Puerto Rico

The Real Existential Threats Of 2016

"If one belongs to that third of the nation that pays no income taxes but receives copious benefits, why would you vote for a party that will cut taxes you don’t pay, but take away benefits you do receive?" And so they did, and so they do. But this is a game that cannot go on forever.

Frontrunning: July 22

  • Global stocks fall, UK PMIs flash Brexit recession warning (Reuters)
  • Trump's greatest hits, all in one speech (Reuters)
  • Donald Trump Accepts GOP Nomination, Promises to Fix America (WSJ)
  • Trump's America Grows More Ominous Over 13-Month Run (BBG)
  • Hillary Clinton: unwitting star of the Republican convention (FT)
  • Clinton faces pressure to pick VP who is tough on trade, Wall Street (Reuters)

"My Own People Hate Me!" - Black Brooklyn Cop Slams "False Narrative Of Black Lives Matter"

"I haven’t slept well in the past few nights. Heartbreak weighs me down, rage flows through my veins, and tears fills my eyes. I realized...  Black Lives do not matter to most black people. Only the lives that make the national news matter to them. Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people, matter. The other thousands of lives lost, the other black souls that I along with every cop, have seen taken at the hands of other blacks, do not matter."

Which Countries Have The Most Immigrants?

Immigration is now at the center of American and British politics. Trump and Farage see immigration as an existential threat. But do the United Kingdom and the United States have especially large foreign-born populations? Is the number of foreign-born residents in those countries rising at rates faster than in other countries? And how is the composition of the foreign-born population changing?

Upon Completing The World's Largest Radio Telescope, China Will Now Be Listening For Aliens

China has now completed construction on the world's largest radio telescope. The Single-Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) as it is known, is an enormous dish made up of 4,450 reflector panels with a diameter of a half a kilometer. The task of the telescope? Simple - it is to be used to look for intelligent (or otherwise) life in deep outer space. Once operational, FAST will be able to detect radio signals from as far away as one thousand light years - evidently that's where the aliens are... and perhaps China is hoping trade with them will save the world.

Puerto Rico Defaults On $2 Billion In Debt Payments

As expected, Puerto Rico will default on about $2 billion in debt payments Friday, including $780 million in constitutionally-backed general obligation bonds, as governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has issued an executive order authorizing the suspension of payments. In addition, Garcia Padilla also declared states of emergency at the island's biggest public pension - the Commonwealth's Employee Retirement System - which is more than 99% underfunded.

Frontrunning: July 1

  • Bond yields sink as central banks head for easier policy (Reuters)
  • PM hopeful Gove says UK leader must believe in Brexit (AP)
  • U.K. Can’t Bank on EU’s Rationality in Talks (WSJ)
  • Gove Makes Case for U.K. Premiership After Johnson Betrayal (BBG)
  • ECB not debating abandoning capital key in QE buys (Reuters)

Frontrunning: June 30

  • Brexiters at war as Johnson pulls bid to be PM (FT)
  • Soros Says Brexit Has ‘Unleashed’ a Financial-Markets Crisis (BBG)
  • World stocks poised for worst month since January (Reuters)
  • China to tolerate weaker yuan, wary of trade partners' reaction (Reuters)
  • China central bank criticizes media for publishing 'inaccurate information' on yuan rate (Reuters)

Puerto Rico To Default On July 1 After Senate Passes Bailout Bill

Moments ago, following the overwhelming passage of a Puerto Rico bailout bill by the US House of Representatives, Congress found itself on the edge of sending the PR debt relief Bill for the president signature, when the Senate, in a 68-32 vote, likewise passed the measure. This makes final passage of the legislation a virtual certainty as sixty votes were needed to clear the procedural hurdle, but only a majority vote is necessary on final passage. It also means that Puerto Rico will officially default on Friday, July 1.

Bernie Sanders: The World Is Rejecting Globalization

"The global economy is not working for the majority of people in our country and the world. This is an economic model developed by the economic elite to benefit the economic elite. We need real change... We also need a president who respects the democratic rights of the people, and who will fight for an economy that protects the interests of working people, not just Wall Street... and other powerful special interests."

Frontrunning: June 14

  • German 10-Year Government Bond Yields Dip Below Zero for First Time (WSJ)
  • U.K. Moves Closer to Brexit as The Sun Backs ‘Leave’ Vote (BBG)
  • Global Stock Selloff Deepens as Investors Seek Safer Assets (WSJ)
  • Futures tread lower for fourth day; Fed meet awaited (Reuters)
  • Oil falls as Brexit threat rattles markets (Reuters)

Puerto Rico Bonds Jump As Supreme Court Strikes Down Debt Restructuring: Only Congress Can Bail Them Out Now

"Our constitutional structure does not permit this court to rewrite the statute that Congress has enacted," explained Justice Clarence Thomas, siding with bondholders challenging the law, the court ruled 5-2 that the measure was barred under federal bankruptcy law. Puerto Rico bond prices are rallying on the news. The decision leaves Puerto Rico dependent on Congress to extricate the island from its difficulties.

"We Don't Have A Wage Problem; We Have A Money Problem"

Minimum wage advocates seek to solve a legitimate problem facing American workers: their dollars buy less and less every year. But simply mandating employers fork over more dollars is a little like putting a band-aide on an amputation. It doesn’t do anything to address the underlying problem. Our money is broken, and we need to fix it.