Great Depression

Goldman Downgrades Stocks One Day Before The Fed: "Asymmetry For Equities Is Getting Worse"

"With growth momentum nearing its peak and rates increasing further with a hawkish Fed, the asymmetry for equities is turning increasingly negative. This also means more vulnerability to potential shocks, e.g., from European politics, US policy, commodities and China. Given the asymmetry for equities is getting worse, we downgrade equities to Neutral for 3m."

When It Comes To Wall Street, Preet Bharara Is No Hero

The prominent U.S. attorney fired by Donald Trump this weekend has been justly acclaimed for his pursuit of political corruption. But his treatment of the Wall Street executives involved in the financial meltdown was far less confrontational.

The Uncivil War And What You Can Do About It

"Not to be overly dramatic, but a civil war has begun in America. Everyone knows it to be true, but no one knows what comes next. Given the country is so solidly divided, with zero chance of reconciliation, the democracy is effectively broken. As with the first US Civil War, wide schisms have formed that now separate families and friends. Schisms that will take years to heal, and maybe never."

A Look Back At 1999!

"If this market rally seems eerily familiar, it’s because it is. In fact, the backdrop of the rally reminds me much of what was happening in 1999...If you were around then, you will remember."

America's Miserable 21st Century

The Great American Escalator is broken - and it badly needs to be fixed. With the election of 2016, Americans within the bubble finally learned that the 21st century has gotten off to a very bad start in America. Welcome to the reality. We have a lot of work to do together to turn this around.

Of Bread And Circuses

"A twentieth-century repetition of the mistakes of ancient Rome would be inexcusable... no society is ever murdered - it commits suicide... I am no prophet of inevitable doom. On the contrary, I am sounding an alarm that disaster lies ahead unless present danger signals are heeded."

How Many Euro Crises Will This Make? It's Getting Hard To Keep Track

Every few years, it seems, one or another mismanaged eurozone country falls into one or another kind of crisis. This leads to speculation about the end of the common currency, which in turn spooks the global financial markets. Then the ECB conjures another trillion euros out of thin air and calm returns for a while. At least, that’s how it’s gone in the past. The latest crisis has more than the usual number of flash-points and could, therefore, be something new and different.