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BofA’s Derivatives Wizards Reveal “The Top 17 Themes To Remember From 2017”

Last week, as part of its must read 2018 Outlook piece, Bank of America’s derivatives team pointed out two particularly notable things: the first was BofA’s version of the (central-bank mediated) “feedback loop” diagram that keeps volatility record low and grinding even lower, as selling of vol has become a self-reinforcing dynamic, in which lower […]


Stocks, Bonds, & Bullion Still Uncertain As Rand Paul Clarifies Statement On “No” To Higher Deficits

Update: Rand Paul attempted to clarify his comments by tweeting: Tax cuts – people keeping more of their money – are never the problem. The problem is spending. We should obey our rules, stop the deficit spending, and shrink government. But that seemed to have sparked more selling as it suggests that any bill that […]


North Korea Hacks Exchanges Attempting To Steal Bitcoin As Prices Surge

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, The value of soaring crypto-currencies is creating a bubble financial analysts continue to warn about, but it’s also making it overly appealing to cyber thieves.  North Korean hackers are now attempting to steal bitcoin, as experts warn of an impending financial dilemma. Ashley Shen, an independent security researcher, said: “We […]


Public Enemy No. 1: Walls Closing In On Peter Strzok As Questions Arise Over His Involvement In FISA Application

Over the past 10 days we’ve learned a lot about FBI agent Peter Strzok, a man who very likely would have lived the remainder of his life in relative obscurity as an FBI counterintelligence agent but for his sudden dismissal from Special Counsel Mueller’s “Russian Collusion” investigation. As we noted on December 2nd (see: Mueller’s […]


John Burbank Shuts Flagship Hedge Fund, Plans Launch Of Cryptocurrency Unit

The writing for John Burbank’s Passport Capital was on the wall back in August, when as we reported, in his latest letter to investors Burbank reported that at what was once a multi-billion fund, total firm assets at Passport had shrunk to just $900 million as of June 30 as a result of net outflows […]


Stocks Pop After Cornyn Suggests Tax Bill Deal “Possible” Today

Despite numerous headlines indicating a tax bill deal early next week, Republican Senator John Cornyn just told media that there "may be a tentative tax bill deal today." Algos liked the news and immediately bid stocks higher (despite no knowledge of what is in the 'deal'). “It’s possible,” John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, tells […]


How Will The Market Absorb Trillions Of US Treasury Bonds to Replace The Feds Balance Sheet Wind Down?

First, the facts: At Powell’s Nov 28th 2017 testimony to Congress, Powell said that as the Fed allows its 4 trillion dollar balance sheet to wind down, the US Treasury would issue new bonds to the market to replace them (so, technically, US notional debt will neither increase nor decrease as a result of QE). […]


Tax-Reform Opponents Blast Treasury Report As “Nothing More Than One Page Of Fake Math”

Yesterday, we highlighted a one-page report prepared by the Treasury Department which claimed that – in what was perhaps one of the most unrealistically optimistic budget projections to ever be produced by the US government agency – the Senate’s version of the Republican tax plan would, somehow, bolster GDP to a 2.9% real growth rate […]


Emerging markets bull trend could fail here!

  Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) has done very well over the past year, gaining over 30%. The gain is nearly 50% more than the S&P 500 during the same time period. Impressive gain and impressive relative strength compared to the S&P 500! An important bull market test looks to be at hand for EEM this […]


Gold: Isn’t the Whole Idea to Buy Low and Sell High?

Isn’t the Whole Idea to Buy Low and Sell High? Authored by Adam Baratta When it comes to the gold market, perhaps the old saying should be changed to “buy low and sell high-if ever.” That is likely the mentality behind gold investors at this point, as the yellow metal remains stuck in a trading […]


How Fed Rate Hikes Impact US Debt Slaves

Authored by Wolf Richter via WolfStreet.com, But savers are still getting shafted. Outstanding “revolving credit” owed by consumers – such as bank-issued and private-label credit cards – jumped 6.1% year-over-year to $977 billion in the third quarter, according to the Fed’s Board of Governors. When the holiday shopping season is over, it will exceed $1 […]


Ethereum Soars Above $600 – Bigger Than GM, As Crypto-Mania Spreads

After two warnings to investors (but no bans) from the SEC on ICOs, alt-coins like Ethereum and Litecoin have exploded higher in the last 24-48 hours, pushing the former over $60 billion market cap – bigger than GM and Aetna. Interest in cryptocurrencies has been surging since futures launched (but volume in Bitcoin futures tumbled […]


Huge Hub Explosion Sparks Surge In UK NatGas Prices

It has been a tough week already for those that heat their homes in Britain (and those that trade Natural Gas). Following extreme weather warnings and the forties pipeline crack shutdown, an explosion at one of the Europe’s biggest gas hubs further tightened supplies sending gas futures prices up by the most in 8 years. […]


“Bitcoin Is Gold 2.0”: Winklevoss Twins Call Out Jamie Dimon, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, thought to be the world's first confirmed bitcoin billionaires, said, during a Bloomberg TV interview this morning that the advent of futures is just the beginning of a phase of greater acceptance for the cryptocurrency that is often derided as a bubble. "We think it’s the starting gun to a whole […]


Trump Slams Senator Demanding His Resignation; Gillibrand Fires Back: “You Can’t Silence Me”

One day after several women reincarnated the narrative of “Trump as sexual predator”, early on Tuesday morning President Trump slammed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for coming to his office “begging” for donations, and as someone who “would do anything for them.” Trump’s attack against Gillibrand comes a day after the New York Democrat said […]