Michelle Obama Takes A Shot At "Make America Great Again"

"Don’t let someone tell you this country isn’t great - that we need to make it great again. Because, right now, this country is the greatest country on Earth." or “Well, that was a colossal waste of my time,” said Obama with an air of weary irritation before reminding the audience she had been 45 years old at her husband’s inauguration and now she was “fifty-fucking-two.”

Stocks Slide After Japan's "Helicopter Money" Plan Leaks, Underwhelms

At the same time that the Nikkei released its latest "market response" trial ballon, where it posted an article around 2am local time clearly meant for US market consumption according to which BOJ officials "were said to be leaning more toward easing", the same Nikkei also published a preview of what Japan's helicopter money may look like. There is just one problem: at first read, and judging by the market's reaction, it appears to be rather underwhelming.

It's 2am In Japan, Time For Nikkei To Drop Another Tape Bomb

Yesterday at 2am local time, Japan's Nikkei reported a doubling of stimulus being proposed (to 6 trillion yen) after Goldman suggest 3 trillion was not enough. That spiked USDJPY briefly. Today, at 2am, Nikkei decided to try it again... announcing that "BoJ officials said to be leaning more toward easing," and sure enough USDJPY spiked...

Another Ugly Auction: Treasury Sells $34BN in 5Y Paper With Big Tail, Lowest Bid To Cover Since 2009

The hits just keep on coming. After yesterday's ugly 2 Year auction, and following last month's less than stellar, tailing 5 Year auction, moments ago the Treasury sold $34 billion in 5 Year paper in what was another woeful issuance, one where the high yield of 1.18% was a substantial tail of 1.6bps to the 1.164% When Issued, and whose Bid to Cover dropped again, reaching 2.27, the lowest since September 2009.

Why Swap Spreads Are Suddenly Blowing Out And Why This Is Good For Treasuries

Over the past week, market watchers have noticed something which otherwise could be seen as a warning signal: there has been a dramatic move in swap spreads space, notably a substantial widening in recent days from what was until recently record tight - and negative - levels, coupled with a blow out in FX swaps, where the EURUSD has seen its cross-currency swap slide -3 bps today to -48 bps, the widest since July 2012. What does this mean, and what are the implications? Read on for the explanation.

Nigeria Says "Don't Panic, Banks Are Fine" Amid Currency Collapse, Inflation Spike Concerns

A month ago we warned of the looming hyperinflation coming to Nigeria (as well as much of Africa). It appears, following the central banks' rate hike to a record 14% (reach for yield anyone) in an attempt to stall the ongoing currency collapse, that Emefiele is worried, warning of "concern over headline inflation spike." Perhaps most worrying though, amid the chaos, Emefiele advised depositors in banks "to go about your business," adding that there was "no need to panic or worry." Hhhmm..

Hillary Clinton: Class President Of A Failed Generation

After all this time, however, Hillary doesn’t get any of it. She thinks war is peace; deficits don’t matter; the baby boom is entitled to the social insurance they didn’t earn; and that the Fed’s serial bubble machine is leading the nation back to prosperity. But like the generation she represents, she has betrayed hergrand ideals over a lifetime of compromise, expediency, self-promotion and complacent acquisition of power, wealth and fame. She doesn’t deserve another stint at the podium - let alone the bully pulpit.

"What The F**k Was That?"

While USDJPY notched down and Oil had been slipping, stocks suddenly lurched lower, gapping to yesterday's lows on heavy volume. As one veteran trader exclaimed "what the f**k was that?" as no obvious catalyst sprung up, unless of course this morning's series of economic "beats" was sufficiently good to be bad for stocks and raise the dreaded rate hike specter.

Hollande Vows "All Out War" Against ISIS After Priest Killing

After the latest terrorist attack on French soil, President Hollande vowed to wage war against ISIS "by every means". "We are confronted with a group, Daesh, which has declared war on us," Hollande said, using an alternative name for Isis. "We have to wage war, by every means, (but through) upholding the law, which is because we are a democracy."

New Home Sales Rebound To Highest Since 2008 As Median Home Price Rises Back Over $300,000

Moments ago the latest data from the Census Bureau shelved any lingering concerns about a sharp slowdown in the US housing market, when it reported that in June new home sales surged 25.4% from a year ago and up 3.5% from the upward revised May print of 572K to 592K, above the 560K expected, and the highest number reported since 2008, even if still well below half of the peak hit before the recession struck.

Tuesday Humor: Richmond Fed Survey Beats Expectations By 7 Standard Deviations

Aginst expectations of a -5 print, July's Richmond Fed printed +10 (up from a revised lower -10 in June). This is the 2nd biggest MoM spike since 1998 (the biggest being March's insane spike). This beat is a 7 standard deviation beat over expectations among the 9 economists tracking it with none of them forecasting a gain at all. Across the board components improved with a surge in employees, workweek and the biggest jump in new orders since 1998!

US Services Economy 'Bounce' Dies - PMI Tumbles To 5-Month Lows

Despite an excited bounce in US Manufacturing PMI's preliminary print (and ISM Services last month), Markit reports a disappointing drop in US Services to a 5-month low. New business slowed but that did not deter hope as business confidence rebounded (albeit from record lows). However, as Markit notes, "The U.S. service sector remained stuck in a low gear at the start of the third quarter of 2016..."

A "Cautious" JPM Warns That Apple "Expectations Are High"

"We remain cautious heading into Apple’s FQ3 results as we believe that iPhone expectations are still high for the second half of CY16. Our revenue estimate for the September QTR (FQ4) is 1.5% below sell-side consensus as we remain concerned about weaker consumer demand driven by macro conditions. We believe this could be exacerbated by consumers delaying upgrades this Fall in favor of a reported large form factor change in 2017."