John Ransom

If there wasn’t a financial crisis in Europe, God- that is Obama- would have to invent one.

After all there’s an election at stake.

Because now that the Eurozone has dithered and dickered and voted, it seems that the Central Banks of the world are ready to unite.

They have nothing to lose but more of our loose change- that is if we have any left.

“Ahead of Sunday’s election in Greece, central bankers stand ready,” writes Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak & Co. in New York, according to BloombergBusinessWeek. “With all the water central banks have expended out of their fire hoses in their attempt to ‘do something,’ I can only think of magic candles. Those candles you blow out that only flare up again immediately after.”

Which means that the Central Banks are ready to expend even more water to put out the fires that are cropping up, again. Until the fires go out, and then start up again.

More from BloombergBusinessWeek:

Stocks also rose on speculation the Federal Reserve may join central banks in taking steps to boost growth. Data today showed that industrial production unexpectedly fell and consumer confidence slid, adding to evidence of U.S. economic weakness. U.S. policy makers meet June 19-20.

“There’s hope of some coordinated action if bad news does occur,” said Tim Ghriskey, who oversees about $2 billion as chief investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York. He spoke in a telephone interview. “There’s the Greek election. It could be an ongoing process.”  

So bad news for the rest of us is good news for the stock market- or in other words, Obama.

That because the Federal Reserve bank will begin the process of minting more money, chasing stock prices up temporarily and halting the slide in commodity prices- to great cheers from traders everywhere and trepidation for the rest of us.

Maybe the head of OPEC knew something when he pegged oil at $110 as a fair market price?

From Fox News:

Oil prices could rise about $25 from their present levels to $110 a barrel without threatening the world economy, OPEC Secretary General Abdullah Al-Badry said Friday.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.