Breslow: "What We've Seen So Far This Week Has Been A Gap Repricing Without Any Price Discovery"

"What we’ve had so far this week, I know it’s only Tuesday, has been a repricing without the benefit of meaningful price discovery along the way. Gaps during the Asia-Pacific opening are one thing. Ones followed by flat-lined price action suggest order books emptied followed by “So what do we do now?” And if there isn’t a quick follow-through in momentum, the next question will be “What have we done?”

The IMF Is Not Done Destroying Greece Yet

Austerity is over, proclaimed the IMF this week. And no doubt attributed that to the ‘successful’ period of ‘five years of belt tightening’ a.k.a. ‘gradual fiscal consolidation’ it has, along with its econo-religious ilk, imposed on many of the world’s people. Only, it’s not true of course. Austerity is not over. You can ask many of those same people about that. It’s certainly not true in Greece.

A $500 Billion "Hitch" Emerges In The Saudi Aramco IPO

As Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince pushes his nation's Vision 2030 economic overhaul and crows of the $2 trillion Saudi Aramco valuation (ahead of its potential IPO), WSJ reports that officials at the state-owned oil company are using internal value estimates to $1.3 to $1.5 trillion, calling bin Salman's estimate "unrealistic and mind blowing."

'Defense' - The U.S. Military Outspends These Countries Combined

Not long into Trump’s presidency, he announced his plans to increase the country's defense budget in 2018 by 54 billion dollars. The extra money is seen as necessary in order to "rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it".

Can Macron Save The World? Save France?

Would the French parliament go along with relaxing labor laws, cut business taxes? Would the parliament allow a referendum on the Euro? If the answers are no and no, then what’s changed? The real battle over the survival of the eurozone will take place in Italy, not France.

Japanese Demand For Nuclear Shelters Soars Amid North Korea Tensions

While Hawaiian officials are pushing to re-open fallout shelters, the people of another island (considerably closer, and well within range) are actively preparing for a worst case scenario from North Korea. As Reuters reports, sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Venezuela's Maduro - Selling The Golden Goose

Mister Maduro, in order to buy a bit more time in the presidential mansion, is selling the golden goose. For those who wonder why it’s so often the case that a nation that’s been knocked down economically rarely rises up again within the same generation, the answer is manifestly clear in Venezuela...

Cherokee Nation Files Lawsuit Against Big Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic

Late last week, lawyers representing the Cherokee Nation filed a lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies, claiming they have pumped dangerous painkillers into Native American communities in Oklahoma. The Washington Post obtained a copy of the court filing and reported that the companies are accused of breaking laws by failing to prevent the diversion of pain pills to the black market.”

Bernie To Introduce $15 Federal Minimum Wage Legislation On Wednesday

We all knew it was coming and now it has finally been confirmed that the Senate's favorite Socialist will introduce legislation later this week calling for a $15 federal minimum wage.  For those silly 'math' people out there, that's a mere 107% increase in minimum wage over just a few short years, which we suspect will at least slightly outpace inflation over the same period.

Is The Fed About To Drop The MOAB On Wall Street?

What all this warrants is extreme caution in Bubbleville. With geopolitical risk flashing bright red, half percent GDP growth, record high equity valuations and a delusional Fed that continues threatening interest rate normalization; the market’s reality check is surely imminent.

G. Edward Griffin: Exposing The Creature From Jekyll Island

Despite its carefully-crafted image as an essential public servant, Griffin concludes it is anything but. The Fed is a private cartel that has connived its way to tremendous advantage and power, secretly (and not-so-secretly) plundering the American people of their treasure and freedoms.