"If investors want complete safety, they can't get much income, and if they aim for high income, they can't completely avoid risk. It’s much more challenging today with rates being suppressed by governments. This is one of the negative consequences of centrally administered economic decisions. People talk about the wisdom of the free market – of the invisible hand – but there’s no free market in money today. Interest rates are not natural."
First The 'unaudited' Fed leaks its FOMC minutes. Then they leak 'inside-information' to Nikkei's latest addition, Medley Global advisors (and remain "above the law" with regard consequences. And now, The Fed admits it leaked full blown confidential economic projections (due to a code glitch), whose summary assessment is shown below as per the leaked file.
Zombies and cronies stifle the process of growth and wealth creation. New knowledge – accumulated by others – is threatening. It is what causes disruption. And what economist Joseph Schumpeter called “creative destruction.” Cronies fear this new knowledge and try to block it from ever happening – with subsidies, licensing requirements, and other regulatory impediments. It is this obstructionism is a bigger threat to prosperity than debt.
If you feel you’ve had enough Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) related scandals for one lifetime, you’ve come to the wrong place...
“We want to get people out of their ruts. Have you been masturbating the same way for 20 years?” the instructor asked rhetorically. “How’s that going for you? Would you like to try something new?”
Syriza hardliner Panayotis Lafazanis and "a diverse group of far left activists from supporters of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez to old-fashioned communists," planned to take over the Greek mint, commandeer the country’s reserves, and arrest Yannis Stournaras, the governor of the Bank of Greece, FT says, describing a secret plot hatched at an Athens hotel last Wednesday.
As Nanex once again shows, having captured the exact "spoofing" moment, the action was all on the ask side, with a "spoofer" first representing a large sell order, and sending gold lower after 2:41pm, which remains on the order book, but which promptly vanishes once the actual price of gold crossed into the spoofer's "ask" following a subsequent ramp at 4:51pm.
China will be a net buyer, and a net importer of physical gold for years to come. In and of itself that won’t necessarily cause a sharp rally in gold prices anytime soon, but gold acquisition from the Chinese state and her citizens, as well as emerging market central banks the world over will continue to provide support for the physical gold market. Those that have sold gold in the past few days (and there have been plenty in the ETF and futures markets) as a result of the “disappointing” number out of China may have just caused the capitulation event that typically marks the bottom of any bear market.
From 18,075 highs, The Dow Industrials - hit by a smorgasbord of missed earnings and weak guidance - has collapsed 600 points from its highs a week ago... This is the worst week for the Dow since January...
If you are looking for a “canary in a coal mine” type of warning for the entire global economy, you have a whole bunch to pick from right now.
It is unclear if Clinton will received $250,000 for today's speech in New York which is expected to outline Blackrock's the presidential candidate's new tax agenda (profiled previously), but it is assured that any questions relating to the just broken news that Clinton lied about not sending any confidential emails will be duly muted.