Australia

Europe's Cities Absorb Sharia Law

"Within days of ISIS conquering the city of Sirte in Libya, enormous billboards appeared in the Islamist stronghold warning women they must wear baggy robes that cover their entire bodies, and no perfume. These "sharia stipulations for hijab" included wearing dense material and a robe that does not "resemble the attire of unbelievers"... Two years later, Europe's three most important cities - London, Paris and Berlin - are adopting the same sharia trend."

Aussie 'War On Cash' Tsar: "Consumers Are Part Of The Problem"

"Australia’s Black Economy Taskforce has come up with a list of 35 “consumer-focused” proposals to crack down on cash. The taskforce blames consumers for holding cash and for not getting receipts. Michael Andrew, the head of the taskforce, proposes nanochips in $50 and $100 notes so the government knows where the cash is, and suggests that cash should expire after a designated period of time."

Frontrunning: August 2

  • Trump close to decision on addressing Chinese trade practices (Reuters); White House Weighs Trade Measures Against China (WSJ)
  • Republicans Pivot to Tax Cuts Amid Frustration at Lack of Detail (BBG)
  • Russian losses in Syria jump in 2017, estimates show (Reuters)
  • Market Paradox: Firms Get Punished for Posting Earnings (WSJ)
  • OPEC’s ‘Catch-22’: How to Unwind Its Deal to Cut Oil Output (WSJ)

Can Germany Be Made Great Again?

"Ever since the start of the deliberately conceived “migrant crisis,” orchestrated by NWO elites, the news out of Germany has been, to say the least, horrific. Right before the eyes of the world, a country is being demographically destroyed through a coercive plan of mass migration.  The intended consequences of this – financial strain, widespread crime and property destruction, the breakdown of German culture – will continue to worsen if things are not turned around."

Dow Set To Open Above 22,000 As Global Stocks Levitate Higher

Welcome to August: you may be surprised to learn that S&P 500 futures are once again levitating, higher by 0.3%, and tracking European and Asian markets, with DJIA futures higher by over 100 points this morning, the Dow Jones is set to open above 22,000, a new all time high as Asian stocks hit a new decade high.

Global Stocks Rise On "Growth Optimism", Ignore Political Turmoil; Dollar, Oil Creep Higher

S&P futures rose 0.1% on the last trading day of the month, trailing European and Asian markets boosted by China's July Mfg. PMI, which despite declining from from 51.7 to 51.4, and missing expecations  of 51.5, saw the construction index rise to its highest level since December 13, sending Chinese iron ore futures surging and the European commodity sector broadly higher.

FX Week Ahead: Can The Swiss National Bank Breathe A Sigh Of Relief?

Having focused on the USD in recent weeks, and how the market has rounded on the greenback 'en masse', we can finally look to some exchange rate moves outside of the major spot rates.  Sharp losses in the CHF have shown that the big money is taking note of the recovery in the Euro zone, and that investment prospects look good as the smaller member states are gaining traction alongside the power house that is Germany.