To Combat "Hate" - Make Government Weaker

"Politicians are actively tapping into modern stress that is generated by the state itself. Emotion is a powerful political motivator...Politicians are doing what they do from time immemorial, leveraging our fear into the growth of the state."

Yen Weaker After Abe Decides To Hold Snap Elections

Despite Japan being closed for holiday, the Yen has started off on the back foot, with the USDJPY rising 20 pips following a weekend Nikkei report that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to dissolve the lower house with a general election to follow next month, hoping to capitalize on an uptick in public support before the opposition has a chance to regroup and mount a formidable challenge.

Hedge Fund CIO: "Why The Future Of Cryptocurrency Is Not As It Seems"

"The future of cryptocurrency is not as it seems. Once private markets perfect cryptocurrency technology, governments will commandeer it, killing today’s pioneers. Then with every cryptodollar, yen, euro and renminbi registered on their servers, they’ll have complete dominion over money, laundering, taxation. "

FX Week Ahead: Central Bank Credibility Slips Yet Again, Fed Up Next

The stand out risk event of the week is clearly the FOMC meeting and announcement on Wednesday, and the focus will be on whether the Fed are ready to balance out the odds of another 25bp hike on the table for this year. We know they are more comfortable in moving having prepared the market first, although we are close to 50/50 again, but only just. 

BIS Finds Global Debt May Be Underreported By $14 Trillion

"Contracts worth tens of trillions of dollars stand open and trillions change hands daily. And yet one cannot find these amounts on balance sheets. This debt is, in effect, missing" the BIS finds in its latest quarterly assessment, which is a concerning as "the missing debt amounts to some $13-14 trillion."

Protesters Smash Windows, Throw Bricks At Cops In Second Night Of St. Louis Violence

For the second consecutive night, peaceful daytime protests in St. Louis descended into late-night violence with broken windows and thrown rocks, water bottles and garbage can lids damaing local businesses. A pocket of protesters threw bricks, rocks and projectiles with paint at police as officers tried to disperse the crowds.