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The Week's Key Events: All Eyes On The ECB

With the US markets closed today, market events this week will be dominated by G10 central bank meetings, among which the ECB stands out. In the US, the key economic release this week is ISM non-manufacturing on Wednesday, while several Fed officials are scheduled to speak this week.

Loonie Spikes After Canada's Best First-Half Economic Growth In 15 Years

Thanks to a surge in government spending in Q2, Canada's GDP grew at 4.5% SAAR. This is the best growth since Q3 2011 and is the best growth of all G-7 nations in Q2. Canada’s economic growth over the past two quarters was the best first half for the economy since 2002.

Global Stocks Rise Amid Unexpected ECB "Trial Balloon"; Dollar Flat Ahead Of Fed Minutes

European markets continued their risk-on trend in early trading, rising to the highest in over a week and rallying from the open led by mining stocks as industrial metals spike higher after zinc forwards hit highest level since 2007. The EUR sold off sharply, boosting local bond and risk prices after the previously discussed Reuters "trial balloon" report that Draghi's speech at Jackson Hole would not announce the start of the ECB's taper.

The New American Dream: Rent Your Home From A Hedge Fund

"...there’s essentially an ‘arms race’ building among the world’s biggest funds to control the market, squeezing small, individual investors out of the 'buy-to-rent' housing market...the American Dream of owning your own home has been fading."

China's $9 Trillion Shadow Banking System Shrinks For The First Time In 9 Months

For the first time in 9 months China's $9 trillion Shadow Banking Industry - defined as the sum of Trust Loans, Entrusted Loans and Undiscounted Bank Loans - contracted, which begs the question: will the biggest deleveraging ever attempted in Chinese history be smooth and contained, or lead to another financial crisis?

VIX Tumbles, Global Stocks And Dollar Rally As Korea Tensions Ease

Global stocks and US futures are up for a second day, with the VIX sliding 0.58 vols to 11.75 (-4.7%) and haven assets dropping, after a KCNA report report suggested North Korea had pulled back its threat to attack Guam after days of increasingly bellicose "fire and fury" rhetoric with President Trump, and hours after China took its toughest steps to support U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang.