European Union

US Futures, Bonds Rise, Dollar Dips As Fed, BOJ Meetings Begin

If yesterday one could "explain" the overnight stock levitation due to the move higher in crude oil, today there is no such catalyst with WTI down modestly, and yet the broader push higher across European stocks and US equities has reappeared following yesterday's muted close on Wall Street ahead of key central bank data on deck.

After Disastrous Berlin Election, Angela Merkel Admits "Mistakes Were Made" On Migrant Crisis

Angela Merkel said on Monday afternoon she was “fighting” to make sure that there would be no repetition of the chaotic scenes on Germany’s borders last year, when “for some time, we didn’t have enough control” adding that “No one wants this to be repeated, and I don’t either,” Ms. Merkel said of last year’s refugee influx at Germany’s borders. “We have learned from history."

Michael Pento: "These Are The Most Dangerous Markets I've Ever Witnessed"

"...anybody with any objective, critical, independent mind can tell this is an unsustainable, very ephemeral rally in stocks that has occurred since 2009. And when the bond market breaks, when that bubble bursts, it will wipe out every asset -- everything will collapse together -- because everything is geared off of that so-called 'risk free' rate of return."

Fooled Again

The naive hopes of Bernie Sanders’ supporters - to build a grass-roots political movement, change the Democratic Party from within and push Hillary Clinton to the left - have failed. The multibillion-dollar extravaganza of our electoral Circus Maximus is part of the smokescreen that covers the ongoing devastation of globalization, deindustrialization, trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, endless war, climate change and the intrusion into every corner of our lives by the security and surveillance state. Our democracy is dead.

Why The EU Is Doomed

We are accustomed to looking at Europe’s woes in a purely financial context. This is a mistake, because it misses the real reasons why the EU will fail and not survive the next financial crisis. We normally survive financial crises, thanks to the successful actions of central banks as lenders of last resort. However, the origins and construction of both the the euro and the EU itself could ensure the next financial crisis commences in the coming months, and will exceed the capabilities of the ECB to save the system.

Merkel Says Europe Is In "Critical Situation"

"We need solutions for Europe and we are in a critical situation," Merkel said as she arrived at the gathering. "You can't solve all Europe's problems in one summit. What we have to do is show in our deeds we can do things better in the realms of security and fighting terrorism, and in the field of defense."

European, Japanese Bankers Threaten Mutiny Over Basel Committee's Capital Rules

European and Japanese banking officials are reportedly enraged that the (US-backed) world's top banking regulator would dare to demand banks hold higher levels of capital to meet credit, market and operational risks. These rules are not new, of course, but the bankers, used to getting their own way reportedly demanded in two heated meetings this week that The Basel Committee 'scale back; the rules to ensure the rules have no “particularly negative consequences for specific regions,” such as Europe.