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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 […]


The 10 Most Interesting Predictions From 2018 Forecasts

Via Nicholas Colas of DataTrekResearch, Tis the season for predictions… In fact, it seems to us that the requisite crystal ball gazing gets more popular every year. A nice compact list of bite-sized thoughts makes for easy social media sharing, after all. But the really interesting thing to us is not “What” a person or organization […]


Is Facebook Using Your Phone’s Camera And Microphone To Spy On You?

Do you ever feel like you’re being watched when there’s nobody else around? Decades ago, if the answer to that question was ‘yes’, doctors might’ve advised you to see what they called a headshrinker. But technological progress has a funny way of turning situations on their head. For example, at the turn of the 20th […]


3 Recent Free Speech Wins in Court: Free Tweets, Owning Words, and Offensive Trademarks

Via The Daily Bell From politically correct lies to government enforced silencing, and even insane public opinion, free speech is under attack. But sometimes, there is some good news coming out of the courts. Taking a case to the American court system is a bit like flipping a coin. Still, it is encouraging to see pro-free-speech rulings being handed […]


Kroger And Walmart Try More Gimmicks To Thwart Amazon; They Will Fail…Again

Over the summer, we argued that the grocery business in the U.S. is, and always has been, a fairly miserable one.  From A&P to Grand Union, Dahl’s, etc., bankruptcy courts have been littered with the industry’s failures for decades. The reason for the persistent failures is fairly simple…razor-thin operating margins that hover around 1-3% leave […]


Alibaba Launches Giant Car Vending Machines In China

Shares of Alibaba fell on Thursday morning, despite an exciting news story involving the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut, which is rushing to shake up the way people buy cars in China. Alibaba seems to be taking a page from Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, with the continued push into physical retail. The plan outlined by Alibaba, […]


Futures Flat As FOMC Meeting Begins; Brent Jumps Over $65 For First Time Since 2015

E-mini futures are modestly in the green this morning, though net of fair value the S&P index is poised for another record high open as the FOMC begins its last meeting for 2017 in which it is expected to raise rates by 25bps. European stocks gain while Asian equities slide led by weakness in Chinese […]


Stellar 3Y Auction: Highest Bid To Cover Since Sept 2015, Foreign Demand Surges

Unlike last month’s ugly 3Y auction, today’s just concluded sale of $24 billion in 3 year paper was stellar, stopping through the When Issued 1.934% by 0.2bps, a surge in buyside demand as the Bid to Cover jumped from 2.76 to 3.15, the highest since September 2015, while Indirect Bidders took down the most since […]


And The UK’s Most Dishonest Profession Is…

According to a new poll conducted by Ipsos MORI, politicans are still the UK's least trusted profession. You will find more statistics at Statista As Statista's Martin Armstrong notes, when asked if they would generally trust politicans to tell the truth, only 17 percent of the poll's respondents said they would. That is a far lower trust level […]


“Wreaking Havoc” – HP Installs System-Slowing Spyware On Its PCs Without Consent

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, On the heels of Lenovo’s massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users‘ consent, Hewlett-Packard is jumping in with both feet when it comes to installing spyware on its PCs without the consumer’s permission. According to numerous reports gathered by Computer World, the brand is deploying a telemetry client (a system data that […]


Millennials Saved Thanksgiving Weekend

While online spending surged, the overall picture for Thanksgiving weekend spending was more mixed as the traditional “bricks and mortar” retailers continued to struggle. Nevertheless, overall spending was about 4% higher. The National Retail Foundation (NRF) estimated that 174 million Americans shopped online or in stores over the period (Thursday to Monday), versus 164 million […]


“Historic” Cyber Monday Is “Largest Online Sales Day In History” With $6.6 Billion In US Sales

This holiday shopping season is off to a “historic” start, or at least its online version, after Cyber Monday posted the largest-ever online sales day in history as U.S. Consumers purchased a record $6.59 billion online, Adobe estimated late on Monday, with smartphone purchases breaking a record with $1.59 billion in sales.  As reported previously, […]


“Average”, Tailing 5Y Auction Sees Solid Support From Foreign Buyers

In today’s second auction, the Treasury sold $34 billion in 5 year paper, and like this morning’s 2Y auction, the results were rather lackluster, with the paper stopping at a high yield of 2.066%, above last month’s 2.055%, and the highest since April 2011, and just like the earlier 2Y sale, this auction also tailed […]


Tailing 2Y Auction Prices At Highest Yield Since September 2008 As Foreign Buyers Stay Away

With 2Y yields having jumped sharply in recent week, it was not surprising that today’s auction of $26 billion in 2Y paper would have a high yield, and sure enough, printing at a high yield 1.765%, the highest since September 2007, tailing the When Issued 1.763% by 0.2bps, and well above the six previous auction […]


Amazon Soars On Report Of “Unbelievable” Online Sales As Channel Checks Show Store Traffic Down 1%

While bricks and mortar retailers and malls may have decided to put their aggressive discounts on hold for the time being, seemingly content with their market share (losses), online retailers – and one in particular – continue to make staggering gains. Preliminary reports for Black Friday and Thanksgiving sales point to a promising start to […]