We Got Our 31 Level In the VIX - Capitulation Is Finally Here...

In tandem, the S&P 500 was marked at an intraday low of 1201 alongside a VIX 31 reading, just after 10am EST. That was likely a short term trading bottom for US stocks.

Bernanke admitting we have US stagflation is an important start in getting proactive on raising rates and the value of the US Dollar.


Fannie Mae Trading Down another -26% Today - Thanks Hank

Apparently the vote on Hank Paulson's solution to this US Banking system mess is on the tape.


US PPI Inflation Hits A 17 Year High...

This shouldn't be a shock to the sober and objective, but June's PPI reading came in at +9.1% year over year. This was higher than heightened expectations, and the highest monthly reading the US has printed since 1981.

Oil's spike contributed most to the month over month rise, climbing +6% sequentially. The aggregate month over month PPI increase was +1.8% versus May.

Stagflation is finally here for Bernanke to address. The facts will not cease to exist because he ignored them.


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Finally! Bernanke Is Making Our Stagflation Call...

While we let the US government prepare to interrogate Bernanke at today's hearings, the takeaway in Bernanke's prepared comments is crystal clear.

Bernanke: "upside risks to inflation have intensified, while significant downside risks remain to growth"

This is stagflation, defined.

Reader Thoughts: Chinese Olympic Preview...

A thoughtful note from one of our readers:

"I would expect further declines out of China as it begins to shut down business to help the air pollution problem in Beijing for the Summer Olympics.

As a reminder China has indicated that from July 27-Sept 20th they will require Beijing and the 5 provinces surrounding it (Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shandon and Tianjin) to comply with Beijing's air standards.

Furthermore it is estimated that Beijing will need 300m cubic meters of water to flush polluted and stagnated rivers, canals and lakes in central Beijing for the games -(


(Picture from MSNBC's This Week In Pictures:

Bad Sushi!

The Japanese easy money bailout model resulted in two decades of economic stagnation. Their latest local issue is effectively depicted by this chart.

This is the free money chart overlaid with the resulting boiling pot of inflation.

Stocks closed lower again in Japan overnight. The Nikkei is stagflating like their domestic economy is. Japanese stocks are "cheap" relative to a lot of countries that are expensive. You can run out and buy Japan on that, but I won't.


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