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Citi: Central Banks "Took Over" Markets In 2009; In December The "Unwind" Begins

Citigroup's crack trio of credit analysts, Matt King, Stephen Antczak, and Hans Lorenzen, best known for their relentless, Austrian, at times "Zero Hedge-esque" attacks on the Fed, and persistent accusations central banks distort markets, all summarized best in the following Citi chart...

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US Credit Card Debt Rises Above $1 Trillion For The First Time In A Decade

Unlike last month's unexpectedly week consumer credit report, which saw a plunge in revolving, or credit card, debt moments ago the Fed, in its latest G.19 release, announced that there were few surprises in the February report: Total revolving credit rose by $2.9 billion, undoing last month's $2.6 billion drop - the biggest since 2012 - while non-revolving credit increased by $12.3 billion, for a total increase in February consumer credit of $15.2 billion, roughly in line with the $15 billion expected.

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Accounting Change On Operating Leases To Add $3 Trillion In Debt To Corporate Balance Sheets

From a practical perspective, operating leases are pretty much the same as debt.  They reflect a contractual obligation on the part of one counterparty to make defined stream of cash payments to another over a set period and with an implied interest rate embedded in the payment stream.  In fact, within a bankruptcy context operating leases are treated exactly the same as debt and rank pari passu with the other general unsecured obligations of a business.  That said, accounting rules treat operating leases differently than debt and do not require them to be included as a liability on a company's balance sheet.  That is, until 2019.

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