Buy-And Hold? - In 8 Years, Developed Market Stocks Have Gained Nothing

Global equity markets, as measured by the MSCI Developed World index, are above the lows hit in early October but remain on a downtrend that began after markets peaked at the end of May this year. As SocGen's Andrew Lapthorne notes, the current level is now only just above where the index stood at the beginning of 2013 and less than 1% above the 2007 peak. In other words, as he warns, "the equity market has run out of momentum," and the 'bill' for the debt overhang is coming due.

How Obama Is Using The Grossly Unconstitutional "No Fly List" To Push Gun Control

Since taking office, Obama has boosted the number of people on the no fly list more than ten-fold, to an all-time high of 47,000 - surpassing the number of people barred from flying under George W. Bush. So should we be at all surprised that President Obama is using one egregious violation of Constitutional rights to target another?

Oil, Gold, & The Reflation-Deflation Battle

Gold is an alternative to Fed “money.” If Fed money rises in value, gold deflates. Conversely, oil is a global GDP-commodity.  We believe the gold-to-oil ratio (GOR, gold/oz. divided by WTI oil/bbl.) is "deflation relative to reflation."

Why Diversification Is For Losers

"Invest for the long-term," "buy-and-hold," "stay diversified," are the mantra of every asset-gathering commission-taking 'manager' out there... However, as JPMorgan notes, empirically that is a loser's bet. In fact, investors owning just the top 10 performers of the S&P 500 has never suffered a single rolling 12 month period loss (lowest was April 2009 +0.24%).

Credit Card Debt Barely Rises In October As Both Student And Auto Loans Surpass $1 Trillion

After September's record surge in total consumer credit, when non-revolving credit soared by $22 billion while credit card jumped by a whopping $6.7 billion, something appears to have snapped in October when according to the Fed, just $16 billion of new credit was created, almost half the prior month, and far below the consensus estimate of a $20 billion increase. And yet there is little risk that debt-fuelled spending on the two staples that have kept the US credit machine chugging along, namely student and car loans, both of which have just surpassed a total of $1 trillion in notional debt outstanding.

Supreme Court Declines To Consider Challenge To Assault Weapons Ban

“A ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines might not prevent shootings in Highland Park (where they are already rare), but it may reduce the carnage if a mass shooting occurs. If a ban on semiautomatic guns and large-capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that’s a substantial benefit.”

Unintended Consequences

Actions – including the state’s best-intentioned ones (giving them the benefit of the doubt) - have consequences, not all of them foreseen and some of them contrary to what was (we assume) intended.

US Air Force Running Out Of Bombs To Drop On ISIS

Things must be going well in the "war on terror," as the US Air Force just admitted that it is fast running out of bombs to drop on ISIS after "B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers." As ZeeNews reports, Air Force chief of staff General Mark Welsh said as America ramps up its military campaign against the Islamist terror group, the Air Force is now "expending munitions faster than we can replenish them."

Former Congressman Goes On Anti-Islam Rant, Dares Loretta Lynch To Prosecute Him

“If the attorney general is trying to suggest that the Justice Department will generally prosecute people for speech that ‘edges towards violence,’ or for ‘anti-Muslim hatred, including rhetoric,’ that’s bad.” It appears she’s trying to instill fear in the American populace so that it thinks twice before speaking. This is completely and totally unacceptable behavior from the Attorney General of these United States. So former Congressman Joe Walsh took to video and dared her to sue him.

"Outing" The Over-Confidence Of Our Central Bank Overlords

Confidence in central bankers is now hanging by a thread. Mario Draghi (and his fellow Goldman Sachs alum Mark Carney at the Bank of England, for that matter) might want to adopt a little humility before that thread snaps completely. It is always tragic when we filthy peasants stop banging rocks together momentarily to listen to the awe-inspiring intellects at the central banks, only to misunderstand them. Perhaps the real problem is one of overconfidence. Not our overconfidence. Theirs.

New Photo Emerges Of California Mass Shooters Entering The US

While we were the first to mock co-workers' contention that Farook's radicalization could be confirmed by the size of his beard, we would note that although you cannot judge a book by its cover, it does indeed appear as though some manner of transformation might have taken place in or around Farook's two visits to Saudi Arabia.

The Era Of The Rock-Star Central Banker Is Far From Over

Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan were the Elvis and Beatles of this movement – the first to see widespread fame for their efforts. Then came Ben Bernanke, perhaps the Jimi Hendrix or Led Zeppelin of his day, taking existing tools and pushing them in new, previously unconsidered, directions.  Now, we have Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi, whose legacies are as yet undefined. They may end up like the next generation of rock stars from the 1970s – something like Bruce Springsteen, with a deep focus on common people in his music. Or, they could be the Bee Gees, who focused simply on commercial success. Only time will tell.