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Frontrunning: October 5

  • MOAR: Euro-Area Growth Seen Slowing in Sign More Stimulus May Be Ahead (BBG)
  • MOAR: Japan's wage growth slows in August, keeping pressure on BOJ for more stimulus (Reuters)
  • MOAR: Stocks, Copper, Emerging Markets Jump as Fed Delay on Rates Seen (BBG)
  • And yet... Central Banks Lose Bond-Market Credibility as Woes Mount (BBG)
  • World Bank cuts Asia growth forecast on China and US rates (BBC)
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Lawrence Wilkerson: "The American 'Empire' Is In Deep, Deep Trouble"

Former US army colonel and Chief of Staff for Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson unleashed a most prescient speech on the demise of the United States Empire. Wilkerson describes the path of empires in decline, shows how the US is following the classic trajectory, and needs to make a transition to being one of many powers and focus more on strategies of international cooperation... "History tells us we’re probably finished... The rest of of the world is awakening to the fact that the United States is 1) strategically inept and 2) not the power it used to be. And that the trend is to increase that."

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Will The Failure Of Central Banking Lead To Global Bloodshed: The French Revolution Case Study

The sequence of events leading up the French Revolution are likely unfamiliar to most. Yet money printing and a debauched French currency played no small part in those events. As a sequel to “Shorting the Federal Reserve”, 720 Global aims to provide an historical example of excessive money printing which lead to financial crisis, and ultimately the revolution of a major sovereign nation. More than a history lesson, this article effectively illustrates the road on which the U.S. and many other nations currently travel. The story relayed in this article is not a forecast for what may happen but a simple reminder of what has repeatedly happened in the past.

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Who Owns Your Presidential Candidate?

Despite the arguably undemocratic, obfuscating nature of our nation’s campaign finance laws and the blatant corporatist agenda mandated by the Supreme Court, let’s attempt to break down the major sources of political spending so far in the 2016 presidential election. You may be surprised to find out who is donating money to your candidate — and how that contribution may affect future policy positions.

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Frontrunning: October 2

  • U.S., Allies Demand Russia Stop Attacks on Syria Opposition (BBG)
  • Russian Airstrikes Defend Strategic Assad Regime Stronghold on Syria’s Coast (WSJ)
  • Emerging Stocks Head for Weekly Advance Before U.S. Jobs Data (BBG)
  • Wage Strife Clouds Car-Sales Boom (WSJ)
  • Oregon town reels from classroom carnage (Reuters)
  • Oregon shooter came from California, described as shy and skittish (Reuters)
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Big Business is Economic Cancer, Part II

What do Big Businesses do best?.....Corporate Blackmail

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Brazilian Nightmare Worsens On Bad Budget Data, Record Low Confidence, Horrific Government Approval Ratings

With the fiscal picture looking increasingly precarious and confidence collapsing, we bring you the latest from the frontlines of the EM meltdown. In short, Brazil is falling apart at the seams. Now, who wants tickets to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio?

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China's Leadership: Brilliant Or Clueless?

What worked in the post-global financial meltdown era of 2008-2014 will not work the same magic in the next seven years.

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Saudi Prince Calls For Royal Coup

“The king is not in a stable condition and in reality the son of the king [Mohammed bin Salman] is ruling the kingdom,” the prince said. “So four or possibly five of my uncles will meet soon to discuss the letters. They are making a plan with a lot of nephews and that will open the door. A lot of the second generation is very anxious.”

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Did The Bank Of England Rig Emergency Liquidity Auctions During Crisis?

In yet another indication that manipulation may well be unspoken (or perhaps even spoken) policy at the BOE, new details regarding the UK Serious Fraud Office's investigation into emergency liquidity auctions conducted during the crisis suggest the central bank may have played a direct role in rigging the bids.

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Who Calls The Shots In China

As documented here and elsewhere, in addition to the Pope and Putin, the third world leader US president Obama is "historically" meeting this week is China's President, and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist party, Xi Jinping. But just like everywhere else, the president is mostly a figurehead for far greater political and primarily financial interests backing him. So who calls the shots in China? The following infographc lays out the key power divisions of political, economic and financial power in China at this moment.

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The Imperial Banana Republic: 75% Of Americans See Widespread Government Corruption

This is the sort of thing you’d expect to see in a Banana Republic. Which makes perfect sense, because America is a Banana Republic.

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SurReal: Brazil's Currency Stages Largest Rally In Seven Years On Central Bank "Whatever It Takes" Moment

“There’s a saying that helps explain our mood around here. When the sea is this turbulent, the only thing you can do is sit on the sand and watch. It’s not time to get in a boat."

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Big Business Is Economic Cancer, Part I

Clearly the title to this piece will be viewed as controversial, if not entirely heretical, by many readers. However, the facts (and more importantly) the economic principles here are unequivocal. “Bigger” is not better.

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