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The Canary In Big Blue’s Mainframe: Why IBM’s Q3 Bust Marks A Turning Point

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IBM has long been a poster boy for the untoward effects of central bank financial repression. For most of this century the once and faded king of tech has been in a modality of slow liquidation, leveraging up its balance sheet with cheap debt to fund stock buybacks, dividends and accounting-driven two-bit M&A deals. This morning that destructive strategy—–pursued by two…

This Bear Market Indicator Is Off the Mark

Investors are taught that bear markets can’t occur unless the Treasury yield curve inverts – that is, unless short-term interest rates are higher than long-term interest rates. 

And that can only happen if the Federal Reserve raises the Federal Funds rate, which is the short-term rate that the Fed controls.

But that measure may be off the mark this time, and here’s why…