• EconMatters
    04/27/2015 - 14:18
    If the DOJ and CFTC is going to be consistent, then they have to indict the entire financial community from the CME, Exchanges, Brokers, Institutions, Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, Management Funds...

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Baltimore Burns: Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets Deployed After Raging Mob Attacks Cops, Loots & Torches Stores - Live Webcast

Protests in Baltimore have taken a dramatic turn for the worst as police cars and vans have been set ablaze while there are reports that at least one officer is unresponsive. Tear gas and rubber bullets have been deployed and the SWAT team is on the scene as the city descends into turmoil surrounding the death of Freddie Gray.



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How This Debt-Addicted World Could Go The Way Of The Mayans

We are paying a high price for too many elites and their ‘frivolous cravings’. Nowadays many countries’ social and political structure relies on debt-driven consumption and increasing levels of entitlements. Blame the policy-makers as the “permanent lie [has become] the only safe form of existence.”



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Austrian Economists Understand Why There Is A Commodity Glut

The worldwide commodity glut is not a surprise to Austrian school economists - It is a wonderful example of the adverse consequences of monetary repression to drive the interest rate below the natural rate.



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Legalizing Marijuana & The Increasing Pace Of Social Change In America

This is how fast America changes its mind...



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Saxobank CIO Explains "The New Nothingness"

This new nothingness is creating a youth, a political system and an economic outlook which is based more in peoples’ heads and minds than it is in reality.

At a certain point, even central bankers will realise they can go no further.



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AAPL Beats Expectations As China Becomes Dominant iPhone Market; Cash Jumps But So Does Debt

Moments ago AAPL reported Q2 earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 which saw AAPL beat soundly on the top and bottom line as as result of a jump in iPhone sales, even as iPad and Mac sales came in below the expectation. EPS was $2.33 vs consensus $2.16, while revenues came in at $58.0 billion, $2 billion higher than the $56.0 billion expected. But while the operations were impressive if China and iPhone centric, what everyone is focusing on is the AAPL news that it once again expanded its buyback program en route to hitting the Goldman forecast of a record $900 billion in 2015 for the entire S&P500, by announcing it would boost its buyback authorization by more than 50%, from $90 billion to $140 billion.



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The One Thing Every Wall Street Economist Desperately Needs

If there is anything the past two years have revealed, is that all Wall Street economists are lousy weathermen. So, to avoid more humiliation next year when the Fed's rate hiking plans are again derailed by snow in the winter, we present the one device that no "economist" should ever again be seen in public without.



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The Informed Minority

The cynicism among the informed classes has never been so deep. Even the pompom boys in the cheerleading clubs like CNBC and The Wall Street Journal express wonderment at the levitation of stock indexes and bond values. They chatter about a “correction” of 20 percent being a healthful tonic that would clear away some dross and quickly usher in a new episode of “growth” — or growthiness, which, like truthiness, became an acceptable approximation of the real thing. The truth, as opposed to truthiness, is they no longer believe their own bullshit about growthiness. Behind the financial jitters of the informed minority is the greater fear of social unrest.



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Meet Skopos Financial, The New King Of Deep Subprime

If you thought Santander Consumer was bad, meet Skopos Financial, an Austin-based subprime auto lender that specializes in loans to "car buyers with no credit, low FICO scores, or a previous bankruptcy, repossession or foreclosure." With Skopos, "the best part is speed."  



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Is This A Blow-Off Top? Four Ways To Tell

Those who lived through the last two speculative blow-off tops know the impossibility of predicting the final top. How can we tell if stocks are in the final blow-off stage of a bubble? There are four basic give-aways...



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Who Is Really Choosing America's Next President?

“We are anointing an aristocracy that’s getting a stronger and stronger grip on democracy,”



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Greek Municipal Union Refuses To Hand Over "Confiscated" Cash To Central Bank

Earlier today, while the European markets were caught in the latest myopic buying frenzy resulting from the hope that an imminent termination of Yanis Varoufakis may mean a Greek debt deal is imminent, the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece ("KEDE") held a meeting in which it said that while it "declares it support for the national negotiating effort", it would not transfer any funds to the Bank of Greece.



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Investors Are Giving Up On The "Low Oil Prices Are Unequivocally Good For America" Meme

For 6 months, investors have been buying the idea - pitched by any and every status-quo-sustaining talking head, politician, and central banker - that low oil prices are unequivocally good for America. This has manifested itself in retail stocks handily outperforming the S&P. However, as Bloomberg notes, the last few weeks has seen that reverse dramatically as it appears investors, losing faith in the big-takers, have realized that "consumers aren't spending as much of the money saved from lower gasoline prices."



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"Highway Robbery": Are Patients Paying For Biotech M&A Bubble?

While it’s an open question as to whether acquirers are grossly overpaying in the race to find drug targets that fit well with their existing pipelines and offer the best chance for marketing synergies, it appears that at least in some cases, the premiums paid in healthcare M&A deals are being passed right along to patients. "It seemed like highway robbery,” one industry insider tells WSJ.



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