New Normal

These Are The 10 Worst (And Best) Jobs In America

The latest annual survey of the best and worst jobs in the country has again found that being a newspaper reporter (blogger may or may not fall under the umbrella) is the worst career one can be pursue.

Emmanuel Clinton Versus Marine LeTrump

Macron is nothing but an artificial product, a meticulously packaged hologram designed to sell an illusion. Only the terminally naïve may believe Macron incarnates change when he’s the candidate of the EU, NATO, the financial markets, the Clinton-Obama machine, the French establishment, assorted business oligarchs and the top six French media groups.

French Stocks Surge Off Technical Support After Overnight Poll

Nothing says existential fear for the EU like buying the f**king French dip on the heels of an overnight poll that simply confirmed expectations that the worst case scenario 'Le Pen - Melenchon' second round was still a significant outlier. French stocks soared 1.7% - the most in 6 weeks - bouncing off the 50-day moving average.

Why The Crude Rally Has Fizzled - Part 1

Prices had been trading comfortably above $50/b since late March, with bulls re-trenching on the idea that Saudi-led OPEC supply cut will soon tighten balances. And while today’s price declines could prove temporary, a measure of caution is advised to all bulls, for two key reasons — reasons that we’ve been watching closely since November.

North Korea "May Be" Capable Of Sarin-Tipped Missiles, Japanese PM Warns

If you weren't scared before, Japanese PM Abe just stepped up to the global fearmongery plate, announcing in parliament that "there is a possibility that North Korea already has a capability to deliver missiles with sarin as warheads." Of course, he offered no evidence, but in this new normal, it seems possibilities trump probabilities.

Soros-Linked "Undesirable NGOs" Fund ISIS-linked Refugee Boats To EU

Investigations by Italian authorities and others have found that NGOs funded by among others George Soros, are actively financing private ships to smuggle tens of thousands of illegal North African refugees into the EU via Southern Italy. The human trafficking is reportedly linked to ISIS smuggling networks. If confirmed by authorities, it could potentially open the NGOs to criminal charges .

Jamie Dimon Warns "Something Is Wrong" With The US

"Our problems are significant, and they are not the singular purview of either political party. We need coherent, consistent, comprehensive and coordinated policies that help fix these problems. The solutions are not binary – they are not either/or, and they are not about Democrats or Republicans."

Frontrunning: April 3

  • Buying a Home This Spring Will Be Hardest in Years (WSJ)
  • Senate showdown likely over Gorsuch confirmation (Reuters)
  • ‘Nuclear’ Bid to Confirm Gorsuch May Radically Change Washington (BBG)
  • Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, flies into Iraq with top U.S. general (Reuters)
  • Solid Asia factory growth caps a strong first quarter but outlook cloudy (Reuters)

This Economy Is Ruined For Many Americans

In the dazzling glitter and excitement of soaring asset prices that central banks around the world, and particularly the Fed, have tried so hard to engineer, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has those assets, that a lot of people can’t get “rich” just sitting on inflated assets, that they have to work long hours in measly jobs just to stay one paycheck ahead of hunger and homelessness.

In Ominous Sign For Banks, Equity Trading Revenues Continue To Drop

As the first quarter wraps up, bankers say the weakness in equity trading revenues experienced last year is continuing. That is prompting questions about whether banks should be preparing for a longer-lasting decline in the business, rather than a cyclical dip.

These Are The Best And Worst U.S. Cities To Own A House

At the top, with annual price increases of 10% or more, we find the usual west coast (and thus closest to China) suspects: Seattle and Portland, followed close behind by Denver and Dallas, which appears to be enjoying the recent revival in shale.