Embrace The Suck: Debt-Serdom and Our Neofuedal Status Quo

"...education will really work - with the result that most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution... the victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective."

Bill Blain: "Let's Pretend"

"Let’s pretend there is not a storm of contradictory bluster and threats facing Europe – which central bankers should ignore at their peril."

Metals Massacre - Iron Ore Enters Bear Market, Copper Collapses To 1-Month Lows

The hype surrounding the credit-fueled resurgence in base metals in the first half of 2017 has crashed and burned on the altar of reality in China's slowdown with industrial metals from copper to iron ore and zinc all plunging in the last two weeks. Odd that we don't hear much from mainstream business media discussing the implications for a global coordinated economic growth narrative...

Frontrunning: September 21

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Awakening (BBG)
  • Bank of Japan Sticks With Easy-Money Settings (WSJ)
  • Bank of Japan board member demands more stimulus (FT)
  • S&P downgrades China, says rising debt is stoking economic, financial risks (Reuters)
  • Boston’s Fate Lies With a Zombie Hurricane as Maria Moves North (BBG)

Why Economic Data No Longer Matters

"The relevance of data is declining. Policymakers around the world are trying to make crystal clear that they’ll ignore that which doesn’t fit their narrative. Many financial commentators have failed to make the transition and are incorrectly transfixed by each data release."

Traders Yawn After Fed's "Great Unwind"

One day after the Fed unveiled the "Great Unwinding" the reaction has been largely muted, with S&P futures unchanged, near all-time highs as European and Asian shares rose modestly while the dollar edged marginally lower through the European session after yesterday’s post-Fed surge.

S&P Downgrades China To A+ From AA- Due To Soaring Debt Growth

"The downgrade reflects our assessment that a prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased China's economic and financial risks. Since 2009, claims by depository institutions on the resident nongovernment sector have increased rapidly. The increases have often been above the rate of income growth."

Let Catalonia Decide

"Some Catalans consider themselves Spanish and some don’t. Many Spaniards consider Catalonia part of Spain, while some don’t. But it’s clear that a significant number of Catalans feel politically conquered, and resent it. Why should they live under a Spanish government, when their history, culture, and language are not Spanish?... It’s a fair question, and one for which western democracies have no easy answer..."

Ban On Kaspersky Software Exposes The Hypocrisy Of US' Internet Agenda

"The move is part of anti-Russian hysteria that hit the United States. Kaspersky Lab has come under a politically-charged attack simply because it is Russian...Hypocrisy at the core of US internet agenda is becoming untenable... The narrative that United States is the defender of free Internet appears to be dead."