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Yawning Debt Trap Proves the Great Recession is Still On

This article by David Haggith was published on The Great Recession Blog: While David Stockman stated early this year with resolute certainty that the debt ceiling debate would blow congress up and send the nation reeling over the financial precipice, I avoided jumping on the debt-ceiling bandwagon. While I was convinced major rifts in the economy would start […]


Top US General Describes Deadly Niger Ambush

The top US general said on Monday that the American people, including the families of the fallen soldiers in Niger, deserve answers about this month’s deadly ambush which claimed the lives of four US soldiers, including that of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, whose widow Myeshia Johnson has been involved in an escalating feud with […]


Why Governments Will Not Ban Bitcoin

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Those who see governments banning ownership of bitcoin are ignoring the political power and influence of those who are snapping up most of the bitcoin. To really understand an asset, we have to examine not just the asset itself but who owns it, and who can afford […]


The US Stock Market Just Did Something It Has Never Done Before

It has now been 242 days since the US equity market dipped by 3% or more… That has never, ever, happened before… Rick Astley said it best…"never gonna let you down… or desert you" Ironic then that stocks had their worst day in 6 weeks. GE schizophrenia shows the utter farce that this so-called 'market' […]


The 4 Possible Channels For A Chinese Financial Crisis

That China is a widely accepted global outlier in the context of credit, debt and leverage, look no further than the latest Financial Stability Report from the IMF, which in no uncertain terms lays out where China can be “found” relative to its G-20 peers in the following chart: Yet according to the IMF, China’s […]


Why The Next Stock Market Crash Will Be Faster And Bigger Than Ever Before

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, US stock markets hit another all-time high on Friday. The S&P 500 is nearing 2,600 and the Dow is over 23,300. In fact, US stocks have only been more expensive two times since 1881. According to Yale economist Robert Shiller’s Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings (CAPE) ratio – which […]


CLOs – “Safe” CDOs – Are Booming Again

Last week we explained how junk bond managers were buying increasing amounts of equities to “juice” their portfolios and propel their funds higher in the performance rankings. While this struck us as a relatively recent development, the tried-and-trusted method of trading more risk for more yield is going gangbusters in the CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligations) […]


Good Companies Don’t Always Make Good Stocks

Authored by Vitaliy Katsenelson via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, I was recently going through a new client’s portfolio and found it full of the likes of Coca-Cola, Kimberly-Clark and Campbell Soup – what I call (pseudo) bond substitutes. Each one is a stable and mature company. Your mother-in-law would be proud if you worked for any one of […]


New York AG Launches Civil Rights Probe Into Weinstein Company

Thomas Barrick’s Colony Capital might want to hold off on its planned purchase of “some or all” of the Weinstein Company’s major assets, because the company might need those to settle a civil probe that’s been opened by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. According to the New York Times and the New York Post, […]


Gold Spikes On Massive Volume After Trump’s Fed Chair Comments

The Dollar index dropped and gold jumped as President Trump told reporters during a meeting with the prime minister of Singapore that he was "very very close" to a decision on who would be the next chair(person) of The Fed… Jerome Powell continues to be the front-runner… In a span of five minutes, 18,792 gold […]


“A Utopia Of Hermaphrodites?”

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com, Down With Sex! It’s interesting to see how, in a culture so pornified that any nine-year-old can watch sex acts on-screen all the live-long day, we discover that decorum is absent in American life. This, at the same time that the more Gnostic political Leftists want to transform […]


The One Economic Indicator That Is Making Goldman Turn Bearish

Is there such a thing as too much good news?  According to Goldman Sachs, the answer is yes. Over the weekend, we reported that per the latest Weekly Kickstart report from Goldman’s chief equity strategist, David Kostin, there was only one question on Goldman clients’ minds: when will the current rally, which is about to […]


Options Traders Haven’t Been This Worried About The Dow In 17 Years

'Price' and 'risk' have decoupled in The Dow over the past 6 weeks or so, since China intervened in its FX markets…   While US equity prices have soared across the board, Dow 'VIX' is up dramatically while S&P 'VIX' is down (as one would historically expect)… Smashing the cost of protection for The Dow […]


Theresa May “Ambitious And Constructive” On Brexit Talks, Mocked By Corbyn In Parliament

In a statement to the UK Parliament today following last week’s EU summit, Prime Minister, Theresa May, stated that she was “ambitious and constructive” about the progress of Brexit negotiations. May talked up (again) progress made on safeguarding citizens’ rights so that EU nationals can remain in the UK and vice-versa. She also reiterated that […]