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Venezuela Bonds Tumble On Report U.S. To Ban Trading

Venezuela bonds are tumbling after the WSJ reported that the US government was considering a ban on trading in the country's debt. The unprecedented move would temporarily ban U.S.-regulated financial institutions from buying and selling dollar-denominated bonds issued by the Republic of Venezuela and state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela.

Frontrunning: August 18

  • Hunt for Driver Widens as Second Attack Hits Spain, Five Suspects Are Killed (WSJ)
  • FT loses it over bitcoin's relentless rise (FT)
  • China Codifies a Crackdown on ‘Irrational’ Outbound Investment (BBG)
  • U.S. Navy, citing poor seamanship, removes commanders of warship in deadly crash (Reuters)
  • ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms (WSJ)

A Venezuelan Tanker Is Stranded Off The Louisiana Coast

A tanker loaded with 1 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude has been stranded for over a month off the coast of Louisiana, not because it can't sail but as a result of Venezuela's imploding economy, and its inability to obtain a bank letter of credit to deliver its expensive cargo.

WTF Chart Of The Day: Draghi's 'Markets' Have "Totally Gone Nuts"

If you want to earn a yield of about 2.4%, which instrument would you rather have in your portfolio, given that both produce about the same yield, and given that one has a significant chance of defaulting and getting you stuck with a big loss, while the other is considered the safest most boring financial investment out there?

Russian PM: "The U.S. Just Declared Full-Scale Trade War On Russia"

"The signing of new sanctions against Russia into law by the US president leads to several consequences. First, any hope of improving our relations with the new US administration is over. Second, the US just declared a full-fledged trade war on Russia. Third, the Trump administration demonstrated it is utterly powerless, and in the most humiliating manner transferred executive powers to Congress."

Europe's Banking Dysfunction Worsens

Investors who think that Europe is close to adopting an effective approach to dealing with failing banks may want to think again....

"May The Bursting Of The Student Loan Bubble Commence!"

"While the collapse of the student loan bubble may be the catalyst for a general financial downturn and will certainly be the cause of tremendous social pain and dislocation, it will, nevertheless, be a necessary prerequisite if America and, for that matter, the Western world is to ever break the grip of leftist ideology which rules it. May the bursting of the student loan bubble commence!"

Euro Surges To 2-Year High In "Bipolar" Draghi Reaction; Futures Flat

"Draghi tried to talk the Euro down, even going so far as to suggest that ECB’s quantitative easing could be increased and prolonged," said Swissquote Bank's Yann Quelenn. "But the currency markets were not buying Draghi’s line, and neither are we. Available bonds are too scarce, and turn to a taper is too clear to disguise."

Sears Canada Pays Execs Bonuses While Laid-Off Workers Get No Severance

After filing for bankruptcy protection in an Ontario court last month, Sears Canada said Friday that it plans to dole out big bonuses to senior management while the retailer trudges through a painful restructuring, even as thousands of laid-off workers aren't being paid promised severance.

"A Reverse Rollup From Hell": China's "Boldest Dealmaker" Faces Margin Call Disintegration

China's "boldest dealmaker", HNA Group, suddenly faces not only growing regulatory scrutiny from Beijing that threatens to raise HNA’s financing costs, but also send its shares plunging as holders are forced to liquidate, accelerating the company's demise. And, in an scenario that can only be dubbed as a "reverse rollup from hell" if the value of its stock price falls enough, HNA may soon be forced to disintegrate.