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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 […]


To Avoid Liquidation Panic, HNA Assures Deutsche Shareholders It’s A “Long-Term Investor”

The notoriously acquisitive Chinese conglomerate HNA – which recently had a sharp falling out with Beijing resulting in a margin call "shocksave" – is facing a serious cash crunch in 2018 as nearly a quarter of its $100 billion in debt – a large chunk of which was accumulated during a multi-year buying spree that […]


Europe’s Runaway Train Towards Full Digitization Of Money & Labor

Authored by Peter Koenig via The Saker blog, The other day I was in a shopping mall looking for an ATM to get some cash. There was no ATM. A week ago, there was still a branch office of a local bank – no more, gone. A Starbucks will replace the space left empty by […]


Frontrunning: December 26

Analysts Cut iPhone X Shipment Forecasts, Citing Lukewarm Demand (BBG) North Korea likely to pursue talks, says South (Reuters) The quiet probe into Clinton email investigation could be a landmine for Robert Mueller (USA Today) Bitcoin rises 10 percent, recovers from last week’s brutal selloff (Reuters) U.S. Retailers Feel Christmas Cheer After a Tough Year […]


Man Arrested For Punching Wells Fargo ATM: “It Gave Him Too Much Money”

Call it the holiday’s token bizarro incident: according to Florida Today, a 23-year-old man who told police he punched a Wells Fargo ATM because it gave him too much cash, was arrested after bank officials said the attack caused at least $5,000 in damages, which elevated the inexplicable and idiotic temper tantrum into a felony […]


“Sell The News”: Investors Greet Tax Reform With Near-Record Redemptions

Earlier this week, as Trump’s tax reform was finally being voted through Congress, we showed that in a surprising market reaction, total asset returns – those combination of S&P and 30Y Treasurys – saw their biggest two-day drop since last December, a shock which led to one of the biggest declines for risk-parity investors in […]


Goldman Is Preparing To Launch A Cryptocurrency Trading Desk

In light of the recent “blockchain” naming craze, this morning we said that the inevitable next round of corporate name changes would involve “JP Blockchain” and “Blockchain Sachs”. Round 2: JP Blockchain vs Blockchain Sachs — zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 21, 2017 While this was supposed to be a joke, as so often happens, it ended […]


ZAR Tumbles As South Africa’s ANC “Decides” To Nationalize Central Bank, Confiscate Land

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress gushed a double whammy of capital-flight-creating rulings this afternoon. The Rand is tumbling on Bloomberg headlines that the ANC is said to seek constitutional changes for land expropriation (from whites) without compensation, but perhaps even more worrisome, the ruling party has decided that the Reserve Bank must be wholly […]


Jefferies Fixed Income Revenue Plunges 37% To 2 Year Low

Once upon a time Jefferies was the country’s biggest junk bond trading shop, with a small investment banking group on the side. Now, it’s the other way around. in its latest quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, Jefferies – which is the last public company to announce results in the old bank convention with […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Latest Crazy Idea From Economic Experts: Abolish Cash (But Don’t Tell The People)

Via GEFIRA, In a recent paper – The Macroeconomics of De-Cashing, Alexei Kireyev of the International Monetary Fund advises abolishing cash without having the citizens aware of the process. First, large banknotes are to be withdrawn from circulation, next limits on cash transactions are to be imposed, then computerization of the world’s financial system and […]


And So Begins The Rug-Yank Phase Of Fed Policy

Authored by MN Gordon via EconomicPrism.com, The political differences of today’s leading two parties are not over ultimate questions of principles.  Rather, they’re over opposing answers to the question of how a goal can be achieved with the least sacrifice.  For lawmakers, the goal is to promise the populace something for nothing while pretending to […]


Watch Live: Mario Draghi Explains Why The ECB ‘Taper’ Is So Positive

Having left rates unchanged and confirmed the tapering of QE, there is only one thing left for the former Goldmanite to do – explain to the masses why this is all so positive and no reason at all to worry about rationality-shattering bond yields across the eurozone (and beyond). As expected, there was little surprise […]


Financial Times Survey: Banks’ Brexit Relocations By March 2019 Much Lower Than Feared

In the run-up to the recent agreement on phase I of Brexit, there was mixed news on the extent to which jobs in the City of London would be relocated to other European hubs, primarily Frankfurt. On one hand, we discussed the meeting between US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, and executives of JPM, Goldman, HSBC […]