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The 10 “Grey Swans” Events For 2018

One of the traditional push backs against attempts to predict “black swan” events is that they are by default unpredictable, rendering the entire exercise moot. However, for the second year in a row, Nomura’s Bilal Hafeez has found a loophole, or rather loop-animal: the grey swan. As Hafeez writes, while he would like to be […]


Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Millions More Still To Come

Authored by Soren Kern via The Gatestone Institute, More than six million migrants are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to cross into Europe, according to a classified German government report leaked to Bild. "Young people all have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the world, and that acts as […]


Adoption, Not Just A Game For Brangelina

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at Who would have guessed that US Patent No. 3,906,166, granted in 1975 to Martin Cooper of Motorola would completely change the world? My kids tell me that was a long time ago, which I suppose it was…. Here’s global cell phone penetration over the last decade. Not bad… With hindsight we can […]


European Stocks, US Futures Rise, Dollar Steady Ahead Of Powell Hearing, Tax Debate

US equity futures in the green ahead of critical Senate debate on US tax reform and a much anticipated testimony from Yellen replacement Jerome Powell for Fed’s current policy approach.  European stocks advance, led by oil and gas stocks after Shell fully restored its cash dividend and unveiled a bullish outlook. Asian shares slide despite […]


White House May Ban Staff From Using Mobile Phones

As part of Donald Trump’s ongoing quest to halt leaks from within his administration, the White House may ban its employees from using personal mobile phones while at work. The move is expected to “raise concerns among staff including that they’ll be cut off from family and friends” according to five administration officials who leaked […]


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 […]


Stocks Whipsawed As Europe, US Futures Rebound From China Selloff; Dollar Slides

The traditionally illiquid post-Thanksgiving week has started with a series of whipsaws across stocks and bonds, as European stocks turned positive after starting the day on the back foot, initially mirroring a slide in Chinese stocks and price action in U.S. equity futures as investors look to a possible – and absolutely critical – tax-plan […]


Addictions: Social Media & Mobile Phones Fall From Grace

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Identifying social media and mobile phones as addictive is only the first step in a much more complex investigation. For everyone who remembers the Early Days of social media and mobile phones, it's been quite a ride from My Space and awkward texting on tiny screens to […]


Broadcom Offers Hostile $130 Billion Deal To Buy Qualcomm In Largest Tech Acquisition In History

Update: QUALCOMM IS SAID POISED TO REJECT BROADCOM’S OFFER: FT * * * As was leaked by Bloomberg on Friday afternoon, this morning communications chipmaker Broadcom, which just last week announced it would move its headquarters from Singapore to the US (to make any future mega deals easier) said it offered to buy smartphone chip […]


Caught On Tape: Passengers Horrified As American Airlines Plane Catches Fire At Gate

Being dragged off a plane may not be the biggest fear for travellers nowadays… As passengers waited patiently to board their American Airlines flight from Hong Kong to LA, a few, then all, suddenly noticed the plane  – parked close to the terminal – had caught fire. As The Mirror reports, footage from inside the […]


North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan; US Demands China, Russia “Take Direct Actions”

Update 5: US Secretary of State Tillerson has issued a rather aggressive (towards China and Russia) statement: North Korea's Missile Launch   North Korea's provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.   These continued provocations only deepen […]


North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Which Passes Over Japan

Update 1:  According to Fox News, the U.S. has now confirmed the latest North Korean missile launch. U.S. OFFICIAL CONFIRMS #NORTHKOREA FIRED BALLISTIC MISSILE: FOX NEWS WHITE HOUSE SAYS TRUMP BRIEFED ON N.KOREA MISSILE: YONHAP NEWS Gold and Yen are bid for now (after 3 NK headlines during the day)… * * * All the […]


North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan, US Confirms “Ironclad Commitment To Defend” Allies

Update 4: The UN Security Council is set to meet at 4am Saturday Seoul time (3pm ET on Friday) *  *  * Update 3: US Pacific Command has confirmed that its commitment to the defense of Japan and South Korea (via NBC News) U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a single […]


Europe: Migrant Crisis Reaches Spain

Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute, "The biggest migration movements are still ahead: Africa's population will double in the next decades. A country like Egypt will grow to 100 million people, Nigeria to 400 million. In our digital age with the internet and mobile phones, everyone knows about our prosperity and lifestyle." — […]


Salt, Wampum, Benjamins – Is Bitcoin Next?

Authored by Michael Lebowitz via 720Global.com, Currency was first developed about 4000 years ago. Its genius was in the ability to supplant barter thus greatly improving trade and providing a better means for storing value. As illustrated in our title, currency has taken on many different physical forms through the years. Given the recent advances […]