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Stocks Mixed As Treasuries Suffer Longest Losing Streak Since 2012, Dollar Pops Ahead Of ADP

Asian markets dropped following disappointing China trade and Japan GDP data, while European stocks rebounded for the first time in five sessions led by miners and banks. US futures were little changed with a strong dollar pressuring oil below $53; sterling slid for the eighth day out of nine before the chancellor of the exchequer delivers his spring budget. Treasuries are headed for their longest losing streak since 2012 ahead of a 10Y U.S. debt auction, and today's ADP private payrolls report.

The Beginning Of The End Of Calm Bond Markets

Although the market is convinced the Federal Reserve will get aggressive with their rate hikes, I am not sure market participants have thought this through. Let’s not forget the Federal Reserve is sitting on the largest balance sheet in history.

Ben Hunt's Mailbag - Life In Trumpland

"I wrote this note because I am so effin’ tired of being called a racist or a sexist because I don’t think that Donald Trump is evil incarnate... I think Trump is a narcissist and an ass, not a Fascist. Like most people in the financial services world, I deal with narcissists and asses every day … they’re not Hitler clones because the only thing they’re really true-believers about is their own self-aggrandizement."

Futures Decline, Europe Slumps After German Industrial Orders Collapse

After a turbulent overnight session on Monday morning, this morning traders settle at their desks to find a relatively calmer environment, with US equity futures down 0.2% to 2,371.75, while European stocks fell for a third consecutive day, and Asian markets which closed mixed (China up, Nikkei down, MXAP up 0.2%).

The Most Un-Fun Bubble Ever

"...although it might be fashionable to claim equities are in a bubble, be aware this “bubble” is completely different. It is not driven by speculation, but instead might be the most gigantic short squeeze of all time."

Schlichter: President Trump Needs To Keep His Promises No Matter What

"This much is clear - if President Trump fails to keep his word, he’s toast. And he should be - we’ve spent decades being lied to, bamboozled, and swindled by both fork-tongued liberals and fake 'conservatives'...There’s no more slack to give; we’re done with leeway and wiggle room. The president has two choices: Keep his promises, or fail disastrously."

America's Miserable 21st Century

The Great American Escalator is broken - and it badly needs to be fixed. With the election of 2016, Americans within the bubble finally learned that the 21st century has gotten off to a very bad start in America. Welcome to the reality. We have a lot of work to do together to turn this around.

"What Has Kept The Rally Going": Some Thoughts From Deutsche Bank

While the duration of the current rally is increasingly inside "outlier" territory, it so far show no signs of stopping. According to Deutsche Bank, there are several key reasons that have kept the market rising: i) Strong equity inflows following large outflows and massive under-allocation; ii) US equity fund positioning moved from under- to over-weight; iii) a return of buybacks, iv) the bypass - so far - of the negative phase in economic data surprises.

All Eyes On Yellen After US Futures, Euro Stocks Rebound On Latest French Polls

World stocks pulled back from all time highs, and European bourses initially followed U.S. futures and Asian shares lower, however both European risk sentiment as well as E-Minis rebounded after an Odoxa poll showed Macron overtaking Le Pen in the 1st round for the first time, and that the addition of Juppe instead of Fillon may see a 2nd round run-off between Macron vs Juppe, leading to a slump in Bund futures to session lows, and a bounce in European stocks.

The "Sinister" Side Of Central Bank-Issued Digital Currency

Central banks and international financial institutions represent? - ?and work for? - ?creditors first and people second. That is why they can be serially wrong with so little direct consequence. This is the backdrop against which we are invited to trust the banking system with central bank-issued digital currency.