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Now that the United States has cut its interest rates to Zero and Ben Bernanke has helicopters flying over Wall Street, the question is: what happens next and who’s following the Fed to zero? There are a lot of different answers.

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Now that the United States has cut its interest rates to Zero and Ben Bernanke has helicopters flying over Wall Street, the question is: what happens next and who’s following the Fed to zero? There are a lot of different answers.

  1. The Dollar is going to get pounded – disorderly fall.
  2. The British are next to ZIRP. The Pound is dead meat.
  3. The Swiss are next to ZIRP.
  4. The Japanese are going to start selling Yen into the currency market.
  5. The Europeans have huge exposure to Eastern Europe and those bets are about to go pear-shaped.  The Euro will tank.

Take your pick.  It’s anybody’s guess really. We are in unchartered territory.

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p.s. – anyone know what’s happening at Glencore. I see their CDS spreads going berzerk and talk about lack of liquidity. E-mail me if you have any answers.

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