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Nomi Prins: The White House As Donald Trump's New Casino

"Theoretically, we still live in a republic, but the question is: Who exactly represents whom in Washington? By now, I think we can take a reasonable guess. When the inevitable conflicts arise and Donald Trump must choose between business and country, between himself and the American people, who do you think will get the pink slip?"

Equifax Chairman, CEO Richard Smith Retiring Effective Immediately

Less than two weeks after the top security individuals at Equifax "retired" after what may have been the biggest hack in U.S. corporate history, moments ago the company announced that the exodus from the sinking ship continued when company Chairman and CEO, Richard Smith, has also retired effective immediately.

Euro Tumbles Ahead Of Yellen, Macron Speeches As Stocks Shake Off Korean Crisis

S&P futures are flat after Monday’s tech-driven drop and as tensions with North Korea are once again put on the backburner; Asian stocks are modestly lower while Europe has shaken off the Korean crisis and is in the green on the back of a sharp drop in the EURUSD which has tumbled below 1.18 as the USD rises ahead of much anticipated speeches by the Fed Chair and the French president.

FX Week Ahead: Market In Need Of Brain-Changer, Not Game-Changer

After the FOMC meeting last week, it was (yet) again apparent that the Fed are still keen to maintain a normalisation path designed to not only get rates back to neutral levels, but also build up the policy tool kit again as well as staving off excessive leverage which has boosted stock markets to record highs. 

The Race For The "Holy Grail" Of Renewables

The race is on for increasingly reliable, grid-scale, quick-to-install energy storage solutions that will make the shift to all-renewable power much more realistic.

London Bans Uber; Company Vows Court Challenge

In a stunning blow to the world's most valuable private company, London's taxi and livery car regulator has said it won't renew Uber's operating license once it expires at the end of the month. The regulator said Uber "is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license."

Frontrunning: September 22

  • North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat (WSJ)
  • A nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying (Reuters)
  • What's a 'dotard'? Kim's insult to Trump (Reuters)
  • From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake (WSJ)
  • Bonuses Are Shrinking. Blame Hurricanes and Trump (BBG)

Metals Massacre - Iron Ore Enters Bear Market, Copper Collapses To 1-Month Lows

The hype surrounding the credit-fueled resurgence in base metals in the first half of 2017 has crashed and burned on the altar of reality in China's slowdown with industrial metals from copper to iron ore and zinc all plunging in the last two weeks. Odd that we don't hear much from mainstream business media discussing the implications for a global coordinated economic growth narrative...

Trump's China-Sanctions Madness Imperils The Dollar

"If the US wants to really continue with this sanctions game, it need also be prepared to face the reality that its not 1989, and that the world may not be willing to treat dollars and US sanctions in the way the US expects it to. The likely response will only be the latest evidence that the US 'unipolar moment' is over. "

Global Stocks Storm To New Record High Ahead Of Historic Fed Announcement

Last week's bullish sentiment that sent the S&P not only to a new all time highs, but a burst of last-second buying pushed above 2,500 for the first time ever, has carried through to the new week, with European and Asian shares rallying across the board, US futures again the green, and world stocks hitting a new record high on Monday ahead of a historic Fed meeting.

"Starts With A Whimper, Ends With A Bang": Trader Previews Fed's Balance Sheet Reduction

"The whole set-up is reminiscent of the 2000 millennium bug anxieties. For all the dire warnings of IT Armageddon, the change came and went without much fuss, but the dot-com bubble that we all knew had become massively overblown did eventually pop. And the fact that it burst later rather than on cue made the collapse all the more spectacular."