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The U.S. Bond Market Has Been “Gamed” -Rob Kirby

by Rob Kirby, Silver Doctors:

The Chinese learned from the best:

It’s all about national security/preservation of U.S. Dollar Standard. The following underscores what lengths the governing apparatus will go to – to ensure the perpetuation of actual/perceived U.S. Dollar hegemony:

First reported by Dawn Kopecki back in 2006 when she reported in BusinessWeek Online in a piece titled, Intelligence Czar Can Waive SEC Rules,

President George W. Bush has bestowed on his [then] intelligence czar, John Negroponte, broad authority, in the name of national security, to excuse publicly traded companies from their usual accounting and securities-disclosure obligations. Notice of the development came in a brief entry in the Federal Register, dated May 5, 2006, that was opaque to the untrained eye.”

What this means folks, if institutions like J.P. Morgan, Citi, B of A, Goldman or Morgan Stanley are deemed to be integral to U.S. National Security – can be “legally” excused from reporting their true financial condition – including KEEPING TWO SETS OF BOOKS. The entry in the Federal Register is described as follows:

The memo Bush signed on May 5, which was published seven days later in the Federal Register, had the unrevealing title “Assignment of Function Relating to Granting of Authority for Issuance of Certain Directives: Memorandum for the Director of National Intelligence.” In the document, Bush addressed Negroponte, saying: “I hereby assign to you the function of the President under section 13(b)(3)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.”

A trip to the statute books showed that the amended version of the 1934 act states that “with respect to matters concerning the national security of the United States,” the President or the head of an Executive Branch agency may exempt companies from certain critical legal obligations. These obligations include keeping accurate “books, records, and accounts” and maintaining “a system of internal accounting controls sufficient” to ensure the propriety of financial transactions and the preparation of financial statements in compliance with “generally accepted accounting principles.”

Swaps Require/Consume Credit

In the chart above, I’d like to draw your attention to the category SWAPS (OTC) – with are interest rate swaps traded over-the-counter, or, not on an exchange. What is important for people to realize is that interest rate swaps have two-way counterparty risk – meaning both sides of the trade must have adequate/available credit lines for each other before they can transact.

Now, with Morgan Stanley’s deteriorating credit condition in mind – let’s take a look at how they grew their swap position in a six month period – from Dec. 31/2010 to Jun. 30/2011:

Source: OCC

To Jun. 30/2011 – An increase of 8 TRILLION in 6 months:

Source: OCC

Ladies and gentlemen, the ENTIRE GLOBAL BANKING COMMUNITY DOES NOT HAVE SUFFCIENT CREDIT LINES, FOR MS, TO ALLOW MORGAN STANLEY GROW THEIR SWAP BOOK BY 8 TRILLION IN 6 MONTHS. Do remember, the Federal Reserve has purview over Bank Holding Companies – so the Fed necessarily knows “who” the other side of these trades really is – and they are implicitly “comfortable” with the counter-party risk.

Ergo, Morgan Stanley necessarily had a NON-BANK counterparty for this 8 Trillion increase in the SWAPS component of their book. The counter-party for Morgan Stanley’s swaps book is, by-and-large, the same counter-party as J.P. Morgan, Citi, B of A and Goldman.

Now, you have to think about “WHO” or “WHAT” would have the motivation to do this business with Morgan Stanley et al. In light of the psychedelic, incomprehensible amounts of swaps being consummated between Morgan Stanley and this “unidentified” counterparty – it is most certain that the counterparty is none other than the U.S. Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund [ESF] – an entity that is accountable to NO ONE, has absolutely ZERO oversight and operates above ALL LAWS. It is HIGHLY probable that these trades are being used as a means of an undeclared stealth bailout / recapitalization of Morgan Stanley on the public teat.

Conclusion:

Morgan Stanley was insolvent – and subsequently re-capitalized via [stealth] through the int. rate swap complex. The U.S. Bond market has been “gamed” beyond belief and the only institution in the world with the means and motive to conduct this business is the U.S. Treasury [ESF] in conjunction with/acting through the New York Federal Reserve. As such, U.S. bond pricing and interest rates are set 100 % arbitrarily and today represent the BIGGEST FINANCIAL HOAX ever perpetrated on mankind.

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