'Pokemon Go' Bubble Bursts: Nintendo Tumbles As Indonesia Issues "National Security Threat"

Indonesian officials have warned that 'Pokemon Go' is a "national security threat," and military headquarters have banned personnel from playing the game while on duty, according to Jakarta Post. It appears the 'Pokemon Go' bubble is bursting, after surging 120% in 8 days, Nintendo is down over 12% today (as the bubble passes over to McDonalds Japan, which is up 12%, after reports of sponsoring 'Pokemon Go' in Japan).

Who Really Won The Oil Price War?

It is probably a tie... Although the Saudis caused damage to U.S. shale, they also hit the global oil industry hard; and while they managed to preserve their market share, they paid a heavy price in terms of oil revenues.

Obama Administration Explains Its Own "Plagiarism" Was Merely "Inspiration"

With the 'p' word being lobbed around by Republican and Democrat today as Melania and Michelle battled to the death over who is the plagiarizer-est, we are reminded that it wasn't too long ago that the media turned a blind eye when President Barack Obama was busted plagiarizing from Deval Patrick... and today The White House press secretary explained "Obama didn't plagiarize... he was 'inspired by'" the former Massachusetts Governor.

We Need More Borders And More States

Thanks to the competitive nature of 'states', many states will often find it difficult to project their power into neighboring states, and thus borders represent a very-real impediment to a state's power. This can then open the door to greater freedom, and even save lives as certain states impoverish or make war on their own citizens. This principle was illustrated yet again this week as the Venezuelan regime opened its border with Colombia to allow Venezuelans the opportunity to purchase food and other supplies on the Colombian side of the border.

Prominent Gold Skeptic Willem Buiter Says "Gold Looks Pretty Good"

“Gold, in times of uncertainty and especially in days of uncertainty laced with negative rates, looks pretty good. It competes with other fiat currencies, the dollar, the yen, the euro. And if these currencies now yield negative interest rates or are at risk of negative yields in the U.K. and the United States, then the currency that at least has a zero interest rate, looks better" - Willem Buiter

America Is Being Divided And Conquered Into Oblivion

"The single event that changed my life more than any other was TARP, aka the banker bailouts. The unfairness, extreme greed and selfishness with which the status quo bailed out financial criminals while leaving the public high and dry changed me forever. When it comes to shaping American history, it is equal in importance to the attacks of 9/11. I couldn’t contemplate why government officials were putting so much money and energy into bailing out people like me, while ignoring everyone else. It felt irrational, unethical and dirty."

The Peak Oil Paradox - Revisited

Is 'Peak Oil' dead and buried forever, or is it lurking in the shadows, waiting to derail the global economy again?

RNC Day 2: Make America Work Again - Live Feed

Republicans will officially nominate Donald Trump for president on Tuesday, and as The Hill reports, "unity" will be a major theme as the party seeks to put forth Trump as its standard bearer a day after 'Never Trump' forces were all but vanquished. With the theme "Make America Work Again", a gaggle of speakers (from Paul Ryan to Tiffany Trump) is set to lay into the Obama administration’s handling of the economy.

'Elevator Down' Looms As Market Reaches 3-Standard Deviation Extreme

While prices are increasing, that increase in price is coming at the expense of declining volume, providing insight to the “conviction” of participants to the advance of the market. Stocks are incredibly vulnerable. Only 28 stocks in the S&P 500 (less than 6 percent of the index) are at new highs. Less than 72 percent of the stocks in the S&P 500 are even in uptrends.

Oil Slides After Unexpected Gasoline Inventory Build

Following last week's surprise distillates build (and lower than expected crude draw) API reported inventories largely in line with expectations (-2.3mm vs -2mm exp. This nevertheless managed to pump and dump crude futures before drifting slightly lower as Gasoline showed a bigger than expected build (+800k vs -500k exp.).

So What Did The ECB Buy? "In Short, Almost Everything"

"So what did they buy? In short, almost everything. The ECB bought “topical” credits such as VW, Glencore and EdF. They showed little concern with taking credit risk by buying a range of low-BBB names. They bought “high yield” credits such as Telecom Italia and Lufthansa. They bought corporate bonds from US, UK and Swiss companies, and ironically, the ECB’s most popular purchase has been Deutsche Bahn – an issuer where bond yields are the most negative."

Republican Party To Trump: "Fire Somebody"

In the aftermath of last night's snafu involving Melania Trump's address to the RNC, the GOP has a simple message to trump: fire somebody. As the Hill reports citing Republicans gathered in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Trump campaign should take action against whoever is responsible for the similarities between Melania Trump’s address at the GOP convention and Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008.

Ohio Sheriff Urges Civilian Staff To Bring Weapons To Work

Following the recent surge in deadly violence involving police forces across the US, a sheriff in southwest Ohio has encouraged civilians on his staff with licenses to carry guns to bring their weapons to work after recent attacks against police officers in other parts of the country.