Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Putting the deficit into perspective

Just to put the deficit into perspective for you lefties out there, who seem to think that overspending by £168bn a year is a-ok, perfectly sustainable and dare I say it, even welcome.

That amount of money is more than all income tax revenues. It is not far away from all public sector pay and pensions, or the welfare bill.

So choose - double all taxes, cut 90% of the public sector, or 85% of all welfare payments.

*That* is Gordon Brown's real legacy.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Eat what you kill

I saw this the other day and thought it might make a few of those anti-market types on the Left (I mean, what do they want? Communism?) think a bit before they continue bashing bankers....given those bankers have been taught to eat what they kill.....

Here's something that's doing the rounds on Wall Street.

'We are Wall Street. It's our job to make money. Whether it's a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn't matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable.

I didn't hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone's pension plan doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I've never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas!

Well now the market crapped out, and even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.

Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you're only going to hurt yourselves. What's going to happen when we can't find jobs on the Street anymore ? Guess what - we're going to take yours. We get up at 5am and work 'till 10pm or later. We're used to remaining at our desks, working for hours on end. We don't even need to pee. We don't take an hour or more for lunch, and we don't take much time off for holidays. We don't demand a union to represent us. And we don't retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is your job, we'll eat that instead

For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders ? We're going to take your cushy guaranteed-for-life-jobs - you know, the ones that come with four months paid holiday a year. So say goodbye to your overtime and double time, as we'll be in the market for some of your cushy lifestyle - and we'll undertake your jobs more efficiently, and with none of your constant whining that the pay isn't enough and that the working conditions are too tough.

So now that we're going to be making $85k a year without any bonus upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right ? Wrong! Guess what - we're going to stop buying those luxury items that help make the economy grow, and we aren't going to leave those 35% tips at our business dinners anymore. And from now on, we're going to landscape our own back yards, and wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways, instead of spreading that wealth around. There'll be no more free rides on our backs. Don't forget, our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.

The difference is, though, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but it's really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat a**es land directly on the American middle classes and knock them to the bottom of the food chain.

We aren't dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama and his administration are making Joe Mainstreet our food supply, will he survive ? And will all those we displace ?'

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

On markets and quantum mechanics

Tyler has studied the field of physics, and has worked in finance for some time. In one of his lazier, possibly beer-soaked musings it occured to him that there are many great similarities between them.

It is well known that many maths geeks work in the city already, and that the the Black-Scholes (option) model is really just a diffusion equation. But is there more between them than we see at first glimpse?

It occurs to me, that quantum energy levels of electrons in an atom look very much like fibonacci projections many chartist traders also seems to me that many options, or levels of a market, create their own momentum - almost like gravity.

Those levels, especially big binary options can also act as barriers, requiring a certain "energy" to overcome, then leave the market orbiting that level for quite some time afterwards. There is the push and pull of opposing forces around certain levels, and the volume increasing in the process which remind me of charging capacitors.....

Am I on to something here or am I jsut going crazy?

Tyler vs the NHS

Tyler recently had to have a medical, including a chest X-ray. So, he trotted off to his GP one morning, and after the 90 minute wait, saw him. The GP quickly decided that most of the things on the medical weren't worth testing so signed everything off within 5 minutes. So far so good, thought Tyler. The GP even gave Tyler a little card to take to the local walk-in X-ray department, telling them to give me an X-ray. This five minute meeting cost Tyler the princely sum of £75, which works out more than private medical car would have done, but Tyler was in a hurry, so....

...he wandered down to the local walk-in X-ray place. Only one person was in the queue ahead of me, and I was in for my X-ray within 20 minutes. NHS efficiency had clearly improved. That was, of course, until the radiographer came back with my X-ray. She held it up in front of me, had a good look and happily reported that everything was normal (or as normal as things get for Tyler).

When I asked if I could take it back to my GP, to have the last bit of my medical completed, the problems began. I was told that the X-ray had to be posted somewhere else, where it would then be scanned and emailed back to my GP. This process would take 2 weeks (in the end, it took 3). I wasn't allowed a copy, nor would they post it to my GP, or anything *had* to be scanned by these people in the great X-ray processing department.

This, my friends, is the result of Labour's insistence on targets and top-down management. Lots of money has been spent on the service, but in real terms it is no more efficient than it was 13 years ago. Outcomes are not in focus, just box ticking - the radiographer I saw had her main focus on ticking a box, meeting a regulation and making her master's happy, rather than making sure I (the patient) had what I needed.

By the way, had there been anything wrong, it would have still taken a long time to be reported. The radiographer told me that if she did see a problem, the X-ray would still get sent to the great processing and scanning lab, though it would have an "urgent" sticker on it. This expidited process would only take 1-2 weeks.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Tyler vs. election debate polls

Really quick post;

All the polls are suggesting Cleggy won, and having watched it, he probably did. I'm just not sure why people are representing the poll results in such an arbitrary "first past the post" format. I think it would have been more relevant to have asked each pollster to give each candidate a mark out of ten, then normalize.

This would have given us a better sense of relative performance. Instead, we have only a crude absolute performance, and little information to go on as to how it will effect opinion polls and the final election result.

I am Jack's reasoning mind.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

The one where Tyler predicts the future.

This is just an excercise, but I'm going to be right, so there. I'd trust me.

Gilts are going to get a shooing, and it's going to set off a UK death spiral much like that of Greece. Especiallyif Labour hang on to power at the election, as no one trusts them to actually reduce the deficit till forced to.

What will happen?

Not sure the exact mechanics, and it might take some time, but my guess is it will go a little something like this (with apologies to RUN DMC);

Gilt yields are already near all time lows. Gilt issuance is running near all time highs. Inflation is a mixed bag, but could easily spike. Base rate is as low as it can go, so there will be no help there for a long Gilt position. QE has been spent, and at some point will need to be unwound.

Unsurprisingly, many players have already been unloading their Gilts - before QE started 10y were at 3.70%, and now, despite the BoE buying the entire years issuance and more up, they've still managed to sell off...they now trade 4.05%. The money these guys have liberated from their Gilt positions has gone straight into equities. Why the hell do you think they were rallying so much - it's not because the world is suddenly a pretty place. It's jsut asset allocation.

So here's the rub. We now have a situation where governments worldwide are issuing huge amounts more debt, yet pension funds are being more selective about what, and the amounts they buy. For some countries, with sound economies and decent deficit reduction plans, this won't prove a problem. Germany comes to mind, and many of the EM countries.

But for some countries, it will. Greece is the current ongoing example, but I think the UK could easily fall victim as well. People jsut aren't really taking the problem seriously enough, as the general public haven't felt enough pain yet, and there is an election on. Portugal, SPain and Italy could also fall, though I think the Baltic states, Ireland, Iceland and Hungary have all had to take their medicine early, with either internal or external devaluations. Which make people a lot poorer.

So, back to the UK. If the deficit isn't brought under control rapidly, this is what I think will happen. Gilt yields will start to drift up, until there is some kind of market reaction. The market doesn't have the same fear about the UK as it does Greece, but that isn't really the dangerous part. Nor is that the UKs national debt will have tripled, and interest payments will hit around £75bn in 2015 from £35bn now.

What will cause the problem, is that politicians, especially Labour, would try to issue more debt to cover existing debt, to maintan spending, whilst the interest payments are going up, and growth hasn't yet picked up enough. It's called a debt trap.

In itself, the UK will never go bankrupt, and the increase in interest payments is manageable. That isn't where the danger lies though. Rates will start to go up, as investors demand more risk premium, and it's the secondary market where the real crisis is brewing.

I'm not sure what the trigger will be. It could be the Chinese bubble bursting. My guess though, is that rising rates, and large mortgage resets will cause a nasty shock to the £1300bn of outstanding mortgages we have in the UK. If times aer already tough, and disposable incomes are reduced, having 10y rates creep up by 1-2% will push mortgage rates up by roughly double that.

The intial effects will be more saving (as people store up cash to get through hard times ahead. We are already seeing this), then squeezed disposable incomes leading to lower sales figures, and then finally we'll see a flurry of defaults on home lending. Basically a smaller version of the US subprime collapse.

This will in turn depress house prices and stocks, and growth will get smashed hard. All the spending to get the economy out of recession will have actually mired it in something worse, as there will be no room to really manouver. Tax reciepts will drop, and budget deficits will again explode, forcing Gilt yields again higher.

The great deleveraging will have begun. it won't be pretty.

So, to my absolute predictions.

10y Gilts will sell off. Whatever happens. I expect them to trade to 6.50-7.00% at least in a crisis, or 5.50% if things don't go so badly.

Sterling will probably trade up to 1.60 vs $ intially, but I don't give it much room to go past that (unes sthe US debt balloon bursts first, at which point I'd go and invest in a generator, barbed wire, tinned food, a water purifier, shotgun and some big angry dogs. When the looting starts, you'll be ready). If the Uk does death spiral, I can see Cable as low as 1.25.

FTSE will probably trade up to around the 6100 mark. I'd look for a couple of false tops followed by quick reversals as part of my group of indicators. A selloff could go anywhere, but through 5000 is probably a given. If it is really bad, and it looks liek we will have a full on delever, or worse still, a situation like Japan, it could go to 3500.

So, I'm a bear.

Where would I invest? I'd look at things from a fundamental point of view. Look for countries with low debt stocks, smaller budget deficits and room for real economic growth. Ideally with relatively low tax burdens as well. Effectively look for places where there is enough room for manouver should things go wrong again. Some of Latam, non-Japan Asia and South Africa are good places to start. India as well, though I would avoid China. It's too opaque, and I think that there is a huge bubble being blown up there.

I'll finish here. This is Tyler prediciting the future, it's not investment advice. Though I think I'm going to be proved 90% correct over the next 2 years or so.

You read it here first people.

Tyler out.

Tyler vs QE. Tyler wins.

Not many people seem to understand Quantative Easing (QE).

Tyler will now do his best to explain it all for you, in language that you can mostly understand. Keep up, you hear?

QE is essentially printing money. We all know that, right? But what you probably don't know, is that it really is Debt (in the shape of Gilts). More accurately, it is forward starting debt (for those of you with more financial engineering experience, it's the equivalent of a forward starting interest rate swap).

Let Tyler take you by the hand and guide you through it.

1. The DMO issues Gilts to the market via an auction. For arguments sake let's say they are 10y maturity.
2. The BoE electronically "prints" money, and buys those Gilts from the market. The market now has more cash. Thats the Quantative easing bit out of the way.
3. 10 years roll by, and the bonds come up for maturity. The BoE now has one of two choices;

4a. It removes money from the system, undoing the electronic printing it did in step 2. This money is transferred to the DMO, which then can pay it right back to the BoE for the maturing bonds.

4b. It can ask the DMO to issue more bonds, then use the cash from the sale of those bonds to pay for the maturing bonds. It has effectively "rolled" the cash position, but has done so at the cost of issuing more bonds. This is where the forward starting debt bit comes from.

So, QE in effect is adding money into the system now, but at the cost of removing it later. It is debt, albeit kind of odd looking debt. Many lefties don't seem to have any kind of sccoby doo what it really means. To be fair, some governments don't either, but that isn't an excuse.

The UK QE was particularly cheeky - it was just used to by government debt, and pay for the massive deficit, so the government could keep spending high as they went into an election year. In the US QE was partly used to by lower grade credit from banks, which allowed the banks to clean up balance sheets and get lending again. That said, it looks like the US is now buying their own debt, as there is so much of it that foriegn governments can't keep up.


Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The AGW religion

I noticed a few weeks ago that AGW really has become a religion for some. Let us compare it to a traditional religion;

1. It requires belief or faith. AGW hasn't been proved, the science isn't settled (whatever believers say) so most of them eventually have to fall back on pure faith.

2. It has a heaven and a hell, and tells us if we don't follow a certain path the whole world is doomed to "hell".

3. It has priests and organised "worship". Al Gore, Pachauri, Mann, Jones to name but a few.

4. It has unbelievers, sinners or heretics. Aka the "denial" lobby.

5.  It extracts tithes. However, religions only extract tithes or donations from believers - the AGW religion extracts money in the form of taxes from us all.

6. It has a sacred text (IPCC AR4). Much like we are told that some passages in the bible are not meant to be taken literally, and do not damage the maessage of the bible as a whole, errors in AR4 are not meant to damage the credence of AR4 or AGW.

Scary, huh?

Tyler vs.....Joss Garman

Joss Garman is a Greenpeace member, and was heavily involved in the Plane Stupid campaign of a short while back (which has basically disappeared). He writes profusely about global warming, and how it definately most absolutely is 100% true and real, and more so, if we don't cut C02 and more importantly, tax it hugely, we're all going to die.

I'm sure his degree in politics has led him to that conclusion. My degree in physics is not needed to tell me the man is a cunt.

Let me just say again: AGW *may* be happening. It would be foolish to believe that man is not having an effect on the environment. HOWEVER blaming it all on C02 is more foolish. I won't go into the science now, but even Arrhenius (the father of all this C02 nonsense) calculated that a DOUBLING of C02 in the atmosphere would only lead to a 1.5C rise. Which is nothing in the grand scheme of things. (C02 has gone from about 280ppm to 380ppm in the last 100 years, and the rate of increase has fallen significantly)

Cunts like Joss firstly try to stifle debate if it runs against their creed. Recently his articles have been more shouty and panicked, as AGW has been broadsided. Surprised? Hardly. C02 based AGW is the main belief of their religion, and it has subsumed all else. Other environmental projects are being squeezed out both in publicity and funding terms. Scientists are finding it harder to get funding into research which isn't climate related. Isn't it right to have a discussion, at the very least, about where limited resourrces should be spent? There are millions of people in the world in poverty and in need of food yet we spend billions on AGW through the CDM/carbon credits.

That really is the crux of the matter. I'm sure mypoic little Joss honestly thinks he is going to save the world. The problem is, his religion has been subverted. The biggest proponents of CDM/carbon credits and the research behind it are now governments (who are set to make huge sums in tax) and big business. Oil companies are well ahead of the game, as are heavy industrials. Financial companies are genuinely rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of an increasing carbon credit market. Al Gore is already fantastically rich thanks to his eco is Pachauri.

The economic firepower of the pro-AGW lobby is enormous, and that money isn't being put to saving the world. Think about that next time you go on one of your little rants, Joss.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Tyler vs.....Sunny Hundal (part 1)

The man is a cunt. There. I've said it.

I can't stand his holier than thou attitude, and more than that, I can't stand the way that he is unable to actually debate anything, despite perporting to run a politcal debate website. For example, one of his posts following his article on CiF today;

"The article isn't about climate science because I'm not interested in what the deniers have to say"

Pretty much sums him up in one go. Well Sunny, turns out that Tyler isn't very interested in what you have to say, you disgusting, self-important little trot. Though he'd happily give you a smack in the chops.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Tyler vs....the Civil Servant

OK firstly this;

Civil servants don't pay tax. They are paid for by taxpayers. Some *think* they pay tax, like Gace Fletcher-Hackwood, but they are deluded. Or delusional. Or both. Their pay is effectively recieved net of tax, deducted at source.

A good way to spot a civil servant is the univeralsity test: Can you move abroad yet RETAIN your current employer? Anyone in the private sphere can do this. No-one in the public pay can (other than diplomates I guess, if you fancy being difficult).

Under Labour, we've seen a massive explosion in the number of civil servants. Almost a million in fact. Their levels of pay have also massively shot up, now overtaking the private sector, which has to foot the bill for them. One would think that this is a good thing - more people in work, and more Doctors/Nurses/Policemen/Teachers etc. And it would be, if Labour had actually hired proffessionals.

Its now hard to see a GP out of hours, and much of that is covered by foreigners working for private firms. Nurses are increasingly being recuited from abroad, we have about 20,000 new police over the last 10 years, but thanks to paperwork burdens the time spent actually on the beat has decreased. As for schooling, Labour spews out tractor production statistics but in real terms, we are falling down international league tables in all areas, and basic numeracy and literacy is falling.

Anyhow, back to the point. We have lots more civil servants now, mostly involved in ever increasing layers of box ticking. Labour loves targets and it's box-ticking culture, but that is only partly the reason for the explosion in their numbers.

If you are beholden to someone for your existence, and if you vote for the other guy your job may disappear, you are likely to vote for the former, right? Brown knows this, and a lot of Labour votes would go the way of the Dodo is he suddenly turned round and said thats whats going to happen.

But, unfortunately for all you civil servants out there, this is what is going to happen. The budget deficit is so huge that it will have to be cut massively under any future government. The deficit is £175bn, of which something like £110-120bn is structural (i.e. not caused by Bank bailouts or the recession directly).

The government has to cut its wage and pensions paycuts are going to happen, and I expect heavy job cuts in the civil service will also follow. Councils have already started. Just to put it into perspective, if you cut 1 million civil servants jobs, assuming they earn £30k PA, you will still only save £30bn a year. At best.

So, when all you lefties out there start crying about job losses after the election if Cameron is in charge remember this - it was Brown who created the problem in the first place.


From Whistler. Some lacerations from the fight club out there and a swollen knee but otherwise ok.

Am wondering why the hell I came back from a place where people are nice, crime is low and the girls are pretty, to London, where we are ruled more autocratically every day by some one eyed maniac, taxed to pay for others not doing anything other than funding a lifestyle of petty crime and half the popel you meet don't even speak english any more.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Tyler is.... to Whistler tomorrow with the snowfools.

Expect Mayhem.

I am Jack's sense of expectation.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The difference between "Left" and "Right" wing blogs.

As far as I can tell;

Right wing blogs will allow you to post almost anything, unless you swear. At which point they sometimes get antsy. Left wing trolls are seen as sport.

Left wing blogs will allow you to post almost anything till you make an argument they can't defeat. At that point they simply delete your post. It's a bit liek the party they vote for.

At this point Tyler would like to say this;

The third rule of TDsays: You can say whatever you want here, unless it's libellous. And then only because Tyler doesn't feel like being sued. Go piss on your own patch if you're that desperate. Be warned though, anything you post might recieve a thorough fisking by yours truly, and you yourself will be made a subject of ridicule.

Have a nice day now!

TD out.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Fisking fabiansolutions.

Some of you may be aware of this nut (and trust me, it take sone to know one) who posts Labour party tractor production statistics primarily on Dan Hanna's blog, but also occasionally at Guido Fawkes' place.

What we do know about him/her (my guess is its a him) is that he was Kennedy scholar at Oxford Uni, and got a first, thus giving him a preception of intellectual superiority over us mere mortals. It also regularly crops up in his statements about Gordon Brown's IQ of 167 being a good reason for us to be leading us.

Which should come as no surprise really - after all Fabianism aims to create social democracy through "a meritocratic state elite".

Yes, you read that corectly. The whole idea of it is to have a set of elites govern and control us mere proles, though to soften the blow, do it in a nice benign way.

Like fucking hell that is ever going to happen.

You can see why it appeals to a lot of Labour types though - especially those with "elite" backgrounds (such as going to Oxford) who like to think they know it all better.

So thats a mere scratch on the surface of the Fabian ideal. I could go on to say, that socialism, and certainly this Labour government has no intention of ever offering true equality. They rely, for a huge percentage of their vote, on playing up the differences between people and the resulting friction it causes. They will never lift the poorest out of true poverty, only promise to do so. After all, the poor tend to vote Labour, and if suddenly they were rich and paying the large taxes Labour are so keen to impose on the more affluent.....they probably wouldn't. Their overriding goal is simply holding on to power.

I'm sorry fabiansolutions (or as some bright spark monikered you, fabiandelusions) but your lists of Labour's achievements are firmly in the tractor statistics catagory, and we, the people, are aware of it.

You have a nice day now.

TD out.

The Truth According To Tyler: Why we will never have PR

OK, here we go. Lets start with the easy one first. The Lib Dems will never be in power. Unless in a coalition through a hung parliament, where they *might* be able to squeeze AV out of a weakened Labour Government.

The Tory party will never go for PR, not least because of their ideological objection to it, but because it will more often than not deprive them of a working majority. In some ways PR would benefit them, as it would counter the massive boundary bias currently in the system (the Tories won more votes than Labour at the last election, but Labour have a huge majority, and in the 2010 election a 10% vote lead will only give them an 8 seat majority) but it would forever deprive them of the magical 50% vote share needed for majority.

Which pretty much is where Labour is as well - why go for PR when current boundaries give you a huge edge in the elctoral system, and without it you would never be able to hold power alone? It would also destroy Labours heartground safe seats, where much (in some palces almost half) the voters owe their income solely, through the civil service or through benefits, to the state. If votes inthe South actually counted as much as in the North, Labour would be in trouble.

TD out.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Spot the difference

My problem with socialists.

Yes, I know what your going to say. I have a problem with everybody. Then you lefties out there will accuse me of being some hard right baby chewing nut. I might be a nut, but I prefer chewing gum to babies. Less gets caught between your teeth.

Anyhow, back to the point. Socialists claim to want to help people. An admirable goal, yes?

They then go about it by stepping in an controlling aspects of your life, deciding how your society should be for you, rather than allowing you to shape it yourself.

And something else....they are always on about lifting poor people out of poverty. Again, nothing wrong with that. Except they don't really mean it - after all, if there were no poor people, who the fuck would vote for them?

I am Jack's broken Nokia.

TD out.

Gordon's rallying cry...Tyler style.

((I posted htis in the comments of Guido Fawkes' website earlier today))

Dear Tyler,

If there’s one thing that our recent by-election successes and this week’s coverage about the £34 billion credibility gap in the Tories’ spending plans shows us, it’s that the media haven’t noticed our £178bn credibility gap.
I know that despite the icy conditions, Ellie Gellard is preparing to go out campaigning this weekend. That, for me, says it all about the spirit of our Labour Party – we never give in, we never give up, we fight for progress house by house, street by street, day by day, and we’re a touch delusional.
If you want to get involved in fighting the greatest force for fairness our country has ever known, click here.
And I hope you will also take the time to check in on elderly neighbours and others in your community, as so many of you have been already, to ensure people stay safe and stay warm during the cold weather. After all, the winter fuel allowance isn’t enough to heat their homes now that i’ve stolen their pensions, and the Police will be too busy filling in forms to come out if any real criminals happen to be about.
Earlier today the cabinet met to discuss how we intend to focus laser-like on two fronts: keeping our jobs and fiddling expenses. We should be united in serving Britain and working as a team to lead our movement into a big choice election, but we’re too busy navel gazing and fighting like randy ferrets in a small sack.
Labour is on your side – if you vote for us, are a civil servant or live on benefits. So let’s get the message out this weekend; if you’re not one of the above we’re either going to tax you till you move abroad, or simply ban you under our equality agenda.
Gordon Brown