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Debt Is Growing Faster Than Cash Flow By The Most On Record

Net debt growth skyrocketing nearly 30% y/y, while EBITDA has been contracting for the past year. In fact, as SocGen shows below, the difference in the growth rate between these two most critical data series is now over 35% - the biggest deficit in over 20 years.


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What If The BOJ Disappoints Tonight: How To Trade It

The biggest argument for a BOJ disappointment is that with the G7 meeting in Japan in on month on 26–27 May 2016, it’s unlikely that Japanese policymakers will want to draw attention yet again to the idea that they are in the business of manipulating the JPY lower. After all the most recent G20 meeting once again confirmed that absent "disorderly moves" in the Yen, the US would frown on any attempt to dramatically manipulate its currency lower.


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America's Entitled (And Doomed) Upper Middle Class

The upper middle class is well and truly doomed by self-delusion and the pathology of entitlement.


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One More Casualty Of The 9/11 Farce - The Petrodollar

It’s been about 15 years now since passenger airliners struck the World Trade Center towers on 9/11, and we are still suffering the consequences of that day, though perhaps not in the ways many Americans might believe. The 9/11 attacks were billed by the Bush Administration as a “wake-up call” for the U.S., and neocons called it the new Pearl Harbor. But instead of it being an awaking, the American public was led further into blind ignorance. Clearly, after 15 years of disastrous policy, it is time to admit that the U.S. response to 9/11 has damaged us far more than the actual attacks ever could.


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China Industrial Profits Soar Most In 18 Months But Overcapacity Looms

Profit growth of Chinese industrial companies rebounded dramatically in March. Of course this should not be totally surprising given the trillion-dollar credit injection in Q1 and artificially-elevated commodity prices juicing the zombified industrial base but it does leave The Fed today with a problem - they're running out of excuses. So in being patriotic, we will help - first, as Goldman warns, this profit spike is unsustainabe given the surge in overcapacity; and second, nobody is paying - payment delays have surged to the highest in 17 years as the ponzi accelerates.


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"Carnage" - Dan Loeb Explains Why This Has Been A "Catastrophic" Time or Hedge Funds

"The result of all of this was one of the most catastrophic periods of hedge fund performance that we can remember since the inception of this fund...  There is no doubt that we are in the first innings of a washout in hedge funds and certain strategies."


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Someone Is Pouring Record Amounts Of Money Into Bets On Soaring Volatility

"Our view that the VIX may remain low in the near term is at odds with the VIX ETP market, as investors seem to be pouring money into levered long VIX ETPs." - Goldman Sachs


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The Death of Free Speech: The West Veils Itself

Last week, Nazimuddin Samad sat at his computer at home and penned a few critical lines against the Islamist drift of his country, Bangladesh. The day after, Samad was approached by four men shouting "Allahu Akbar!" ("Allah is great!") and hacked him to death with machetes. But this and other shocking killings have not been worth of a single line in Europe's newspapers. Is it because these bloggers are less famous than the cartoonists murdered at Charlie Hebdo? Is it because their stories did not come from the City of Light, Paris, but from one of the poorest and darkest cities in the world, Dhaka? No, it is because the West has capitulated on freedom of expression.


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What $499,000 Buys You In Brooklyn: A 20-by-97 Foot Lot With A "House"

Today we find a "palatial" 20-by-97 foot lot with a "house" on it. Located in Brooklyn and going for a reasonable $499,000, interested parties should pick up the phone while the offer still stands. The price has been strategically set to come in just under half a million dollars, which will undoubtebly lead to more offers.


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George Orwell's Ghost Is Laughing - Obama's "No Boots On The Ground" Doublespeak

What’s the difference between “boots on the ground” and military personnel wearing boots who are engaged in combat – and perhaps dying – on the ground? If you can answer that question convincingly, perhaps you’d like to apply for John Kirby’s job, because he’s not doing it very successfully. Kirby is the State Department spokesman who, in answer to a question from a reporter about the 250 US troops being sent to Syria, denied President Obama ever said there’d be “no boots on the ground” in Syria.


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A Major Warning From Tom McClellan : "Can This Possibly End Well?"

"VIX futures ETF extremely popular now. Can this possibly end well?" - Tom McClellan


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Delaware Has One Billion Reasons Not To Change Its Laws Of Incorporation

In the aftermath of the Panama Papers scandal, one topic that will only continue to receive attention as this topic moves along, is the state of Delaware and its perceived status as a U.S. tax shelter. According to Bloomberg, the state has about 1.1 million business entities, and one single building located at Wilmington's 1209 Orange Street is the home address of 285,000 companies including Alphabet (Google), Ford Motor Co., and Wal-Mart. However, as pressure from mounts from the outside asking Delaware to reform some of its laws around incorporation and business in general, there is one good reason why the state will choose to leave everything at the status quo if at all possible.


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It's That Time Again For Stocks

What happens next?


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Trump On Hillary: "If She Were A Man She Wouldn't Get 5%"

As the battle heats up between the presumptive nominees for President, the word-wars have begun. Following Hillary's "love Trump's hate" breaking-barriers speech last night, a seemingly calmer, friendlier Trump went after Hillary exclaiming that "the only thing she's got going is the woman's card...and the beautiful thing is that women don't like her." Trump added that he'll "do far more for women than Hillary Clinton will do," and that "if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote."


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The $2 Trillion Gamble That Saudi Arabia Cannot Win

The Vision for 2030 is mostly smoke and mirrors. Saudi Arabia probably cannot replace the money it will lose if oil goes out of style and so is doomed to downward mobility and very possibly significant instability. It has been a great party since the 1940s; it is going to be a hell of a hangover.


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