Marine Le Pen Temporarily Steps Down As Head Of National Front Party

In a headline that spooked headline-scanning algos, moments ago French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced that she is stepping down as head of her National Front party. What the headline ignored to add is that her leadership departure is only "temporary", and as AP notes is merely a PR attempt to build her broader base unburdened by the legacy stigma of her party.

June Rate Hike Odds Soar To 69% As Debt Ceiling Looms

It appears the hope that a centrist candidate will win the French election is enough to trump tumbling macro-economic data, disappointing earnings, and flailing inflation in the US economy. June rate hike odds have spiked to 69% overnight (even as debt ceiling risks begin to price in... and the dollar drops)...

Unilever Sustainability Platform Is Unsustainable

At some point near the end of the last century the leaders of major U.S. manufacturing firms began to ponder the idea they had a social responsibility to the world at least as important as the need to increase value for shareholders. It’s not exactly clear when it started but what began as a way to curry favor with a customer base newly empowered to care about bigger things has today become something of a religion in executive suites from New York to Los Angeles.

What The Wage Equality Crusaders Don't Understand

Asserting that today’s working women make only 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man, high profile personalities have perpetuated this myth and used it to further their own agenda: more government control over wages. Unfortunately for these wage crusaders, when the data is examined more closely what we find is not necessarily a wage gap, but what could more accurately be described as a “preference” gap that exists because of personal choice rather than gender.

US Sanctions 271 Syrians, Freezes Their US Assets

Two weeks after launching missile strikes on Syria, the U.S. Treasury announced it has sanctioned 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center in response to the alleged sarin attack conducted by the Assad regime on Kahn Sheikhoun.

Watch Live: Obama's First Public Speech Since Leaving The White House

Ex-President Obama will speak at the University of Chicago at noon in his first public speech since leaving office in January. Obama will address community organizers, activists and students at the university, which will be the site of his presidential library. 

Double Data Disappointment Today Follows Worst Macro Week In 6 Years

Following the worst week for US macro data in six years, The Chicago Fed (National Activity) and now The Dallas Fed (regional) have both disappointed and fallen this morning... "I keep reading and hearing that things are swinging in a favorable direction. I don’t see it yet."

In Today's Fiat Money Financial System, 'The House' Always Wins

Perhaps the rules of the game have always favored the bankers.  Loaning out deposits at a higher interest rate than the yield paid is cornerstone to fractional reserve banking.  However, the extreme maltreatment of individual depositors and borrowers that has persisted following the 2008 credit crisis is a downright disgrace.