Bloomberg News

The Volcker Rule & The London Whale: "Dear Big Media, Get A Clue"

"The episode involving the London Whale illustrates how difficult it is to learn the truth about the inner working of large banks.  Big banks profit by exploiting information and conflicts found between the world of credit and the world of securities. But the London Whale episode also shows in graphic terms why the Volcker Rule prohibitions against banks trading for their own account need to be preserved and strengthened."

Oil Just Plunged To A $48 Handle After Survey Suggests OPEC Output Jumped In July

Extending losses from Goldman's overnight report noting the minimal impact of Venezuelan sanctions, WTI crude just crashed below $49 on heavy volume after Bloomberg reports that a survey suggests that OPEC's July oil output rose by 210K to 32.87mmb/d, led by growth in Libya who upped production by 180Kb/d to the highest since June 2013.

Paulson Shutters Long-Short Equity Fund Amid Massive Healthcare Losses

It seems that John Paulson is finally willing to admit what the market has been telling him for quite some time now, namely that he just might have been exactly wrong on his massive healthcare bet.  As Bloomberg points out today, this inevitable capitulation from Paulson has resulted in a "re-focusing" of his firm and the shuttering his first ever separately managed fund run by Guy Levy.

Are America's Aircraft Carriers On Their Way To Obsolescence?

"Naval aviators ... are accepting a world where the carrier has less relevance in higher-end fights, against high-end adversaries"...so should taxpayers be spending $15 billion a pop to build a bunch of new ones?  Congress seems to think so...

Peak Economic Delusion Signals Coming Crisis

"The question is not “when” we will enter collapse; we are already in the midst of an economic collapse. The real question is, when will the uneducated and the biased finally notice? I suspect the only thing that will shock them out of their stupor will be a swift stock market drop, since this is the only factor they seem to pay attention to. This will happen soon enough."

Futures Flat, Market Anxiety Eased By European Bank Rescue

European and Asian stocks, as well as S&P futures were little changed ahead of "Super Thursday's" events which include the U.K. general election, Comey's testimony and the ECB policy decision. That however may change following a Bloomberg news report that the ECB is set to cut inflation forecasts through 2019 due to weaker energy prices, suggesting the "hawkish" ECB announcement some had expected tomorrow has been postponed.