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This Is The Only Chart Americans Should Be Worrying About Right Now

While the stock market (and VIX) signal utter calm, signs of stress are very clear in America's money markets. With Treasury's cash balance plunging to just $108bn this week as the debt ceiling deadline looms, newly ensconced Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be forced to order “emergency measures” to effectively buy more time for the government to pay its creditors and cover revenue shortfalls to keep the government operating.

The "Sinister" Side Of Central Bank-Issued Digital Currency

Central banks and international financial institutions represent? - ?and work for? - ?creditors first and people second. That is why they can be serially wrong with so little direct consequence. This is the backdrop against which we are invited to trust the banking system with central bank-issued digital currency.

Number Of Distressed US Retailers Highest Since The Great Recession

"Moody's-rated US retailers rated Caa or Ca today make up just over 13% of our total rated retail portfolio, which is the highest level since the Great Recession.  As they struggle to survive, distressed retailers can take more desperate measures, including highly promotional pricing that can border on irrational.  This leaves stronger firms with the choice of either competing in a race to the bottom, or giving up sales in order to preserve margin."

When Was America's Peak Wealth?

"...was America at its richest right before or right after Nixon took the country off the gold standard in 1971?"

Frontrunning: February 23

  • Trump to Brainstorm on Job Policies With Corporate CEOs (BBG)
  • Border-Adjustment Tax Divides Energy Sector (WSJ)
  • French Bonds Rally After Macron Boosts Presidential Campaign (BBG)
  • Boeing Fighter Jet, Feared Dead, Gets New Life From Trump Tweets (BBG)
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Sees Tax Overhaul by August (WSJ)
  • Why Mexico Is Trump’s First Line of Defense on Immigration (BBG)

Ten Great Economic Myths

Our country is beset by a large number of economic myths that distort public thinking on important problems and lead us to accept unsound and dangerous government policies. Here are ten of the most dangerous of these myths and an analysis of what is wrong with them.

European Rally Fizzles, S&P Futures Turn Red As USDJPY Slides, Bunds Strongly Bid

What started off in familiar fashion, with Asian stocks rising, and Europe hitting multi-month highs and US futures in record territory has stumbled in recent minutes following a continued rush for safety in short-dated German Bunds (the 2Y is now trading at -0.92%) and ongoing selling in the USDJPY, which has pushed Stoxx 600 back to unchanged, and S&P futures to modestly red for the session.

Greek Bonds Rally On Revived Bailout Hopes

The yield on Greece's bonds have tumbled the most since June after creditors agreed on Monday to resume talks in Athens over steps needed to continue a bailout of the nation, driving expectations that Greece will be able to meet its deadline for debt redemption by July.

US Futures, European Stocks Rise Despite HSBC Plunge; Dollar, Oil Jump

European stocks rose again with S&P futures higher, while Asian stocks were mixed. The dollar rose jumped on hawkish comments by Philly Fed's Harker, oil rose following optimistic OPEC comments, while gold dropped. Markets have largely ignored results by financial heavyweight HSBC, which posted its largest fall since mid-2015 after reporting a 62% plunge in pretax profit.

How Many Euro Crises Will This Make? It's Getting Hard To Keep Track

Every few years, it seems, one or another mismanaged eurozone country falls into one or another kind of crisis. This leads to speculation about the end of the common currency, which in turn spooks the global financial markets. Then the ECB conjures another trillion euros out of thin air and calm returns for a while. At least, that’s how it’s gone in the past. The latest crisis has more than the usual number of flash-points and could, therefore, be something new and different.

The Week's Key Economic And Financial Events

In this holiday-shortened week, attention will be on the US FOMC minutes, housing data and consumer confidence. There will be GDP, PMI and inflation releases across the Euro Area as well as the latest Greek Eurogroup meeting. Look for GDP and public finances data in the UK.