FOMC Minutes Signal Balance Sheet Normalization Begins In September, Most Saw Inflation Pick Up

Since the July 26th 'nothingburger' FOMC statement, Nasdaq is down but bonds and bullion are higher as domestic politics and global war have trumped monetary machinations. All eyes in today's Minutes will be on any mention of inflation and the balance sheet. The Fed sees inflation "picking up over the next couple years" but this came before last week's dismal CPI/PPI data (and they noted "downside risks"), and confirmed that they will make a balance sheet move "at upcoming meeting."

5 Charts To Remove The Bubble 'Blinders'

"The financial crisis of 2007/2008 was an epic failure of so many to simply recognize the signs all around them. That tragedy will pale in comparison to the bubble that continues to build in the current market. By operating without blinders those involved in the market can stay above the noise."

How Central Banking Increased Inequality

"The rise in income inequality over the past 30 years has to a significant extent been the product of monetary policies fueling a series of asset price bubbles. Whenever the market booms, the share of income going to those at the very top increases."

Salt, Wampum, Benjamins - Is Bitcoin Next?

"The U.S., E.U., Japan, China and Great Brittan have devalued their currencies significantly over the past ten years. The recent success of cryptocurrencies is a meaningful sign that central banker actions have not gone unnoticed by the users of traditional currencies."

WTI/RBOB Slide After Oil Production Surge Offsets Biggest Crude Draw Since Sept

Following last night's mixed mesage from API (crude draw, gasoline build), WTI prices have gone nowhere as all eyes focus on DOE data this morning. Confirming API's trend, crude saw its biggest draw since Sept 2016 but Gasoline, Distillates, and Cushing (most since March) saw builds which upset the machines and sent prices lower. Crude production rose once again to its highest since July 2015.

Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese "Incursion"

According to local media reports, "Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation" in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, further raising tensions between the two countries. "There was an altercation near the Pangong lake," said a police officer in Srinagar, following what he called a Chinese army "incursion in Pangong lake area".

Before "Fake News," America Invented "Pseudo Events"

"In the wake of the Chalottesville riot, it's been interesting how quickly the focus has shifted away from the actual events in Charlottesville and toward the public pundits and intellectuals are expressing opinions about the events..."

Housing Recovery False Alarm - Starts, Permits Plunge In July As Rental Units Collapse

Following June's huge surprise jumps in Housing Starts (revised lower) and Building Permits (revised notably higher), July saw both starts and permits plunge (-4.8% and -4.1% respectively) dramatically missing expectations. The majority of the plunge is driven by multi-family starts crashing 35.2% YoY to its lowest since Sept 2016.