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Wells Fargo Reintroduces 3% Down Mortgages

Wells Fargo & Co. is rolling out a new mortgage for borrowers making minimal down payments, an offering that could allow the bank to step back significantly from a controversial Federal Housing Administration program. The bank’s new mortgage allows borrowers?with credit scores?as low as 620 on a scale of 300 to 850?to make down payments of as little as 3%, while also allowing them to use income from family members or renters to qualify.


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Donald Trump Unveils "Make American Energy Great Again" Plan - Live Feed

Donald Trump will head to the heart of America’s oil and gas boom on Thursday to unveil details of his policies on energy and the environment. As NYTimes reports, speaking at an oil industry conference in Bismarck, N.D., Mr. Trump is expected to embrace standard Republican calls for more fossil fuel drilling and fewer environmental regulations, while possibly elaborating on his positions on climate change. Having vowed to "get those miners back to work," and "get rid of [EPA] in almost every form," this is the first time since becoming the presumptive nominee that Presidential candidate Trump has a platform for a policy speech... we are sure Clintonites will be listening intently.


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The Fed Has A Problem: Inflation May Hit 3.5% By December Due To Gas Price "Base Effect"

As we approach the anniversary of last year's oil - and gasoline - price lows and the base-effect goes away, the sharp pick up in gas prices is set to have a sharp upward impact on Consumer Price Inflation. It will also wreak havoc on the Fed's strategy of playing possum and not hiking as long as inflation remained "stubbornly low."In short: the Fed suddenly has a problem. Here's why.


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Plunging Personal Income Tax Revenues Slam State Budgets In April

April is the most important revenue month for states because it contains the tax filing deadline and taxpayers tend to wait until the last minute to pay any taxes that may be owed from the prior year. This April, personal income tax revenue fell by an average of 9.88 percent compared to the same period last year in the 32 states for which Reuters has data (Puerto Rico as well). Due to the drop in income taxes, and April being near the end of the fiscal year for many states, states that were depending on a strong inflow of revenues in April are now left scrambling to fill budget gaps.


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Does The U.S. Have A Plan For The Post-Oil Era?

The world's largest exporter of crude oil, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recently announced a plan for its post-oil future. If a country almost synonymous with the oil economy can see the need for such a plan, how can the rest of the world, particularly the United States, the world's largest consumer of petroleum, not see the necessity of such foresight?


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Brexit Bets Surge At Bookies Despite Cable Strength

Cable has strengthened notably in the last week or so as Cameron and Osborne unleashed phase 2 of "project fear" and 'some' Brexit polls suggested market fears of a 'leave' decision were overblown. However, the broad polls still show the decision is too close to call, which is why the news from Ladbrokes - Britain's largest bookmaker - that they have seen a sudden surge in Brexit bets in the last few days. Interestingly, sterling has started to leak lower today...


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Someone Is Going To Be Disappointed

Bonds up, Stocks up... will Yellen spoil the party tomorrow?


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"Buying Here Is Like Picking Pennies In Front Of A Steamroller" - 10 Reasons To Be Bearish From Credit Suisse

Little margin for error.  Multiples are elevated and the economic/earnings cycle is aging – this means the margin for error is small and shrinking and thus chasing the SPX at 2100+ is akin to “picking up pennies in front of a steamroller”. 


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Strong 7 Year Auction, Near-Record Indirect Bidders Concludes Weekly Issuance

While not nearly as impressive as this week's preceding 2- and 5-Year auctions, both of which saw whopping central bank demand and record low Dealer awards, today's 7 Year belly of the curve auction showed continued strong demand for US paper in what is rapidly becoming the most "liquid" market, that of primary issuance.


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Hard Times And False Narratives

The mainstream media mouthpieces for the establishment peddle false narratives, disingenuous storylines, and outright propaganda to keep the ignorant masses confused, oblivious to reality, misinformed, and passively submissive to the opinions of highly paid “experts” and captured fiscal authorities. We are living in hard times. The reason tens of millions of Americans are rejecting the establishment and voting for Trump and Sanders is because of economic hardship. Most Americans have been screwed over by the system and are finally getting fed up. They aren’t exactly sure who screwed them, how they were screwed, or how to stop getting screwed, but they are angry. And someone is going to pay. The status quo is beginning to get nervous. Their usual propaganda, scare tactics and misinformation campaigns don’t seem to be working.


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Bernie Agrees To Debate Trump After Hillary Shun

Having been debate-shunned by Hillary "ain't got time for that" Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders agreed Wednesday night to debate presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Sanders, who was "disturbed but not surprised" that Hillary backed out of the California debate (ironic as Sanders is surging in polls ahead of the June 7th primary) enthusiastically tweeted "Game On" in response to Trump's agreement on Jimmy Kimmel Live to debate the Democrat contender, noting "it would have such high ratings." Imagine the protests outside of that event.


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Losing Ground In Flyover America

The Fed’s paint-by-the-numbers Keynesian incrementalism leaves it blind to the underlying rot in the US economy and to drastically over-estimate its capacity to maintain a stable growth equilibrium. In fact, corporate America is being strip-mined by Fed-fueled financial engineering and flyover America is sinking irretrievably into debt, dependency and shrinking living standards.


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"We Will Fight This All The Way To The Supreme Court" - 11 States Sue Obama Over Transgender Bathrooms

Officials from 11 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday to overturn a directive telling schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity, decrying the policy as "a massive social experiment." Joining Texas in the lawsuit was Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, plus Arizona's Department of Education and Maine's governor. "We are willing to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to," Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told reporters in Austin. 


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Options Traders Continue Their Unusual Hedging

While the stock market saw big gains the last two days, one options exchange reported a near-record level of relative put buying.


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Cheryl Mills Trying To Block Release Of "Unfair & Misleading" Clinton Deposition Video

Hillary Clinton's closest aide Cherly Mills is comfortable with the release of the transcript of her deposition in the Hillary Email debacle, but has demanded that no audio or video be released because it "may be publicized in a way that exploits Ms. Mills’ image and voice in an unfair and misleading manner.” Or said otherwise, Mills doesn't want her body language or shakiness in her voice - as she answers questions about the way Clinton managed communications - to be shown to the public.


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