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A Look At America’s Retail Apocalypse In Charts

While everyone likes to point the finger at Amazon, the growing retail apocalypse in America can’t be tied to just one catalyst.  Certainly, there is no doubt that Amazon is taking a toll on brick-and-mortar retailers but massive excess capacity, perpetually over-levered capital structures and a constant lack of capital investment have undoubtedly helped accelerate […]


Rand Volatility Surging Ahead Of ANC Leadership Conference

Volatility in the Rand is surging in the run up to a conference when the ruling ANC could replace Jacob Zuma as its leader. According to Bloomberg, the South African rand’s price swings are set to increase over the next two months as the ruling African National Congress prepares to replace President Jacob Zuma as […]


Modi Throws $32bn At Indian State Banks – Share Prices Surge

Share prices of Indian state banks surged as the government announced it would hand over $32bn to recapitalize the sector. According to Reuters, the motivation was a bid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tackle a major drag on the economy that has frustrated his attempts to boost growth. Once the world’s fastest-growing major economy, […]


Hartford Could Default On Its Debt As Soon As Next Month, Moody’s Says

Moody’s latest warning about Hartford Connecticut is its most dire yet. In a report issued Thursday, the ratings agency’s analysts said Hartford, Connecticut’s once-proud capital city, could default on its debt as soon as next month, forcing the capital of the country’s wealthiest state (on a per capita basis) into bankruptcy. If the city doesn’t […]


The Legacy Of Reagan’s Civilian ‘PsyOps’

Authored by Robert Parry via ConsortiumNews.com, When the Reagan administration launched peacetime “psyops” in the mid-1980s, it pulled in civilian agencies to help spread these still-ongoing techniques of deception and manipulation… Declassified records from the Reagan presidential library show how the U.S. government enlisted civilian agencies in psychological operations designed to exploit information as a […]


Higher Oil Prices Could Threaten Saudi Vision 2030

Authored by Irina Slav via OilPrice.com, Saudi’s headlines keep rolling in. Saudi Arabia is deepening its ties with Russia, with billions of investments planned for the future. Saudi Arabia is going to allow women to drive. Saudi Arabia booked a second quarterly GDP contraction in a row, with non-oil revenues particularly worrying. Saudi Arabia is […]


Fed’s Dudley Sent Puerto Rico A “Plane Loaded With Cash”

In the days following Hurricane Maria’s devastating blow to Puerto Rico, air traffic on the island came to a complete standstill as airport damage prevented commercial pilots from servicing the island.  That said, with the island economy grinding to a halt, San Juan International apparently managed to find a way to accept one very important […]


Dollar Ends Best Week Of The Year With A Whimper As Global Stocks Push All Time Highs

The dollar rally paused on Friday and looked poised to finish its best weekly gain of the year with a whimper, when in a repeat of the Thursday session the, Bloomberg dollar index first rose more than 0.1% during Asia hours before slumping around the European open as month and quarter-end flows came into play […]


Deutsche Bank Downgraded, Fitch “No Longer Expects Franchise To Recover This Year”

Fitch has downgraded Deutsche Bank to BBB+ from A- due to continued pressure on earnings, combined with concerns over the prolonged implementation of its recovery strategy. Moody's and S&P remain at A3 and A- respectively (on a like for like rating basis), and while DB bond yields had fallen to the lowest levels since March […]


Russian Depositors On Edge After Second Major Bank Fails In Under A Month

If once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and three times is a full-blown collapse in the financial system, then Russia may be getting close. Just three weeks after Russia bailed out its largest and very politically connected private bank, Otkritie, after an unexpectedly acute bank run resulted in the bank’s near-collapse, already nervous Russian depositors […]


“You Should Take The Fed At Their Word”

Authored by Wolf Richter via WolfStreet.com,  Flip-flopping killed its credibility. That’s a problem for the markets. “They’re getting more worried about the negative consequences of QE”: Fitch Chief Economist The markets have been brushing off the Fed and have done the opposite of what the Fed has set out to accomplish. The Fed wants to […]


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 […]


This Is How Trump Is Going To Be Blamed For The Next Financial Crash

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, On Wednesday there were a lot of Trump fans who were celebrating the latest progress in the stock market. For the first time in over 100 years, the DOW gained 4,000 points over the course of 200 working days. That’s 4,000 points since Trump was elected, so it’s easy […]


A Look At US Government Shutdowns Since 1976

Investors and politicians are getting increasingly worried about a potential US government shutdown. Earlier we showed that following a report by Axios which quoted a republican who put the chance of a shutdown “as high as 75%”, the T-Bill market got spooked, and pushed the Oct.12 Bill – the one considered closest to the Treasury’s […]


Cyberwar Risk – Was U.S. Navy Victim Of Hacking?

Cyberwar Risk – Was U.S. Navy Victim Of Hacking? – U.S. Navy collisions: More than a coincidence?– Latest U.S. Navy collision is fourth involving a Seventh Fleet warship this year– Have US Navy vessels become victims of hacking asks Rickards– Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, has not ruled out cyber intrusion– “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. […]