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Traub: “The US Has Reached The Last Stage Before Collapse”

Authored by James Traub via Foreign Policy, The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved The problem isn’t Donald Trump – it’s the Donald Trump in all of us… In The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of […]


Liberals Behind “The Young Turks” And Vice Apologize For Blatant Sexism

The founders of two liberal news outlets found themselves apologizing over sexist remarks and a “boy’s club” environment filled with sexual harassment. Cenk Uygur, creator and host of popular liberal news show, The Young Turks (TYT), apologized last week for a series of now-deleted blog and social media posts from the early 2000s, published by The […]


Busted Billion-Dollar-Baby Fraud Finds Another Greater Fool – Softbank Lends Theranos $100 Million!

Japan’s Softbank Group is coming to the rescue of yet another embattled Silicon Valley “unicorn”. The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that Fortress Capital, the publicly traded private-equity firm that agreed to sell itself to the Japanese conglomerate earlier this year, has extended a $100 million loan to Theranos, which is still facing multiple lawsuits […]


These PE Firms Are About To Get Crushed By Their Subprime Auto Bets

In the aftermath of the ‘great recession,’ private equity firms placed massive bets on subprime auto finance companies with the typical “thesis” going something like this: “well, people have to get to work don’t they?”…genius, if we understand it correctly. Of course, the “thesis” seemed to be confirmed when auto securitizations performed relatively well throughout […]


CalPERS Goes All-In On Pension Accounting Scam; Boosts Stock Allocation To 50%

Starting July 1, 2018 stock markets around the world are going to get yet another artificial boost courtesy of a decision by the $350 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to allocate another $15 billion in capital to already bubbly equities.  Of course, if this decision doesn’t make sense to you that’s because it’s […]


What’s In The Final Republican Tax Bill: Goldman Explains

While we published both the full text(1,097 pages) and the “explanatory” statement (only 570 pages) released by the House-Senate conference committee on the final Republican Tax Bill, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), we are confident not many readers – or anyone else for that matter – will read the full […]


Bill Blain’s 2018 Outlook: “We Don’t Think 2018 Is Going To Be The End Of The World”

Via Bill Blain, It’s traditional to end the year with an outlook on what the next is likely to bring. We don’t think 2018 is going to be the End of the World. There will be opportunities and mistakes. Winners and grinners, and more than a few losers. Sure, we’re looking forward to the new […]


Bill Blain: “I Have Never Seen So Many Extraordinary Events In One Year, And I’ve Been In Markets Since 1985!”

Via Bill Blain of Mint Partner, We don’t think 2018 is going to be the End of the World. There will be opportunities and mistakes. Winners and grinners, and more than a few losers. Sure, we’re looking forward to the new MiFID regime – isn’t everyone? (US Readers…..) Our broad brush picture is a continuation […]


Frontrunning: December 15

Some GOP Senators Press for Late Changes in Tax Bill (WSJ) Here’s Where the GOP Tax Plan Stands Right Now (BBG) Harvard Endowment Chief Pushed for Steeper Devaluation of Assets (WSJ) Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials (Reuters) With Fox Deal, Disney Adds Hulu to Its Digital Kingdom (WSJ) Treasury Yields […]


Uh-Oh Peak Alert: The Blank Check “SPACs” Boom Has Just Surpassed 2007

In 2017, stock issuance by SPACs has made a new post-crisis high, surpassing the last peak in 2007 which saw the equity market peak in October of that year prior to the crisis. Before we go any further, we’d better define a "SPAC" just in case you’re unfamiliar with the acronym, although they are also […]


Another Peak Alert: The Blank Check “SPACs” Boom Has Just Surpassed 2007

In 2017, stock issuance by SPACs has made a new post-crisis high, surpassing the last peak in 2007 which saw the equity market peak in October of that year prior to the crisis. Before we go any further, we’d better define a "SPAC" just in case you’re unfamiliar with the acronym, although they are also […]


Overstock.com CEO Exploring Sale To Fund Blockchain-Backed Global Property Venture

It’s fairly easy to categorize Patrick Byrne, the founder of Overstock.com, as a visionary, although he is usually described in less glowing terms in the mainstream media, a typical adjective being “controversial”. Byrne founded the $1.4 billion internet retailer of mainly “closeout” merchandise in 1997. In January 2014, Overstock became the first major online retailer […]


Summers Warns “1000s Will Die” But Who Are The Real Winners & Losers From Trump’s Tax Reform?

While many in the 'resistance' have vociferously denounced the Senate tax reform bill in the last 48 hours, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers took the proverbial biscuit by warning that "thousands will die as a consequence of this new tax bill." The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the tax bill could reduce insurance coverage by […]


Who Will Win The Self-Driving Taxi Race?

Authored by Jon Lesage via OilPrice.com, Ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft have become transportation platforms for automakers and tech giants to someday bring automated, electrified mobility to the mass market. It’s still years in the making, but both companies are gaining significant support during a year when it looked like Uber could be coming to […]