Mariano Rajoy is headed for another term as Spanish prime minister following two inconclusive elections. However, should the socialists reorganize, Rajoy could easily find himself facing a vote of no confidence in a year or so. Rajoy is corrupt as they come. Ciudadanos had to hold its nose to enter this fragile minority coalition. There is nothing at all stable about this setup.
"Our current debt may be manageable at a time of unprecedentedly low interest rates. But if we let our debt grow, and interest rates normalize, the interest burden alone would choke our budget and squeeze out other essential spending. There would be no room for the infrastructure programs and the defense rebuilding that today have wide support."
A recent, reluctant re-viewing of the film, 'Silence of the Lambs', fed fresh food for thought. The image of captives rejecting their freedom brought to mind another flock of corralled and stunned lambs - bond market investors. They too have been given the opportunity to escape their fate. But so many choose instead to stay. Such is the reality of a world devoid of options, with time ticking ruthlessly by.
US futures were little changed, with European shares lower, and Asian stocks higher as caution returned after last night's Chinese economic data did little to clear up how the world's second largest economy is performing, and provided few positives for investors ahead of the third and final U.S. presidential debate; imminent announcements from both the ECB and the Fed also will keep traders on their toes today.
After two quarters of lacklustre nothingness, Singapore's economy finally collapased in Q3. Against expectations of no change, GDP QoQ SAAR crashed 4.1% - the worst quarter since Q3 2012. MAS added that it did not expect GDP growth to pick up "significantly" in 2017.
In a report published by S&P Global, the rating agency's analysts noticed not only the latest deterioration in corporate China, but also the relentlessly growing leverage, noting that rising debt levels will worsen the credit profiles of China's top 200 companies, requiring the country's banks to raise $1.7 trillion in capital to cover a likely surge in bad loans.
Despite overwhelming factual evidence that crackpot Keynesian spending machinations; debasing the currency; interest rate manipulation; globalization; perpetual war; incurring unpayable levels of debt; making $200 trillion of unfunded welfare promises; has created a seething anger across the land, Hillary Clinton and her establishment flunkies propose doubling down on those same failed policies.
Last week, the IMF warned that China's growing debt "posed risks to financial stability." Here's why: new loans in August reached 948 billion yuan ($142 billion), more than double the figure a month before, data from the People's Bank of China showed. And the punchline: over 71% of the loans went to households, mainly to fund mortgages.
BOJ governor Kuroda has ruined his chances of getting a second full term, according to Nobuyuki Nakahara, who has advised the prime minister on the economy and was an intellectual father of Japan's QE. "They are trying to clean up the mess of negative rates. It’s impossible to do a stupid thing like keeping the yield curve under government control."
Despite the Deutsche-driven bounce in Western markets on Friday, the 'panic in The Kingdom' that we highlighted earlier in the week is accelerating fast. Following demands from officials for banks to reschedule loans to clients affected by last week's decision to cut salaries and bonuses for state employees, Middle-East bank stocks are collapsing and Saudi's Tadawul Index is back near its 2009 lows...