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The Secret History Of The Banking Crisis

"Accounts of the financial crisis leave out the story of the secretive deals between banks that kept the show on the road. How long can the system be propped up for?"

Risk Off: Global Stocks Slide As "Fire And Fury" Results In "Selling And Fear"

US futures are set for a sharply lower open (at least in recent market terms) following a steep decline in European stocks and a selloff in Asian shares, following yesterday's sharp escalation in the war of words between the U.S. and North Korea. In a broad risk-off move U.S. Treasuries rose, the VIX surged above 12 overnight, while German bund futures climbed to the highest level in six weeks.

World Stocks Hit Another All-Time High As Crude, Treasurys Drop

World stocks hit a new record high on Monday, as U.S. index futures followed Asian stocks on better-than-expected company earnings and strong US jobs data deflected attention from the rising geopolitical tension over North Korea's nuclear program. European stocks traded near session lows while Crude oil prices fall. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.

Does America Need An Imbecile Tax?

Grown-ups used to appreciate being treated as grown-ups, especially by other grown-ups. How is it that today’s grown-ups demand that they be treated like not-too-bright children?

How Many Gold Bars Do London Vaults Hold

This week for the first time - in the name of "transparency" - the London Bullion Market Association unveiled that as at 31 March, 2017 there were 7,449 tonnes of gold, or 596,000 gold bars, valued at $298 billion sotred in the vaults around London as well as $19 billion in silver. Here are the full details of what was unveiled.

Frontrunning: August 4

  • July’s U.S. Labor-Market Numbers Will Probably Look Familiar (BBG)
  • Paul Singer Says Passive Investing Is ‘Devouring Capitalism’ (BBG)
  • Tesla short sellers lose almost $800 million as stock rallies after earnings (MW)
  • Beyond Bankruptcy: How Failed Stores Come Back Online (WSJ)
  • EU to impose more Russia sanctions over Siemens case on Friday (Reuters)
  • Trouble Comes in Threes for Germany’s DAX Losing European Crown (BBG)

Even Some Allies Fear America

While Machiavellian disciples argue that for a leader it's better to be feared than loved, the United States often sees itself as a benign hegemon, holding its shielding hand over the world, ever since she won the Second World War... not everyone seems America as a force for good in the world...

Geopolitical Tensions Are Designed To Distract The Public From Economic Decline

"...there will come a time, probably sooner rather than later, when the piper will have to be paid and someone will have to take the blame for our fiscal non-recovery...I do not see the timing of heightened geopolitical tensions in 2017 as coincidental. It appears to me that these events are perfectly organized with maximum distraction in mind as we hit the top of perhaps the most massive stock and bond bubbles in modern history."