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Frontrunning: November 3

  • Cubs Win 1st Series Title Since 1908, Beat Indians in Game 7 (BBG)
  • Trump, Clinton blast each other on character; Clinton rises in poll (Reuters)
  • Trump-effect grips world stocks, dollar (BBG)
  • No Brexit without Parliament approval: High Court (Reuters)
  • With Iraqi troops at Mosul's gate, Baghdadi promises victory (Reuters)
  • China Slowdown Deepens Looming Pension Crisis (WSJ)

Italy Seen More Likely To Exit Eurozone Than Greece; Italian Bond Yields Surge

In an unexpected reversal of (mis)fortune, this morning Sentix writes that the Eurocrisis creeps back into the heads of the investors in a new way: it is no longer Greece, but Italy which is now the country that is most likely to leave the Eurozone within the year from the perspective of the more than 1,000 investors surveyed. "This development underscores the importance of the referendum to the Constitution in Italy on December, 4th."

Ukrainians "Shocked" At Vast Wealth Amassed By Their Corrupt Politicians

"I personally feel unwell. Or rather, like someone who has been beaten and is therefore unwell. I had no illusions about our political and official elite. But all the same, what's come out is beyond the pale," Roman Donik, a volunteer to Ukraine's frontline troops, said on Facebook.

'Anonymous' Threatens North Dakota Governor After Pipeline Employees Caught Infiltrating Protests To Incite Violence

You know the Dakota Access Pipeline protests are working when oil interests start resorting to underhanded tricks to paint water protectors in a negative light. As the fight against the pipeline grows in North Dakota and around the country, dirty tricks are being deployed in an apparent attempt to delegitimize the opposition, and 'Anonymous' has stepped in, warning the governor to back off or they will release documents showing the conflict of interest.

Frontrunning: October 25

  • Hilsenrath: Fed’s Task Ahead: How Best to Signal Year-End Rate Move (WSJ)
  • Fed Inclined to Raise Rates If Next President Pumps Up Budget (BBG)
  • World stocks, commodities climb as economic confidence lifts (Reuters)
  • Ahead of earnings: Apple Boosted by IPhone 7 Demand, Slowing Pace of Sales Decline (BBG)
  • Campaigns Brace for Election-Day Legal Battles (WSJ)

America's "Two-Party System" Has Jumped The Shark

The simple fact is the Two-Party System simply cannot cope with the complex, issue-based reality of America and the world in the 21st Century. It’s old programming that worked when the world was over-simplified by the Cold War into Democracy versus Communism, Freedom versus Totalitarianism, and the Self-Appointed Good versus the Evil Empire. Maybe that’s why the duopoly seems so hot for a new Cold War. The only way their binary system works is if there is a common enemy to turn into America’s common denominator.

Frontrunning: October 24

  • The CEO Behind AT&T’s Huge Time Warner Deal (BBG)
  • AT&T-Time Warner deal sparks calls for scrutiny in Washington (Reuters)
  • Wall Street’s $40 Billion AT&T Pledge Offers Fees and Risks (BBG)
  • Bernie Sanders: Obama Administration “Should Kill” The AT&T-Time Warner Deal (Deadline)
  • Oil prices under pressure as Iraq resists joining output cut (Reuters)

Weekend Reading: Time To Be A Contrarian?

Currently, there is little argument the “bullish trend” remains intact. As such the mainstream analysis, if you can actually call it that, continues to the tout the inherent benefits of low cost, passive indexing and the ultimate “chase for yield.” However, it is here the real danger lies. Much of the monetary flows into passive indexes is actually NOT PASSIVE. When the eventual reversion comes, and it will, the pain inflicted on individuals, as is always the case, will turn “passive indexers” in “panicked sellers.”