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Old 05-28-2020, 12:17 PM   #251
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I'm ready for MOAR. Hurry up and give it to me, looking at a Peloton.

In all seriousness, I know there are many less fortunate than I am. I would not begrudge congress if they made it more targeted.

A second stimulus check for $1,200? Here is the latest on another round of payments - CNET
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Is Washington really going to approve a second round of stimulus checks? Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle are signaling support for a second package that could provide fresh payments to US residents of up to $1,200 apiece. The two sides differ, however, on what exactly the next financial relief bill would look like for individuals, businesses and those who are out of work -- and the total amount of money your family could receive.
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The goal of a second stimulus round is the same as the first: To help keep a shaky US economy from crashing. And the pressure is mounting. Last week, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 38.6 million Americans sought unemployment benefits (PDF) in the past 10 weeks. And in some states, unemployment has already reached 20%. During a recent Senate hearing, chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Jerome Powell called for additional economic relief. And earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund forecast a deep global recession that could become the worst since the Great Depression.

I honestly do struggle (and suspect many of you do as well) weighing between (1) saving the economy (markets, consumers, SMB companies and consumer confidence) and (2) the significant increase in federal debt. I think the right answer is to focus on the immediate and prevent a tailspin into a Great Depression. I do think the risk of a GD is lower now.

However, there will be a point in time when that is no longer a worry and its more of a Recession. Then it will get interesting on choices Congress has to make and what we on this forum individually support.

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Old 05-28-2020, 12:41 PM   #252
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I'm not sure stimulus checks are the answer. Plenty of people don't need those, they're doing fine right now. Targeting it to those who are actually affected by the pandemic would be more useful, but of course requires more work and management to pull off.
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Old 05-28-2020, 12:43 PM   #253
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There's going to be a bloodbath of state and local workers if there is no aid for states.
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Old 05-28-2020, 12:47 PM   #254
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I'm not sure stimulus checks are the answer. Plenty of people don't need those, they're doing fine right now. Targeting it to those who are actually affected by the pandemic would be more useful, but of course requires more work and management to pull off.

Well stimulus checks aren't really about need, they're about getting people to spend money.
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Old 05-28-2020, 12:48 PM   #255
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Well stimulus checks aren't really about need, they're about getting people to spend money.

Then they should send them to everyone, not just people under a certain income threshold.
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Old 05-28-2020, 12:55 PM   #256
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Well stimulus checks aren't really about need, they're about getting people to spend money.

Yup.

There are two overlapping, but distinct, things that Congress can do.

(1) Limit the money to people who need it.

PROS:
a)Will cost less
b)Helps keep people from losing homes, etc.

CONS:
a)Will not have a stimulus effect because these people are going to spend it just to say above water. Any extra will likely be saved.
b)If it is tied to unemployment or other dire circumstance, it may incentiveize people to remain unemployed and/or in that dire circumstance

(2) Give out the money broadly.

PROS:
(a)Will goose the economy by getting people to spend the extra money.
(b)Will also help people who really need the money (instead of just people for whom it would be nice to have)
(c)Does not cause people to stay unemployed if it is not tied to unemployment.
(d) Easier to administer

CONS:
(a)Will cost more money
(b)If you are against a UBI, this is the first step toward it.
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Old 05-28-2020, 01:14 PM   #257
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I think we need to have a better grip on the number of small business closures. If, as I suspect, millions of jobs are gone for good right now a government program putting people to work directly could be very helpful.
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Old 05-28-2020, 01:57 PM   #258
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I'm curious what type of work program you think could work (not attacking, just curious). I don't think the average waiter is going to be able to or want to start working on roads or bridges.
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Old 05-28-2020, 02:30 PM   #259
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This seems like trouble brewing:

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Old 05-28-2020, 03:56 PM   #260
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I'm curious what type of work program you think could work (not attacking, just curious). I don't think the average waiter is going to be able to or want to start working on roads or bridges.

I don't know exactly, but there's so much that could be done, roads and bridges, schools, painting roofs white, lead mitigation, and on and on.
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Old 05-28-2020, 04:50 PM   #261
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I can actually believe trillions in corporate loans/debt relief (e.g. they will pay back or owe, its not a "giveaway"). Its a large jump to "give billionaires a few trillion in handouts" and certainly don't see this in his 2 links.

Yes it is a giveaway. You are providing these companies with something that other companies do not have access to. You are allowing them to paper over their poor decisions that should have put them out of business and allowed competitors who made smart decisions to take their spot.

If this is not a giveaway, where can I get a $50 million loan for my business at those rates? I'll promise to pay it back just like them. Why is there only a special class that has access to interest free capital?
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Old 05-28-2020, 08:24 PM   #262
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Well, considering we never fixed a lot of the problems of 2008, this is not shocking in the least. Yay, more problems with mortgage back securities, only this time on the commercial instead of residential front.

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Old 05-28-2020, 10:37 PM   #263
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They will get bailed out in the REAL redistribution of wealth not the faux-redistribution that the rich claim the working class want and thus fight tooth and nail to lower taxes and remove every social safety net they can when no one is looking. The hazard will not be learned until we're willing to go through years and years of pain and only if that pain is somehow tilted so that the wealthiest (and their ill gotten gains) feel it the most.

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Old 05-28-2020, 10:42 PM   #264
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If this is not a giveaway, where can I get a $50 million loan for my business at those rates? I'll promise to pay it back just like them. Why is there only a special class that has access to interest free capital?

I'm sure everyone on this board will agree that your mind and my mind don't think the same way.

I guess there technically could be "interest free" capital but I'm pretty sure there is some "premium/obligation" somewhere the company will have to pay. So you are going to have to provide evidence (link to article and highlight relevant passages) to your claim that this is "interest free capital" and let's see.
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chasing smoke, you can never be convinced no matter the evidence and that's no indictment of you. Its the way it is today. People only belive the 'facts' that come from a place they believe in AND only if the facts support the belief already held.
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Old 05-28-2020, 10:52 PM   #266
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chasing smoke, you can never be convinced no matter the evidence and that's no indictment of you. Its the way it is today. People only belive the 'facts' that come from a place they believe in AND only if the facts support the belief already held.

As I stated in the prior discussion with RM and his two links, I read them but did not see where it confirmed his assertion "give billionaires a few trillion in handouts". I freely admit I may have missed it and asked him to provide the relevant passages that proves his point (vs just a link and read it yourself). When provided a third link with a graphic, I honestly did not think the graphic confirmed what he said.

He's making some bold statements. I'm asking for a specific analysis/quote/passages so I can read it for myself.

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Old 05-29-2020, 02:21 AM   #267
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I'm sure everyone on this board will agree that your mind and my mind don't think the same way.

I guess there technically could be "interest free" capital but I'm pretty sure there is some "premium/obligation" somewhere the company will have to pay. So you are going to have to provide evidence (link to article and highlight relevant passages) to your claim that this is "interest free capital" and let's see.

I posted what the Fed is doing which describes precisely what they are doing and why. You can access the Fed balance sheet and watch as the yields drop precipitously as the Fed pumps money into the corporate bond market.

To put it as simply as I can, when the Fed purchases corporate debt, it allows more debt to be offered. It also lowers the yield. So all these companies that stupidly took on debt so they could buyback stocks over the years got a massive bailout because now they could get more debt at cheaper rates.

For example, before the Fed stepped in, Carnival Cruise could only get a loan at 15%. This is a terribly run company that was massively in debt and that's what the market rate should be. But now they were able to get loans at 11.5% and 5.75% because loans are cheaper now that the Fed is backstopping everything. The Fed just saved them over $300 million.

On top of that, this mean they didn't have to sell as big a portion of the company to the Saudis. That was estimated to be $1.25 billion but instead now only needed to be $500 million. A much smaller stake which is another $750 million subsidy.

What this has led to is the company seeing it's market cap jump from $9 billion to $12.5 billion in a few short weeks. A bailout of $3.5 billion by the Feds for a company that isn't even incorporated in the United States. Mind you that this is a company that is not operating at all right now that just saw its value jump by $3.5 billion. Impressive stuff.

You can read up about it here if you'd like.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/t...ils-out-boeing

As for interest-free capital, the Fed has gotten the rates down to minuscule amounts. AAA rates at like 1.71%. When you factor in inflation, the real interest rate is likely going to be negative over the course of the debt. So there is a decent chance that they are actually borrowing at a negative rate when all is said and done. That's insane for companies who were poorly run like Boeing.

Now you and I have no access to this capital no matter how great our credit is. The Fed is not backing our shit. This is a bailout, subsidy, whatever you want to call it for the wealthiest people on the planet. It is why this is happening as we reach record unemployment and our GDP contracts.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/21/amer...-pandemic.html

Now you can cheer this on as it appears you want to. Yay billionaires! But there is no denying what they are doing. I've posted links to the Fed and you can Google search all this stuff related to corporate bonds and purchasing of ETFs. I'm not going to bust out a HS Econ book for the rest.
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:08 AM   #268
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I posted what the Fed is doing which describes precisely what they are doing and why. You can access the Fed balance sheet and watch as the yields drop precipitously as the Fed pumps money into the corporate bond market.

To put it as simply as I can, when the Fed purchases corporate debt, it allows more debt to be offered. It also lowers the yield. So all these companies that stupidly took on debt so they could buyback stocks over the years got a massive bailout because now they could get more debt at cheaper rates.

For example, before the Fed stepped in, Carnival Cruise could only get a loan at 15%. This is a terribly run company that was massively in debt and that's what the market rate should be. But now they were able to get loans at 11.5% and 5.75% because loans are cheaper now that the Fed is backstopping everything. The Fed just saved them over $300 million.

On top of that, this mean they didn't have to sell as big a portion of the company to the Saudis. That was estimated to be $1.25 billion but instead now only needed to be $500 million. A much smaller stake which is another $750 million subsidy.

What this has led to is the company seeing it's market cap jump from $9 billion to $12.5 billion in a few short weeks. A bailout of $3.5 billion by the Feds for a company that isn't even incorporated in the United States. Mind you that this is a company that is not operating at all right now that just saw its value jump by $3.5 billion. Impressive stuff.

You can read up about it here if you'd like.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/t...ils-out-boeing

As for interest-free capital, the Fed has gotten the rates down to minuscule amounts. AAA rates at like 1.71%. When you factor in inflation, the real interest rate is likely going to be negative over the course of the debt. So there is a decent chance that they are actually borrowing at a negative rate when all is said and done. That's insane for companies who were poorly run like Boeing.

Thanks for providing your links. I've read through them and I've broken my commentary into 2 separate posts.

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  • My point of questioning is your statement "Why is there only a special class that has access to interest free capital?" and more specifically "interest free capital". I've asked you to provide a link and highlight the relevant passages.
Your first link https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/t...ils-out-boeing focuses on Carnival as a case study doesn't say interest free capital at all. The parts that stuck out to me are:
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Unlike with the small business lending program, the Fed announcement, not the initial program implementation, is what matters; just the prospect of the Fed intervening has huge impacts on borrowing costs for corporations, as well as on the prices of stocks and bonds.
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Ill walk you through how we can tell. The original loan offer from the Apollo/Elliott vulture funds was hugely expensive, a high interest rate (15%), likely high upfront fees, likely an ownership stake and first dibs on all the ships and property of the company should the loan go bad, as well as the first-born child of the CFO. (Just kidding. But not really, it is Apollo and Elliott.) Once the Fed got involved, Carnival got a much cheaper if still expensive loan of 11.5% on $4 billion, plus a $1.75 billion loan that could convert into an ownership stake. Thats a significantly lower cost loan, and the cost differential between the first offer of the vulture funds and the second offer after the Fed got involved is a subsidy.
And one reason I like links is because their comments provide additional context. Here's one:
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Like I said, in a sense you are correct when you say the Fed gives subsidies. But the Fed is not giving handouts. Carnival still borrowed the money and has to pay it back, they just did so at a lower value of money than the crisis levels- but still a HIGHER value than the pre-crisis levels.
I honestly don't see where the Carnival traditional loans are "interest free" as your article clearly points out it wasn't. Therefore, I guess your contention is because the Fed jumped in allowed Carnival to get a loan % that was substantially less and (1) therefore saved Carnival $300M and (2) market cap (stock price) increasing $3.5B is somehow an "interest free capital"? IMO that is a stretch.
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:20 AM   #269
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I don't know exactly, but there's so much that could be done, roads and bridges, schools, painting roofs white, lead mitigation, and on and on.

I agree that there is a lot that needs to be done. I just don't see the average person signing up for some sort of modern Civilian Conservation Corps with lots of manual labor.

Maybe once that extra unemployment expires, but like its been said by others (not sure if this thread or another), I expect that to be renewed through the end of the year at least.
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:22 AM   #270
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Now you and I have no access to this capital no matter how great our credit is. The Fed is not backing our shit. This is a bailout, subsidy, whatever you want to call it for the wealthiest people on the planet. It is why this is happening as we reach record unemployment and our GDP contracts.

I've got no problems calling this a bailout with the understanding that this bailout requires repayment with interest.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/21/amer...-pandemic.html

Now you can cheer this on as it appears you want to. Yay billionaires! But there is no denying what they are doing. I've posted links to the Fed and you can Google search all this stuff related to corporate bonds and purchasing of ETFs. I'm not going to bust out a HS Econ book for the rest.

I think we are now pivoting to another one of your statements "give billionaires a few trillion in handouts".

Here's a counter to your second link on the CNBC article.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/no...act-2020-05-22
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Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies released a report showing a startling statistic: America’s billionaires got $434 billion richer amid the pandemic.

“The surge in billionaire wealth during a global pandemic underscores the grotesque nature of unequal sacrifice,” said Chuck Collins, one of the study’s co-authors.

Billionaire wealth may well be grotesque, but a sensible way of looking at the underlying data would lead to the conclusion that America’s richest individuals lost wealth during the crisis, not gained it.

The study, picked up by media outlets including CNBC and Forbes, examines billionaires’ wealth between March 18 — the rough start date of the pandemic shutdown, when most federal and state economic restrictions were in place — and May 19. It relied on the Forbes’ billionaire list, which itself is built around stock-market performance.
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Think about that in the market context. The pandemic did not start March 18 (nor, of course, had it ended on May 19), and certainly market concerns about the pandemic did not start March 18. Far from it.

A more logical way to think about whether billionaires got richer, or not, is to think about the performance from the Feb. 19 peak in the market, after which more investors began to get concerned by the novel virus. You then get to see who got richer even in the face of the crippling economic blow.
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The real answer is, not many have. MarketWatch ran the numbers from the peak and, in the interest of time, only used the top 50 billionaires. MarketWatch also took the cheat of using the S&P 500 SPX, -0.21% for billionaires with private interests rather than Forbes’ more complex method. (Also, MarketWatch didn’t look at stock purchases during the month.)

Cumulatively, the top 50 billionaires lost $232 billion between the market’s peak and this Tuesday. If the remaining billionaires on the Forbes list lost wealth at the same roughly 12.5% rate that the top 50 experienced, that’s another $200 billion–plus wiped out.

The article does point out Bezos, Walton family, and Gates did get richer but no where close to your statement of "give billionaires a few trillion in handouts". Even your CNBC doesn't say it was that much.

Additionally, there's no "bailout" here for those 3 except by several degrees of separation.

For example - Fed is stabilizing the economy, Fed is (trying) to restore consumer confidence, and these 3 companies (or at least Bezos and Waltons) are providing the goods & services needed in this unique time and therefore are being rewarded for it by their stock/capital appreciation.

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Old 06-02-2020, 09:52 AM   #274
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Markets slightly up this morning.

Do we think that the guys on Wall Street are in some parallel timeline/dimension where the virus has been brought under control and the President isn't threatening to use the Army to invade his own country as cities burn nightly?

Like, is it a quantum mechanics sort of thing? They are literally not in this universe anymore?
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:21 AM   #275
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Markets slightly up this morning.

Do we think that the guys on Wall Street are in some parallel timeline/dimension where the virus has been brought under control and the President isn't threatening to use the Army to invade his own country as cities burn nightly?

Like, is it a quantum mechanics sort of thing? They are literally not in this universe anymore?

Toss in escalation with China also.

Yeah, I don't get it.
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Markets slightly up this morning.

Do we think that the guys on Wall Street are in some parallel timeline/dimension where the virus has been brought under control and the President isn't threatening to use the Army to invade his own country as cities burn nightly?

Like, is it a quantum mechanics sort of thing? They are literally not in this universe anymore?
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Old 06-02-2020, 11:38 PM   #277
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I'm not going to complain and somewhat hopeful that we'll be back close to 30,000 by end of year.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/am...?mod=home-page
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U.S. stocks havent flinched in recent weeks as the coronavirus epidemic claims hundreds of American lives daily, the U.S. and China standoff threatens global trade and civil unrest sweeps through American cities in response to the alleged killing of George Floyd, a black man, by Minneapolis police.

Though it may seem that any of these factors might put a dent in U.S. equity prices, analysts and investors interviewed by MarketWatch said that improvement in the COVID-19 health crisis and the of gradual lifting of related economic restrictions is enough to support stock prices in the face of largely non-economic protests and geopolitical conflicts.
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:31 AM   #278
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Another opinion on why the stock market is doing relatively well.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/03/inves...rus/index.html
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The stock market is not the economy. But rarely has the gap between Wall Street and Main Street felt so wide.

The United States is going through its worst race crisis since 1968 following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. Riots have hit cities across the nation. Looting is rampant. And President Donald Trump is threatening to send in the military to stop the violence.

The civil unrest could exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic that has already killed more than 100,000 Americans. That in turn could deepen the economic collapse that has forced more than 40 million people to file for unemployment. Meanwhile US-China relations are imploding, imperiling the trade war ceasefire reached between the world's two largest economies.
The market is broken. It no longer reflects a forward outlook that is truly aligned in the real economy."

And yet, the stock market is downright booming.

The S&P 500 closed Tuesday at the highest level in nearly three months. The Nasdaq has spiked 40% since March 23, fueled by the resilience of Big Tech, and is now within striking distance of all-time highs.

There are two major reasons for this: unprecedented stimulus from the Federal Reserve, and investors not wanting to miss out on monster returns once the economy recovers.

The latter re: FOMO resonates with me. I have confidence the stock market will come back sooner or later (1-2-3-4-5 years) but eventually it will, so no panic selling, and honestly I know I'm not good enough to time the highs-and-lows.
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Old 06-04-2020, 09:19 PM   #279
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Well, at least we aren't this guy.

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So when the stock, which was already down 89% for the year, had its trading halted back in April amid an investigation into financial misconduct, the losses were felt far and wide.

But one retail investor with a PG-13 Reddit name took a particularly grievous hit.

Yes, StopFapForever, who claims to be a 28-year-old Italian, shared his brutal market mistake with the bunch on WallStreetBets. He apparently he went all-in on Luckin and lost his entire life savings in the process. Now Im broke af, he wrote, posting this screenshot of the carnage:
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Yeah. I kinda choked on this brutal quote.

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The top response fits the general theme of the unforgiving, risk-embracing Reddit group: You still have over $12k left, come back tomorrow and finish the job, lehacf wrote.

I'll be honest, I was thinking about maybe picking a small amount to speculate on.
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Old 06-05-2020, 10:01 AM   #282
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Markets up +697 or 2.6% due to surprise job gain.

LK up 40%+ today but that guy is still a long ways off from recouping his losses.
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Old 06-05-2020, 11:00 AM   #283
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My Mutual Fund is up to it's pre-virus levels, including the several grand I threw into it the last couple months.

And that's before today's gains!
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Old 06-05-2020, 12:08 PM   #284
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Hey as long as George Floyd is looking down in approval of this economy we’re doing well.
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Employment stunningly rose by 2.5 million in May and the jobless rate declined to 13.3%, according to data Friday from the Labor Department that was far better than economists had been expecting and indicated that an economic turnaround could be close at hand.

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting payrolls to drop by 8.33 million and the unemployment rate to rise to 19.5% from Aprils 14.7%. If Wall Street expectations had been accurate, it would have been the worst figure since the Great Depression.

I can't quite rationalize this big miss from expecting an unemployment rate from 14.7% to 19.5% but in reality dropped from 14.7% to 13.3%. I get a small miss but this was huge.
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Old 06-05-2020, 01:48 PM   #286
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I chalk it up, at least for now, mostly to 'we don't know'. I.e. in terms of projections. For most situations, there's decades of similar data, trends, models ... we have nothing proven for this situation. We don't have enough experience with pandemics in a modern, global economy to even know what questions to ask a lot of the time.
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Evidently the Labor Department admits they miscategorized about 5 million workers, so the numbers are indeed higher than what was reported. But they said they are not going to correct the number to avoid any appearing of manipulation.



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So, if you have been playing the market... what do you make of this? The Friday move on the US markets seems almost totally beholden to the "sticker shock" of the jobs report. Now that we (maybe) know it's bogus, is Monday a -massive- correction? I mean... seems like it, right? if there is any rationality in the market at this point... right?
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I'm not sure it will matter, but I would think the GOP's solidifying position of no more relief from the government should put a damper on stocks. Permanent job losses went up and we're closing in on massive state and local cuts and an end to increased unemployment and PPP funds.
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My Mutual Fund is up to it's pre-virus levels, including the several grand I threw into it the last couple months.

And that's before today's gains!

My funds are in the positive territory compared to 1/1/2020 but not just quite there yet from the high which was approx mid-Feb.

But overall, the stock market recovery is far quicker than I expected. And per stock market being "a" leading indicator for the economy, let's hope it does get better albeit it helps Trump.

I had proposed a hypothetical earlier about willing to trade for a regular recession to guarantee Trump loss and think majority (including me) said yes.

So the hypothetical now is same but more real -
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Are we willing to drop back into let's say 15-18% unemployment, stock market drops back to -20% to guarantee a Trump loss? Essentially not a regular recession but Great Recession for a Trump loss?
For me personally, I think the answer is still a yes. I am willing to endure the economy & stock market we had a couple months ago to guarantee a Trump loss.

However, if I was to think about all those severely and negatively impacted already, I'm not so sure.

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So, if you have been playing the market... what do you make of this? The Friday move on the US markets seems almost totally beholden to the "sticker shock" of the jobs report. Now that we (maybe) know it's bogus, is Monday a -massive- correction? I mean... seems like it, right? if there is any rationality in the market at this point... right?

No I think right now there's a lot of FOMO in the market. That won't come off really fast at all. So I think if we see the upward momentum peter out THEN we might start a slow slog downward but not until the buying is exhausted and it isn't yet.
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So, if you have been playing the market... what do you make of this? The Friday move on the US markets seems almost totally beholden to the "sticker shock" of the jobs report. Now that we (maybe) know it's bogus, is Monday a -massive- correction? I mean... seems like it, right? if there is any rationality in the market at this point... right?

DOW futures right now is -12 or -.04%. Probably need to wait till Sun evening but still a good sign I guess.
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So, if you have been playing the market... what do you make of this? The Friday move on the US markets seems almost totally beholden to the "sticker shock" of the jobs report. Now that we (maybe) know it's bogus, is Monday a -massive- correction? I mean... seems like it, right? if there is any rationality in the market at this point... right?

I'm more worried about the bottom falling out because of a lack of faith in the numbers coming out of governmental institutions.

The big reason that our government puts so much work into keeping our data correct and isolated from political considerations is so investors will have confidence investing in the American economy.

It now appears, however, that the GOP's "don't tell Daddy bad news because it makes him scared and angry" approach to governing has seeped into, at least, the BLS.

So what if everyone looks around and says "what the hell else can't we trust about this country anymore" and decides to go start investing in Europe, Asia, etc.?

I hope that I'm being a pessimist about this.

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Old 06-08-2020, 07:58 AM   #296
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Article on V shaped recovery.

Some additional evidence (to the jobs report) that economy is recovering

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/06/all-...-it-right.html
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The data now “suggests May job gains are only the beginning here,” said Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets. “The recovery path there suggests a June payroll print at north of 10 million is a reasonable starting point for the conversation.”

If that number is anywhere accurate, it would suggest a staggering turnaround and get economists talking again about a possible V-shaped recovery off what is potentially the shortest recession in U.S. history. Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial, wondered in a tweet whether “the recession [lasted] only two months.”
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Housing purchases and vehicle sales are two strong bellwether signals that showed significant improvement in data released earlier this week.

I can easily believe auto and home. I assume the "payroll print at north of 10 million" means they plan on processing 10M new paychecks in June vs May implying 10M new jobs/returned to jobs (article wasn't too clear on that but that was my inference).

Overall, my take is it's still too soon to tell and everything seems so "fragile" right now. But good data points for sure.

(Market futures are up +224 so Fri doesn't seem to be a fluke)

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Old 06-10-2020, 07:52 AM   #297
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Yesterday was a somewhat interesting day. Dow was down 300 pts or little over 1%+. It was blunted by the MAGA stocks I had (Amazon, Google, Apple).

Both Apple & Amazon rose 3%+ and in a way I understand Amazon because of the increase in online purchasing and the future of it (although Amazon still has horrendous P/E ratio). But Apple just seems to be moving up through magic right now.
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Old 06-11-2020, 08:47 AM   #298
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Two negative days and Thu futures is -885 or -3.24%. B-U-M-P-Y
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If the FOMO unwinds and is a sign of a short term top it could ratchet things down quick with a covid concern or any other ancillary thing.
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So Robinhood has been in the news a lot lately. Anyone using it?
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