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China Meddling Too? Australia’s “Foreign Agent” Law Is A Smokescreen For Duping The Population

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review, Australia is implementing its own “foreign agents” legislation modelled off of the US’. The government recently announced that foreign lobbyists must register with the authorities and that political parties will be banned from accepting foreign donations. The move to stop foreign funding is clear-cut and understandable, though there’s […]


Doug Kass’ 15 Surprises For 2018: FANG Crackdown, Gold All-Time-Highs, Stocks Slump

Authored Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners Management, "The missing step in the standard Keynesian theory [is] the explicit consideration of capitalist finance within a cyclical and speculative context . . . finance sets the pace for the economy. As recovery approaches full employment . . . soothsayers will proclaim that the business cycle has been […]


Establishment Panic? G-20 To Discuss Bitcoin At Next Meeting

Considering the lengths to which the G-20 goes to "not discuss" Japan's burgeoning debt-to-GDP and monetization scheme, you know the elites are starting to panic when Germany backs France's call for a full discussion on the regulation of Bitcoin at their next G-20 meeting. As Coindesk reports, France's finance minister is planning to push for […]


Bank Of America: “This Is A Sign Of Irrational Exuberance”

Two weeks ago, when discussing a recent Albert Edwards piece, we said that the word that has come to define the new normal better than all others, is “paradox“, as in nothing makes sense, or rather everything makes sense if one only flips logic and reason 180 degrees. A “paradox” was on full display in […]


Global Stocks Rise To Record Highs As Tax Reform Is “Priced In” All Over Again

Yesterday we joked that with the US House of Representatives set to vote for the GOP tax bill on Tuesday, markets would “price in” the same tax legislation they have been pricing in every day for the past year, all over again… Get ready for US markets to price in tax reform all over again […]


Spread Betting Shares Plunge As EU Regulator Unveils Trading Crackdown

With two weeks to go before the implementation of the EU’s dreaded new regulatory overhaul, MiFID II has struck again… This time it’s hit the shares of several derivatives brokers which provide platforms for retail (mainly) investors to speculate on global stocks, currencies, commodities and ETFs. Only a few days ago, we explained how banks […]


Merkel’s Last Stand – Article 7 For Poland

Authored by Tom Luongo, As she fights for her political life Soon-to-be-ex-Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will go down swinging against her stiffest political opponents in the European Union, the Poles. Merkel and French President Emmanual Macron publicly agreed to back Article 7 proceedings against Poland for refusing to comply with EU immigration quotas and […]


The 10 “Grey Swans” Events For 2018

One of the traditional push backs against attempts to predict “black swan” events is that they are by default unpredictable, rendering the entire exercise moot. However, for the second year in a row, Nomura’s Bilal Hafeez has found a loophole, or rather loop-animal: the grey swan. As Hafeez writes, while he would like to be […]


Taxphoria Sparks Stock-Buying Panic – Dow Does Something It Has Never Ever Done Before

This…   The Dow closed at its 70th record high of the year… it has never done that before in its 100-year-plus history.   Additionally, S&P is most overbought (weekly RSI) since 1958…   There have been no down months since Trump elected and 2017 is shaping up to be a 'Perfect Year' This would […]


Wall Street Bonuses Set To Shrink Again This Year

Bankers were thrilled last year when Wall Street bonuses climbed for the first time in years after falling more than 15% in 2015. But unfortunately, even with equity markets around the world at record highs in 2017, volatility across asset class plunged this year – with the Dow seeing its least volatile year on record […]


Beware The Falling Knives: The ECB Has Some Bad News For Junk Bond Buyers

Two weeks ago, as part of our continuing coverage of the Steinhoff fiasco in which it emerged that the ECB was the mystery and (not so) proud buyer of just issued Steinhoff (now junk) bonds (maturing in 2025 but set for bankruptcy much sooner) and which lost more than half of their value overnight when […]


The ECB Has Some Bad News For Junk Bond Buyers

Two weeks ago, as part of our continuing coverage of the Steinhoff fiasco in which it emerged that the ECB was the mystery and (not so) proud buyer of just issued Steinhoff (now junk) bonds (maturing in 2025 but set for bankruptcy much sooner) and which lost more than half of their value overnight when […]


Frontrunning: December 18

Bitcoin Takes Bigger Wall Street Stage With Smooth CME Debut (BBG) Trump targets China and Russia on national security (Reuters) Panthers owner to sell team amid misconduct allegations (Reuters) Prosecutors Treat Opioid Overdoses as Homicides, Snagging Friends, Relatives (WSJ) U.S. taxpayers rush to claim deductions under threat from tax bill (Reuters) This One Weird Tax […]


Global Stocks Roar To Record Highs As Tax Reform Is “Priced In” All Over Again

Global stocks and US equity futures roared upward to new record highs to start the second-to-last week of the year, boosted by optimism over a Republican agreement on the shape of U.S. tax cuts aimed at lifting growth; incidentally this is the 6th consecutive day that the “tax bill” has been priced in by the […]


Japan’s Exports Boom But Inflation Refuses To Follow The Script

Japanese exports boomed in November 2017, rising +16.2% versus a year earlier and beating consensus expectations of +14.7%. It was the fifth straight month of double-digit growth and the strongest since August. Last month, growth of +14.0% had undershot expectations of +15.7%. Imports in November grew slightly less than expected at +17.2% versus the consensus […]