Two days after Donald Trump released a clip in which he hinted at Bill Clinton's sexual transgressions by featuring two women - Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick - who have made rape accusations against the former president, and then promptly escalated his attacks on the Clintons in an interview with WaPo in which Trump called the circumstances of Vincent Foster’s death "very fishy", Trump accidentally revealed what his next attack on Hillary will be.
As Bloomberg's Nathan Crooks demonstrates, this is the maximum amount of money one can take out from a Venezuela ATM each day.
Now that all eyes have turned on China eager to find how it will react to a potential Fed rate hike in June or July, the question is whether the sharp Chinese devaluation unveiled overnight, which sent the Yuan to fresh 5 year lows, will be a one-off event, and whether the PBOC will intervene far more aggressively in the offshore CNY market to keep FX market turmoil to a minimum. According to at least one person, the answer is no.
In a surprising reversal, what many thought was impossible, namely the State Department cracking down on its former head and Democratic presidential frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, seems all too possible following news that the State Department inspector General audit has faulted Hillary Clinton, other secretaries of state for poorly managing electronic communications.
Fed policies are directly responsible for ballooning the systemic risk in the financial and socioeconomic landscape. Not just pensions but actual individual retirees are facing the very same dilemma. For those lucky enough to still have a nest egg after the last two bubble crashes they are forced to venture further out onto the risk continuum. But there must be some upside to the ZIRP policies to offset the almost unmanageable amount of resultant risk, right? I mean these policies are meant to help the average American not hurt them, correct??
It’s really just a matter of time; the working man’s deal with his overseers is half dead already. But there’s still inertia in the system, and even the losers are keeping the faith. Hope dies slowly, after all. Nonetheless, the deal is collapsing and a new wave of robots will kill it altogether. Unless the overseers can pull back on technology – very fast and very hard – the deal that held through all our lifetimes will unwind.
Continuing deceleration of population growth offset by rate cuts incentivizing ever greater debt loads (with continually underperforming GDP) was the central banks only play. And now as population growth and decelerating demand really begin to wane...the playbook is basically exhausted save for one play...simply print money with which to buy and "permanently retire" those assets. Think Treasury's, think MBS, think equity's...think anything that can be digitally created and digitally destroyed all to perpetually shrink the outstanding float (think perpetual short squeeze). How long this can maintain asset values northward march in the face of the populations southward divergence is anybody's guess.
Following Monday's visa snub by Merkel, Turkey's president said he would not take any steps regarding the implementation of migrant readmission until progress was made on visa liberalization. He also said funds that the EU had promised to pay Ankara for taking back refugees had not been paid. Turkey added it is not worried if a decision cannot be reached, with Ankara’s new EU affairs minister saying that the EU was not the "sole option."
France may go dark tomorrow, but for residents of downtown Seattle elevators ground to a halt and lights went out across downtown Seattle late Wednesday morning as a major power outage struck. According to Komo News, the outage struck at about 11:30 a.m. The cause of the disruption was an equipment failure at Massachusetts Street Substation and was expected to last about two hours, according to Seattle City Light.
Today we find an even more striking example of just how broken the global bond market has become thanks to the ECB because as Reuters writes, Bayer could receive financing from none other than the European Central Bank to help fund its takeover of the world's largest seed company, US-based Monsanto, according to the terms of the ECB's bond-buying program.
CLINTON SPOKESMAN SAYS INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT SHOWS CLINTON'S EMAIL PRACTICES CONSISTENT WITH THAT OF FORMER SECRETARIES OF STATE
While markets are myopically co-moving to the siren songs of Fed hawks and doves, deteriorating fundamentals are becoming harder to ignore. Like wildfires, it’s hard to predict how quickly and where market panic will spread to next. However, the chain-reaction of peak consumer credit growth, softening retail sales, and tightening credit conditions does not bode well for REITs going forward.