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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)

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....

Why Is Loan Growth Collapsing: Goldman Has An Answer

"we believe the current C&I slowdown reflects payback from credit facility usage by commodities firms, many of which began drawing upon credit lines in late 2015 as financial conditions tightened and the debt issuance window closed" - Goldman

Caterpillar Accused Of Tax, Accounting Fraud In Report; Stock Slides

The mystery of last week's Caterpillar office raid by various US government agencies may have been resolved, after the NYT reported overnight that a report commissioned by the government, written by an accounting professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, has accused the heavy-equipment maker of carrying out tax and accounting fraud.

Federal Officials Are Searching Caterpillar's Corporate Headquarters; Stock Plunges

Federal officials have executed search warrants at three Caterpillar, Inc. facilities in the Tri-County Area — including the corporate headquarters — Thursday morning. Company officials confirmed the presence in a statement without specifying which agency was performing the search or what the search was in regard to.

Mnuchin Dashes Banker Hopes That Prop Trading Is Coming Back

In follow up remarks to lawmakers, Steven Mnuchin said even banking units that lack a government backstop should be restricted from making speculative trades: "a legal distinction between the insured and non-insured entity is an important factor in eliminating risky activities within the institution that has” insured deposits.

Is Trump About To Hammer The Federal Reserve?

The Trump mandate on “America First” is being misconstrued as an isolationist policy but is in fact the cover for integrating America into the emerging multilateral.

Nomi Prins On The Goldmanization Of President Trump

In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government.”  Under Trump, an even smaller group will flourish -- in particular, a cadre of former Goldman Sachs executives. To put the matter bluntly, two of them (along with the Federal Reserve) are likely to control our economy and financial system in the years to come.

Dave Collum's 2016 Year In Review - "And Then Things Got Really Weird..."

"Markets don’t have a purpose any more - they just reflect whatever central planners want them to. Why wouldn’t it lead to the biggest collapse? My strategy doesn’t require that I’m right about the likelihood of that scenario. Logic dictates to me that it’s inevitable..."

Chinese Military Said To Hack FDIC For Years, Including Computer Of Sheila Bair

While the Russian government allegedly has a grudge on US voters and, according to the serious press, orchestrated the hacking of the US elections, China's interests are focused more on America's money. In the latest such breach, according to Reuters, the FBI is investigating how Chinese military hackers infiltrated computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for several years beginning in 2010.

Trump's Bait And Switch?

Within the political-financial establishment, the more things change, the more, it seems, they stay the same. As Trump moves ahead with his cabinet picks, several of them already stand out in a Mellon-esque fashion for their staggering wealth, their legal entanglements, and the policies they seem ready to support that sound like eerie throwbacks to the age of Harding.