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Demand Slides For 2Y Treasuries As Yield Surges To Highest Since Sept 2008

The last time the yield on a 2-Year TSY auction was as high as it was today – 1.922% to be specific, tailing the When Issued 1.899% by 0.3bps – was just a few days after Lehman Brothers failed, with one difference: back then it was sliding, while now the rate on 2Y paper is […]


Mega Mall Merger: French Bid For Westfield Creates $72BN Mall Giant As Online Threat Looms

The need for consolidation in the face of the ongoing Amazon – and broader online menace – is becoming irresistible, even for the biggest and best mall operators. Today the French-based Unibail-Rodamco, the biggest commercial landlord in Europe, agreed to purchase Westfield, the Australian-based mall operator. Unibail is offering 0.018844 shares and $2.67 cash for […]


Systemic Risk? Pffft! THIS, My Friends, Is Systemic Risk

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at Have you ever asked yourself what happens when you place a trade? I hadn’t given it much thought until about 10 years ago when something happened which opened my eyes to a single company that holds what is probably the most concentrated risk position in the US market. Here’s what happened… So, […]


CME Unveils “Weirdest Chart Ever”

Authored by Erik Norland via CME Group, We freely admit: Figure 1 is probably the strangest chart that you will ever see, at least in finance.  You may be wondering: did they throw blue spaghetti noodle on paper for inspiration and then write an economics article about it?  Or, have they spent too much time […]


BIS Issues An Alert: Tightening “Paradoxically” Leading To Excessive Risk Taking; Reminds What Happened Last Time

Valuations in asset markets are “frothy” and investors are basking in the “light and warmth” of the “Goldilocks economy”, believing that nothing can upset a future of “sustained growth and low interest rates”. We observe a heavy dose sarcasm from the media briefing coinciding with the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) latest quarterly review. Specifically, […]


Signs Of The Top? Chinese Demand For 10x Levered Structured Products Surges In US… Again

In the run up to the ‘great recession’ of 2008/2009, it was unsuspecting European and Asian buyers that supplied the marginal capital required to turn America’s plain vanilla, fed-induced housing bubble into a turbo-charged, global financial time bomb by indiscriminately scooping up highly-levered structured mortgage products with absolutely no idea what was behind those products. […]


This Michigan Bank Just Brought Back The Zero-Down Mortgage; They’ll Even Cover Your Closing Costs

A small savings bank in Michigan, Flagstar Bank, has come up with a genius, innovative new mortgage product that they believe is going to be great for their investors and low-income housing buyers: the “zero-down mortgage.”  What’s better, Flagstar is even offering to pay the closing costs of their low-income future mortgage debtors.  Here’s more […]


Keep Calm & Carry On

Authored by 720Global's Michael Liebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, “Before long, we will all begin to find out the extent to which Brexit is a gentle stroll along a smooth path to a land of cake and consumption.” – Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor In 1939, the British Government, through the Ministry of Information, produced a […]


Einhorn: “None Of The Problems From The Financial Crisis Have Been Solved”

A month ago, a downbeat David Einhorn exclaimed "will this market cycle never turn?" Despite solid Q3 performance, Einhorn admitted that "the market remains very challenging for value investing strategies, as growth stocks have continued to outperform value stocks. The persistence of this dynamic leads to questions regarding whether value investing is a viable strategy. […]


FANG Futures Launch

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, The other day, after reading one of my posts, my old boss sent me a note. It was a comment about the madness of investors chasing the hot momentum tech stocks. “We were reminiscing about this stuff last night and I clearly remember that near the […]


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 […]


NY Fed President Bill Dudley Retiring

The Federal Reserve’s “smooth transition” from Janet Yellen to Jay Powell is set for a major speedbump. Just two short days after Donald Trump confirmed what weekly trial balloons had reported for weeks, namely that Janet Yellen is being replaced with most “dovish” alternative possible in the face of former Carlyle partner and 5 year […]


Yawning Debt Trap Proves the Great Recession is Still On

This article by David Haggith was published on The Great Recession Blog: While David Stockman stated early this year with resolute certainty that the debt ceiling debate would blow congress up and send the nation reeling over the financial precipice, I avoided jumping on the debt-ceiling bandwagon. While I was convinced major rifts in the economy would start […]


“It’s An Utter Mess” – Paul Craig Roberts Warns The Biggest Danger To Stocks Is The Dollar

Authored by Greg Hunter via USAWatchdog.com, Former Assistant Treasury Secretary in the Reagan Administration, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, says the record highs you see in the stock markets are based on “phony profits” that come from global central banks “propping up” the financial system. Roberts says, “Any of these central banks are really only there […]


Here’s How People Get Fooled Into Buying Bankrupt Companies…

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, In 1906, American entrepreneur William T. Grant opened his very first “W.T. Grant Co 25 cent store” in a small town outside of Boston. The store became popular and fairly profitable. So Grant opened another. And another. Three decades later, Grant’s retail empire was generating $100 million in sales […]