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"Pounded" - How Not To Manage A Fiat Currency

The Bank of England’s inept monetary policies under Mark Carney’s governorship seem certain to expose the fragility of fiat sterling to wider public attention and skepticism. If the consequences weren’t so serious, we might thank him for unwittingly toppling the status quo. But the inevitable crisis, many times worse than that faced in 1975, cannot be embraced even by the most extreme financial masochist. This is why people in Britain and America will increasingly find solace in gold.

Global Stocks, Futures Jump On Strong China Inflation; Oil Rises Above $51

One day after a slump in Chinese trade sparked a global market selloff on concerns the world's second biggest economy had once again hit a downward inflection point, overnight China surprised once again, this time to the upside when the latest inflationary data printed hotter than expected, sending European and Asian stocks higher and pushing the yen lower after China’s producer price index rose for the first time since March 2012.

Frontrunning: October 12

  • UK's May offers lawmakers scrutiny of Brexit process, no Article 50 vote (Reuters)
  • For or Against Trump, GOP Fears Intensifying Civil War If He Loses (BBG)
  • Podesta: 'Reasonable Belief' WikiLeaks Tipped Off Trump Campaign (BBG)
  • Obama says Trump's comments on women disqualifying (Reuters)
  • Samsung slashes third quarter profit estimate by a third after pulling plug on Note 7 (Reuters)

IceCap's Keith Decker Lists Three Scary Movies: "Jaws", "The Shining" And "The Rise Of Interest Rates"

When this crisis accelerates, investors will run away from the bond market and seek safety in stocks, USD currency and gold. It will be a scene, unlike any you’ve seen before and understanding why it will happen and having the correct investment strategies will not only make you happy and calm – it will also make you the star at dinner parties. And when others ask you how did you know, you begin with the least talked about factor in the investment world – interest rates.

A Look Inside The Pound Flash Crash: What Really Happened In Those 30 Seconds

At just after 7 minutes after hour, whether 7pm on the east coast, midnight GMT or early Friday morning in Asian trading, pound sterling plunged by more than 6%, in the span of 2 minutes although the bulk of the plunge took place in just 30 seconds: from 7:16 to 7:46, when the market became "disorderly" in technical parlance, or in simple terms, broke. Here is what happened in those 30 seconds.

Frontrunning: October 7

  • Pound struggles to recover after plunging 6% in 2 minutes (FT)
  • Flash Crash of the Pound Baffles Traders With Algorithms Being Blamed (BBG)
  • Pound Plummets Against Dollar in Chaotic Trading (WSJ)
  • Two-Minute Mystery Pound Rout Puts Spotlight on Robot Trades (BBG)
  • U.S. nonfarm payroll job growth seen pushing case for Fed hikes (Reuters)
  • Qatar won't sell Deutsche Bank shares, might buy more (Reuters)

Frontrunning: October 3

  • Donald Trump’s Tax Numbers Sharpen Focus on Treatment of Losses (WSJ)
  • Qatari funds nurse €1bn loss on Deutsche Bank stake (Telegraph)
  • Colombian Voters Reject Peace Deal With FARC Rebels (WSJ)
  • Hungarians vote to reject migrant quotas, but turnout too low to be valid (Reuters)
  • Clinton expected to hit Wells Fargo in speech on 'bad corporate actors' (Reuters)

Brexit Means March: Theresa May Will Trigger EU Divorce In Q1 Of 2017

After weeks of speculation on the UK's timetable for invoking Article 50, and eventually exiting the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May today announced she’ll begin the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union in the first quarter of 2017, ending speculation about the start of the 2-year Brexit process.