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Subprime Pet Rental Company Files For Bankruptcy

Less than two months after Wags made waves around Wall Street with a viral Bloomberg story about the first "subprime" pet rental company, the predatory lender which charged as much as a 70% APR has filed for bankruptcy.

Maduro Preparing To Swap Venezuela's Gold For Dollars

“The national government, through the central bank, is going to try to swap gold held as reserves for dollars to stay in power unconstitutionally,” according to the letter signed by National Assembly President Julio Borges.

World's Biggest Aluminum Producer Faces Default, Warns Of "Dramatic Social Unrest" Without A Beijing Bailout

The world’s biggest aluminum producer, China Hongqiao Group,  is in trouble locked in a feud with its accountant over fraud allegations that have forced it to not only suspend trading of its shares and seek a bailout from Beijing, but to warn of “serious effects” if nothing is done, including “regional systemic financial risks” and “dramatic social unrest.”

Despite "Ruthless Economic War", Venezuela, PDVSA Avoid Default With $2.6 Billion Payment

Bondholders confirmed that Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA made principal and interest payments of $2.2 billion today, avoiding default yet again despite what Vice President Tareck El Aissami called a "ruthless economic war" being waged against the Maduro government. That's the good news, the bad news is that PDVSA has $62 billion more in principal and interest due over the next few years.

Frontrunning: April 7

  • U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces 'aggression' (Reuters)
  • Congress Supports the Airstrikes, Debates What Happens Next (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Syria Strike Sends Not-So-Subtle Warning to U.S. Rivals (BBG)
  • Russia Halts Cooperation With U.S. on Syrian Air Operations (WSJ)
  • Syria Says Strike Kills Five, Damages Air Base (WSJ)

The Next Step In Europe's Negative-Interest-Rate Experiment

"Paper money appears at first sight to be a great saving, or rather that it costs nothing; but it is the dearest money there is." This is the uncomfortable truth of the euro currency experience. As it seems, people in the euro area about to learn an old lesson: namely that unbacked paper money - which is what the euro represents - cannot be trusted.

Kashkari Slams Dimon: "If Demand For Loans Is High, Why Are You Buying Back Your Stock?"

"Dimon argues that the current capital standards are restraining lending and impairing economic growth, yet he also points out that JPMorgan bought back $26 billion in stock over the past five years. If JPMorgan really had demand for additional loans from creditworthy borrowers, why did it turn those customers away and instead choose to buy back its stock?"

Gary Cohn Backs Reinstating Glass-Steagal, Breaking Up Big Banks

The former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive who is the top White House economic adviser told lawmakers he could support legislation breaking up the largest U.S. banks, according to people familiar with the matter, a development that bolsters congressional efforts to reinstate the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law.

Euro Saves Germany, Slaughters the PIGS, & Feeds the BLICS

As Europe's Core population collapses (and economic activity with it), the Euro and ECB seem to be serving a select few at the expense of the majority.  The imbalances and distortions will only grow as the attempts to mask who the Euro and ECB truly serve continue.  What little vitality exists is being transfused to prop up the few. 

Here’s Why Italy’s Banking Crisis Has Gone Off The Radar

For a country that is on the brink of a gargantuan public bailout of its toxic-loan riddled banking sector, or failing that, a full-blown financial crisis that could bring down the European financial system, things are eerily quiet in Italy these days. It’s almost as if the more serious the crisis gets, the less we hear about it — otherwise, investors and voters might get spooked. And elections are coming up.