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Frontrunning: September 23

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Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein Reveals He Has Lymphoma

To my colleagues, our clients and our shareholders,

Late this summer after several weeks of not feeling well, I underwent a series of tests, which culminated in a biopsy last week. After the biopsy, I was told by my doctors that I have lymphoma. Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured.

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Lloyd Blankfein: "The Image Of Trump With His Finger On The Button Blows My Mind"

Blankfein's biggest nightmare? "The image of Trump "with his finger on the button blows my mind," he added, drawing laughter from the audience." Surely a far scarier prospect for Blankfein and his peers is coming to Washington after the next crash and demanding another bailout, and coming back empty handed.

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The Only Thing That Matters For The Rate-Hike Decision

A week ago, we noted Goldman Sachs' 'strawman' that Janet should "think about easing," despite the world's misplaced confidence that rates will rise "inevitably" since the US economy is doing so well. Today, we get to hear what 'god' thinks as the only thing that matters for The Fed's decision is - keep Lloyd happy  - and Goldman CEO Blankfein just said "U.S. economic data doesn’t support the case for higher interest rates."

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Head Of China's 'Goldman Sachs' Probed For Insider Trading As "Market Purification" Continues

Imagine for a moment the sentiment shock for mainstream Americans if Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein was probed for insider-trading and publicly scapegoated for causing a nation's equity market (and economy) to collapse. While it may be true, it would never happen in America... But in China, as part of what authorities call "purifying the markets," the president of China’s biggest brokerage has been swept up in a widening campaign to root out financial wrongdoing and assign blame for the nation’s $5 trillion stock rout. As Bloomberg notes, shares are falling further in today's markets as the probe of Citic Securities President Cheng Boming comes after the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported last month that four executives at Citic had admitted to so-called insider trading.

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Goldman Is Officially A Bank: Bailed Out Hedge Fund Will Allow Muppets To Give Their Savings To Lloyd Blankfein

The last time former Goldman employee and then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson bailed out the hedge fund known as Goldman Sachs, and its closest peers (but not its biggest fixed income competitor Lehman Brothers of course), even the traditionally confused American public pushed back on the structure of the bailout which converted the Goldman holding company into an FDIC-insured company, which led many to ask: just where are Goldman's deposits? The answer, of course, was nowhere, so perhaps in anticipation of the logical pushback against its second, upcoming bailout which would see the taxpayer-backed depositor insurance company once again provide trillions in cash to banks as well as the glorified hedge funds such as Goldman, the firm moments ago decided to do something it has never done before: become an actual bank with checking accounts and such.

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Blankfein Warns Of "Jarring" Jolt From Fed Rate Hike

"Well, I think it will be jarring when we see an interest rate hike. People will get out the smelling salts."

"No question that low interest rates have exacerbated the wealth gap between the poor and the rich because the rich have assets."

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Gartman Is No Longer Bearish

"We turned openly, but moderately, bearish of shares late last week and for a day or two we appeared to have been wise in our decision. Clearly that wisdom has waned rather materially in the course of the last two trading sessions and following the Fed’s non-decision yesterday we found ourselves covering in the calls we had written against our “tanker” shares as well as covering in some of the derivatives we had had in place, thus taking our net position in our retirement funds from one that was modestly net bearish to one that is nearly net market neutral."

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This Is The Biggest Paradox Facing The Fed Ahead Of Its Rate Hike Decision

Here is the paradox as succinctly summarized by Deutsche Bank, which notes that the current -29% year-over-year drop in the CRB index implies YoY headline CPI inflation falling from 0.1% to -0.9% over the next couple of months, or just in time for the September or December FOMC meetings both proposed as the "lift off" date. This would be the largest year-over-year drop since September 2009 (-1.3%) and one of the lowest prints in modern history.

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Was Greece Set Up To Fail?

What have the bailouts achieved? Well, the Greek economy is doing worse than ever, and the people are poorer than ever; and both have a lot more bad ‘news’ to come. The bailouts needed to be as big as they were to 1) successfully make the international banks ‘whole’ that had lent as much as they had into the Greek economy, 2) get the IMF involved, 3) and absolve the notorious -and cooperative- domestic oligarchy from any pain. And make all the usual suspects a lot more money in the process. It therefore doesn’t look at all unlikely that Greece was saddled with an artificially raised deficit, and that the intention behind that, all along, was to get the Troika ‘inside’ for the long run. So the country could be stripped of all its assets.

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Blankfein Joins The Billionaire Bankers' Club

Just a little over a month after we learned that Jamie Dimon recently became a billionaire, Bloomberg reports that yet another TBTF CEO has joined the billionaire banker club and frankly, we’re surprised it took this long because after all, when you’re the CEO of the blood-sucking cephalopod that holds the political and financial fate of the world in its tentacles, it seems only right that you would have been a billionaire long before any other banker on the Street.

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