ECB Will Again "Frontload" Bond Purchases Ahead Of The Winter, No Advance Leak To Hedge Funds This Time

Moments ago, as part of its quite stale and otherwise irrelevant minutes of its September 2-3 governing council meeting, the ECB did precisely the same, announcing that as part of its ongoing open-ended QE program (which the ECB expects will be implemented fully by September 2016 "or beyond") it would frontload purchases between September and November because, you guessed it, volatility once again declines in December.

Frontrunning: October 8

  • Congress probing U.S. spy agencies' possible lapses on Russia (Reuters)
  • Defense Ministers From NATO Hit Out at Russian Action in Syria (WSJ)
  • U.S. Rules Out Cooperation With Russia as Moscow Launches First Naval Strikes on Syria (WSJ)
  • Man Who Called China's Boom and Bust Says Use This Rally to Sell (BBG)
  • For Volkswagen, New Questions Arise on U.S. Injury Reporting (BBG)
  • Deutsche Bank May Swell $14 Billion Selloff in China Bank Stakes (BBG)
  • Emerging market slowdown hits German exports (FT)

Futures Slump On Lack Of Chinese Euphoria Despite More Terrible Economic Data

It was supposed to be the day China's triumphantly returned to the markets from its Golden Holiday week off, and with global stocks soaring over 5% in the past 7 days, hopes were that the Shanghai Composite would close at least that much higher and then some, especially with the "National Team" cheerleading on the side and arresting any sellers. Sure enough, in early trading Chinese futures did seem willing to go with the script, and then everything fell apart when a weak Shanghai Composite open tried to stage a feeble rebound into mid-session, and then closed near the day lows even as the PBOC injected another CNY120 bn via reverse repo earlier.

Syrian Crisis: What Will Happen Next?

The question today is merely one of timing. How long before a negative trigger is introduced? How long before Israeli planes come into contact with Russian or Iranian fighters? How long before U.S. troops come into contact with Russian troops? How long before Israel or Saudi Arabia strike Iran? And if the U.S. backs out completely, how long before the entire dynamic of the Middle East is flipped and America loses petro-status for the dollar? With the speed of events forming a fiscal-political riptide, it is hard to imagine we will be waiting very long to find out.

The First Crack: Deutsche Bank Preannounces Massive Loss, May Cut Dividend

Deutsche Bank warned it expects to record a third-quarter loss of $7 billion, tied to a huge write-down in its corporate-banking-and-securities segment.  The bank said the charges are driven by the impact of expected higher regulatory capital requirements and its disposal of Postbank. It also said it will consider reducing or eliminating its common dividend for fiscal 2015.

DEUTSCHE BANK SEES 3Q NET LOSS EUR 6.2 BLN
DEUTSCHE BANK TO RECOMMEND DIVIDEND CUT OR POSSIBLE ELIMINATION

St. Louis Prepares For "Catastrophic Event" As Underground Fire Nears Nuclear Waste Cache

Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet. As AP reports, government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially “catastrophic event” that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city’s main airport.

Time To End Monetary Central Planning

Governments and their central bank creations usurped market-based monetary and banking systems to serve the plundering purposes of kings, princes, parliaments, and special interest groups who all wanted to hold the magical hand of the monetary printing press. Print up money (or its digital substitutes and surrogates in more modern times) and you can have access to all the hard work of others without the reciprocal effort. The monetary social engineers' century-long legacy in the arena of money and banking has been the booms and busts of the business cycle. The time has come to end the tragic and disruptive reign of monetary central planning.

China Opens Weaker Than Expected After Goldman Downgrade And "Mirage Of A New Dawn" Warnings

After a "no change" statement from The BoJ, today's dismal Japanese data was terrible enough to be great news in the new normal as August machine orders drop the most in at least a decade and stocks, USDJPY dipped and ripped. However, it was the China open that investors waited for (after China shares rising 10% in US trading, and CNH strengthening on lower than expected reported outflows) as Goldman slashed its 12m target for Chinese stocks, and Bocom's chief strategist (who called the boom and the bust) says "rally is mirage of new dawn, volume is dying, sell the rallies." PBOC fixed the Yuan at its strongest in 2 months and while Chinese stocks opened up notably it was less than US ADRs suggested (CSI +4% vs ASHR +9.5%).

Marc Faber Fears Sudden 1987-Like Crash Or Longer-Term "Sliding Slope Of Hope"

Sometimes less is more (less good data is moar good for stocks) and in the case of Marc Faber's recent appearance on Bloomberg's "What'd You Miss", 66 seconds of honesty was all that the hosts could take. The Gloom, Boom & Doom report editor notes "we have had a meaningful decline in many stocks already," and warns it is far from over as market face two possibilities of "longer-term unattractiveness": "a 1987-style collapse," or a 1973-74-style slow "sliding slope of hope."

No More "Free Trade" Treaties: It's Time for Genuine Free Trade

It is erroneous to believe that free traders have been historically in favor of free trade agreements between governments. Paradoxically, the opposite is true. Curiously, many laissez-faire advocates fall into the government-made trap by supporting “free-trade” treaties. The very fact that governments are negotiating in the name of free trade should be suspicious for any libertarian or true advocate of free trade. It’s time for genuine free trade.

The World Map Of Debt

What if we were to redraw the world map based on the (un)sustainability of national debt levels?

Someone In Chicago Is Shot Every 2.8 Hours (Despite Major Gun Control)

Someone in Chicago has been shot every 2.84 hours this year for a total of 2,349 shootings during the period of January 1, 2015 to October 6, 2015 (and 2015 is likely to eclipse 2014's record 2.587 shooting victims); but, Chicago, for all intents and purposes, is a “gun-free zone.” But all the state and city regulations associated with firearms in Chicago have failed to produce a safe city, and these are the policies that President Obama and Secretary Clinton wish to extend to the rest of the country.

Lawmaker Calls For Study On Links Between Pharmaceuticals And Mass Killers

We have to look into what is being prescribed and what is in these meds just like clinical studies. Why don’t we do studies on the medication all of these shooters were taking and take that medication off the market? Obviously, medications can alter your mind just as alcohol can alter the mind..."