Global Stocks Drop On Poor Earnings, Bond "Bloodbath" Ahead Of US Q3 GDP

S&P futures and Asian stocks were little changed while European shares fell as the global bonds sell-off deepened on speculation major central banks are moving closer to reining in stimulus, while stocks retreated after disappointing results from companies including and AB InBev.

Our Landfill Economy

This "maximizing growth and profits is the highest good" mode of production is insane. It doesn't have to rule the world. Other more efficient, sustainable and humane modes of production are within reach if we escape from the global grip of the destructive "growth by any means" cult.

Ugly! "Failure Almost Guaranteed" Regardless Of Who Wins The Election

The word of the day is “ugly”. That’s how Steen Jakobsen, Saxo Bank CIO and chief economist describes the US presidential campaign, broken social contracts, public debt, and productivity. Things are so ugly, Jakobsen says “failure is almost guaranteed” regardless of who wins the election.

Dump "Don't Treat Us Like Dogs, You Son Of A Bitch" Duterte... For Starters

Alliances are transmission belts of war. So our Founding Fathers taught and the 20th century proved. A U.S. decision to terminate the Mutual Defense Treaty (with Philippines) would also send a wake-up call to every ally: America’s Cold War commitments are not forever. Your security is not more important to us than it is to you. As Donald Trump has been saying, we are starting to put America first again. On this, maybe even President Obama could find common ground.

US Futures, Global Stocks, Metals Rise On Economic Confidence, Upbeat Earnings

European, Asian stocks and S&P futures are all up again in early trading, a repeat of the Monday session, buoyed by a generally upbeat corporate earnings season, rising economic confidence and signs of improvement in the world’s biggest economies. After Charles Evans' hawkish comments on Monday, the market is now pricing in a 71% chance of a rate increase this year, up from 68% last week.

Key Events In The Coming Week

Looking at the week ahead, the US election enters the home stretch and politics will likely dominate the headlines, especially the closer races in Congress. Despite data being overshadowed by politics, there are some key US releases coming up, with the first estimate of Q3 GDP, the employment cost index and durable goods the main focus.

The Chinese Buyers Are Back: China Oceanwide Acquires Genworth For $2.7 Billion

China Oceanwide Holdings, a Chinese financial conglomerate, agreed to buy US insurer Genworth Financial for $2.7 billion in cash, a 4% premium to closing, and pledging to help the U.S. firm manage its debt and strengthen life insurance units after it was hurt by higher-than-expected losses tied to long-term care coverage.