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Republican Platform Unexpectedly Calls For A Return To Glass-Steagall

In an unexpected twist, both major political parties are now pandering to anti-bank sentiemnt, and calling for an overhaul of the financial industry through the return of Glass-Steagall. Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign manager, told reporters gathered in Cleveland Monday that the GOP platform would include language advocating for a return of that law, repealed in 1999 by Bill Clinton. "We also call for a reintroduction of Glass-Steagall, which created barriers between what big banks can do."

Helicopter Money - The Biggest Fed Power Grab Yet

The Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester is a clueless apparatchik and Fed lifer, who joined the system in 1985 fresh out of Barnard and Princeton and has imbibed in its Keynesian groupthink and institutional arrogance ever since. So it’s not surprising that she was out flogging - albeit downunder in Australia - the next step in the Fed’s rolling coup d’ etat...“So it’s my view that [helicopter money] would be sort of the next step if we ever found ourselves in a situation where we wanted to be more accommodative." It’s the ultimate in 'something for nothing' economics.

Why Helicopter Money Won't Push Stocks Higher

In effect, helicopter money turns the entire economy into a Ghost City. Things look busy and productive until the day the helicopter money runs out. From that day on, everything crashes back to reality and tumbleweeds are soon blowing down empty streets.

Stockman Warns Of "Awful Price To Be Paid For One-Way Markets"

The boys and girls on Wall Street are now riding their bikes with no hands and eyes wide shut. That’s the only way to explain Friday’s lunatic buying spree in response to another jobs report that proves exactly nothing about an allegedly resurgent economy.

Here We Go Again - Stockman Warns Of August 2007 Redux

Nearly everywhere on the planet the giant financial bubbles created by the central banks during the last two decades are fracturing. The latest examples are the crashing bank stocks in Italy and elsewhere in Europe and the sudden trading suspensions by four UK commercial property funds. If this is beginning to sound like August 2007 that’s because it is. And the denials from the casino operators are coming in just as thick and fast.

Frontrunning: July 5

  • Pound Tumbles to 31-Year Low as Its Post-Brexit Selloff Resumes (BBG)
  • Bad Debt Piled in Italian Banks Looms as Next Crisis (WSJ)
  • Stock Market to Bond Market: ‘La-La-La I Can’t Hear You' (WSJ)
  • A Prime Minister, a Referendum and Italy’s Turn to Get Worried (BBG)
  • Brexit Vote Paralyzes Companies Across Europe  (WSJ)

"Our Monetary Humpty-Dumpty Is Heading For A Great Fall" - Teetering On The Eccles Building Wall

So for the third time this century, a business cycle contraction will come without warning from the Fed. Once again the Kool-Aid drinking perma-bulls, day traders and robo-machines will be bloodied as they stampede for the exit ramps. But it is the main street homegamers, who have been lured back into the casino for the third time this century, that will suffer devastating losses yet another time. Indeed, if there were even a modicum of honesty left in the Eccles Building it would be warning about the weakening trends in the US economy, not cheerleading about fleeting and superficial signs of improvement.

The Curse Of "Wealth Effects" Central Banking

The robo-machines and perma-bulls are at it again, delivering another volumeless dead-cat bounce in a market that has churned sideways for 600 days now. Nevertheless, there is a reason for the churn and there is a culprit behind the abortive rallies.

Bank of America: "If You Are Going To Panic, Panic Early"

"While globalization, immigration and the free market have strong support from the winners of these themes – the plutonomists and the highly educated, in our view they seem to have underestimated the frustration of developed market middle and working classes... We suspect that few will pay attention to these tectonic shifts – it will require more Brexit-type surprises for the message to sink in."

The End Game Of Bubble Finance - Political Revolt

During Friday’s bloodbath we heard a CNBC anchor lady assuring her (scant) remaining audience that Brexit wasn’t a big sweat. That’s because it is purportedly a political crisis, not a financial one. Here’s a news flash. That’s all about to change. The era of Bubble Finance was enabled by a political abdication nearly 50 years ago. But as Donald Trump rightly observed in the wake of Brexit, the voters are about to take back their governments, meaning that the financial elites of the world are in for a rude awakening.

Brits Lead Revolt Against Age Of Inequality, BofAML Favors "Gold, Vol, & Cash Positions"

Brexit is the biggest electorate riposte yet to The Age Of Inequality created by policymakers to save (some) of the world, and as BofAML's Michael Hartnett warns, investors must anticipate a shift to an increasingly populist policy response. The backdrop of Quantitative Failure nonetheless means a renewed bull market in risk assets is impossible unless fiscal policy can quickly arrest the downside in GDP & EPS forecasts.

Janet Whiffs Again - Take Cover Now!

If Donald Trump has even a partial clue about the nation’s monumental economic mess one of his first acts will be to demand Janet Yellen’s resignation. And for sheer incompetence among countless other failings. She was out there again yesterday talking in completely incoherent circles. On the one hand, Yellen robotically insisted that the U.S. economy is moving steadily toward the Keynesian nirvana of full employment. At the same time, she struck a profile in cowardice that was downright pathetic.