"Jurgen Mossack’s family landed here in the 1960s. During World War II, his father had served in the Nazi Party’s Waffen-SS, according to U.S. Army intelligence files obtained by the ICIJ. Once in Panama, the elder Mossack offered to spy on communists in Cuba for the CIA." And yes, Mossack Fonseca may now be history, and its countless uberwealthy clients exposed, but none other than Rothschild is now delighted to be able to fill its rather large shoes.
There is a growing recognition of the increasing tail wagging the dog nature of the internet's control over election outcomes. We recently detailed "the hidden persuaders" at work showing how the internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do. Confirming all of this to be chillingly true is Andrés Sepúlveda, who rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. On the question of whether the U.S. presidential campaign is being tampered with, he is unequivocal - "I'm 100 percent sure it is."
NATO isn’t just an expensive luxury of the sort we can no longer afford – it is a tripwire that could be set off by a minor border conflict involving Moldova, the status of Kaliningrad, or – more likely – another round of hostilities in Ukraine. Would we start World War III in defense of the oligarchs of Kiev? I wouldn’t put it past them. With his plan – or, rather, inclination – to abandon the old NATO and replace it with some sort of multilateral counterterrorist operation, and his insistence that our “allies” pay up, Trump is forcing an issue onto the stage that hasn’t been seen since the days of Bob Taft.
It is widely known that as part of the economic debate, the most controversial topic is whether to engage in helicopter money, i.e., hand out freshly printed money directly to the people. What is less known is that when it comes to the most despicable underbelly of US society, cash to the tune of $1000 per month is already being "helicoptered" to some of the most brazen criminals living in the US today with one simple condition: "don't kill people."
This isn’t about whether crisis can be avoided, but how bad the impacts will be. Another ‘lost Latino decade’ beckons.
In response to recent claims by the Obama administration and others that “millions of jobs” have recently been created We 'skeptically' examined the data to see if the claims were true. It turns out that job growth since the 2008 recession has actually been quite weak, and hardly something to boast about. Nevertheless, our conclusions from these analyses tend to rest on the idea that job growth is synonymous with gains in wealth and economic prosperity. But is that a good assumption?
While the final revision to Q4 2015 GDP was so irrelevant it was released on a holiday when every US-based market is closed, even the futures, it is nonetheless notable that according to the BEA in the final quarter of 2015 US GDP grew 1.4%, up from the 1.0% previously reported, and higher than the 1.0% consensus estimate matching the highest Q4 GDP forecast. The final Q4 GDP print was still well below the 2.0% annualized GDP growth reported in Q3.
Dear Donald and Hillary: In around ten months, one of you will wake up as Mr. or Mrs. President. After the fabulous fun of post-inaugural balls, you will walk into the Oval Office on Saturday, January 22 and launch into your first 90 days in office. To make your job just a little more manageable, what we would like to do is take you around the world and review some of the economic realities faced by our global partners. For many of them, those realities are not pretty. And you want this job why?
- Belgium hunts 'third man' after Islamic State bombings (Reuters)
- Number of Attackers, Key Details of Brussels Assaults Remain Unclear (WSJ)
- Surviving Paris attacks suspect wants to return to 'explain himself': lawyer (Reuters)
- Brussels Suicide Bomber Slipped Terror Net (WSJ)
- Dollar rise hits commodities as Fed talks of tightening (Reuters)
Just as with Siamese twins, it’s a risky proposition for one country to have too much dependency on another.
It’s actually pretty easy. At an apt moment very soon, Trump should offer Governor Kasich the VP slot and Senator Cruz the vacant Supreme Court seat. Such a grand bargain would not only clear the primary field and quash any backroom hijacking of the nomination by the Washington GOP establishment; it would also permit each man to play his highest and best role at this great inflection point in the nation’s history.
- Oil Drops With Emerging-Market Currencies on Rig Recovery Signs (BBG)
- A plea for help - How China asked the Fed for its stock crash play book (Reuters)
- Obama to meet Raul Castro on historic Cuba trip (Reuters)
- Wall Street's Pile of Unwanted Treasuries Exposes Market Cracks (BBG)
- Dimon's Timing Looks Savvier by the Day as Equities Rebound (BBG)