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Young Facebook Users “Less Engaged” As Demographic ‘Time Bomb’ Looms

While Mark Zuckerberg is busy espousing virtues on Universal Basic Incomes, the deep divide in America, free-speech 'control', and what being president means; his billion-dollar-baby social network may have a problem. This year, the world’s largest social network will see a decline among teen users in the U.S., according to a forecast by EMarketer. It’s […]


BTFD Or Is This Time Different?

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Since the end of the financial crisis, each market decline has been met with support by the Federal Reserve either through “verbal accommodation” or directly through “monetary interventions.” Not surprisingly, investors have become “trained” each “dip” in the market is a reason to “buy” even in the areas with the least […]


Norway Government Forces Sovereign Wealth Fund To Buy $100 Billion More In Stocks “To Safeguard The Country’s Riches”

As we reported late last year, the Norwegian government ordered its Sovereign Wealth Fund to increase its equity allocation to 70% to try and paper over what’s expected to be a 70 billion kroner ($11.1 billion) drawdown – the first in the fund’s history. That money was needed to plug a budget hole created by […]


Cryptocurrency Hedge Fund Returns 2,129% YTD

We’ll preface this post by saying we have never heard of the Alternative Money Fund – which “Specializes in Returning Freedom and Value” – and very well may never hear of it again, however it is notable for two things: i) it is a “hedge fund” invested entirely in cryptocurrencies and ii) it has allegedly […]


Trader Warns Jackson Hole’s “Hesitantly Optimistic” Chatter Will Be “Nothing But Buying Time”

Hawkish, dovish, hawkish, dovish? As many market participants suspect, this week's Jackson Hole 'retreat' wil be a nothing-burger with perhaps a side-dish of temporary volatility as machines quibble over various words in headlines. Former fund manager Richard Breslow warns not to expect much… Via Bloomberg, Expect to Hear Jackson Hole Is Great in August At […]


Phoenix Police And FBI On “High Alert” Ahead Of Trump Rally Tonight

There is no shortage of controversies surrounding Trump’s appearance tonight in Phoenix that could turn what is supposed to be a peaceful political rally into complete chaos.  With Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville tragedy still fresh in the minds of political activists on the left, there are expected to be as many protesters outside the […]


More Peak Shale: World’s Largest Miner Is Selling Its Shale Assets

Over the past several months, we have wondered if despite new all time high shale production, whether the US shale sector in the has peaked. Some of our recent thoughts can be found in the following articles: Why Some Hedge Funds Believe The Shale Boom Is Coming To An End (Again) Shale Efficiency Has Peaked […]


A 3% Drop Is All It Takes…

A 2.8% drop in stocks is all it takes… …to convert sheer near full euphoria into outright panic… Source: CNNMoney Quite a collapse in confidence for a 'blip' in stocks… (NOTE – this collapse in sentiment is bigger and faster than the plunge in Aug 2015 following China's devaluation and the US flash crash)   […]


Here’s the Bounce, Next Comes the REAL Drop

The bounce is here. Stock market corrections follows a particular pattern. That pattern is: 1)   The initial decline 2)   The bounce 3)   The REAL decline The downwards move last week was #1. We’re now in #2. Next up is #3. You've been warned. On that note, we are already preparing our clients for this with […]


Google Folds, Restores Accounts Of Banned Statistics Professor

Yesterday we reported that in a shocking, and explained move, statistics professor Salil Mehta, adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science and whose work has appeared on this website on numerous prior occasions, had been banned by Google on Friday, with his email, blog and other Google-linked accounts wiped clean […]


Stocks Surge At The Open On Report Trump “Making Strides” On Tax Reform

Stocks have blasted off out of the gate, with the Dow up 100 points and the S&P rising over 0.5%, and the VIX getting clobbered following an early morning report from Politico that “Trump’s top aides and congressional leaders have made significant strides in shaping a tax overhaul, moving far beyond the six-paragraph framework pushed […]


Ron Paul Urges America “Oppose Fascism Of The Right & The Left”

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, Following the recent clashes between the alt-right and the group antifa, some libertarians have debated which group they should support. The answer is simple: neither. The alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin. The alt-right elevates […]


Mnuchin’s Trophy Wife Blasted After Instagram Spat Goes Viral

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s 36-year-old (he’s 52 btw) trophy wife Louise Linton has landed herself in a bit of hot water this morning after an epic social media rant against a taxpayer who took issue with one of her Instagram posts. Apparently @jennimiller29 didn’t appreciate Linton hastagging her entire expensive wardrobe (including #rolandmouret, #tomford, #hermesscarf, […]


Are We Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Solutions abound, but they require the retirement of obsolete systems that defend entrenched interests and soul-crushing inequalities. It turns out Nero wasn't fiddling as Rome burned–he was 60 km away at the time. Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned? The story has become short-hand for making […]


“Blood On Your Hands”: Protesters Blame City Council For Violence In Charlottesville

“Why did you think you could walk in here and it would be business as usual?” That was one of many harshly worded questions and insults lobbed at the Charlottesville Va. city council during a Monday night meeting that was beset by protesters angrily demanding an explanation for what they alleged was the city’s botched […]