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Battle For Bama: Here’s What To Watch For As Alabama Heads To The Polls

After a last weekend of campaigning with celebrities, Doug Jones (D) with Alabama native Charles Barkley and Roy Moore (R) with Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon and controversial former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, election day for one of the most controversial special elections in modern U.S. history has finally arrived.  As The Hill points […]


It’s Official: Bitcoin Surpasses “Tulip Mania”, Is Now The Biggest Bubble In World History

One month ago, a chart from Convoy Investments went viral for showing that among all of the world’s most famous asset bubbles, bitcoin was only lagging the infamous 17th century “Tulip Mania.” One month later, the price of bitcoin has exploded even higher, and so it is time to refresh where in the global bubble […]


Mega Mall Merger: French Bid For Westfield Creates $72BN Mall Giant As Online Threat Looms

The need for consolidation in the face of the ongoing Amazon – and broader online menace – is becoming irresistible, even for the biggest and best mall operators. Today the French-based Unibail-Rodamco, the biggest commercial landlord in Europe, agreed to purchase Westfield, the Australian-based mall operator. Unibail is offering 0.018844 shares and $2.67 cash for […]


US Producer Prices Rise At Fastest Pace In 6 Years As Payday Loan Demand Soars

US Producer Prices beat across the board this morning with the biggest headline being a 3.1% YoY surge in Final Demand – the biggest jump since Dec 2011.   The index for final demand goods jumped 1.0 percent in November, the largest advance since a 1.0-percent increase in January. Over three-fourths of the broad-based November […]


Three Bubbles/Strikes And You’re Out

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Those betting on a fourth bubble of even greater extremes will find their time at bat has come to an end. The conventional investment wisdom holds that central banks will never let markets decline. This is an interesting belief, given that two previous asset bubbles based on […]


McCabe Cancels Testimony, Something “Far More Sinister” With Fusion GPS

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly cancelled his closed door testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee as news emerged that the wife of Senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm which assembled the infamous “Trump dossier.” Ohr was demoted last week after allegedly trying to conceal his contacts […]


100,000 Still Stranded Amid California Fires; Giant Thomas Fire Only 20% Contained

In an unexpected run of good fortune, a shift in the powerful winds that have fanned the SoCal wildfires over the past week and a half has pushed the Thomas Fire – the largest of the six uncontained blazes – away from nearby communities while also clearing the air of smoke, improving visibility for the […]


Is Bitcoin Really Stealing Demand For Gold? Here Is Goldman’s Answer

A few days ago we first showed a chart of a dramatic divergence between the price of gold and bitcoin… … which together with a recent unscientific poll showing that more Ron Paul followers prefer bitcoin to gold… A wealthy person wants to gift you $10,000. You get to choose in which form you’ll take […]


Mark Carney Forced To Explain Surge In UK Inflation To Highest In Almost 6 Years

The market expected Mark Carney to avoid it but it was just not meant to be. The BoE Governor will suffer the ignominy of a bizarre tradition of having to write a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer explaining why UK inflation is more than 1.0% above the target of 2.0%. The market had […]


The WTO: Useless For Trade, Useful For The State

Authored by Carmen Elena Dorob?? via The Mises Institute, This week WTO officials will gather in Buenos Aires for their 11th ministerial conference. There is very little hope that any of the deals on the agenda will be reached, as both the WTO’s negotiations and its dispute settlement system have long been paralyzed by political bickering […]


Sweden: More Signs The World’s Biggest Housing Bubble Is Cracking

We like to highlight that although Sweden’s property bubble is not the longest running (that accolade goes to Australia at 55 years), it is probably the world’s biggest, even though it gets relatively little coverage in the mainstream financial media. A month ago, we noted that SEB’s housing price indicator suffered its second biggest ever […]


Finally, Gold Speculators Start To Bail, Setting Up A Big Q1 2018

  Finally, Gold Speculators Start To Bail, Setting Up A Big Q1 2018 Posted with permission and written by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse      It took a lot longer than it should have, but gold futures traders have finally started behaving “normally.” The speculators who were extremely, stubbornly long – and who are usually […]


Oil Producers Turning To Crypto To Solve Sanctions Problems

Authored by Tom Luongo, Last week, Venezuela announced it would develop a national cryptocurrency backed by its oil reserves, the Petro.  Now there is a report that Russia is considering the same thing.  Iran will likely follow suit. As of right now this is just a rumor, but it makes some sense.  So, let’s treat […]


Bitcoin Futures Tumble As Spot-Arbitrage Collapses

Update: The Bitcoin Futures-Spot arb spread has collapsed to around $600 in the early evening trading (led by Futures selling more than spot buying)… From a premium of over 13% last night, Futures now trade at just 4.5% above spot as the arb-spread tumbles. On a side note, we se that the Bitcoin Trust premium […]


Warning From The World’s Biggest Shipping Line On Outlook for World Trade

The optimism on world trade didn’t last very long. It was only late September when the WTO issued a “strong upward revision” to their estimate for 2017 world trade. WTO economists raised their forecast to 3.6% from 2.4%, which was at the top end of the previous 1.8-3.6% range. This marked a sharp acceleration from […]