Australia

The "World's Policeman" Retires On Disability

"The American neo-conservatives predicted the 21st century would be a 'New American Century'. Instead, it is becoming a 'New Chinese Century', with the United States still believing, wrongly, that it is the 'leader of the free world' and a 'super power'."

If We Want "Unity"... Government Must Become Weaker

It is becoming increasingly clear that the United States is becoming a country in which every election brings a perceived mandate to forcefully - and even vengefully - impose the winning coalition's agenda on the losers...

Why The Next Recession Will Morph Into A Decades Long Depressionary Event... Or Worse

"The next business cycle recession will be unending and is very likely to run years into decades and perhaps a century or more.  A declining population already indebted with record debt and zero interest rates will consume less...meaning overcapacity and excess inventories will never be fully cleared before the next downturn...and on and on and on."

Gartman Turns Bearish: "Today Is The Summer Solstice; Be Prepared"

"There has been a historical precedent for market turns of consequence to have taken place at or very near to solstices and equinox. Given that today is the Summer Solstice we are on guard, for as the chart this page suggests the past may not perfectly be the prologue to the future but it is at least worthy of note."

Moody's Cuts Aussie Bank Ratings Due To "Tail Risk" Concerns

"Whilst mortgage affordability for most borrowers remains good at current interest rates, the reduction in the savings rate, the rise in household leverage and the rising prevalence of interest-only and investment loans are all indicators of rising risks."

Global Stocks Jump, Dow Futs At New All Time Highs As Brexit Talks Begin

S&P futures rose 0.3% in subdued trading with Dow Jones futs once again in record territory as European stocks jump 0.6% following Sunday's landslide victory for Macron's party in the French parliamentary elections and as Brexit negotiations are set to officially roll out on Monday.