• Tim Knight from...
    04/28/2016 - 00:27
    I was expecting a few boring candidate statements of the U.S. Senate - AKA the World's Most Exclusive Club - but, boy, was I wrong. Just take a look at some of these gems.
  • Tim Knight from...
    04/28/2016 - 00:27
    I was expecting a few boring candidate statements of the U.S. Senate - AKA the World's Most Exclusive Club - but, boy, was I wrong. Just take a look at some of these gems.

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Fewer People Wiping More Bottoms: Minimum Wage Hikes Explained





"Ms. Krause is obviously in for a shock when some of her members lose their jobs and have incomes of $0 as a result."

 
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Credit Suisse Blames "Worst January Ever" On Rogue Traders; Fires 2,000





When last we checked in on Credit Suisse, the bank had just reported its first annual loss since the financial crisis and the stock had plunged to its lowest level in a quarter century. Things have not gotten better since then. On Wednesday, CEO Tidjane Thiam announced his second restructuring plan in five months. "I will not be a hostage to fortune," Thiam told Bloomberg.

 
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Global Markets, S&P500 Futures Fall After Brussels Bombings





This morning's Brussels suicide attacks have led to risk-off sentiment across European asset classes, with Bunds higher and equities firmly in the red, although if the Paris terrorist attacks of November are any indication, today's tragic events may be just the catalyst the S&P500 needs to surge back to all time highs. FX markets have also been dominated by events in Brussels, with USD and JPY strengthening, while EUR and GBP softening throughout the European morning.

 
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Spot The Sucker: Brazil Stocks Edition





If you are a foreign investor in Brazilian equities and you can't look at the net purchases chart shown here and tell us who the sucker is, well then you are the sucker.

 
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Judge Jeanine's Warning To The GOP: "Your Scorn For The Will Of The American People Is Mindboggling; Be Very, Very Careful"





"The Republican establishment, elected officials and party leaders are in bed with the Democrats... It's astonishing, Republicans plotting against their own front-runner! The party elders are petrified of Trump.  The man is beholden to no one. He wins and it's game over for the elite. With Hillary, the game goes on."

 
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Valeant "Kitchen Sink": CEO Out, Ackman In, Throws Ex-Goldman CFO Under The Bus, Warns Of Potential Default





Pearson is out; Ackman is in... accounting mis-statements (balmed ojn improper conduct of CFO) resulting in worse than expected results... and no confirmation on the waivers from lenders... warning of possible default.

 
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Valeant Throws Its Former CFO Under The Bus; Accuses Him Of Cooking The Books After Coming Over From Goldman Sachs





Back in October, we tried to "tie the Valeant roll-up together by presenting The Goldman "Missing Link" in which we showed that Howard Schiller, Valeant's CFO from December 2011 to June 2015, previously ran Goldman Sachs’ health-care practice until 2009, when he became the chief operating officer of Goldman’s investment bank. The next year, the bank advised Valeant on its breakout purchase of Biovail Corp. Today, as part of its stunning announcement earlier today, the company - in looking for easy scapegoats - also threw its former CFO under the bus and accused him of cooking the books.

 
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Global Stocks Levitate Despite Ongoing Oil Weakness; China Stocks Jump After Easing Margin Debt





At the same time as the PBOC was cautioning about the dangers of excess debt (just as it injected a record amount of loans into the financial system), China's central bank warned about dangers from a stock market bubble, and perhaps just to assure the bubble gets even bigger, at the same time China eased on margin debt limits, in the process sending Chinese stocks soaring higher by 2.2%, and pushing the Shanghai Composite over 3000 for the first time in months as China now appears set to attempt another housing bubble "soft landing" while at the same time restarting its housing bubble.

 
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Brazil Needs A Stronger Currency Like It Needs A Hole In The Head, Goldman Warns





As we’ve documented extensively this month, the BRL is now trading pretty much exclusively on Lula, as his fate is seen as a proxy for whether Rousseff will ultimately be forced from office. The market apparently believes that anything would be better than the current political arrangement when it comes to shoring up the country’s flagging economy which last year plunged into what might as well be a depression. Now that the high court has blocked his appointment, Brazil should be wary of further currency appreciation, Goldman warns, as an economic rebalancing requires a weaker BRL.

 
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NIRP Hail Mary





Negative interest rates are a tax! Not a traditional tax paid to the government, but an expense paid, on savings. Years of policy designed to encourage spending and discourage savings is likely reaching the end game; the point where those exhibiting prudence must be punished to keep the game going.  At some point, and likely soon, central bankers will be forced to realize the efficacy of lowering interest rates is vanishing and is hindering achievement of their goals. When this occurs a paradigm shift in the way monetary policy is conducted will likely occur. Investors that understand this dynamic, and what it portends, will be in a much better position to protect and profit from the asset price adjustments that lie ahead.

 
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The New New 'Deal' - "Markets Are Too Important To Be Left To Investors"





In the same way that FDR had an existential political interest in generating inflation and preventing volatility in the US labor market, so does the US Executive branch today (regardless of what party holds the office) have an existential political interest in generating inflation and preventing volatility in the US capital markets. Transforming Wall Street into a political utility was an afterthought for FDR; today the relative importance of the labor markets and capital markets have completely switched positions. Today, the quote would be "markets are too important to be left to investors."

 
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WTI Crude Slides Back Into Red For 2016 As The Fed And Oil Remain On Unsustainable Paths





WTI Crude has given up all its early morning "see oil is fixed" gains in a hurry as once again the algo ramps give way to the realization that, as OilPrice's Leonard Brecken notes, comes even as for all intents and purposes OPEC has nearly reached its production limits and Iran still plans in increasing output.

 
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Silver Soars Post-Fed As Gold Ratio Tumbles Most In 5 Months





Two weeks ago we hinted at the flashing red warning coming from 'a 4,000 year old' financial indicator. The Gold/Silver ratio had reached extremely high levels

 
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Central Bankers' Embarrassment Of Stitches





Had central bankers simply taken to heart that well known idiom that cautions "a stitch in time saves nine" early on, they would not now be so frantically stitching such a gaping gash in the world economy. One thing is for certain. All of this quantitative pleasing has done little to lift the spirits of the world’s worker bees.

 
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