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Autos Expose Economy’s Fragility As Credit-Compelled Car Sales Continue To Collapse

Authored by Danielle DiMartino Booth via Bloomberg.com,  The revival of the auto industry drove the factory sector out of recession; the flipside doesn’t look promising. Federal Reserve data released last week on July industrial production offered little more than more of the same. Despite post-election optimism for a rebound in activity on the nation’s factory […]


New UC Berkeley Study Suggests That Only “Hot” Women With Nice “Tits” Get Econ Prof Jobs

In a study that the New York Times described as “pathbreaking,” University of California, Berkeley economist Alice Wu took a look at why women are so massively underrepresented in the Economics departments of prestigious universities around the country.  To our complete ‘shock’, she found that it has a lot to do with the ‘fact’ that […]


German Central Bank Completes Repatriation Of $28 Billion In Gold Three Years Ahead Of Schedule

On January 16, 2013, the Bundesbank – one of the biggest gold holder in the world, with 3,378 tonnes – shocked the world: out of the blue, the German central bank announced that by December 31, 2020, it intends to store half of Germany’s gold reserves in its own vaults in Frankfurt, up from only […]


“Winter Is Here” For Housing – Whalen Warns “The Crowd Of Buyers Is Thinning”

Following this morning's plunge in new home sales…   After household formation collapsed in June… It appears Institutional Risk Analyst's Chris Whalen is spot on with his mortgage finance update: "Winter Is Here"… After several weeks on the road talking to mortgage professionals and business owners, below is an update on the world of housing […]


US Services Economy Soars To Highest Since April 2015 As Manufacturing Slumps

The US Manufacturing economy continues to languish near one-year lows (in line with the collapse in 'hard data' in recent months) but US Services are soaring to their highest level since April 2015. Manufacturing was ugly across the board… Weaker increases in both output and new orders were key factors weighing on the headline manufacturing […]


Draghi: Trillions In QE Have Made Economies “More Resilient”

When last night we previewed this week’s annual Jackson Hole symposium at which Mario Draghi is scheduled to speak just before the market close on Friday, we said that the ECB head is warming up for the trip by speaking at the Lindau economics symposium in Germany this morning “and as such he could front […]


Stocks Retrace Tax Bounce As Trump Raises Debt-Ceiling Doubts Overnight

Stocks are rapidly erasing yesterday's "making strides on taxes" gains as Trump's government shutdown threats remind investors just how fragile this whole facade is. The 'risk-off' trade is evident everywhere with Treasury and Bund yields tumbling, gold up, and USDJPY sliding. Bond yields are tumbling – erasing all of yesterday's losses – Gold is back […]


A Peak Above All Others

Authored by 720Global's Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, “Valuations are still well below the peak of 1999” say the bulls. They are certainly correct from an absolute basis but we caution that the current level of market euphoria is in a league of its own when compared to prior peaks on an “apples to apples” basis. […]


Russia Vows “Inevitable Response” Over “Illegal” North Korea Sanctions

Yesterday, the Trump administration slapped a new round of sanctions on Chinese and Russian entities accused of aiding the North Korean nuclear program. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said it would target 10 entities and six individuals who help already sanctioned people to aid North Korea’s missile program, or who “deal in […]


Stocks Slide After Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Wall Funding, Killing NAFTA

Yesterday, when stocks surged at the market open following Politico’s report that Trump is unexpectedly “making strides” on tax reform, we warned that “it can all be wiped away as soon as tonight, when Trump will deliver a speech to his “base”, in which he may promptly burn any of the goodwill he created with […]


Will Estonia Be The First Country To Issue Its Own Digital Currency?

Nearly three years after Estonia introduced its “e-residency” program, becoming the first country on Earth to allow foreigners to become “digital citizens,” the tiny Baltic republic is considering another proposal that would further cement its reputation as a digital pioneer: Becoming the first country to launch its own Initial Coin Offering. In a Medium post […]


Would You Pay $1,000 For Each Equity Research Piece You Read? Autonomous Research Thinks You Will

Would you pay $1,000 for each piece of equity research you read throughout the day?  How about $5,000 for an industry piece?  Well, Autonomous Research, which was founded in 2009 by former Merrill Lynch analysts, is really hoping you’ll agree that those are appropriate clearing prices for their daily market wisdom.  According to Bloomberg, as […]


For First Time Ever, Mutual Funds Slash Uber Valuation By Up To 15%

Exactly two weeks ago, we asked if Uber – the world’s most valuable private company – is heading for a valuation-crushing, 40% discount down-round.   Some of our arguments were the following: First, those hoping for a ‘return of the king’ moment were disappointed after it was confirmed that Travis Kalanick isn’t coming back. Second, […]


Jackson Hole Preview: Market Reactions, And Why UBS Says “Don’t Skip Lunch”

Historically the annual Jackson Hole symposium has been a major market-moving event as it has traditionally been the venue where central banks make critical announcements such as Bernanke’s preview and hints of QE2 and QE3 in 2012, as well as Draghi’s suggestion of the ECB’s QE in 2014. As shown in the chart below, market […]


The Chinese Economy’s Fatal Flaws

Authored by William Hongsong Wang via The Mises Institute, Dr. Per Bylund’s recently published article poignantly states one of the core problems in the Chinese economy and its the state-manipulated Keynesian foundation. I do agree with his opinion. And if we dig deeper into the exact situation of Chinese economy, we will find that it’s a typical failing […]