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FX Concepts’ John Taylor Can’t Get Over The Similarities Between Hitler And Ben Bernanke

John Taylor, Chief Investment Officer of FX Concepts, has been doing a lot of thinking about the economy lately and he keeps coming back to one thing– how similar things are to Europe just prior to World War II and how Bernanke’s actions are eerily reminiscent to those of Adolf Hitler. Sure, the facial hair is slightly different but other than that, Taylor says, “the parallels are ominous.” Really, it’s uncanny! If you aren’t lucky enough to be one of Taylor’s clients, who received the history lesson this morning, please join us as we take a gander at the outside the box “insight” some people apparently pay money to read.

Not too many traders remember ‘the phoney war,’ or the Sitzkrieg, as it happened 71 years ago. After Hitler invaded Poland on the first day of September 1939, Poland’s European allies France and England declared war on Germany, but nothing significant happened on that front until the following May when the German Army rolled through Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium and into France. Although the horror started in Poland in the fall of 1939, for a few months, the rest of Europe was spared that horror, which eventually lasted through the next five years. Strangely, this past September (2010), the US equity market rose by about 8.8%, its best return for that month, since that same September (1939). To me the parallels are ominous. What were those people thinking back in 1939? Could a coming world war have that positive an impact on the economy and on markets? They must have been crazy – of course equities gave up their gains and were cratered in May 1940 when Germany invaded the west. But, what are we thinking of now? A war has just begun. Didn’t Bernanke and the Fed announce in late August at Jackson Hole (and multiple times since then) that the US was going to enter QE2 and debase its currency setting off a currency war. Bernanke, like Hitler seven decades ago, had been warning everyone who would listen for years.

Stay tuned for upcoming reports in which we learn that Bernanke and Kim Jong-il were actually separated at birth.

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63 Responses to “FX Concepts’ John Taylor Can’t Get Over The Similarities Between Hitler And Ben Bernanke”

  1. Jewishguest says:

    Why’s everyone always blame the Jews?

  2. Captain Bly (retired) says:

    Not too many traders remember that September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

    http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/2008/09/international-talk-like-pirate-day-19th.html

    EVENTS: International Talk Like a Pirate Day (19th September), History of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Celebrations, Treasure Island
    International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) a parodic holiday is discovered in 1995 by Mark Summers and John Baur of Portland, Oregon, who declared 19th September each year seeing that the day when one and all in the globe must converse like a pirate. For instance, a viewer of this holiday would meet friends not with “Hello”, but also with “Ahoy, me hearty!” The vacation, and its celebration, spring from the romanticized sight of Golden Age of Piracy.

    To me, the parallels are ominous.

  3. Guest says:

    In the words of Taleb, if you’re so rich, why aren’t you smarter? I guess some people get lucky.

  4. Guest says:

    Wondering what Kim Jong-Il & Bernanke’s shoes sizes are…

  5. Guest says:

    He disrespected those that fought in the war by making these allegations.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The correlations are obvious. This guy is hired.

    -J.W. Merriwether

  7. Dr. Rosenrose says:

    I was a Corporal in the Currency War, and I don’t feel disrespected.

  8. Guest says:

    Neville Chamberlain = Geithner

  9. General Disarray says:

    Is he implying that anti-semitism and bigotry are key upward drivers of market performance? Or that I should short the German Bund? I think the clear solution to all this is that the US Treasury should storm the beaches of Normandy.

  10. Pfluger the Barbarian says:

    Comparing Bernanke, a jew, to Adolf Hitler, is the NKI.

  11. trojan says:

    what a joke- the historic parallels to the 1912 US occupation of Nicaragua are so much more obvious

  12. buckettrader says:

    Psst – Hitler was Jewish. Pass it on.

  13. Let all stop the sensationalism for a second and notice that he isn’t trying to say Hilter and Bernanke are the same guy. Just that their fiscal policies are similar.

    In other news, too bad for the bitch-ass NY Yankees they won’t even make it to play THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS in the World Series babyyyy. But then again what has New York ever accomplished besides overbearing leverage and good pizza.

  14. Rho2Gamma says:

    More along the lines of Grenada.

  15. STAR says:

    My grandmother was killed by a voltage surge in Queens. Sure I could blame Con Ed and draw modern day parallels saying it was a conspiracy, but I won’t and that’s why one day, machines will rule the earth.

  16. Are we talking the 1920s Hitler or the 1940s Hitler here? It’s an important distinction!

    Prescott Bush

  17. Guestarama says:

    Hey – don’t shrug off the pizza. It’s big.

  18. True that. New York also has better looking girls and better bars…but DESPITE THAT

  19. meh says:

    Don’t make me come over there…
    -Brandon Merriweather

  20. Anonymous says:

    Paul von Hindenburg = Greenspan

  21. Guest says:

    Don’t make ME come over THERE…
    – Floyd Mayweather

  22. neverwuzza says:

    Economics is too important to be left to fund managers

    – Clemenza

  23. Guest says:

    In this instance, would invading Poland be the old killing it?

  24. SHUTUP says:

    I’m sure you’ve been a die-hard fan over the past 5 years going to 40 degree night games in mid-July to watch them lose. don’t forget that the SF Giants were once the New York Baseball Giants so shut your ingnorant mouth scumbag.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Umm BL?

  26. Fuck the Yankees. Only in New York could someone throw more money than God at a problem and still end up worse than where they started.

    Only thing separating NY from Rome is that at least their sports teams had the balls to square off against lions instead a pack of underperforming crybabies.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t throwing buckets of money out the window and getting nowhere be more applicable to the Mets than the Yankees? Just sayin’

  28. Guest says:

    Leni Riefenstahl = Paul Krugman

  29. Guest says:

    Christ killers

  30. Truthitude says:

    Don’t forget most of the hot girls are imported…

  31. Dead_Cat says:

    They don’t have oil and their air force is tiny.

  32. Dead_Cat says:

    They don’t have oil and their air force is tiny.

  33. Dead_Cat says:

    Well yeah but so is everyone in Manhattan, apart from a few trustafarians pretending to be artists.

  34. JustSayin says:

    Based on that approach I find the parallels between the New York Yankees and Bernanke to be frightening.

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