Meltdown

Barclays, Former CEO Criminally Charged Over Qatar Fundraising

Two familiar names are in the news this morning, after the UK's Serious Fraud Office filed criminal charges against Barclays Plc and four former executives, including former CEO John Varley, for conspiracy to commit fraud regarding the bank’s 2008 capital raising from Qatar.

Welcome To The Valium Era

"Nothing shocks this market... Nothing rocks it... Nothing socks it to it... Nothing does... that is, until something does."

Illinois' Economic Growth Is Worse Than During The Great Depression

America’s Great Depression started off worse from 1930-1932, but the recovery came on stronger. By contrast, Illinois did not have as steep of a fall during the first years of the Great Recession, but Illinois’ recovery from the Great Recession has been abysmal.

Frontrunning: June 14

  • Federal Reserve Expected to Deliver Rate Increase (WSJ)
  • Fire engulfs London tower block, at least six dead, more than 50 injured (Reuters)
  • Children lost, baby thrown to safety (Reuters)
  • Democrats Accuse Sessions of ‘Stonewalling’ (BBG)
  • World stocks march on as Fed rate hike looms, dollar steady (Reuters)

Animal Spirits Are A Late-Stage Event

“While the temptations are great, and the pressures strong, illusions in numbers are only that - ephemeral, and ultimately self-destructive.

Frontrunning: June 6

  • Kuwait’s Emir Moves to Mediate Saudi-Qatar Crisis (BBG)
  • Qatari riyal under pressure as Saudi, UAE banks delay Qatar deals (Reuters)
  • Qatar's dispute with Arab states puts LNG market on edge (Reuters)
  • Trump seeks legislative wins as clock ticks, Russia probe looms (Reuters)
  • Democrats aim to turn anti-Trump sentiment into votes in Virginia (Reuters)

Reuters Goes To China, Discovers "Ghost Collateral"

"The first time I went, I saw the steel,” recalled Wang, an attorney at Beijing DHH Law Firm, which represents the Shanghai branch of CITIC. "Afterwards, the banker got in contact with me and said, ‘The pledged assets are no longer there"