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New Trump Executive Order Targets Lobbyists, Clinton-Linked Individuals And Perhaps Uranium One

The Trump Administration quietly issued an Executive Order (EO) last Thursday which allows for the freezing of US-housed assets belonging to foreign individuals or entities deemed “serious human rights abusers,” along with government officials and executives of foreign corporations (current or former) found to have engaged in corruption – which includes the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for […]


New Trump Executive Order Targets Clinton-Linked Individuals, Lobbyists And Perhaps Uranium One

The Trump Administration quietly issued an Executive Order (EO) last Thursday which allows for the freezing of US-housed assets belonging to foreign individuals or entities deemed “serious human rights abusers,” along with government officials and executives of foreign corporations (current or former) found to have engaged in corruption – which includes the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for […]


This Bull Market Won’t Nickel-And-Dime

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at Today you’re in for a treat. Jamie Keech, who joined our merry band of men here some months back, is uniquely positioned to bring much, much more to the table than I ever could when it comes to the commodity spectrum. It’s why, quite frankly, we wanted him. But aside from his […]


Frontrunning: November 21

U.S. sues to stop AT&T buying Time Warner, says would hike rates (Reuters) Merkel Tells Her Rivals: Back Me or Face Voters (BBG) German Turmoil Threatens Europe (WSJ) European Giants Are Making a Bad Month Worse for Stock Market (BBG) Taylor Swift Is Building a Wall (VF) Balance of Power: Putin Reaches for Prize with […]


Why Australia’s Economy Is A House Of Cards

Authored by Matt Barrie via Medium.com, Co-authored with Craig Tindale. I recently watched the federal treasurer, Scott Morrison, proudly proclaim that Australia was in “surprisingly good shape”. Indeed, Australia has just snatched the world record from the Netherlands, achieving its 104th quarter of growth without a recession, making this achievement the longest streak for any […]


Paradise Papers: Massive New Leak Exposes Tax-Haven Secrets, Links Wilbur Ross To Russia

One year after the Panama Papers revealed billions in assets are held in offshore "tax haven" accounts by some of the world's most powerful and wealthy individuals, on Sunday a huge new leak of financial documents disclosed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) – a global network that won the Pulitzer Prize this […]


Nickel Price Surging As Hype Escalates During LME Week

It’s LME Week and there’s cause for celebration in metal markets. European mining stocks rose to a 4-year high as the nickel price surged more than 5% intraday to a two-year high and rose by the daily limit in Shanghai trading today. Metals used in electronic vehicles, like lithium, cobalt, copper and nickel, are hot […]


Chinese “Ghost Collateral” Scam Leads To Market “Shockwaves”, Huge Loss For Giant Commodity Trader

Back in 2014, a scandal erupted when media reports confirmed what many had previously speculated about China’s banking system: namely that much of China’s staggering loan issuance had been built (literally) upon air and that trillions in loan collateral had been “rehypothecated” between two, three or many more debtors – or never even existed – […]


World Stocks Soar To New Record Highs As Oil, Metals Surge Ahead Of The Fed

US equity futures have hit a new records, helped by surging Asian and European stocks which have all started November on a euphoric note. Surging commodity prices, optimism about tax reform and hope for a new dovish Fed chair all combined to drive global stock markets to record highs on Wednesday, with the MSCI’s world […]


Oil Rally Threatened As China Reportedly Offers To Buy Aramco Stake Directly

Amid confusion over whether the massive Saudi Aramco IPO is on hold until 2019, or permanently shelved in favor of a private placement, Reuters suggests the latter is now more likely as 'sources familiar with the matter' say China is offering to buy up to 5 percent of Aramco directly (offering the Saudis the lack […]


Oil Giants At Odds As Saudi-Russian Ties Improve

Authored by Nicholas Trickett via OilPrice.com, Oil Royalties Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visited Moscow last Wednesday, the first such visit by a Saudi monarch since the Soviet Union collapsed. Two topics dominated the agenda: Syria and oil. Saudi Arabia has likely found itself in the uncomfortable position of accepting Assad’s grip on […]


One Of The World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Funds Is About To Become A Seller

As regular readers may recall, one of the alleged reasons for the market swoon at the end of 2015 and early 2016 was what Deutsche Bank first dubbed “quantitative tightening” but not by central banks (that would come later), but by sovereign wealth funds in general – with an emphasis on petrodollar nations who were […]


World Stocks Pull Back Amid Rising Concerns Of A Market Correction

For the first day in three S&P futures have pulled back modestly from record levels as some investors cautioned that gains had gone too far, too fast, European shares are mixed while Asian equities extended their longest rising streak in almost two months as continued gains in Japan and India offset the losses in Hong […]


Did This Oil & Gas Deal Just Change The Global Energy Balance?

Authored by Dave Forest via OilPrice.com, One of the biggest energy stories this year has been Russia’s Rosneft buying India’s Essar Oil – giving the Russian company a firm grip on one of the world’s biggest emerging oil and gas markets.  And this past week, that story got more complex. With Rosneft striking another big deal […]


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: […]