Steven Mnuchin Roils Bond Markets With Suggestion Of 100 Year Treasury Bond

Barely having confirmed he will be Donald Trump's nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin proceeded to roil the bond market when the former Goldman banker told CNBC he would look at extending the maturity of future Treasury issuance, hinting at 50 and 100 Year bonds, which promptly sent long-term US bond yields surging by the most since the turmoil following Trump’s election victory.

A Tale Of Two Job Markets (Or Why The Elites Couldn't See A Trump Win Coming)

With the economic expansion in its eighth year, over 15 million jobs added since the post-recession low in employment, and a steady decline in the jobless rate from its recessionary high of 10% to under 5%, many mainstream economists were convinced that the U.S. economy was in good shape. That misconception, at least where jobs are concerned, is a key reason so many were stunned by this month’s election verdict.

University Stuns World: Pledges To Support Free Speech, "Censorship Is Not The Answer"

Did the politically-correct insanity just reach its tipping point? Just weeks after a notably politically-incorrect Donald Trump was swept to victory in the US election, HeatSt.com's Kieran Corcoran reports a university has pledged to end its culture of censorship and no-platforming, and has instead pledged to defend free speech, declaring, rather shockingly, "censorship is not the answer."

The War On Cash Is Happening Faster Than We Could Have Imagined

The political and financial establishments want you to willingly get on board with the idea of abolishing, or at least reducing, cash. And they’re pumping out all sorts of propaganda to do it, trying to get people to equate crime and corruption with high denominations of cash. Simply put, the data doesn’t support their assertion.

The Last Ride Of The Unemployment Rate

After eight years of trying to see recovery where there was none, the constant spin of sunshine will very likely disappear on January 20. It is ironic in one sense since it is this very disparity between mainstream “reporting” and actual economic conditions that contributed to the Trump victory in the first place.

Multiple Simultaneous Threats: Nexit Next?

The nannycrats in Brussels face yet another attack on the anti-immigration front: Geert Wilders’ Far-Right party is topping the polls in the Netherlands.

Gold Extends Losses Below $1200 As Dollar Soars

Gold futures prices dropped to $1,171 this morning as the dollar surged into the European closed and the OPEC deal sent oil prices spiking. The precious metal is now unchanged since October 2014, but as UBS notes with the break of the 2012 downtrend in US inflation expectations but expecting a pullback in yields into Q1, it should be just a question of time to see a new bounce/rally starting in gold/gold mines.

Mortgage Refinancings Collapse To 2016 Lows As Rates Top 4.00%

Mortgage applications tumbled 9.4% from the prior week as mortgage rates soared above 4.00% to the highest level since July 2015. The biggest driver of the decline in mortgage demand was a 16% crash in refinances - tumbling to their lowest level since the first week of January (a seasonally dismal time).

Beige Book Finds Modest Economic Slowdown: Strong Dollar "Headwinds" Cited

The Fed's latest Beige Book released Wednesday found seven regional Fed districts reporting economic activity as growing at a modest or moderate pace, a decline from 11 in the last report, with strong dollar headwinds among one of the more frequently cited reasons for the weakness.

WTI Crude Surges Over 10% Near $50

In the biggest surge since the August 2015 melt-up/options debacle, WTI Crude has spiked over 10% today as man and machine urge the price up towards $50...

Here Are The Details From The OPEC Production Cut Deal

The much anticipated headline is out and, as Bloomberg reports, OPEC has reached a deal agreeing to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day to 32.5mmbpd from the current level of 33.6mmbpd. This would be OPEC's first production cut since 2008.

Wisconsin Judge Denies Stein's Request For "Hand Recount"

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn of Wisconsin has refused to issue an order for a hand recount, saying that Stein's team failed to show any mistakes or irregularities that would bring a machine recount into question.