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Corruption In China Risks A Soviet-Style Collapse – Party’s Graft Buster

Yang Xiadou is the Party’s number two man in Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption in the Chinese Communist Party – although some have seen this, in part, as a convenient way for Xi to bolster his power base. During the 19th Party Congress last month, Yang was asked about the anti-corruption drive and how to […]


How The DPRK Riddle Is Freaking Out The US Establishment

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Saker blog, The 19th Party Congress has made it very clear that “socialism with Chinese characteristics” – as codified by President Xi Jinping – is China’s road map ahead. Not only does the strategy graphically eschew those much-lauded “Western values”; it will, in Xi’s own words, offer “a new […]


Traders Paralyzed, Markets Flat Ahead Of Today’s Main Event: The ECB’s Taper Announcement

US equity futures and Asian shares are flat this morning with European shares treading water ahead of the ECB’s policy meeting in which it’s expected to announce a tapering to its €60bn in monthly QE. On this busiest day of Q3 earnings season, companies set to report earnings include Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Intel, while […]


Bond Yields Break Out Around The World As Japan’s Record Stock Rally Ends

S&P futures are fractionally in the red while traders await President Trump’s pick for Fed chair and more clues on the fate of tax reform; Asian stocks slide, European shares are little changed ahead of tomorrow’s ECB tapering announcement as US 10Y yields finally break out of their multi-month range below 2.40%…   … pushing […]


Xi Could Rule For “Decades” As China’s New Leadership Team Unveiled

Xi solidified his power base with loyalists without signalling a successor. It’s looking increasingly like China and the rest of the world will be stuck with Xi Jinping beyond 2022. As the BBC reports, China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping. […]


All Hail: Xi Jinping Confirmed As “Most Powerful Chinese Leader Since Mao”

The phrase “Socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era” is hardly catchy, but wields immense power. Xi Jinping became the first incumbent leader since Mao to have his name and thought added to the Party’ guiding principles, symbolising a major elevation in his power. Bloomberg reports “China’s ruling Communist Party approved a revised charter […]


The 7 Key Takeaways From Xi Jinping’s Vision For “A New Era” In China

As reported first thing this morning, China’s President Xi Jinping outlined his vision for the next five years, ushering in a “new era” (a term he repeated 36 times) of development in China, as the Communist Party’s 19th Congress opened in Beijing on Wednesday. During a 3½-hour long speech, Xi said the internal and external […]


Key Events And FX Week Ahead: Central Banks Send Markets Into A Coma, Someone Say Something New Please!

European politics returns with a bang this week, when not only will attention be focused on Austria to see if the right wing Freedom Party joins the People's Party in a historic governing coalition, in an embarrassing blow to Europe's establishment, but also whether Catalan President Puidgemont will (again) fomally – and this time clearly […]


“China’s Big Reshuffle”: A Preview Of The Year’s Biggest Political Event, China’s 19th Party Congress

Nearly two years after the historic, and still mysterious “Shanghai Accord” which in early 2016 halted what at the time appeared to a global collapse in capital markets courtesy of what appears to have been unprecedented political, fiscal and monetary coordination between the developed world and China, on October 18 the world turns its attention […]


Dollar Ends Best Week Of The Year With A Whimper As Global Stocks Push All Time Highs

The dollar rally paused on Friday and looked poised to finish its best weekly gain of the year with a whimper, when in a repeat of the Thursday session the, Bloomberg dollar index first rose more than 0.1% during Asia hours before slumping around the European open as month and quarter-end flows came into play […]