Investor Sentiment

Coming Apart: The Imperial City At The Brink

"...here in the imperial city in Washington DC, is that it is absolutely hollowed out... it is incapable of offering anything to its own people, the American people ... I think we have reached a point where there is no possibility of revival within the current system that exists. The current system is set upon ... is determined to eat itself out in a kind of civil war that is coming, and at the end of that, it will be done, will be finished..."

Stockman: Orange Is The New Black (Swan)

"Black swans are supposedly unexpected, stealthy and come of a sudden. But not this one — it is bright orange, and in your face day and night... I refer to the Donald, of course, and the fact that he is truly the Great Disrupter."

Doug Kass: Not Even The Algo Creators Know What Is Going On

"The machines have no fear of flash crashes or any other kind of crash. Such crashes might even serve their purpose of 'making a profit'... Be forewarned as last Friday's Nasdaq schmeissing may be a walk in the park compared to what may happen in the future...This is not my Grandma Koufax's stock market."

French 30-Year Bond Sale Over 4 Times Oversubscribed

In its first bond sale since the presidential election and the first big test of investor sentiment after Emmanuel Macron won the presidency, France received more than €31 billion in demand for a a €7 billion bond offering maturing in just over 30 years.

Presenting Goldman's "Worst-Case Survival Guide To Uncertainty, Taxes And Trade"

The juxtaposition of rising policy uncertainty vis a vis declining fear in risk assets raises "cause for pause" according to Goldman, which in its latest Portfolio Manager's Toolkit lays out the following "worst-case survival guide to uncertainty, taxes and trade" to help investors navigate once volatility comes back with a bang.

Fitch Downgrades Italy To BBB From BBB+

"Italy's persistent track record of fiscal slippage, back-loading of consolidation, weak economic growth, and resulting failure to bring down the very high level of general government debt has left it more exposed to potential adverse shocks. This is compounded by an increase in political risk, and ongoing weakness in the banking sector which has required planned public intervention in three banks since December."