New Normal

More Crony Capitalism: Aetna Gives An Ultimatum To The DOJ - "If Humana Deal Is Blocked, We Exit Obamacare"

In a glaring example of crony capitalism, Aetna CEO Bertolini wrote that, despite Aetna’s past support for Obamacare, "unfortunately, a challenge by the DOJ to that acquisition and/or the DOJ successfully blocking the transaction would have a negative financial impact on Aetna and would impair Aetna’s ability to continue its support, leaving Aetna with no choice but to take actions to steward its financial health."

Paul Tudor Jones Terminates 15% Of Workforce After A Surge In Withdrawals

Paul Tudor Jones dismissed about 15% of the workforce at his Tudor Investment Corp, after losses and investor withdrawals at the $11 billion hedge fund. Tudor Investment earlier Tuesday informed the affected employees, which include positions ranging from money managers to support staff.

Peter Schiff Explains How Central Banks Are Choking Productivity

If the cost of money is high, people think carefully about where they want to put their money. They select only the best investments. This helps everyone. When money is cheap, they throw darts against a wall. This is not the best use of societies' scarce resources. Is it any wonder productivity is down?

Generation Screwed Fights Back

“We call ourselves “Generation Screwed” because governments are spending money but leaving the bills behind for the young to pay,” says Gunn. “Apathy is our biggest challenge. Many youth are so burdened with the demands of getting a start in life, they are unaware of the lousy hand they are being dealt.”

The Great Stock Market Swindle

The reigning hallmark of our time is the abundance of deceptions that presently pass for standard practice...

The Trick To Staying Sane In The Market's New Normal Ponzi Narrative

Just as there’s a scheme to pay old investors with new investors money (aka a Ponzi.) There’s another part of the scheme that rarely gets talked about: i.e.,The narrative that fuels the scheme to begin with. Much like the original structure which involves money, this too needs an ever-growing amount of gullible, willing participants. However, the currency here is narrative.

"The Deals Are Collapsing" - Vancouver's Housing Bubble Has Burst

As a new dawn breaks in Metro Vancouver’s real estate market, realty companies are reporting the first anecdotes of deals falling through as foreign buyers forfeited deposits on binding deals rather than pay the new tax, while local buyers withdraw offers in expectation that the market will tumble. In short: the Vancouver housing bubble has burst.

The Car Bubble... And Cash For Clunkers II?

The economic backwash of too-expensive new cars and the reappearance in the marketplace of affordable alternatives (good used cars) is causing sales of new cars to wilt, probably precipitously, as invariably happens in a Boom Bust cycle. The car industry will squeal for help from Uncle Sam – just like back in the early 2000s. And Uncle will be happy to oblige, as he always is... But Uncle’s “help” always comes at a cost.

US Personal Income Growth Slumps To Lowest Since 2013, Spending Rises

Savings are slumping (which means credit is surging) as the American consumer keeps on spending (+3.7% YoY near highest since May 2015) despite income growth at its slowest since Dec 2013 (+2.7% YoY). The diverging trend of the last 6 months (higher spending, lower income) is unlikely to last but with the savings rate at 5.3% (down from 6.2%)at March 2014 lows, we suspect the run way is running out.

US Admits It "Found A Problem" In Calculation Of GDP

For years we have complained against both the BLS' and the BEA's comical seasonal adjustments, which "serve" just one purpose: to goalseek the data to a desired, politically-mandated outcome, and which culminated last May when the Department of Commerce announced it would seasonally adjust last year's woeful Q1 GDP data not once but twice in order to get a better result.  Now, it appears that there indeed was a problem.

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

For those lucky Americans who can afford to own a house instead of being stuck renting the New Normal American dream where they are prohibited from peddling fiction as their annual rent increases by 10% or more each year, here is the breakdown of the best and worst cities for home price appreciation in the U.S.