Geithner dreams more and more money-print...

Timothy Geithner started the betting on the new political poker, named CR-2 (ceiling rise - 2 round). After the government calculated that the current ceiling will be reached this year, the Congress combinations started for a new increasing of the limit of money the government can borrow. So playing the demagogue, the Treasury Secretary advised lawmakers this time not to make a scandal from the case, but to pass the needed legislation quietly and wisely. Mr Geithner blamed last year scandal in Congress for damaging the confidence in USA and destabilizing the economy.

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Are the Chinese clever with the fixed yuan rate?

China decided to allow its currency to strengthen by 0,5% more, after widening the trading gap of yuan to 1%. This is the response to the global pressure for removing this export-advantage that helps its economy to rise faster by selling goods cheaper and attracting investors with lower expenses (mainly - labor). In fact, China is doing nothing, just as has done the same for years. So small currency changes can influence only speculators on FOREX market, but not the real economy.
But are the Chinese more clever than EU and USA, or not so much clever?

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Spain is betting on a new money-print round

The yield on Spanish bonds is again rising, passing for some moments the first crucial line of 6%. And that is just the beginning. At the same time Spanish government is doing... nothing. When the new yield-rise started the prime minister Mariano Rajoy said nothing but "situation is extremely difficult". Some days later the economy minister Luis de Guindos declined to rule out a rescue of almost bankrupted country. So all that Spanish officials are saying is that they are not absolutely sure the country will not need a bailout.

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Only the poor pay taxes

"Only the poor pay taxes"... This was one of the most interesting expressions in a comic movie I saw years before. It was about the prime-minister of the Spanish king, who was a greedy man stripping all possible from the poor in favor of the aristocracy. And when this minister was replaced by the king, the new one established taxes on the rich and collected much gold in king's treasury. But before the replacement the old minister was saying: "Only the poor pay taxes..."

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Bernanke hit the stop-orders of the foolish investor-crowd

Today almost all the markets had crashed, after a publication of protocols of an old FED meeting held on March 13th. On that meeting it becomes clear that the FOMC doubts on starting the QE3. Panicked by this the markets went on bear tactics and everything went down, while dollar - up. But let's see what exactly happened. On March 27th (2 weeks after the protocolled meeting) Bernanke said that may be QE3 will soon start. At that day the FED Chairman must have known of the March 13th meeting, as he has chaired it. So Bernanke knows of the minutes of the meeting and knows that they will be published on April 3rd. Anyway on March 27th he demonstrates that the QE3 is highly probable. The reaction of markets then was bullish.

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