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.

Frontrunning: August 16

  • White House braces for fallout from Trump remarks (Reuters)
  • Trump Drags GOP Onto Dangerous Ground, This Time Over Race (BBG)
  • Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost (NYT)
  • Trump orders faster permitting on infrastructure projects (Reuters)
  • Trump’s U.S. Senate Pick Advances in Alabama Republican Race (BBG)

Global Stocks Rise Amid Unexpected ECB "Trial Balloon"; Dollar Flat Ahead Of Fed Minutes

European markets continued their risk-on trend in early trading, rising to the highest in over a week and rallying from the open led by mining stocks as industrial metals spike higher after zinc forwards hit highest level since 2007. The EUR sold off sharply, boosting local bond and risk prices after the previously discussed Reuters "trial balloon" report that Draghi's speech at Jackson Hole would not announce the start of the ECB's taper.

Euro Turmoils After ECB Walks Back Draghi Jackson Hole Appearance

The Euro whipsawed after Reuters "Trial ballooned" that contrary to a previous report by theWSJ, the ECB's Mario Draghi will not deliver a new policy message at the upcoming Jackson Hole conference, tempering expectations for the bank to start charting the course out of stimulus, and rallying European bonds as fears of an imminent taper have been pushed back once again.

A Defiant Trump Doubles Down: "Blame On Both Sides" For Violence

In a fiery, impromptu press conference, President Trump on Tuesday said there is “blame on both sides” for the violent protests in Charlottesville, remarks that are sure to inflame his critics and reignite debate over Trump's alleged support for white nationalists.