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"All-Time-Highs"

"...central bankers seem to view elevated security valuations as “wealth.” The longer this fallacy persists, the worse the subsequent fallout will be. I have little doubt that future generations will look at the reckless arrogance of today’s central bankers no differently than we view speculators in the South Sea Bubble and the Dutch Tulip-mania. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism by which historically-informed pleas of “no, stop, don’t!” will penetrate their dogmatic conceit. Nor can we change the psychology of investors."

More Questions Emerge About Skewed Hillary Polls

One glimpse at the massive variance between the last two days polls in swing states suggests something very odd is going on. Simply put, given the post-Email-gate disapproval ratings, Pro-Hillary Clinton polls simply don't make sense... "The American public is far more pissed off than even you’d like to admit. Part of the reason you refuse to admit it is that this reality is truly terrifying."

Maduro Puts Military In Charge Of Venezuela's Food, Calls It "Great Sovereign Supply Mission"

Every time we believe Venezuela has hit rock bottom, president Nicolas Maduro finds a way to surprise us. In the latest installment of Venezuela's social collapse, we find that the president of the socialist utopia has put the armed forces in charge of a new food supply system called the Great Sovereign Supply Mission."This is now a completely militarized government" said Luis Manuel Esculpi, former head of the armed forces commission in the congress.

The Four Things That Keep Citi Clients Up At Night

The investment community remains in a quandary as the S&P 500 hits new highs alongside fund managers struggling with portfolio performance. Three questions tend to be uppermost in their minds – 1) can “defensives” keep rallying, 2) how can investors be “bearish” if the S&P 500 touches record levels and 3) what if Trump wins? An added concern - or perhaps hope - is whether there a possibility of even higher P/E ratios if US bond yields are suppressed by negative yields elsewhere?

Why Some Republicans "Would Rather Attend The Hanging Of A Good Friend" Than Go To The Cleveland Convention

At a time when many Republicans are deeply dissatisfied with their nominee, pessimistic about their prospects for victory in the fall and alarmed about the direction of their party, there’s a reluctance about attending the convention more typically reserved for going to the DMV, being summoned for jury duty or undergoing a root canal. "I would rather attend the public hanging of a good friend", says Will Ritter, an up-and-coming Republican digital strategist who worked on the three previous conventions.

Hillary's Lead Over Trump Shrinks To Just 3% As Two-Thirds Of Voters Find Her "Dishonest And Untrustworthy"

Following yesterday's report that a majority of Americans disapprove of FBI director Comey's decision on Hillary Clinton, it is perhaps not surprising that the Democrat's lead over Donald Trump has shrunk substantially in the latest NBC poll, and is now leading the presumptive Republican candidate by just three points after several days of "controversy" following FBI Director James Comey's recommendation that no criminal charges be brought against the former secretary of state over her use of a private email server.

With Over $13 Trillion In Negative-Yielding Debt, This Is The Pain A 1% Spike In Rates Would Inflict

There is now $13 trillion of global negative-yielding debt. And, as the WSJ writes, even a small increase in interest rates could inflict hefty losses on investors. With the 2013 "taper tantrum" the Fed sparked a selloff as it discussed ending its bond-buying program known as quantitative easing. A repeat "would be very painful for a lot of people" said J.P. Morgan. This is just how painful.

Sovereign Credit Is Deteriorating At A Record Pace

Culminating with the tipping of the UK's numerous real estate fund "dominoes" and the subsequent fallout in the wake Brexit, Fitch has been on a ratings-slashing spree, having cut the credit ratings on 14 nations so far in 2016, most recently that of the United Kingdom - a record downgrade pace for the rating agency.

European Stocks Storm Higher As Bank Fears Subside; US Futures Flat

After yesterday's afternoon surge in US stocks, facilitated by the "uncertain" Fed's FOMC Minutes, today the rest of global market are playing catch up with European stocks rebounding from one week lows, snapping the longest losing streak in three weeks, as well as Asia where most stock markets climbed, led by gains among energy producers as crude prices advanced, while a stronger yen weighed on Japanese shares.

Not Even Death Will Help You With Student Loans

"I felt so comfortable because it was the State of New Jersey. It's the state, my government, trying to help me out and achieve my American dream. It turns out they were the worst ones"

Italy Just Bailed Out Another Failed Bank, May Use Pension Funds For Future Bank Rescues

Overnight, yet another failed Italian bank was bailed out. As the FT reports overnight, Atlante, Italy's privately backed €5bn bank bailout fund which was created in April to stem the threat of contagion from struggling lenders and whose assets turned out to be woefully inadequate, took control of Veneto Banca after a €1bn capital increase demanded by EU bank regulators attracted zero interest.

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.

S&P Downgrades European Union From AA+ To AA - Full Text

On June 30, 2016, S&P Global Ratings lowered its long-term issuer credit rating on supranational institution, the European Union (EU), to 'AA' from  'AA+'. The 'A-1+' short-term rating was affirmed. The outlook is stable.