ELON MUSK = BIZARRE COMBINATION OF HOWARD HUGHES & ELIZABETH HOLMES

Headlines:
Musk’s Bold Privatization Proposition For Tesla.
Who Knows What To Believe From Tesla/SpaceX CEO?

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BRILLIANT, RISK-TAKING ENTREPRENEUR LIKE HOWARD HUGHES = ABSOLUTELY.

PATHOLOGICAL LIAR LIKE DISGRACED THERANOS CEO ELIZABETH HOLMES = MAYBE.

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Only Time Will Tell If This Privatization Actually Occurs…But A Lot Does NOT Smell Right In This Enormously Complex $70B+ Proposal…Somehow Funded By Pure Equity At $420/Share.

The “Bid” Also Includes The Assumption Of A Boatload Of Covenant Stressed Debt…Some Of Which Is Convertible Into Equity At A Price Of $359 /share.

For Example…

1. Where Is The SEC Mandated 8K To Disclose This “Material” Buyout  Event…Considering CEO Musk’s “Funding Secured” Tweet?  

Today’s 12 Day Tardy 8K Filing From Tesla Merely Addresses The Board Of Directors Response To Their CEO’s Tweeted Comments And Includes The Following Critical Excerpt…“The special committee has not yet received a formal proposal from Mr. Musk.

And Then…Why Not A Formal Proposal…If Funding Was Indeed “Secured“…As Tweeted By Company CEO Musk?

The Real Answer As To Why A Formal Proposal Had Not Been Received By The Board Of Directors = Funding For The Transaction Was NOTSecured.”  So It Seems…CEO Musk Lied.

He’s Already Tried To Wiggle Out Of That Comment But The SEC Won’t Like His Misleading Language.  He’ll Be Held Accountable For That Statement And Be Appropriately Punished.

And The Reason The Funding Was NOT “Secured” Is…

2. Who Is Going To Equity Finance The Massive Buyout Of A Free Cash Flow Shredding Machine With Junk Rated Debt…That Also Relies On Soon To Expire Government Subsidies To Drive Sales?

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An Odd Problem That Plays To Musk’s Advantage In This Dramatic Story = Short Sellers Are Frothing At The Mouth As Musk’s Inaccurate “Funding Secured” Comments Simply Reinforce His Historically Erratic And Unpredictable Behavior…Not Typically Associated With High Profile CEO’s.

Musk Has Already Over-Promised And Under-Delivered On A Slew Of Financial And Production Targets…For Some Time…And That Only Emboldens A Short Seller’s Dreary View Of The Company’s Precarious Capital Structure.

Perhaps Then…The Bear Story May Just Be Too Financially + Quantitatively Obvious?

And…Paradoxically…Has Likely Contributed To TSLA’s Meteoric Stock Price Rise Since The IPO In June 2010…As Shorts Have Been Serially  “Squeezed.”

If They Are Proven Incorrect…Or Are Just “Early” Once Again…There Still Is A Lot Of Latent Buying Interest With A Steep Carrying Cost ….And If Forced To “Cover”Their Short Sales…Could Fuel The Stock Price Much Higher Despite TSLA’s Fragile Financial Position.

No Matter The Ultimate Outcome…It Is Clear That Musk Will Definitely Attempt To Exert As Much Pain As Possible On His Many Doubters… Whom He Has Frequently Castigated.

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But Would He Actually Contort The Truth To Accomplish This Particular Objective?

It Seems He Already Has.

And Would He Knowingly Violate SEC Disclosure Laws To Intentionally Manipulate TSLA’s Share Price To…At Least Temporarily…Punish The Short Sellers? 

Definitely Plausible.

Or…As Many Short Sellers Believe…Did He Just Fabricate The Entire Buyout Story In Order To Financially Penalize His Resistance And To Trigger The Conversion Of Costly Debt Into Essentially Cost-less Equity?

I Hope Not…But It Is An Unfortunate Possibility.

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DONNY T. ACCUSES SOVEREIGN TRADING PARTNERS OF MANIPULATING THEIR CURRENCIES = OF COURSE THEY ARE

Headlines:
Quantitative Easing = Currency Debasement

Suppression Of Interest Rates = Currency Debasement

Only Problem = U.S. Federal Reserve = Captain Of “The Currency Debasing Club”

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In The United States The Traditional “Mouthpiece” For U.S. Dollar Chatter = Treasury Secretary.

That’s All Changed With President Donny T.

Consider His Tweeted Comments From Last Week…

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In This Case…Donny T. Is Partially Correct Because Interest Rate Suppression + Quantitative Easing [which is what he is specifically referring to]…For Many Reasons…Are Currency Depressing.

China + EU + Japan…etc. Are Guilty As Charged…Though They’ll Never Formally Admit It.

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However There Is Another Country Just As Culpable.

That Country Is Donny T.’s Own United States.

And Despite Moderate Rate Increases + Tiny Central Bank Balance Sheet Reductions…The U.S. Is Still Fully Engaged In Monetary Suppression …And Has Been For Over A Decade…Actually…The First Western Sovereign To Initiate “Non-Conventional” Monetary Policies…And Then Exported The Strategy To Canada, England, EU …etc.

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Furthermore, The Primary Problem…Vis-A-Vis Relative Currency Valuation…Is The Currently Divergent Path Of Monetary Policy By Most Developed Economies + China.

The United States = Moderately Tightening.

China + EU + Japan etc = Full Throttled Monetary Easing.

And Though The Interest Rate Differential Between The United States and EU/Japan Is Now Especially Wide…And Seemingly The Primary Cause Of A Stronger U.S. Dollar…There Are Other Factors That Also Play Into A Currency’s Value:

…Budget Deficits/Surplus

…Current Account Balances

…Inflationary Expectations

…Political Stability

…U.S. Dollar As Global Reserve Currency

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Why The Desire For A Weaker Currency?

2 Primary Reasons:

i.  It Stokes Inflation…Of Which Central Bankers Are Obsessed.

And Ironically…As Discussed In A Prior Post…There Is Plenty Of Inflation. It Is Just Being Willingly Ignored By Global Central Bankers.

ii. It Improves The Cost Competitiveness Of A Country’s Exports…Thereby Increasing Domestic Economic Growth.

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So The Unspoken Objective Of All The Developed Economies + China Is To Suppress Domestic Interest Rates…Primarily Via Central Bank Policy.

It Helps To Stimulate The Domestic Economy While Also Depressing It’s Currency…To Aid In Export Competitiveness.

It Sounds Like An Economic Holy Grail But It Is Not…For So Many Reasons Discussed In Prior Posts.

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Thanks To Donny T.’s Recent Tweets…A Bright Light Is Being Shone On A Very Large Problem That’s Been Plaguing The Currency Markets For Quite Some Time.

That Is…All Developed Market Currencies Cannot Be Concurrently Weak…As Discussed In An October 2014 Post…

The Race To The Bottom

At Least One Country’s Currency Must ALWAYS “Pay The Price” …With A Higher Relative Value…Thereby Marginally Hamstringing   Export Competitiveness and Inflationary Targets

Right Now That Country Is The United States As Its Economic Growth Is Generally Robust…Far Outpacing Both The EU and Japan …But… Naturally Trailing Emerging Economy China.

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Is There A Fair And Legitimate Fix For This Currency Problem?

Not Really….Unless The China + EU + Japan Get On The “Tightening Train” Sometime Very Soon…And That Is Highly Unlikely.

The Most Logical Solution Would…Unfortunately…Result In Severe Financial Market Pain.

Specifically….Abolishing Quantitative Easing While Simultaneously Linking Domestic Interest Rate Policies To GDP.

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Because In This Increasingly Complicated and Intertwined Economic World…

MOST CURRENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES LEAD BACK TO CENTRAL BANKS AND THEIR UNIVERSAL RELUCTANCE TO RELEASE CONTROL OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS THEY SEIZED IN EARLY 2009…VIA POLICIES OF FORCED INTEREST RATE SUPPRESSION AND QUANTITATIVE EASING…AS WELL AS MANY OTHER MORE NUANCED TACTICS [i.e. U.S.’s IOER] TO INCREASE AN ECONOMY’S  LIQUIDITY/MONEY SUPPLY.

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Their Intended Economic Distortions Are Quite Far Reaching.

And After 9+ Years Of Hyper Monetary Stimulation…The Primarily Liberated Currency Markets Are Still Struggling To Adapt.

Donny T.’s Tweeted Currency Comments Demonstrate That Powerful Politicians Are Increasingly Frustrated With The Financial Exaggerations Wrought By Excessive Global Liquidity…Which Does Offer Downside Risks…Not Typically Considered In The Mainstream Public Narrative.

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Ironically…The Only Sovereign With Direct + Unadulterated Control Of Their Currency’s Value = CHINA.

All Others Freely Trade…Merely Influenced By Monetary Policy.

And This May Prove To Be Western Central Bankers + The Bank Of Japan’s Ultimate Achilles Heel.

Because Despite All Of The Heated Debate And Rhetoric On Tariffs + Trade…Their Impact, If Ultimately Implemented, Can Be Quickly Mitigated With A Swiftly Devalued Currency i.e. 10% Tariffs Are Completely Nullified By A 10% Currency Devaluation…Which Means…

HUGE ADVANTAGE = CHINA

How Then Will Developed Markets React?

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INFLATION IS HERE: CENTRAL BANKERS WILLINGLY STOKE & IGNORE

Headline:
2 Inflation Measures = Well Beyond 2% Target
1 Inflation Measure = At/Beyond 2% Target

Financial Asset Inflation = “Off The Charts”

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CPI
PPI

PCE

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While Financial Asset Prices Inflate Parabolically…

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As Global Central Banks Buy…Via The Chicago Mercantile Exchange…Loads Of U.S. Bonds + Commodities + Currencies + Equities…To Stoke Price Increases.

**CBIP = Central Bank Incentive Pricing**

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CHINA’S ULTIMATE “TRUMP” CARD

Headline:
Chinese Holdings Of U.S. Debt Dwarf The Trade Deficit Between The Two Countries.

To Be Exact = 3.25x The China/U.S. Trade Imbalance.

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Trade War…Yeah Sure.

The Trade Data Would Be Completely Flipped If Sovereign Debt Holdings Were Included In The Calculation…Which They Are Not.

Furthermore…Where Would U.S. Interest Rates Be Without The Largest Buyer/Holder Of U.S. Debt?

Of Course…A Lot Higher…Translating Into Incrementally Lower U.S. GDP.

So It Seems…Chinese Holdings Of U.S. Treasuries = Ultimate “Trump” Card In This High Stakes Economic Game.

Contact The Author: Dominate@GlobalSlant.com