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Chinese Investors Exit Bitcoin, Flood Into Gold ETFs

Amid a weakening yuan and a tumbling Bitcoin (amid crackdowns on 'virtual' capital outflows from China), Chinese money is moving to bullion as investors seek an alternative to the 'managed' fiat paper offered by the PBOC. In the week through Monday, China attracted $52 million, the biggest inflow into commodity-linked exchange-traded funds of all countries tracked by Bloomberg.

The 'Soda Police' Just Learned A Valuable Lesson About Taxes

"I’m hoping that if leftists see how tax hikes are “successful” in discouraging things that they think are bad (such as consumers buying sugary soda or foreigners buying property), then maybe they’ll realize it’s not such a good idea to tax – and therefore discourage – things that everyone presumably agrees are desirable (such as work, saving, investment, and entrepreneurship)."

Lagarde Urges Wealth Redistribution To Fight Populism

"I want to be loud and clear: populism scares me... policy makers need to 'man-up' and pay for the social cohesion that we need to keep our societies advancing... it probably means more redistribution than we have in place at the moment and accept that this may be a higher tax burden on people..."

Frontrunning: January 17

  • Theresa May pledges clean Brexit break (FT); May Pledges Vote on Brexit Taking U.K Out Of EU’s Single Market (BBG)
  • Donald Trump Warns on House Republican Tax Plan (WSJ)
  • Trump, Fed Headed for Clash Amid Dollar Surge, Economists Say (BBG)
  • China’s Xi Warns Against Trade War in Defense of Globalization (BBG)
  • Morgan Stanley Profit Rises on Surge in Bond-Trading Revenue (BBG)
  • Germany says NATO concerned about Trump 'obsolete' remark (Reuters)

This Is What Venezuela's New, Vertical, Banknotes, Now With Added Zeros Look Like

We've all been eagerly waiting to see them: Venezuela's crisp,brand new yet soon to be hyperinflated with many more zeros banknotes, and finally, after various failed attempts to deliver the new bills to Caracas (which according to Maduro were at least partially aborted due to pesky CIA meddling) they have arrived. And they are vertical.

IMF Downplays Trump Stimulus Effect; Slashes Saudi, Mexico Growth In Latest World Economic Outlook

As the world's elite gather in Davos to decide for the minions what the world should look like, The IMF has taken a far dimmer view of global (and by that we mean Trumpian) economic growth than markets appear to be. In addition to slashing Brazilian, Mexican, and Saudi Arabian economic growth forecasts, Lagarde's lackeys are taking a cautious stance toward the policies of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office this week, assuming only a modest boost to the U.S. economy from his promise of fiscal stimulus.

The False Economic Recovery Narrative Will Die In 2017

The false recovery narrative will indeed die in 2017, and it will be because the globalists WANT it to die while nationalists are at the helm. This is perhaps the biggest con game in recent history; with conservatives as the fall guy and the rest of the public as the gullible mark.

Venezuela's March Toward Default

It is only a matter of time until Venezuela can no longer finance its imports and social and political chaos of unprecedented proportions will afflict the country. The fallout will also affect Venezuela’s neighboring countries.

The Chinese Chart That Keeps The IMF Up At Night

As the IMF writes, China urgently needs to tackle its corporate-debt problem before it becomes a major drag on growth in the world’s No. 2 economy. Corporate debt has reached very high levels and continues to grow, as it demonstrates in this chart that keeps it up at night...