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Fed’s Kaplan Admits Stock Valuations Are Elevated, But He’s Not Worried For One Reason

There were two explicit warnings about stock market valuations in the latest Fed Minutes: first, the Fed warned that “vulnerabilities associated with asset valuation pressures had edged up from notable to elevated, as asset prices remained high or climbed further, risk spreads narrowed, and expected and actual volatility remained muted in a range of financial […]


“Eye Of The Storm” – Why Investors Are Still Too Complacent About North Korea

While the storm over North Korea may appear to have passed, Bloomberg FX strategist David Finnerty warns that it’s possible we’re only in its eye. Investors may want to think twice before jumping back into risk assets… The good news is that it appears North Korea has, at least temporarily, backed down from plans to […]


“Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy VIX”

Authored by Peter Tchir via Brean Capital, I would NOT be selling volatility here.  My title was dripping with sarcasm… Selling Volatility Is Very Crowded and Dangerous Now You know a trade is getting crowded when my parents start asking about it.  You know just how one sided something is when people think that even […]


VIX Tops 15, Stocks Hit “Fire & Fury” Lows As Cohn Doubts Continue

Amended statements from The White House have left investors doubting whether Gary Cohn will "remain" at The White House and that has sent stocks plunging to "Fire & Fury" lows and VIX back above 15… VIX back over 15…   For now, Nasdaq is leading the charge lower..   Nasdaq VIX is surging… http://WarMachines.com


Tech Rally Internals Tank: Nasdaq Ratio Crashes To Record Low

Via Dana Lyons' Tumblr, On an equal-weight basis, the Nasdaq 100 just dropped to a relative all-time low. There are countless ways to measure the level of participation in a stock market rally. By “participation”, we are referring to the number of stocks that are taking part in the rally. One way is to look […]


Analyst Lays Out China’s “Doomsday” Scenario

The first time we laid out the dire calculations about what is perhaps the biggest mystery inside China’s financial system, namely the total amount of its non-performing loans, by former Fitch analyst Charlene Chu we called it a “neutron bomb” scenario, because unlike virtually every other rosy forecast the most dire of which topped out […]


Pelosi Demands “Reprehensible” Confederate Statues Be Removed From Capitol

As the nation's left attempts to out-virtue-signal one another, Democratic Party leader nancy Pelosi just one-upped New York Governor Cuomo's street-name-removal demands, by calling for all Confederate statues to be removed from The Capitol. Pelosi Calls for Removal of Confederate Statues From Capitol Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement calling on Speaker Ryan […]


The Single Biggest Bullish Catalyst For Oil

Authored by Nick Cunningham via OilPrice.com, One of the key objectives for OPEC is to bring down inventories, a goal that has been elusive this year. But if the oil futures curve is anything to go by, the oil market is showing signs of tightening. Brent futures have recently begun to exhibit a state of backwardation, […]


Live Feed: At Least 13 Killed After Van Plows Into Barcelona Crowd; Armed Terrorists Take Hostages

Live Feed: Summary of the latest: A terror attack took place in Barcelona when a van plowed into a crowd in Las Ramblas, killing at least 13 and injuring over 20 A hostage situation is taking place underway in nearby restaurant, where two armed individuals have taken hostages. * * * Update 3: According to […]


Live Feed: Van Plows Into Barcelona Pedestrians In “Terrorist Attack” Killing Two; Armed Men Enter Restaurant

Live Feed:   Update 1: According to Reuters, two armed men have entered a restaurant after the van crash, while the Barclona police say the event is now considered a “terrorist attack.” Reuters also adds that at least two have been killed in the van crash while El Mundo adds that more than 10 people […]


“Start Throwing Rocks”: Washington Post Op-Ed Calls For More Violence In The Streets

Authored by Daniel Lang via SHTFplan.com, It’s not an exaggeration to say that battle lines are being drawn in America today. You can see it in the news everyday. As time goes on, people in this country are becoming very tribal, as Americans of different races, religions, and political persuasions turn on each other. What […]


The Stock Market Bubble is So Big Even the Fed’s Talking About It

The Fed confirmed yesterday that stocks are in a bubble. Lost amidst the usual Fed-speak about inflation and other items were the following nuggets. 1)   “Equities” (read: stocks) were the primary reason the Fed discussed financial stability risks. 2)   The Fed raised its assessment of financial stability from “notable” to “elevated.” 3)   The Fed discussed […]


TeaRiNG DoWN LiBeRTY…

Absurdity Number 1: The reason Wall Street, Washington DC and corporate America are allowed to continue their non-stop economic gang bang of the American middle class, including in particular, economically distressed minorities, is a bunch of weathered confederate army statues and the activities of American neo-nazis. Absurdity Number 2: Vladimir Putin owns your ass. Absurdity […]


One Trader Exposes The Market’s New Narrative – “When He’s Gone, Everything Will Be Well”

Before yesterday's brief curfuffle, markets remained entirely care-free; climbing walls of worry, shrugging off every and any potential pitfall (from the collapse of American retail to global armaggedon) as new high after new high, on an ever-decreasing base of mega-cap stocks had become ubiquitous. Like many rational investors looking asconce at this 'market', former fund […]