the stock market."

'By far, the most frequent question we've been asked recently at EWI's Message Board is this: "What is your take on the persistent internet chatter that the Federal Reserve is holding up the stock market via QE2, POMO, etc.? How can stocks ever decline again if the Fed is in control?" Here is an eye-opening chart that will help shed more light on this issue. Read more.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, October 29, 2010

High Frequency Traders Manipulating Stocks Futures, Options, Bonds, Currency and Commodities Markets / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Washingtons_Blog

As I noted earlier today, high frequency traders trade not only stocks, but also futures, options, bonds and currency:

We know that high frequency trading is used to manipulate the stock market. The prevalence of high frequency trading in other markets means that it might be used to manipulate those markets - perhaps virtually all markets - as well.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Is the Fed Boosting the Stock Markets? The Numbers Don't Lie... / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Goepfert writes: Anyone who's read my SentimenTrader advisory over the past nine years knows I'm not a conspiracy theorist.

Out of the approximately 2,500 comments I've posted, I've alluded to market manipulation probably fewer than half a dozen times.

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Currencies

Friday, October 08, 2010

China's Currency War in the Eurozone to Devalue U.S. Dollar / Currencies / Market Manipulation

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe market structure of the rates of foreign currencies has been thrown into question. China has become more active in the eurozone as a result of the economic conflict with the USA. The Chinese dragon starts to determine quotations on world's basic currencies, such as the euro and the US dollar.

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Currencies

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

China Yuan Currency Manipulation, Free Trade versus Fair Trade / Currencies / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Farrish

The fantasy of forcing China to float the yuan against the dollar is building steam. There have been attempts to persuade the Chinese government to this end, but they have not listened, nor do they really intend to act. The yuan has floated higher by 1.8% over the last five weeks, but that is a pittance compared with the destruction of the dollar by US policy, in an attempt to devalue the dollar in hopes of exporting more goods.

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Currencies

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

U.S. and China Playing Currency Manipulation Kabuki / Currencies / Market Manipulation

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn his testimony before the U.S. Congress last Thursday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner accused China of "very substantial" currency intervention, and the U.S. will use every available tool to urge China to let the yuan rise more quickly, including taking it up in front of the G20 Summit and WTO. President Obama quickly followed up with some more tough rhetoric on Monday, while U.S. lawmakers are weighing new legislation against China.

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Currencies

Sunday, September 19, 2010

United States versus China, Currency and Trade Wars / Currencies / Market Manipulation

By: Richard_Mills

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Chinese government, in an effort to maximize exports and minimize US imports prints their yuan to buy dollars. This prevents their currency from rising and the dollar from falling. Then it loans those same dollars back to America by buying US debt.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 03, 2010

Charts Reveal Stock Market Truths / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Barry_M_Ferguson

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere has been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not we are in a bull market or bear market. Is the economic ‘recovery’ for real or just a government stimulus blip? Should Representative Maxine Waters face charges of misusing her office to get her husband’s bank some of that TARP money? Personally, I think Ms. Waters is being unjustly accused. So she used her office for self-enrichment. Isn’t that what we elect Congress people to do? Aren’t they just pigs at a trough helping themselves to everything they can plunder from the suckers that vote for them? She’s an American politician for crying out loud. I expect them to be corrupt, sleazy, self-promoting, narcissistic pigs. I’m never disappointed. What’s all the fuss about? Back to my story.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Stock Market Flash Crash Prompts Investors to Flee Equities / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRobert Herz was forced to resign from his job as as chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) because he insisted that the banks assign a fair value to their assets. That's not what you'll read in the papers, but it's true just the same. Herz was a major proponent of mark-to-market accounting, a simple means of determining the value of a bond or security by comparing the price of similar assets sold at market. In other words, Herz is a defender of universally-accepted accounting principles, which is why he was terminated, er, I mean, resigned. According to the Wall Street Journal:

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Politics

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Jersey With The Luck Of The Irish / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Static_Chaos

One of the headline news today was that New Jersey became the first U.S. state sued by the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) for security fraud. Here is the low-down according to WSJ (my summary):

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Companies

Friday, August 20, 2010

“Dark Pool” Stock Market Manipulation Continues / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Christopher_Quigley

Traders and investors please be aware that the “Flash Crash” of May 6th.  was not an isolated incident. I attach two recent examples of similar “events”. The forces that worked in May last are still alive and  functioning, however, rather than directing their forces market-wise, they are now targeting specific stocks with very profitable consequences.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Goldman's Derivatives Clearing Service: The Better To Cheat You With My Dear / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSay, aren't Goldman the fellows that just pled to fraudulent dealing in financial instruments like MBS, and paid a fairly hefty 500+ million dollar fine? The company is starting a centralized clearing facility for derivatives, which may be among those mandated for use by market participants, in the US government mandated efforts to reform.

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Politics

Friday, July 16, 2010

Guilty of Market Manipulation CEO of IKB Bank, Did Goldman Sachs Commit Fraud? / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFinancial news media is abuzz with analyses of Goldman Sachs's settlement with the SEC for $550 million in a case of alleged fraud regarding the packaging and selling of a CDO called Abacus. Goldman Sachs admitted to no wrong-doing. The settlement is less than Tiger Wood's potential $700 million divorce settlement--and Tiger didn't help bring the economy to its knees (he also publicly admitted his transgressions and expressed regret)--but it's a start.

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Commodities

Monday, June 28, 2010

Gold Price Manipulation Prior to Options Expiration Exposed / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Jason_Hamlin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold futures expire today, June 28th. If you follow the manipulation theories, it is just prior to expiration time, either in futures or options, that paper shorts increase their net short positions in order to manipulate precious metals (and stocks) downward. This allows the manipulators to profit as the contracts they sold to unwitting investors expire worthless. The sudden drop in price also provides an opportunity for the shorts to cover their positions, profiting via paying back their creditors with lower priced gold or equities.

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Companies

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Matt Simmons Shorting BP Stock, Oil Spill Conflict of Interest on Mainstream Media Interviews / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Static_Chaos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter busy making several outrageous comments regarding BP and the Gulf oil spill as recent as last evening, Matt Simmons abruptly announced today that he would retire from the board of Simmons & Co.--the company he founded in 1974--effective June 30.

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Politics

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Wall Street's Advice to Joran van der Sloot / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Before we get to your problem areas, we'd like to congratulate you on almost having "the right stuff." You are a manipulator and an unabashed liar. You have no remorse. You are a master at twisting things to suggest your victims had it coming, and you don't think of them as human beings.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, May 29, 2010

EXTEND & PRETEND: Its either RICO Act or Control Fraud / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Gordon_T_Long

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe are entering the Age of Rage.

It is presently most visible in Europe as austerity programs that potentially could shred a half century of social entitlement advances are met with increasingly violent street demonstrations.  It is seen in the US Tea Party rallies with their fury that the very fabric which the US capitalist system is based on is being destroyed and discarded. Unfortunately these demonstrations of rage are focusing on the effects and not the cause. The cause is a systemic plaque of unenforced financial control fraud.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Max Keiser Report: Goldman Sachs, Undeclared Enemy of the State, Financial Terrorism / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Videos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis time Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, look at the scandals of naked short selling, supplementary liquidity providers and the conspiracy of banks. In the second half of the show, Max interviews Jim Rickards about naked short selling and overwhelming the specialist system, Wall Street banks undermining Greece and Goldman Sachs as an undeclared national enemy.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Financial Terrorism, Homeland Security Calls on Max Keiser to Help / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere is an email from a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security to Max Keiser regarding Financial Terrorism. Both the email and Max Keiser's response had me laughing my head off.

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Commodities

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gold, Silver Market Manipulation, CFTC Aftershocks / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Jennifer_Barry

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn March 25, fifteen individuals selected by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) testified to that body on proposed position limits for the precious metals markets. One big surprise was the inclusion of Bill Murphy, Chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA). Although his organization has been blacklisted by the mainstream American media, he was able to enter some of GATA’s eleven years of research into the public record. Although only allowed to speak for a few minutes, Murphy’s testimony covered territory ranging from the “strong dollar” policy, the lack of transparency from the Federal Reserve on gold swaps, and the CFTC’s own stalled silver market investigation.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Flash Stock Market Crash, Biggest Heist in U.S. History / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVernontheGerman writes: I wanted to bring to your attention the events that transpired Thursday 6th May between 2:41pm and 2:57pm.

In those 16 min one of the largest heists in American history occurred. It was said that up to one trillion dollars was lost and regained in that time.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Day the Free Market Died / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Christopher_Quigley

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFollowing quite a number of requests this brief will deal with my understanding of what transpired last Thursday the 6th. May when just after 2.30 PM the Dow Industrials collapsed by nearly 10% and then suddenly recovered in 11 minutes. The implications of what occurred are far reaching and unless the regulatory issues are resolved we can expect similar “events” of like nature.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, May 10, 2010

"Banging" the U.S. Stock Market / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Chicago residents grew up to the sound of local early morning radio rundowns of pork belly futures and other exchange traded commodities. Every trick in the book from manipulation of soybeans to silver has played out in Chicago's trading pits. Every market professional I've talked to in Chicago since Thursday is of the same opinion. It makes no difference whether human beings or computers are front running and manipulating trades. The gyrations in the market last week have the look and feel of classic market manipulation.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Goldman Sachs Rigged Stock Market Crash / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week, Goldman Sachs was on the congressional hot seat, grilled for fraud in its sale of complicated financial products called “synthetic CDOs.”  This week the heat was off, as all eyes turned to the attack of the shorts on Greek sovereign debt and the dire threat of a sovereign Greek default.  By Thursday, Goldman’s fraud had slipped from the headlines and Congress had been cowed into throwing in the towel on its campaign to break up the too-big-to-fail banks.  On Friday, Goldman was in settlement talks with the SEC.  

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Politics

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Let Goldman Sachs Interrogate the SEC / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSince April 16, 2010, when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicted Goldman Sachs on fraud charges, the bank must approach each day wishing it could stay in bed. New charges and rumors of lawsuits swirl around the firm. Goldman will have its day (or, years) in court, but the government agency that rolled the snowball down the mountain should also sit in the dock.

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Politics

Monday, May 03, 2010

Hollywood and The Rigging of Financial Markets / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBetting on the Gross Profits of Upcoming Movies - As if attacks from popparazzi and star-crazed fans weren’t enough, Hollywood stars may soon have a literal price put on their heads by investors in the Cantor Exchange, a real-money trading platform where people can bet on the gross profits of upcoming movies.  Sales of The Dark Knight skyrocketed after Heath Ledger died unexpectedly, and so did sales after the deaths of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.  Will greed-driven investors now be laying in wait for the stars of movies they have sold short?

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Companies

Friday, April 30, 2010

Prosecutors Should Investigate Goldman Sachs on Baidu Trading / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Static_Chaos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn light of the fact that Baidu stock is now valued at $700 instead of $27 asserted by Goldman Sachs as the “fair value” (by the way, Goldman has never been so wrong on price targets.), and the fact that Goldman actively trades against its clients, it is now high time for the U.S. federal prosecutors probe into Goldman’s trading practice of Baidu IPOs as well.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Merrill Lynch Did a Deal ‘Precisely’ Like Goldman’s, Suit Asserts / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: ProPublica

Ryan Knutson writes: As we've been reporting, other banks did deals similar to the one at the center of the SEC's lawsuit against Goldman Sachs.

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Politics

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Financial Markets Computerized Front Running Using High Frequency Trading Programs and Fraud / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the SEC is busy investigating Goldman Sachs, it might want to look into another Goldman-dominated fraud: computerized front running using high-frequency trading programs.

Market commentators are fond of talking about “free market capitalism,” but according to Wall Street commentator Max Keiser, it is no more. It has morphed into what his TV co-host Stacy Herbert calls “rigged market capitalism”: all markets today are subject to manipulation for private gain.

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Politics

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Conflict of Interest in Market Transactions / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: PhilStockWorld

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIlene writes: FINRA may have potential massive conflicts of interests in its dealing with its internal investment portfolio. A clear example is FINRA’s behavior with its Auction Rate Securities. Evidence suggests FINRA sold its Auction Rate Securities months before the market collapsed. Insider information or really good luck?

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Currencies

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chinese Currency Manipulation is America’s Fault / Currencies / Market Manipulation

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDespite the Obama administration's desperate efforts to keep the issue off the boil, Chinese currency manipulation is back in the news again. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner just politely postponed his official report on the question, and Beijing seems to have responded to this courtesy by hinting that it may allow some token appreciation in its currency.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Precious Metals Market Manipulation, Grab a Calculator Before the CTFC Investigation / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

As the CTFC begins to investigate claims by a whistle blower that the precious metals markets have been manipulated by several large US banks, investors are left to ponder: “What will happen to silver if manipulation is found?”  Can you say, payday?

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Currencies

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Washington Not China Is the Real Currency Manipulator Here / Currencies / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: SHANGHAI, People's Republic of China - China just posted its first monthly trade deficit in nearly six years, a $7.24 billion shortfall for March that essentially torpedoes Washington's argument that the Asian giant is a "currency manipulator" of the worst kind.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, April 09, 2010

Climacteric for The Banking Cartel, Opportunity for Investors / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Heat is intensifying on The Cartel*. Exposés of their Market Interventional Regime are increasingly appearing in the Mainstream Financial Media.

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Commodities

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Metals Market Manipulation Update: Are The Metals markets Rigged? Do Fish Swim?! / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Richter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDuring the time I have been writing this newsletter, I have frequently mentioned the blatant manipulation of the gold and silver markets. For background on this issue, please see my article in the May, 2009, issue. The manipulation of gold has been accomplished primarily by central banks selling or leasing gold into the markets so as to artificially depress the prices. The bullion banks (e.g., JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and others) have also helped suppress the prices of gold and silver by selling them short on the commodities exchanges.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Financial Manipulation on Wall Street: An Economy run on Smoke and Mirrors / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe have an economy run on smoke and mirrors, based on the manipulation of markets. That was accomplished via the executive order signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 in the aftermath of the stock market collapse of October 19, 1987, known as the “President’s Working Group on Financial markets.” This order intended to be implemented during emergencies has been used to manipulate markets worldwide 24/7.

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Commodities

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Gold and Silver Price Manipulation, The world Largest Fraud, 5.5 Trillion? / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Fresbee

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Gold and Silver Manipulation spanning decades (going back well back into 1980s) has now taken mammoth proportions, one that could bankrupt not just a few banks but entire countries along with their central banks. Prime in this network are the Bank of England and the FED reserve who have been caught on the wrong side.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Investors Winning The Banking Cartel’s Musical Chairs Game / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA major crisis is building in the derivatives market yet a cabal on Wall Street is blocking the formation of a clearing house that could stop the next financial meltdown, a senior official with the Kauffman Foundation said on Tuesday…

The need for disclosure in the swap markets is enormous, yet the will to act is missing because of a small cadre of special interests, said Harold Bradley, who oversees almost $2 billion in assets as chief investment officer at Kauffman…

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Economics

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bernanke Does not Believe in U.S. Phony GDP Economic Growth Data / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Douglas_French

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe revised news from Washington is that the economy grew at a 5.6% rate in the 4th quarter of 2009. The folks who grind the numbers at the Commerce Department credit huge inventory adjustments, robust business investments and recovering consumer spending for the fastest pace of economic growth in six years.

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fed Smoke, Mirrors, SDRs and Gold: Why Central Banks Cannot Tell the Truth / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the following article the term Special Drawing Right [SDR] is used frequently. A brief explanation of an SDR is provided below together with its current value [which floats] in U.S. Dollars.

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Politics

Friday, March 12, 2010

Government Media Complex Manipulated Statistics, The Greatest Show on Earth / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor many years the title of ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ belonged to Ringling Brothers and its travelling circus. I had the pleasure of seeing the extravaganza for the first time about a year ago and was amazed at the talent of the performers, their skills, and the hours and hours of practice time that went into making everyone sit on the edge of their seats for the better part of two and a half hours.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, March 12, 2010

SULTANS OF SWAP: Smoking Guns & the Sting! / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Gordon_T_Long

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere are 7 stages to executing a successful sting operation. Whether this is the modus operandi behind the Sultans of Swap operating in the $605 Trillion OTC Derivatives market or just simple coincidence, I will leave it to you shrewd reader to determine.  The seven stages do however offer us an instructive theater guide to better understanding these murky instruments called Interest Rate Swaps.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Global Financial Dominance and Control, All Roads Lead to Goldman Sachs / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOnce upon a time, Goldman Sachs shunned publicity.  During the period from 1930 to 1969, Sydney Weinberg ran Goldman Sachs where he developed a staunch corporate cultural aversion to publicity.  During the 1970s, a tandem of John Weinberg and John Whitehead assumed the reigns of leadership at Goldman Sachs.  Whitehead left the company in 1984 to enter public life.  John Weinberg carried on in the same vein as his father Sydney – shunning publicity – to the point where he hired a man to keep his name and his firm's out of the press. 

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Stock Market Funny Action Friday: What Happened? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMany investors have written in asking me what happened on Friday. For those of you who weren’t watching the tape, stocks entered a free fall around 1PM Eastern Time. It looked like we were going to get another massive drop similar to the one that occurred at Thursday’s open.
 
However, suddenly at 2PM stocks began to stage a sharp reversal with virtually every major US index ramping over 1% in a matter of minutes. Having collapsed for days, stocks actually managed to close Friday at a gain.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, February 05, 2010

Stock Market Manipulation and Gold Trading / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Clif_Droke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOur recent commentary on the subject of market manipulation elicited a wide range of feedback, pro and con. Some respondents agreed with my assertion that, assuming the existence of market manipulation, it doesn’t preclude one’s ability to successfully navigate financial markets with a reliable technical discipline. Others expressed the view that manipulation and government/central bank interference in the market make it untenable for small traders to be participants.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, January 29, 2010

Why the Stock Market Has Fallen, Battle of the Titans, JP Morgan Versus Goldman Sachs / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe are witnessing an epic battle between two banking giants, JP Morgan Chase (Paul Volcker) and Goldman Sachs (Geithner/Summers/Rubin). Left strewn on the battleground could be your pension fund and 401K.

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Politics

Friday, January 29, 2010

AIG Secret Deals Conspiracy Starting to Unravel / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Reilly at BusinessWeek takes dead aim at Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and the New York Fed in Secret Banking Cabal Emerges From AIG Shadows.

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Politics

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Barclays Blood Diamond Tells Taxpayers to Go F' Themselves / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBob Diamond tells CNBC that he does not support or expect any significant regulation of the banking sector including too big to fail banks being broken up or that big is bad.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Secret Formula for This Stock Market Rally / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI’m about to share with you the basic outlines for this market rally started March 2009. In no way shape or form am I providing official recommendations or investment advice in this post. I am merely pointing out the obvious trends that this rally has followed.

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Politics

Monday, January 18, 2010

Wall Street’s Power Grab, The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Hearings / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Michael_Hudson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou almost could hear the bankers heave a sigh of relief when Haiti’s earthquake knocked the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearings off the front pages and evening news broadcasts last week. At stake, after all, is Wall Street’s power grab seeking to centralize policy control firmly in its own hands by neutralizing the government’s regulatory agencies. The first day – Wednesday, January 15 – went innocuously enough. Four emperors of finance were called on to voice ceremonial platitudes and pro forma apologies without explaining what they might be apologizing for. Typical was the statement by Goldman Sachs chairman Lloyd C. Blankfein: “Whatever we did, it didn’t work out well. We regret the consequence that people have lost money.”

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Stock-Markets

Friday, January 15, 2010

Alternative Explanation For S&P500 Rally Trim-Tabs Conspiracy Theory / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA recent post on Zero Hedge suggested that the “Non-Stop Rally Since March”, could have had a covert helping hand:

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Is the Stock Market Rigged? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Clif_Droke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI received an interesting comment from my previous commentary, “Prospects for Economic Recovery in 2010.” The basis of my claim that 2010 will witness some economic recovery was the “6-9 Month Rule” of Dow Theory fame. Simply stated, this rule says that a 6-to-9 month stock market recovery that follows a market decline and economic recession bodes well for an economic turnaround.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Is the Fed Juicing the Stock Market? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIs the Fed manipulating the stock market?  TrimTabs CEO Charles Biderman seems to think so, and he makes a strong case for his theory in an article at zerohedge.com.

Biderman focuses his attention on the mystery surrounding the stock market's 9-month rally and asks, "Where is the money coming from?"  After all, the market cap has increased by more than $6 trillion since March 9. That amount of money should be fairly easy to trace; right?

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs Trillions Deep In Derivatives or Dumbed-Down Reporting? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn December 29, 2009 The New York Post [josh.kosman@nypost.com] published an article titled, Deep in derivatives, where scribe Josh Kosman ‘took-a-shot’ at explaining the ABSURDITY of the bind boggling derivatives positions amassed by financial behemoths such as J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs.  In an attempt to explain how dangerously systemically-interconnected derivatives makes ALL banks, Kosman began;

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Economics

Monday, December 21, 2009

U.S. Government Caught in a Lie on Bogus Jobs Data / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt’s no secret governments and our ruling elite (the bureaucracy) lie for their own benefit, and this has been increasingly prevalent for years now. Perhaps the most well known statistics in this respect center on the Employment Report, viewed as the central economic release of the month by most observers in that employment is seen as the core of the economy. In knowing this, and not forgetting governments lie to us in just about everything, it should be of no surprise then that John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics has been able to make a business out of reporting on irregularities and discrepancies in official statistics, where even though such fraudulent data was sufficient to spark a noticeable sell-off in commodities and precious metals last Friday via bogus jobs numbers, one knows this is more fiction than reality.

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Companies

Monday, December 14, 2009

How to Profit Goldman Sachs Evil Genius / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJon D. Markman writes: When references are made to the world's "oldest profession," I sometimes wonder if we're not exactly referring to market manipulation. In this country alone, market operators have been employing all sorts of market manipulations for more than 100 years.

What may surprise you is that most of it isn't illegal or even improper; in institutional circles, it's actually viewed as shrewd business.

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Economics

Friday, December 11, 2009

Are We Heading for a Gigantic Economic Monetary Deflationary Collapse? / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Robert_Bradshaw

When a top French Bank warns the French people that a gigantic economic/monetary/deflationary collapse could be very close, thinking people must wake up and take notice.  This happened on or about Nov 19th in an article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard from the London Telegraph.  I read this prediction with interest from the Society Generale Bank in France.  But the importance of this assertion is not only because this bank is near the top in thinking in the European Union, it is most assuredly a leading Rothschild controlled bank with much insider knowledge of what is coming down the pike. 

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Stock-Markets

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Goldman Sachs Disease Is Spreading, 15 Signs of Metastasization / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism Jack Bogle no longer sees Adam Smith's "invisible hand" driving "capitalism in a healthy, positive direction."

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Crunch Time for the Banking Cartel / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWho Wins the Great War? - “Just over a year ago, the United States underwent a seemingly radical change, seemingly overnight. Its financial system had been revealed as insolvent under the weight of huge liabilities and worthless assets. The government refused to allow all the bankrupt institutions to fail, and thus permit the market to do its job of purging the rot from the system.

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Economics

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mishkin's Bubblenomics and the Crash of 2008 / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Fed's monetary stimulus is driving the market higher. What started as a trickle has turned into a torrent buoying stocks and commodities on a river of liquidity. Oil has more than doubled in the last 8 months while stock indexes have gained 50 percent or more in the same period. Even the shunned homebuilders and battered financials have staged a comeback. Meanwhile, consumer credit continues to shrivel and the "real" rate of unemployment climbs inexorably towards 20 percent.

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Economics

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Should We Believe the GDP Economic Data? / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Douglas_French

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThird quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures were announced recently with that index rebounding to reflect that the US economy is growing again at a 3.5 percent rate. The financial talking heads rejoiced and investors continue to power the stock markets higher. Fed Chair Ben Bernanke even predicted that the recession was over when he told the Brookings Institute in mid-September, "From a technical perspective, the recession is very likely over at this point."

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why is the Stock Market Rising While Unemployment is Soaring / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDaniel Gross points out that part of the reason that the American stock markets are going up even though unemployment is rising and the real economy suffering is because multinational corporations headquartered in the U.S. are experiencing strong sales abroad:

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Politics

Monday, November 02, 2009

Government Statistics and Lies / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

There has been a lot of talk in Washington recently about senior citizens, mostly about how various healthcare reform models would help or hurt them. But there is another critical issue that has quietly devastated seniors financially over the last few decades. It concerns how the cost of living is calculated. How does the administration justify not giving a cost of living increase to Social Security recipients this year? According to the official Consumer Price Index calculation, life has gotten cheaper for the first time in decades. If the government can show statistically that the cost of living has gone down, not up, then they can make the case for not giving a cost of living increase to social security recipients. But does this match reality? Using older calculations of CPI, the cost of living has actually increased - by roughly 5%.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fed Determined to Inflate Another Asset Bubble / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Larson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere goes oil, surging past $80-a-barrel. That’s up 150 percent from the December low, in case you’re keeping score.

Gasoline? Wholesale prices are up more than 40 cents a gallon in just under a month …

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bernanke Guilty of Coercion and Market Manipulation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn April Let the Criminal Indictments Begin: Paulson, Bernanke, Lewis I made the case that BAC chairman Lewis was guilty of fraud and Paulson was guilty of coercion in regards to the shotgun wedding between Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, October 19, 2009

U.S. Treasury Controlled by Wall Street / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Bob_Chapman

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSome of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s closest aides, none of whom faced Senate confirmation, earned millions of dollars a year working for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other Wall Street firms, according to financial disclosure forms.

The advisers include Gene Sperling, who last year took in $887,727 from Goldman Sachs and $158,000 for speeches mostly to financial companies, including the firm run by accused Ponzi scheme mastermind R. Allen Stanford. Another top aide, Lee Sachs, reported more than $3 million in salary and partnership income from Mariner Investment Group, a New York hedge fund.

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Companies

Monday, October 19, 2009

WaMu Insider Trading and Naked Short Selling / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece discussing allegations of insider trading and illegal naked short selling of Washington Mutual, involving the banking cartel and potentially their hedge fund clients.

In this piece, I provided a link to the SEC complaint I submitted on October 7, 2008.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, October 15, 2009

U.S. Stock Markets Disconnected from Reality / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: John_Browne

Earlier this year, I predicted that the 2009 rally in U.S. stocks could bring the Dow Jones Index as high as 10,000. It looks like that level has been achieved. If, at this point, the index reverses course, I would have made a fairly good prediction.

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Politics

Saturday, October 03, 2009

How Goldman Sachs Lobbies the Senate / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Matt_Taibbi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe SEC is holding a public round table Tuesday to explore several issues around securities lending, which has expanded into a big moneymaker for Wall Street firms and pension funds. Regulation hasn’t kept pace, some industry participants contend. Securities lending is central to the practice of short selling, in which investors borrow shares and sell them in a bet that the price will decline. Short sellers later hope to buy back the shares at a lower price and return them to the securities lender, booking a profit. Lending and borrowing also help market makers keep stock trading functioning smoothly.

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Companies

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Biggest Banking Heist in World History: Washington Mutual / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis September 25th 2009 marked the one-year anniversary of Washington Mutual’s seizure, by the Office of Thrift Supervision (supposedly) as a result of insolvency (supposedly).

Last year, on October 7th, I sent the SEC a (rushed) formal complaint highlighting my concerns regarding insider trading and other illegal activities associated with WaMu.

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Commodities

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gold Market Manipulation Smoking Guns and Monetary Power / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"The transcending value seen in the Dollar has lost its foundation..."

A SHORT SERIES of secret memos, published and dissected at ZeroHedge, provide the "smoking gun" of gold-market manipulation. Apparently.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Federal Reserve Has Attempted to Corner the Credit Market / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDaniel Aaronson and Lee Markowitz write: During a market corner, a buyer accumulates an asset with the intention of driving the price higher without any regard for its true value.  Additionally, the buyer amasses such a large holding that market prices cannot remain elevated without continuous buying.  For example, when the Hunt Brothers cornered the silver market, silver rose from $11 per ounce in September 1979 to nearly $50 an ounce in January 1980.  Eventually, the Hunt Brothers stopped buying silver as they ran out of capital and the market for silver dried up.  As happens with all market corners, when the buyer disappeared from the market, the price of silver spiraled downward.  The Federal Reserve, knowingly or not, has cornered the credit market.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 25, 2009

Surmounting The Cartels’ ‘End Game’ Juggernaut, An Overview & Update Of Cartel Strategy / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The sun is setting on the US dollar as the ultra-loose monetary policy of the US Federal Reserve forces China and the vibrant economies of the emerging world to forge a new global currency order, according to a new report by HSBC.”

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Great Fed Financed U.S. Dollar Decline and Stock Market Rally of 2009 / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Prof_Rodrigue_Trembl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power."  Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd and longest-serving US president 

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 18, 2009

Banking Cartels Angst Equals Investor Advantage / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Consider the dramatic decline in the value of the dollar since The Fed was established (Ed. 1913). The goods and services you could buy for $1 in 1913 now cost nearly $21. We might say that the government and its banking cartel have together stolen 95 cents of every dollar as they have pursued a relentlessly inflating policy.”- Rep. Ron Paul, American Conservative, October, 2009

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Commodities

Friday, September 11, 2009

Crude Oil Manipulation Reality, Close Look at the Almost Perfect Crime / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSome time ago, GATA Secretary / Treasurer Chris Powell gave a speech titled, There are no markets anymore, just interventions.  These sage words have stuck in my head.  While Mr. Powell was specifically referencing manipulations in the precious metals markets, I am revisiting the concept as it relates to the crude oil market. 

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Politics

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Taking Down a Nation: Money, Murder and National Sovereignty / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Nikki_Alexander

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you wanted to destroy the infrastructure that holds our constitutional republic in place, how would you go about that? As with a controlled demolition you would need to dislodge the foundation from the bedrock where it is anchored and weaken the framework that holds the structure together. In practice, you would demolish the laws that support the legal and financial structure. Our constitutional republic would then collapse into its own footprint, meeting no resistance. 

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Interest-Rates

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Interest Rate Cosa Nostra / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRecently, Bloomberg News reported that a legal brouhaha has developed in Italy surrounding the municipality of Milan entering into a refinancing package, including retiring older existing debt and associated interest rate swaps, with a combination of new bonds and interest rate swap agreements designed to protect Milan against a rise in long-term interest rates, back in 2005.  This financing was arranged with a quartet of banks including J.P. Morgan Chase, U.B.S. AG, Deutsche Bank AG and Depfa Bank Plc.

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Politics

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bernanke's REAL Legacy Helping Goldman Sachs Fleece Us All / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Graham_Summers

I’ve watched with first amusement, then disgust, and ultimately outrage as various pundits proclaimed Bernanke’s efforts “saved the financial system” or helped the US “weather the storm.” Bernanke did NO such thing. You could train a chimpanzee to hit the “print money” button at the Fed every-time the Fed phone rings with a Wall Street number and get the same results. To date, Bernanke has spent or put the taxpayer on the hook for some $24 TRILLION in bailouts, lending windows, and off balance sheet arrangements.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stock Market Rally Engineered by the Government / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Global_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBob Chapman writes: Since March we have watched a stock market rally borne by low volume and short covering. The gains are reminiscent of the rallies of 1930 and 1932. What you are witnessing is a rally engineered by our government. If you watch the tape and you can read it you can see exactly what they are doing, and how they are doing it. Yes, it is legal under an Executive Order singed by President Ronald Reagan in the aftermath of the October 19th, 1997 collapse of the stock market. It was named the “Working Group on Financial Markets” and was to be used for such emergencies. Unfortunately, like many things in government, the mission of the “Plunge Protection Team” has been distorted. For over the last more than ten years it has been used to manipulate markets 24/7. Thus, what you are witnessing is a sucker rally, which has little hope of lasting.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Manipulated Stock Market, Watch the last 30 minutes of Trading / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThrough this year and the last, the last 30 minutes of trading has been a critical point for manipulation. Countless times the market has shown signs of breaking below critical resistance points, only to have stocks rally sharply in the final 30 minutes of trading. Indeed, there were even several days in which stocks actually reversed losses to close at a gain all in the final 10 minutes.

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Commodities

Friday, August 21, 2009

Goldman Sachs Over Regulation Could Lead to Higher Crude Oil and Commodity Prices / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeter Krauth writes: After earning hefty profits on its commodities trading for nearly 18 years, heavyweight trader Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) now finds itself on the hot seat, defending this crucial source of revenue.

And while that may not be good for Goldman, it’s also bad for investors.  Let me explain…

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Stock-Markets

Friday, August 21, 2009

Watch Your Back on Wall Street, Seriously / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: I remember my first time "getting used" by Wall Street... It was for 500 bucks. But I was disgusted by it. It was in my own firm!

Here's the story...

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Politics

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Was the 2008 Financial Collapse An Inside Job? / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Robert_Singer

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMaybe it’s the smoke from Mt. Vesuvius that keeps Arianna Huffington and the financial community from seeing that the economic collapse has nothing to do with the Fed "missing" the warning signs leading up to the October meltdown.

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”   John F. Kennedy

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wall Streets Latest Trick To Generate Profits- High Frequency Trading / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) disclosed recently that it had 46 "$100 million trading days" in the second quarter of 2009. That was a record number, even for one of the biggest players on Wall Street.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Controlling the Global Economy: Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission and the Federal Reserve Part2 / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Global_Research

Controlling the Global Economy: Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission and the Federal Reserve Part2

Continues from Part 1 Here

Globalization: A Liberal-Mercantilist Economic Order?

Neo-Liberals Take the Forefront

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Companies

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Mega-Bank Juice Earning Numbers and Cartel Market Manipulations / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“…what's bad for America is good for Goldman Sachs…

Indeed, as one of the biggest primary dealers of US Treasuries, Goldman Sachs has a huge vested interest in the United States digging a deeper and deeper hole…

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Stock-Markets

Friday, August 07, 2009

Jobs Report Surprises the Financial Markets Again, Triggering Triple Digit Dow Moves / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Sy_Harding

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I have been pointing out for many years, the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report has the record for coming in with a surprise in one direction or the other more often than any other economic report, and therefore produces more immediate triple-digit moves by the Dow in one direction or the other in reaction.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Goldman Sachs the Great American Financial Markets Bubble Machine / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Global_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMatt Taibbi writes: From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression - and they're about to do it again 

The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who's Who of Goldman Sachs graduates.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Fed Laundering Money through the Big Banks Into the Stock Market / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFed Chairman Ben Bernanke is a man who knows how Washington works and uses that knowledge to great effect.  His appearances on Capital Hill are always worth watching. He sits politely with his hands folded in front of him playing the bashful professor while one one preening congressman after another makes a fool out of themself. In contrast, Bernanke looks like a modest and thoughtful academic faithfully upholding the public's trust.  But things aren't always as they seem. The Fed chief is sticking it to the American people big-time and no one seems to have any idea of what's really going on. Former hedge fund manager Andy Kessler sums it up in a recent Wall Street Journal article, "The Bernanke Market". Here's a clip:

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Manipulated Government GDP Statistics Report is Just Plain Wrong / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Dr_Martenson

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe GDP report was released Friday (7/31/09) and it was a compendium of incomprehensible and illogical numbers and, worse, it is just plain wrong.

Of course, since so much rides on an accurate assessment of our true economic state of affairs it behooves us to make sense of it as best we can understanding that the GDP report is less than perfect and riddled with difficult-to-rationalize statistical manipulations and quirky additions.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Economic Statistical Deceptions to Sell U.S. Treasury Bonds / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week on NPR a professor in the Sloan School of Management at MIT explained that what is really at stake in the health care bill is the US government’s ability to borrow. In other words, the bill is about cutting health care costs, not about providing hard-pressed Americans with health care.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wall Street's Love Affair with Ben Bernanke / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA careful reading of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's op-ed in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, shows that Bernanke thinks the economy is in a deflationary spiral that will last for some time.

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Companies

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs Making Billions in Profits From the Tax Payers / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTwo important headlines this morning, both of them fraudulent: "Chinese economy bounces back," says one headline in the International Herald Tribune.

"JPMorgan profit soars despite downturn," says another.

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Companies

Monday, July 20, 2009

Goldman Sachs: A Vampire On The Jugular Of America / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Darryl_R_Schoon

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article…organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy -  Matt Taibbi

In Rolling Stone Magazine, Matt Taibbi wrote what would never be read in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Fortune, Barrons and certainly not in the Washington

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Companies

Friday, July 17, 2009

All Businesses Should Be Lucky Enough To Be Big Banks! / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Sy_Harding

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe half-dozen or so banks that became too big to fail have had it good. They received $billions in taxpayer bailout money and loan guarantees, were hand-fed lucrative deals to take over the choicest parts of less fortunate competitors, were allowed to exchange some of the toxic waste assets on their books with the Fed for Treasury bonds, and have been able to hire the best of the many newly unemployed bankers and traders.

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Companies

Friday, July 17, 2009

Surmounting Deception, Distortion & Intervention Thus Protecting Profits & Wealth / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The Bank (Goldman Sachs – Ed.) has raised the possibility that there is a danger that somebody who knew how to use this program could use it to manipulate markets in unfair ways.” Joseph Facciponti, Assistant U.S. Attorney, July 4, 2009

The significance of the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s statement at the Bail Hearing for the former Goldman employee, Sergey Aleynikov, who was charged with stealing Goldman Sachs trading software, goes far beyond the issue of the alleged theft.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cautions for Investors and Traders Regarding Interventions / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Continues from Part1 - Banking Cartels Engineered Financial Crisis Endgame
We issue a word of caution to our readers.  So long as The Cartel is in a very active interventional mode (e.g. as in taking down the price of Gold and Silver) do not be lured into thinking that the periodic up spikes in the prices of Gold and Silver necessarily present a "breakout" or a buying opportunity.  As a practical matter, technical breakouts are sometimes a lure designed to suck in more "longs" prior to a subsequent deeper Takedown.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Banking Cartels Engineered Financial Crisis Endgame / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“…what is the reason for this “seemingly random monetary mess that multiplies its momentum every day?  The answer, in one word, control.  The elite/insiders already have control of the financial system, but they wanted more, much more…and it was not random, it was planned.” (emphasis added)

 “How will all the above manifest itself in your life?  The answer:  “All you own will shrink...your income, assets, net worth, will shrink year after year in real terms inflation adjusted and possibly also nominally.” - HS Letter, April 27, 2008.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Pompous Financial Market Prognosticators Revisited / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Nick_Barisheff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe experts go into denial as the credit crisis unfolds- In 2001, Colin Seymour published an article entitled 1927-1933 Chart of Pompous Prognosticators. In it, he documented the many Depression-era assurances given by politicians, economists, financial experts and the media to the public, protesting that everything was fine and there was nothing to worry about. Meanwhile, the stock market would decline by 92%, the US dollar would be devalued by 40%, real estate would drop 30% and unemployment would soar to 25%.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Are Financial Markets being Manipulated by "Rogue Traders"? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDanny Schechter writes: There’s New Evidence to Suggest that Crime In The Financial Markets is Rife.

New York, New York: Everyone has heard of the Wikipedia but not everyone knows about the Investopedia, a Forbes website, that monitors finance for market players.  One of the issues it is concerned about is market manipulation, actions by rogue and not so rogue players who, working alone or together, unduly influence the way our supposed “free” markets function.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Why have we Abandoned Free Markets? / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Michael_Pento

It astonishes me to see how quickly this country has embraced a socialist mentality and how readily it has accepted the belief that the source of our problems was an unfettered free market. Perhaps it is because those in power do not understand what the term free market truly means. If they indeed understood what a free market entails, then it would be impossible for them to lay blame upon it.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Trend Following or Market Trend Manipulation? / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Andrew_Abraham

Trend following commodity futures trading as well as stock traders were villified last year as speculators. Even George Soros came out with the statement that the rampant rise of crude oil was due to speculators. Trend following commodity trading advisors are speculators but they do not manipulate trends. On of the main principles of trend following is that there is a trend to follow. Commodity traders surely can not start trends. Commodity traders are accused of throwing markets in disorder. As an example in Bloomberg news yesterday it was reported that The Commodity Futures Trading Commission ( CFTC) will announce plans to introduce curbs on speculation of commodities including energy.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

CFTC: Corrupt Foxes Tending Chickens / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Midas_Letter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAll the hyperbole in the mainstream media announcing imminent changes by the CFTC (Commodities and Futures Trading Commission) amounts only to so much spin and P.R. There aren’t too many thinking adults involved even peripherally in the global poker game known as the Futures market who still believe the house always wins by dint of natural statistical preference.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, July 03, 2009

Banking Stocks Short Selling Ban Reinstatement SEC Idiocy / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInquiring minds are reading S.E.C. May Reinstate Rules for Short-Selling Stocks.

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Politics

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Make Bernie Madoff the Next Fed Chairman / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBill Bonner writes: Poor Bernie. The man has been ordered to spend 150 years in the hoosegow. What for? Who did he kill? A century and a half seems a little excessive for a financial crime. You could hold up three liquor stores and rape a whole convent and still not get 150 years. With a little bit of good lawyer-ing, a history of child abuse in the family, and good behavior in the big house, you’d be back on the street in 18 months.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Faber & Greenspan: Shills for Fed Snake Oil on Deflation and Hyperinflation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Just how can the Fed credibly promise to be irresponsible...?"

HERE'S A THOUGHT – that tiny handful of investors and analysts warning how Fed policy risks hyper-inflation are in fact doing the central bank's work.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Is the U.S. Fed Juicing the Stock Market? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhy has the stock market been on a 3-month tear when the economy is undergoing the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression? The S&P 500 has shot up 40% from its low on March 9 and the Dow Jones Industrials have followed close behind. Is this a typical bear market rally or is the invisible hand of the Fed goosing the markets?

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Politics

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Goldman Sachs The Fourth Branch of the U.S. Government / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleQuietly and almost unnoticed by most Americans, the US Federal Government introduced a fourth branch to its political structure in 2006.  As you know we already had three branches, they are:

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Stock-Markets

Monday, June 29, 2009

CNBC Admits to Manipulated Market that Continues To Be Propped Up By Government Intervention And Manipulation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReaders of my articles and those of other authors on this site will have long come to know that CNBC lacks any credibility as it continued to pump out bullish market propaganda in the face of the severest bear market since the 1930's, whilst at the same time engaging in the re-writing of history on the channels past market calls as witnessed numerous times on Jim Cramer's Mad Money Show.

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Politics

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fed Market Manipulation, Surmounting The Main Threat To Profits And Protection / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Some people think that the Federal Reserve Banks are United States Government Institutions. They are private monopolies which prey upon the people of these United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers; foreign and domestic speculators and swindlers; and rich and predatory money lenders.” - The Honorable Louis McFadden, Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee in the 1930s

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Politics

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Source of the Current Economic Crisis: "A Chicago State of Mind" / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMaidhc Ó'Cathail writes: Worried about the global economic crisis? It’s all in your head, says a leading financial expert. 

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, June 25, 2009

U.S. Financial System, The Audacity of CHANGE (Part 1) / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEver since (finally) acknowledging the problems within the real estate and banking industries, several historic actions have been taken by Washington, Wall Street, the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury – all in desperation.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Stock Shock" Movie Exposes Wall Sreet Corruption and Inept Regulation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Submissions

“STOCK SHOCK” is the movie sending shock-waves through America’s financial centers, exposing the dark underbelly of America’s worst stock market sharks, laying out the sordid financial schemes that led to America’s economic collapse in early 2009.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, June 15, 2009

Manipulated Bond & Stocks Markets / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs suspected last week, mutual and hedge fund managers could not resist the temptation to push stocks higher in month end window dressing given the opportunity, so they did. And I wouldn’t doubt for a minute the bureaucracy’s price managers were told to make stocks look good at week’s end because of Geithnier’s trip to China, where he is on his first official US paper selling junket. There’s really no other explanation for why stocks mysteriously surged at the close on Friday due to futures buying. (Later Monday we found out it was broker related buying to aid their secondary issues the following week.)

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Politics

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Bush Doctrine, Economic Warfare and Your Investment Portfolio / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLet us be clear, that in the aftermath of 9/11, American policy vis-à-vis its relations with the rest of the world changed forever under the aegis of the Bush Doctrine:

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Stock-Markets

Friday, June 12, 2009

How to Forecast Stock and Commodity Asset Prices / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePick a Number...Any Number - "We are entering upon waters for which I have no chart and in which I therefore feel myself an utterly incompetent pilot." – James Warburg of the banking dynasty, resigning as President Roosevelt's monetary advisor, 1933

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Stock-Markets

Friday, May 29, 2009

How Manipulated Financial Markets Really Work / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWall Street's mantra is that markets move randomly and reflect the collective wisdom of investors. The truth is quite opposite. The government's visible hand and insiders control markets and manipulate them up or down for profit - all of them, including stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Banking and Finance "Over the Rainbow" Smoke and Mirrors / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis writer just completed a six-part series on Ellen Brown's remarkable 2007 book titled "Web of Debt." This article follows from it by picking up on the theme she struck, using L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" as a combination parable, monetary allegory, and political manifesto for change at a time it's most needed.

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Politics

Friday, May 22, 2009

Frauds R' Us: The Scams and Crimes of Wall Street / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDanny Schechter writes: So many of us know in detail about all the false warnings and exaggerated claims that were used to justify the war in Iraq. By now, six years later, and after many books, reports, news stories and films (hopefully including my two books and film, Weapons of Mass Deception), we see the pattern of lies and deception. We realize that a fraud was committed against the American people and see what its consequences have been for the people of this country, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Politics

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Banksters Remain Firmly in Charge of the "New" Wall Street / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWall Street wants to regain your trust. Mutual fund managers, stockbrokers, Wall Street executives, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) want Americans to keep the faith that buying and holding stocks, for the long term, is a key to building personal wealth. This is a tough sell considering Americans have watched their 401(k)s become 201(k)s. Not to worry says the laughable SEC, they’ve got your back covered.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Global Systemic Financial Crisis Surrealism at the Heart of Stock Market Trends / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGEAB writes: The financial surrealism which has been at the heart of stock market trends, financial indicators and political commentaries in the past two months, is in fact the swan song of the referential framework within which the world has lived since 1945.

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Economics

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Misleading Jobless Claims Economic Data and Recessions / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Tim_Iacono

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the many "green shoots" that has popped up recently for the U.S. economy is the possible peaking of weekly jobless claims, what has been increasingly referred to as a "reliable" indicator for the end of recessions since 1967 when this data was first collected. The chart below, similar to the one published by CR in this item from a couple weeks ago shows the correlation.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Are The Financial Markets Addicted to Deception? / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: T_Anthony_Michael

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe current self destruction of Crony Cowboy Capitalism has struck a death blow to the Anglo-American Corpocracy.  This in turn will result in the long awaited demise of UK-US Imperialism and, ultimately, cause the downfall of the British/American Empire.  The consequent deterioration of Civil Society by way of the ongoing financial/economic, political/social and moral/religious bankruptcy will lead to the inevitable collapse and dissolution of Western Civilization as we know it. 

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Politics

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Wall Street Banks Trying to Rig Stress Test Results / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNew York, New York: Dick Durbin knows his way around the Senate. He’s been there a long time, long enough to know how things really work. Over the years, the man from Illinois has come to realize that it’s not the elected officials who are in charge. Last week, he said it was the bankers “who run the place” acknowledging that Senators may be in office, but not necessarily in power.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Stocks Rise on G20 and FASB Hopes, Can Pigs Really Fly? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Fed / Treasury first announced that banks would be subject to stress tests back on Feb. 10, 2009.  This WSJ account is the earliest mention we’ve been able to find:

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Companies

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Citigroup Stock Price Spread Market Manipulation Conspiracy or Free Market? / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA - From my vantage point here in Beijing this week, I find my mind drifting this morning closer to home and specifically back to Citigroup Inc. (C).

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Politics

Monday, April 20, 2009

Big Bank Bogus Profits, Massive Public and Investor Deception / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Weiss writes: A big bank CEO on a mission to deceive the public doesn’t have to tell outright lies. He can con people just as easily by using “perfectly legal” tricks, shams, and accounting ruses.

First, I’ll give you the big-picture facts. Then, I’ll show you how big U.S. banks are painting lipstick on some of the fattest pigs ever raised.

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Politics

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Goldman Sachs Tries to Shut Down Financial Blogger Mike Morgan / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMike Morgan is a registered investment adviser and a scrappy shoot-from-the-hip guy who doesn't mince his words. Recently Morgan has come under fire from investment giant Goldman Sachs for his hard-hitting web site "Facts about Goldman Sachs".

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Politics

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Socialism and Wall Streets Quest to Seperate People from their Money / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"History is littered with post-crisis regulations. If there are undue restrictions on the operations of businesses, they may view it to be their job to get around them, and you sow the seeds of the next crisis." – Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment analyst, CharlesSchwab & Co., a leading US provider of investment services. 1

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Politics

Sunday, April 05, 2009

America's Financial Oligarchy Is Still in Control  / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Lorimer_Wilson

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States . One of the most alarming is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government”, says Simon Johnson, a chief economist with the International Monetary Fund in 2007 and 2008. In an article entitled “The Quiet Coup” in the May, 2009 issue of the Atlantic magazine he (with James Kwak) goes on to say that “if the IMF's staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform and if we are to prevent a true depression, we're running out of time”.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Dow Jones the Manipulated Stock Market Index / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat About the Original Dow 30 Stocks?
Adding and Subtracting Value
The Original Dow 30 Components
A Few Thoughts from Richard Russell
How to Succeed at Writing
Conversations on Banks

Tonight (Saturday) some 450 people will come together in San Diego to honor Richard Russell, who has been writing the Dow Theory Letter for over 50 years. In that spirit, in today's letter we are going to look deep inside the Dow, back to its very roots. The Dow is a price-weighted index as opposed to a cap-weighted index. Does that make a difference in performance? Specifically, does it affect how the Dow has performed since it was expanded to 30 names in 1928? There are some real surprises we have found, and I think you will find this letter very interesting.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, March 16, 2009

Who is Really Making Money? Part III / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Stathis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn Part II of this series, I discussed how Don Luskin serves as one of the biggest Wall Street hacks on TV. This is specifically why Larry Kudlow has him on his pro-Wall Street, neo-conservatism show. I demonstrated just how dedicated Luskin is towards this mission by discussing his ever so timely op-ed in the Washington Post. So let me finish where I left off.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, March 12, 2009

“Watch TV Make Money” Who is Really Making Money? Part II / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Stathis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLet me continue where I left off from Part I of this series. Kudlow has my book, as does Cramer and hundreds of other useless media clowns and shills. And they've had it for nearly two years, giving them more than ample time to realize what to expect. Yet, they continue to air clowns with terrible track records, whose sole purpose is to fool investors. And when they feel the need to admit problems, they air snake-oil salesmen who have been predicting doom for over a decade. In either case, they don't air credible experts with proven track records. Instead, they interview guys with agendas. Guys who will be preaching doom twenty years from now because that's their marketing pitch. The media also interviews guys in the “club” – guys like Peter Schiff who they know won't say something to draw attention to financial industry executives as the blame for this mess. These are the guys who agree to play by the media's rules in order to protect their agendas.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

CNBC Jim Cramer Repetitive Bear Market Bottom Wrong Calls / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"He Has No Idea, NO IDEA, of how Bad his Market Calls are" - This article continues on from where the last one left off ( Why Watching CNBC Could Destroy Your Portfolio) in the deconstruction of CNBC talking bobble heads repeatedly bullish market calls whilst the stocks bear market continued to rage, that continued to destroy the value of CNBC viewers portfolios. This article focus's CNBC's chief stock picking guru, Jim Cramer's market calls against actual outcomes which will hopefully prevent the further destruction of portfolio values.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Great American Pump And Dump Fraud / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: David_Haas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere is a useful definition straight from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) web page which describes several different types of scams investors need to be wary of.

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Economics

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Inflation Statistics Manipulation: The Goldsmiths Part XXIX / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Robert_Bradshaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBeing an old man, and often living on a small social security check, it was logical that I would take an interest in the US government manipulation of the so-called inflation rate (from the CPI) since it affects the Cost of Living (COLA) payments due social security recipients and most other retirees.

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Currencies

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

U.S. and China Play Currency Manipulation Chicken Game / Currencies / Market Manipulation

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“China is manipulating its currency,” proclaims incoming Treasury Secretary Geithner. Talking about “manipulation” is helpful only if one's intent is to impress a local and insult a foreign audience. More productive may be plain talk - the U.S. and China could issue a joint statement along the lines of: “China and the U.S. agree that both will act in their respective self-interest in setting exchange rate policy.”

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dow Jones Industrial Averages Index Price Anomaly / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: David_Urban

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the last week, a number of articles were written about the distortions in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Because of the collapse of the financial sector the DJIA, a price-weighted index, has become distorted. In a price-weighted index, each stock price is divided by a divisor to determine its price makeup within the index. Normally this is not a major problem but as of the closing bell on Monday, January 26th, four stocks trade below $10 per share and nine stocks trade below $20 per share. This interesting anomaly deserves a closer look.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Financial Crisis TARP Bailouts and Dow Jones Index Manipulation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: John_Mauldin

  • Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStocks for the Long Run and Other Myths
  • Mister Softee is Only Worth 136 Dow Points
  • Nash-Kelvinator, Studebaker, and Other US Giants
  • TARP 3 and 4 Are on the Way

What does it mean for Citigroup to be at $3? As it turns out, it distorts the information we think we are getting from the Dow Jones Industrial Index. And more TARP money is surely in our future, and far more than anyone in authority is now suggesting. This week's letter will cover both topics and a little more. I think you will find it interesting.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wall Street's Rigged Casino / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Jennifer_Barry

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast year was certainly a turbulent one for investors. Not only did good assets and companies sell off with bad, but the very integrity of the U.S. markets was brought into question. Financial firms spend millions of dollars convincing the average citizen that investing in stocks is necessary and prudent, yet the playing field is far from level. Fraud, naked shorting and other forms of manipulation are now endemic to the American markets. As Overstock's lawyer, John O'Quinn points out, “You have more chance to be treated fairly in a casino in Vegas.” How can you invest if you can't trust the system?

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Stock-Markets

Monday, January 12, 2009

Financial System in Serious Trouble, Investment Gods Are Angry / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Working Capital Model (WCM) is an historically new methodology, but with roots deeply imbedded in the building blocks of capitalism, and financial psychology--- if there actually is such a thing.

The earliest forms of capitalism sprung from ancient Roman mercantilism, which involved the production of goods and their distribution to people or countries around the Mediterranean.

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Commodities

Friday, January 09, 2009

Fraudulent Commodity Market Manipulations Vs Money Printing / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn Fraud We Trust - Amazing, isn't it, how times have changed? Just [Wed.] this morning, President elect Barack Obama stood before microphones and television cameras and told the world that his administration was set to inherit an annual deficit of 1.2 TRILLION dollars. He went on to add that the fiscal 2009 amount did not even include “his” stimulus plan, rumored to be as much as an additional TRILLION dollars, reportedly geared toward infrastructure spending, would be required to “jump start” the U.S. economy.

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Economics

Friday, November 21, 2008

Manipulated Inflation Statistics An Undisclosed Act of Treason / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor those of you who are unfamiliar with the work of John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics fame; this missive should prove to be quite an eye opener. For those who are familiar with Williams' work – this is nothing more than logical extension[s] and conclusions.

Walter J. "John" Williams was born in 1949. He received an A.B. in Economics, ***** laude, from Dartmouth College in 1971, and was awarded a M.B.A. from Dartmouth 's Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1972, where he was named an Edward Tuck Scholar. During his career as a consulting economist, John has worked with individuals as well as Fortune 500 companies.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, November 07, 2008

J.P. Morgan Loving Their Market Manipulation Handiwork / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe following research paper was compiled as the basis for a radio interview with Patrick Timpone at One Radio Network .

Morgan is the quintessential leviathan in the Interest Rate arena through their obscenely sized Medium-Term Interest Rate Swap book which stood at 59 Trillion at June 30, 2008 .

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Greenspan the Maestro vs. the Market / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Ayn_Rand

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlex Epstein writes: Alan Greenspan claims that the free market failed to prevent the financial crisis, and that he is “shocked” that his professed “free-market ideology” turned out to contain a “flaw.”

But why should we take him seriously? Greenspan, while once associated with laissez-faire philosopher Ayn Rand, hasn't advocated genuinely free markets for decades. Remember, this is a man who for two decades reveled in being, as the New York Times put it, “the infallible maestro of the financial system.”

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Companies

Friday, October 31, 2008

Hedge Fund Managers in Tears as Volkswagen Triggers Short-Squeeze / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"I have hedge fund managers literally in tears on the phone..." – a London broker, quoted this week

ODD THINGS were happening to the price of Volkswagen – the world's third-largest auto-maker – long before it leapt 187% higher inside two days at the end of October. For a brief moment, and amid the worst-ever stock market rout in history, VW became the planet's most highly-valued corporation bar none at the end of October.

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Commodities

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Comex Gold and Silver Markets Hurtling Towards Default / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe COMEX gold & silver markets are each hurtling down a dangerous path toward default. The artificial paper price has created enormous physical demand, and hampered supply production, if not delivery. The gap between the JPMorgan-led corrupted phony paper price and the legitimate physical price in actual trading markets has grown sharply, enough to force a breakdown like in any distorted market. When December contracts in gold & silver are demanded to be satisfied via delivery of the metal, it will be clear that the COMEX is running a scam. A default is highly likely. Of course, they can continue to deny contract holders the right to benefit from delivery, as they have been doing for months to ‘Non-Economic Customers' but soon the ‘Commercial Customers' will be defrauded. Arrests are warranted. We will see how this corruption unfolds.

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Commodities

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gold Market Dis-Information Specialists Ply Their Trade / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTim Gardiner, president and CEO, Mitsui & Co. Precious Metals Inc. appeared on Canada's Business News Network [BNN] and – in a ridiculous attempt to explain the recent demolishing of the gold price - made the claim that demand for gold was down and, “the only reason for physical shortages of gold products at retail was ‘logistical' and due to a shortage of ‘blanks' from which the coins are stamped”.

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Commodities

Friday, October 10, 2008

Gold Price Manipulation- Bear Stearns Murdered at the Golden Gates / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMuch has already been written about the untimely demise of investment bank Bear Stearns. Most, if not all, that has been written to date – deals with issues related to equities / expiring options – or the share price.

Recently, new information has come to light which allows us to forensically examine the demise of Bear Stearns from a completely different angle – GOLD .

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Commodities

Friday, October 03, 2008

Manipulation of Gold and Commodity Prices to Prevent Inflation and Higher Interest Rates / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Invisible Hand and the Pox Known as Usury - First, from Wikipedia, a little background on usury :

Usury (pronounced /ˈjuːʒəri/ , comes from the Medieval Latin usuria , "interest" or "excessive interest", from the Latin usura "interest") originally meant the charging of interest on loans.  After countries legislated to limit the rate of interest on loans, usury came to mean the interest above the lawful rate. In common usage today, the word means the charging of unreasonable or relatively high rates of interest…..

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Stock-Markets

Friday, October 03, 2008

Time for Investors to Panic! SEC Abandons Sound Accounting Practices / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe SEC about-face on Mark to Market…the lunacy continues. This means it's time to run away.

I was not the only one who has been saying that the accountancy rules that mandated Mark to Market valuation of assets caused the Credit Crisis. And that this was making things worse.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Pre-Planned Financial / Economic 9-11 of 2008? / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: T_Anthony_Michael

WHAT: A pre-planned collapse of the US (and global) financial and economic systems.

WHO: The same characters who perpetrated the original 911.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Markets and Government Manipulation / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Submissions

Walter J. Burien writes: Let's Talk

Many people over the years have commented to me per the markets: "This is going to definitely happen" and then: " This is unbelievable that this has happened" as they watched their account balances flush down the toilet.

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Commodities

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Systemic Distrust and GATA Gold Conspiracy Hype / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFollowing is a well written email from "CP" on reasons why someone might be inclined to believe in various conspiracy theories. Let's take a look at what "CP" has to say.

From CP:
I always enjoy your writing and am a subscriber to someone I know you respect, and that is Steve Saville. He too does not see any collusion in the markets.


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Stock-Markets

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fed Imposes Financial Sector Imperialism over US Economy / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Hudson: "Greenspan saw his job as a cheerleader for people who were able to get rich fast; sort of like a pilot fish for sharks"

Mike Whitney Interviews Michael Hudson
1 Mike Whitney: The United States current account deficit is roughly $700 billion. That is enough "borrowed" capital to pay the yearly $120 billion cost of the war in Iraq, the entire $450 billion Pentagon budget, and Bush's tax cuts for the rich. Why does the rest of the world keep financing America's militarism via the current account deficit or is it just the unavoidable consequence of currency deregulation, "dollar hegemony" and globalization?

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Stock-Markets

Friday, August 29, 2008

Psychology of Financial Markets Conspiracy Theories / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn recent posts I have taken a look at various conspiracy theories on the rise of the dollar, the shortage of silver, and the manipulation of gold. Here is a synopsis. (Warning, some of these are very lengthy)

I discussed US dollar manipulation claims in

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Financial Markets Subterfuge Illusion and The Art Of Misdirection / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSubterfuge, illusion, and misdirection – this is what the bureaucracy perpetuates on the public every day. Please look over here at the giveaways and presents we have for you while we continue to defraud your children out of a future – all for the greater good you know. Not surprisingly then, the net result of all this is an increasingly debased society, which accounts for our willingness to allow the same for the currency. Quite literally, one couldn't make this stuff up if you tried, such supposedly wealthy and educated people willing to give up their liberties so easily, but at the same time this has all happened before (think Rome – Bread And Circuses), just not on this scale. And nobody wants to touch the subject matter because it's just that ugly, a dark reflection on what we have become. A society of gamblers and drug addicts who need a variety of fix every day just to get by.

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Economics

Thursday, August 14, 2008

US Deceptive Q2 GDP Based on Fraudulent Price Deflator / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is hard to find much positive regarding the gold trade lately. The attacks have been multi-faceted during the weak late summer season. So resort to something of value: THE TRUTH. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The greatest homage one can pay to the truth is to tell it.” When the US financial lattice work was showing clear signals of near total destruction, if not simple decimation, when USGovt bailouts seemed certain to cost in the trillion$ from mortgage agency rescues and FHA mortgage loan mulligans (second chance shot in golf), when US banks seemed caught in a race to raise more cash for equity from friendly foreign fools who fail to read the news, when the USEconomic recession has been turning broad and deep, when General Motors and Ford seem caught managing their death process toward a certain bankruptcy, THE USGOVT NEEDED A REALLY GOOD LIE FROM WHICH TO BUILD A DOLLAR BOUNCE.

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Economics

Monday, August 04, 2008

How Washington is Fooling You: Manipulated Employment Data / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Stathis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShell Game - The government and related agencies are responsible for reporting the nation's economic data. Thus, they're in the driver's seat to manipulate this data, while dumping so much of it onto consumers that they can't possibly analyze what's really going on. Each day, “critical” economic numbers are released by one or more agencies connected to Washington . And consumers look to Wall Street and the media to make heads or tails of this data. Of course, Wall Street is always going to paint a rosier picture for its own benefit. Meanwhile, the mainstream media merely serves as a puppet for Wall Street.

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Economics

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Washington Manipulation of GDP Data to Hide Recessions / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI continue where I left off – discussing just a few of the ways Washington tries to fool us by its misuse and manipulation of data. Washington likes to remind critics that Americans enjoy the highest living standard in the world. As evidence of this, government “experts” discuss statistics such as GDP growth, employment, wealth, income and wage growth, and other economic data without defining exactly what they are referring to or explaining all the assumptions used. In Part 1 of this series, we saw how hedonics can alter GDP and inflation data. Here we look at some additional problems with GDP. After you read this piece, I hope you will agree that the misuse of GDP data as an indicator of economic strength has been one of the biggest errors made in the field of U.S. economics.

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Companies

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dark Investment Pools May Render Traditional Market Analysis Ineffective / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes:"Why don't my traditional analytics work as well anymore?"

It's a question I get a lot. But chances are, it's not your analytics that have broken down. It's your execution that's not keeping up.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Silver Futures Market Exchange Rules Under an Emergency / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: David_Morgan

In last week's column I presented some fallacies that pertain to the silver market. The feedback I received was mixed; most was positive but some was negative, proclaiming that I was implying the "shorts" could not lose and investing in silver was almost hopeless.

This is not my studied position at all. In fact it has been my conviction from the time I began writing about the silver market that silver is one of the best investments to be made, from the year 2000 to present, and I still maintain that the physical silver and gold markets are the foundational investments that must be owned by any serious precious metals investor.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Paulson and Bernanke Bailout Friends on Wall Street, a Disaster for US Tax Payers / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Jason Simpkins writes: Standing on the steps of the U.S. Treasury building across the street from the White House, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson asked Congress for the power to prop up Fannie Mae ( FNM ) and Freddie Mac ( FRE ), the two failing mortgage giants involved with nearly half of the $12 trillion U.S. mortgage market.

"The president has asked me to work with Congress to act on this plan immediately," Paulson said Sunday. "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac play a central role in our housing finance system and must continue to do so in their current form as shareholder-owned companies. Their support for the housing market is particularly important as we work through the current housing correction."

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Are Dark Pools Destined to be the Next Financial Black Hole? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Keith_Fitz-Gerald

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe can almost hear that ominous " Jaws " theme music in the background and can see that huge dorsal fin as it slices threateningly through the water - knowing full well that the real terror is hidden beneath the water's surface.

But this time around, it's not a "Great White" that's sparking our fears; it's a well-capitalized and broadly based series of secret stock exchanges known as " Dark Pools of Liquidity ," "Dark Liquidity," or just "Dark Pools."

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Commodities

Monday, June 30, 2008

Financial Authorities Acting Above The Law  / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAbove the law – that's where financial authorities, politicos, and bureaucrats think they are – a farce justified on the premise extreme times justify extreme measures. Moreover, they routinely lie and cheat the public out their savings to protect their own positions, as opposed to living up to oath's of office and serving the public's interest. Some may say this has always been true, and perhaps this is the case, even within our modern era of globalization, technological advancement, and modern society. And if you so take a close look at it, things have been getting worse in this respect since Nixon dropped the Gold Standard in 1971, along with a loss of freedom and liberties.

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Portfolio

Monday, June 23, 2008

Quarterly Window Dressing- A Recurrent Wall Street Scam / Portfolio / Market Manipulation

By: Steve_Selengut

"The time has come the walrus said, to talk of many things": Of corrections--portfolios--- and window dressing--- of market cycles--- wizards--- and reality.

Quarterly portfolio window dressing is one of many immortal Jaberwock-like creatures that roam the granite canyons of the Manhattan triangle, sending inappropriate signals to unwary investors and media spokespersons.  Many of you, like the unsuspecting young oysters in the Lewis Carroll classic, are responding to the daily news nonsense with fear instead of embracing the new opportunities that are surely right there, cloaked, just beyond your short-term vision field.

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Companies

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Why Mark-to-Market is Bad News for Shareholders / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Martin_Hutchinson

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“When I use a word” said Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's “ Through the Looking-Glass ,” “it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”

It has always been the ambition of Wall Street to bring its financial statements under a similar type of discipline. And if the The Institute for International Finance Inc.'s new proposal on “mark-to-market” accounting is implemented, Wall Street will have achieved this objective.

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Politics

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Real US Economic Misery Index / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNilus Mattive writes: Santa Barbara is hardly the picture of poverty. Oprah's mansion is there, and the city's median house is worth a cool million. Heck, I proposed to my wife there — we ate some tremendous sushi on State Street and relished in the city's upscale vibe.

So imagine my surprise when I learned that 12 of Santa Barbara's parking lots have recently been converted into nightly homeless shelters!

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Economics

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Manipulated Economic Statistics and the Battle for Citizenry Perceptions / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith consumer confidence now testing generational lows, our politicians are never the less continuously assuring us that the economy is strong, and that there is no cause for worry.

Although it is standard procedure for governments to soothe their citizenry with placebo politics in order to avoid panic and uprising, there is a line after which such a campaign is counterproductive.  In fact, misleading statements about financial security are potentially dangerous to the country's long term economic well being, and potentially toxic to investors.

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Commodities

Monday, May 19, 2008

Central Bankers Art of Misdirection  / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCentral planers and Wall Street prestidigitators are getting better at having people concentrate on the wrong things at the wrong times in my opinion. In terms of present circumstances are concerned, we are referring to their ability to have the street focused on a manufactured rally in the dollar ($), while the effects of their previous inflation efforts run rampant throughout commodity markets, all the while having no material impact on improving the credit crisis, which is of course justification for printing the copious amounts of fiat currency they enjoy so much. What's worse, this latest round of misdirection, a technique used by magicians in case you are unaware, will likely only make the effects of rapid monetary inflation worse over time as more will be needed, despite present claims that the worst of the crisis is over , and that it's onward and upwards from here.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, April 25, 2008

Government Intervention Distorts Market Prices and Results in Inflation / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThose unfamiliar with marketplace dynamics may not recognize how government activity has created price distortions across our economy. But when these chains fail to restrain the market, the underlying forces become easier to see. 

Much as government mandated easy credit propelled home prices to bubble levels, similar forces pushed college tuitions up to the stratosphere. Both systems are currently breaking down along similar lines. 

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Protect Your Wealth from Wall Street Liars / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFew seem to remember that Wall Street is not a non-profit community driven by altruism or any sense of service. They would gladly cheat you out of your entire life savings if their actions were legal, or at least not prosecuted. In the last two to three years, the lies, deception, misdirection, false reporting, corruption, and grand fraud will be the topic of historical accounts for decades. When returning on my flights from another successful Cambridge House gold conference, this in Calgary Alberta , many thoughts came to mind, jotted down while gazing at the natural beauty made up from cloud blankets with a sun guarding its lot. The sun and clouds care not at all about economic landscapes underneath, even if in turmoil. Whenever travels take me across national borders, nationalism, idealism, culture, and dreams come to mind. It seems pursuit of truth, clarity, and integrity has become negotiable, one and all in the United States . Its people are being stripped of so much. Perhaps this layout will be helpful. Routinely such matters are covered in the Hat Trick Letter reports. Gold & silver continue to do well to protect individuals and their wealth. Banks are no longer safe, an astonishing conclusion. Bonds are not safe, and neither are money market funds!!!

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Interest-Rates

Monday, April 14, 2008

Greenspan- He Did It His Way (Unfortunately) / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Brady_Willett

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGreenspan did another media tour last week, this time defending his legacy in the Financial Times , Wall Street Journal , and on CNBC Television .  Unfortunately the story from Greenspan was much the same: he reiterated that the financial markets are best left to self-regulate, and that investors around the world (not the Fed) took control of long-term interest rates thus leading to the U.S. housing bubble. Astonishingly, Greenspan added, “I have no regrets on any of the Federal Reserve policies that we initiated back then…' and ‘I don't remember a case when the process by which the decision making at the Federal Reserve failed.'

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Economics

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Economic Data and Statistics- Distortions, Deceptions and Outright Lies / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Weiss writes: Beware.

The greatest threat to your financial future is not the danger you see or the beast you know. It stems from all those realities that you don't see or don't know.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, April 04, 2008

US Government Assault on the Free Markets / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThose blindsided by the recent financial meltdown are now loudly blaming the free market for its failure to police its own excesses, and are calling for greater regulation to prevent future disasters. But for those who clearly observed the problems developing (in high definition slow motion) the blame can be directed squarely at the policies of the Greenspan/Bernanke Federal Reserve.  As has been the case countless times in history, the free market will now pay the price for government incompetence.

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Economics

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Paulson's Civic Robbery To Finance Hyper Inflation / Economics / Market Manipulation

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMonday, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson announced the laying of the government's foundation stone for the next big financial bubble, heralding an era of hyperinflation and probable further runs on the U.S. dollar.

Of course, like most politics, there is usually a ‘good' reason and a ‘real' reason for actions. Today's announcement was no exception.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Financial Markets Investing- Exploring All The Possibilities / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThese are definitely interesting times we live in, and the markets are also in this category from a predictive standpoint. Many are now dependent on the stock market's performance, so the stakes are high on numerous fronts. And for this reason you not only have participants remaining invested far past what would have historically been viewed as ‘prudent', but master planners in our society feel justified in arriving at a desired outcome no matter the means. This of course often involves market manipulation in addition to a regular priming of the pump by influencing prices in the futures markets, which extends from currencies to foreign stock markets.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

IMF Selling 400 Tonnes of Mexican and Brazilian Gold as its Own! / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Julian_DW_Phillips

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere has been a lot of talk of late of potential sales of I.M.F. gold. The more we look at the subject, contrary to our previous view, the more likey it seems possible [not yet probable], but if it does happen, it will not happen again thereafter for solid reasons. If the sales do take place they will happen from September 2008 onwards.

It will still have to get past the U.S. Congress a most formidable and possibly insurmountable obstacle.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

America and the Myth of Free Markets / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Darryl_R_Schoon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWho's Been Goosing Goldilocks ?- The power of myth is extraordinary. Correctly applied, the ignorant will believe themselves enlightened and slaves will believe themselves free.

When credit markets began to unravel in the summer of 2007, central bankers and economists were surprised. In retrospect, they should not have been. Warnings of a speculative bubble were issued as soon as cheap credit began distorting housing prices in 2003. Denial, however, always trumps reason in the presence of profits—or ulterior motive in the case of Greenspan.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fed Duped by Rogue Trader and the Destruction of Bond Insurers / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: John_Mauldin

  • Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat Does the Fed Really Know?
  • Fed's Folly: Fooled by Flawed Futures?
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Billion?
  • $5 Billion a Quarter
  • Planes, Trains, and Santa Barbara
  • And Charlie Wilson's War

It had been my original intention to devote this week's letter to the view from Europe, as I have been here for the last week, but events have changed that goal. The Federal Reserve made a very rare inter-meeting rate cut of 75 basis points this week, after the worldwide markets were in turmoil. Many pundits suggest the Fed was responding to the worldwide collapse in stock prices. This week we examine that suggestion, and I will offer an alternative explanation. I am beginning this letter in a London subway train. Quickly, the consensus wherever I go seems to be that Europe and the United Kingdom are also headed into recession. There is a lot of interesting ground to cover, so let's get started.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, January 25, 2008

The US Fed, Societe Generale Rogue Trader, William Poole, and Black Swans / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: David_Urban

On Tuesday morning, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 75 basis points in response to a worldwide selloff. The selloff started on mounting fears that the United States has fallen into a recession. The mass fear became so great that the Federal Reserve felt compelled to act before next week's meeting in an attempt to restore confidence in the markets. In the press release, one governor, William Poole from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis voted against a move before next week's meeting. While his actions may leave some people scratching their heads, one needs to go to the website ( http://stlouisfed.org/default.cfm ), note the commentary on the left side of the page, and read the following speech ( http://stlouisfed.org/publications/re/2008/a/pages/inflation.html ).

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Greenspan's Grand Design To Serve the Money Trust - Financial Tsunami Part III / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: F_William_Engdahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Long-Term Greenspan Agenda
Seven years of Volcker monetary “shock therapy” had ignited a payments crisis across the Third World . Billions of dollars in recycled petrodollar debts loaned by major New York and London banks to finance oil imports after the oil price rises of the 1970's, suddenly became non-payable.

The stage was now set for the next phase in the Rockefeller financial deregulation agenda. It was to come in the form of a revolution in the very nature of what would be considered money—the Greenspan “New Finance” Revolution.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Casino Royale Investment Markets - The House Always Wins? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Brian_Bloom

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLet there be no misunderstanding. The “investment” markets across the globe have become like casinos and, in trying to make a buck in any of these markets, you are betting against the house. If you want commodity prices in general to rise, and the gold price in particular to rise, you can be sure that the house wants these prices to fall. If you want the price of industrial equities to fall, you can be sure that the house wants them to rise. Who will pocket the most winnings in this monstrous game of roulette?

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Stock-Markets

Friday, December 21, 2007

Greed, Fear and Market Manipulation as Wall Street Bonuses Rise / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Andy_Sutton

Lessons of 2007 - Yesterday I had the opportunity to take a rather remarkable group of young people to a regional business competition. This was an actual competition, not one of these contrived events where everyone wins and hand wringing is out in full force. All in all, the group did rather well with one student winning her category, and two others placing 4th in a team event. For a group of 8 I was rather pleased. I also came to see the full scope of human emotion that ensued in the hours after the competition. The rest of us should be so lucky to have the life experience that transpired yesterday although I didn't realize it myself until those early hours of the morning when the world is silent and still and permits us time for reflection. 

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Feds Actions Delaying Stock Market Downtrend / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Brian_Bloom

Technically, the Fed's actions are still not driving the market to the upside. The best that could be claimed is the downside is being delayed.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Stock Market Index Ramped Higher by Vested Interests Pre Fed Rate Cut / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Brian_Bloom

The chart below provides evidence that the industrial equity market was “ramped” by vested interests in anticipation of the Fed rate decision.

Note how, following the Fed decision, the Dow Jones fell back below the intersection of the two trendlines – which is roughly where the technical resistance was before it was ramped.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Wall Street Ponzi Scheme - Confidence, Perception and the Ideal Investment Solution / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: David_Morgan

My struggle in this ponzi scheme of Wall Street Finance goes much deeper. I ultimately ask myself where is this all headed. I could write a book on the daily manipulations and tactics that are used to keep this game going. But I want to take this into another direction. One of the reasons to invest to precious metals centers on the actions and thoughts of the so-called men in charge of the USA. I believe there is an elite class that really pulls the levers of this country, and the politicians are simply the tools, which they use as cover. I do not want to sound like an alarmist or a conspiracist. I want you to judge the facts and make your own decision.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Warning - Don't Bet Against the Dow Jones Stock Market Index's Growth Spiral / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvestors should realise one important factor about the Dow 30 stock market index and other similar general multi-sector indices that are made up of a limited number of stocks. The Indices are designed to exhibit the long-term inflationary growth spirals. In that in the long-run the indices will always move to a new high!

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Commodities

Monday, December 03, 2007

Goldman Sachs Recommendation to Sell Gold Based on Self-interest? / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Gold_Investments

Gold
Gold was down $12.10 to $783.10 per ounce in New York on Friday and silver was down 25 cents to $13.98 per ounce. Gold showed strength in early trading in Asia and rallied to $792 but in early European trading it has given up these gains and has traded back down to $783.50 per ounce at 1200 GMT. Gold is trading at £379 GBP (down from £385) and €534 EUR (down from €540).

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Drop In US Long Term Interest Rates Manipulated By Fed Open Market Operations / Interest-Rates / Market Manipulation

By: Alex_Wallenwein

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStraight from the Horse's, Uhh ... Mouth Ben Bernanke told us five years ago he would inflate to no end. Now he's making good on his word.

Ever wondered why long term interest rates are so conveniently falling in sync with the official need to avoid troubled-loan ARMs to reset significantly higher in early 2008?

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Companies

Monday, November 05, 2007

Attempt at Manipulation of Ratings Agencies - Rubins Cube / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Brady_Willett

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn November 8, 2001 Robert Rubin called senior Treasury Department official Peter Fisher and asked him if he could tell the bond rating agencies to hold off on downgrading Enron. Mr. Rubin, who served as Treasury Secretary from 1995 to 1999, was clearly using his high-up contact(s) in an attempt to influence the supposedly non-biased rating agencies, and he was doing so because he worked for Citigroup, a large Enron creditor.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Goldman Sachs Manipulation of Commodity Prices - Gasoline and Crude Oil / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is still open season on Goldman Sachs. Ditto for JP Morgan and the clique of Wall Street firms, who enjoy untold tremendous privilege. Well, Goldman is at it again, playing games, abusing their role, and making money, all legally. One should say, rather, all without prosecution. One puts life and career at risk when revealing the hidden actions of the military and security organizations running in this land. However, taking aim at the Wall Street bank sector parasites is deemed a harmless exercise, regarded much the same as a fly or mosquito flirting around the USGovt torso. The ugliest example of illicit publicly noticed activity by Goldman Sachs in my opinion was the late summer 2006 change to the GS Commodity Index. They lowered the unleaded gasoline weight from 9% to 2%, forcing the sale of $7 billion in gasoline contracts. Nevermind motive, focus on execution. With $100 billion in indexed funds invested in the GSCI, Goldman knew what would happen. Gasoline fell sharply in price. GSax profited heavily, all legal, not even a prosecutable violation.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, August 27, 2007

Market Efficiency Hokum / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Stephen_Lendman

You know the story triumphantly heard in the West. Markets work best when governments let them operate freely - unconstrained by rules, regulations and taxes about which noted economist Milton Friedman once said in an interview he was "in favor of cutting....under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible (because) the big problem is not taxes (but government) spending.

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Commodities

Monday, August 27, 2007

ScotiaBank & Silver: Ted Butler's Call To Action / Commodities / Market Manipulation

By: Ed_Steer

On August 21, 2007, silver analyst Ted Butler came out with one of his most important commentaries to date. I urge you to take the time to read it from one end to the other. Here's the GATA dispatch on Butler's essay ...

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The “Plunge Protection Team” Working Overtime to Save US Stock Market / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Gary_Dorsch

“Imagination is more important than knowledge”, the brilliant Albert Einstein used to say. Imagine for just a moment, that the Dow Jones Industrials has become a key instrument of national economic policy, and that by “actively managing” its direction, the government could impact the wealth of tens of millions of US households, and by extension, influence consumer confidence and spending.

Since the appointment of Henry Paulson to the helm at the US Treasury, the US stock market has always found a way to defy the law of gravity. During Paulson's short reign, the Dow Jones Industrials (DJI-30) broke an 80-year old record for the longest streak of gains with only three declining days in between. During the first seven months of his tenure, the S&P 500 did not decline by 2%, the second longest-period without a 2% correction since 1964.

The market savvy Treasury chief, who built a $730 million fortune at Goldman Sachs, is also the chairman of the Working Group on Financial Markets, commonly known as the Plunge Protection Team (PPT), created by Ronald Reagan to prevent a repeat of the Wall Street meltdown in October 1987. The PPT is empowered to intervene in stock index futures and the foreign currency markets in the event of a crash.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

JP Morgan Derivatives Book and Manipulation of the Dow Theory Bullish Picture / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Brian_Bloom

The two charts of JP Morgan below show an anomaly which is potentially disturbing in context of other patterns.

The reason I honed in on these charts flows from the discussion regarding Bear Stearns that has emerged over the past week – regarding their packaging of Mortgage Backed Securities and Collateralised Debt Obligations. A discussion on this phenomenon can be found at http://www.321gold.com/editorials/tustain/tustain062307.html .

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Financial Markets Manipulation - The Rise of the Bernanke Put Option? / Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation

By: Money_and_Markets

Mike Larson - Did you see that monster rally on Wednesday afternoon? The one that sent the Dow up more than 150 points in the blink of an eye? If you're wondering what caused it, I have an answer for you …

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke is trying out the “Greenspan put!”

Alan Greenspan, our last Fed Chairman, was notorious for solving market crises by lowering interest rates. In fact, the Wall Street crowd even dreamed up a nickname for this — the Greenspan put.

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