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Frontrunning: October 31

  • Mueller’s Moves Signal Broad Scope (WSJ)
  • Spain awaits next move by ousted Catalan leader from Belgium (Reuters)
  • China, South Korea agree to mend ties after THAAD standoff (Reuters)
  • For Manafort, Questionable Airbnb Sublets Became a Family Affair (BBG)
  • U.S. business group worries Trump unprepared for commercial talks with China (Reuters)

US Futures Rebound After Disappointing Chinese, European Data

Yesterday's sharp Chinese selloff is now a distant memory after the BTFDers emerged, and this morning U.S. equity futures are once again levitating as the FOMC begins its two-day policy meeting, following an uneventful BOJ announcement on Tuesday morning which left all QE parameters unchanged. Asian stocks traded mixed steady while European shares climb.

Europe's Secession Problems Aren't Going Away

"Europe's democracy problem persists. Is democracy only allowed when it is no threat to the established status quo for nation-states? Should the central government send in the troops to beat citizens and seize ballots when people vote 'the wrong way'? "

Forget Catalonia, Flanders Is The Real Test Case Of EU Separatism!

"There is no place in Europe more symbolically significant than Belgium, and especially its jihadist dystopian capital of Brussels, so if the European power structures 'allow' Flanders to separate, then it’s all but certain that the rest of the bloc will feel the geopolitical reverberations within their own borders sooner than later..."

Why Small States Are Better

"...in small states the government is closer to its citizens and by that better observable and controllable by the populace..."

7 Independence Movements That Could Destroy The EU

"Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence...Here are seven regions in the European Union that may seek separation, and cause more fragmentation in an already weakened Europe..."