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The ECB Has Almost Run Out Of German Bonds To Buy

Last month the average maturity of all German bond purchases by the ECB bond plunged below 4 for the first time ever, or just 3.98 years, the lowest on record.  This confirms that the ECB is actively reducing the amount of German Bunds it is buying and suggests that the ECB has almost run out of eligible German bonds to buy.

Qatar Crashes In Escalating Gulf Crisis; Oil Fails To Rebound As Global Stocks Dip

S&P futures point to a slightly lower open ahead of today's US non-mfg ISM and Service PMI data. European shares fall, while Asian shares are little changed. Several European countries are closed for Whit Monday leading to subdued trading. Following the latest unexpected Gulf Crisis overnight, in which Gulf nations cut all diplomatic relations with Qatar amid stunning allegations of funding terrorism, oil spiked but has since pared almost all gains.

"The Western Status Quo Political System Is Collapsing Into 'Something Else'"

"...as the Western status quo political system collapses into Something Else, how is it possible that our capital markets are not similarly gripped by volatility and stress? What is responsible for breaking the transmission mechanism from political risk to market risk? I’ve got a macro answer and I’ve got a micro answer..."

Quiet Month End Markets Hide "Below The Surface" Fireworks

It has been another quiet session for global equity markets, with S&P futures flat, as are European and Asian stocks, which is perhaps odd, as there was quite a bit of newsflow and, in the case of China, outright fireworks.

NATO Recoils From Trump Spending Salvos

Trump’s abrasive attitude to other NATO members last week brings out the real nature of the US relationship. The so-called alliance is really just a spending vehicle for the American economy. In these austere global times, such American bullying will only chafe on the Europeans. This will in turn reinforce calls already underway for an independent EU defense pact, separate from NATO, and possibly led by Germany and France.

This Is The World's Most Active Battlefield - Watch Cyber-War In Real-Time

Today’s most active battlefield is not located on the ground, in the air, or on the mighty seas. It’s taking place on the internet – and, if you’re still a non-believer, spend a few minutes with the following live map to watch a representation of cyber attacks as they happen...

ECB Warns Of "Excessive Exuberance" In House Prices; Sees Financial Instability Due To Higher Yields

In an unexpected two-part warning from the ECB, the European Central Bank warned of “excessive exuberance” in some European housing markets, driven by offshore buyers, that could spread to other areas in a “ripple effect.” Separately, the ECB also said "debt-sustainability concerns" have risen in the past six months amid a potential increase in yields and political uncertainty in some countries.

The Last Living Nuremberg Prosecutor: War Is Not The Answer

"If they tell me they want war instead of peace, I say they’re stupid. Stupid to an incredible degree to send young people out to kill other young people they don’t even know...That is the current system. I am naive? That’s insane..."