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Squeezing The Consumer From Both Sides

Authored by 720Global's Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, The Federal Reserve raised the Federal Funds rate on December 13, 2017, marking the fifth increase over the last two years.  Even with interest rates remaining at historically low levels, the Fed’s actions are resulting in greater interest expense for short-term and floating rate borrowers. The effect of […]


The #BitcoinBreakdown: Before You Buy, More Caveats

First Appearing on HedgeAccordingly.com Fifth in a series.  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 By @sellputs Let us regard the wonders of technology & innovation: Suddenly, we now have multiple easy ways to lose money betting on bitcoin. Giddyup! With incredible speed, from your laptop or even your smartphone and without even thinking about it, you can […]


Goldman Finds Tax Reform Will Greatly Benefit The Big Banks

It’s not just the ultra rich, as well as a dazed and confused Bob Corker who is set to reap a $1+ million windfall from the passage of a tax bill which he opposed until just days ago, who will benefit from the passage of tax reform: according to Goldman Sachs among the biggest beneficiaries […]


Cryptocurrency Bank AriseBank To Acquire 100 Year Old FDIC Bank; Partner With BitShares.

Intro by Vince Lanci via the Soren K. Group at Marketslant.com The Next Revolution is already Happening Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the next revolutionaries in the democratization of money. This was while looking to understand better the guts of the blockchain tech and how it differed from crypto to […]


The Yellen Put – Friend Or Foe?

Authored by Chris Whalen via The Institutional Risk Analyst, The term “Greenspan Put” was coined after the stock market crash of 1987 and the subsequent bailout of Long Term Capital Management in 1998. The Fed under Chairman Alan Greenspan lowered interest rates following the fabled event of default and life continued.  The idea of the Greenspan […]


So Why Did Capital One “Suddenly” Exit Mortgage Lending??

Last week, Capital One Financial (COF) announced that is was formally withdrawing from the residential mortgage loan market.  Some observers mistook this announcement for news, thinking that COF had actually been engaged in residential lending in a serious way.  Housing Wire, for example, reported that COF had “suddenly” exited the mortgage and home equity business. […]


Axel Merk: Tax Reform Implications For Gold

Authored by Axel Merk via Merk Investments, Last week, I got several calls asking me how U.S. tax reform will impact the price of gold. If you can answer this question, you might be able to answer how tax reform will impact other assets. Let me explain. If you were to analyze the impact of […]


Goldman’s Clients Are Becoming Increasingly Schizophrenic

Last weekend, Goldman’s clients were nervous: after 16 months without a 5% pullback in stocks, they were afraid that a steep correction could take place at any moment. Today, they are just as afraid, but have no choice other than to remain invested and buy every dip, or as Goldman’s credit analyst Charles Himmelberg writes, […]


The Big Banks Are Coming For Bitcoin

No matter what Jamie Dimon may say, bitcoin’s durability can be expressed by one simple fact: With a market cap of $100 billion, digital currencies have become too big for banks to ignore. As Bloomberg recalls in a story about how banks are preparing to confront the thorny regulatory issues related to dealing in bitcoin […]


Chris Whalen On The CDO-Redux & Inevitable “Catastrophic Systemic Risk Event”

Authored by Chris Whalen via The Institutional Risk Analyst, “The great wheel of circulation is altogether different from the goods which are circulated by means of it. The revenue of the society consists altogether in those goods, and not in the wheel which circulates them”   Adam Smith, 1811 This week in The Institutional Risk […]


Janet Yellen’s 78-Month Plan For The National Monetary Policy Of The United States

Authored by Economic Prism's MN Gordon via Acting-Man.com, Past the Point of No Return Adventures in depravity are nearly always confronted with the unpleasant reality that stopping the degeneracy is much more difficult than starting it.  This realization, and the unsettling feeling that comes with it, usually surfaces just after passing the point of no […]


Where There’s [Almost] “Blood In The Streets” In America Today…

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, In the spring of 1871 after a miserable defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, Paris plunged into a major crisis as local citizens revolted against the government. Financial markets went berserk as a result, and the prices of French government bonds plummeted. There’s an old story that an heir to […]


“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 […]


The Real Story Behind Goldman’s Q2 Trading Loss: How A $100M Gas Bet Went Awry

Goldman Sachs FICC-trading income was an unexpectedly ugly blemish on what was already a poor Q2 earnings report. And while the FDIC-backed hedge fund initially blamed the decline on lower trading revenues, lack of volatility and depressed client activity… … there was more to the story. The Wall Street Journal has uncovered what really happened: […]


“From Nukes To Terrorism”: Battered Investors Flee Risk For Safety Of Bonds And Gold

The global risk-off mood accelerated overnight on Trump “stability concerns”, coupled with fallout from the Spain terrorist attack and lingering North Korea tensions, even if the VIX is off its latest highs, trading just above 15. Investors fled into German and U.S. Treasury bonds and bought gold for the third day in a row, as […]