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Bloomberg Pronounces The Early Death Of The Traditional Long-Short Hedge Fund Model

Bloomberg has apparently just taken it upon itself to pronounce the early, unceremonious demise of the traditional Long/Short Hedge Fund model after seemingly declaring that stocks will continue to march higher in perpetuity, with minimal volatility, thus rendering traditional financial analysis and stock picking about as obsolete as a Motorola pager from 1982.  Of course, […]


Bitcoin Collapse, Equity ‘Flash Crash’, & The Fed Loses Control: Saxo’s ‘Outrageous Predictions’ For 2018

Via Saxo Bank: We’ve delved deep again this year in penning our annual list of 10 Outrageous Predictions. As usual, we roam the world and ride roughshod over consensus in sniffing out these supposedly highly unlikely events with underappreciated potential – events that could have tremendous implications if they come to pass. Enjoy! 2017 was […]


New Rumblings In The Horn Of Africa Over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review, Tensions are rising between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s Grand Renaissance Dam. Cairo recently reiterated its longstanding position that it’s against Addis Ababa’s construction of this megaproject on the Blue Nile river through which it receives most of its water, believing that the dam would allow Ethiopia […]


Crypto-Cornucopia Part 1 – Bitcoin Is A Trust Machine

Authored by Dr. D via Raul Ilargi Meijer's The Automatic Earth blog, Bitcoin is all the rage today, and as it crosses over $10,000, a 10-bagger for the year, we should look at what it is, what it isn’t, and why it’s become so popular. Note my observations are those of a layman – which […]


Carpetbagger Paradise – by James McShirley

The term carpetbagger originally referred to post-Civil War Northerners who moved to the South during reconstruction for either economic gain, political gain, or both. They frequently arrived with hastily sewn suitcases made of carpet remnants, hence the moniker “carpetbaggers.” Carpetbagging has subsequently also become a popular description for non-native politicians who for expediency and opportunity […]


France’s Macron Covers For Saudi Aggression

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation, France’s invitation to beleaguered Lebanese premier Saad Hariri for him and his family to spend “a few days in Paris” has been viewed as French President Emmanuel Macron stepping in with deft soft power to resolve tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Less charitably, what Macron is really […]


On The West’s Demise To The Sidelines Of History…

Authored by Seth Lievense via Limpidus.org, The world is changing, but the west is clinging on to a unipolar vision of the world that has passed. It’s attempts to discard this changing reality in exchange for a western worldview expressed in their politics and media are so ungrounded, it’s comical as it is dangerous. This […]


Pepe Escobar Live From Baghdad: The Secret Of Iraq’s Renaissance

Authored by Pepe Escobar of The Asia Times, via RT.com, BAGHDAD – On a sandstorm-swept morning in Baghdad earlier last week, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the legendary deputy leader of Hashd al-Shaabi, a.k.a. People Mobilization Units (PMUs) and the actual mastermind of numerous ground battles against ISIS/Daesh, met a small number of independent foreign journalists and […]


Shep Smith’s Humiliating Uranium One ‘Debunking’ Draws Harsh Rebuke From Angry Viewers

Content originally published at iBankCoin.com Fox News viewers are demanding the network fire resident liberal Shep Smith after the host embarrassed himself in a wildly inaccurate and poorly researched “fact check” of the Uranium One scandal on Tuesday, following reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was exploring a special counsel to investigate the sale of Canadian firm Uranium […]


Art market send important signal to stocks yesterday?

Activity in the art/collectible markets yesterday caught my attention.  A once-lost portrait of Christ by the iconic Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci sold Wednesday at auction for $450 million, roughly triple its anticipated price and the most ever paid for a creative work of human genius. Bloomberg reported that the largest known fancy intense pink diamond went unsold […]


RenTech Founder Jim Simons “Urged” CEO Mercer To Resign Over His Support For Breitbart

Last week, the financial world was shaken when billionaire Robert Mercer, co-CEO of RenTec which is arguably the world’s most profitable and secretive hedge fund, announced he was quitting on Jan 1, 2018. While the prominent Trump and Bannon supporter did not reveal the reason behind his departure, he did make it clear that he […]


Another One Of The World’s Largest ICOs Is Collapsing

Last month, we reported that the world’s largest ICO was imploding after just three months as its developers admitted they wouldn’t be able to deliver the tokens purchased during a $230 million July “presale” by the end of the year, as they had promised, causing an understandable furor among its investors. Now, in the latest […]


Billionaire And Trump Supporter Robert Mercer, Resigns From RenTec, Slams Milo Yiannopoulos

In what may be the biggest news of the morning, Bloomberg and the NYT report that prominent conservative billionaire investor, Trump campaign supporter and patron of Steve Bannon, Robert Mercer, is stepping down as co-chief executive and board member of the world’s most profitable and secretive hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies, effective January 1, 2018.  Mercer […]


‘Value Investing’ Deadpool

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, I sure hope Julian Robertson is a Ryan Reynolds fan. And although I doubt the MacroTourist Letter is on the legendary hedge fund manager’s daily reading list, if he happens across this post, Julian (and the rest of you on the board) – know it was […]


The Black Market: The Embryonic Free Market

The Black Market: The Embryonic Free Market Posted with permission and written by Jeff Thomas, Casey Research International Man & SWP Cayman   In my lifetime, I’ve witnessed five Cubas.   Pre-Revolution, 1952-1958 In the 1950’s, the Cuban people suffered under great oppression from its military dictator, Fulgencio Batista. The great majority of Cubans at […]