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Catalonia Threatens Spain With "Financial Bloodbath"

Catalonia’s independence would set off Spain’s debt time-bomb... It would mean the loss of 25-30% of Spain’s gross domestic product (GDP), says Spain’s Minister of the Economy, Luis de Guindos. And that’s something the government “will never let happen.”

What Is Causing China's Yield Curves To Invert: UBS Answers

The inverted curve reflects a contradiction between market expectations on policies and economic fundamentals. On one hand, the slowdown of economic growth may prevent the back end of the yield curve from further going up. On the other hand, financial institutions' funding costs have kept rising but the financing costs for the real economy measured by loan rates have not risen that much.

China Downgrade Forgotten As Asia Closes Higher, Futures Flat Ahead Of Fed Minutes

Not even last night's Moody's credit downgrade of China - the first since 1989 - could dent the global stock rally which has pushed global stock prices to all time highs. After initially sliding, regional stocks and emerging Asian currencies pared early losses following the unexpected downgrade of China, taking their cue from the "sudden reversal" of the Shanghai Composite Index, which some speculated saw the latest intervention of the "national team."

The Other Shoe Drops: Prime Auto Loan Losses Surge As Recoveries Tumble

With subprime auto loan delinquencies already surpassing losses last seen in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, the next shoe has dropped as losses in bonds tied to prime auto loans surged in recent months from a year ago, with 60+ day delinquencies and default rates in Prime ABS pools doubling from post-crisis lows.

S&P: These Ten Retailers Will File For Bankruptcy Next

Sears Holdings; DGSE Companies; Appliance Recycling Center of America; The Bon-Ton Stores; Bebe Stores; Destination XL Group; Perfumania Holdings; Fenix Parts; Tailored Brands; Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

"2017 Will Be A Tipping Point" - Why Some Think This Is The Next "Big Short"

"These malls are dying, and we see very limited prospect of a turnaround in performance" according to a January report from Alder Hill, which began shorting the securities. "We expect 2017 to be a tipping point." Indeed, cracks have appeared: prices on the BBB- pool of CMBS have tumbled from 96 cents on the dollar in late January to 87 cents last week