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Panic-Selling Turns To Buying-Scramble As Cryptocurrencies Recover Dramatically

Update 1600ET: Thanks to some serious dip-buying, the landcape across cryptocurrencies is not as completely devastating as it appeared this morning… *  *  * Update 1300ET: Bitcoin prices have somewhat stabilized for now around $13,000… *  *  * Update 1245ET: GDAX is down… *  *  * Update 1220ET: Mike Novogratz has shelved plans to launch […]


Crypto-Carnage: Bitcoin ‘Stabilizes’ Around $13,000 As Exchanges ‘Break’

Update 1300ET: Bitcoin prices have somewhat stabilized for now around $13,000… *  *  * Update 1245ET: GDAX is down… *  *  * Update 1220ET: Mike Novogratz has shelved plans to launch his fund, warning that: "We didn’t like market conditions and we wanted to re-evaluate what we’re doing…I look pretty smart pressing the pause button […]


Novogratz Delays Crypto Hedge Fund Launch, Warns Of Drop To $8,000 But “Bull Market” Isn’t Over

Last week, Mike Novogratz surprised more than a few market participants by telling CNBC's Fast Money that he was bringing forward the launch date of his crypto hedge fund; today he killed those plans. On December 12th, Novogratz said he thinks bitcoin could hit $40,000 in 2-3 months. The Galaxy Fund was supposed to launch […]


Existing Home Sales Surge To 11-Year Highs As Inventory Crashes

Following strong starts/permits data but weak mortgage apps (biggest drop in 3 mo), existing home sales broke the tie with a yuuge beat, surging 5.6% MoM (against expectations of a 0.9% jump)…   …to the strongest pace of sales since December 2006. The median existing-home price for all housing types in November was $248,000, up […]


2018: Irrational Complacency – “What Is Your Exit Strategy?”

Authored by Alberto Gallo via Algebris Investments, “Your loving give me such a thrillBut your love don’t pay my billsNow give me moneyThat’s what I want”Money – Barrett Strong, 1959 Ten long years after the crisis, volatility and fear seem to have disappeared from financial markets. A synchronous global expansion coupled with persistently loose monetary […]


Uh-Oh Canada!

Authored by Nick Cunningham via OilPrice.com, Oil from Canada’s oil sands is now selling at a $27-per-barrel discount relative to WTI, the sharpest difference in more than four years. Western Canada Select (WCS), a benchmark for oil from Alberta’s oil sands, has plunged in December, falling to just $30 per barrel at the end of […]


David Stockman Lashes Out At Mainstream Media’s “Peak Fantasy Time”

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, If you want to know why both Wall Street and Washington are so delusional about America's baleful economic predicament, just consider this morsel from yesterday's Wall Street Journal on the purportedly awesome November jobs report. Wages rose just 2.5% from a year earlier in November – near the same lackluster […]


The Moment The Market Broke: “The Behavior Of Volatility Changed Entirely In 2014”

Earlier today we showed a remarkable chart – and assertion – from Bank of America: “In every major market shock since the 2013 Taper Tantrum, central banks have stepped in (even if verbally) to protect markets. Following the Brexit vote, markets no longer needed to hear from CBs as they rebounded so quickly that CBs […]


World’s Third Largest Shipbuilder Crashes 29% Amid Asian Equity Carnage

Shares in Samsung Heavy, the world’s third largest shipbuilder, plunged by 29% during Wednesday’s trading session after unexpectedly forecasting operating losses this year and 2018 and announcing a capital raise. Meanwhile, Asian equities tumbled, led by technology, mining and industrial companies, with the MSCI Asia Pacific Index falling for eight straight days, its longest run […]


What’s the Point, Gold and Silver Report 3 Dec 2017

A reader emailed us, to ask a few pointed questions. Paraphrasing, they are: Who cares if dollars are calculated in gold or gold is calculated in dollars? People care only if their purchasing power has grown. What is the basis good for? Is it just mathematical play for gold theorists? How does knowing the basis […]


Blow.Off.Top.

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com, No period is worse for bears than when it’s the best time to sell stocks. It’s the polar opposite of when conditions are worst for bulls, right when it’s the best time to buy as it was in January-March 2009. The exhaustion factor is enormous. It’s called capitulation as […]


Are Markets Too Optimistic About Global Growth? (Spoiler Alert, Yes!)

Authored by Saxo Bank's Head of Macro Strategy, Dembik Christopher, via TradingFloor.com, We expect softer-than-consensus 2018 growth Lowflation structural, not transitory Housing bubbles remain a concern (Bitcoin not so much) The year 2018 starts with four main questions: Is economic growth on a solid footing? Will inflation ever come back? Should we fear higher bond […]


OPEC Meeting Concludes: This Is What Was Agreed

As previewed earlier this morning, when the flurry of leaks began, today OPEC reached a deal with non-OPEC partners to extend the oil production cuts until end of 2018 (recall these were supposed to be “temporary” when originally unveiled one year ago) at their meeting in Vienna, as part of producers’ strategy to reduce global […]


Deutsche Bank Explains The Five Biggest “Market Conundrums”

While pundits contemplate whether the bitcoin bubble is bigger, smaller or the same size as the dot com bubble, few are willing to admit that day to day events in the equity market are just as ridiculous, bubbly and bizarre as what takes place in the crypto realm. To address this lack of coverage, yesterday […]


Did Janet Yellen Just Recommend Buying Bitcoin

Janet Yellen’s last semi-annual testimony before Congress as Fed Chair has just concluded, and as usual it was filled long-winded platitudes, which were enough to make the blood of anyone actually listening to her slow-motion drawl, come to an instant boil. For one, Yellen hypocrisy hit bitcoinian levels when she had the temerity to say […]