Capital Markets

JPMorgan COO Matt Zames Is Leaving The Bank, Takes $48 Million Exit Package

In what is the biggest financial news of the day, with "Triple Threat Thursday" now downgraded to Single, outlook negative, moments ago Bloomberg reported that JPM COO, and former co-chair of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, Matt Zames who was viewed as a potential successor to CEO Jamie Dimon, is leaving after 13 years at the bank.

"The Western Status Quo Political System Is Collapsing Into 'Something Else'"

"...as the Western status quo political system collapses into Something Else, how is it possible that our capital markets are not similarly gripped by volatility and stress? What is responsible for breaking the transmission mechanism from political risk to market risk? I’ve got a macro answer and I’ve got a micro answer..."

The Internet Helped Kill Inflation In America, Says Credit Suisse

"...what’s really killed inflation clearly isn’t the Fed’s monetary policy but the Internet – it’s the sharing economy, the network economy it’s the uber-deflationary companies like Uber, Amazon, Airbnb and the like who have transformed most companies and most sectors into price takers rather than price makers."

Ignore OPEC, It's China That Dictates Oil Prices

"If you wanted to know where the downside risk is, it is not in OPEC's decision or in U.S. driving demand or in global inventories rebalancing. I think China is the big source of concern,"

After 47 Years, Stephen Lewis Calls It Quits In A Scathing Critique Of Modern Markets

"The post-2008 growth in global credit massively raises the risk of a future crisis, despite official measures requiring more stringent bank capital requirements. Even these strengthened defences would prove flimsy in the event of any future collapse in confidence, a collapse that is all too likely to occur in view of the aforementioned misallocation of capital."

Albert Edwards: "What On Earth Is Going On With US Wages"

"What on earth is going on with US average hourly earnings (AHE)? Three consecutive Employment Reports have seen this key measure of wage inflation surprise by its weakness. I feel especially foolish as I had written that wages were set to accelerate sharply" - Albert Edwards

Yuan Tumbles As Moody's Downgrades China To A1, Warns On Worsening Debt Outlook

Offshore Yuan tumbled as Moody's cut China's credit rating to A1 from Aa3, saying that the outlook for the country’s financial strength will worsen, with debt rising and economic growth slowing. This leaves the world's hoped-for reflation engine rated below Estonia, Qatar, and South Korea and on par with Slovakia and Japan.