IMF Drops Pledge To "Resist All Forms Of Protectionism"

A communique from the IMF’s steering committee released on Saturday in Washington echoed the G-20 reversal, and said that officials “are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies" while omitting a call from its last statement in October to “resist all forms of protectionism."

Did Russia Shoot Down US Missiles In Syria

“The missing [missiles] were either brought down by S-300 battery or were taken over by Russian electronic jamming and were plunged into the sea,” explains Dr. Karasik. “Now, this alternative theory means that the US and Russia have already clashed if you will—technically—with the use of the TLAMs (Tomahawk missiles) and then being intercepted or taken over by Russian control.”

Deutsche Bank: "It Was Good While It Lasted"

"It Was Good While It Lasted: Sit back, relax, the bear market in bonds may be over. It would not be unreasonable to expect at least a 50 bps decline from peak to trough in G3 yields following a peak in yield momentum."

The Last Time This Happened, The Market Crashed

A few days ago Charles Schwab, the investment brokerage firm, announced that the number of new brokerage accounts soared 44% during the first quarter of 2017. More specifically, Schwab stated that individual investors are opening up stock trading accounts at the fastest pace the company has seen in 17 years. Anyone remember what happened 17 years ago?

North Korea Warns China Of "Catastrophic Consequences" For Siding With U.S.

North Korea has asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of "catastrophic consequences" in their bilateral relations. China "may be applauded by the enemies of the DPRK, but it should get itself ready to face the catastrophic consequences in the relations with the DPRK."

Flying Is About To Get Even More Miserable...Well, At Least For Poor People

At a time when you would think the airlines would be a little more image conscious, you know because of that whole beating customers and dragging them off the plane thing that United did, they're apparently doubling down on efforts to make "Flying The Friendly Skies" the most miserable experience ever. 

Paul Craig Roberts On President Trump's 'Disappearance'

"In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush. But this week the world witnessed VP Pence threaten North Korea with war. "The sword stands ready," said Pence as if he is the commander in chief. Perhaps he is."

The Simple Reason Why A Second American Civil War May Be Inevitable

"America has always had its divisions, and Americans have never really been a monolith. We’ve always been a nation of many nations... However, something has changed. You can feel it in the air... the truth is that these divisions have been deepening for decades, and they’re just now reaching a very noticeable breaking point... It used to be a war of words, but it’s turning into something very dark."