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Frontrunning: December 5

  • Italy Sinks Into Political Limbo as Defeat Sweeps Renzi Away (BBG)
  • Investors Shrug Off Italy Referendum Result (WSJ); Markets Rise After Italy Turns Down Referendum (BBG)
  • Italy’s ‘No’ Poses Trouble for Eurozone (WSJ)
  • Oil tops $55 for first time in 16 months as OPEC deal fuels buying (Reuters)
  • Merkel regrets Renzi resignation but will work with new Italy government (Reuters)

Communism Again Gets A Free Pass - Setting The Record Straight On Castro

This week with the passing of Fidel Castro - another “distinguished” ‎butcher comrade with all the assorted hypocrisies - we were reminded of how that scourge of humanity got a free pass yet again. The world by and large missed a great opportunity to set the historical record straight.

The Most Important Market In The World (That You've Never Heard Of)

That so few investors know about this enormous market, its importance, and relevance is frankly pretty shocking. Understanding it goes a long way to understanding why, despite the greatest monetary intervention we’ve ever seen by central banks, we’ve remained in a contractionary environment.

Tomorrow's Vote In Italy Will Be A "Wide-Ranging F**k Off", And It's Just The Start...

"It's crazy. This is the explosion of an era. It's the apocalypse of the media, TV, the big newspapers, the intellectuals, the journalists… This is a wide-ranging F*** off." Italy is the next flashpoint. A “No” vote in Italy is virtually assured at this point. But it won’t be the end of the anti-elite surge. Voters in Europe’s biggest countries could soon throw out their “mainstream” parties in favor of populist and Eurosceptic alternatives...

Official Washington's "Info-Wars"

If the American mainstream media were officially state-controlled, would they look or sound significantly different when it comes to U.S. foreign policy?

The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda

Bogus news stories did flood social media throughout the campaign, and the hack of the Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s e-mail seems likely to have been the work of Russian intelligence services. But, as harmful as these phenomena might be, the prospect of legitimate dissenting voices being labelled fake news or Russian propaganda by mysterious groups of ex-government employees, with the help of a national newspaper, is even scarier.

Everything You Need To Know About The Italian Referendum (& Should Be Afraid To Ask)

While the post-Trump euphoria in US stocks has been the perfect distraction from the ugly realities elsewhere, this weekend's Italian Referendum could well be the biggest 'revolt' yet, topping Brexit and Trump. Should Italy vote "no", as polls forecast, PM Renzi may quit, leaving the Italian bank recapitalization would then be in jeopardy and, as Bloomberg's Mark Cranfield warns "we could be looking at a Greece-like market reaction on steroids."

Frontrunning: December 2

  • Futures fall ahead of jobs report (Reuters)
  • Obama to Block Second Chinese Deal on Security Concerns (BBG)
  • Trump Exults in Victory and Mocks Critics at Ohio Rally (BBG)
  • China's Central Bank Is Facing a Major New Headache (BBG)
  • Trump considering Goldman Sachs COO Cohn for energy secretary (Reuters)

The Battle For Aleppo Is Over, Now The Real War Has Begun

Aleppo is the key to the Syrian ‘civil war.’ Now that pro-Assad forces have won the day it touches off a number of responses around the region.  This further breaks down the position of U.S/NATO-backed forces trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, regardless of what Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has to say about it.  All of this means that the likelihood of some ugly false flag incident rises by the hour.