Consumer Credit

Frontrunning: September 8

  • Hurricane Irma threatens power losses for millions in Florida (Reuters)
  • Back-to-Back Hurricanes to Test FEMA Reforms (WSJ)
  • How Would the U.S. Defend Against a North Korean Nuclear Attack? (BBG)
  • Russia says too early to decide on U.N. resolution on North Korea: Interfax (Reuters)
  • Strongest Quake in a Century Hits Mexico, 15 Reported Dead (BBG)

Consumption Exhaustion

"Despite policymakers’ lack of regard for this burden, it is important to keep in mind that, as debt accumulates and consumers become less capable of repaying those debts, deleveraging ensues. This means that households will become unable to sustain the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. Whether debts will be resolved through repayment or default, economic progress will falter."

The Week's Key Events: All Eyes On The ECB

With the US markets closed today, market events this week will be dominated by G10 central bank meetings, among which the ECB stands out. In the US, the key economic release this week is ISM non-manufacturing on Wednesday, while several Fed officials are scheduled to speak this week.

Facebook Exposed - "You" Are The Product

"Google in my experience knows that there are ambiguities, moral doubts, around some of what they do, and at least they try to think about it. Facebook just doesn’t care. When you’re in a room with them you can tell. They’re’ – he took a moment to find the right word – ‘scuzzy’."

Frontrunning: August 31

  • Katrina Survivors Relive Nightmare (WSJ)
  • Harvey drenches Louisiana, sparks blast at Texas chemical plant (Reuters)
  • Immigration crackdown could slow rebuilding efforts (Reuters)
  • Kushners’ China Deal Flop Was Part of Much Bigger Hunt for Cash  (BBG)
  • U.S. bombers drill over Korean peninsula after latest North Korea launch (Reuters)