Jay and the Giant Pension — Central Banks’ Dilemma Defined

Sometimes the shoe fits. September 13, 2016 would have marked the 100-year anniversary of British children’s author Roald Dahl’s birth. In rejecting appeals to issue a commemorative coin celebrating his life, the Royal Mint noted the author was, “associated with antisemitism and not regarded as an author of the highest reputation.” Dahl did indeed make incendiary and hateful remarks stemming from Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon which Israel felt justified in undertaking, and which did in truth result in 15,000-20,000 civilian deaths. Upon learning of his stained character by his own words, that even seemed to give Adolph Hitler a pass, I resolved to move on to a theme other than Dahl which had been my first intent, for this week’s missive. It would not be one caricatured by Jay Powell careening downhill in a giant peach that laid waste to his nemeses.

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The Powell Punt — Markets Score Winning Points to Defeat Fed

Markets Score Winning Points to Defeat FedWhere have you gone, Nick Rose? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Actually, we know the answer to that question. It was not that long ago, on July 11, 2015, that Rose posted a video of himself kicking an 80-yard field goal at Austin’s Darrell K. Royal Texas Stadium. As much pride as this Longhorn (you didn’t know?) has in boasting of collegiate pigskin record proportion lengths, Rose now plays for the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football. You’d have thought that converting 76% of his field goal attempts and 97% UT extra points for a career high of 77 points, he’d have played a few more Sundays. Alas, some legs don’t stand the test of time, unless that is you’re Gus of Disney fame. But that’s make believe.

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To Protect and to Herd — Fading the Consensus — The Quill 2019 Outlook

A young deer said to his mother, “I’m larger than a dog and swifter and I have horns to defend myself with. Yet when a dog appears I run away with the others. I have decided not to run from dogs, in future.”

Just then they heard the bark of a dog.

The young deer was filled with fear and forgetting his resolve, took to his heels along with his mother and the rest of the herd.

Moral: Fear drives away Reason.

English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” Without a doubt, Greek philosophy has made an indelible imprint on western thinking since the dawn of literacy. Yours truly is thus unexceptional in returning time and again to the font of ancient Greek inspiration to pen these weekly missives, this being the 186th in a nonstop succession that began in June 2015, five days after leaving the halls of the Federal Reserve blessedly behind.

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Stress Testing the Fed — Passing the Liquidity Baton

A dozen years before Great Britain boasted Harold Abrahams, Lord David Burghley and Eric Liddell at the 1924 Paris Olympics, the United States had Edward Lindberg, Ted Meredith, Charles Reidpath and Mel Sheppard. This four-man team ran for gold in the inaugural 4×400 relay at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. At 3:16.6 minutes, the Americans set the first Olympics Record and smashed the prior world record by nearly two seconds. As extraordinary a film as Chariots of Fire is, the powerful story line does play fast and loose with history. While Liddell does refuse to run on Sunday and in so doing, truly makes history, Abrahams never competes to win the court race at Cambridge University and it isn’t until 1935 that he meets the hauntingly beautiful opera singer he will later marry.

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Jonesing for Normality — The Economy Goes Off Script

Ah, but to have come of age oblivious to John, Paul, George and Ringo and be too young to have partaken of that muddy, druggy rite of passage in Woodstock, NY. There was no draft and your father was likely not a World War II veteran. You may have had older brothers or sisters who protested Vietnam, but you were not burdened with that internal conflict. Your scars also differ. You cannot tell people where you were the day JFK or MLK was assassinated. And you don’t consider yourself to be “old.” That is reserved for the first wave baby boomers, who are entering their 70s at a rapid clip.

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A Private Affair — Shadow Bankers Ascend to Power

400 was a lonely number. At least that was the case circa 1836 New York when ex-mayor Philip Hone extended invitations to 250 “gentlemen of social distinction” to join the Union Club, the first private club to grace the streets of the metropolis. Once this cadre was formed, its membership was expanded to 400, coincidentally the capacity of Caroline Schermerhorn Astor’s Fifth Avenue ballroom. Why the cohort was checked at 400 first-generation Masters of the Universe remains an enigma. Less ambiguous were the club’s strictures. Dine, game, drink and puff away – its humidor once housed 100,000 cigars – but don’t think of dancing, a direct affront to the bastion of masculinity.

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Fulfilling the Forecast — The Chimera of Nirvana in Price Controls

‘Tis better to attain or fulfill? A wise man in the Ghandara region of Pakistan, along its northern border with Afghanistan, once asked himself that very question. His answer was yes. Having heard Alexander the Great had reached his homeland, the king of Taxila wisely chose to attain survival, and in doing so, fulfill his Buddhist dream of achieving nirvana. Travelers to the remote region today can attest to the astonishing cultural fusion that took place beginning in the autumn of 327 BC as Alexander’s Macedonian army conquered even the most distant provinces of the Persian Empire.

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Misleading by Example — Foiling the Figment of Forward Guidance

Ah, but to be suspended on tenterhooks, suspense pulsing through your veins as so much adrenaline. Or not… Time has glamorized few words more than it has “tenterhooks.” It all started with freshly woven wool and an aggravated 14th century fuller, a craftsman tasked with its cleaning. Removing the oil and dirt required wetting the cloth which all but guaranteed shrinkage, the arch enemy of fullers. To the rescue rode the tenter, (from the Latin tendere, to stretch) a simple wooden frame, often in the form of a double-sided fence. Securing the cloth using hooked nails driven into the tenter’s perimeter and stretching it to the other side ensured both shape and size were retained during the drying process and the fuller’s coffers plump.


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The Cubicle Cult and Other “Endangered” Office Species

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Poor Jack. He just thought he was getting a free pass when he first heard that 1659 proverb promising that, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” It would seem the ‘Jack’ of the 17th century was an English Channel off course, and 30 years too early to frolic in Louis XIV’s Versailles playground. At least that’s how Scottish government reformist Samuel (no) Smiles saw it when he warned that, “All play and no work makes (Jack) something worse.” Cue the dark refrain. But why not let Jack wallow in frivolity if he’s idly inclined? Leave it to the Irish to prescribe penance, or as Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth penned in 1825, “All work and no work makes Jack a mere toy.” Poor Jack?

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Tales of Bonds & Bondage

Tales of Bonds & Bondage — Central Banks Put Markets in a Vise

Crocodile Shears elicit anything but crocodile tears. And the Rack extracts as almost no other device. But it’s the Head Vise that tops the list of the most brutal torture techniques of all time. Introduced during the Spanish Inquisition (when else?), vises of all stripes employed compression to extrapolate the desired intelligence. Hands, feet and especially knee caps could be twisted, contorted and irreparably damaged. You might have lived to tell, but you couldn’t write about it and the scribe would have to come to you. The head though, when targeted, produced the most pitiless and violent of outcomes.

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