Financial Regulation

Live Stream: Steven Mnuchin Testifies As Democrats Go On The Offensive

In what is sure to be one of the fieriest confirmation hearings to date, Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary, is set to take questions from the Senate Finance Committee this morning as Democrats will undoubtedly being looking to score theatrical points with the working class folks of the Midwest by peppering the "Foreclosure King" with zingers on his time at Goldman Sachs and OneWest.

Donald Trump Has An Enormous And Very Dangerous Wall Street Blind Spot

A very large percentage of the American public (including myself), remain irate at the complete lack of any justice served with regard to finance criminals in the aftermath of the economic collapse of 2008/09. When it comes to greedy, unethical behavior in the wake of that tragic period, Steve Mnuchin is in a class of his own. To appoint such a toxic financial oligarch to Treasury Secretary is a serious slap in the face to all American citizens.

Wall Street Reacts To Steve Mnuchin Choice For Treasury Secretary

Following the news that Steve Mnuchin would be US Trasury Secretary, Wall Street analysts offered mixed predictions on which policies Donald Trump’s choice for Treasury secretary may pursue, as they have little to go on other than Mnuchin’s background with Goldman, buying/selling the former Indy Mac.

Trumpflation Takes A Breather As Global Stocks Rise, Oil Jumps On Renewed OPEC "Deal Optimism"

With the Trumpflation euphoria easing back slightly overnight, leading to a modest paring in the USD index and US Treasury yields, Asian and European stocks rose, while US equity futures rebounded to just shy of new all time highs, as crude jumped on renewed optimism that OPEC will agree to cut output; metals rebounded from last week’s losses as yields dropped and the dollar halted its longest winning streak versus the euro.

Carl Icahn Says Stock Rally May Be Overdone, Calls Trump A "Consensus Builder"

Having turned decidedly bullish in the immediate aftermath of the Trump victory, his supporter Carl Icahn said the strong rally in U.S. stocks since last Wednesday's "shocking" event might be overdone, however he added that investors can expect the president-elect to be a consensus builder who can help fix Washington and improve the economy. "When it runs up like this, I scale off a little bit," Icahn said adding "that doesn’t mean that I am that negative or positive."

Markets In Turmoil: Global Bond Bloodbath, Currency Rout Accelerates As Stocks Erase Early Gains

Monday started off where Friday left off, with the dollar surge continuing, pushing the DXY above 100 for the first time since December, global bond yields soaring, emerging market currencies tumbling, and the Yuan slammed below 6.85 for the first time. However, where Monday is different is that while European stocks and US index futures started off far higher, E-minis have now faded the entire overnight rally and are now red for the session, on concerns that the spike in yields will cap any more stock upside.

As The Dust Settles: Goldman Q&A On Life In Trumplandia

Expect the election result to increase policy uncertainty, warns Goldman Sachs, as a result of an increased pace of legislative action in 2017 without clarity, so far, regarding which issues the administration will prioritize. Over the near-term, much will depend on how financial conditions respond to the policy positions of the new administration. Despite today’s favorable market reaction, investors may take a dimmer view on proposals to raise tariffs or otherwise restrict international trade.

Trump Not Seeking Full Repeal Of Dodd-Frank; Opposes Bank Bailout Provision

In what may be bad news for the financial sector, after opposition to grassroots as well as Congressional republicans, Trump appears to be tempering expectations of a full Dodd-Frank repeal, and according to the WSJ, Trump’s transition team is instead focusing on "rescinding or scaling back individual provisions."

Greenspan Predicts Bond Yields Rising As High As 5%

While the world has learned to take Alan Greenspan's forecasts with a grain of salt, earlier today the former Fed chairman was on Bloomberg TV with another bombastic prediction, warning of a substantial surge in US long-term interest rates, should inflation take hold: "I think up in the area of 3 to 4, or 5 percent, eventually. That’s what it’s been historically."

Key Events In The Coming Week

The key economic releases this week include industrial production on Monday, CPI on Tuesday, and housing starts on Wednesday. There are several scheduled speeches from Fed officials this week. The Beige Book for the November FOMC period will be released on Wednesday.