The Economist

The Hidden Motives Of The Chinese Silk Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested that “what we hope to create is a big family of harmonious co-existence.” But India, an emerging economy that shares a contested border with China, worries about containment and new pathways for aggression from Pakistan...

Bill Blain: "It's Tough Being A Central Banker"

How many people seriously believe the strength of the stock market is due to fundamentals of coming explosive growth? Or is the market really focused on the continuing QE cheap money fuelling the equity boom?

Is Kashmir The Trigger For Nuclear War?

At this moment the disagreement between India and Pakistan over Kashmir is one of the world’s most dangerous confrontations. It could only too easily lead to nuclear war, given Pakistan’s preparedness to use tactical nuclear weapons if Indian forces penetrate Pakistani territory, as they will probably do if there is a major fire-exchange incident along the Line of Control.

Stockman Shrugs Off Comey "Nothing-Burger", Warns "There's Nothing Rational About This Market"

"This is a huge nothingburger but you don’t take comfort from that, you should get worried. Because the system is determined to unseat Donald Trump. In that environment if you think there’s going to be tax reform, infrastructure, stimulus or even a functioning government and not a shut down I don’t know what Wall Street is smoking... that means we’re in big trouble."

Trump Talks "Trumponomics" With The Economist

Economist:  It sounds like you’re imagining a pretty big renegotiation of NAFTA. What would a fair NAFTA look like?

TrumpBig isn’t a good enough word. Massive.

Le Pen Names Nationalist As Prime Minister In Last Minute Bid To Boost Votes

With one week to go until the runoff round in the French presidential elections, Marine Le Pen - materially lagging her rival Macron according to daily polls - on Saturday chose defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister, in an attempt to court his voters and help her defeat her opponent.

Europe: Combating Fake News

If present demographic trends continue, in a few decades, native Swedes could easily become a minority in their own country. Swedish ambulance personnel want gas masks and bulletproof vests to protect their staff against the escalating attacks, similar to equipment used by staff working in war zones. Most dangerous, however, is our inability to deal forcefully with problems undermining Western societies, because some Western media refuse to admit that the problems exist.

Trader Warns Of Week Ahead Event Risk: "If You Thought This Week Was Bad..."

It was a week when the world was supposed to come to an end, notes Bloomberg's Richard Breslow, but then it didn’t... However, next week’s big events include a meeting between the Chinese and American presidents. Don’t underestimate the importance of it or the market interest it will garner.