When it comes to one of America's favorite pastimes, eating out, the "recovery" fiction peddlers have finally won: according to the latest Restaurant sales data, not only has the number of Americans eating in restaurants tumbled, but restaurant operators are the gloomiest they have been about the state of their industry since the financial crisis.
The economy has gone suicidal. It is working against the very people who need its energy to survive. It is collapsing on its own weight, and the weight of literally incalculable levels of toxic debt. And it is going to create the greatest disaster of our time, if the warnings from the world’s most powerful bankers are any indication.
We present the latest testament to Europe's 2+ years of failed Negative Interest Rate Policy. This week Eurostat published the latest quarterly savings rate data for the Euro area. What it found is that at 12.8%, the gross household savings rate in Q2 2016 had jumped to the highest level observed since the 13% in Q3 2011, confirming the ECB's NIRP policy has been a failure.
"In examining some of some of our favorite indicators’ recent trends, we did find evidence for an imminent recession. While the range of signals is wide, in aggregate they do suggest that, if data were to continue to weaken in line with the recent pace, history would point to a recession in the second half of 2017"
"We do not particularly like the profile of a credit where performance is skewed to an outcome that is so inherently unpredictable – in this case, guessing what a regulatory fine will be.... DB is likely to be a weak bank for several years from now, though, even with a capital increase."
A rally in global risk that started during last night's first presidential debate on the market's take that Hillary came out on top fizzled, following news that the DOJ is assessing how big a criminal fine it can extract from Volkswagen (-3.8%) over emissions-cheating "without putting the German carmaker out of business", while Iran's oil minister Zanganeh told reporters Iran is ununwilling to freeze output at current levels. Deutsche Bank dropped to a new all time low while its default risk hit fresh record highs.
The highly-anticipated first presidential debate of 2016 is finally upon us and here are all the things that you need to know but are likely too lazy or simply not interested enough to track down on your own