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Has The Fed Completely Lost Control?

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, An interesting thing happened on the way to World Domination, uhh, I mean “Stability” – the data quit cooperating with the Federal Reserve’s carefully devised planned. Just recently the Federal Reserve quit updating their carefully constructed “Labor Market Conditions Index” which failed to support their ongoing claims of improving […]


Why Doesn’t This Household Debt Worry Anyone?!

With all the attention going to political tensions between the USA and North Korea and the interest rate policies and monetary policies established by the various central banks around the world, we would almost forget to keep track of how the ‘real’ economy is doing. And then we aren’t talking about GDP results or theoretical […]


Hurricane Harvey Set To Wreak Havoc On Texas Crude Production And Refining Capacity

According to the latest warning from the National Hurricane Service (NHS), Harvey looks to be the first hurricane to strike the Texas coast since 2008.  According to NHS models, the storm is expected to gain hurricane-force winds by tomorrow afternoon and make landfall in Texas at 1AM on Saturday.  Of course, heavy flooding and storm […]


The Fed Just Admitted It No Longer Has a Clue What’s Going On

The Fed July FOMC minutes, that were released last week, were nothing short of extraordinary. However, to fully appreciate just what the Fed admitted, we first need a little background. From November 2016 until June 2017, the Fed was pushing a hawkish agenda. The running mantra at this time was that the Fed would raise […]


Nice Stock Bounce, But…

Via Dana Lyons' Tumblr, This week's stock market bounce may not have been all it was “cracked” up to be. We’ve been warning quite a bit regarding what we call “cracks” in the internal structure of the market. Specifically, while the large-cap stocks have held up quite well, there has been a distinct deterioration in the number […]


Trump Warns Of Debt Ceiling “Mess”; Blames McConnell, Ryan

Conveniently coming just as warned that according to the T-Bill market, the odds of a government shutdown are now the highest they have been this cycle, moments ago Trump tweeted what appears to be a warning that the debt-ceiling process is setting up for failure, saying he had requested that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan […]


Market Odds Of Government Shutdown Surge: Republican Sees “Chances As High 75%”

One week after Goldman raised its odds for a government shutdown from 33% to 50%, days after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued the loudest warning yet that the debt ceiling situation has to be resolved over the next month, and one day after Compass Point said that after Trump’s Phoenix rally shutdown threat, the “odds […]


Did The Economy Just Stumble Off A Cliff?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The signs are everywhere for those willing to look: something has changed beneath the surface of complacent faith in permanent growth. This is more intuitive than quantitative, but my gut feeling is that the economy just stumbled off a cliff. Neither the cliff edge nor the fatal […]


Cyberwar Risk – Was U.S. Navy Victim Of Hacking?

Cyberwar Risk – Was U.S. Navy Victim Of Hacking? – U.S. Navy collisions: More than a coincidence?– Latest U.S. Navy collision is fourth involving a Seventh Fleet warship this year– Have US Navy vessels become victims of hacking asks Rickards– Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, has not ruled out cyber intrusion– “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. […]


Driver Arrested After Running Over Three Protesters At St. Louis Transgender Rally

Less than two weeks after a driver in Charlottesville, Virginia slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters demonstrating against a rally held by white nationalists, killing a 32-year-old woman, on Wednesday night a driver in St. Louis was taken into custody after hitting three protesters who blocked traffic during a march for a transgender woman shot […]


Netanyahu To Putin: Iran Must Leave Syria Or “We Will Act”

For Netanyahu and other Israeli officials the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading Americans and burning people alive.  "Let the Sunni evil prevail," they say. Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests. This week Netanyahu declared, "we will act when necessary according […]


The Guardian Views Censoring The Internet As “Necessary”

Via The Guardian, Among the more absurd things ever said about the internet was that the network “interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it”. The epigram was half true, but the half that was false gets more important every year. The internet can be a vile place, and the instinct to enforce some standards […]


Greece Hit By Sudden Surge In Refugees – Did Erdogan Break EU-Turkey Immigration Deal?

As tensions soar between Ankara and Berlin, following Germany's angry response to Erdogan's call for those of Turkish descent to vote against Merkel, a coincidentally huge wave of refugees has suddenly started appearing on Greek coasts, making some wonder if Erdogan has broken his EU-Immigration deal. The last six days have seen over 1,200 refugees […]


The Fate Of Saudi’s Vision 2030 Rests On Aramco IPO

Authored by Zainab Calcuttawala via OilPrice.com, It has been two months since Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s ascendance to the role of heir to the Saudi Arabian throne, and the preliminary effects of his aggressive economic diversification and anti-Iran platforms are beginning to show. The influence of Bin Salman (widely known as MBS) on foreign policy […]


Deutsche Bank Forced To Slash Fixed-Income Research Price By Half On Lackluster Demand

One by one over the past several months, Europe’s largest investment banks have each rolled out their new pricing models detailing how they’ll charge for research in 2018 once the new MiFID II regulations go into effect.  Pricing strategies have varied from expensive all-in packages costing nearly $500,000 a year to pay-as-you-go plans that charge […]