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Watch Live: Janet Yellen Addresses Community Bankers In St.Louis

Update: Yellen didn’t discuss her outlook for interest rates or the economy in her prepared remarks. Bloomberg reports that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S. central bank has been working to ensure that regulations are tailored to the size, complexity and roles of the lenders it oversees. “For community banks, which by and large avoided […]


Watch Live: Janet Yellen Addresses Community Bankers

Since Janet Yellen last spoke (shifting hawkish), the dollar and bond yields have surged (as have the odds of a Dec rate-hike). Since Yellen last spoke… It is unclear whether today's opening remarks at the fifth annual Community Banking in the 21st Century conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will offer any […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: A Negative Payrolls Number And Non-stop Fed Speakers

While central banks step away from the spotlight, as does Asian data and markets with China and South Korea both taking a weeklong break, there will be a bevy of central bank speakers to “explain” what is going on while it will be a busy week data wise, with the US employment trade balance report […]


Final Q2 GDP Comes In At 3.1%, Higher Than Expected

With just two days left until the end of the third quarter, what happened in Q2 will hardly provoke a market reaction, which is why when the BEA announced that the final Q2 GDP print was revised from 3.0% to 3.1%, (or specifically from 3.049% to 3.06%) it hardly inspired a move in risk assets, […]


Government By Goldman

Authored by Gary Rivlin and Michael Hudson via The Intercept, in partnership with The Investigative Fund, Steve Bannon was in the room the day Donald Trump first fell for Gary Cohn. So were Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s pick for secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. It was the end of November, three weeks after Trump’s […]


Mike Krieger Asks Which Is ‘Fraudulent’: Bitcoin Or JP Morgan?

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, I’m really grateful JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon decided to once again lash out in anger at Bitcoin, as it provides us with ample opportunity to highlight a practice very near and dear to how the bank operates. Fraud. The way the news cycle works, any topic […]


World’s Most Powerful Bank Issues As Major Warning

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, In 1869, a 48-year old Jewish immigrant from the tiny village of Trappstadt in Germany’s Bavaria region hung a shingle outside of his small office in lower Manhattan to officially launch his new business. His name was Marcus Goldman, and the business he started, what’s now known as Goldman […]


Here’s How Much Your Credit Score Is About To Crash If You’re In Hurricane Irma’s Path

If you count yourself among the unlucky residents of Southern Florida where Hurricane Irma looks likely to make her continental U.S. landfall, you may want to take notice of a new study just published by Kelly Edmiston of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City which details the devastating toll that hurricanes can take on […]


A Look Inside The “Basket” Holding The “Market’s Big Puzzle”

In a front page article, the WSJ takes aim at the “biggest market puzzle” of our times: the bizarre disconnect between growth and inflation, where on one hand government reports of strong, coordinated, global economic growth and tumbling unemployment (at least in the US and Japan) are offset by the complete lack of concurrent reflation. […]


Yes, You Should Be Concerned With Consumer Debt

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Just recently the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its quarterly survey of the composition and balances of consumer debt. Importantly, it was the fact that total indebtedness reached a new all-time record that sent the mainstream media abuzz with questions about the economic implications. Here is the […]


Jackson Hole: What Has Been Said, Cannot Be Unsaid

All eyes are on the annual retreat of the central bankers at Jackson Hole, and all eyes were on the speeches of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi (who showed up for the very first time since 2014). Whilst Yellen will very likely receive the usual comments and questions about the end of her official term […]


Futures Flat As Gasoline Soars On Harvey Devastation, Rising Euro Sends European Stocks Lower

With billions in economic losses and unknown supply chain shocks to come following devastating and historic flooding in Texas, S&P futures are virtually unchanged (down less than 0.1% at time of writing) while European and Asian shares are modestly lower as oil was little changed. As reported yesterday, gasoline futures surged as the greater impact […]


Mauldin: 2 Charts Confirm A US Recession Within 18 Months

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com, Stock valuations are the discounted values of future earnings. Future earnings depend on future revenue, which may diminish whenever the future includes a recession. So, broad economic conditions are a big factor to watch in stock valuation. Broad economic conditions depend ultimately on the consumer’s ability and willingness to […]


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 […]